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THE "MEAT ALLERGY" TICK

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I have a friend in Texas who struggles with a lot of different health issues...one of which developed in the last year or so. All of a sudden, she began having terrible reactions to eating meat. At first it was thought to be only beef, but trial and error has shown that she cannot consume even wild meats like elk. This morning I was very surprised to find this blurb in the May 2013 Good Housekeeping Magazine...and immediately thought of my friend...and that I should share it here as well.

"THE 'MEAT ALLERGY' TICK
"New research shows that a bite from the common Lone Start tick (of the southern and central U.S.) can lead to an allergy to red meat - seriously. In those affected red meat can trigger symptoms ranging from hives to potentially deadly shock. If you've had a reaction after eating a hamburger, pork chop, or lamb kabob (symptoms generally start in 3 to 6 hours), special tests can reveal whether you need to change your menu."
Good Housekeeping Magazine, May 2013 page 94.

  
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KAREN608 7/29/2013 10:57PM

    Made allergic to meat!
My first thought was the cows and hogs etc if they knew this
would be cheering.
I will keep it in mind as this is important.
I have had ticks in the past but no meat allergy yet. Who knew until now!

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BOOKWERME 7/28/2013 9:08PM

    Carol..it is not the meat that is infected by the tick..it is the person who gets bitten by the infected tick and then develops an allergy to red meat.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/28/2013 9:03PM

    Wow, never heard of it before. Just something else to watch out for no matter where we are as meat is transported all over the world.

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CELEST 7/28/2013 12:03PM

    My word.....she's going to have to switch to vegetarian life style. Sad that these things occur.

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TATTER3 7/28/2013 10:21AM

    Good grief...no wonder the earth is groaning! Thanks for the info


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Healthy You: Hearth Health -->Bedroom

Monday, July 08, 2013

Better Homes and Gardens page 180 February 2008

"BEDROOM
Recruit a listener. Ask the person lying next to you to listen to you the next time you sleep. A little gentle snoring is fine. But if your spouse hears loud snoring coupled with episodes in which you stop breathing for a second or two, you may have sleep apnea, which has been linked to heart disease. Here's why: When you stop breathing, you cut off oxygen to the heart, a process that gets repeated over and over again during the night. "Obstructive sleep apnea can wake people up hundreds of times a night" even if they don' realize it, says Michael Breus, a sleep specialist and author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4 Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health. See your doctor for advice on diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea.

READY BED FOR DAYTIME. If you can, take regular afternoon rests. Harvard researchers recently found that those who frequently snoozed at midday were 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease.

My mother regularly napped for at least an hour after her noon meal. She was in amazing good health during her elder years.

My husband did the loud snoring, gasping, etc breathing (lack there of!) till I finally convinced him to go to Dr for MY sake. I couldn't sleep with all the racket he was making...and I was sincerely worried about him. He had a sleep study done. They stopped the study in the middle of the night and started him on a c-pap. The difference in his sleep, mood, energy and everything else was immediate. emoticon Now I sleep better, too.

  
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TATTER3 7/9/2013 10:02PM

    I need that!!! Yea!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/9/2013 6:33AM

    More good info. Thanks.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/8/2013 9:32PM

    I love my hubby's C-Pap machine emoticon He uses it every time he lays down.

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CINA-MINI 7/8/2013 4:50PM

    Interesting info. Jeff REALLY needs to have a sleep study done. He snores so loudly and wakes up from lack of oxygen.

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Healthy You: Heart Health --> Bathroom

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Better Homes and Gardens page 180 February 2008

"BATHROOM
Stock up on Floss. Your dentist really is right - you should floss every day, and not just for your dental health. Researchers have repeatedly found a direct link between the inflammation caused by gum disease and heart disease. the Healthier your mouth, the less risk to your heart. "Plaque in an artery is more likely to rupture with prolonged inflammation," says Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiologist and author of YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger. If you haven't gone floss shopping in a while, try one of the Crest Glide flosses ...They slip easily between teeth and because of this are much less cumbersome to use than many other flosses.

Dust Off The Scale
You may have an unfriendly relationship with your bathroom scale, but it's time to mend the fences. Doctors at the National Weight Control Registry, a database of people who have successfully lost large amounts of weight and kept it off, observed tht those adult who weigh themselves daily are the ones who are most likely to keep excess weight off."

  
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CINA-MINI 7/8/2013 4:52PM

    I had my cleaning recently and because I floss every day (more for needing to instead of because I know I should) the doctor couldn't find any plaque! I use glide too.

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TATTER3 7/8/2013 6:35AM

    Happy healthy!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/8/2013 12:21AM

    emoticon info. I don't need the floss though as it wouldn't even go between my 'teeth' emoticon

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JACKIE542 7/7/2013 10:42PM

    I agree, and Glide is the best floss. emoticon

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Healthy You: Heart Health ---> Stairs

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Better Homes and Gardens page 180 February 2008

This is part of a series of heart related articles in this magazine...Heart Health Room by Room...suggesting: "Make a few easy adjustments to your house -and habits- to foster a heart healthy lifestyle." I was interested in several of them...such as this one:

"STAIRS
Use as an assessment tool
The next time you climb a single flight of stairs, listen for thumping in your chest. "Your heart rate and respiration should not change significantly when going up the stairs," says Andre Wise, manager for cardiac rehabilitation at Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. If your heart rate goes up by more than 10 beats per minute or you feel short of breath, you're probably out of shape. But it could also be a sign of heart disease. Talk to your doctor right away. If you simply need more exercise, use those same stairs as a starting point. Going up and down them for just three minutes a day can increase cardiac endurance."

Fitbit has helped me track the stair climbing..and even challenged me to do more (I actually DID 75 flights in one day!)

  
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TATTER3 7/7/2013 8:09AM

    We have a double staircase in our house...love using it!

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BOOKWERME 7/6/2013 10:29PM

    Carol...you ..and all of us...just do what we can. Everyone has different issues or limitations. The Fitbit is a great tool...for whatever we can do!


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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/6/2013 9:50PM

    I wish! Those with FMS can go up safely but sustain damage going down.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/6/2013 9:05PM

    I like the Fitbit stair feature. My record is 12, but after kids leave I plan to get a bit more aggressive about going up and down. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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11 Signs to Get to the ER STAT!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

April 2008 good Housekeeping page 184

More good advice to keep handy...could be very important!

"11 Signs to Get to the ER STAT!"

"1. Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath ~ Can be anything from pneumonia to a heart attack
2. Chest or abdominal pain or pressure ~ May be a heart attack
3. Fainting, trouble talking, dizziness ~ Can be signs of a stroke
4. Changes in vision ~ May be a stroke or an eye emergency
5. Confusion ~ Again, possibly a stroke
6. Sudden or severe pain ~ What it may signal depends on locations, but it always needs to be checked.
7. Uncontrolled bleeding ~ Continuous bleeding can lead to collapse and death
8. Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea ~ May be food poisoning or an infection in small children and the elderly, can lead to dehydration
9. Coughing up or vomiting blood ~ Sign of internal injury or illness
10. Suicidal feelings ~ Mental health pros can evaluate and start to treat
11. Unusual abdominal pain ~ Can be a sign of gastrointestinal or gynecologic emergency"

  
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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/4/2013 9:55PM

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THROOPER62 7/4/2013 5:47PM

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 7/4/2013 11:48AM

  thanks for sharing and yes this all sounds awful doesn't it?

Have a great fourth of July emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 7/4/2013 9:05AM

    emoticon Scary stuff hey.

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