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Friday, September 05, 2014

Immune Complex Disease

I suppose we all have heard about auto immune diseases and what that could mean for your physical wellbeing when you end up with one. RA for example is an auto immune disease, but there are many others.

Were you aware of what Immune Complex Diseases are? I wasn't. Well, when antigens and antibodies form clusters and are not removed from the bloodstream, but keep circulating, they can get stuck in body tissue and wreak havoc.

They can instigate inflammations, auto immune diseases, and tissue damage. Immune complex diseases reveal themselves through tissue damage and tissue, blood vessel, nerve, and/or kidney inflammations. These are the most common symptoms and the treatment totally depends on what kind of condition you end up with.

I would give you a list of all possible health issues and treatments, but I think that would be rather discouraging seeing how long it would turn out to be. I rather find encouragement in the fact that for many of them there are cures or treatments available to ease pain and symptoms.

I wish I could give you some more information on this condition, but it is rather complex as the name already indicates. Although we may never have heard of something and may not even know what it is, we can get it.

On the other hand; we all know what faith is. Let's ensure we have it in and give it to God!

Proverbs 2:8
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Perfect Hands

Hands can tell a lot about a person's health. They didn't have to point that out to me, because I am already fully aware of that. My hands clearly show the signs of severe RA. My fingers have grown outward to a point where I could steal around a corner, as I always jokingly say.

All joking aside though, studies have proven that the length of your fingers is a good indicator when it comes to the revelation whether you could be at risk for some conditions and diseases or not.

Measure your index and your ring finger from the lowest crease starting at the palm of your hand to the tip of your finger and use the following ration: 2D:4D (2=index finger, 4=ring finger).

When your index finger is smaller than your ring finger (lower 2D:4D ratio), you are more likely to end up with knee osteoarthritis. A higher ratio could mean a higher risk for developing prostate or breast cancer.

Swollen fingers are an indicator of a too salty diet or dehydration. In combination with stiffness, you could be dealing with RA, hypothyroidism, low albumen or protein, connective tissue disease, or systemic sclerosis.

In case you experience swollen fingers along with pain and stiffness in their joints, it would be wise to consult an internist or rheumatologist.

It may come down to treating and easing the pain and symptoms. Some of our health issues are still not cureable, but every bit of relief helps.

It is the same with any other issue we encounter during our life. Some problems are solved quick and easy, but to others there may not seem to be a solution. It is best to place those, including yourself, in God's hands.

His hands are perfect!

John 10:29
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Ideal Solution

We have become more and more health conscious over the past several decades and that is still an ongoing process. Diet and exercise are highly recommended by our physicians and many have made an effort to incorporate it in their daily routine. We sure don't have to suffer from any deficiency since vitamins and supplements are readily available over the counter.

One would think we ought to be in good shape, but all together that is not really the case. We all have our little indulgences which may undermine our physical health. Some have a sweet tooth, while others enjoy pleasing their taste buds with fatty foods. Weight-wise that will eventually come back to bite you and could result in all kinds of serious conditions.

Another thing, and high on the list of causing severe diseases, is smoking tobacco products. The nicotine in tobacco is not entirely bad for you; it prods your brain to get engaged and even opens up the airways. Yes, it is addictive, but the carcinogens in tobacco however are the main culprit for developing chronic and grave ailments.

Since smoking is an addiction, it is not easy to give up. The nicotine craving and withdrawal symptoms can quickly prod a person to fall back into the old habit of lighting up a cigarette. Been there, done that and even though there are several products on the market to relieve the symptoms and cravings such as nicotine patches and chewing gum, they don't always do the trick.

They may take care of the physical aspect, but they don't address the psychological part of smoking. Holding a cigarette in your hand and the in- and exhalation of smoke somehow seems to have a calming effect which is not achieved by the use of those products. That doesn't mean smokers are sunk; there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of what is called an electronic cigarette.

It is also referred to as an e-cig and it not only looks like a real cigarette, but acts and feels like one as well. So, then what is the difference between an e-cigarette and the real deal? The electronic one only delivers nicotine and none of all the carcinogens a real cigarette contains. It is a lot cheaper in use and doesn't disperse second-hand smoke. Overall, it is the perfect solution for the fervent smoker.

How it works, the ideal way to switch over, all the available brands and related products, and any other questions which may arise concerning the e-cig are answered by going to Ecigsopedia. On this website you will find all the knowledge and information you need without any prejudice, advertisement, or affiliation. It is clear, concise, and to the point.

The main costs of switching over to the electronic cigarette are mostly going towards the starter kits. Those range in price depending on what you want, need, and/or require.

After that, you are much cheaper off. The e-liquid to refill your e-cigarette is very inexpensive and lasts much longer compared to the pack of regular cigarettes you would normally purchase.

Another benefit is that it is safer too since no lighter or matches are needed. I would recommend you check into it and read up on all about electronic cigarettes and vaping. Even when you already switched over to the e-cigarette it may be helpful to visit the site. You may learn a thing or two and will most certainly be completely up to date on all the options, styles, and designs.

When browsing through the site, you will notice the manufacturers of the e-cigarette have ensured to adhere to all the requirements and desires a person could have.

Even for those who like to take pleasure in smoking a cigar; they are not forgotten. Yes, they too can have their pick, because electronic cigars are also readily available.

It sure looks like they got everything covered to accommodate the smokers among us. Personally, I have used the electronic cigarette for several years now and I am more then satisfied with it. My breathing has improved substantially and the smoker's cough was gone within a week of switching over to the e-cig. After a little while I was no longer huffing, puffing, and gasping for air after the least little bit of exertion.

Some other pleasant side-effects which come with smoking an e-cig is being rid of smelly clothes and the lingering, unpleasant odor of smoke in the house. Spring cleaning is a breeze, because there are no longer any yellow stains that have to be removed. Besides all the benefits it presents to your health and wallet, it saves time too.

If you don't want to give up smoking then the electronic cigarette is the ideal and perfect solution. You ought to try it. You have nothing to loose, but a whole lot to gain. And so will your loved ones and all others around you! 

Friday, August 08, 2014

What Are Your Nails Telling You?

Not that long ago I read that your hands can tell you a lot about your health. The next time you clip your nails for instance, you may want to examine them up close and look for discolorations under the nails.

It is said that when you spot a brown or black stripe under the nail of your thumb or big toe, it could be a sign of skin cancer. Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and RA could cause a red discoloration in front or the cuticle. Since I have RA, I checked and did find some red spots.

My Rheumatologist always warns me to keep my extremities warm to avoid Raynaud’s disease (a narrowing of small arteries which can cause tissue damage). This disease is often revealed by pale, white, or blue fingertips.

The way your nails are growing can also be an indicator of an underlying disease. Nails that grow curved like a spoon could mean you may have an iron deficiency and when they curve down immediately at the end of your fingers, this might be a sign of a lung disease.

Should you notice any of the above then it is recommended to see a physician and have it checked out. There is more your hands can tell you about your health and I will get around to that soon.

In the mean time, don't forget to grab God's Hand. It is perfect and always reaching out to you!

Isaiah 41:13
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'

Friday, July 25, 2014

Those Few Extra Steps

If you are a frequent reader of my blog you already know that consuming dark chocolate (in moderation of course) is accredited with many health benefits.

A recent study has shown that it has another benefit. For those who suffer from PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) there is good news: it enables you to walk a little farther and a little longer.

PAD is a rather common disease among the elderly and can cause painful legs and cramps during walking. People who have PAD are also at a higher risk of being afflicted by heart attacks and strokes.

It is suspected that the polyphenols in dark chocolate have the ability to increase blood flow to the legs. They expand the blood vessels and the effects are noticeable a few hours after eating dark chocolate.

There are a few negative aspects to it though. First of all, the increased time and distance you would be able to walk more are ever so slightly. Secondly, it adds more calories to your diet which you won't walk off.

The study is still in a very early stage and it seems like the disadvantages outweigh the benefits. It is advised to change your lifestyle and diet and resort to exercising to improve PAD.

That may not always be easy or feasible. Being able to go those few extra steps are sometimes just what is needed. Literally and figuratively speaking!

Matthew 5:41
And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Practicing Patience

It has been a while since I posted, but there are times when either nothing is happening or everything seems to happen all at once. The past couple of weeks can definitely be filed away under the last category.

Out of the blue, I am confronted with a muscle spasm and my back goes out. It took several days to recover and I had barely resumed my daily chores when the grandchildren arrived. They will be staying during the month of July and most of their time is spent at our abode.

I have no problem taking care of them and seeing to their needs. It wears me out physically, but that is nothing a good night's rest won't cure. It is the mental and emotional exhaustion that sets in after several days.

It is not easy trying to compromise and solve problems to everyone's satisfaction. With having to watch three of those rascals it takes all the eyes and hands available and thankfully hubby's and oldest daughter's are. I wouldn't know what to do without them helping to lift the load.

We enjoy the kids, but the only thing I could use more of is patience. After a while I feel it wearing thin and I have to remind myself that I not only lead by example, but am one too. It is at those times I heavily rely on God to give me what is needed.

And He does! :-)

2 Corinthians 6:4
But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Questions And More Questions

We tend to run into things which are beyond comprehension. I had one of those moments not too long ago after a check-up with my rheumatologist. A tendon in my arm was giving me some problems and she decided to take x-rays of my hands and wrists to ensure I hadn't accidentally broken anything.

A few days later the nurse called me with the results. It so turns out that the RA had severely progressed in both hands and wrists over the course of several years. That came as a not so pleasant surprise to me and I didn't, and still don't, understand what happened.

First of all; it doesn't bother me one bit. I go about my business of the day without any pain or problems. That is a good thing of course, but shouldn't I have noticed that my bones had slowly but surely deteriorated more and more?

The second thing that puzzles me is the working of my medication. The Humira I am taking is supposed to stop the RA from progressing. It apparently didn't, which leaves me with more questions than answers.

Do you want to know the weirdest part of it all? Why is all this crossing my mind several weeks later? I know I have been extremely busy and preoccupied lately and I guess I just hadn't taken the time to let it sink in and ponder on it.

Well, the stupidest question is the one that is not asked. I will therefore write them down and ask them the next time I see my rheumatologist. I hope she can provide me with answers and if not, then I will simply trust God.

He will not put more on us than we can bear!

Mark 11:22
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

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