Monthly Archives: March 2013

Egg allergies ‘treated with egg’

Egg Allergies
Omelettes, meringues and pasta could one-day be back on the menu for some people with egg allergies after they are treated with the very food they are allergic to, say US researchers.
The only option for patients is to completely avoid foods containing egg.
A study on 55 children showed some were able to eat egg after minuscule amounts were gradually added to their diets.
However, the treatment is still experimental and doctors say it should not be tried at home.
Egg allergies are one of the most common allergies and are thought to affect up to 2.5% of children.
Gradually introducing the food which causes an allergic reaction has been successful in other foods such as such as peanuts.
Parents were given powdered egg to mix into their children’s food, building up to about a third of an egg every day.
This study gives us hope that we’re closer to developing a treatment”
Dr Wesley Burks
University of North Carolina
The findings, presented in the New England Journal of Medicine, report that after 22 months of egg therapy, 75% of the children were able to eat the equivalent of two eggs without reacting.
The children were tested again after at least a month of no longer having the daily egg treatment. Of these, 28% could still eat egg without reacting and were considered allergy-free.
One of the researchers Dr Wesley Burks, from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said: “This study gives us hope that we’re closer to developing a treatment.
“Almost a third of the children had a permanent change and were no longer egg-allergic.”
Dr Stacie Jones, from University of Arkansas, said: “Reducing these kids’ allergic response to egg also lessened parental anxiety over how their children might react if accidentally exposed to egg at school or at someone else’s house.”
However, about 15% of children did not finish the treatment, mostly due to allergic reactions.
Lindsey McManus, from the charity Allergy UK, said: “This is a very exciting development into immunotherapy for food allergy.
“Similar to recent trials being carried out into immunotherapy for peanut allergy at Addenbrookes hospital, the results are very promising.
“It is however very early days and more research will be needed before this is used as a regular form of treatment. We would echo the warning in the report that this should never be tried at home due to the risk of serious allergic reactions.”
BBC

 

Lowering Homo cysteine Levels Naturally

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Measuring of homo cysteine levels is one of the best test markers to predict a person’s overall  health status.Research confirms that homo cysteine levels are the authentic and better indicators of strokes and heart attacks than high levels of cholesterol.Mostly people are unaware of this important test that can easily be an essential tool to check-up individual’s well-ness and health.In fact most of the health experts do not suggest this test as currently, there are no special drugs designed to lower blood levels of homo cysteine  And for the health practitioners who are aware of the diagnostic value of homo cysteine  may be unwilling to order this test because they wouldn’t know what to prescribe for the patients who have high levels of homo cysteine.

What is Homo cysteine?

Homo cysteine is an vital amino acid that is produced by another amino acid namely methionine. You can get methionine from numbers of protein-dense foods like fish,meat,eggs and sunflower seeds.

In right scenario, homo cysteine is converted into 2 substances called glutathione and SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine).Both of these substances have health beneficial effects.SAMe aids to prevent liver damage,arthritis and depression.On the other hand glutathione is a potent detoxifying agent and antioxidant that slow down aging process.Therefore we can assist the need of the body being able to convert homo cysteine into glutathione and SAMe.

For the conversion of homo cysteine into SAMe it requires balanced amount of Vitamin B2,Vitamin B12, folate, magnesium,zinc and TMG (trimethyglycine from choline).The conversion of homocysteine to glutathion needs zinc,Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B6.If the body is unable to convert homocysteine into glutathione and SAMe, the number of toxic homocysteine in the blood starts to rise.

Some of the other reasons to have high homocysteine level are thyroid disease,psoriasis and kidney disease.I t is also been ackknowledge that a common genetic variant called MTHFR that destroy their ability to process folate.This malfunctioning gene leads to high levels of homocysteine in those people who have inherited MTHFR variant from both parents.There are blood tests present to gaugde MTHFR variants.

High Homo cysteine Levels May Cause

  • Inflammation and Pain
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Oxidation and Aging
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Risk of blood clot formation
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Plaque formation by damaging arteries walls

What is Considered a High Level for Homo cysteine?

 

By taking a blood sample the homo cysteine levels are obtained present in the blood.The normal range is between 5 – 15 micro moles per liter.

High levels are classified as follows:

  • 15 to 30  micro moles per liter is moderate
  •  30 to 100 micro moles per liter is intermediate
  •  Greater than 100 micro moles per liter is severe

Natural Ways to Lower Homo cysteine Levels

 Healthy Foods (try to obtain organic)

  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Asparagus
  • Turnip greens
  • Free Range Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Raw Nuts
  • Organic Brown Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Turmeric
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Broccoli
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Chick Peas
  • Healthy fats and oils

Vitamins and Supplements

  •  Vitamin B12 Methyycobolamin
  • Vitmain B2
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B6
  • TMG
  • Zinc

 Lifestyle Changes

  • Lose Extra Weight
  • Healthy Diet
  •  Control High Blood Pressure
  • Control Diabetes
  • Daily Exercise
  •  Eliminate coffee
  • Decrease Stress
  • Limited Alcohol
  •  No Smoking

 

Warm Regards

Kiran.

7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF CASHEWS

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The cashew tree is native to Brazil, where its fruit is considered a delicacy. In the 16th century, the Portuguese introduced them to India and some African countries, where they are now also grown. What we call the cashew nut is actually the seed of this fruit.Cashews are rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium and zinc. They are also good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and protein.

  • Cancer Prevention – Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. Studies have also shown that cashews can reduce your colon cancer risk. Their high copper content also endows the seed with the power to eliminate free radicals and they are also good sources of phytochemicals and antioxidants that protect us from heart disease and cancer.
  • Heart Health – Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and most of it is in the form of oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health by helping to reduce triglyceride levels, high levels of which are associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Cashews are wonderfully cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases. The magnesium in cashews helps lower blood pressure and helps prevent heart attacks.
  • Hair and Skin Health – Cashews are rich in the mineral copper. An essential component of many enzymes, copper plays its part in a broad array of processes. One copper-containing enzyme, tyrosinase, converts tyrosine to melanin, which is the pigment that gives hair and skin its color. Without the copper cashews are so abundant in, these enzymes would not be able to do their jobs.
  • Bone Health – Cashews are particularly rich in magnesium. It’s a well-known fact that calcium is necessary for strong bones, but magnesium is as well. Most of the magnesium in the human body is in our bones. Some of it helps lend bones their physical structure, and the remainder is located on the surface of the bone where it is stored for the body to use as it needs. Copper found in cashews is vital for the function of enzymes involved in combining collagen and elastin, providing substance and flexibility in bones and joints.
  • Good for the Nerves – By preventing calcium from rushing into nerve cells and activating them, magnesium keeps our nerves relaxed and thereby our blood vessels and muscles too. Too little magnesium means too much calcium can gain entrance to the nerve cell, causing it to send too many messages, and leading to too much contraction. Insufficient magnesium leads to higher blood pressure, muscle tension, migraine headaches, soreness and fatigue. Not surprisingly, studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps diminish the frequency of migraine attacks, lowers blood pressure and helps prevent heart attacks.
  • Prevent Gallstones – Data collected on 80,718 women from the Nurses’ Health Study demonstrates that women who eat at least an ounce of nuts each week, such as cashews, have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones.
  • Weight Loss – People who eat nuts twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who rarely eat nuts. Cashew nuts are indeed relatively high in fat, but it is considered “good fat.” This is attributable to the ideal fat ratio in the nut, 1:2:1 for saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, respectively, which is recommended by scientists for tip-top health. Cashew nuts contain less fat than most other popular nuts, including peanuts, pecans, almonds and walnuts. They are dense in energy and high in dietary fiber, making them a very valuable snack for managing weight gain.

Natural Remedies for Burns

BURNS

 

Burns can be divided into 3 categories depending on its severity,namely first degree burns,second degree burn and third degree burns.Third degree burns are very serious burns that need immediate medical attention as it is an high emergency condition.The following natural remedies are only to be used in cases of first and second degree burns only.

Use Cold Water

Cold water application on the burnt spot is very important part of first aid.The purpose behind this remedy is to cool down the burns.Although ice or ice water seem better choice but there application may worsen the burns. So, it is better to use cold running water only..For about ½ hour, place the burn part under cold running water, as that is very important step because it will work to fasten the healing of the burn.

Cold Full Cream Milk

Use 2 pieces of clean cloth, soak them in whole milk in cold state.Place 1 piece on the affected area and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.After carryout this procedure , remove the cloth and wash it properly with cold water.Meanwhile place the 2nd cloth soaked in cold full cream milk on the burn.After 15 minutes,carry on the same procedure with the 1st cloth.Repeat this process for almost 1 hour as it is most effective remedy for burns.

Honey

After the cleaning process by the use of cold running water,coat the burn with honey,as it contains potent natural properties that help to heal the burns very quickly.It also very quickly give relief from burns and also eliminates the scars.

Tomatoes Or Grated Potatoes

Grated potatoes and tomatoes contain important acids that minimize the occurring of blisters caused by burns.Placing of a slice of any one of the vegetable reduces the burns pain very quickly. Toothpaste Generous application of toothpaste on the burns is an excellent solution to burns.Toothpaste coating prevent occurrence of blisters and also helps immensely to ease the burns pain.It is important to keep the toothpaste coating on for 24 hrs and avoid gel toothpastes.

Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is a powerful natural remedy for burns, all you need to do is to use a generous amount of soya sauce on the burn for ½ hour.This home remedy prevents blistering and also reduces pain. Onion Juice Onion juice is the most common remedy especially for professional chefs that face minor burns more frequently.You need to squeeze ½ piece of onion to get its juice and it is applied on the burnt areas. It is better to use fresh onion juice as if it exposed for longer time, it definitely looses its soothing properties.

Egg White

Egg white is another powerful home remedy as it heal the burn and relieves the pain.Make sure that the egg white coating should not dry as it can return the pain.Keep reapplication of egg whites to heal the burns more effectively.

doTERRA Lavender Oil

doTERRA lavender oil minimizes the chances of blistering and scarring.It contains powerful pain relieving properties that promotes faster healing.After cleaning and washing of burnt areas with cold running water,dry it properly and finally apply the essential oil directly on the affected area. You can also use a piece of cloth dipped in lavender oil and put it on the affected area of burn.Keep it on for 1 hour and replace it with fresh lavender oil dipped cloth.Redo this procedure for at least 3 to 4 times for better results. Buy this amazing lavender oil from the link below at a discounted price: http://www.doterra.myvoffice.com/holisticlivingbykiranzahra/

Tea Bag(black tea)

For 1st degree burns apply tea bags on effective area as it contains tannic acid that relieves pain and promote quick healing of burns.Put the tea bag dipped in cold water gently over the burnt area.

Aloe Vera

After cleaning the wound under cold running water, you can apply fresh aloe vera juice as it contains astringent,painkilling and tissue-healing properties that are beneficial in treating first degree, minor burns.People with heart disease should avoid this remedy for burns.

These are some of the natural remedies for treatment of first and second degree burns,and for severe third degree burns , you must seek emergency medical first aid.

 

 

 

Nutritionist Career Guide!

If you want to take nutrition as a profession,then you are on the right track.Nutritionists are well in demand nowadays in present job market.While the degree in nutrition at first, may seem less inviting, with everyone pursuing to become a doctor,businessmen and engineer,with given some time, you will be astonished at how essential this job can be, and how very important it is in health care sector.

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1. Do you really desire to be a Nutritionist?

The nutritionists are assign to closely check or monitor on the diet management and menu planning of either patients in hospitals or they work with anyone who is concerned to start healthy eating lifestyle.Nutritionists are experts in matters that concern how the diet affects the body.They work to help adjust diets of the patients to match their individual requirements.

The nutritionist job is to interpret, develop and study a clients eating habits.They have to plan and suggest a suitable diet for individual cases.They also supervise preparation of food and apply their education for formulating diet therapies for different conditions.

The duty of nutritionist does not begin and finish in the kitchen.They also give consultation regarding food,nutrition and life style.They are hired for their expert advice on how to eat right and healthy.

Hospitals need nutritionists to make healthy menus in accordance with doctor’s directions for patient’s sound recovery from the ailment with the aid of suitable diet as bonus.For example,if the doctors indicate that a patient suffering from cardiovascular problem should eat low-salt,low-fat diet, the nutritionist job is to supervise the preparation of such meals for special patient’s needs. Nutritionists also help in conduction of seminars to help groups in dire need of nutrition and diet advice.Heart disease groups and diabetes groups are the regular beneficiaries of such seminars.They also teach dietary remedies to fit their personal profile.

2. How to become a Nutritionist?

Nutritionists usually go through 4 years nutrition degrees program under accredited specializing institutions. The nutrition degrees involve practicing healthy cooking, analysis of different cases and menu formulation in the real life situations.

It is common for these degrees to have some sort of banquet to highlight what the student has learned in their 4 years of study.Before starting for a nutrition degree, make sure you have basic knowledge of health studies,biology and mathematics.Depending on your institution admission requirement, you may be asked to take a short pre-nutrition course to build up your health care knowledge.

Nutritionists usually require to be certified professionals, and these requirements are different for different countries or states around the world.Some states need certification, other specializations, licensure, so it is best to consult your state requirements and policies before undergoing any program for a major in nutrition degree.

It is also advisable to take the Dietetic Association of America credential exams for you to be recognized as a registered dietitian.This certification will certainly give a big boost to your resume and your qualification as a nutrition expert and will go a long way in helping you land a decent job.

3. The Future for Nutritionists What to Expect?

The future of nutritionist and dietitian is very bright.According to the U.S. Bearau of Labor Statistics, the requirement of nutritionists is on an rise due to the increased awareness towards health and the role of healthy eating habits towards improving your personal lifestyle, by a large number of population.Most importantly with elderly population the demand of healthy nutrition is skyrocketing with no signs of decrease,there is suddenly a huge demand for nutritionists. There is a great need for nutritionist jobs today, and in the immediate future, making nutrition degree a good choice.

4. Going Further Should You Work to be a Dietitian?

You can either be a nutritionist or study further to become a dietitian.Dietitians have same skills as nutritionists.But, they study a little more to polish their skills and gain extra education.They also have a slight variation in their hospital duties and other concerning food industries.As far as the income is concerned, the dietitians earn a little more than plain nutritionists.

About the Author :

This interesting guest post was provided by Kiran Zahra (certified holistic nutrition therapist, SNHS, UK and health coach , IIN, US.) who is afflicted with healthschoolguide.net as a freelance writer. If you want to pursue career as nutritionist or dietician you can visit the website: http://www.healthschoolguide.net/ to find a list of degrees offered by various accredited campus and online colleges in the US.

What exactly are “Super-foods”?

What is the term “ super-food”?

Basically speaking super-foods are that foods that give you “more bang for your buck” as compared to  normal foods in nutritional terminology.The term “ super-food” was coined in the 1990s,for the foods that were greatly packed with large amount of healthy concentrated nutrients. They are claimed to enhance appearance, increase the sporting ability,prevent heart disease and cancer, and increase overall energy. Super-foods has no specific definition and no fix list, outlining as to what isn’t and what is a super-food!

 What was the first acclaimed “ super-food”?

It is very difficult to state what food claimed the first ever” super-food status” as the real term has only been in use for a decade.But spinach is one early vegetable to fulfill the status of super food. Sales of spinach peaked in America (the trend setter of rest of the world) in 1950s after the popularity of the famous cartoon character, Popeye  , who gulped down tins of spinach to give himself might and strength to fight his opponent!

Where can you get “ super-food”?

Not all super-foods are exotic,difficult to get and hard to pronounce(eg, Quinoa pronounced “keen-wah”!)There is wide abundance of super-foods everywhere. Amla (goji berries) are superb, but I believe that the best super-foods are those that are familiar to you and are locally sourced.The best place to get wide range of super-foods on offer are your local market or fruit shop.  Anyhow for some special super foods like(cacao, chia seeds,maca powder) you might want to pay a visit to an organic health food store (if in Western countries) and for people in (South Asia and Middle East) can get them from online health stores or can try local pun sari shops or super market.

 So why not to take nutritional supplements or vitamin pills instead?

Super-foods have large deposits of antioxidants vitamins and minerals in their unprocessed and raw state,making them best organic food sources that are easily absorbed and are overall safer choice.The nutrients present in these super-foods are more easier to absorb than nutritional supplements and vitamin pills-as well as being tastier(Right, apart from wheat-grass which you have to gulp down and fake a smile and bare…).

Importantly,super-foods are dense on nutrients and sparse on calories..meaning that they give a super energy punch for their weight,as far as the goodness  can go!

Warm Regards,

Kiran

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Natural Treatment For The Infant Cold

Natural Treatment For Infant ColdCold symptoms get serious as it may block your child’s nose and may hinder normal breathing.It gets more worrisome when congestion directly travels down to the lung from nasal passage.

Conventional over the counter drugs are not  recommended for your infants,you can try some home remedies as your first attempt at the first signs of cold.There are many effective home remedies that will relieve your baby’s cold and hopefully you will not be forced to see a pediatrician.

They are as following:

 Steam Inhalation

Warm steam is best remedy as it will loosen up the staborn mucous present in infant’s nose and chest.Steaming hot pot of water or mini suana can be used for this purpose.

Firmly hold your baby in your arms, keeping away from the hot pot.For best result cover your self with towel making a tent like steam unit with the hot pot within the sheet.

 Steam Shower

Fill the bathroom with steam by raising temperature of your geyser till it reaches it’s limits now run the shower , so that the steam gets trapped in the washroom.Keep the exhaust fan and the door closed for the steam to build.Sit in that steamed filled bathroom for as much time as the steam remains there.About 15-20 minutes are sufficient to loosen up the infant’s mucous.For best result do that twice a day once in morning and once before bedtime.

Use Vaporizer

You also use a vaporizer as it can surely humidify the baby’s room and keep it moisture filled, that may aid in the better breathing for the infant.You can also add few drops of doTERRA Eucalyptus Oil in the water, as that will further relieve the baby’s congestion. Make sure that the vaporizer is cleaned properly every day and it’s water should be changed daily as it will do more harm than good in avoiding this routine.

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 Use Saline

 Saline water drops can also be used for the baby.You can easily make them at home if you prefer, otherwise they can easily be purchased from the market.All you are required to do is to add a bit of salt to water.It’s taste should be close to the taste of tears.With the help of a clean dropper, put 2 drops of this saline solution in 1 nostril.

 Watch out a bit till the baby gets comfortable, then put it in the second nostril.This technique will make mucous easy and soft to blow out.Make sure to prepare a fresh saline solution daily.

Clear the Nose

You can either wait to drain out the mucous on it own or better by buying a good quality bulb syringe.

Be sure to blow out the air present inside the bulb before you put it in the baby’s nostril.All you need to do is to insert the tip of the syringe, allow the bulb to inflate slowly and lookout that it draws the mucous out of the infant’s nose.Always keep some warm water ready to clean the syringe.Clean it well and dry it up before every use.

Elevate Baby’s Head

Always keep the baby’s head on elevated position during cold.Put a  towel underneath the head or you can also tilt the crib for this purpose as helps to ease up the breathing process.

If the infant lie on the normal flat position  it will intensify the nasal congestion and make the breathing process much difficult.So it is recommended to keep the head of the baby at an elevated position because by doing so the gravity of the earth will keep baby free from congestion by allowing easy flow of the mucous.

 Keep Your Baby Well-Hydrated

Cold dehydrates the infant very fast. So it is advisable to keep your baby well hydrated as water plays a vital role in treating cold.The water content aids the baby to battle with the infection.Well hydrated baby will have less signs to catch cold and other associated symptoms.

Due to water intake the mucous of the baby remain thin and it helps your infant to feed more and stay healthy.Try feeding the baby right after you have worked towards baby’s de-congestion.

 Give Herbal Tea

You can also make a herbal blend by boiling 2-3 leaves of basil with freshly grated ginger in a single cup of water.They effective herbs to treat cold and should be taken thrice a day for eradication of cold symptoms.

Physical Therapy

As per “The American Academy of Pediatrics” parents should do a physical therapy to the infant by placing baby across their knees, with the head of the child placed down.Now the parents have to do is to tap the back of the baby with a cupped hand.This acts will help the congested nose to loosen the baby’s mucous and open the nasal blockage.

This therapy will drain out mucous automatically or you can also use a bulb syringe to remove the already loose mucous.You can also make your baby sit on your lap, with one hand to help her bend forward.Now you can repeat the same physical therapy using cup shape of the hand as done before on the back.This will help the child to cough up the mucus.That aids in mucus release that may have produced.

No Smoking and No Fumes

Keep the infant away from smokes of all types.Adults are advised to not to smoke in presence of baby as the smoke can even cling to your dress that can even bother your baby further.

Chest Rubs

You can get child rub from pharmacies, that are milder and gentler version of adult rubs.You should rub your baby’s chest and more importantly their back for best effects.The aromatic vapor up helps to de-congest your baby very efficiently.

Seek Medical Attention  

Be sure that the fever of your child should not exceed 101 degrees or the nails should not have bluish tinge or there should be no redness in the infant’s mucus, if the signs develop, then please consult a physician.

Warm Regards

Kiran