Neurocardiogenic Shock

On April 30, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea



Another common cause of syncope/presyncope is neurocardiogenic (vasovagal) syndrome. This condition, known by physicians as “neurally mediated hypotension”, is also referred to as “the fainting reflex”, “vasodepressor syncope”, “vasovagal syncope”, or “autonomic dysfunction”. In this condition blood vessels tend to expand, which leads to pooling of blood in the lower parts of the body. As a result, less blood reaches the brain and this causes fainting. The usual stimulus for this action resides in the nerves of the heart-hence the term neurocardiogenic. A head-up tilt test can uncover the underlying cause of the fainting in this syndrome. Neurocardiogenic syncope is usually treated with medications that reduce the probability of cardiac nerves triggering the cycle that leads to lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting.


In an individual with neurocardiogenic syncope, the reduction of blood return triggers a miscommunication between the heart and the brain. Just when the heart needs to beat faster, the brain sends out a message that the heart rate should be slowed down, and that the blood vessels in the arms and legs should dilate. These actions take even more blood away from the central part of the circulation where it is needed. As a result, the individual feels lightheaded or may faint because not enough blood is getting to the brain. Fainting is helpful, in that it restores a person to the flat position, removing the pooling effect of gravity on the blood, and allowing more blood to return to the heart. Following the lightheadedness or syncope, most individuals feel tired and their mental abilities are somewhat foggy.

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A reminder..

On April 29, 2010, in Minerals, Vitamins, by Andrea

Pinching Pennies?

Things getting tight?

Wondering how you’re going to cover your vitamins that you must have after your weight loss surgery (and make no doubt — these are not optional with designer guts)?

Stop stressing.  Really.

There’s a program out there to help you.

Bariatric Advantage wants to help.

Go here, print out the form, then have your Bariatric Surgical Program fill it out on your behalf and fax it to Bariatric Advantage.

Do it if you need to and don’t feel bad about needing to do so.  Your health is important.

Technological Weightloss

On April 29, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

My Tech

It’s well-established that I’m a g33k.  I make no bones about that fact.    I like to have g33ky toys — and in my weight loss life, there is no exception.

This is my list of must-haves to get my groove on:

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It looks promising...

Lose weight, burn fat, feel energized, improve your health, and look & feel younger with ProEnergy Whey Protein Powder – the purest, most biologically available source of protein in history!
100% PURE whey protein isolate (not concentrate)
Richest source of the 8 essential amino acids your body needs for growth, energy, and vibrant health.
Perfect fuel for building lean, strong muscle.
Uses only 100% natural ingredients in their purest form
Lactose, Fat and Cholesterol FREE.
Low in Carbohydrates; High in calcium.
Naturally sweetened with Stevia - low glycemic index that won’t adversely affect blood sugar levels.
Made from cows that are grass fed and not treated with rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone).
Enhances immunity – highest amount of lactoferrin of any protein source and significantly raises glutathione (antioxidant) levels.
Manufactured using the most scientifically advanced cross flow microfiltration processing technique to ensure highest quality, highest potency whey protein.
Tastes great and mixes instantly in water or a ProEnergy Protein Shake, the perfect balanced meal, snack, or post-workout recovery drink.

Well.  I’ve been putting this review off for a very long time.  After reviewing the vanilla version, I just couldn’t make myself do the chocolate.  It sat in my box-o-samples that I purchase to try for some time.. but I dug it out and decided I’d be brave today.  I’m not sure why today was THE day, but, well, it was.  Maybe it’s because I have 3 canisters of Click in the house and a canister of Vanilla Syntha-6 that I can use as doctoring agents if I need to..

An initial sniff test makes me optimistic.. just like hot cocoa.  I swear.  So maybe?

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Dr. Oz on Anemia and Exhaustion

On April 27, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

Normally, I have NOTHING for Dr. Oz to do.  Especially since he thinks I’m a drug addict since I’m a chronic pain patient (really, who’s doing my intervention this week?  Sign up sheet’s down the hall..c) but he has a somewhat easy way to explain heme vs. non-heme iron in an animation, plus a very easy way to explain non-iron-deficient anemia (ie just when your hemoglobin is low).  Keep in mind this is not the end-all answer to anemia — but it’s a basic way to help understand some basic iron terminology.

He does make a mistake — most iron supplements do not contain both heme and non-heme iron.  Only one is on the market to my knowledge, and that is Bifera.  Proferrin is the only non-liver-based heme supplement on the market (when it’s not backlogged, that is) that I am aware of currently.  Please note, I found this on his website sponsored BY Bifera.  Imagine that.

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