Thursday, June 12, 2008

Very Basic Health Facts Everyone Should Know


I came up with these ten health facts that I think can be helpful. Enjoy!
Hareega

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1- There is no test for all cancer. There aren't even a group of tests whether blood tests or X-rays that can tell you you're a 100%-free of cancer. Doctors can look for cancers if they suspect it, and may even screen for the common cancers like breast and prostate cancers, but they can never tell you you don't have any cancer. a lot of cancers can only be discovered once they have spread all over your body.

2- People who have HIV can now live almost just as long as healthy people. Even those with very advanced HIV (full-blown AIDS) can usually be treated and they survive for decades. Patients with HIV (who have access to health care) now do a million times better than they did 20 years ago.

3- The best way to tell if someone has B12 deficiency is NOT by checking their B12 level, but rather by checking the level of MMA (methylmalonate), which goes up if B12 level is low.

4- It's very uncommon for someone to get Alzheimer's disease after age 75. For those diagnosed after 75, the disease probably started before that age.

5- The most common cause of blindness in the world is an infection (trachoma) that can be very easily treated by taking only one pill of an antibiotic.

6- There are only 60 pyschiatrists in Jordan. That is about one psychiatrist per 100,000 Jordanians.

7- Every 30 seconds, one person dies from malaria, another easily-treatable infection.

8- The best way to prevent getting "the flu" or "the cold" is not by wearing heavy clothing during the winter season, but by washing your hands.

9- People who get obstruction in their large intestine) can start having feculent (feces-containing) vomiting. (I think I saw that in one South Park episode)

10- People can have diabetes and high blood pressure and start having damage in their eyes and kidenys for several years before having symptoms or being diagnosed. That's why most people are in denial when they're told they have any of these diseases.
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(Feel free to ask any questions)

43 comments:

Batoul said...

I always thought the chances of getting Alzheimer's disease increases proportionally with age... interesting list, thanks for sharing.

Abed. Hamdan said...

Thanks for the information.

but how can we early detect diabetes, blood pressure, and eye damage if symptomps take that long to show ?

PS: all jordanians know psychology, ask any taxi driver and he will give you the treatment.

The Observer said...

Thank you! I like such facts! Can you please do it on a more regular basis?

caroline said...

Liked the MMA fact...not many people know it.
Do u know the Jordanian people at all hareega?!we don't need psychiatrists because we r all doing great and have no problems at all!!!!Mhd Al Wakeel is the only and and best psychiatrist Jordanians need:)lolol

lost within said...

What a list ! As the observer said ,cud u do it on regular basis ? =)

about number 2 : can people with HIV get married ? like to another HIV+ person perhaps?! this is one of the most burning questions I have !! lol !

about number 6 : people here do not accept the concept of a psychaitrist ! to them it is one and the same with a mental health asylum ** el f7es**


about number 9 : OMG ! is this for real ? other than the south park episode , have u seen , heard or read about it before?!

Mazz said...

number 6 explains a whole lotta' mysteries!

kinzi said...

Hareega, will you please address the 'being cold will make you catch a cold ' myth that prevails here? Or that 'hawa' makes you sick? Unless it carries pollen, yea, but puh-lease!

Hareega said...

batoul they do and they peak in the 60s, but at 75 it become much less likely to get it. So if you have someone who's 90 with good memory they won't get it. There are still other causes of memory loss in that age the most common is having small brain strokes.

Hareega said...

Abed-Hamdan:
every person with diabetes should visit the eye doctor at least once a year, and he do a special exam and detect even early changes of diabetes and deal with it, that can prevent blindness.

people should visit a doctor every once in a while and have their blood pressure checked and a fasting glucose (sugar) level checked, that especially applies for obese paeople because they're at the highest risk.

Hareega said...

Observer... wala yhimmak

caroline, he's a pretty good psychologist. I'm not sure half Jordanians have B12 deficinecy by the way!

lost-within: about the HIV question, people will probably transmit it to their partners if they have unprotected sex, the risk of sexual trasnmission is low but over a period of time it will definitely become very high. One way of decreasing the risk or at least delaying the transmission is by teating the infected person adequately and dropping their viral load to undetectable levels.

Feculent vomiting: only saw it once, they don't vomit feces but regular vomit with a fecal smell and sometimes fecal material-didn't see that!

Hareega said...

kinzi, honeslty honestly I don't know, and I don't know if anyone knows. There is no prooof at all that it happens so at least I can say science doesn't support it. There have been expisitions to the north and south poles where people spent months exposed to cold weather and none got sick. If you notice we get exposed to "cold" everyday even in summer months when you walk into an air-conditioned room suddenly or you just get out of the shower, and maybe if people get a cold the next day from other causes they automatically link that to their cold exposure the day before.

Anonymous said...

Salam Dr.

I was watching Law & Order last night... about a man getting raped...
And I was wondering can men get raped? yeah I know I'm weird.

Anonymous said...

lol ok here's my question ..b2dar el wa7ad yesre3 3mlyat el ayd 3ndo in order to burn more cal.
-thnx for this money-free medical day!

Khouloud said...

Very interesting, except for the first fact, Allah ytamnak!!

Did you know that 38% of Jordanians 3indhom "bawader" amrad nafsiyyeh according to a recent study? But as lost withing said, 3aib 3aib 3aib trou7 3a doctor nafsi!

I too, think you should do it more often, biddi af7as il MMA because every Jordanian citizen has been diagnosed with B12 sufficiency, mish ma32oul ya3ni!

Hareega said...

anonymous 1... yes he can

anonymous 2, mesh 3aref bi sara7a, and i think it's controversial. Metabolism (ayd) is very complicated. Maybe a nutrionist would know more than me

khulood, 38% is less than what i've expected lol, i'm definitely one of them.

Tallouza said...

First time here. Very interesting and nice bog. Loved the adoption story. Do you have any advice on Colon HydroTherapy? With all the detox hype, this hydrotherapy is becoming fashionable and having it done is as easy as getting a facial.

Hareega said...

tallouza... I couldn't find anything that supports using colon hydrotherapy. The idea sounds great to common people because the colon is "dirty", however the colon is full of bacteria that live in harmony and with colonhydroptherapy they ontoduce subsatnces that kill these bacteria and may cause a serious imbalance in the colon.
There were people who died of amebiasis from this therapy. There are millions of people who have ameba in their intestines and with therapy maybe (i say maybe because they didn't do any studies about it) can cause ameba that's not causing symptoms to become more aggressive and cause disease.
These alternativr medicine methods can be very very tricky. Unless for those that are well-studied, you only hear about the people who did very well by using these methods but there very well may be many many other who didn't benefit or who got really hurt or died by using them and NOTHING of that gets documented.

Tallouza said...

Thanks Hareega! Very helpful...I always suspected that there was something nasty about this new fad. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

Leen said...

hi..
I was wondering, how many patients do these 60 pyschiatrists actually have? Do you have any idea?
I guess the numbers aren't clear because people who take therapy try their best to hide it. When I considered becoming a pyschiatrist everyone advised me not to, saying you'll never get any patients in Jordan...

Hareega said...

Leen that's a good question, I'm not sure about the answer. In med school I went to one of the clinics which had a few patients but wasn't too busy. however they tend to have a large number of patients in the psychiatry hospital in f7ais.

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