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Nutritionists in the 21st Century

As obesity continues to skyrocket in the United States for both children and adults, people are often wondering what they should be eating and what is good for them. Conflicting information on diets (protein, no protein, 'good' carbs, 'bad' carbs, trans-fats, etc.) continue to confuse most anyone who listens to the media. Nutritionists can help decode the 21st century facts and myths of nutrition and food, and help determine the best foods to eat.

As the population continues to age, more and more people are seeking the advice of nutritionists in order to get sound information on what they should be eating.

Nutritionists are health care specialists who helps answer questions on nutrition, health, and diet. Based on their knowledge and expertise, they can give advice on what to eat for preventative nutrition or for certain diseases and health ailments, establish healthy eating guidelines, and assist in planning meals and menus.


The terms nutritionists and dieticians are sometimes used interchangeably, which can cause confusion; a registered dietician is a licensed health care worker that has completed a bachelor's degree, and has passed a national exam administered by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). A dietician does the same tasks as a nutritionist, but may be more involved with meal planning aspects in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.


Certified nutritionists are certified by the American Board of Nutrition or the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, and has advanced degrees in nutrition or medicine. If a person is not certified, they may not have the proper credentials in terms of formal education or training. If you are consulting a nutritionist, ask to see their credentials. There are certification programs that people can take that will provide formal education, but which may not be recognized by the state.


For those that struggle with weight or health problems, a trip to a nutritionist is a must. They can give sound advice, and develop meal guidelines and plans based on an individual's health and lifestyle. Individual nutrition counseling can be much more effective than general suggestions, since it is tailored specifically for an individual. It is especially important to get children involved with nutritionists if they are experiencing health or weight problems, since habits can be reformed easier at an earlier age.


Nutrition information in the 21st century is a confusing mass of information where conflicting ideas, diets, and advice abound. It is extremely difficult to sort out what is right and wrong. Talk to trained nutritionists to find out what food makes sense for you, and how you can become healthier through what you eat.


Cathy Seiler writes Nutritionists articles for her website.



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Delaying Age-Related Functional Decline - A Multi-Pronged Approach - Part 1: Nutrition


I don’t think I was the first to use the expression ‘age-related functional decline’, but I think it an excellent descriptive summary of what happens as we age. Aging, as we experience it, is the result of many related physiological processes slowing gradually, or in some cases rapidly. Everything that used to run at full tilt gradually slows to a crawl, and finally, one or more of these processes gets so broken that we die.


Over the social history of civilization, our great writings and traditions have upheld norms of behavior and action that seem to lead to fuller and longer life, warning us against those things that make life less worth living and shorten it.


We all age, we will all die; those are the unavoidable facts. The only thing we have some control over is whether, by our lifestyle and actions, we slow the process or speed it up. We tend to neglect or disregard this wisdom in our youth, and then wish we had followed it when we are older. At some point we get concerned about our health and fitness and decide to start from that point on to get our act together. That happened for me when I was 30. But at 33, I got serious, and made it a life priority. I decided that I did not just wish to avoid disease; I wanted to learn how to optimize my health and fitness, and maintain it throughout the aging process.


Research on aging has found four major mechanisms that bring about this decline. These are: OXIDATIVE DAMAGE - damage by free radicals at the molecular level, GLYCATION/GLYCOSYLATION - bonding of sugars to proteins that stiffens tissues and destroys their function, INFLAMATION - a repair/immune process that becomes more prominent, damaging and indiscriminant as we age, and SENESCENCE - cells stop dividing due to loss of telomere length; this seems to set maximum lifespan limit.


Maintaining physical capability (and mental capability) is a matter of delaying and minimizing the effects of these aging mechanisms for as long as possible. The benefits are worthy of effort, and as science advances, technology may allow us to outrun aging entirely. I’m not holding my breath on this, but it is interesting to ponder that we may someday be able to reverse-age as we grow older. I don’t know what the world would be like with a huge population of youngsters over 200 years young, but I wouldn’t mind being among those to first deal with the problem.


The tools we have to combat these aging mechanisms are not well understood by the average citizen. Most know that we should eat right, exercise some, get enough rest and have a positive, constructive attitude. Some know that there are supplements that slow the aging process or prevent disease. But, the devil is in the details and the details are presented to us with of much confusion. Two examples: We were told for the last 30 years that fats were bad and carbohydrates were good, clean burning, etc. But the less fat and the more carbs we ate, the fatter we got, and the higher the incidence of type II diabetes, heart disease and cancer climbed in our population. Then, we were told that we needed anti-oxidants and one of the best was vitamin-E.


But the vitamin-E we were told to take was alpha-tocopheryl. Vitamin-E turns out to be made up of four tocopheryls and four tocotrienols, all of which have anti-oxidant properties and are synergistic in the way they de-energize free radicals in different tissues of the body. Taking large doses of alpha-tocopheryl actually creates a vitamin-E deficiency, increasing free radical damage in many areas of the body.


How does one find lasting truth in the midst of shifting knowledge? The best way, in my mind, is to listen intently to the debate; listen to all the viewpoints, old and new, read all sides of the arguments, and then pick what make the most sense to you. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for the lifestyle choices you make and their impact on your health.


Still, the tools for combating age-related functional decline are indeed NUTRITION, EXERCISE, REST and a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. At some age, for each of us, we have to make up for the deficiencies of aging by adding SUPPLEMENTS and HORMONAL ENHANCEMENT if we want to stay in the game and be able to play hard to the last inning (period, set, quarter, etc.). In the pages below I will do my best to distill the truth of what promotes health, strength and vitality into advanced age, as I have come to know and experience it in my last 34 years of research and self-experimentation. Much more information is presented on the website I edit: and you can see some video proof that the principles I promote work reasonably well.


Part 1. Nutrition - the Raw Material for Health and Power

Start with food – the basic materials that build and sustain the body. In our prime we can seemingly eat anything and digest it, absorb it, assimilate it and utilize it. But as we age, stomach acid and enzyme production decrease, digestion worsens, absorption and assimilation of nutrients becomes less effective. Mechanisms for getting nutrients into our cells, and waste products out, become less effective. The basic starting point for any anti-aging effort is to eat all the necessary nutrients and enhance the mechanisms for digestion, absorption and assimilation.


We tend to think of our body as a self-contained object like a chair or maybe a car, and yes we need to input food and water or we get messed up, but the tendency is to think of oneself as the same today as we were yesterday. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are constantly tearing down and rebuilding every organ, cell and DNA molecule we possess. Even our bones are constantly replacing themselves. The material for all this renovation is food. Any deficiency in the needed materials, even short term, and our body will cleverly sacrifice one part to repair another; like scavenging muscle for protein to repair sunburned skin.


The body is an amazingly complex system; its nutritional requirements are equally complex and yet humanity has been thriving on a wide range of regional diets for a long time. In most cases, primitive regional diets make the best of what is foods are available and the physical conditions that prevail, and for perhaps millions of years, have allowed us to reach reproductive age and live long enough to rear children to replace us. The current purpose, however, is to eat so well that we get all the nutrients we need to maximize our health and life span, and to avoid functional decline (and pain) as long as possible.


Here are most of the basic principles for obtaining, digesting, absorbing and assimilating all the right nutrients:

Eat mostly that which is plucked from the ground, off a tree or bush, or was walking, swimming or flying recently, and its corollary - Eat almost nothing that comes in a bag or a box.


– Our entire evolutionary history was spent eating foods described in the first line. It makes immense sense to me that we evolved to prosper on such foods. Eat real, whole, unprocessed foods! We humans have recently rediscovered that the red and blue fruits are loaded with anti-oxidants, that the cabbage family vegetables are rich in cancer-fighting sulforaphanes. Do you know that grass-fed beef is high in omega-3 fats, and actually reduces inflammation like fish and fish oils? Make baked goods (cakes, cookies, desserts and white breads) a rare part of your diet.


Fat is absolutely necessary for survival, but there are Fats that Heal and Fats that Kill - that is the title of an amazing book by Udo Erasmus - a 'must read' for anyone interested in optimum health. If you don’t eat enough of the right fats, virtually every cell in every organ of your body will be compromised. Fats, however, require bile, produced by the liver and metered by the gallbladder, for digestion in the small intestines. Poor bile flow or an obstructed gallbladder will make digesting fats an uncomfortable task. The liver manufactures approximately one quart of bile every day, which serves as a carrier for toxic substances to be effectively eliminated from the body. In addition, the bile emulsifies fats and fat-soluble vitamins in the intestine, improving their absorption. When the excretion of bile is inhibited (cholestasis), toxins stay in the liver longer with damaging effects. Many seniors have slow bile production, and need to be taking supplements (such as Milk Thistle and SAM-E) to enhance bile production.


Avoid all refined oils; use extra-virgin olive oil, extra-virgin coconut oil or butter for food and cooking, and its corollary - Eat or drink nothing that has the words 'partially hydrogenated' on the label. Please read my article on hydrogenation to understand the gravity of what these fats do in your body, then get Erasmus’ book and fully understand the physiology of fats and their importance to your health. If you don’t eat enough fat, you will be unable to reduce your body-fat levels; you can’t be lean and muscular unless you eat enough fat. Bear in mind that those incredibly ripped contest photos you see in the fitness magazines are capturing moments of temporary near-starvation, and it is not uncommon for contestants to collapse backstage because of severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. This is not a healthy state you should strive for.


Sensible portion size is a major part of eating correctly; never eat until you’re full. Eating five or six small meals a day is essential for fat control and muscle growth. Most people over 45 have a protruding belly; the primary cause is eating three solid (read Big) meals a day. A very good gauge to portion size is that your protein serving (meat, fish, fowl or vegetarian) should be about the size of the palm of your hand (fingers and thumb removed). The rest of the meal should not exceed that weight in total. You can go some overboard on fibrous, non-starch vegetables, but small meals are the rule; shrink your stomach to fit in your abdominal cavity without a bulge. This one practice alone will reduce your blood sugar swings and slow the glycation mechanism of aging to a crawl.


A healthy, active (intense weight training or aerobic sessions or sports 3 days per week) person needs about 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass to grow muscle. So, in these five to six meals, if three of them have palm-sized meat courses or a couple of eggs, you will not be far from the right number. If you make the other two to three meals fruit, vegetables, nuts or starch-based meals, you should get adequate fat and protein intake. A protein drink after a workout will start the repair process and supply immediate amino acid needs. A protein drink before bed will reduce normal muscle loss during the night and force some stored body fat to be burned during sleep.


Learn about food combining; basically, don't eat starches and proteins together - they will stay in your stomach for hours and you won't absorb the protein. Proteins require an acid stomach environment for the meat-digesting enzymes (proteases) to work. The youthful stomach produces abundant hydrochloric acid for just that purpose. Starches require an alkaline stomach for the starch-digesting enzymes (amylases) to do their stuff. Combining them slows the process badly for the aging stomach. Hence the reputation of beans and chili as gas-builders; beans are high in protein and starch – tough on old stomachs. Many nutritionists will insist that you should eat a balance of protein, carbs and fats in every meal. I say they should try that at 60-plus and see how bloated they feel for the next three hours.


Stomach acid and enzyme production decreases as we age - digestion worsens, absorption and assimilation of nutrients is less effective. Acid indigestion or heartburn is a clear sign that we are producing insufficient hydrochloric acid (HCl) and/or pepsin. It means food is staying in the stomach because it is not digesting. The problem is not too much acid, but too little. The media (and the medical community) will have you believe you need antacids or Prilosec to shut down acid production, but those strategies make proteins virtually indigestible and unavailable for assimilation. Take an HCl with Pepsin capsule with any protein meal and see how much faster your meal digests, with no heartburn. There are many digestive enzyme formulations available that will make digestion a breeze. If you have frequent heartburn you are priming yourself for esophageal cancer. With proper sized meals, adequate HCl and digestive enzymes you should overcome most digestive issues, and improve virtually all bodily functions as a result of increased nutrients available at the cellular level.


The next important aid to digestion is a source of friendly bacteria or Probiotics. If you have ever had a course of antibiotics, you have decimated the flora that should beneficially inhabit your digestive track. These bacteria, that we have evolved with symbiotically, are an important part of the digestive process, and create certain vitamins and enzymes for us. They play a vital role in our immune function. By their presence, they inhibit the overgrowth of harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E-coli, fungi and parasites. I have been the victim of food poisoning on several occasions, and am familiar with the progression of it symptoms. Immediately dosing with several probiotics capsules will stop it in its tracks. I always have them on hand, and at any sign of an upset stomach or intestinal stress, I pop two or three capsules and the problem subsides. My favorite brand is now named I-Flora, and you can Google for a supplier. For the most part these friendly bugs live beyond the stomach, but some bacteria such as H-pylori will bloom to dangerous and destructive levels unless the stomach is bathed in strong HCl frequently. Using antacids on a regular basis give these critters the advantage they need to infect the stomach lining and promote ulcers.


Eat or drink almost nothing with sugar in it, refined or otherwise; give up sodas. All simple sugars and high-glycemic foods will rapidly raise blood sugar, causing an insulin output for the purpose of lowering the blood sugar level back under 100mg/dl. Glycation (the bonding of sugars to proteins), sited above as one of the four primary aging mechanisms, is an unavoidable consequence of burning glucose as a metabolic fuel. But, research has shown that keeping blood sugar in a narrow range between 90 and 95 reduces glycation, the primary cause of the damage associated with diabetes and high blood sugar. Chronic high blood sugar leads to insulin resistance and sustained levels of both blood glucose and insulin as seen in type II diabetes. Insulin itself is inflammation-promoting, and chronic high levels result in rapid aging of most body tissues. The key offender these days is high fructose corn syrup. It has been hyped as very healthy because it doesn’t cause a rapid insulin response; it still shoots blood sugar through the roof, and is pro-inflammatory – avoid it entirely.


Another of the big offenders today is the boxed breakfast serial; generally loaded with sugar and refined flour. Even the Granola types increase blood sugar too rapidly, and most are based on hydrogenated fats for shelf life. I haven’t eaten a breakfast serial in two decades. I do eat plenty of free-range eggs with diced vegetables lightly stir-fried in butter and olive oil; high in protein, fiber, good fats. The other favorite is cottage cheese with diced fresh fruit stirred in.


Carbonated soft drinks are highly acidic, and raise blood acidity. The body responds by pulling calcium out of our bones to buffer/reduce the pH of the body’s fluids – not something you want happening to your bones. The sugar load from a soda is enormous; if I were looking for a single significant cause of obesity in children, I would site soft drinks as the number one culprit. Give them up and drink almost anything else. Avoid big glasses of any fruit juices; it is far better for your blood sugar levels to eat the fruit.


If you have signs of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowl syndrome or lupus, try eliminating all grains and grain products. I say this because it is very hard to tell what grain products contain as the constituents of their flour. Gluten is the big offender, but it shows up in many grains, and is not sited as an ingredient. Mankind has lived without grains in many regions and times; archeological evidence suggests that inflammatory diseases increase in cultures that depend on grains as the prime foodstuff. Two to three weeks are usually all that is required to see a reversal of symptoms if gluten sensitivity is the culprit.


These principles fairly well sum up what I have learned about getting the right nutrients from the right foods, digested, absorbed and assimilated. There is much more at the detail level to learn, but this is a very good start to eating right and getting the most out of it. I have mentioned a few supplements that enhance digestion, but the bulk of that topic will be saved for part 3. I want to impress upon the reader that what you eat is the primary basis for your health, or lack-there-of. This information has been long coming to credibility, yet it is amazing to me that my grandmother was aware of most of it from a folk standpoint. One of my goals at Senior is to point our readers to credible sources of information, and to filter out the junk from the treasure. Don’t stop with a shallow understanding of health and fitness; make it your intent to be a life-long researcher of knowledge aimed at keeping your fitness at a peak level for the rest of your life.


In Part 2 we will take up the topic of exercise, and address specific supplements that greatly enhance the results of exercise - muscle growth, strength gains, endurance and cardio-vascular-lung improvement, resistance to injury as well as grace, balance, flexibility and poise.


In Part 3 we will discuss the broader category of Supplements to nutrition and supplements that extend fitness into advancing age. We will also look at the topic of extending youthful hormone levels into advanced age; the benefits, the risks and the methods to essentiall extend the vitality of youth into our 80s, 90s and maybe even into our 120s.


In Part 4 we will expand on what activities contribute to rest, recovery and revitalization, and bring about renewal of body, mind and spirit.


Frank Wilhelmi; BS, ME, is a 66 year old electronic engineer still working in the defense industry, with a 33 year habit of bodybuilding and pursuing knowledge needed to keep fit and healthy. He is an avid student of the physical and biological sciences, and a once-certified fitness trainer specializing in aging mitigation, and president of Muzology, Inc.. He is editor of the Senior website that provides information for Seniors to attain fitness, health and improved quality of life at any age. Learn how at, bookmark it and become a frequent reader


The Role of Nutrition in Hair Loss

Hair loss can be very frustrating and scary. Whether we notice thinning of our hair or receding hairline, we may feel the need to begin searching for information about hair loss. There are many factors involved in hair loss including: heredity, aging, hormones, a faulty immune system that may mistake the hair follicles for foreign matter and attack them, poor circulation, sudden weight loss, thyroid disease, diabetes, stress, and vitamin deficiencies.

Nutritional deficiencies are one of the factors in hair loss that are under our control.

The following are nutrients that are among those that are important for hair growth and healthy hair and scalp: protein, cysteine (an amino acid), B-complex especially biotin, Vitamin A and C, and omega-3 fatty acids.


Hair is made up of protein and therefore it is very important for healthy hair although most Americans eat too much protein. Vegetarians need to pay attention to this and make sure to combine beans with brown rice, corn, nuts, or wheat, or combine brown rice with beans, nuts, seeds, or wheat to make up a complete protein.


Cysteine is one of the amino acids that make up protein. It is the chief constituent of hair. Cysteine is present in sulfur containing foods: fish, meat, egg yolks, onions, garlic, nuts, kale, cabbage, and raspberries. Cysteine is a powerful detoxifier also. B vitamins help to maintain the health of hair, especially biotin. Some good sources of biotin and other B vitamins include: brewer’s yeast, egg yolks, meat, milk, saltwater fish, soybeans, and whole grains. Eating raw egg whites can deplete the body of biotin and should be avoided. Fats that have been exposed to heat or air can affect biotin absorption. Antibiotics and the use of saccharin (present in many types of toothpaste) can interfere with biotin as well.


Vitamin A can be found in animal livers and fruits and vegetables that are yellow or green. The following are good sources: carrots, broccoli, fish liver oil, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, spinach, cantaloupe, and peaches. Vitamin C is present in citrus fruits, berries, and green vegetables and is very important for healthy hair.Omega-3 fatty acids are important for circulation and to feed the hair root. It is also important to give the body what it needs to produce hormones that have a positive affect on the hair. It also works as a lubricant for the scalp. Sources include: flaxseed and fish like salmon and tuna. Eating a healthy diet to include Protein, cysteine, A, B, and C vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids can help to prevent hair loss by keeping hair and scalp healthy


Sheryl Armstrong

Save More Money By Purchasing Your Nutritional Multivitamin Supplement Online

These days we are all being told to be a lot more careful about our health. The state of the nation's overall fitness levels and health is not good and many people are looking for a way to get all of the nutrients that they need in order to improve their lifestyle. Although you still need to eat well to really make a difference to your health, some consumers derive benefits from taking good quality multivitamins. But before you choose which to buy you should check that the multivitamin you're considering purchasing has a good and wide range of both vitamins and minerals and that they provide the right amount as recommended by the FDA.


The best way to find out what to look for is to ask your doctor or health worker for a leaflet or advice. Even though there are a lot of multivitamins on the market they are not all as good as each other. Like everything else there are some that are better than others. You need to make sure that the one that you are buying is good quality so that it will give you the maximum benefit.


But if you take nutritional supplements on a regular basis then you already know that the cost can add up to a considerable amount each month. There are always cheaper alternatives, but if you are going to sacrifice quality just to get a cheaper product then it is not a good idea. Fortunately, there are ways that you can keep the cost down and still get a good product. One of the best ways is to buy your nutritional multivitamin supplement online.


Buying your nutritional multivitamin supplement online is better then purchasing at your local drugstore due to the large amount of expenses involved with running a physical store. They have expensive retail premises and staff and ultimately all of that cost is added to the purchase price that the consumer ends up paying for with their own money. As you can see if you buy your nutritional multivitamin supplement online then you are missing out on a lot of those costs. There is only really a website, warehouse and postage to consider and there is also a lot of competition. It you go to a store, you can just choose from the ones that are in your area. If however, you buy your nutritional multivitamin supplement online, then you can choose from any of the stores that have websites on the Internet.


So don’t buy cheap quality multivitamins to save money when you can buy your nutritional multivitamin supplement online. You will get the same quality because it will be the same product. The only difference is that it will cost you less.


Timothy Gorman is a successful Webmaster and publisher of He provides more information on anti-aging supplements, dietary supplements, vitamin A and answers the question what's a good multivitamin that you can research in your pajamas on his website.

Nutritional Immunology - The Cold War

Runny nose, stuffy head, congestion, sore throat, hay fever, asthma attack - the annoying symptoms of a cold war waging closer to home. To varying degrees, all people are forced to combat the dreaded cold and its violent relatives. Although it has long been said that there is no cure for the common cold, sufferers seem willing to try anything to breathe easy again, collectively spending billions of dollars each year on cold-related medicines, cough suppressants, antihistamines, asthma drugs and antibiotics. Despite controversial data regarding the efficacy of these drugs, people casually consume them, only to discover that drugs' harmful side effects are a heavy price to pay for temporary freedom.


Many diseases such as digestive problems, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and obesity can be improved or managed through healthy eating. Athletes and children also see nutritionists on a regular basis so that they can improve athletic performance, or address health issues at a younger age.


Cold and Allergy Medicines

Because a cold is caused by a virus, it cannot be cured by medication. Cold medicines may help suppress symptoms, but the cold virus continues to roam inside the body. Notwithstanding this fact, potentially harmful cold medicines abide in most household medicine cabinets. Beside their questionable ability to offer relief, cold medicines may contain drugs such as triprolidine, pseudoephedrine, guanifenesin, phenylpropanolomine and pheynylephrine. Many cold medicines combine several of these chemicals into one tablet, giving the false impression that more is better, when in actuality, they merely increase the risk of unwanted side effects. The damaging results of these drugs may include high blood pressure (especially dangerous for people with heart disease, diabetes or thyroid disease), confusion, nervousness, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty urinating, decreased sweating and worsening og glaucoma.


Unaware of these side effects, many people also mistakenly use cold medicines to regularly treat allergies. Nasal sprays containing ingredients such as pseudoephedrine hydrochloride or other antihistamines may prove harmful to sufferes of allergies. Using these ingredients may lead to rebound congestion, icreased nasal stuffiness and permanent damage to the membranes lining the nose.


Cough Suppressants

Just as a runny nose promotes beneficial drainage, a fact ignored by many, a cough can also be a productive way to naturally remove harmful material. Although a dry or painful cough may be a sign of a more serious condition, most coughs should not ne depressed. Adverse effects of cough suppressants such as hydrocodone, dextromethorphan and phenyltoloxamine include skin rash, dizziness, nausea, nasal congestion, constipation, dry mouth, difficulty urinating, blurred vision and headache.


The combination of iodinated glycerol and codeine, commonly promoted as a cough suppressant, should especially be avoided. An unpublished study performed under the direction of the National Toxology Program (Department of Human Services) found that Iodinated glycerol may cause illnesses as severe as cancer. In general, coughs are most effectively combated by clear liquids, which help thin mucus and promote effortless breathing.



Ironically, some drugs prolong cold symptoms and antihistamines are a prime example of drugs people wrongly assume can effectively treat any illness. Antihistamines can actually make a cold or cough worse by thickening nasal secretions and drying mucous membranes. They can also cause serious side effects including confusion, short-term memory loss, disorientation, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty urinating, enlarge prostate, increased body temperature, unusual bleeding, ringing in the ears, stomach upset and worsening of glaucoma.


The antihistmaine hydroxyzine, used to treat itching and hives, may also cause restlessness, seizures, trembling or shakiness. Another antihistamine, diphenhydramine, may cause unusually fast heartbeat, increased sensitivity to the sun, unusual bleeding, sore throat, nervousness, restlessness, irritability and ringing in the ears. Adverse cardiovascular effects are extremely rare, but patients using the antihistamine astemizole have reportly experienced cardiac arrest, venticular arrhymias and even death as a result of the drug.


Asthma Drugs

Although its symptoms resemble that of the cold, asthma is a delicate condition that must be carefully monitored and treated. Drugs such as aminophyllines, theophylline and oxtriphylline are frequently used to treat symptoms of chronic asthma, bronchitics and emphysema, including difficult breathing, sneezing, chest tightness and shorteness of breath.


Asthma drugs open airways in the lungs and increase airflow, making breathing easier, but this process is not without risk. The body can only tolerate a specified amount of an asthma drug. Too little may bring on an asthma attact; too much can lead to seizures, irregular heart rhythms, pounding heartbeat. Adverse effects include bloody stools, confusion, diarrhea, dizziness, flushed skin, headache, increased urination, loss of appetite, muscle twitching, nausea, trembling, trouble sleeping, vomiting of blood, heartburn, etc.


The asthma drug pirbuterol can cause or wosen high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. Inhaled drugs, such as albuterol and terbutaline, have been found to cause tremors, jitters, nervousness, and in extreme cases, begign tumors in the ligaments and heart disease.



While used to treat diverse bacterial infections, antibiotics are also prescribed to address the common cold. Unfortunately, antibiotics are often proved unnecessary, bringing harmful side effects instead of cure. In 1983, fifty-one percent of the more than three million patients who saw doctors for treatment of the common cold were unnecessarily given a prescription of antibiotics.


Since the cold and flu are caused by viruses, they cannot be cured by antibiotics. Antibiotics, when used incorrectly, can seriously damage the body's immune system. Side effects of antibiotics include allergic reactions, diarrhea, skin rash, abnormal weakness, joint and muscle pain, nausea or vomiting and bleeding. In extreme casses, a simple cold may even develop into pneumonia because the antibiotics makes the body less resistant to a bacterial super infection.


When given an antibiotic, the body can also develop a bacterial resistance to the antibiotic, making them useless in future instances when they could have proven effective. After many congressional hearings regarding these harmful side effects, it has become the general consencus that forty to sixty percent of all antibiotics are misprescribed.


In Conclusion

As evidenced, the harmful side effects far outweigh the benefits of medically treating cold-related symptoms. Despite this unsettling fact, cold, cough, allergy and asthma sufferes can still find relief. In many cases, common sense can prevent the common cold and its symptoms from ever attacking. People who don't smoke, for instance, are less likely to catch a cold because smoke paralyzes the hair-like cells that clean out the body's airways. Frequently washing one's hands is another effective way to prevent colds.


Proper diet in accordance with nutritional immunology, adequate amounts of liquid, and ample rest are also effective methods used to both prevent and treat cold symptoms. By taking preventative measures, even those most prone to attack can outwit and overcome the cold war offenders.


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Anti Aging Treatments - Life, these days, is at such a fast pace, many people do not take the time to eat properly, thereby shortening their lives. When people do not eat right, their body cells cannot repair themselves. It is increasingly difficult to supply the family with the proper nutrition, because of the depletion of minerals and nutrients in farmland.

Digital Nutrition Scales - (NC)-Recent research has shown a benefit of certain nutrients in reducing the risk of degenerative diseases of the brain. Antioxidants, such as vitamins E, C, B12 and folic acid have been shown to play an important role in healthy brain functioning.

Essential Amino Acids - A man's health is a very important aspect of his life. To say that "health is wealth" is not only to utter an old, used up mantra, but to mean that for most human beings, staying fit and healthy is parallel to being wealthy, for a person's everyday life is influenced mainly by the state of his mind and body, especially by the presence and absence of certain diseases.

Healthy Nutrition Plans - Are you wondering about how to optimize your protein intake? There are many factors that come into play when choosing sources for protein. Certain proteins are not absorbed well by the body, while other types of protein bring a high fat content with them into the body.

Healthy Saturated Fats - If you went to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings to get sober, you remember the overabundance of coffee and cookies available (not to mention smoke). At OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meetings you find a number of people who are coming from other 12-step meetings, people who originally treated their alcohol or drug addiction and now find that their eating has become compulsive.

Healthy Weight Pyramid - There are many nutrition supplements at your local health food store. So many to choose from so confusing which ones are the right ones. How many should you take? Here you will learn what you need to take for the best health benefits.

Well Balanced Meal - A good nutritious diet is a basic requirement for every individual in order to live a healthy life. Today, health is everyone's top priority, which can be ensured only by good nutrition. Here are the ten important reasons as well as steps to prove that you must ensure good nutrition if you are willing to lead a healthy life.

Herbal Diet Pill - Real stories are windows into the practical application of orthomolecular nutrition We live in an age where we are constantly being bombarded with conflicting information by people selling us products or services to earn a profit -most of which turn out to be of no value or benefit. In this case, however, you are being made aware of your body's most elemental requirements for health and healing.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplements - We are born inherently with the best doctor in the world - our immune system. When the immune system is funtioning proberly, it should serve as a strong defense from most illness. Nutrition and proper care of the body can do wonders for the immune system. Regardless of the condition of our health, our bodies constantly require nutrition.

Cat Food Fact - They are beautiful, energetic, entertaining and they continually teach us as they grow and learn. Who are they? Your children, and second to the gift of life, the next greatest gift you can give them is good health through nutrition. As they grow you will realise that, try as you might, you won't be able to protect them from every bad influence in this world.

High Glycemic Carbohydrates - Once a child reaches their toddler years, ages 1 to 3, feeding can become a challenge. Developmental changes are occurring at this age. Toddlers are trying to gain independence and control and meals are part of that pattern. Keep in mind that good sense as well as planning will make this transition a smooth one.

High Quality Vitamins - Hair loss is a genetic/hormonal process that can affect both men and women. Hormones that bind to hair follicles can cause an imbalance in the biological processes that cause hair growth. Eventually, excess hormonal action on the follicle causes hair to stop growing and the follicle dies.

Increased Nutrient Needs - Legendary bodybuilding trainer Vince, "The Iron Guru" Gironda was famous for saying, "Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition!" But is this really true or is it just another fitness and bodybuilding myth passed down like gospel without ever being questioned? Which is really more important, nutrition or training? This IS an interesting question and I believe there is a definite answer.

Commercial Dog Foods - When we think about our health ONE vital nutrient often fails to come to mind, and it's one so important that we cannot exist without it. How can this be? So what is it? Is it Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, or what? Is it something new that we don't really know about yet? Not at all. It is one vital nutrient that is so overlooked that often we cannot tell when we need it.

Herbal Nutrition Supplements - A lot of research today is showing that having a good nutritional diet has a direct impact on a person's ability to manage stress. A body that is well nourished and healthy is far more resilient to stressful conditions than a poorly nourished body.In order to function properly, you body requires a certain amount of energy from carbohydrates, protein and fats.

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Cancer Research Industry - A philosophy of medicine that is over-reliant on logic and limited mainly to drugs and surgery is fundamental flawed.


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