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Q. What is the rate of alcoholism in the USA compared to the rest of the world?

What is the rate of alcoholism in the USA compared to other countries in the world. I don't mean amount of alcohol consumed, but alcohol addiction/dependency. Links to your sources would be appreciated. Cheers! (pun intended)
A1here is a link to a CDC table about drinking hobbits of Americans:
here is an article about it, and it gives good links also:
A2Pretty bad here in America, maybe worse in England and Ireland. The Scottish drink whiskey straight so that's not good. Then you have stereotypical, yet true problems among Native Americans with alcoholism. The average Native American on a reservation has a life expectancy of 48.
Now lets turn to Mexico, they have an even worse problem.

Q. where would i find list of all the "clean" cities and the rates of air pollution ...?

Ai don't know about a list of "good" cities, but i know a list of the worse cities for Asthmatic people!-

Q. I was wondering the rate at which alcohol induces brain damage.

I am not an alcoholic and I use to drink only on weekends. I was wondering the rate at which alcohol induces brain damage; I know that over some years, damage occurs, but does anything happen after a month of drinking on weekends?
A2Hi Waylon, Your concern about alcohol shows you are paying attention to your health. As we all know that alcohol is known to slow many actions down, its effects and impacts on the brain, actually show up pretty quickly. A recent study on rats showed that just two days of binge drinking caused significant effect on area of the brain that controls the sense of smell. Additionally, drinking early in life can lead to other negative consequences such as being more sensitive to alcohol later on. So, the bad news is that one night of heavy drinking may cause spatial reasoning, long-term memory, impulse control, and decision-making skills to be impaired. These effects may or may not persist even after all the alcohol has left the drinker's body, because alcohol can kill brain cells (neurons). Unlike other cells in the body, brain cells do not get repaired nor replaced upon damage or death.

You may find it useful to experiment with safer drinking strategies, such as alternating alcoholic dr

Q. Stenosis (spinal)surgery. What did it entail? Success rate?

A1I know I need a Laminectomy with 5 level of disks involved. I know it is a dangerous procedure and I'd like to find people who have had it done.
A2actually this is the first time i hear of this kind of surgery! so i looked up for info about the whole phenomenon(as you can see, i'm a curious guy..:) )... i found couple of sites that talk about back surgery in general, and that surgery in particular, hope that helps:

anyway- i hope there are people in the site that went through that procedure and can give you more info then me.

Q. Why do people with a better cardiovascular fitness have lower heart rate?

I recently met my old friend and that too after long time. We did go out and had a blast. He did show me his medical report and I was shocked to find out that he was having lower heart rate than me but was having better cardiovascular. He told me that it was quite normal but It was bothering me a lot. How could it be possible and I do see this as a deficiency. My friend does not agree with me and he told me that nothing to worry. I did try to research and found nothing with this regards. I am unable to sleep and would like to know on this. Can someone help me with answers?. Why do people with a better cardiovascular fitness have lower heart rate?
A1A strong athletic heart gets more cardiac output per stroke.
Less strokes = more movement of blood per stoke
A2That is like asking why a wild trout lives in water. The heart muscle become stronger and bigger, and can pump more blood per stroke. It needs fewer strokes to get the same amount of blood to all the places it is needed.

Q. How fast can primary amyloidosis spread? And what is the average survival rate for this disease?

A1Your best bet for one-stop shopping for amyloidosis information on the net is There is also a Yahoo group named amyloidosis and also a mailing list named amyloid hosted by the Association of Cancer Online Resources. The amyloid list has around 500 subscribers, amyloidosis Yahoo group has maybe half that many. Face-to-face support for patients and caregivers is also available in most large metropolitan areas two or three times a year. See for details.

To join the amyloid list, see
A2As recently as 1994, a diagnosis of amyloidosis was a death sentence; average life remaining after diagnosis, 13 months. Now there is hope--not certainty of a long life, but 25% to 60%. depending on individual circumstances. I was diagnosed 2/99, treated 6/99, recovered completely, relapsed 11/03, and am still kicking.

Q. I had my blood test as I was feeling dizzy and my heart rate was raised & I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism

I had my blood test as I was feeling dizzy and my heart rate was raised & I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. It had just started when I was taking herbs for depression and anxiety. I am not taking herbs now and still feeling dizzy. Has anyone had any problem with Chinese herbs?
AMy mom had hyperthyroidism, but not with herbs. Until she told the exact things to the doctor, her treatment was difficult and once she revealed the medicine history to the doctor she was very well treated. Similarly I expect from you to tell your doctor about the herbs you are taking and you must tell this to your Chinese medicine practitioner as well. There are chances that you may have high level of thyroid and these herbs just boosted them or increased them as Chinese medicine do not have high side effects. Please open to your doctor during investigation and treatment.
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