Hot Flashes Cause Millions of Dollars in Lost Wages

 Hot Flashes Cause Millions of Dollars in Lost WagesIn a new study just published on August 27 in the journal Menopause, Phillip Sarrel, MD and colleagues have shown that moderate to severe hot flashes in menopausal women are not being treated in the majority of women. Women with hot flashes due to lack of hormonal replacement have many other symptoms in addition to just feeling hot. Other frequently occurring symptoms include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety and impaired short­term memory.

Dr. Sarrel, the lead author, is quoted as saying “Not treating these common symptoms causes many women to drop out of the labor force at a time when their careers are on the upswing…This also places demands on health care and drives up insurance costs.”

The researchers analyzed data on health insurance claims from over 500,000 women. Half of these women had hot flashes and the other half did not. All were insured by Fortune 500 companies.

The findings are startling. Women who experienced hot flashes had 1.5 million more healthcare visits than women without hot flashes. “Costs for the additional health care was $339,559,458. The cost of work lost was another $27,668,410 during the 12­ month study period.”

“Women are not mentioning it to their healthcare providers, and providers aren’t bringing it up,” said Sarrel.

“The symptoms can be easily treated in a variety of ways, such as with low­dose hormone patches, non­hormonal medications, and simple environmental adjustments such as cooling the workplace.”

From his comments I can see the Dr Sarrel is in agreement with me. Most, but not all, women in menopause will be significantly helped by bio identical hormone replacement therapy.

I want to remind all my readers and patients that the Women’s Health Initiative, which is the study that caused the reduction in the use of hormone replacement therapy was not reported correctly to us. The headlines did not indicate that the estrogen used in the study was from horses rather than human hormones. In addition the progesterone used in the study was not human progesterone, but was rather a pharmaceutically manufactured chemical that had progesterone – like effects.

With these startling statistics about women dropping out of the task force, please talk to your physicians about considering the use of bio identical hormone replacement when you or your loved one, goes into menopause.

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More on Alzheimer’s Disease Risks

 More on Alzheimers Disease RisksI have had a wellness oriented practice of medicine for over 30 years. My patients and readers all know that.

In the early 1980s I realized from evidence that was obvious in the medical literature even at that time, that smoking was bad for one’s health. I believed that anyone who is coming to me saying they wanted to improve their health, who was still smoking, was lying to themselves.

For that reason, I stopped seeing any new patients who were smoking. Over the years patients with significant health problems quit smoking, so that they could come and visit with me to begin using integrative medicine to improve their health.

Over the last decade now, the evils of smoking that were obvious to me and other physicians in the early 1980s have come to the forefront. Finally, after decades, the government has supported efforts to help people quit smoking.

“The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health authorities around the world have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life. Yet we are continually learning new ways in which smoking harms health.

In the latest example, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International are reporting, based on a review of scientific studies, that smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of developing dementia compared to non­smokers. ”

This is an astonishing large percentage increase in a devastating disease just from smoking cigarettes.

My only question is “what took them so long?”

If you have a friend or relative who is still smoking, please ask them to quit!

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Super Dangerous Kids Football Head Injuries & Strokes!

 Super Dangerous Kids Football Head Injuries & Strokes!More than 55 percent of high school students participate in athletics, activities that can lend invaluable experiences in teamwork and dedication along with boosting self-esteem and physical fitness levels.

Among them, football is ranked the most popular sport for high school boys, with over 1.1 million high-school-aged participants across the country, according to the 2008-09 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Unfortunately, football also results in more direct catastrophic injuries than any other sport tracked by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, and appears to be much more dangerous at the high school level than the college level.

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10 Riskiest Foods Revealed Which Foods are Most Likely to Make You Sick?

 10 Riskiest Foods Revealed  Which Foods are Most Likely to Make You Sick?Massive egg recalls in past years, prompted by thousands of cases of Salmonella poisoning, is now safely behind us, but there are still foods lurking in your supermarket that have the potential to make you sick.

Food-borne diseases cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In all, about 200 diseases can be transmitted through food, including via viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, metals and prions. Most deadly, however, are bacteria, which account for 72 percent of food-related deaths, followed by parasites (21 percent), and viruses (7 percent). And though there are countless organisms that can make you ill, just five pathogens are responsible for 90 percent of food-related deaths each year. These include:

  1. Salmonella (31 percent)
  2. Listeria (28 percent)
  3. Toxoplasma (21 percent)
  4. Norwalk-like viruses (7 percent)
  5. Campylobacter (5 percent)

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Want to Dream Away Your Problems? Awake Refreshed with Amazing Solutions that will Shock and Amaze You

 Want to Dream Away Your Problems? Awake Refreshed with Amazing Solutions that will Shock and Amaze You“Sleeping on it” has long been one of the best pieces of advice when faced with a difficult decision or a complex problem. A good night’s sleep has a way of helping us sort through our options and identify solutions that were invisible to us the day before.

Exactly how sleep works its problem-solving magic is more of a mystery, but it’s well known that getting enough high-quality sleep can improve your memory. Further, when you learn a new skill, the memories are vulnerable until they are “solidified” in your brain. It appears that sleeping plays a key role in this process, which may explain why infants, who are constantly learning new skills, require so much more sleep than adults.

But new research is revealing there’s another part of sleep that also makes a mark on your brain, and its ability to solve problems, and that is your dreams.

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Athlete’s Foot: How to Get Rid of This Common and Incredibly Itchy Fungal Infection

 Athlete’s Foot: How to Get Rid of This Common and Incredibly Itchy Fungal InfectionAthlete’s foot is one of the most common skin infections around, and usually attacks your feet in the dark, damp areas between your toes. Fungus, of course, love moist environments of all kinds, including showers, swimming pools and locker rooms, the latter being why this infection got the name “athlete’s foot.”

Top Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

If you have one or several of the symptoms below, you could have athlete’s foot:

  • Itching, stinging or burning between your toes or on the soles of your feet
  • Itchy blisters

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Air Pollution Puts 2 Million Americans at Risk of Cancer, EPA Says

 Air Pollution Puts 2 Million Americans at Risk of Cancer, EPA SaysTwo million Americans, living in close to 600 U.S. neighborhoods, are exposed to air pollution at levels that increase their risk of cancer significantly, a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found.

While the EPA said all Americans have an increased cancer risk of greater than 10 in a million due to air pollution, those in the most polluted areas face cancer risks of greater than 100 in a million — a level the EPA generally regards as unacceptable.

For comparison, the average cancer risk in the United States is 36 in 1 million, according to the National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment.

“If we are in between 10 in 1 million and 100 in 1 million we want to look more deeply at that. If the risk is greater than 100 in 1 million, we don’t like that at all … we want to investigate that risk and do something about it,” Kelly Rimer, an environmental scientist with the EPA, told The Associated Press.

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Four Ways Sittosis “Tin Man Syndrome” is Overcome Naturally

 Four Ways Sittosis Tin Man Syndrome is Overcome NaturallyRemember the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz? His body hadn’t been used in so long that he was stiff, inflexible and barely capable of moving … that is, until Dorothy fixed him up with a few squirts of oil.

Well, like the Tin Man, your body, too, can “rust” and get stiff if you don’t use it. This can manifest not only in your joints and muscles, but also in your internal organs. After several decades of misuse or neglect, your body may begin to manifest signs of illness or even start to shut down.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease By Up To 122% !

 Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease  By Up To 122% !

As my readers and patients know, I am very passionate about normalizing the vitamin D levels of the population of the world. It is now estimated that over 1 billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D.

More and more studies are coming out showing the benefit of vitamin D for a plethora of medical conditions.

Now I am very excited to announce to you that a new study in the prestigious journal Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology, has just published a landmark article showing a strong association between vitamin D deficiency and Alzheimer’s disease.

This study was carried out by lead author David Llewellyn, PhD, and is thought by the authors of the article to be the first large and prospective study looking at the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and vitamin D in patients.

The findings showed that for the elderly Americans who took part in the study, those who were severely deficient in vitamin D were 122% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Those who were just deficient had a 69% percent increase in the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

These are astonishing numbers!

The study looked at over 1600 adults who were 65 years or older who were deemed to be free of other disease. After meauring their baseline vitamin D levels, the people in the study were followed for six years to see who went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia.

The lead author of the study, Dr.Llywelyn said “We expected to find an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising – we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated.”

He went on to say that “We need to be cautious at this early stage and our latest results do not demonstrate that low vitamin D levels cause dementia. That said, our findings are very encouraging and even if a small number of people could benefit, this would have enormous public health implications given the devastating and costly nature of dementia.”

 Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease  By Up To 122% !

He recommended clinical trials to establish whether increasing in advance people’s vitamin D levels would delay orprevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

This study puts a lot of wind in the sails of physicians who study vitamin D, including myself. However, I want to point out to my readers what levels the researchers used to define deficiency!

They defined deficiency as a vitamin D level less than 20 ng/mL. They defined a severe deficiency as a vitamin D level less than 10 ng/mL.

In the eyes of progressive vitamin D researchers these are extraordinarily low vitamin D levels. But these are the levels where research is done.

In spite of the strong evidence that many extra­skeletal benefits are derived from levels of vitamin D between 40 and 70 ng/mL, the very conservative Institute of Medicine of the United States, recommends a level of 20 ng/mL, and the Endocrine Society recommends a level of 30 ng/mL for good health. Even these two organizations cannot agree on a healthy vitamin D level.

I clearly do not agree with these recommendations for vitamin D blood levels , nor do my vitamin D research colleagues. My recommendation for a healthy person is to keep their vitamin D blood level between 40 and 70 ng/mL. The medical literature again for extra skeletal benefit strongly supports these numbers.

The Authors of the article, of course, call for additional prospective research. This will take many more years to accomplish.

My position on this is that there is no harm in normalizing our own levels of vitamin D until the research comes out. But articles like this one showed the handwriting on the wall that proper vitamin D levels can be protective against many health conditions.

Where do you stand on this issue of what level of vitamin D should we have? I look forward to your comments on twitter or Facebook.

Dr. Soram

Link between vitamin D, dementia risk confirmed

Vitamin D and cognition in older adults’: updated international recommendations

Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease

Vitamin D effects on musculoskeletal health, immunity, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, fertility, pregnancy, dementia,and mortality: a review of recent evidence.

Meta­analysis of All­ Cause Mortality According to Serum 25­Hydroxyvitamin D

Vitamin D Video by Dr Oz

Nice Video by Dr Oz. I don’t agree with his sun recommendations or his cod liver oil recommendations. I also don’t agree with his recommendation of only 1000 IU per day­. I recommend 2000 a day for an otherwise healthy adult, but otherwise, this interview has some good education about Vitamin D including his talk about the Vitamin D winter for those in the northern 2/3 of the US. Don’t forget your kids too!

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Have You Ever Had Complex Complexion Issues? Acne and What You Should Know

 Have You Ever Had Complex Complexion Issues? Acne and What You Should KnowAcne vulgaris — just the sound of the word conjures up unpleasant images and those teenagers and adults suffering from this condition usually end up enduring years of emotional distress and, in some cases, physical scarring of the skin.

While this condition afflicts almost 85 percent of the young adult population aged 12 through 24, it doesn’t simply end there. Acne affects people of all ages. Considered one of the most common skin diseases, it ranges in severity from mild to moderate and tends to flare up in the following categories and life stages:

  • Women going through hormonal changes such as during pregnancy, menstrual cycles and when starting or stopping birth control pills
  • Teens reaching puberty
  • Those facing stressful situations

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