Although goiter responds well to iodine supplementation, it is best to treat the iodine deficiency immediately. If left untreated, iodine deficiency progressively destroys the tissues of the thyroid gland. After five years, even iodine supplement or thyroxine replacement cannot reduce the size of goiter because the damage is then permanent.

It should be noted that goiter can be caused by hyperthyroidism too and this second type of goiter does not involve iodine deficiency.

Cretinism is closely linked to iodine deficiency and goiter. In fact, it was the observation that parents with goiter are more likely to have mentally retarded children that revealed the nature of cretinism.

Signs of cretinism include impaired mental development, squint, deaf-mutism, stunted growth, improper stance and walking gait as well as all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism including low basal metabolic rate, low basal body temperature, cold intolerance, fatigue, weight gain and hair loss.

Iodine deficiency is the most important cause of cretinism and it can account for about 15-point difference on the IQ (intelligence quotient) scale.

Iodine supplementation is the only way to prevent cretinism and the supplementation is most effective when given in early childhood while mental capacity is in rapid development.

The re-appearance of iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism in developed countries is caused by a trend towards low salt consumption. In a bid to reduce the risk factor for hypertension and edema, most people in affluent nations are taking the widely publicized health advice to drop salt from their diet.

Unfortunately, iodized salt has been the most used and the most effective public health initiative to reduce iodine deficiency and prevent goiter, cretinism, and hypothyroidism.

Adding iodine to salt is a very cheap means of eradicating iodine deficiency. Experts estimate that it costs only a few cents for every ton of salt produced.

However, care should be taking with treating iodine deficiency with iodized salt.

Where the deficiency is severe and met with high intake of iodized salt, hyperthyroidism may result. In addition, people who are older than 40 years have a greater risk of developing hyperthyroidism from taking iron-fortified food products.

Where salt consumption is heavily restricted, iodine can still be obtained from the diet by eating more saltwater fish and sea vegetables such as kelp.

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Surprisingly enough, one of the largest sources of body toxins is the drugs people take to fight disease (or so they think). Medicinal drugs are very strong—they have to be to overcome the body’s natural defense system.

When such drugs are taken, they must either be eliminated from the body or stored within it for later elimination.

As a person’s health improves and all such medicines and drugs are discontinued, the old toxins may enter the bloodstream for elimination. The circulation of these old drug toxins in the system may produce bewildering symptoms that could alarm the health seeker.

For example, an elderly man had been taking a form of digitalis (a heart stimulant) for several years. He discontinued the drug as he improved his health through exercise.

After a few days off the drug, he experienced erratic heart beats, a racing pulse and chest pains. He was frightened and wondered if he should take his old drug again.

He was reassured that these symptoms were due to his body trying to renormalize itself and eliminate the old toxins from the heart drug. Sure enough, after a few days his heartbeat became steady and regular as the drug toxins were finally eliminated.

Every drug used, whether legal or illegal, leaves its mark upon the body. As the body regains health, the drug deposits are put into circulation for elimination. Since a combination of past drug deposits may enter the Bloodstream at once disconcerting symptoms may arise. Drug detoxification can be a lengthy process, but it will be aided by fasting and a diet high in fresh fruits.

Be forewarned: Old drugs that were taken even many years ago may reappear in the bloodstream as they leave fatty tissues and the organs. Drug toxin elimination may express itself in a series of rashes as they leave the body through the skin.

Heavy smokers or coffee drinkers may experience similar symptoms when they withdraw from their drug. Nervous irritability and emotional outbreaks are common symptoms of these drug addicts when they are detoxifying.

Nicotine and caffeine damage the nervous system and upset the vascular system, so symptoms such as headaches, edginess, and extreme lassitude may be expected. Such symptoms from these drugs usually lessen after three to ten days.

Once salt use is stopped and the health improves, old salt deposits in the body exit through the skin and kidneys. Sometimes the elimination is so intense that a person may have a continual salty taste in the mouth for days. The skin may become crusted with salt or it may smell of the particular condiment that is being eliminated (such as onions, peppers, or vinegar).

In Mexico, corpses have been found in the desert that were untouched by buzzards and hyenas. The reason? The people had eaten such large quantities of hot peppers all their lives that their skins were actually too spicy for the scavengers to eat. Condiments can never be used by the body, and so they must either be stored or eliminated when the health is improved.

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The first day of his new diet Larry felt pretty good. He had distilled water for breakfast instead of the usual two cups of coffee and ate fresh fruits for lunch. He had a salad for supper and went to bed early to get plenty of rest. The next morning he woke up feeling miserable. He had a sharp headache that raced up his neck behind his ears. He could hardly breathe. His sinuses were clogged shut. He felt worse than he had in weeks.

The headache stayed all day and into the next day. Now he noticed he had developed a hacking cough that convulsed him. He started spitting up hardened balls of mucus from this lungs.

The third day his nose was continually draining. As fast as he could blow it, his nose would clog back up. All the time, his headache had never left him, even when he tried to sleep.

By the fourth day, the headache had subsided a little.

His cough had worsened, however, and now pieces of hardened gray material were being expelled from his lungs.

“I can’t stand it!” he thought, “Why am I feeling so miserable as soon as I gave up my bad habits?”

Why indeed? First, Larry’s headache is a symptom of caffeine withdrawal. Coffee, tea, cola drinks, and other caffeine-containing substances are addictive poisons. When a person drops his caffeine habit, changes occur in the vascular and nervous systems. These changes occur as the body tries to renormalize itself and eliminate the poisons. Headaches often accompany caffeine

withdrawal, and some people who give up their coffee habit may experience edginess and irritability for a few days.

Larry’s clogged nose and sinuses were related to the consumption of dairy products. Mucus buildup occurs when milk is consumed. After such foods are eliminated, sinus drainage may occur for two weeks or more. The elimination of old mucus is a healthy sign for such deposits may become the breeding places for many diseases.

The coughing and spitting of hardened phlegm resulted from the cleansing of the lungs of the tar deposits which had been caused by smoking. Smokers lungs are often crusted black with tar and chemical deposits. When smoking is stopped, the lungs try to cleanse themselves and the old deposits are expelled by coughing. This is why a cough should never be suppressed. Coughing is one method that the body has of expelling toxic wastes from the system.

After about two weeks, Larry started to feel better than ever. He had plenty of energy without his coffee. His nose, throat, and lungs felt so much cleaner that he had no desire to smoke or eat dairy products. He had suffered for awhile, but now he was reaping the rewards of improved health.

Everybody is a walking time bomb. Each person carries within him the seeds for disease and illness. These seeds are the environmental and dietary toxins that may be stored within the body and which may spring full force into a debilitating disease.

What are some of these toxins, and where do they come from? How can we get rid of them? What symptoms can we expect when they start to leave the body?

Surprisingly enough, one of the largest sources of body toxins is the drugs people take to fight disease (or so they think). Medicinal drugs are very strong—they have to be to overcome the body’s natural defense system.

When such drugs are taken, they must either be eliminated from the body or stored within it for later elimination.

As a person’s health improves and all such medicines and drugs are discontinued, the old toxins may enter the bloodstream for elimination. The circulation of these old drug toxins in the system may produce bewildering symptoms that could alarm the health seeker.

For example, an elderly man had been taking a form of digitalis (a heart stimulant) for several years. He discontinued the drug as he improved his health through exercise.

After a few days off the drug, he experienced erratic heart beats, a racing pulse and chest pains. He was frightened and wondered if he should take his old drug again.

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One cohort study12

Not superior to placebo in nocturnal cough or sleep quality in the child or parents

One cohort study12

Not superior to placebo in nocturnal cough or sleep quality in the child or parents

Cochrane review of two RCTs10

No difference in severity of symptoms, peak of symptom severity, number of days of fever, or parental report of severity score compared with placebo

Low-dose inhaled corticosteroids

Cochrane review of two studies8

No decrease in the number of episodes requiring oral corticosteroids, emergency department visits, hospital admissions, the frequency of wheezing, or duration of episodes

One RCT of a five-day course9

No significant difference in duration of hospitalization, interval between admission and discharge, mean seven-day symptom score reported by a parent, or hospital readmission for wheezing within one month compared with placebo

Cochrane review of two studies11

No more effective than placebo for cough

OTC antihistamine with decongestant

Cochrane review of two studies11

No more effective than placebo for cough

Cochrane review of three studies11

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1 g (1 × 10 10 colony-forming units) mixed with 120 mL of 1% milk twice daily

*—Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, alone or combined with Bifidobacterium animalis.

Information from references 14, 17, and 20 through 22.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products. Some of these products may help prevent colds if taken regularly. Probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, alone or combined with Bifidobacterium animalis, taken by healthy children during the winter may reduce day care absences; the incidence of fever, cough, and rhinorrhea; and the use of antibiotics.22

A Cochrane review showed a 13 percent decrease in cold symptoms in children who took 1 g of vitamin C daily before illness, although optimal duration of treatment to achieve these benefits is unknown.14 Zinc sulfate used prophylactically for at least five months reduces the incidence of viral colds, absences from school, and antibiotic use in children.20

The herbal preparation Chizukit contains 50 mg per mL of Echinacea, 50 mg per mL of propolis, and 10 mg per mL of vitamin C.21 In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of 430 children one to five years of age, Chizukit decreased the number of cold episodes, the number of days the child was ill, and the number of days the child missed school. It also decreased the need for antipyretics and antibiotics; physician visits; and episodes of otitis media, pneumonia, and tonsillitis. However, children may not comply with taking the product because of its unpleasant taste.21

Nasal Saline Irrigation. Nasal irrigation with saline as a preventive measure in children is better than standard treatment for multiple cold symptoms. Overall, the treatment decreases illness and nasal secretions, improving nasal breathing. These children also use fewer antipyretics, nasal decongestants, and mucolytics and have fewer school absences.17

Table 4 summarizes studies of medications that are ineffective for the common cold in adults.7, 11, 14, 23 – 28

Therapies Not Effective for the Common Cold in Adults

Cochrane review of nine RCTs7

No difference in symptoms or purulent rhinitis compared with placebo

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Treatment of infections can be through several different strategies.

Prevention of infections is difficult, if not impossible, if the intent is to avoid all possible sources of infection.

The cheapest, easiest, and most globally effective method for infection prevention is good hygiene.

Washing your hands frequently is perhaps the single most important measure to avoid more personal infections, and avoid transmission of harmful microorganisms to others.

Vaccination is another powerful method in avoiding infections. Vaccination programs have been effective in reducing many viral and bacterial microorganisms to the history books.

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Mono Symptoms:
Are you are looking for information related to mono symptoms, what are the symptoms of mono, symptoms of mononucleosis, mononucleosis symptoms or kissing disease then read on…

What is Mononucleosis?

Infectious Mononucleosis also known as Mono or Glandular Fever or “the kissing disease“, is a severe infection caused by Epstein Barr virus.

This cruel disease is commonly found in children as well as in young adults.

Is Mononucleosis Contagious?

Mono is a contagious disease and can easily be transmitted from an individual to another.

Moreover, the Epstein Barr virus has no noticeable symptoms and so it cannot be detected earlier and is considered as a common cold. This increases the development of mononucleosis and leads to various health related problems. Living under the threat of mononucleosis is really disgusting and miserable because the Epstein Barr virus has the ability to develop lifelong process in the human body. A person suffering from chronic mononucleosis only knows how devastating this disease is.

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Hahaha merveilleux. Est-ce qu’on peut s’attaquer aux “casse grippe” maintenant?

Moi ce qui m’énerve ce sont les erreurs dans la ponctuation: il faut mettre un espace avant et après un point d’exclamation, un point d’interrogation, les deux-points, un point-virgule. Je vais peut-être faire des “infographiques” (wtf? Olivier Bernard | January 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Reply

Un commentaire pédant, c’est déjà un début.

Merci pour ces capsules humoristiques de vulgarisation. En matière de typographie canadienne-française (et pas seulement québécoise), Le guide du rédacteur (publication fédérale), Le français au bureau (publication provinciale du Québec) et Le Ramat de la typographie stipulent que le point d’exclamation, le point d’interrogation et le point-virgule ne prennent pas d’espace avant, seulement après. Le français au bureau ajoute même que « si on dispose de l’espace fine*, il est conseillé de l’utiliser » ce que renchérit le Ramat, toujours avec humour et vulgarisation. Comme le Pharmachien!
* « Espace » est, en typographie, le mot qui désigne le blanc qui sépare les chaines de caractères et est féminin.

Je seconde. Par contre, l’encadré sur les risques décrits ci-haut concernant Deux filles le matin a failli m’envoyer à l’urgence.

Haha c’est vraiment bon ton diagramme!

J’adore ta façon d’expliquer la différence. À écouter certaines personnes, elles prétendent avoir en moyennes deux grippes par hiver…

Je vais partager ton arbre décisionnel dans mon entourage, peut être que certains finiront par comprendre la différence.

J’ai déjà entendu Dre Laberge (98.5) mentionner qu’une grippe nous frappe subitement contrairement a un rhume qui s’installe graduellement.

J’adore tes explications, les dessins humoristiques et que tout ne soit plus compliqué! Je cours acheter ton livre, il me le faut! Bravo!

J’imagine qu’il y en a comme moi qui ne font jamais de fièvre.. Je trouve ça bien mais moyennement utile quand tu vas voir le médecin.. Quand tu sais que t’as quelque chose de pas normal.. À l’hôpital, si tu fais pas de fièvre t’es pas réellement malade et tu te fais traiter comme si t’étais niaiseux ou niaiseuse.

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    The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. Everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. It’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
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    • People who are morbidly obese

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    The cold is believed to be the most common illness in the world. Learn about cold symptoms, causes, and expected duration.

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    You know when it's coming — your throat gets sore, your nose starts running, and your body just isn't 100 percent. The common cold is thought to be the most "common" illness in the world. Each year in the United States, it's estimated that people get approximately one billion colds.

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    Know the symptoms of different kinds of pink eye.

    • Viral pink eye: Symptoms can include watery eyes along with a cold, flu, or sore throat.
    • Allergic pink eye: Symptoms include itchy eyes, swollen eyelids and a runny or itchy nose. It is more common in people who have other allergies, such as hay fever or asthma.
    • Bacterial pink eye: Symptoms include a thick, often yellow-green discharge that lasts all day (usually not with a cold or flu).

    This report is for you to use when talking with your health-care provider. It is not a substitute for medical advice and treatment. Use of this report is at your own risk.

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    Il peut être difficile de distinguer une grippe d’un rhume. Ce sont des maladies semblables, à première vue, mais bien différentes. Les symptômes du rhume sont habituellement légers alors que ceux de la grippe sont plus sévères. De plus, le rhume est fréquent et infecte principalement le nez et la gorge alors que la grippe, plus rare, peut aussi attaquer les poumons.

    Tout le monde peut attraper la grippe. La grippe est une maladie sévère, les personnes âgées et les jeunes enfants sont les plus exposées à la grippe et à ses complications. On parle alors de personnes à risque de complications.

    Les personnes dites à risque de complications sont:

    • les personnes atteintes de certaines maladies chroniques (MPOC, asthme, diabète, cancer, etc.);
    • les enfants âgés de 6 mois à 5 ans;
    • les personnes âgées de 60 ans et plus;
    • les femmes enceintes (2 e et 3 e trimestre surtout);
    • les personnes qui ont un système immunitaire affaibli (VIH, greffe d’organes, etc.)
    • les personnes résidant dans des centres de longue durée ou des maisons de soins infirmiers, quel que soit leur âge;
    • les personnes atteintes d’obésité morbide (IMC> 40)
    • les personnes d’origine autochtones;
    • les travailleurs en contact avec la population à risque de complications (travailleurs du domaine de la santé, des garderies, etc.).

    Même si la grippe est une affection respiratoire, tout l’organisme en souffre. Habituellement, le sujet présente des symptômes aigus qui apparaissent soudainement. La fièvre s’installe rapidement et s’accompagne de frissons, d’une faiblesse générale, d’une perte d’appétit et de douleurs musculaires vives dans tout le corps. La plupart des gens recouvrent la santé entre 5 à 10 jours sans subir de complications.

    La fatigue et la toux peuvent cependant persister jusqu’à 2 semaines et plus. Des symptômes gastro-intestinaux tels que des nausées, des vomissements et de la diarrhée peuvent quelquefois accompagner la grippe, ils sont toutefois plus fréquents chez les enfants.

    Vous pouvez présenter un ou plusieurs des symptômes suivants:

    • Fièvre
    • Toux
    • Mal de gorge
    • Fatigue et faiblesse
    • Douleurs musculaires
    • Maux de tête
    • Perte d’appétit
    • Congestion nasale ou écoulements nasaux

    Les complications de la grippe peuvent comprendre la déshydratation, la sinusite, l’otite, la bronchite et la pneumonie.

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    Pour consulter l’activité hebdomadaire des principaux indicateurs:

    Parmi les principaux indicateurs, on trouve les suivants:

    L’indice d’activité grippale ainsi que le nombre et la proportion de résultats positifs par rapport aux tests de détection de l’influenza effectués par les laboratoires sentinelles du Québec sont publiés de façon hebdomadaire ici même, sur le site Web du MSSS. De plus, lorsque les virus de l’influenza circulent de façon soutenue, le DSV produit un graphique de l’activité virologique relatif aux saisons antérieures. Ce bilan est lui aussi mis à jour une fois par semaine, pendant la saison grippale.

    Assurée en partenariat avec les directions de santé publique, la surveillance des éclosions d’influenza dans les centres d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD) est basée sur le signalement volontaire, par ces centres, des éclosions d’au moins deux cas d’infection au même type d’influenza survenus dans les dix jours, dont un a été confirmé par un test d’amplification des acides nucléiques. Cette surveillance est continue et effective toute l’année.

    La surveillance de l’activité grippale à l’urgence se fait à partir des données consignées dans la Console provinciale des urgences, une base de données administrée par la Direction générale des services de santé et médecine universitaire (DGSSMU). Elle s’appuie sur deux indicateurs: les consultations pour « Fièvre et toux » ainsi que les diagnostics de « Grippe/Influenza » qui ont été posés au terme de cette consultation.

    La surveillance des admissions dans les centres hospitaliers après un diagnostic de « Pneumonie/Influenza » est assurée à partir des données inscrites dans le Relevé quotidien de la situation à l’urgence et au centre hospitalier, une base de données gérée par la Direction générale des services sociaux.

    Autres indicateurs et projets spéciaux de surveillance

    Le DSV, de par son partenariat avec la DGSSMU et l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec, analyse les données relatives à des indicateurs secondaires qui ne font pas l’objet d’une publication régulière. Figurent parmi ces indicateurs:

    • la surveillance des syndromes d’allure grippale (SAG) par les groupes de médecine de famille sentinelles;
    • la surveillance, dans certains hôpitaux, des admissions attribuables à une infection grippale confirmée par laboratoire;
    • la surveillance des appels pour un SAG au service Info-Santé et Info-Social;
    • la veille épidémiologique et scientifique effectuée par différents partenaires.

    En plus des indicateurs de l’activité grippale définis par le DSV, des données et des renseignements sont recueillis auprès de diverses sources aux fins des objectifs du système de surveillance de la grippe. Ces données et renseignements concernent notamment:

    • l’identification des virus de l’influenza dans les laboratoires du Québec
      Au Québec, une quarantaine de laboratoires effectuent une surveillance continue des virus de l’influenza et d’autres virus respiratoires. Ce réseau de laboratoires sentinelles est coordonné par le Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ). Toutes les semaines, ce dernier reçoit les données de surveillance recueillies par les laboratoires hospitaliers membres du réseau et publie les résultats des analyses. Dans ses rapports, le LSPQ indique, notamment, le nombre d’analyses effectuées, le nombre de cas de grippe confirmés par groupe d’âge ainsi que la distribution géographique des cas.

    Le bulletin Flash Grippe est une production de la Direction de la vigie sanitaire (DVS) du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

    Son contenu est le reflet d’un effort concerté entre service Info-Santé, les directions de santé publique, le Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec, l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec et l’ensemble des laboratoires sentinelles du Québec, que nous remercions pour leur contribution.

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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Flu epidemic. The CDC released new numbers Monday showing the flu is widespread in most of the country, including here in Maryland—and doctors say this strain can be more dangerous.

    Meghan McCorkell has more on how local hospitals are handling a surge of cases.

    Hospitals in Maryland say they have been slammed with flu patients since Christmas.

    The flu turned deadly in the United States with 21 children dying this season. One of the latest was seven-year-old Ruby Hanson, whose parents say she may have survived if it weren’t for a pre-existing condition.

    “She had a seizure that was caused by the flu,” said Debra Hanson, her mother.

    The CDC now reports 43 states, including Maryland, are experiencing high or widespread flu activity. Much of that is the H3N2 strain of Influenza A.

    “We do know that in years where this virus circulates, or this type of virus circulates, we do get more deaths on average than the usual year,” said Dr. Joseph Cresee, Centers for Disease Control.

    Emergency rooms across the state are now reporting thousands of patients coming in with flu-like symptoms every week.

    “This is one of the busier flu years,” said Dr. Lisa Kirkland, Sinai Hospital.

    Dr. Kirkland says some of the patients she is seeing thought they were protected because they got a flu shot.