Pancreatic Diseases – Alcoholic Pancreatitis

An Introduction to Alcohol and the Pancreas It is important to have a healthy pancreas for overall good health. But the heavy use of alcohol is terrible for the pancreas. In fact, alcoholism and the consistent over-consumption of alcohol can prompt an attack of acute pancreatitis. The symptoms of acute pancreatitis include acute abdominal pain,…

The Unholy Trinity: Asthma, Allergies, & Eczema

My youngest son has suffered from a myriad of allergies since he was just months old. Mikey broke out in a scaly rash on his head at just about four months old. We thought it might be regular old cradle-cap, but brushing it out just made it worse. His pediatrician said that it was actually…

Heavy Metals and Toxicity in the Body

The body requires a variety of vitamins and minerals to keep balanced, and like everything, too much of anything can be toxic. This includes metals. Certain metals such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc – are essential to health in trace amounts. Others are non-essential and can be harmful to health…

4 Methods For Kidney Stone Removal

Kidney stone removal has four procedures/methods: 1. Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) Kidney stone removal of ESWL uses non-electrical shock waves that are produced out of the body to pass through the skin and body tissues until the shockwaves hit the solid stones. The stones turn out to be sand-like and are passed. For removal of…

TMJ Cured Finally

A few years ago I didn’t know what TMJ was. I had never heard of it. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint disorder. So what does that mean? Let me explain by telling you how I found out what TMJ was and how I freed myself from it. Five years ago I was forced to take…

Foodborne Intoxications – Clostridium Perfringens

This organism most frequently associated with gas gangrene is also a major cause of food poisoning. However, this intoxication is a little different than those caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus where the ingestion of preformed toxin causes the illness. With C. perfingens intoxication is due to a toxin mediated infection where the ingested…

Colon Ulcer – The Colon's Worst Enemy

There are a few conditions and disorders that are quite serious, however people do not panic as they are so commonplace and familiar that the "fear of the unknown" has all but been eradicated and thus reduced the stress that a lack of familiarity can bring. While people have a certain general familiarity with ulcers,…

Bad Breath and Acid Reflux

Is there a connection between bad breath and acid reflux? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where stomach contents return up the esophagus, sometimes all the way to the mouth, causing heartburn and an unpleasant bitter taste. Many professionals and health writers list GERD as a possible cause of bad breath, but few go…

Symptoms, Signs, and Triggers of Anxiety Attacks

An anxiety attack is a short period of overwhelming fear that comes on with no warning and for no rational reason. An anxiety attack can be a one-time event, but most often is an ongoing problem. Those who experience regular anxiety attacks (two or more anxiety attacks a month) should go to a doctor. It’s…

Do You Have Non Erosive Reflux Or NERD?

Non erosive reflux disease (NERD) is one of many types of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Typically speaking GERD causes a condition referred to as esophagitis, which is the slow erosion of the lining of the esophagus. However, in non erosive reflux, this erosion does not occur. That being said, it does not mean that NERD…

Natural Remedies For Insomnia

Insomnia is a nightmare. The more exhausted you are – the harder it is to sleep. And taking prescription or over the counter medicine can cause addiction and disturbing side effects, which can make insomnia worse. Insomnia can be due to many causes; such as, anxiety, caffeine, depression, low blood sugar, nutritional deficiencies, pain, reaction…

Nature's Statin – Vitamin C and Lysine!

Did you know there were "other" theories of heart disease besides (lipid) cholesterol theory? If you were to ask anyone in our society, what is the main cause of heart disease? Invariably cholesterol would be one of the main answers you would hear. This shows what $ 60,000,000 a year can do from just one…

Strange Medical Words

Learning how to speak medicine is kind of like learning a second language.  On my bookshelf is a thick green Stedman’s Medical Dictionary filled with almost 2,000 pages of strange medical words. As a practicing podiatrist, it is my job to translate a medical diagnosis for my patients like metatarsalgia into plain everyday English.   As…