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Why we vomit and when to worry

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Vomiting is a natural reflex that often occurs as a form of protection. In the event you consume something that is contaminated or poisonous, vomiting is your body's way of getting rid of it. You may first experience nausea, which is the unpleasant feeling of being about to vomit.

Vomiting refers to the typically involuntary emptying of your stomach contents through your mouth. Nausea and vomiting are not diseases but rather are symptoms of an underlying health condition.

Often, a virus, such as norovirus, is to blame, but vomiting may also be due to bacteria, parasites and food poisoning. Other conditions, including motion sickness, pregnancy, reflux and even stress, can also cause vomiting.


How dirty is your plastic water bottle?

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Recycling your plastic water bottle may seem like a green thing to do, but the truth is it's better to simply avoid plastic altogether, and for a number of reasons. Drinking from a reusable water bottle places you at risk for contracting an array of dangerous germs like E.coli and salmonella.

Laboratory testing of 12 refillable water bottles used by athletes over the course of a week, identified a buildup of bacteria dangerous to humans. On average, the plastic bottles contained more than 300,000 colony-forming units of bacteria, according to the UK's Daily Mail.

The testing, completed by TreadmillReviews.net, found a wide array of bacteria linked to skin infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning. The bottles were so dirty that researchers concluded that drinking from them was no more sanitary than licking your pet's food bowl.


The many benefits of a morning workout

While the benefits of exercises are known to everyone, many tend to give the morning fitness regime a miss due to the heavy work schedule or late-nights. However, morning workouts have more benefits than any other workout during the day -- from controlling the weight, enhancing the mood and keeping you fit and healthy. Did you know it also helps you find your creative gene?

Whether it is in just writing an article, painting a canvas or churning out ideas for your office meeting; physical activity activates the creative juices and once they start flowing, there is nothing to stop you.

Early mornings are one of the best times to workout. Though it may seem tough at first, once you start, you'll feel exhilarated. Getting done with your workout first thing in the morning means you are less likely to use job or family obligations as an excuse to skip it.


America's hidden drug problem: Over-medicated elderly patients at risk of dangerous drug interactions, side effects

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Pharmacist Dominick Bailey reviews the medications being used by Harriet Diamond, 84, who was in the geriatric unit at the UCLA Medical Center for knee surgery.
Dominick Bailey sat at his computer, scrutinizing the medication lists of patients in the geriatric unit.

A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old woman hospitalized for knee surgery was taking several drugs that were not meant for older patients because of their severe potential side effects.

And then there was 74-year-old Lola Cal. She had a long history of health problems, including high blood pressure and respiratory disease. She was in the hospital with pneumonia and had difficulty breathing. Her medical records showed she was on 36 medications.

"This is actually a little bit alarming," said Bailey, a pharmacist.

He was concerned about the sheer number of drugs but even more worried that several of them — including ones to treat insomnia and pain — could suppress Cal's breathing.

An increasing number of elderly patients nationwide are on multiple medications to treat chronic diseases, raising their chances of dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don't communicate with each other. If those patients are hospitalized, doctors making the rounds add to the list — and some of the drugs they prescribe may be unnecessary or unsuitable.

Comment: Dr. Gary Null - Medicine that kills: The American medicine system is the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S., killing more people unnecessarily than any other national medical system in the industrialized world, despite spending more on healthcare than any other country. The system is completely broken as a result of corruption, greed, malfeasance and self-serving interests which supports pharmaceutical profiteering over the health and safety of citizens. Those who are most vulnerable, and those without adequate knowledge to protect themselves from the depredations of the medical cartel are particularly at risk.


Solidifying the Zika psy-op: Major goals of the operation

The fresh new Zika virus psyop campaign is just warming up for a late summer or fall season party as I indicated in my last article on this topic. It appears we are clearly headed for a season of Zika virus scaremongering and everyone should brace for this so we can expose this script in real-time. The ruling elite know very well that when it comes to scaring the general public, the tactic works more effectively when you build up to it rather than hit the audience with a sudden story. Zika virus is a classic example of this. Let's not forget that before Zika virus there was the Ebola virus psyop in 2014. So before we go any further, let's pause for a minute and ask ourselves .... whatever happened to Ebola virus??

As we contemplate on this profound and very fair question, given that Ebola was being pushed as the virus that was going to end humanity as we know it back in 2014, let us turn our attention to the latest in the surely coming Zika virus psyop fear-party that appears will be unleashed on Americans on a grander scale very soon.

Comment: Zika mania explained:


Flu deaths continue to mount in people vaccinated against it

A death from the flu shot might appear on your local media, like it did in 2015, for Katherine McQuestion, a 26-year-old healthcare worker from Wisconsin.

Of course, the media makes sure an uneducated stooge from the health department gets on TV to say, well, yes, that's just an aberration that the person died. But it's not.

Comment: The yearly flu scare tactic campaign promoted by the media via Big Pharma is just a scam to sell more dangerous vaccines.


Spreading fear: Charity warns deadly Yellow Fever virus on brink of spreading to Europe and Americas

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Yellow Fever is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the same vector as for Zika and dengue.
A deadly African virus is on the brink of spreading to Europe and the Americas amid the largest outbreak in more than 30 years, a charity has warned.

Yellow fever can cause bleeding from the ears, eyes and nose, organ failure, jaundice and death in the most severe cases, and is considered such a threat that many African nations refuse entry to anyone who has not been vaccinated.

Yet despite those regulations, thousands of suspected cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the disease crossed the border from Angola.

Other cases have already been reported in Uganda and in Kenya, and earlier this year China notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of 11 cases imported by migrant workers coming back from Africa.

Comment: Also read:

Life Preserver

Increasing salt intake may reduce the incidence of migraines and other severe headaches

Could a salty diet keep migraines at bay? People who eat a lot of salt report having fewer migraines and severe headaches - the first evidence that dietary sodium may affect the condition. But the researchers caution that more evidence is needed before people change their diets, given that high salt consumption is linked to heart disease and stroke.

There is growing evidence linking migraines with sodium. During a migraine, levels of sodium have been found to rise in cerebrospinal fluid, the liquid that bathes the brain and central nervous system. And sodium levels in this liquid seem to peak in the early morning and late afternoon - times of day when people commonly report experiencing migraines.

Plenty of sodium gets into our bodies via the food we eat. "I started to wonder if migraines could be affected by diet," says Michael Harrington at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, California. To find out, he and his colleagues turned to the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, a US survey of the health and diets of tens of thousands of people. Among other things, the survey asks respondents to list everything they consume over a 24-hour period, and whether they experienced a severe headache or migraine during that time.

Comment: Studies have found that those whose salt intake is low (less than 2.3 grams) had an increased risk of cardiovascular events as well as an increased risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure. Those consuming between 2.3 and seven grams of sodium per day -- well within the daily consumption of the average American had the lowest risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

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Wildfires, heat, pollution make air in parts of California dangerous to breathe

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Downtown Los Angeles is shrouded in early morning coastal fog on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.
In the West, extreme heat, combined with thick smoke from wildfires and air pollution from millions of cars, is making the air in some places dangerous to breathe.

Back in the 80s, thick hazy smog was as much a part of the Los Angeles skyline as the Hollywood sign. Today, while Los Angeles County's air quality has improved, health officials say pollution kills 1,300 people a year, making it the deadliest air in the country.

According to a new study, that number is more than triple the number of air pollution related deaths in New York, and twice the total in Texas. "We see that the annual number of excess deaths is quantitatively very similar to the number of deaths from alcohol related traffic fatalities," said lead author of the study Kevin Cromar.

Comment: Air pollution associated with risk of lung cancer, faster death

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Medical debt forcing Americans to forgo care and use extreme measures to pay off massive medical bills

Recent evidence suggests that the Affordable Care Act is helping to reduce the burden of medical debt for American consumers. Yet, especially in states that have not expanded Medicaid, millions of Americans still lack insurance and many plans offer thin coverage. The result is that in 2014, 64 million people were struggling with medical debt, the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States. In my latest Demos report, "Enough to Make You Sick: The Burden of Medical Debt," I explore how medical debt affects household finances and why we need more aggressive policies to reduce medical debt.

My report details the results of two surveys (in 2008 and 2012) Demos commissioned to explore the finances of lower to middle-income households carrying credit card debt. I find that households carrying medical debt on their credit card are more likely to take extreme measures to pay off their debts and forgo care. Medical debt has significant negative impacts on household finances, even when people are insured. A public option could help reduce the chances of people taking on medical debt, and that more rigorous consumer protection could mitigate the consequences.

Comment: Medical debt has reached a crisis point because Americans pay far more on healthcare and prescription drugs than any other developed country, yet have far worse health outcomes. The 'healthcare' system is designed to benefit the insurance industry while sucking the life and financial resources out of most Americans.