Blog 127 Diagnostic Devices to Have at Home
In these times when we are uncertain about health and may feel stressed and confused, it can be helpful to have regular information about some basic health indicators. In a previous blog, I already have covered blood oxygen level. This was in Blog # 122. You can review that blog by going to my website, EWagnerHolisticHealth.Org, clicking the tab that says “blog” and locating Blog # 122 by scrolling down. Or you may have saved that blog from emails you received several months ago.
Two other fairly inexpensive diagnostic pieces of equipment, besides the blood oxygen monitor, that would be beneficial to have at home are a thermometer and a blood pressure monitor. It is valuable to know the temperature of your body. Normal temperature ranges from 97.0 F (36.1C) and about 99.0 F (37.2C). A lower body temperature, hypothermia, may be due to several causes, including being outside in very cold weather, hypothyroidism or other endocrine imbalances, neurological illness, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, infection in the elderly or very depleted, and some prescription medications, such as anti-psychotic drugs and drugs that protect the heart in cases of serious cardiac compromise. An elevated body temperature can be due to inflammation due to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, bacterial or viral infection, sun or heat stroke, some cancerous tumors, certain prescription drugs, such as antibiotics and those used to treat high blood pressure, some shots, such the DPT pneumococcal inoculations. Some of these factors can be addressed fairly quickly and some may be very complex and require much medical expertise to diagnose and, hopefully, alleviate. If you are looking for a new thermometer, the link below may be helpful. You may need to cut and paste the links to your browser.
Blood pressure readings can give valuable information about physical health and mental state. They can also give input about which herbs, foods, activities, stresses and lifestyles are beneficial and which may be harmful. For example, licorice root may sometimes elevate blood pressure, as may lack of sleep, rage, restricted breathing, or inhaling toxic substances, such as paint or pesticide. The two values in a blood pressure reading are systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic indicates pressure exerted against the arterial wall when the heart is contracting, and diastolic indicates the pressure of blood against the arterial walls while the heart rests between contractions. Normal blood pressure for an adult ranges from about 90/60 to 130/80, with values close to the center of the range usually being preferable. Until about a decade ago, pressure in the range up to 140/90 was considered normal, though that reading was considered to be high normal, and therefore borderline hypertension. Keeping blood pressure in the normal range is likely to result in prolonging kidney, heart, brain and vascular health, and improving overall well-being. Generally, it is recommended that blood pressure be taken on three separate occasions, and if it is elevated each time, then it is advisable to work on lowering the pressure through life-style changes and possibly with herbs from a holistic doctor or with a medical prescription from your allopathic physician. I would recommend purchasing a monitor, if you can afford one, and checking your blood pressure daily. You may find that you can recognize how you feel when your pressure is low or elevated and you also may learn about what foods, situations, states of mind, and lifestyle choices you need to avoid or adopt. Below is a link that may help you select a good blood pressure monitor. Wrist monitors are also an option, and I personally prefer these.
Finally, below is a link to an excellent discussion of these three types of health readings. The speaker, Dr. John Campbell, is an excellent, open-minded man with a daily presence on YouTube.
This blog’s offer: feel free to contact me with questions about these three types of equipment and the indicators you can obtain from them.