Cold and flu season has once again begun. During this time of the year it is important to keep ourselves and our homes as germ-free as possible in order to help our immune systems stay healthy. With this in mind, a recent article from the Huffington Post discusses one of the most overlooked carriers of bacteria in our homes: towels.
According to the article, kitchen towels especially can be a vessel for bacteria and based on a recent study from the University of Arizona, a carrier of E. coli. In fact, 25% percent of the towels involved in the experiment tested positive for the harmful bacteria. [ More ... ]
Commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal and seizure-prevention, benzodiazepines have assisted millions for more than 60 years. Marketed under well-known names including Xanax, Ativan and Valium, benzodiazepines or “benzos,” are referred to as “downers” as they work by depressing the central nervous system leading to feelings of relaxation, calmness, or sedation.
Because of these effects, benzodiazepines can be highly addictive and according to a published study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), just as addicting as illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin. Due to their addictive nature, they are also highly abused. This occurs not only in those with a prescription for the drugs, but also in those who are able to purchase “designer benzodiazepines,” illegally via the internet. This not only creates more problems of addiction and dependence, but also leads to other serious issues of drug-related crime, including those who sell or purchase these drugs to use them as “date-rape” drugs. [ More ... ]
Many are familiar with the word histamine, in the sense of antihistamine drugs that are taken by millions of allergy suffers around the world. In a very general sense these drugs work by blocking the compound known as histamine that our bodies produce during an allergic reaction. This in turn controls common symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes that those with allergies suffer from.
All that being said, it is the complex role of histamine in the human body that plays a very useful and important part in scientific testing because the detection of histamine indicates the presence of foreign pathogens like allergies. [ More ... ]