Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Amazing Organic Tomato

It seems that every day we hear more about the health benefits of tomatoes. Not only are they an excellent choice to include in your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, tomatoes are rich in Lycopene. Lycopene is an important antioxidant which has been shown to prevent certain cancers by staving off cancerous cell growth.

Of course, the best and tastiest tomatoes come straight from the garden. Growing tomatoes is not without its pitfalls - garden pests can pose a serious threat to your harvest. But don't go out and get toxic pesticides, you can grow your tomatoes organically and still control insects and pests that try to devour your crop before you get it to the table.

This organic tomato growing kit from Safer Brand may be one of the best tools any new gardener could have. This kit comes with everything you need for a successful tomato growing season.

The Stake It Easy plant staking system gives you an adjustable staking and support system that can be easily configured to your needs. It's expandable and reaches a height of 6 feet to support your tomato vines as they grow and keep precious fruit high off the ground.

An important element of the tomato growing kit is the Safer Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer.

The insect killer is OMRI Listed organic and safe for your organic garden while being completely effective against aphids, asparagus beetles, bean beetles, cabbage loopers, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, cucumber beetles, diamond-backed moth, flea beetles, imported cabbage worms, leaf hoppers, plant bugs, tomato hornworm and whiteflies.

This season, keep your garden pest-free without harmful pesticides and enjoy a rich, organic harvest that's full of vitamins and essential nutrients for good health.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Comfrey Root Extract Ointment Found Effective for Back Pain

An ointment that contains an extract of comfrey root was found to effectively relieve back pain in a study of 120 people with upper or lower back pain. The study is to be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The topical application of the ointment relieved the intensity of pain in 95% of those using it, while only 39% of those using a placebo cream reported any pain relief.

The ointment also worked quickly, relieving pain intensity in about an hour following application.

The study involved 60 individuals between the ages of 18 and 60. The study indicated that comfrey root was more effective than anti-flammatory creams for the relief of muscle and joint pain.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Asbestosis and Mesothelioma

You may think that since the dangers of asbestos became known, that the diseases that result from asbestos exposure disappeared. However, there are many workers who were exposed during the courses of their working careers, and other occupations that still present a danger to workers. In fact, asbestos-related diseases are responsible for 10,000 deaths per year.

Asbetosis is a chronic disease of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure. The lungs suffer scarring from inhaled asbestos fibers. The body's immune system tries to remove these foreign bodies and inflammation occurs. This leads to worsening shortness of breath and in severe cases, respiratory failure. It may also lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is difficult to detect in its early stages. Severe symptoms may not appear until the late stages of the disease, at which point the patient's life expectancy may be less than one year.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you face difficult times. There is a stressful and emotional toll of the disease on the family. Finances may be stressed as well. In times like this you may decide you need the services of a Mesothelioma Lawyer to advise you and your family. A lawyer familiar with mesothelioma can provide you with information on your legal rights and more.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Link Found Between Hot Flashes and Bone Density

Women who are going through the changes that perimenopause and menopause brings know that symptoms may vary in intensity and frequency. Some of those changes and symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with daily activities and enjoyment of life.

Hot flashes, even when mild, are annoying and uncomfortable. But they may signal a bigger problem that women need to address quickly. If your menopause symptoms include hot flashes, you could be losing bone mineral density.

A study at UCLA of postmenopausal women found that women who suffer from vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, also had lower bone mineral density in the spine and hip.

The research analyzed data from more than 2,000 women between the ages of 42 and 52. The study also found that premenopausal women and perimenopausal women who had hot flashes showed signs of lower femoral neck bone density.

The correlation between hot flashes and bone loss means that women who are experiencing vasomotor symptoms must be vigilant about their health care and protecting themselves from osteoporosis. Bone scans are the most effective way of detecting bone loss. Regular bone scans are encouraged as even perimenopausal women can suffer bone loss.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Banish Mosquitoes with Mosquito Magnet

Summer is almost here and the warm weather affords us numerous opportunities to enjoy being outdoors. Whether you're planning family barbecues in the backyard, working in the garden or just watching the children play, be aware that you aren't the only ones who will be spending more time in your yard. Summer, with it's warm days, brings mosquitoes, who enjoy feasting on you just as much as you enjoy those juicy burgers right off the grill.

Mosquitoes are annoying little pests that can ruin your enjoyment outdoors and leave you with itchy welts, but there are more important reasons for keeping mosquitoes away from you during outdoor activities. Mosquitoes are well-known carriers of diseases, some of which are deadly. Malaria, Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever are all carried by mosquitoes. Closer to home, your family could be at risk from mosquitoes carrying heartworm, West Nile Virus or one of the Arboviral Encephelatides. Outbreaks of Eastern Equine Encephalitis are common in the northeast US, while southeastern states are at increased risk for heartworm as spread by mosquitoes.

So, what can you do to reduce your risk and annoyance from mosquitoes? One method that has gained in popularity and has been rated favorably by users is the Mosquito Magnet. The Mosquito Magnet attracts mosquitoes and collects them, keeping them away from you and your family. There are no pesticides involved, the only chemical the mosquito magnet emits is the same one that you do when you exhale - carbon dioxide.

If you live in an area where the mosquito population is heavy or there are seasonal outbreaks of disease due to mosquitoes, I suggest you go to the site and read the mosquito magnet review page. Here you will find reviews of the machine from actual users and stories of their success in keeping mosquitoes from ruining their outdoor activities.

Safeguard your family's health by learning about mosquitoes, the diseases they carry and most importantly, how to control these pests and keep them away.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Swine Flu Symptoms

The news is full of stories about the possibility of pandemic with the new strain of Swine Flu that has spread so rapidly across borders. Swine Flu normally does not infect people but the current outbreak is caused by a new virus that has changed in ways that make it possible for it to spread from person to person.

Symptoms of Swine Flu:

*Sore Throat
*Runny Nose
*Body Aches

Some people with Swine Flu may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. Because these symptoms are like the symptoms of regular flu, only your doctor can tell if you have Swine Flu or some other strain by ordering a lab test.

Generally, if you are suffering symptoms of flu, call your doctor. Those in the higher risk categories should see their doctors right away.

High Risk Groups:

* People with heart disease or risk factors for heart disease
* Pregnant women
* Young children, especially those under 12 months of age
* People with chronic diseases
* People taking immune suppressing drugs, such as cancer chemotherapy or anti-rejection drugs for transplants
* People with HIV infection

If you have flu symptoms, do not go to work. Stay home and keep the risk of spreading infection low by covering your nose and mouth if you cough or sneeze and by washing your hands often. Call your doctor, he or she will determine if you need to be checked or if a lab test should be done for Swine Flu. If the test is positive, your doctor may prescribe Tamiflu or Relenza, two antiviral medications that have been shown to be effective against Swine Flu.

Monday, May 4, 2009

PMDD Symptoms and Treatment

Every woman has had some symptoms of PMS - the bloating, cramps and discomfort that arrive shortly before your period. But when symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle become so severe that they interfere with your daily activities and your quality of life, then it may be that you have PMDD, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Common symptoms of PMDD include:

*Mood Swings
*Sleep disorders
*Difficulty concentrating
*Irritability or anger
*Loss of interest
*Changes in appetite
*Breast tenderness

PMDD is diagnosed when a patient has at least five of the above symptoms and when they occur for most of the 7 days prior to menstruation and go away within a few days of the start of the patient's period.

PMDD can be treated with dietary changes, exercise and with some medications to relieve symptoms of cramping and bloating. A doctor may prescribe anti-anxiety medication if needed. Hormones may also be used if the condition is severe.

Only your doctor can diagnose PMDD. If you are suffering at least five of the listed symptoms, which last for several days prior to your period and which are severe enough to interfere with your work or social activities, please consult your health care practitioner.