(Natural News) What if your doctor told you that taking out a small chunk of your brain will help you build immunity against infectious diseases – would you let the surgeon get to work on you and your children? The dire risk versus the inflated benefit would certainly need to be weighed and considered quite carefully. Why? You might lose your ability to socialize in a normal fashion, or lose some basic coordination skills, such as the ability to write with a pen or ever play sports again. The upside would be that you might have better immunity against some rather benign diseases, like rotavirus, chicken pox, measles and human papillomavirus (HPV). Then again, you might not. Most vaccines are just a “shot in the dark.”What if you found out today that vaccines aren’t just “equipped” with random strains of genetically modified versions of LIVE viruses, but also pathogens that are often combined dangerously into one vial and loaded with … [Read more...] about Top 8 “immunity builders” that actually contain insanely dangerous ingredients
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He told the triage nurse he thought he had a cold. He'd been coughing for a few days and thought he might need to see a doctor. The triage nurse looked at him. He was sitting quietly in his chair, breathing slowly, deeply, not coughing. His vital signs were all right—maybe his oxygen level was a bit low, but overall he didn't look too sick. So she sent him not to the E.R. but to the walk-in clinic down the hall. Which is how I met him.It had been a busy day, with the usual range of sore backs and sore throats and people whose dogs had somehow managed (again!) to eat all their prescription narcotics. By the time I met the man with the cold, he'd been waiting in an exam room for 2 hours. The charge nurse had put him there when he'd started coughing in the waiting room. I stopped in the doorway, arrested by what I saw slumped on the end of the exam table. He was breathing fast, maybe 30 times a minute, hunching his shoulders to help every breath. His lips had a bluish tinge. I … [Read more...] about Survive Your Doctor
InfectionIn mid-november, 2010, Alex O. wondered for the first time if he might be dying. For 6 weeks, the 27-year-old had been suffering from a digestive disease as horrific as it was mysterious. Shortly after breaking up with his girlfriend in late September that year, he'd started experiencing bouts of diarrhea, which he initially thought might be due to the stress of heartbreak. After a month, however, his diarrhea hadn't improved and was now flecked with blood. Stabs of gut pain had begun to wake him up at night."The persistence of the diarrhea," he recalls, "kind of told me it wasn't due to my mental landscape."Alex, a freelance graphic designer who works part-time at a food co-op in Minneapolis, had long described himself as "100 percent average"—5'10", 170 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes. But his illness was making him look and feel anything but average. He could see in the mirror how quickly his face was turning gaunt and pale. He could feel his vitality draining too, … [Read more...] about Can You Be Too Clean?
World AIDS Day is today, December 1. Although some of you may classify HIV an issue of the '80s, consider that more than 50,000 Americans will become infected with the disease within the next year. If that's not enough to catch your attention, here are more reasons why you should still care about America’s deadliest STD:You May Already Have It—And Not Know It. Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. already have HIV—and 20 percent of them don’t know it, reports the CDC. “Many people in American have this ‘It can’t affect me’ mentality,” says Dr. Marisa Briones, research fellow at the AIDS Research Alliance of California. “But the problem with that outlook is—it can. That’s the scariest thing about HIV; you don’t know when you’re exposed to it.”More from MensHealth.com: Are Men Oblivious about STDs?Condoms Now Have Competition. The CDC states that one of the most common ways that HIV is spread … [Read more...] about The Deadliest STD in the U.S.
After Zoey D.* gave birth to two perfect baby girls in June of 2015, her congratulatory friends and family couldn’t stop gushing about what a “miracle” they were—but most of them had no idea how truly miraculous the twins’ perfect health really was.RELATED: Why We Need to Stop Treating HIV Like a Dirty Little SecretThe babies’ father, Aiden*, is HIV positive (a fact that remains unknown to most of the couple's loved ones), but with medication, Zoey was able to remain virus-free and successfully conceive and deliver two perfectly healthy babies with Aiden.Zoey is just one of the 468,000 American women who stand to benefit from the miracle drug Truvada, the only brand of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PrEP, for short) for HIV prevention currently available on the market. It’s a daily pill, much like birth control, that is up to 99 percent effective at preventing new HIV infections when taken as directed by a person who is HIV-negative.RELATED: This … [Read more...] about There’s a Drug That Prevents HIV—So Why Don’t More Women Know About It?
The cervix connects the vagina to the uterus in a woman’s reproductive system. In the U.S., there are about 12,990 new cases of cervical cancer estimated for 2016, according to the American Cancer Society. Of these new cases, 4,120 women are expected to die from cervical cancer. Fortunately, the cervical cancer death rate has dropped by over 50% over the last 50 years, partially due to early screening. It’s also important to keep in mind the several warning signs of cervical cancer (1). This can help you start the treatment process quickly and effectively. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and all women are at risk after they begin to have sex. There are more than 100 types of HPVs, and 15 of them are thought to cause cervical cancer (2). HPV spreads as a result of sexual contact with an infected person, therefore, women who have had many sex partners have a greater risk of becoming infected, which in turn can raise the risk … [Read more...] about Early Cervical Cancer Signs You Should Not Ignore
Many diseases have harassed human beings through the history, sometimes turning into terrifying epidemics, such as plague. The latest medical research has helped to find vaccines and efficient drugs to prevent or cure most popular infections. However, the lack of health care provision and poor sanitation conditions in many regions of the world, stressful life in densely populated and polluted urban areas, promiscuous sexual behavior and many other reasons keep cultivating numerous diseases and infections that kill millions of people every year. So what are the deadliest diseases responsible for the biggest number of fatalities today? Influenza, commonly known as flu, is a highly contagious illness, affecting both lower and upper respiratory tracts. It is caused by viruses, normally appears during winter months and has a wide range of symptoms including fever, nasal congestion, cough, running nose, muscle pain, fatigue, headache and more. It can be similar to common cold on early … [Read more...] about Top 7 Deadliest Diseases You Should Beware Of