NSAIDs Can Slow Healing Of Certain Musculoskeletal Injuries

Over-the-counter pain medications have become a regular part of our lives. Few people think twice about popping a pill to tie the pain of a head or strained muscle. Many take medication while recovering from a severe muscle, ligament, tendon or bone injury. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), both over-the-counter and prescribed, are one of the most common and accepted forms of medication used to relieve musculoskeletal pain and inflammation. Examples of this type of drug are aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.

Awareness of the dangers of prolonged NSAID use has increased in recent years, but the potential risks of more short-term use have not received much attention. NSAIDs may lend pain by reducing inflammation, but this same action may slow the healing process of a variety of injuries.

Inflammation and NSAID Action

Inflammation is part of the immune system's response to injury. When an injury or threat is detected by the immune system, it sends a rush of inflammatory fluids and white blood cells to the area to: 1) isolate the threat by blocking the injured area off from the rest of the body and 2) facilitating healing and tissue regeneration.

While inflammation serves a necessary purpose, it is painful and unpleasant. Sometimes, the immune system overreacts and causes an excess of inflammation in an injured area. If the infection is not controlled through other means, then tissue damage can occur. Controlling pollution is a difficult science; While NSAIDs can help to regulate over-infection, they can also reduce an already-weak response.

NSAIDs indirectly interfere with the production of inflammation in the body. The inflammatory response is caused in part by a substance called prostaglandin. Prostaglandins are produced by the enzymes Cox-1 and Cox-2, which NSAIDs block.

Inhibition of Healing

Reducing the amount of prostaglandins in the body has other effects besides the reduction of inflammation. These substances also play in a role in bone reformation. This means that taking NSAIDs to treat pain from a bone fraction can significantly delay healing and lead to failed fusion or setting of the bone.

NSAIDS have also shown to interfere with the healing process of soft tissues, especially ligaments and tendons. Ligaments connect bones together, and tendons connect muscles to bones. Both of these types of connective tissue receive very little blood supply; these accounts for the slow healing of tendon and ligament injuries. Fresh blood is needed to deliver healing substances to injured tissues in order to facilitate regrowth. Tendons and ligaments are not capable of significant inflammation due to their limited blood supply. When NSAIDs are taken to further reduce infection, the healing process is delayed if not destroyed.

Normally, infection is followed by fibroblast proliferation to injured areas. Fibroblast cells synthesize collagen, a key component of ligaments and tendons. If one phase of the natural healing process is halted, the next phase will not occur. This means that reducing inflammation can cause fibroblast deficiency.

In 1993, Dr. Louis Almekinders studied the recovery progress of patients with tendon overuse injuries. One group was treated with NSAIDs, one with a combination of NSAIDs and exercise, one with only exercise, and one went without treatment. The group that took NSAIDs alone had no fibroblast synthesis. The group treated with exercise and NSAIDs showed little synthesis, and the group treated with exercise alone was the only group that showed increased fibroblast synthesis compared to the control group. An abstract of the study can be viewed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7726341 .

For normal, minor muscle strains, NSAIDs can treat pain without disabling the healing process, which generally takes 2-3 days. This is because muscles receive a large amount of blood and tend to over-inflame, leading to unnecessary pain. Any prolonged injury, especially to ligaments, tendons or bones, should not be treated early on with NSAIDs. The disadvantages of delayed healing outweigh the advantage of pain relief.

It is important to be informed about your treatment. If you suffer a musculoskeletal injury that takes more than a week to heal, NSAIDs should not be part of your early recovery as they interfere with your body's healing abilities.

Mild Cerebral Palsy – One of the Many Forms of Cerebral Palsy

Mild cerebral palsy is often difficult to detect, so early treatment is not given. When detected at early stage, corrective treatment can be applied and may help the patient very much.

A child with a mild form of this disability may have trouble lifting a large object with the right hand but may have no difficulty on writing with a chalk or a pen. This means, that it affects only the physical ability of the child, but not the intelligence.

When the child sees normal in every way, it is more difficult to diagnose with limited physical coordination. A normal child will be able to perform in the gym class without trouble, but a child with this cerebral palsy may be less coordinated. This will give the child so much frustration even though having excellent record on other areas like being on top of the class.

This is just one of the many forms of cerebral palsy, a condition of the nervous system that affects coordination of muscle and over-all body movement. Unlike the Down syndrome, it has many possible causes. It is caused by brain injury sustained during pregnancy, or during and after childbirth.

When a mother had a particularly difficult pregnancy and / or child delivery, the child may have incurred brain damage and must always be observed for symptoms like difficulties on use of one or more limbs.

Children with cerebral palsy that is mild and have normal learning abilities may be disqualified for financial assistance provided to more different forms.

Want to Get Rid of Sleep Paralysis? Read This Now

If you do not get rid of sleep paralysis you will suffer in the long run. These episodes leave you tired and emotionally drained and if not corrected will lead to more episodes. This condition normally occurs when a person is under tension and their stress levels are high. Stress and tension can be avoided by exercising frequently and not too close to sleep times.

Maintaining a regular sleeping pattern will also help. The idea is to get the body used to sleeping and waking up at particular times only. A random sleeping pattern will no doubt contribute to this condition because the brain is used to waking up at anytime. Sometimes even the position that you sleep in can have an effect. Some circles do not recommend sleeping on your back.

Some people believe that sleeping with lights on or having the TV or radio on helps. Yet these are the same things that will interfere with your sleep. The brain can not ignore the stimuli produced by these things and at some point in your sleep they might trigger of a reaction. If you want to get rid of sleep paralysis a nice dark quiet room is what I recommend. Do note I said dark and not pitch black.

Other people have tried things like meditation and yoga or seeing a therapist. These alternatives do work because they focus on you having a clear mind. They try and get you in a relaxed mood. Which is what I said earlier avoid stress and get rid of tension.

If you want to get rid of sleep paralysis just try avoiding things that will interrupt your normal sleep pattern. There are some in depth, comprehensive and well looked into ideas available on this subject. Just make sure you know all there is to know.

The Non Surgical Hernia – A New Kind of Hernia Support & Truss

Anthony's Story

Aged 60, Anthony, who was working as a mowing contractor, decided in March 2008 that it was time to get fit again. He renewed his gym subscription and started back on weights. Shortly after trying to bench 220 lbs (100 kg) for the first time in 15 years, he developed a pain in his right groin, which was diagnosed as an inguinal hernia. Anthony's doctor booked him in for hernia repair surgery, which was to be carried out in September.

While awaiting surgery, Anthony consulted a homeopath and osteopath. The osteopath gave Anthony simple exercises for strengthening his transverse abdominal muscles.

Anthony stopped all other forms of exercise ,ave up his mowing job, and avoided stretching and lifting anything heavier than 4-6 lbs for about three months. He ordered a hernia support garment as this had a guarantee to keep the hernia in during all activities.

When the hernia first appeared, it would pop out 10 times a day, just from walking around or standing in the shower. This stopped when Anthony started wearing the hernia support. In May it emerged again when he tried doing some push-ups without wearing the hernia support, so he went back to wearing it for a couple of hours a day.

By June the hernia appeared to be under control, and Anthony felt confident enough to start doing some mild aerobic exercises and strength training at home. He also began doing some work on his tractor which involved a certain amount of training. When doing these activities Anthony was his hernia support, which he found to have a feeling of security and took much of the tentativeness out of his daily activities.

By September the hernia had improved so much that Anthony postponed the surgery for three months. To check that the hernia really had gone, he went for an ultrasound examination. This showed that nothing remained but a small enlargement of the deep end of the inguinal canal. The doctor asked him to strain as hard as he could; this forced just a small amount of fat into the deep end, but no bowel, and there was no protrusion.

Roy's Story

Roy, aged 58 in 2005, was working as a window-cleaner and was also an Ironman athlete. The Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon run. This grueling event requires months of intensive training and an extra degree of fitness.

Roy had taken part in ten Ironman Triathlons, but sadly could do no more, as he had developed a small inguinal hernia. Roy knew two people who were still suffering complications years after hernia surgery, so he had decided against the operation.

However in January 2006 Roy met Craig, who had cured his own hernia by means of diet, herbs, Pilates exercises and also wearing a hernia support garment. Roy was keen to see if he could replicate Craig's success, so in the middle of January he started to attend Pilates classes with Craig, and began wearing the hernia support.

Roy kept a diary to monitor his progress. After a month he reported that he was feeling fitter, healthier and more toned around the lower abdomen and pelvic area. He decided to run the Dover half marathon on 19th February, and completed it in 1 hour 35 minutes – his best time for several years. Roy felt so encouraged that he was keen to start training for another Ironman Triathlon.

Swimming forms part of the Ironman program, but Roy's hernia had up till now caused discomfort during swimming – a feeling of a "pull" in the groin area. Towards the end of February he felt confident enough to swim a fairly hard 2,000 meters, while wearing his hernia support. He was amazed to find that there was no discomfort at all.

So in March, Roy began a grueling 16-week training schedule in preparation for the Quelle Challenge Triathlon which was to take place on 2nd July 2006. He had to build up to 15-20 hours training per week. As Roy was approaching 60 years of age and had not done an Ironman for two years, he was not sure he would have been able to do this training without aggravating his hernia, but he was very upset about it, as the bulge was no longer appearing. To be on the safe side he kept up his Pilates exercises and wearing his hernia support.

The Ironman is the largest mass participation triathlon on the planet: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. When the day arrived Roy began at 7.20am. Here is his report:

"The swim was comfortable, but slow. Had a good bike, taking it easy ready for the marathon Ran 4,456 meters. Total time: 13hr 2 mins. Placed 1,656 out of some 4,000 starters, 26th in my age group. t think I would have been able to put in the training successfully without the help of my Pilates exercises and wearing my hernia support (although it was not practical to wear it on race day). previous ten Ironmen and seemed to suffer no ill effects. "

In September 2008 Roy reported that he had not worn his hernia support for some time, was still very active, and had no trace of a hernia. He considers himself fully healed.

A Question-Mark Over Surgery

Researchers in the US, UK, Sweden and other countries have measured the rate of long-term complications after hernia repair surgery. It's not good news. For instance Loos and collections in the Netherlands found that of 1,766 men followed-up for three years by questionnaire, 40.2 per cent were still suffering some degree of pain, and 1.9 per cent experienced severe pain. One-fifth of the patients felt that their work or leisure activities were impaired.

Some surgeons are very concerned that patients are being routinely sent for this surgery even though their hernia may be quite small and painless. The policy of early surgery is intended to prevent a hernia from progressing and avoid the risk of it becoming "strangulated" – an emergency situation. But it has now been shown that strangulation is not very common. Many surgeons now follow a policy of "Watchful Waiting" (monitoring) a hernia instead of offering immediate surgery. In the UK elective hernia repair surgery has been reclassified as "low priority" by a growing number of regional health policy-makers.

Non-Surgical Alternatives

What do men like Anthony and Roy who have healed their own inguinal hernias have in common? On websites devoted to non-surgical alternatives the most frequently successful alternative system seems to be a program of exercises such as Pilates to strengthen the abdominal area. Next in importance comes the wearing of a hernia support garment to keep the hernia "in". This is crucial. If the hernia is allowed to remain protruding, it will prevent the gap in the abdominal wall from healing up.

Nowadays most doctors and surgeons do not prescribe trusses, and some positively discourage them. Even today some trusses use metal springs to apply pressure to the hernia, via a pad which can be quite hard, and which presses into the hernia. This protrusion can cause scar tissue to form around the hernia's edges, which results in them from knitting together and healing. In order to keep the hernia in, the pad needs to remain in contact with it at all times, and during all activities. Most trusses can not follow body movement and so fail to do this.

A hernia support should fit well, be comfortable, keep the hernia at all times, and be free of springs or pads that bulge inwards. It should have a guarantee to hold a groin hernia in, even during sport and heavy manual labor, and should have a money-back guarantee. Also watch out for hernia supports with metal components as these can set off alarms in airports. The best type of hernia support consists of an elastic belt with rigid flat pads that slide together in such a way that the hernia area is supported at all times.

To cure your own inguinal hernia is not such a new idea. After all, A famous 19th century German clinic known as the Bilz Clinic, considered that hernia cures were commonplace, and recommended simple exercises, mineral baths and the conscientious wearing of a hernia truss or support until the hernia was cured.

About Osteopathy

The most common question that inevitably gets asked by all those who are considering going to an Osteopath for help, is what is the difference between us and Chiropractors? I tend to answer that our objectives are the same in terms of the desire to restore the patient to the status quo that they were enjoying prior to them coming to seek our help. However, how we go about achieving this is where we differ.

For those choosing between us it is a matter of personal preference. As they say, there are a number of ways of skinning a rat. Nowadays, there are a number of therapies which for some people can achieve what Osteopaths and Chiropractors do. Ultimately, it is a question of what works for you.

Not long after qualifying at the beginning of the '80s, a rather surly voiced caller asked very pointedly, was I a Bonesetter?

Before there were Osteopaths, Chiropractors or Physiotherapists, there were bonesetters. Getting down to the nitty gritty, when it comes to problems to do the back, the vast majority of treatments involve some form of manipulation of the vertebrae making up the spinal column.

Manipulation as well as the treatment of fractures goes back to way beyond the time of Christ, and was being carried out in many countries. In particular, there is an ancient Egyptian medical text, known as the Edwin Smith Papyrus, in which dislocation and fractures are mentioned. It dates back to 1552 BC, so that is a good 3000 years plus!

More recently back in the 18th century, in Great Britain, there was a famous bonesetter, Sally Mapp, known as "Crazy Sally", whose father taught her to successfully treat all manner of dislocations and fractures.

I watched a documentary recently that showed a Chinese practitioner of martial arts leaning to one of his students who had suffered a bad fall, and carried out a manipulation identical to that of a technique that I was taught. Bonesetters in China are known as Dit-Da. It literally translates as "to hit" and "to fall". In broader terms it relates to the body of knowledge which involves non-invasive and external treatments.

Osteopathy, not unlike Dit-Da, is non-invasive and most definitely external in its application. We do not deal with fractured or broken bones which is something that Bonesetters did. Mercifully, this is where the orthopedic branch of medicine comes to the rescue.

My Beginner's Guide to E-Product Development

Introduction
The internet is an elephant, so to speak. So how do you eat an elephant? One would say one piece at a time. Every internet guru has his own views about how to succeed in the internet or online, but like any other thing in life, there is no one perfect way, or one size fits all. Some say content is king. Some say begin with a list. Some say begin with 100% automation. Content, list, and automation all matter, but what about the person that is just beginning and does not know his left from his right? I believe a beginner should start with a product to prove his credibility and from there move on to building a list while at the same time graduating working towards automating his website to work on autopilot.

A Caveat about Starting With a Product
Having said that it's better to start with a product, I believe it's appropriate to throw in this qualification by saying that at the highest levels, you can actually sell a product you have not yet developed to your list or followers, but as a beginner, you may not be able to employ that strategy. At its most basic, it involves telling your followers that you have a product that is coming out in say 90 days or 180 days time and any one among them that buys in advance would get it at 30 or 20 percent discount. Some may decide to buy and you can then use the cash to develop the product. This strategy is for already well known "brands" like Peter Diamandis, Brendon Burchard, Tim Ferriss and Tony Robbins to mention just four.

How to Develop Your First Product
This presentation focuses on how you can develop your first product. The truth is, in internet business, you do not have to wait until you have a perfect product. Just begin and continue improving along the way. If you compare cars or any product for that matter made in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and 2000s, you notice that they keep getting better in terms of design, sleekness, and performance, to mention just three aspects. That should be your aim. Start, and keep improving day in and day out.

In this presentation, the focus is entirely on electronic products (eProducts), not the selling of physical products online, which is referred to as e-commerce. I'm assuming that you're already an expert operating in six dimensions as an author, trainer, speaker, coach, consultant, seminar leader and now gunning for the seventh dimension, information marketing. If you do not consider yourself an expert, do not worry too much, we'll come back to that and the scales will fall off from your eyes. Even if you're not operating in any of the dimensions yet, say you're just an employee, do not worry, this presentation will open your eyes to the possibilities ahead. The author of the book Instant Income, Janet Switzer, listed over 52 eProducts one can develop in her Maverick Program but we'll limit ourselves to just the simplest products as this is a beginner's program.

Understanding or knowing which products to develop, the demand for those products and how to position your products are beyond the scope of this presentation. Also marketing, selling and launching your product are outside the scope of this presentation. Having covered those preliminaries, let's dive in on your product development journey.

Products Suitable For E-Copies
The main products that you can easily convert to e-format are:
• Books
• Music
• Courses (seminars) – these are generally referred to as "How to Products."
• Speeches
• Research findings

The Top 7 Most Lucrative "How to Products" Areas In the Expert Industry

According to Brendon Burchard, in his book The Expert Messenger, the seven most lucrative how to product areas are:

1. Motivation Advice
2. Leadership Advice
3. Financial Advice
4. Business Advice
5. Marketing Advice
6. Relationship Advice
7. Spiritual Advice

E-Product Formats
The main formats are:
• PDF
• E-pub
• Mobi
• Audio (MP3)
• Videos (MP4)

Sites For Uploading Your E-Products
Having made or created your product, the next thing to do is to launch. You can launch your products through a combination of channels, including:
• Your website
• Third-party websites
• YouTube
• Vimeo
• Stitcher
• iTunes
• SoundCloud
• Baby CD
• To your List through an e-marketing platform, example, Mailchimp.

The Various Product Formats In Detail
Let us now take the product formats one at a time in slightly more detail.

PDF (Portable Document Format)
One of the easiest ways to join the online business as an expert is to start with training course, workshop, seminar or a book. Your book in particular can and will open doors especially if you can write a New York Times best seller. For a beginner, that might be far-fetched so let's just begin with a good book or a well thought out course. Having done your book or course (this applies too to seminars and workshops), you save in word or PowerPoint and convert it to PDF. PDF (portable document format) is a special format developed by Adobe and can be bought online or better still buy the CD and install in your laptop. Once converted to PDF, no one can add or tinker with your product and you can upload it to your website and start selling. Sounds so simple? Yes! Technology simplifies things. Anybody with a laptop or smart-phone can buy your product and start enjoying it right away. Most new generation laptops and smart-phones have PDF reader pre-installed or you can simply download an app that enables you to read the PDF document.

E-Pub
E-Pub (ePub) is short for electronic publication and is an eBook file format that the majority of devices, including iPad, android smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers can read. To convert your book to e-Pub requires a special software, which an average business center can help you achieve. If you can not get a business center near you to convert your book to epub, you can do it online through a company by the name Allzone.

Mobi
Mobi is especially specific to Amazon Kindle as that is the only format that Kindle uses. Starting in 2011, some analysts projected that within five years there would be over 53million Kindles worldwide so if you want one of the Kindle users to buy your book, you have no choice but to have it in Mobi format. But there is good news. Amazon does not even require you to convert your book into Mobi before uploading to Amazon. You can upload to Amazon in Word format and Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) will automatically convert it to Mobi for you.

MP4 and MP3
Just a few years ago we were using what was then known as CD (compact disc) before the mp3 format, which is an audio coding format for digital audio, was introduced. The mp3 (or MP3) format can store impressive amounts of sound so you do not need hundreds of CDs as before. Your finished work can be converted to mp3 very easily to be listened to using digital devices including smartphones, iPads and laptops. Do not worry about how to do this as an average sound or video editor would handle the technical aspects and help you uploaded your product to Stitcher, SoundCloud or CD Baby. Editing is not very expensive and goes for as low as $ 5 for a one hour episode depending on the editor and the fee keeps coming down as more and more people master the art of video editing.

Videos
Videos are what make the internet tick. Video engagements more than any other medium so it's a must you learn how to do video. And the good news is that it's not as complex as you may imagine. You do not even need any technical skills. Direct-to-camera video is the one you make with an ordinary camera or camcorder. Camera comes highly recommended compared to camcorder not only because cameras are generally smaller in size and cheaper, but because they develop less heat compared to camcorders. Initially, you may have to rent the camera but with time, you may decide to acquire your own. The most popular camera type is Canon, but you can also make videos with your smart phone however there is a slight drawback as you may not be able to edit or get audio or MP3 out of a smart phone so having a camera has advantages.

The other type of video is the one you make with a software. For Windows computer, you use a software called Camtasia and for Apple computers, you use what is called screenflow. You have to pre-install camtasia (or screenflow if you're using Mac) in your computer to begin with. Let's focus on Windows computers since that is the one I use. Having installed camtasia in your computer, the other processes are pretty straight forward. You first prepare your presentation in PowerPoint. When your slides are ready, you put on the earphone and plug in the voice converter or adapter and switch on camtasia. Once camtasia is on, you start speaking and as you finish with one slide, you move to the next one until your presentation is over. Once your presentation is done, you save what you have done for editing and viola your video is ready and you can upload it to your website, YouTube or Vimeo. Editing is not very expensive and it's not something to worry about as an average business center can handle it for you.

There is yet a third way of producing videos. This is different from camtasia video we just described above. In this case, there are actually companies that specialize in helping you make videos by providing you with prepared templates. One of them, which I use, is a company called Animoto. What you do is you sign on to Animoto and they give you the architecture to do a video complete with background music. You simply register with the company and once you log-in you just follow the straightforward instructions for preparing a video.

Animoto has free and paid versions of the service. The paid version starts at about $ 96 per annual. You do not need any skills to do a video. The website provides all the needed headings, such as description of video, which you fill in and upload the pictures and provide a description of your video and viola, your video is ready. In the free and lower end paid versions, the company's logo, Animoto, will appear on your video, but in the premium versions, nothing appears so no one would know you used Animoto. For the very high end versions, you can even customize by putting your name or company's name and logo on the video. For the free version, you'll be provided with a maximum of 6 place holders for just 1 minute video and no more. If you want longer videos then you have to go for the paid versions.

Conclusion
A journey of a thousand miles as the saying goes begins with one step. Internet or online expert business sounds and shows hard when you have no one to guide and show you the way. The fastest way to cut your learning curve is to get a coach and you'll be up and running in no time. In Our Expert Empire Program we guide you through how to develop e-Products.

GERD (Heart Burn and Acid Reflux)

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a common condition where acid leaks back into esophagus from the stomach. When we eat food passes from the esophagus, which is the tube that carries food from mouth to stomach. At the end of esophagus, there is a muscle valve called lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) that occurs from acid reflux.

This sphincter relaxes during swallowing to allow food to pass. It then tightens to prevent flow in the opposite direction. But in GERD, sphincter relaxes between swallowing and the stomach contents and acid leak back to the esophagus.

Stomach has a tough lining that precedes the damage from acid, but esophagus does not. Thus the leak or the reflux irritates and causes damage to the esophagus, causing symptoms.

In some patients, however, the pain may be sharp or pressure-like. Such pain can mimic heart pain (angina). It can also cause belly pain similar to ulcers, and in others it may extend to the back.

• Acid indigestion / Regurgitation – Regurgitation is the taste of refluxed liquid in the mouth, more when sleeping or bending over.

• Nausea – It may be frequent or severe and may result in vomiting.

• Bitter taste

• Persistant dry cough

• Feeling tightness in the chest – There is a sensation of food particles stuck in the throat or benefit the chest.

• Difficulty in sallowing

• Water Brash – Excessive salivation is common during heartburn, as saliva is generally slightly alkaline and is the body's natural response to heart burn, acting simply to an antacid.

• Hiccups

The following are several causative factors that weaken or relax the lower oesophageal sphincter. These factors act on LES in different ways, some irritate it, some relax it between sliding period and some put pressure on it.

• Diet – Fatty and fried foods, chocolate, garlic and onions, drinks with caffeine, acid foods such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, spicy foods, mint flavors.

• Medications – Calcium channel blockers (used to lower blood pressure), Theophylline (commonly used for Ashtma), Nitrates, Antihistamines (allergy medication), Bisphophnates.

• Lifestyle – Eating large meals, eating soon before bedtime, use of alcohol or cigarettes, obesity, poor posture (slouching), tight clothing around the waist.

• Other medical conditions – Pregnancy, diabetes, rapid weight gain, hiatus hernia (a condition in which stomach protrudes out of diaphragm and then diaphragm can no longer act as additional barrier foe preventing reflux of acid in the oesophagus).

Most of the cases of GERD are diagnosed by its characteristic symptom, which is heart burn. Physicians often give medications based on that, and if the symptoms are suppressed to a large extent, the diagnosis is confirmed.

But there are some conditions that mimic GERD and also respond to its medications, like duodenal ulcer. So the following diagnostic tests are applied if the symptoms are severe:

Esophageal pH Monitoring – It's the current gold standard for the diagnosis of GERD. It measures the level of acid in the esophagus over a 24-hour period.

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy – also known as esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy or EGD is a common way of diagnosing GERD. It involves insertion of a thin scope through the mouth and throat into the esophagus and stomach (often while the patient is sedated) in order to assess the internal surfaces of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. It may prove very useful to visualize the inflammation on the walls, erosions, ulcers, strictures that may have occurred due to GERD.

Esophageal motility testing – Esophageal motility testing determines how well the muscles of the esophagus are working. Apart from diagnostic purpose, motility testing is often done in complicated cases of GERD to determine the type of surgery to be performed.

Barium swallow – patient is asked to swallow barium, a paste-like solution, and x-ray is taken to look for ulcers, strictures, abnormal contractions of the esophagus, or reflux of barium into the food pipe.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Concerns

If you were in the work in the early 90's you probably started hearing a new medical term. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or just plain carpal tunnel. Some feel that the new syndrome has reached epidemic status as millions of people claim to have it.

With all the attention given to painful problem over the past 15 years a solution to the problem is still not available for all cases. The syndrome is fairly easily diagnosed. Some confusion exists as the degree of discomfort will vary between individual and the length of time the condition has exhausted. At times wrist tendonitis is confused with carpal pain.

* What is carpal tunnel?
It is at the base of the hand and more on the hand side than on the wrist. There is a protective covering over the nerves, muscles, tendons and blood vessels feeding the hand. They are all in close proximacy to each other as they neck down passing through the tunnel

* What causes it?
Any damage to the carpal area causes friction in the tunnel and inflammation. This damage can be from holding the hand in a fixed position for extended periods of time. If the hand is in a cramped position while sleeping nerve irritation may result which is then made worse by repetitive stressing. A coup or other injury to the base of the hand could also cause the initial irritation.

* Some symptoms are
Some of the symptoms include numbness, tingling, the pins and needles sensation and loss of strength. In advanced cases there can be severe pain in the base of the hand.

* Can symptoms be reduced or eliminated?
If the pain is excruciating, muscle relaxers and pain relief medicine can be short term help. They will do nothing to eliminate the problem. The problem is most often caused by muscle imbalance. Stretching and flexing the muscles and tendons in the carpal area will often provide relief. In an advanced case this can be very difficult to do. Once a nerve is inflamed it takes a long time to reduce the inflammation and provide healing.

If the irritation occurs regularly as in the hand being in an uncomfortable position while sleeping, a hand brace used only at night can bring about relief.

Your lifestyle can be an important factor. Lack of exercise and a poor diet are some of the factors as well as smoking and excessive drinking. A run down body aids many ailments.

Carpal tunnel surgery is very popular. Many doctors have recommended surgery rather than try some of the techniques available. Surgery is expensive and the convalescent time in some cases is quite long. Statistics provide the following information: 70% of the carpal tunnel operations are successful. 30% are not. Recovery times for an unsuccessful operation can be very long if the full use of the wrist hand relationship is ever restored.

Consult a qualified health care provider, but, look for other ways to address the problem. People are finding relief from the pain and discomfort without surgery. Consult your health care provider for an alternative. A chiropractor as may be a good contact as they understand muscle imbalance.

What Do Tonsil Stones Smell Like?

Persons suffering from tonsil stones are the best persons to inquire about what do diseases smell like. But not all might know about it as the smell emanates from the diseases only when they get broken or burst. People who know about what diseases smell like would also want to know why do they smell like that? To know more information about the smell of diseases it is necessary to know what are they and what are they composed of?

Tonsil stones are white or off white colored lumps found in the sides of the throat. They are also known as tonsilloliths which is capable of producing bad breath similar to death odor. They are composed of calcium salts which get lodged in the tonsil crevasses along with various other substances like trap food, bacteria, nasal drips and so on. The trapped food helps in the breeding of bacteria. These bacteria are most often anaerobic in nature which means they grow well in environments that have very less amounts of oxygen. And these bacteria are said to be the main culprits for producing bad breath in people.

It is hard to count the number of people suffering from diseases as some might not be aware of the fact that they are suffering from them. Not all might require surgical procedure to get rid of diseases as they are not that dangerous to life. But the bad breath can make the sufferers very uncomfortable because they might want to get rid of diseases as soon as possible. Due to the advances in the technology, diseases can be easily removed without complicated surgical procedure by administrating nasal sinus drops and active oxygen tablets. Some time even oxygenating sprays can be used to neutralize anaerobic bacteria. Now there are also oxygenating mouthwash and toothpaste available to get rid of diseases.

Water piks can also be used to remove or dislodge diseases from the mouth. Gargling salt water is not only simple but also very effective in getting rid of diseases but it should be done continuously for many days to get desired results. One can not be very sure about the removal of diseases through these techniques but can be tried as they do not do any harm. Q-tips are also known to extract diseases from tonsils or crypts but they may only dislodge them and may not remove them permanently.

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. Here, 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! You can learn more about the program that promises a natural cure for tonsil stones from [http://tonsilstones1.com]

Type 2 Diabetes – High Blood Pressure in the Lungs Linked With Diabetes

Blood leaving the heart via the arteries supplies oxygen to the cells throughout the body and picks up carbon dioxide. It returns from its tour of the body in the veins, from where it goes through the right side of the heart. The right side of the heart pumps blood through to the pulmonary artery to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen and begins its trip again.

When blood pressure in the pulmonary artery is too high, it is called pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension strains the right side of the heart, which can then lead to heart failure. According to a study reported on in October of 2018 in the online journal PLOS ONE, people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who have certain lung diseases are almost three times more likely to develop pulmonary hypertension than people with lung issues but who do not have diabetes.

Investigators at Fukushima Medical University and Hospital in Fukushima, Japan, studied 386 people who had been diagnosed with chronic lung disease…

  • a total of 42 or 10.9 percent had pulmonary hypertension.
  • the participants with diabetes were at 2.95 times the risk of having pulmonary hypertension as the non-diabetic participants.

Chronic lung disease includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and interstitial pneumonia. The former includes bronchitis and emphysema…

1. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lungs, often with copious amounts of sputum, usually caused by microorganisms…

2. Emphysema is a condition in which tiny air sacs called alveoli, where the blood picks up oxygen, are distended and unable to return to their standard size, making it difficult for the lungs to oxygenate the red blood cells. This issue is usually caused by smoking.

3. In interstitial pneumonia the alveoli, and sometimes the outer covering of the lungs, become inflamed. The inflammation can be brought about by microorganisms or by unknown causes and can lead to death in 3 to 5 years.

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, smoke, dust, and certain chemicals can cause lung disease. There are several things people diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can do to prevent developing lung disease…

  • keep blood sugar levels under control to help the immune system fight off invaders and maintain your heart and blood vessels in good shape.
  • do not start smoking or quit altogether. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, United States, offers many good ideas on stopping.
  • avoid second-hand smoke as well.
  • steer clear of air pollution when possible.
  • wear a safety mask when working around volatile chemicals, and
  • maintain proper ventilation when cleaning or painting indoors.

Can Obesity Lead to an Early Death

There are so many unhealthy habits that we can, unfortunately, pick-up all too easily. Drinking, smoking, and overeating can all be extremely dangerous to your health. What's really more unhealthy, lighting up a pack of cigarettes per day or packing on a few extra pounds? New research conducted by the National Cancer Institute in Maryland indicates that both may be equally as hazardous for your health. Just as cigarettes can shave years off of your life, obesity can do the same.

For a long time, being overweight was considered to be more of a cosmetic or vanity issue opposed to an actual health concern. This was until researchers started discovering that fat cells were not cells that did absolutely nothing. Instead, these fat cells were performing actual functions through the body. More specifically, fat cells were releasing hormones that were interfering with the body's immune system. These hormones were damaging the body's ability to fight off foreign invaders – including cancer cells.

The negatives of packing on extra pounds do not stop at the body's immune system. Obesity is also associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, reproductive problems, gallstone and more.

Scientists calculated the number of years lost from a person's life from morbid obesity. This was calculated based on BMI or basal metabolic index. For instance, an individual with a BMI between 40 and 44.9 has the potential to lose 6.5 years from their life. A BMI of 45 to 49.9 has the potential to lose 8.9 years from their life. Individuals with a BMI of 50 to 54.9 could potentially lose 9.8 years of life. For those with a BMI of 55 to 55.9, the potential loss of years can range from 10 to 13.7 years.

Researchers also denied that men who were extremely obese had a higher death rate than women who were extremely obese. (856 deaths compared to 663 in deaths per 100,000 per year). Comparing this to those with a normal BMI, there were only 347 deaths in men and 281 deaths in women. Researchers have found these findings to be quite significant when it comes to obesity and loss of life.

What's the Solution to Our Obesity Problem?

It is important to remember that this is not the only study that demonstrates a correlation between certain unhealthy habits and early death rates. It seems people are ignoring the dangers of obesity. The one thing that this study did not consider is that other causes of disease and death that traditional medicine is not taking into consideration.

Some believe that one of the reasons for such prevalence when it comes to obesity is major changes to our food supply. Medical doctor William Davis, who is a cardiologist and author of the bestseller, Wheat Belly, indicates that genetically modified wheat ends up causing an addiction-like substances that are active in the brain. This is related to the desire to continue eat more and more wheat. This does have the potential to contribute to morbid obesity; especially since the glycemic index of wheat is high and the food contributions to higher than usual release of insulin each time wheat is consumed. This release of excess insulin has the potential to cause diabetes.

What Can You Do to Help Keep Obesity Away?
The answer may just be as simple as take care of yourself. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help to keep you at a healthy weight. Receiving routine medical care can also help to prevent and detect disease.

To stay on top of the latest changes occurring in society, consult your chiropractor. Your chiropractor has an extensive background in a wide-variety of health-related concerns. Your chiropractor normally attends regular conferences and continuing education to help them stay on top of all the latest issues that may affect your health; including obesity. Your chiropractor will be happy to share information with you and develop a plan so that you are leading a healthy lifestyle.

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Relieve Itchy Bites and Rashes With Vinegar and Baking Soda

People with sensitive skin know the agony of unbearable itching and redness from insect bites or allergies. If you prefer not to use antihistamines or other medications and would rather use a non-toxic remedy, you may have all you need right in your kitchen cabinet. Vinegar and baking soda, when combined, create a powerful anti-itch solution.

If you have sensitive skin and suffer from allergic reactions to insect bites I feel your pain. My skin is so sensitive that I develop itchy reactions to even the most minor of irritations, such as a belt that's too tight on my waist, or new shoes pinching the skin on my heels.

Once in a while, my cat will pick up fleas outside and if I get a bite, which I sometimes do around my ankles, the skin will inflame and spread into a rash that's about ten times the size of the fleabite.

The itch is UNBEARABLE. But, I have finally found something that helps …

Here's what you'll need:

A cotton ball

A spray bottle with straight vinegar in it- (white or apple cider vinegar will do.)

Baking soda

Water

1. Swab the area with a cotton ball soaked in the vinegar.

2. Then make a paste with about a tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of water. Mix the water into the baking soda until the baking soda is moist, but not watery.

3. Spread the paste over the itchy area while it's still damp from the vinegar. Let it sit for about a minute.

4. Then spray more vinegar (with your spray bottle) on top of the baking soda paste. It will fizz and bubble and after about 10 minutes it will harden and dry. Leave it on until it rubs off naturally.

Not only will it calm the itch, it will also reduce the redness and inflammation. You can repeat this process as often as necessary with no harmful effects. It may dry your skin, however, once the irritation has cured the dryness is easily relieved with an application of lotion. I recommed virgin coconut oil or shea butter if you prefer to use non-toxic products on your skin.

Since I've discovered this method, recovery time from bites, rashes, and other skin irritations has diminished significantly. A reaction to a fleabite used to take up to two weeks to heal completely. Now it takes a few days.

You may try this solution on acne blemishes also. I've found it brings the redness and recovery time for them as well.

As always, I wish you good health and great beauty.

Western Scrub Jay – Smart Bird Brain

The Western Scrub Jay’s are very smart and friendly! You may have often seen them flitting around your backyard. Scrub Jays are very crafty and are known to steal food from other birds. Studies show that Scrub Jays are the only non-primate to be able to plan ahead for the future, which before was thought to only be a human trait. Other studies show they have highly accurate memories which enables them to be able remember up to 200 food caches, along with what the food item is, and its deterioration rate. Western Scrub Jays are know to steal and hoard food, they perform many strategies to prevent their food from being stolen by other birds. These mischievous birds have been caught stealing acorns from woodpecker caches, and stealing seeds they have watched other Jays hide. When they are hiding their own stash of food they will first look around and make sure no other bird is watching. If they were being watched, they will hide the food in a temporary spot, and then when no one is looking, go back and re-hide the food in a new location. Scrub Jays diet consists of eggs and young from other birds, grains, nuts, berries, fruit, vegetables growing in backyards, lizards, insects, and frogs. They will also stand on the back of mule deer eating parasites and ticks off of them. The deer will often stand still and hold up their ears to give the bird better access, and seem to appreciate this service.

Scrub Jays are cousins to the Blue Jay. They are a nonmigratory bird and in general they have a blue head, wings and tail, with a gray-brown back, and grayish underparts. These birds are medium sized, and are approximately 11.5 inches in length from head to tail, with a wingspan of 15 inches, and typically weigh around 80g. Both male and females look alike. Their call is often described as “harsh and scratchy”.

These birds are sociable and fun to watch. They love peanuts in the shell, and can be coaxed to take them from your hand. But be warned if you are not prompt in feeding them, they will scold you for being late! If you put up a in-shell peanut feeder, they will do all sorts of acrobats to try to free the peanuts from the feeder! Making them a delight to watch. They will free the peanuts and then carry them off to another location to hide. Try placing a birdbath next to a window and enjoy watching them bathe, they aren’t shy! Jays hide many more acorns than they can eat, which makes them helpful in regenerating oak forests that have been ruined by drought or fire.

Like their name, the Western Scrub Jay lives in western North America, commonly west of the Rocky Mountains. Including southern Washington to central Mexico. And is often called the California Jay or Long-tailed Jay. Dwelling in areas of low scrub, forests, coastal regions, and suburban areas. and are a very common west of the Rocky Mountains. Typically, (not always) dwelling in regions lower and dryer than Stellar Jays. The average life span for these birds is 9 years, and the oldest know Western Scrub Jay was 15.75 years old.

Scrub Jays usually hunt and live in pairs or small groups (family and non-family). Western Scrub Jays are mainly monogamous, and both male and female help raise offspring, often assisted by non-breeding helper males and females. Scrub Jays build their nests in low trees or bushes, any where from 3-30 feet off the ground. Nests are primarily built by the female, and the male mainly guards and protects the nest. Typically nests are 13-23 inches in diameter and are sturdily built of twigs, dry grass, moss, and lined with fine roots and hair. Scrub Jays lay two to seven eggs anywhere from March through July. Egg shells are either light green with olive colored spots, or pale gray to green with reddish-brown spots. The incubation period for eggs are about 16 days, and fledglings are ready to leave the nest about 18 days after hatching. The female incubates the eggs, and the male feeds the female while she is incubating. These birds often make a lot of racket, so you can tell when these bird has eggs, because it become conspicuously quite!

I had a faithful one legged Scrub Jay friend for about 7 years who sat on my fence and would watch me for long stretches of time each time I was in the yard. He was great company and was greatly missed when he eventually passed on. Now I have several more bird friends who keep me company, and will make racket when their food runs out. They aren’t shy to tell me I am late! Attracting Western Scrub Jays to your yard is easy, rewarding and entertaining. Try setting out a peanut bird feeder and a birdbath and start enjoying these lovely birds.

Learn How To Control Pollen Allergy Symptoms

There are many different types of allergies. Approximately 1 in 7 people are allergic to pollen. Pollens are small, egg-shaped male cells of flowering plants. The flowering plants produce these pollens as part of their reproductive process. All kinds of trees, weeds and grasses use wind pollination. These plants have dangling structures or anthers. This is where the wind captures the pollen. A large amount of pollen is released and transmitted through the air to a surface. It may land in your eyes or you could breathe it in. A few will land on a receptive stigma or female organ.

Some symptoms of pollen allergies are stuffy nose, itchy eyes, headaches, sore throat and trouble breathing. How much pollen that is in the air depends on the time of day and if the weather is windy and warm. The total amount of pollen in the air for a day is called the pollen count.

Pollen grains carry on their outer coat 30-40 dissimilar proteins. The female parts of the flower need these proteins to distinguish the correct match for pollination. If you inhale in pollen grains or they get into your eyes, the proteins are discharged just as if they landed on a receptive female stigma.

Normally the immune system would take care of the foreign proteins by discarding them. Some people have an immune system that will not get rid of the pollen proteins. Instead, a process takes place that releases a chemical called histamine. The histamine causes the symptoms of the allergy.

Mid October to the end of March are usually the months when pollen is in the air. It depends on the region because of the plant's response to the climate. Trees flower when the weather starts to get warmer in the spring. The flowering time for each kind of tree lasts around two weeks but the peak pollinating period only last a couple of days. There are many varieties of grass and they each have their own flowering period anywhere between mid-December and mid-March.

There are a few ways you can lower your exposure to pollen. Pollen clings to clothes, skin and hair. Take a bath or shower and change your clothes after you have been outside. It is best to stay indoors during the morning hours between 5 and 10 am Also try to avoid being outdoors on dry days or when the wind is strong. Wear a protective mask if you must work outside. Vacuum regularly with a vacuum cleaner that catches all the airborne particles. You can also use a good air purifier to keep your indoor air clean. Taking herbs such as enchinacea and dandelion has been suggested to help allergy symptoms.

Learn as much as you can about the plants that cause your allergic reaction. This will teach to recognize the plants so you can stay away from them when they are pollinating. Keep all the windows closed during the day and run an air conditioner. Before the Pollination Period starts and after it is over you have nothing to worry about. You can even take a walk in a wooded area.

Emetophobia – How to Overcome Emetophobia

Emetophobia self help programs are designed to help you overcome your fear of vomiting. The first step is to identify your phobia and gauge its severity. You can take control of your fear of being sick no matter how long you have had the phobia.

Identifying Emetophobia

It is perfectly natural to be afraid of vomiting. The experience is unsuitable to the core and it is commonly associated with severe illnesses. There is little wonder that you feel apprehension an anxiety at the very thought of being sick.

However, your mind may run into overdrive when it comes to the fear of vomiting. You may be an emetobic if your fear actually makes you feel sick. When you develop an emetohphobia self help plan, you need to know how different your problem is.

Confusion

You may not even realize that you are an emetobic until you begin to address your other fears. Some therapists find that a client will approach them with a fear of heights – or another similar fear – citing nausea and possible vomiting as a worrisome side effect.

Your fear of being sick may not be because of the heights. You may be finding a reason for your apprehension. This is problematic in the proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. It is hard to create a emetohobia self help plan if you are not recognizing the symptoms.

Ramifications

The irrational or excessive fear of vomiting has serious ramifications on your daily life. The condition can keep you from attaching certain functions. You may be too afraid to leave your home because you are afraid of being sick in public. Some women avoid pregnancy for fear of morning sickness.

You Are Not Alone

Many people share this phobia. Emetophobia is defined as "an irrational or excessive fear of vomiting" and this very definition can be a source of distress for many. Some feel extreme embarrassment because of the fearful condition.

The notion of vomiting in public is completely unbearable for many people who suffer from this condition. Throwing up is typically associated with illness and it is outright messy. People do not want to talk about their fear of being sick and this may make developing emetophobia self help plans almost impossible.

Creating Your Emetophobia Self Help Plan

It helps to recognize that you are perfectly normal in your fear of being sick. Vomiting can make you feel as if something is terribly wrong with your body and it is closely linked to illness. You may feel as if you are going to die at the very thought of vomiting.

Remember that this is a perfectly natural fear that many people share but it does not mean that the emotion has to take over your life. You can gain control by using self-hypnosis. This approach addresses the underlying problems that lead to your phobia.

Once you are able to calm and organize your thoughts you are well on your way to overcoming your excessive fear of being sick. Self-hypnosis is a natural choice for your emetophobia self-help plan.