Food allergy plays a great role in rheumatoid arthritis. 80% of people with rheumatoid arthritis are allergic to certain foods. Dr. Marshal Mandell, Connecticut, allergist admits: “Allergic reactions aggravate and perpetuate the swelling, redness, pain and limitation of movement. I am convinced that allergic reactions are the underlying cause of many cases of this form of arthritis. Allergy also plays a role in childhood arthritis and osteoarthritis.” Dr. Mandell along with Dr. Anthony Conte, completed a study on 40 patients with arthritis that revealed their arthritis symptoms along with other important chronic ailments were caused by reaction to food frequently eaten or exposure to something in the environment they are allergic to.
The high calorie diet in the affluent west contributes to a sizable proportion of cancers. The high dietary fat increases the risk of colonic cancer by increasing the bile acids in the bowel. Dietary fat, high calorie non-vegetarian diet of refined foods can give rise to the cancer of uterus, rectum, large intestine and stomach. Several studies have found a remarkably low incidence of cancer among vegetarians.
There are about 100 kinds of cancer which attack human beings. It is a disease in which cells multiply uncontrollably, destroy healthy tissue and harm life. It has been a leading cause of death in many countries including India. It can attack any part of the body however the parts most affected are the skin, the digestive organs, the lungs and the female breasts. Cancer causing agents are the tars in tobacco smoke, a variety of other chemicals, and certain kinds of radiation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
When you have cramping abdominal pain, often after food, with alterations in the bowel habit, it may be constipation, or diarrhoea and may lead to flatulence. Small pellets or marble-like faeces often along with mucous and undigested food are passed. It is twice more common in women than men and occurs generally by the middle years of life. People generally develop this syndrome after gastro-enteritis or after a long course of antibiotics.
If aspirin is dangerous what can be done to relieve pain? There are many new drugs flooding the market – they are called non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs. They are mild pain relievers and fight inflammation.
The initial reaction of every involved caregiver, is to
stretch one’s own mental and physical abilities, to
There will be times when you are completely exhausted and frustrated. A caregiver ends up doing the work for three people. You have to shoulder your own, the patient’s and the caregiver’s responsibilities.
Find out what possible scenarios you may have to witness. If necessary, visit the hospital unit beforehand, without your patient. That way, you can steel yourself, without showing your distress to the patient.
Often, doctors and staff choose to inform the caregiver of the present status and proposed measures, instead of the patient. You may be required to convey this information to your patient. In such situations, sometimes the caregiver is tempted to withhold disturbing information. Instead, they try and cover up, saying all is well. However, I would suggest that the patient is always as well informed as possible.
Food plays an incredibly important part in chronic disease. Chronic diseases generally have prescribed diets and restrictions. As we normally eat three meals a day, this restriction becomes a constant reminder of the condition. Even if the patient is feeling relatively well, he is not allowed to forget that he has a serious ailment.