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Questions And Answers On Mmr Vaccine And Antibiotics

Shelley Questions And Answers On Mmr Vaccine And Antibiotics

Shelley asks…

Could the MMR vaccine harm my baby if I am pregnant?

Here’s my story. I started my job at a childcare facility within a hospital on 6/11. I was required to have an MMR booster, which I recieved on 6/13. I was warned by the doctor not to become preggers for 30 days. Not a problem, right? Well, I ended up getting strep throat from my precious lil’ students within my first week, so I started Amoxicillin on 6/18. I knew that antibiotics can affect birth control, so my boyfriend and I used condoms for the rest of the month. On 6/28, our condom broke….did I mention that I may be the luckiest girl on earth icon smile Questions And Answers On Mmr Vaccine And Antibiotics So now I have the double whammy of not only possibly being pregnant, but all of the research I have done indicates that if I am pregnant, there could be some risk to my baby due to the MMR vaccine. I was due to start my period today (7/2), but so far no it hasn’t shown it’s bloody little self. What could happen to my baby as a result of the vaccine if I am pregnant, and what is the likelihood of problems?

admin answers:

Hi, just wanted to reassure you because the other answers are quite negative.
I am in a similar situation but by my dates I was actually pregnant when I received the MMR. I panicked straight away but went straight to my doctor. He spoke to a specialist at the hospital and apparently they advise against MMR because it is a live virus – it contains a very weak form of rubella. Because they know that catching rubella when you are pregnant almost certainly does cause defects, there is a ‘theoretical’ risk that the vaccine could be harmful. However, this is only a theoretical risk and there is absolutely no evidence that a woman who received MMR when pregnant will have a baby with a defect. In fact – there are no recorded cases in any study of the MMR vaccine damaging an unborn baby.
Hope this reassures you, it certainly did me. I am now 11 weeks pregnant and looking forward to the birth of my hopefully very healthy baby in January.
Xx

Jane Questions And Answers On Mmr Vaccine And Antibiotics

Jane asks…

MMR Vaccine help?? Should I get it,or not?

On the information leaflet it says you should delay/not get it if you have a low immune system,or a disease which affects the immune system. And if you have gotten it twice before,it’s still advised to get it again.
But I’m in a predicament…..I have Juvenile Arthritis,a type of Rheumatoid,and this causes me to have a very low immune system,and the meds I’m on affects my immune system also. Because of this,I pick up things realli easily. I’ve had the vaccine twice already,but I was talking to someone who’s nephew got the vaccine twice and he still got a severe case of the mumps.
Any doctors/nurses/medical people out there?? Or anyone who could help?? What do ye think I should do?? Should I get the vaccine,regardless of my comprimised immune system??
I don’t want to get the mumps…..I get realli sick with a cold or the ‘flu,I’ve had the ‘flu for the past 3 weeks,on my second course of antibiotics and it has now developed into a chest infection…..
Thanks in advance
Yeah…..I did get it twice as I mentioned in my question,if you actually read it…..and people ask lots of random questions in the Ireland section,what does this have to do with travel in Ireland:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AlZc34RbTERUPtSHjJuCG9ad7RR.;_ylv=3?qid=20090424210708AAVydZE

Or this??

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ar07h4KznxuROpd9jNSxLtyd7RR.;_ylv=3?qid=20090424115942AAqUGAb

Yeah. Not much.
And I was just looking for help,thank you very much. Obviously you think I’m THICK enough to say ‘Oh,I’m gonna do exactly what such and such a person said’ I just wanted opinions…..

admin answers:

The MMR vaccine often causes arthritis in females who are past puberty . It would be a shame for you to get a different kind of arthritis in addition to JRA, or to increase your existing symptoms.

Http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf

Read the package insert I linked to above. You won’t believe your eyes when you read that the vaccine manufacturer admits what I have told you.

Jim Questions And Answers On Mmr Vaccine And Antibiotics

Jim asks…

ALTERNATIVE VACCINE SCHEDULE VS. GROUP B STREP POSITIVE!!! PLEASE HELP!!!! PARENTS OF KIDS W/ AUTISM!!!?

Alright… where do I start……

I’ma first time mom.. im 19 and my baby is due in 3 weeks…. I just got the Group B Strep culture done… (you know, they test for strep in the uterus) and tested positive. I know I am being a little paranoid because the chances of the baby getting extremely sick are rare, but it can still happen and im a brand new parent!….
The problem isn’t necessarily that I don’t know how to prevent my baby from being born sick. My doctors already plan to give me antibiotics while im in labor so that it will hopefully block the strep from being passed to the baby.
My issue is that I have a brother with autism, and a lot of my family members have autistic traits. Therefore, with my baby, I plan to start right away with gluten/casein free foods, and an alternative vaccine schedule…. now this Strep thing is kind of changing certain things I had planned. For instance, i didn’t plan on letting the baby get the MMR vaccine, however a late sign of the strep infection in children is developing Rubella, so NOW what!? Also, strep can turn your breast milk sour. Therefore, I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed. But how do I tell if my milk is sour?
I know these are all questions my doctor could answer, but I have a lousy midwife for this delivery and shes really batty…. i mean, kind of off-her-rocker batty, and she never really answers my questions. Also, physicians encourage you to push every single vaccine and other thing they can possibly push on you (Parents trying to fight autism, you know this) so i already know what physicians will tell me.
MOTHERS OUT THERE, IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR GROUP B STREP (GBS) WHETHER YOUR CHILD WAS SICK OR NOT, WHETHER YOU BATTLE AUTISM WITH YOUR CHILD OR NOT, WHETHER YOU HAD ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF CARING FOR YOUR CHILD OR NOT, OR IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT TO DO/WHAT NOT TO DO, WHAT IS SAFE AND WHAT I SHOULDNT RISK….. PLEASE TELL ME ANYTHING YOU KNOW
****** PLEASE LET ME ADD ONE THING, ON ACCOUNT OF MY FIRST TWO ANSWERS…..

IF YOU DONT AGREE WITH THE DECISIONS I MAKE TO RAISE MY CHILD, THATS FINE. EVERY ONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION. BUT I JOINED THIS BOARD FOR HELP AND SUPPORT, NOT TO BE BASHED AND TOLD HOW TO RAISE MY CHILD

FIRST OF ALL, I UNDERSTAND YOU DONT WANT YOUR KIDS CATCHING THESE DISEASES, NONE OF US DO, AND THATS WHY YOU CHOOSE TO VACCINATE. BUT THERE ARE SAFE WAYS TO VACCINATE OUR KIDS WITHOUT PUMPING A TON OF SHIT INTO THEM AT ONCE *NOTE I SAID I HAD AN ALTERNATIVE** SCHEDULE, NOT THAT I WAS GOING TO AVOID VACCINATION COMPLETELY. CONSIDER, ALSO, THAT DOCTORS WILL PUSH UP TO 6 SHOTS PER VISIT! AND NONE OF THESE SHOTS ARE TESTED FOR COMBINATION RISKS!
** SECOND, SOME OF U WHO ANSWERED HAD NOTHING AT ALL TO SAY ABOUT MY MAIN CONCERN, THE STREP, AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT MY CHILD. GOOD JOB.

SO, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE, HELPFUL, OR KNOWLEDGABLE TO COMMENT ON THIS TOPIC, PLEASE DONT COMMENT AT ALL. THANK YOU
**************** DAMNIT! ***************
AGAIN, PEOPLE, MY CONCERN IS NOT LINKING VACCINES TO AUTISM, APPARANTLY WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN OPINION ABOUT THAT. MY CONCERN IS GBS! ***GROUP. B. STREP.*** CAN WE PLEASE FOCUS ON THAT??????!!!!!!!!!!!!

admin answers:

Group B strep does NOT turn breast milk sour. Also, rubella has nothing to do with group B strep. Approximately 25% (1 in 4) pregnant women test positive for group B strep. So this is nothing strange or out of the ordinary. Http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/general/gen_public_faq.htm
From the above link:
“Women who are group B strep positive can breastfeed safely. There are many benefits for both the mother and child.”
“About 25% of pregnant women carry group B strep”

Gluten and casein do not cause autism. Eliminating them from the diet is a treatment once a child gets autism. But if you want your child to avoid gluten and casein anyway, that’s fine. They are not required for a healthy diet.

Regardless of what you decide, gluten and casein should not be an issue until you introduce solid foods at 6 months or later. Breastmilk should be the only food for the first 6 months.

If you are concerned at all about autism, I would suggest that you not give any vaccines at all, until there is a study done comparing the rate of autism in vaccinated vs. Never vaccinated kids. The government refuses to fund such a study, but here’s a clue of what they might find: http://homefirst.com/info-1/vaccine-choice/autism-and-the-homefirst-practice.html Virtually no autism in never vaccinated kids, and significantly lower rates of other diseases such as asthma.

If you don’t want your baby to get the hepatitis B vaccine at the hospital, you need to communicate that clearly and often to the nurses and doctors while you are there. And it’s best to not let your baby out of your sight, because nurses sometimes forget and give the vaccine out of habit.

Not vaccinating my kids at all is one of the best decisions I’ve made for them.

Mark Questions And Answers On Mmr Vaccine And Antibiotics

Mark asks…

how often do adults get MMR vaccination during their life?

I work in medical field, in routing check up, blood work showed I have no protection against Hepatitis B and mumps. Are MMR split into 3 different vaccine now? Because I had my measles shot about 10 years ago. I don’t think I can decline it. And, isn’t Hepatitis B vaccine given in 3-4 shots? I had a flu vaccine 10 days ago, and, immediately after, got sick, not flu but very bad cold/bronchitis, I just finished by antibiotics. How long should I wait until my immune system is back to normal to receive these vaccines? Thanks
I am not exposed to patients
USA
so again, how often is MMR given? and someone loose immunity if taken 10 years ago?
so I re-submit blood?

admin answers:

Which country are you in?

It’s not given as a single vaccine. I think you might be confused.
The measles component is included in the MMR. You’ll need to demonstrate immunity. Simply have it again. Same goes for HepB. It’s given as three separate shots.

The cold was unconnected to the influenza vaccine. You cannot get a viral infection from the shot. Do remember there are many viruses circulating this time of the year.

And you don’t need to wait any length of time before having the shots, they are fine to have now.

Edit: The MMR lasts decades to a lifetime. You wouldn’t normally be given it again in adulthood. School leavers are given the booster vaccine. When were you born? Those born between 1980 and 1990 may not have received a mumps vaccine, and those born between 1970 and 1979 may only have had a measles vaccine. In this case, you’ll need the MMR.

Susan Questions And Answers On Mmr Vaccine And Antibiotics

Susan asks…

MMR…a couple of questions im stuck on…?

im doing a few questions and there quite difficult, cant find the answers on the Internet…
1. The vaccine uses a live non-virulent strain of the virus. how is such a strain of the virus produced?
2. which chemical is released by white blood cells to destroy viruses?
3. why would an antibiotic not be effective against measles?

thanks to anyone who can answer it im sooo stuck.

admin answers:

Anti-biotics are only effective against bacterial infections, viral infections will not get destroyed by them- im uessing measles is a virus. White blood cells dont really work that way, they adapt their own structure to bond to a foreign cell (bacteria or virus) by doing this they envelope the cell and kill it. Thats a very non-scientific description. They produce non-virulent strains through chemical manipulation and also by just finding natural variations. Smallpox for example was vaccinated against by giving people cowpox a similar but non-fatal virus

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Questions And Answers On Can I Drive Myself Home After An Abortion

Shelley Questions And Answers On Can I Drive Myself Home After An Abortion

Shelley asks…

How can i deal with the abortion?

I had an abortion a few days ago and cant stop thinking about it, i feel so alone. The father of the baby did not want me to carry on the pregnancy and i went through a very bad few weeks before i made the choice we already have an 6yr old daughter and he did not want this baby..straight away he said he didn’t want anything to do with it and with a few weeks of finding out he went and got a new girlfriend and started telling people the baby wasn’t his and said i went with another man..so i was going through a very ruff time before making one of the worst and hardest dissuasion’s in my life.
when i told him i could do this alone and that i was going to have the abortion he started to come round and see me but it never felt he was there for me, i went and had the abortion and cried all the way there but all he asked was are you nervous? silly question, he said his goodbye and i didnt see him till after it was done i woke up after and cried, i came out of the clinic and he kissed my cheek..we drove home and he dropped me off and then took himself home not even seeing me in the door first, that night i had to hint for him to come over because i didnt want to be alone after this but dont think he really wanted to for 2 nts after he stayed but in the mornng we woke and he said im not staying again was ther anything ii wanted to say to him before he left…made me cry but just went for him..not once did he hug me and ask if im ok and then said he dont want to be me he has someone elkse everything i really wanted to hear at this moment he did not understand why i did not want to be alone he just got on with his life going out..all after 1 day…i have to put on a brave face for my daughter who wasnt with me at the time i was having this done.iv had to deal with the abortion and him saying he happy to of met someone else which hurts alot and i feel i have both to get over and hes not there for me at all..i havent a call or tx asking how im feeling and nothing from any of his family..i cry myself to sleep really wondering if i made the right choice..i know it too late so dont want all the haters leaving me nasty comments i know what iv done and im very sure o will pay for it over time.
No i am not at high school..im 24 years old i fully know what i have done and would never of dreamed of doing this before i was in the position i was in and sometimes i understand that people cant understand why some women have to do what they do and im very sure that there will never be a day i will forget what i have done

admin answers:

Wow Girl, I know I am against abortions but you have touched my heart. I feel so sad for you. The first thing to do is get over that waster of an ex boyfriend. He really does not care for you at all and you should let go off him. To help get you through the hardest decision that you could off made in your life you will need counselling for sure. You need to be strong for your child especially as she is 6 and will pick up your feelings. At that age they sense everything going on around them. Im sorry I really don’t know what to say to help you only that you will heal, But you need to forgive yourself before you can move on, You will never forget but you have a life a head of you and a growing daughter to love and cherish. You will one day meet a man that will love you for you and you can then bring a baby into the world with him but for now please let go of your ex or you will never be happy and get counselling. Best of Luck hun and I am so sorry that you have no proper support before and after all this. It will get better. Xx

Elizabeth Questions And Answers On Can I Drive Myself Home After An Abortion

Elizabeth asks…

I had an abortion 5 days ago…Please read?

Now I understand that alot of you on this board are pro-life and I was too until certain life experiences happened. Yes I do regret it especially after finding out it was twins. Would I have changed the outcome, probably not because it was the best thing for not only myself but my family as well. It was a decision that both my husband and I made together. I would never have another one though. I don’t need any Christians or pro-lifers comments because no matter what you think I did love my babies. Now for my question….After the procedure it was about a 2 hour ride home and that’s the only time I‘ve bled. Nothing more since then. No cramping, no bleeding, no nothing! Is this normal? I called the office and they have a strict policy that they can‘t say anything over the phone and if I‘d like to come in and talk to the DR I could. Well like I said, the place is 2 hours from my home and I would be a lil peeved if I drove 2 hours for them to tell me that this was normal. Before the procedure they told me to expect heavy cramping and heavy bleeding so that’s why I‘m kinda confused. Anyone that has been through something like this please shed some light. Is there a possibility that they messed up and didn’t preform the procedure correctly? Any infomation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

admin answers:

Dont listen to all the people that say you killed babies, You are smart enough to know that you did the right thing, I would go see a doctor just to make sure you are healthy

Mark Questions And Answers On Can I Drive Myself Home After An Abortion

Mark asks…

Is it worth trying to make an effort to have a relationship with my family?

Background: My older sister & mother are codependent. My extended family, mother and sister all live on the same street within their own little bubble.
Sister: is currently age 30, still living at home and has been on a downward spiral of low-self esteem / undiagnosed depression since age 22. Quit school, quit her job, slept till noon for 3 years till she ran out of $. About 6 months into this destructive behavior, I expressed concern for sis’s behavior. In turn, my sis and mom were immediately defensive. My sis retorted, “It is my life to F* up.” My mother resented that I questioned my sister’s behavior. So I backed off…
Sister’s new boyfriend (BF): My sis cheated on her other boyfriend who was overseas in Iraq and got fired from her new job because she got caught having sex with her new BF. This guy may still be married; he has 3 kids and/or may have another girlfriend that still lives at his mother’s house (where he lives even though he spends 6 nights a week at my mother’s house with my sis). Sis decides to move in with new BF in an apartment that he is paying for: 1 month after moving in together, while sister is at work, he moves all his belongings out of apt and leaves my sister. I tell sis I am worried about her relationship with new BF. She says they are broken up. I preemptively tell her I do not want him at my upcoming wedding. She says this is not a problem because they are broken up. The day before my bridal shower I call my sister and this guy grabs the phone away from her asking why he cannot be in my wedding; BF gets arrested for harassment/impersonating police officer; BF is banned from mother’s house for over a year; *BF impregnates sister and makes her get an abortion.
Mother: * is Eucharistic minister, was mad at me and husband for not being married in a catholic church emphasizing the sacrament of marriage, constantly asks me when I plan on having a baby because she so badly wants to be a grandmother, but drives sister to abortion clinic and believes BF is a bigger man for being by her side. Hides the abortion story to everyone in my family.
X-mas: mother comes to my house; says she “hates” sis’s BF. Promises BF will not be at X-mas. We say if he is there, we will leave. She says she understands and respects our decision. She will have a conversation with both sis and BF and let us know what day he will be over. We go over for x-mas, have a wonderful time for a few hours, then BF shows up, so we leave. Mother is “devastated” we left. Mom’s fiancé tells me that my mother knew BF was coming over but never had a conversation with sis. My family now thinks I’m, “rude and distasteful.” My mom played the victim on Christmas to my entire family and says me leaving was “uncalled for.” My mom is bringing my entire family into our drama.
My mom tried acting like she did nothing wrong, says she cannot control my sister’s boyfriend and that my sister can make her own decisions. I say I completely understand, but I hope she respects my decision to not want to be around this douche-bag. She thinks I’m “distancing myself” from my entire family (because I don’t go over there), remember they all live on the same friggin’ street.
I’m so sick of my mother enabling my sister and covering up all her wrongdoings.
I heard that my mother is now going to be paying for my sister to move into an apartment (she also paid for my sister’s entire education; mind you I have over $50,000 in student loans, I’ve been living in my own apartment for over 5 years paying my own way, and my mother did not put a dime towards my recent wedding). My mother is going to sell it to my family that my sister moved out on her own and hide the fact that she is paying for it.
My mother is making me out to be the bad guy. I’ve been trying to maintain contact with my other family members, but my mother has gotten to all of them and they all want nothing to do with me. I call for example, my cousin to go grab a beer and they all tell me to come over to their house (them now knowing that I do not want to be around sis’s BF, but them trying to just get me to accept it).
Is it even worth trying to make an effort to have a relationship with my mom, sis and family?

admin answers:

You dont have to disown them, but you could just lessen the visits to a couple times a year. Hopefully someday your efforts will be recognized, but dont hold your breath. They are family but you dont have to know all the nitty gritty details or daily happenings anymore. How do you know all these details of their life anyway?. If they call you to complain about each other just dont make time to listen. If you start to separate yourself on that level it might be easier on you when you do visit them. Once you are away from the daily drama you can have a distant relationship with them.

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Mandy asks…

Can I call Child protective services on myself?

I have been a single mother most of my 16 year old’s life. I started with nothing going to school and working hard having to take a bus early in the morning. I eventually got a good job and bought a house on my own. I got with his step father when he was four years old. My marriage was a disaster my husband was lazy and selfish in the end he stole from me and our kids for his drug habit. Even in the marriage I did everything for the kids myself. During my separation I broke my ankle which require two surgeries during this time my son and his Friends recked havoc on my garage and property in general all in fun. After the divorce I decided to allow my brother to take over payments on my house. The upkeep was getting to much for me and I wanted a fresh start, I moved back to the city and started over in a small apartment back in April 08. My son was very angry with me for leaving our small town and all his Friends. Ever since he has continued to fight me on everything. He doesn’t go to school we just went to court for truancy. He got his girlfriend pregnant. He destroys the apartment we are in now and I have already recieved warnings if it continues they will evict me, he made a hole in the wall, he slammed my door off it hinges, he has broken windows, he slams my car door to try to break it or the window, he has pushed me down in an arguement, he threatens to runaway, he doesnt come home until he feels like it, he ruins the carpet and furniture with food and drinks. I cant leave him in the apartment when I leave for work because he wont go to school. I have to drive him every morning to insure he is there. So now I wake him up 2 hours before we have to leave and he still wont be ready causing me to be late for work to the point where I am being written up. This morning he did the same thing it was time to go and he was just wearing a t-shirt and boxers I told him to get in the car I dont care if he goes like that. It took him another 10-15 minutes to finally walk towards the front door then he turns around to go get something and I toss my sweater at him tell him no go out the door. He then slams the front door as hard as he can mind you he is very strong. Several of my neighbors were outside leaving. My blood just boiled over and I saw red I grabbed him by his hair and dragged him back to close it right. Once he got into the car he slams the car door. I get in the drivers seat and yell at him to stop he opens the door and slams it again so I slap him. He gets out of the car slams it the 3rd time and starts to walk away. I get out grab him by his back pack and tell him to get into the car my hand is twisted in his backpack at this time and he yerks and yerks on it. I explain to him he is hurting me to get into the car if he hurts my hand I will call his trauncy probation officer to file charges he gets into the car. The whole way to school he tells me he doesnt care if I lose my job, he breaks the car window or if we get thrown out. He will do what he wants to do whenever he wants. Now mind you growing up he rarely got spanked just in the last year he has turned into a completely different person. I have called several agencies to get us help and he has been in counseling for the last 6 months. He said several other things to me as we pulled into the school I slapped him again he raised his elbow to hit me with it and I punched him under his arm and hit his upper arm. He got out of the car slammed the door again. I have never hit him like that before this morning all I could think about was how ungratefull and selfish he has become. His girlfreind is supposed to be having an abortion in 3 days and he is acting like this. I have always been there for him and he has no respect for me. I have called several place like boystown and other homes for teens but they dont take private placements anymore only child protective service can place kids there. I have researched boot camps and residential treatment homes and all cost way to much on my single income (no child support). i think I cant control my anger with him anymore someone tell me what to do..please

admin answers:

Yes you can call child services. If you know that your son is in a situation that is not getting better than yes you have the right. Your sons behavior is disturbing and completely outrageous. Of course you can always take him to court for these charges and most likely he will end up in a boys treatment facility until a certain time. His assault and his destruction of property and lack of authority over him are immediate grounds to have him taken away. Call your local police department and find out exactly what you have to do to file charges against him and take him to a family court. When your son is threatening to hurt you, you have EVERY right to defend yourself. He is not the parent, you are and it’s time he grows the heck up and learns what respect is. I promise you, the boys facility where he will probably end up will show him a thing or two about what it is to be a man.

Daniel Questions And Answers On Can I Drive Myself Home After An Abortion

Daniel asks…

Does my husband love me????? “he thinks about me all the time and only wants to see me happy?”?

Sorry this is a long one…

He always wants the best for me.
He wants me to do all the things I want to do but am too scared of doing.
He even supports me to doing them when I‘m afraid or think that I can‘t or just feel too lazy at the time.
He likes to cuddle me and make me feel better when I‘m sad, even if I‘m just sad for the sake of being sad which he should find annoying or stupid.
He loves my body even though I have gained weight, and he still finds me super attractive. He says he even finds me just as or even more attractive when I‘m pregnant even though I get a big and round stomach.
He surprises me with flowers or little gifts at completely random times and tells me that I‘m beautiful, pretty and that he couldn’t live without me.
At night sometimes he whispers in my ear that he loves me/that I‘m amazing or that I‘m beautiful when I‘m sleeping and I have caught him doing it a couple times because I was half-sleeping.
He is always ready to have sex with me, and he always seems to enjoy it because he always wants it, even though I would think he would get sick of it after 5 times in one day, but he doesn’t. Basicly whenever I want it, he does, but when he wants it I can refuse him for any reason and he doesn’t cheat on me or want to.
He want’s to get into better shape, even though he looks good how he is and I think I‘m fatter than him already, yet he always eats healthy and tries to make himself look really good and encourages me to do the same if it makes me happy because he knows it makes me sad that I have gained weight.
He does 99% of the cooking and the grocery shopping, and even though he says he would like me to do it more often because I rarely do, but he STILL enjoys doing them for us.
He has school all day and then when he gets home he really wants to spend time with me and our son, but he can‘t because of his studies, and when he does, he feels guilty and I get mad at him. For example when he gets home, I think he should do the dishes instead of me or that he should clean/spend time with us because I have been with our son all day and he was just in a classroom, even though he says that for every hour he spends in class there is a minimum of 2-3 hours homework. When he doesn’t I get mad at him, and if he listens, he feels guilty about neglecting his schoolwork.
He wants me to finish school and so do I, he even says he would trade places with me in a heartbeat to stay at home but that without his education he can‘t be sure to support us in the future.
He has supported me for the last 2 years even though he was a student and I was pregnant, he would even drive me to school when I was a student as well. I used to have to get him up in the morning but he would be so tired that I‘d have to borrow his car and drive myself or be late.
This year he is trying to work and go to school to offset some of our debt, but he doesn’t want to spend too much time away from home because he wants our relationship to remain close.
He says that I mean the world to him, that without me his life would be so miserable, but I don’t beleive it. How do I know he is telling the truth? That he really wants to be with ME? and nobody elsE like his ex GF who he admittedly still loves, just not as a girlfriend/wife but more like a childhood friend? He still keeps in touch with her to see that she’s doing okay for example he tried helping her through the emotional effects of having an abortion, he did not tell her to have one, he just supported her in her decision and basicly told her things would be okay, that she needs to get her life organized. He feels that it is a duty that he owes her as a friend for 5 years, is this wrong? How can I know he wants me, or that he won’t cheat on me with someone else, when he says he still loves her but not romanticly or in a sexual way at all? I even found a note she wrote him 3 years ago (before we were dating) that was stickeynoted into the back of book he was reading, even though he said he just found it there and was going to put it away in a “memory box” but forgot because he himself had forgot it was even there so when I found it he had not put it away yet.

I just don’t know, does he love me or not? Does he want to stay with me forever like he says he does? Why do I feel sad that he won’t?

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Richard Questions And Answers On Facebook

Richard asks…

facebook???????

in your opinion do you think a facebook is safe.. i am not allowed to have a myspace but what makes a facebook safe? and how is it not safe?

admin answers:

Facebook is quite safe. You can alter your privacy settings so only your friends can see your profile, and if you don’t want some of your friends seeing everything, you can give them limited access to your profile.

David Questions And Answers On Facebook

David asks…

Facebook?!!!!!!!!!!!?

Is it just my computer or is Facebook messed up tonight? My computer lets me log on put then when I get to the main page everything is messed up and I cant see the posts by other people…? When I got on Facebook from my phone, everything worked but it was in a different format? What’s up?? Thanks :]

admin answers:

I am having the same problem. Im not sure what is going on. I was on earlier today and it was fine. I hope someone finds out and fixes it lol.

Charlie Questions And Answers On Facebook

Charlie asks…

FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

what do you like most about facebook and y do you go on it for?
everyone goes on about it whats the big deal??

admin answers:

I love Facebook! I’ve reconnected with people I’d lost touch with and I’ve connected with a load of new people too.

I like FB for the games and other applications and find it is just very enjoyable but it’s all to do with personal preference really. Some people love it and some don’t.

Davina Questions And Answers On Facebook

Davina asks…

FacebooK!………..

If you have facebook then answer this for me! Ok. Everyone should know that they have a new version out of facebook. Well…if you don’t ya do now! But, I was just wondering do they let you have layouts/backgrounds yet?! Because I reallly want one so i’m hoping but, i’m not sure. So just please help! Thank You! icon biggrin Questions And Answers On Facebook

admin answers:

Not with this new version. So you can’t change it like on myspace yet.

Steve Questions And Answers On Facebook

Steve asks…

FaceBook ?? ……….?

How do u no if someone visited u on facebook or saw ur pics?
i have the new version of facebook but i cant find that thing D:

admin answers:

You can’t they won’t be notified nor will you be notified if they saw your pictures or profile or vs that the beauty of facebook

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Questions And Answers On Pros Cons Steroids In Sports

Richard Questions And Answers On Pros Cons Steroids In Sports

Richard asks…

Help finding info?

I’m doing a speech on the integrity of sports, so if anybody has info, articles, or links about any of the following, it would be very much appreciated:

Patriots/ Raiders tuck rule incident
Patriots/ Dolphins snowmobile incident
Patriots/ Jets cheating incident
Mike Vick dog fighting scandal
Ray Lewis trial
OJ Simpson trial
Pacman Jones incidents
NBA refs gambling
steroids in baseball
pete rose/gambling
corking bats
pro sports drug policies
unessecary violence in ultimate fighting/boxing
bcs vs playoffs arguments
marian jones/steroids

thank you very much… anything else that would relate to this topic, pro or con, would be greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

Just google them… Do your own homework…

Cindy Questions And Answers On Pros Cons Steroids In Sports

Cindy asks…

Help finding information?

I’m doing a speech on the integrity of sports, so if anybody has info, articles, or links about any of the following, it would be very much appreciated:

Patriots/ Raiders tuck rule incident
Patriots/ Dolphins snowmobile incident
Patriots/ Jets cheating incident
Mike Vick dog fighting scandal
Ray Lewis trial
OJ Simpson trial
Pacman Jones incidents
NBA refs gambling
steroids in baseball
pete rose/gambling
corking bats
pro sports drug policies
unessecary violence in ultimate fighting/boxing
bcs vs playoffs arguments
marian jones/steroids

thank you very much… anything else that would relate to this topic, pro or con, would be greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

Try using a search engine on the internet…or going to the library…dont use wikepedia (however you spell it) cuz anyone can put false info on it

Bob Questions And Answers On Pros Cons Steroids In Sports

Bob asks…

help with information?

I’m doing a speech on the integrity of sports, so if anybody has info, articles, or links about any of the following, it would be very much appreciated:

Patriots/ Raiders tuck rule incident
Patriots/ Dolphins snowmobile incident
Patriots/ Jets cheating incident
Mike Vick dog fighting scandal
Ray Lewis trial
OJ Simpson trial
Pacman Jones incidents
NBA refs gambling
steroids in baseball
baseball field sizes
pete rose/gambling
corking bats
pro sports drug policies
unessecary violence in ultimate fighting/boxing
bcs vs playoffs arguments
marian jones/steroids

thank you very much… anything else that would relate to this topic, pro or con, would be greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

My answer is
www.espn/starsport.com
www.yahoo/sport.com
www.ask.com
www.google.com
you can find there..

Mandy Questions And Answers On Pros Cons Steroids In Sports

Mandy asks…

information please?

I’m doing a speech on the integrity of sports, so if anybody has info, articles, or links about any of the following, it would be very much appreciated:

Patriots/ Raiders tuck rule incident
Patriots/ Dolphins snowmobile incident
Patriots/ Jets cheating incident
Mike Vick dog fighting scandal
Ray Lewis trial
OJ Simpson trial
Pacman Jones incidents
NBA refs gambling
steroids in baseball
baseball field sizes
pete rose/gambling
corking bats
pro sports drug policies
unessecary violence in ultimate fighting/boxing
bcs vs playoffs arguments
marian jones/steroids

thank you very much… anything else that would relate to this topic, pro or con, would be greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

A few others to research are:

-Andy Van Hellemond (the NHL head of officials) getting fired over bribary scandals
-Ben Johnson’s 1988 Olympics
-Rick Tocchet gambling ring
-I forgot the tennis player now but he got nabbed for throwing a match last year when the gambling issues arose (a huge fave just quit the match and someone made a bundle on the wager
-1972 Olymic basketball result
-1996 Olympic individual synchronized swimming results
-2002 utah pairs figures skating (french judge-gate)
-Diego Maradonna’s hand of god goal in the World Cup
-Ali being stripped of his heavy weight title for refusing to go to vietnam
-Pittsburgh Steelers spraying water on the sidelines prior to a playoff game vs the Raiders in the 70s to ice down the field and slow down the raiders’ high speed receivers
-2004 Olympics gymnastics results (ridiculously fraudulent)
-2006 Tour de France winner nailed for testosterone levels that are out of this planet
-Mark Bell (NHL player) caught drunk driving, causing a serious injury, leaving the scene and sentenced to prison…. Allowed to serve his sentence in the off-season so he can still play hockey
-1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal
-The NHL lockout of 2004 and the crossover with the NBA’s upcoming CBA at the time (sports illustrated did a large article on the volumes of ‘coincidences’ there
-the 1988 olympic boxing scandals and ridiculous results

Most of these can easily be found by googling a few of the key words and ought to provide you with PLENTY of material for any sort of papers or speeches.

Chris Questions And Answers On Pros Cons Steroids In Sports

Chris asks…

help finding info?

I’m doing a speech on the integrity of sports, so if anybody has info, articles, or links about any of the following, it would be very much appreciated:

Patriots/ Raiders tuck rule incident
Patriots/ Dolphins snowmobile incident
Patriots/ Jets cheating incident
Mike Vick dog fighting scandal
Ray Lewis trial
OJ Simpson trial
Pacman Jones incidents
NBA refs gambling
steroids in baseball
baseball field sizes
pete rose/gambling
corking bats
pro sports drug policies
unessecary violence in ultimate fighting/boxing
bcs vs playoffs arguments
marian jones/steroids

thank you very much… anything else that would relate to this topic, pro or con, would be greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

As a librarian – my pat answer would be go to the library and look it up – however as a person I know that often doesn’t happen – so my next suggestion is – google it.
Look for articles from know sources (sports illustrated, espn, MLB, etc)

Also – check out your local library’s website. Many of them have links to online articles from 1000′s of magazines. You can search them online, find full text copies of the articles and use the information in your report. Most of the time all you need is your library card (you do have a library card, right?) ;o) In addition, I would be willing to bet that your school library has access to the same kind of information database. Of course you have to go the library to get the info.

Good luck, it sound like an interesting topic.

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Questions And Answers On Pros And Cons Of Steroids

Elizabeth Questions And Answers On Pros And Cons Of Steroids

Elizabeth asks…

What are the pros and cons of steroids?

What bad can come from using steroids to help me build muscle faster…and how fast is it really…detailed answers please

admin answers:

Pros: You will get stronger, and look more muscular (duh), fast results

Cons: Excessive use = boobs for men, Accelerated male-pattern baldness, Decreased sex drive, Reduced sperm counts, sterility (no children for you), Testicle shrinking, Skin disease (acne and cysts), Cardiovascular disease (strokes and heart attacks), Liver disease (cysts and cancer), and Psychological effects (from depression to aggression) and permanent stunting of growth in teens – mid twenties, and increased risk of prostate cancer.

Don Questions And Answers On Pros And Cons Of Steroids

Don asks…

What are the pros and cons of taking steroids?

My thing is steroids are bad or good and that really depends on how you take them.
Pros of steroids:

Increased leanness / muscle definition
Increased muscle mass / weight
Increased strength
Increased effectiveness of training
Improved recovery rate
Euphoria
Increased aggressiveness
Increased sex drive

Cons of steroids:

Increased risk of mood disturbances including mania and depression
Increased risk of psychosis
Increased risk of aggressive acts which may injure self or others
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Increased risk of liver disease and cancer
Increased risk of kidney disease and cancer
Risk of HIV and Hepatitis B & C from contaminated needles
Acne
Bad breath
Decreased sex drive
Baldness
Water retention
Muscle cramps
Aching joints
Increased risk of muscle tears
Increased risk of tendon injuries
Increased risk of nose bleeds
Insomnia
Decrease in immune system effectiveness
Infertility
They were used for different medical issues as well.

admin answers:

Commonly Reported Negative Effects:

Both Sexes:

* Increased risk of mood disturbances including mania and depression
* Increased risk of psychosis
* Increased risk of aggressive acts which may injure self or others
* Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
* Increased risk of liver disease and cancer
* Increased risk of kidney disease and cancer
* Risk of HIV and Hepatitis B & C from contaminated needles
* Acne
* Bad breath
* Decreased sex drive
* Baldness
* Water retention
* Muscle cramps
* Aching joints
* Increased risk of muscle tears
* Increased risk of tendon injuries
* Increased risk of nose bleeds
* Insomnia
* Decrease in immune system effectiveness
* Infertility

Women:

* Increased risk of cervical and endometrial cancer
* Increased risk of osteoporosis
* Irreversible enlargement of the clitoris
* Irreversible hoarsening and deepening of the voice
* Irreversible increase in facial and body hair
* Decreased breast size
* Amenorrhea
* Uterine atrophy

Children:

* Short Stature
* Premature ephiphyseal closure

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Commonly Reported Positive Effects:

* Increased leanness / muscle definition
* Increased muscle mass / weight
* Increased strength
* Increased effectiveness of training
* Improved recovery rate
* Euphoria
* Increased aggressiveness
* Increased sex drive

Bob Questions And Answers On Pros And Cons Of Steroids

Bob asks…

What are the pros and cons of using of steroids?

So my story is, i have a 16 year old friend and he’s strongly considering taking steroids. But I have no idea what to advise him. I’m clueless on steroids. So I ask how they can affect him, good and bad. First of all, i have no idea if they’re illegal. And second, i know they can’t have a very good effect on someone as young as him. But third, i know the results will make him happy. So i need facts.
Thanks to all who answer.

admin answers:

Legal? Depends where you live.
They are illegal in the USA without a prescription.

They are legal in the UK(theres a certain amount that you can carry or posses, i cant remember, but they are basically legal)

TELL THIS KID HE IS A FUCKING IDIOT FOR DOING GEAR AT 16.
HE WILL HAVE PERMANENT DAMAGE, PERIOD!!!!!

He WILL get stunted growth, PERIOD……..he is only 16.

There is NO UPSIDE to him using steroids at 16.

He probably doesn’t have a PCT planned out…..if you or him don’t know what that is, then he shouldnt even be THINKING about steroids.

The MINIMUM age that it’s typically safe to induce AAS(gear) is age 25, once the growth plates have completely stopped growing.
(although most peoples growth plates close at around 21.)

You MUST have proper AAS cycle planned out.
You MUST have PCT(post cycle therapy) planned out
You MUST have a very high protein and excellent diet planned out
You MUST have a very solid workout routine planned out.

DO NOT let this kid touch steroids, PERIOD.
16 is EXTREMELY too young.

This kid could have SEVERE problems the rest of his life….seriously.

Steroids are very powerful hormones, and at 16 you are SCREWING UP your bodies ability to produce and balance them correctly.

Stop this kid at all means, even if you must rat him out….it’s for his own good.

Chris Questions And Answers On Pros And Cons Of Steroids

Chris asks…

Pros and cons of steroids?

Im 18 and thinking about using steroids. I wanna get bigger this summer. It’s not that I dont work out and wanna get big, I work out every night. I just want to make it much more effective this summer.

admin answers:

Most people would advise you against steroids and I’m inclined to agree with them to an extent. It is not that I’m against steroids in general but you have to learn how to take them properly and not cut any corners. Furthermore buying steroids is a risky business because of the large number of counterfeit drugs on the market. A dealer selling fake steroids cannot actually get into trouble with the law. As a steroid fan I’m naturally biased so please take other people points of view into consideration as well but I can personally inform you that steroids are extremely effective at building muscle quickly. Secondly, as steroids are essentially derivatives of testosterone, they can also lift your mood and enhance your sexuality. Some versions even work to increase your red blood count accelerating your body‘s natural healing ability by increasing the oxygenation of cells so you are left with greater physical endurance and are able to lift much heavier weights without feeling the effects of muscle soreness. As you are 18 years old you probably saw Thor recenty. The actor Chris Hemworth who played the character probably took steroids during his training. For this role he put on about 20 pounds of muscle in about three months of training. The transformation was startling, but his steroid is a little unusua as you can see from previous photos of him before he started his training routine that he was naturally blessed with a good physique which alludes the vast majority of us, not to mention the fact that prior to filming he did was given plenty of time to prepare himself for this role and a first rate personal trainer. I would advise all steroid uses to HGH as well. By HGH i’m not referring to the cheap crap that is available on the internet but the expensive stuff. HGH is a miracle drug because it improves vitality, reduces fat and increases muscle cells. Originally you could buy them in America for about $10,000 per year, which put it out of reach of most people but a company in China has released a much cheaper version that is just as effective. Sylvester used this type to build up for Rambo.

The downside to steroid usage is well documented, athough I take issue with some of the claims about the side effects of steroids; much of it is due to hysteria from the irrational fear that self improvement by artificial means is bad. The media has also propogated the myth that anabolic steroids are highly dangerous. The fact is that their claims are not supported by the vast majority of scientific evidence, and many doctors actually prescribe anabolic steroids for their patients with low testerone levels or to those who have muscle wasting diseases. They key here is responsibe usage. I find that the biggest drawback is dieting. When you are on steroids, you NEED to eat at least 5000 calories per day, more if you are a hard gainer, and follow the recommendations exactly or you could lose ALL your gains after your cycle. Injecting steroids is an unfortunately a necessity because they are longer acting than the oral drugs but it is not uncommon for people to develop abcesses in the injection sites, which needs draining by a doctor. They are particularly painful and can lead to health complications. Athough the heath risks can be minimised with good information you still need to be cautious. The most powerful steroids (d bol and anadrol) can damage your liver and cause man breasts. So be warned. I hope this helps.

Kirstie Questions And Answers On Pros And Cons Of Steroids

Kirstie asks…

what are pros and cons of steroids?

admin answers:

Steroids are wonder for what they are intended for: Recovery from illness/disease. They are not very good to take if you have a healthy body. Ask Lyle Alzado… Oh wait.. He is dead from a brain tumor caused by taking steroids. Steroids will also make you sterile, reduce the flexibility of (healthy) tissues and cause you to gain weight as you are always hungry.

The amount of ‘how much better’ steroids makes you is open for debate. You will certainly bulk up, but you still have to have a certain amount of ability in order to take advantage of your new ‘body

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Women Body Building

Female bodybuilding has always attracted lot of discussion throughout the world, Although Asian countries are hit by this much later than the western countries. Though most of the people do not ever intend to step in to bodybuilding but yes almost every one would want to have a set of nice abdominal muscles. Female bodybuilding is now in demand and popularity is increasing. Bodybuilding has become a wonderful way for women to both loose weight and then become extremely fit and also to look great. There are chances of becoming too masculine and unattractive though. However, if a woman concentrates and has a perfect diet regime and proper guided physical exercise would give those good muscles and also would retain the sexuality. Bodybuilding for woman has become popular during 1970s, with the launch of movie ‘Pumping Iron’ of Arnold Schwarzenegger. During the same time the women liberation movement was catching the heights of its fire. This ultimately led to increasing the strength and power of women. This was the basic reason why women had joined this masculine area of bodybuilding. Bodybuilding for women can be put in to 2 different classes. One is doing it for weight loss and the other class would be to participate in bodybuilding competition. Whatever might be the reason, one fact remains that women’s anatomy is quite different from that of a man and it is very difficult for a woman to naturally produce the required amount of testosterone hormone in the body which aids in huge muscle building. So, women who are scared of building masculine shoulders, legs and arms, need not worry so much. There are lot more benefits for women when it comes to body building. Like for example, increased self confidence, self esteem and over an above there is this ‘feel good factor’, which makes you feel self-worth. Well till date few people still do not accept the fact of women in bodybuilding, which was considered completely a man’s world of interest at one point of time. Most of the women consider this as a manly act. There are different opinions that are popped up when some one is asked if they would consider female bodybuilders hot or not. It is basically on the kind of taste one has for the counter part that attracts or does not attract. What ever may be the reason, there is lot of awareness among women on the beneficial affects of the bodybuilding exercises and are opting for this in their daily regime. Lots of women have taken bodybuilding as a profession and they look fabulous with those muscles. However, the female bodybuilders should keep in mind the fact that they should not be overdoing it as it then would make one look very masculine and might look manly. One needs to avoid using steroid and other sort of drug to enhance the muscles which would lead to lot of other side effects. There are women bodybuilders who are both hot and sexy and a quite successful in their profession. At the end of the day, it is on personal tastes that affects likings. It is very difficult to understand the human mentalities. What ever might be the reason, Female bodybuilding is a hot stuff now and lots of young women look for this as their profession.

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Why do you Need a Fat Burning Supplement

The important thing to understand about fat burning supplements is that they are not used solely for fat burning. However, they are used but in a different mechanism. The variation of fat burners most commonly thought of is thermogenics. These do help in speeding up of the metabolism thus helping you burn fat. There are other types of fat burning supplements which work indirectly. When people are on diet they can not just stop feeling hungry which drives them crazy so much so that you start craving for any kind of food including the leftovers, which otherwise would have been in the dustbin. It is during this time one would need fat burning supplements, which do not directly burn fat like thermogenics but yes they would calm your stomach and give a full stomach feeling. When you are on hypocaloric diet, which is obviously necessary if you are planning to loose fat from your body, the energy levels of your body are going to be hampered. As it is the consumption of food is also lesser so the energy levels would go down drastically which ultimately effects lesser muscle energy. In these cases, fat burners like caffeine that would serve to help increase the energy levels with out adding more calories to the body. This is one reason why you should be looking at using fat burning supplements. More energy is more workout which in turn means better retention of the already build muscles. For some people, using fat burning supplements continuously have shown increased concentration levels. As already discussed, this is not a direct effect on one’s fat burning process though. When some one is on a diet, their mind is constantly deviated from the any topic and the concentration is actually on the food. However, with this fat burning supplements making you feel full and reducing the hunger levels, one can concentrate more on the exercises and work outs. One other reason why one should go for fat burning supplements is to improve overall health and well being. These supplements are found to have no side effects. There are certain supplements which not only aid in fat burning but also help in increasing the blood flow to the extremities and appendages. However, anything taken in excess is dangerous. These supplements are good if you are dieting to provide you with the energy required, but abusing of this would cost your even more. Rather than attaining a healthy body your body would need even more medical attention. Like for example, high doses of caffeine in the body which is more than 500 mg per day might cause nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, reddened face, a diuretic effect, heart burn, speech problems, gastrointestinal upset, nausea etc. Remember one thing no artificial substance is good for health when consumed in excess. There are certain precautions that we need to take before choosing for any fat burning supplements. Before you try any product read the label carefully. Consult your personal physician for its suitability and known side effects. Follow the dosage pattern carefully. Make sure you are choosing a supplement that you would best meet your requirement and not because it worked for your friend.

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Why Take Supplements

As per Dietary supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, a supplement is a product which contains different components like vitamins, minerals, botanicals, food, amino acids and is supposed to supplement the normal intake of these components. There are different forms of supplements available in the market these days. You would find in pill form, tablets, capsules, powder or liquid form and these are supposed to be taken orally.

Now why should any one take artificial supplements, when we have the ability to eat and all the foodstuffs do contain the necessary nutrients that we need? Here is why you need supplements, no matter what health condition you are in.

There are lots of reasons why one should take supplements. One of the reasons is Pollution like chemical pollution, whose wastes go in to food, air and water that we consume. For example, if a fish from this polluted water is consumed, there are chances of mercury depositions in the body. We would then need some kind of supplements to detoxify and enrich with the lost nutrients.

With technology comes the destruction. Like food irradiation, genetically modified food and food processing. To extend the shelf life of the food, there is a process called Food irradiation in which the food stuff is exposed to ionizing energy and radiations but this process kills all essential nutrients especially those that are soluble in water. This technique is widely used in poultry, vegetables and meat. Genetically modified food is supposed to be rich with nutrients but long term studies show that some people developed allergies. Processed food is a fashion these days. All the supermarkets are over loaded with these processed foods. However, the nutritional value of these foods is very less comparative to the non processed food. Like the food grains are rich with fiber prior to processing but post processing it is lost.

One other reason is soil depletion and pesticide use. Due to high demand, there is aggressive farming which in turn leading to soil depletion. The other reason for soil depletion is use of artificial pesticides and fertilizers. Due to soil depletion the nutritional value of the plant base foods also depreciate. Due to excess use of synthetic pesticides, the food stuff retains these pesticides, which in turn cause health problems.

Apart for all these, your lifestyle and the high stress levels that you are exposed also effects your nutritional supplements. For people who smoke, there a certain type of vitamins that get destroyed. For people who do excessive alcohol consumption, the ability to absorb certain type of nutrients lowers down. These days due to higher competition levels in every field, most of us are exposed to high stress levels. Stress can depreciate energy and trigger early aging and loss of nutrients.

For medical conditions, which lead to nutrient deficiencies, it is a must to use supplements like pregnancy. However, a normal person is equally in need for daily supplements to keep up with the required amounts of nutrients and keep up with this fast generation.

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White Willow Bark

White Willow Bark…A Cure for Arthritis
No matter what advertisements say, no matter what your therapist tells you, there is no absolute cure for arthritis. Through experience, people who suffer from the debilitating effects of arthritis are most certainly aware of this fact. Why then do people jump every time they hear a “wonder drug” that would cure their arthritis? Simply, because people hate pain and arthritis pain impairs mobility and has a great effect on the life of the sufferer. Mobility impaired arthritic people do not lose hope, they would grasp at anything that will cure the pain.
Despite the immense discoveries in the field of medicine, drug treatments that would cure a number of diseases are yet to be discovered. One of these incurable diseases is arthritis. While alternative medicine that uses herbs have alleviating effect on the excruciating pain, these health practitioners are often ostracized by society and dubbed as quacks.
Some arthritis sufferers have asserted that using herb preparations have alleviated the symptoms and prolonged use has manifested favorable effects. White willow bark is used many centuries ago by Europeans for fever relief. White willow bark is a tree commonly found in Europe and Asia that is widely used for the treatment of arthritis. Ancient Egyptians use this concoction to reduce inflammations. Early American settlers use the bark of white willow tree (Salix Alba) to relieve pain.
Salicin is an active ingredient found in the white willow bark. Once ingested, it is converted into salicylic acid by the body. Acetylsalicylic acid is contained in aspirin thus white willow bark is also called the herbal aspirin. Salicylic acid is proven to lower the level of prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandin is the compound that sets off the pain and inflammation in the joints.
White willow bark is as effective as aspirin in reducing the painful swelling of joints. Although the pain relief is a little slower than that of aspirin, it does not have the side effect of irritating the stomach lining. About 1 to 3 grams of white willow bark is boiled and steeped into tea and taken by people suffering from severe joint and muscle pains 2 to 3 times a day.
Herbal preparations like this can be taken by individuals in higher doses without fear of side effects. Arthritis patients can take this brew until the symptoms are no longer evident. White willow bark lowers prostaglandin level in the body. Asians who have been suffering from arthritis found relief when they continued taking white willow bark. When the swelling in the joints, knees and back subside, the pain was eased and their mobility was increased.

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What you need to know about HIV

What you need to know about HIV
Infection with HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is one of the most deadly diseases known to man. Based on the World Health Organization’s estimate, 25 million people have already been killed by this pandemic since December 1, 1981 when it was first recognized. HIV is a retrovirus that causes a person to develop a condition known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS. Once a person gets this, his immune system loses the ability to protect the body making the patient more vulnerable and open to other infections.

Anybody can be infected by the HIV infection even newly born babies. They can easily acquire the virus at birth from their infected mother in a transmission called as Mother-to-Child transmission (MTCT). It can happen during the pregnancy at the uterus of the mother or during the intrapartum on the delivery of the child. There is also a risk of infecting the baby through breastfeeding if the mother has the virus.

The virus can also be transmitted through blood route. There are several ways in which this can occur. One is by blood transfusions. Although hospitals are obliged to check donated bloods for HIV, there are still reported cases of blood recipients acquiring the disease after the said procedure. Reusing of needles is strictly prohibited in hospitals and clinics because it also serves as a way of transferring the virus. Drug users as well as people who give and receive tattoos, piercing have a possibility of getting the disease.

The most common way of transmitting the HIV infection is by unprotected sexual intercourse. Since the virus can be passed through sexual secretions like semen and vaginal fluids, it is not advisable to perform sexual intercourse with a stranger.

HIV -1 and HIV – 2 are the two specie of the virus that infect humans. The more virulent virus is HIV-1 and it can be transferred easier compared to HIV-2. According to medical reports, majority of HIV infections globally is caused by HIV-1. Based on studies, this virus originated from a chimpanzee while HIV-2 is believed to come from Sooty Mangabey, also a type of monkey.

HIV infection has three stages, namely the Primary HIV infection, Asymptomatic Stage and the Symptomatic stage. The primary stage of infection lasts for a few weeks. The infected person usually experiences a flu-like illness. At this stage, there is already a large amount of HIV in the blood and the immune system starts to fail and resist the virus. During stage 2, the asymptomatic stage which often lasts for ten years. No symptoms can be observed during this period except from some swollen glands. The level of HIV in the system drops at this stage but still, the person remains weak. Unlike in the primary stage where the virus is difficult to detect, here, tests can be made to spot HIV antibodies. One procedure that can be done is the Viral Load Test that measures the genetic material of the HIV. The point where the immune system of the patient becomes severely damaged is known as the Symptomatic HIV Infection. After long years of exposure to the virus, the lymph nodes and body tissues become so burnt out they can no longer function properly. The virus also becomes more pathogenic enabling it to destroy more healthy cells specifically the T helper cells.

Until now, there is no cure for HIV infection. Specialists say that it is hard to deal with this kind of virus because they have the ability to mutate and adapt to the environment they’re presently in. The best method they can suggest is to avoid activities that might expose them to the deadly virus.

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