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Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning nicotine, nappies and nut allergies.
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Learn about Nicotine, Nappies and Nut Allergies
Female: It is hard to believe that the tobacco plant was once used as a natural remedy against whopping cough to great effect. Nowadays modern cigarette preparations include a concoction of toxic chemicals that render the healing constituencies useless. And leave the smoker at the hands of one of the most addictive substances of all time, nicotine.
Nicotine is just as addictive as cocaine and heroine. Its effects on the brain are more subtle at first but this is the danger as the body swiftly adjusts itself to nicotine consumption. The smoker smokes more to gain the same effect.
Male: There is no shadow of doubt that we have got to put a lot of resource and to help people to get off smoking. It is an addictive drug, just about addictive as morphine and heroine and just to keep harming away at people about not starting. It is not working very well so we really got to assume a lot of kids are going to start and when they do and then help them get off it.
Female: Nicotine will keep you sucking on cigarettes that are loaded with carcinogenic tar, heart attacks, strokes, lung, mouth and bile cancer or emphysema will eventually strike one in two smokers. The time to quit is now, try to nicotine patches, try ear acupuncture to quell cravings. Hypnosis, meditation, try it all to get yourself out of the clutches of nicotine.
Mom time is busy time; what with two and a half hourly feeds through the day and night. Who’s got time for cloth nappies and all those extra loads of washing when it takes but a second to throw a disposable in the bin, but that second was just an illusion. Your discarded disposable will grace the planet for the next 500 years. Cloth nappies have a number of advantages over synthetic ones. First there is the chemical factor in disposables. No major studies have been done on the impact these have on children’s health long term. Secondly, temperature control is an issue; disposables generate too much heat for little boys.
There is a lot of development going on down there in the first two years of the boy’s life. Who knows how this will impact on his future fertility. Thirdly, old school maternal child health nurses say severe nappy rash was never an issue before the invention of disposables, cloth nappies maybe worth the extra effort after all.
Being a kid is not as simple as it used to be, food allergies among children are becoming more common. And by far and away the most dangerous is an allergy to tree nuts. Brazil, almond, hazelnut, and macadamia may sound like exotic ice cream flavors to some. But for others they could mean a trip to the hospital. Peanuts are often grouped in with this list even though they are technically a legume like lentils.
It is the proteins in the nuts that are the trigger for a reaction. The immune system mistakes the proteins for harmful invaders and launches a full scale attack. Unfortunately, this often results in rashes, asthma attack, stomach cramps, or maybe even full-blown anaphylaxis. This is where the air ways swell and blood pressure drops and loss of life is a possibility. If you have a nut allergy, carry epinephrine close to your person at all times. Avoid foods that use nuts as thickeners such as sauces and read the labels on processed foods very carefully. There is always a chance of cross contamination.
Of the people that tried to quit smoking without support, only 7% are successful.