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Harvard School of Public Health on Antibiotic Resistance

July 2nd, 2016

Researchers discuss antibiotic drug resistance in reddit ‘AMA’

On Tuesday, June 28, Harvard Chan School faculty Sarah Fortune, professor of immunology and infectious diseases, and Eric Rubin, Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, discussed the growing threat of antibiotic resistance during a reddit “Ask Me Anything (AMA).”  Antibiotics have helped reduce infectious diseases, particularly those caused by bacteria, from one of the most common causes of death to diseases that are mostly completely curable. However, as each new antibiotic has been developed, resistance to each has slowly or, in some cases, rapidly emerged.  Antibiotic resistance is increasing throughout the world, both in hospitals, which have long harbored highly resistant organisms, and in community settings.

Among the questions addressed are:

  • How large is this problem?  Are we putting ourselves at risk?
  • I’ve heard that we’ve got about 10 years until bacteria will no longer resistant to penicillin. Is there any validity to this?
  • Is antibiotic resistance related to the agricultural industry’s use of antibiotics as growth enhancers?
  • Are doctors and individuals contributing to the rise of drug resistance thru indiscriminate use of antibiotics?
  • What are bacteriophages?
  • What can we (the general population) do to slow (or stop) the progression of this antibiotic resistance?
  • What should the role of government be in research and development of new antibiotics?

Read the summary article here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/reddit-ama-drug-resistance/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Update_07.01.2016%20(1)&utm_content=

Follow the link in the first paragraph of the summary article to read the full AMA text with all of the questions and answers.  …or click here: https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/4q920m/askscience_ama_series_we_are_sarah_fortune_and/

 

Your Stress-Free Zone

September 1st, 2014

The phrase, “your home is your sanctuary” is so true, wouldn’t you agree!  I know it makes a difference to me to be able to look forward to coming home to a place that offers a familiar, restful recovery from busy days out and about.  “Sanctuary” is a good word, and reflects that part of being home that implies a stress-free zone.

Stress, being one of the major causes of ill health, is a formidable adversary, and creating a stress-free zone for oneself is, I think, an important part of health and wellness.  We each have a personal style of what makes us happy, relaxed and at peace, and it can evolve and change over the years.   …so it’s a bit of a discovery process, but worth the effort.  In this short article, 6 Simple Steps to a Calmer Home, Andrew Weil provides helpful suggestions.  Take time to look about  your home, and consider what simple projects might make your home more of a sanctuary from stress.  …time well spent with healthy reward!

Nutrition and Medicine

August 30th, 2014

One of the unfortunate things about our mainstream healthcare today is that traditional medicine most often does not tap into the curative power of nutrition.  Another is that most patients don’t expect nutrition to be a part of their physician-patient discussion — and so they don’t give nutrition the serious priority they should!  Here’s an article where a group of physicians are questioning how well physicians can provide nutritional information and coaching to their patients.  As a health coach and educator, I’d like to see more nutritional education among physicians, and their recognition of the importance of their support in nutrition education for their patients.  What do you think the solutions might be?

Paleo? …Vegan?

August 25th, 2014

With all the hype around Paleo and vegan diets, ever wondered what’s the best way to eat?   Which one is better?  A lot of us are looking for answers regarding what dietary theories we should be following, but aren’t sure what to believe.

Dr. Mark Hyman, founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center, broke it down quite nicely in this short video clip.

“Six Principals of Using Food as Medicine”

August 25th, 2014

I found this article from MindBodyGreen in a post by Dr. Mark Hyman, and thought it offered a good series of reminders for all.  I think that the points made by Dr. Gordon resonate with what makes sense from our own past experience.  …and I love the watermelon-on-a-stick idea!

Check it out!

Potatoes. …yes?

August 25th, 2014

I agree with the Gerson Institute that potatoes have taken more of a beating than they should have over the last several years.  …and, yes, a lot of the negatives do stem from the “additives” we use!

Balance is the word here — paying attention to the balance and comparative proportions of the foods we eat is key.  More color is good, but that doesn’t eliminate other healthy foods.  My favorite is to include some red skin potato slices in my baked vegetables assortment, and sparingly use olive oil.   ….delicious!

http://gerson.org/gerpress/a-nutritional-history-of-the-potato-why-it-doesnt-deserve-its-bad-reputation/?wprptest2=1

It’s not just what we eat!

August 25th, 2014

Unfortunately, our toxic exposure is also from our use of personal care products — cosmetics, skin care, etc.  It’s unfortunate that our government regulations don’t provide for truthful labeling and products free of known toxins.  The result is that we all (men, women and children) carry these in our blood stream and fatty tissues, and ultimately, they take their toll on our health.  This video, “The Story of Cosmetics” (from the popular, “Story of Stuff Project”) is worth watching.  After you watch, grab your smartphone and download the free app “Skin Deep” from the Environmental Working Group.  Key in a product name or scan the barcode and get critical information on more than 69,000 personal care products.  Here’s a short article that will give you more detail on “Why This Matters”.

Are you aware of MenuStat?

August 18th, 2014

Here’s an interesting and helpful site called MenuStat.   Checking out your favorite eateries is very informative!  The pop-up window is helpful in getting started.  It’s a good way to see what you don’t know about what you’ve been eating.  …or are about to eat!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important High Fructose Corn Syrup Info

August 18th, 2014

Most of us know by now that High Fructose Corn Syrup is not a good thing, but we’re not really clear on why that’s so.   Here’s a

short article from Natural News, that highlights controlled studies on one key negative aspect of HFCS — the damaging effects on the liver.  Take a minute to read it, so you’re a bit more knowledgeable and motivated to check the ingredients list on the label.  If you see the “F” word (fructose), put it back on the shelf.  It’s just not worth damaging your health.

“Hear the Music”

August 17th, 2014

[I received this in an email, and think it’s worth passing along.  I don’t know to whom to give credit, as there was no credit reference included.  Hope you enjoy it.]

“Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cutback. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t.  I have clothes on the line.  My hair is dirty.  I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, it looks like rain’,   And my personal favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’  She died a few years ago.  We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches… We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect! We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet.  We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas.  Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomachwith a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now… go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to… not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask, ‘How are you?’ Do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift… thrown away.

Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.”