Pericarditis?

This morning the doctor said your husband has pericarditis, but he didn’t explain more.  Briefly, ‘peri’ refers to surrounding, ‘cardio’ refers to the heart, ‘itis’ suggests inflammation. Put together: ‘something that surrounds the heart is inflamed. In pericarditis, it is the fluid-filled sac, the pericardium that is inflamed and irritated sac; this is called pericarditis Of the numerous conditions that cause this, I’ll name four. heart attack, heart surgery, infection, other inflammatory conditions, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.  When the layers of the pericardial.sac rub together they cause a lot of pain. This pain can be so great that … Continue reading Pericarditis?

Amino Acid derivative promises to be the fountain of Youth?

Over years, our cells sustain damage from ‘free radicals’ which build up from toxic waste in our bodies. It is the job of anti-oxidants to prevent this. Blueberries have a healthy dose of anti-oxidants and contribute to slowing this process, but their help is limited. Free-radicals can cause a myriad of health problems; from daytime sleepiness to heart disease, sleep disorders and strokes.To name but a few. The most potent antioxidant known is L-ergothioneine. Recently scientists, researchers and doctors studied and tested a derivative of L-ergothioneine called MitoPrime R.. This very powerful anti-oxidaznt was developed ten years ago and has been researched by hundreds of specialists. The substance has … Continue reading Amino Acid derivative promises to be the fountain of Youth?

Autoimmunity, meet COVID!

Who knows? Who knows what the long-term effects of having recovered from COVID infections are? One symptom of COVID is the effect it has on our lungs and in some cases, people need be hospitalized and in severe cases be placed on a ventilator. What’s a ventilator? It’s a machine that can breathe for you so your lungs can rest and heal from COVID-19. The people who are at most risk for this complication of COVID-19 are those over 65, have pre-existing health conditions, have autoimmune diseases and the infirm. Many look askance at someone who mentions a product on … Continue reading Autoimmunity, meet COVID!

The challenges of COVID-19

Long ago we learned that COVID was quite the contagious virus and we learned its symptoms making us experts in viral epidemiology, (what a mouthful!) social distancing, contact-tracing and handwashing! Our country asked, we gave. We sheltered in place. Now, it’s time to get back to our old ‘norm,’ as this ‘new norm’ takes too much ‘getting used to.’ But, then there are others of us who are hesitant to dip their toes in the waters. After all, if we don’t get this reentry thing right, there will be a resurgence of cases and we’ll be set back some months, … Continue reading The challenges of COVID-19

National Nurses Week-Covid-19

What a week! For the past few months, nurses have earned their rightful place as FIRST responders, Never before have I seen such national attention paid to honor my chosen profession. When I practiced, the honorarium for a nurse during National Nurses Week might have been a new ‘Bic’ pen for charting! Not only did our president state that he is going to honor nurses with a proclamation, there are numerous television commercials that I’ve seen; but it is also National Prayer Day and nurses will indubitably be honored. Nurses are in the frontlines with ventilators, they meet, assess, triage, … Continue reading National Nurses Week-Covid-19