Long-term Diet Pills Show Poor Performance

The study, which looked at the long-term effectiveness of anti-obesity medications, found that three drugs recommended for long-term use – orlistat, sibutramine and rimonabant, reduced weight by less than 5kg (11 pounds). This equated to a loss of less than 5% of total body weight. Guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommend stopping the use of anti-obesity drugs if 5% of total body weight is not lost after three months.

Professor Raj Padwal and colleagues found orlistat reduced weight by 2.9kg, sibutramine by 4.2kg and rimonabant by 4.7kg. They also found that patients taking the weight loss pills were significantly more likely to achieve 5 — 10% weight loss, compared to those who took the placebo.

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Natural Colon Cleanse Recipe #1

Ingredients:

  • 7 Oz of White Sultana Raisins
  • 7 Oz of Senna
  • 9 Oz of Rose Hips Extract

Preparation:

  1. Steam White Sultana Raisins in 1 quart of water.
  2. Do the same with Senna
  3. Infuse for 30 minutes
  4. Filter liquids
  5. Mix both luquids in a 2 quart bottle
  6. Add Rose Hips Extract into the same bottle
  7. Fill the bottle up with boiled water

Colon Cleanse Procedure:

Drink 4 oz of mixture every evening during 16 days.

Warning:
Consult your physician before using this natural colon cleansing recipe

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7 Facts About Heartburn

1. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are responsible for the hospitalization of more people in the US than any other group of disorders.

2. More than 95 million Americans suffer from acid indigestion and heartburn each month.

3. 25% of pregnant women experience heartburn daily.

4. 25% of heartburn sufferers experience chronic symptoms.

5. If heartburn lasts for more than 2 weeks, if patients experience symptoms more than twice a week, or if they must take OTC medication (such as an antacid) two or more times a day to control symptoms, the patient should see a doctor.

6. About 10% of chronic heartburn sufferers who seek medical care have Barrett’s esophagus, a premalignant condition. An estimated 8% of those with Barrett’s esophagus may develop an associated cancer within 10 years of the diagnosis.

7. Persons who have suffered from unresolved heartburn symptoms for a long time, for example, a patient who has ignored heartburn for five to ten years, could be at risk for developing Barrett’s esophagus and should consult a gastroenterologist.

Symptoms to watch for include:

Difficulty swallowing: food often sticking to throat or a feeling that food gets caught before entering the stomach.
Bleeding: tarry black bowel movements or blood mixed with vomit.
Severe heartburn: Heartburn so bad that it wakes up a person during the night, or coughing, choking or hoarseness of the voice due to acid percolating back up to the mouth.

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Diet May Improve Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A new report suggests that abnormal bacterial fermentation in the digestive system may cause the cramping, diarrhea, and excess flatulence associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

British researchers placed six healthy control women and six women with irritible bowel syndrome on an “exclusion” diet designed to eliminate foods suspected of causing IBS-like symptoms to collect data; excluded foods included: beef, dairy products, cereals other than rice; restricted foods included: yeast, citrus fruits, caffeinated beverages, and tap water.

Found that flatulence levels in the women with irratible bowel syndrome were significantly reduced after two weeks on the diet; no such improvement was seen in the healthy controls.

Authors say the findings suggest that the elimination of such fermentable substances from the diet of IBS patients can improve IBS-related symptoms and that they also support the feeling that diet-related bacterial fermentation plays an important role in the development of iritable bowel syndrome.

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Symptoms of Fecal Impaction

What are the symptoms of fecal impaction? Can it cause abdominal pain?

A fecal impaction means that stool (feces) is caught within the colon. If the impaction is very low, near the rectum, patients can sometimes have frequent diarrhea, as the waste tries to get around the site of the impaction. This can lead to staining and soiling of the underwear.

Along with this, patients can also have symptoms of pain, cramps, gas, bloating, and constipation. However bleeding is not a common symptom seen with an impaction.

Impactions can occur for many reasons, including slow motility (the body’s ability to push waste from one part of the colon along to the next). Some people do not get enough fiber and fluids in their diet, or they may be taking a medication which slows their motility, which can lead to an impaction. Older patients, who might not get enough physical activity, may get impactions more frequently than younger people. There is also a condition in children, called Hirshsprung’s disease, which can lead to an impaction.

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Constipation in the Elderly

The major risk factors for constipation in the elderly are the same as in younger people: low-fiber diet and low fluid intake. Other risk factors include lack of exercise, drug therapy, depression, and dementia (possibly because the patient ignores the urge to defecate), diabetes (probably because of autonomic neuropathy), stroke, metabolic imbalances (hypokalemia, hypercalcemia), and chronic laxative use. A number of medications are constipating, including anticholinergics (such as antipsychotics and tricyclic antidepressants), narcotics, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, iron supplements, aluminum antacids, some anticonvulsants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and possibly angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors.

Fiber is the treatment of choice for constipation. Dietary fiber intake is generally deficient in the United States, and studies have shown that increasing bran intake reduces transit time, even in nursing home patients. Side effects from a high-fiber diet include bloating, flatulence, and irregular bowel movements, particularly in the first 2 to 3 weeks, which may reduce compliance. Phytic acid in crude bran may also decrease calcium absorption. Since low fluid intake plays an important role in constipation, people should drink at least 1500 mL of fluid a day, with increased intake in the summer. Patients on diuretics with stable cardiovascular status should also increase fluid intake. Regular exercise is also important; even maintaining erect posture can help limited-mobility patients in nursing homes.

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Colorectal Cancer Facts

  • The effects of colorectal cancer can be markedly reduced with the simple step of regular screening. The screening regimen recommended by the American Cancer Society includes an annual fecal occult blood test and a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 3 to 5 years for all persons over the age of 50. Those individuals at high risk because of a prior cancer, with a family history of cancer, or a history of a chronic digestive disease that predisposes to cancer should undergo a regular colonoscopic screen. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine noted that the lives of more than 90 percent of those patients who develop colonic polyps could be saved through the early detection of their cancer.
  • Women are as likely as men to develop colorectal cancer.
  • Colon cancer is most common after age 50, but the risk for developing this cancer increases after age 40.
  • Symptoms of colorectal cancer include: frequent gas pains, blood in the stool or on the stool, diarrhea, constipation, a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying.
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Plum Jam Recipe

  • 4 pounds 6 ounces ripe plums
  • 3 1/2 ounces honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple vinegar
  • 3 1/2 ounces tamarind jam

Put pitted plums and 1/3 of the pits into large pot. Fill the pot with water and boil for one hour, uncovered. Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary. After an hour, remove the pits, and continue to let the mixture simmer for another 15 minutes. After the jam has cooled, add honey, apple vinegar, and tamarind jam. Pour the jam into glass containers that can be tightly sealed.

Take one tablespoon of plum jam in the morning on an empty stomach. Continue this treatment until you overcome constipation!

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Angelica Archangelica

Folklore suggests that Angelica gets its name from the archangel, who recommened its use in times of plague. A large biennial herb that can grow to 6 feet. It thrives in colder climates in partial shade. These days it is widely used in its candied form to decorate cakes and candies and desserts. In the past all of the plant was used. The leaves can be added to preserves, or dried, the leaves can be used as a tension relieving tea. The roots and stems of this versatile herb can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The flavor of Angelica is very similar to Juniper, where the seeds and roots are used for flavoring gin and liqueurs. So have a nice warm cup of Angelica tea and let your tensions melt away.

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How Long Does it Take for Bulimia to Cause Damage

My question is about how long does it take for bulimia to cause damage. They talk about long term problems but what is long term. So is your body fine if you have only been bulimic for a year or how do you tell how much damage has been done.

There is no way to know for sure how any particular individual will respond to the assault bulimia makes on the body. Some people get into medical danger in a matter of days or weeks. Others get by relatively unscathed for years before their actions catch up with them.

Clinical evidence suggests that if you have lost your period for 3 months or longer, your bones are probably already losing minerals and weaker than they used to be. Electrolyte imbalance (leading to cardiac arrest and death) can happen after only a few days (or maybe even hours) of vomiting and/or laxative-induced diarrhea. After a year of regular vomiting, damage to tooth enamel will probably be visible, and teeth may be more sensitive to hot and cold foods than they used to be.

The only way to eliminate the risks of bulimia is to stop it entirely.

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