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LATEST NEWS: BABY BIRTH RATE DROPPED AGAIN

The 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found:

—Overall, the U.S. birth rate for women ages 15 to 44 was 59 births per 1,000 women, an all-time low.

—Last year, there were 2% fewer births than in 2017.

—Births to teenagers again reached a record low. The number of births to mothers ages 15 through 19 was 179,607, down 8%.

—The rate for premature births — delivery at less than 37 weeks — rose for the fourth straight year to just over 10%, from 9.9%.

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LATEST NEWS: AVOID FOOD WITH E171 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)

Found in more than 900 food products, E171 is consumed in high proportion everyday by the general population. Consumption of food containing E171 has an impact on the gut microbiota – defined by the trillions of bacteria that inhabit the gut – which could trigger diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer, said the study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

A food additive which is commonly used as a whitening agent in products such as chewing gum and mayonnaise could lead to inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer, warns a study.

The study conducted in mice investigated health impacts of food additive E171 (titanium dioxide nanoparticles) which is commonly used in high quantities in foods and some medicines as a whitening agent.


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Things that you should be honest with your doctor, about

When it comes to a meeting with a doctor, a few white lies may actually snowball into a real tragedy. And while you may not see any harm in concealing a bad habit, forgetting to mention a multivitamin you take, misrepresenting the amount of exercise you do, or simply not showing up at the doctor’s office for a while, all of these things may really harm your health and pose a serious health risk.

1. Make sure to state all the medications and supplements you’re taking, even over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements

Anything that you ingest or inject into your body may interfere with its functioning or another medication you are prescribed, so not mentioning them to your health provider puts you at risk of side effects and drug interferences, which can potentially endanger your physical and mental health.

These medications include:

  • Prescription medications (e.g. blood-thinners, antidepressants, antibiotics, and heart medications).
  • Over-the-counter medications (such as aspirin).
  • Herbal remedies (botanical remedies and herbal supplements).
  • Vitamins and supplements (complex vitamins, amino acids, minerals, protein supplements, weight loss supplements).

The symptoms of a problematic drug interaction vary and can potentially be life-threatening: extreme drops in blood pressure, an irregular or fast heart beat, liver and kidney damage, nausea, upset stomach, and headache. The list of drugs and symptoms goes on, and only a licensed professional can confirm whether the combination of drugs you’re taking is safe.

2. Mention all past surgeries and medical procedures, even minor ones, including pregnancies and labor

Being honest with your doctor about every minor surgery or cosmetic procedure that happened years ago might not seem important to you, but this information may be a crucial clue to your doctor that can help diagnose and treat your condition. Be explicit about any surgeries and medical procedures you’ve been through, including:

  • Cosmetic and plastic surgery.
  • Labor complications or abortions.
  • The removal or skin bumps or lumps.
  • Trauma, etc.

This is important because some surgeries increase your likelihood of developing certain diseases and symptoms, e.g. a removed gallbladder may make you experience bloating and abdominal pain after eating fatty or spicy foods.

In addition, your previous surgeries may give your doctor some additional insight to what’s going on or point to a bigger issue, like a cosmetic filler may get inflamed or cause severe and even chronic allergic reactions, which may not be diagnosed unless you disclose that you had this procedure.

Finally, anesthesia-related issues, such as the possibility of complications, are always a consideration before an upcoming surgery, and a history of previous surgeries may help your doctor better gauge the dose and kind of anesthetic to be used.

3. Don’t lie about your age and your parents’ medical history

Disclosing the patient’s age accurately is extremely important, as many crucial preventative medical procedures are age-dependent. This may help you prevent serious diseases, such as cancer, for one. Another preventative measure that you might be missing out on are immunizations, the majority of which are age-dependent, especially for kids.

Speaking of children, it is of utmost importance to be accurate about the age of small kids, as the medications they can take safely and effectively lean on the age of the child. It is also important for everyone to notify their doctor about any conditions that run in their family, such as cancer, diabetes, genetic conditions, etc., as your doctor will assign additional tests and screenings for you to prevent or manage the condition you are likely to have inherited from your family.

4. Never misrepresent how much you exercise, as well as the quality of your diet

It is understandable that we want to look good in our doctor’s eyes and often state that our activity levels are higher than they actually are, but a lack of exercise, as well as an unhealthy diet, can set you at risk of diabetes and heart disease, and your doctor has to know how much you actually exercise to be able to access your long-term health.

For one, they can actually help you choose the diet and exercise regime that is best-suited for your lifestyle. But a lack of exercise isn’t the only danger, as your doctor may direct you to abstain from exercise or certain foods for different reasons, and if they don’t know that you work out and eat too much or too little of something, you’re setting yourself to more complications.

5. Always state the truth about how much time you spend outdoors, especially without sun protection during the day

Unprotected sun exposure increases your likelihood of developing skin cancer, even during short trips from the car to the shopping mall, to work, or home. Even if you don’t get sunburned regularly, but don’t wear and reapply sunscreen, or used to tan without sunscreen on in the past, you’re at a higher risk of this condition, as are the people who visit tanning beds.

If any of the above-mentioned conditions apply to you, share this information with your doctor, as you will require more thorough and regular skin examinations.

6. Don’t lie about your oral health

We all know how we’re supposed to brush and floss twice a day, and we’re often very eager to share that knowledge with the dentist, even when we don’t really follow this recommendation ourselves.

But the truth of the matter is that your oral health is inevitably connected to your overall health, and poor oral hygiene has been linked to a variety of health issues: frequent coughs, cardiac disease, problems conceiving (in women), and several others. Be explicit about your oral hygiene habits and improve them if your doctor claims it may be causing your health issue.

7. Honestly state your own medical history, including the last time you’ve seen a doctor

Whatever is the case for you, be straightforward with your healthcare provider about the last time you paid them a visit, as during this time, you might have missed a few preventative procedures, immunizations, and routine checks.

In simple words, your doctor will make a more thorough examination when they know that you haven’t been to a doctor for a while. The same rule works for your health history: e.g. a previous history of many allergies, for example, increases your likelihood of having asthma, so it warrants a more in-depth investigation of the lungs.

On top of that, your medical history may influence the kind of medical treatment you can or cannot receive for a non-related condition, so always make sure to notify the doctor of any other conditions you have or used to suffer from, including allergies and chronic illnesses.

8. Be honest about uncomfortable matters, such as bowel movements, menstrual cycle, mental health, etc.

While it may be a very uncomfortable topic of discussion to you personally, things like bowel movements, reproductive and mental health are what most doctors deal with on an everyday basis. Furthermore, factors like erectile dysfunction or anxiety may be an important diagnostic criterion of seemingly-unrelated conditions, and letting your doctor know about these symptoms will help you feel better in the long run.

Apart from that, symptoms like constipation or diarrhea may be pointing to problems with your medication. Finally, some medications may be dangerous for you, e.g. certain heart medications may worsen one’s depression symptoms, so it is key to tell your doctor about your condition for them to choose a different medication for you.

9. Tell your doctor if you haven’t followed the directions before a medical procedure

Telling an anesthesiologist that you have fasted before a surgery when you didn’t can cause severe complications, as during sedation, the contents of the stomach may spill over into the respiratory tract, making you choke on your food or develop pneumonia.

It is important to reschedule your surgery, in that case, as going under the knife will endanger you. But a fast not kept before surgery isn’t the only issue, as not following the doctor’s directions may also mess with your blood test or imaging results, so it’s best to be explicit if you haven’t really followed the instructions as you were supposed to.

10. If you haven’t understood something your doctor told you, ask a follow-up question

It is natural to ask follow-up questions, but many patients are too modest and don’t want to impose their concerns to their doctors.

In reality, however, it is crucial that you understand exactly what to do after leaving the doctor’s office, be it making appointments to other specialists, how often to take the newly-prescribed medication or how to prepare for an upcoming screening or procedure. Don’t be afraid to raise any questions and concerns, even if it takes some extra time at the doctor’s office.

11. Let your doctor know if you forgot to take the prescribed medication

It is crucial for your doctor to know if you made any alterations to your medication schedule, as taking too much or too little of the medication, or skipping as little as a day can really affect your health. And it doesn’t matter if you stopped your antibiotics a few days early, skipped contraception or forgot to take your heart medication, you should always keep your doctor informed about this.

The same goes for misrepresenting the amount of painkiller you take daily, even if it’s an over-the-counter one. If you have to take more of the medication your doctor prescribed or supplement it with an over-the-counter one, it can damage your liver and build up the number of toxins in your body, but it isn’t all.

If you’re taking a prescription painkiller, it is crucial to stick to the doses you were prescribed, as several painkillers (e.g. Percocet, Vicodin, Norco, Ultracet) are combination pills and they include strong opioid medications in addition to acetaminophen, which are addictive and damaging to your health.

12. Be explicit If you smoke, drink alcohol or take any recreational drugs

This last point is actually a crucial one, as it can be life-threatening. Alcohol consumption and drug use can mess with the rest of your medications, making them less effective or causing side effects. Marijuana use, for example, can render some antidepressants, heart medications and blood thinners ineffective.

A severe alcohol habit is no less harmful, however, as alcohol withdrawal symptoms can kill an in-patient, especially if the patient didn’t disclose their habit and the doctors don’t suspect they’re supposed to treat withdrawal symptoms and not something unknown.

Smoking tobacco, on the other hand, increases one’s likelihood of developing a variety of lung diseases, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, and stroke. Finally, all of these habits may interfere with your vital signs and health tests, which will prevent you from getting the treatments and health screenings that you really need.


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Stopping negative behavior in children

The One-Request method is designed to stop something negative that a child is doing, and its goal is to prevent escalation of their behavior and educate them for the future. According to this method, parents are to ask their children to stop what they’re doing only once, and if they don’t stop immediately, there will be consequences in the form of punishment that will make them understand that there is no room for such behavior. This method has several steps that parents should implement.

  • The first step is to ask your child to stop their negative behavior only once, without further warnings.
  • When your child does something that they are not supposed to do or behaves negatively, ask them to stop this behavior only once, and tell them that if they don’t, their behavior will bring about disciplinary consequences in the form of punishment.
  • If, for example, your child is picking their nose, tell them they have till the count of 3 to stop and if they don’t stop they’ll have a 5-minute time-out. This warning will be said once and once only without raising your voice because shouting, as we’ve mentioned, doesn’t actually help.
  • If your child stops the behavior, praise them for listening to you. You don’t have to shower them with compliments and praise, rather simply tell them that they behaved very nicely by listening to you and thank them. This way they’ll understand that positive behavior is preferable to negative behavior, which will encourage them to continue on this path.
  • On the other hand, if after one warning your child has not stopped, continue with the disciplinary measures that you warned about. In this case, a 5-minute time-out. Once the punishment is over, continue with the following steps to significantly reduce the likelihood that your child will repeat this behavior.

9 Steps to Stop Negative Behavior in Children With The Single-Request Method:

1. Speak to your child at eye level, literally

Whether they behave negatively or positively, children see parents as an authority figure, even if parents don’t feel this way most of the time. When you stand above your child, they are likely to feel threatened and enter a defensive mode, so it is advisable to lower down to their eye level when speaking to them. This way, you’ll have eye contact to help you deal with the situation, and your child will be more open to hearing what you have to say.

2. Refer to your child by name

A personal approach to every topic has a great impact on the person you’re speaking to and continuing on from the previous section, this is a great way to further strengthen your personal and intimate appeal to your child. When there are disciplinary consequences after your child has not listened to one warning, refer to them by their first name so that they know you aren’t talking to anyone else, and of course, keep in close physical contact with them.

3. Try not to be too strict

Yelling does not have a positive effect on children, who get defensive as soon as your tone rises. When you continue the line of punishment when your child isn’t listening to you, it is important that you continue the interaction calmly throughout all the steps, even after the punishment is over. For example, when you approach your child after their time-out has ended, try to keep calm and don’t shout – remember that your child is young and has no real-life experience. It will take your child time to learn how to behave in certain situations and it is your role as parents to teach them to do so patiently.

4. Stick to a simple message that your child can understand

Children have shorter attention spans than adults, and they also find it difficult to understand abstract ideas in the way that we can. Therefore, it is important to keep a brief and concise message about disciplining your child so that they can understand and implement it in the future. Conversations that run on will cause your child to lose focus which will only frustrate you. Therefore, it is recommended to have short, simple-messaged conversations with them.

5. Listen to your child when they speak

Education is a two-way street of conveying and receiving messages from both sides and it is important that you remember this after your child receives their punishment. So that you can be sure that your message is understood, and that your child feels that their voice is heard, let them express his opinion, feelings, and thoughts so that you can have a conversation. If only you talk, it will feel like preaching that children, like adults, are less open to. When your child speaks to you, try to keep your head and heart open and understand what they are trying to convey to you so that the both of you can come away from the punishment and the conversation with something in hand for the future.

6. Show your child that you understand them

The steps above are all important, but they are meaningless if your child doesn’t feel that they are being heard and understood. To do this, listen to what your child says and repeat it back with different words so that they know you’ve understood. For example, your child has hit his brother because he took a toy and says, "He always takes my toy." Understand the feelings behind your child’s behavior and repeat back to him, "You feel that your brother always takes your toy and you do not have a chance to play with it." Even when your child misunderstands the situation, explain to them their misunderstanding only after they have expressed their feelings. If your child hit their sibling after he finished using the toy, then tell them, "You finished playing with the toy a few minutes ago, so now you can wait your turn till your siblings done playing with it." You can also schedule games in similar situations so that each child gets their turn, thus reducing arguments and fights among siblings.

7. Use "I" when talking to your child

When you approach your child after they’ve been punished, start your sentences with "I" so that they can understand the effects of their behavior on others. If your child jumped on the bed, don’t say, "If you jump on the bed, you could fall." Instead, say, "I’m very worried about you when you jump on the bed because you can fall and get hurt." These sentences will help you convey the message and impact of your child’s behavior on the feelings of others in a way that does not feel aggressive or accusatory for your child.

8. Help them see the other’s point of view

The purpose of punishment is not only to show that there are consequences to your child’s actions but also to teach them how not to act. This understanding will come only after your child understands the implications of their actions on others, and this is a particularly important learning process. We all develop compassion throughout our lives, and it starts at a young age where we see how certain actions of ours have a negative impact on others. After your child receives their punishment, tell them how their actions might affect others so that they understand that they aren’t alone in this world, rather they share it with other people who are affected by their actions.

9. Teach them how to ask for forgiveness and correct the consequences of their actions

Children are not exactly eager to ask for forgiveness when they need to, because they don’t fully understand the purpose of the sentence "I apologize." For your child to know when to ask forgiveness and how to do it, your role as parents is to teach them the essence behind the apology. If your child hits another child on the playground to take a toy from them say, "How would you feel if your brother did the same to you?" If your child says that it has happened before, ask them, "And how did that make you feel?" Examples of this kind of reality will help your child understand why it is important to apologize to others for certain actions. That’s why it is important that you take elements from their life so that they can better understand. Then ask "What do you want to do to fix the situation?" In this way, your child will come to a conclusion and implement it in a way that will help them make up for what they did.

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Natural Remedies to Cure Chapped Lips

Chapped lips, also referred to as dry lips, which occurs when the lips aren’t properly moisturized or due to certain illnesses. Here are a few natural ways to treat chapped lips.

1) Honey – Honey can cure almost anything, including chapped lips. Honey acts as a natural lip balm and moisturizes your lips with its powerful antibacterial properties. Dab a little honey on your lips a couple of times during the day, and an extra dose before bed to prevent chaffing.

2) Water – One of the most common causes of cracked lips is dehydration. It’s extremely important to keep yourself properly hydrated during the day to prevent dry mouth. Try to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Make sure you carry a large water bottle when you leave the house, so you can stay fully hydrated no matter where you go.

3) Petroleum Jelly – A little Vaseline can cure those dry lips. The petroleum jelly moisturizes your lips and helps to repair the dead cells. Alternatively, you can also apply a bit of honey to your lips, wait for it to dry a few seconds, and add a light smear of petroleum jelly. Remove the substance with a cotton ball dipped in warm water.

4) Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe Vera is a multi-purpose skin treatment. It can be used to get rid of chapped lips as well. Place a small amount of the gel to the damaged lips a few times during the day. The aloe Vera keeps your lips fully hydrated, which allows the dryness to heal much quicker. The taste may be a bit unpleasant, but the results are worth it.

5) Coconut Oil – The minerals found within the coconut oil helps to moisturize the uncomfortable dryness, and softens the cracked areas of your lips. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply the coconut oil:

How to Prepare It:

• Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil together with a teaspoon of sea salt into a bowl.

• Apply the mixture all over the chapped lips, by gently using your fingers in a small circular motion.

• Continue the circular motion for about a minute, before rinsing with a warm washcloth

6) Castor Oil – Did you know that castor oil can actually be used to nourish and repair dry lips? Castor oil stops the peeling and works like magic too. Place a dab of the oil over the chapped lips, and cover it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Glycerin may be used in place of Vaseline, and here’s how to prepare the mixture:

How to Prepare It:

• Mix one teaspoon of castor oil, with a teaspoon of glycerin and a few drops of lemon juice into a small bowl.

• Apply the mixture over your dry lips before going to sleep, and wash it off in the morning with a cotton ball dipped in warm water. Repeat this treatment daily until your lips are smooth again.

7) Cucumber – Sliced cucumbers can reduce puffiness in the eyes, and work wonders for flaky or dry lips. Cucumbers are high in ascorbic acid, which stimulates the production of collagen. Here’s how to prepare a cucumber lip balm to treat the chapped lips:

How to Prepare It:

• Take a small cucumber slice and gently rub it on your dry lips.

• Let the cucumber juice sit on your lips for around 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash your lips with lukewarm water.

• Repeat this process periodically throughout the day to allow your lips to heal quicker.


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The Link Between your Nose and Your Health

It was long-observed that decreased sense of smell (olfaction) can predict the development of certain degenerative brain diseases, such as:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Autoimmune conditions.

It was also observed that certain fragrances, such as lemon and lavender essential oils have a positive effect on stress, skin reactions, and one’s mood. One study, for example, showed that smelling lemon essential oil can really boost your mood.

But a recent study published in the medical journal Annals of Medicine reached an even more striking conclusion: they found that healthy and active seniors over the age of 70 were almost 50% more likely to pass away in the course of the next 10 years if they have a relatively worse sense of smell. The researchers cannot explain what accounts for a large percentage of the deaths, as of the 2289 participants only 22% passed away due to neurodegenerative conditions, 6% percent died as a result of weight loss and the rest are unresolved. What’s even more surprising is that a poor sense of smell was the strongest predictor of mortality in the group of participants with excellent and good health. Thus, the study concluded that a good sense of smell in your 70’s and 80’s can predict longevity, whereas bad olfaction increases the risk of mortality. In addition, other studies suggest that a bad sense of smell can be one of the first symptoms of neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases, although the data regarding the immune effects are mainly limited to animal models.

Takeaway: Keep a close eye on your sense of smell and see your doctor if you observe that your olfaction reduced dramatically or rapidly, as it may be a warning sign of a more serious problem.


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NATURAL WAYS TO A HEALTHY GUT

People with knowledge of Ayurveda would know that the way to a healthy body is by maintaining a healthy gut.

While your digestive tract is able to digest just about any type of food you eat, certain processed foods and preparations (think fried food), not to mention lifestyle habits (think sedentary) mean that our stomachs don’t always react well to what we eat. Certain foods, particularly fatty meat, should be avoided as they may cause an upset stomach. However, there are a number of foods that you can eat to promote good digestion and keep your system running smoothly. Here are foods you should include in your diet that are good for your gut:

1. Apples

Apples’ vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, potassium, and phosphorous content make them a wonderful food for your digestive tract, offering a wealth of benefits from easing symptoms associated with constipation, to improving satiety. In addition, apples contain the compound pectin, which helps raise good bacteria in the gut, promoting the proper functioning of intestinal health.

2. Bananas

For proper functioning of bowel movements, snack on a banana. They alleviate symptoms associated with diarrhea and help restore the number of electrolytes and potassium lost during the passage of stools. Bananas are packed with fiber too, an essential nutrient for good digestion.

3. Beans

For a great source of fiber, look no further than a handful of beans. Health guidelines recommend that on average, you get up to 25 grams of fiber each day – and just one cup of beans serves up about 19 grams. Beans are low in fat too, making them an excellent food for your digestion.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries contain a natural aspirin that helps reduce the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, thereby lessening pain. Blueberries also act as an antibiotic, blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby preventing infections.

5. Cabbage

Cabbage contains anticancer and antioxidant compounds that help the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also helps cleanse the digestive tracts and neutralizes some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke.

6. Carrots

These vibrant-colored root vegetables are good for your skin and your gut. They are packed with arabinogalactans – a powerful probiotic that supports good gut bacteria.

7. Chlorophyll-rich greens

Green fruits and vegetables rich in chlorophyll, promote healthy digestion. They help cleanse the colon and detoxify the liver. To reap the benefits, opt for leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, celery, sea vegetables, leeks, and peas.

8. Garlic

Garlic helps cleanse harmful bacteria in the gut, intestinal parasites and viruses from the body, particularly from the blood and intestines. To reap its health benefits, opt for fresh garlic, not the powdered form.

9. Fermented foods

Fermented foods help offset the damage to your gut flora caused by environmental chemicals, pesticides, antibiotic drugs, processed foods, and other factors. Opt for foods like kimchi, kefir and kombucha tea.

10. Yogurt

Yogurt is packed with live cultures and other foods that contain probiotics, essential for a healthy digestive tract.