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Dangers of Fluoride

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The dangers of fluoride have been long known, though many people remain dangerously unaware of the adverse health risks posed by fluoride. Exposure to fluoride can have deleterious consequences on numerous systems of the body. One of the most serious dangers of fluoride is the risk of osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer to which adolescent boys appear particularly susceptible.

These are some indisputable facts about fluoride.

  • Only fifty percent of all the fluoride taken in by the body is excreted.
  • According to the US National Research Council, half of the fluoride consumed becomes associated with the bones and teeth within 24 hours. The retention of fluoride is greater in growing children. The remaining fluoride becomes associated with other systems of the body prior to excretion or absorption.

Dangers of fluoride on the TEETH

For decades, the medical community and government officials have recognized the increased risk of DENTAL FLUOROSIS associated with exposure to fluoride. Dental fluorosis is a direct result of overexposure, resulting in discolored teeth (yellow, brown, or spotted) and a breakdown of tooth enamel. Children aged six months to five years are particularly vulnerable to dental fluorosis.

When determining the permissible levels of fluoride in the drinking water, the EPA acknowledged the risk of dental fluorosis, but claimed that it was simply a cosmetic effect and not a medical one; therefore, further regulation on this basis was unwarranted. However, research shows that dental fluorosis serves as the first sign of fluoride poisoning, which can have much more serious effects on the body.

Dangers of fluoride on the BONES

In the 1990s, a number of scientific studies indicated the increased risk of HIP FRACTURES associated with exposure to fluoride. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people in fluoridated areas suffered 86 percent more hip fractures compared to those living in non-fluoridated communities.

SKELETAL FLUOROSIS is another major danger posed by fluoride. While the risk of crippling skeletal fluorosis is extremely rare in the United States, the early stages of the condition can be triggered by artificially fluoridated water in our nation. Fluoride is also deposited into new bone more readily than existing bone, increasing bone-related dangers of fluoride in younger individuals.

One of the most serious dangers of fluoride is the development of a bone cancer known as OSTEOSARCOMA. For more information on this condition, please refer to our section on the Fluoride-Osteosarcoma.

Dangers of Fluoride on the BRAIN

According to the 2006 report issued by the National Research Council, “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means. (http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/epa/nrc/excerpts.html)

In 1995, neurotoxicist Dr. Phyllis Mullinex demonstrated through animal studies that fluoride accumulates in the brain tissue. The developing brains of children appear to be at the greatest risk. Epidemiological studies from China have indicated a positive link between IQ DEFICITS IN CHILDREN and fluoride exposure at levels of 2.5 to 4 mg/l in drinking water (current standard in US is 4 mg/l). Animal studies have also shown a positive relationship between fluoride exposure and the onset of ALZHEIMERS DISEASE.

In addition to serious dangers of fluoride on the teeth, bones and brain, fluoride has been shown to adversely affect the functioning of the pineal gland, the reproductive organs, the immune system, insulin production, the thyroid gland and other bodily systems. Fluoride has also been shown to increase the risk of infant mortality and Down’s syndrome.

In 1999, the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents thousands of scientists, engineers, and other professionals with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released this call to action:

Recent, peer-reviewed toxicity data, when applied to EPA’s standard method for controlling risks from toxic chemicals, require an immediate halt to the use of the nation’s drinking water reservoirs as disposal sites for the toxic waste of the fertilizer phosphate industry [fluoride].

The EPA subsequently ordered non-fluoridated bottled water for its employees.

This article was curled from http://www.fluoride-osteosarcoma-law.com

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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Health

 

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Scientists Can Now Grow Human Noses, Parts of Hearts in Jars

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Scientists in Europe have made groundbreaking strides in the manufacture of body parts, bioengineering noses and parts of human hearts. Their research ushers in a new era of building body parts for transplant into human bodies, instead of just waiting for a suitable donor. Patients wouldn’t even be subject to the dangerous process of suppressing the bodies’ rejection of a donor organ, because the transplants would be built with the patients‘ own cells.

The Wall Street Journal outlines the scientific progress,

The development of lab-built body parts is being spurred by a shortage of organ donors amid rising demand for transplants. Also, unlike patients getting transplants, recipients of lab-built organs won’t have to take powerful anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. That’s because the bioengineered organs are built with the patients’ own cells.

Until the late 1980s, few scientists believed it would be possible to make human organs because it was a struggle to grow human cells in the laboratory. The task became easier once scientists figured out the chemicals-known as growth factors-that the body itself uses to promote cellular growth.

Scientists are still experimenting with the process of building a organ from scratch. The technology behind the nose for example, has mostly been cracked. Scientists have been able to grow the cartilage in jars. There is one problem, however:

The nose was missing a crucial piece: skin.

This posed a substantial hurdle. No one has made natural human skin from scratch. Dr. Seifalian’s idea: to implant the nose under the skin of the patient’s forehead in the hope that skin tissue there would automatically sheath the nose.

But the patient objected, and for good reason: The implanted nose would have to sit inside his forehead for weeks or even months. In the end, Dr. Seifalian chose a less obtrusive approach. The bioengineered nose was implanted under the patient’s forearm.

http://gizmodo.com/5992167/scientists-can-now-grow-human-noses-parts-of-hearts-in-jars?tag=science

I heart 2013. Watch Anthony Atala (TEDTalk) talk about growing organs:

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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Health, Technology

 

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HOW TEEN BRAINS TRANSITION TO MATURE THINKING

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A new study conducted by monitoring the brain waves of sleeping adolescents has found that remarkable changes occur in the brain as it prunes away neuronal connections and makes the major transition from childhood to adulthood.

“We’ve provided the first long-term, longitudinal description of developmental changes that take place in the brains of youngsters as they sleep,” said Irwin Feinberg, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the UC Davis Sleep Laboratory. “Our outcome confirms that the brain goes through a remarkable amount of reorganization during puberty that is necessary for complex thinking”

The research, published in the February 15 issue of American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, also confirms that electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a powerful tool for tracking brain changes during different phases of life, and that it could potentially be used to help diagnose age-related mental illnesses. It is the final component in a three-part series of studies carried out over 10 years and involving more than 3,500 all-night EEG recordings. The data provide an overall picture of the brain’s electrical behavior during the first two decades of life.

Feinberg explained that scientists have generally assumed that a vast number of synapses are needed early in life to recover from injury and adapt to changing environments. These multiple connections, however, impair the efficient problem solving and logical thinking required later in life. His study is the first to show how this shift can be detected by measuring the brain’s electrical activity in the same children over the course of time.

Two earlier studies by Feinberg and his colleagues showed that EEG fluctuations during the deepest (delta or slow wave) phase of sleep, when the brain is most recuperative, consistently declined for 9- to 18-year-olds. The most rapid decline occurred between the ages of 12 and 16-1/2. This led the team to conclude that the streamlining of brain activity — or “neuronal pruning” — required for adult cognition occurs together with the timing of reproductive maturity.

Questions remained, though, about electrical activity patterns in the brains of younger children.

For the current study, Feinberg and his research team monitored 28 healthy, sleeping children between the ages of 6 and 10 for two nights every six months. The new findings show that synaptic density in the cerebral cortex reaches its peak at age 8 and then begins a slow decline. The recent findings also confirm that the period of greatest and most accelerated decline occurs between the ages of 12 and 16-1/2 years, at which point the drop markedly slows.

“Discovering that such extensive neuronal remodeling occurs within this 4-1/2 year time-frame during late adolescence and the early teen years confirms our view that the sleep EEG indexes a crucial aspect of the timing of brain development,” said Feinberg.

The latest study also confirms that EEG sleep analysis is a powerful approach for evaluating adolescent brain maturation, according to Feinberg. Besides being a relatively simple, accessible technology for measuring the brain’s electrical activity, it is more accurate than more cumbersome and expensive options.

“Structural MRI, for instance, has not been able to identify the adolescent accelerations and decelerations that are easily and reliably captured by sleep EEG,” said Feinberg. “We hope our data can aid the search for the unknown genetic and hormonal biomarkers that drive those fluctuations. Our data also provide a baseline for seeking errors in brain development that signify the onset of diseases such as schizophrenia, which typically first become apparent during adolescence. Once these underlying processes have been identified, it may become possible to influence adolescent brain changes in ways that promote normal development and correct emerging abnormalities.”

Feinberg’s study, which was funded by the U.S. Public Health Service (grant R01MH062521), was co-authored by Ian Campbell, a project scientist with the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in 18+, Uncategorized

 

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“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Quotes

 

Chief Oluwole Awolowo, publisher of Tribune Newspaper is Dead!!!

imageChief Oluwole Awolowo, publisher of Tribune Newspaper
and son of late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo is dead.
It is gathered that he died this evening though details of his
death remain sketchy as at press time.
More details to follow…

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in FRESH!

 

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BE THE MAN YOU WANT….Avoid poor service delivery

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When I was growing up and became sexually active (at about 21 years of age), I had premature ejaculation. The excitement, maybe, of finally getting a girl to be interested enough to drop her pants for me, caused all sorts of trouble and, of course, early discharge.

My first girlfriend then was so profoundly frustrated she ended up going out with a 40-year-old ‘experienced’ man. Poor girl! She is still marrying old men till today.Image

My next girlfriend fared no better. She was fond of chewing gum and watching television during sex. No matter how much action was going on, she always looked relaxed as she changed channels. I cannot remember now what happened to that relationship or why it failed.

Now, as a doctor, I am more in tune with my patients who suffer from poor erection and premature ejaculation. Erectile function is one of the key questions I ask my patients complaining of back or neck pain. Many do not share the information voluntarily but open up once I let the cat out of the bag.

When I have a couple in the clinic, the man often says things are alright, while the woman sits quietly, rolling her eyes up and down. She should know, as she is at the receiving end!

Hadija left her husband after three years of poorly consummated marriage. She tried her best but was simply not getting the service she signed up for. All the money and financial security could not stop her from walking out of the marriage. Poor husband! It is not something he can talk about openly.

Poor erection

Almost all men sometimes have trouble getting or keeping an erection and it is common in adult men. In many cases, the problem goes away with little or no treatment. In other cases, it can be an ongoing problem. An erection problem that does not go away can damage your self-esteem and ruin your relationship. It therefore needs to be treated.

Erection problems become more common with age. Physical causes are more common in older men. Emotional causes are more common in younger men. The causes range from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid problems, lack of interest, low self esteem, drugs such as Digoxin, to drug abuse — using cocaine, alcohol and smoking — can lead to failure of erection.

Unrealistic expectation, poor communication with partners and bad previous sexual experiences are other issues.

An erection involves your brain, nerves, hormones, and blood vessels. Anything that interferes with these normal functions can lead to problems getting an erection. Couples who cannot talk to each other are likely to have problems with sexual intimacy. Men who have trouble talking about their feelings may find it hard to share their anxiety about sexual performance. Counseling can help both you and your partner.

There are also many drugs now available for promoting better erection and therefore improving the ability to penetrate and satisfy your partner. These drugs, such as Ostrin, improve service delivery.

There are also specific instructions to be followed when using of drugs.

Warning: Buying drugs from mallams outside night clubs and inside Danfo and Molue is a dangerous practice. These poisons may do more harm than good and further destroy your ability to obtain a satisfactory solution. Say ‘NO’ to unethical herbal concoctions that are not standardized those drugs that ‘cure all!’

Premature ejaculation

This is often a problem during the teenage years and of no lasting consequence. It can be easily corrected in teenagers by general relaxation, experience and specific training. Actually, most men experience premature ejaculation at least once in their lives. The incidence is as high as 30 per cent, because there is great variability in both how long it takes men to ejaculate and how long both partners want sex to last.

The average time for normal intra-vaginal ejaculation to occur is about six minutes in most encounters. Ejaculating before two minutes may be considered premature, but it depends on the partners, as to whether it is adequate or constitutes a problem. Therefore, teenagers and young adults need not worry about this. A patient partner and comfortable surroundings help to achieve the impossible (last more than five minutes!).

Of course, there are tricks to use in delaying the inevitable. These techniques include concentrating on your partners’ fulfillment first, increasing the time allocated to foreplay and practicing coitus interruptus. This means slowing down and withdrawing, intermittently, for as long as possible.

For an adult who has recently developed premature ejaculation, the problem is totally different and demands more care and attention. A clinical examination is important to check for diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. If it is psychological, it may require the services of a psychologist to unravel the issues, which may or may not be related to the relationship.

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Ostrin, Dapoxetine are a useful drug for the treatment of premature ejaculation. It significantly improves erection and is generally well tolerated. Ostrin or Tramadol also helps in greater than 90 per cent of men. Finally, desensitising creams such as Stud that are applied to the tip and shaft of the penis can also be used to prevent premature ejaculation. Such creams are applied on an “as needed” basis and have fewer systemic side effects.

It’s good to talk

If you have any of these two problems, you have to talk to two people. First and foremost, have a frank discussion with your partner and search for ways to resolve the problem. Talk openly to your partner about sex and your relationship. Other things to do are as follows: Get plenty of rest and take time to relax. Exercise and eat a healthy diet to keep good blood circulation. Cut down on smoking, alcohol and illegal drug use. Use safe sex practices to prevent HIV and STDs.

The second person to talk to about this problem is your doctor. Your doctor should be able to help or refer you to a specialist or a counselor. Get help early so normal ‘service’ can resume.

If you think you need one let me know, i would willing be of help.

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in 18+, Health

 

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ENDOMETRIOSIS!

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What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis (say “en-doh-mee-tree-OH-sus”) is a problem many women have during their childbearing years. It means that a type of tissue that lines your uterus is also growing outside your uterus. This does not always cause symptoms. And it usually isn’t dangerous. But it can cause pain and other problems.

The clumps of tissue that grow outside your uterus are called implants. They usually grow on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the outer wall of the uterus, the intestines, or other organs in the belly. In rare cases they spread to areas beyond the belly.

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How does endometriosis cause problems?

Your uterus is lined with a type of tissue called endometrium (say “en-doh-MEE-tree-um”). Each month, your body releases hormones that cause the endometrium to thicken and get ready for an egg. If you get pregnant, the fertilized egg attaches to the endometrium and starts to grow. If you do not get pregnant, the endometrium breaks down, and your body sheds it as blood. This is your menstrual period.

When you have endometriosis, the implants of tissue outside your uterus act just like the tissue lining your uterus. During your menstrual cycle, they get thicker, then break down and bleed. But the implants are outside your uterus, so the blood cannot flow out of your body. The implants can get irritated and painful. Sometimes they form scar tissue or fluid-filled sacs (cysts). Scar tissue may make it hard to get pregnant.

What causes endometriosis?

Experts don’t know what causes endometrial tissue to grow outside your uterus. But they do know that the female hormone estrogen makes the problem worse. Women have high levels of estrogen during their childbearing years. It is during these years-usually from their teens into their 40s-that women have endometriosis. Estrogen levels drop when menstrual periods stop (menopause). Symptoms usually go away then.

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What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain. Where it hurts depends on where the implants are growing. You may have pain in your lower belly, your rectum or vagina, or your lower back. You may have pain only before and during your periods or all the time. Some women have more pain during sex, when they have a bowel movement, or when their ovaries release an egg (ovulation).
  • Abnormal bleeding. Some women have heavy periods, spotting or bleeding between periods, bleeding after sex, or blood in their urine or stool.
  • Trouble getting pregnant (infertility). This is the only symptom some women have.

Endometriosis varies from woman to woman. Some women don’t know that they have it until they go to see a doctor because they can’t get pregnant or have a procedure for another problem. Some have mild cramping that they think is normal for them. In other women, the pain and bleeding are so bad that they aren’t able to work or go to school.

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Many different problems can cause painful or heavy periods. To find out if you have endometriosis, your doctor will:

  • Ask questions about your symptoms, your periods, your past health, and your family history. Endometriosis sometimes runs in families.
  • Do a pelvic exam. This may include checking both your vagina and rectum.

If it seems like you have endometriosis, your doctor may suggest that you try medicine for a few months. If you get better using medicine, you probably have endometriosis.

To find out if you have a cyst on an ovary, you might have an imaging test like an ultrasound, an MRI, or a CT scan. These tests show pictures of what is inside your belly.

The only way to be sure you have endometriosis is to have a type of surgery called laparoscopy (say “lap-uh-ROSS-kuh-pee”). During this surgery, the doctor puts a thin, lighted tube through a small cut in your belly. This lets the doctor see what is inside your belly. If the doctor finds implants, scar tissue, or cysts, he or she can remove them during the same surgery.

How is it treated?

There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are good treatments. You may need to try several treatments to find what works best for you. With any treatment, there is a chance that your symptoms could come back.

Treatment choices depend on whether you want to control pain or you want to get pregnant. For pain and bleeding, you can try medicines or surgery. If you want to get pregnant, you may need surgery to remove the implants.

Treatments for endometriosis include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (such as Aleve). These medicines are called anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. They can reduce bleeding and pain.
  • Birth control pills. They are the best treatment to control pain and shrink implants. Most women can use them safely for years. But you cannot use them if you want to get pregnant.
  • Hormone therapy. This stops your periods and shrinks implants. But it can cause side effects, and pain may come back after treatment ends. Like birth control pills, hormone therapy will keep you from getting pregnant.

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Health

 

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