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A New Defense in the Fight against Tuberculosis

TUBERCULOSIS (TB) is man’s oldest infectious killer. TB is a disease that usually attacks and lays waste to the lungs, but it can spread to other areas of the body, particularly the brain, the kidneys, and the bones. Tuberculosis of the lungs can cause coughing, loss of weight and appetite, severe sweating at night, weakness, shortness of breath, and chest pains.

Now the Good News about Tuberculosis

Today, however, there is hope. After ten years of testing, researchers have come up with a strategy that may reduce tuberculosis from being a killer on the loose to being a criminal under siege. Dr. Hiroshi Nakashima, former director-general of World Health Organization (WHO), called this new strategy “one of the most important public health breakthroughs of this decade.” And Dr. Arita Kochi, director of the WHO Global TB Program, says that it offers the first-ever chance to “reverse the TB epidemic.” The cause of all this excitement? A method called DOTS.

DOTS is an acronym for directly observed treatment, short-course. It is a health management system that can cure most TB patients in six to eight months without their spending a single day in the hospital. DOTS depends on five elements for its success. If any of the elements are missing, notes WHO, the ability to cure TB victims “slips through our fingers.” What are these elements?

  • 1. Directly: The most dangerous TB case is the diagnosed case. WHO thus stresses that first of all, health-care workers should direct their efforts to identifying the people in their community who suffer from contagious TB.
  • 2. Observed: The second element of DOTS makes the health system—not the patient—responsible for achieving a cure. Health-care workers or trained volunteers, such as shopkeepers, teachers, or former TB patients, observe patients swallowing each dose of anti-TB medicines. “Patient observers” are crucial for success because a main reason why TB persists till today is that patients stop taking their medicines too soon. After just a few weeks of medication, they start feeling better and stop taking their pills. Yet, the medication must be taken for six to eight months in order to rid the body of all TB bacilli.
  • 3. Treatment: During these six to eight months, health workers monitor the results of the treatment and document the patients’ progress. In that way, they make sure that patients are fully cured and cannot pass the infection on to others.
  • 4. Short-Course: Using the right combination and the right amount of anti-TB drugs, known as short-course chemotherapy, for the right length of time is the fourth element of the DOTS strategy. These combined drugs give a knockout punch to kill the TB bacilli. The drugs must always be in supply so that treatment is never interrupted.
  • 5. !: WHO expresses this fifth element of the DOTS strategy by means of an exclamation mark at the end of DOTS! It represents funding and sound policies. WHO urges health systems to secure financial commitment from governments and nongovernmental organizations and to make TB treatment part of the country’s existing health system.

Having chest pain? Cure it immediately

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What most people fail to know is that chest pain is not always due to a heart attack. In fact, there exist a lot of other causes of chest pain. P.S: whenever you feel pain in your chest, you should immediately visit your doctor. Moreover, once you know that the chest pain you are having is not because of a heart attack, you can try to relief the pain by using home remedies. Furthermore, there are many causes that lead to chest pain, and here are some home remedies that will help you in relieving the discomfort and pain in your chest.

Garlic

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Garlic is known to be beneficial for your health but especially for the heart. Garlic contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. Moreover, it has iodine, sulfur and chlorine, and it able to fight off cough, asthma, phlegm, and many other chest diseases. One of the ways that you can use garlic as a remedy is by taking a clove of raw garlic and swallowing it with water every morning on an empty stomach.

Ginger

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Ginger has a long history of medicinal use for different medical conditions. This herb is for issues including acidity, cold and flu. If you suffer from chest pain, you can daily have ginger root tea in order to reduce the inflammation and to get a relief from coughing and heartburn that may be causing the pain in your chest. For this remedy, you will need a fresh ginger root, about 1 inch, and one cup of hot water to be placed in for 5 minutes. After that, drink the tea while it is still warm.

Turmeric

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This is a spice that is very used in Asian cuisines. In addition, it is used in Chinese medicine for inflammatory symptoms. Moreover, it is used for chest pains. All you have to do is add a spoon of this powder to your everyday meal.

 

Have a healthy lifestyle with these tips

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Healthy living is when a person ditches all the unhealthy habits and routine that he or she already has, and decides to start having a healthy lifestyle. Are you one of those people? In fact, healthy living is a long-term commitment, and needs a lot of work from your part. However, there are steps you can take right now that will make today healthier than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living future.

Carmencitta-Magazine-healthy-lifestyle2Make appointments with your doctors

The first thing you need to do is catch up on your routine screening and immunizations. After that, once the doctor is looking at the results, take the opportunity to ask him or her any questions you might have. Moreover, being afraid of asking questions will eventually lead you to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Carmencitta-Magazine-healthy-lifestyle3-1.jAssess your activity

 

Before doing anything, you need to ask yourself the following questions:  How much physical activity do I get in a typical week? How intense is that activity? How much variety do I get in your activity, and how much do I enjoy it? In fact, adults should get at least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, in addition to muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week.

Carmencitta-Magazine-healthy-lifestyle4Keep a food diary

 This is the best tip ever! Not only it will help you eat less, but it will contribute to keeping your ideal weight as well as losing weight if that is he desired thing. All you need to do is write down everything you eat for a day, and make sure that you do not forget the items that you are embarrassed to admit. “The idea is to write it down … without judgment,” says Kathianne Sellers Williams, MEd, RD, LD, a nutritionist, wellness coach, and personal trainer with Cafe Physique in Atlanta. “You can’t change what you’re not aware of or don’t acknowledge.”

Stop Yourself from Being Bulimic

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Bulimia occurs when an individual starts binge eating and after that, throws up everything that he or she had already eaten. In fact, this act can become an obsession, as well as an addiction. Moreover, about 40% of people are dealing with bulimia. It may seem very tempting, eating 2 burgers, a lot of chocolate, and some chips, and then throwing up so that you do not gain weight. However, many people fail to realize, that being bulimic will eventually lead to weight gain rather than weight loss. Here is how to stop yourself from being bulimic.

Carmencitta-Magazine-Stop-Yourself-from-Being-Bulimic-2jpg-2Lay the fork down while eating

After every single bite, lay down your fork, and bite your food very well. In fact, the more a person holds the fork, the more he or she will be tempted to scoop the food up and into their mouth. This means keep the fork on the plate during chewing, and not pick it up till the food is well chewed and swallowed.

Carmencitta Magazine - Stop Yourself from Being Bulimic 3jpgChew each bite of your food longer.

While you are eating, enjoy every bite, and chew it completely. What can help you is focusing on the pleasure of the food, its aroma, taste as well as texture. In fact, your body needs a couple of hours to send your brain a message that it is full. This is why, chew each bite of your food longer.

Drink a lot of water, or other refreshing drink during your meal.

Carmencitta Magazine - Stop Yourself from Being Bulimic4jpgTake a sip of your drink often between each bite. This habit will fill you up faster, and slow down your eating process. Moreover, if water is just too plain for you, you can flavor it with some lemon juice in order to make it more palatable, or you can go with a calorie free drink that will have the same effect that water has. It works every time!

Keep your Diet under Control with these Tips

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Most of us, food lovers, know that sticking to a healthy diet is a hard challenge. However, there are some tricks that we can follow in order to win this battle. Aare you struggling? Keep on reading this article as we guide you through those tips on how to keep your under control.

Be Prepared

Carmencitta Magazine - Keep Your Diet under Control with These Tips3In order to be prepared, you need to have a number of healthy options that are stashed for your grab-and-go convenience. In fact, this tip is able to make a lot of difference in your daily healthy routine.

Moreover, there are a lot of options for this stashed meals thing, for example: a bag of baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, organic almonds, a cheese stick, Greek yogurt, or even a 100-calorie bag of Pop chips. In fact, those options will lower your hunger pangs that will surely lead you to make poor food choices.

Carmencitta-Magazine-Keep-Your-Diet-under-Control-with-These-Tips4.Come Up With a Game Plan

The hardest time to keep tour diet under control, is when you are going out for lunch or dinner. In fact, there is a solution for you; once you decide which restaurant you will be going to, make sure you check out the restaurant’s menu ahead of time, so that you can decide what you are going to eat, and which healthy plate you are going to order. When you do that, you will not be tempted to order those meals that are stacked with calories and bad fats.

Eat Your Veggies

 

Carmencitta Magazine - Keep Your Diet under Control with These Tips2Our mothers were right when they tried to make us eat our veggies before the main course. However, what we did not know is: vegetables are low in calories and able to make us feel full before we dig into our calorie filled main course. Moreover, in order to ace that, do not ruin your salad by adding a creamy sauce. The best dip you can order is a lemon mustard sauce with a small amount of olive oil. Eat slowly, and by the time your main course arrives, you will not be able to eat all of it, and thus less calories.

 

How to become a healthy eater

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A healthy life is a routine that you can follow in order to have a better lifestyle. In fact, in order to do that, you need to pass through a lot of steps so that you can make your body get used to having a healthy lifestyle. If you want to know what those steps are, keep on reading this article so we can guide you through them.

Choose the right carbohydrates

In fact, there are two types of carbs: simple carbs and complex carbs. When it comes to wimple carbs, they are the ones that your body can absorb quickly like sugar and flour. In fact, for your body to do so, it needs to release a big amount of insulin in order to fight the overload. However, when it comes to complex carbs, they are slowly digested by your body; for example: whole-grain flour, hearty vegetables, oats, and unprocessed grains, like brown rice. These foods are usually higher in vitamins and other nutrients that are beneficial for the body, and they are higher in fiber (which keeps your digestive system running smoothly). As a result, you need to choose wiser and what is more beneficial.

Eat lean, mean protein

In fact, every day, you should make sure that you get between 10% and 35% of your daily calories from protein. Moreover, this is essential because protein helps you build muscles and gives you the lasting energy throughout the day. Examples of healthy proteins include: Lean fish such as flounder, sole, and halibut; Lean poultry such as chicken breast; Legumes like beans and soy products; and Nuts like cashews.

Know the difference between good fat and bad fat

In order to function correctly, you need to consume fat for your body. However, it’s important that you know which fats to choose. There are two types of fat: good fats such as Monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, and they need to be consumed regularly. However, bad fats are trans fats and saturated fats.

 

What Is Military Diet?

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Military diet is a diet program that promises you to lose up to 10 pounds in one week, without having to exercise for prolonged hours every day or any prescriptions pills. Moreover, it goes for 3 days, over multiple weeks, and will cost you a tiny amount of money. Here is what you need to know about it.

How does it Work?

 Carmencitta-MAgazine-Military-Diet-2.In fact, what makes the military diet work is the combination of foods that you eat in each meal. Moreover, once you eat a meal, the foods react together to burn fat, fasten your metabolism, and lead you to have a rapid weight loss. Moreover, this diet, is a natural way, no pills, nor prescriptions are required.

Meal Plan

Day 1:

For breakfast: start your day by eating 1/2 Grapefruit, 1 Slice of Toast, 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter, and 1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine).

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For Lunch: you are allowed to have 1/2 Cup of Tuna, 1 Slice of Toast, and 1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine)

For Dinner: 3 ounces of any type of meat, 1 cup of green beans, 1/2 banana, 1 small apple, and 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.

Day 2:

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For Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 slice of toast, and 1/2 banana.

For Lunch: 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 hard-boiled egg, and 5 saltine crackers.

For Dinner: 2 hot dogs (without bun), 1 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup of carrots, 1/2 banana, and 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream.

Day 3:

For Breakfast: 5 saltine crackers, 1 slice of cheddar cheese, and 1 small apple.

For Lunch: 1 hard-boiled egg (or cooked however you like), and 1 slice of toast.

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For Dinner: 1 cup of tuna, 1/2 banana, and 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.

 

The best way to do this diet is for 3 days in a row every week, and for the other 4 days, eat moderately.

The Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

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At some point of her life, every woman wants to have a baby of whom she will take care of. Moreover, when a couple decides to have a baby together, they usually plan beforehand when the woman will be fertile. In fact, once you conceive, you will start feeling unusual things that might prove you are pregnant. Keep on reading this paragraph in order to know what the early symptoms of pregnancy are.

Spotting and Cramping

When the conception happens, the fertilized egg gets attached to the wall of the uterus, and this can result in the same symptoms of when you are about to get your period such as cramping and spotting. This phenomenon is called “implantation bleeding”. Moreover, implantation bleeding happens between the first six until 12 days, just after the egg is fertilized. As a result, most women mistake this for their period. However, besides bleeding, women may notice a white thing on her underwear that may tell her that she is pregnant.

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Breast changes are another early sign that you are pregnant. In fact, women’s hormone levels quickly change after the conception. Due to those changes, her breasts become swollen, sore, and tingly for about a week or two. Moreover, the areola, which is the area around the nipple, may also darken a little bit. Do not feel miserable, as you will get used to the changes after a week or two.

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Feeling very tired is one of the most normal things that happen in pregnancy. In fact, it only takes one week after the conception for the woman to start feeling fatigue and restlessness. In fact, the reason why she feels like that is due to a hormone called progesterone that hits high during this whole thing. In addition, women may have other symptoms such as lower levels of blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and a boost in blood production.

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