Introduction Arteriosclerosis causes heart attacks, strokes, amputations and even loss of brain function in addition to sudden death. Arteriosclerotic plaque, the material that eventually clogs our blood vessels begins to form in youth. American soldiers killed at the age of 19 or 20, in action, have been noted to have streaks of such plaque. The plaque is made up in part of cholesterol. Excess cholesterol in the blood leads to more plaque being deposited at a younger age. For this reason we prefer to delay this from occurring. But why do we need cholesterol at all? Actually, we wouldn’t survive without any cholesterol, but we often would live longer if the level were lower. Each year, more than 1 million Americans will suffer a heart attack and about 500,000 will die from heart disease. High blood cholesterol just like high blood pressure does not cause any symptoms. Many people (more than 50 percent by recent estimates) are either inadequately treated or unaware...
Airways and lungs
Breathing difficulty Throat swelling
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Severe pain or burning in the throat, nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue Vision loss
Heart and blood
Collapse Low blood pressure
Abdominal pain - severe Blood in the stools Burns of the esophagus (food pipe) Nausea Vomiting (may be bloody)
Convulsions Depression Dizziness Drowsiness Feeling of being drunk (euphoria) Headache Loss of alertness (unconsciousness) Seizures Staggering Weakness
Burns Irritation Necrosis (holes) in the skin or underlying tissues
This is not something new - in fact, there have been some isolated cases where social services or another government authority has stepped in and removed a morbidly obese child from a home in an effort to prevent further health risks from developing. The intent has been to "save the child" and not to indict the parents. Obviously the net result of such an action is to basically suggest that the parents are not engaged in good parenting and the child, because of that, is at serious risk from a health perspective. With the publication of this new Journal of the American Medical Association commentary, and the chorus of other health professionals supporting this expert's written essay, the issue of whether to remove an obese child from his home is now front and center.
It seems just last week we were arguing about whether bariatric surgery or the Lap Band is appropriate for obese teens. That discussion may now seem tame in comparison to removing a child from a home because a docto...
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