GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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schizophrenic symptoms could be gradual or sudden.


Schizophrenic patients suffer from negative emotional symptoms such as blunted emotions. Some even exhibit no facial expressions or movement for hours. The patient may experience a lack of motivation that affects his or her daily life. He or she finds it difficult to concentrate, remember or plan and organize his or her life.


Patients in the early phase of schizophrenia may be eccentric, emotionless, reclusive and unmotivated. Not every schizophrenia patient exhibits all the symptoms; these may vary from person to person.


Many factors may be the cause for the onset of schizophrenia. Some could be genetic factors, while others could be triggered by the patient’s environment. A person with a parent diagnosed with schizophrenia has more chances of also suffering from the disease. Moreover, some studies suggest faulty neuronal development in the brain of a fetus later develops into a full-blown disease. The imbalance of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin is also believed to trigger the onset of schizophrenia.

The term schizophrenia may only be about 100 years old, but the existence of this mental illness can be traced back to 2,000 years before Christ. Schizophrenia is a modern modification of a Greek term that meant “to split the mind” and described the fragmented thinking of people with this disease.


Today, schizophrenia is understood as a serious brain disorder in which someone cannot distinguish between what is real and what is imaginary. Alternatively, as described by the Cambridge Dictionary, schizophrenia is a behavior in which a person appears to have two different personalities. However, experts believe schizophrenia is more about splitting off from reality than having a split personality.


Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions of grandeur; hallucinations; disorganized behavior, speech and thoughts; the disintegration of the personality; and other cognitive difficulties. It is a chronic mental disorder that is generally first seen in late adolescence or early adulthood and affects about 1 percent of the population globally.


Some symptoms of schizophrenia can include patient complaints about hearing voices or a feeling that others are reading one’s mind or controlling one’s thinking process. As a result, the patient may become distressed and be withdrawn or even get frantic at times. The appearance of

SCHIZOPHRENIA: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND TREATMENTS

HARLEENA SINGH

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While stress does not necessarily cause the development of schizophrenia in a person, stressful experiences, including family or relationship stress, often precede the emergence of schizophrenia. Most schizophrenic patients are reported to exhibit bad temper and anxiety before developing the acute symptoms of schizophrenia.


Besides genetics and the environment, some drugs such as cannabis (marijuana) and LSD and certain steroids are also known to cause schizophrenic relapses. But certain drugs are pivotal for dealing with schizophrenia. These medications help control the patient’s delusions and hallucinations. The patient needs to continue taking his or her medicine even when the symptoms are gone to avoid a relapse. The most effective treatment for schizophrenia is a combination of anti-psychosis medicines, psychological counseling or therapy, lifestyle changes and social support. Therapy and support from family and friends will help the patient comply with the treatment and cope with stress, improve life skills, address relationship issues and improve communication.


Since the path to recovery could be a slow, long and lonely experience for the schizophrenic patient, a holistic approach using counseling, support and medicinal treatment is crucial for the successful management of schizophrenia. After undergoing proper treatment, people with schizophrenia can enjoy and live a normal life.