The World Health Organization just declared an Ebola virus outbreak in the Congo an international emergency. The virus is spreading to larger cities and more than 1,600 people have died in the area, which is already considered a war zone.
As a homeschooler, I happen to know many "anti-vaxxers" who don't vaccinate their kids. While I understand their concerns, I have my own concerns on the validity of their research (remember when we used to say, "Don't believe everything you read on the Internet?" Somehow that's made a complete reversal), and personally I have witnessed so many kids saved by vaccines that I gladly make the choice to vaccinate and am grateful that I have the science and technology to do so.
While knowing we still have painful, life-threatening diseases, many of which are becoming resistant to treatments, is a sobering thought, we do live in an age where we've understood illness better than ever before. At least we don't think we get the flu because the gods are mad at us... okay, some politicians and evangelists may still buy into this but most of us get how bacteria and viruses work. What's even cooler is that there are videos of actual germs and viruses, whether animated by experts or taken in real time, to help us really visualize the concept.
It's not that I don't trust the government. OK, I really don't trust the government. We have all kinds of cover-ups, lies and misleading information as part of our history, present and surely our future. That said, I'm not an "anti-vaxxer." My child has had flu shots, immunizations, and even extra immunizations due to health conditions that she had as an infant. And as much as I want to protect her against cervical cancer, I'm just on the fence about HPV vaccines.
The rapid increase in the number of cases of autism has led scientists, doctors, parents and politicians seeking answers as to why this keeps occuring. There is a hot debate on whether or not vaccines cause autism, but what if the main cause is something that affects us whether we fight against it or not? What if the cause is air pollution?
Having resources to help us understand how diseases work, what types of treatments are available and what common patients have experienced is very helpful to modern people looking for answers. It's when we self-diagnose that we start running into problems. Take a standard yeast infection. Many sources say that if the discharge is white and there's no odor, it's not a bacterial infection, but a yeast infection. Plenty of people, however, have discovered that with their bodies, that just isn't the case. Acid reflux is another weird disease.
Did you know that your liver grows during the day and shrinks back to its original size at night while you rest? In a new study published last month, researchers explained that the livers of mice are largest when they are most active and shrink back down when they are sleeping. It makes sense when you think about it: the liver swells while it's working hardest, then relaxes when you relax.
A video is making its way around the Internet and it’s giving sinus pressure and allergy sufferers hope for quick relief without medication. While this advice should by no means replace the advisement of a physician, it couldn’t hurt to try these techniques from Massage by Heather.
With the first head transplant in the works, people are beginning to wonder just how long humans will be able to expand our life spans. It turns out that money is being poured into regenerative medicine research right now, with companies like Goldman Sachs investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the science to attempt to find some kind of fountain of youth.
Given that the phrase, “Peddle your snake oils somewhere else!” is used in the face of junk medicine, it’s a wonder that anyone trusts fish oil. The truth is that fish oil can be quite beneficial to your health, from its effects on the heart and blood pressure to helping you obtain healthy fats for your body.