Most Common Health Frights

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Let’s have a look at some of the three most common health frights you should be familiar with and some hints to help you stay away from them.

Throat cancer related to oral sex

What went wrong? We all know that oral sex can cause several illnesses (STDs) such as herpes, syphilis, HIV and gonorrhea. However, the New England Journal of Medicine has recently revealed that oral sex can cause HPV, which leads to cervical and throat cancer.
More than 10,000 American people are affected by HPV resulting from oral sex on a yearly basis, similar to the amount of cases of cervical cancer. Throat cancer related to HPV generally affects the tongue, tonsils and the throat.
What’s the problem? Smoking and drinking can cause throat cancer but scientists have discovered that individuals who had HPV had 32% more chances of having throat cancer. Participants who had from one to five partners increased their chances of throat cancer four times and those who had more than six partners had nine times more chances of having throat cancer.
Ways of protection – The only sure-fire way to protect yourself is to practice abstinence. However, if you are going to have sex, remember that condoms can minimize the chances of getting HPV.
Since throat cancer is not common in people who don’t smoke or drink, it can be easy to pay no attention to the signs such a sore throat, inflamed glands or a cold sore. If you have recently had oral sex and you feel any of those signs, try to see your GP as soon as possible. (Have a look at a similar article: “Can Oral Sex Cause Throat Cancer?” on

Presence of mercury in fish

What went wrong? Last year, the Department of Health of New York revealed a study on the Health and Nutrition Examination Survey they had carried out. More than one thousand adults took part in the survey and about 25% of them had mercury in their blood. Those of Asian descent had the highest levels of mercury in blood.
What’s the problem? Generally speaking, the amount of mercury present in the blood stream of people who took part in the survey constituted a danger for old people. However, increased levels of mercury in blood of pregnant women could lead to cognitive issues to their babies. The survey revealed that women who were in the early and late twenties had increased mercury levels than other women in the country.
According to a study conducted by the University of Princeton, mercury levels in fish are not going up. Scientists made a comparison between tuna caught thirty years and tuna caught these days and discovered that the levels of mercury are the same.
Ways of protection – You should try to stay away from king mackerel, shark, swordfish, grouper, marlin, tuna steaks and tuna for sushi because they contain high levels of mercury. Instead you should go for anchovies, butterfish, catfish, cod, salmon, trout, hake, herring, pollock, clams and oysters because they contain very little mercury.

Remember that if you are a woman with young kids and if you are pregnant you should stay away from fish that contains too much mercury. As a matter of fact, you should try to intake only two fish-based dishes of low mercury fish or up to five servings of shrimp, clams, tilapia and salmon.

New issues with Plastic Bottles

What went wrong? According to the Reproductive Toxicology Journal, a material used in the production of plastic items, bisphenol A or BPA can lead to a wide variety of health issues for people. Some of the issues include disorders in the reproduction that include fibroids, endometriosis, cystic ovaries and cancer. Some past research showed that there was a connection between prostate and breast cancer in animals who had been exposed to small amounts of BPA.
What’s the problem? The main problem is that the majority of plastic containers have BPA. Therefore, baby bottles, pacifiers, water cooler recipients, dishes for the microwave, make up and some dental sealants could be dangerous. Every year, the American production of plastic products amounts or more than two billion dollars

So far, there are no governmental organizations either in Europe or the United States that have set constraints on plastic products that have BPA. Several European and Asian professionals say that there is not enough evidence and that the metabolic systems of mice and humans are completely different.

Ways of protection – The best thing to do is to stay away from plastic containers to use in the microwave. Instead you could use glass or ceramic containers. Try to use waxed paper or paper towel when dealing with warm food and avoid heating liquids in plastic bottles. (Have a look at a similar article: Chemical In Plastic Bottles…)


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