Showing posts from September 17, 2017

What Your Eyes Say About Your Health

Sudden Blurry Vision

An abrupt and dramatic loss of vision may be a sign of a problem with the blood flow to your eye or your brain. Immediate medical attention can prevent serious damage and may even save your life. Even if your vision gets better quickly, it might still be a warning of a stroke or the beginning of a migraine headache

Bulging Eyes

Graves' disease causes your thyroid gland to release too many hormones, which can lead to this problem. It also may cause diarrhea, weight loss, and hand tremors. Medication or surgery can help control the amount of hormones your thyroid makes, but they won't cure the underlying disease -- and may not help your eyes.

Blurred Vision

This can be a sign of diabetes, which causes too much sugar in your blood. If it isn't well managed, you may get diabetic retinopathy (when tiny blood vessels in your eyes leak blood and other fluids). You may have blurred vision and find it hard to see at night. Doctors can use a laser to seal the leaks a…

These Are the 8 Worst Salads You Can Eat

Is Salad Really a Healthy Choice?

That depends on what you add to those greens. The right toppings can create a filling meal that’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats, and smart carbs. But other ingredients can pack in extra calories, fat, sodium, and sugar. By making good choices, you can toss together a salad that’s delicious and nutritious.

Worst: Salad With Creamy Dressing

Dressings like ranch, blue cheese, and Thousand Island are often high in calories, unhealthy saturated fat, and sodium. A 2-tablespoon serving of a typical blue cheese dressing tacks on nearly 150 calories and 15 grams of fat. And many people drench theirs in a half-cup or more. The result is a salad that can serve up more fat than a cheeseburger with fries.

Worst: Salad With Fat-Free Dressing

So, go with a low-calorie, fat-free dressing, right? Think again. To make up for flavor, they’re often loaded with extra sugar and sodium. Fat makes salads tastier and healthier. Your body needs it to take in…

Inspirational Quote – September 23, 2017

“Smile….it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.”

I instinctively look people in the eye when they smile at me as I have noticed that a smile does not always reach that far. I’m sure many of you can relate to this too. I love it when someone smiles at me and their smile becomes reflected in their eyes with genuine warmth, love or friendliness. That’s when you “bask” in a smile and find yourself just automatically smiling back. Your smile may just have made the day of someone who’s having a bad day, feeling downhearted, lonely, or even angry! It costs you nothing but to somebody else it may be absolutely priceless.

What Fear Can Teach Us

We all have fears, some of which can be quite vivid for those with active imaginations. As children, we’re encouraged to think of fear as a weakness, something we must conquer, fight, or overcome. In this TED Talk, Karen Thompson Walker invites listeners to conceptualize their fears in a different way: as stories. Fear is an unintentional form of storytelling, she argues, with characters, plots, imagery, and elements of suspense. Drawing on the story of the men from the whaleship Essex, Walker challenges us to view ourselves as the authors and readers of our fears, and shares how this perspective can have a profound impact on our lives.

Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer: What Is It?

When doctors find this disease early, it’s highly curable. It happens when abnormal cells grow in the lining of the large intestine (also called the colon) or the rectum. It can strike both men and women, and it has the second highest rate of cancer deaths in the U.S.

What Are Polyps?

They're growths on the inside of your intestines. Most of them are harmless, but some can turn into colorectal cancer if not removed early. The two most common types of intestinal polyps are adenomas and hyperplastic polyps. They form when there are problems with the way cells grow and repair in the lining of the colon.

Risk Factors You Can't Control

Some things you just can’t help, such as:

o Your age -- most people with it are older than 50
o Polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
o Family history of colorectal cancer or precancerous colon polyps

Risk Factors You Can Control

Try to avoid these things that can raise your odds of getting the disease:

o Eating a lot of red or pro…