HEALTH

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My Health - My Responsibility

Accidents happen, without our knowledge and consent. Nobody lives in a vacuum. Besides that, this should be our attitude: be responsible for ourselves, when it comes to maintaining our lives in good condition.

If you are a reasonable adult, you probably know that, in order to maintain your body and spirit in good health, you can't rely to a large degree on any 'healthcare service', on your government in general, on your life insurance company, and on nobody in particular. You need to take care of yourself, and this is crucial for your well-being.

Your body is unique and no the same (i.e. identical) medical advice can be applicable to everyone. You are the primary expert of your body and your feelings. Your expertise must count above all, and no authority should discredit it or force you to any kind of experimental or unnecessary treatment against your will.

What really matters is: maintaining your healthy lifestyle, learning, working (useful activity) and healthy relationships.

Obviously (by now it should be obvious 😁...), I'm not a doctor and I've never intended to be one. So, I'm not in a position to give any medical advice - especially to strange people. Nevertheless, I'm an old man and have acquired some experience in the matter of caring about my family and myself; that's called life experience, within boundaries of my terrestrial environment. In addition, I've learned somewhat also from M.D.'s, like e.g. Joseph G. Richardson, Dr. Joseph M. Mercola...

Now, I can at least locate and recognize some of the human body parts and can share some of that 'knowledge', with those who may find it useful, and with others - who have temporarily nothing else to do and like to read, just for... the pleasure of reading. Let's start with...

BRAIN

Brain resembles shape of a walnut and has two hemispheres. The outer corrugated layer of neural tissue of the cerebrum is surrounded by three membraines and protected by the cranium on the outside. Inside it looks like a mass of white and grey nervous matter.

Healthy brain is priceless. 'It's the most important sex organ'. You can't buy it (fresh!) and - at least up to now - you can't replace it, if something goes wrong. And it goes wrong quite often. 

   



There are also - by analogy to walnuts - some wormy, broken and damaged brains, or may even happen no brain at all in some heads. Hmm... no-brainers? Consuming walnuts in such situations wouldn't help much, probably. It's better try to wash such heads out completely. I don't know, really... (it's my joke 👦).

What I found in the past quite interesting about brains is that their average weight - of 1417.5 g in males - was actually about 170 g less in females. That's about 12% difference! I don't know why; I'm just guessing (nothing else, no, no) that it's somehow correlated with the average body mass, so the brain weight difference between the sexes comes from that. Can anybody confirm?

OK, now let's get more serious. Brain is the residence for creating thoughts, and thoughts are shaping our Mind - the 'throne' of reason, intelligence and creativity, our memories, emotions and dreams. Are you out of your mind? - is the expression often used to question somebody's rationale or mental health. And rightly so.

Here comes the first 'sth goes wrong...'. Some people can't make use of their brain; live and behave as degenerates, not able or refusing to learn and act reasonably without external intervention or help. There are special terms used in psychology and psychiatry for such individuals. Sometimes the mind in those people is not fitted for independent thinking,  activity and the duties of life from the very birth. The person may even be in a good physical condition, but usually will function below the standard necessary for productive life. These poor individuals are usually easily brain-washed and aggressive, frequently used by politicians and other crooks as their supporters. Not good. Those people are just followers, belong to the category of sheeple.

Healthy people use their own brains, think critically, make their own minds, live in harmony with nature and do not take the easy way, i.e. following the sheeple.

But here comes the second 'sth goes wrong...'. A person you watch seems to be in a perfect condition. He/she feels well and active, and suddenly starts to feel dizzy and loses his/her balance. After a while falls to the floor. Well, nothing serious happened. But soon he/she slowly losing strength and has difficulty speaking. What's going on? What would you do in such situation?

I can tell you only what I'd try to do. If I'd have suspected that it might be a stroke (!), before calling for an ambulance I'd made a quick check by asking the person to:

  • smile at me,
  • raise both hands up, and 
  • repeat a simple sentence after me.

If the person would've difficulty fulfilling the requests, I'd immediately call for the ambulance. Some failure of facial muscles, lack of strength in the hands and trouble with memorizing and speaking, can all be the first signs of cerebral hemorrhage (blood spill to the brain) and stroke.

The person's life can be saved, and its health can even be completely restored, if we react properly when witnessing similar event.

We just need to remember that success depends mainly on timing. If STROKE is suspected, the diagnosis of the patient should be made as soon as possible, usually within about THREE hours. So don't hesitate to ask the three questions.

And take good care of your own brain, too, to avoid major surprise. I know, what I'm talking about. Healthy brain is priceless.

HEART

Have you heard any songs or poems about the brain? I haven't. How about the heart? Wow, there are hundreds, and maybe even thousands of them. Look just at these examples:

 

What's the reason behind the discrepancy? EMOTIONS. Mistakenly, many people tend to locate the source of emotions in their heart, assuming that the brain operates entirely on cold logic. That's not true. Our heart only physically reacts to the signals of emotions coming from our brain. The origin of the emotions (fear, anger, happiness, sadness, pleasure, surprise, disgust, etc.) is located in the limbic system, a set of brain structures located beneath the medial temporal lobe of the cerebrum (the largest part of the brain).

 Despite of the scientific knowledge, people commonly consider that humans who are not able - or don't want to - show any emotions, have 'NO HEART'; that their hidden heart is 'cold', acts simply as a battery/charger of their logical brain. If somebody tells you that you don't have a heart, don't believe it. You're still alive, thus you've got it for sure. There is scientific evidence for that.

If you don't know anything about your heart, even about its location in your body, here is the reminder. Physically, our heart is the pear-shaped muscular, very sophisticated muscle with a unique function, engine of life pumping our blood. It's located obliquely at the front and the lower part of the chest, between our lungs. It inclines slightly to the left of our body centre. Its base is inclined toward the spine, at 4th and 5th dorsal spine bone level, while the apex ends between the cartilages of 5th and 6th ribs on the left side.

Heart is an organ divided, approximately vertically, into two separate halves. The right one pumps the impure dark blood, and the left one propels the life-maintaining bright crimson blood. Each of the sides is divided into two compartments, upper and lower.

This complex pump circulates our blood and the circulating blood is the most important process of our life. The life of our body could not be maintained without moving the blood, because its discs continuously die and must be removed from our body to give place for the new ones born into life. The destructive process of death is at the same time accompanied by constructive process of life due to moving our blood by the heart action.

Your heart is in fact a very powerful engine. It pumps your blood tirelessly at the rate of about 100,000 strokes per day (on average), moving about 300 litres of blood an hour, without any break. Well, actually there are some rumours, that your heart may stop for a small fraction of a second when you sneeze. So, maybe it's better to avoid hard sneezing... On the other hand, don't even try to suppress a sneeze completely. It could be dangerous.

Unconfirmed rumours say also, that heart is the centre of our soul. Even God may reside in your heart. Who knows for sure?

Listen to your heart. At complete stillness you'll hear a series of sounds subdivided into two distinct uniform parts followed by a very brief moment of silence. The two sounds follow each other instantly. The second one is much shorter, about half of duration of the first one; reminds a very specific musical notation.

Because of our heart complexity and continuous work, it can sometimes burn due to overheating. You know about that HIGH blood pressure - it's when it works too fast or too hard; it simply gets overworked.

You probably know that - although the heart is placed within our body - it can be touched, especially by a doctor during surgery... And you also can touch somebody's heart, sometimes even quite deeply, but not your own, (un)fortunately.

Believe it or not, your heart can be easily hurt/wounded or even much worse; it can be taken away from you (or stolen), even after your death!  And vice versa, you can do the same to other people, particularly to the opposite sex.

What else can go wrong with our heart? Well, it can be broken, for instance. Because it usually works so hard, we should treat it right! Don't neglect it, don't harm it. Otherwise it may get crazy and attack you. I mean, you can experience a heart attack. Yes, according to some sources over 50% of all people deaths happen due to heart failure or disease. Many other  things may go wrong with your heart, but the heart attack is the most dangerous.

You can survive a heart attack, if you're lucky and get emergency intervention quickly enough. People can survive even 2 or 3 heart attacks; it happens but it isn't always possible. Sometimes you may find yourself in a solitary situation, away from home and from other people, and can' be helped in any way. It's worth to be prepared for self-help. Know signs of heart attack: severe pain in your chest, radiating to the upper arm and jaw, shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitation, fainting. Do not panic! 

This is what I would do under the circumstances: immediately start coughing very intensely, repeat taking a deep breath and deep cough every couple of seconds, continuously, until some help arrives or my heart starts to beat normally. This is my CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on myself. You can save your life this way.

Heart attacks, according to some statistics, occur disproportionally more frequently in the morning hours and on Mondays. This is probably related to more stressful events taking place in those periods.

The heart battery operates quite efficiently in most people for a very long time, but - as any battery - it gradually unloads and gets weaker. Its rhythmic pulsation eventually may become unruly (palpitation, arrhythmia etc.). For such cases technology comes with a solution. Nowadays, there are artificial batteries available, so-called pacemakers that can be installed in your body to help your heart keep beating regularly.

In some extreme situations, when some elements of your "pump" fail, you may get our heart replaced (transplanted) with heart of a donor who has died e.g. in some accidental event. It's not that frequent, but happens.

There are also virtual hearts created in recent times with the help of sophisticated technology and computer programs running them. All the workings of the "pump" can be simulated on computers, so treatments for some kinds of cardiac arrhythmias etc. will probably become widely available in the future. Such "devices" are already in use; typically used to bridge the time needed for heart transplantation, or even to replace the failing heart permanently - if heart transplant is impossible.

How would you feel with a cyber-heart? Would you be able to laugh to your heart's contents? Hmmm... Before you'll qualify for using any of those technologies, take good care of your heart. Listen to it... Replacement is never as good as the original.

Some people say that there is nothing as good for your heart as honey. Maybe... I've went a bit further some time ago and tested - just experimenting - a honey-based enhanced recipe. The product tasted quite good, and my heart responded positively.

Ingredients (in volumetric parts):

  • 1 - apple cider vinegar
  • 1 - ginger juice
  • 1 - lemon juice
  • 1 - garlic juice
  • 3 - natural honey

Preparation:

  • mix juices and vinegar together, and simmer at very low heat for about one hour
  • cool down the solution and mix well with the honey
  • store it in a jar of adequate volume 

Consuming (just a suggestion):

Take one tablespoon of the "beverage" before breakfast, on empty stomach. Listen to your heart, and to your stomach. Hopefully, your heart will be happy.

Other good beverages for your heart: plain water and some flavoured waters, unsweetened teas, some unsweetened coffees.

 

 

 

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