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Sjogren’s Syndrome The Medical World Is Gambling With Your Life

Sjogren’s (pronounced “Show-grins”) Syndrome: Had you ever heard of it before?

Sjogren’s Syndrome is a chronic, autoimmune disease that is quite debilitating. Sjogren’s Syndrome begins with a number of symptoms that appear to be merely irritating. The temptation with Sjogren’s Syndrome is to treat the symptoms as something odd and temporary. Don’t. You’ve got precious little time while your body’s immune system is wrecking havoc with your exocrine glands.

Quite literally, your body is attacking the moisture producing glands. This autoimmune disease (Sjogren’s) usually first attacks the moisture producing glands of the mouth (salivary glands) and eyes (tear glands – “lacrimal glands”). Later, often, other exocrine glands are involved, such as the vagina, skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.

I said you had precious little time. I meant that. Normally, doctors will be quite encouraging that there are “months and years” before Sjogren’s symptoms really cause serious health problems. That is misleading.

As a (retired) surgeon, I have seen patients first waste months – even years – in sheer wonderment. However, the symptoms increase their effect in Sjogren’s Syndrome constantly. Nuisances grow gradually worse in Sjogren’s, no doubt.
The next step is the really damaging “time-waster” in Sjogren’s. That’s when a Sjogren’s Syndrome victim sees the doctor. Diagnosis is necessary in all cases of chronic disease (including autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s).

In Sjogren’s Syndrome patients, there are several published criteria for the diagnosis of Sjogren’s. The European Community Criteria is very practical. It requires 4 of 6 criteria for the diagnosis of Sjogren’s:

Sjogren’s Syndrome creates complications in the moisture of the eyes.

Sjogren’s Syndrome also creates oral symptoms (mouth moisture problems).

Sjogren’s Syndrome often can show keratoconjunctivitis sicca (inadequate tear film protection of the cornea resulting in excessively fast evaporation or premature destruction of the tear film).

Sjogren’s Syndrome often shows inflammation and swelling of salivary glands.

Sjogren’s Syndrome deteriorates into further salivary gland involvement.

Sjogren’s Syndrome builds autoantibodies in patient serum.
The real “time-waster” is what happens next. To understand this, you must understand something about doctors before you tackle Sjogren’s Syndrome or autoimmune disease in general.

Doctors are literally surrounded by drug company representatives from the first day of medical school until retirement. You see, doctors are the life blood of the drug company (prescription) business. Without doctors, drug company business would “dry up”.
Here’s the “kicker”. Doctors are officially the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer.
I saw many patients whom I believed died of many kinds of chronic and autoimmune diseases, because I suspected their doctors had prescribed their drug regimen incorrectly. I was wrong. Doctors are officially the third leading cause of death because they prescribe drug regimens correctly, just as the drug companies instruct them to do. And people are dying..

The problem is a simple one. The drugs, at best, waste the precious months and years until the autoimmune functions of Sjogren’s have done tremendous damage. At worse, they make matters much worse. The real problem is that autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s Syndrome are caused by a deficiency of glyconutrition.

The drug companies know all about glyconutrition and its impact upon Sjogren’s and other autoimmune diseases. But, they can’t make any money on glyconutrition. And it threatens to wipe out a whole industry full of autoimmune drug therapies (including Sjogren’s, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and many more), totaling literally billions of dollars. Since the drug companies are the ones endowing the medical schools, drugs – not glyconutrition or supplements – are taught to the doctors.

Most doctors know very little about supplements, let alone glyconutrition. Despite the fact that four Nobel Prizes have been won in glyconutrition (that is unprecedented in Medicine), most doctors don’t have any real knowledge of glyconutrition because they don’t have the time to learn it (or many other health subjects). They depend on the research of the drug companies to keep them abreast. They trust the drug companies just as Sjogren’s patients trust the doctors.

So, time is lost in treating Sjogren’s. Even though there may be years of deterioration involved.

Glyconutrition is the need for 8 specific saccharides, vital to immune system functions. No matter what other supplements you are taking, without glyconutrition, humans will die of chronic disease. Glyconutrition is not a vitamin or mineral supplement. So, if you are taking supplements, that fact will not help you with Sjogren’s Syndrome necessarily.

Think of it this way. If you took the “world supplement super pill” of some kind but it lacked Vitamin C, you would die of scurvy.
The same is true of glyconutrition. Without it, your immune system will not function. In fact, as in autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s, the immune system cannot regulate itself properly, so it cannot distinguish between good tissue and bad. Sjogren’s Syndrome is the specific autoimmune complication lacking proper amounts and use of the glyconutrients galactose and n-acetylglucosamine.

If you or someone you love has Sjogren’s, get the glyconutrition. Clinical trials and testimonies of Sjogren’s patients have been literally amazing. Often, the results are quick. Mere days to weeks for improvement. I am talking real improvement here too.
Don’t wait to ask your doctor about it. They’re as ignorant of glyconutrition as Sjogren’s patients are (usually). I know. I deal with them all the time. None of my friends (doctors) knew anything about glyconutrition.

Stop wasting time. Oh yes. You might not want to trust your “instincts” here.

Why?

Well, Sjogren’s Syndrome often causes “fuzzy thinking” too. That’s why Sjogren’s patients are fearful, indecisive, and cannot make a decision their doctor – or family – doesn’t agree with.
Make the decision. Get the glyconutrition. Now.
You’re running out of time.

Higher Diabetes Incidence In Southeast United States

Dr. Munsif reported that the incidence of diabetes is higher in the South when compared to states in the Northwest. Among other states with low incidence of diabetes is Vermont. Incidence in these states was 10 to 12 cases per 1000 when compared to 4 to 6 cases in the Northwest. Similar data was reported for obesity and physical inactivity.
Regional imbalances in incidence of diabetes have been reported. Regions of the country with higher incidence of diabetes signifies existence of environmental factors which trigger such higher numbers.
Diabetes is a major public health problem in the United States and the world.
There are 23 million people (7.9% of total population)who suffer from diabetes in North America and 194 million (5.1% of total population) in the world.
Distinction between incidence and prevalence of a disease
Incidence of a disease is defined as the occurrance of new cases of a disease over period of one year in a given population per 1,000 population. This is different from prevalence of a disease, which refers to all cases of a disease (old and new cases).
Regional imbalances in incidence of diabetes
In the United States, the states with higher incidence of diabetes (10.8 to 12.8 per 1000 population) include not only the states in the south (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia), but also Texas and Arizona and Puerto Rico. States with lower incidence (5.0 to 7.6 per 1,000 population are not only in the northwest (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) but also Colorado, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont, with Vemont with the lowest incidence of 5 cases per 1,000 population. Virginia has lower incidence of diabetes, although it is surrounded by states with much higher incidence.
Modifiable risk factors for diabetes and correlation of prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity with geography
The South also has higher incidence of the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes, viz. obesity and physical inactivity. The prevalence of obesity is greatest in the south (27.3%) and least in the northwest (23.1%). The Midwest (25.5%) and Northeast are in the middle with regard to prevalence of diabetes. Therefore, the higher incidence of diabetes in the south is not surprising. Obesity prevalence exceeded 30% in three southern states: Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
The South had greater prevalence of physical inactivity (17.4%), compared with the Northeast (15.7%), Midwest (14.1%), and West (11.2%).
Conclusions
Diabetes statistics reveal regional imbalances. The causes of these regional imbalances (primarily higher incidence in the south) are not known. However, an inference ccan be made from statistics which reveal higher incidence of modifiable risk factors for diabetes (obesity and physical inactivity) in the same geographical area. Copyright (c) 2009 A. N. Munsif.
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Reference URLs:
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2. Centers for Disease Control – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A.
KEYWORDS
Diabetes, Incidence, Prevalence, Obesity, Risk factors
Description
Dr. Munsif reported that incidence of diabetes is higher in the southern states of the United States when compared to states in the Northwest. Among other states with low incidence of diabetes is Vermont. Incidence in these states was 10 to 12 cases per 1000 when compared to 4 to 6 cases in the northwest. Similar data was reported for obesity.

Nutrigenomics A New Way To Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in most countries in the world, especially in the United States. It is also projected that in 2020, heart disease and stroke will be the leading cause of death and disability of people around the world.

Contrary to our old belief that cardiovascular disease can only affect the stressed, over-weight, middle-aged men; studies show that it is now prevalent among men, women and children regardless of their age, race and ethnic groups. According to Dr Robert Beaglehole, WHO Director of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, “Today, men, women and children are at risk and 80% of the burden is in low- and middle-income countries.

Heart disease and stroke not only take lives, but also cause an enormous economic burden.” This only shows that children are now adopting unhealthy lifestyles. Thus, awareness and education are necessary precautions for heart disease and stroke prevention. Educating people about the effect of food and nutrients to the body would greatly help them to live healthy lives. This will also open there mind that achieving good health need not be expensive. They only need to know what nutrients are needed in their body to improve its immunity against diseases and nutrigenomics will help them understand this.

Cardiovascular disease occurs when our cardiovascular system, -heart, arteries, and veins- malfunctions due to genetic and environmental factors. Atherosclerosis, the building up of fatty substance like cholesterol to the arterial wall, is the underlying cause of this disease. Other cardiovascular diseases include aneurysm, angina, stroke, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction or heart attack, and many others. It was discovered that the process of atherosclerosis starts as early as childhood and eventually develop in to a disease as the child matures.

Tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and poor nutrition are the causes of cardiovascular disease. There is substantial evidence that links diet to the development of heart disease. Dr. Richard M. Fleming identified in his book, “The Healthy Heart Program”, several dietary factors that can lower the risk of heart disease such as reducing saturated fat intakes, reducing consumption of sugary and processed foods, reducing homocysteine levels by supplementation with Vitamins B6 and B12, and folic acid, higher consumption of fruits and vegetables, and cutting back on foods such as red meat, dairy products, poultry and eggs.

This only proves that nutrition plays a vital role in the prevention of this disease. The application of nutrigenomics in relation to cardiovascular disease is a vital tool in improving the patients’ awareness on how unhealthy foods destroy our body’s natural protection against this heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is treatable and reversible. The therapy for this disease includes alteration in patient’s diet, physical activity, and medical treatments. However, genetic variations produce different responses from patients. This is because each individual has different sensitivity and susceptibility to the disease. Thus, it is important to test the patients to find out their genetic makeup in order to optimize the efficacy of the therapies employed to them.

Researchers and nutrition specialists believe that analyzing the individual nutritional needs and tailoring the food according their genotype will greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorder to people. Studies show the influence of the genetic makeup to the responsiveness or lack of it to dietary factors.

Nutrigenomics aims to develop functional foods that will provide people’s individual nutritional needs by demonstrating how food nutrients affect health and how health foods affect health. Though this field of science is still in its early stages, nutrition specialists have seen its potential for the advancement of health and nutrition technology to combat cardiovascular disease.

Is It Possible To Have A Heart Attack And Not Know It

Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is the leading cause of death in the United States. Recent studies have confirmed that sometimes people do unknowingly have a mild heart attack. These “silent heart attacks” can lead to serious heart muscle weakness. In fact, one-in-four heart attacks may not produce any of the normal symptoms someone would associate with heart problems. In most instances, the silent heart attack isn’t life-threatening but could still cause slight damage to the heart muscles or arteries leading to the heart.

Unhealthy activities such as smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, lack of exercise and drugs often lead to issues that can cause heart attacks. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and obesity are also contributors to an unhealthy heart and potentially lead to heart attack. If you live with any of the contributing factors for heart attack or heart disease, you should undergo screening for potential heart problems.

Heart Attack or Something Else?

Tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing accompanied by pain or numbness in the left arm could be symptoms of a very serious heart attack. They could also be symptoms of indigestion or acid reflux. Symptoms lasting more than five minutes could indicate a serious heart problem. No one can force you to call 9-1-1 if you suffer from any of these symptoms. However, it is highly recommended that if you feel you’ve had a heart attack, you should go to the doctor and have an EKG.

Heart Attack Prevention

Even if you’ve already experienced a heart attack, there are measures to help prevent future attacks. Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease and heart attack. Weight loss and exercise can dramatically decrease the risk of heart attack. Dieting, exercise and weight loss are not often easy life choices to make. Lifestyle changes are the most critical factors in surviving or preventing heart attacks. Some changes may include:

1. Blood thinning medications such as aspirin. Aspirin thins the blood and makes it less likely to clot. Blood clots cause heart attacks. Reducing the potential for clotting reduces the likelihood of heart attack. If you have already experienced heart attack, your physician may prescribe an anti-clotting drug that will help open narrowed arteries.

2. Beta blockers. By lowering heart rate and blood pressure, beta blockers reduce strain and demand on the heart itself. Many patients who have already suffered a heart attack must take beta blockers for the rest of their lives.

3. Diet and exercise. If you’ve never experienced a heart attack, diet and exercise could be the best prevention. Eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising about 30 minutes per day can strengthen the heart muscle and help maintain cleaner arteries. Obesity adds many contributing factors to heart problems. Weight loss brings with it reduced cholesterol and blood pressure, which also reduces the potential for heart attack.

4. Reduce stress. Stress is one of the leading causes of heart attack. Learn to manage your stress by reducing your workload and finding ways to minimize stress in your day-to-day activities will go a long way in preventing heart attack.

Blood Test To Predict Risk Of Heart Disease For Diabetics

Diabetes has long been regarded as a risk factor of heart disease. The specific relationship between the two was unclear although diabetes is known to double the risk of heart disease. As a result, many people living with diabetes have to monitor their health for well-known risk factors for heart disease, such as obesity, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Despite the fact that the role of blood sugar levels in managing their risk of developing cardiovascular disease remains as a big unknown, diabetics are still advised to achieve a well-controlled level of blood sugar.

In 2004, researchers from United States revealed that a new blood test (at that time) can predict risk of developing heart disease for people with diabetes.

Two separate studies had suggested that people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes should regularly take the hemoglobin A1c test, on top of their regular checks of blood sugar. The HA1c test looks for glycated hemoglobin, also called glycosylated hemoglobin, and is a measure of how well blood sugar is controlled.

In one study, the researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore reanalyzed the data from 13 studies involving nearly 10,000 people from North America and Europe, and found that those with higher levels had much higher risks of heart and artery disease.

Being published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the research reported that 1 percent point increase in HA1c predicted an 18 percent increase in risk for total cardiovascular disease and a 28 per cent risk for peripheral vascular disease (clogged arteries in the legs).

Similar results were found in the second study. The researchers from the Cambridge University and Britain’s Medical Research Council studied 10,030 people aged between 45 and 79 for 6 years. They found that a 21 percent increase in cardiovascular events such as heart attack, for every 1 percent point increase in hemoglobin A1c above 5 percent. Persons with HA1c concentrations less than 5 percent had the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality. This was true even when patients were older and fatter and regardless of blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

In conclusion, the 2 studies clearly prove that the glycosylated hemoglobin level is an independent progressive risk factor for incident cardiovascular events, regardless of diabetes status. Glycosylated hemoglobin level can be added to the list of other clearly established indicators of cardiovascular risk, such as blood pressure and cholesterol level.

America’s Most Trusted Doctor Reveals … How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease – Without Drugs or Surgery. Read more about his confession at: http://www.howtopreventheartdisease.com/heart-disease-prevention-dr-robert-article.html

Abana Himalaya – An Effective Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine To Treat Heart Diseases

Some Evidences of Cardiovascular Diseases or Heart Diseases

Each year, the American Heart Association (AHA), in combination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies, brings together the data on heart diseases and ailments, stroke, other vascular diseases, and their risk factors and presents them in its Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update. In the year 2007, it was established that the overall death rate under the Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) was around 251.2 per 1,00,000. The rates was surprisingly high for black males 390.4 per 1,00,000. Mortality data recorded for the year 2007 reveals that Cardio Vascular Diseases accounted for approximately 33.1% of 2,243,712 deaths or 1 in every 2.9 death across the United States of America. Data from the National health and Nutrition Examination survey records that 33.5% of US adults greater than the age group of 20 years advocate hypertension. The existence of hypertension is nearly equal among both the genres in the United States of America. Among these adults, nearly 80% of them are aware of their conditions, 71% of them are using anti-hypertensive medications. All these attributes to the Cardio Vascular Diseases or CVD ailments.

Abana Himalaya – Herbal Supplement for Healthy Heart Functioning

However there is a pure natural and herbal way to treat the Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD), Himalaya Herbals Abana. Abana helps regulation of serum lipids by controlling the blood cholesterol levels, also reduces triglyceride and low density lipoprotein and very low density lipoprotein levels. In one word it helps controlling and maintains the normal lipid levels across the heart. Abana improves the heart contractility by exerting a optimistic inotropic action. Abana benefits patients from symptoms of Atherosclerosis by reducing blood clots which endanger the risk of heart attacks and heart ailments like stroke ranging from mild to severe. It also reduces the hypertension which can at times induce cardio vascular diseases. Abana is also a proven medicine towards reducing nervousness and anxiety.

Currently Abana is advised towards administering a degraded functioning of the heart and its capillaries. Abana from Himalaya Herbals is available in the market in the form of tablets and is advised to be taken under the guidance of a medical expert who can administer heart or cardio vascular diseases. The ingredients of Abana from Himalaya Herbals include Arjuna, Amlaki, Yashti-madhu, Ashvagandha, Sunthi, Makardhwaj etc. which are all renowned forms of Ayurvedic medications. Abana also has Calmint which inhibits the quality of treating the uncharacteristic cardio vascular situations.

Researchers, medical experts and medical practioner across the globe prescribe Himalaya Herbals Abana as a medication and towards treating multiple Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) since it is already a proven medicine towards healing all types of heart diseases and ailments. Abana is worldwide endorsed by 2,50,000 doctors across the globe and is available throughout the world due to its non-harming and effective capability to treat Cardiovascular Disorders. Abana can also be taken as a daily supplement towards maintaining a healthy heart and can be very beneficial for those who are mild or moderately stressed smokers and are overweight or consume diets which contain high amounts of fats.

Benefits of Himalaya Abana:
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Abana from Himalaya promotes healthy blood circulation
Abana from Himalaya helps in controlling normal cholesterol and lipid levels
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The Connection Between Gum Disease And Heart Disease

Taking care of your teeth and gums is extremely important. Gum disease and tooth decay can be both costly and uncomfortable problems to deal with. But recent studies have shown that taking care of your teeth and gums may be even more important than once thought. According to studies, people who suffer from periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Information like this highlights the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Next time you are brushing or flossing, remember that you might also be helping to lower your risk for heart disease.

Understanding Where The Link Comes From

The link between periodontal and cardiovascular disease most likely comes from the buildup of plaque. In fact, the very same plaque that builds up on your teeth and gums can enter your bloodstream and create blockages of your arteries. These blockages obstruct the flow of blood and nutrients to your heart. In serious cases, this can lead to a heart attack.

Although most people understand that gum disease and tooth decay can be very serious problems, most do not see them as life threatening or on the same level as other more serious health problems. However, with the realization that oral health can have a direct affect on the health of your heart, it is time to start paying closer attention to keeping up with your oral health if you are not already.

Coronary Artery Disease

The leading cause of death in the United States is coronary artery disease. When plaque begins to build up in your arteries, it hardens and creates a blockage of the flow of blood to your heart. A number of significant problems can result from this. Chest pain, heart arrhythmias or heart attacks can all result from the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Because of this fact, it is very important to do anything you can to lessen your risk for heart disease. This consists of exercise, proper diet, quitting smoking and taking care of your oral health to lower your potential risk for cardiovascular disease.

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it is very important for you to brush at least twice per day, generally after meals. It is also essential to floss between your teeth every day to reach areas that your toothbrush cannot. You also need to make frequent visits to your Midlothian dentist for cleanings and checkups. He or she will be able to clean your teeth using tools and techniques that you are not able to perform and can examine your teeth and gums to catch any potential problems early on.

To learn more about the connection between gum disease and heart disease or to schedule an appointment, contact your dentist in Midlothian, VA today.