Finding balance amid career, relationships, hobbies, personal life, and health is often difficult. Eating right can be tough when you’re always on the go, and modern diets often don’t include enough of the fiber and beneficial nutrients our bodies need to function their best. A great probiotic can help your health and digestive system get back on track. Continue reading “Healthy Benefits of Probiotics for Women”
Are you about to start a course of antibiotics? Well, don’t forget your probiotics. While the appropriate use of antibiotics does serve a role in fighting off unruly bacterial infections, it can also do a number on your gastrointestinal tract (and vaginal tract for females).
As the public’s familiarity with probiotics increases, thanks to the marketing of such products as Activia yogurt, the advice to supplement with probiotics while on antibiotics isn’t so “alternative” anymore. Continue reading “Taking Antibiotics? Probiotics Are Extremely Helpful”
According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, antibiotics are overprescribed in the U.S. Shockingly, the study found that only 8% of antibiotics prescribed were for something that was clearly justified. Another 36% of antibiotics prescribed were possibly necessary, 28% were given without a diagnosis, and 23% were clearly unnecessary. The study’s findings suggests that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 10 children were given unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics in the year 2016.
The study divided all cases into three different categories, Continue reading “New Study: Antibiotics Are Overprescribed”
It is no secret, that antibiotics are the most prescribed drug. Patients are quickly prescribed antibiotics for things like ear and sinus infections. But how are effective are they? It turns out that the overprescribing of antibiotics is actually decreasing their efficacy.
A few years ago, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) noted that treating sinus infections with antibiotics (standard practice in the US) wouldn’t help most cases and may actually do more harm.
According to the IDSA, sinus infections are the fifth leading reason for antibiotic prescriptions, Continue reading “Keep Antibiotics Working: New Health Campaign in England”
Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is one of the fastest emerging infectious diseases in North America and unfortunately one that may be hard to diagnose.
If you know you have been bitten by a tick, you should remove it carefully. You can pull a tick out yourself if you’re careful. Using a pair of fine-pointed tweezers and a steady hand, grasp the tick’s mouth parts, not the body, and slowly pull it straight out. Many outdoor stores also sell tick removal tools.
Then watch for symptoms. Fifty percent of people infected with Lyme develop what’s known as a bull’s-eye rash. The first physical signs of Lyme disease are often flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, headaches and congestion. Other symptoms include:
• Muscle twitching, pain or cramps
• Stiff or painful neck or jaw
• Double or blurry vision
• Eye pain or swelling
• Extreme fatigue Continue reading “Protecting Yourself Against Lyme Disease”