Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Friday, April 29, 2016

**Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP)

This is an illness I had never heard of, and now I do as it has touched my family.  So for information purposes I offer a couple websites, because this illness is very strange, and we were really worried until we had some idea of what was going on.
HSP has some very different symptoms, swelling, arthritis and rash.  The pain is usually in joints in the extremities.  The rash is usually on the legs and butt.  Swelling is in the joints.
Who would think these things came together? It is the rash which makes diagnosis definite.  However it is not the usual type of rash.  It is sort of a cross between a rash an bruising.  It is caused by the capillaries leaking.  The illness usually effects children.  It is more common in boys than girls.  Adult onset of the illness can be much more severe.
It is relatively rare, and even though doctors know of this ailment, treatments a pretty much non existent other than to treat for pain.  there are some things to keep an eye on with this condition.  These are the kidneys and the intestines.  If the ailment effects these areas then it can cause long terms effects.
All symptoms seem to be caused by a weakening of the capillaries.  Although the cause of the ailment is not known, the best guess is that the body's immune system is over stimulated (as a reaction to an infection or a medication) and begins to attack the body.  It takes a while for the body to turn this off, 2-6 weeks.  It usually goes away.  However it can come back with other bouts, but usually not as severe.

**Article Review: Women's Health: Which of These Women Has a Mental Illness?

This is a very intriguing article.  It appeared in the May 2016 Women's Health Magazine pages 174-185.  I think the intention of this article is to stamp out stigma with regards to mental illness, by showing women with mental illness from a great variety of careers and situations.  It also brings awareness to mental illness in general.  It lets us know that mental illness is much more common than we would believe.  It also indicates that treatment for mental illness is much less than it should be.  Only about 40 percent of people with mental illness get treatment.  In fact mental illness is hampered by poor care.  This is due to the stigma, and also due to a lack of resources.  Mental disorders come in many different types of disorders  Everyone is individual.  When someone reveals to you that they have a disorder, the article suggests hearing the person, and ask what you can do to support them.  It might also be well to check in later, watch your words and learn about the disorder.
The word "mental illness" conjures up different reactions.  A third of people react negatively,  "This person has brain disorder."  A third react positively, "this is a real condition.  Another few are neither positive or negative, and a few are really scared, "This is so serious and final."
We can all help stamp our stigma.  We can volunteer time to help our community.  We can use our vote that help mental illness gain parity with other illnesses.  You can stay informed of mental health issues.  We can donate time and money to worthy causes that promote mental health such as  We can become more aware.  Women's Health is sponsoring conversations on their Youtube Website during May for May is Mental Health Month.  Another good website is the SAMSHA website which is the latest government information about mental illness.