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Jane’s Blog Allergies

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Jane’s Blog Allergies

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system’s natural response to help fight infection. The trick is to get ahead of the allergy reaction and cut it off at the pass. Allergic reactions can trigger sneezing, wheezing, mucus, coughing, itching and hives. Allergies are not only irritating, but many have been linked to chronic respiratory problems such as sinusitis and asthma. Allergic reactions can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening. Mast cells are a type of white blood cell which contains histamine, an important natural chemical weapon in the body's arsenal for fighting infection. However too much...

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Jane's Blog Cataracts

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Jane's Blog Cataracts

A cataract forms because the mix of protein and water in the lens of the eye begins to clump together abnormally and cloud an area of the lens. The result is hazy or blurred vision which can ultimately lead to significant vision loss. A cataract in its earliest stages is usually discovered by your Ophthalmologist first and may never become a serious problem; however, as the lens gets opaquer, patients with larger cataracts may find distorted vision and other symptoms interfering with everyday life and then will need surgery. Cataracts can develop unevenly, one eye may be affected while the...

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Jane's Blog Osteoporosis - Bone Health

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Jane's Blog Osteoporosis - Bone Health

A woman’s chance of having an osteoporosis-related fracture today is 10 times greater than being diagnosed with breast cancer and 5 times more likely than having a heart attack. If you plan on living to at least 85, your chance of having a hip fracture is about 30 percent. Osteoporosis is a disease of progressive bone loss associated with an increased risk of fractures. The term osteoporosis literally means porous bone. The body repairs bones by constantly absorbing and replacing bone tissue. This process in carried on by bone cells called osteoclasts and osteoblasts. The osteoclasts function to dissolve older...

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Jane's Blog Get Rid of Sinus Infections Without Prescription Antibiotics

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Jane's Blog Get Rid of Sinus Infections Without Prescription Antibiotics

Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. Sinusitis can be caused by the common cold, allergies (dietary and environmental) which is swelling of the lining of the nose caused by allergens, small growths in the lining of the nose called nasal polyps and a deviated septum, which is a shift in the nasal cavity. Healthy sinuses are filled with air. But when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection which can be either viral or bacterial. Overuse of antibiotics can also lead to sinus infections. The Centers for Disease...

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Jane’s Blog Viral Infections How to Defend Your Health!

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Jane’s Blog Viral Infections How to Defend Your Health!

Viruses cause familiar infectious diseases such as the common cold, flu, warts, HPV, chicken pox, shingles, norovirus, West Nile, measles and more. They are microscopic biological agents that reproduce inside the cells of living hosts. When infected by a virus, a host cell is forced to produce thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an extraordinary rate. After contacting a host cell, a virus will insert genetic material into the host and take over that host's functions. The virus continues to reproduce, but it produces more viral protein and genetic material instead of the usual cellular products and is...

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