Month: January 2018

Atlanta: Can the Health of Your Home Affect Your Family’s Health? Part 1

Previously published on Examiner

All too often, Atlanta families get sick and the illness can be attributed to the health of the home. This examiner will expose some of the most common factors within the home that can cause problems with your family’s health.

Cigarette smoke – Smoking in the home creates an environment filled with carbon monoxide, tar, and nicotine. The more one smokes inside the home, the greater the risk of family members becoming sick from inhaling the toxic particles released into the air. The family’s risk for respiratory illnesses may be influenced on the number of cigarettes smoked per day within the home, and whether or not the cigarette has a filter. Cigarettes without a filter release more toxins into the air.

Parents and family members who smoke regularly in the home may notice that a brown sticky film covers the walls and every surface in the home. Is it difficult to imagine the dark, sticky film that covers the walls, windows, shelves and every other surface in the home will also collect in the respiratory tract of the family members? When this examiner was very young, her parents smoked within the home. This examiner suffered from asthma all year round for several years. It wasn’t until her parents stopped smoking, per the suggestion from the pediatrician that this examiner got well.

Bacteria – The floors of the home can be breeding areas for bacteria. The bathrooms are notorious for having E.Coli bacteria. When the toilets are flushed, there is a big chance that bacteria will be released into the air. The bacteria can land anywhere in the bathroom to the floors to your tooth brushes, and affect the health of the family.

Dust mites – Dust mites may be found in your carpet and on your beds, pillows and bed covers. Dust mites not only live in the carpets and beds, they also live in the air. Dust mites can float around in the air on dust particles; they can be breathed into the respiratory passages of the adults and children in the home and cause illnesses.

There is help: The toxins from cigarette smoke can be eliminated by quitting smoking or going outside the home to smoke. Internal air quality experts in Atlanta can diagnose the problem/s in your home and suggest air purifiers. Storing toothbrushes outside of the bathroom or using a toothbrush sanitizer to keep toothbrushes clean.

To be continued


Superfood Profile: Goji Berry

Goji Berries are also called Wolfberries, based on the translation of their traditional Mandarin name “Gou qi zi,” meaning “wolf energy berry.” The Goji Berry is a popular superfood, and has been added to many foods, beverages and supplements because of its special nutritive powers. But is the Goji Berry worth all the hype? Below you’ll find a summary of the health benefits of Goji, as well as the health dangers of Goji and ideas for adding this superfood to your diet.

Health Benefits of Goji Berry

Goji Berries are a highly nutritious food with a number of health benefits. Goji Berries contain 21 trace minerals that are important for healthy functioning, including calcium, copper, iron and zinc. Like all berries, Goji Berries are high in antioxidants and strengthen the immune system. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Goji Berries have a significantly higher Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity than blueberries or blackberries. In addition to strengthening the immune system, antioxidants are said to lessen the effects of aging because they help repair damaged DNA. Traditional Chinese Medicine used Goji in remedies for improving eyesight, and modern science has found that the chemicals lutein and zeaxanthin in Goji neutralize the free radicals caused by too much sunlight and may improve eyesight. Scientific studies have found that Goji Juice helped to increase the therapeutic effect of radiation cancer treatment in mice, and one Chinese study found that the consumption of Goji Juice doubled the effectiveness of radiation cancer treatment in humans; unfortunately this study has yet to be duplicated.

Health Dangers of Goji Berry

Goji Berries contain selenium, a trace nutrient which, in excess, can cause brittle hair and nails as well as other health problems. The selenium content in Goji is probably not enough to cause a health risk, since humans can safely consume up to 150 micrograms of selenium per day, but if your diet regularly contains other high-selenium foods such as grains, cereals and meats, you may want to rethink your menu before adding Goji Berry to your diet.

Goji may interfere with some prescription medications. Since the Goji Berry is anti-coagulant, it could cause negative interactions with blood thinners, including a sudden drop in blood pressure or excessive bleeding. Goji may also have negative interactions with diabetes medications. Allergies to Goji Berry have not been documented, but anyone who has pollen allergies may also have a negative reaction to Goji Berries.

Ideas for Adding Goji Berry to Your Diet

Goji Berry may be purchased as juice or as a bulk fruit, and many products, such as cereals, teas and juices, may be already supplemented with Goji. Dried berries may need to be soaked before eating. Goji Berry products tend to be expensive, so it may be a good idea to sample Goji before you buy, in order to make sure you enjoy the taste. Below are some easy ideas for including this superfood in your diet.

*Top your cereal with dried Goji berries.
*Mix Goji juice into your smoothies.
*Flavor plain yogurt with Goji Juice.
*Drink teas that include Goji Berry.
*Make Goji Berry Chocolate by adding Goji powder to melted cocoa. Click here for a unique recipe!
*Add soaked Goji Berries to stir fry recipes.
*Include dried Goji Berries in oatmeal cookies.
*Use Goji Berries to replace sundried tomatoes in some recipes.
*Add dried Goji Berries to granola or trail mix.
*Some traditional Chinese soups call for Goji Berry (remember it may also be called wolfberry).


A 2 Z of Health, Beauty and Fitness; The Health Benefits of Wolfberries; Dr Paul Gross

Buddy Slim; Calories in Dried Goji Berry (EatRaw)

Chet Day’s Health amp; Beyond Online; Goji: A Friendly Skeptic Looks at Goji Juice; Dr Ralph Moss; Selenium

Garden Guides; What are the Dangers of Goji Berries?; Lauren Wise

Phytochemicals; Wolfberry

WebMD; Goji Berries: Health Benefits and Side Effects

Boomers, Health Nuts, and Medical Insurance

Having been fortunate enough to have gravitated toward a group of older friends, I have long been privy to the fact of the medical insurance crisis this country is now encountering.

In younger days, the thought of old age isn’t usually in the forefront. But these older friends knew what would be happening up the road with the boomer generation.

Younger by about ten years, I got into an obsession about these folks, because they were fascinating and because of other reasons I couldn’t explain.

But they knew what would be happening up the road because it was rather obvious. Yet hardly anyone was thinking about the future of medical insurance at the time. In those days the economy was great.

Fortunate to know and learn from these people, I discovered healthy living, and a philosophy that embraced caring for the body, mind, and soul.

The one thing that everyone knew about our future was that the population swelled when we were born. The rest of the story was apparent. There were too many of us, and this would eventually reflect in the current medical insurance predicament.

The Health Nut Era

It was a time when taking vitamin supplements and practicing yoga came into vogue with certain members of our generation. Everyone in our group knew that once we got older there would be a medical insurance dilemma since we were so plentiful, and would be aging en mass.

At the same time, it was a taboo to be interested in taking care of your own health. The medical profession held domination on society as the space age loomed in the skies. Science was a god, though medical science hadn’t included nutrition in the overall health picture.

Anyone advocating self help in those days was often disparagingly ridiculed as a health nut.

As it were, we have come to the proving point of the health nut extremists. The boomer generation begins in the late forties and goes on through 1964. It’s almost divided into two parts with a thinning in the middle.

Now, the younger part of this generation can look to taking care of the elders as a main vocational pursuit.

The Medicare system is in the state of shock. On one hand, these people who had decided to advocate for self health care, do happen to be healthier statistically compared to generations past. Now, the medical insurance management is hoping to rely on this factor.

So, the knowledge of what was logically foreseeable led to the best preparation for old age, independent of government, or medical insurance statistics.

Senior citizens might be seen jogging down the road or on a beach. Active senior communities host tennis courts and are filled with silvery haired competitors.

Government and medical insurance statisticians are encouraging former health nuts to continue these self help methods of prevention. They are also encouraging the older generation to find a work niche, so they can continue working through their elderly years.

Statistic ref

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