Health Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1Is it okay to cleanse your body by fasting from time to time?

Yes, but only and if you are in good health. And this is the reason why fasts are so steeped in our culture as well. But all fasts are not scientific. However you should not expect wonders. Fasting intermittently aids in proper functioning of lungs, liver, kidneys, and intestines. They keep the body free of impurities. If you pursue a fast, always make sure to drink enough fluids to avoid dehydration.

2How long am I contagious when I have the flu or a cold?

This varies from person to person since every individual is contagious till the time they have the symptoms. One is also contagious 24 hours before they first symptoms appear.

3Will staring at a computer all day make me blind?

No. Consider this: "If you walk long enough, your legs will be tired, but that doesn't mean you've permanently damaged them.” Similarly, focusing on a computer screen—a fixed distance—will leave your eye muscles tired and stiff. Therefore, it is always suggested to look up from the computer screen very often and focus on something 20 or more feet away, then blink briskly four or five times.

4When should I see a doctor about a backache?

See a physician immediately if the back pain keeps you from sleeping. But if you have numbness in your leg, foot, or rectal area; or you also have fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, stomachache, weakness, or sweating; you've also lost control of urination or bowel movements, in short, anything that is bothering you along with the pain, you should seek advice instantly. Otherwise, try over-the-counter pain relievers, alternating heating pads with ice packs, and a day or two of rest followed by gentle exercise for two to three weeks before making an appointment.

5When should I see a doctor about heartburn?

You'll want to call after two weeks of a burning sensation in the middle of your chest or abdomen—or sooner if you have other signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease such as a dry cough or trouble swallowing despite using an over-the-counter antacid or reflux medicine.

6How important is it to stop smoking? Isn't the damage already done?

No matter your age, quitting smoking immediately cuts some important health risks. When an older person stops smoking, circulation immediately improves. The lungs begin an immediate repair process, and just one year after quitting, the risk of heart disease linked to smoking is cut almost in half, along with a reduced risk of stroke, lung disease, and some cancers.

7Is memory loss always a part of aging? How much loss is considered normal?

Some memory loss does occur as we age. Not only do we lose brain cells linked to memory, we also manufacture less of the chemicals these cells need to function properly. The aging brain also stores information in a slightly different way, making recollection of recent events harder. So, as we age, it's not unusual to find ourselves at a loss for names or unable to remember where we put our car keys. That's normal.