Friday, 12 October 2018

Mental health could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030

According to an expert, mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed.
And according to the “Lancet Commission” report by 28 global specialists in psychiatry, public health and neuroscience, as well as mental health patients and advocacy groups, the growing crisis could cause lasting harm to people, communities and economies worldwide.
Though, some of the costs will be the direct costs of healthcare and medicines or other therapies, most are indirect - in the form of loss of productivity, and spending on social welfare, education and law and order, the report’s co-lead author Vikram Patel said.

“No other health condition in humankind has been neglected as much as mental health has,” Patel said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also estimates that around 300 million people worldwide have depression and 50 million have dementia. Schizophrenia is estimated to affect 23 million people, and bipolar disorder around 60 million.
 - letgoonline.com.ng

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Millions are withdrawal from using antidepressants



A large review says that millions of people get tense side-effects trying to cut down on or come off antidepressants.
The suggestion by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence review says that half of patients have withdrawal symptoms and for half of these the symptoms will be severe.
It is better to warn and enlighten the patients that symptoms of withdrawal are usually mild and clear up in a week and that side effects can also last for weeks, months or longer.
The review authors, Dr James Davies, from the University of Roehampton, and Prof John Read, from the University of East London, say about four million people in England may experience symptoms when withdrawing from antidepressants, and about 1.8 million may experience these as severe.
This might include:
  • anxiety
  • sleep problems
  • hallucinations
They looked at 24 pieces of research, involving more than 5,000 patients, to reach their conclusions, published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviours.
Some comments shared by these patients included:
  • "It took me two months of hell to come off the antidepressants - was massively harder than I expected"
  • "While there is no doubt I am better on this medication, the adverse effects have been devastating - when I have tried to withdraw - with 'head zaps', agitation, insomnia and mood changes"
  • "The difficulty of getting off has been a tough road and taken me years of trying and is something that doctors could be more knowledgeable of and supportive with"
Dr Davies said: "This new review of the research reveals what many patients have known for years - that withdrawal from antidepressants often causes severe, debilitating symptoms which can last for weeks, months or longer.
"Existing NICE [National Institute for Clinical Excellence] guidelines fail to acknowledge how common withdrawal is and wrongly suggest that it usually resolves within one week.
"This leads many doctors to misdiagnose withdrawal symptoms, often as relapse, resulting in much unnecessary and harmful long-term prescribing."

 

Consequently, the Public Health England will look at the new data as part of its review into prescribed drug dependence and NICE is currently gathering more evidence to update its advice.
Antidepressants are one of the most common prescription drugs in the UK and their use has been rising.
According from figures from NHS there were nearly 65 million of these prescriptions given out in England in 2016 - 3.7 million more than in 2006.
Antidepressants are not addictive. And research shows they can be helpful but can take a few weeks to take effect.
If you take an antidepressant for four weeks without feeling any benefit, speak to your GP or mental health specialist about whether you should continue on them.
ProfWendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "Antidepressants are an effective, evidence-based treatment for moderate to severe depression, and are a life-saver for many people. But not enough research has been done into what happens when you stop taking them. As this review shows, for many people the withdrawal effects can be severe, particularly when antidepressants are stopped abruptly.
"It's good to see more of a focus on this. We are pleased that Public Health England are prioritising dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines as an area of review and welcome NHS England's referral to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) asking that they do the same."


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

HIV/AIDS: China has announced a 14% jump in victims


The vast majority of new HIV cases in China were transmitted through sexual activity.
China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids.
Health officials say more than 820,000 people are affected in the country. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone.
The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the past.
Traditionally, HIV spread rapidly through some parts of China as a result of infected blood transfusions.
But the number of people contracting HIV in this way had been reduced to almost zero, Chinese health officials said at a conference in Yunnan province.
Year-on-year, however, the number of those living with HIV and Aids in China has risen by 100,000 people.
HIV transmission through sex is an acute issue in China's LGBT community.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in China in 1997, but discrimination against LGBT people is said to be rife.
Because of the country's conservative values, studies have estimated that 70-90% of men who have sex with men will eventually marry women.
Many of the transmissions of the diseases come from inadequate sexual protections in these relationships.
Since 2003, China's government has promised universal access to HIV medication as part of an effort to tackle the issue.

 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

How I got of fibroid completely without surgery

About three years ago I passed out at work and was rushed to the hospital. At that time, I was on my menstrual period and had very heavy bleeding.
My periods were very heavy for the first three to four days and I would have to wear both pads and tampons at the same time. The bleeding was so bad that I had to change both of them every 2 hours.
I normally stay at home on the first three days of my period but on this particular day I needed to be at the office to sign some very important paperwork. About thirty minutes before leaving for the day I fainted. My co-workers rushed me to the hospital. While there the doctor told me that I lost a lot of blood and he wanted to give me a blood transfusion. I declined that treatment. I declined the blood transfusion because I didn’t need it since I wasn’t dying.
I was just anemic from having heavy menstrual periods. The doctor was not pleased with my decision but he didn’t force the issue and I was sent home later that night with some drugs.
My struggle with fibroid
The reason my periods were so heavy at that time was because of the three fibroid I had in my uterus. I first found out about them back in 2012 and in 2013 I had to remove with surgery. Two years later they came back even bigger. My doctor wanted to schedule another surgery but if it didn’t work the first time why would I go under the knife again for a second time? So I decided to just deal with the pain and heavy bleeding and search for a natural way to get rid of them FOR GOOD!
How I got rid of fibroid without surgery
Searching for natural ways to get rid of my fibroids was not easy. I saw several advertisements of all kinds of treatments to shrink fibroids. I was a little skeptical but I was desperate to get rid of the fibroids so I tried one in particular which didn’t work. I was still having heavy painful bleeding with lots of clots. I noticed that the soreness in my breast was gone, but after going for another scan, I was told that my fibroids were still there. I was so discouraged that I scheduled an appointment with my doctor to discuss other possibilities for removing the fibroids.
About two months later, while surfing on the internet I saw a post on Facebook talking about how to get rid of fibroid naturally without surgery. I was very skeptical about it. I didn’t even bother to follow the link in the post to read more. Two days later, as I sat alone in the sitting room feeling hopeless about my fibroid, I decided to go on Facebook and see if I can still access the post I saw two days earlier, thank God I was able to get it. I reluctantly gave the Natural product a try …it just made sense. On September 17 of 2016, I began the Fibroid shrinking program as seen on this website here http://www.healthyinfo.com.ng/fibrocombo.html:
2016: The Turning Point
After being on this program for about 2 and half months, my period was no longer heavy as before. Usually my periods would last 8 days, with 3 – 4 days being very heavy. I would also spot a lot in between my periods but the spotting stopped, with 2 days of heavy bleeding and my cycle lasting for only 5 days. Once this happened I cancelled my appointment with my doctor and stayed loyal to my program. !
The final result
Like I said earlier, I had 3 fibroid. One was growing inside my uterus and the other two were inside the walls of my uterus. The largest fibroid was the size of a grapefruit. When I got my results back from a scan I went for, the result shows that I only had one fibroid inside the wall of my uterus and that it was the size of a small apple. So two fibroids completely dissolved away and the largest one was the size of a small apple instead of a grapefruit. Since I wasn’t having any problems with my periods and 2 out of the 3 fibroid were gone, I decided to just continue with the program and go on with my life.
Fibroids completely gone
Two months later, I went for another scan and to my surprise and that of my doctor, my fibroid were gone. My doctor kept going over and over the scan result to make sure she was reading it correctly. She couldn’t believe that all of my fibroids were gone without surgery. My uterus was back to its normal size and my periods are now 3 days long. She asked me what I did to make them go away and I told her “I did what I should have done back in 2013. There are not enough words to explain the happiness I have now. I wish I knew about this program when I first had fibroids but as the saying goes ‘things happen for a reason”.
I am so thrilled with my experience that I inspire others to experience for themselves the profound transformation this fibroid treatment program offers.
I strongly recommend you visit http://www.healthyinfo.com.ng/fibrocombo.htmlin case you know someone who has fibroid. It has changed my life and now I’m free!
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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Simply visualizing your goal weight could help to boost weight loss

We all know that the key to weight loss is to eat less and move more, but actually doing so can be impossible.
And that’s why experts are increasingly starting to come round to the belief that our minds are almost an equally crucial part of the weight loss puzzle.
In fact, a new study has suggested that simply visualizing your goal weight could help to boost weight loss by as much as five times.
Scientists from the University of Plymouth have been examining the role of “motivational intervention” in aiding weight loss efforts.
They compared a talking therapy called motivational interviewing (MI) with a new kind of therapy called functional imagery training (FIT).
In MI, you receive counseling while on a weight loss program that allows you to talk about what’s motivating you to change (i.e shedding excess fat).
What is FIT?
FIT is a coaching method that teaches dieters how to fully visualize — in as realistic a way as possible — achieving their weight loss goal and what that would allow them to do or experience that they don’t already do or experience at their current weight.
The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at 141 people with body mass indexes of at least 25 (which is “overweight”).
Fifty-five volunteers underwent MI and 59 had FIT, each participating in two sessions of the therapy assigned to them — one face-to-face and one on the phone.
They then received follow-ups every couple of weeks for a period of three months and then once per month for another three months.
Scientists found that those who received FIT lost five times more weight on average as those who had MI.
And more specifically, the FIT dieters lost an average of nine pounds compared to just 1.6 pounds in the MI group and lost 1.69 inches more around their waists over six months than the MI participants.
Even after the study had finished, FIT dieters reported still losing excess weight. After 12 months, they had lost 14 pounds on average, while the MI group lost even less than they did in the beginning.
The study’s lead, Dr. Linda Solbrig, said: “Most people agree that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more, but in many cases, people simply aren’t motivated enough to heed this advice — however much they might agree with it.
“So FIT comes in with the key aim of encouraging someone to come up with their own image of what change might look and feel like to them, how it might be achieved and kept up, even when challenges arise.
“It’s fantastic that people lost significantly more weight on this intervention, as, unlike most studies, it provided no diet/physical activity advice or education,” said Solbrig.
“People were completely free in their choices and supported in what they wanted to do, not what a regimen prescribed.”
So what makes FIT so effective?
While both techniques foster a positive mindset, FIT is more effective because it’s more multi-sensory.
Experts believe that by getting people to imagine everything about their improved experiences following weight loss — including how things might look, feel, taste, smell, they’re better able to make it a reality.
“We started with taking people through an exercise about a lemon [regarding the FIT technique],” said Solbrig.
“We asked them to imagine seeing it, touching it, juicing it, drinking the juice and juice accidentally squirting in their eye, to emphasize how emotional and tight to our physical sensations imagery is.
“From there we are able to encourage them to fully imagine and embrace their own goals.
“Not just ‘imagine how good it would be to lose weight’ but, for example, ‘What would losing weight enable you to do that you can’t do now?”
“What would that [look, sound and smell] like?’ and encourage them to use all of their senses.”
And that technique is thought to be particularly effective with people who find it really hard to keep up their motivation for losing weight.
How to do DIY FIT
It’s worth saying that the study focuses on professional therapists dishing out this treatment, so if you really want to reap the benefits, you might have to find a therapist who is qualified in it (not an easy task).
But you could start by trying to adopt a couple of simple habits to add to your existing weight loss plan (you definitely need to be willing to eat better and exercise for this to work!).
Visualize your future
Spend a good 20 minutes really thinking about how losing weight would improve your life.
Write down how you’d like to look like, what the clothes you’d like to fit into would feel like to touch, how being able to jog without struggling would feel, how the environment would smell if you went on a body confident beach holiday, what smells you associate with being healthy.
Set aside 15 minutes at the same time every week
Carve out a window of time once a week to evaluate where you’re at and to really think about the goals you’ve set in place. Reimagine how you want to feel.
Set an alarm on your phone to remind you of that habit.
Tap into each sense, one after the after.
How does fresh, healthy food taste? How does being fitter feel? How do properly fitting clothes look? What smells are associated with being healthier?
It’ll probably take some time to get into the swing of things but hey, it’s got to be worth a try.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Fat, not carbs, is directly linked to weight gain


  • The research looked at mice on 30 different types of diets. The result of the research found that the mice on a high-fat, low-carb diet gained the most weight, while mice on a low-carb diet actually gained no weight at all.
  • The findings suggest that trendy high-fat, low-carb diets might not be effective at helping you lose weight — but is that actually true?If you're trying to lose weight, you've probably jumped on the low-carb diet bandwagon at one point or another. Many weight loss gurus have claimed that cutting down carbs and increasing your fat intake can help you lose weight. This has contributed to the increasing popularity of diets like the keto diet, which suggests that if you stick to a high-fat, low-carb diet, your body will go into ketosis, thus prompting you to shed more pounds. But a new study suggests this might not be the case.
The study which was published this month in Cell Metabolism, from the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that mice who ate high-fat diets gained more weight over a three-month period than mice who ate high-carbohydrate diets. Surprisingly, the mice on high-carbohydrate diets did not gain weight at all.
Conclusion
 According to the researchers, eating fat is the only thing that made mice gain weight.

Friday, 20 July 2018

5 high calorie foods that can make you lose weight

 

man drinking milk from carton
Full-fat milk isn't as bad for you as people once thought.
For much of the 20th century, low-calorie and low-fat diets were touted as the best method for weight loss.
But in reality, counting calories isn't always the best way to lose weight. According to the Independent, many foods marketed as low-calorie can be unsatisfying, making it difficult to maintain a strict low-calorie lifestyle. Not to mention, many foods marketed as low-calorie options are devoid of nutrition and unhealthy in the long run.
Foods with more calories aren't necessarily unhealthy — some of them are so high in calories because they contain nutrients. They're also often more filling, so adding some high-calorie health foods into your diet might keep you from snacking.
The following foods are relatively high in calories, and may have even been shunned by weight loss advocates in the past — but they could actually aid weight loss.
Keep in mind, though, that not all high-calorie foods are created equal. The foods on this list are rarely overeaten for a reason: they're largely unprocessed and incredibly filling. The same can't be said for a high-calorie donut or cheeseburger so you should still enjoy those sparingly.
 

Egg yolks don't deserve their bad reputation.

Don't disregard the yolks.
Conventional wisdom held that because egg yolks contained much of the fat and cholesterol content of the egg, they were the enemy of dieters everywhere.
Today, we've realized that while the yolk, according to the USDA, is the most caloric part of the egg (it has 55 calories compared to the white's 17), that's because it's the part of the egg that holds all the nutrition.
Egg yolks contain vitamin B12, phosphorus, iron, folate, and lutein. Some of these vitamins and minerals are hard to find in other foods, making the egg yolk a staple of a healthy diet.
For weight loss purposes, the egg is handy because of its high fat and protein counts. These compounds make eggs more filling than many other foods with similar amounts of fat and protein. Plus, according to the USDA, one egg has only 0.56 grams of sugar, meaning eggs are unlikely to spike your insulin and cause you to become hungry later on.
And before you insist that eggs belong on a bad-food list because of their fat and cholesterol content, here's some good news: Dr. Joseph Mercolatold HuffPost that cholesterol and fat have been unfairly demonized for years. The truth about dietary cholesterol's effect on cholesterol in the blood is much more complicated than previously believed.

Avocados are a healthy, filling snack.

The fruit can be used to make any meal filling.
It's hard to believe that millennials' favorite brunch staple was once placed on the "avoid" lists of so many diets. According to the USDA, avocados are quite highly caloric and high-fat for a plant-based food, which turned many nutritionists off. But their low-sugar, high-fat and high-protein breakdown makes them a great diet food.
According to Women's Health Magazine, avocados have high levels of potassium, which may help reduce bloating. Their high-fat content makes them super filling. Plus, their monounsaturated fat content makes them a vital tool in combating heart disease and bad cholesterol, according toMayo Clinic.
 

Oils and butter are filling and satisfying, in moderation.

Just be sure to eat it in moderation.
Oils and butter have been demonized for decades, and some of their detractors might have a point: foods that are fried in oil could increase risks of diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and more, according to research done by Harvard University.
There are few studies on oil's direct connection to weight loss, but anecdotal evidence proves that many people are finding success by adding butter and oil to their meals, most notoriously to their coffee. But a small amount of grass-fed butter or unheated oil can add fat to your meal can make your meal much more satisfying.
One study shows that if you're going to add a butter or oil to your diet, your best bet might be medium-chain triglyceride oil. MCT oil was found to be more satisfying than coconut oil or vegetable oil, and study respondents reported feeling full for three hours longer after consuming MCT oil.

Eat full-fat dairy to lose weight.

If you're going to eat dairy, eat it full-fat.
Dairy might not be for everyone. Some scientists say it might not even be necessary for a balanced diet, while others have found that a diet rich in cheeses can help you lose weight, as reported by The Telegraph. You might not be down with dairy, but if you are going to eat it and hope to lose weight, you should probably make it full-fat.
While skim milk used to be the preferred dairy product of dieters, it's now been found that consumption of full-fat dairy is actually linked to a lower rate of obesity, according to NPR. Low-fat milk has been linked not only to weight stagnation butweight gain. If that's not a good reason to swap your sad zero-fat string cheese for some sharp, full-fat cheddar, I don't know what is.
 

Nuts will fill you up quickly.

Perhaps it's the crunch that keeps you from eating too much.
Nuts are another wholesome, naturally occurring food that was considered fattening for years. They pack an insane caloric punch in terms of mass, but they're super filling.
This isn't only due to their protein, fat, and fiber content, but could also be because of their texture. Nutrition scientist Richard Mattes speculated to the New York Times that they might be especially filling because of how crunchy they are. That satisfying crunch could send signals to your brain that you're full, he said.
As a bonus, they have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
Credit: this is insider.com

Mental health could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030

According to an expert, mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 tr...