Indoor Air Pollution

December 15, 2011 at 10:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Half of the world’s population is exposed to Indoor air pollution , mainly from burning solid fuels from cooking and heating, such as firewood and cow dung. Approximately 36% of  lower respiratory infection and  22% of  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is attributed to indoor pollutants, making indoor pollution an urgent issue that affects everyone!

Makes you wonder what is being done?

Because most pollutions occur in the home, it is hard to establish clear regulations:

  • Eliminate lead paint
  • Reduce the production and use of carpets containing formaldehyde
  • Banning some asbestos- containing products
  • Encourage smoke free-homes
On a more public level governments and public health officials have been promoting  that individuals seeking professional help to monitor mold, Carbon monixide and other contaminants, ensure the promotion of adequate ventilation, as well as advocating laws banning smoking in public places to reduce the effect of Second hand smoking.
There have been several studies done to show the significance and the effect of this problem. For instance, In-Home Particle Concentrations and Childhood Asthma Morbidity, is a study performed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University which established

that a substantial increases in asthma symptoms were associated both with higher indoor concentrations of fine particles and with higher indoor concentrations of coarse particles.
Indoor air pollution, is a persisting public health issue. Many studies on diseases and side effects have been published to emphasize the  importance of paying this issue attention so that our children, mothers and families are protected from risks as they do the most basic of biological functions, breathing.

Importance of Breakfast

March 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Posted in Health Lives, Nutrition, Physical Health | 20 Comments

In a study I read that emphasizes the importance eating breakfast andhow this widely ignored meal has a great effect on the health of men and women and their body mass index (BMI).

The study concluded that  men who didn’t eat or ate less than the standard breakfast had the highest BMI while the individuals who ate the standard or greater breakfast had lower BMI. So as the amount of breakfast increased the BMI decreased. However, this relationship did not work among women and was not observed. Also the kind of food that was eaten has its affects on the BMI.

In the year 1976, the frequency of consumption of chicken, wieners (sausages), and alcohol together with dieting to lose weight was positively associated with men’s BMI, whereas food variety and the frequency of  consumption of spreads were negatively related to BMI for men.

Then in the year 1986, it was seen that there is eating between meals and the frequency of consumption of coffee and table salt were associated with increases in BMI, whereas physical activity was negatively as sociated with BMI. Moreover, the consumption of coffee was positively correlated with energy-dense foods (meat, desserts, hard cheese, sweetened drinks, butter), table salt, and eating between meals but  negatively correlated with breakfast, vegetables, fruit, cereals, and vegetarianism.

Finally, in 2005, the frequency of consumption of salad dressings and coladrinks together with smoking and more than 1 egg consumed per sitting were associated with increased BMI.

I always believed that eating sufficient amounts of breakfast and making it as habit helps me start my day with a great amount of energy and satisfaction and now that I know it lowers the BMI and protect from many health risks I shall promote it to my friends and family and you should do the same!

Source :

Kent, L. M., & Worsley, A. (2010). Breakfast size is related to body mass index for men, but not women. Nutrition Research, 30 (4), 240-245.

Trans Fatty Acids

March 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Health Lives, Nutrition, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

In a Journal article I read on the adverse health effects of trans fatty acids (TFA). Raised some concerns about the food that we eat everyday even the one the we believe is healthy.

In many cohort studies mentioned in the journal increase consumption of TFA by 2% showed approximately 25% increase in cardiovascular disease ( CVD). Also another cohort study that followed 120,000 female nurses showed that 2% increase in TFA intake lead to doubling of coronary heart disease (CHD) risk.

In another study that examined the association between TFA and Metabolic syndrome and there was no association however when examining the association between TFA and Diabetes a significant relation was seen .

Knowing that CVD is a major cause of death  in the United States makes TFA un-ignorable risk factor! The WHO recognizes that TFA is dangerous and so it recommends that people should have less than 1% intake while the FDA recommends that TFA should be stated on the label. In my opinion instead of recommendation we should do what Denmark did; eliminate TFA from products.

Talk to Teens about Healthy Relationships

February 23, 2011 at 1:13 am | Posted in Emotional Health, Teens, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

In an tutorial article on the CDC website health dating habits were discussed. Many teenagers enter the realm of dating not knowing the dangers and problems that could arise from having an abusive or controlling partner. The article encourages parents to talk to their offspring, preferably before they start.

Experts say the earlier, the better. It is important to help teenagers develop healthy relationship skills early since that determines how they act and interact with others all through there adult lives. It is important that teenagers learn respect for their boyfriends or girlfriends as well as learn to control their anger, learn how to negotiation and compromise and learn how to be assertive instead of aggressive.

Learning these skills and techniques help you maintain a healthy relationship and avoid being in a relationship with a person who is trying to control or manipulate you to get his or her. Another dating problem that should be addressed is dating violence which is a pattern of controlling behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend, each teenager should be protected against this behavior

Protecting Against Tobacco

February 23, 2011 at 12:35 am | Posted in Health Lives, Physical Health, Teens | Leave a comment

In a news feed by the World Health organization website, WHO is calling the public and officials to cooperate to take action against tobacco advertisement and promotion strategies and support the new aim to enforce legislation protecting against tobacco use in all public and privet settings.

This strong campaign came after new surveys showing increasing number of smoking females. It is true that men are more likely to smoke than women are but recently it was see that some girls use tobacco more than boys in counties such as, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria and Uruguay.

Many girls reside to smoking because they believe it is liberating and glamorous when in reality it is addictive and deadly, ignorant of it’s harmful content. Because of this rising trend of tobacco used  the WHO is urging global action to protect women and girls against the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use whether it’s through first or second.

Cell Phone Use and Health

February 23, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Health Lives, Luxuries and their effect on health, Physical Health | Leave a comment

An article in the New York time discussing a new study on the health effects of cell phone use. The study was conducted in 2009, there were about 47 subjects who agreed to undergo positron emission tomography, or PET, scans, a type of scan used to measure brain glucose metabolism, a marker of brain activity. Each subject was attached on a cell phone on each ear and then underwent two 50-minute scans.

Looking at the scans , it was seen that there is increased consumption of sugar in the area closest to the activated phone. It was documented in previous studies that the human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by cell phones and that the weak radio frequency signals from cell phones have the potential to alter brain function.

A few observational studies have suggested a link between heavy cell phone use and rare brain tumors however major medical groups have said that cell phones are safe, but some top doctors have urged the use of headsets as a precaution.

However in my opinion excessive cell phone use is still a problem because it is a time consumer and could be addictive. Moreover parents out to monitortheir children’s cell phone uses.

The Big Snooze

February 17, 2011 at 3:07 am | Posted in Emotional Health, Health Lives, Physical Health, Sleep Importance | 1 Comment

Many people are not getting the 7-8 hours of sleep they must get to be well and sickness free. Sleep is considered the cure that helps prevent cancer, weight gain and heart disease;  it is known to improve memory and athletic performance and even fend off colds.

Approximately 60 percent of people are sleep deprived they sleep less than the required  seven to eight hours during the night. it is recommended that we allow our bodies enough time to go through the 5 stages of the sleep cycle.

Like all other matters in the world sleep is the same… it should not be over done. If a person sleeps more than 8 hours he is at risk type 2 diabetes. On the other hand sleeping  sleeping less than 7 hours you are susceptible  to disease like colds, also weight gain becomes a source of concern. If you sleep less than 6 hours your memory becomes impaired reaction time and general cognition.

Engagement in life activities promotes healthy aging in men

February 9, 2011 at 3:05 am | Posted in Elderly Health, Health Lives, Physical Health, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The journal recommends that aging men should get involved in everyday activities, be socially connected and active as well as exercises . These recommendation not only lower levels of dis

ability but they increase longetivity, encourage healthy behavioral changes, delay frailty, improve feelings of well-being and reduce risk of mortality depressive symptoms or dementia and cardiovascular disease.

The journallisted three “successful Aging” components which include (1) avoiding disease and disability, (2) high cognitive and physical functions and (3) engagement with life.

The journal also listed productive activities and health benefits that had been proven to the old adults including hobbies, political groups, paid work, volunteering and gardening.

Flu-Free, Healthy Travel this Winter

February 4, 2011 at 7:17 am | Posted in Health Lives, News, Screening, Travel Musts, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In a recent feature by the Center of Disease Control on  safety and flu free travels regardless the  destination. It is generally recommended that the traveler received the flu vaccine before leaving.

Before traveling get the flu vaccine which is considered that best prevention. Flu vaccines are available at health departments and many local and state clinics. It is also recommended to prepare a travel size health kit that contains items that will make you more comfortable and help in reducing the pain or fever. However, if you are not feeling well then you must not travel at all because traveling can be tiresome and this could cause you to be susceptible to a disease.

During you travels if you become ill or start exhibiting signs & symptoms of the flu   then you must follow basic steps such as, washing your hands, cough or sneeze in a tissue or upper sleeve. You should also avoid touching the eyes and other sensitive body parts. Also, avoid contact with sick or healthy people ( in the case of being sick )

Diabetes Is On The Increase Among Children

February 2, 2011 at 2:32 am | Posted in Child Health, Chronic Diseases, Health Lives, News, Nutrition, Physical Health, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

It was recently detected that diabetes in children on the increase however physicians are failing to detect it because they believe that only adults are at risk.

Over the years and increase in the levels of obesity are seen, consequently it is expected that diabetes ( a disease with obesity as a risk or cause ) would increase as well or even reach an epidemic level.

Diabetes being a chronic disease must be controlled and monitored whether it’s type 1 or 2. Type 2  is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body’s inability to make sufficient insulin. Neglect to dedicate attention to this disease could lease to serious complications such as blindness, leg amputations, kidney disease, heart attack and stroke.

According to the article two things must be done in order to turn the diabetes situation around :

1. Parents, you need to turn your child’s diet around.  Children shouldn’t eat so much fast food and soda

2. Children need to learn of the consequences of poor eating. Education is essential

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