Friday, June 26, 2009
A number of medical conditions is associated with altered body odor. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatique Syndrome may be one of them. Hydrogen Sulfide Urine Test was developed and is available for at-home use. Most people, however, prefer to use their nose instead, pointing that I also note that Prof. Kenny de Meirleir's work on testing was not published in a Peer Reviewed Journal.
And what abut Candida overgrowth that usually is not associated with excess hydrogen sulfide?
Biomed diagnostics offers inexpensive tests for Candida species.
Their InTrayTM ColorexTM Screen also detects E.coli, Proteus mirabilis, Enterococcus sp., Klebsiella pneumnaiae, Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
and Dermatophytes fungi.
Many tests are available for urinary tract infections and various metabolites in urine.
Here is SlideShare Presentation by Kenny De Meirleir on ME/CFS, hydrogen sulfide and aberrant prion disease:
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Let me introduce E.coli (on the left) and Salmonella (on the right), pictured by GaintMicrobes company.
You can get acquainted with these guys even closer if you (or the food manufacturer) do not follow the safety rules.
Browser-based, Free Learning Games
Hey, hop on! The Food Safety Mobile is about to take a ride through SAFE FOOD PARK. Learn about invisible enemies that are always ready so strike If you are not careful when handling and preparing food it could make you and your family sick
“The Food Detectives Fight BAC!® game gives kids a fun way to learn about foodborne illness. More and more, foodborne illness is making news headlines. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illnesses in the United States affect millions of people and cause thousands of deaths every year. The CDC says 300,000 people are hospitalized every year.” From New Mexico State University.
“There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits hitting too many boys and girls. If we don’t solve these cases, and fast, kids might not make the right food and exercise choices as they grow, and that could be trouble! All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise. You can investigate fun games like Whack A Snack, Soccer, and Zap the TV. Plus you can print out classified clues on ways to be healthy, then share them with your parents, teachers, and pals.” From Kaiser Permanente. Teacher resources available.
Desktop/Free Learning Games
All of the following are free, though in most instances donations are encouraged.
“As team rookie you have six missions to complete. Each mission represents a part of the process of delivering food aid to an area in crisis. The final mission shows you how food aid can help people rebuild their lives in the years following a disaster.” United Nations World Food Programme. Multiple languages. Teacher resources available.
“FATWORLD is a video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. The game’s goal is not to tell people what to eat or how to exercise, but to demonstrate the complex, interwoven relationships between nutrition and factors like budgets, the physical world, subsidies, and regulations. Existing approaches to nutrition advocacy fail to communicate the aggregate effect of everyday health practices. It’s one thing to explain that daily exercise and nutrition are important, but people, young and old, have a very hard time wrapping their heads around outcomes five, 10, 50 years away.”
This game teaches immunology in a fun and engaging way that is different from the traditional classroom setting. For example, you can train monocytes to transmigrate out of the blood vessel network and pass into the connective tissue, train the macrophage to follow the chemical trail of C3as leading to the site of infection (the Pseudomonas bacteria), activate receptors to recognize enemies and watch the macrophage eat them.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, scoliosis, a condition that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine, affects approximately 3% of the U.S. population, which roughly equals 6 million people.
Scoliosis impacts infants, adolescents, and adults of all races and socio-economic status. The primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally among both genders. However, females are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment.
Scoliosis can impact the quality of life with limited activity, pain, reduced respiratory function, or diminished self-esteem.
The vast majority of people with this condition (if they are still growing and the severity of spinal curvature is less than 25 degrees) are not expected to require treatment. Observation is also the preferred option for moderate curvature (less than 40 to 45 degrees) in people who have finished growing. In some cases, the observed curve is temporary, resulting from inflammation, muscle spasms or having one leg that is longer than the other. Patients who are diagnosed with scoliosis, however, should be examined regularly, about every four to six months, to make sure that the curvature hasn’t worsened.
Exercise can reduce the symptoms. Significant curve reduction due to specialized strength training was reported by a spine clinic in San Diego. A study from the University of Athens on aerobic training for patients with idiopathic scoliosis showed that the ability to perform perform aerobic work increased 48.1% in the training group, while it decreased 9.2% in the control group.
New treatments are also emerging. The SpineCorporation LTD, developer of the SpineCor brace for adolescent Scoliosis, recently released the first Dynamic Flexible Adult Scoliosis Brace (shown on the left).
Scoliosis is closely linked to low bone densities, yet we know that bone densities are influenced by a wide variety of overlapping factors that includes genes, estrogen levels, nutrition, exercise levels and drugs. We still do not know who will get it, why they get it, which will progress, or how far they will progress. In animal studies, scoliosis is known to be caused by a wide variety of conditions including lack of physical activity, pesticide exposure and nutritional deficiencies. Some of these are the same conditions, especially the lack of exercise and nutritional deficiencies, that are known to lower bone densities in humans.
Scoliosis has been induced in a variety of animals through the creation of nutritional deficits and imbalances.
Scoliosis is a multifactorial disorder, which requires multidisciplinary research and treatment.Aurametrix is an early phase company working on Health3.0 & Health 4.0 technologies
Monday, June 8, 2009
Mirrored from Aurametrix
Just a few hours after birth, every human being is colonized by more microbes than there are cells in the body. We are home to thousands of species of bacteria, protists, algae, fungi, molds and viruses.
Some of these microbes help us to develop blood vessels in the gut, digest our food and train our immune system. Others make us sick, contributing to skin diseases, body odor, malabsorption, gastrointestinal problems, ear infections and more. Some of such bacteria can be even found in bottled water.
The composition and distribution of microbial populations depend on the age, diet, fitness, genetics, hygiene, and overall state of health of their hosts.
Dr. Bonnie Bassler, of Princeton University, gives an estimate of how many bacteria live on us in her Ted talk, at the 2009 TED Conference. Number of human cells in the average adult = 1 trillion. Number of bacteria cells in association with the average adult = 10 trillion. Even more intriguing, is the number of genes that humans have is about 30,000. How many different bacteria genes are associated with us? 300,000! So, are we human or are we bacteria?
Aurametrix has one the most complete databases of species found on human body and in human food.
Check these sites for more info on our little companions:
- Alphabetical List of Pathogenic Bacteria Ver.1.2 by Pathogenic Bacteria Database
|Genome by Metadata|
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Image by Sarah G... via FlickrThere are more than 300 types of headaches, but only about 10% of headaches have a known cause. The others are called primary headaches.
Check the web-based 2nd Edition of The International Headache Classification (ICHD-2) for details on particular types:
- Part I: The Primary Headaches
- Part II: The Secondary Headaches
- Part III: Cranial Neuralgias, Central and Primary Facial Pain And Other Headaches
|R51||Headache as Facial Pain NOS (excluding atypical pain, neuralgia, migraine)|
|G43.0||Migraine without aura [common migraine]|
|G43.1||Migraine with aura [classical migraine]|
|G43.8||Other migraine (Ophthalmoplegic, Retinal, etc)|
|G44.0||Cluster headache and other trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TAC)|
|Chronic Cluster headache syndrome|
|Episodic Cluster Headache|
|Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania|
|G44.1||Vascular headache, not elsewhere classified Vascular headache NOS|
|G44.2||Tension-type headache (TTH)||Stress Headache|
|Chronic tension-type headache|
|Episodic tension headache|
|Tension headache NOS|
|G44.3||Chronic post-traumatic headache|
|G44.4||Drug-induced headache, not elsewhere classified|
|G44.8||Other specified headache syndromes|
|G44.803||Primary cough headache|
|G44.804||Primary exertional headache|
|Primary thunderclap headache|
|New daily persistent headache (NDPH)|
|G44.805||Primary headache asspciated with sexual activity||Coital cephalalgia|
|Headache attributed to disorder of homoeostasis||not sufficiently validated|
|G44.882||headache attributed to hypoxia and/or hypercapnia|
|G44.813||Headache attributed to arterial hypertension|
|G44.882||Headache attributed to hyperthyroidism|
|G44.882||Headache attributed to fasting|
|S00-S09||Head injury||Headache attributed to head and/or neck trauma|
|I61||Intracerebral hemorrhage||Headache attributed to cranial or cervical vascular disorder||Excludes: sequelae of intracerebral haemorrhage ( I69.1 )|
|I61.0||Intracerebral haemorrhage in hemisphere, subcortical||Headache attributed to cranial or cervical vascular disorder|
|Deep intracerebral haemorrhage|
|I61.1||Intracerebral haemorrhage in hemisphere, cortical|
|Cerebral lobe haemorrhage|
|Superficial intracerebral haemorrhage|
|I61.2||Intracerebral haemorrhage in hemisphere, unspecified|
|I61.3||Intracerebral haemorrhage in brain stem|
|I61.4||Intracerebral haemorrhage in cerebellum|
|I61.5||Intracerebral haemorrhage, intraventricular|
|I61.6||Intracerebral haemorrhage, multiple localized|
|I61.8||Other intracerebral haemorrhage|
|I61.9||Intracerebral haemorrhage, unspecified|
|I60.0||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from carotid siphon and bifurcation|
|I60.1||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from middle cerebral artery|
|I60.2||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from anterior communicating artery|
|I60.3||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from posterior communicating artery|
|I60.4||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from basilar artery|
|I60.5||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from vertebral artery|
|I60.6||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from other intracranial arteries|
|Multiple involvement of intracranial arteries|
|I60.7||Subarachnoid haemorrhage from intracranial artery, unspecified|
|Ruptured (congenital) berry aneurysm NOS|
|Subarachnoid haemorrhage from cerebtal artery NOS|
|Subarachnoid haemorrhage from communicating artery NOS|
|I60.8||Other subarachnoid haemorrhage|
|Rupture of cerebral arteriovenous malformation|
|I60.9||Subarachnoid haemorrhage, unspecified|
|Ruptured (congenital) cerebral aneurysm NOS|
|M31.5||Giant cell arteritis|
|G93.2||Idiopathic intracranial hypertension||Headache attributed to non-vascular intracranial disorder|
|G97.1||Post dural puncture headaches||Headache attributed to non-vascular intracranial disorder|
|G40-G47||Ictal headache||Associated with seizure activity|
|G44.4 or G44.83||Medication overuse headaches||Headache attributed to a substance or its withdrawal|
|G44.4,44.83,F10,F13,F19,P96||Medication or drug withdrawal headaches||MeSH|
|G00||Meningitis||Headache attributed to infection|
|G50.1||Atypical facial pain attributed to disorder of cranium, neck, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, teeth, mouth or other facial or cranial structures|
|R51||Headache attributed to psychiatric disorder|
|CRANIAL NEURALGIAS, CENTRAL AND PRIMARY FACIAL PAIN AND OTHER HEADACHES|
|G44.847, G.44.848 or G44.85||Cranial neuralgias, central and primary facial pain and other headaches|
|Nervus intermedius neuralgia|
|Superior laryngeal neuralgia|
The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Some people experience headaches when they are hungry or dehydrated. Other common reasons include performing an activity that causes you to hold your head in one position for a long time (like using a computer, microscope, or typewriter), sleeping in a cold room or an abnormal position, overexerting yourself, clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth.
- missing a meal
- alcohol, especially red wine
- nitrates in cured meats and fish
- aged cheese
- an increase or decrease in caffeine
- MSG (often present in Asian and prepared foods)
18 most common sources of headache:
2. Not enough sleep
3. Certain foods and food additives, such as chocolate, cheese, caffeine and monosodium glutamate (MSG).
4. Grinding your teeth
5. Depression and anxiety
6. Skipping meals
7. Poor posture
8. Lack of exercise
9. Holding your head or neck in an awkward position for a long time
10. Hormonal changes related to menstruation (PMS), menopause, pregnancy or hormone use
11. Medications, including those for depression and high blood pressure, or overusing headache medication
12. Overexerting yourself
13. Sleeping in an awkward position
14. Eye strain
18. Sinus infections, colds or flu
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
San Francisco, CA
Free childcare available during the event
by RSVP to (415) 342-0886
Come hear about groundbreaking, federally funded, ovarian cancer research being conducted in the bay area and learn more about the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer.
A documentary will be shown and there will be Q&A with Pine Street Foundation’s Principal Investigator, Michael McCulloch, LAc, MPH, PhD.
Watch a live demo and meet “Tessy”, the dog featured in this month’s Oprah Magazine article, “Sniffing Out Cancer”.
Representatives from the San Francisco chapter of The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will be available for information and questions.
Women who are interested in donating a breath sample at the event may call (415) 342-0886 by Friday June 5th. Breath samples are sought from non-smoking women, 21+, who have been recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or endometriosis.
PINE STREET FOUNDATION
NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER COALITION (SF CHAPTER)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dogs really detect cancer? How did you collect breath samples? Click here for answers to these questions and more.
Canine Scent Detection of Ovarian Cancer
This study is currently in progress. Click here for the latest on this study as well as how you can participate.
Canine Scent Detection of Lung and Breast Cancer
This ground-breaking study was published in 2006. Click here for more information about this research as well as the full paper.
Monday, June 1, 2009
|Food Component||Examples||If too little||Upper and lower limits||If too much||Links|
|Dietary Protein||~105 types||• allergies||7%-40% of total calories7%-40% of total calories (0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight)||• stomach upsets||• FDA daily reference values, 4-2008|
|Albumin||• poor recovery from physical stress||• dehydration||• FDA recommended healthy diet|
|Avidin||• difficulty sleeping||• bad breath/body odor||• Daily Values for Children|
|Casein||• fatty liver||• gout||• Protein supplements for weight training|
|EF-hand protein||• calcium loss||• Best proteins for muscle growth|
|Tropomyosin||• damage to the liver and kidneys.||• Promax Pros and Cons|
|Whey||• reduced endurance||• Rice Protein Guide|
|• Spirulina Side Effects|
|Dietary Carbohydrate||~102 types||• nausea||40%-60% of total calories||• fatigue|
|o Monosaccharides (Fructose, Glucose, Galactose)||• fatigue, dizziness||• increased hyperactivity||• Low-carb diets may hamper memory|
|o Disaccharides (Lactose, Sucrose, Maltose)||• feeling frustration||• tooth decay||• Clinical Nutrition Journal article on too much carbs in diet|
|o Oligosaccharides (Raffinose, Stachyose)||• light-headedness||• heart disease||• PloS Genetics article on why too much sugar decreases lifespan|
|o Polysaccharides (starch, dietary fiber, mucilage)||• tiredness||• type 2 diabetes||• Dr. McDougall’s Money-Saving Medical Advice|
|o Nucleotides||• gout||• yeast infections||• Fat No More by Sandra Prior|
|• bad breath, odor of alcohol||• candida overgrowth|
|• headache||• digestive problems|
|• kidney stones||• asthma|
|• ketosis (muscle wasting), blood acidosis||• osteoporosis|
|• kidney disease|
|• liver disease|
|Dietary Lipid (Fat)||~103 types, examples of classes found in food:||• Hair falling out||15-35 of total calories ||• Coronary Heart Disease||• MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Fat|
|saturated fatty acids||• Hair loosing luster and sheen||• Diabetes||• Diet Bites|
|monosaturated fatty acids||• Nails becoming brittle, hard and curly||• Cancers||• NY Times article|
|polyunsaturated fatty acids||• Vital organs lacking cushion||• Gallstones|
|cholesterol||• Difficulties to maintain body temperature|
|Water||• Thirst||2 qts-10 liters (2-3 liters), ~volume of excreted fluid||• blurred vision||• Too Much Water Can Kill|
|• Loss of Appetite||• muscle cramps||• Water intoxication|
|• Dry Skin||• confusion||• Dehydration|
|• Skin Flushing||• seizures|
|• Dark Colored Urine||• coma|
|• Dry Mouth|
|• Fatique or Weakness|
|• Head Rushes|
|Dietary Minerals||Potassium||• elevated blood pressure |
• cardiac arrhythmias,
• muscular weakness
• muscle cramps
• flaccid paralysis
|3,500 mg||• malaise, |
• muscle weakness
• cardiac arrhythmia
• sudden death.
|• Low Potassium Diet Recipes|
|Chloride||Sweating, tremor, anxiety, tachycardia, hunger, dizziness, reduced mental acuity, visual abnormalities, convulsions and loss of consciousness||3,400 mg||Kussmaul's breathing, weakness, intense thirst.|
|Sodium||Increased risk of heart attack, Swelling of the brain||1000- |
|lethargy, weakness, irritability, edema, seizures, coma||• Dietary minerals|
|Calcium||Off spots, rashes, tingling and parasthesia, spasms, hyperactive tendon reflexes, cardiac arrhythmias||1 gram |
(1.2g if 50+)
|fatigue, depression, confusion, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, pancreatitis or increased urination||• Medical Encyclopedia: Poisoning|
|Phosphorus||Muscle dysfunction and weakness, irritability, gross confusion, delirium, coma, worsening of infections, rhabdomyolysis, hemolytic anemia.|
700 mg-1,000 mg
|ectopic calcification, secondary hyperparathyroidism, and renal osteodystrophy|
|Magnesium||Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, Vitamin K deficiency, depressed immunity, depression, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, increased levels of stress, insomnia, fasciculation, migraine, cancer, ADHD, asthma, Restless Leg Syndrome, and allergies|
Women: 310-320 mg Men: 400-420 mg
|Weakness, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, Impaired breathing, Hypotension, Hypocalcemia, Arrhythmia and Asystole||Magnesium - the stress buster|
|Zinc||hair loss, skin lesions, diarrhea, wasting of body tissues. Damage of eyesight, taste, sense of smell and memory, acne. Leukonychia (white spots on the fingernails), dysmenorrhea||15 mg (30mg)||"zinc chills", Vomiting, Diarrhea, Drowsiness|
|Iron||fatigue, pallor, irritability, weakness, pica, brittle or grooved nails, painful atrophy of the mucous membrane covering the tongue, the pharynx and the oesophagus, impaired immune function||18 mg||Fatigue, Weakness, Weight loss, Joint pain, Abdominal pain; Arthritis, Symptoms of Gonadal failure, Dyspnea or shortness of breath|
|Manganese||Ataxia, fainting, hearing loss, weak tendons and ligaments; skeletal deformations, delayed wound healing||2mg |
2.3 mg (tolerable: 11 mg)
|tremors, odd movements, a mask–like face, and body stiffness; hallucinations, confusion, and memory loss.||How much is too much?|
|Copper||spasticity, severe gait abnormalities including ataxia, and a neuropathy.||900 µg||mild headaches, lightheadedness, convulsions, palsy, and insensibility|
|Iodine||Fatigue, Thyroid disease, Breast, ovarian, and skin cysts, poor digestion, Dementia, Glaucoma, Parkinson's; Deafness in children of iodine defficient mothers||150 µg||burning in the mouth, throat and stomach and/or abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dirarrhea, weak pulse, and coma|
|Selenium||extreme fatigue, hyperthyroidism, mental slowing, goitre, cretinism and recurrent miscarriage||55-70 µg||hair loss , tenderness and swelling on the fingertip, garlic breath/body odor|
|Molybdenum||combined enzyme deficiency, severe neurological abnormalities, dislocated ocular lenses, mental retardation, increased urinary excretion of sulfite, thiosulfate, S-sulfocysteine, taurine, hypoxanthine and xanthine, and reduced serum and urine levels of sulfate and urate||45 µg||Cough, phlegm, shortness of breath, wheeze. Rhinitis, eye irritation., acute anemia|
|Cobalt||loss of appetite, emaciation, weakness, anemia||5-40 µg||Cough. Laboured breathing. Shortness of breath.Dry skin, Redness, Abdominal pain, Vomiting|
|Nickel||up to 1 mg||decreased body weight, heart and liver damage, and skin irritation|
|Carotene, alpha||lung cancer |
|• Vitamin overdose|
|Carotene, beta||• Multiple vitamin overdose|
|Choline||<3.5g>||• L-Carnitine Side Effects|
|Folate, DFE, Folic acid , Vitamin B9, folacin|
(20 mg tolerable)
Women: 1.1 mg Men: 1.2 mg (<1.5>
|Vitamin Bt (L-carnitine)|
|Vitamin C, ascorbic acid|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)|
|AMINO ACIDS||Alanine||• Amino Acid Supplements|
|Arginine||• Maximuscle Promax|
|Probiotics||10 genera, ~103 strains||• Webmd on Probiotics|
|Bacteroides sp.||• Wikipedia on Probiotics|
|Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Align_, could help IBS|
|Bifidobacterium lactis Bb-12 (available in Yo-Plus yogurt, LiveActive cheese).||• Chronic fatigue|
|Bifidobacterium lactis HN019. good for older people|
|Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285 plus Lactobicillus casei Lbc80r (available as BioK + CL1285 fermented milk, BioK + CL1285 soy milk, and capsules).|
|Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001 (in DanActive products).|
|Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001 (in DanActive products).|
|Lactobacillus plantarum 299V (NextFoods, Ferring)|
|Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC55730 (available in BioGaia Gut Health products).|
|Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) (in Danimals drinkable yogurt and Culturelle capsules).|
|Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) (in Danimals drinkable yogurt and Culturelle capsules).|
|S. cerevisiae (S. boulardii) (Florastor powder and Lalflor capsules).|
|Polyphenols||Hydrolyzable tannins (gallic acid esters of glucose and other sugars)||• Herbal Teas|
|Other Bioactive Food and Drink Compounds||Allyl-S compound|
|Dietary Ash||• Food Ash Charts|