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Jane’s Blog Diverticulitis No More

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Jane’s Blog Diverticulitis No More

Diverticulitis is preceded by Diverticulosis. The colon (large bowel) is a long tube-like structure that stores and then eliminates waste material left over after digestion of food. Some experts believe that abnormal intermittent high pressure in the colon due to muscle spasm or straining often as a result of constipation &/or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), causes weak spots-bulging pockets of tissue (called diverticula), that push out from the bowel walls like grapes. Once diverticula form, they do not disappear by themselves and becomes known as diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is a common condition in the United States that affects half of all people...

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Postherpetic Neuralgia – Preventing Long Lasting Shingles Pain

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Postherpetic Neuralgia – Preventing Long Lasting Shingles Pain

Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when nerves have been damaged in the area where an outbreak of shingles has occurred. The pain of shingles persists after the rash has gone and in some people it lasts months or even years. Shingles is an infection of a nerve area caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus usually affects one nerve only, on one side of the body. Symptoms occur in the area of skin that the nerve supplies. Occasionally, two or three nerves next to each other are affected. The first sign of shingles usually is a tingling feeling, itchiness, constant dull, burning,...

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Jane’s Blog The Many Benefits of MSM

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Jane’s Blog  The Many Benefits of MSM

MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally occurring compound in foods such as fresh vegetables, meat, and dairy products. MSM provides a source of natural sulfur, which plays a role in many of the body’s processes without any toxicity. MSM, plays an important role in making collagen and glucosamine, both of which are vital for healthy bones and joints, and in the production of immunoglobulins, which help your immune system. There are some people who are sensitive to MSM and will experience digestive discomfort. Introducing it slowly in low doses usually will avoid this. People with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis should...

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Jane’s Blog Chronic Kidney Disease (CDK)

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Jane’s Blog  Chronic Kidney Disease  (CDK)

More than 15% of the US population is currently greater than 65 years old. As populations age there is a coinciding increase in age-related chronic diseases. In the United States approximately14% of all adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CDK), costing almost $80 billion per year in Medicare expenditures in 2016. There is a marked increase in CKD above age 70, especially among females, non-Hispanic blacks, and persons with diabetes or hypertension Over 50 percent of people currently age 30-49 could develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in their lifetime. CDK is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States...

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Jane's Blog Increased Dementia Risk with Heartburn / Reflux Medication

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Jane's Blog Increased Dementia Risk with Heartburn / Reflux Medication

A study reported in the February 15th 2016 medical journal JAMA Neurology, older users of the popular Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) were 44% more likely to develop dementia when taken regularly than those who did not. A newer study published in the November 2019 European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggested the same. Six studies were included, which contained a total of 166,146 participants. The overall result demonstrated a significant increase in dementia risk with proton pump inhibitors use. It is important to note a study published in the September 2017 journal Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety found that 46.7% of...

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