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LATEST NEWS: WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN FRISCO

A pool of mosquitoes in Frisco have tested positive for West Nile Virus, city officials said.

It’s the second pool of mosquitoes in Frisco that tested positive this season. So far, no human cases of the virus have been reported.

Takeaway: Take protection against mosquitoes. Remove any source of stagnant water.

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EAT YOUR LENTILS

If you are planning to go vegetarian or vegan and are concerned about your protein intake, worry no more. Add lentils to your diet.

Lentils, are edible seeds or pulses that can be cooked in a variety of ways. The most popular kinds are black, brown, red, yellow, yellow split peas, black-eyed peas, mung beans, soya beans and French green lentils. They are a rich source of protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, essential amino acids and contain a variety of minerals including iron, copper, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, molybdenum, vitamin B1 and folate. Legumes are also ideal for supporting heart health, managing diabetes, preventing cancer, improving digestion, aiding in weight loss as well as boosting the nervous system.

Below are some other health benefits of lentils:

1. They regulate blood sugar and manage diabetes

Lentils help to regulate sugar levels in the bloodstream preventing diabetes. In fact, it is suggested that individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes should follow a diet rich in lentils. As lentils are high in soluble fiber they can help lower insulin and plasma glucose thereby stabilizing blood sugar. Studies have also shown that fiber contents help slow down the rate at which the blood absorbs food, thereby keeping sugar level constant.

2. They help lower cholesterol

Studies show that people who consume 3/4 cups of lentils or any other legume had 5% less generation of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

3. They prevent cancer

Lentils have also been found to counteract cancer. Research shows that foods rich in protein – such as lentils can have a positive effect on cancer cells. Protein has also been shown to create cytotoxin and apoptosis, meaning that they can manage the growth of cancer as well.

4. They improve digestion

As with other types of legumes, lentils can also boost the digestive process. Lentils are rich in dietary fiber, a non-digestible component that is beneficial in maintaining digestion. Additionally, fiber can promote bowel movement, preventing constipation and other problems associated with digestion. They also remove toxins from the body and ferment healthy bacteria, essential for the digestive tract.

5. They promote weight loss

It is estimated that a cup of lentils contains just 230 calories and occupies up to 63% of your requirement of daily fiber and protein – two components that keep you full for longer.

6. They boost the metabolism

The metabolism relies on rich sources of vitamins, including vitamin B3, which is essential for improving digestion and boosting the nervous system. The vitamin also stimulates the metabolic process, whereby it removes more toxins and harmful substances out of the body, bringing more nutrients to all parts of the body. Vitamin B3, also found in lentils, has been shown to control cholesterol levels and decrease the risks of diseases like diabetes, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and cataracts.

7. They support brain health

Few foods contain as much folate as lentils do. Just one cup of lentils occupies up to 90% of your daily requirement of folate which plays an important role in the production of neurotransmitters, boosting the nervous system. Folate can also help prevent the risks of birth defects in pregnant women as well as blood disorders, making it a key nutrient for human health.

8. They improve electrolytic activity

Electrolytic activity plays an important role in the proper function of your body. Lentils contain a mineral known as potassium which is considered to be an excellent substitute for electrolytic activity. Besides acting as an electrolyte, potassium is also beneficial for the functioning of some organs, including the brain, the heart and the kidneys.

9. They boost energy

If you’re feeling a little low on energy, lentils are an excellent source. They are rich in minerals including iron and copper, both of which are essential in boosting energy production. While iron makes copper facilitate red blood cells and protect against anemia, copper plays a role in transferring energy from carbohydrates into the cells.

10. They improve heart health

Lentils have been found to lower the risks of coronary heart disease. The benefits of lentils are predominantly found in their source of fiber. Studies show that people who eat about 20g per day, experienced 11% fewer risks of cardiovascular disease and 12% fewer risks in comparison to those who eat less fiber. Lentils also contain magnesium, which contributes to cardiovascular health. Magnesium also helps prevent the occurrence of a heart attack and supports the heart after a heart attack has taken place.


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SKIN INDICATORS FOR POTENTIAL DISEASES

Our skin is the biggest organ in our body, and it is constantly renewing, which is why even the smallest digestive, hormonal or immune issue can show up on our skin in a form of a pimple, pigmentation, a rash, or any other manifestation almost immediately. In some cases, a skin condition, that, at first glance, may appear as a minor problem or not a problem whatsoever, can even be the first sign of a serious illness. These seemingly-minor skin conditions, for example, are all symptoms of a variety of diseases ranging from hormone imbalances to diabetes and even cancer.

1. Skin That Turns Tan For No Reason

Sudden onset skin darkening or patchy skin pigmentation, especially around scars or bends may be an early symptom of a rare hormonal dysfunction called Addison’s disease, that, on average, affects around 1 in 10.000 people and is more common among middle-aged women.

The condition occurs when the adrenal glands don’t produce enough steroid hormones, such as cortisol and aldosterone.

Apart from skin pigmentation, patients with Addison’s disease exhibit the following symptoms: Fatigue, Abdominal pain, Weight loss.

Interestingly, sudden skin tanness is often the first symptom of the disease, sometimes occurring years before the rest of the symptoms.

2. Constantly Sweating or Having Very Dry Skin

A thyroid that isn’t working properly can trigger specific skin changes.

Both an overactive and an underactive thyroid gland is bad, as it produces hormones that regulate body temperature, heart rate, metabolism, and other body functions, all of which depend on a specific rate and magnitude that can be easily thrown off balance. When a person has an overactive thyroid, they are said to have hyperthyroidism, whereas an underactive gland causes a condition called hypothyroidism. A thyroid that is too active increases body temperature and sweating, which is why people suffering from hyperthyroidism will often feel that their skin is warm and moist to the touch.

When the thyroid gland under produces hormones, it will have the opposite effect: the temperature will drop and the sweat glands will be less active, which can make one’s skin feel cold, dry, or even rough to the touch.

3. Hair Thinning

Hair loss and thinning can be an indication that your thyroid isn’t functioning properly as well. The reverse pattern, however, isn’t the case, and by far not all people who suffer from hair loss have thyroid problems. When the thyroid gland overproduces hormones, patients may experience hair loss. If, however, the opposite occurs and the gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones, a person can lose hair in a very specific pattern: the outer sides of the eyebrows may become thinner.

4. Skin Itching

Extreme itching can indicate cancer. To be more precise, an unbearable itch is a symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer that alters lymphocytes, which is a type of white blood cell.

These cells are part of our immune system and are produced by lymph nodes, which is why the other symptom of this condition are enlarged and painful lymph nodes on the sides of the neck, the armpits and the groin area. However, both or either of these symptoms can be caused by many other, more common diseases, such as infections, just to name one, which makes the condition somewhat difficult to pinpoint.

5. Sun Sensitivity

If you find that your skin is increasingly sensitive to the sun and burns easily even when you protect it by wearing sunscreen, it may point to an disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), simply known as lupus. It is an autoimmune condition, which means that the immune system mistakes its own organs and tissues for a foreign object and attacks them, which results in a variety of manifestations, many of which are skin symptoms. As for the photosensitivity, it has been estimated that about half of lupus sufferers react more than normal to sun exposure.

6. A Hump Between the Shoulders

Another hormonal dysfunction of the adrenal glands is Cushing’s syndrome. It occurs when the adrenal glands overproduce cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone because it is secreted in response to stress. Cortisol has a variety of functions in the human body, among which is blood sugar, immune and metabolic regulation, which explains why Cushing’s patients suffer from abnormal obesity, hypertension, as well as skin that doesn’t heal. Another finding are inflamed, red stretch marks that can erupt spontaneously. But one of the most unusual symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome is a fatty lump between the shoulders, often referred to as the buffalo hump. Both of these skin symptoms are presenting signs of the condition, which means that they can help distinguish Cushing’s from other diseases.

7. Thicker and Darker Skin On the Neck and Elbow Folds

One of the first signs of diabetes in children can be a thicker and darker skin in certain body parts, such as neck and elbow folds. This condition is called acanthosis nigricans (AN), and it is a sign for pediatricians that they should check a child for diabetes. As it is the case with many of these symptoms, however, it can mean nothing whatsoever, as certain people who don’t have diabetes can also exhibit AN.

8. A Specific Kind Of Rash On the Backs Of the Hands

The last skin symptom on this list is a rash that occurs on the tops of the hands called Gottron’s papules. It can appear suddenly, or develop over a long time, and it is a defining symptom of a long-term inflammatory disorder called dermatomyositis (DM). Other skin conditions, such as the so-called shawl sign, which is a rash that covers the upper back, arms and shoulders in a shawl-like pattern, can also point to this dangerous disease, which mainly affects muscles. DM can also manifest itself through muscle weakness, weight loss, lung inflammation and light sensitivity. DM is a very debilitating condition, the causes of which are unknown. Patients with DM find it increasingly-difficult to do everyday tasks that require muscle use, starting from lifting objects and climbing stairs to even standing up from a sitting position.

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HANDY GUIDE TO DEALING WITH ALLERGIES

Here’s a handy guide to dealing with allergies, and with pollen allergies in particular.

1. Know what you’re allergic to

While most people would rather know what disease they caught so they can treat it more efficiently, the attitude seems much more lax regarding non-lethal allergies, which are treated as some minor nuisance we’re expected to simply work through. The truth is an allergic reaction could be every bit as hard to cope with, and every bit as taxing on the body as a fever. Get a professional diagnosis from an allergist; not only will you be better equipped to avoid the things that make you scratch and sneeze, but an allergist will be able to assign care that will be tailored specifically to your condition.

2. Check what the pollen count is

Many people may not be aware of this due to the aforementioned stigma about allergies, but there are many websites, including most major weather forecast pages, that provide you with a pollen allergen forecast for the day. Check the pollen count in the air and adjust your daily routine accordingly. Pollen tends to be the highest during afternoon, so on particularly harsh days, do your outside chores first thing in the morning and try to stay indoors as much as possible.

3. Close for pollen, open for dust

Depending on your allergy, you’d want to prepare your house differently. For allergies to pollen, close your house as much as possible and use air-conditioning, but for allergies to in-house nuisances like mold and dust, you should air out your home as much as possible by opening the windows.

4. Change your clothes often

Don’t track your allergens through the house. Take a shower to wash any trace allergens off and change to a fresh set of clothes as soon as you get back home. You should also make sure to wash your clothes often, rather than letting them lie in the hamper with pollen on them for days on end.

5. Rinse your nostrils

Do a saltwater nose rinse using a neti pot or spray to clean out your sinuses and reduce the inflammation associated with an allergic reaction. Saline solution is not only drug-free and carries no risk of addiction, but it is easy to make at home: distill some water by using a distiller or boiling and then cooling it, add some salt and you’ve got a saline solution.

6. Try a steam inhalation

A more temporary relief for your beleaguered sinuses can be found in steam inhalations. By breathing in the vapors from a pot of boiling water through your nostrils, you can find a reprieve from nasal congestion, at least for some time.

7. Keep your face cool

This may seem counterintuitive in the case of sneezing, but by pressing an icepack or a cold washcloth to your face around the area of your sinuses, you can mitigate the swelling of cells due to allergic inflammation, thus alleviating many of the allergic symptoms, such as a runny nose or constantly watery eyes.

8. Wear a mask

If you’re allergic to pollen and need to go outside, wear a surgical mask. It will help filter out the pollen particles that are causing you so much grief. And I know what you might be thinking: “but I’ll look silly!” Well, counting the many ill-informed decisions we make because of a misplaced sense of “fashion” will require an entire article, so suffice to say, if the dilemma is between looking a bit peculiar and suffering through a day of sneezing and runny eyes, the choice seems rather obvious.

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THIS IS CRAZY

Conscientious vaccination exemptions have been on the rise in Texas. These exemptions allow students to opt out of required school vaccinations without a medical release. In the chart below, the conscientious exemption rates for Plano ISD are compared to statewide rates.
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THE ILLS OF ULTRAPROCESSED FOOD

In two new papers published in the BMJ, the more ultraprocessed — or industrially manufactured — foods a person ate, the more likely they were to get sick and even die. In one study, they were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems. The other linked an ultraprocessed diet to a higher risk of death from all causes.

Ultraprocessed foods are created in factories. They’re pumped full of chemicals and other additives for color, flavor, texture, and shelf life. This processing generally increases the flavor and caloric density of the foods, while stripping away the fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. So these foods are distinct from whole foods (like apples and cucumbers) and processed foods (like vegetables pickled in brine, or canned fish in oil) that rely on only salt, sugar, and oil — rather than a range of complicated additives — to preserve them or make them tastier.

The Reason?

Increasingly, scientists think processed foods, with all their additives and sugar and lack of fiber, may be formulated in ways that disturb the gut microbiome, the trillions of diverse bacteria lining our intestines and colon. Those disturbances, in turn, may heighten the risk of chronic disease and encourage overeating. In research the scientist have discovered that the further away people were from industrialization and ultraprocessed foods, the more diverse their gut micriobiome was. Besides Emulsifiers, the lack of fiber in ultraprocessed foods may harm us too.

Takeaway:

Eat natural food. Avoid food made in factories.


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Avoid mixing these Household Products!

Many accidents happen in the home but most can be avoided if we just know what not to do. If you avoid these 13 combinations, you’ll save yourself time and money – not to mention a hospital visit – dealing with the consequences.

1. Different battery brands

Mixing batteries from different brands can lead to them leaking battery acid. The reason is that manufacturers use different chemical compositions for their batteries, which produce different levels of current. When one runs out of juice, the other can still keep running, but this causes it to leak, eventually damaging electronic devices and creating a health hazard.

2. Rubbing alcohol & bleach

Rubbing alcohol contains ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, which, when mixed with household bleach containing sodium hypochlorite, will create chloroform and hydrochloric acid, as well as chloroacetone or dichloroacetone. These compounds can cause damage to the nervous system, lungs, kidneys, liver, eyes, and skin. Also, high levels of chloroform can lead to dizziness, nausea, loss of consciousness and even death.

3. Ammonia & bleach

This combination is also very dangerous, producing vapors that can cause severe damage to your respiratory system. And that’s not the worst thing that can happen – if there are large amounts of ammonia, you might create a substance called liquid hydrazine. Liquid hydrazine is highly toxic and potentially even explosive.

4. Vinegar & bleach

If you add a weak acid to bleach, it creates vapors of toxic chloramine and chlorine. These vapors can cause serious chemical burns to your eyes and lungs.

5. Vinegar & baking soda

Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base – these two cancel each other out, rendering the resulting solution useless. This one isn’t dangerous, it’s just a waste of useful materials.

6. Vinegar & hydrogen peroxide

Combining these two products in the same container will create a corrosive peracetic acid. In high enough concentrations, peracetic acid can irritate and even damage your skin, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs.

7. Grapefruit & certain medicines

Compounds in grapefruits interfere with enzymes in the stomach, which are in charge of metabolizing certain types of medicine. This ends up increasing the level of certain chemicals in the blood and can lead to a deadly overdose.

8. Alcohol & Ibuprofen

Taking ibuprofen on an empty stomach can damage the stomach lining. Adding alcohol into the mix stimulates this process and can worsen the effect. Damage to the lining can lead to internal bleeding, ulcers and other stomach problems that can become chronic.

9. Alcohol & acetaminophen

Chronic consumption of alcohol causes the body to produce certain enzymes that adversely interact with acetaminophen. The reaction can damage the liver and can even be lethal. In the U.S. alone, over 200 people die every year due to this deadly combination.

10. Dairy & antibiotics

Dairy is rich in calcium, and while it may be good for your bones, its interaction with antibiotics is anything but. Calcium prevents the antibiotics from being absorbed into your body, reducing their effectiveness. Antibiotics that are most affected by dairy are ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and tetracycline.

11. Milk & energy drinks

The acid in energy drinks mixes with proteins in the milk, causing the milk to curdle very quickly. The result is usually projectile vomiting.

12. Retinol & glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid

Both of these skincare products may help you look younger, but mixing them together is a bad idea. Glycolic acid has a different level of pH than retinol, so when both are used, the glycolic acid becomes dominant, reducing the effectiveness of retinol considerably. It can also cause some skin irritation.

13. Retinol & sunlight

Recent evidence shows that retinol can become toxic when exposed to direct sunlight, and can increase your chances of getting a sunburn. It is recommended that you only use it at night, or if you choose to use it during the day – use sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight as much as possible.