Prioritize health prevention forum on Aug 23 in Los Altos

You are all invited in Los Altos on Aug 23 for health prevention forum. Contact Connie at

630 pm at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Rd. Los Altos CA 94022

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How can you save $3000 per year from your health care costs? Signs and Symptoms of diseases

For minor aches and pains, find holistic care.  These minor health issues are ear care (waxy), tachycardia (from stress and ingesting inflammatory foods), leg pain from exercise, UTI that can be relieved by cranberries and garlic, and other ailments that you know can be cared for at home with or without a doctor’s prescription.

This will save you around $2k to $6000 in Emergency room visits. Do have a lab take your whole blood tests to be shown to your doctor once or twice a year. This will cost you around $600 versus the ER of about $6000.

Buy a BP monitor and other fitness trackers/health monitoring/tests.

Always keep tract of your health in a journal or email to your doctor. Include symptoms such as stomach pain, leg pain, constipation, headache, trouble sleeping and other ailments that are recurring.

Remember that chronic cough, chronic pain or other chronic ailments are indicative of a severe health issue that must be looked up by your doctor early on. Do not dismiss skin irritation or abnormal skin growth.

Skin irregularities that are typically symptoms of a skin disorder include:
  • raised bumps that are red or white.
  • a rash, which might be painful or itchy.
  • scaly or rough skin.
  • peeling skin.
  • ulcers.
  • open sores or lesions.
  • dry, cracked skin
  • discolored patches of skin

Call 911, do not wait when symptoms of 12 serious diseases and health problems occur.

When is a cough “just” a cough, or a headache a symptom to be concerned about? Following are signs and symptoms that could indicate a serious health condition, and you should see a doctor if you experience any symptoms of concern. Sometimes, a symptom in one part of the body may be a sign of a problem in another part. Even seemingly unrelated symptoms that might be minor on their own could be signs of a more serious medical condition. Listen to your body, note all symptoms, and share them in detail with your doctor.

Heart attacks in real life often are not as dramatic as they appear to be in movies. Some early symptoms of a heart attack can happen a month or so before the heart attack.

Before a heart attack, you may experience these symptoms:

  1. Unusual fatigue/low energy
  2. Trouble sleeping
  3. Problems breathing
  4. Indigestion
  5. Anxiety
  6. Back or abdominal pain

During a heart attack, these symptoms may occur:

  1. Pain, uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or feeling of fullness in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  2. Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  3. Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort

Other symptoms are:

  1. Breaking out in a cold sweat
  2. Nausea and/or vomiting,
  3. Lightheadedness

Women also experience chest pain or discomfort, but also are more likely than men to experience

  1. shortness of breath,
  2. nausea/vomiting, and
  3. back or jaw pain.

Signs of a stroke happen suddenly and are different from signs of a heart attack. The American Stroke Association recommends remembering the mnemonic F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke and know when to call 9-1-1 for help:

  1. Face drooping
  2. Arm weakness
  3. Speech difficulty
  4. Time to call 9-1-1

Other signs and symptoms of stroke to watch for include:

  1. Sudden or rapidly developing problems with sight
  2. Sudden or rapidly developing problems with dizziness, balance, and coordination
  3. Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs
  4. Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  5. Sudden inability to say the right word, incoherent speech, or slurred speech
  6. Severe headache with no known cause

7 Signs and Symptoms of Lung Disease

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Lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma, and other diseases of the lungs can be serious and should be addressed.

Symptoms of serious lung problems include:

Coughing up blood
Severe wheezing
Difficulty breathing
If you have any of the above symptoms, go to an emergency room right away or call 911.

Other symptoms of lung problems include:

Persistent, chronic cough that gets worse over time
Repeated bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia
Chronic mucus production (phlegm)
Chronic chest pain, especially discomfort which gets worse when you inhale or cough
Contact a health-care professional to discuss your symptoms.


5 Signs and Symptoms of Breast Disease

A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. However, though many breast problems are not cancer-related, they do require prompt evaluation.

Signs and symptoms of breast problems include:

Nipple discharge (could be milky, yellowish, greenish, or brownish)
Unusual breast tenderness or pain
Breast or nipple skin changes, such as ridges, dimpling, pitting, swelling, redness, or scaling
Lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
Inverted nipples
If you experience any of these breast problem symptoms, see a health-care professional for evaluation.

7 Signs and Symptoms of Bladder Problems

Bladder problems can be frustrating and embarrassing, and are not something you should simply “learn to live with,” as they can be signs of a more serious condition. See a health-care professional if you experience any of the following symptoms of bladder problems:

Difficult or painful urination
Frequent urination (more than 8 times daily)
Loss of bladder control
Blood in the urine
Feeling the urge to urinate when the bladder is empty
Waking frequently at night to urinate or wetting the bed at night
Leaking urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise
A urologist is a specialist in diseases and function of the bladder.

Email of your health stories, triumphs and early detection that saved your life.

Sepsis prevention from Dr Axe

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7 Natural Tips for Prevention

Until scientists find an actual cure, early detection is the best bet for surviving sepsis. A 2006 study showed that the risk of death from sepsis increases by 7.6 percent with every hour that passes before treatment begins. (16)  Always treat sepsis as a medical emergency and seek medical attention if you suspect you have it. In addition to seeking medical attention, below are some of the best natural ways to prevent and fight a sepsis infection.

1. Don’t Abuse Antibiotics

Are You at Risk for Antibiotic Resistance? Not abusing antibiotics is one of the best ways to reduce the rate of sepsis as a society. Antibiotics are needed at times to treat serious bacterial infections and certain life-threatening diseases. But, they’re not the proper, or only, treatment method for things like common viral infections, the common cold, most sore throats and the flu. I highly encourage you not to take antibiotics for common ailments like colds. Taking antibiotics when they’re not needed and not effective helps to create drug-resistant bacteria in your body. This will make a sepsis infection more likely and more dangerous if one occurs.

According to the CDC, the number of hospitalizations for sepsis more than doubled between 2000 and 2008 going from 621,000 in 2000 to 1,141,000 in 2008.  One of the main reasons believed to explain this significant rise in sepsis patients is an increase in antibiotic resistance. This resistance occurs when an antibiotic is no longer able to resist or kill bacteria. (17)

2.  Clean Hands

Clean hands don’t carry germs. It may sound too basic to be helpful, but keeping your own hands clean, and also making sure that your health providers wash their hands, is so important.  Proper hand hygiene is often cited as the single most important procedure for preventing the transmission of antibiotic-resistant organisms (AROs) and infections in general. (18) You should wash your own hands on a regular basis. It’s especially important after using restrooms, and touching surfaces in hospitals and other public places.

The CDC says hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine. Just wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry. This simple acting of cleaning our hands is one of the best ways we can remove germs from our own hands. It helps us to avoid getting sick and also prevents the spread of germs. (19) When it come to the best ways to avoid contracting or spreading sepsis, hand washing is top of the list.

3. Proper Wound Care

Since even a tiny cut can spiral into sepsis, properly cleaning and caring for scrapes and other wounds is very important for preventing it. (20) If you’re under hospital care, prompt removal of IV lines and urinary catheters when they are no longer necessary can also help prevent infections that can lead to sepsis. (21)

4. Prevent Minor Infections

Our own immune system is the best natural defense against sepsis. One of the best ways to prevent it from occurring is to boost our immune system to prevent minor infections. (22)

4. Homeopathy

Scientific studies have shown that homeopathy can help in the fight against sepsis. One study published in 2005 researched whether or not homeopathy can have an effect on the long-term outcome of critically ill patients suffering from severe sepsis. Researchers had 70 severe sepsis patients take either a homeopathic treatment or placebo every twelve hours during their stay in the ICU.  The homeopathic treatment given each time was five globules at a 200c potency. The researchers evaluated survival after 30 and 180 days. After day 30, there was a “non-statistically significant trend of survival in favor of homeopathy.”

After 180 days, survival was statistically significantly higher in the homeopathy patients with no adverse effects.  The researchers conclude that homeopathy may be a useful additional therapeutic treatment, especially for severely septic patients. (23)

5. Probiotics

Getting enough probiotics on a regular basis can help to both prevent and treat a sepsis infection. When good bacteria flourishes, it can fight off invading bacteria. Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Probiotics are crucial to your immune health since 80 percent of your entire immune system is in your digestive tract!

Multiple studies show that probiotics can go a long way in fending off sepsis. This is especially true for babies, who are more at risk for developing sepsis. A 2016 study published in Pediatrics and Neonatology showed that probiotic supplements can lower the risk of candida colonization and help to prevent invasive fungal sepsis in preterm newborns. (24)

I recommend supplementing with probiotics and also consuming probiotic-rich food on a regular basis. Some awesome probiotic foods include kimchi, coconut water kefir and kombucha.

6. Zinc and Selenium

When it comes to immune function, zinc and selenium are absolutely essential. Being low in one or both of these vital nutrients can compromise immunity. Then you have a greater risk for infections. A 2015 study published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia exposed human endothelial cells (what lines the blood and lymphatic vessels) to a range of zinc and selenium concentrations in conditions similar to sepsis. Oxidative stress and out of control inflammation are two telltale signs of sepsis’ unwanted presence in the body. The researchers found that “zinc and selenium concentrations were reduced in critically ill patients, with increased oxidative stress and inflammatory biomarkers, particularly in patients with sepsis.” (25)

So far studies point towards zinc and selenium supplementation as playing a therapeutic role in preventing and treating sepsis. (26) Eating zinc-rich foods and selenium-rich foods on a daily basis can help keep your immune system strong.

7. Propolis

Propolis, aka “bee glue,” is a resin-like mixture that honey bees produce and use to fill gaps in their hives. An animal study published in 2011 in The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases found that derivatives of propolis are a promising natural substance that could likely help in the prevention and treatment of septic shock. (27)  Propolis is available as a natural supplement.


It’s important to remember that sepsis is a medical emergency. Every second counts, especially since the infection can spread quickly. There’s no one symptom of sepsis, but rather it has a combination of symptoms. Get immediate medical attention if you suspect that you have sepsis, especially if you already have another infection.

You should always consult your doctor before starting any natural treatment or combining conventional treatments with natural treatments.

Final Thoughts

Sepsis is a very serious health condition. It requires medical attention as soon as it is suspected. While experts and scientists work to find a cure, we can do our best to prevent it. Simple things like hand washing and proper wound care can protect you and your loved ones.

In addition to good hygiene, eat a healthy, whole foods diet rich in foods that boost the immune system. This is a smart defense against sepsis, and all kinds of other infections and diseases. Natural supplements like probiotics, zinc, selenium and propolis as well as homeopathy can help your immune system, too.  Always check with your doctor before combining natural and conventional treatments.

Healing power of sunlight, cancer prevention

Contrary to popular belief, Sunlight may help Prevent Cancer

Insufficient exposure to ultraviolet radiation may be an important risk factor for cancer in Western Europe and North America, according to a new study published in the prominent Cancer journal that directly contradicts official advice about sunlight. The research examined cancer mortality in the United States. Deaths from a range of cancers of the reproductive and digestive systems were approximately twice as high in New England as in the southwest, despite a diet that varies little between regions. There are 13 malignancies that show this inverse correlation, mostly reproductive and digestive cancers. The strongest inverse correlation is with breast, colon, and ovarian cancer. Other cancers apparently affected by sunlight include tumors of the bladder, uterus, esophagus, rectum, and stomach. Cancer March 2002; 94:1867-75

In recent years we’ve all been trained to fear the sun, due to the threat of skin cancer. Now there is a growing belief that exposure to the sun may not actually cause skin cancer. Either way, the fear of skin cancer shouldn’t keep you huddled indoors in the dark. According to Dr. William C. Douglass, you can reap the sun’s healthy benefits with as little as 20 minutes of exposure a day.

The UV advantageHowever, skin cancers are more likely related to the large distortion most people have in their omega-6 to omega-3 fat ratio. The high excess of omega-6 fats in most people’s diet puts them at a much higher risk of developing skin cancer when exposed to excess sun. So the solution is not to slather sun block on. Sun block can be quite toxic and should be avoided by most people. The sensible approach would be to limit sun exposure so you never get sun burned. It is sunburn in conjunction with excess omega-6 fats that increases your risk of skin cancer.

Sunlight Exposure Beneficial In Multiple Sclerosis
In a recently published exploratory study, mortality from multiple sclerosis (MS) was found to be reduced by exposure to sunlight. Depending on the degree of sunlight exposure, the risk of death from MS was reduced by up to 76%. No theory on the precise mechanism of action in this reduction was proposed by the authors. Occup Environ Med 2000;57:418-421

Why the Myth of the Sun Causing Skin Cancer Can Hurt Your Health

A recent study in the prominent US dermatology journal tell us that only a small fraction of US schools have implemented policies that protect students from over-exposure to the sun, and few provide shade, sunscreen, or other ways to avoid ultraviolet rays. Since severe sunburns occur during childhood, which may promote melanoma later, these experts recommend that policymakers and school administrators encourage and implement sun protection policies at schools nationwide. The authors of this study recommend that schools without a sun protection policy adopt one, and at least implement minor changes that could help shield students from the sun, such as allowing staff to put sunscreen on students, and permitting hats and sunglasses when outdoors. Archives of Dermatology June 2002;138:771-774

Sun Exposure (UVB) Protects Against 16 Types of Cancer – The new study links UVB as protective to a total of 16 types of cancer, primarily epithelial (pertaining to the surface) cancers of the digestive and reproductive systems [Grant, submitted]. Six types of cancer (breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, ovarian, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) were inversely correlated to solar UVB radiation and rural residence in combination. This result strongly suggests that living in an urban environment is associated with reduced UVB exposure compared to living in a rural environment.

Another 10 types of cancer including bladder, gallbladder, gastric, pancreatic, prostate, rectal and renal were inversely correlated with UVB but not urban residence. Ten types of cancer were significantly correlated with smoking, six types with alcohol, and seven types with Hispanic heritage. Poverty status was inversely correlated with seven types of cancer. Since the results for alcohol, Hispanic heritage, and smoking for white Americans agree well with the literature [Trapido et al., 1995; Thun et al., 2002], they provide a high level of confidence in the approach and its results for UVB radiation

In a televised interview, Dr. Lorraine Day, MD, reported that rats fed a healthy diet developed no cases of skin cancer when exposed to the sun, while 25% of those fed the standard american did develop cancerous lesions. The difference between the two diets is likely to be the quality of the fats, as will be come more apparent shortly.

A study published electronically this week in the International Journal of Cancer used a novel approach to examine the relation between solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiance, vitamin D, and cancer risk reduction. In this study, mortality rates for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), which is primarily due to squamous cell carcinoma, were used as the index of integrated lifetime solar UVB irradiance. NMSC mortality rates provide higher confidence regarding the population exposure to solar UVB than geographic location of residence, which has been used in such studies in the past. Thus, locations with a larger fraction of the population having outdoor occupations, such as farming, will have higher NMSC mortality rates. In addition, lung cancer mortality rate was used as the index for the adverse health effects of smoking.

Robert Bazell, Chief MSNBC Science & Health Correspondent – “About three decades ago, dermatologists alarmed at the rising incidence of skin cancer began a campaign to get people to stop spending so much time in the sun, or at least to cover up with strong sunblock lotion if they did. The effort was enormously successful. Now there is a big problem with it. When the sun’s rays (unfiltered by lotion) strike our skin, our bodies produce vitamin D. Scientists always knew vitamin D is critical for good health. Children not exposed enough to the sun can get a terrible disease called rickets. But around 1989 scientists began to discover that vitamin D played an important critical role in all the cells in the body, and they hypothesized that a lack of vitamin D could increase the risks for cancer.

Large population studies have now verified that people with low vitamin D levels indeed have higher levels of several common types of cancer, including colon and breast. Some of the best research comes from the Nurse’s Health Study and the Health Professionals Study — two efforts run by the Harvard School of Public Health that have been following tens of thousands of people for decades. The latest study looks at cancer incidence in men.

So how much vitamin D do we need?

Based on these latest studies, experts now recommend a minimum of 1,000 units a day. We get about 200 from food and supplements usually contain 400. That is where the sun comes in. No one is saying people should get sunburned or even tan. But you can get 1,000 units of vitamin D by spending 10 minutes in the sun in the middle of the day with your arms and face exposed. Amazingly, with our automobile and indoor lifestyle many Americans do not get even that much.”

Blood test panel, women

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One preventive measures of knowing about your health is a blood test.

Shown above is an example of a woman’s blood test panel.

  • Chemistry Panel (metabolic panel with lipids) – The cornerstone of any complete physical, the chemistry panel provides an array of markers to help assess cardiovascular risk, metabolic function, electrolyte status, minerals important for bone health, plus liver and kidney function.
  •  Complete Blood Count (CBC) – The CBC test evaluates three types of cells that circulate in the blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets). These markers can help to provide information regarding the immune system, possibility of an infection, blood disorder, nutritional deficiencies, your body’s ability to clot, and more.
  •  Free & Total Testosterone – Known as the feel-good hormone, testosterone helps maintain a woman’s libido, bone and muscle mass, cardiovascular health, mood, and sense of well-being. Testosterone in conjunction with estrogen is crucial in minimizing hot flashes, sleep disturbances, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
  •  Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) – Produced primarily by the adrenal glands, DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in the human body. DHEA plays a fundamental role in hormone balance, as well as supporting one’s immune function, energy, mood, and maintenance of muscle and bone mass. Since orally administered DHEA is mostly converted to DHEA-S, coupled with the fact that DHEA-S levels are more stable in the blood than DHEA, measurement of DHEA-S is preferable to DHEA.
  •  Progesterone – Instrumental in balancing the powerful effects of estrogen, an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen is linked to weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraine, cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and osteoporosis.
  •  Estradiol (E2) – The primary female sex hormone, estradiol is a form of estrogen responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle, skin elasticity, bone strength, bladder and vaginal health.
  •  Homocysteine – Identified by Life Extension as 1 of 17 independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease, high homocysteine levels can directly damage the delicate endothelial cells that line the inside of arteries, resulting in vascular inflammation, arterial plaque rupture, and blood clot formation.

C-reactive protein (High sensitivity) – CRP measures general levels of inflammation in your body, but cannot show where the inflammation is located or what is causing it. Uncontrolled, systemic inflammation places you at risk for many degenerative diseases like heart disease and stroke.

TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) – TSH is produced by the pituitary gland, and stimulates your thyroid to produce thyroid hormones T3 and T4. TSH can be used to screen for thyroid disease and other thyroid imbalances.

Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy – Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is important to every cell and tissue throughout the body. From proper immune function and bone density to heart health and mood disorders, vitamin D is critical for optimal health.

Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) – HbA1C shows the average level of blood sugar (glucose) over the previous 3 months. HbA1C is a useful indicator of how well blood glucose is being controlled, and is also used to monitor the effects of diet, exercise, and drug therapy in diabetic patients.


Bay area senior care and home assistance

We cannot leave our seniors at home without a compassionate and caring caregiver 24/7. We also need to senior safe our house to avoid falls and other accidents/emergencies. Leave contact information and medication list/schedules to a caregiver and another copy in your refrigerator and a copy of medication list in the purse of your mom or dad.

When choosing a caregiver, trust and compassionate care are important. Call 408-854-1883 or email at if you need a caring caregiver for your seniors at home alone.