bookmark_borderBenefits of Biophilia

Combat the effects of urbanization

Biophilia is important today because as the contemporary world continues to become more urbanized, it has emerged that integrating Biophilic features into our day to day lives can help to combat the effects of urbanization. Biophilic components are designed to mimic patterns, colors, textures and forms of nature, which can be practical since half of the world’s population will be located in urban centers.

Improved health

Increasing biophilic elements in the workplace and at home has shown to benefit one’s health. For instance, having a large window that can offer individuals views of nature can result in improved rates of recovery from stress and faster recovery from anxiety and depression. Views of nature can also lead to increased concentration levels and it can have serious implications for healing.

Enhanced moods

Biophilia has proven effective to enhance moods. Doing something as simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood can have considerable effects on boosting your moods. Biophilia can be used alongside existing treatments to increase their effectiveness.

bookmark_borderDiagnosing Bulimia Nervosa

The Basic Physical Tests for Bulimia

During a physical exam when a physician suspects bulimia, measurements will be taken which include height, weight, and body mass index. Body temperature will be taken and vital signs including blood pressure and heart rate will be checked. The physician will also listen to the heart and lungs. The skin will also be observed for any indication of dryness or other skin conditions. An examination of the abdomen will be done and the glands will be checked for swelling.

Laboratory Tests for Bulimia

A full blood count may be done which can detect the presence of anemia or other blood deficiencies such as iron which may be due to the lack of nutrition caused by bulimia. Another blood test may be done which checks the protein and levels of electrolytes in the system which includes potassium, sodium, chloride, and bicarbonate.

Blood testing can also be used to check thyroid, liver, and kidney function. A urine sample will also be taken and a urinalysis will be done which can detect many abnormalities in the body that may be associated with bulimia.

Psychological Evaluation

A professional who specializes

bookmark_borderMacular Degeneration and Carbohydrates

Recent studies have concluded that other factors never before associated with the condition may also be contributing causes to the disease. Certain types of carbohydrates have conclusively been associated with the condition. Specifically, foods rich in carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index have been linked to Macular Degeneration. This factor raises the blood glucose level and is a measure of how fast the carbohydrates are metabolized. The faster the food is broken down the higher the glycemic index.

Foods made from simple carbohydrates like cake and white bread or ones that are sweetened with sugar or corn syrup metabolize very quickly pouring glucose into the system. Complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables break down more slowly and result in a steadier release of glucose into the system. Complex carbs are much better for timed release of energy for active people since it keeps fueling the system. It also uses the glucose as it is released thus decreasing the likelihood of having to store it in cells. This of course results in an increase in fatty tissue.

Intake of foods with a high glycemic index causes conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, vascular disease and certain types

bookmark_borderEggshell Calcium

Calcium is very abundant in our bodies. It is in our bones and our teeth. The mineral is very essential for the purposes of muscle contraction, cell formation, enzyme activity, and nerve health. For this reason, we all need calcium and it is important to meet the daily requirement of the mineral. If we do not, then our bodies end up pulling some of the calcium from our bones and teeth.

Calcium is very important for pregnant and nursing mothers. This is because of the baby formation and the fact that a lot is lost in childbirth. Since a child gets all nutrients from its mother as a fetus and during the breastfeeding phase, it is very important to ensure that they get all the necessary nutrients during this very important juncture of life.

There are many options available when you are looking for a great calcium source or a type of calcium. The best source of calcium is food because it can be accessed by the body quite easily.

One of the most inexpensive sources of calcium is eggshells. The eggshells actually have around 27 essential microelements but the main mineral is calcium carbonate.

bookmark_borderMesothelioma Diagnosed

The diagnosis of mesothelioma begins with a CT or MRI scan to detect its presence and if the results show any positive sign then a biopsy is conducted. The initial scans help the doctor to view the affected area so that he can prepare a suitable plan to counter it. The doctor may do a minor operation to get a tissue sample of your lungs or other body part and run a biopsy on that. This is known as open pleural biopsy. While there are many other techniques to find the evidences of mesotheliom, experts consider pleural biopsy to be the most convincing way of diagnosing mesothelioma.

There are more than a few ways in which the doctor can perform a tissue biopsy in order to test for mesothelioma. A thoracoscopy or laparoscopy involves making a small cut and then keeping an eye over the infected area with the help of a tiny camera. Your doctor may do a needle biopsy in which a hollow needle is inserted into the chest cavity in order to collect a tissue sample which is then examined by the pathologist.

However, with open biopsy the doctor can collect a bigger

bookmark_borderNearsighted

You can become more nearsighted and need stronger glasses or contacts but when you get the new glasses or contacts you will see just as well as you did with the old pair.

A typical office visit would involve me telling the patient that they are a little more nearsighted than they were on the last visit a year ago. They will say oh no! Is that bad. I tell them getting more nearsighted is perfectly normal and I can see them relax immediately and I realize these people really were worried that something was wrong.

How many people really worry about their childs’ shoe size? Not many!

They just go and get some more shoes. Relax and enjoy life.

Astigmatism Can contacts correct astigmatism?

Only when you are wearing the contacts just like when you are wearing your glasses.

The most important thing to remember is that astigmatism is not an eye disease. Astigmatism is part of your eyeglass or contact prescription. Astigmatism means the front surface of your eye is shaped like a football and is longer in length than in width. The person who does not have astigmatism has an

bookmark_borderHome Remedies to Treat the Bacterial Vaginosis

Probiotics

As far as the probiotics goes, yogurt has a lot of it. You can also choose from a variety of probiotic supplements. In a study done in 2014, it was discovered that probiotic supplements might help you with bacterial vaginosis.

All you need to do is eat probiotics on a daily basis. You can choose either the liquid or pill form of it. Most antibiotic meds kill both the good and bad bacteria. Therefore, it’s better to eat yogurt to spur on the growth of good bacteria as well.

Garlic

When it comes to antibacterial properties, garlic is on top of the list. For years, it has been used as an effective home remedy for a variety of health conditions including the bacterial vaginosis.

Hydrogen peroxide

According to a study done in 2003, you can treat bacterial vaginosis if you consume the hydrogen peroxide for one week. Just one ounce per day will be enough. As a matter of fact, hydrogen peroxide is a cost effective way of treatment. Plus, it doesn’t have a lot of side effects either.

Tea tree oil

With the powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties,

bookmark_borderDiagnosing Children With Asthma

The methods of diagnosing your child will be different depending on how old he is. If your child is still an infant then prepare yourself for a lot of questions about his and your medical history as well as his symptoms but if your kid is more than 4 years old then it is easier to make a more precise diagnosis by the help of different tests.

There are some asthma specialists who can try to diagnose babies with asthma even if they are under 1 years of age. Even though an infant is not able to tell us about how he feels, most of the usual symptoms are clearly noticeable such as wheezing and coughing, however, there are a few problems:

  • Babies have small and weak airways, so they often suffer from respiratory illnesses which have very similar symptoms to asthma;
  • The symptoms are not the same in all asthma cases – you can even have this disease without wheezing which is usually considered as the most common sign of asthma and also you can experience wheezing without having asthma.

In short, besides the lack of testing methods, there are a lot of

bookmark_borderTreating Cataracts

This surgery has continued to evolve over the past several years, often leading the way for our medical colleagues. Years ago ophthalmologists were the first to utilize microsurgery techniques. The microscope came into use for the cataract surgery nearly 20 years ago. Ophthalmologists also pioneered the use of lasers for surgery.

Cataract surgery has continued to require a smaller and smaller incision over the years. About 10 years ago, the average cataract incision was nearly 11 or 12 millimeters. Now with phacoemulsification, the cataract is removed with a vibrating handpiece. This requires an incision no more than 3 millimeters (1/8 inch).

Flexible lens implants can be folded in half and can be passed through an incision nearly as small as the phacoemulsification needle itself. As the incision has shrunken, the need for sutures has diminished. In the great majority of cataract surgeries, no sutures are required.

The advantages of this new small incision surgery are quite significant. Because the wound is smaller, the eye is more stable. Therefore, the customary restrictions against bending or heavy lifting are dramatically shortened. We now tell patients that these limitations need only last 3-4 days. After this time, the

bookmark_borderNo Rub No More

The reason is that silicone hydrogel lenses, while extremely healthy for your eyes, tend to attract a buildup of protein deposits. Rubbing your lenses at night will reduce this buildup and keep your lenses cleaner longer.

Even if your lenses are not silicone hydrogel, rubbing them nightly should still be part of your routine.

Have you ever read the instructions for a “No Rub” solution? They instruct you to rinse each side of each lens with a steady stream of solution for 10 seconds. That is 10 seconds times 2 sides of each lens, times 2 lenses. What they want you to do is rinse your lenses for 40 seconds with a steady stream of solution? And how much solution are they expecting you to purchase? And how many people are actually doing that?

Rubbing your lenses only takes a couple drops of solution. After washing your hands, place the lens in the palm of your hand with a small puddle of solution. Rub your lens from the center towards the outside for at least 10 seconds. Never rub your lenses in a circular motion as this can tear and warp your lenses. Then simply