Using your brain is the best way to keep it healthy.
Why? A working brain has increased blood flow. Increased blood flow brings oxygen, nutrients and removes waste products. As your brain cells need oxygen to fully function, using your brain is a great way to increase its oxygen content.
Studies have shown that Alzheimer's is minimized by people who continually exercise their brain. I'll locate some when I get a chance.
So exercise your brain to keep it healthy!
Breathe deeply while reading a book on astrophysics. If that will put you to sleep, try listening to language tapes while driving in your car.
Does TV work? Unless you're watching Jeopardy or trying to solve the case with Dr House, I don't think so.
Of course, one must eat healthy as well for proper brain health. But let's take one step at a time!
For now, pick up a great book and try to learn something new. If your partner tells you to get up, tell' Read More
Sittin here thinking I've gotta go to bed. My science board exams are on Tuesday and I've got to study hard and be focused. Every try to review 2 years worth of material...in a week? I'm giving it a shot. The good thing about med school is you get information over and over again - a slight twist on it or perhaps more in depth, but repeated. Lucky for us - and our patients.
All my classmates are hitting the 3rd year wall. Anxious to graduate but seriously fatigued from all the stress to perform. We're getting there. Week by week.
I must say the experience has been overall quite incredible. Would I repeat it? Nope. But becoming a doctor is becoming a lifelong student. I am prepared for that and look forward to continuing my education - outside of Bastyr University's walls!
August 2nd are my board exams. Think positive thoughts!
My 29 year old wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis. Drug free and no progression of disease. How did we do it? Diet for the most part.
It is possible to get off of steroids, NSAID's and pain killers. In fact, it is far superior in my opinion. But do not let my opinion be any good.
Let the medical research community tell you. I have pulled up numerous randomized controlled studies and complementary and alternative medicine studies done on rheumatoid arthritis and diet therapy. Please follow the links below to read them.
DIRECTIONS to read the studies: Click the randomized controlled studies link, then you must copy and paste (or type) this in: arthritis, rheumatoid [majr] and diet therapy then hit GO. The search results will show 39 studies.
Huge topic. I can write a book on this but best not yet! Two more years of med school yet and by then I'll be even more versed in how to lower cholesterol naturally.
First: What is cholesterol? According to Stedman's Medical Dictionary, cholesterol is "the most abundant steroid in animal tissues, especially in bile and gall stones, and present in food, especially rich in animal fats, circulates in plasma complexed to proteins of various densities and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atheroma formation in arteries."
What is pathogenesis of atheroma? It is the beginning stage of atherosclerosis which is the building of lipid [cholesterol] plaques within the structure of arteries. These plaques narrow the vessel wall thereby limiting the flow of blood. Limiting the flow of blood causes turbulence which causes further deposition of plaque. The slowed speed of blood through the arteries helps lay down more plaque as
Excuse me! This is one of my more serious blog entries - as it should be. Cleansing is not to be taken lightly. If time is an issue, you may print it out and read it on your own time. It is also handy to print out so you can refer to it without having to hop on the computer all the time.
I will never forget the day my mom told me to wash strawberries. As a typical inquisitive 4 year old, I asked, 'Why?' Because fruit pickers pick their nose was her response. I then washed them - sometimes.
Now as a 31 year old, I buy organic produce which must mean it is free from boogers and by all means, it best be free from pesticides. But as a med student with a wife, two kids and a mortgage, the wallet feels stress when buying organic produce.
Demand has gone up for organic products, especially in Seattle, which has lowered the cost some; but not enough during the rough financial times.
So I find myself wondering which of the non-organic veggies and fruits are the safest to eat? A watermelon looks tough - it has a big thick skin. A juicy thin-skinned peach must be really tasty to bugs so the growers must spray the heck out of it.
This rationale obviously is not fool-proof and did not put me at ease when buying non-organic
As I was couch bound one evening, a 'cute' commerical for an eczema drug appeared. It stated that it treated eczema and that there was no cure for eczema. Needless to say, as a naturopathic medical student, I was furious. There is a cure for eczema. It is called prevention. But that is another issue.
The issue I want to address here: Elidel, the 'cute' eczema drug, causes cancer in three different animal species. That is not cute. Protopic also causes cancer in the same animal species.
The FDA advised doctors to prescribe Elidel or Protopic only if all else failed for eczema. Do not use long term and do not use on children under 2.
What are the advisories on Elidel and Protopic:
Do not use on 2 years or younger
Do not use on people with weak immune systems
Do not use long term - only intermittently or short term
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