Vitamin D can prevent Shingles

September 26th, 2012 by DoctorZaidi

A recent study shows that Vitamin D can significantly reduce the risk of developing Herpes Zoster, which is also known as Shingles.It makes perfect sense. Herpes Zoster is a viral infection which you develop if your immune system is down.That’s why it is commonly seen in the elderly and those who are on immunosuppressive drugs such as Interferon, Steroids and chemotherapy. Vitamin D boosts up your immune sytem and therefore reduces the risk of developing infections such as Herpes Zoster, flu and common cold.

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Labor Day?

September 3rd, 2012 by DoctorZaidi

“Happy Labor Day,” I greeted our dogs as I let them out of the garage, but they didn’t reply. “Happy Labor Day,” I said to the cats, as I let them out of the utility room. They didn’t reply either. “Happy Labor Day,” I tried ag
ain as I let the chickens out. Again no reply. I did not give up and said “Happy Labor Day” to our Spanish speaking gardener, who gave me a puzzled look.

I got a bit confused. “Maybe it’s not Labor Day.” So I checked the Calendar. I was right to begin with. It is Labor Day. Soon I saw my wife sitting at the computer. ” Happy Labor Day, honey.” ” Happy Labor Day to you too, honey,” she replied.

Then, I sat on a chair in the backyard and felt the cool morning breeze, the warm sun and the rough texture of the chair. I saw the blue sky, a few white clouds on the horizon, a soft fog resting in between the rusty hills, the branches of the trees dancing gently in the soft breeze and a bunch of noisy crows gong after a hawk, which was letting out a screechy sound. I heard the birds chirping in a tall tree, the alarming sound of a train disappearing in the distance and the buzzing sound of a small airplane over my head. I said “Happy Labor Day” again and again, but no reply.

Later, as I was telling the strange behavior of our pets to our teenager daughter, she had a good explanation with a smile on her face, ” Dad, our pets are rude.”

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