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Health Rules Do They Work?

DSCF0422 applesWe’ve all heard them, they are almost like mantras. But, will an apple a day really keep the doctor away? What about swallowing your chewing gum. Does it really stay in your stomach? There are a lot of these rules, let’s examine a few of them.
1) An apple a day: The answer to this one is sometimes. Apples are full of vitamins and other healthful qualities. When eaten in a healthy diet, this fruit may help prevent a lot of unnecessary problems. However, there will always be times when a doctor is needed. The idea that eating an apple will heal a broken leg or stop a heart attack in progress is as silly as it sounds when you read it.
2) Carrots are good for your eyes: I’ve been told all my life that I have to eat carrots to make my eyes better. In a way, that’s true. The beta-carotene content in carrots will help prevent some vision problems, even for those who have other, less easily corrected vision problems.
3) Cracking knuckles causes arthritis: This one was probably made up by someone related to a notorious knuckle cracker. No, cracking them doesn’t cause arthritis, but it does annoy the rest of the population. Out of consideration, you may want to break the habit, even if it won’t hurt you.
4) Cranberries can help prevent/treat Urinary Tract Infections: Believe it or not, there may be some truth to this idea. A study indicates that something in the berries and juice that prevents bacteria from attacking cells. It’s still a good idea to see the doctor if you suspect an infection.
5) Don’t swallow your gum: While it isn’t a good idea to swallow it, chewing gum will pass through the digestive tract. It won’t stay in your stomach forever, which is probably a relief to those who routinely swallowed it as children.
6) Feed a cold/starve a fever: Not really. Adequate nutrition is required when you are sick, though it may be a good to eat lighter foods and drink plenty of fluids.
7) Wet hair causes colds: There is no relationship between wet hair and colds.R3-30 Colds
8) Eight glasses of water: While most of us are at least somewhat dehydrated, eight glasses may be a little too much. Liquid in fruits and vegetables can provide some of the needed fluids. Fruit juices can also be helpful, although don’t count coffee or cola beverages towards your liquid count. They’re diuretics and will make dehydration more likely.
9) Five second rule: Under most conditions, eating something that landed on the floor briefly should not be a problem. You don’t need to blow on it or worry if it’s been six seconds instead of five. Now, if it landed in the manure pile, I’d suggest you leave it.
10) Stepping on a nail: Mom is right; if you step on a nail or otherwise puncture yourself with rusty or dirty nails you need to see the doctor right away and make sure your tetanus booster is up to date.

Teeth Grinding Problems

Teeth grinding is a habit that can turn into a disorder when not taken care of properly. One of these complications is the temporomandibular joint or TMJ problems. It is a disorder that is involved with the inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This joint is responsible for connecting the mandible to the skull, and is jointly responsible for the opening and closing of the jaw. Without it, speaking, eating and other activities associated with mouth movement are not possible. That is why problems with this joint can cause serious disabilities to an individual.
TMJ problems can be caused by a number of reasons. As stated above, teeth grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. In fact, TMD is one of the most serious consequences of teeth grinding. This is because teeth grinding can damage the muscles and joints surrounding the teeth and the jaw. An individual is said to be developing TMD from teeth grinding if he wakes up in the morning with an aching ear or jaw. Any damage or trauma to the jaw can also lead to the disorder. Like other bones in the body, when this joint gets damaged, it will be nflamed.Damaged bones take at least 2-4 months to heal. When the joint does not heal correctly, it can deform the temporomandibular joint, causing TMD. Activities that distort the jaw and the upper body can also lead to the condition. 

Damaged bones take at least 2-4 months to heal. When the joint does not heal correctly, it can deform the temporomandibular joint, causing TMD. Activities that distort the jaw and the upper body can also lead to the condition. An example of this is frequent usage of telephones and awkward sleeping positions.
When TMD is suspected, the individual can exhibit a number of symptoms. The most common symptom of TMD is headache, accounting to 80% of the patients. This headache is accompanied by facial pain, aggravated by movement of the jaw. This can be explained by the damage sustained by the joint. When the joint is damaged, the trigeminal nerve can be compromised as well. This nerve is responsible for the movement of the jaws and the ability of the face to feel touch. Ear pain is also common to affected individuals.
The temporomandibular joint is located right in front of the ear, so pain in this area is very likely. Clicking sounds can also be heard when the mouth is being opened and closed, indicating misalignment of the joint. A grating sensation can also be felt if the temporomandibular joint is felt while moving the mouth. To confirm the diagnosis, the individual will undergo an X-ray to identify any abnormalities in the joint. The physician will also conduct a physical assessment of the teeth and jaws to gauge the extent of the disorder.
When a diagnosis has been made, the individual with a TMJ disorder will undergo treatment. Treatment modalities include physical therapy, medications to relieve pain, correction of the alignment of the joint and stress management. All of these interventions are geared toward the relief of the symptoms of TMD, correction of the factors that caused the disease and treatment of other factors that aggravate the disorder. Treatment can be long and difficult, so a lot of patience is needed from the individual.

Common Eye Problems

The four most common vision problems are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. They are usually caused by focusing problems of the cornea or the lens, or by an abnormal shape of the eye.

1. Nearsightedness (or myopia)

Also known as shortsightedness, it is the most common eye problem in the world. This could be caused by the cornea protruding too far away from the eye or from an excessive elongation of the eye structure itself.
People with this condition will notice they can see nearby objects more clearly than the distant objects.
Nearsightedness can be corrected with concave lenses (which are thinner in the middle than at the edge) on eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are procedures like refractive surgery to reduce the curvature of the cornea.

2. Farsightedness (or hyperopia)

Also known as long-sightedness, it is a vision problem which can arise from having a short eyeball or a lens that is inflexible to the point of maintaining a stretched shape under natural condition of focusing.
People with this condition will notice that as objects comes nearer, the power of the cornea and lens are not enough to keep the image on the retina and the image appears blurred.
Farsightedness can be corrected with convex lenses (which are thicker in the middle than at the edge) on eyeglasses or contact lenses. There is a surgical option too, but it is not as frequently performed as that for correcting myopia because of its complexity.

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