THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE – Germs!

11-15-germs-blogGERMS TRAVEL FAST

Thanksgiving is the holiday that could really bug you. It is the most traveled day of the year. Denver International Airport is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. With more than 52 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DIA is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado; generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. The trend for the past couple of years has shown an average of one million passengers traveling through the airport from Tuesday through Monday of the holiday week. Just think of getting into the airport. Think of all the people who are determined to get where they’re going no matter how sick they are. Think of everything you touch. Like airport drinking buttons. Think of the people from around the world carrying who knows what. The whole process is a precursor to the aged of actually getting on the plane.

LOCKED INSIDE AND NOWHERE TO GO

The ability of influenza to spread on aircraft has been well documented. You’re about to walk into long, metal, cold and flu incubators ready to play with your health. There’s no turning back, and when the door closes and the last device is turned off, you’re stuck. A combination of the low humidity on the flight, which dries up the natural defense mechanism offered by mucus, and a lot of strange people from around the world having packed any number of pathogens. And think how many passengers are cramped in there with you. The number of seats has ranged from 140 or so on a 737 while the largest number of passengers on an airplane was set on a Boeing 747 as part of Operation Solomon during which the aircraft carried 1,086 passengers from Ethiopia to Israel. The plane landed with two extra passengers as a result of two babies being born on the flight!

IT’S NASTY

You’re at 37,000 feet and you hear it—a big, wet, sneeze. You look around and it seems everywhere people are blowing their noses. The truth is, the increased risk of catching a cold is 100 times higher than not flying,

People sitting in a confined space for extended periods of time increases the risk of transmission of a host of airborne infections. Bacteria are everywhere. The longer the flight, the more risk.

DON’T TOUCH THAT

It’s all pretty “iffy” but there are some things in the plane that carry more germs than others. These include:

  • Plastic tray tables
  • Overhead air vents
  • Lavatory flush buttons
  • Seat belt buckles
  • Bath stall locks
  • Armrests
  • Window shades
  • Seat pocket cloth
  • Even leather.
  • Whoa.

Even though planes are regularly cleaned, you have to ask yourself to what extent. Some pathogens including e-coli can stay on things for days. In increasing numbers, people are wearing hospital masks, bringing antibacterial wipes, and wiping down every surface they can. They are asking for window seats instead of aisles where you have to touch more seat backs to make it to the bathroom. You do what you can. But no one’s immune to everything.

WHEREVER YOU’RE GOING, THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN BE GRATEFUL FOR. DENVER HORMONE HEALTH AND STEPHEN GOLDSTEIN M.D.. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO CHECK OUT ANY HORMONE IMBALANCES OR VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES BEFORE YOU GO, AND IF INDICATED, GET A TAILORED TREATMENT TO DO AS MUCH FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AS POSSIBLE. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO SEE DR. GOLDSTEIN WHEN YOU RETURN TO SEE IF YOUR TRIP HAD ANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON YOUR HEALTH THAT CAN BE RESOLVED WITH ANOTHER TREATMENT THAT WILL HELP YOU CELEBRATE YOUR GOOD HEALTH.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

In early 2016 we will be providing a vitamin IV that you can come and do prior to travel. For now it is recommended to bring hand sanitizer and clorox wipes, take vitamin C, echinacea, zinc and iodine supplements prior to travel and stay hydrated.

THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE – Cyberchondria?

11-15-googlhealth-blogNEVER GOOGLE YOUR HEALTH

The negative symptoms of self-diagnosing are disturbing with as many as 35% of people today going online to become Dr. Internet. More than 18% learn the hard way that they are wrong.  And less than 1 in 3 follow up with a real physician for a real opinion. Every person who searches for answers online is only a few symptoms and about 4 websites from thinking they have some terminal illness and are going to die.

CYBERCHONDRIA-THE NEW DISEASE

“Cyberchondria? You’ve got to be kidding!” Regrettably Cyberchondria is a new phenomenon that increases as use of the Internet does. Cyberchondria is the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptoms bases on review of search results and literature on the web. The way people are sharing everything today only intensifies the disease.

“MY TOE HURTS”—DO I HAVE CANCER

People try to diagnose their illnesses but are totally unequipped to interpret their symptoms. And this can be as hazardous to your health as anything that might really be going on. One minute their toe hurts, minutes later they have gout, and almost minutes later they are sure they have brain cancer. They never consider the fact that the answer is simply that their shoes might be too tight. It is true that different symptoms can be indicative of different illnesses. But you’re not qualified to determine that.

SUPPLEMENTAL CRAZY THINKING

Before people turn to real physicians to get diagnosed and find out what might really be going on, they also run to the pharmacy or health food store, or once again, hit the internet Googling “supplements”. Supplements are often beneficial when prescribed correctly and in the correct dosage by a knowledgeable physician. But there are huge numbers of people filling drawers with supplements they know nothing about, or even worse, are taking dosages that can be extremely dangerous and toxic. The side effects of this behavior can often mimic the side effects of more serious health issues. Even well known vitamins as A, E, B6 and iron can cause effects as adverse as damaging nerves or interfering with the body’s ability to clot blood.

LEAVE IT TO THE DOCTOR

Without question there are lists of real health problems people suffer from including:

  • Loss of well-being
  • Loss of energy/stamina
  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of motivation
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of sexual response
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Mood swings
  • Impotence
  • Loss of confidence
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Tearfulness
  • Panic attacks
  • Poor sleep
  • Cold body temperature
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Increased body weight
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Poor endurance
  • Increased sugar craving
  • High blood pressure
  • Achiness
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Memory lapse
  • Foggy thinking
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor mental clarity
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Visual changes
  • Thinning skin/nails/hair/
  • Dry, oily skin
  • Acne
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency/frequency
  • Increased water retention
  • Bloating
  • Irregular periods
  • Increased facial hair

SO WHAT’S THE SMART THING TO DO? FIND OUT WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON, IF, IN FACT, THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH, STEPHEN GOLDSTEIN M.D. WILL LISTEN TO ALL YOUR ISSUSES, THEN WITH A SIMPLE TEST, DETERMINE ANY HORMONE IMBALANCES OR VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES YOU MIGHT HAVE THAT ARE CONTRIBUTING TO HOW YOU FEEL. FROM THERE HE WILL TAILOR A UNIQUE SOLUTION TO YOUR REAL NEEDS TO HELP YOU FEEL YOUR BEST. SOMETHING GOOGLE NEVER CAN. OR WILL.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE – The Sunshine Vitamin

11-15vitamind-blogWithout question, it’s Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to our overall health and wellness—male, female, any age, anywhere in the world. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight.  Exposure to ultraviolet B radiation in sunlight provides the mechanism for more than 90% of the vitamin D production in most individuals. While called a vitamin, D is actually a fat-soluble hormone essential for supporting a strong immune system that helps protect the body against many diseases some of which are listed at the end.

NO DEFICIENCY OF STARTLING INFORMATION

Actually, there is very little people know about what we’ll keep referring to as “Vitamin D.”

• Three –quarters of teens and adults in US are vitamin D deficient

• The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don’t generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home.

• People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 – 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That’s why prostate cancer is an epidemic among black men — it’s a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.

• Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.

• Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body’s bones and nervous system.

• It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs.

• We all need the active form of D to gain access to the genetic blueprints stored inside our cells.

THERE’S GOTTA BE OTHER WAYS TO GET IT

First of all, a tanning bed will never provide you with the vitamin D that you need, and can actually be unsafe. Not understanding the facts can literally mean the difference between life and death. Both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation cause cell damage that can lead to skin cancer.

Another important fact is that only about 10% of foods we consume provide us with sufficient amounts of Vitamin D.  Dietary sources that provide minimal amounts include milk, yogurt, tuna, trout, salmon, sole, flounder, fortified cereal, cod liver oil, sardines in oil, mackerel, ricotta cheese and mushrooms. Not foods you’ll actually find on most people’s tables very often.

SLATHER IT ON AND LOSE

There are people who see a sunny day and just have to get out in it, no protection, and no sunscreen. No matter what anyone tells them. Others run out and get the highest number sunscreen possible which can be as high as 100. A hundred? SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays, SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays. When sun exposure is limited or blocked with high-SPF sunscreens, dietary vitamin D intake must increase to compensate for the lack of the vitamin absorbed from sunlight.

CASTING A CLOUD OVER YOUR HEALTH

Winter can be taxing on our mental and physical strength. It’s a season that persistently tests our limits of surviving darkness and cold, biting winds. But one way to assist in boosting your immune system as well as fighting your seasonal affective disorders during the months of flu, darkness, and general downtrodden spirits, is to make sure your Vitamin D levels are up to par.

The less sun you get, the less Vitamin D you absorb. Consider cloud cover — clouds can filter ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which is the type that converts into vitamin D (UVA are the rays that can cause cancer). The top US cities where over half the days a year cloud covers more than three-quarters of the sky are:  Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Buffalo, NY, Pittsburg, PA, Cleveland, OH, Rochester, NY, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH and Detroit, MI. The least sunny cities in the US include, Juneau, AK, Mt. Washington, NH, Quillayute, WA, Elkins, WV, Anchorage, AK, Pohnpei, Micrones, PC and Nome, AK. Boy, it’s gloomy.

While Denver has as many of 300 days of sunshine per year, there are still all the other problems of getting enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiencies are still epidemic and could negatively be affecting your life. Right here. But there is something you can do about it.

DENVER HORMONE HEALTH IS THE ANSWER. STEPHEN GOLDSTEIN M.D. IS AN AUTHORITY AT MEASURING HOW A VITAMIN D DEFICIENY MAY BE TAKING A TOLL ON HOW YOU FEEL. WITH A SIMPLE TEST HE ANALYZES THE RESULTS AND CREATES A TAILORED APPROACH TO MAKE YOUR LIFE HEALTHIER AND BRIGHTER.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

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