How to Protect Babies Against Allergies and Weight Gain: Take Probiotics

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Prof Dr Erika Isolauri is the chief physician in the paediatric department of Finland's Turku University Hospital. She was in Kuala Lumpur to give a scientific lecture on "Probiotics for Maternal and Child Health" to healthcare professionals.

There are increasing trends of infants being born via Caesarean section and decreasing trends of exclusive breastfeeding (at least in the first 6 months of their lives) worldwide.  Certain hormonal, metabolic and immunological influences that occur with labour help to modulate and mature a baby's immune system. This process does not occur when mothers choose Caesarean sections. As foetuses acquire their initial immunity from their mothers, this means babies born via Caesarean have a heightened immune system that is quite sensitive to allergens. They could develop allergies after being born.

Babies are most likely to be colonised by good bacteria when their mother is healthy, has a good diet and delivers her baby naturally. But with such current trends as mentioned above, Prof Isolauri now looks into administering probiotics to pregnant and lactating mothers as an alternative way to providing infants with these bacteria.

In addition, Prof Isolauri found evidence that the increased presense of certain Bifidobacterium strains of probiotics in babies protect them against excessive weight gain later in life.

Probiotics are essentially live microorganisms that give health benefits to those who take them. Prof Isolauri found that administration of probiotics during the last stage of pregnancy modified the mother's breastmilk to benefit the babies in terms of reduced allergy and weight gain.

Prof Isolauri says that in her home country of Finland, most expecting mothers now take probiotics of their own accord during their pregnancies. As a result, there are less people seeking medical attention for allergic conditions.

Her studies show that the probiotic strains B.longum and B.lactis are found to be very high in the breastmilk of healthy women with healthy babies, which appear to indicate these strains are good for pregnant women.

(Source: Babies, bacteria and benefits, StarFit4Life, 3 June 2012)

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Why You Shouldn't Just Rely on Chemotherapy

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

More than 65% of advanced cancer patients believed the chemotherapy they were receiving might cure them. In actual fact, the treatment was only given to buy some time or make the patients comfortable. This was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. This is probably due to,
  • Patients not being told their disease is incurable.
  • Patients not being told in a way that lets them understand.
  • Patients choosing not to believe the message.
  • Patients being too optimistic.

If this is the case, there is a serious miscommunication problem that needs to be addressed. Patients should realise that chemotherapy is sometimes merely a palliative treatment i.e. relieving the pain without dealing with the underlying cause. In realising this, patients would put in an urgency to search for alternative solutions, instead of merely relying on chemotherapy. It is extremely important that alternative remedies are sought before it is too late.

(Source: Holding on to false hope in chemotherapy, The Sun, 5 November 2012)

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8 Reasons Why You Can't Seem to Lose Weight

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Have you ever experienced going on a strict diet for months and exercising consistently, and yet you still can't lose weight? It can be very demoralising and damaging to your self-esteem, right? There are many reasons weight loss strategies fail to be effective, and they are nothing to do eating too much or not exercising enough.

This article shares with you 8 reasons that stop you from getting rid of the kilos.

1. Feeling stress all the time
Stress causes your body to react by producing the hormone cortisol. This hormone increases your tendency of storing fat especially around your abdomen.

2. Cushing's syndrome
This is a condition where the adrenal glands (located on top of your kidneys) produce too much cortisol. Similar to when your body is under chronic stress, this syndrome will cause a buildup of fat in abdomen, face and upper back.

3. Hypothyroidism
If your sluggish thyroid gland cannot produce enough thyroid hormones to burn stored fat, it will lead to slower metabolism and hence weight gain.

4. Polycystic ovary syndrome
The cysts along the outer edge of women's ovaries can lead to unexplained weight gain, irregular menstrual bleeding, acne, excessive facial hair, thinning hair and difficulty conceiving.

5. Insulin resistance
When there is chronic inflammation in your body, the cytokines (inflammatory chemical messengers) will cause your body's cells to stop "listening" to insulin and leptin (which tells your brain that you are full and stop eating). When the insulin receptors of your cells become resistant to insulin, the glucose in your blood cannot be stored in cells to be used as energy. The glucose gets converted into fatty acids and stored as fat, instead of being used as energy. This inflammation/obesity relationship is a vicious cycle, as fat cells themselves generate cytokines, which further increase insulin resistance.

6. Medications may cause weight gain by causing your appetite to increase or lowering your metabolic rate. They include:
  • Diabetes medications e.g. sulfonylureas
  • Antidepressants e.g. amitriptyline or Elavil, imipramine or Norpramin, trazodone or Desyrel
  • Birth control pills
  • Corticosteroids taken for asthma and lupus
  • Anti-epileptics taken to control seizures e.g. valproic acid (Depakene, Depakote) and carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Antipsychotic or schizophrenia medication e.g. chlorpromazine (Thorazine), thioridazine (Mellaril) and olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Beta-blockers for high blood pressure and heart disease

7. Lack of sleep
Your body's hormone levels will be out of balance, causing increased hunger and appetite, and not feeling full after eating.

8. Quitting smoking
It can cause you to put on weight initially. Without the intake of nicotine, you will tend to feel hungrier, find that food tastes better, and eat more, but this feeling will go away after several weeks.

(Source: Stubborn kilos by Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar, StarFit4Life, 9 December 2012)

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How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections in an Effective and Natural Way

Thursday, 13 December 2012

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection affecting the urinary system (comprising our kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). It's most often caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli (E.Coli).

Bacteria usually get into our body through the urethra, the tube that carries urine from our bladder out. These germs travel up into our bladder and cause cystitis. It is very common and causes slight discomfort and inconvenience.

If the germs spread to our kidneys, it would cause pyelonephritis. It can cause:
  • Back pains
  • Abdominal pains
  • High fever
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Females tend to get UTIs more frequently than males because:
  • The urethra of a female is shorter, making it easier for bacteria to move up into the bladder.
  • The close proximity of the urethral opening to the vagina and rectum.
  • If the female is sexually active, as the bacteria in the vaginal area may be pushed into the urethra.
  • If the female wipes from back to front after urination and bowel movement.

Children may get UTIs more frequently because:
  • They have problems like congenital abnormality in the urinary tract that makes them more prone to infection.
  • They don't drink enough water to keep the bladder active and bacteria-free.

Other causes of UTIs include:
  • If something blocks the flow of urine from the bladder, e.g. having kidney stones or enlarged prostate gland.

Symptoms of bladder infection include:
  • Frequent urination
  • A burning sensation or pain during urination
  • Feeling the need to urinate, but little or no urine comes out
  • Pain above the pubic bone
  • Mild fever and fatigue.

How to prevent UTIs
  • Go to the bathroom as frequently as possible. Keep the genital area clean and dry after washing up.
  • Wipe from front to back after urination or bowel movement to avoid the spread of germs from the rectal area to the urethra.
  • Change tampons or sanitary pads regularly during menstruation.
  • Wash the genital area after intercourse to remove bacteria.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure of moisture in the genital area by not wearing wet undergarments.
  • Limit the use of feminine hygiene sprays as this may irritate the urethra.

(Source: Mummy, peeing hurts! by Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail, StarFit4Life, 9 September 2012)

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5 Causes of Low Back Pain and How to Remedy in 2 Easy Steps

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Do you know that low back pain is the second largest cause of work absence, after common cold? The majority of low back pain disappear by themselves after awhile, but be cautious as it could be something as serious as cancer or aortic aneurysm.

The intervertebral disc is a common source of pain. Genetic studies have found that deficiency of collagen and vitamin D result in degeneration of these discs. A quality collagen plays an important role to calm down the inflammation that is causing your back pain. Click on this link to discover How to Choose a Good Collagen.

Causes of Low Back Pain

1) Sciatica (pinched nerve). Usually caused by a herniated or slipped disc, which then compresses on a nerve root. Depending on the nerves that are compressed, pain can be experienced at different locations, known as dermatomal distribution.

2) A pain may be due to poor posture, prolonged sitting at a computer or other job-related tasks. Pressure in the disc increases with sitting and this can worsen back pain. You will feel better lying down as this position puts the least amount of pressure on the disc.

3) Narrowing of the nerve openings, around the spinal cord or nerve roots. It can also cause leg pain and reduce the distance a person can walk.

4) Localised pain arises when an area is stretched or its muscles overused. The cause is more difficult to pinpoint.

5) Back arthritis affects the joints, and results in stiffness and pain. Click on this link to learn more about Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Learn how to prevent destruction of your cartilage arising from oxidative stress. If you know how that works, your will manage your arthritis condition and your back pain will be significantly reduced.

Warning signs of back pain that warrant urgent medical attention:
  • Fever
  • Progressive movement of the pain from the back into the leg
  • Numbness down the leg
  • Bowel or bladder incontinence
  • Pain that is unrelieved at rest or disturbs sleep.

Most non-specific back pains ease and go away within 6 weeks. However, even though the pain has eased, it is common to have further bouts of pain from time to time in the future. The pain can persist for several months or longer.

Pain is merely a signal that something is wrong. Getting rid of the pain does not get rid of the source of the problem. Hence it is extremely important to ensure that you have solutions that can address the root cause of the pain to prevent future complications.

(Source: Pain in the Back, Dr Eugene Wong, StarFit4Life, 19 August 2012)

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