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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

4 Ailments You Probably Haven't Heard of (From Scalp Psoriasis to Wolman Disease)

If you think there are more – and worse – diseases threatening humankind today, you are not mistaken. Doctors and researchers uncover new illnesses and potential health issues every day. They also work hard in finding new and better solutions for these diseases as well as existing, known ones.

Some ailments are not discussed as frequently as the others, even though they are quite common.
That is why in this article, we are going to take a look at four ailments you probably haven’t heard of.

Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a form of inflammation that affects the skin. It is not contagious, but it can still cause discomfort; it can develop into a more serious health issue too. You can spot symptoms of psoriasis from the itchy and elevated skin the ailment produces.

Psoriasis is also a common cause for dry scalp. Dry scalp and other scalp issues caused by psoriasis can be treated with a specialized shampoo and regular treatments. While Psoriasis is an ailment that can be cured easily, it is considered a chronic skin disease and must be taken seriously.

Chagas Disease

Chagas disease is an illness that doesn’t get enough coverage today, even though it is considered very serious. In 2008, more than 10,000 people died of Chagas disease, and millions have been infected so far. There are even more than 200,000 US residents with this disease.

Chagas is a disease carried by kissing bugs that are now common in North America. Chagas is the name of the doctor that uncovered this disease over a century ago. Swelling and prolonged fever are the symptoms of this ailment.

Wolman Disease

Wolman disease has similar symptoms to Chagas, and the two often lead to heart problems as well as other more serious symptoms. In the case of Wolman disease, the problem lies in the absence of certain enzymes needed to break down fats in the body.

Wolman disease, when left untreated, can cause severe vomiting and swelling – especially around the stomach.

Brainerd Diarrhea

Brainerd diarrhea is a severe type of diarrhea that could last for up to a year. Those with Brainerd diarrhea can have more than 20 episodes of diarrhea a day, making Brainerd a serious health issue that can be incapacitating.

The name itself is taken from the name of a town in Minnesota where this illness was first discovered. Many cases have been reported, with the most recent ones being recorded in 2018.

These ailments may be unpopular, but they are very serious and require special handling. Now that you know about them and how to spot their symptoms, you can prepare for them better.

This is a guest blog entry.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hemp Seed Oil Vs CBD Oil: Understanding the Difference


Many people get CBD oil and hemp seed oil confused and it is very easy to do so. Both oils come from the same plant but are made from different components within the plant, therefore, they have a different effect. Two of the most popular natural oils - CBD oil and hemp seed oil - are often used to mean the same thing, although they are not. Each of them is unique in their own way and can be consumed in different ways. If you are confused between the two, read on to discover what each oil is and what its uses are.

What Is Hemp Seed Oil?

One of the biggest differences between CBD oil and hemp seed oil is where it comes from. A hemp plant is a form of cannabis and is grown usually for industrial purposes. These kinds of plants often contain a low level of the two commonly known cannabinoids, which are THC and CBD. THC is the cannabinoid that is known to many as the chemical that gets you “high”. Hemp seed oil is extracted from a hemp plant by squeezing out the seeds produced by the plant. This technique of deriving oil is often used with many other well-known oils such as coconut or olive oil. The hemp seed oil does not contain any THC, so if you see a product under the name hemp seed oil that does contain THC, it is branded wrong. Always be careful about this when looking for hemp seed oil.

What Is Hemp Seed Oil Used For?


Hemp seed oil can be mixed in with many foods to give various health benefits. As hemp seed oil contains a lot of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, it can be used as an alternative to fish products, which is great for vegetarians. It is also used in many products that you may not have been aware of. Hemp seed oil can be found in many soaps, shampoos, and other cosmetic products.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD (cannabidiol) is an oil that contains a large concentration of CBD. This is extracted differently compared to hemp seed oil and is from hemp plants that are cultivated especially to contain a high amount of CBD. This means THC levels will be minimal, having no effects on the user taking the CBD oil. CBD oil should not give you the feeling of being “high” but it does have many health benefits and is commonly used for treating anxiety.

What Is CBD Oil Used For?


CBD oil comes from a hemp plant, and although it doesn’t have the same effects as hemp seed oil, it does contain many of the same vitamins and fatty acids. This means it can be added to many foods to help with overall health. Both oils are known to have a nutty flavor due to the hemp plant. CBD oil has been used in various studies to show its effectiveness for a range of health conditions. It helps with anxiety and can alleviate the symptoms associated with this condition. It can also reduce pain. For those with chronic pain or suffering from cancer, CBD oil may be used as natural pain relief.

Many people get these two oils confused and may even be attempting to sell one oil as the other. If you are looking for hemp seed oil to improve your diet and cooking, ensure it does not contain THC. If it does, it is not true hemp seed oil. CBD oil should only contain a trace amount of THC, not enough to have any effect, and can be used to treat anxiety and other conditions.

This  is a guest blog entry.