Rib Pain From Broken Ribs – Some of the Worst Pain You Can Have

It’s probably no exaggeration to state that broken ribs rank high on the list of most painful injuries you can suffer, including gunshot wounds or childbirth. You can’t put a cast on a broken rib as you can any other bone. Every time you breathe, pain in the ribs can be very intense. Even if the bone is not completely broken and is just cracked, it is called as a broken rib.

There is a definite difference in other types of pain as this pain is going to feel like a knife or skewer poking in the area of the damaged rib. When you move or spin your torso, pain can be intense. It can really hurt just touch a the rib. If you are experiencing this type of pain, you probably have a fractured rib.

There are many ways you can break a rib, but the most common happens during sports competition or vehicular accidents.

Why a Broken Rib Is Especially Dangerous

While a cracked rib is considered to be the same as a broken one, when the break splits the bone in half, it can pose a serious danger. Sharp edges of bone can move around and damage nearby internal organs and tissues.

Just trying to take a deep breath brings sharp and stabbing pain. Exhaling can be as painful as inhaling. Additionally, this breathing difficulty can complicate your respiration so seriously that you can get pneumonia.

How to Treat Broken Ribs

Even though broken or cracked ribs cause severe pain, they generally heal on their own. It can take up to fifty days for a cracked rib to completely heal and for the pain to go away.

Because of the intensity of the pain, and the fact that it can hurt every time you move, recovery seems to take a very long time.

Most doctors will not hesitate to prescribe pain killers when you have fractured ribs. There are also many good pain medications available over the counter that can also help reduce the discomfort as your recovery progresses.

The Financial and Emotional Costs of Cerebral Palsy

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every 303 children born in the United States will be stricken with Cerebral Palsy. Thousands of new parents face this reality each year, and over 500,000 Americans suffer from the condition.

Cerebral Palsy is a group of medical disorders which affects a person’s ability to properly control their muscles or keep their balance. Other medical conditions stemming from Cerebral Palsy include hearing loss, problems with speech and intellectual disabilities (known in the past as mental retardation). Depending on the case, these symptoms range from mild to severe. In the most severe cases, the patient needs to be institutionalized.

The essential care and treatment of a person afflicted with Cerebral Palsy carries a tremendous financial commitment. According to the CDC, medical costs for children born with the condition are ten times higher than for their non-affected counterparts. The CDC has also estimated that the lifetime cost of caring for an individual with Cerebral Palsy is over one million dollars.

The emotional cost is harder to establish. Families are subjected to all forms of stress and emotional trauma as they care for their loved one, including the fear they may not be able to afford or continue the level of care needed by the patient. Sadly, there is no way to put a dollar figure on the anxiety and grief families can suffer while performing the intensive task of caregiver.

According to the CDC, Cerebral Palsy can be triggered either by an abnormal development of a fetal brain or damage to a growing brain. In many cases this damage or abnormality occurs naturally. There are instances however where the medical team, while providing care and treatment during the pregnancy, is at fault. The improper use of forceps, vacuums, and delayed (or mismanaged) caesarian sections have all been linked to the development.

Just how often the cause and onset of Cerebral Palsy can be traced to medical malpractice is the subject of an intense dispute between the legal and medical communities, but there is no doubt the costs involved are huge. In June of 2012, a jury in Baltimore awarded the parents of child a record breaking settlement of $55 million dollars after deciding the medical condition was a direct result of oxygen deprivation caused by an unduly delayed caesarian section.

In 2003, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACAP) issued a report entitled “Neonatal Encephopathy and Cerebral Palsy” (NEACP) in which they attempted to establish medical criteria for when a lawsuit to determine malpractice would be allowable. In concluding her 2003 article “Can We Prevent Cerebral Palsy?” for the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Karin Nelson wrote that lawsuits related to Cerebral Palsy contributed to the high cost of medical malpractice insurance.

Many lawyers have argued that the standards set forth by NEACP are unduly narrow. Furthermore, even in cases where the NEACP’s standards might be viewed as acceptable, there are investigated cases on record where medical staff have taken inaccurate readings or even mislabeled blood samples.

This medical condition is a neurological disorder which carries with it a tremendously heavy financial and emotional cost. For the parents who face the unimaginable challenges of caring for a child born with Cerebral Palsy, it is important that they retain a highly skilled attorney who has extensive experience in medical malpractice as it regards to this condition. It is not fair for parents to bear the burden alone if avoidable medical error is to blame.

Caring For Dogs With Rear Paralysis

Spinal injury is one of the most serious ailments that can affect dogs. If your canine pet acquires this injury, it can suffer rear paralysis. This is because, in most cases, the point of injury and downwards is the most vulnerable. When this happens, your dog can no longer move his rear legs.

Unfortunately, this condition of your paralyzed dog can be permanent. Veterinary researches show that there are only very few cases that rear paralysis are cured. As someone who treats your dog as a real best friend, you will certainly have to double your efforts in caring for it.

One of the most immediate concerns in taking care of a paralyzed dog is cleanliness. Your dog may have been trained before to defecate only in the place you designated. However, because of its current conditions it will no longer be able to submit to the rules that you had set before. Oftentimes, it may just decide to defecate in the very place where it is staying. Because of this, you have to regularly clean your dog as well as the very spot where it stays most of the time. Giving your dog a bath and cleaning its spot in the house, prevents diseases that may just harm it further.

It is the nature of a dog to move towards what interests it, especially if it is still young. Therefore, your pet may attempt to walk or move despite the rear paralysis. While doing it too often, your dog may just drag its rear and develop sores and rashes on its skin. The problem is that you can never tell your dog to just stay put in one place. Like humans, they also want to overcome their handicaps. The best that you can do is to provide your pet with a means to be mobile, such as a dog wheelchair.

With a dog wheelchair, your pet can go easily from one place to another. It may not be able to do some of the fun activities that can demand so much physically but, at least, it does not get bored in just lazing in a corner for the entire day. In fact, it can already go back to defecating in the spot that you once assigned for it. By regaining some mobility, your dog will no longer suffer so much from its rear paralysis. Walking around the house is again made possible, which is a good coping mechanism for it.

Cure Hernia Pain During Pregnancy

Immense pressure on the abdominal walls during pregnancy can often times be enough to cause fatty tissue or intestine to protrude through a hole formed in the abdominal muscle wall. That means lots of baby pressure on your belly caused a bit of intestine to peek out through a hole in your muscle. This can result in an inguinal hernia: bulge in the groin area, abdominal hernia: bulge in the abdomen (besides the large baby bulge), umbilical hernia: bulge on the bellybutton, or femoral hernia: bulge on the inner leg near the groin. These can all be very painful and impair walking.

Many medical professionals will tell you there is nothing you can do for this pain and to withstand the pain until the baby is born. Relief is possible. Know that you can wear a pregnancy supporter for hernia care to prevent more damage and reduce the pain. I experienced inguinal hernias while pregnant and wearing support bands made all the difference in the world, from impaired almost impossible walking to normal walking and playing with my kids again. There are 2 excellent pregnancy hernia support products on the market and if you type in pregnancy hernia band you will find access to them on search engines. Elastic based products tend to stretch out and are not durable so buyer beware.

What are the life changing steps you can do to relieve hernia pain in pregnancy:

  • Wear a pregnancy hernia support band!!! Relief will come immediately.
  • Avoid lifting or if that’s impossible avoid holding a child for long periods of time while standing (sounds impossible if you have little ones, but bend down and talk to them, sit side by side, have them sit in a ‘big person chair’ at the table if you are working in the kitchen, you may have to get creative.
  • Rest your hernia–lay down and take the pressure off at night, support your belly with a pillow and place a pillow between or under your knees at night.
  • Have your husband/significant other lift for you: leave heavy groceries or boxes in the car for him/her to bring in. Let them know you are in pain. If you are alone, get a folding shopping cart and wheel your groceries, etc. into the house.

Hernia surgery after pregnancy may be necessary depending on the severity of the hernia, check with your doctor. My inguinal hernia went away, only to return again in my 3rd pregnancy, but never to return there after, I am almost 50.

Spinal Cord Injuries During Football Season

Football is a violent sport. For many fans, this is part of its appeal. For the players, however, the violence inherent in the game poses a serious health risk. With this year’s football season already begun, there’s no time like the present to focus on the potential for spinal cord injury, measures for prevention, and methods of treatment.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body. It is protected by the vertebrae and extends into the lumbar spine. The signals that pass between the brain and the body via the spinal cord are responsible for regulating our most essential functions: bowel and bladder control, blood pressure, body temperature regulation and sensation.

Injury to the spinal cord can occur as the result of tumors, developmental disorders, disease, and – what I’ll be focusing on in this article – trauma. A physical trauma can cause strain on the spinal cord, compression of the spinal cord, or fracture of the vertebrae surrounding the spinal cord, resulting in damage to the cord itself. Oftentimes, when the spinal cord is injured, the messages cannot pass between the brain and the body. When this is the case, essential bodily functions can fail – causing paralysis or even death.

Football Injuries

Head, neck, and spine injuries are common in football; this stands to reason as falls and hard hits are an everyday occurrence for all players – no matter what position they play or level of play (high school, college, or the NFL). If the angle and velocity of these impacts are just right, spinal cord injury is a natural result. Various sources offer statistics regarding football-related injuries. Although the exact figures in these reports may vary, all sources agree that even just a single severe spinal cord injury is too many.

To be fair, I believe equal attention should be paid to the athletes on the sidelines: cheerleaders. These men and women have progressed to complex acrobatics that send them hurtling through the air. Stunts like these can result in cheerleaders falling on their heads or backs, or with other cheerleaders landing on top of them. Clearly, these scenarios can result in head trauma or spinal cord injury, and these types of injuries are also an unfortunate reality of the sport of cheer leading.


At my practice, we use several methods for treating our patients with spinal cord injuries on Long Island. The ultimate goal of these therapies is to decompress the spinal cord and stabilize the spinal column.

After surgery, most of our spinal cord injury patients in the NYC metro also undergo physical therapy and other ancillary therapies. Thanks to advanced treatment methods, life expectancy and quality of life for these patients may be significantly improved. Victims of these injuries can go on to lead full lives, even if they have lost the use of their arms and legs.

Prevention While improving treatment for football-related injuries is a worthy goal, equal emphasis needs to be placed on preventing the injuries from occurring in the first place. I can offer several suggestions.

  • Coaches and trainers: Perform thorough physical exams to ensure that no athletes are playing injured. Encourage training for coaches and staff so that they are prepared to respond to a spine injury. Coach players to use methods of blocking and tackling that do not use the head as a “battering ram.” Arrange for a physician to be on the field during practice or a game in case of emergencies. Make sure that helmets are well-fitted and that straps are tight.
  • Officials: Continue to enforce penalties against helmet-to-helmet contact.
  • Players: Focus on keeping the head up, even when blocking and tackling. Trainers should work with players to strengthen neck muscles so that they can maintain proper posture during the game. Players need to immediately report “warning signs” of an injury (such as numbness or tingling, pain or pressure in the head/neck/back, weakness or uncoordination, and difficulty breathing) – and should not return to the game.

Measures can also be taken to prevent cheer leading injuries. Experts suggest improving the facilities where stunts are performed (for example, requiring floor mats and avoiding wet surfaces), limiting the participants who can perform more dangerous stunts to those with more experience, and requiring coaches to undergo specialized safety training. It’s important to note that cheer leading is not considered a sport by some schools, and thus is not as heavily-regulated as other athletics. Many have suggested that, until cheer leading is sufficiently regulated by all schools, sufficient safety improvements cannot be made.

4 Sport ATVs For the Common Man Who Needs to Let Loose

Hard work has its rewards. It puts food on the table, beer in the fridge and gives you the ability to buy cool things you can store in that newly added third garage stall. Mountain bikes, campers, fishing boats and ATVs are just some of the toys you may own for recreating outdoors. The last thing you need to do on a Saturday is find more work to do.

While we enjoy using 4×4 ATVs to plow snow and tackle mud bogs, we also love to let loose and just ride for fun. And there’s nothing like carving the dunes or dicing through the trees on a lighter weight sport quad or the freedom they provide.

Here are four sport quads between 330 and 400cc that are capable of providing a great joyride or day escape. Each packs more punch than the small entry-level models and is less intimidating than the larger displacement speedsters and race-specific quads.

Honda TRX400X

This sport quad was the talk of the industry a decade ago, but that was a different time and 450cc sport quads didn’t exist! Despite its age, the 400X (the artist formerly known as 400EX) has proven itself to be fun, reliable and affordable! Its 2005 upgrades included a sportier look and reverse to make it more convenient. Then in ’08, it received a sleeker fender package and new seat.

Powered by an air-cooled single-cylinder 397cc four-stroke, the 400X doesn’t quite pack the hit or zip as Suzuki’s Z400, but it’s darn close and every bit as enjoyable. While the 400X could benefit from the addition of electronic fuel injection, the 38mm piston-valve carburetor has proven to be reliable and provides a smooth throttle pull.

Its narrower 45.5-inch width and 32.5-inch seat height make runs through heavily forested trails quick and controllable. Aggressive cornering and big jumps can overmatch the front preload-adjustable Showa shocks. However, while we’d love to see better front shocks, complete with piggyback reservoirs, we understand this machine’s affordability would diminish. The fully adjustable rear shock offers 9.1 inches of travel and does an admirable job of soaking up hard hits.

At 408 pounds wet, the steel-framed 400X is considered “heavy” for motocross racing, but it’s capable of tackling milder tracks in stock form. Aluminum wheels and an aluminum swingarm reduce the weight somewhat. The 20-inch rear Ohtsu tires are decent at supplying traction and work well in muddier and sandy conditions, but could be stronger.

The 400X has one of the industry’s best chain adjustment systems. Triple disc brakes are standard and provide ample stopping power, yet aren’t as instant as some sport quads we’ve ridden. The newer seat is less plush but

is also more refined – with a slender front section and wider rear edges – for sport riders. Since its ’05 redesign, the 400X has continued to rise in price (up $500).

With the current state of the economy, model saturation and sport quad sales figures continuing to decline, we wonder if the 400X will remain in the lineup or follow the 250R into Honda heaven.

Polaris Trail Blazer 330

Polaris categorizes the Trail Blazer 330 as an entry-level ATV and we agree. Although, its weight, displacement and overall size may be too much for some first-time riders, its automatic transmission, power, full floorboards and single-lever braking make it easier to ride than the other three quads in this group. Plus, a host of 2010 upgrades have improved this machine.

Updates were made to the plastic, seat, lighting, suspension, chassis, disc brakes, master cylinder and fuel gauge. Visually, it’s easiest to see the changes to the modern plastic, taller seat and the brighter front headlight, which was borrowed from the Outlaw and has 28 percent more power. Owners should also notice the more convenient remote fuel gauge even if they fail to realize the fuel tank’s capacity grew .75 gallons.

It’s also easy to spot the Trail Blazer’s new stance. New floorboards are fashionable and functional and contribute to its improved ergonomics. The seat is more contoured and longer and its height increased an inch, up to 35 inches, due to thicker seat foam and a new suspension. It could be the most comfortable seat in the sport quad market. The ground clearance declined from 5.5 inches to 4.75 because Polaris added a beefier eccentric protection skid plate, which it calls “much improved.”

On paper, the 330 is also three inches taller. That’s partly due to the incorporation of the half-inch taller Sportsman handlebars that are designed to better accept a windshield and other accessories.

Beneath the plastic, the suspension and chassis also went under the knife. Sportsman front struts (castings), with separate front spindles for mounting the wheels, replace the old front-end setup. Also, the shocks have new springs to improve the ride. Polaris engineers made the chassis stronger, improved the engine mounting and alignment and increased the skid protection. Braking action was altered by using the Sportsman calipers, larger brake discs and new master cylinder, which upped the bleeding capacity. The machine is also an inch wider, but retains the same A-arms.

The 329cc four-stroke engine does OK for lighter riders, but feels sluggish for heavy riders, especially when the quad’s 492-pound dry weight is factored in. However, the Trail Blazer better accommodates larger riders due to its overall dimensions. But then again, Polaris didn’t design this ATV to break any speed records or contend for honors on an MX track. It was built for convenience, ease of use and cruising terrain and other moderately challenging trails. The Trail Blazer has always produces stable cornering and can be fun to wheelie if the Carlisle tires find enough traction.

Suzuki QuadSport Z400

Although the Z400 is the most expensive 400-class sport quad, it’s the most comfortable and loaded with features. Electronic fuel injection was added last year giving the Suzuki improved throttle control and stronger, more efficient acceleration. There’s nothing wrong with a quicker 400, right? For anyone not looking to compete in a motocross race, this is the Suzuki sport quad for you. Even if you do want to race it, the removable headlight, suspension and stronger steel-alloy chassis should appease you.

The resilient 398cc single-cylinder four-stroke has the most thrilling power and is the lone liquid-cooled mill in this quartet. It fires electronically and is outfitted with a nearly bulletproof five-speed transmission with reverse. I’ve ridden the Z400 with a group of 450 machines and, although underpowered, its abilities, speed, controllable powerband and comfort levels all made me forget about its power disadvantage.

At 46.9 inches, the Z400 is the widest of these four ATVs and has the best stock suspension. Despite its advantageous width, the four-stroke remains a stable stalwart in the dense woods and can carve through trees like a love-hungry 10-point buck. A 31.9-inch seat height helps it rail corners.

Fully adjustable piggyback shocks supply excellent suspension travel figures and superb tuning capabilities. The linkage-type rear end, with it’s lightweight aluminum swingarm and single shock, offers 9.1 inches of wheel travel. Up front, the fully independent A-arm suspension offers 8.5 inches of travel and tracks very well – point and shoot! In addition, this machine feels lighter on the trail than its 425-pound curb weight would suggest.

Ergonomically, the Z can appeal to riders of various sizes and shapes. The Z400’s signature T-shaped seat may be the best platform in the business and is definitely the most copied. The larger 46mm foot pegs aid in supporting

boots for aggressive racers and weekend warriors alike. The 20-inch rear tires are great for casual woods riders and admirably supply a good balance between straight-line traction and sliding.

For those who enjoy a custom look, Suzuki offers a limited edition Z400 with special graphics and black wheels, for an additional $200. The Z400 is in a similar predicament as the Honda 400X, seeing huge sales figures early on in

its history and market saturation more recently. However, the Z400 is Suzuki’s trail machine not the QuadRacer 450, which targets MX racers. Plus, the addition of EFI gives it a technological edge over the other guys.

Yamaha Raptor 350

The Raptor 350 dates back to 1987 and the Warrior nameplate, yet it’s still living off a 2004 redesign and its new name. And the fact that it shares a lot of parts with its big-bore brothers, the Raptor 700R and YFZ450, and has a unique package also help. Yamaha has confirmed the 350 Raptor will return to its lineup for 2010.

The hearty, two-valve, 348cc, air-cooled four-stroke has just enough muscle to put a smile on your face, but can eventually leave you wanting more. Reverse gear has also been a strong selling point for the Raptor, even though it has the trickiest reverse lever to operate in this group. The Raptor’s six-speed transmission is also unique to the industry.

Surprisingly, at 396 pounds (wet), the Raptor is the lightest quad in this group. Even so, it can feel heavy and slightly underpowered when the trails require all-out speed. On the forest trails, however, the 350 is better than average partly due to its thin 43.1-inch width.

That skinny design and a dated suspension can also make it more challenging to control for inexperienced riders. And the five-way preload-adjustable shocks can only do so much to slow body roll. Some of the handling quirks are also due to the Raptor’s tires; especially the rear treads which have a more rounded profile and are often slide happy. The hydraulic discs do the job and I’ve always enjoyed the flip-type parking brake.

Unfortunately the Raptor’s size may be its biggest detractor. It’s the shortest (length-and height-wise) and the narrowest machine in this group and has the shortest wheelbase. This ergonomic configuration can make some riders taller than 6 feet feel cramped.

Type 2 Diabetes – Are Diabetics Susceptible to Developing Shingles?

It is known having Type 2 diabetes affects the immune system, making diabetics susceptible to many different types of infections. In June 2014, the medical journal Infection reported the results of a study carried out on shingles, which is also known as herpes zoster, in people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. People who had chickenpox have the virus in their nervous system where it usually lies dormant. Occasionally it causes shingles, a painful burning rash on the skin over a nerve. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, United States, one in three people develop shingles during their lifetimes and 10 percent of those will develop postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia causes pain for months or even years. Ten to 25 percent of shingles incidents can cause scarring of the face, and blindness.

Researchers at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines in Wavre, Belgium compared the number of shingles cases in…

  • 380,401 people with Type 2 diabetes to those in over
  • one million nondiabetic individuals.

Over a period of 9 years…

  • Type 2 diabetics 65 years of age and older, had more than three times the risk of shingles than did nondiabetic participants.
  • diabetic participants between 40 and 64 years of age had a 51 percent higher risk of shingles than nondiabetics in the same age group.

From the above information it was concluded their work suggests an increased risk of shingles in those people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Shingles is treated with…

  • antiviral medications, acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir.
  • anti-pain medications are also sometimes used.
  • persistent pain can be treated with antidepressants.

Zostavax, a vaccine developed by the US drug company, Merck, is partially successful at preventing shingles. It also reduces the severity and length of episodes in some, and reduces the risk of chronic pain.

GlaxoSmithKline is currently recruiting patients for a phase 3 study of its new herpes zoster vaccine…

  • In phase 1, new drugs are tested on healthy individuals to determine how safe the new drugs are.
  • In phase 2, the medications are tested on volunteers to learn how effective they are in doing the job they are intended to do.
  • In phase 3, they are retested to confirm their safety and efficacy, often on subgroups of individuals with special health needs.

To volunteer for a study of the new vaccine in people 50 years of age and over, see http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT02075515

Back Pain – How Does a Pinched Nerve Cause Back Pain?

What is a pinched nerve and how does it cause back pain? We have all heard the term either from a doctor or friend. If like me you suffer from an aching back then you maybe a victim of a pinched nerve. All you know is it hurts! All you care about is finding a way to lose the pain. Hopefully this article will help.

A pinched or compressed nerve is what happens when a nerve is irritated because of an injury to the surrounding tissue. In the case of back and spinal conditions the problem is usually from a disc that has bulged out from the vertebrae and is pressing against the root of a spinal nerve. The medical term for this is condition is “radiculopathy”. Pressure on this nerve root can send pain radiated down the nerve. In my case a herniated disc in my lower back pressed against my sciatic nerve resulting in pain shooting all the way to my right foot. In addition to pain you may also experience tingling sensations, numbness and cold.

Is there a cure for a pinched nerve? The good news is yes! In most cases taking Tylenol or other over the counter medication, rest and an ice pack will relieve the pain. In more severe cases spinal injections and even surgery maybe necessary. However more and more doctors are recommending physical therapy and/or some form of exercise program in lieu of surgery.

But how do you prevent a pinched nerve? How do you lose the pain and get on with your life? Well the answer is to find a system that strengthens the back and abdominal muscles correcting muscle imbalance. One of the top rated programs is The Lose The Back Pain System developed by The Healthy Back Institute. This program has helped thousands to lose their back pain for good. The Lose The Back Pain System custom designs a program of specific movements and exercises tailored to your exact needs.

Tonsil Stones and Sore Throat – The Best Natural Remedies

Tonsil stones are also known as tonsil rocks and tonsilloliths. They are mainly caused due to accumulation of mucous, bacteria that produces sulfur, saliva, food bits and dead skin cells which can get enclosed in the tonsil crypts. When diseases are squashed they give off bad smell similar to vomit or rotten eggs due to the presence of bacteria that produces sulfur. The presence of diseases are very commonly observed in adults than when compared to children and become a noticeable problem in their teens. Good and daily oral or dental hygiene alone might not be enough to get rid of bad odour or diseases. But when a right type of diet and natural remedies are taken they can be removed easily and permanently.

Tonsil stones and sore throat are said to have a direct link with each other. For many, sore throat can be a major symptom of diseases and their presence. Some of the other important symptoms of diseases, sore throat and phlegm throat include pain in the throat region, chills and fever, affected throat region getting irritated, lymph glands swelling, swallowing difficulty, inflammation, mild and constant headache, nausea, presence of blood in phlegm and saliva, breathing problem, food swallowing inability, unable to properly open the mouth, hoarse voice, lumpiness in neck and so on.

Main causes of diseases along with sore throat and plegm throat can be due to various reasons. Allergies can be caused due to certain foods or changes in the environment, kissing a person or sharing drinks with sore throat, if near an affected person who coughs, sneezes or blows the nose, measles, sinus, excessive smoking and severe tonsillitis.

Person with sore throat and diseases need to avoid certain food stuffs or items and need to take certain natural remedies to get cured completely like avoid eating chicken bone, fish, drinking alcohol, smoking, extreme cold or hot water and food, gargle with salt and warm water for a minimum of 4-5 times a day and avoid consuming too spicy foods. It is recommended to include cayenne pepper and garlic in daily food, drinking chamomile tea by boiling their blossoms using water and should add honey instead of sugar for clearing throat mucus that has got stuck. Liquid diet would be the most appropriate diet. Apart from that the affected person can also consume more quantities of juices, soups and smoothies made from fresh vegetables.

Home Remedies for Curing Tonsil Stones

Tonsillectomy not only can lead to various health problems later but also does not come at a cheaper price. The surgery can also hinder day to day activities for some time. Hence, it is avoided most often. In fact, there are natural and scientifically proven ways to get rid of tonsil stones so they never return. It’s absolutely not necessary to go for a long, drawn out surgery or wasting your money on expensive nasal sprays and tablets. Follow a step-by-step program that will show you exactly how to get rid of your tonsil stones naturally and ensure they never come back!

Debris in Tonsils – What Exactly Are They?

If you’re navigating through this site then you must be a sufferer of some sort of debris in your tonsils or throat. There are several reasons why your throat may feel like there is debris in it. You could have a cold; you could be a chronic smoker; you could have a throat infection; or you could have tonsilloliths.

Ask yourself this: do you notice small whitish yellowish balls on the back of your throat near your tonsils? Are these balls irritating your throat and also causing a foul smelling odor?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then there’s a good chance you have tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones. These are whitish to yellowish balls of bacteria, food particles and other mouth debris that form together and get stuck on your tonsils.

How disgusting right?

You may feel like you’re the only person in the world suffering from this horrific embarrassment. Furthermore, you may never want to open your mouth in fear that the tonsilloliths are smelling up your mouth and ruining your social life.

In reality, that debris in your tonsils is actually more common than you may think. Millions of people have experienced tonsil stones. However, it’s not something people like to bring up around the dinner table.

You don’t have to suffer in silence. There are ways to get rid of this tonsil debris without resorting to closing your mouth and never breathing on anyone or saying anything again.

First of all, you need to practice good oral hygiene. If you are a sufferer of tonsil stones then you probably have larger tonsil crypts where the debris and bacteria can hide. You need to brush, floss and rinse away this bacterium at least twice a day. You should also gargle with salt water or lemon juice to really kick that bacterium to the curb.

If you can feel debris in your tonsils open up wide and try to cough them out. If that doesn’t work, grab a sharp tool such as a toothpick and try to scratch them out. This may take a little work but, eventually they will come loose.

Keep in mind that these white balls of nastiness are absolutely putrid and can make your mouth and your hands stink. Wash and rinse your hands and mouth after removing the tonsil stones.

You don’t have to be embarrassed to open your mouth. Kiss those tonsilloliths goodbye and you can be free to kiss anything (or anyone) you want!

Metabolic Enzymes Are the Digestive Enzymes

When somebody asks “what are metabolic enzymes”, this means that they are simply confused with the terms. Basically these are just the enzymes found in fruits and vegetables and are normally produced by the body in the mouth, in the stomach and in the digestive tract. The pancreas produces the pancreatic enzymes which also plays a starring role in digestion. With a successful breakdown of the food proteins, the foods are processed and release the essential nutrients needed by the body. These nutrients feed the energy of the body, an essential piece that makes the metabolism work and function well. Without these enzymes, the body cannot metabolize and can break down by starving and suffocating itself.

Basically, enzymes are also proteins which sole function is specific to certain things inside the body. These enzymes will break down the protein makeup of the food particles in the mouth and makes it easier for the stomach to further break down the same and make them small enough so they could easily be further broken down again inside the GI tract. In short, these proteins break down certain proteins to aid in digestion which feeds the body, through metabolism.

Natural plant enzymes are best taken with raw fruits and vegetables like papaya, grapes, pineapple, bananas, mangos and honey, just to name a few. However, these enzymes can die if they are subjected to heat when they are being cooked. So it is best to eat them raw and unprocessed. For vegetables and fruits, the enzymes remain live for up to 72 hours after they are first harvested.

The digestive enzymes are those found in the GI tract from the mouth down to the intestines and they are more stable than the plant ones. However, they too can be compromised if there is a disease or a disorder which affects the tract and the pancreas which produces pancreatic enzymes.

Most people think that if they take enzyme supplements they are doing the body good. Well that is true, up to a certain point. Normally, doctors would not recommend these supplements if there is no disorder as they will only do so if in cases of medical problems. These are marketed as cure alls by some sleazy marketing strategists, but truth is, the body produces the right numbers and the plants eaten also provide more than enough.

Without enzymes, there will be no protection from bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts and others. The enzymes readily and easily break down their protein based protective walls and easily rid the body of them by flushing them out through faecal matter. The fruits and vegetables also have fibre, another essential in digestion as they gently brush away the waste and oils stuck on the intestinal walls and trap them within the fibre until such time they can be eliminated naturally.

There are so many ways to make sure that the metabolic enzymes are in our bodies by simply eating the right foods and to make sure that the body is not diseased to compromise the production of natural enzymes. Without these important proteins, the body’s metabolism can easily disintegrate.

Fight Diabetes With an Alkaline Diet!

Diabetes is a dangerous chronic disease that can eventually lead to death. In the meantime, it can lead to numerous detrimental complications such as blindness, kidney disease, amputation and neurological issues. Diabetes can also lead to heart disease and stroke.

What’s the problem? ACID! If you have diabetes or any other disease, it is likely that your body is very acidic (the medical term is Acidosis). Acidity is the result of a bad diet, drinking soda and other acidic drinks- even many of the so called healthy drinks on the market including most bottled waters.

Acidity is also caused by stress, anxiety and the overall environment we live in. Our bodies were not designed to metabolize and digest processed foods, large amounts of animal proteins, chemicals and pesticides. Diseases such as diabetes love a cozy, polluted, acidic environment. This environment allows disease to progress, run rampant, and wreak havoc on your heath and quality of life!

The Keys to Fighting Diabetes – Return Your Body to its Natural Alkaline State

  • Eat more raw fruits and vegetables- they are very alkaline. Buy organic when you can. Clean your produce thoroughly as pesticides left on foods metabolize to acid in your body. If you don’t like raw vegetables, steam them lightly to a slight tenderness. This alone could improve your diabetes.
  • Reduce the amount of animal protein in your diet. Use less meat in your meals by replacing some of your meat with legumes such as dried beans (rinsed and cooked), nuts, seeds, and even try some soy products.
  • Reduce your consumption of dairy products. Try soy milk for example and plain unsweetened yogurt.
  • Reduce the stress and anxiety in your life and learn how to deal with what you can’t change. Stress alone creates massive amounts of acid in your body. Diabetes loves the acid created by stress! There are many good books and audio materials on the market to help you relax. Stress and anger don’t make issues go away.
  • Drink high quality alkaline antioxidant water. This will neutralize the acids created when your body metabolizes acidic food, pesticides, and other contaminants. Invest in a high quality water ionizer to make your alkaline water. Many people who start drinking alkaline water experience a significant improvement in their diabetes in a short amount of time. Many no longer need their medications.

Drinking healthy alkaline antioxidant water will put your alkalizing efforts way ahead of the game. This alone could help you get control of your diabetes quickly and naturally. Alkalizing by diet alone can be difficult, but water that detoxifies and energizes you is the key to changing your health and your life. You will have more energy, mental clarity, alkalizing enhances weight loss efforts and you will feel a renewed feeling of well-being. You can live a longer, healthier, happier life just by changing a few simple things in your diet and by changing the water you drink. You could take control of your diabetes instead of having your diabetes control you.

To Your Health!

Obesity and Overweight

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one billion people are overweight, with nearly 300 million touching obesity. Various researches on obesity have concluded that due to an excessive combination of nutrient intake and a very placid and sedentary lifestyle, people are overweight and obese.

A web site called Power-of-Attorneys.com had this to say about people who sue multinational food corporations, “Is it some big scoop here that burgers and fries and fried chicken… are not exactly the ticket to a wafer thin figure?”

To put it simply, the more you eat, the more fat you get, unless you’re gifted with a metabolism which burns food as fast as it is swallowed. Most people today have deskbound lifestyles, with machines to perform simple manual labour, microwaving ready-to-cook food, driving to do small errands even if it is a 20-minute walk.

Due to lack of information about their products, people are filing multimillion dollar lawsuits against food companies. Many organizations have started providing data at the back of the packaged food as well as on the company’s website, covering topics like calories, fat, trans-fat, cholesterol and others. Yet, despite the widespread nutritional information provided by companies, doctors, grocery stores, restaurants, it is evident that overeating remains an enormous health concern.

Factors behind the success of fast-food include it being inexpensive, tasty and convenient to many working families. Fast-food is great for people who lead busy lifestyles. It also plays an important role in society by providing a large number of people employment opportunities. So how does one tackle obesity when they look and smell so good and benefit so many?

Some of the reasons to get you sweating off all that fat could be fatal illnesses such as a heart attack, diabetes, gallstones to name a few. Obesity and overeating are major symptoms for coronary heart diseases which most often lead to heart attacks. The best ways to measure body fat are through waist circumference measurement and body mass index (BMI).

Losing weight has helped many people’s self esteem and even improved the overall quality of life for individuals. Having long-term strategies in place for people who are overweight and obese, can lead to an effective weight management system in their diet. Promoting healthy eating and daily exercise is crucial for people who are on the road to becoming obese. Rigorous exercising initially gets your body working up all the muscles that have been dormant for a long time. You need the support and motivation of family and friends to help you achieve your goal to shedding those pounds. Focus more on homemade food, with occasional treats at a fast-food joint. A joint initiative between society and the government can bring about much needed changes towards people’s eating habits.

Use of Colloidal Silver in Treatment of Skin Rash

Skin rash or body rash is usually an inflammation on the skin. It results in change in color and texture of the affected area. Skin or body rash could be the result of irritation, disease or an allergic reaction. Allergies could be to food, plants, chemicals, animals, insects or other environmental factors. This kind of skin rash could affect the entire body or be area specific. Eruptions on the skin of the back are called Back Rash. Though not all body rashes are contagious, some could be.

The symptoms of skin rash include little, red itchy or non-itchy bumps on the skin. The affected person also feels a stinging or burning sensation on the affected area. Sometimes skin may get cracked or blistered.

Skin rash could occur as a result of a variety of reasons. Consequently, its treatment too varies widely depending on its causes. Diagnosis must take into account such things as the appearance of the rash, other symptoms, what the patient may have been exposed to, occupation, and occurrence in family members. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to decide what category the rash falls into.

Scaly, itchy skin patches usually represent one of the skin rash conditions referred to as eczema. Atopic dermatitis is perhaps the most common form of eczema. This is a hereditary skin problem that often begins in childhood as chapped cheeks and scaly patches on the scalp, arms, legs, and torso. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy and inflamed, causing redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and scaling.

Contact dermatitis is an often-misused term which refers to a rash brought on by contact with a specific material which cause allergy on the skin. Common examples are poison ivy and reactions to costume jewelry containing nickel. Contact dermatitis affects just those parts of the skin touched by whatever material causes the allergy.

When infections appear as rashes, the most common culprits are fungi or bacterial infections. Fungal infections have nothing to do with hygiene as clean people get them too. Despite their reputation, fungal rashes are not commonly caught from dogs or other animals, nor are they easily transmitted in gyms, showers, pools, or locker rooms. In most cases they are not highly contagious between people either. In the category of skin rashes caused by bacterial infection, impetigo is the most common name. Impetigo is caused by staph or strep germs and is much more common in children than adults.

Viral rash is another variety of skin rash caused by viral infections. Viral rashes are more often symmetrical and everywhere in body. Patients with such rashes may or may not have other viral symptoms like coughing, sneezing or a stomach upset. Viral rashes usually last a few days to a week and go way on their own.

Skin rash is very common and emotionally damaging. The sad part is that people do not realize that it can be treated easily. In case of skin rashes not caused by infections, it is best to avoid the specific cause, like the allergy causing material. However, the most skin rashes are caused by bacterial infection in skins oil glands. This may happen often due to an overproduction of oils during a hormonal imbalance. Therefore, its treatment requires something which can penetrate and kill the bacteria. There are many medicines that may work but some cause more damage than good.

Colloidal silver is the all natural, safe and inexpensive solution for the treatment of skin rashes. It acts as a local antibiotic and also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It thus kills the bacteria causing the problem and also eliminates the red, itching inflammatory response! Colloidal silver has proven itself useful against all species of fungi, parasites, bacteria, protozoa, and certain viruses. Colloidal silver is the only form of silver that can be used safely as a supplement. It is absorbed into the tissues at a slow enough rate that is non irritating to the tissues. Unlike antiseptics, it does not destroy tissue cells.

Off late, the above properties of colloidal silver have been incorporated in soap manufacturing to good use. Equipped with antimicrobial properties of colloidal silver, these soaps work wonder on several skin conditions, particularly on skin rashes. Most skin rashes respond quickly to good grades of colloidal silver, as it has not only both strong antibacterial and antiviral actions but also is an immunosupressor for many conditions. The common form of skin rashes, like poison ivy, oak and sumac all evoke an immune system over reaction, with skin irritation, itching and often blisters or oozing sores. Regular use of soap containing colloidal silver promptly stops these reactions, for blessed relief. The same usually occurs with other skin rashes.

Rashes, including blistering types, are frequently due to what we put on our skin. One cause is soap because it may contain an artificial chemical that produces an adverse reaction. If you have a rash problem, it is advisable to use the type of soap that is 100 percent natural or at least one that is unscented. A rash can be cleaned with a mixture composed primarily of aloe vera, along with colloidal silver, bee propolis, pau d’arco, and purified water. Then, wrap the area with gauze that is kept somewhat moist, so the mixture remains on the rash. After four or five hours, the rash should begin to heal.

It is worthwhile mentioning that any external infection of skin takes a very long time to wipe out, although it may appear to be healed in days! Internally, the blood vessels and lymph system bath each cell every few minutes but externally bacteria have many unreachable hiding spots in skins layers, hair follicles and pores, plus they may be on pillow or clothes and thus infect again as often is the case. Further, a skin rash or eruptions may result in deep tissue damage, which will take time to repair, since human skin cells live about 35 days before replacement.

A soap containing colloidal silver can penetrate skin tissues and kill off most bacteria or stop an immune system reaction, but this soap must be used regularly, even though the skin looks great in a few days.

Home Remedies For Herpes Cold Sores!

Cold sore or otherwise known as a fever blister is classified within herpes, as herpes simplex virus types one and two. The herpes simplex type 1 virus is believed to lie dormant in certain nerve cells of the body until it is reactivated by stress, a cold, or too much exposure to the sun. As these viruses are extremely contagious, cold sores can be caused by direct contact such as hugging and kissing with the infected person, sharing eating utensils or drinking cups.

As time progresses so will the sore’s healing. It tends to heal without any treatment within 7-10 days. However, small, though irritating and painful in a physical sense, such sores or blisters about the area of the mouth can be ease through home remedies for herpes cold sores. Vitamin supplement is one of the great home remedies for herpes cold sores. You may also drink lemon juice in the morning. It’s very good for over all health and can give you an extra boost to treat it.

Take a washrag, dip it in milk and dab it on the affected area for about 20 seconds. Repeat the process a couple of times.

Compress warm tea bag. Apply a warm tea bag for 10 minutes every hour during the tingling stages can also speed up the healing process. Certain foods can prolong the occurrence of cold sores, while some can trigger their recurrence. Limit your consumption of processed foods as they are more likely to trigger an outbreak.

Apply ice during the early stage. It can greatly slow down the development of the sore. It is very beneficial to hold the ice to the sore for about 3 to 5 minutes repeating it for a few hours.