Are You Taking A Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic?

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One of the possible adverse side effects of taking a fluoroquinolone.

A fluoroquinolone is a synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic usually prescribed when other antibiotics have failed to work. These antibiotics include Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), and other similar medications. This family of antibiotics can have some minor to serious adverse side effects such as hypotension, diarrhea, seizures or hallucinations. Therefore, it is extremely important to observe how you feel while on this medication and report any unusual changes!

Please read more about the adverse side effects of fluoroquinolones in this article! There is also a table in the article that summarizes and highlights the side effects.

Stay informed of what medications you are taking!

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Organic and Chemical-Free Insect Repellent

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Ticks-N-All provides an all natural and chemical free insect repellent using only organic ingredients! Their formula is great for sensitive skin and also rejuvenates and conditions your skin as well. If you love the outdoors, their product can allow you to keep enjoying nature!

They have two products which include their All Purpose repellent and their Lyme Guard repellent. Their All Purpose repellent has seven active organic ingredients:

  • Organic Tea Tree Oil, Organic Ylang Ylang, Organic Cedar Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Citronella Oil, Organic Lemon Grass Oil,  Organic Geranium Oil. It is also  mixed with a rejuvenating blend of: Organic Glycerin, Purified Water, Organic Aloe, Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Citrus extract.

Their Lyme Guard repellent contains eight active organic ingredients:

  • Organic Tea Tree Oil, Organic Ylang Ylang, Organic Cedar Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Citronella Oil, Organic Lemon Grass Oil, Organic Eucalyptus Oil, and Organic Geranium Oil. It is also mixed with a rejuvenating blend of: Organic Glycerin, Purified Water, Organic Aloe, Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Citrus extract.

You can visit the website for more information, and the products can be purchased directly from the site!

New Brain Imaging Technology!

Previous technology had only allowed scientists to view neural networks by thin slices of the brain at a time. This made constructing a complete image of the brain and its connections nearly impossible.

Karl Deisseroth and his team at Stanford University have created a groundbreaking method of brain imaging that allows scientists to image the whole brain or large blocks of it. This new method is called CLARITY, and it enables detailed images from the outside to deep inside the brain.

Take a look at the video to see what CLARITY is able to achieve!

Click here to read the full article!

Click here to read the research paper!

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Post-Exertional Relapse

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This is a very informative video to give you valuable knowledge about Post-Exertional Relapse/Malaise (PEM). Please do take the time to watch!

PEM occurs when the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is worsened and increased in severity due to overexertion. These episodes can last for days and prevent an individual from doing any kind of physical activity and even have individuals bedridden. It is important to learn what can induce PEM in yourself and learn about your limitations. A good way to test for this would be to do a CPET.

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) allows us to diagnose a patient for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and will also check for abnormality of cardiovascular and pulmonary functions in relation to exercise. It is an objective test that measures the aerobic capacity of a patient. Please visit www.workwellfoundation.org for more details!

Do You have a Candida Infection?

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Candida affecting the nasal passages and throat

From the National Candida Center, there is a way to self-test for a possible Candida Infection!

If you suspect that you have a Candida infection, just follow the steps on their website to give yourself a better idea of any possible infection. This will enable you to determine whether or not you should go for a more accurate medical test.

Click here to go to the website and begin testing!

New Revelation about Lyme Disease Bacteria!

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“Borrelia burgdorferi need manganese (blue dot), rather than iron, to serve as linchpins bonded into key enzymes.”
(Illustration by P. John Hart, University of Texas)

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Texas have revealed an interesting discovery that will allow further research into stopping this elusive pathogen that causes Lyme Disease.

It is known that all organisms require iron to make essential proteins and enzymes in order to survive. However, Borrelia burgdorferi has been discovered to not use iron at all! Instead, they require manganese where one would expect to find iron. Because of this, the Borrelia pathogens are able to go undetected by our immune systems. Our defense mechanism is to starve pathogens of iron, but with no need for iron, these pathogens can continue to grow unharmed in our bodies.

With this discovery, scientists can now focus on better ways to attack and destroy Borrelia burgdorferi by targeting manganese instead of iron!

For the complete article, click here.

To read the actual research article that was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, click here.