Poison Prevention at Home
- Store medicines and household cleansers in locked cabinets where children can’t see or reach them
- Store poisons in their original containers
- Remember that sometimes, children manage to open “child proof” lids
- Never call medicine “candy”
- Take your medicine when your children aren’t watching you. Children often want to do just what their parents are doing, and they may try to take your medicine when you’re not watching.
If children ingest anything at all that they shouldn’t, call your local poison control center or your doctor immediately, even if your child seems fine. Some substances don’t take effect immediately, but can cause serious injury or death.
Keep the poison control center number handy—not just for yourself, but also for others who care for your child:
If the person has collapsed and is not breathing, call 911.
Source: American Association of Poison Control Centers
Building Your Health Library
It’s great to get health information online, but sometimes you want a book to thumb through, where the information is all in one place.
Go to the health section of your favorite bookstore and look for a health encyclopedia. Take a moment to make sure it’s written by a reputable organization and that it’s laid out in such a way that it’s easy to find the information you need.
You may also want some other types of health books for your home library. Make sure the books you choose are written in a tone that matches your philosophy. Consider the needs of your family. Should you add a book about children’s health? Are you especially interested in vitamin and supplements? Would a women’s health book be helpful? You may also want to ask your doctor for recommendations, especially if your doctor has an approach to treatment that you respect.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Most men and women should be tested for cancers of the colon and rectum by the time they’re 50 years old. But you should be tested earlier if you have any of the following risk factors:
- Strong family history of colorectal cancer.
- Colorectal cancer syndromes in your family, such as certain types of polyps.
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
- A personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
Screening procedures for colorectal cancer include
- Fecal occult blood test (to detect blood in the stool).
- Digital rectal exam.
- Sigmoidoscopy (a thin, flexible, 2-foot long tube is inserted in the rectum and up into the colon).
- Colonoscopy (a thin, flexible, 4-foot long tube is inserted in the rectum and up into the colon).
Nobody would try to convince you that these tests are a lot of fun, but they are almost never painful. They may cause some discomfort at times, but most people are surprised at how little discomfort they experience. And remember, not all of the tests need to be performed every year.
Talk with your doctor about your personal risk for colorectal cancer. That’s the best way to determine how often you should be tested and which tests you should have. To read more about colon and rectum cancer screening, visit the
Source: American Cancer Society
Reduce Computer Vision Strain
If you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen and you experience the following symptoms, your screen may be one of the problems.
- Blurred vision
- Eye irritation
- Double vision
- Excessive tears or dry eyes
- Pain in the eyes
- Excessive blinking or squinting
The American Optometric Association recommends eliminating glare from your screen. Place shades over windows, move lamps that reflect on your screen, keep your screen clean and use a glare reduction filter. Take frequent rest breaks from the screen as well. If you continue to have problems, visit your ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Source: American Optometric Association
The term “eczema” refers to any kind of dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. All types of eczema cause redness, itching and sometimes blistering. The most severe and chronic is called “atopic eczema.” There are other types as well, including irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis.
The best way to avoid an eczema flare-up is to identify the flare-up’s triggers. If it’s an irritant contact type, triggers could be things like industrial chemicals, detergents, fumes, tobacco smoke, paint, bleach, etc. For the allergic type, allergies to things like food, pollen and pets can trigger an attack.
Emotional stress, extreme humidity, extreme dryness, sweating—all can cause an eczema flare-up.
Cortisone creams can be very helpful during flare-ups, but you should use them only as your doctor recommends. Moisturizing right after bathing is a good preventive treatment. Some doctors recommend adding flaxseed oil to food as another preventive treatment.
Source: National Eczema Association