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Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells in your body than normal. Defects in the genes that make hemoglobin cause thalassemia. Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that allows the cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to the other parts of your body. Because of low hemoglobin and a low amount of red blood cells, thalassemia results in anemia.
If you have a mild form of thalassemia, you may not require any treatment. But, if you have a more severe form, you may need blood transfusions on a regular basis. Although in some cases severe thalassemia can be life-threatening, milder forms of thalassemia usually can be effectively treated.
Although thalassemia causes anemia, don't confuse thalassemia with iron deficiency anemia. People with thalassemia often have more iron in their bodies than they need. For this reason, if you have thalassemia, don't take iron supplements unless your doctor recommends it.
Shortness of breath
Yellow discoloration of the skin (jaundice)
Bone deformities in the face
The signs and symptoms you experience depend on your type and severity of thalassemia. Some babies show signs and symptoms of thalassemia at birth, while others may not develop signs or symptoms until they're about 6 to 12 months old. Some people who have only one hemoglobin gene affected don't experience any thalassemia symptoms.
Blood consists of liquid, called plasma, and three types of cells that float within the plasma:
White blood cells. These blood cells fight infection.
Platelets. These blood cells help your blood clot after a cut.
Red blood cells (erythrocytes). These blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs, through your bloodstream, to your brain and your body's other organs and tissues. Your body needs a supply of oxygenated blood to function. Oxygenated blood helps give your body its energy and your skin a healthy glow.
Red blood cells contain hemoglobin — a red, iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color.
Thalassemia disrupts the normal production of hemoglobin and leads to a low level of hemoglobin and a high rate of red blood cell destruction, causing anemia. When you're anemic, your blood doesn't have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to your tissues — leaving you fatigued.(keletihan)
Thalassemia is caused by defects in the genes that make hemoglobin.
The more defective genes you have, the more severe your alpha-thalassemia:
Factors that increase your risk of thalassemia include:
Family history. Thalassemia is an inherited disorder, passed from parents to children through defective hemoglobin genes.
Ancestry. Thalassemia occurs most often in people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, southern Asian and African ancestry. Alpha-thalassemia affects mainly people of Southeast Asian, Chinese and Filipino descent.
When to seek medical advice
Shortness of breath
Yellow discoloration of the skin (jaundice)
Bone deformities in the face
Screening and diagnosis
Most children who have moderate to severe cases of thalassemia show signs and symptoms within their first two years of life. If your doctor suspects your child has thalassemia, he or she may confirm a diagnosis using blood tests. If your child has thalassemia, blood tests may reveal a low level of red blood cells. The red blood cells may be smaller than normal, pale (a sign of low hemoglobin), varied in size and shape, and have uneven hemoglobin distribution — giving the cells a bull's-eye appearance under the microscope.
Blood tests may also be used to measure the amount of iron in your child's blood and to evaluate his or her hemoglobin. In some cases, a blood test may be used for DNA analysis to diagnose thalassemia or to determine if a person is carrying defective hemoglobin genes.
Testing can be done before a baby is born to find out if he or she has thalassemia and determine how severe it may be. Tests used to diagnose thalassemia in unborn babies include:
Chorionic villi sampling. This test is usually done around the 11th week of pregnancy and involves removing a tiny piece of the placenta for evaluation.
Amniocentesis. This test is usually done around the 16th week of pregnancy and involves taking a sample of the fluid that surrounds the baby.
Assisted reproductive technologyA form of assisted reproductive technology that combines pre-implantation genetic diagnosis with in vitro fertilization may help parents who have thalassemia or who are carriers of a defective hemoglobin gene give birth to healthy babies. The procedure involves retrieving mature eggs from a woman and fertilizing them with a man's sperm in a dish in a laboratory. The embryos are tested for the defective genes and only those without genetic defects are implanted in the woman.
Possible complications of thalassemia include:
Iron overload. People with thalassemia can get too much iron in their bodies, either from the disease itself or from frequent blood transfusions. Too much iron can result in damage to your heart, liver and endocrine system, which includes glands that produce hormones that regulate processes throughout your body.
Infection. Thalassemia increases your risk of developing a blood-borne infection, such as hepatitis, which is a virus that can damage your liver.
In cases of severe thalassemia, the following complications can occur:
Bone deformities. Thalassemia can make your bone marrow expand, which causes your bones to widen. This can result in abnormal bone structure, especially in your face and skull. Bone marrow expansion also makes bones thin and brittle, increasing the chance of broken bones, particularly in your spine. Spine factures can result in compression of your spinal cord.
Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly). The spleen helps your body fight infection and filter unwanted material, such as old or damaged blood cells. Thalassemia often destroys a large number of red blood cells, making your spleen work harder than normal, which causes it to enlarge. Splenomegaly can make anemia worse, and it can reduce the life of transfused red blood cells. If your spleen becomes too large, it may need to be removed.
Slowed growth rates. Anemia can cause a child's growth to slow. Children with severe thalassemia rarely reach a normal adult height. Due to endocrine problems, puberty may also be delayed in these children.
Heart problems. Heart problems, such as congestive heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), may be associated with severe thalassemia.
Treatment for thalassemia depends on which type you have and how severe it is.
Thalassemia minor (alpha or beta)
Signs and symptoms are usually mild with thalassemia minor and little, if any, treatment is needed. Occasionally, you may need a blood transfusion, particularly after surgery, after having a baby or if you develop an infection.
Beta-thalassemia major (Cooley's anemia) or hemoglobin H disease
These more severe forms of thalassemia often require frequent blood transfusions. Over time, blood transfusions cause a buildup of iron in your blood, which can damage your heart, liver and other organs. To help your body get rid of the extra iron, you may need to take medications known as "iron chelators." These medications may be given as a pill or as an infusion under your skin. In some cases, a bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant may be used to treat severe thalassemia.
In most cases, thalassemia cannot be prevented. If you have thalassemia, or if you carry a thalassemia gene, consider talking with a genetic counselor for guidance before you have a child.
Jika anda dan isteri anda adalah pembawa gen thalassemia, ada kemungkinan 1:4 anak yg bakal dilahirkan akan mendapat thalassemia.
If you have thalassemia, be sure to:
Avoid excess iron. Unless your doctor recommends it, don't take vitamins or other supplements that contain iron.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating a well-balanced diet that contains plenty of nutritious foods can help you feel better and boost your energy. Your doctor may also recommend you take a folic acid supplement to help your body make new red blood cells.
Avoid infections. Protect yourself from infections with frequent hand washing and by avoiding sick people. You should also get a flu shot every year and the pneumoccoccal vaccine to prevent infections. If you develop a fever or other signs and symptoms of an infection, see your doctor for treatment.
The human body is under siege by free radicals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pollution, chemicals, fumes, toxins, and other poisonous materials only add to the damage that the body endures on a daily basis. The amount of free radical damage is equivalent to the amount you have aged. The best known antioxidants prior to Dr. Flanagan's pure Hydrogen ion product were Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Green Tea Extract and Grape Seed Extract. Both Green Tea and Grape Seed Extracts have many times more antioxidant potential than either Vitamin E or Vitamin C. Scientific evidence proves that Mega H is hundreds of times more powerful as an antioxidant than either Green Tea Extract or Grape Seed Extract. There is no known antioxidant more powerful than Mega H.
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There are five places on Earth where the people routinely live to over 120 years of age in good health with virtually no cancer or dental caries (decay of a bone or tooth), where they remain robust and strong and are also able to bear children even in old age, and the most famous of these, Hunza in the Himalayas, has people who live to 120-140 years old.Much research has proven conclusively that the major common denominator of the healthy long-living people is their local water.
Dr Patrick Flanagan, MD, PhD, after doing painstaking research on the properties of Hunza Valley water, found out that there was a certain kind of mineral in the water that make it so unique and distinct from others. This is composed of tiny spherical silica mineral. Silica is a natural mineral that is essential for human body. silica makes our bones and arteries strong.It is found in the places we need the most strength like the aorta.In the water, presence of colloidal silica in abundance lower the surface tension of water, making it 'wetter'
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Ordinary water has a surface tension of 73 dynes per centimeter - a dyne is a very small unit of force, the amount needed to break the surface skin of the water.
Alexis Correl, who kept a chicken heart alive for 37 years and received a Nobel Prize, stated that the secret of life is to feed and nourish the cells and let them flush their waste and toxins. If those nutrients can't get into the cells because the water has too high a surface tension, the cells dehydrate and die of their own waste products.
The cells must be in intimate contact with the water in order to get their nutrients but the cell's surface membrane is basically a waxy, oily substance (lipids) and oil and water don't mix so the nutrients just suspend and can't get into the cells as the surface tension is too high.
People who drink the magic "8 glasses a day" of ordinary water are pretty much wasting their time as the nutrients can't get in and the toxins can't get out and the cells die anyway.
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Destroying free radicals implicated in degenerative diseases via antioxidants is the sure-fire way to being hale and hearty, according to a microbiologist in cellular health
FOR almost half his life, Myron Wentz has been working hard to rid the world of disease by eliminating degenerative diseases caused by deteriorating cells in the body.
As a microbiologist and immunologist, Wentz is confident that with the right food and supplements — to feed the cells, protect them from free radical damage and thus keep them healthy — people will not suffer from degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.He says that if we do not feed our cells with all the essential nutrients, then they will not function properly.
“We are living in toxic environments that damage our cells. We are now no longer dying from infectious diseases, but from degenerative illnesses. “The cells that are damaged most will determine what disease arises, be it heart disease, nerve degeneration or organ failure,”
He explains that the biological functions in our cells generate free radicals that damage our bodies. To counter this, the body also creates antioxidants to destroy them.A healthy diet, he says, is no guarantee for health as cells in our body are affected by a toxic environment.
Wentz set up the Utah-based USANA Health Sciences in 1992 to manufacture vitamins and other nutritional
“Toxic substances are a major source of oxidative damage which destroy cell structures and molecules like DNA, enzymes, proteins and lipids. The end result is cellular degeneration and loss of function, and all kinds of degenerative diseases.”
The various antioxidants and supporting nutrients work on different types of free radicals and in different parts of the body. Vitamin E is the best antioxidant within the cell membrane. Vitamin C is most effective within the plasma. Glutathione is works most efficiently within the cell itself. Literally dozens of antioxidants are at work in various parts of the body and are effective against particular types of free radicals. They work together—synergistically-- to control oxidative stress. This means that 1 plus 1 does not equal 2, but 8 or 10
Living a healthy life becomes a matter of balance. You must have enough antioxidants available to readily neutralize the number of free radicals your body produces. If you don’t, "oxidative stress" will occur. When this oxidative stress is allowed to persist over a prolonged period of time, you will most likely develop a serious chronic degenerative disease.
Each of us must ask, "Am I getting enough antioxidants from my diet to protect myself from this onslaught of free radicals or do I need to be taking nutritional supplements?"
Since balance is the key, we need to look closely at the individual players that are at war within. The number of free radicals you produce each and every day is never the same. All the pollutants in our air, food, and water dramatically increase the number of free radicals we produce. Enormous stress, excessive exercise, cigarette smoke, sunlight, radiation, and every drug prescribed greatly increases the number of free radicals produced in the body. In fact, there has never been a generation on this planet subjected to more oxidative stress than this present one. We are literally under attack from our polluted environment, stressful lifestyles, and over-medicated society.
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At a time when we are under the heaviest attack from the environment around us, our natural defense systems are becoming overwhelmed and depleted. We must do all we can to rebuild our antioxidant systems with a healthy diet, but too you need to learn how complete and balanced nutritional supplementation with high quality supplements (cellular nutrition) is our best hope in winning this war within and protecting our health.
Ever heard of 'catchy' words such as free radicals, oxidative stress, antioxidants and inflammation? some may said yes, I bet majority will say 'hardly heard of them'. I'm not suprised because I was like most of you- 2 years back. Being trained in medical field, you might wonder why so.The answer is becoz I was not thought about that in my medical school days! so what can I expect from the laymen?.
My 'new journey' started after I read a book by my idol/guru/mentor ie Dr Ray Strand who wrote an excellent book- "What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You".
Dr Strand in his simple plain English clearly explained what are meant by the words mentioned above, based on his experience in treating chronic diseases in his clinic in South Dakota, US.What I remember most from his book was his statement:
"Over the past 7 years, I have reviewed well over 2,000 medical and scientific studies in regards to nutritional supplements and their affect on your health. These studies appearing in medical journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Lancet, and Annuals of Internal Medicine report that beyond any doubt the "root" cause of well over 70 chronic degenerative diseases is "oxidative stress." These are the "who’s who" of diseases we all fear and want to avoid; diseases like heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s dementia, macular degeneration, lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue"
So dear readers, this might be my most important posting in my blog-understanding what is OXIDATIVE STRESS and how to 'firefight' it for it will become your basic in understanding my discussion of any diseases.
So what," you may be wondering, "is ‘oxidative stress’?"
Within every cell of the body is a furnace called the mitochondria. As oxygen is utilized within the furnace of the cell to create energy and life itself, occasionally a charged oxygen molecule is created, called a "free radical." This free radical has at least one unpaired electron in its outer orbit essentially giving it an electrical charge. If this free radical is not readily neutralized by an antioxidant it can go on to create more volatile free radicals, damage the cell wall, vessel wall, proteins, fats, and even the DNA nucleus of our cells.
free radicals damaging the surrounding structures
Chemically this reaction has been shown to be so volatile that it actually causes bursts of light within our bodies!
Imagine yourself in front of a crackling fireplace and I’ll give you the best illustration I have to explain the process of oxidation. The fire burns safely and beautifully most of the time, but on occasion out pops a hot cinder that lands on your carpet and burns a little hole in it. One cinder by itself doesn’t pose much of a threat; but if this sparking and popping continues month after month, year after year, you will have a pretty "ratty" carpet in front of your fireplace.
The fireplace represents the furnace of the cell (the mitochondria), the cinder is the charged "free radical," and the carpet is your body. Whichever part of your body receives the most free radical damage will be the first to wear out and potentially cause one of these degenerative diseases. If it’s your arteries, you could develop a heart attack or stroke. If it is your brain, you could develop Alzheimer’s dementia or Parkinson’s disease. If it’s your joints, you could develop arthritis.
Living a healthy life becomes a matter of balance. You must have enough antioxidants available to readily neutralize the number of free radicals your body produces. If you don’t, "oxidative stress" will occur. When this oxidative stress is allowed to persist over a prolonged period of time, you will most likely develop a serious chronic degenerative disease
Reference: 'What Your Doctor Doesnt Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You'.Ray D Strand.2003
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cont in next posting-antioxidants
To minimize the frequency of migraine attacks, migraine triggers need to be identified and avoided .It is recommended that migraine sufferers stop smoking, get sufficient sleep (but not oversleep because oversleep may serve as a migraine trigger), and minimize stress. Nutrients that may be effective prophylactic agents for migraine include the following:
Studies have shown that up to 50 percent of migraine patients suffer from magnesium deficiencies during an acute attack.take magnesium citrate 160-mg capsules at night before bed
Several studies found butterbur root ( Petasites hybridus) is an effective prophylactic (pencegahan) agent for migraine.take 50 milligrams (mg) up to three times daily
Feverfew ( Tanacetum parthenium) preparations have been studied for migraine prophylaxis in several trials.take 100 mg daily
Riboflavin (vitamin B 2) has been used as a prophylactic measure for migraine.take 100 to 200 mg daily with food.
Several studies have demonstrated effectiveness of coenzyme Q10 in reducing the frequency of migraine headaches.take 100 mg up to three times daily
S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe). generally, between 400 mg and 1600 mg orally daily
Probiotics—3.5 billion of Lactobacillus group, 1 billion of Bifidobacterium group, and 0.5 billion of Streptococcus thermophilus.
Ref: Life Extension articles
Prodrome. This stage is marked by a change in mood that begins hours or days before the headache. Symptoms of prodrome include depression, sleepiness, talkativeness, restlessness, or other alterations
Headache phase. The headache itself is typically one sided but may affect both sides of the head. It is usually gradual in onset, moderate to severe in pain intensity, throbbing (berdenyut), and worse with physical exertion, and it can last anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days in children and 4 hours to 3 days in adults . The frequency of migraine attacks is unpredictable. The headache stage is often accompanied by loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, blurred vision, tenderness of the scalp or neck, lightheadedness, sweating, and pallor
Several lifestyle factors may trigger a migraine headache
-Consumption of alcohol, especially red wine and beer
-Consumption of foods containing monosodium glutamate or nitrates
-Consumption of other potential food triggers, including chocolates, aged cheese, dairy foods, caffeine, fermented or pickled foods, shellfish, and wheat
-Use of certain medications may trigger a migraine - these include the following:
----Birth control pills or conventional hormone replacement therapy with synthetic estrogens and progestins
---Drugs that dilate the blood vessels, such as Viagra ® (sildenafil)
---Antimigraine drugs used excessively, which can cause rebound migraine
-Migraines also may be triggered by the overreaction of blood vessels to a variety of factors:
------Changes in altitude, weather, or time zone
------Perfumes or other powerful odors