Health Warning – Deadly Disease Hits Six at Yosemite National Park

CautionA report on August 28th, from Associate Press, is alerting people to a possible danger at Yosemite National Park. This summer two campers were exposed and died after being exposed to and contracting” hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, an illness spread by rodent feces, urine and saliva.”

The syndrome is fatal in 30 percent of all cases and four other people who werehealth there during the same time period also contracted it.

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Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Part 1

HealthIn my last post I talked about the problem I’m having with a splenic artery aneurysm, due to in some part weak veins and arteries.

Since that post, I went to another vascular surgeon, a top doctor in this field. He read the CT Scan itself, rather than just the radiologist’s report, and determined it looks more like the aneurysm is closer to 1.8 cm. It seems I’m on a roller coaster ride – it’s small, it’s big, it’s small, it’s big. I have to get another CT Scan in six months to see where it’s at then.

According to Dr.William Purtill, affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, as the ‘debris’ in the artery continues to calcify it usually gets bigger . . . and bigger.

Because I value Eastern medicine, I’ve been seeing an amazing Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist (TCM) for several years now, Henry Lee. But, wanting to open up more options, I decided to get the viewpoint of a Ayurveda practitioner.

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya is a medical doctor and Ayurveda practitioner. Her practice is in New York City and her credentials are impressive.

I’ll be going over the treatment protocol to detox my body and to build up my liver and arteries/veins. I’ll be writing about this in Parts – this being Part 1.

The first session with Dr. B was about getting my information and being informed about Ayurveda. As with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda health protocols and philosophies encompass the entire body: inside, outside, and spiritual (not religious).

All about the First Session (this will be in three parts):

There are three body types:

Vata – Air and Space (movement). This involves the nerves among other things.
Pitta – Fire and Water (transformation)
Kapha – Water and Earth (stability and lubrication)

A Ayurveda practitioner will be able to tell you which type/s you are, based on your health and pulse. I learned I’m Pitta and then Kapha. Knowing this helps the doctor treat you. It also gives you guidelines for your diet.

First up on my to-do-list to help detox my body is to eat healthy. This means avoiding processed foods, and paying attention to the containers I store herbs and foods in.

When you’re trying to detox your body you MUST limit the consumption and absorption of toxins. This means avoiding microwaving if possible. If you must use a microwave use a glass or other safe bowl or dish and don’t cover it with any kind of plastic or paper napkin/towel. Use a glass or other safe cover.

In regard to saving herbs or left overs, don’t keep them in plastic. Try to buy herbs in glass bottles and save foods in glass or other safe containers. Protecting yourself from toxins also includes the largest absorber of toxins, your skin. If at all possible, buy organic and safe shampoos, conditioners, soaps, body lotions and so on. In regard to the body lotion, use it sparingly and only if needed.

You’ll also need to check your household cleaners and laundry detergents.

Unfortunately, we live in an overly polluted environment, even the air we breathe is filled with microscopic particles and toxins from everything to building material to car fumes. And, if you live near an airport, like I do, you are exposed to even more harmful pollution. So, whatever strategies you can find to reduce your pollution exposure, use them.

Check back next week for The First Session, Part 2.

Eat, live, and play healthy,

Karen Cioffi
Multi-award Winning Author, Freelance/Ghostwriter, Editor, Marketer

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these health strategies are my own, based on my alternative medicine doctors. You MUST speak to your own doctor before starting any health regime.

Autoimmune Diseases and Your Health Breakdown

Health TipsThis site deals with certain autoimmune diseases: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia, among other chronic illnesses. What I’ve noticed is that when your body has to struggle with one illness, it opens the door for more. This is why it’s so important to not just treat the symptoms of a disease, but to find out its cause/root and take care of that.

I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist and herbalist, Dr. Henry Lee, for about seven years now and he has definitely helped me with each of the illnesses listed above.

When I was first diagnosed with MS and for a few years thereafter, my doctors, including Dr. Brian Apatoff (a neurologist and MS specialist in NYC) wanted me to go on interferon. Because of my multiple chemical sensitivities I kept holding off. But,then after a year of acupuncture the need for the interferon diminished.

This is not to say I’m MS or CFS free, but I’m not as bad as I was seven years ago.

My most recent health scare was from a splenic artery aneurysm that according to a ultrasound grew from 1.2cm to 1.6cm to 1.9cm, which is considered serious and needs to be taken care of.

This in itself is a concern, but the fact that I’m allergic to all antibiotics, but one, and dangerously sensitive to CT Scan dye and even prednisone, going for surgery is dangerous, even if done interventionally. To add to this, I have a tendency to get celulitis from an IV, this along with the aneurysm is indicative of weak veins and arteries according to Ayurvedic medicine. This is a serious issue if the procedure is done interventionally.

When a splenic artery aneurysm is taken care of interventionally, the specialist goes in through the groin on both sides and puts something like a net over the aneurysm to protect the artery. This is less invasive than open surgery.

I have since gone for a non-contrast CT Scan and the aneurysm is still at around 1.2cm, thank God. But, I didn’t find out for over two weeks from when I thought I’d have to go for surgery. The stress affected the multiple sclerosis.

So, there are four important tips to take away from this experience:

1. Ultrasounds/sonograms are not as effective a measuring tool as a CT Scan for an aneurysm.

2. Try not to panic until all the medical tests are in. Doctors do make mistakes.

3. Don’t wait for an emergency to have a top-notch team of doctors in place if you know you have potentially dangerous health issues. Knowing I had this aneurysm for around 10 years, and knowing the severity of my chemical sensitivity, I should have had a a protocol in place in case the aneurysm had grown. Always be prepared.

4. The cup is always half full. This scare got me in gear. I have appointments with three doctors (a vascular surgeon, an interventional radiologist, and an allergist). Hopefully, they will be willing to be part of the top-notch doctor team I’ll need in place in case of an emergency.

Interestingly, most people don’t realize how dangerous and life-limiting multiple chemical sensitivity is. This is something I hope to change.

All of this goes back to the beginning of this article: autoimmune illnesses have a tendency to breakdown the body, weakening it so that it is vulnerable to a slew of other illnesses.  Knowledge and proper ‘health’ actions are the best ways to fight back.