Fat In The Liver Meaning

When the liver is looking at supplemental stress and work from anabolic steroids in the system, it lets go chemicals called SGOT and SGPT. When the damage is once again ceased, the liver no longer releases either compound. Standard blood tests discover the amounts of SGOT and SGPT in the system, and these are the markings that doctors use to determine exactly how much the liver is being damaged.

The liver no longer lets go of the two compounds when the damage to the liver is stopped. The liver is an incredible body part, which has the power to regenerate brand new cells, but the rate at which the liver will repair itself is different for every person due to a lot of factors. One of these factors includes the resting time when the liver is not incurring any damage. In a lot of cases, the steroid users that take high amounts of steroids are the same ones who ignore the advice of taking breaks from their cycles and training, allowing their livers the opportunity to recover and let the amounts of SGOT/SGPT go down.

Oral steroids can also be damaging to the liver. While the liver breaks down the oral agents, the cells of the liver can be damaged and will probably bleed. This can have an adverse affect on the excretion and filtering functions of the body. Steroids that you inject can also be damaging, but for other reasons. Even though the injected compounds have a lower toxicity than oral steroids, the probability of an infection is very much increased. Infections happen because of compounds that aren’t pure, any bacteria on the needle, blood issues, and other. People who take steroids by both injecting and taking them orally are at much higher risks of damage. By taking both kinds, they are getting all the toxicity of the oral steroids and all the bacteria infection risks from injections that will damage the liver.

Once the liver becomes more and more damaged, from oral or injections, minute growths called nodules show up in the liver. After the bad effects of steroids are ceased, these nodules become reduced or stay benign. But having them in the liver too long, far more normal in long-term steroid takers that don’t believe in breaks, will possibly result in liver disease. Liver disease will most likely kill a person, taking millions of lives every year. Even though the majority of these departures are from years of abusing alcohol, people who use steroids are subject to the same dangers, as identical nodules grow. Taking steroids and using alcohol at the same time is very risky to do. Alcohol disables the body function to turn off estrogens that are let go as the body metabolizes anabolic hormones. The bad effects caused by steroids are much worse for users who are also abusing alcohol.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    The liver converts fat which is stored in the body into a suitable from for combustion?
    Can someone please explain to me what “form” the liver turns the fat into and what they mean by “combustion”? I have been googling all day and all I can find is a fatty liver and human combustion! I’m kinda pulling my hair out, LMAO.

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  2. QUESTION:
    traces of fat in the human liver?
    what does this mean if you have a trace of fat in the liver

    • ANSWER:
      High cholesterol…. You need to watch your diet, cut down on the fat, eat healthily

  3. QUESTION:
    What is a hypodense lesion in the liver?
    I had a CT scan and the results read I have a 7-mm hypodense lesion in the liver containing fat which could represent a small lipoma. What does it mean and should I be worried?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      A hypodense area on CT is an area of tissue usually that is different to the normal tissue. (blood is hyperdense). A lipoma is a benign tumour of fat cells. At 7mm yours is small and they dont usually have treatment unless they are large and pressing on a structure etc. However i would encourage you to talk to your doctor who knows the whole story about it, they will be able to give you the full answer and allay your concerns fully. Hope this helps however.

  4. QUESTION:
    What two macromolecules form nitrogenous products when broken down?
    Are? Is one proteins and the other fats?

    I mean broken down to form nitrogenous excretory produces by the way.

    Also if you please, not in too much detail, but what abnormal events in the liver cause jaundice?
    Only need a brief outline here thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When our body uses proteins, a by product is formed known as
      Ammonia. The liver takes this ammonia and converts it to
      Urea, that the body can easily dispose of. This is Known
      as BUN or Blood urea nitrogen that is removed by the kidneys
      So Nucleic Acid and Urea may be what you are thinking about.

      Jaundice. Bilirubin is a substance that is made from our dead
      red blood cells, by the spleen or liver. It is known as a pigment
      (yellowish/brownish substance) because it colors other things.
      The liver takes this bilirubin and converts it into a soluble form
      to become part of the Bile. The bile flows through tube like
      structures (ducts) to the gallbladder first and then released
      into the common bile duct when signalled by a hormone when
      food first reaches the duodenum (first part of the small intestines).
      The bile reaches the small intestines to help emulsify the fats
      we eat so they can be digested.
      There are different things that can cause a rise in Bilirubin
      in the blood. Too many red blood cells being made/ too
      many dying off. Obstruction, malformation, infections of
      the bile ducts so they become blocked, which forces
      the bile back into the liver and the bilirubin go out into the
      blood. Another thing is that some people have Gilbert
      disease where they naturally have larger amounts in the
      blood at all times.
      When the Bilirubin reaches a certain level in the blood,
      Jaundice appears (white of the eyes and the skin will
      become yellow) When the kidneys pick this up when
      it filters the blood, the urine can become darker…
      from a darker yellow to a deep brown. If the bile/bilirubin
      doesn’t reach the intestines…the stool will lose color till
      they are almost a grayish white and may float on top of
      the water (cause without bile, the fats stay in the intestines).

      I hope this is of some help to you. Best wishes.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me with glucagon, glycogen and glucose?
    I am doing a Biology retake soon and need to recap on a few things. I know that insulin is a hormone secreted from the pancreas and it helps lower the blood glucose level and i know glucagon is another hormone produced by the pancreas used to tell the liver to turn stored fats/carbs into glucose to raise the blood glucose level. If this information is correct, does this mean that fats and carbs are stored in the liver if that is what turns them back to glucose?

    • ANSWER:
      Glucose concentrations in the blood stream are primarily controlled by the action of two antagonistic pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon. Glucose is first detected in the bloodstream by glucose transporter receptors expressed on the surface of specialized pancreatic cells known as alpha- and beta-cells. Beta-cells respond to rising levels of blood glucose by secreting the hormone insulin. Insulin restores normal levels of glucose in the blood by signaling body tissues to take up glucose for energy, or to convert glucose to glycogen and lipids as future energy stored in the liver, muscle and fat cells. In the event of low levels of glucose, the alpha-cells of the pancreas release the hormone glucagon to stimulate skeletal muscle and the liver to breakdown glycogen into glucose and adipose tissue to digest lipids into fatty acids and glycerol. Glucagon also stimulates the liver to synthesize glucose from glycerol in the blood. All these reactions work together to raise glucose levels back to normal.

  6. QUESTION:
    Making some sense out of my liver ultrasound results…?
    because my ALT was elevated (roughly 132)…I had an ultrasound done, please help make some sense out of the language…my doctor says it’s just a mild inflammation of the liver because there is too much fat in it (non-alcoholic):

    1. Liver is normal in size: if I had severe inflammation would my liver be enlarged?
    2. No focal or any lesions present: does this mean I have no tumors? Which means I don’t have liver cancer?
    3. Markedly echogenic shows that liver has gone through extensive fatty change: Pretty much means fatty liver I’m sure…

    Thanks it would be nice if someone could just clear this up for me if they know a lot about ultrasound results…THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      It means that your liver is working overtime to clean out the blood. You can use a body cleanse which will help to lover the ALT levels and it won’t hurt the body – promise. You do not have to stop eating, just don’t eat junk (fast foods), more greens, veggies, salads are best (no creamy dressings; vingerattes are fine.) Try this website as I have ordered from him before and can vouch it’s safe.

  7. QUESTION:
    liver ultrasound results…does this mean I don’t have liver cancer?
    i had a liver ultrasound done and it said that it was very fatty. Because of the excess fat, localized lesions can’t be seen clearly but no mass lesions have been detected. Does this mean I do not have a tumor which in turns means no liver cancer?

    I had the ultrasound done because I had elevated liver enzymes so my doctor suspects it to be the liver inflammed from fatty change. But after 3 months of exercising and dietary change my liver enzymes have returned to normal. Please let me know if the terminology from my ultrasound means no liver cancer. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you had liver cancer the doctor would have told you because there would be treatments involved. A fatty liver is more common than most people realize. Question your doctor and make sure that he or she answers all of your questions.

  8. QUESTION:
    Consumed too much omega 6, what now?
    Hello everybody, if anyone knows the answer I appreciated it.
    I used to eat a a lot of tilapia during summer, as you may know farm raised fish are high in omega 6 and promotes inflammation. For me, it made me break out cystic acne. I stopped eating several months ago. The acne is not as bad before but whenever I eat “inflamed food” I could feel one coming up somewhere in my face.
    By doing a small research, omega 6 fatty acid is fat soluble, meaning it stays in ones body for some time but not sure how long since I ate high amount of it. So basically I am prone and sensitive to “inflame” foods like pasta, potato, white rice, etc. These are foods that I used to eat without any side effects prior eating tilapia. I’m planning to a dietitian. I already went to my physician but he refer me to a dermatologist. I don’t know how the derm is going to help me though. Getting rid of them or decrease omega 6 is my concern, at the moment I don’t know how. Intake for omega 3? Liver cleanse?

    • ANSWER:
      intake omega 3 to counter the omega 6 =]

  9. QUESTION:
    Interesting article “Thin people might be fat on the inside” no question here…?
    Internal fat around organs can increase diabetes and heart risks
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 12:03 p.m. PT May 11, 2007
    LONDON – If it really is what’s on the inside that counts, then a lot of thin people might be in trouble.

    Some doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas — invisible to the naked eye — could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.

    “Being thin doesn’t automatically mean you’re not fat,” said Dr. Jimmy Bell, a professor of molecular imaging at Imperial College, London. Since 1994, Bell and his team have scanned nearly 800 people with MRI machines to create “fat maps” showing where people store fat.

    According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. “The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined,” said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council.

    Without a clear warning signal — like a rounder middle — doctors worry that thin people may be lulled into falsely assuming that because they’re not overweight, they’re healthy.

    “Just because someone is lean doesn’t make them immune to diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease,” said Dr. Louis Teichholz, chief of cardiology at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, who was not involved in Bell’s research.

    Even people with normal Body Mass Index scores — a standard obesity measure that divides your weight by the square of your height — can have surprising levels of fat deposits inside.

    Of the women scanned by Bell and his colleagues, as many as 45 percent of those with normal BMI scores (20 to 25) actually had excessive levels of internal fat. Among men, the percentage was nearly 60 percent.

    Relating the news to what Bell calls “TOFIs” — people who are “thin outside, fat inside” — is rarely uneventful. “The thinner people are, the bigger the surprise,” he said, adding the researchers even found TOFIs among people who are professional models.

    According to Bell, people who are fat on the inside are essentially on the threshold of being obese. They eat too many fatty, sugary foods — and exercise too little to work it off — but they are not eating enough to actually be fat. Scientists believe we naturally accumulate fat around the belly first, but at some point, the body may start storing it elsewhere.

    Still, most experts believe that being of normal weight is an indicator of good health, and that BMI is a reliable measurement.

    “BMI won’t give you the exact indication of where fat is, but it’s a useful clinical tool,” said Dr. Toni Steer, a nutritionist at Britain’s Medical Research Council.

    Unhealthy skinny people
    Doctors are unsure about the exact dangers of internal fat, but some suspect it contributes to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They theorize that internal fat disrupts the body’s communication systems. The fat enveloping internal organs might be sending the body mistaken chemical signals to store fat inside organs like the liver or pancreas. This could ultimately lead to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, or heart disease.

    Experts have long known that fat, active people can be healthier than their skinny, inactive counterparts. “Normal-weight persons who are sedentary and unfit are at much higher risk for mortality than obese persons who are active and fit,” said Dr. Steven Blair, an obesity expert at the University of South Carolina.

    For example, despite their ripples of fat, super-sized Sumo wrestlers probably have a better metabolic profile than some of their slim, sedentary spectators, Bell said. That’s because the wrestlers’ fat is primarily stored under the skin, not streaking throughout their vital organs and muscles.

    The good news is that internal fat can be easily burned off through exercise or even by improving your diet. “Even if you don’t see it on your bathroom scale, caloric restriction and physical exercise have an aggressive effect on visceral fat,” said Dr. Bob Ross, an obesity expert at Queen’s University in Canada.

    Because many factors contribute to heart disease, Teichholz says it’s difficult to determine the precise danger of internal fat — though it certainly doesn’t help.

    “Obesity is a risk factor, but it’s lower down on the totem pole of risk factors,” he said, explaining that whether or not people smoke, their family histories and blood pressure and cholesterol rates are more important determinants than both external and internal fat.

    When it comes to being fit, experts say there is no short-cut. “If you just want to look thin, then maybe dieting is enough,” Bell said. “But if you want to actually be healthy, then exercise has to be an important component of your lifestyle.”

    • ANSWER:
      For those like me, a man of very large size, I don’t have health issues other than my 550 plus pounds. For a man of my weight, I would say I am sort of active. I do walk, albeit slowly and with a careful waddle to make sure I keep my balance, and I do like to swim. I also like to eat and I do eat a lot. That comes with the size. Good article.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the name of the chemical substance that is produced by the liver to break down fat in the small—?
    intestine?

    What is the advantage of having digestion take place along a canal rather than in one location?

    Give an example of an organ that plays a role in more than one system. Explain its role in each system.

    “Fluid movement is the most important function of the human body systems.” Explain what this statement means. In your explanation, answer the following questions:
    -What fluids are involved?
    -What body systems are involved?
    -How are the fluids moved?
    -Why are these fluids so important to the body?

    “Organ systems interact and are independent.” Explain what this statement means.

    Short and simple, please.
    Forgot to add another questions!

    Columns: Organ System, Organs contained, Tissues contained.

    Put each word under the correct column: respiratory, intestines, lungs, connective, trachea, espohagus, heart, circulatory, stomach, nerve, fat, digestive, blood, muscle, edpithalial.

    • ANSWER:
      As for the rest of the questions-
      The fluid part- blood, tissue fluid, all these are fluids. Blood carries erythrocytes and lymphocytes. Tissue fluid consists of everything plasma has minus the Cells and platelets. Fluids are important because they’re easier to transport, and for anything to be used in the body, it has to be soluble first.
      Fluids move either for the pumping action of the heart or due to muscle contraction. The circulatory and lymphatic systems are involved.

      Respiratory- Lungs, Trachea, Esophagus
      Digestive- Intestines, Stomach, Fat
      Circulatory- Heart, Blood
      Connective- Nerve, epithelial, and blood (cause it’s a connective tissue)

      Hope I helped!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there a cheaper alternative to foie gras?
    Fat goose liver, in english. I was wondering if, in MONTREAL, QC, CANADA, preferably :D there was a product that mimics the taste of foie gras but isn’t foie gras, meaning it costs a lot less?

    • ANSWER:
      Foie gras can be duck or goose liver.. You can try finding duck liver pate as an alternative.. It is about 1/3 less and taste almost the same.. If you want the full texture of goose liver, it’ll be hard to replace because there is nothing like it.. If you get the pate, it’s easier to pass off as foie gras.. Unless you have a food snob like me who knows.. Hahaha!

  12. QUESTION:
    can you really flip or turn someones liver over?
    everytime i play with my son and turn him upside down my father in law has a fit and says dont do that you will flip his liver over. he says he knows someone this happened to, a friend of a friend of course
    now i know this cannot be true as the liver is held in place by ligaments, fat and muscle, but is there some truth in this somewhere?!!!!
    i mean how do gymnasts manage?, or bungee jumpers?
    just want to point out i dont always turn my son upside down lol, just now and again when we play i hold him upside down briefly to make him laugh, he is 5 not a baby or anything!

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard this before and it sounds like a dad thing to say!

      I can’t imagine this would be possible. I have been in emergency medicine for 11 years and have never heard of this happening!

      The liver is definitely held in place my a myriad of things. I wouldn’t worry too much! I will still do this to my kids!

  13. QUESTION:
    can cirrhosis of the liver be avoided/prevented from this condition?
    i have a mild inflammation of the liver due to fatty liver (non-alcoholic type, NOT obese but overweight) I’ve been losing weight and eating right to try to burn the fat off my liver. Question is: I know this condition is chronic (but is said to be reversible) and CAN lead to cirrhosis, but say I change my lifestyle completely and keep a healthy body, can I prevent myself from ever getting cirrhosis in my entire life? They say fatty liver with inflammation can be reversible, does that mean I can get rid of the inflammation through healthy lifestyle choices?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, change your lifestyle, and it can repair, good luck x

  14. QUESTION:
    fat cat diet plan…any suggestions??
    my cat is FAT and now needs a diet since there is too much fat in her liver. i tried giving her a diet before but she becomes incredibly difficult and MOODY!! if she doesnt see that the entire 1 can of cat food is there on her bowl…[only half is given] she will look at me like im being evil/mean, hiss and run off…making me feel bad. so i want to try giving her a slow and steady diet….any ideas?? shes also spoiled and throws a fit by POOING ON THE CARPET if she feels that she cant get her way….

    any suggestions? should i just give her a diet cold turkey with no remorse?? please help dishing out diet ideas!!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to www.ThePetCenter.com and click on the index of articles and then look under the “Nutrition Related” articles. There are a number of them there that will tell you how to meet your cat’s nutritional needs and take the weight off her.

      It sounds as though you can feeding canned food which should not be putting weight on your cat or keeping her fat UNLESS you are using foods that have by-product meat with a lot of fattening fillers. Cats do not get fat on high quality canned foods which are almost 100% meat protein. Use Wellness, Natural Balance, Nature’s Logic or Nature’s Organic. The last two brands are available through www.petfooddirect.com. Nature’s Organic turkey and turkey liver is .33 a can. Nature’s Logic duck and salmon is .36. That’s about as high as you can go on canned food – .00 a month or .00 a week. Wellness and Natural Balance are available at my local pet discount store for around $.75 per can. So mix them up to reduce your financial output. The pet discount store also has sales where you can stock up for less.

      These foods are almost all meat. I find they are on the dry side so I always add a tsp. of filtered water to each cat’s serving. Cats do not get fat or continue gaining on meat.

      So yes, you need to get “tough” with the cat and stop letting her control you. One-half can in the morning (the rest should be put in a pyrex dish to save for dinner – it gets an “off” taste if left in the can). Just pick up the poo from the carpet (not as much of a problem than if it were urine) and dispose of it in a brown paper bag outside in the trash can. Don’t get upset or let her know she has made a point with you. You will win the battle and she will be better off for it. She should have two litterboxes and buy new ones. Some cats like to poo in one and poop in another. Don’t put them side by side. Plastic litter boxes pick up odors and bacteria that the cat can smell and not like. Even when you clean old boxes well, replace the litter totally at least every two weeks and wash them well with soap and water they can still have a smell that she does not like. Plastic litterboxes have a life span of less than two years.

      I suspect you might be dealing with both a food AND a litterbox problem with your cat so you need to address both issues.

      I would try chicken and turkey meats first with her. Some cats don’t like beef and lamb. You’ll have to play around with that.

  15. QUESTION:
    having a hard time understanding this article, please help?
    The liver stores glucose by converting it to glycogen.(I understand so far) It holds perhaps a 12-hour supply of glucose in its glycogen(typo, did it mean liver? If it converts to glycogen how can it be held in glycogen?) . Once you finish digesting all of the carbohydrates that you last ate, the liver starts converting its stored glycogen back into glucose and releases it to maintain glucose in the blood. (Understood)Lipolysis (lip-what?) also starts breaking down fat in the fat cells and releasing fatty acids into the bloodstream. Tissues that do not need to use glucose for energy (for example, muscle cells) start burning the fatty acids. This reduces the glucose demand so that nerve cells get the glucose. (ok, how does this affect your body?)
    Once the liver runs out of glycogen, the liver converts to a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis turns amino acids into glucose. (um, no comprendo on the last part)

    comments in () are mine, everything else is the web article
    oopsies, pressed the wrong category, ok. From now on, please comment about how you feel about diets and ignore the above info ^_^

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, is this a survey? Or a joke? I think your in the wrong room. We ain’t that smart here.

      I don’t eat liver, sorry

  16. QUESTION:
    Stomach / liver problems?
    I’ve been putting off taking my cholesterol medicine for fear of what it might do to my liver. Last week my doctor called to tell me I had fat depositions on my liver. I’m suppose to make an appointment with him soon. In the mean time, I decided to try to change my diet drastically until I get a chance to see him. (I’m ashamed to say that my usual diet consisted of Croissanwiches, Snickers, pizza, and coffee)

    For breakfast I had oatmeal, mid-morning snack: granola, and for lunch I had a bag of carrot sticks. Salad for dinner. Three days I did this, three days I had major stomach pains by the end of the day along with the runs. I decided I took too much fiber too fast and am trying to ease up with stir fries and salads. Its been a week now and my stomach is still griping me bad all day with much gas. I feel like I permanently messed my digestive system up last week and now I’m afraid to eat. I just keep getting gas, grumblings & pains. Any ideas of what I can do to calm my stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      Alot of the problem may be too many vegetables. Try taking “Beano”, it is supposed to help with digestive problems associated with veggies.

  17. QUESTION:
    Need help with biology?
    Please read the article and help explain refering to the comments in the()

    The liver stores glucose by converting it to glycogen.(I understand so far) It holds perhaps a 12-hour supply of glucose in its glycogen(typo, did it mean liver? If it converts to glycogen how can it be held in glycogen?) . Once you finish digesting all of the carbohydrates that you last ate, the liver starts converting its stored glycogen back into glucose and releases it to maintain glucose in the blood. (Understood)Lipolysis (lip-what?) also starts breaking down fat in the fat cells and releasing fatty acids into the bloodstream. Tissues that do not need to use glucose for energy (for example, muscle cells) start burning the fatty acids. This reduces the glucose demand so that nerve cells get the glucose. (ok, how does this affect your body?)
    Once the liver runs out of glycogen, the liver converts to a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis turns amino acids into glucose. (I got lost)

    • ANSWER:
      What we’re talking about here is how your body gets energy. As you probably know, there are generally three major sources (you see them on all the food labels): fats (also called lipids), carbohydrates (things like sugar, including glucose), and proteins (things made of amino acids – your excerpt doesn’t much talk about them, so we’ll ignore them from here on out too).

      Now, if you left all the sugars in your bloodstream, it would throw a lot of things out of whack. Your body tries to always maintain a certain balance. So when there’s lots of glucose in your blood, the liver takes it out and turns it into something else (glycogen in this case). Then, when there’s too little glucose in your blood, the liver takes that other stuff and turns it back into glucose. Handy.

      Glucose is particularly important because there are some cells in your body (like your brain) that pretty much ONLY run on glucose. So if that runs out then you start to be in big trouble. Your brain is a HUGE user of energy, consuming about 20% of your body’s oxygen and as much as 30% of your body’s energy all by itself.

      And that’s why, when blood sugar starts running down, your body tries to save much of what’s left for your brain. Fat cells are broken into those fatty acids as an alternate energy source for all your other tissues. Your liver starts trying to turn other things that are lying around into glucose… amino acids in this case, which come from those proteins. And so it goes until you eat something sugary again.

      Don’t let the vocabulary hang you up. Some of these terms you’ll see over and over again, so let’s define some of them now:

      -LYSIS is breaking something up. You may have heard of cells being ‘lysed’, or of the ‘lysosome’ organelle which breaks down stuff in the cell. Any time you see some variant of this, it means it’s destroying something else. So glycolysis breaks glucose down, lipolysis breaks lipids down, and so on.

      -GENESIS is exactly the opposite – building something up. If you’re making it from scratch, they may stick ‘neo’ (meaning new) in there too. So gluconeogenesis is making new glucose. You can tell just from how the word is put together.

      Particularly in this section, you’ll probably want to keep on the lookout for GLUCO- (having to do with glucose specifically or carbohydrates in general) and LIPO- (having to do with lipids or fats). You’ll see it other places too: the ‘liposome’ is the organelle in a cell that holds lipids, for example.

      Hope that helps! Sounds like you’re actually getting most of what’s going on!

  18. QUESTION:
    Exercise Pain Question?
    Look I have noticed that when I do a serious workout at the end (After I start sweating alot) I get these pains in the right side of my chest, people say its the liver, but what does this mean? Is it burning fat or should I stop?

    • ANSWER:
      you should lighten up on your exercise.that is a stitch.it means that you need to take a break from exercising and drink some water and sit down for 10-25 minutes.what causes it is the muscles in your body making your heart beat fasterFASTERFASTER!!! until the blood in your body is just going way too fast and your lungs don’t have time to get the oxygen through your body fast enough.If you have a lot of artery blockage it could cause a heart attack.so just sit down and relax for a few before resuming your workout.

  19. QUESTION:
    *sigh* Can anyone make me feel better?
    ((sorry if this isn’t in order/kinda confusing))
    Our Australian cattledog had to be put to sleep because of liver problems recently. So we had scheduled to go look for a new puppy
    After seeing my mom (really depressing, don’t ask.) my grandma wanted to cheer me up by taking me down to the Humane Society since they had found a litter (of 8) abandoned cattle-dog mixes in Taft.
    So we all fall in love with an ADORABLE little girl, a tri-colored that looks like she has some collie in her.
    So this is on the 23rd, so I leave the puppy with my grandma since I was going to be far away (technically it is her dog though)
    I get a phone call from her the 25 as I was getting ready to go over there…..
    “Hey, {edited my name out} we had to take the puppy back.”
    then she explains because of our mean cat we couldn’t keep the puppy….
    So Christmas day is spent trying not to cry my eyes out.

    I know I shouldn’t have gotten attached
    I know I was stupid to think I would be able to keep her with the cat.Its just now I’m even sadder about all the **** going on. (({briefly, moms a drug addict, dad has a new GF other grandma thinks I’m retarded and would like nothing better than to sit in school 24/7, I was called fat by a mean anorexic girl in my class,and my dog I’ve had since I was 2 was put to sleep.))
    {insert more complaints}
    Can anyone tell me something to make me feel better?
    I would get a new dog at my dad’s house but his new GF is afraid of dogs, and allergic to cats,plus we live in an apartment.
    ((I owe you a cookie if you read all of my complaints))
    plus it was the cats house about 3 years before the dog came.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you’ve had a rough go of it lately. Here’s what I think you should do. . .

      Have a day to wallow. Stay in your room with all of your favorite movies and snack foods (forget the skinny girl and her rude comment) and just cry. Cry. Eat. Sleep. Watch movies.

      Then. The day after the wallow. Get up and start over. Start with a new, positive attitude. Things will be okay. You must make a better life for yourself because you are obviously not pleased with the one you have.

      You can do this, girl!

      Best of luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    The cruelest thing I have ever heard?
    In the production of foie gras, literally meaning, fatty liver, a duck is force fed 2-3 times a day, by having a metal pipe shoved down it’s throat, and a mixture of fat and corn pumped into it’s stomach. the feeders are careless, and often severly injure and purposefully abuse the ducks during feeding. PETA investigated a foie gras farm, and found hundreds of dead ducks stuffed in bins, that had died from a burst liver. Workers were paid a bonus if they killed under 50 ducks a month. One duck had a a maggot infested wound in it’s throat so severe, that water poured out of the hole when it tried to drink. The PETA managed to rescue a mere 15 ducks, two of which had livers so engorged, that they couldn’t move, and were literally being eaten alive by rats. The ducks often resort to self mutalation and cannibalism due to stress, their livers being enorged to ten times their normal size.

    Please help these poor, poor creatures, and DO NOT BUT FOIE GRAS. It’s honestly the cruelest thing I have heard about in a long time….

    What are your thoughts on this?

    • ANSWER:
      Excuse my French but that’s fucking disgusting are they not humane to feel so bad to be doing that, I can’t belebe there r ppp who do that I’m glad
      someone like u has the heart to be appauled by this & not stay quiet

  21. QUESTION:
    Why do carbs have such a bad reputation?
    I’ve heard the talk, carbs make you fat. They turn into glucose which is sugar and makes you fat. If you only eat fat and protein then you’ll lose weight.

    Wrong! What you’ll lose is muscle! Carbs are made of monossacharides and dissacharides. Monossacharies means there is one sugar molecule in the food. Glucose (blood sugar), Fructose (fruit sugar) and Galactose. The dissacharids are two sugars put together (Glucose + another sugar.) There are three of these, sucrose (glucose+fructose), lactose (glucose+galactose), and maltose (glucose+glucose).
    The complex carbs are polyssacharides (lots of glucose together).

    When we eat carbs the glucose goes to our blood then to the cells. The others go to our liver and turns into glucose then go to our blood, then to feed our cells and central nervous system. What we dont eat is stored as fat. If we dont get enough then the body takes galactose from our muscles and turns it into glucose. So why not just eat the carbs and get fiber?
    I do agree that the modern diet has too many refined carbs. I’m all about the whole grains. But the no-carb diets send people into ketosis! The body needs carbsm, glucose is the perferred energy source for all cells.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, exactly you lose MUSCLE. Muscle weight MUCH MORE than fat. Therefore you lose weight but your midsection never shrinks.
      I always thought that low carb diet was the DUMBEST thing ever. The guy that invented it dropped dead of a heart attack.
      How couldn’t people see through this ridiculous garbage? I see things on restaurant menus that state (Low Carb). The meal is a hamburger without the bun. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Are you kidding me? Like it’s the bun that makes you fat and not the fried hamburger loaded with grease, fat and cholesterol.

      Carbs will make someone gain weight if they just sit on their bum all day. Carbs are an ESSENTIAL part of an everyda diet, especially if you work out. The body uses carbs and glucose as energy, without them your body uses muscle for energy.

      Therefore losing muscle will make you lose weight, but you’ll become a weak, soft pile of skin and fat.
      Perfect example. I’m 6’0 216 lbs yet my waist is 32 1/2 inches. My friend is 6’2 185lbs and his waist is 37 inches. I’m over 30lbs heavier, shorter and yet my waist is 4 1/2 inches smaller than his.
      THANK YOU for your great question.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can polyphenols protect other polyphenols from breakdown in the liver?
    Some polyphenols like those of dark chocolate, while quite affordable, are not healthy for megadosing at least from usual sources. That is due to the fat content of dark chocolate.

    Others such as resveratrol are expensive in high doses. A more moderate but high quality dose is quite affordable.

    But when consuming some of these polyphenols the smaller dose means they’re broken more rapidly by the liver and remain less time in the blood causing a loss of some of their benefits. A high dose keeps the liver busy and allows them to remain in the blood at higher concentrations and for longer.

    Now can other polyphenols be used to protect them and allow them to remain longer in the blood stream? That is green tea, vegetables, berries, etc which can cheaply and easily be consumed in megadoses without problem, thus providing megadoses of a wide variety of polyphenols. Could such keep the liver’s breakdown enzymes busy enough to prolong the time specific polyphenols remain in the blood?
    I seem to recall having heard of drug interactions involving the liver, and breakdown being affected by the presence of another drug, thus prolonging the time in the blood of a particular drug.
    I’m trying this for the resveratrol CR-like effects.

    In-vitro human cells have shown it can affect human cells. In vivo animal research has shown stupendous results.

    But some of the animal tests have used doses that would be equivalent to several grams in human equivalence calculations. Further the bio- availability from what I heard is still in question, and the human liver seems to process it too soon(some say this doesn’t affect its benefits much.)

    I know that large doses of resveratrol mean the liver takes longer in breaking it down. If some of the other polyphenols are broken down by the same enzymes, this will keep those enzymes busy processing said polyphenols, and will extend the time resveratrol remains in the blood at moderate doses.

    The big problem is are there other polyphenols that are processed by the same enzymes, and thus would compete with resveratrol and slow down its breakdown?

    • ANSWER:
      Since nobody has answered yet, I’ll toss in my two cents.
      Adding polyphenols won’t protect the polyphenolys that you’re taking, but taking too many of them won’t really slow down your liver too much. However, your body will try to get the most out of any food/supplements that it can get, and it should still take enough time to process the polyphenols that your body will get quite a bit of benefits without mega-dosing.
      If you’re doing this for increased immune system support, I would suggest trying a variety of nutrients for various aspects of immune system health instead of trying to overdo just one… that’s the best and safest way to give support for any part of your body.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is fat in the blood…..?
    I’m going over notes for my exam tomorrow. regarding the livers protein metabolism
    it says that once amino acids reach the liver they can be released into circulation for other cells?

    by circulation do they mean the blood? or what?
    im confused
    xo

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, circulation of nutrients is only possible via the blood.

      Your question doesn’t make sense though… The subject mentions “fat,” but in your details you mention amino acids and proteins. Protein is made of amino acids, but I assume you must know that.

  24. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Scarring of the liver and cirrhosis?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, an alcoholic is THE most difficult of all patients to help, especially when you want to do so much. ALL that you describe is due to alcohol. At first alcohol causes liver cells to fill with fat and produce an enlarged fatty liver which alone has caused sudden death. In time, as liver cells die, scarring results and can then progress (under the microscope) to produce a smaller scarred liver called alcoholic cirrhosis. The liver then produces inadequate clotting factors which can produce skin and other hemorrhages, as well as leak fluid into the belly (ascites), and change blood circulation to overload and damage an eenlarging heart under strain as well as dilated, thin-walled esophageal veins (varices) which can anytime suddenly rupture as great quantities of blood are coughed up. Hepatitis c also damages the liver and is believed to be a cause of liver cancer. As long as your husband continues to drink alcohol, he will continue to go downhill and die in spite of your efforts. Try the phone book or call Al-Anon, an organization for spouses of alcoholics for much more information on how to deal with your extremely difficult situation. You cannot go it alone and expect and success.

  26. QUESTION:
    Are “Progressive” diseases considered irreversible? Or can SOME be reversed?
    I have too much fat in my liver which has caused it to inflame a little. Stuff on the internet says its a progressive condition but some other sites say it’s reversible. I’ve always thought that diseases that were “progressive” means that no matter what you do to stop it it’ll always progress, it’s just a matter of time before the disease will take control, but for some reason they say even though my disease is progressive, it’s reversible? Can you actually treat some progressive diseases and get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Never say never! Research your problem and do whatever you can do to correct it or at least keep it from getting worse. Can diet help?
      I would also find a specialist who is willing to try things to correct this problem

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you burn stored fat!!?
    I’ve come a summary that:
    if we eat just protein our bodies won’t burn muscle when using energy but just burn the protein.
    But how do you burn stored fat??

    I don’t understand.
    someone said this:

    You burn fat first. When you eat foods, some it it gets broken down into glucose and is stored away in your muscles and liver as glycogen. Once the starvation period has lasted long enough and your blood glucose levels decrease, you start using the glycogen stores in your muscles.

    so what does that mean, how can you have a calorie deficit if you’re just going to burn muscle?
    How do you burn stored fat?

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t want to eat just protein. You do not want to fuel the body with protein. You can fuel the body with calories from carbs OR fat. Protein needs to be reserved for tissue repair & cellular regeneration.

      You don’t burn fat first if your body is being fueled by glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel). If you starve your body, your metabolism will shut down.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter – add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it’s own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger insulin which can store the calories eaten into fat. The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want “something” – have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese – pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad – steaks – a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase muscle mass with high HGH levels.

      Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar & maintain weight or health.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why would any choose a dog food that lists “Animal Fat” or “Meat By-Product” in the ingredients?
    When an ingredient is listed as “animal fat”, the chances are that the animals that are used to make this “animal fat” are of the 4-D varied (dead, diseased, disabled or dying prior to slaughter). There are no regulations against this. They can (and do) use dogs and cats that are euthanized at shelters, restaurant and grocery store refuse (meaning food past it’s expiration). It is even well-known that they don’t even discard the dog tags, flee collars or bags that the dead dogs are put in. They just grind all that up to. That is disgusting. In other words, some of us are allowing our dogs to be cannibals.

    Then they have ingredients listed as “By-Product” which by definition means that a company is using the discarded remains of an animals carcass that is deemed inappropriate for human consumption which includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents.

    I would like to hear from the people who feed stuff like Science Diet, Royal Canin, Iams, Purina, Pedigree, Kibbles N’ Bits and so about why they are ok feeding their dogs these kinds of ingredients?

    Is it just a matter of being cheap? Not caring about your dogs well-being? Not considering your dog important enough? Just laziness?
    Edit: Chez, I didn’t give you a thumbs down. I’m just wondering what goes through peoples heads. The proof is right there in front of people yet they still feed their dogs this stuff. On top of that, Taste of the Wild is 10 times better of a food and costs less per bag then Science Diet.
    EDIT: Lauren I feed Taste of the Wild and Orijen. They use no fillers, no by-products, and no corn. I don’t feed my dogs the bodies of other dead dogs. That’s gross.
    EDIT: Robert, if you notice, it’s the commercial brands that meet the bare minimum standards. Corn is indigestible to dogs yet they all use it. The other ingredients are extremely low quality and extremely cheap and then they charge an arm and a leg for them. Research? Really? Look at all there “specially formulated” brands. They are exactly the same as far as ingredients go.
    EDIT: Actually Cat, if a company lists something as “Animal Fat” or “Meat and Bone Meal” or “Animal By-Product” and not with the actual animal listed, they can come from 4-D animals. Rendering plants don’t discriminate with what they put into there stuff and that’s where the commercial companies get these ingredients because they are cheap.
    EDIT: Very good arguments so far. I love this question. It’s like arguing Republican vs. Democrat. The problem I have so far is that the Science Diet, Iams and so on crowd is only saying “my dog is doing good on it”. How do you know? Have you ever considered the long term effects? My parents had a Cocker Spaniel and Springer Spaniel die of kidney failure on Science Diet but they seemed fine.
    EDIT: Julie, I really like your response. I was more pointing out the disgusting aspects of commercial foods. I know corn is really bad and so is soy and all the other wheats and fillers in those but I was focusing on the gross.
    EDIT: For Ashleigh, let me change my intitial question for is it laziness and so on, to is it a matter of taking your veterinarians word for it? Is it a matter of not reading the bag? Is it a matter of assuming a big company would cut corners?
    EDIT: Ashleigh. Well said. I gave you a thumbs up. My question is more geared around people that CAN afford the better foods yet for some odd reason they pay for Science Diet. In my opinion, if you can afford Science Diet, Eukanuba, Royal Canin or any of the other expensive commercial brands, then you are just throwing away your money because the ingredient in them are the same as the cheaper commercial brands. It’s all corn, soy, animal by-product, animal fat and fillers. Just the expensive brands have good marketing to go along with a bad product.
    EDIT: Schmeemers, I like this comment: “What do you think they’d eat in the wild? The slowest, oldest, sickest or dead animal in the herd.”

    My question to you is, do you see a lot of wild dogs eating corn and soy as their main nutrition source because that’s what people are getting from those commercial companies.

    • ANSWER:
      Mostly it’s that they don’t know, or that the risks are understated. Sometimes they’re suckered in by a good commercial (if we all went by commercials alone, I’d be feeding my dogs beneful lol… those are good commercials!) or are told by a vet that these foods are healthy.

      Vets are often given a paycheck by these companies too, so some vets will recommend them! Then some vets will recommend stuff like Purina because it’s better than Ol’ Roy or kibbles & bits… kind of choosing a lesser evil when they know their clients aren’t going to afford/want to spend that much for dog food.

      ADD– the corn and fillers bother me way more than byproducts, at least the byproducts are animal-based. I’d sooner feed something with byproducts than a food with corn or soy. Of course I prefer neither, but don’t label organ meat as bad food. Liver is very very healthy and many raw feeders will look specifically for it.

      ADD #2– for those of you who have dogs who eat that crap and say they’re fine… well my Grandpa smoked for 50 years then one day he got lung cancer and died. My other grandpa smoked his whole life and is now 92, no issues. Feeding a low quality food is like smoking… it might hurt you, it might not, but it almost always lowers your lifespan.

      And yes, not all natural/organic/holistic foods are good or nutritionally balanced. Many are, and those are the ones you should be feeding.

      ADD #3– corn is not undigestible, it is however extremely hard to digest and is a common allergen in dogs.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do you like Snapple, Hansen’s, Sobe’s or VitaminWater?
    Did you know that they all contain artificial sweetners like high fructose corn syrup…VitaminWater has crystalline fructose in it, which contains arsenic and other heavy metals including lead. LifeWater contains fructose and maltodextrin, another artificial sweetner.

    Even in small amounts, over time these dangerous chemicals can have a negative affect on your health.

    Natural sugar is absorbed into every cell of the body; these fake sugars only pass through the liver, which could cause a fatty liver amongst other disease of the liver.

    You should try to avoid consuming foodstuffs containing any artificial sweetners like high fructose corn syrup, crystalline fructose, sucralose, & maltodextrin. Just because they may be lower in fat doesn’t mean they are better for you, they could actually be worse!

    Do you remember back in the day when Sweet N’ Low used to have a warning in red print on their packets that their sweetner caused cancer in test mice in California?

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070823094819.htm

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0854/is_7_27/ai_n17207352

    http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/09/28/high_fructose_corn_syrup_why_the_worlds_most_popular_sweetener_is_enemy_1_to_your_health_and_wais.htm

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6210.cfm

    http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/highfructose.html

    http://www.thefitshack.com/2007/03/28/what-is-crystalline-fructose/

    http://www.mercola.com/2004/apr/10/corn_fat.htm

    • ANSWER:
      I like fresh iced tea with stevia. The only carbonated drink I ever have is an occasional Izzy.

      Thanks for warning everyone about flouride! It is nasty and it causes so many problems. It depletes iodine and causes all kinds of thyroid problems. I have a shower filter, a water reducer/realkalizer/purifier and only use natural toothpaste or baking soda.

  30. QUESTION:
    Im fat and by myself Should i you know?
    To many problems as i said im morbid obesity i have sleep apnea, i have a severe case of manic depression. I have ADD, ADHD i have dyslexia im bipolar, i have neuropathy in my one foot and all the meds combined destroyed my teeth, so bad teeth = heart problems. I have a bad gallbladder and elevated liver symptoms and i dont even drink, i have rage disorder. My doctor thinks i may be developing diabetes.Im adopded so my biological father knocked up my biological mother and ran, my biological mother use crack in her pregnancy so i have had most of these problems my whole life and ive never meet them. Im on enough medication to take down a bull elephant 32 pills a day and ive been on medication since i was 2 or 3. im been bullied most of my life the only person i thought was my friend robed me blind. im 30 years old and i dont have one friend and b/c of my appearance i have not left my house in 7 years.

    Nothing anybody can say could possibly make me fell any worse so if your here to do damage give it your best shot i just dont care anymore ive heard it all B4. I just wanted to see how many people think i should you know …..click click..i mean should i? I dont even have anyone to even talk to!
    To nathanom your all right pal.. That was kinda funny if anything is rapeing anyone it’s life rapeing me. That whole child porn thing disguesting and hell no of corse but im to deperest to watch regular porn :P, i honstley just sleep most of the day and night wishing i would not wake up and of late ive notice lost of appatite ive been just drinking water for about 4 and a half days now.Oh and im a guy btw but not the handsome kind im afarid i have not been with a women for a long time and i dare not try! That would be like the biggest epic fail joke ever! Oh and there is only one person i would ever kill can you guess who that would be. The only thing ive killed in my life was a few of my own brain cells when i was younger. lol

    • ANSWER:
      NOOO!!!!!!! don’t do that! the world is your oyster. seize it and squeeze all of the fun out of it that you can. if you’re large, start by going on walks around the block and work out a bit, that will help. i can relate to your bad situation, but I did it and i KNOW you can too. it may be tough to face the world sometimes, especially when people treat you like dirt, but when you can see yourself as a happy and beautiful/handsome, you WILL develop confidence. As much bad as there is in this world, we need to overlook as much of it as we can to be able to have a positive outlook on life. Unless you’re raping or murdering people in your spare time or watching or making child pornography, then you have a good place in this world and deserve a happy life full of joy. I hope that you will see this and that it may help you to decide not to hurt yourself or… you know.. because the right person is there for you somewhere in this world, why would you want them to be lonely for the rest of their lives because you miss out on life. be happy to have the ability to live. I’m pulling for you.

  31. QUESTION:
    a question about the fats being carried by the lymph vessels…. plz HELP?
    as we know almost everything in Bowel is absorbed by capillary veins that are located in the bowel, but the fats can’t enter to the capillary veins, so they are carried by lymph vessels. the lymph vessels carry the fats directly to the inferior vena cava and then it is carried to the heart. but things like glucose first are carried to the liver, and then the liver decides to save them or to send them to the cells (by the heart).
    the question is
    does it mean that the fats are never saved and all of them _ after absorbing in the Bowel_ are directly transfered to the cells??
    what saves the fats??
    what controles the fats???
    thank u very much….

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids are usually ingested as triglycerides, which cannot be absorbed by the intestine. They are broken down into free fatty acids and monoglycerides by pancreatic lipase, which forms a 1:1 complex with a protein called colipase which is necessary for its activity. The activated complex can only work at a water-fat interface: It is therefore essential that fatty acids (FA) be emulsified by bile salts for optimal activity of these enzymes.

      Most fats (i.e., lipids) are absorbed as free fatty acids and 2-monoglycerides, but a small fraction is absorbed as free glycerol and as diglycerides. Once across the intestinal barrier, they are reformed into triglycerides and packaged into chylomicrons or liposomes, which are released into the lymph system and then into the blood. Eventually, they bind to the membranes of hepatocytes, adipocytes or muscle fibers, where they are either stored or oxidized for energy.

      The liver acts as a major organ for fatty acid treatment, processing chylomicron remnants and liposomes into the various lipoprotein forms, namely VLDL and LDL. Fatty acids synthesized by the liver are converted to triglyceride and transported to the blood as VLDL. In peripheral tissues, lipoprotein lipase digests part of the VLDL into LDL and free fatty acids, which are taken up for metabolism. This is done by the removal of the triglycerides contained in the VLDL. What is left of the VLDL absorbs cholesterol from other circulating lipoproteins, becoming LDLs. LDL is absorbed via LDL receptors. This provides a mechanism for absorption of LDL into the cell, and for its conversion into free fatty acids, cholesterol, and other components of LDL. The liver controls the concentration of cholesterol in the blood by removing LDL. Another type of lipoprotein known as High density lipoprotein, or HDL collects cholesterol, glycerol and fatty acids from the blood and transport them to the liver. In summary, Chylomicrons carry diet-derived lipids to body cells; VLDL carry lipids synthesized by the liver to body cells; LDL carry cholesterol round the body; and HDL carry cholesterol from the body back to the liver for breakdown and excretion.

      One of the most important methods by which lipids are transported in the circulatory system is via lipoproteins.

      For example, since cholesterol is insoluble in blood, it is transported in the circulatory system within lipoproteins, complex spherical particles which have an exterior composed mainly of amphiphilic proteins whose outward-facing surface is water-soluble and inward-facing surface is fat-soluble; fats and cholesterol are carried internally. There is a large range of lipoproteins within blood, generally called, from larger to smaller size: chylomicrons, very low density lipoprotein (VLDL), intermediate density lipoprotein (IDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL). The cholesterol within all the various lipoproteins is identical.

      Cholesterol is minimally soluble in water; it cannot dissolve and travel in the water-based bloodstream. Instead, it is transported in the bloodstream by lipoproteins—protein “molecular-suitcases” that are water-dispersible and carry cholesterol and triglycerides internally. The apolipoproteins forming the surface of the given lipoprotein particle determine from what cells cholesterol will be removed and to where it will be supplied.

      Cholesterol is transported towards peripheral tissues by the lipoproteins chylomicrons, very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Large numbers of small dense LDL (sdLDL) particles are strongly associated with the presence of atheromatous disease within the arteries. For this reason, LDL is referred to as “bad cholesterol.”

      On the other hand, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles transport cholesterol back to the liver for excretion in a process known as reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). Having large numbers of large HDL particles correlates with better health outcomes. In contrast, having small numbers of large HDL particles is independently associated with atheromatous disease progression within the arteries.

      It has long been held that hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) is the enzyme that hydrolyses triacylglycerides to free fatty acids from fats (lipolysis). However, more recently it has been shown that at most HSL converts triacylglycerides to monoglycerides and free fatty acids. Monoglycerides are hydrolyzed by monoglyceride lipase; adipose triglyceride lipase may have a special role in converting triacylglycerides to diacylglycerides, while diacylglycerides are the best substrate for HSL. HSL is regulated by the hormones insulin, glucagon, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Glucagon is associated with low blood glucose, and epinephrine is associated with increased metabolic demands. In both situations, energy is needed, and the oxidation of fatty acids is increased to meet that need. Glucagon, norepinephrine, and epinephrine bind to the G protein-coupled receptor, which activates adenylate cyclase to produce cyclic AMP. cAMP consequently activates protein kinase A, which phosphorylates (and activates) hormone-sensitive lipase. When blood glucose is high, lipolysis is inhibited by insulin. Insulin activates protein phosphatase 2A, which dephosphorylates HSL, thereby inhibiting its activity. Insulin also activates the enzyme phosphodiesterase, which break down cAMP and stop the re-phosphorylation effects of protein kinase A.

      Lipogenesis concerns the regulation and control of metabolic reactions involving fat synthesis. Lipogenesis is the process by which simple sugars such as glucose are converted to fatty acids, which are subsequently esterified with glycerol to form the triacylglycerols that are packaged in VLDL and secreted from the liver. Lipogenesis encompasses the processes of fatty acid synthesis and subsequent triglyceride synthesis. Lipogenesis starts with acetyl-CoA and builds up by the addition of two carbons units. The synthesis occurs in the cytoplasm in contrast to the degradation (oxidation) which occurs in the mitochondria. Many of the enzymes for the fatty acid synthesis are organized into a multienzyme complex called fatty acid synthetase.

  32. QUESTION:
    a question about lymph and the fats it carries… help plz?
    as we know almost everything in Bowel is absorbed by capillary veins that are located in the bowel, but the fats can’t enter to the capillary veins, so they are carried by lymph vessels. the lymph vessels carry the fats directly to the inferior vena cava and then it is carried to the heart. but things like glucose first are carried to the liver, and then the liver decides to save them or to send them to the cells (by the heart).
    the question is
    does it mean that the fats are never saved and all of them _ after absorbing in the Bowel_ are directly transfered to the cells??
    what saves the fats??
    what controles the fats???
    thank u very much….

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids are usually ingested as triglycerides, which cannot be absorbed by the intestine. They are broken down into free fatty acids and monoglycerides by pancreatic lipase, which forms a 1:1 complex with a protein called colipase which is necessary for its activity. The activated complex can only work at a water-fat interface: It is therefore essential that fatty acids (FA) be emulsified by bile salts for optimal activity of these enzymes.

      Most fats (i.e., lipids) are absorbed as free fatty acids and 2-monoglycerides, but a small fraction is absorbed as free glycerol and as diglycerides. Once across the intestinal barrier, they are reformed into triglycerides and packaged into chylomicrons or liposomes, which are released into the lymph system and then into the blood. Eventually, they bind to the membranes of hepatocytes, adipocytes or muscle fibers, where they are either stored or oxidized for energy.

      The liver acts as a major organ for fatty acid treatment, processing chylomicron remnants and liposomes into the various lipoprotein forms, namely VLDL and LDL. Fatty acids synthesized by the liver are converted to triglyceride and transported to the blood as VLDL. In peripheral tissues, lipoprotein lipase digests part of the VLDL into LDL and free fatty acids, which are taken up for metabolism. This is done by the removal of the triglycerides contained in the VLDL. What is left of the VLDL absorbs cholesterol from other circulating lipoproteins, becoming LDLs. LDL is absorbed via LDL receptors. This provides a mechanism for absorption of LDL into the cell, and for its conversion into free fatty acids, cholesterol, and other components of LDL. The liver controls the concentration of cholesterol in the blood by removing LDL. Another type of lipoprotein known as High density lipoprotein, or HDL collects cholesterol, glycerol and fatty acids from the blood and transport them to the liver. In summary, Chylomicrons carry diet-derived lipids to body cells; VLDL carry lipids synthesized by the liver to body cells; LDL carry cholesterol round the body; and HDL carry cholesterol from the body back to the liver for breakdown and excretion.

      One of the most important methods by which lipids are transported in the circulatory system is via lipoproteins.

      For example, since cholesterol is insoluble in blood, it is transported in the circulatory system within lipoproteins, complex spherical particles which have an exterior composed mainly of amphiphilic proteins whose outward-facing surface is water-soluble and inward-facing surface is fat-soluble; fats and cholesterol are carried internally. There is a large range of lipoproteins within blood, generally called, from larger to smaller size: chylomicrons, very low density lipoprotein (VLDL), intermediate density lipoprotein (IDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL). The cholesterol within all the various lipoproteins is identical.

      Cholesterol is minimally soluble in water; it cannot dissolve and travel in the water-based bloodstream. Instead, it is transported in the bloodstream by lipoproteins—protein “molecular-suitcases” that are water-dispersible and carry cholesterol and triglycerides internally. The apolipoproteins forming the surface of the given lipoprotein particle determine from what cells cholesterol will be removed and to where it will be supplied.

      Cholesterol is transported towards peripheral tissues by the lipoproteins chylomicrons, very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Large numbers of small dense LDL (sdLDL) particles are strongly associated with the presence of atheromatous disease within the arteries. For this reason, LDL is referred to as “bad cholesterol.”

      On the other hand, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles transport cholesterol back to the liver for excretion in a process known as reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). Having large numbers of large HDL particles correlates with better health outcomes. In contrast, having small numbers of large HDL particles is independently associated with atheromatous disease progression within the arteries.

      It has long been held that hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) is the enzyme that hydrolyses triacylglycerides to free fatty acids from fats (lipolysis). However, more recently it has been shown that at most HSL converts triacylglycerides to monoglycerides and free fatty acids. Monoglycerides are hydrolyzed by monoglyceride lipase; adipose triglyceride lipase may have a special role in converting triacylglycerides to diacylglycerides, while diacylglycerides are the best substrate for HSL. HSL is regulated by the hormones insulin, glucagon, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Glucagon is associated with low blood glucose, and epinephrine is associated with increased metabolic demands. In both situations, energy is needed, and the oxidation of fatty acids is increased to meet that need. Glucagon, norepinephrine, and epinephrine bind to the G protein-coupled receptor, which activates adenylate cyclase to produce cyclic AMP. cAMP consequently activates protein kinase A, which phosphorylates (and activates) hormone-sensitive lipase. When blood glucose is high, lipolysis is inhibited by insulin. Insulin activates protein phosphatase 2A, which dephosphorylates HSL, thereby inhibiting its activity. Insulin also activates the enzyme phosphodiesterase, which break down cAMP and stop the re-phosphorylation effects of protein kinase A.

      Lipogenesis concerns the regulation and control of metabolic reactions involving fat synthesis. Lipogenesis is the process by which simple sugars such as glucose are converted to fatty acids, which are subsequently esterified with glycerol to form the triacylglycerols that are packaged in VLDL and secreted from the liver. Lipogenesis encompasses the processes of fatty acid synthesis and subsequent triglyceride synthesis. Lipogenesis starts with acetyl-CoA and builds up by the addition of two carbons units. The synthesis occurs in the cytoplasm in contrast to the degradation (oxidation) which occurs in the mitochondria. Many of the enzymes for the fatty acid synthesis are organized into a multienzyme complex called fatty acid synthetase.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it true that a vegan diet is the healthiest possible diet you can follow?
    I did hear this statement from a vegan, so I am doubting its reliability. But I’ve always wondered how they’ve manage to get sufficient levels of things such as calcium, which is plentiful in dairy products, but not much else, and I’ve never been any good with swallowing pills, which this vegan friend of mine does on a daily basis as she gets her calcium from calcium tablets. You see, I’m currently investigating different diets for their health benefits. There is a reason for this: People in my family have a tendency to develop liver issues in later life, and so I’m wondering if a change in diet can help me to avoid this? My father, for example, had liver issues that means he can no longer eat ‘fatty’ foods such as cheese and full-fat milk, which I note are both off-limits in the vegan diet?

    So I guess my question is this: Is it true that a vegan diet (and one that is balanced, not just chips and baked beans) really is one of the healthiest diets you can follow? Or can you suggest me another diet that you think would be better?
    I currently follow a vegetarian diet. No meat, poultry or fish.
    A vegan diet excludes all consumption of animal products. No dairy, meat etc.

    • ANSWER:
      personally and studying arrhythmia and other physical organism conditions, I’d say yes for sure.

      If you ONLY looked at one thing- fibre- you can 100% day that animal protien has none at all.
      It is impossible to digest and get fibre from cheese meat dairy etc.
      If you ONLY looked at another thing- cholesterol, then it is ONLY animal produce that us humans get sick by eating. We do make our own cholesterol. We have never needed more of it. This fact alone makes dairy and meat a kind of dumb argument that cannot be won- we simply are not supposed to eat this stuff and be OK- this is why our bodies are made with DNA to utilise all the foods we get from around us- plants nuts seeds, fruits veg, and make all our nuritents.

      Without even trying hard, we make out own cholesterol, with only a simple veg and fruit diet.
      There is NO organism in nature that eats from the nature sources around it, in the way it is designed to do, that will get sick from those things- plant do not eat blood one day and then get sick. They take in water and minerals from the water and soil- that is it.
      No wild animal eats chips and differentl food than is naturally avail, and gets sick from it. They eat what their biological stucture needs and is designed for.

      For example- a meat eating animal has a very short intestine with no nooks and twists. It is designed to absorb fat and salt from its’ diet namely, meat, blood and so on.

      A plant eating animal has a long twisting intestine, which has been designed for absorbing water, nutirients from plant food- vitamins, minerals, and fresh things that give the organism ( the body) all the nutrients it needs.

      Guess what. Humans have long twisted intestings, we absorb vitamins, minerals through the lining, but meat eating animals onyl absorb salt and fat through thier intestine.

      We have flat teeth like a horse or chimpanzee.

      Our bodies have been designed to absorb and digest vegetable matter. We need that roughage and fibre. We cannot digest non fibre foods.
      The vegetable matter that we eat is NOT meant to simply sweep the meat along- that is not an argument. That would be like saying we need to keep fit in order to undo the damage of eating junk food.
      Bad math.

      We get ALL the nutrients that our bodies need from real sources.

      BE honesy , when is the last time you ate fava beans, sunflower kernals, fermented seaweed, sprouted grains, milk from coconuts, fruit juices from the source, without HFCS or adding sugar, barley, fresh grown almonds, cranberries of a shrub, pure water , dark green leaves and freshly growing herbs, mushrooms, seeds from the fruit and veg you eat?

      Probably never, but why? It is noones fauly they don’t eat actual FOOD, but themselves.
      Exactly what you say- not just a diet of chips and beans- this is a terrible diet and the whole reason anyone, let alone a vegan might neds vitamin pills.

      People are really really lazy with thier diet, and they DON’T eat 90% of the foods they should- nuts and seeds re a HUGE source- they are the protein the calcium, the fibre that people need.

      ANd also I don’t believe any human being should be drinking breast milk from cows. That makes literally no sense. Not even a grown cow woudl do that.
      You’talking about health, no personal taste.
      Why anyone actually thinks cow breat milk is good- and my god it is in everything- soup, cereal, stews, frozen meals etc, – is totally weird to me.

      If people actually ate the food they are MADE to eat, then nobody would even think twice about saying vegans are weird. They’d all be way too fit and healthy to think about it.

      Dairy is a weird odd thing. It has no fibre, and no animal in the wild will eat it cooked, NO animal eats the milk from a grown animal excpet the babaies of that breed.

      NO animal eats cooked eggs, cooked protein in any form. Except us odd sick humans.

  34. QUESTION:
    A good body weight should mean less tax?
    Hi! I read a lot about BMI and mine is 21.6 which is optimal – 5’8″ and 147 lbs.

    According to http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/108770/20110204/u-s-americans-obesity-bmi-body-mass-risk-factor-disease.htm it seems that a total of 68% of American are fat or obese – which I believe is really fat correct?

    Now… thats BAD! That means we are more prone to a fatty liver which leads to liver problems which increases medical costs and has to get paid by taxpayers.

    I think they should have a law that people who are fat (ewwwww – how they let that happen I dont get) should pay MORE tax, its these people that are “clogging” up the health care system.

    Smokers have to pay more tax as in more per pack, I am in NY and its supposedly 80% is tax!!! So they are doing it to the smokers to prevent them from smoking more and making them in essence pay for higher costs related to medical problems from smoking.

    Now what about all of these lazy, gross, cheeseburger, fast food, chocolate, junk eating Americans?

    Shouldn’t THEY pay extra? Think about it, it would lessen fattness in America. For example – fast food – should have a HUGE tax just like smokes! Watch how fast one of these Tuna’s stop eating fast food. Or in the grocery store – fatty potato chips – TAXED!

    Why not? I mean look around… every 2 out of 3 people are NOT HEALTHY….

    Whats also scary is the Health Section in Yahoo answers… for every 3 “answers”, 2 are by fat people of unhealthy people – how can they comment on someone when they need to get off the computer and start losing some chub?

    What do you think? Tax for the fat?

    • ANSWER:
      yes I agree.

  35. QUESTION:
    Help! Left supraclavicular node swollen & I’m going out of my mind!?
    Hi all,

    Please help put my mind at ease, even though people are already trying to do so (I know, the human mind is too powerful sometimes)

    A couple of weeks ago I noticed a tiny bump just above my collarbone (Left Supraclavicular region) which I had checked out by my GP. He ordered blood tests & liver enzyme levels. The results came back okay, but there was some raised liver enzymes in there. He then sent me for an ultrasound on my neck, which revealed a small lymph node around 8mm at the longest diameter. It was round, non fibrous and according to the report, had a healthy fat containing hilum (whatever that means). Unfortunately the report also said that due to the node being in the region, it raises the possibility of abdominal lesions which my GP also agreed with.

    I was petrified, and almost shaking. He ordered a fna / biopsy the same day, but (of all the things to happen) the doctor doing the fna couldn’t manage to get the node as it was moving slightly, and quite small.

    He went on to say that with my age (I’m 36) and lifestyle (eat healthy, no family history etc) that it’s unlikely to be gastric cancer/stomach cancer, and because the node was round, non fibrous and not fixed (ie movable) the chances of it being malignant were very low indeed. He asked me to monitor it for the next few weeks and if it increases in size, to go back and try and get a biopsy done.

    I’m now going out of my mind, even though he initially put me at ease. I know that if I get a biopsy done and it’s malignant, then the cancer will have already spread. I’m having almost anxiety-like attacks, I’ve gone off my food and my stomach / chest are aching. My only other option is to get an endoscopy which will show for signs of gastric cancer.

    Has anyone else there had the same node pop up, had it biopsied and had it come back benign?

    Thanks for listening ;-)

    • ANSWER:
      Ask about getting an ultrasound, or x-ray or CT guided biopsy done although because you are such a low risk patient they will probably turn you down unless the node starts swelling more.

      Get your anxiety treated. Welcome to the world of the anxiety of waiting for cancer test results. The anxiety aspect truly sucks doesn’t it?

      good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    DNA has shown we and other animals are 90-97% identical, so is cannibalism eating the meat of similar species?
    Can you say we are not of the same species, when there is only a 3% DNA difference between us and many of the other animals that we slaughter and eat? Ugh ! The meaning of cannibal is changing with our advancement and new knowledge.

    HEALTH CONCERNS ABOUT MEAT
    What’s the beef with meat? This question can be answered in two nutritional words: fat and cholesterol.

    Too much fat. No matter how you slice it, meat is high in fat. Unlike milk, in which you can separate out part or all of the fat, you can never get rid of all the fat in meat, no matter how well you trim it. Even the lean parts are laced with fat. Extra lean select-grade beef contains around seven percent fat.

    Wrong fat. Not only is there too much fat in meat, it’s the wrong kind. Nearly half the fat in meat is the artery-clogging, saturated type. And, of course, meat is also high in cholesterol. Beef fat is more saturated than poultry fat because the bacteria in the ruminant stomach of cattle hydrogenate, or saturate, the fats in the plants that cows eat. It’s like having a fat factory inside the food source.

    Fat without fiber. Unlike meat, plant foods that are low in fat and high in fiber tend to pass through the intestines rapidly, causing less upset and fewer problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux. Meat has a double fault. It’s high in fat and contains no fiber, so it takes longer to empty from the stomach and pass through the intestines. While most people do not experience “indigestion” from meat, those who suffer from reflux should not eat much meat, as it may aggravate the problem.

    Problems with protein. Not only are the fats in meat unhealthy, meat proteins have also recently come under fire. Recent evidence suggests that animal proteins increase blood cholesterol levels, while plant proteins, especially soy, decrease them. Meats contain high levels of the amino acid L-lysine, which increases insulin production, prompting the liver to release fat and cholesterol into the bloodstream. If L-lysine is experimentally added to animal diets, blood cholesterol levels increase by over fifty percent and the animals get plump. Studies show that substituting 30 grams of soy protein daily for a meat meal dramatically reduces cholesterol levels. So, the Japanese may have lower cholesterol levels than Americans, not only because they eat less meat, but also because they eat more soy. The quality of meat protein ranks below that of egg white, fish, and dairy products.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone out there fimiliar with the new lipo procedure called Lipodissolve or mesotherapy?
    I have recently been refered to a doctor in my home town that is seeking patients for a new procedure called LIPODISSOLVE. This is a procedure used for those who have fatty problem ares that they wish to get rid of. Love Handles, Stomache, Hanging Chin, Saggy underarms. You know what I mean….Whith this procedure you are shot in a desired area with a soution called phosphatidylcholine “PPC” which causes fat cell to burst and supports the liver’s breakdown process of the fat. I have been told that this procedure causes the bursting of the fat cell wall. and allows the fat that is being stored to get released and is excreted through the urine. I ahve read that this is the biggest thing since lipo suction. Less pain and down time. has anyone had this experience and can you share with me your thoughts. Looking forward to your response. LynWill

    • ANSWER:
      I have been involve with the study of mesotherapy which is also has the same principle with lipodissolve. Yes, it is less painful than the liposuction or the bariatric surgery, less effort than dieting and exercise, less risky than tablets or pills taken orally BUT you might as well want to consider the time and cost and also a little pain you have to tolerate while undergoing the injections of lipodissolve or mesotherapy .It is effective if done right and if you able to pay the costs of vials of the PPC and the professional fees of the doctors. This takes several sessions before you see the real outcome. And some studies also mentioned that the future effect of this drug to the liver is still not yet clear.But the option is still your to take. If you want fast result, as costly but not time consuming, you might as well undergo liposuction or bariatric surgery BUT (like me ) who does not want to go under the knife (surgeries and anesthesia ), I might as well try the Lipolite (laser treatment also for dissolving fats), lipodissolve or mesotherapy. Anyway, both of these procedures may or may not cause future side effects (that’s the risk you have to take). BUT still, natural methods like proper diet and good exercise, although safest ,may mean torturing yourself for a quite a while. Hope this helps.God bless

  38. QUESTION:
    I need a Dr. to interpret my CT Report. I had an ULQ CT done. I have left upper, and lower quadrant pain.?
    I had an ULQ CT done. I have left upper, and lower quadrant pain. H. Pylori Positive.
    this is a brief detail on my report:
    1. diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver, with an area of focal fatty infiltration adjacent to the falciform ligament.
    2. Low attenuation 2.1 cm splenic mass, most likely a simple splenic cyst or a lymphangioma. Clinical correlation recommeded.
    3. Minimal umbilical hernia, containing only fat.
    The liver is of diffusely diminished attenuation consistent with diffuse fatty infiltration. minimal area of focal hypodensity adjacent to the falciform ligament consistent with an area of focal fatty infiltration.
    The Spleen is not enlarged, but demonstrates a hypodense, near water density of +18HU (mass 2.1 cm size) posterosuperiorly in a subcapsular location. There is no asociated calcification or fill in on the delayed images. This is most likely represents a simple splenc cyst or lymphangioma.
    Please hlp what does this all mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It says that you have a fatty liver. There are many causes of fatty liver, the most common being alcoholism and obesity. This condition occurs when the liver is not metabolizing fat effectively. I found a Wikipedia article that lists some of the causes; see the first link. The condition is reversible if the cause can be treated.

      The radiologist feels that he cyst on the spleen is not a concern. “Lymphangioma” is an abnormal collection of lymph vessels that is present from birth, not anything to be concerned about.

      The umbilical hernia is small. Such hernias are not a concern unless there are associated symptoms. Nothing to worry about.

      It is not common for fatty liver to cause pain, except that some people feel a dull LUQ pain. Since you also have lower quadrant pain, further testing may be necessary to find the cause.

      The positive H. pylori is probably meaningless, unless you have an ulcer. About half the population carries it.

      I have found a bunch of links for you if you want more detail.

  39. QUESTION:
    What dose reading this do for you?
    Every one know that in the Bible God says do not eat scavengers,He also says all animals are good to be eaten. There it is He says all animals! But wait what the text really says, all animals for which God created to be eaten are now good to be consumed. I didn’t know there were animals God created not to be consumed? Yes those that are scavengers and placed here to clean the earth, they are good animals but not good to be eaten. I am guilty my self i can’t resist those lil creatures that clean the ocean floor of waist and disease. But worst than those are the land creatures that are here to clean up things here were we live today. You wouldn’t go out and eat a vulture after knowing it spent its entire life eating the dead. Then why would you eat swine knowing they eat the trash from this earth to. God made them so that they wont be hurt by digesting waist and disease. They pick it up off the earth so we don’t get sick, storing it in there flesh were its meant to stay. People blame God for sickness and disease but were the ones who go against His health laws. He created these flesh bodies and knows whats best for them. To break a health law is not a sin to death, but instead a sin to health God wont punish people for being ignorant and disobeying them. We have already have done plenty of harm to our selves on our own part. People blame God for sickness and disease but were the ones who go against His health laws. He created these flesh bodies and knows whats best for them. To break a health law is not a sin to death, but instead a sin to health God wont punish people for being ignorant and disobeying them. We have already have done plenty of harm to our selves on our own part.
    The pig can be called nature’s vacuum cleaner. It is not affected by many toxins that would kill other animals in a heartbeat, and those toxins that do kill them would have to be consumed in vast quantities to result in the death of the animal.The mechanism which allows the animal this bizarre and enviable resistance to poisons is the way its body grows and produces flesh and fat, and stores things in that fat.Pigs put on flesh at several times the rate that other human-consumed animals do. The body of the pig forces any toxins the pig consumes into the flesh, and stores and locks them there. When we eat the meat of a pig, we take in all the toxins that are stored in the fat of the pig. There was an instance in which a farmer ordered the a large quantity of cow liver to feed to his animals. The company providing the liver accidentally sent the farmer the pig liver instead. All the animals that ate the pig liver died quickly and painfully of a colorful variety of things. Some developed cancer within a few days. Some suffered digestive tract disturbances so great that they bled to death.The consumption of pork is forbidden in various religions world-wide. For a while, we did not understand why the animals were considered “unclean”, but, now, modern science is showing us just how unclean the pigs truly are.Pigs are often infested with trichina, parasitic roundworms. These roundworms are often passed on to humans when pork is not properly cooked. Trichina are found in the highest concentrations amongst animals in pigs and similar animals. “Well,” you might say. “The companies add antibiotics to the feed of the pigs. Trichina is no problem for me and pigs in modern society.”Note the way pigs store toxins; that is, as fat or loose muscle tissue. The antibiotics and hormones, essentially, are toxins, and the pigs’ bodies recognize them as such. The pollutants are stored in the fat or muscle
    tissue, and are not cooked out during processing or filtered out when you eat them. Contrary, they stay in the meat for extended periods of time (as they were designed to stay in the feed for a long time; otherwise, the pork industry might have an unexpected outbreak of trichina or similar parasites.), and accumulate in your body.
    Leviticus 11:2-4, 7-8″These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the animals that are upon the land. Everything that possesses a split hoof, which is fully cloven, and that brings up its cud — this you may eat. But this is what you shall not eat from what brings up its cud or possesses split hooves — the camel, because it brings up its cud but does not possess split hooves…and the pig, because it has split hooves that are completely cloven, but it does not bring up its cud — it is impure to you and from its flesh you may not eat.
    “Isaiah 65:4 who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil; who eat the flesh of pigs, and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat;
    Isaiah 66:17 “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things–they will meet their end together,” declares the LORD.”

    • ANSWER:
      What it does for me is hurt my eyes because it’s just one long, rambling wall of text.

      I happen to like pig-meat, and I’m not dead nor ill so tough. As a side note, all plants we consume are grown using either chemical fertilisers (yummy) or organic fertiliser (that’s faeces to you). In other words, pigs eat s**t and plants eat s**t, we all eats lots of both and what you’re waffling on about doesn’t seem to happen. And even if it’s all accurate (sources?) it’s a risk I’m willing to take for yummy dead animal fun times. Deal with it.

  40. QUESTION:
    Ladies please help a girl in need!?
    Okay. I am a 7th grader. I really want to find a boyfriend. Someone to actually love me.. a guy.. I mean never in a million years I would turn bi. I want to go by the Lord’s rules. I want to wait until marrage to loose my virginity.

    But there is 1 little thing that’s bugging me.. I’m roughly 206 pounds 5’8.. and ugly.. I mean like.. nobody wants a fat girl.. Nobody wants to kiss a big blubbery mouth full of saliva. : it’s been bugging me this whole time. I have an online boyfriend. But I don’t want to date online. I want to have someone to cuddle with. Someone who can kiss me, and not feel icky about it. I’m Pre-Diabetic.

    But It’s not my fault. You see I was raised by my grandparents. There’s a disease that goes around in my Grandfathers side that my Mother didn’t get. But it skipped a generation. There isn’t a name for it. But my liver dosen’t work right.. It makes all the sugars build up in my tummy. and it makes me feel more hungry. Sometimes on days when im bored. i eat about every hour. I try to stop. But it just keeps going. They have me on a Medacation for diabetics. It’s called Metformin. It will help me they say.

    I do roughly 50-100 situps in 2 hours or so. every night. and I haven’t seen any results.

    So here are my questions.

    1. Do you think the medacation will help?
    2. Is it good that i am doing situps?
    3. Can you give me any advice about boys?

    I’m scared to talk to my mother about this, because she’s always on my back. and it makes mee feel like a presioner.

    Please help..

    -J

    • ANSWER:
      1. It’s hard to say how well any medication will work until you try it. The important thing is to take it when you’re supposed to, and talk to your doctor about your concerns. If it looks like the medicine isn’t working, then he can change it. But I wouldn’t worry about it until you give the medicine a chance. But make sure you talk to your doctor about how it’s working.

      2. There’s nothing wrong with sit-ups, but make sure it isn’t to punish yourself. A lot of people who are worried about their weight will exercise aggressively, sort of in an angry way. Don’t do that. You’re sure to burn out and get upset. Instead, find a form of exercise that you enjoy, just because it’s fun. Don’t worry about how many calories it burns or how intense it looks. Walking is just as good of exercise as running, if not better. Do you like biking? Tennis? Rock-climbing? Swimming? Sit-ups can be fun, but I’m pretty sure there’s something you enjoy better out there. When you find something you enjoy, you’ll be motivated by how fun it is, not whether or not you see “results”. And guess what? The results will come anyway.

      Also, there’s nothing wrong with frequent meals. It’s more important what you’re eating. Don’t deprive yourself of food you enjoy. Instead, just try to sneak healthy food into your life. If you really want some candy or something, eat it, but sneak in an apple or a handful of baby carrots first. And again, find something you enjoy. Make it a challenge. I’m often surprised at how energized and happy I feel after eating healthy. It makes you feel secretly proud of yourself, and sometimes you want to do it again.

      3. Ask yourself why you want a boyfriend. It’s natural to crave physical contact and emotional closeness; humans are very social creatures. But are you looking to validate your self worth? A lot of girls like the idea of having a boyfriend because it makes them feel valuable, pretty, etc, but a lot of times, that only makes things more complicated. You might have a boyfriend, but now you worry that he’s going to find someone better. Don’t look to someone else to complete you. If you’re not happy with yourself, the way you are, then you never will be.

      BUT, assuming you’ve heard all that before, I still wouldn’t worry about finding a boyfriend. I remember what it’s like to be in middle school worrying about that, and I remember it was agonizing. The thing is, girls tend to mature a lot sooner emotionally than boys. You feel ready to love and be loved, but in 7th grade, guys don’t really know how to do this yet. (A lot of kids at this age are very shallow, and try to date the hottest people to impress their friends and cover up their insecurity. It has little to do with actually liking the other person for their personality). Boys your age are still developing mentally, and they change a LOT in the next 10 or 15 years, as will you. This is why a lot of people don’t recommend dating as a teenager. You’re still learning about yourself, and when you throw another person into the mix, you start focusing on their happiness instead of your own, and you never really figure out what’s important to you.

      I’ve had friends and sisters that have dated since a young age, and even though they’re older now, they literally don’t know how to live without a guy. It’s sad when someone you care about is that easily controlled by someone who doesn’t even care about her.

      I know it’s not what you want to hear, you want to find someone now, but remember, you don’t need anyone. You’re awesome the way you are, and I think being single is a lot more fun than dating. Don’t worry about finding someone right now, or someone finding you. Boys aren’t worth that much stress, I promise. God will lead you to the right person when you’re ready for each other.

      Anyway, this was sort of a long response, but I hope it helps =)

  41. QUESTION:
    fructose and glycemic index (gi)?
    From my understanding, fructose has little to no effect of blood sugar levels. At the same time, the body can only store a certain amount of fructose meaning that fructose, relative to sucrose, is more likely to be carted off to the liver and stored as fat.

    But back to the first point- if you were to eat a low gi food with sugar that predominantly comes from fructose, the body’s greater likelyhood of storing the fructose if it isn’t used for energy is offset as the energy is released slowly into the bloodstream?

    Credible sources only please!

    Thanks in advance, Will

    • ANSWER:
      Sugars/anything really will be stored as fat if you are in a calorie surplus, nothing else. Your body will use it up if you need the energy. Not quite understanding the question.

  42. QUESTION:
    Please help me is this kidney pain or diabetes…..
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      This does not sound like diabetes. Sounds more like a possible kidney infection. Kidney pain is in the lower back on one side or the other. However, kidney stones can cause pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic regions, and lower as they move. You need to get a complete workup done at your doctors. It could be anything. Make sure you tell your doctor everything, and tell him all of your symptoms.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do you think this was suitable punishment for the girl who bullied me?
    I flat-shared with this girl amongst others, she was a vile person and total nasty piece of work. And she was clever about it to, using subtle ways to demean me and isolate me from what was going on in the flat, like making sure there was no room for me on christmas ball table, and defending other people who started on me. One time she went along with this person who I really liked and pretended they fancied me, it was very humiliating.

    I only ever tried to be nice and friendly to this girl, as I would anyone, particularly with whom I was living with. As you can see this was not recognised at all in her, all round behaviour and attitude towards me and subsequentally drove to find new housing. However she would still look and smirk when I passed her in lectures.

    I couldn’t report her, as I really had nothing on her due to her being so clever about it. But people in glass houses shoudn’t throw stones, she had a weight problem, she was fat, and very sensitive about it. A guy only had to make a drunken comment about it, and she was nervous, crying wreck for weeks. I sent her the following message from a false facebook account in the style of a bitchy girl

    since u seem to think u r it, itss about time some1 put u in yr place…hmm hun?? coz relli ur just some fat ugly ginger ***** with massive bingo wings, rolls of fat, nasty blotchy liver spotted skin an horrible saggy **** tha look like 2 puppies in sacks :) i mean ffs if they drooped any lower they’d be on yr kneess! url neva be thin in a million yrs no matter how much u starve or vom urselfff aww blesss…

    honestlyy i don’t kno wtf jack eva saw in a bloated old hag like u looool…thank **** he finally came to his senses an has left u, betta late than neva ehh…I hear as well tha u wer been bein used by that guy in yr pic as his bit on the side, but now hes found himselff a propr g/f he dont want no obese trollop like u anymoree..have u no dignity?! nahhh obviosly not or u wuldnt go out in those skimpy little dresses that dig into all ur rols of fat makin u luk like some fairy elephant lmao!..
    sooo y dont u take ur flabby fat *** an go rite back to ur lil village an collect eggs for a livin coz letss face it sweetie thas all yr good 4..

    wellll im glad we had this lil chat babessss, c yah soon hun mwah!! Xxx

    A little while after, I filled in a form online with her details, for information about liposuction and breats uplift treatment, which was sent to her house. Do you think I made this girl pay sufficiently for what she did to me?

    • ANSWER:
      It makes you sound really petty and vicious. I don’t think you really understand how to treat people at all. You’re very weak. A strong person would have resisted the temptation of making fun of what she’s conscious of. As well as that, if she ever finds out you’re in a lot of trouble. That could be reported. A responsible adult would have talked the problem through with her. I’m only 17 and even I know that that was such a stupid thing to do! I’m not even sure if this question is real or not its so bad.
      Karma will probably sort it though, so u’d best watch your back. Your making more problems rather than solving them.

  44. QUESTION:
    QUAKER PARROT questions?
    soo, i was going to get a quaker, i already have two cockatiels and i love them dearly. anyway i was actually thinking of getting another cockatiel but i came across this ad from this lady near me and it said cockatiel and quaker for sale, in same cage, cannot separate..?

    is that ok? i didn’t think you could do that but should i separate them?

    and my questions..

    1. if i get a quaker, what gender should i get, if i don’t get that one i saw in the ad. which one is more talkative and more sweet.?

    2. do quakers like baths?

    3. can i bring them outside (in their cage?) only in the morning for a little. in the summer.

    4. do they fly? i know its a dumb question but they are pretty i don’t want to say fat but you know what i mean, for their size. do i clip their wings?

    5. are they better with a buddy?

    6. if they are cage aggressive how do i get them out of their cage?

    7. will they most likely talk?

    8. if i have them out with my cockatiel will it kill my babies?

    9. when they bite, are they like cockatiels and don’t let go?

    10. what should i feed it, i don’t want it to get that fatty liver disease.

    thank you soo much!

    • ANSWER:
      hi,
      okay it is fine that a quaker and a cockateil are in the same cage as long as the cage is large and there is enough room for them to move around freely and they have been raised together and get along.i do not think that you should separate them if they are good together.

      okay know to answer your questions. both genders are very sweet but the males seem to be more aggressive at times. they are also more playful, where as females like to be cuddled a bit more. males are also much better talkers. but with proper training a female can learn to say a few words too.

      quaker LOVE water. you can bathe them in the shower in the bath tub or spray them with a spray bottle. they love to get wet and enjoy baths which happens to be a good thing for you.

      yes you can bring them outside if they are in a cage. but make sure that you keep an eye on the cage so that a out door cat or another animal doesn’t get at it. don’t leave it in a sunny area for too long so that the bird does not over heat. but bringing the bird outside is a great idea.

      you should clip its wings for safety purposes. just so that the bird doesn’t crash in to windows doors and mirrors. as long as they get lots of exercise outside of the cage. you can get the bird a play stand with lots of ladder and perches for it to run around on.

      they are fine with one person as long as they get at least 1 hour out of the cage a day. sometimes when birds are in pairs they become aggrassive towards humans. also i wouldn’t recommend putting to bird together unless they know eachother well and are raised together.

      it is normal that for the first couple of weeks when you bring them home that they will be a bit cage aggrassive. so you can use a wooden perch to try to get them out. then once the bird is out giveit lots of praise. but after the bird gets used to its new home the bird should be fine.

      quakers are excellent talkers and most likely they will talk. males are better talkers then females so you have a better chance of the bird talking if it is a male. having said this that doesn’t mean that all males will talk.

      if you introduce them properly they should be fine. just watch them whent ehy are out together. you can hold the teils on one hand and the quaker on the other and introduce them. then place them at opposite ends of the couch and let them introduce themselves.

      yes they are like that. their beaks are very strong so instead of pulling when that bite just push against their beaks and they will let go.

      pelleted diets are better than seeds because they contain less fat. but you should also feed them fresh fruits and vegetables. avocados and chocolate are toxice to birds. and try not to feed the birds foods with lots of sugar or coloring. but besides that they can pretty much eat anything.

      any way i hope that i have helped but if you have any further questions please feel free to email me at lizzie10157@yahoo.com

  45. QUESTION:
    Is high fructose corn syrup one of the reasons why Americans get a big belly?
    A Not-So-Sweet Surprise: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Higher in Fructose Than Advertised

    Dear Reader,

    I’m sure that by now you’ve seen the Corn Refiners Association’s latest push to convince us that we ought not pay a bit of attention to the man behind that curtain. After all, if we believe the commercials, HFCS is just the same as table sugar and, as the dad strolling through the cornfield with his cute little daughter says, “…your body can’t tell the difference…sugar is sugar.”

    Well Dad I’m sorry to have to break the news to you, but you’re wrong…way wrong. HFCS is different. What’s worse is that it’s different in the worst possible way.

    The fact is that our bodies process different types of sugars differently. Research has shown that fructose is particularly harmful to our health because, unlike the case with glucose, which passes through the digestive tract and can be excreted, your liver absorbs 100 percent of the fructose you eat.

    Why is this important? Because once taken up by your liver, the fructose that isn’t used as energy heads to your belly as abdominal fat and sends your triglyceride levels soaring. And that means…yes, you guessed it…that you’re putting yourself at a much greater risk for diabetes and heart disease.

    Oh, and before you ask, yes, fructose IS the kind of sugar found naturally in fruits and vegetables. However, our bodies were never designed to be consuming such vast amounts of it. We are nowhere near active enough to burn off such large amounts.

    This is why a new study, published online in October in the journal Obesity, is so important. Researchers at the University of Southern California decided to test popular HFCS-sweetened soft drinks, including Coke, Pepsi, and Sprite, to find out what their actual sugar content and makeup is.

    The corn industry has always maintained that HFCS is essentially the same as table sugar. Normal white table sugar is 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, and the corn refiners have always told us that HFCS has a “negligible” 5 percent difference at 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose.

    (I’d be willing to bet that you can already see where this is going.)

    It turns out that in the vast majority of sodas tested the fructose levels were well past the 55 percent that the corn refining industry has always claimed is in their product. For Coke, Pepsi, and Sprite, the fructose content was a shocking 65 percent!

    I recently posted an infographic on HealthierTalk.com showing that the average American is consuming about 53 gallons of soda per year, meaning that at a 65 percent fructose content he is getting a heck of a lot more of the stuff in soda consumption alone than we ever imagined.

    When you add in all the products that have HFCS in it now, suddenly, it’s much easier to see the connection between the skyrocketing heart-disease, obesity, and diabetes rates and HFCS, isn’t it?

    And these findings, of course, beg the question, “What else have they been lying to us about?” The fact is that even those who have been so critical of the critics of HFCS are going to have to take a second look at this sweet and deadly bombshell.

    Wondering how the corn refiners are going to sweeten up this latest bitter surprise,

    Alice Wessendorf

    • ANSWER:
      Definately! If its just sugar, why dont they label it as sugar?? High fructose corn syrup is the #1 worst thing to eat if you are trying to trim down or lose fat in your stomach. But then again these are the same companies who deny that GMOs in food are detrimental. There’s a reason why over half of Americans are overweight these days, they only just added GMOs for consumption in the late 80s, early 90s. Before that, it wasn’t super common to see overweight people. And Im not discriminating at all, I just really hate the US food industry haha.

  46. QUESTION:
    HOW are energy drinks bad?
    Okay, so I’ve heard the normal spiel of, “energy drinks are bad for you, don’t drink them,” and “they’re full of caffeine and sugar.” I mean, they have the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee. And as far as sugar + caffeine goes, they’re about the same as drinking two cans of coke. I looked up the ingredients in a can of Monster like guarana, ginseng, taurine, insitol, L-carnitine, niacinamide, and riboflavin, and they all have positive effects on the body. These effects include enhanced memory, preventing collections of fat in the liver, promoting healthy hair growth, reducing male infertility, improving glucose disposal in people with diabetes, burning fat, improving alertness and mood, increasing resistance to stress, helping the immune system, breaking down carbohydrates into energy, and stimulating the metabolism. So I was wondering, what exactly makes an energy drink bad for you? I really want to know. A link to an article about it would be especially helpful. Thanks!
    I understand how drinking 4-5 energy drinks a day is bad for you. That’s just stupid. But if your body just processes it and it all runs through in about a day and manufacturers warn you not to have more than 3 drinks day, how dangerous is one drink a week?

    • ANSWER:
      Food made by humans usually is.

  47. QUESTION:
    Marijuana versus Aspirin. If both were legal which would you choose?
    (All of this from an article written almost 2 years ago)

    When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

    Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?

    History:

    -Marijuana has been used for over 5,000 years.
    -No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.
    -Aspirin has been used for 108 years.
    -Approximately 500 people die every year by taking aspirin

    The Law:

    -Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the US government believes it is extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and of no medical value.
    -Aspirin is available for pennies and can be purchased by children at any drug, grocery, or convenience store. Often they are just handed out free by people with no medical education.

    Marijuana side effects and dangers:

    -The dangers of marijuana include possible respiratory problems caused by the deposition of burnt plant material on the lungs. This danger can be eliminated with alternate forms of consumption such as eating or vaporizing the medicine.
    -For two to four hours, marijuana causes short-term memory loss, a slight reduction in reaction time, and a reduction in cognitive ability. These conditions DO NOT persist after the herb wears off.
    -Hunger
    -Paranoia
    -Laughter
    -Introspection
    -Creative Impulse
    -Euphoria
    -Tiredness
    -Forgetfulness
    -0 Mortality Rate

    Aspirin side effects and dangers:

    -When taken with alcohol, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding.
    -Reye Syndrome in children: fat begins to develop around the liver and other organs of the child, eventually putting severe pressure on the brain. Death is common within a few days.
    -People with hemophilia can die.
    -People with hyperthyroidism suffer elevated T4 levels.
    -Stomach problems include dyspepsia, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach ulcers with gross bleeding, and internal bleeding leading to anemia.
    -Dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vertigo, vision disturbances, and headaches.
    -Heavy sweating
    -Irreversible liver damage
    -Inflamation and gradual destruction of the kidneys
    -Nausea and vomiting
    -Abdominal pain
    -Lethargy
    -Hyperthermia
    -Dyspepsia: a gnawing or burning stomach pain accompanied by bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and burping.
    -Tachypnea: Abnormally fast breathing
    -Respiratory Alkalosis: a condition where the amount of carbon dioxide found in the blood drops to a level below normal range brought on by abnormally fast breathing.
    -Cerebral Edema: Water accumulates on the brain. Symptoms include headaches, decreased level of consciousness, loss of eyesight, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, memory loss and coma. If left untreated, it can lead to death.
    -Hallucinations, confusion, and seizure.
    -Prolonged bleeding after operations or post-trauma for up to 10 days after last aspirin.
    -Aspirin can interact with some other drugs, such as diabetes medication. Aspirin changes the way the body handles these drugs and can lead to a drug overdose and death.
    -It is used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains.
    -Used as an antipyretic to reduce fever.
    -Used as an anti-inflammatory medication.
    -Aspirin is used in long-term, low doses to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at high risk for developing blood clots.
    -It has also been established that low doses of aspirin may be given immediately after a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack or of the death of cardiac tissue.
    -For 50-year-old men, taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart disease and stroke carries a risk of 10.4 deaths per 100,000 men per year over and above their overall death risk.
    If you think that cannabis is actually safer than aspirin, you are not alone. In October 2000, Dr. Leslie Iversen of the Oxford University Department of Pharmacology said the same thing.
    In her book, ‘The Science of Marijuana,’ Dr. Iversen presents the scientific evidence that cannabis is, by-and-large, a safe drug. Dr. Iversen found cannabis had “an impressive record” when compared to tobacco, alcohol, or even aspirin.
    “Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug,” she said. “Even such apparently innocuous medicines as aspirin and related steroidal anti-inflammatory compunds are not safe.”

    So if safety is your concern, cannabis is clearly a much better choice than aspirin. If you eat it or vaporize it, it just might be the safest painkiller the world has ever known.
    A lie? No I don’t want to get high. I want Medical Marijuana. (No not Marijuana, MEDICAL MARIJAUANA) to be legal under Federal Law. Please prove to me how any of this is a lie and I will listen.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything in this post is pretty much the truth…

      Marijuana smokers rarely get brown lung, asthma, emphysema, and many of the other respiratory illnesses that tobacco smokers often get…

      You CANNOT overdose on marijuana. Even if its high grade, the amount you would have to smoke is physically impossible to ingest in the time period required (if i remember correctly, the amount to OD is something like a pound in around 15 minutes, im not absolutely positive on this, it may be even more than the above amount)

      people have been smoking the plant for over 5,000 years, and not one death can be directly attributed to its use…

      So in short, you can overdose on aspirin. Heck you can even overdose on caffeine. So i think marijuana use (health wise) is a lot less harmful for your body than aspirin…

  48. QUESTION:
    i m going to die due to tthis?
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      oh, girlfriend!!! take a quick chill pill and quit with the worrying!! Three deep breaths and let them out slowly.

      Yes, we get some problems after having a baby and they can seem like mountains rather than the tiny ant hills they really are.

      No!! 101 is not diabetes or anywhere close to it. That is fine, and besides no one dies of “diabetes”. If uncontrolled it can lead to side issues that do kill, but you are not an uncontrolled diabetic of long years standing. So Chill!

      go see your Ob/Gyn for a check up. They are the ones to be seeing after having the baby. They have your records right there in front of them. They are also the specialists for all these sorts of problems.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me?
    I notice if I drink heavily I can lose fat/muscle rapidly, I don’t mean drink heavily for days or anything I mean in one night I can wake up and look half
    the size as I did the day before. It causes my eyes(Brown) to sometimes turn green and extremely white. I don’t believe i have a liver disorder or anything
    of that nature my tests come back normal and i eat extremely healthy, but its almost like rapid ketosis caused by alcohol?? This happened even the very first
    time I drank. So what can be going on here?

    Also I eat huge amounts of protein and maintain a weight of 250, while honestly looking like i’m 190 and if I do drop my weight below 210 I have an inch gap
    Inbetween my stomach and rib cage and my rib cage becomes very visable. I’m 5/11 so i’m guessing you can understand thats unusual. I heal extremely fast and
    I can gain muscle mass extremely fast as well as lose any fat tissue I need to extremely fast, to quote a friend whos a vetinary “I have super powers” because
    it seems my cells move alot faster than normal, what i’m wondering is this an underlying issue that my doctors are missing ??

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Well first, the alcohol is going to make you “feel” like you are thinner because it dehydrates you. The same thing happens to me and be careful, it’s not healthy… no matter how great it feels.

      Second, I have brown eyes, I drink and my eyes have NEVER turned green. Sounds like you actually have hazel eyes and the drinking/dehydration could be effecting their color. Nice… I wish that would happen to me.

      If your doc’s tests are coming out clean, I would not worry too much about what is wrong with you, sounds like you are fine. I would however question why you are so concerned about the drinking part. It may be your mind telling you that you deep down KNOW that the drinking you are doing (however frequent or in what quanitities) may be a problem.

      Look, I am no preacher who is telling you not to drink… I am just a 40-something gal who LOVES drinking but will tell you that everything in moderation my dahling.

      Funny story… for MONTHS I was having terrible nightmares that I was dieing from some bizzare illness and forgot to take my meds… this was happening every night. I talked to my therapyst about it and he said that my mind was trying to tell me something… it turned out that I had been subconsciously concerned about the occassional cigarette I would have when I drank. I quit smoking (wasn’t too hard, I wasn’t a heavy smoker) and have not had the nightmare since. Weird huh?

      Anyway, lucky you for having the great metabolism. I would be happy if I were you…

  50. QUESTION:
    help me???? is this kidney pain or diabetes
    Please help me is this kidney pain or diabetes…..
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      First you have a second opinion. There is test for diabetes called ALC, ask your doctor, this tell you how much sugar is in your blood going back prior three months. The normal average should be 5 or 6. The blood sugar goes up and down. I have diabetes type 2 and sometimes when I checked I have 95, and sometimes it goes to over 200. The fact that your thirsty could sign of diabetes, I hope not. But you take 8 glasses of water no more than that. I think you are drinking too much water. The kidney’s pain is not in the front, it’s usually in the upper back. Did you tell your doctor when you take a big breath you got pain in the bottom of your lungs. You should see another doctor, but don’t be to worry, maybe the worry is causing all those problems plus taking so much water. Nobody die the day before you are supposed to. I fee like that sometimes and most of the time is stress.