Liver Treatment Diseases In India at Affordable Cost – Liver Diseases

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Diseases Of The Liver

What are some of the symptoms of liver disease ?

The most important thing to recognize about liver disease is that up to 50 percent of individuals with underlying liver disease have no symptoms. The most common symptoms are very non-specific and they include fatigue or excessive tiredness, lack of drive, occasionally itching….

Liver Diseases

Some of the most common liver diseases that lead to liver transplantation include : –

  • Acute liver failure
  • Alagille syndrome
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency…

Diagnosis of Liver Disease

Can liver damage be reversed ?

The liver is a unique organ. It is the only organ in the body that is able to regenerate… that is completely repair the damage. With most organs, such as the heart, the damaged tissue is replaced with scar, like on the skin. The liver, however, is able to replace damaged tissue with new cells…

Forms of Liver Disease

The many possible liver diseases can be grouped loosely into three categories: hepatocellular diseases, cholestatic diseases, and mixed forms. In hepatocellular diseases,…

The causes of cirrhosis include the following : –

  • Alcohol consumption. Excess alcohol consumption is a primary cause of cirrhosis. However, only 10 percent to 20 percent of alcoholics develop cirrhosis…

Cirrhosis may entail other complications : –

  • Esophageal varices. Portal hypertension can cause varicose veins in the esophagus. They can rupture, requiring emergency surgery…

Treatment of Liver Disease

The goal of medicine with regard to the liver is to prevent liver disease and, if it is diagnosed, to stop its progression toward cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is an end-stage disease with a poor prognosis and can require a liver transplant if liver failure occurs…

The following conventional medicines are often prescribed to treat cirrhosis or fibrotic liver disease : –

  • Corticosteroids. These drugs have been shown to reduce the inflammation that characterizes liver disease. While they may be helpful to patients with alcoholic hepatitis and encephalopathy, they are less helpful to patients with alcoholic cirrhosis…

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Hair Transplant Medical Tourism in Turkey

Turkey has become a leading destination for hair transplantation. Owing to the fairly cheaper costs as well as internationally qualified surgeons, Turkey is attracting hair loss patients all over the world. The revenue for hair transplant medical tourism has greatly increased in the last few years. In the first half of the year 2014, about 162,500 medical tourists came to Turkey most of them hair transplant patients from all over Europe, Middle East and Asia and pumped in about $328 million. The Ministry of Health is targeting the $10 billion mark in 2018 and $20 billion mark by 2023 from medical tourism.

Most of the patients came from UK, Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark), Europe (Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and France), USA, Canada, Australia, Africa (Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco) and Middle East (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and Israel). Patients from Europe, Canada, USA and Australia are attracted to the good prices of hair transplant while patients from Middle East and Africa are attracted to the quality services.

Turkish hair transplant clinics offer attractive packages like; 2-3 nights’ hotel accommodation, airport transfers and medication. Others go to larger extents offering to include the flight booking, full board accommodation, extra treatments like PRP and mesotherapy and body hair transplant for the patients with poor donor and even unrealistic offers like as much as 6000 grafts in one session. Patients must be careful however to choose the best hair transplant clinic for their suitability. Read on some tips and tricks on how to choose a good hair transplant clinic in Turkey.

There are several ways one can find the hair transplant surgeons online. There are various international forums where most of the good doctors have been profiled and one can look at their results there as well as read their reviews. One can also visit top medical tourism websites and contact the doctors in the region. In most cases in Turkey, reference plays such a good role. Former patients who are happy with their results always recommend their friends and relatives.

How do you select the best hair transplant clinic in Turkey?

Turkey is one of the best destinations of hair transplant surgery in the world. There are numerous well qualified surgeons for the procedure. However there are also substandard centers. As a patient you must make a good choice. How do you then Identify the best doctor for your surgery?

Your main aim now is to identify the top affordable hair transplant centers. First of all, do your research on the internet. Check for the leading hair restoration clinics, you can get the information better on the top hair loss forums and medical tourism websites. Read through patient’s experiences, eliminating the ones with bad reviews. List the top 10 of them.

Next, you need to eliminate the top ten names to only one choice. Start with going through the surgeon’s websites. Read carefully to see how their procedures are done. Go through their before and after photos, their patients testimonials, their price list, language and even aspects like their location. From this information, you can eliminate 5 Clinics.

Now you have 4 choices to eliminate. Contact the clinic either by phone or email. Response time and ability to communicate with the patient answering all their questions satisfactorily is very important. Most of the good centers have a form for online consultation. Fill in that form and send the photos for their evaluation.

Eliminate the hair transplant centers that will not communicate within your time limit or those who won’t answer your questions. Their knowledge and experience will be evident by their way of communication. If they are trying to rush you to make a decision, do not give in fast. Take your time to seriously consider. Use your instinct to select only the people you feel most comfortable with.

Now you probably have 3 choices left. Here is the big question. Has the clinic offered you unrealistic expectations like “6,000 grafts in one session” or too much grafts yet you have a poor donor area? The average number of grafts that can be extracted in a day is around 3500 grafts. Too much graft extraction in one session can be a tremendous mistake as it reduces graft survival as well as limits your donor grafts for any future hair transplant if needed. Choose the ones that tell you the most realistic information.

Next consider the cost. How much is the price per graft? A good clinic will have a price range of 0.8€ -2€ per graft in Turkey. More than that could be a rip off if you are not careful. Less than that might be substandard. The average price of 1-1.5€ per graft is acceptable. Clinics that would recommend 5000 grafts for 2€ per graft are way too expensive and unrealistic number of grafts per session. Centers which offer you extra services to spend on like PRP or other related services are simply marketing. As far as scientific research is concerned PRP is yet to be proven effective for hair transplant. It may or may not make a difference, and if there is a difference it is not tremendous. Do not go for anyone who is trying to make as most money as he can from you.

Lastly, what is the whole package that is being offered? Most clinics offer hotel accommodation for 2-3 nights and airport transfer. Medication should also be included. Do not expect full board booking in a 5 star hotel, because you are not going for a holiday. However, the hotel must be at least 3 or 4 star. One very crucial factor is the follow-up after surgery. The clinic must guarantee you that they will continuously check up your case until your full hair growth. After the surgery, they should receive your calls and answer to your emails once you are back home. They should provide full support until you see your results and should be even willing to do a correction surgery if anything would go wrong.

I wish you the best in this process of searching for the best surgeon. Choose wisely as this is a surgery whose impact will last forever.

Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease – What To Look For

Parkinson’s disease develops when the neurons of the substantia nigra in the brain become progressively damaged and depleted. However the first signs of Parkinson’s disease are not obvious until about 80% of these neurons, that are responsible for the production a neurotransmitter called dopamine which helps to control muscle movement, are damaged beyond repair. Thus the early symptoms are actually only seen for the first time quite late on in the disease.

Fortunately there are a number of signs that point towards the development of the disease and so watching out for these can have positive effects on diagnosing Parkinson’s disease as early as possible.

For example:

  • Tremors – these are one of the first signs of the disease to be noticed by many sufferers. In the early stages it is common for just the extremities such as the hands and the feet to be affected, however as progression occurs the head, neck and limbs may also begin to shake uncontrollably. Other disease states also have tremors as a symptom however the movements associate with Parkinson’s disease disappear when the sufferer voluntarily moves and it is this factor that points to Parkinson’s disease as being the underlying cause.
  • Rigidity – many sufferers don’t even realise they have rigidity until someone else points it out to them, for example a doctor or physiotherapist. Rigidity is one of the defining factors of Parkinson’s disease and so if extensive muscle tone is discovered during an examination, further tests will be carried out in order to ascertain whether Parkinson’s disease is in fact the cause.
  • Poor balance and coordination – the tightness of the muscles and uncontrollable tremors often affect a person’s balance and make their hand/eye coordination decrease dramatically. A sufferer may find themselves dropping things, being unable to catch objects thrown to them, being unable to hold objects they could hold in the past and so on. They may also stumble over nothing and have to grab hold of things to help stabilise themselves.
  • Difficulty with movement – this can manifest itself as being slow movements (bradykinesia), a problem with actually initiating a movement (akinesia) or a decrease in the range of motion (hypokinesia). This last example will become particularly noticeable in the way a sufferer walks i.e. their steps will be short and shuffled and their arms will have very little swing, and in they way they write i.e. their handwriting will decrease in size and their letters will be poorly formed until eventually the handwriting will become illegible.
  • Other sensory signs – sufferers often complain of things such as pain in the affected areas, a feeling of restlessness even though they are actually physically exhausted, burning sensations in the extremities and occasionally numbness.

The signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can also be attributed to other illnesses such as stress and absolute exhaustion so many sufferers don’t visit the doctor until such a time as they realise the symptoms are not getting any better, which can be months down the line. Contrary to popular belief, Parkinson’s disease is not age specific and although it is most commonly seen in the older generation (60+) there is a growing number of cases that develop earlier on in life, thus if you have any of the signs mentioned above and are in the least bit worried then a trip to your local doctor is advised, even if it is only to put your mind at rest.

Want to Live Longer? Drink Sour Milk (or Fermented Foods!)

That is a famous quote from the eastern European country of Georgia (formerly of the Soviet Union) relating to the long life of the people in that region. They have traditionally consumed large amounts of fermented foods, including yogurt, but this is not very realistic in many areas of the world today, including the United States. Many people are lactose intolerant, but you can still eat fermented foods!

Today the benefits of fermented foods are really catching on, but did you know that the fermentation process was originally used to improve the keeping and storing of foods? It’s thought that camel, buffalo, goat, sheep and cow milk were initially fermented naturally into yogurt. The hot temperatures (110 F) of the North African deserts were ideal for lactic acid-producing bacteria to ferment the milk carried by camels in goat bags. Almost every region in the world has developed fermented foods in their quest to acquire new tastes and improve shelf life. Farmers, rather than scientists, used their ingenuity and imagination. They were thinking in terms of how to best provide for their families, not realizing that thousands of years later, scientists would be examining the potential health benefits of fermented foods.

Elie Metchnikoff, a famous Russian Nobel prize-winning Bacteriologist looked into the possible health benefits of fermented foods in the early 1900’s. He noticed that Bulgarians had an average life span of 87 years-that was much longer than the 50 year life expectancy in the US at that time and almost 10 years longer than even today’s average life expectancy of 78 years! One of the most significant differences in their lifestyle was the consumption of fermented milks! Since Metchnikoff’s original study, researchers have found that many populations use fermented foods. Georgians, from what was formally known as the Soviet Union, live over 100 years and are playing polo and working in the farm fields! They attribute their long lives to fermented or “sour” milk, which is where the quote from the title of this blog came from! I’m not sure I would want to be working in the farm fields at 100, but I’d love to still be riding my horses at that age!

I know that my family has greatly benefited from fermented foods. My husband and I are in our 50’s, feeling and looking better than we did in our 30’s! CJ’s intestinal issues are healed, his mind is clear and his body is healthy. In fact, all our children are healthy. I KNOW that we would not be where we are health wise today without the benefits of raw organic fermented probiotic foods.

There are so many benefits of eating fermented foods and researchers just keep adding more things to the list. Here are some of the benefits of fermented foods:

  • Improves digestive function
  • Improves bowel function
  • Improves mood
  • Improves liver function
  • Decreases wrinkles
  • Improves circulatory function
  • Improves joint and muscle function
  • Improves sleep function
  • Improves resistance to allergies
  • Improves vitamin absorption
  • Improves lactose tolerance
  • Improves gluten tolerance
  • Improves appetite
  • Improves skin quality
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves mental clarity (gut-brain connection)
  • Decreases your digestive ailments
  • Decreases your stomach ailments
  • Decreases incidence of heart burn
  • Decreases incidence of constipation
  • Decreases incidence of diarrhea
  • Decreases the presence of yeast infections
  • Decreases incidence of oral cavity infections
  • Decreases gas and bloating
  • Increases nutritional absorption
  • Increases energy
  • Increases hydration

Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with modern technology that we forget the benefits of simplicity. Today there are so many genetically modified refined and processed foods polluting our bodies. They were designed to make our lives easier, but that does NOT mean healthier! Our ancestors were onto something by fermenting their foods to keep them edible for longer periods of time. Our bodies cannot handle the chemicals it takes to keep foods stable/fresh on our shelves for years. I’d much rather have the “good” bacteria from my fermented foods in my gut, rather than subject my body to the harmful toxins in processed foods. It’s a “no brainer!” So if you haven’t tried Real Food Real Life’s raw, organic fermented probiotics yet, please do-you’re going to notice a healthier, happier you, not to mention looking physically better! Educate yourself on what cultured/fermented foods are available (such as miso, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir, to name a few) and how you can add them into your daily diet. A fun family adventure would be to do a quick Internet search on what fermented foods YOUR ancestors ate! Mine made and ate fermented meats and cheese like salmon and parmesan.

Eat Fermented Foods!

Eat Well, Be Well, “Live Longer

How To Write a Directors’ Treatment for a TV Commercial

How To Write a Treatment.

Probably the most critical step in pre-production is the writing of a treatment. A treatment is the director’s vision: a summary of the work that is going to be shot. A treatment is a sales tool. Agency people and clients are extremely busy and have very short attention spans. They don’t have the time to meet and discuss projects but they’re happy to browse through a 4 to 12 page treatment about the commercial you plan to shoot for them. This is their first glimpse at the material. If they’re excited by the few pages of the treatment, then they’ll be willing to ward you the job. If they’re not excited, you’re out of the picture. There’s no standard form to writing a treatment. You just need to make it interesting enough to sell your ideas and approach.

Ingredients

Directing is highly competitive. One of the majors factors that determines if you’re going to get the job, is writing a treatment about how you plan to shoot the material you’re pitching for. Whether it’s a feature film, TV pilot, commercial or a music video, the process is very similar. Whoever is paying for the work to be produced goes through a pile of directors reels to arrive at a shortlist. These directors then have to write a treatment about how they plan to shoot the material. The director is the central decision maker in a production and his treatment covers what he plans to do. It goes into detail of the look they’re going for, branding, product use, how they hope the sound design to play out, what kind of music they wish to use, which actors they want to cast, wardrobe, locations, post… the list goes on. Everything that is part of the director’s vision should be included in the treatment.

Format

There is no set format for a director’s treatment other than the director should do the best he or she to secure the job. Some treatments are a couple of typed pages, others include photos and still others are all singing and dancing multimedia extravaganzas chock full with visual and audio references. Anything goes as long as it leads to getting the job. If you’re the producer and director, it’s a good idea to write a treatment as a way of developing the idea in your head. The more you think and prepare, then the more successful you will be. The secret is to treat it as if you’re writing it for someone else. If you’re in a hurry or need some help, you know who to call.

My job is to win your next job.

Vet Costs: The Top 5 Secrets To Dramatically Lower Them

Veterinary Care is expensive. I should know, for I am a Veterinarian who owned a Veterinary Hospital for nearly 15 years. Veterinary Medicine has changed dramatically in the last 30 years; gone are the days of James Herriot when vets treated every type of animal, and regularly made house calls. This article will give you an understanding of why veterinary charges have gone up so much, and the top 5 things you can do to lower your vet costs.

As veterinarians can offer more advance diagnostics and treatment, veterinary fees have risen accordingly. Vet visits and surgery cost dog owners almost $800 and cat owners $500 last year, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. If your pet becomes seriously ill, you can easily spend thousands. Knee surgery in dogs can easily cost over $5,000; a pet with cancer can have radiation therapy and chemotherapy costing in excess of $7,000.

Veterinarians are charging more to make their practices profitable, and obviously make more money. Veterinary clinics have escalating costs of staff salaries, higher expenses for the diagnostic equipment, yet also seeing decreases in new clients. For a clinic to financially profit, it means charging more per client, and having the clients come into the practice more often. This combination of higher salaries, expenses, but no real new clients means the only way for most practices to make more money is to charge more per client; hence higher vet costs.

My first suggestion is to price shop. Prices at animal hospitals can vary widely. In my small town of Nelson, I charged the least of all the practices, but many clients didn’t know that. Make sure you get recommendations from other pet owners first. There is a misconception that the higher priced practices give a better quality of care – but this is often not true. Ask about the common procedures, like vaccines, checkups, neutering and spaying. In addition, do not forget to ask for discounts from your vet. If clients ask, they will often get a discount. Some vets offer multiple pet discounts as well as discounts for seniors.

Be wary of the business practice popularized by McDonald’s, ‘The Upsell’. Examples of this include your veterinarian suggesting ‘preventive’ diagnostic tests during a check up, or in many cases advising having a dental cleaning. You should be asking and questioning why? Just how bad are the teeth; is the degree of dental disease really that significant? One of the major veterinary associations is advising that any pet with Grade 1 gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) have a dental scale and polish. This procedure is at least 300 dollars. This has risks for your pet would need to be under general anesthetic. It has high profit margins as the Animal Health Technician or Assistant usually does all the work. However in my opinion, a pet with mild gum disease does not need this done. You can begin preventive care at home. You could begin to brush your pet’s teeth. You could feed a diet designed to break off some of the plaque and tartar.This is only one example, although it is the biggest up-sell in Veterinary Medicine today.

Hospitalization fees are another often avoidable expense. Your Vet will make a lot more money if he (or she) can keep your pet in the veterinary hospital. They can charge a fee for the day of hospitalization, plus a fee for re-examining your pet in the morning. Ask to have the Procedure performed while you are there. Let’s use X-Rays as an example. Get the practice to schedule this while you are there and waiting – it doesn’t take long to perform X-Rays. They will likely comply if you only ask. By being a little bit of a ‘pain in the butt’, you will get better service at a lower price.

Medication is expensive, and it’s marked up a lot at your vet. The markups range from 50% to 125% plus the prescription fee. There are many ways to save money on pet medications. First, ask your vet about a drug’s cost and find out if it is available through pharmacies. Your local drug store may offer it at a much cheaper price. Also, ask your vet about lower-priced generic medications that would be appropriate. In addition to your local pharmacy, check veterinary-medication prices at DrsFosterSmith.com, 1800PetMeds.com, and PetCareRx.com. You have the right to ask your veterinarian for prescriptions that you can fill elsewhere, and save yourself unnecessary expenses.

The biggest key to lowering your veterinary fees is by being an involved and empowered pet owner. Take charge of your pet’s health care. You know your pet better that anyone else. How well do you think a Veterinarian can get to know your pet with a 15 minute visit once a year? Educate yourself on basic at home veterinary care, and use many of the inexpensive natural remedies. Let’s use allergies as an example, for many of you have allergic pets. You can either continue to use expensive prescription medication from your vet, or start with some natural remedies. These include therapeutic doses of essential fatty acids, being 1000mg per 10lbs of body weight daily. Or it can be using a herbal remedy called Licorice to stop the itching. This is only one small example, but do you see how you can take charge of your pet’s health care and have a happier healthier pet?

You should now have an understanding of why veterinary costs are rapidly rising, but more important what you can do about it. You can price shop, avoid the common veterinary up-sells, avoid hospitalization fees, get less expensive prescription medication, and take charge of your pet’s health care by using inexpensive at home remedies. I encourage you to at least use some of these suggestions to start saving money immediately on your vet costs.

Online Drug Stores – Advantages of Online Pharmacies

Most of the people around the world are making buying goods online as a common practice with the advent technology of the internet. There are so many advantages with this online pharmacy store, especially for those who are unable to depart from home, sick and aged people. You can purchase these online medicines from your comfortable home and the internet will allow you buy medicine and save you much needed time. And also for those people, who are sick with memory impediments are able to purchase a long term order. So they need not to worry about over look their regular health care needs.

And also there is another advantage with these online drug stores is you can purchase drugs for their ill family members or loved ones. If anyone is unable to use the laptop, you purchase from online pharmacies from your comfortable home instead of bringing medicines for that person. And also another advantage is you can obtain the price details of some branded name and generic drugs. Obviously, these generic drugs and prescribed drugs are available only after submitting the prescription from the reputed medical practitioner. However, in these online stores, if you are sending the prescription through the internet, then they are able to send drugs to your home. And also another advantage is depending upon your medical needs; you are able to modify your budget. And the price list of the medicines including delivery charges are displayed on the web site of the online pharmacy.

In these technology days, the online pharmacy business is growing rapid since from the past three years and soon the business will reach up to two billion dollar industry. The main reason for so many online pharmacies is providing some essential medicine at discounted price to their valuable clients. In these financial crisis days, so many people are interested to purchase these discounted medicines to save at least a bit of the amount. And also you can save income in other manners that you can purchase these medicines from the internet that means you saved amount on traveling charges from your home to drug stores. And also another thing is that these online drug stores are played a significant role when the natural disaster is happened across the country. Finally, there are some well established and experienced online pharmacies stores are providing their excellent customer services to their valuable clients. For more information and details, please visit their web site.

Are Drug Addicts Victims Or Criminals?

This article is about people who are addicted to illegal drugs, not people who become addicted to prescription drugs that were originally prescribed by a licensed physician for a legitimate reason.

According to most defense attorneys, politicians, religious leaders, Hollywood celebrities and Democrats as well as many prosecutors and judges and as well as a large part of the American public who have been brainwashed by the “politically correct arbitrators”, drug addicts are victims.

As far as I am concerned, that is a bunch of hogwash. Drug addicts are most definitely criminals. Not only are they criminals, they are as bad as, and should be punished in the same manner as, drug peddlers.

I don’t feel sorry for drug users and addicts. A drug user, with very few exceptions (ie: Someone with an IQ of under sixty), knew the very first time he or she took illegal drugs that he or she was breaking the law. Therefore, the drug user, at that point, became a criminal. The drug user was not only breaking the law, he or she was also aiding and abetting the criminal that gave or sold the user the drugs. The user was providing, or would in the future provide, money or services to the peddler that would enable the peddler to stay in business and to break more laws. If there were no users, there would be no peddlers and if there were no peddlers there would be no drug lords. There would be no drug lords who could use their money to commit murder, nor cause murder to be committed. There would be no drug lords to bribe government officials, no drug lords to pay people to grow and cultivate plants to be turned into drugs. In other words if there were no drug users there would be no drug trafficking.

People have said to me, “I only smoke marijuana, and smoking marijuana should not be against the law because it is no worse than drinking acohol. Additionally, if it is a crime it is a victimless crime.”. I tell them that they are wrong. In the first place drinking alcohol is legal for people over the age of twenty one (Whether or not drinking alcohol should be legal is a subject for another article.). In the second place, money used to buy marijuana goes to criminals and is in many instances used to commit more crimes. In the third place, some people resort to crime in order to support their habit. In the fourth place, many people while smoking marijauna, become idiots, and while being forced to talk to or deal with those people may not be considered a crime… it should be.

Many people state that the laws against using certain drugs are bad laws, therefore it is okay to break those laws. Well, I have news for them, if they use those drugs, they are breaking those laws (good or bad) and they are still criminals and they still deserve to be punished. Everyone has their own ideas as to which laws are good and which laws are bad. If everyone only adhered to the laws that they approved of then we would have anarchy.

If you don’t like the current drug laws, work to have them changed. In the meantime every time you use illegal drugs you are helping someone either, a criminal or a terrorist, get into a position where they can commit more crimes, including possibly taking the lives of innocent people. This means that you could, indirectly, be killing innocent people in order to have your fun.

As far as I am concerned, anyone who would put people’s lives in jeopardy in order to “enjoy” the use of illegal drugs, should be sent to prison for a long time. The idea that we should be helping and rehabilitating these ‘poor’, ‘abused’ drug addicts is baloney. People that are addicted to illegal drugs started out as criminals and are still criminals. They knew that they were breaking the law and, unless they were really stupid, they knew there was a chance that they could become addicted. They might have thought that they were too smart or too strong to become addicted, but they still knew that there was, no matter how small, a chance that it could happen.

Remember, if there were no drug users there would be no drug trafficking.

Giant Cell Arteritis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Giant cell arteritis, also known as temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries, most commonly in the temporal scalp. Common symptoms include persistent head pain and tenderness, usually in the temple area; decreased vision; scalp tenderness; jaw pain; pain and stiffness in the neck, arms or hips; sudden, permanent loss of vision in one eye; fever; and weight loss. Old age, female sex, white race, and the presence of polymyalgia rheumatica are risk factors for giant cell arteritis.

The Ayurvedic treatment of giant cell arteritis is aimed at treating the symptoms of this condition and preventing complications like blindness, stroke, angina and aortic aneurysm. Medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Yograj-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, Chandrakala-Ras and Sutshekhar-Ras are used to reduce pain and inflammation in the cranial arteries. Herbal medicines which can be used for this purpose are: Bahava (Cassia fistula), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daru Haridra (Berberis aristata), Takla (Clerodendron phomodis), Karanj (Pongamia pinnata), Khadeer (Acacia catechu) and Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba).

Sudden, permanent blindness can be an immediate complication of this condition. This results from swelling in the cranial arteries, which cuts off blood supply and nutrients to the delicate tissue of the eyes. This can be prevented with the timely use of steroids. Ayurvedic medicines like Tapyadi-Loh, Ekangveer-Ras, Kaishor-Guggulu and Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha can also be used for this purpose. In the acute condition, localized blood-letting from the temple areas with the application of leeches can help to tide over the crisis, by reducing pain and inflammation. Ayurvedic medicines need to be continued for a long time in order to prevent a relapse of the condition and long-term complications like aortic aneurysm and stroke.

Because of the risk of serious complications, giant cell arteritis needs to be diagnosed and treated promptly. Education and awareness about this disease in the general public is necessary to enable them to seek medical help at the earliest.

A Little Sugar, Wood Pulp, and Sand, Make the Vitamins Go Down

I’m driving home from work early one morning. I’m tired and I need to stay awake. So I turn the radio on to my favorite talk radio station out of Chicago. It’s around 4:30 a.m. in the morning and the station is playing an infomercial.

There’s this doctor pitching a new and improved vitamin that he had created. All I needed was some noise to help me stay awake. So I listen to his infomercial. What really caught my attention was toward the end of the program.

He was comparing his vitamin product with other name brand vitamin products. To do this, he was reading the ingredients on the package. He first started making fun of all the sugar that was in the name brand vitamins. But then the next ingredients that were listed really got my attention.

The first one was “microcrystalline cellulose” which he referred to as “ground up newspaper”. The next ingredient was “silicon dioxide”, which he called “sand”. Wait a minute. Time out here. Did he just say that there is sand and ground up newspaper in name brand vitamins? How could this be?

Several days later, I decided to do a few searches on the ingredients in vitamins. It didn’t take long to I find out that the doctor was telling the truth. One of the first websites I visited was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They have an on-line database of food ingredients called “GRAS” which stands for “Generally Recognized As Safe”. Here’s what I found out.

Cellulose comes from the cell walls of plants. It’s found in the plants that we eat. But it’s also found in plants that we normally wouldn’t eat, like wood pulp from trees. All forms of cellulose contain the same biological properties. So if it’s safe to eat one form, then it should be safe to eat another form like microcrystalline cellulose.

When we eat cellulose, the human body does not absorb it, instead it exits the body as part of a bowel movement. In small amounts there is no evidence of harmful effects from cellulose. In larger amounts it acts as a laxative. In the end I learned that cellulose has a GRAS rating, while microcrystalline cellulose does not. But based on the evidence, the FDA has not prohibited the use of it.

So why do some vitamin tablets contain cellulose (wood pulp), and silicon (sand)? The actual amount of vitamins found in a tablet is a small amount. Without some type of filler, it would be too small to handle. Next you need a strong substance to help hold the shape of the tablet. And strength to keep the tablet from crumbling. That’s why they use cellulose (wood), because wood is strong. Sand acts as a filler, and a “time release” agent in how the tablet dissolves.

Wood and sand are used as inactive ingredients in other food products as well. Here’s how wood is used as an anti caking agent. microcrystalline cellulose (cellulose powder) is used in Parmesan cheese so that it doesn’t clump up (form chunks) in the can. Silicon dioxide (sand) is an anti-foaming agent. So it’s used in beer, to keep beer from foaming a head.

Also there’s zero calories in sand and wood. It’s filling too. So, sand and wood have become very poplar in diet products. Sand is also promoted as being good for hair, fingernails, and strong bones. And the companies promoting these products were up front, about sand being an ingredient in their products.

But is it safe to eat wood pulp and sand? The GRAS reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are quite lengthy. Here is a few lines from each report. Microcrystalline Cellulose: “… There is no evidence in the available information on pure and regenerated cellulose, including microcrystalline cellulose, that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when they are used at levels that are now current, or that might reasonably be expected in future.”

Silicon Dioxide: “… The question of whether or not silicon is an essential human nutrient remains unresolved. Silicon compounds consumed as added food ingredients contribute only a minor proportion of the total dietary silicon intake.”

History Of Electronic Medical Records

In the 1960s, a physician named Lawrence L. Weed first described the concept of computerized or electronic medical records. Weed described a system to automate and reorganize patient medical records to enhance their utilization and thereby lead to improved patient care.

Weed’s work formed the basis of the PROMIS project at the University of Vermont, a collaborative effort between physicians and information technology experts started in 1967 to develop an automated electronic medical record system. The project’s objectives were to develop a system that would provide timely and sequential patient data to the physician, and enable the rapid collection of data for epidemiological studies, medical audits and business audits. The group’s efforts led to the development of the problem-oriented medical record, or POMR. Also, in the 1960s, the Mayo Clinic began developing electronic medical record systems.

In 1970, the POMR was used in a medical ward of the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont for the first time. At this time, touchscreen technology had been incorporated into data entry procedures. Over the next few years, drug information elements were added to the core program, allowing physicians to check for drug actions, dosages, side effects, allergies and interactions. At the same time, diagnostic and treatment plans for over 600 common medical problems were devised.

During the 1970s and 1980s, several electronic medical record systems were developed and further refined by various academic and research institutions. The Technicon system was hospital-based, and Harvard’s COSTAR system had records for ambulatory care. The HELP system and Duke’s ‘The Medical Record’ are examples of early in-patient care systems. Indiana’s Regenstrief record was one of the earliest combined in-patient and outpatient systems.

With advancements in computer and diagnostic applications during the 1990s, electronic medical record systems became increasingly complex and more widely used by practices. In the 21st century, more and more practices are implementing electronic medical records.

Treating Myasthenia Gravis With Orthomolecular Medicine

Treating and healing Myasthenia Gravis with ordinary amino acids is the basis for Orthomolecular Medicine. Large doses of naturally found proteins called amino acids can repair the imbalance in the brain and repair its malfunction. These amino acids are affordable and are used in therapeutic doses much larger than those levels normally found in food. The concept of orthomolecular medicine is based upon the use of very large doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or botanical extracts for the cellular repair and enhancement of normal brain activities.

Orthomolecular Medicine utilizes 5-HTP, L-phenylalanine, L-tyrosine, and NAC to treat myasthenia gravis. This neurodegenerative disease affects the eyes and is an auto-immune disease. Botanical extracts and supplements are also welcome additions in treating the disease.

Quantum Orthomolecular Medicine may recommend other types of energy medicine to speed the recovery of the patient. Many illnesses are triggered by emotional traumas and stress. Therapies which can reduce major stress or treat the emotional component of illness are very important in healing. Yoga and Qi Gong can help reduce stress issues. They should be done at least four times a week for great results. Another therapy used id Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It is very good for relieving stress or trauma. It involves taking your finger and tapping on several acupuncture points while stating an affirmation aloud. This may take several sessions to work.

Dietary changes must be quickly implemented. Your diet should include organic or local fruits and vegetables, reduce meats, increase cold water fish like salmon, increase unsaturated fats, eliminate saturated fats, and elimination of refined foods. Try to switch to decaffeinated coffee and eliminate alcohol and nicotine. It is good to have organic meat or free range chickens and organic eggs. Try to avoid all types of genetically modified foods. Implement a three-month period of eating foods that are gluten-free and monitor the results for improvement of energy levels and symptom relief or improvement.

People with myasthenia gravis in their family history may want to take one botanical as a preventative beginning in their late thirties. This may delay or prevent the onset of the disease or lessen the severity of the disease. Schisandra, skullcap, astragulus, ashwaganda, and cordyceps are some of the botanicals that can be used for this disease in Quantum Orthomolecular Medicine. There is a technique that is used in Quantum Orthomolecular Medicine to determine which botanical is needed for the patient and is also used to determine when the botanical is switched to another. Many times the body becomes resistant to a supplement and this must be actively managed. Auto-immune diseases require extra attention in this area.

Equine Water Consumption – Ten Ways to Make Your Horse Drink Up

During hot, humid weather, your horse may not drink enough water to keep up with fluid loss. When that happens, dehydration can occur.

Horse dehydration is more common in the summer, but it can happen at other times of the year, too. Intense activity in hot, humid weather is the most common cause, but an inactive horse in a hot, poorly ventilated stall or without access to sufficient water (think frozen water buckets!) can become dehydrated, too.

There are some simple things you can do to get your horse to drink more water.

1. Make sure he has enough water. An idle horse needs a minimum of ten gallons of water a day and an active horse in hot weather can suck up 25 gallons.

2. Make sure the water is clean, clean, clean and easy to access. Tipped over, leaky or funky water buckets won’t encourage your horse to drink any more than they’d entice you.

3. Soak hay before feeding to increase its hydrating capability. One wet-down flake of hay can absorb 1-2 gallons of water. If you feed your horse well-soaked hay, you can make a real impact on his fluid consumption.

4. Offer fresh grass, watery bran mash and moisture rich treats such as carrots, apples or watermelon.

5. Allow your horse access to a clean salt block.

6. Combine 1 teaspoon salt with 2 tablespoons of applesauce. Put it in a syringe or de-worming tube and shoot it in her mouth. The salt should stimulate thirst.

7. Try squirting 1 tablespoon of corn syrup into her mouth. It will coat her tongue and compel her to drink.

8. If her water is very cold, try adding some warm water to the bucket.

9. Some horses don’t like “different” water. If you’re going on the road and can bring enough water from home, do so. If not, try to add a little apple juice, sugar beet water or apple cider vinegar to the water a few days prior to travel. It may help to disguise the “new” flavor.

10. Go for a ride! A 15-minute walk or a light ride will stimulate thirst. Check with your vet before exercising if your horse is recovering from dehydration.

Exercising your horse after he consumes water will not make him colic. The horse’s stomach empties very rapidly in response to a water ingestion.

Moderate dehydration can be reversed by allowing the horse unlimited access to water and electrolyte supplementation

Severe and dangerous dehydration can best be reversed by giving electrolyte fluid intravenously. Contact your vet if your horse is severely dehydrated.

Chiron and Nibiru Gongs for Sound Healing

There are 17 Planet Gongs offered by Paiste, the 9 planets including Pluto, the Sun Gong, 2 Moon Gongs, a second Earth Gong, the Platonic Year, Sedna, Chiron and Nibiru. Many people have heard the names Chiron and Nibiru but not many people know the history and mythology and therefore, the healing power of these gongs.

Chiron

Aside from being a comet, Chiron has roots in Greek mythology. He was very bright, cultured and caring. Most of all, Chiron was a healer, very skilled with medicine. He is referred to as the master of the healing arts. So the comet and the mythological centaur represent healing and intentions to heal wounds.

According to Martin Lass, “Chiron in our natal charts points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. We may over-compensate in these areas of life. Chiron, as a wounded healer, first must face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues. Because the wound goes deep, and we may work hard to overcome the wound, healing powers are potent.”

Chiron represents acknowledgment that we are wounded but those wounds are there so that we can learn and grow, not suffer. Don Miquel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements teaches suffering is a belief, you feel like you are suffering because you believe you should be suffering. Both Ruiz and the story of Chiron say that in fact, everything is perfect as it is and there is nothing that has to change. Ruiz goes on to say that change is a decision you make, not something you must do. Our lessons and growth come from understanding this.

Nibiru

Nibiru is taken from the Akkadian language, spoken during the times of Mesopotamia. It means “crossing” or “point of transition”. Nibiru is also the subject of speculation. Zecharia Sitchin spoke of Nibiru as a planet which when it appears will cause destruction, on December 12th, 2012.

As I was gathering my thoughts for this post, the relationship between the mythology and fears surrounding Nibiru and the mythology of Chiron became clear.

Chiron and Nibiru, A Healing Event

Nibiru is the point of transition between the destruction of a wound and what comes next. Chiron is the healer. If something does occur on 12.12.2012, it is not going to be a ball of fire. It is going to be healing, transition and re-birth. This might seem like a bit of a reach but I don’t believe so. If you are not sure, read up on Shiva.

By the way, I’ve seen references to Sedna as “interested in the relationship between people and the way those relationships impacts on our interactions with the planet” and, as a protector of the environment. If something happens on 12.12.2012, you can bet it will be good.

For gong healers, I think it is time to start working with the Sedna, Chiron and Nibiru gongs from Paiste. You can read more about them here.

Thank You Letter – To Mother Teresa

Of all the great individuals in the annals of history, one person stands out who is worthy of a thank you letter (from millions of admirers) for her contribution in teaching each of us the value of charity and self-sacrifice. This is an open letter to the respected Mother Teresa for embodying such simple but invaluable values. Although she will never read this, I trust that it will be “as good as received” if we continue to celebrate the memory of such a wonderful soul.

Dear Mother Teresa,

Your humble life, which you dedicated to helping others, has been a great example for me, which I have learned much from. You have instilled in me a greater appreciation of the idea of supporting people who are less fortunate than us.

In truth, in many of the charitable events I have participated in, you and the work you did were always in my thoughts. I believe that if many of us were to be more like you, in your selflessness, the world would be a much better place for a greater number of people.

Many individuals and groups have already sent numerous thank you letters to you when you were alive and even after your passing and I consider this one I’m sending you now a testament to the continual effect your life story has.

Aside from being such a great symbol of true charity in my life, through the work that you did, you taught me to appreciate and extend my compassion and affection to those in society who may be considered unwanted, unloved and even unnoticed. I have always been impressed with the numerous charities you have founded and it has inspired me to do my share, as much as I can, in my own community. You always reminded me that every individual deserves to be extended the same courtesy regardless of his or her social status or origins.

It is also from you I have learned of the joy of a life that is not complicated by material greed. Through you, I have learned to further appreciate that we should not go through life chasing after extravagances for there is peace to be found in simplicity. Always thankful for what we have in life.

Your messages of goodwill and humanitarianism have had a profound effect on me and the way I see the world. This is why I would like to send you this humble thank you letter. You have been a true light in this world and in the lives of many. There is no doubt in my mind that your message of love and charity will continue to live on.

In heartfelt gratitude,

Raffy Chan