So, would you like the good news first or the bad news?
…The good news is people are now consuming more water than soda! Yay!!
Now the bad news, the bottled water that you think is “awesome”, may not be safe and awesome. Just purifying the water from water supply at home may be a far cheaper and safer option…
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Menopause is no fun. While taking care of so many of you all out there suffering from those miserable hot flashes, I started looking for some solution to track them. There are tons of ways to track fertility and periods but nothing to objectively track MENOPAUSE. I came across this wonderful app. I encourage all those women suffering from the miseries of menopause to track and record their symptoms.
This will also help your doctor and you yourself to track response to natural or medical hormone replacement as well. Here’s the link. I am also placing the link on the Useful links page.
Stay cool and tuned for more…
Dr. Adeeti Gupta
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Allergies!! How allergies may be affecting you more than you know!
Q: What are some symptoms of environmental or food allergies?
Irritability Excessive restlessness • Depression • Anxiety • Personality changes • Seizures • Migraines Neurological • Coughing and wheezing • Chronic runny nose • Asthma • Recurrent bronchitis • Recurrent ear infections Immune • Chronic or recurrent infections • Chronic acne • Canker sores • Eczema • Itchy rash • Hives • Bed-wetting • Bladder infections • Fainting • Hypoglycemia • Anemia • Sinusitis • Eczema • Psoriasis• Chronic pain • Irritable bowel disease
Q: Are environmental allergies associated with endometriosis?
There is now increasing evidence that people who suffer from endometriosis have a higher incidence of environmental and food allergies as well as auto-immune or other immune disorders. In a study of 689 women, researchers found the relative risk of 4.2 (significantly increased) for prevalence of concomitant allergies.
Q: What role can allergies or atopy play in chronic fatigue syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome and the fibromyalgia complex of neuro-muscular disorders have been associated with the body’s inability to fight with allergens. In layman terms, there is evidence that by being constantly under attack from allergens, the body’s immune system is busy fighting the allergens and becomes weakened to support a healthy immune system.
In a population based study of 42,558 patients with atopy (allergy) compared with 170,232 patients without atop from 2005 to 2007 with follow-up to 2011. The overall incidence rate of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was significantly higher ( 2.59 fold) in the atopy cohort compared with the non-atop cohort significantly after adjustment for age, sex, and comorbidities.
Q: Are there more people suffering from allergies now? And why?
The incidence of allergies is rising, and some scientists believe that increased chemical pollution in our air, water and food supply is causing the frequency and severity of allergic reactions to escalate. Natural and synthetic hidden ingredients in food, the genetic manipulation of plants, less diversity in the diet and poor digestive function also may be contributing factors. While the issue of food allergies is complex, testing can help identify offending substances. This information can be used to modify your diet – or your child’s diet – to experience.
Q: What are some other instances of allergies being the culprit in relation to Women’s health?
Vulvar irritative disorders, recurrent vulvo-vaginal infections may be either due to a person’s weakened immune system from chronic allergies or may be a direct response to ingested allergens from food or direct contact for example to detergents, creams, lotions etc.
Chronic pelvic pain, painful periods and painful sex have all exhibited association with high incidence of food and environmental allergies.
It is well known and proven that irritable bowel disease is an amalgamation of symptoms that may be arising from various food sensitivities and allergies, which may in turn increase the incidence of chronic pelvic pain conditions.
Q: How can we test for these allergies?
There are easy blood tests available now for testing of a host of environmental as well as food allergens. These tests are comprehensive and can help reveal some surprising results.
Q: Are there any treatments available?
Depends on the allergen. There are allergy shots available for a lot of the known environmental allergens. The process is called immunotherapy. The allergy shots are prepared specifically for that particular allergen and then given in a series of subcutaneous injections.
Q: Do I need to see an allergy specialist or can my regular doctor take care of this?
Your primary care physician can take care of the initial work up and then refer you accordingly. We do perform the testing and treatment at our offices as well and are happy to schedule a consultation to go over the details.
Stay tuned for more facts and figures….
Dr. Adeeti Gupta
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Dr. Gupta talks about the good, the bad and the ugly about Tampons. How safe are tampons? How scary or not scary are they?
Q: What are the most common ingredients in Tampon?
Most brand name widely available tampons contain, rayon, cotton and a polyester coating for the absorbent core.
The strings may be polyester or cotton and the applicator may be plastic or cardboard.
They may contain also fragrances and/ or odor neutralizers.
Q: Are the tampon ingredients harmful?
The cotton fibers need to be bleached before manufacturing, for which purpose, chlorine may be used. There is a doubt but no clear evidence that the bleaching with chlorine may cause release of a toxin called dioxin, which if absorbed into blood stream may cause cellular damage. Unfortunately, there are no clear, in vivo ( human) studies to show the amount of absorption of dioxin or polypropylene from the coating and how the ingredients are metabolized if absorbed into the system.
Again, there is no clear evidence as to short term or long-term dangerous side effects of these ingredients.
There is a possibility that the rayon and polypropylene after being in contact with body fluids may release some ingredients akin to BPA and other phthalates. Long-term exposure to the former chemicals has been associated with hormone imbalances and immune suppression.
Q: Forgotten tampon?
The main concern historically with tampons has been the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). TSS can happen with any foreign material left in the human body for a long time. The cotton or the tampon is basically a foreign body. A forgotten tampon used to be common cause of TSS in the pre-antibiotic era. The foreign body can get infected with Staphylococcus and cause widespread infection throughout the blood stream, which untreated can lead to death.
Q: Which tampon is safe?
Now, a safe to use tampon should be made of pure cotton with a cotton or inert covering. The covering has to be secure so that when the tampon is pulled out, it doesn’t leave any cotton fibers in the vagina. Unbleached cotton is the best and a cotton string is preferable.
Q: Recommended Tampon brands?
As far as the brands, there are many brands toting the words “organic”, “pure”, “unbleached” etc etc. We need to actually read every single ingredient, and not just rely on the highlighted packaging. Some pure cotton tampon brands are Natracare, Emerita, Seventh Generation.
- I strongly recommend reading every single ingredient and do allergy testing first if trying a new brand.
- Never leave a tampon in for more than 3 to 4 hours. For all those busy professional women out there, set an alarm if you need to.
- Retained tampon is the most common cause of unrelenting vaginal infections. And once the infections kick in, it is very hard to turn the pH back to it’s health state where the good bacteria are winning.
Stay tuned for more of our “Little Known Facts” series….
Dr. Adeeti Gupta
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Dr. Gupta explains in this candid interview why women of today still are not able to get simple easy preventative health care despite the myriad of options out there.
Stay tuned for more clarity in future posts…
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