Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Keeping Your Home Garden Organic

Having a home garden is a wonderful way to get fresh air, sunshine, exercise and most importantly, fresh and wholesome fruits and vegetables for your dinner table. Homegrown veggies are delicious and nutritious. Imagine slicing into a ripe, red tomato that's fresh from your garden, just bursting with sunshine and Vitamin C.

Of course, there are lots of insects and other pests that also want to share in the delights your garden offers. There are many products that will reduce or eliminate the insects that nibble on your plants and consume your vegetables, but you don't want to add chemicals to your nutritious harvest. Who wants to feed their family chemical pesticides?

There's a better way, using organic pest control. Safer® Brand Bug Patrol is a product that can eliminate the bug problem while safekeeping the organic nature of your home garden.

In fact, organic bug patrol kills over 40 insects so you can keep your whole yard free of bugs. Protect your plants, flowers and vegetables from insects while keeping your yard a relaxing and safe place to spend your leisure time. With organic bug patrol, you can make your yard and garden safe for you, but let bugs know they aren't welcome.

Don't take chances with your family's health. Keep your yard free of bugs and dangerous chemicals by using an all-organic product like Bug Patrol.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Depression a Risk Factor for Heart Disease in Women

Women who suffer severe depression may be at greater risk for cardiac events, including sudden cardiac death and coronary heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

A study involving 63,469 women with no previous history of heart disease or stroke, revealed that depression indicated a higher risk of sudden cardiac events, and those with clinical depression were more than twice as likely to suffer sudden cardiac death.

A significant part of the heightened risk for cardiac events seems to be explained by the fact that coronary heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and smoking were more common among women with more severe depressive symptoms

The study found that women with more severe depressive symptoms or those who reported taking antidepressants were at higher risk for SCD and fatal CHD.

"We can't say antidepressant medications were the cause of higher risk of sudden cardiac death. It may well be that use of antidepressants is a marker for worse depression".

The study findings highlight the need for women with depression to monitored closely for risk factors associated with coronary heart disease. Risk factors for coronary heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and smoking were found to be more common in women with depressive symptoms.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Diagnostic Errors and Prevention

According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, diagnostic errors represent a much larger source of preventable health problems and deaths than do medication errors or wrong-site surgeries.

The authors, David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D., and Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., state that 40,000 - 80,000 hospital deaths per year are attributable to misdiagnosis, and that this problem needs to receive more attention. Other types of hospital errors are often cited in safety reform, but claims of misdiagnosis, or diagnoses that are delayed, are twice as common as medication errors.

Some of the suggestions for improving the situation is to provide doctors with symptom checklists or computer programs called “diagnostic decision-support systems” to assist physicians in assessing symptoms and risks. They also recommend automatic second-looks at x-rays and CT scans, to help avoid missed diagnoses.

Source: Johns Hopkins

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Benefits of Infrared Saunas

The word "sauna" is from ancient Finnish. The Finns invented the sauna and it has been a tradition for many centuries. Originally, the word meant a small room or house created as a place to experience sessions of dry or wet heat.

Nowadays there is a choice in saunas, infrared saunas are often used for several reasons, one of which is that they can produce a deeper penetration of heat into the body but at a much lower temperature than conventional saunas.

There are numerous health benefits to using a sauna, in fact, many doctors suggest sauna therapy for patients with arthritis and joint pain. It's been proven that saunas draw out toxins from the body through sweat and increase blood flow and circulation.

Since the penetration of heat into the body is the essential therapeutic benefit of the sauna, the far infrared sauna is a superior choice since the infrared sauna produces warmth that penetrates a depth of 1 1/2 inches into the tissues.

The sauna not only makes you feel good, it is also good for you. People report having lost weight and experiencing less pain and improved muscle function. If you're interested in having your own sauna, investigate infrared saunas for deep penetrating heat therapy.

Marital Strain Harms Women's Health

Strain in a marriage relationship is more likely to harm a woman's health than a man's, according to a new study from the University of Utah.

Marital trouble and unhappiness puts women at a higher risk of depression, high blood pressure, obesity and other symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

Men in a strained marriage were susceptible to depression, but women are at more risk for the more serious health issues such as metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome comprises five symptoms: high blood pressure, obesity around the waist, high blood sugar, high blood fats and low levels of good cholesterol or HDL. A person with these symptoms is at much higher risk of becoming diabetic, developing heart disease or having a stroke than a person that does not have them.

But just because the strain of frequent conflict, argument and anger in a poor marriage is detrimental to health is not necessarily a reason to divorce, as divorce is also associated with coronary disease. The goal of the study was to see if improving marriages would improve health.

...previous research has already shown that women are "more sensitive and responsive to relationship problems than men".

"The results of this study suggest those problems could harm their health...improving aspects of intimate relationships might help your emotional and physical well-being"