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22 Mar 2016

Huntingtons Disease Symptoms

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Huntington’s disease is nothing but a disorder that is generally passed-down via families in which bodily nerve cells in some regions of the brain degenerate or waste away.

Main Causes for the Disease

Huntington’s disease is normally produced by a hereditary fault on chromosome 4. The fault/defect causes a portion of DNA known as a CAG repeat, to happen several times that is completely opposite to what is normally assumed to.

Generally, this part of DNA is reiterated nearly 10 to 28 times in a human being, but in the case of individuals with this disease, it is replicated nearly 36 to 120 times.

As the gene (DNA) is transferred down through various generations, the number of replicates normally tends to get bigger. The larger the total numbers of CAG repeats, the greater your possibility of producing Huntington’s disease symptoms at a younger age.

As a result, it has been noticed that this disease is passed down along families; the symptoms will develop at much younger and earlier ages.

Common Symptoms of Huntington’s disease

Huntington’s disease generally produces disorders associated with movement, psychiatric, and cognitive with a broad range of early indications and symptoms. The symptoms that appear first will largely depend on the affected person.
Movement Disorders – The movement ailments connected with Huntington’s disease include both reflex movements and injuries in normally voluntary movements. Here are some common symptoms:

• Involuntary shaking or wriggling movements – Chorea
• Muscle rigidity
• Slow or irregular eye actions
• Slow, clumsy fine actions
• Reflex, continued contracture of muscles – dystonia
• Difficulty swallowing
• Impaired posture, gait, and balance

Cognitive Disorders

– The common cognitive impairments that are frequently connected with Huntington’s disease include:

• Incapability to begin a conversation or task
• Difficultly in planning, consolidating, and arranging tasks
• Deficiency of impulse-control
• Inclination to get trapped on a behavior, thought, or action
• Unawareness of one’s own abilities and behaviors
• Lateness in handling thoughts or discovering words

Psychiatric Disorders

–Depression is the most common symptom of Huntington’s disease, when it comes to psychiatric disorder. The other symptoms and signs are as follows:

• Social withdrawal
• Sleeplessness or undue sleeping
• Feeling of unhappiness or sadness
• Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
• Fatigue, loss of energy or tiredness
• Change in desire
• Frequent feelings of suicide, dying or death
• Reduced sex desire

27 Oct 2015

Is Obama’s “Birth Certificate” controversy racially motivated?

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“I don’t scratch my head unless it itches, I don’t dance unless I hear music“–Denzel Wahington as Coach Herman Boone in “Remember the Titans”

I like that line, movies always come up with some cool sayings to me, and in this case if you miss the meaning it means “I don’t fake and front” or “schuck and jive” or “do the dance/ play the game” just to stroke your egos, once another blogger praised me for “Keeping it 100%” another way of saying “keeping it real
Then by all means, let’s keep it real shall we?
I feel that for awhile, I have NOT been keeping it real, posting BS blogs as to not “upset” anyone or giving anyone reason to call me a “reverse racist”, but I can only “fake it” for so long,  This subject has been bothering me like a thorn in my side for the longest time, and it may not be in the news, I don’t think it has ever occured to anyone, now this post is not defending Obama, after all ANY President is prone to slip-ups, but what I am talking about is this Birth Certificate fiasco, to which I shake my head.

It seems to me that had Obama not been some funny-sounding name dude from Hawaii, his citizenship would not have even come into question, but since he is of a different skin-color, these faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrr right-wing ass nuts want to question his “background” or legitamacy for being President of the United States, talking that BS about “where’s the birth certificate?”–are you f’n kidding me?
It’s the highest office in the land, don’t you think they’d DO A BACKGROUND CHECK?!!!!
I think that the real heart of the matter is that SOME, not all people just can’t digest  the idea of a Black President, and there has to be SOMETHING wrong with his election right?!!
Oh, *slaps head*, that’s it! He’s not really a citizen, well get his ass outta there!, put McCain in, now order has been restored to the universe!” correct?

Now, some of you may think I am ranting again or reading too much into things, but am I?   afterall, in this day and age, it’s not PC to be racist, but I’d respect them more if they just came out and said what they really feel (like the REAL racists do), at least we know where they stand, what I can’t stand is the fakers who feel this way but are too chicken-sh*t to express it, so they make up these absolutely ridiculous claims to hide behind their TRUE motives, and before whoever posts with some bullcrap about “I’m being racist”, first off, we live in 2 very different worlds, so our life experiences are different and I may be a little more astute to seeing it than some, it would be the same scenario if a woman called sexism when she sees it, a man would say “ahhhh you’re crazy!”
whereas I would say “is she?”
am I?  Is Obama’s birth certificate situation racially motivated?

27 Oct 2015

I choose to be in the World not the Whole World

Author: blogityourself | Category: Conditions | Tags:

How can I not help feel good on days like today? We get up by 5am at our home and I am so glad because I would truly hate to miss out on the beautiful sunrises, the smell of my neighbors Iris’s, or hearing the early birds song? Yes I woke up with very sore knees, a pain in my right thigh and my left shoulder is aching, but once I get up and look outside I am amazed how small I am in the scope of this beautiful world. This helps me keep my pain in perspective. While yes every step hurts, I am more interested in days like today than my own misery.

I have been sleeping good once I get to sleep. At the end of the day I have such sore legs, my knees burn unless I lay straight and I have never been able to sleep on my back, besides that hurts my neck and shoulders. It takes me a while to relax and get to sleep, but then I sleep good maybe turn once in a while, but other than that I sleep. I know it is a combination of taking Neuronton, Trazadone and Relafen at bedtime and my Fibromyalgia Intelli Bed. It is the most comfortable bed made and I know because I have spent so much time trying all other mattresses or mattress pads and it is by far the best. I wish there was a way to bring the price down so it is more affordable to others because I know thousands that would benefit from one of them.

I call my Rheumagtologist yesterday and they have received 9 of my Dr’s records so things are going nicely. He wanted to have all of my records before I can go back to him and he is getting them, so I will be able to keep my appointment on the 29th.

I hope some day soon I will be able to tell others of something that has worked for me, but instead I think I am showing how different we all our, how many different symptoms we have and what works for some does not work for others. Maybe someday I can make a difference in others who also suffer from these debilitating disorders.

07 Oct 2015

Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis is a chronic degenerative disease of the nervous system, the cause of which is unknown. It usually begins between the ages of 20 and 40. It is more common among whites than among blacks and seems to be more frequent in Europe, particularly in the Scandinavian countries, than in the United States. It is relatively rare in Africa and Asia. Occasionally, multiple sclerosis is seen in families, but there is no evidence that it is a genetic disorder. A variety of theories have been advanced to explain its cause, including infection by a virus or spirochete, deficiency of certain minerals or enzymes, and poisonings, but none has been proven.

Multiple sclerosis is characterized by the de-‘ velopment of multiple lesions in the brain and spinal cord due to loss of myelin, a fatty substance that sheathes the nerve fibers. Symptoms depend on the areas of the brain or spinal cord affected.

Initially multiple sclerosis may have any of a wide variety of symptoms. There may be brief loss of vision in one eye, double vision, or a bizarre jerky movement of one or both eyes known as nystagmus. Sometimes there is difficulty with speech. Tremors, numbness, or a feeling of pins-and-needles may occur in one or more limbs, one arm or leg may be weak or hard to use, the gait may be unsteady, or there may even be loss of control of a limb.

In most cases, multiple sclerosis is slowly progressive over a period of years. The chronic relapsing form of the disease, which is the most common, often begins with one or a group of symptoms that usually disappear for a period of years until the same or frequently other symptoms appear. These too may subside after a few days or even a few hours, to be followed by another remission period with no symptoms. As time goes on, however, symptoms tend to occur more frequently and fail to subside.

In acute forms of the disease, which may run for a course of months or even weeks, symptoms develop rapidly and may remit only partially or, if completely, may be followed by a relapse in a relatively short time. In acute forms the onset is often marked by headache, vomiting, or delirium. Multiple sclerosis may also cause mental changes and convulsions. Sphincter muscles controlling bladder and bowel function are also frequently affected. Eventually there is paraplegia and increasing disability. The prognosis is variable, with some patients deteriorating rapidly but the majority living 20 or 30 years or longer before succumbing to the disease.

There is no known treatment for multiple sclerosis. It is important that the patient be given good psychological support since many become severely depressed when they are told the nature of their disease, and many of the symptoms may actually be due to psychological factors.

06 Oct 2015

Phenylketonuria

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Phenylketonuria is a rare, recessive, hereditary disorder that manifests itself in infancy, and, if untreated, causes lasting brain damage by the age of six months. Its symptoms include severe mental retardation and other neurological disorders.

The disease is caused by an abnormal accumulation of the amino acid phenylalanine in the body. Phenylalanine is one of the essential amino acids and is present in all natural diets. Normally, part of the dietary phenylalanine is converted into another amino acid, tyrosine, by an enzyme secreted by the liver. In PKU victims a structural defect in this enzyme leads to the excessive accumulation of phenylalanine. The excessive phenylalanine apparently interferes with the metabolism of sugar (and possibly fat) in the brain, causing brain damage. The tyrosine deficiency associated with phenylketonuria also results in a decrease in production of melanins, the dark pigments of eyes, skin, and hair. Thus victims of phenylketonuria are typically blond, light-skinned, and blue-eyed.

Phenylketonuria is detected in newborn infants by means of routine urine tests. It is treated by giving the child a diet low in phenylalanine for a period of several years.

05 Oct 2015

Radiotherapy

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Radiotherapy, also called radiation therapy, the use of radiation in the treatment of disease, especially cancer. Radiation can be administered by means of X-ray therapy machines, cobalt machines, and betatrons, which develop very high voltage. It can also be administered through radium or radioisotopes, which are radioactive forms of elements. Radioisotopes, such as radioactive iodine, gold, and phosphorus, are introduced into the body, most often to treat tissues that have an affinity for a special element. For example, if the thyroid is treated with radioactive iodine, most of the element accumulates in this gland rather than in other body tissues.

Radiation has two effects on tissues. In sufficient doses it interferes with or destroys cells that are multiplying. This effect is the chief reason for using radiotherapy in cancer, because cancer cells multiply rapidly. Secondly, radiation kills cells by interfering with their enzyme systems and blocking their metabolism. Because radiation may injure or destroy healthy, as well as abnormal, tissues, precautions are taken to protect patients during radiotherapy. For example, high-energy radiation is generally used, because it penetrates deeply and may reach a tumor within the body without seriously affecting the skin and other overlying tissues. The radiation is also delivered in a concentrated beam so that it does not spread over surrounding tissue. Another protective measure is to deliver the radiation from several directions in such a way that the various beams converge on the area under treatment. The tumor receives the total radiation from all the beams, while other tissues receive only the radiation from the single beam that passes over them. In addition, parts of the body not under treatment may be shielded from radiation.

At one time, radiotherapy was widely used to treat conditions ranging from enlarged tonsils and arthritis to malignant tumors. However, it was discovered that in addition to its other harmful effects, radiation can cause genetic mutations. For this reason, high-energy radiation is limited almost entirely to the treatment of cancer. On the other hand, radioisotopes emit considerably less radiation and the radiation reaches a limited area. For this reason, radioisotopes are more widely used to treat noncancerous conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, in which the thyroid is overactive.

05 Oct 2015

Beriberi

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Beriberi is a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1, or thiamine, in the diet. Although some thiamine may be synthesized by bacteria living in the intestines, they cannot produce it in quantities large enough to meet the body’s needs. Beriberi can be prevented only by eating foods containing the vitamin. These foods include whole grain products, such as whole wheat bread and unhusked rice, nuts, milk, pork, chicken, and legumes, such as peas. Sometimes a person whose diet includes raw fish may develop the disease even though he eats some thiamine-rich foods. This is because raw fish contains an enzyme, called thiaminase, that inactivates thiamine.

Prevalence of Beriberi

Beriberi is most common in the countries of the Far East, where husked, or polished, rice makes up a large part of the average diet. Uncooked fish is also widely eaten in many of these countries. In other parts of the world, beriberi occurs mostly in alcoholics, whose diets often do not include thiamine-containing foods. Sometimes beriberi occurs in pregnant women, whose supply of thiamine is depleted by the developing embryo.

Source: Jonathan Natiuk

Types of Beriberi

There are three major forms of beriberi: wet, dry, and infantile. Wet beriberi is an acute disease that causes heart failure, anemia, and edema (an accumulation of body fluids that results in swelling). Dry beriberi is a chronic disease generally characterized by neuritis (inflammation of the nerves), causing numbness and tingling in the hands and feet and sometimes producing a burning sensation in the soles of the feet. Eventually paralysis may occur, with a wasting away of the muscles of the arms and legs.

Infantile beriberi occurs in infants who are nursed by mothers afflicted with beriberi. This form of the disease occurs within the first year of life, usually between the first and fourth month, and is generally characterized by rapid heartbeat, vomiting, and convulsions. Unless the infant is treated immediately, he may die within a few days after the onset of symptoms. Treatment. All three forms of beriberi are treated by the administration of thiamine, either orally or through injections. In the wet and infantile forms, the patient may show signs of improvement within a few hours after receiving the vitamin. For dry beriberi, treatment takes longer, depending on how severely the nerves have been damaged.

History of Beriberi

The earliest written record of beriberi was found in an ancient Chinese medical book dated about 2700 B.C. It was not until the late 1800’s, however, that the cause of the disease was suspected. In 1897, while working at a hospital for beriberi patients in Java, the Dutch physician Christiaan Eijkman noticed that laboratory chickens that were fed polished rice left over by patients soon developed a disease similar to beriberi. In studying this disease, Eijkman found that the chickens could be cured by feeding them rice that had not been husked. Unfortunately, however, Eijkman’s findings were published only in Dutch and were not generally known for some years.

During the early 1900s, an outbreak of beriberi among plantation workers in Malaya posed a serious threat to the area’s rubber production. Two British scientists, Henry Eraser and Ambrose Stanton, were sent to Malaya in 1909 to investigate the disease. Through their studies, which were similar to Eijkman’s, they discovered that beriberi is caused by a deficiency of a certain substance in the diet. In later years, as more vitamins were isolated and studied, this substance was found to be the B vitamin thiamine.

04 Oct 2015

Brucellosis

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Brucellosis, also known as undulant fever or Malta fever, is a varied illness consisting of fever, debility, headache, marked and persistent sweating, joint pains, and aching of the limbs and back. If the infected person or animal is pregnant, abortion usually results. The causal organisms are small bacteria of the Brucella genus which persist among animals: pigs, sheep, cattle, goats and horses being the most important in temperate climates. The infection reaches man by contact with animal fomites, e.g. blood, placenta, urine; inhalation of bacteria from the same sources; or drinking or eating Brucella -contaminated milk, cream or cheese. The causal organisms are Brucella abortus, B. suis, and B. melitensis.

The patient is investigated by culturing the bacteria from urine, blood, or other specimens; by serological tests aimed at detecting antibodies to the presence of the organism: and occasionally by examination of tissues such as an aborted foetus or placenta. As, however, the disease may occur in a subacute or milder form, it may go unrecognised or be passed off as a relatively unimportant flu-like illness, which accounts for serious underreporting in many parts of the world. People especially at risk are veterinary surgeons, meat-packers and abattoir-workers, farm-workers, others involved in dealing with animals, and laboratory workers. Some countries, for example Indonesia, have no indigenous brucellosis. Others, such as the United Kingdom, USA, Mediterranean countries, Russia, and South America, have persistent reports of moderate incidences.

Various brucellosis eradication schemes are now under way. In Britain, compulsory blood testing began in some areas on 1 November 1971, when over 3700 herds were found brucellosis-free. About 90 per cent of the animals under study were found free of the disease after three blood tests. Total eradication is anticipated in the early 1980s. Until then, control depends upon pasteurisation of dairy produce, disinfection of animal products, elimination of transmission risks from infected animals, and the safe handling of known contaminated sources by scientists and veterinary workers. Tetracyclines, alone or in combination with other antibiotics, are used in treatment, but relapses occur.

03 Oct 2015

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

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Pneumonoconiosis is the term given to a group of diseases of the lungs which arise from the inhalation of irritating particles in the dusts associated with occupations such as coal-mining (anthracosis), steel-grinding (siderosis), quarrying in slate and gold mines (silicosis), and the manufacture of asbestos articles (asbestosis). The disease leads to a fibroid thickening of areas of the lungs, the severity of the condition varying with the type of dust inhaled and the duration of exposure to the irritating agent. In some cases there may be inflammation, ulceration, and cavity formation in addition to the fibrous thickening, and the subject is liable to develop pulmonary tuberculosis. Gradual loss of health with persistent cough and expectoration of purulent sputum (black in anthracosis) indicate the condition. Treatment is carried out on the lines of that for chronic bronchitis or pulmonary tuberculosis. The adoption of hygienic industrial conditions and preventive measures in factories have lessened the incidence of this disease.

21 Sep 2015

How To Lose Weight Naturally (and, It Won’t Cost You A Cent!)

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Lose weight naturally with the proper mindset…

How many millions (billions?) of words so you suppose have been written on weight loss? How many billions of dollars do you think will be spent this year by people trying to regain that slim, taught body that they used to have? And, most importantly, are you one of them?

If so, then I may have some depressing news…

There is only one way to lose weight! Every diet book you’ve ever read, or, every diet pill you have ever taken, and, yes, even that latest “miracle diet formula” that you’re thinking of buying will do nothing more than help you to accomplish that one way.

The simple truth is, though…you don’t need that diet or that diet pill. You can even do without that “miracle weight loss” product that all of your friends are wasting their money on.

What you do need is a complete understanding of how (& why) you gained your excess weight in the first place, and then you can use that knowledge to teach yourself to reverse the process.

NOTE: The balance of this article assumes that your excess weight is not due to some medical condition. If you suffer from a medical problem, please stop reading and go see your Doctor!

I fear that I’m going to have to use a word here that you probably face with fear and loathing. That word is calories. I know that you’re sick of hearing about them, but, they really are both the cause of your problem, and the solution.

Mother Nature is brilliant! She designed your body to protect itself from virtually any condition, including hunger and starvation. Any time you consume more calories than you burn, your body converts this extra energy into fat cells and stores them for a time when you may need more calories than you are getting. Think of it as your body’s pantry, just like the one that you may have at home. A storage place for the extra groceries the you may need in the future.

But…What if that need never comes? Eventually the pantry will become full, and you’ll stop putting groceries in there.

Unfortunately, however, you can’t turn off your body’s natural functions. So long as you continue to consume more calories than you burn, your body will continue to store the excess calories as fat, and…well, I guess you can see what that got you!

It is an unfortunate fact of nature that, in order to lose this excess weight, you must reverse this process!

Health professionals will tell you that, to lose one pound of body weight, you must burn about 3500 calories. But, while this may very well be true, it doesn’t paint a complete picture. It would be far more accurate to say that to lose one pound of body weight, you must burn about 3500 more calories than you consume! To accomplish that, there are only really three ways that you can go:

  1. Consume Fewer Calories, or,
  2. Burn More Calories, or,
  3. Both (the best option!)

Every diet! Every pill! Every effective weight loss program on the market is designed to help you to do these very things. (Note that I said effective weight loss programs, not the “colon cleanse” or “water weight” scams that offer only temporary results.)

But, you really don’t need all that stuff. You can do it yourself. Just re-adjust your mindset a bit. Decide in your heart and mind that you are going to lose the weight the same way you gained it…a little at a time.

You don’t have to starve! Nor, do you have to live on “low cal”, “no cal” diets that make you eat leaves and twigs. Simply use what I call “the push-away diet”. Just “push away” from the dinner table (breakfast table, etc) sooner than you do now. In other words, eat smaller portions of the foods that you enjoy, and leave the grass to the cattle. Also, never forget that you want to lower your intake of calories, not vitamins and essential minerals. Try for a few more veggies and a bit less pot roast.

By the same token, you don’t need to join a gym or health club to burn calories. Simply add to the activities that make up your normal day. For instance, you may

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work.
  • Park on the far side of the parking lot when you go shopping.
  • If you’re making a short trip within your own neighborhood, leave the car in the garage and walk.
  • Perhaps start taking a morning or afternoon walk. Or, better yet, both.

I’m quite sure that, if you give it a bit of thought, you can find a hundred ways to burn a few more calories without any major lifestyle changes.

The key to all of this is that you must make these small changes a part of your everyday life. It may take a bit of effort at first, but, if you get the proper mindset, these things will become habits, and you’ll find yourself doing them without thinking.

Now, for a closing word about weight loss pills and programs. They are not evil, and some work very well to help curb your appetite or raise your metabolism. Never forget, though, that they are weight loss aids, not a weight loss answer. They can help you to lose weight, but they cannot make you lose weight. That you must do yourself!