All about fevers
Paracetamol is one of the most commonly used medicines in the western world. Parents give it to their infants to reduce fever and as an effective pain reliever. So how effective is paracetamol in reducing fever? It has been shown that the mean antipyretic effect of this medicine is only 0.24˚C, which is insignificant compared to an infant's overall temperature. This has lead to some questions being raised regarding the efficacy of paracetamol.
Fevers can actually speed up recovery, but high temperatures do need to be closely monitored, particularly in children. The use of over the counter medicine should be employed only when fevers exceed 39˚C in children and 40˚C in adults.
An analysis of more than 200,000 children aged six and seven years from 31 countries found that the use of paracetamol in the first year of life and in later childhood is associated with increased risk of developing asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema.
Prolonged use of paracetamol may reduce antibody-mediated antimicrobial responses and actually prolong infections.
Five things that can improve happiness
1. Being grateful: People who were asked to write letters of gratitude to people who had helped them in some way reported a lasting increase in happiness Ė over weeks and even months Ė after implementing the habit. Even when people wrote letters, but never delivered them to the addressee, they still reported feeling better afterwards.
2. Being optimistic: People were asked to visualise an ideal future and describe the image in a journal entry. After doing this for a few weeks, these people too reported increased feelings of well-being.
3. Counting your blessings: People who practice writing down three good things that have happened to them every week show significant boosts in happiness. The act of focusing on the positive helps people remember reasons to be glad.
4. Using your strengths: Another study asked people to identify their greatest strengths, and then to try to use these strengths in new ways. This habit, too, seems to heighten happiness.
5. Committing acts of kindness: Helping others also helps ourselves. People who donate time or money to charity, or who altruistically assist people in need, report improvements in their own happiness.
Autism and the vaccination program
The numbers of people with autism continue to grow. This is a medical disaster of monumental proportions. The link to the vaccine program is scientifically and logically compelling, but the medical elitists refuse to listen. Like smoking and lung cancer, we have enough proof today to call a halt to the present excessive vaccine program and ban any level of mercury in vaccines.
In 1983, before the autism epidemic began, children received 10 vaccinations before attending school and the autism incidence was one in 10,000. Today they are receiving 24 vaccines before one year and 36 by the time they attend school and the autism rate is now one in 150 births.
Simone Sleep, the director of the Gold Coast Anti-Ageing and Wellbeing Centre, is a specialist in blood chemistry analysis and has a scientific approach to healing people's health challenges.