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Autism on the Rise

    Friday, March 30th, 2012No Commented
    Categorized Under: General Health

    A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control shows that, in the past decade, cases of autism have risen nearly 78%. Autism, which is a term often used to describe any number of disorders covered under Autism Spectrum Disorder, was previously believed to affect one out of every 150 children in the United States, but these new findings now bring that statistic closer to one out of every 88 children. In addition, this new figure is actually part of a growing trend which has produced larger autism numbers every two years.

    Autism

    The reason behind the growth, however, is still unknown. Some medical professionals claim that the reason the numbers continue to rise is because the medical community is now casting a broader net when it comes to diagnosing children with autism. Others believe that contaminants, such as mercury in food or water are the cause, and some have even suggested that prescription medications and vaccinations are behind the growing numbers.

    In terms of treatment, many medical professionals are now advocating for earlier testing and early behavioral intervention to head off the disorder before it has a chance to take hold. Other treatment options involve therapy techniques, including sensory integration, which are designed to help autistic children change their way of perceiving and experiencing their world. The hope of these therapies is to “unblock” the neural passageways and set new patterns of behavior in place.

    Another approach to treating autism has been through the use of medications, however, as mentioned, many parents of autistic children already believe that prescription medications have caused the problem in the first place, so this method has been received tepidly. Additionally, one of the largest issues with using medications on autistic children is that these medications simply treat the symptoms of the disorder, and they don’t treat the disorder itself. For example, in autism cases which involve severe behavioral problems, some doctors may prescribe antipsychotic medications, or in cases which involve anxiety, antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications may be prescribed. To further complicate matters, many of these drugs go on to cause dependence or new symptoms.

    One path that many parents consider as an alternative to prescription medication is to use natural supplements. Natural supplements which reduce stress may be helpful in combating the symptoms of autism without the related side effects which accompany prescription drugs. In fact, combined with various therapies, natural supplements may be just as beneficial to children with autism, if not more so. Many natural supplements can also be used to balance the body’s diet and restore healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.

    Can You Trust Your Prescriptions?

      Friday, November 4th, 2011No Commented
      Categorized Under: Prescription Drug News

      Most people trust their doctor’s advice, most doctors trust the drugs they prescribe and most drug manufacturers trust the researchers that developed and tested their drugs; but what happens when something goes wrong? In recent decades, we’re seeing more and more cases involving unforeseen consequences and side effects from a number of prescription medications. One of the most recent examples of this is found in a case involving Actos, which is a drug prescribed to control type two diabetes.

      Prescription Drugs

      Manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Actos is now being investigated for claims that it is linked to the development of bladder cancer in patients taking the drug. The claims against Actos have been so prevalent that the United States Food and Drug Administration have gone so far as to require a warning on the product’s packaging advising of the risk. Sadly, the case against Actos is just one example out of dozens in recent years that have led to drugs causing unintended harm.

      So, what does this mean for those taking prescription drugs? It means that, unfortunately, even with the millions and billions of dollars spent on prescription drug research every year, you never know if a drug is going to cause harm. In fact, many people taking Actos did not develop symptoms of bladder cancer right away, and some people had even taken the drug for years before they became ill. This makes it all the more important to be cautious when taking prescription medications, but this is only one part of the equation.

      Most people have been told their entire lives that prescription and over-the-counter medications are the only solution to their health problems. We’ve been conditioned to believe that prescription medications are the only choice and that we can either take a prescription, which we know very little about, or we could take nothing at all and simply suffer. However, there is another way.

      Natural medications have been used since the dawn of time for all manner of illnesses and most are only a fraction of the cost of prescription medications. Many people choose to turn to natural remedies when they are tired of the harmful, and sometimes painful, side effects that many prescription drugs bring about. The best part of using natural remedies, however, is that you can have peace of mind in knowing exactly what you’re taking. Instead of synthesized chemicals developed in a lab, natural supplements use elements found in nature that work with your body naturally and not against it.

      Remember, it is important to trust your physician’s advice, as well as to take any prescriptions that you are given, but it’s also important to discuss natural options with your doctor. You may be surprised to find out that many of your health issues can be resolved quickly and easily by using natural supplements and methods.

      How Weather Affects the Body

        Wednesday, October 26th, 2011No Commented
        Categorized Under: Joint Pain

        If you suffer from allergies, joint pain, headaches or migraines, you probably already know that these ailments can be affected by changes in the weather. Many people have intensified symptoms during weather shifts, as well as during storms, but why? How does the weather actually affect our body?

        Weather Effects on Joint Pain

        First, it’s important to distinguish between the weather actually affecting the body and the body reacting to weather conditions. For instance, people that suffer from asthma related to exercise may tend to have attacks more in colder weather. While at first, this may seem like a direct correlation between the body and the weather, it really isn’t. Because fast breathing in cold weather does not offer a chance for air to get warm before entering the lungs, swelling can occur, triggering asthma attacks and reduced breathing capacity. Additionally, thunderstorms can set pollen free into the air, leaving people with allergies to suffer more during the rainy weather.

        However, some people actually do experience changes in their body due to the weather, and unfortunately, medical explanations are in short supply. Many people that are predisposed to suffering from migraines find that wet weather, including damp climates, exacerbate symptoms. In addition, people that suffer from joint pain and arthritis tend to feel the effects of their conditions much more during extreme temperature drops and in generally colder weather.

        One explanation for the effects of weather on those suffering from migraines and joint pain is barometric pressure. As the pressure around us changes, even slightly, there is a change in the fluid levels in our body. Someone that is already predisposed to joint pain or migraines may have extra pressure placed on the affected area as a result of pressure changes in the atmosphere, thereby causing more pain. Certain parts of the body also contain baro-receptors that are very sensitive to slight changes in barometric pressure in the atmosphere.

        Many people that suffer from these ailments are able to seek medical assistance from their primary care physician. There are a variety of drugs available for people suffering from migraines, allergies, joint pain and asthma, and many of these drugs can be used to combat weather related symptoms as well. Additionally, there are a number of natural therapies available to combat the pain associated with seasonal symptoms. In fact, many people turn to natural treatments for their seasonal ailments due lower costs and fewer side effects than traditional prescriptions. If you find yourself suffering more during changes in the weather, it is important to speak with your doctor to discuss treatment options, including natural solutions.