Category Archives: Chronic Illness

What Is Triggering Your Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, red, and swollen patches of skin. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, “atopic” meaning an allergy that is usually hereditary, and “dermatitis” meaning the inflammation of the skin.


Flaring? Try relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. Anxiety and stress can worsen skin conditions like eczema since the body’s stress hormones cause inflammation that irritates the skin.

Exercise and Sweat

Working out is fantastic for the body and can ease stress. But excessive sweating can aggravate the skin. To keep cool, take breaks during workouts and remember to drink plenty of water. Try exercising indoors or during cooler parts of the day. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for those with eczema, but be sure to shower and moisturize afterward since chlorine can be irritating.

The Sun and Humidity
Many people with eczema experience itchy or prickly heat sensations when they’re exposed to hot temperatures. If so, stay cool and seek shade. Sunburns inflame the skin and can lead to an eczema flare, so always remember to apply sunscreen before heading out in the sun.

Hot Water

Bathe with lukewarm or cool water since taking hot baths can intensify eczema flare-ups. When you’re done, gently pat your skin until it’s just damp. Then, slather on lotion to lock in moisture since dry skin can also heighten eczema.

Food Sensitivities

Some food triggers eczema, especially for babies and children. Milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, and fish are the most common culprits. Talk to a pediatrician or dermatologist since they can conduct tests that will determine your child’s food sensitivities.


There are elements in our day-to-day lives that that can cause allergic reactions and trigger eczema flare-ups. Some of the most common allergens include dust mites, animal fur, seasonal pollen, mold, and dandruff. At home, it’s important to dust, vacuum, and wash bed sheets as regularly as possible to minimize your triggers. If you have allergy woes, it’s also best to consult your doctor about ways to get relief.


Everyday products and natural substances can often cause the skin to burn, itch or become flaky and red. These could easily be products that you use on your body or are exposed to on a frequent basis. Soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, and disinfectants can irritate the skin. When you wash your body or clothes, always think gentle. Choose laundry detergents made for babies or sensitive skin. For showers, pick a cleanser that is mild and fragrance-free. Shampoos are also available in organic, fragrance-free versions.

A Manageable Skin Condition

The key to staying healthy while living with eczema is to keep your symptoms under control. Identifying and avoiding eczema triggers, recognizing stressful situations, being mindful of scratching, and maintaining a regular skin care routine should help calm your symptoms. If not, always consult your dermatologist since prescription medications and alternative therapies can also help manage severe eczema.

Foods that Fight Chronic Inflammation

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The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease has conducted a study that identifies foodstuffs that can help prevent chronic inflammation that contributes to many leading causes of death. When inflammation in the body goes wrong or on for too long, it can trigger disease processes. If uncontrolled, inflammation plays a role in many major diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Protect against age-related inflammation and chronic diseases by eating fruits and vegetables that contain polyphenols.

Our diet has polyphenols, abundant micronutrients, which have shown their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The effects depend upon the amount consumed and on their bioavailability.

A type of white blood cells that circulate around our bodies are called T-cells or T-lymphocytes. These cells scan for cellular abnormalities and infection and contribute to cell signaling molecules (cytokines) that aid cell-to-cell communication in immune responses and stimulate the movement of cells towards sites of inflammation, infection and trauma. Fruit and vegetable intake modulates Cytokines.

Sian Richardson and Dr. Chris Ford from the University’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic disease conducted a study examining the different potencies of the polyphenols. Their study results suggest that polyphenols derived from onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea and acai berries may help reduce the release of pro-inflammatory mediators in people at risk of chronic inflammation.

The researchers say that older people are more susceptible to chronic inflammation and as such, they may benefit from supplementing their diets with isorhamnetin, resveratrol, curcumin and vanillic acid, or food sources that yield these bioactive molecules.

Being able to use those fruits and vegetables containing plyphenols, to help prevent chronic inflammation, might save lives and be worth looking into other research on the subject. Perhaps this would be an alternative to taking so many antibiotics if the inflammation can be cut off at the pass. Let’s protect our health and study ways to enrich our lives.

Dr Fredda Branyon

Your Cognitive Health

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In order to protect your cognitive health or even improve your memory and brain function, exercise should come first. Evidence shows exercise improves memory and cognition and helps stave off dementia. A 2010 study on primates revealed regular exercise did help monkeys learn new tasks twice as fast as those not exercising.

Working your leg muscles has been shown to have a particularly strong impact on brain function and memory. A recent study, as published in the journal Neurology, physical activity can slow the brain aging by as much as 10 years. Nearly 900 seniors participated in a study where 90% engaged in light exercise or none at all. The remaining 10% did medium-to-high intensity exercise. Older adults who reported light or not exercise experienced a cognitive decline equal to 10 more years of aging than those who were moderate to intense exercisers. Author Dr. Clinton B. Wright stated that their study showed that for older people, getting regular exercise may be protective as well as helping them keep their cognitive abilities longer.

Exercise promotes brain health by releasing hormones like brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) from the muscles and encourages the growth of new brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis or neuroplasticity. The brain’s memory center (hippocampus) is adaptable and capable of growing new cells through your entire lifetime and even into your 90’s. In a study, exercising mice grew an average of 6,000 new brain cells in every cubic millimeter of hippocampal tissue sampled. A year-long study found that adults who exercised regularly enlarged their brain’s memory center by 1 to 2 percent per year where typically the hippocampus tends to shrink with age. Exercise helps protect brain function by:

Improving and increasing blood flow to your brain, reducing damage plaques in your brain, increasing production of nerve-protecting compounds, lowering levels of inflammatory cytokines associated with chronic inflammation and obesity, preventing brain shrinkage by preserving both gray and white matter in your frontal, temporal and parietal cortexes, stimulating production of a protein called FNDC5, which triggers the production of BDNF and reducing impact of bone-morphogenetic protein (BMP).

Psychological health and good mood are also promoted by exercise. Exercise is also known to dispel depression. Exercise promotes mental health by normalizing insulin resistance and boosting natural “feel good” endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, glutamate and GABA. It has been tested out that well-trained muscles have higher levels of an enzyme that helps metabolize a stress chemical called dynurenine.

We try to explain to our patients at New Hope Unlimited that exercising your muscles actually helps rid your body of stress chemicals that promote depression. The muscles purge your body of harmful substances.

Researchers have found that women who sat for more than 7 hours a day were found to have a 47% higher risk of depression than those who sat for 4 hours or less per day. Those not participating in any physical activity had a 99% higher risk of developing depression that those who exercised. A brisk walk can increase creativity up to 60%.

Let’s make a pact to get out there for a daily walk. If outdoors is too hot, go to the mall and join the dozens of people walking the halls for healthy exercise. Just don’t be taken in by the store sales, ok?

Dr Fredda Branyon

Get Your Anger under Control

Get Your Anger under Control
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We get angry and it is only normal. But if you get mad for simple or wrong reasons or if you flare up every minute or every day, something is wrong with you. You are wasting your emotions, you are hurting the people around you, and you are making your world smaller each day. You are also allowing yourself to live a troubled life. It’s time to get your anger under control. Here are useful ways how:

1. Know what triggers your anger.

What makes you angry? Is it waiting for your turn in a long queue in grocery stores? Is it when people cannot follow your instructions? To be able to manage your ire, it is important that you are aware where it is coming from so you can either avoid being in the situation or make yourself prepared. For instance, you can choose to buy grocery items during off-peak hours to stay away from long queues. You can also ask another family member to do it for you.

2. Teach yourself how to cool down.

Soon as you feel that you an inch closer to flaring up, perform some techniques so you can easily chill. These include performing deep breathing, counting from 1 to 10 (repeat your count until you are calm), doing some simple stretches, and massaging your neck and scalp.

3. Seek professional help.

If your anger has become chronic, it is important that you consult with a medical expert so he can offer you therapy. He does not only help you identify the causes of your fury. He also teaches you how to manage it.

4. Find and join community support groups.

Interacting with people who have the same condition as yours can help you picture your true situation, particularly if you are still in denial. Hearing their ordeals and discovering their coping skills can contribute a lot in your improvement. However, there are some cases (such as anger caused by domestic violence) when this is not an appropriate method.

5. Recognize the symptoms.

Some individuals are not able to stop their rage all because they are not aware of the signs that they are set to burst. These symptoms include jaw clenching, tensed muscles, Goosebumps, dizziness, and shaking.

6. Sometimes, it just helps to get away.

No matter how you want to say something to defend yourself or to raise your point, you may still come in a situation when the only solution is to walk away from the scene. It may truly hurt your pride but if this is the only way to stop your outburst, why not? You can just forget about what happen or you can clear things up later when you are already in your good state of mind.

Another way to stop your wrath is to not open your mouth. Close your eyes and tell yourself to loosen up. Keep still and think. Ask yourself: “Is the situation worthy or necessitate anger?” “Will I hurt someone if I say what I want to say?” “What will be the consequences if I do not overcome this ire?” Really, you have to think forward so you can avoid getting yourself in much trouble.

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What to Avoid When You Have Allergic Rhinitis

What to Avoid When You Have Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is the swelling or soreness of the nasal membranes. Symptoms include sneezing, postnatal drip, headache, earache, red eyes, itching (eyes, nose, palate, and ears), drowsiness, and others. To manage these, you can do some home treatments or take over-the-counter medications or as prescribed by your doctor. There are also cases when taking allergy shots is necessary. Your doctor may inject small dosages of allergens under your skin. This will aid your body in become accustomed to allergens to experience less severe or fewer symptoms.

Allergic rhinitis, however, can lead to complications. You may suffer from acute sinusitis, apnea or sleep disturbance, otitis media, palatal abnormalities, overbite due to extreme breathing through the mouth, and others. To avoid these, you can do some ways to avoid allergic rhinitis attacks.

1. Give your pet a specific place in your home in case you are allergic to dogs, cats, birds, and other warm-blooded animals. Do not go near it. Do not even bring your pet to your bedroom. If the effects of your allergic rhinitis are severe, you should consider giving it to a friend whom you know will take care of it.

2. Do not just buy pillows and comforters. You have to check what they are made of before making a purchase. Those that are made of feathers and foam rubbers should not be used for a longer period of time (say five years) as they will definitely trigger your allergies.

3. Make your home allergy-proof. Always dust furniture and carpet, and sweep and mop the floor. See to it that windows are closed tightly to prevent dust from getting inside your home, particularly your bedroom. Clean your bedding, carpets, curtains, air conditioner and others regularly. It is always best to use vacuum cleaner than broom and other similar cleaning materials because they even make the dust circulate in your home.

4. Either you do not keep books, decorative items and stuffed toys in your home or you dust them off on a regular basis. It is also important to run an air purifier inside your home.

5. You should sleep with your head raised to avoid experiencing nasal congestion at night. Likewise, stay hydrated. Drink eight glasses of water every day to slacken the excretions in your throat and nose. You should also exercise regularly.

6. As much as possible, stay inside while it is still morning because pollen counts are at their peak during this time. Likewise, do not stay outside when the grasses, trees, and weeds are budding.

7. Use an air conditioner to minimize humidity inside the home, as well as to avoid the growth of mildew and mold. Buy the one that has HEPA filters to capture allergens. Clean these filters on a regular basis.

It is easier to do these tips than to deal with allergic rhinitis attacks. Hence, you need to consider following these and others as advised by your doctor than to suffer from illness.

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Tips to Improve Your Focus

Tips to Improve Your Focus

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Distractions are everywhere. No matter how hard you try, you tend to entertain everything that is happening around you. It then becomes difficult for you to concentrate—but you can do some things to increase your focus if you want to.

Control your mind.
You get distracted because you absorb everything that you see and hear in your surroundings. It may be difficult for you to control your thoughts but you have to exert an effort to do so or else you will accomplish nothing. The trick here is, soon as disturbing thoughts enter your mind, immediately drop them and keep your focus on your work.

Schedule your time.
Having a calendar of daily activities can motivate you to set your eyes on your tasks—one at a time. However, never forget to give yourself a break to prevent boredom and fatigue. More important, learn to prioritize.

Do not multi-task (as much as possible).
Multi-tasking is fine; it can help you accomplish a lot of chores for the entire day. However, this is not good for you if you are having problems with your concentration. It is essential that you learn to set your attention on one task before moving on to another.

Make your area conducive to working.
Some people prefer to listen to music to be able to concentrate on their work. Some, however, choose to have a quiet environment. Know which league you belong to. If you are not expecting any call or text, it is also best not to have your mobile phone visible in your desk. It can distract you even if it is not ringing because subconsciously, you are expecting it to ring. Likewise, do not open your social media accounts while attending to your work. It can highly divide your attention and you are at risk of committing errors.

Increase your physical activities.
Work on some exercises so you will have enough energy to accomplish all your tasks. Ask a gym expert or research over the Internet for workout routines that specifically help in improving one’s focus. It is also important to ensure a balanced diet.

Avoid procrastination.
Do what you can do today; never procrastinate. Motivating yourself to finishing all your activities may lead to your 100% concentration.

Perseverance is your key to become successful in improving your concentration. Never entertain any negative thought. Tell yourself that you can do it. More important, keep yourself away from distractions.

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Winter Health Conditions to Look Out for This Season

Winter Health Conditions to Look Out for This Season
Keep an eye out for these winter health conditions that befall so many unknowing individuals. Learn what to do to prevent getting sick before the year ends.
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While most people welcome the winter season with open hearts, there are an unfortunate few who develop certain conditions during this cold period. Here are some of the most common illnesses that people experience during the last quarter of the year.

Heart Problems

If you think heart attacks are mainly caused by exerting too much force when shoveling snow, think again. When winter comes, heart attacks rise by 53 percent compared to the number that we get in summer and this applies to states across the nation, even those that have not experienced snowfall or seen snowflakes around their town or neighborhood.

Cardiovascular problems are at an all time high during this season not because of the heavy snowfall, but because of the temperature drop. The arteries’ way of responding to the cold weather is by constricting themselves, making people vulnerable to heart attacks, especially those with a history of heart problems.

Narrower arteries causes the blood flow to be cut down, which makes the heart work twice as hard as normal just to get more blood to various parts of the body. They cause the arterial walls to be torn or split, causing blood clots that trigger strokes or heart attacks.

This phenomenon becomes more difficult as people age, especially when the temperature drops to 32 degrees or lower. It’s harder for older people to regulate their body temperature since they usually have less body mass and less fat, which means more difficulty in generating body heat.

This is also why men and women around 70 years of age and above get colder quickly than those in their 50s and 60s.

Winter Depression

If you’re starting to feel a bit down and lonely lately, then you might be experiencing SAD, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder, which is a specific type of depression that occurs every season, but the most common is during winter and fall. People who are diagnosed with SAD typically experience energy loss, anxiety, social withdrawal, oversleeping, along with other symptoms.

Treatment for this particular disorder is primarily increased exposure to sunlight and engaging in more physical activities.

Vitamin D deficiency

Another condition that is related to not getting enough sunlight is Vitamin D deficiency, which is popularly known as the sunshine vitamin. This is probably because we experience shorter sun exposure during winter’s gray days. Vitamin D is primarily obtained from the sun and passes through the skin. If you have dangerously low levels of vitamin D, your chances of developing heart problems, osteoporosis, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease becomes higher.

You can get back what you’re lacking by just stepping outside and letting your body absorb as much sunlight as it can for 15 minutes everyday. There are regions though that literally do not have sunlight for months, so if you happen to live in those areas, then vitamin D supplements should serve as an alternative.

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Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Soda? Sugary Beverages Found to Increase Cancer Risk in Women

Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Soda? Sugary Beverages Found to Increase Cancer Risk in Women
Sugary drinks are a staple in women’s lives, but they seem to be providing more than just a delightful burst of energy. They also carry a risk for cancer.

Why is it that having a sweet tooth is becoming more and more of a health risk in today’s times? While we already know that cancer is becoming more and more common, it’s just not comforting to know that medical experts are finding more and more cancer-causing agents in everyday things, and now food.

A recent study that was published in the scientific journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention has discovered that women who regularly drank sizable amounts of beverages loaded with sugar, now has a whopping 80% chance of getting endometrial cancer. This is very alarming because majority of women nowadays regularly drink a soda or two almost everyday, and this is just soda. This does not count the canned juices, flavored waters, tea, and coffee.

A group of researchers hailing from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health has analyzed the 1989 Iowa Women’s Health Study that has over 23,000 female participants. The study tracked the women’s intake of 127 food items for a period of 12 months. The results were quite revelatory, discovering how the higher the sugar intake, the higher the risk for endometrial cancer. Some of the most regular drinkers consumed as much as 60 servings of different drinks that were particularly high in sugar, from the usual lemonade to other drinks.

So that’s basically saying goodbye to your daily fix of Caramel Macchiato or Green Tea Frappuccino at Starbucks, your good ‘ol vanilla or strawberry milkshake at your favorite diner, or your regular Coke that you buy at the convenience store. This is also more reason to skip on alcoholic drinks, because these too, are high in sugar.

Recently, the World Health Organization has declared outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen, which means it’s a cancer-causing substance. What’s so bad about it is that people cannot do anything to avoid breathing the air outside of their homes, which includes the pollution that goes with the air, so it’s like informing people of something bad but they have little to no way of avoiding it.

The same thing goes for this disconcerting news, because sugar is everywhere, even at home. It’s become a staple in food and in drinks, so it’s going to be hard to control the intake when it’s ingrained in people’s minds to use them on an everyday basis. From morning coffee to hot cocoa before a good night’s sleep, sugary drinks aren’t going anywhere yet, even with such news revealed. People have to be informed that a conventional sugar-sweetened drink contains ridiculous amounts of sugar. Here are a few examples of just how many teaspoons of sugar there are in a certain drink:

  • Starbucks’ Mocha Frappucino (16 oz, Grande, no whipped cream) – 15 teaspoons

  • Orange Slice Soda (12 oz) – 9 teaspoons

  • Snapple Lemonade Iced Tea (16 oz) – 14 teaspoons

  • Welch’s Grape Juice (11.5 oz) – 8 teaspoons

  • Gatorade (20 oz) – 13 teaspoons

  • Rockstar Energy Drink – 4 teaspoons

Experts are right in saying, though, that this study is just an addition to the big pile of reasons not to drink these sugary beverages. They have also been known to increase oral health care problems such as teeth discoloration, gum disease, and more. They also increase the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, to name a few.

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Excuse Me, What? November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Excuse Me, What? November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
If you haven’t forgotten, November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Learn more about this disease and what you can do to help prevent its onset.

Across America, in every state, every town or city, there will be that one individual who once carried a vibrant, articulate and larger-than-life personality that is now found sitting stone-faced and distant as an anxious family member painfully observes his or her slow retreat into a terrifying world. The triggers may vary for the onset of this type of dementia, but the suffering for the entire family is a constant.

Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death, with approximately five million Americans living with this disease. The cost of Alzheimer’s in 2013 is slated to reach $203 billion, but even more staggering is the prediction that Alzheimer’s disease management may cost $1.2 trillion dollars by 2050.

As we learn more about this disease and we increase awareness about Alzheimer’s, I believe that there are strategies we can use to prevent the onset of dementia. Our celebrities that have battled Alzheimer’s, including Ronald Reagan and Rita Hayworth, have helped us to collectively understand the relevance of the toll Alzheimer’s can take on a family, a community and a society.

In the many discussions on Alzheimer’s, what often gets missed is that 60 percent of adults with mild cognitive impairment will progress to Alzheimer’s dementia. This is a missed opportunity in fighting and preventing this disease. If we can target our adults with mild cognitive impairment such as forgetting phone numbers, where you put the keys, birthdays, anniversaries, and appointments, we may have a real chance of preventing the slow decline into a world of dementia.

There are patterns that have been observed in practice that might help reverse or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutrition: Watch What You Eat

There is an Alzheimer’s prevention diet. Protein and healthy fats support the neurotransmitters and nutrients needed for ideal brain balance. Insulin regulation prevents inflammation. Achieving this balance requires a diet where 20 percent of intake is from healthy or good fats. Avocados, nut butters, flax seeds, coconut and olive oil are healthy fats that can support brain health and prevent the progression of cognitive impairment.

Don’t Let Stress Affect You As Much

Many patients have been seen diving into dementia following a traumatic event. They may have lost a loved one or had a financial upheaval. Managing stress prevents dementia. Consistent exercise, regular sleep cycles and self care regimens lower the impact of severe stress. Encourage your loved one to exercise daily, get outdoors and practice good “self love'” engaging in massage, acupuncture or yoga on a regular basis. Meditation and prayer are al

so ways to lower stress hormones and can be easily done at home.

Exercise Your Brain

One of the greatest fear for the elderly is that the gift of retirement is often a prescription for a decline in mental health. The brain is a plastic organ and requires challenge, critical thinking and structure to stay healthy and active. For seniors who are not working and are showing signs of cognitive decline, creating a brain gym may help to halt progression into dementia. Ideas for a brain gym include a four-hour work day, writing exercises like journaling or story telling, playing a musical instrument or cooking meals consistently.

Socialize and Mingle: Constant Interaction is Key

Once out of the workplace, many seniors find themselves with limited interactions or social opportunities. Like children, seniors need a village of people, preferably family, surrounding them. The connections and communications forge a sense of safety for seniors, especially when the world around them seems increasingly foreign. Encourage your family or community to rally around your seniors; engaging them, giving them responsibility and supporting them may be the best prescription for Alzheimer’s prevention.

There is No One Cure for All: Find that Specific Treatment for You

Within our practice, the emphasis on Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention is on identifying functional medicine defects in the body; for example, some patients require more antioxidants than others, some have issues with methylation, while others may have heavy metals or a body burden of toxic chemicals that impair cognition. For many women, hormonal fluctuations are at the root of a progression into dementia. Instead of one size fits all, Alzheimer’s management becomes an individual conversation with an individualized treatment plan. Finding the functional medicine deficit is a key to prevention and progression of this disease.

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Should You Lessen the Time You Spend with Your Smartphone?

Should You Lessen the Time You Spend with Your Smartphone?
Almost everyone has a smartphone nowadays, but people seem to be forgetting the health hazards associated with prolonged exposure to mobile devices.

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Connectivity is the name of the game for many individuals and businesses today. Almost everyone has a handheld device within their reach and is almost always connected to the internet, whether to communicate with friends, loved ones, and business associates or to keep up-to-date with the latest trends, news, and events.

The popularity of mobile devices is steadily increasing, as top manufacturers such Apple, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Blackberry, HTC, Asus, Toshiba, Alcatel, and more are constantly releasing brand new models of their smartphones, tablets, and laptops every year.

The fact that people have access to almost anyone, anywhere, anytime and can get information they need about anything has made it easier for people to perform daily tasks and routine activities. There is, however, a lurking danger to being too exposed to these technological innovations.

There are some who consider mobile devices as the smoking gun of the 21st century, because there has been a notable incidence of illnesses and diseases among people who use mobile devices. One thing is for sure, if the World Health Organization sees a cause for alarm in mobile device usage, then it is definitely worth looking into.

Mobile phones emit radiofrequency waves that are a thousand times higher than what is emitted in base stations. Any prolonged exposure to these electromagnetic fields can cause an adverse effect on smartphone users. How exactly you ask? These radiofrequency waves can be transferred into our bodies and affect normal functioning.

Listed below are some of the reasons that you should cut your time spent with one of your most prized possessions. These are health risks associated with prolonged exposure to mobile devices:

  • Cancer – Yes, cancer, the dreaded disease. More and more people are developing cancer since it was discovered. It remains a puzzle as to why, despite so many medical research and cancer treatment options, the disease seems to continue to flourish.

  • Other Health Effects – Some discoveries regarding the health risks of EMF to humans are changes in sleep patterns, brain activity, and response time. Although these issues seem to be minor, it could lead to more serious health concerns.

  • Electromagnetic Interference – If you have a pacemaker, hearing aid, or other similar medical devices, EMFs can disrupt the operation of the device you are using, although this issue has been resolved or reduced in newer versions of smartphones. There is also a concern with regards to how EMF can affect aircraft electronics and flight systems, which is mobile phone usage is controlled in aircrafts.

  • Vehicular Accidents – There are many reported incidents of automobile accidents wherein one of the involved parties are using smartphones and other mobile devices while driving, regardless of whether the devices are handheld or used with a hands-free kit.

If you’re waiting to read about brain tumors, you can relax for now because a direct link between mobile device usage and brain tumor development has not been established. Much has yet to be discovered about this specific area of concern, but this does not mean you can continue on using your smartphone without practicing an ounce of caution.

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