Vanishing Twin Syndrome


What is Vanishing Twin Syndrome?
This is a syndrome where one of the fetuses from a set of twins or multiple fetuses dissapears in the uterus during a pregnancy. This interesting phenomenon has only been known for about 60 years. This is mostly due to the new advances with ultrasound technology, as we can now see fetuses in the first trimester. With Vanishing Twin syndrome, the fetus is usually gone in the second ultra sound. According to the american pregnancy association, this happens in 21-30% of multiple fetus pregnancies.

What Are the Signs and Causes of Vanishing Twin Syndrome?
This typically happens in the first trimester, with women over thirty. Signs might include bleeding, cramps and pain. Although the exact causes are not known, many of the problems lead back to chromosomal abnormalities, which occur quite frequently in all miscarriages. Problems can also stem from abnormal cord formation.This typically happens in the first trimester, with women over thirty. 

What Happens to the Vanished Fetus?
The vanishing fetus will usually be completely absorbed by the surviving fetus. It can also be compressed, a condition known as fetus papyraceus. There can also be an abnormal formation on the placenta, such as a cyst.

What About the Surviving Fetus?
If the other fetus has vanished after the first trimester, it may be at risk for cerebra palsy, according to WebMD. Otherwise the remaining twin is usually healthy, and unaffected by the loss.

Although this medical phenomenon may seem scary, it is a natural part of pregnancy. Many miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities and improper placement of the umbilical cord. It only makes sense that this can happen to a single fetus, multiple fetuses, or one of multiple fetuses.


Free Radicals and Disease

What are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are molecules or atoms with one unpaired electron in their outer shell. As we know, an atom has neutrons and protons in it’s neucleus. Swirling around on the outside are electrons. As you may recall from general chemistry, electrons like to pair up into groups of two. When one is left out on the outer shell, the atom becomes a free radical. This makes the atom highly reactive.

Free Radical Theory of Aging
This theory states that all living organisms go through the process of aging because of a build up of damage from free radicals throughout their life spans. Most free radicals are highly reactive and are associated with oxidative damage. When cells in our bodies happen upon  free radicals, it may cause destruction in the cells it encounters. This all may sound very minute when talking about atoms and cells, but this happens all the time throughout our lives and aids in the natural aging process.

Free Radicals and Disease
Many doctors agree that free radicals are the basic cause of all diseases. Examples are
cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and Lou Gehrig's disease. Free radicals are a big part of their mechanism of injury in all these diseases. The use of antioxidant supplements such as Vitamin C in prevention and treatment of these diseases is currently under close investigation and in clinical trials.

What Causes Free Radicals?
One of the primary  creators of free radicals is radiation. Environmental components like sunlight, X-Rays and other radiation will hit the body and generate free radicals in the body. Pollution, dirt, oil, and stress are other creators of free radicals. The tricky part about free radicals is once they are oxidized they in turn, grab a loose electron from elsewhere, thus creating a new free radical.

How Do I Fight Free Radicals?
When fighting free radicals, you are also combating the aging process and warding off diseases! How cool! The best way to fight free radicals is to take care of your body inside and out. Many of us have heard of antioxidants right! THIS IS WHY THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT! Antioxidants provide cells with those extra electrons, thus they are  Anti oxidizers. So the best way to ward off free radicals is to eat drink and put antioxidants on your skin!

Where Do I get Antioxidants?
You can get antioxidants everywhere! Most Mary Kay moisturizers have antioxidants in them for your skin to help fight the aging process, and keep your skin healthy. Generally foods with vitamins A,C, and E are good choices. Also, berries are also powerful antioxidant foods! A few good examples are beans, artichoke hearts, walnuts, cinnamon and hazelnuts.

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Have healthy, anti oxidized cells,
~Healthy Girl

What You Didn’t Know About Hand Washing

Antibacterial Soap
 Many Americans are all into the rage about antibacterial hand soap. I remember a time a few years ago when I wouldn’t buy hand soap unless it was antibacterial. Otherwise there would be no point. Right?
 WRONG. Antibacterial soap is actually worse than soap without the antibacterial agents. This is because antibacterial soap is possibly increasing the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

 The main ingredient in antibacterial soap causing this is Triclosan. It is also used in deodorants, shaving creams, and mouth washes. Many of us know that different strains of bacterial have developed resistance to antibiotics such as penicillin. Sine Triclocan works much like an antibiotic, the fear is it’s over use in so many products is creating these problems much like the over use of antibiotics is creating problems with new strains of resistant bacteria. Triclosan safety is currently being reviewed by the FDA. Either way, it is a good idea to stay away from house hold items containing Triclosan.

Hand Sanitizer
 There is no Triclosan in hand sanitizer so we don’t have to be worried there. The problem is alcohol in Hand Sanitizer is so strong it kills ALL bacteria on our hands. We actually have natural good bacteria all over our bodies. These are called our normal flora. They live on our skin and one of our first defenses against harmful bacteria. In general, it is okay to use hand sanitizer, but not too frequently, or it’s purpose is defeated.

What is the best solution?
 Health experts still agree it is a good idea to wash your hands frequently, especially before eating. The things to watch out for are soaps containing Triclosan, and excessive use of hand sanitizer. Otherwise, wash to your liking!

Have Healthy,Clean Hands,
-Healthy Girl