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Flu Vaccination, Yes Or No?

Flu Vaccination, Yes Or No?

Why get the flu vaccination? Well it’s obvious stupid. It prevents the flu, and even if you get the flu it’ll keep you from dying from it. And a lot of people die from the flu every winter. Right? Well, no. Let me explain. But before I do (for the people who aren’t going to take the time to read all this) consider the following facts before you get your vaccination.

Only 39% of health providers get the flu vaccination.

According to the Center For Disease Control, there are only 200-400 influenza related deaths each year (in the entire United States).

“It’s time to be more open about the flu vaccine and its lack of protection for the elderly”, according to Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at a national conference in April, 2010. Osterholm went on to say that he “Supports attempts to create a new, effective vaccine.”

About 90 percent of flu deaths during flu season from 1976 to 2007 occurred in people over age 65.

So let me think this through clearly. According to the Center For Disease Control (the government agency in charge of reporting disease statistics) only 200-400 influenza related deaths occur each year in the United States. Then Michael Osterholm, a nationally recognized epidemiologist, says its time to admit (be more open) about the fact that the flu vaccine doesn’t protect the elderly. And in addition most of the 200-400 flu death’s each year occur in the elderly. What is going on? And besides, why aren’t more than 39% of health care workers getting the flu vaccine each year?

Why the hysteria over the flu each winter when there are so few deaths from the flu each year? I have only pieced together bits of the story, but it reads as well as a detective novel.

The media commonly reports that there are about 36,000 deaths each year due to the flu. Yet the CDC estimates that actual deaths from the flu are about 200-400 yearly. The CDC also says that it’s somewhat meaningless to give a yearly average. That’s because the numbers can change dramatically year to year. Where does the 36,000 deaths figure come from? In reporting the cause of death doctors have a variety of choices. One choice is “influenza AND pneumonia”. That is patients who die from influenza are lumped in with patients who die from pneumonia. While influenza may result in pneumonia, there are many deaths due to pneumonia that have nothing to do with the flu. And you guessed it, the total number of deaths reported from “influenza and pneumonia” is about 36,000 per year. This distinction would take too much air time in our world of fast news and sound bites, so the media errantly reports 36,000 flu deaths each year. That would be far scarier than the 200-400 annual deaths estimated by the CDC.

The population of the United States in 2009 was estimated at 307,006,550 according to the US Census. In 2007 there were 2,423,712 reported deaths in the United States. If the number of flu deaths that year were at the high end of the CDC’s estimate or 400 flu deaths that year, that would made 0.0165% of the death’s that year due to the flu.…

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Reasons For Having Your Blood Pressure Checked Regularly

Reasons For Having Your Blood Pressure Checked Regularly

If you are a hypertension sufferer and you know it, the chances are that you are controlling it by having your blood pressure checked regularly and adjusting your lifestyle accordingly.

But statistics tell us that up to 30% of the sufferers worldwide are unaware that they are a victim of hypertension.

There are many signs and symptoms of hypertension or high blood pressure but in a lot of cases the first sign you receive is to suffer a heart attack. Having your blood pressure checked regularly can avert any shocks like this and avoid such a life threatening illness.

Due to the pace of life today, the fast food culture that we embrace together with a lack of any type of physical exercise, your body is suffering like never before.

Just after the Second World War, obesity was unheard of. Now we read of hospitals refusing to treat patients until they lose weight and people so obese that they cannot move unaided. Likewise child obesity has reached epidemic proportions and is an embarrassment to the governments of the developed countries in the world.

It is not a surprise to find out that as many as 25% of the population of the western world suffers from hypertension and that death through heart disease is rising at an alarming rate.

Obesity can be one of the causes of high blood pressure along with smoking and alcohol abuse. The only way to overcome the damage that has been caused by this abuse is to learn ways in controlling hypertension.

Putting this much strain on your heart daily will obviously weaken and / or put unnecessary strain on it. There may be a number of parts of the body that you could do without but the heart is not one of them. It needs to be cared for and checked regularly.

Many people have gone on to lead a normal life after their first heart attack. On the contrary, many people have died as a result of their first heart attack.

Is it worth taking a chance? Is it worth gambling with your health?

By having your blood pressure checked regularly and taking notice of the advice given to you by your doctor, there would be no need to gamble with your health at all!…

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Even in the Summer Do Your Bit to Avoid Catching Cold and Flu Bugs

Even in the Summer Do Your Bit to Avoid Catching Cold and Flu Bugs

We have had a pretty miserable winter this year, with record amounts of snow and many people in remote areas being confined to their homes with snow piling up outside their door. Obviously as and when people leave their homes during cold weather they are prone to catching a cold or the dreaded flu virus. A lot of the time cold and flu viruses can be caught in close quarters with friends, family members or strangers on the bus.

With the signs of spring coming finally many of us will think we’re clear of the many coughs and sneezes of winter, sadly this is not the case. The cold and flu wave can strike at any point of the year and even though it may be baking hot outside some unlucky people can still fall victim to a blocked nose or a chesty cough.

With people going out and about more as the weather warms up you’re more likely to come into contact with people who are full of cold and flu. All it takes is one person to sneeze into their hands and use a handrail you later touch to spread the germs. You tend to get wind of a cold bug going round when friends and family members or even work colleagues start coughing and spluttering.

Once this happens it is best to get ready and begin looking for cold medicine, a lot of the cold medicine that is available can help alleviate the aches and pains as well as clear your sinuses but there are other products such as cough syrup to ease tickly or sore throats.

The best advice doctors can give for you is to prepare yourself for the oncoming bug by getting plenty of vitamin C, either through citrus fruits and drinks or supplement tablets. Vitamin C can help boost your body’s immune system allowing it to bounce back much quicker from the cold. Using antibacterial hand wash or gel is a good idea too, these have become very popular in the UK in light of the swine flu outbreak in previous years and many businesses will actually provide employees with products to help prevent the spread of infection.

The summer months are a time for us to be outdoors and enjoying ourselves, not cooped up inside blowing our nose into a tissue so make sure that you prepare for cold and flu season and make necessary changes to your daily regimen for the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body in peak condition.…

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Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or DASH Plan

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or DASH Plan

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects more than 65 million Americans. This means a staggering proportion of 1 out 3 Americans. There are also 59 million Americans who are said to have prehypertension or borderline hypertension.

When blood courses through the blood vessels at abnormally high pressures, the arterial walls harden, the heart works so hard and the delicately tiny vessels in the brain, eyes, heart and kidneys may rupture and hemorrhage to cause stroke, blindness, heart attack and kidney failure.

The optimum blood pressure should be no lower than 120/80 mm Hg. A blood pressure of 120/80 to 140/89 is already prehypertension while blood pressure of 140/90 and higher is full-blown hypertension.

Yet hypertension, according to research studies, has been shown to be prevented and lowered by following the DASH diet or the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension plan. The DASH diet, however, is only the dietary part which, in itself could not lower or prevent hypertension. It should be done in conjunction with other steps such as:

moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day on most days of the week

maintaining a healthy weight and

moderation, if not abstinence, from alcohol.

What is the DASH Diet?

In a nutshell, the DASH diet is one largely composed of healthier foods. Carbohydrates come from whole grains and not sugars. Proteins come from nuts, beans and white meat and rarely from red meat. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products are also allowed. Fruits and vegetables dominate the diet to supply many nutrients, particularly those which are actively involved in lowering blood pressure such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, protein and fiber.

The DASH Diet is also known for what are obviously absent-the blood pressure-increasing mineral sodium, as well as sugar, trans fats and cholesterol.

How is the DASH Diet applied?

The DASH eating plan does not have specific recipes to follow. It only suggests the number of servings of each food group that one must eat every day. The number of servings would of course depend on the total number of calories one is allowed per day. This daily caloric intake is, in turn dependent on one’s age and level of physical activity.

What you will readily notice with the DASH Diet is the very minimal presence of sodium. There are only two levels of sodium allowed in the DASH Diet-2,300 mg and 1,500 mg. The abundance of fruits and vegetables in the diet keep sodium levels low.

The Steps Involved in Following the DASH Diet

The first step involved before embarking on the DASH Diet is determining your Daily Caloric Needs. This is quite easy as you only have to key in your age and your level of physical activity and refer to a chart.

Once you have the figure for your Daily Calorie Needs, the second step would be to refer to the DASH eating plan chart and just look for the closest calorie level to yours. This step basically tells you how many servings of each food group you are allowed to take in every day so you can change your eating pattern.…

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Equine Influenza Signs and Symptoms

Equine Influenza Signs and Symptoms

Equine Influenza is a viral, upper respiratory disease which is extremely contagious and spreads rapidly wherever horses are gathered together, such as stables, stock yards, etc., and attacks those horses that are most susceptible and/or unvaccinated.

The signs and symptoms seen with both diseases are usually a sudden fever (103 to 106 degrees F), lethargy, nasal discharge, coughing, weakness, stiffness and loss of appetite and depression. Some horses may develop only a mild case of influenza, and symptoms may go unnoticed while other horses may develop a severe infection and remain ill for weeks.

Equine influenza is spread as your horse breaths in droplets of infective material. Can be transmitted by air l from horse to horse over distances as far as 30 yards more or less, by (snorting or coughing). Horses with influenza usually have a dry, hacking cough that increases the spread of the virus in areas where horses are concentrated, such as at public stables, shows, and sales.

Prevention of Equine Influenza is really very simple. A clean barn and vaccinating horses against equine influenza go a long way in preventing an influenza outbreak. It is very important to keep your horse vaccines up-to-date and have a good insect control and de-worming program in place.

Most horse owners vaccinate most often against eastern and western encephalitis, tetanus and influenza but often neglect vaccinating against the rhinovirus.

Rhinipneumonitis-is also a viral disease, which can pass from horse to horse. It is rarely fatal to adult horses, but can cause abortion in mares at almost any stage of pregnancy. The symptoms are similar to influenza, such as watery discharge of the horses nasal passages, rise in temperature, lethargy, coughing and appetite loss. Abortion in pregnant mares usually occurs during the final trimester of the pregnancy.

Usually pregnant mares are give the rhino shot at the 5th, 7th and 9th month of pregnancy. Influenza vaccines should be given once a year with a booter shot in three months. Many horse owners choose not to vaccinate their horses with the flu vac and have never had an outbreak, but my advice is to contact your vet for more information on what vaccines your horse or horses need and do ask him or her about the rhino vaccine if you have any pregnant mares. There are many pros and cons to vaccines, some horse owners prefer holistic herbs vs vaccines and have had good reports, so again check with other knowledgeable horse owners and get the information you need to protect the health of your horse.…

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Hypertension – Home Made Support Group

Hypertension – Home Made Support Group

What an emotional day I am having, My day started out with a fantastic run, my doctor told me I have sky-high blood pressure and my food consumption will be limited and I need to lose 100 pounds.

I have to admit that I am a mommas’ boy. Yes I am 6 foot 5 former football player who has put fear into many opponents. But I am a mommas’ boy and I talk to her almost daily. When we moved away from our old city she was not happy about our decision and tried to influence me to stay. Just so you know I have the only set of grand children and we were moving 2000 miles away. I don’t blame her for not wanting us to move, it was something that was going to happen regardless of her feelings.

I did not want to give her the bad news, I was not worried about the high blood pressure information. I was more concerned about telling her how I was going to handle it. My mom always sided with being more cautious and not taking risk. I am very outgoing, I left my home and country at 19 to head out for College far away to play football and go to school.

My plan to lose 100 pounds was simple, diet and exercise. This sounds familiar for most people, eat better and exercise more and you should be able to lose a couple pounds here and few pounds there. My plan to lose 100 pounds is going to be different from the norm of losing one or two pounds a month. If I need to weigh 100 pounds less, I believe the sooner I hit my goal weight the better it will be for me. I will not use any form of medication that will suppress appetite or help you burn more calories.

My plan is to run off all the extra fat that I need to get rid of. I will compliment this running with an intense weight lifting program. I have no interest in looking similar to the very slender model types body shape that is perceived to be healthy because they are skinny. I want this weight gone in 20 weeks.

My phone call to my mom went better than expected. I told I have high blood pressure and need to drop 100 pounds. She said that was a lot and will take a long time. Then I broke the news to her, I said Mom I need your positive support about this but my plan is to lose the weight in 20 weeks through detailed diet and three work outs a day. My mom said it will be just like when you trained to play football and you know how to cook so I am sure you can do it.

Nothing makes a mommas’ boy get pumped more than having their mom support them!…

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10 Tips to Prevent Influenza

10 Tips to Prevent Influenza

Do not belittle influenza. Especially for you who are old, influenza can be harder to fight than influenza that attacks young men. It is because the immune system of old men usually goes down and the types of influenza virus that attack people are usually different.

There are three types of influenza virus; type A, B, and C. Each of them has its own family. Avian influenza for example includes type A. The types of influenza virus are also not same in their fierceness. Influenza that commonly attacks Europeans for example includes the vicious influenza virus.

That is why, not all types of influenza virus have antibiotics. However, you can prevent them. There are only two ways; increasing your immune system and reduce the possibility of your body to be entered by a virus.

The followings are 10 tips to prevent influenza:

1.Ask for influenza vaccine.

This way should be done especially for you who are old. However, not all types of influenza virus can be avoided by influenza vaccine. That is why, this vaccine is perfected over time.

2. Stay away from coldness.

The longer you catch cold by air, water, air conditioner, cold drink, or wind, the weaker your immune system is and the easier you come down with any virus. The only way to avoid the virus is by increasing your immune system. You should prevent the influenza virus to round into other diseases like laryngitis, throat infections, catarrh, bronchopneumonia, or pneumonia.

That is why, when you come down with influenza, you should stay at home. This way is not only beneficial to you, but also other people, so they are not contaminated with the virus.

3. Strengthen your body.

Strengthen your immune system by taking a rest and having nutritious foods, especially high protein foods. You can also warm your body by drinking hot water, taking a bath with warm water, etc.

4. Avoid going downtown.

This way should be done to prevent you to be contaminated by influenza virus because this virus easily contaminate through air. Thus, if you really do not need to go downtown, it is better for you to stay away from it.

5. Reduce smoking and drinking alcohol.

Those activities lean to reduce your immune system. Smoking can hurt the mucous membrane of your bronchus, so your bronchus is easily entered by virus. Smoking can also weaken the bronchus of passive smokers.

6. Wash your hands frequently with soap.

This way should be done to prevent your hands and fingers become the virus transfer source. Your hands may touch anything that is touched by influenza sufferer, so you might be contaminated by the virus.

7. Clean your nose when you are home.

This way should be done to make sure that you are not contaminated by influenza virus.

8. Gargle.

Influenza virus enters your body through your nose and mouth. Thus, you should keep them clean. On of the ways to clean your mouth is by gargling. You should also wash your teeth, especially before you sleep at night.

9. Do breathing therapy.

Your immune system needs sufficient oxygen and breathing therapy can cool down your lungs and finally increase your immune system. In this breathing therapy, you should drag in open fresh air as much as you are able and keep your breathing as long as you are able. You can add some body movements like taking a walk and doing gymnastics to perfect the result.

In addition, this therapy is also useful to heal you from physical and mental stress that also can reduce your immune system.

10. Sleep sufficiently.

Do not be fixated by interesting television programs, entertainments, and outdoor activities in your spare time at night. You should use your spare time to take a rest after your tiring time at noon. The insufficient sleep and excessive tiredness can reduce your immune system.…