Disease Information – Cardiovascular disease, Cancer and Diabetes

Before Bob Marley died, he said to his son Ziggy “Money can’t buy life.”  He was right; all fortune on earth cannot buy health once it is too deteriorated. In fact, if gold and silver could buy health, there would not be so many diseases in the United States. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, to name a few, are weapons that send thousands of people in the country of silence (death) every year.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) – despite Progress of Science, cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in the United States. Cardiovascular disease (High blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, etc.) is without a doubt the leading cause of death in developed countries. According to the American Heart Association in 2005, cardiovascular disease killed 864,480 people, representing 35.3 percent of all deaths of that year. The problem is that the majority of patients rely on medications only to treat their heart conditions. There is no miracle treatment against CVD; you need a healthy lifestyle: avoiding smoking (including second hand smoke), limit your cholesterol intake, avoid becoming overweight, avoid physical inactivity, and more.  Regular Exercise is the best tool to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes – If CVD is raging in the developed countries, diabetes did not remain inactive in the world. There are an estimated 7 million people developing diabetes each year around the world. Complications from diabetes are responsible for almost one death every 10 seconds. The United States are not exempt from that disease. In fact, with a total of 23.6 million diabetics in 2007 (7.8% of the population), the United States are ranked third among the five countries with the greatest number of people with diabetes.

Cancer – you do not need a PHD to understand that the effects of cancer are alarming. When it comes to this disease, even optimists wonder if there is hope. Trillions of dollars are spent each year; the disease continues its destructive course. According to a collective expertise of French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) published on October 2008, since the beginning of 1980, there is an increase in certain cancers: Lung cancer, mesothelioma, hematological malignancies, brain tumors and cancers of the breast, ovary, testis, prostate and thyroid.

With such an increase in diseases, it becomes more important that you take your health in consideration. Although some illnesses are quasi-unpreventable, there are certain primary prevention measures you can take to protect yourself from those scourges. In fact, some of these risk factors for these diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes may be decreased or prevented. For more information on disease prevention, visit healthatlarge.com, or click on the link in the resource box below.

Did Colorado Kill Doc Holliday?

John Henry “Doc” Holliday’s final words, spoken as he lay dying in the Hotel Glenwood in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, were “this is funny”. We’ll never know, of course, exactly what the Wild West legend meant by this. Perhaps he found it ironic that after a life spent tempting death in the gambling dens of the American frontier, it was at last his 15-year long battle with tuberculosis that had killed him.

But while it is certainly true that TB was the ultimate cause of his death, it may have had an accomplice…the state of Colorado itself.

Doc was born in Georgia in 1851. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was only 15, and it is likely that he contracted the disease from her. It lay dormant long enough for him to complete his classical education and graduate from Dentistry school before symptoms began to appear.

After his diagnosis he was told he had a few months, perhaps a year, to live. He was 20 years old.

Climate was the only treatment anyone could recommend for tuberculosis in the middle of the 19th century. Seeking drier, hotter weather, Doc went west. Dying or not, he still had to make a living. Good dental hygiene, however, was not a priority for most cowboys, so Doc decided to try his hand at gambling.

Some historians have suggested that Doc deliberately put himself in harms way over the course of his life out of a desire to die a quick, if bloody, death rather than waste away as the result of his disease. Whether or not this is true, he certainly seemed to have the Devil’s luck (good or bad) protecting him. Though he was sickly, scrawny, famously quarrelsome and habitually in a state if of mortal danger, he always managed to survive.

Holliday has passed into legend as one of America’s most fearsome, steely-eyed gunslingers. But though he is credited with the killing of many men, these stories have no historical evidence. In truth, the one and only documented case of Doc killing anybody was at the infamous Gunfight at the OK Corral, when he shot Tom McLaury with a double-barrel shotgun at close range…hardly a feat the required a sharpshooter.

Of his numerous escapades with a pistol he displayed abysmal aim, probably as a result of the constant flow of whiskey he consumed to control his cough. He is said to have stabbed several men to death, but this seems unlikely given his frail health and wasted physique; he supposedly carried only about 120 pounds on his 5’10” frame when he died.

More than a decade of gambling, smoking, drinking and fighting with some of the most dangerous men in America didn’t kill Doc Holliday, but it didn’t slow the progression of his disease, either. As he deteriorated he once again sought out “better” climate.

In Victorian times (and for a long time after) consumptives were encouraged to seek high altitudes. This led Doc to the state of Colorado, the place that eventually killed him.

High altitude sickness is caused when the “thinner” air, where there is less oxygen in the atmosphere, causes the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream to decrease, causing headaches, nausea and a host of other symptoms. For someone like Holliday, who suffered from a severe and advanced lung disease that already interfered with his ability to breath, Colorado’s high altitude was torturous.

With his health worsening daily he decided to seek treatment in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a town famous for the “healing” waters of its natural hot-springs and vaporous caves.

Visiting the hot-springs was the worst possible course of action for the tubercular Holliday. Sulfur emissions from the mineral springs and geothermal steam baths at Glenwood Springs stripped the few shreds of healthy tissue from his already ravaged lungs.

After a bitter lifetime of gambling with death at the point of a blade or the barrel of a pistol, his diseased body got the better of him. After 2 racking, bedridden months in the winter of 1887 Doc Holliday’s lungs gave out and he died. Tuberculosis had been the loaded gun at his temple for almost half his life, but Colorado had finally pulled the trigger.

Nutrition for Hair Loss

Hair grows only about half of an inch every month in average which is less than the size of a dime. Your hair grows very slow, but it is up to the right nutrition to make hair grow stronger, healthier and longer. Hair is just like a human being, if you feed yourself with the right diet you will be healthier and so will your hair.

There are many supplements available, but only some of them are essential for hair’s nutrition. Most of these can be found in many supplement stores sold individually or in combination with other supplements. You can also find them in many foods like vegetables and meats. But the key to a right diet is to have a good balanced nutrition. The most recommended supplements for hair loss are Vitamin E (a-Tocopherol), Biotin, Iron, B Vitamins, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid), Inositol, Choline, Vitamin A, Grape Seed Extract and Green Tea and Saw Palmetto.

Vitamin E (a-Tocopherol)

Vitamin E is a great antioxidant that protects cell membranes from oxidation. Taking 800 IU of vitamin E daily might reverse the process of graying hair, according to a Canadian physician. Vitamin E can be found in asparagus, avocado, egg, milk, spinach and other green leafy vegetables.


Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. Biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails. Biotin is also prescribed right alongside medical hair loss treatment such as Propecia (Finasteride) or Rogaine (Minoxidil). Biotin is a major component in the natural hair growth process and it is also good for the overall health of skin and nails. Recommended daily intake (RDI) is up to 3mg. High amount of biotin can be found in egg yolk, liver, and some vegetables.


Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which causes the reduction of red blood cells that could cause hair loss in humans due to the lack of nutrients. Iron can be found in red meats, broccoli and brewer’s yeast.

B Vitamins

The B vitamins are important supplements for cell reproduction and metabolism. There are 30 B vitamins essential for general well being, but only 6 of those are greatly needed for hair growth. B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (Riboflavin), B-3 (Niacin), B-5 (Pantothenic Acid), B-7 (Biotin) and B-9 (Folic Acid) are the main B vitamins to maintain healthy skin, hair and promote cell growth and division, including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia, therefore preventing hair loss. B Vitamins can be found on supplements at any vitamin store or on unprocessed foods, particularly concentrated in meat and meat products such as liver, turkey, and tuna. Some other good sources for B vitamins are potatoes, bananas, lentils, chile peppers, tempeh, beans, nutritional yeast, brewer’s yeast, and molasses.


MSM is Methylsulfonylmethane, which is a dietary supplement for of sulfur that is found in our living tissues. MSM is required for healthy collagen and keratin which are essential for healthy hair and skin. Studies indicate that MSM produce faster growing and stronger hair and softer skin. MSM is also used to create new healthy cells. MSM carries no side effect and no overdose, making it very safe to consume.

PABA, Inositol and Choline

Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA), Inositol and Choline are members of the B complex family. These three ingredients work in conjunction to improve the quality of hair and growth as well by preventing the hair from turning gray and keeping the natural color. It is recommended to take these three essential ingredients along with the rest of the B complex vitamins. You can find PABA, Inositol and Choline in supplements or in foods such as liver, whole grain, yeast and egg yolks. Lack of these vitamins can cause eczema, a form of skin irritation.

Vitamin A

The A vitamin is essential for healthy skin, thus making hair healthier and stronger. Vitamin A (beta-carotene) acts as an antioxidant and without it can cause dry hair and rough skin. Recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A is 10,000 IU.

Grape Seed and Green Tea extract

Both of these are powerful antioxidants that help protect the skin and hair follicles from free radical damage. Grape Seed contains proanthocyanidins that help stimulate growth in the hair epithelial cells. Both of these ingredients contain polypherols which also help reduce cardiovascular disease and cancer. Polypherols are also found in berries, olive oil, cocoa, coffee, walnuts, peanuts, yerba mate, pomegranates and other fruits and vegetables.

Saw Palmetto Extract

Saw Palmetto has been known to work the same way as Propecia (Finasteride), only in a natural way by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by inhibiting the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. Saw Palmetto is also very well known as treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) by reducing the DHT count thus reducing the size of the prostate. RDI is from 160mg to 320mg.

Cancer: a Matter of “terrain”, not Genes

Genes account for at most 15% of cancers. What matters most in prevention or getting the most of treatments is not our genetic makeup but the biology we create within our body to support our natural defenses against tumor growth.

The Genetic Fallacy
Most of us live with the false belief that cancer is a genetic Russian roulette. As one in three of us will die of cancer, the odds are indeed as bad — worse actually — than those of that dreadful game. But it is NOT genetic. A large Scandinavian study of identical twins (who share exactly the same genes) found that in the majority of cases they did not share the risk for cancer. In fact, the authors concluded, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that “inherited genetic factors make a minor contribution to susceptibility to most types of [cancers]. This finding indicates that the environment has the principal role in causing common cancers.”

A New Approach to Cancer: Changing the Terrain
When it comes to treating cancer, there is no alternative to conventional treatments: surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or, soon, molecular genetics.

However, these treatments target the tumor much like an army wages war: focusing all of its efforts on destroying the cancerous cells. Yet, it’s as important to change the environment that supports the growth new cancer cells as it is to continue to pound them with targeted attacks.

We all need to learn to change the “terrain” — our biology — to make it as inhospitable as possible to cancer growth.  As much for prevention as to increase the benefits of treatments.

The new model of cancer that has emerged from the last 10 years of research moves us away from genetics and squarely into the life-style factors that we can control.

Indeed, another New England Journal of Medicine study showed that people who were adopted at birth have the cancer risk of their adoptive parents rather than that of the parents who gave them their genes. At most, genetic factors contribute 15% to our cancer risk. What matters for 85% of cancers is what we do — or do not do enough of — with our life.

Since we all carry cancer cells in us, what determines whether we do develop cancer is to a large extent the balance between factors that promote cancer, and factors that help resist cancer.

Common promoters of cancer are:

* Cigarette smoke and more than two alcoholic beverages per day
* Refined sugar and white flour
* Omega-6 fatty acids and trans-fats (corn, soybean, sunflower and safflower oils, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils)
* A variety of chemical agents present in some foods and household products (parabens, phthalates, PVCs, pesticdes and herbicides)
* Complete lack of physical activity
* Responses to stress that lead to feelings of helplessness and persistent despair rather than a sense that one can help oneself or count on the support of others

Factors that slow down the growth of cancer are:

* Several phytochemicals contained in some fruits and some vegetables, some herbs and spices.
* Omega-3 fatty acids (fatty fish, canola and flaxseed oil, flaxseeds, walnuts, some green vegetables)
* Physical activity (at least 30 minutes of walking six times a week)
* The ability to manage stress so as to avoid helplessness (emotional management through meditation or yoga or good psychotherapy) or benefiting from the support of intimate relationships, or both.

Knowing that genetics are only a minor contribution to cancer helps us realize how much is in our power to help our body be a stronger partner in nourishing life and resisting cancer.

©2008 David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD

Permanent Side Effect Linked to Levaquin

An antibiotic used to treat an array of bacterial infections among adults was approved recently by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children.

Levaquin levofloxacin is part of the fluoroquinolone group of oral medications prescribed to treat acute bacterial sinusitis, acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, noscocomial pneumonia, community-acquired pneumonia, complicated skin and skin structure infections, mild to moderate uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections, chronic bacterial prostates, urinary tract infections and acute pyelonephritis caused by Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli, which is an infection affecting the lower intestines of humans and highly associated with food poisonings in the United States. The drugLevaquin, which is manufactured by from pharmaceutical firm Ortho-McNeil, was approved in 1996, but the oral solution was introduced in 2004 and this was followed by a 750-milligrams (mg) five-day oral treatment becoming widely available in 2005, although the Levaquin is also available intravenously as well.

While Levaquin is prescribed for an array of bacterial infections, it has also been approved to treat the effects of airborne anthrax. It was also recently approved for the use by in treating children as an anti-bacterial component and as a treatment of anthrax contamination among children as well. The drug is absorbed quickly, particularly after oral consumption and is usually allotted in 500 mg to 750 mg doses.

According to manufacturers, individuals who have kidney disease, diabetes, spinal or brain cord conditions are highly recommended to avoid the drug as it could cause serious side eaffects including:

* slow absorption of in kidney disease patients

* blood level spikes and irregularities of in diabetes patients

* uncontrollable seizures among spinal and brain injury patients

Levaquin Side Effects

According to manufacturers, the most common adverse drug reactions Levaquin side effects that occurred in U.S. individuals who underwent a Levaqin clinical trial experienced insomnia and dizziness as well as diarrhea, nausea and constipation. Additionally, the list of side effects continues to grow and patients thatwith exude any of the following symptoms should stop taking the medication and seek medical assistance immediately:

* abdominal tenderness, cramping or severe pain

* confusion, hallucinations or psychosis

* diarrhea (which may be bloody)

* fever

* blisters, redness and swelling of the skin

* sensation of burning skin

* trembling or seizures

* vomiting

* easy bruising or bleeding

* jaundice

* numbness in limbs, tingling in fingers

* swelling, pain in legs/muscles

Recent studies have also suggested that individuals with preexisting conditions (previously mentioned) as well as individuals taking specific types of medicine may increase their risk of these Levaquin side effects causing severe medical trauma.

Complications may occur when use of Levaquin is combined with:

* blood thinners (warfarin/coumadin)

* cyclosporine

* insulin

* theophylline

* aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

* heart rhythm medications (Cordarone, Pacerone, etc.)

* antacids (Tums, Rolaids)

* ulcer medication (Carafate)

* didanosine (Videx)

* vitamins or supplements containing iron or zinc

Levaquin Tendon Rupture Risks

The most serious Levaquin side effect is the risk of Achilles tendonitis among current and former patients of Levaquin levofloxacin. Several studies published in accredited medical journals including the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy and Tthe Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology have all cited case studies in which individuals who have taken Levaquin have been adversely affected by levofloxacin-induced tendonopathy and tendon rupture.

According to the report from The Journal of American Board of Family Medicine, the onset of tendon ruptures among patients characteristically is abrupt in onset causing extreme sharp pains and swelling of legs when walking. The study also reports that while most of the tendonitis among Leva

quin patients occurs within the first two weeks of taking the drug., Hhowever, it can occur in patients long after the drug’s cycle has been completed.

In some patients, the Levaquin tendon ruptures occurred longer than six months after treatment administration of the drug. The study noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that in 1991, tendon rupture could be a risk of quinolone drugs.

Although it wasn’t until 1996 when the FDA issued its first “Report of adverse Events” on the fluoroquinolones. In a 10-year period, at least 200 reports of Achilles tendonitis have occurred in association with Levaquin. Additionally, a report from the United Kingdom found that levofloxacin-induced tendonitis potentially affects approximately 3.2 out of approximatly every 1,000 Levaquin patients who have taken the drug at some point.

Victims of Levaquin Risks

Individuals who have previously been exposed totaken Levaquin, whether through intravenous or oral methods, should speak with their physician to asses any potential risk. Additionally, patients may which to consult with an experienced Levaquin lawyer a pharmaceutical lawyer especially if any of the previous symptoms have occurred. Additionally, because of the severity of tendonitis and potential long-term damage done, it is important for an individual to consider seeking out compensation in the form of a Levaquin Lawsuit that may provide monetary relief from the extensive surgical and medical procedures likely associated with solving or easing the pain of tendonitis caused through a prescription of Levaquinby having taken Levaquin.

More On Anxiety Attacks – Physical And Psychological Symptoms Explained

Everybody feels fear. It is how someone reacts to their fear. We have all been axious about the things that make us fearful. Not one of us, no matter how hard we try, can get away from fear.

So when anxiety is getting experienced by a person whether it is explained or is so bad that they having an anxiety attack. This is known as a panic attack.

The attacks usually begin with a trigger like an event or an object Some can happen without any such events. This can become a phobia.

Anxiety Disorders come from a fear or phobia along with an object, social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. Should a person possess one of these disorders and suffer from numerous attacks, it is probable that they will experience emotional, psychological and physical symptoms of the illness.

Anxiety Attacks with Emotional and Psychological Symptoms

It seems that when an anxiety attack is starting erupt, people feel the emotional side before they even feel the physical part. They grow scared and begin to fear the situation they are in. Due to this fearful feeling, they cannot think of anything else but this. It also causes the person to feel restless but unable to leave the setting.

Many people will avoid the situations or the objects they know will cause the disorder and the anxiety. This can cause some problems in this person’s life especially if the person needs to do something important and the situation demands it.

Due to the avoidance, the person becomes hyper vigilant and irritable about the situations. When they think of the situations, they become nervous about other things that surround them, fearful that attack will occur again. In some severe cases, the person may be fearful that they may die, that they are going crazy and have that feeling of wanting to escape but they can’t.

Anxiety Attacks With Physical Symptoms

When the emotional and psychological symptoms emerge from anxiety disorder, it is only a matter of time before physical symptoms will manifest itself. A connection between the person’s mind and their body makes that possible. It is thought the mind believesthat there is, indeed, a fear, which sends the body into action, wanting to fight or run from the situation.

Anxiety Symptoms to Watch For

This complete uneasiness or fear to a situation may make the person’s heart to race, feeling like it is suffering a heart attack because chest pains arise and the chest feels constricted.

Like other illnesses of this magnitude, a person may experience hot flashes and even chills. Their hands could become clammy and cold as a result or even sweaty.

Other common problems that are seen in anxiety are:
* stomach problems – results in upset stomach
* queasiness
* frequent urination
* diarrhea
* body aches
* tense muscles
* headaches

Some people may have:
* tremors
* twitches
* jitters
* dizziness
* lack of sleep

From the anxiety, some people are unable to sleep and staying asleep, resulting in the lack of getting a good night’s rest. This can cause severe fatigue, resulting in problems in the person’s life.

With anxiety disorder, a person can have all the symptoms, some of the symptoms and even just a couple of the symptoms… but unless a medical professional rules out all other symptoms, it all leads to one conclusion… anxiety disorder sufferer. Until the diagnosis is made for sure, a person should seek medical attention for a complete physical work-up as well as an evaluation.

Accident Claims Helpline – Upper Body Injuries

Injuries to the upper body can include injuries to the arms, neck, chest, upper back, head, brain and the eyes.

Because your arms are used all the time, for all manner of tasks, they are one of the easier body parts to injure. Arm injuries can include broken bones as well as cuts, bruises, fractures, dislocation or burns.

Hand, wrist and finger accidents are all very common areas to injure.

The most common cause of a wrist injury is a fall. This can lead to fractures, breaks, or sprains. If you have had a fall at work, or someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim for compensation.

Eye injuries can range from minor afflictions which cause temporary discomfort to the most serious types of eye injury, causing permanent blindness.

The eyes are very sensitive and as well as loss of sight, injuries to the eye can cause large amounts of pain. Any eye injury can lead to a certain amount of impairment of vision. The most serious eye injuries may even result in the eye having to be removed. As well as the potential for an eye injury to be caused by the eye area being hit and injured by an object, injuries to the eye can include burns, cuts, scratches and irritation.

Brain injuries can range from a mild concussion or be so severe that they cause death, the side effects can include memory loss, physical disability, mental disability, fatigue, loss of concentration and brain damage.

An injury to your brain or skull could occur in any number of ways, but most often they are caused by road traffic accidents.

Serious neck injuries can have a severe impact on nerve signals from the brain to other parts of the body. As a result, neck injuries have the potential to cause numbness or even paralysis.

The most common type of neck injury is whiplash, which is an injury to the soft tissue in the neck.

Other, more serious neck injuries, such as fractures, can also show no symptoms immediately after the accident. It is important to get medical attention straight away if you have been in a car accident.

If you have injured your upper body in an accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to claim compensation. Contact Accident Claims Helpline today for your chance to claim the compensation that your deserve.

Exercise and Bone Density

Osteoporosis refers to a condition of decreased bone density.

While there are many causes ,the most common is aging. While aging is an inevitable consequence of life, osteoporosis need not have to be as well !

For prevention all it requires is regular exercise.

Exercise , apart from its obvious cardiovascular and metabolic benefits, is also proven to be a great tool in increasing bone mass. It has been proved in numerous studies without a doubt that athletes or those who engage in regular physical activity have a higher bone density. This corresponds to the muscle groups that are used the most. For eg. footballers, cyclists and gymnasts have greater densities in their hip and leg bones whereas rowers and weight lifters ostensibly have greater density in their upper limb bones.

How it works

Bones respond to stress by increasing bone formation to replace old bone– a process called remodelling which occurs throughout life. This occurs maximally during the teenage years when the balance is far more in favour of bone formation. With advancing age there is a continual struggle for ascendancy between the forces of bone loss and bone gain. The stress that induces this bone gain could from a variety of sources but typically involves the muscle that’s attached to the bone pulling on it.

Hence any type of exercise would be beneficial but more so those exercises have involve some amount of weight training and a little impact.

For obvious reasons , people already with osteoporosis are not advised high impact exercises such as aerobics , running, dancing etc. Bones which are already weak cannot handle such stress and would fracture.

A graded exercise program would benefit such people.

Weight/ Resistance training is the single most effective way to build up bone density. Apart from building muscle it also stimulates bone remodeling and higher bone density. Lifting heavy weights aside, a moderate degree of weight training is extremely beneficial. Everyone cant be a powerlifter but most people can lift small weights which challenge their muscles.

Anything that requires muscles to work against gravity is useful.

Weight bearing exercises such as walking , running, dancing, hiking or stairclimbing are of equal benefit to those who don’t like weight training. In addition there is the aerobic component to them.

Walking is the most recommended exercise and its to easy to see why. Low impact and aerobic , it is perfectly suited to those who cannot , for various reasons, take up any other form of physical activity.

Other less strenuous but equally challenging forms of exercise include yoga and pilates. While not being weight bearing these enable full stretching of muscles that does contribute to overall bone health. It might not be as effective as other forms of exercise to crank up on bone mass , but the fact is is that it contributes extensively to holistic health, and is a better alternative to nothing at all.

As always, its is imperative to talk to a doctor before beginning an exercise program , more so , if one is a beginner or already has osteoporosis.

Botox,Dermal Fillers,Chemical Peels & Non Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Non Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Procedures:


Anti-wrinkle injections otherwise commonly known as Botox® which is a neurotoxin (botulinium toxin); it is used to inject into wrinkles typically regions of the face and neck.

The volumes or quantities used to effectively treat wrinkles are not sufficient to cause systemic harm (several thousand vials). Botox® is used for non cosmetic conditions such as Hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty palms, armpits or feet), blepharospasm (twitching eyelids), migraines and cerebral palsy patients.

The injections take approximately 10-15 minutes to perform and Dr. Bobby Kumar uses ice blocks as an effective anaesthetic to minimise pain of the needle and reduce the risk of bruising.

It can be used as an adjunct to other procedures or it may be the only cosmetic procedure some patients will ever have.

Fillers (Juvederm,Restylane,Perlane)

Fillers are natural non human or animal based products called Hylauronic acid a compound found in our own body. They are used to increase the volumes of regions of the face such as the lips, and to non-surgically remove deep wrinkles particularly around the mouth and from the nose to the corner of the mouth.

An anaesthetic nerve block will be required as the injection does sting; other common adverse reactions are swelling and redness for 1-2 days and bruising.

Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion

Chemical peels utilise different chemicals to induce a peel of various depths of the skin, typically the face, chest and hands.

The recovery is dependent on the depth of the peel. The main adverse reactions are hyper or hypo pigmentation, scarring and infection.

Fine lines, uneven pigmentation, blemishes and other problems can make us look older than we are. Chemical peel addresses these problems by removing the outer layer of skin and revealing the younger looking skin below.

Chemical peels may be done with trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Jessner’s solution or alphahydroxy acids (AHAs). The precise formula used is tailored to your individual needs.

  • Alphahydroxy acids, including glycolic, lactic and fruit acid, produce light peels and may be used to treat fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. They improve the texture of the skin and, because they are mild, do not require a period of recovery after their use. To provide the best results, customized

concentrations of AHA are applied at weekly (or sometimes longer) intervals. Alphahydroxy acids can also

be combined with skin care and used daily to improve skin texture.

  • Trichloroacetic acid peels are stronger and produce a medium depth peel. They may cause swelling, and a crust or scab forms on the treated area. Recovery from a TCA peel typically takes a week to 10 days.

Dermabrasion also is used as a resurfacing tool and it is particularly useful for scarred skin such as in acne scars or to help smooth trauma or surgical scars.

by Dr. Bobby Arun Kumar Cosmetic & Restorative Surgeon

for more information visit Bare Aesthetics Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

Primary Headache – Hemispheric Migraine Headaches – Symptoms, Causes and Types

I. Hemispheric Migraine Headaches
Hemispheric Migraine headache is defined as a severe and rare condition of of migraine with aura. Headache pain of a migraine may precede with temporary chemical imbalances, as the levels of the serotonin, dopamine or norepinephrine in the brain have become too low or too high, affecting transmit messages. Hemispheric Migraine headache occurs 5 to 90 minutes before the onset of the headache, but sometime through the duration of the headache.

II. Symptoms (2)
1. Impaired vision
2. Loss of motor control 
3. Speech, language and hearing difficulty
4. Paralysis or numbness on one side of the body
5. Flashing lights
6. Diminished vision
7. Impairment of consciousness and fever (1)
8. Motor weakness, coma, fever and seizures
9. Intellectual deficiency
10. Etc.
III. Causes
Causes of Hemispheric Migraine Headaches is the result of Gene mutations due to
 gene mutation in heredity that lead to the development of Hemispheric Migraine Headaches, including the CACNA1A, ATP1A2 and SCN1A genes (6) and other causes of Sporadic hemiplegic migraine,such as diseases.

IV. Types of Hemispheric Migraine Headaches
A. Familial
of which with the above but includes involvement of  the family history of the diseases as the result of gene nutation, familial hemispheric migraine headache is classified into 3 different types, CACNA1A (FHM1) gene, the ATP1A2 (FHM2) and the SCN1A (FHM3), depending to the specific gene mutation.
Type I: Familial hemiplegic migraine type 1 CACNA1A (FHM1)
Familial hemiplegic migraine type 1 is defined as a condition of mutation of gene CACNA1A of that affects the Voltage-dependent calcium channels mediate the entry of calcium ions into excitable cells, and their functions in regulating muscle contraction, hormone or neurotransmitter release, etc. CACNA1A mutations can give significant symptoms other than (hemiplegic) migraine as reason for presentation.
Familial hemiplegic migraine type 1 is accounted approximately half of  hemiplegic migraine of all cases. There are evidences that the risk is up to 90% of a loss of motor control presented with patient of Familial hemiplegic migraine type 1 as the result of the death of cells in the cerebellum.

Type II: Familial hemiplegic migraine type 2 ATP1A2 (FHM2)
Familial hemiplegic migraine type 2 (FHM2) is defined as a condition of an autosomal dominant form of migraine with aura as a result of mutations of the α2-subunit of the Na,K-ATPase, an isoform almost exclusively expressed in astrocytes in the adult brain. There are report that FHM2 and FHM1 mutations share the cortical spreading depression as a key migraine trigger(7)

Type III: Familial hemiplegic migraine type 3 SCN1A (FHM3)
The SCN1A gene is located on chromosome (2q24) and codes for a sodium channel protein type 1 and considered a high resistant molecule when compared to FHM1 and FHM2because of it is associated with
recurrent seizures. According to “Familial hemiplegic Migraine Type 3, FHM3 – SCN1A” (8), SCN1A mutations follow an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance with incomplete penetrance. New mutations are possible. Others show that if one parent is affected, their children will have a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting the condition.

B. Sporadic
of which with above symptoms and same types of gene mutation but no family history of the diseases, according to “Sporadic hemiplegic migraine and epilepsy associated with CACNA1A gene mutation” (9), there is evidence that sporadic case of FHM1 linked to S218L CACNA1A gene mutation with the triad of prolonged hemiplegic migraine, cerebellar symptoms, and epileptic seizures. Sporadic cases are more difficult to diagnose and often require several investigations to rule out more ominous possibilities(10)

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Are You Overtraining Your Abs?

Most bodybuilders are striving for the much-coveted “six-pack” ab look.  As a result, they devote extra attention to training their abdominal area.  However, in their zeal to attain the six-pack look, some bodybuilders overtrain their abdominal muscles.  

Bodybuilders can overtrain their ab muscles just as they can their other bodypart muscles.  A muscle becomes overtrained when its nervous system, muscle fibers, hormone systems metabolic systems are overstressed to the state where they do not function at optimum levels.  When overtraining occurs, muscle growth stops. 

Overtraining increases the release of Cortisol, a catabolic hormone, and decreases the release of Testosterone and HGH, both anabolic hormones.  Continued overtraining of the muscle can result in a reduction in strength, energy and muscle size. 

One or more of the following symptoms will occur if you’re overtraining your abs: 

1. Your abs are always sore.

2. You have difficulty increasing repetitions and/or adding resistance

3. It’s more difficult to complete your previous numbers of exercises, sets, and repetitions. 

Your abdominal muscles can become overtrained by one or more of the following causes: 

1. Training the abdominals every day

2. Insufficient rest and recovery between abdominal workouts

3. Training to “total failure” on too many sets and exercises

4. Performing too many abdominal exercises, sets, and repetitions 

To prevent the overtraining of your abs you need to understand how to train them properly.  The abdominal muscles are no different from your other bodypart muscles.    Therefore, the abdominal muscles should be trained in the same manner as the other bodypart muscles, using the following abdominal workout guidelines: 

1. Schedule 2-3 ab workouts per week with at least one day of rest between workouts.

2. Employ on 2-3 exercises per workout, using 2-4 sets per exercise.

3. Train within the 8-20 repetition range. 

4. Train to “near-failure” and avoid taking each set to “total failure”.

5. Only add extra resistance if strict form and proper technique is maintained. 

Don’t fall victim to the “hype” and “misconceptions” that linger about abdominal training.  Use the same workout guidelines for your ab training as you would for other bodypart muscles.  Follow the five guidelines above, “listen to your body” and make appropriate corrections in your abdominal training.  If you do that, then your risk of overtraining your abdominal muscles will be greatly reduced. 

Defective Hernia Patch Side Effects Unzipped

People suffering from hernia may ask themselves if Kugel mesh materials are highly efficient and they can contribute to the definitive cure of this disease. The answer can be positive as long as the surgeon knows the advantages and the disadvantages of their use and if he or she can spot the materialistic offers of companies that are too willing to promote their products in the detriment of their quality. Kugel mesh patches are reliable, but there can also be defective hernia patch side effects in the surgery of inguinal femoral hernias. Some scientists classify defective hernia side effects in obvious, disputable, and possible.

A study has been conducted in order to evaluate the extent of defective hernia patch side effects in the case of patients suffering from complex hernia. From May 1999 to June 2004 in a hospital in the USA 7 patients suffering from severe hernia complications were hospitalized and operated. These defective hernia patch side effects were consequences of the prosthetic or non-prosthetic treatment of complex inguinal hernias or of hernias whose risk of recurrence was high. These patients belong to a group of 272 people suffering from complex hernia, from January 1995 – December 2004. The patients whose defective hernia patch side effects were severe were 2.57% of the total number of hernia sick people.

There were more defective hernia patch side effects developed because of the surgical treatment. Firstly, there was a severe infection of the prosthetic material. Secondly, there was a chronic debilitating inguinal pain. On a visual analogical scale, the patients associated the pain intensity with 4 if they were still and 7 if they made an effort.

The clinical expertise proved that the right inguinal area had a normal aspect, with supple post operatory scar. On palpating, a painful area was spotted in the medial region of the inguinal channel. If the inguinal area of the patient had been palpated while he or she was lying down, the pain might become more intense. Radiography of the spinal column had been taken, without noticing changes of the lumbar column.

A neurological exam had not led to specific lesions in that area. The peripheral obstruction with Xilinx 1% of the iliac hypo gastric nerves and iliac inguinal ones had not improved the clinical symptoms. The patient was offered specific medication for 5 days when he was taken a tomography of the inguinal area. It highlighted the rough contraction of the prosthesis like a cap that caused mechanical pressure on the nerves in the inguinal area.

The conclusion of this study is that defective hernia patch side effects can be the infection of the prosthesis, the transmigration through a hollow viscera (esophagus, thin or thick intestine, urinary bladder). Another side effect is the adherence to vascular structures that can be worn out through external compression, or neuralgias. Furthermore, disputable defective hernia patch side effects are related to the contraction of the prosthesis, to its structural alterations and the immobility of the abdominal wall. Finally, a probable side effect is the carcinogenesis.

Austin Orthopedic Surgery: Your Options

In Austin, orthopedic surgery is the best option for severe bone- and joint-related problems. With technological advancements in the medical field, orthopedic doctors can carry out effective surgical procedures to help you get rid of discomfort permanently. In Austin, orthopedic surgery uses a number of procedures to treat your condition, whether you are suffering from hand and wrist ailments, back and neck ailments or hip and knee problems.

Austin Orthopedic Surgery: Dealing with Upper Body Ailments

Here are some of the common upper body orthopedic ailments and surgery procedures for their treatment.

Hand, Wrist and Elbow: Orthopedic surgical procedures can help treat a number of hand and wrist conditions, such as flexor tendon injuries, finger conditions like trigger finger, swan neck and bouttoniere, hand dislocations, ganglion cysts, wrist fracture, carpal tunnel syndrome and radial tunnel syndrome. Elbow conditions, such as cubital tunnel syndrome, pitcher’s elbow and tennis elbow, can also be effectively treated through orthopedic surgery. Some of the common surgical procedures for hand, wrist and elbow conditions include arthroscopy, open release carpal tunnel surgery, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and joint replacement.

Neck and Back: Neck and back ailments include degenerative joint disease, coccydynia or tail bone pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, stress fracture, slipped vertebrae and facet joint syndrome. Some of the non operative procedures for neck and back pain treatment include epidural injections, lumbar radio frequency neurotomy and costovertebral block, while some of the surgical procedures include spinal lumbar fusion, lumbar disectomy, laminectomy and anterior cervical disectomy and fusion (ACDF).

Shoulder: Conditions of the shoulder, such as bicep tendon tear, rotator cuff tear, shoulder dislocation, shoulder separation, shoulder impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder and SLAP tear, can be effectively treated in Austin with orthopedic surgery procedures. Some of the treatment procedures are rotator cuff tear repair, arthroscopy, shoulder impingement syndrome repair, reverse shoulder replacement and total shoulder replacement.

Austin Orthopedic Surgery: Lower Body Ailments and Treatment

Here are some of the orthopedic surgery procedures for lower body orthopedic problems.

Hip and Knee: Austin orthopedic surgery procedures can help treat conditions of the hip and knee, such as hip fracture, meniscus tear, knee ligament tear, patellofemoral syndrome, hamstring muscle injuries and snapping hip. Effective treatment procedures include direct anterior hip surgery, minimally invasive hip replacement, hip fracture open reduction internal fixation and total hip replacement.

Ankle and Foot: Conditions of the foot and ankle, such as Achilles tendon tear, bunionette, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, LisFranc dislocation, and a number of other conditions can be successfully treated with surgical procedures, such as arthroscopy and joint replacement procedures.

Side Effects of Taking Weight Gain Pills

There are lots of advertisements that you can find in the market and on the Internet about weight gain pills. You can find thousands of products claiming the best result for gaining weight. However, it is very important to check things in the right perspective before jumping in.

The Purpose

It is said that weight gain pills can help you gain weight fast. However how does a pill help you to gain muscle and add calories to your body? That is an amazing question that has bewildered many of the real role of weight gain pills in the reaction of the body.

Appetizers. In order for your body to gain calories, it is important to eat much food. These pills are added with appetizers that can help boost your craving for foods. With the aid of the appetite boosters, your body will want to eat more foods and accumulate more fats.

Body Booster. The promise of these pills is to help your muscles gain more tissues. Muscle boosters are added to these weight gain pills. With the aid of the pills, your body will have the best way to gain muscle fibers and put on weight in the process.

Metabolism. These pills also promise to aid the metabolism of the body. The person with an abnormal, fast working metabolic processes will surely help in losing weight fast. However, for weight gain, it is important for the body to have the best slow metabolism that can greatly accumulate fats and stored energy.

The Real Score of Weight Gain Pills

What does this pills contain? Most of the pills do contain only vitamins and minerals. They do not actually contain the promising muscle enhancer. Yes, gain pills are overpriced repackaged vitamins and minerals with lower results that its label.

The appetizer that is promised in the pills is not true. It is purely a myth. With the help of the vitamins and minerals, your digestive system will process raw foods into energy faster and let you crave for another cut of calorie. Yes, the secret lies in the digestion and vitamins like C, can greatly help in enhancing digestion process.

Moreover, there is no real muscle booster that can be found in weight gain pills. It must be understood that muscles will not grow big if you will not work on it. It is important to engage oneself into exercises which are focused on muscle growth. The bad thing? The person thinks more that he can grow his muscles with the aid of the pill that he will depend on it rather than work out his body.

With lots and lots of pills for gaining weight that are in the market, it is important to check labels. It is better for you to buy vitamins and minerals for your body rather than depending on the weight gain pills’ placebo promises. Working out your muscles can greatly help in growing your body and gain weight in the process.

Vitamin D, Pregnancy, and Gestational Diabetes!

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a variant of Type 2 diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy and between the twenty-fourth and twenty-eighth week. It’s extremely important for expectant mothers to keep their blood sugar levels under control, because uncontrolled blood sugars usually result in the delivery of very large babies, up to 20 pounds (9 kilos). When gestational diabetes is not taken care of, serious harm to mother and child alike is likely, and a difficult delivery is assured. Vitamin D, however, may be one of the safest and most effective remedies for gestational blood sugar problems, as useful as metformin and insulin.

Normalize Blood Sugar Levels Before Conception:

The right time for expectant mothers to get their vitamin D levels up to normal is before they ever conceive. In women who have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), vitamin D can be part of the treatment, along with gentle weight loss of as little as 2 to 5 pounds (1 to 2.3 kilos). This normalizes the blood sugar levels and increases the ratio of estrogen to testosterone that enables ovulation and conception.

Vitamin D After Conception:

Once women become pregnant, vitamin D is important for helping the beta cells of the pancreas keep up with insulin demand. It helps the parathyroid glands make calcitonin, the hormone that moves calcium into the tissues where it needs to go. Calcitonin triggers the release of insulin from the tiny ‘packets’ in which is it stored in the pancreas, keeping up with the greater demand for insulin by mother and developing child.

Vitamin D also plays a role in preventing a potentially deadly condition in late pregnancy known as pre-eclampsia. Along with getting enough calcium and magnesium from foods and supplements, getting enough of the sunshine vitamin reduces the risk of the severely high blood pressure that can come during the third trimester.

The best and safest way to get the sunshine vitamin is to spend time in the sun. Thirty minutes of sun exposure to unprotected face, hands, and forearms every day is enough to enable the skin to make 10,000 IU of the vitamin; although skin that is covered with sun block cannot make D. Women with darker skin need to spend more time in the sun, and all women who cannot spend time in the sunshine need to take about 5,000 IU of supplemental D a day, as the doctor directs.

Getting enough of this nutrient also reduces the risk of bacterial vaginosis and having to have Caesarian section.