Butter vs. Oil: Which Is Better? | Health Guides Daily

Butter vs. oil: who wins? I know that seems like an obvious choice, but I often wonder if it’s okay to cook with butter sometimes – it is natural, after all, isn’t it? And when it comes to choosing an oil to cook in, which is better — canola, sunflower, vegetable, olive oil, etc etc etc?

Dr. Doug’s Answer

The “obvious” choice in the butter versus oil argument may not be what you think it is. When it comes to whether to use butter or oil, butter comes out on top in most cases. Now this is going to depend on the situation, as different recipes are going to call for different oils (you wouldn’t put butter on a salad, for instance). But when it comes to cooking with organic butter or organic canola oil, I’d take butter any day.

I covered a lot of this ground in a piece I did a while ago on butter versus margarine which helped to vindicate our fatty yellow friend. The post points out that saturated fat isn’t the enemy it’s been unfairly labelled as and ditto for dietary cholesterol (no research seems to show any correlation between cholesterol consumption and cholesterol levels in the blood). As well, butter contains vitamins and other essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, lecithin, vitamin E, selenium, iodine and fatty acids. Have a look at the piece if you haven’t before. I’m sure it will be quite eye-opening.

But this does still leave the question as to which oil is better to use. Again, this is going to depend on the situation, but I’ll tell you here what I like to use and what I never use.

For cooking, you want a saturated fat, no question, especially if you’re reaching fairly high temperatures. The reason for this is that saturated fats are the most stable fats. They can withstand higher temperatures without sustaining damage, and damaged oils are exactly what you don’t want. When oils become “oxidized,” from high heat, air and light exposure or chemical processes, they become deadly free radical-inducing nightmares you wouldn’t want near your dinner.

So for cooking, I generally use ghee (cooked butter that’s had all the milk proteins separated), coconut oil or even once in awhile lard or tallow. If this shocks you, have a look at the butter versus margarine article I liked to above — I told you it would be eye opening. These are good healthy fats that our ancestors used copious amounts of and never suffered a single clogged artery.

For some light heat stuff I’ll use olive oil. I don’t do this often; usually adding it to cooked pasta or sauteing something with a Mediterranean feel. Mostly olive oil goes on my salads, though.

Which brings us to cold applications. Here’s the place, and the only place, you want to be using what are known as “polyunsaturated oils”. These are the oils that remain liquid even when you stick them in the fridge (unlike olive oil, which becomes sludgy and coconut oil, which becomes hard as a rock). Think flax oil, sunflower or grapeseed oil. These oils are very delicate and should never be heated. This means they should always be bought “cold pressed” or “expeller pressed” from a reputable company as even heat in the extraction process can damage them. They should also come in dark glass containers to protect them from the light — they’re that delicate.

So what about all the cooking oils you see in plastic bottles lining grocery store shelves? Leave them alone. I wouldn’t use them for oiling my bike chain. These are the delicate polyunsaturated oils that are very delicate and shouldn’t be used for cooking. And even if you were going to use them on your salad, they generally go through a heating process when they’re extracted, so they’re already damaged by the time you get them (not to mention that they’re stored in a clear bottle, allowing light to damage them more).

So what about some of the health food store versions of those polyunsaturated oils? The ones like sunflower, safflower oil that come in dark bottles, are cold-pressed and cost and arm and a leg? I still wouldn’t go for them. The reason for this is that they’re pretty darn high in omega-6 fats. Omega-6s and omega-3s are the essential fatty acids — the ones we need to get in our diets because our bodies aren’t able to make them. But, here in the west we eat far too many omega-6 fats and far too few omega-3 fats. While the ideal ratio is about 1:1 omega-6 to omega-3, the average westerner eats more like 20:1. There’s no real reason to be adding excess omega-6s to your diet. Stick with the high omega-3 oils like flaxseed or chia seed.

It almost goes without saying the margarines and other tub spreads are out; even if they’re organic or otherwise “healthy looking”. They’re more processed than natural fats and don’t confer any advantages over them. Quite frankly, their existence is pointless.

I also avoid like the plague soy oil, cottonseed oil, “vegetable oil” (and what kind of vegetable would that be?), corn oil and canola. I know some readers are going to question me on some of these, but they’re all generally cheap filler oils used in processed foods that we sometimes get suckered into buying in the bottle. Even organic cold-pressed canola should be avoided (this is a version of rapeseed oil, a highly toxic oil, that has been modified through plant breeding in order to make it consumable. With so many natural oils out there, why bother with this questionable one?).

So that’s it. In my kitchen you’ll find ghee, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil; all organic. As I said, I’ll occasionally get lard or tallow just to change things up. I would also consider using palm oil, another saturated fat, if I could find a good clean source (much of it is hydrogenated), again, just to change things up. I also will sometimes take flaxseed oil as a supplement, although more often I supplement fish oil for all the healthy anti-inflammatory DHA and EPA.

I hope this answers your question Sadie. Choosing the right oil is vitally important in achieving our best possible health. Getting the fats issue straight is one of the first steps one can take toward healthier living.

The Healthy Foodie is Doug DiPasquale, Holistic Nutritionist and trained chef, living in Toronto.

Editor’s Review:

Ugh another “its natural so it must be better” argument.

In reference to the “butter vs. margarine” article; to say butter is better because it is more natural has many flaws.

1. MANY natural things are harmful to us. Ephedra was used widely years ago for weight loss (and is still often used in China!) because it was more “natural”…. but then we found it it killed people. The tobacco plant is natural.. are we going to argue this is healthy? Opium which makes heroin is natural and the list goes on..

2. The sources in another article “butter vs. margarine” are mostly known to be quacks in the healthcare world. Meaning they aren’t thought of or known to be credible. They either use junk science or are just out to make a buck. check out quackwatch.com to see who’s credible and who isn’t.

3. Saturated fat IS proven to raise cholesterol, and replacing it with non-hydrogenated sources of poly or monounsaturated fats is proven to lower cholesterol AND is proven to protect against heart disease/heart attacks;

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9180239

and how about another one;

http://www.adaevidencelibrary.com/worksheet.cfm?worksheet_id=250387

Yes these fats may not be as “natural” but that does not mean they cause problems or are dangerous. Anecdotally speaking (i know, bad science but something to think about); when I worked in a hospital on a floor treating post bypass/post heart attack patients the diet most commonly seen in those groups was very high saturated fats (lots of butter, red meat, high fat dairy etc.) it was way to consistent to be a coincidence. Made me change my own diet away from high saturated fat foods.

I’m sorry but how can butter, and lard be good for us? Lets use our common sense before taking this advice!!! By your logic Bacon, as long as it is also organic should be good for us as well- just as long as its natural right?

Herpeset herpes relief Treatment | Health Guides Daily

The Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body of the infected person,waiting for a trigger to become active.These triggers can be from the type of food we eat.It can even be from catching a cold or fever.Too much exposure to the sun or stress also acts as a trigger.Stress affects the immune system of the body and causes an eruption of the virus.Though herpes is incurable, there are ways and means by which we can alleviate this condition.

What is Herpeset

Herpeset is a product used for the treatment of herpes or core sores. It helps in lessening the effects like swelling, inflammation and burning. It is only people who suffer from herpes or cold sores,can understand the trials of having this condition.This is where it can be of great help.

Herpeset is basically a homeopathic combination of 9 natural forming ingredients. These ingredients have been used separately by homeopaths to treat specific types of herpes. But the blend used in this product,makes it more effective and helps in the relief of a wide range of herpes symptoms.

Herpeset ingredients

The 9 vital ingredients used are as follows.

  1. Apis mellifica: This is obtained from honeybees and it helps to relieve burning sensations, pain and retention of fluids in the body.
  2. Arsenic: This has been used for ages to treat ulcers, skin diseases, tumors, infections and burns.
  3. Wild Indigo: It is also called Baptista and helps in reducing ulcers in the mouth.
  4. Capsicum: It helps in reducing inflammation and also acts as a pain killer.
  5. Woody Nightshade: This ingredient is effective on moist eruptions on the face and genitals and also in itching.
  6. Purple Cone Flower: The extract of these purple flowers, helps in reducing the redness and skin eruptions.
  7. Nitric Acid: This helps in the treatment of cracking and bleeding sores. It also helps in preventing the spread of lesions and dries sores that are oozing.
  8. Pyrogenium 200C: This is a blend of glycerine and sepsin and helps in the healing of ulcers and abscesses.
  9. Poison Oak: This ingredient is also known as poison vine or mercury vine.

Does Herpeset Work ?

It is natural that we are hesitant in trying out any new medication. As all the ingredients used in the formulation of Herpeset are natural, it is very safe. In fact, it has undergone various tests to ascertain its efficacy and has been proven to be able to provide the most effective treatment for this condition. It is quite easy to administer. It is a liquid oral spray and is sprayed under the tongue. It gets absorbed into the blood stream right away.This means that Herpeset will get into your system much faster and you will be able to get immediate relief and go about your daily routine much faster.

Even though herpes or cold sores are incurable, you will be glad to have Herpeset in your medicine chest. It is easy to use and will be able to give you quick relief. As all the ingredients are natural, you need not fear any side effects. Use it as per the directions given for immediate relief.Your life will be all the more fulfilling as you know that a remedy is at hand.

Oprah Winfrey Natural Estrogen: Bioidentical hormones | Health Guides Daily

Here’s a look at the natural estrogen and the bioidentical hormone therapy controversy ….Are Bioidentical or natural hormones right for you?
 
The estrogen hit the fan and the fur went flying as some of the nations leading health experts lined up to take swipes at actress Suzanne Somers. The reason: Her public outcry over the benefits of natural estrogen and other bioidentical hormone replacement therapy – now known as BHRT.
 
Now, talk show zion OPRAH Winfrey has joined the frey, coming down on the side of natural biodientical estrogen , who, like Somers says, these natural hormones changed her life.
 
Winfrey, who turns 55 this month writes in the new edition of “O” magazine that she was “out of kilter” and that a prescription for bioidentical estrogen made a huge difference in her life.
 
“After one day on bioidentical estrogen, I felt the veil lift,” Winfrey writes. “After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper. I was literally singing and had a skip in my step.”
 
Further, she has devoted entire shows to the subject, where, along with Robin McGraw, who recently authored “What’s Age Got To Do With It” tout the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy.
 
If this sounds familiar, it should … it’s an almost identical mantra spoken Somers who , after entering menopause a few years earlier than Winfrey and McGraw  found bioidentical hormones to be her saving grace as well . She wrote about her experiences in a book titled ” Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bio Identical Hormones ” (Crown Books).  Like Winfrey and McGraw, Somers claims that  substituting  bio identical hormones – those that are molecularly identical to what the ovaries make –  for the synthetic ones commonly used in most  prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will give  menopause-aged  women a new lease on life.
 
Not only does she claim it stopped and reversed her bone loss, she says women can say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats and cranky mood swings while recapturing the health, beauty and sexuality of their youth.  All without the health risks now attributed to traditional, largely synthetic hormones used in HRT.
 
But are these women right?  Many say they are not – and that their advice is dangerous.
 
In fact, one group of doctors – a panel of seven noted physicians, 3 of whom were quoted in the Somers book – say her promises far exceed what we know about these treatments. They sent a letter to Somers and her publisher  claiming the book is misleading, inaccurate, and downright dangerous for women to follow.
 
“Our concern is strictly a safety issue – we feel that  Suzanne Somers should be commended for bringing the subject of bio identical hormones center stage, but she offers  incorrect information and  endorses protocols that are unproven and in some instances dangerous – she has simply gone too far,” says Erika Schwartz, MD,  a New York physician who is quoted in the book and  spearheaded  the letter campaign after viewing advanced copies.
 
Through her publisher, Somers, who just turned 60, offers defends herself and her book:  ” For the past decade, Suzanne Somers has been immersed in researching anti-aging medicine . . . . she has embraced this medicine because she has seen the results in her own body and well being but knows there continues to be an ongoing dialogue in the medical community on how to best utilize this new information in concert with more conventional forms of healthcare.”
 
While doctors are not so quick to criticize Winfrey for her choice – ostensibly because of her media throne – there are those who continue to express concern.
 
The biggest issue: The lack of controlled medical safety studies showing that bioidentical hormones are any safer.  Indeed, while Robin McGraw recently told Oprah Winfrey on the air that she  did her “research” on bioidentical hormones before writing her book, and that’s what led her to believe they were the safer alternative.
 
But the real truth is, if you do your research, as McGraw suggests, what you will find is that there are basically no long term studies on the safety of bioidentical hormones, and that there are no randomized trials on safety, dosing or effectiveness.
 
In fact, I’ve discovered that most of the “research” people like Somers, and Winfrey and McGraw allude to is actually information that’s put out there by those involved in marketing bioidentical hormones – and not unbiased clinicial trails published in peer review medical journals.
 
Lab Vs. Nature: What You Should Know
 
Regardless of whatever public debates the book has incited, the  question that lingers is how much do we really know about bio identical hormones and how they work.
 
“There is no mystery, they are not weird science or outside the realm of conventional medicine at all – they are a form of  manufactured estrogen and progesterone that, on a molecular level is identical to what is produced naturally  by the ovaries –and a number of pharmaceutical companies have been making them and doctors have been prescribing them for some time,”  says Steve Goldstein, MD, professor of gynecology at NYU Medical Center in New York City.
 
These, he says, clued bio identical estrogens known as 17 beta estradiol, available in prescription products such as Estrace, Vivelle Dot, EstraRing and now, generic form. The only form of bio identical progeseterone is Promethium,  made by Solvay Pharmaceutical.
 
By comparision, Goldstein says synthetic hormones such as Premarin – a form of estrogen made from horse urine – is similar in structure and only slightly different from what’s produced naturally in the body. .
 
The question is, does that slight difference make a big difference in how women feel – or even in their future health?  The answer depends a lot on whom you ask.
 
According to Wolf Utian, MD, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), ” The word Bio identical is a marketing misnomer – and the claims for safety and efficacy are entirely without merit – they are the same as [synthetic] hormones and if given in bio-equivilant doses the risks would be exactly the same,” he says.
 
Schwartz on the other hand believes it makes all the difference in the world.
 
“When you change the molecular structure of a hormone – as is the case with synthetic hormones – then the body does not know what to do with it;  conversely, when what you give a supplement identical to what the body produces,  then it knows exactly how to use it for the best possible advantage,” says Schwartz.
 

Somers book claims those advantages  include not only an amelioration of menopause-related symptoms, but also a general rejuvenation of the body, mind and maybe even the spirit. 

What Causes Skin Tags and How to Remove | Health Guides Daily

A skin tag is a simple outgrowth. However, there may be outgrowths, which in fact, look like this tag, but could be more harmful. It’s important that you understand the appearance of such tags.

  • Definition: You may choose to define it as a tumor or a growth, which arises out of epidermis. Significantly, skin tags also arise out of dermal fibro vascular tissue and epidermis at the same time. In normal terms, it could also be defined as a soft growth near the eyes, groin or armpits and even beneath the breasts. Scientifically, you may also choose to call is as Cutaneous Papilloma.
  • Appearance: It could range from a few millimeters to a centimeter. Some could grow to as large as 4 centimeters. It appears as a tumor, on any part in a body. The most remarkable aspect of its appearance is its color. You may find the tumor to be slightly brown, it may look distinctly brown on white faces, but otherwise, may look to have fleshy color.
  • Nature of skin tags: They are harmless. It is the result of rubbed skin. You would notice such tags are formed mostly on the skin surface, which is often rubbed by the skin, or at times rubbed with your clothing. Eyelids, armpits, surface beneath the breasts and neck are some places where skin is usually rubbed, and most of the times they are formed in such places in a body.
  • What does it contain: They contain nerve cells, fat cells, and may contain fibres. It is just an outgrowth which does not cause any pain or discomfort. At times these tags on your body may even not get your attention.

Cause:

There had been a number of researches conducted by medical experts to find the exact cause of skin tags. Though, few causes have cropped up, still, it is hard to ascertain the exact cause.

Basically, it is a result of an outgrowth, which is caused by the collagen and blood vessels. Collagens are formed in the surface of skin, and when blood vessels and more collagen are concentrated at the same place, you would notice a tumor formed on the skin surface, such tumors are skin tags.

However, medical experts have put down a series of causes.

Prime reason

Medical findings suggest that brushing of skin with one another leads to enough friction and the result is a skin tag. Places such as armpits, where considerable brushing takes place causes skin to dry out.

The fact is the skin unwraps and becomes red, which leads to these tags. You would notice they are prominent mostly on individuals who have attained middle age.

Injecting steroids

Many body builders have developed the tags on their skin surface. Those weight lifters and body builders who try and use steroids to affect a change in their muscular structure may have a greater chance of developing skin tags on their body.

The use of steroids could lead to irregular formation of collagens. Steroids vastly affect human body. It leads to irregular formation of collagens at a single place on the epidermis, which produces these tags.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy could also be a cause. Though not all pregnant women develop these tags, yet, there are numerous instances, where pregnant woman had developed them. Skin tags in pregnant woman are the result of body not reacting to the needs of pregnancy.

How to Remove

They are small, useless pieces of skin that hang onto other areas such as eyelids, armpits, neck or groin. These tags are more annoying than dangerous and usually are benign. Some are darker than the other skin which makes them stand out even more. One thing is certain, most people who have this problem want to know as much as possible about removing these tags.

The big question is how to get rid of them. This little piece of skin is small and looks as if it would be easy just to snip off with nail clippers. But that’s a bad idea. Clipping or cutting a skin tag is not a job for amateurs. The first problem is bleeding, which may be more difficult to control than expected. The next problem is the potential for infection from using non-sterile tools. And the final problem is that the scarring left may be even more unattractive than it was.

The safe way for removing the tags is to have it done by a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. The physician may use cryotherapy to freeze or cauterize the skin tag by burning it with electrical current. Cryotherapy is painless and quick.

Cauterizing or cutting away the tag may be done under local anesthesia and involve some post-operative pain. Any of these medical treatments for removing tags is costly. As elective procedures, don’t expect your medical insurance to pay.

If you insist on trying to eliminate it at home, first make certain its actually a skin tag and not another condition. One method is to tie off this tag at the base of the stalk with dental floss or fishing line. After tying the stalk, clip the tag with sharp scissors or nail clippers that have been sterilized with alcohol. Clean the area with hydrogen peroxide. When the bleeding stops, cover with an antibacterial ointment and cover with a bandage. Continue to apply antibacterial ointment twice daily for several days.

Any signs of infection, swelling, inflammation or pain at the site of the skin tag is a concern which must be seen immediately by a physician. Infection is a serious problem that must be contained to avoid problems in the body far more serious.

Removing one skin tag is no guarantee that another will not surface nearby. Skin tags are more common in middle to older ages. They are not related to any disease and not likely to become cancerous. They are just irritating, not dangerous.

10 Questions About Shopping to Fill an Emotional Void | Health Guides Daily

Dr. April Lane Benson is an expert on compulsive shopping and the author of To Buy or Not to Buy. Here, she explains why people shop to fill an emotional void and what they can do about it.

Q: What is compulsive shopping?

A: It’s when you spend so much time, energy and money shopping and spending that it’s impairing your life in a significant way. Somebody could even be a compulsive shopper without even spending any money; they could just be obsessed with thinking about it.

Q: What are some of the symptoms?

A: As with any other addiction, they’re preoccupied with thoughts of spending, buying, returning and purchasing on the Internet. They often have interpersonal problems as a result of this addiction. They start fighting with their spouse, children get neglected, and they have occupational problems. Maybe they’re on probation at work because they’re shopping on the Internet all day long instead of working. Or they have to take two or three jobs just to pay minimum payments on credit cards for things they bought but don’t need and don’t use. For some people, it takes the form of compulsive gift giving, and they don’t see it as compulsive shopping if it’s not for themselves.

Q: Why do people shop compulsively?

A: They shop compulsively for the same reason they do anything compulsive. For some people, it has to do with an emptiness inside they need to fill up. For other people, it may have to do with a particular threshold – they shop because it makes them feel more alive or because it’s a way of calming them down. It can be a way to keep up an image of wealth and power or to keep up with the Jones’. It can be a way to express anger at a spouse they stick the bills with, or at parents. Others shop because they feel out of control in other parts of their life and it’s a way to feel in control. There are many reasons people do it.

Q: Why do we connect shopping with an emotional activity?

A: When we shop, we think that what we buy is going to make us feel better because advertising seems to suggest that. If you buy this Clairol hair colour, you’re going to drive that same car and you’re going to be surrounded by the same men showering you with Casablanca lilies.

Q: How big is this problem?

A: We have two studies from the last five years. The 2006 study done at Stanford suggests that 5.8 percent of the population could be classified as compulsive buyers; and, interestingly, it showed that the problem was equally divided among the genders. A more recent study that came out in the last six months, and the most conservative results suggested that 8.9 percent were compulsive buyers. We’re talking about a lot of people.

Q: It surprises me to hear that the problem was split between men an women. Don’t most people associate emotional shopping with women?

A: Yes. Men do image buying; they’re the ones who want a fancy car. And more men are now shopping on the Internet.

Q: Is there anyone who’s particularly vulnerable to this behaviour?

A: There are a lot of common family scenarios, like someone who’s grown up with things being used as substitutes for love. Love is shown by the buying of things. Rather than feel what it felt like not to get time and energy and attention, the child in the next generation will identify with the parent who did that and think that they’re showing love in that way. But it’s really a way to not feel the feeling.

Or, another scenario is someone who grew up with a lot of financial deprivation and has made a vow that they will never feel that way again – when they get a job and they get money, they want to spend to make up for lost time.

Q: What are some of the worst consequences if this behaviour gets out of control?

A: One terrible consequence is that you can end up in jail. We also know that suicide has been linked to debt. Families break up; there are a lot of divorces over money and spending.

Q: So how do you start to change this behaviour?

A: They should start by becoming mindful, and noticing when it happens. What triggers them? Maybe keeping a little notebook. In the back of my book, there’s a perforated card that people tear out; it has six questions on it: Why am I here? How do I feel? Do I need this? What if I wait? How will I pay for it? Where will I put it? That’s a way of exploring the impulse and giving the person time to think through the purchase and time to bear the impulse. If you’ve asked and answered those questions – especially in writing – you have a pretty good idea of whether this is going to be a compulsive purchase or not. And you’ve seen that you don’t need to go right ahead and buy the minute you have an impulse.

Q: Is it important to introduce substitute coping mechanisms for when you feel emotionally empty?

A: You have to look at what is the underlying authentic need that’s propelling the impulse. Are you feeling the need to take care of yourself? Are you feeling the need to reward yourself? Are you bored and in need of stimulation? Are you lonely and in need of company? Once you’ve figured out what you need, then you can tailor an activity to that need rather than just distracting yourself.

Bonus Q: How can shopping less improve our lives?

A: Because it helps us cultivate true wealth – which are those non-financial assets which are different for every person that enrich and enliven us, like connecting with community, communing with nature, spending more effort and energy on relationships, and the pursuit of ideas and experiences. We even have research that suggests that when people use their disposable income to purchase experiences instead of things, they have a lot more satisfaction for a number of reasons. One, experiences are not so subject to comparisons. Two, the memories tend to improve over time – whereas, when you buy a thing, especially one you don’t need and won’t use, you sure don’t feel good about it afterwards. And three, experiences tend to be done in a social context; compulsive buying is often done alone and furtively.

Effective help is available, and there is a lot on my website. I’d also like to add that you can never get enough of what you don’t really need.

Cryptic Tonsils | Health Guides Daily

Unless you were diagnosed with cryptic tonsils you may not be familiar with them and how they can affect your health. This infection causes pockets to form within your tonsils that can get debris and food caught in them. They may even cause you to have a sore throat and bad breath as well. You may have heard of these cryptic infections called tonsil stones though.

Typically you can spot cryptic tonsils yourself without a doctor because they appear to be white bumps or even pus like bumps located in the back of the throat on your tonsils. However, some have often confused these symptoms for those of strep throat which is more serious than this. In fact, some people can develop the cryptic tonsil infection just by having more wrinkly tonsils than the average person. If they are prone to getting debris and food trapped in them then they are at very high risk for developing cryptic tonsillitis. In some of these cases halitosis can even occur which is a severe case of bad breath.

Treatment Options for Cryptic Tonsils

The treatment options you can choose will really depend on how sever your infection has become. As an at home remedy people have used tongue suppressors and tooth picks to pick out the debris and food from the tonsils but this can be dangerous to the tissue itself. You can also choose a laser surgery called cryptolysis which basically zaps away your pockets with a CO2 laser! The good thing about this treatment option is that it typically doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes or so.

The final way you can treat cryptic tonsils is by having a complete tonsillectomy, removal of the tonsils all together. Of course this is the most effective way to treat the infection and guarantee that it never returns. Plus, quite a few patients experience a better way of breathing once their tonsils have been removed. This surgery takes a little longer than cryptolysis but shouldn’t last more than 45 minutes to an hour.

Even though your tonsils are supposed to help support your body’s immune system there are just people out there who experience a lot of grief from their tonsils. The doctor you visit should be able to give you the best treatment for your situation so you can be ensured a speedy recovery.

Overall having this condition is not going to be damaging to your health but they can lead to other infections or problems. If you notice the white pores and bumps beginning to form on your tonsils then consult your doctor immediately so you can avoid those situations. Treatment and recovery is very short too so it makes it great for those working or attending classes they cannot miss often. When it comes to understanding the different in tonsil infections like this one it is important to know the facts. At the first sign of a problem seek out treatment.

How to Cut the Fat from Fake Calorie Counts | Health Guides Daily

Counting calories when you are eating out can be confusing. You need to guess at your portion size and consider which menu options may be healthy before you even see the food. With the nation’s obesity epidemic increasing almost as fast as the number of food dollars spent on eating outside of the home, the government has become concerned.

They’ve taken pity on the little guy (that’s us) and proposed health care reform language aimed at making caloric information available in restaurants. In the best-case scenario, the new health care reform bill would require restaurants with more than 20 chains across the country to post caloric information to help the consumer make healthy, informed decisions.

However, it turns out there are a few problems with menu labeling in restaurants. A new study compiled by faculty at Tufts University and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found restaurant meals that contained 18 percent more calories than advertised.

Other independent studies conducted through the New York Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) have found menu items with calorie counts that are off by as much as 50 percent. The problem centers on hard-to-regulate portion sizes and cooking methods.

Bottom line? As restaurants across the country post caloric information on the web and in their outlets, you can’t always believe what you read. Make sure not to leave your common sense at home when you go out to eat.

Instructions

  1. Step 1
    Don’t believe the impossible.The main problem with the calorie counts that restaurants provide is that they are difficult to monitor and verify. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does perform routine inspections, they cannot ensure that all portion sizes are created equal or that the side order of light salad dressing will contain exactly 50 calories.If you walk into your local deli and they claim that their Italian Slammer sandwich (which looks like suspiciously like two pounds of salami between two slices of bread) has only 200 calories, use your common sense. The item they submitted for their menu labeling probably contained much smaller portions.
  2. Step 2
    Dressing and mayo and oil, oh my!The calorie counters in restaurants do not account for the good stuff. For example, in many chain restaurants with dishes highlighted as heart healthy or fewer than 500 calories, the menu item has an asterisk next to the title. The footnote invariably proclaims that the calorie counts do not include cheese, condiments or any dressing or sauce.Cheese is usually 50-100 calories a slice. Dressing and sauce provide at least 20-70 extra calories, with some heavy sauces adding hundreds of calories to your meal. Be mindful about invisible “extras” when perusing a menu.
  3. Step 3
    Bring your playing cards.When you dine out you have to be diligent about eyeballing your meal to ensure you are only eating one serving, especially when some restaurants serve up to four portions in one entrée. Remember these simple guidelines:One serving of meat/poultry/fish: A deck of playing cards

    One serving of pasta/potatoes: A computer mouse

    One serving of pancakes/waffles: A compact disk in diameter

    One serving of cheese: Six dice

    One serving of vegetables: A baseball

  4. Step 4
    Eat up when you eat out.When you dine out don’t just drive through at your local fast food joint. Instead, go to an ethnic food restaurant and make your meal a cultural treat as well as a caloric one.Japanese food? Focus on simple rolls and sashimi prepared with salmon, shrimp or eel. Mexican? Order fajitas so you control your own portion size. Italian? Eat a huge salad with heart-healthy olive oil and vinegar and split a pasta dish.

    Also, the nicer of a restaurant you visit, the more likely the staff will take your health concerns and menu questions seriously–you have to pay for good service.

  5. Step 5
    Make a plan.Feel free to treat yourself when you go out to eat! The whole reason for the calorie guidelines is so you know when you are consuming a high cal item.When you really want the 1,000-calorie entrée or cake with ice cream and fudge sauce for dessert, you can indulge. Just be mindful. Either plan on exercising enough through the rest of the week to burn the extra calories or enlist the help of your friends or family by asking if anyone would like to split the plate with you.
  6. Step 6
    Talk to the staff.If you are at a fast food restaurant, order small portions and make a joke with your server about how you are watching your waist. Workers at Nathan’s have described to the Gotham Gazette how they occasionally over-serve customers to make sure the client feels they are getting enough bang for their buck from their order.If your server knows you don’t want to be overfed, they are more likely to go easy with the fry scooper. If you are at a sit-down restaurant politely describe that you want your meal cooked with as little fat or oil as possible.

    Remember, politeness, patience and humor are key: food servers have a stressful job!

  7. Step 7
    Accept reality.Expect the calorie count at your favorite restaurant to be off by 10 percent, even after you take all the above precautions. Chalk it up to factors out of your control and portion for it by following a healthy eating and exercise plan 90 percent of the time.The extra calories add up a lot slower if you eat out less often–limit yourself to dining out three or four times a week. That way, when you do make it to a restaurant you can enjoy your meal instead of obsessing about the extra calories in the second slice of cheese you just noticed on your sandwich.

Red Clover: The Supplement News Every Woman Over 40 Needs To Know | Health Guides Daily

Why red clover works so well for many conditions related with hormones? The reason: Isoflavones. Yes, the very same natural compound that makes soy so helpful for women during menopause is also found in this plant – but in much greater abundance.

Indeed, the leaves of the plant are brimming with not just two isoflavones as found in soy – genistein and daidzein – but also two others known as biochanin A and formononetin. And it is these two additional isoflavones that many believe give red clover its outstanding estrogenic effects. In addition, it also works as an “adaptogen”.

So, when estrogen levels are low, it works like estrogen’s “understudy” – taking on not only its characteristics, but also some of its duties in our body. This includes attaching to estrogen receptors in a way that “tricks” the body into believing all is right in hormone-land! The end result: Fewer symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.

But if you remember, earlier in this book you learned that it’s not just low estrogen levels that can cause menopause symptoms. It’s actually the waxing and waning of our hormones that creates the most troubling symptoms. And this is where this clover can really shine.

Why? It’s the ability of this herb to adapt to what your body needs. So, when estrogen levels are too high, it becomes what doctors call a “down regulating” treatment. This means that by landing on and taking up a good portion of the estrogen receptors in your body, it keeps you from receiving too much of your own estrogen stimulation the way you might if those receptor sites were not blocked. In this way the clover may help keep your body from and estrogen overload. This is important for two reasons. First, it results in better hormone balance, which in the end is also what helps to alleviate many menopause symptoms, but particularly hot flashes and night sweats.

But even more importantly, it also means the clover may have some anti-cancer effects. By keeping receptors in the tissue of the breast and uterus from being over-stimulated by the presence of too much estrogen, it may help prevent or at least reduce the risk of breast and uterine cancer.

Although the clover is a legume, you don’t eat it the way would a soybean. That said, if you’ve spent any time at all in health food store, then you know there is no shortage of ways to ingest this plant. From teas, to infusions, to various dried red clover leaf products, there appears to be a wide variety of choice.

Unfortunately, choosing a red clover product is not quite as easy as it looks. A variety of factors including varying levels of the key isoflavone constituents, as well as the conditions under which the plants are grown, when in their life cycle they are harvested, and the portion of the plant that is used in the preparation (the leaves vs. the flowers vs. a combination of both) can impact effectiveness to an important degree. For this reason many believe the most reliable and the most effective form of the clover comes not as a food but as a supplement. And among those available, the one on which most studies have been done is “Promensil”.

By Colette Bouchez

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Xanax Side Effects in Elderly | Health Guides Daily

By Peggy Deland

Xanax (alprazolam) is a prescription-only medication approved by the FDA to treat generalized anxiety and panic disorder. It is also prescribed for treating frequent nightmares and reducing tension caused by quitting smoking. Although people of any age who take Xanax can expect to experience some side effects, certain ones may be more pronounced in the elderly.

Function

Xanax belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. The medication works directly on the brain by modifying its response to tension and anxiety. Xanax is a non-selective drug. This means that it may affect other functions in the brain other than simply reducing anxiety, which can lead to a variety of side effects. The majority of side effects caused by the drug are related to thinking and brain function. Some physical side effects also occur, but these are a result of how the brain controls certain body functions.

Effects

The most common side effects associated with Xanax are sleepiness, dizziness, forgetfulness, difficulty waking, blurry vision and loss of interest in sex. Elderly people tend to become more sleepy than younger people when they take Xanax. The elderly are also more likely to experience confusion and difficulty concentrating. Because Xanax tends to cause balance problems, especially in older people, the drug increases the risk of falling and being injured. Sometimes elderly people who take Xanax may appear to have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but the symptoms are actually caused by the medication and stop when the drug is discontinued.

Considerations

Xanax should not be taken by people who have narrow-angle glaucoma, because it can worsen the condition. It can also worsen depression, liver or kidney disease and breathing disorders. Xanax may cause interactions with certain medications; talk to your doctor about all drugs and herbal supplements you take. Taking Xanax, especially for a long period of time, can cause dependence to this drug, especially if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Warning

Taking more Xanax than you are prescribed, or taking it with alcohol, can cause a life-threatening overdose. Accidental overdoses of Xanax are fairly common; this sometimes occurs when a person repeatedly forgets that they have already taken their medication. This is more likely to occur with Xanax and related drugs because the medication itself may cause forgetfulness and confusion. It may be helpful to use a pill organizer marked with the date and time of day to prevent accidentally taking extra pills.

Prevention/Solution

Xanax should only be used by people over 65 years old when absolutely necessary. Most doctors prescribe much lower doses of this drug for elderly people to help prevent serious side effects and injuries caused by balance problems.

Aortic Aneurysm | Health Guides Daily

An aortic aneurysm is called as such because it involves the aorta. The aorta is one of the large arteries that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. And when this passage is interrupted by an aneurysm, it becomes clotted. Then the walls of the aorta become inflamed and weak. Aortic aneurysms typically have a spindle shape.  And they usually involve the aorta below the arteries to the kidneys.

What are the symptoms?

Normally, the symptoms don’t begin to show or manifest until the aneurysm grows or disrupts the wall of the aorta.  And when this happens, the symptoms develop based on the size and location of the aneurysm.

When a bulging aorta suddenly ruptures, the blood clot that was collected on the arteries will break off and travel through the circulatory system until it lodges somewhere. And these blood clots can cut the flow of blood. So, symptoms will then manifest on the area of the body where there is deprivation of blood.
And the disruption of blood circulation can cause weakness, numbness, tingling, paleness or coldness in the arm or leg, loss of sensation, light-headedness, or localized pain.

In worst case scenarios, the broken off blood fragments can cause stroke or heart attack. And they can also disrupt the normal functions of one or more vital body organs like lungs, liver or kidneys.

Fatal internal bleeding may also occur upon the sudden rupture and dissection of the aneurysm. This requires immediate medical attention. Because when the bleeding continues, the blood pressure will go down dramatically, leaving the organs deprived of blood and the brain to lose consciousness.  And this can lead to shock or stroke.

Here are the common aortic aneurysm symptoms:

1. Chest pain
2. Back pain
3. Sweating
4. Fast heart rate and rapid breathing
5.  Dizziness
6. Abdominal pain
7.  Bloating
8. Nausea or lightheadedness
9. Vomiting
10. Rapid breathing/ shortness of breath
11. Fainting
12. Difficulty swallowing
13. Hoarseness
14. Weight loss
15. Bowel obstruction
16. Coughing up blood
17. Recurring gnawing and boring pain

What are the causes of aortic aneurysms?

1. Hereditary/ Genetics

Individuals with a family history are more likely to develop one. And they tend to develop it at a much younger age compared to people who don’t have a familial history of it. And the likelihood of an aneurysm rupture is higher, too.

2. Atherosclerosis

The inflammation of blood vessels caused by the advent of arteritis can lead to swollen aortas and blood clots.

3. Genetic disease

Connective tissue disorders that are inheritable can also factor in the development of aortic aneurysms in the long run.

4. Post-trauma

It will develop when the aortas suffered sudden trauma.

5.  High blood pressure

The irregular blood flow can cause stress on the aortas, which can lead to inflammation and thinning of the inner aortic walls.

6. Mycotic infection

This fungal infection that is associated with immunodeficiency, IV drug abuse, syphilis, and heart valve surgery can also cause them.