Champ Bailey Biography – His Early Years

One of the most respected defensive players in NFL today would have to be Champ Bailey. Often considered to be amongst the best (if not the best) NFL cornerbacks in the country. As a Top cornerback in the NFL, he always puts forth a solid effort and is known for his work ethic and leadership in the locker room. There is a lot to this professional football player that people don’t know about. Since his younger years, he has always shown potential as a top player and his brothers were right beside him. Knowing a little about his upbringing might help in understanding more about the person that he is and how he got to where he is now.

Champs Bio (cont.)

Boss, Champ and Ron

Many Broncos fans have heard of Champ and Boss, one of the few brother combos to play for the Denver Broncos. The last time two brothers played on the same side of the ball for the Broncos was back in 92′ with Doug and Dave Widell. The Bailey brothers’ story is similar to the Manning story with Eli and Peyton. The Bailey brother’s include three members too, although in both situations their oldest brothers career was cut short due to a injuries. The older Bailey brother, Ron, was a 2 year starting cornerback at the University of Georgia (same college that all Bailey brothers played at). He also played for NFL Europe representing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Unfortunately Ron’s career ended with a serious foot injury. Ron Bailey has been given credit by both Boss and Champ for his dedication and strong work ethic, Champ has explained several times about how Ron’s guidance has been very influential to his own success, Ron set the tone for the rest of the family. Elaine  Bailey (Mom) explained that Ron always talked about getting to the “next level”, whether it was sports, education or career, which she said inspired Champ and Boss to achieve. The three brothers are well respected in Folkston, Georgie, their hometown, of course by playing great football, but were also considered good students. Boss and Champ visit their hometown frequently, sometimes hosting meals for the entire town, sometimes around the holidays or other special events. To give you an idea of Champs loyalty to home and family, when he put his name in for the NFL draft, ESPN offered him a free plane ticket and hotel in New York City, instead Champ chose to go home and watch the NFL draft with his family and home town on T.V. Another very close member of the family is Danielle Bailey, Champs sister. She lives in Stockton, GA and organizes the Bailey football camp. The parents of this distinguished group is Roland and Elaine Bailey, who are split up, but still stay very close to their children and are responsible for raising these fine individuals.

High School career

Champ Bailey’s attended Chalton County High, located in his hometown Folkston, Georgia (a 3 stop light town). He played football, basketball (no problem dunking), and track (Georgia’s high jump champion in 94′). While playing football, he displayed immense potential on the field according to coaches and locals, playing quarterback and free safety. In his senior year, coach moved him to tailback and his QB was none other, than his own brother Boss. Playing in the backfield on offense, Champ accumulated over 1,800 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. Keep in mind; he accomplished those stats over a 12 game season. Hence, it is understandable that colleges all over the country wanted to get him onboard for their own team. But, in the end, Bailey decided to go with with his older brother Ron at University of Georgia.

Obesity Continues to Rise: Alarming Statistics Promote Change

Americans are fast becoming known as some of the old most obese an overweight in global populations. This is both worrisome and embarrassing to those living in the U.S., where, according to recent statistics.

According to veteran news writer Bill Hendrick, writing for WebMD, obesity rates have increased in nearly half of the states in America in the past year, with 38 states admitting that obesity rates have risen over 25%. The highest obesity rates are found in the south, with Mississippi earning the dubious distinction of being the most obese state in the Union.

Alarming Statistics
Even more worrisome, over 10 million children today are either overweight or obese, leading to concerns about health problems appearing in children and teens that are normally only seen in middle aged to elderly individuals. America is known as the junk food capital of the world, which is little surprise, considering that nearly every corner in every city across United States has some sort of fast food restaurant on it.

Mississippi isn’t the only state with a high percentage of obese individuals, according to WebMD. Alabama and Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan, Oklahoma and Arkansas are also high in obesity rankings. The need for education, increased physical fitness, and resources to battle this rising academic is increasing.

More teens, as well as adults of all ages than ever before are qualifying for bariatric and obesity weight loss procedures. Common procedures performed th performed for obese individuals includes but is not limited to:

  • Open and Laparoscopic
  • Adjustable Gastric Band
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Biliopancreatic Bypass with the Duodenal Switch

Individuals considered obese and who opt for bariatric surgery must also be willing to make lifestyle changes in diet and exercise for optimal benefits and long term health and wellness. Bariatric surgery is typically recommended for those who have been unable to lose weight through normal dieting and exercise programs. Those in danger of obese related disease processes such as hypertension or diabetes are often encouraged to take steps to get their weight back under control.

Most medical practitioners consider bariatric surgery procedures as a last effort to help the severely obese regain control of their lives and requires serious consideration. To facilitate and encourage this some individuals who undergo bariatric surgery seek the help of therapists and nutritionists to help with this difficult part of the process.

Benefits of Bariatric Procedures
Any individual between the age of 15 and 50 years may be a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery. The procedure is typically reserved for those who are more than 75 pounds overweight and have a body mass index of 40 to 50 or 35 to 39 with a life threatening co-morbidity factor such as diabetes, heart disease or orthopedic joint issues. Weight loss measures may help improve conditions including high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. In addition, other body systems, including a digestive, endocrine, and immune system benefit.

Bariatric Surgery Options and Costs
Several forms of bariatric surgery are available. Restrictive bariatric surgical procedures are designed to generally reduce the size of the stomach and to limit the amount of food a person can eat at one sitting. Examples of such surgical procedures include lap banding, also known as LAGB, for laparoscopic gastric banding, vertical banded gastroplasty, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.

Weight-loss surgical procedures are very expensive in the United States, and may range anywhere from $17,000-$30,000 per procedure. While the benefits in long-term health and quality of life often make such a choice not only necessary, but reasonable in the long run, funding such procedures is often beyond the means of many individuals.

Gastric bypass surgery using the Roux-en-Y technique may cost as much as $25,000. the same technique performed in India costs roughly $16,500; while in medical travel destinations in South America, costs may hover around $10,000 and often time include all-inclusive stay benefits.

Walking by Faith: The Story of Andrew DeVries

Athletics had always been the most important thing in my life. In fact, at age fifty-five, standing six-foot-six, I had just tried out for the Michigan Senior Men’s Olympic Volleyball team, and there was a good chance I was going to make it.

Then tragedy struck. In a motorcycle accident, I shattered my left leg. Doctors prescribed amputation. Prior to surgery, as I lay in the hospital bed discussing with family and friends what life would be like without a leg, a young physician’s assistant named Sarah Scholl said, “Andy, what kind of golf balls do you play?”

That was an idiotic question, but I told her, “Titleist Pro V1.” The next morning, a 12-pack of Titleist Pro V1 golf balls was by my bed. Sarah’s gift gave me a glimmer of hope.

When I awoke after the operation, I was surprised to look down and see two legs and ten toes. Fortunately, the doctors had decided that my leg had enough circulation to try to save it. But months of rehabilitation lay ahead. In a subsequent operation, I almost died on the table.

When it was time to move to a rehabilitation hospital, Sarah wheeled me to the ambulance. “I have a favor to ask of you,” she said. “My father died some time ago. When I get married, I want you to walk me down the aisle.”

“Sarah, it’s doubtful I’ll ever be walking anywhere. Besides, you don’t even have a boyfriend.”

“Someday I will,” she said.

Hope and love

At the rehabilitation hospital, where I had pretty much reconciled to living the rest of my life in a wheelchair, I got a call from John Wilder, my volleyball coach. “Congratulations, Andy, you made the team! You’re playing in the Senior Olympics.”

I told him about my accident and waited for him to say he’d miss having me on the team. But Wilder shocked me: “You get better. I’ll play you if you can just stand up.”

His words ignited a spark. I went at rehabilitation with a vengeance. Seven months later I was able to show up for the Senior Olympics. Although I could barely stand, John kept his word: he put me in the game.

When it came my turn to serve, I looked at my wife, Kay, sitting in the stands. She usually shunned my athletic events. I couldn’t blame her; I had always put sports before her in my life. But today Kay was not only present, she was beaming. As I gazed at her radiant smile, I lost it, right there on the court. Suddenly I understood why God had allowed this accident. He cared that much about our marriage.

I collected myself enough to serve. We won that game and the next. As the competition intensified, the coach had to take me out, but our team went on to win the gold medal.

Life from death

Back home, my health continued to improve. Then, suddenly, my liver shut down. In a major surgery, doctors bypassed it with a shunt. That saved my life, but unfiltered blood reaching my brain caused my hands to shake so violently I had to sit on them. I applied for a liver transplant and waited.

A year went by, then two. No call from the transplant hospital. How does one pray for a transplant? For me to live, someone else had to die. What makes me better than someone else’s husband, or someone else’s father?

One day it occurred to me that this wasn’t the first time someone needed to die so I could live. Jesus had done that for me. If God loved me that much, I could trust him with my future.

In what seemed to be a divinely inspired conversation, Kay and I learned that Indiana had twice as many registered organ donors as Michigan. So we rented an apartment in Indianapolis and applied for a transplant. Within two months we received a call: a man had died in an accident; I was one of ten transplant candidates who would benefit.

Through the valley

The speed of my recuperation amazed the doctors. For the first time in five years I subscribed to a magazine in my own name. But I pushed rehabilitation too hard. While doing sit-ups, I ripped the incision in my abdominal muscles. During emergency surgery, doctors put mesh inside my abdomen and sewed the muscles in place. A tube was inserted up through my nose and down into my stomach to pump out fluids.

After surgery, I had to sit in bed in one position without moving and without food. Time passed so slowly that the second hand on the clock seemed to stand still. A day dragged by…two days…three days…how much longer would this agony last? I had never felt so hopeless and miserable.

Around 4:00 a.m. of the fourth night-the longest night of my life-I cried out to God: “Lord, take me! I can’t do this any longer.” Kay was by my side, where she had faithfully been ever since my accident. She murmured, “Nor can I.” At that point Kay and I completely gave up. We were at the absolute bottom of the valley-the blackest hole we could imagine.

Fifteen minutes later, our surgeon unexpectedly entered the room and said, “I woke up in the middle of the night with the feeling something had changed.” He looked over my vitals. “We can take the tube out.” By the end of that day I was walking. One month later, I went back to work full time.

Jumping and walking for joy

My left leg had no nerves, so I figured my volleyball days were over. But my exercise therapist had an idea. She strapped my knees and ankles together so I could jump rope. I worked up to two jumps…then six…then twenty! I was so excited I phoned an old volleyball teammate: “Hey, Tim, I can jump!”

“That’s great! We’ve got a volleyball tournament in Milwaukee in two weeks. Come and play?” That seemed far-fetched, but two weeks later, at the last minute, I decided to go. When I showed up, my old teammates stood and cheered. It was an emotional scene.

The first five games were tough, but in the sixth game I got a perfect set and a legitimate kill. A few minutes later I blocked for game point. That taught me an important lesson: Don’t waste time wishing you could do the impossible. Just do your best and sometimes the impossible happens.

After the game, I thanked my old coach, John Wilder, for inspiring me in the beginning. “You’re the one who deserves the credit,” John said. “You never gave up.”

“Actually, John, I did give up, but God never gave up on me.”

In 2009, seven years after my accident, I received an e-mail from Sarah Scholl: “I have a boyfriend-will you come?”

What a joy it was walking-not wheelchairing, but walking-Sarah down the aisle.

Andy DeVries is a director of development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

A complete journal of his journey is posted on under the name “andydevries.”

His website has had more than 25,000 hits.

2011 Andy DeVries

Minor Side Effects Of Fish Oil Supplements May Be Avoidable

The possible side effects of fish oil are relatively minor when compared to the health benefits of this dietary supplement. Questions about fish oil side effects may arise from concerns over mercury contamination. While evaluations by consumer advocate groups have shown low levels of contaminants in some supplements, the conclusion was that they are basically safe.

The USDA does not have a list of the side effects of too much fish oil. Fish and fish oil supplements are the best known sources of omega-3 fatty acids. No upper limit for omega-3 fatty acid consumption has been established. Some vitamins and minerals can be toxic when consumed in high quantities on a daily basis. Vitamin A, D, E, K, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper are examples of nutrients that have established upper safety limits for human consumption.

Instead of a recommended daily intake, the USDA has established an “acceptable” dietary intake for omega-3s. This is an amount that according to their research prevents deficiency symptoms. The acceptable dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids is 1.6 grams or 1600mg for men and 1.1 grams or 1100mg for women. Although more may be recommended by health care professionals for certain conditions, such as arthritis and heart disease.

The best dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids is fish. The common side effects of fish oil also accompany fish consumption and it may be difficult to reach the acceptable intake level, even by eating fish everyday. And, because of mercury contamination and other pollutants in our fish, the Environmental Defense Network advises that certain types of fish should be avoided, some types should only be eaten once or twice a month and some types are safe to eat once a week.

Sablefish is one that is safe to eat at least once a week. 100 grams of sablefish contains 1.49g or 1490 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. This is a fish with very high omega 3 content per serving. Most fish do not contain this much. Canned skipjack tuna, for example, provides only 0.256g or 256mg of omega-3 fatty acids and carries consumption advisories for children due to mercury content. Other types of tuna have consumption advisories for adults, as well, because of mercury contamination.

On the other hand, the best fish oil supplements are purified and molecularly distilled to remove impurities and contaminants, like mercury. Distilled and encapsulated forms may also prevent any fish oil side effects. Environmental Defense states that fish oil supplements are an acceptable choice for ecologically concerned consumers and that most appear to be safe.

The best supplements contain 1000mg of fish oil per capsule, which provides 440mg of omega-3 fatty acids. The recommended dosage is one or two capsules per day for adults. For children, bodyweight is the determining factor for dosage.

The most commonly reported side effects of fish oil include burping or a fishy aftertaste. Three suggestions may prevent these minor, but annoying fish oil side effects. First, taking the fish oil supplement with a meal may prevent the fishy aftertaste. Burping after a meal is caused by swallowing air and is perfectly natural. Excessive burping can be avoided by eating slowly.

Second, some people have found that freezing their capsules prevents the common side effects of fish oil. This, of course, is not an alternative for those people who prefer to take the liquid supplement form. Some manufacturers advise that the product should be kept from freezing, follow the label directions.

Third, simply switching from a liquid supplement to a capsule may reduce or prevent common fish oil side effects. Capsules will be more slowly absorbed by the system and will not start to break down until they reach the stomach. Thus, the fishy aftertaste may not be experienced.

Other side effects of too much fish oil that have been reported by some people include a laxative effect, indigestion and heartburn. Indigestion and heartburn can be avoided by taking the supplement with a meal. Most vitamin supplements will cause indigestion when they are not taken with a meal. Some, like the B-complex may even cause vomiting, if they are not taken with food. You can not rely entirely on your supplements to provide adequate nutrition. A balanced diet is a necessity.

Although, there is no known upper limit for omega-3 consumption, some fish oil supplements contain the vitamins A, D & E. Excess consumption of vitamin A or the possible serious side effects of fish oil containing vitamin A include liver problems. Vitamin A supplements are only recommended for those people who are at risk for vitamin A deficiency. Avoiding the cod liver oil and other fish liver oils is safest. Fish oils derived from the flesh of the fish do not typically contain vitamin A.

Excess vitamin D consumption can cause elevated levels of calcium in the blood stream. Since milk is fortified with vitamin D, most daily vitamin supplements contain vitamin D and there are many other sources, including the sun, the safest choice is fish oil that does not contain vitamin D. It is also wise to avoid excessive consumption of vitamin E supplements, although foods containing vitamin E are not believed to pose any health risks.

The bottom line is that the common side effects of fish oil supplements obtained from the flesh of fatty fish are very minor and avoidable. To learn more about selecting a supplement, please visit the Fish Oil Guide at

Combating Yeast Infection Skin Irritation

It is normal for everyone to have a certain amount of yeast on their skin. Sometimes, however, yeast begins to multiply, creating a painful yeast infection. Most yeast infections occur in women, near their vaginal area, but it is not uncommon to develop a yeast infection skin irritation.

Skin folds that are warm and moist, attract yeast and encourage its growth. Yeast infection skin irritation usually begins with a flat, red rash, that will spread to nearby areas appearing as smaller patches. The rash can be very painful, itchy, and can even weep clear fluid. Sometimes a yeast infection can grow in a person’s nail and may begin to pull away from the bed of the nail, causing the sufferer unpleasant pain. The finger can begin to swell and puss may ooze from the nail, accompanied by painful throbbing.

A yeast infection skin irritation can form in a person’s mouth, appearing as white patches that surface on the tongue and the inside of the cheek. This type of skin irritation, much like most yeast infections, can be very painful.

If someone is suffering from several of these symptoms, they most likely have a yeast infection. A yeast infection will not resolve itself and must be treated with an antifungal cream or an oral medication. A yeast infection can spread to other areas on the body and may worsen if the yeast infection goes untreated.

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Medical Clinic Software: Useful for Integrating Various Functions

Medical clinic software is highly useful in seamlessly integrating the various functions and departments of a clinic. The efficient and smooth running of a clinic or a nursing home requires proper and timely coordination between the various departments and the concerned staff. Use of software that covers the overall management of the clinic, billing and the scheduling of patients is the key to efficient and successful operations.

Medical Clinic Software: Areas Covered

Medical clinic software generally covers all aspects of the running of a clinic. It includes features that aid in:

  • The overall management of the clinic by organizing patient information and their medical records in such a way that they are easily accessible to the doctors.
  • Streamlining the clinic’s billing systems to allow for automatic billing in accordance with the treatment provided to a patient and the applicable taxes. This feature allows automatic updating of invoices, payments and stocks.
  • Patient record management by keeping track of a patient’s previous visits, his medical history and any specific type of allergies that he may have. The software also provides quick access to all the necessary details about a patient and thus ensures speedy treatment.
  • Scheduling of patient and other appointments. This feature allows you to plan and organize the calendars and appointments of multiple surgeons or physicians in your clinic. It also facilitates the storage of medical schedules, including patient appointments and calls, business schedules that include meetings, calls, seminars and personal appointments.
  • Inventory management by keeping track of the status of medicines and other necessary medical equipment. It also facilitates timely replacement or refurbishment of the medicines and equipment used on a regular basis in the clinic. Medical clinic software also allows for the placement of instant purchase orders and auto generation of purchase notes and goods received notes.

In addition to all these features, using such software is a safe option and its misuse can be avoided by incorporating different user accounts for varied operators like nurses, doctors and the administrative staff. This feature can be used to restrict access to certain important information to all the users.

Benefits of Medical Clinic Software

The major benefit of using medical clinic software is that you save lot of effort and time that would otherwise have been spent on manually performing the various functions.

  • It ensures smooth and efficient running of the clinic
  • It is easy to operate and has security features to prevent misuse
  • It integrates all the functions of a clinic
  • It reduces the chances of error in treatment, billing and other areas.

Can Having A Copper IUD Cause Graves Disease?

Many women use a copper IUD as a form of birth control. And without question is can be very effective in preventing a woman from becoming pregnant. While one can also choose to get an IUD that uses hormones, for many women the thought of a copper IUD sounds like it would cause less problems. The way it helps to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant is that the copper is spermicidal.

This device needs to be inserted by an experienced healthcare provider. A gynecologist will commonly insert an IUD, and once inserted, it can continue functioning for many years. Although an IUD can be inserted at any time, the best time to do this is after menstruation. The reason for this is because during this time the cervix is the softest.

Although the IUD with hormones does have some risks, there are also some risks associated with the copper IUD. Some of the more common side effects are an increase in menstrual bleeding, as well as cramps. But sometimes more severe problems can occur, such as perforation of the uterus. Even though this rarely happens, sometimes it does happen upon insertion of the IUD. There is also the possibility of the woman having a pelvic infection with a copper IUD. Expulsion of the IUD is another risk, although once again this is rare.

The Thyroid Gland Is Very Sensitive To Copper

One of the biggest long term problems of having a copper IUD is that it can affect the copper metabolism, and eventually cause a copper toxicity issue. It might take years for this to happen, but it’s something that every woman with a copper IUD needs to be aware of. Having a copper toxicity problem can affect the thyroid gland, and according to Dr. Larry Wilson, who is an expert when it comes to nutritional balancing, a copper toxicity problem can be one of the primary problems when it comes to Graves’ Disease.

So does this mean that everyone with a copper IUD will develop an autoimmune thyroid condition such as Graves’ Disease? Of course not, as many women have a copper IUD and seem to do fine. Some do experience one or more of the side effects I listed above, but of course not every woman with a copper IUD is at risk of developing Graves’ Disease or any other autoimmune condition. However, if a woman has a genetic marker for Graves’ Disease, then it is possible that a copper toxicity problem which is caused by the copper IUD can trigger the autoimmune response. Of course other factors can do this too, but I think any woman with a copper IUD should take a few precautions.

Steps You Should Take If You Have A Copper IUD

First of all, it’s a good idea to get your copper levels tested regularly. While it’s fine to get these levels tested through the blood, I also would recommend a hair mineral analysis. The reason is because this looks at the minerals on a cellular level, and can usually detect problems before they become apparent on the blood test. The downside is that such a test can be confusing to read, and one can’t just look at the levels of copper alone on this test to determine if one has a copper toxicity problem, as some of the other minerals need to be looked at. For example, if someone has high copper levels, they almost always will have low zinc levels. There can be other indicators on the hair mineral analysis as well.

Anyone who has a copper IUD needs to make sure their adrenals are working properly. The reason for this is because the adrenal glands are important when it comes to copper metabolism, and so if someone has a copper IUD and weak adrenal glands, then this will increase the chances of developing a copper toxicity problem. Many people have compromised adrenal glands, and a lot of this is due to eating too many refined foods and sugars, dealing with a good amount of stress on a daily basis, and/or not getting sufficient sleep. There are other factors which can lead to problems with the adrenal glands, but these are perhaps the three main factors.

It’s also a good idea for any woman who has a copper IUD to make sure they are getting enough zinc through the foods they eat. And they might even want to take a zinc supplement, although you do need to be careful, as taking high dosages of zinc (or any other mineral) for a long period of time can cause imbalances of the other minerals. This is yet another reason why testing on a regular basis is a good idea.

Finally, any woman who has a copper IUD will want to be careful about not eating too many copper based foods. Some of these foods include beans, avocados, nuts and seeds, and chocolate. I’m not suggesting that you need to avoid these foods on a permanent basis, but you definitely want to be careful and try not eating too many of these foods. If you are taking any nutritional supplements you also want to be careful and make sure there aren’t high amounts of copper in any of them.

For any woman with a copper IUD, I hope this article has given you some valuable information to help prevent a copper toxicity problem from happening, and perhaps will reduce the chances of developing Graves’ Disease, or any other autoimmune condition. If you already have Graves’ Disease and also have a copper IUD, then you might want to consider removing it after reading this information. If not, then at the very least I would recommend getting tested to see if you have a copper toxicity problem, and if so, make sure you do some of the other things I mentioned, such as focusing on your adrenal health and perhaps supplementing with zinc.

Treating a Cold Sore During 3 Main Stages of Your Cold Sores

Are you currently treating a cold sore? Using the right treatment at the correct time can save you a lot of grief. In this article we cover the best way of treating a cold sore at all three primary stages.

Cold sores interrupt your life in a big way. Having and treating a cold sore is no fun. And often these sores will last three to four weeks.

Treating a cold sore correctly can shorten the suffering time by 50% or more. That definitely is worth your effort and time.

There are several distinct stages of cold sores but they all fall within these three primary stages for treatment purposes.

Let’s take a look.


One of the bad things about the herpes simplex virus is that it lives and does its damage in your nerves. That is why cold sores are so painful.

Usually the herpes virus is asleep in the root cells of your facial nerves. When it becomes active, the virus must travel up that nerve to the surface for replication.

Yes – you can actually feel this virus movement.

It will cause a tingling or itching sensation at the surface target area. Your oral herpes outbreak is now only several hours to a couple days away.

The minute you feel this warning sign, get something cold on it. Ice or a cold can will work. Keep treating a cold sore with this method as often as possible.

This will slow down – or even stop – many outbreaks.

Also, this would be the perfect time to start taking supplements of the amino acid lysine. Normally a safe dosage during an outbreak is 2000 to 4000 milligrams.


You know the herpes virus has reached the surface and entered the cells there when you see the telltale swelling and painful pimple-like bumps.

The creation of new virus causes the cells to expand – and eventually burst.

Ice is still a very good way of treating a cold sore at this stage. It reduces pain and swelling to some degree. Also, you may wish to use your usual pain and fever reducing medicine.

Better than common ice, try wetting some tea bags and freezing them. Using these in place of ice will supply the area with healing nutrients found in tea.

Putting garlic oil on the area is also an excellent way of treating a cold sore now. Garlic has the unique ability to travel right through the skin to the infection.

Use fresh cut or crushed garlic cloves for optimum results.


Once the cells are full of new herpes virus, they burst open. The virus is still active but will not do much more damage. You are now in the healing stage which may take up to two weeks.

Stop using ice at this point.

It may feel good but it drives away healing blood. Use warm compresses now to bring more blood to the area and greatly speed healing.

The best way to apply heat is to use tea bags warmed up in hot water. Do not use a microwave to heat the tea bag directly. Microwave radiation will reduce its healing nutrients.

You should also continue treating a cold sore with garlic and lysine as mentioned previously. And you should be cleansing the wound with peroxide as often as possible.

For the cleansing process, use cotton balls or paper towels – then throw away.


The herpes simplex virus is extremely contagious. It is primarily passed on through touch or kissing. Treating a cold sore carelessly can spread it to other spots on your face or body.

Remember – when you create a new infection site, it will be a lifetime site for additional cold sores. Do not touch your sores with your bare fingers – wash your hands as much as possible.

Also, if your sores are very painful, you can use pain-relief numbing agents such as lidocaine or benzocaine. Store bought cold sore treatment salves often offer this benefit.

Treating a cold sore quickly and correctly is not difficult as you now know. The best part is getting rid of your cold sore fast and getting back your social life.

But, it is very important to prevent further difficulties by continually cleansing the sore and your hands while treating a cold sore.

The Health Benefits of Scrabble

Scrabble is a popular family game for all ages, this article looks at the benefits of scrabble for kids and adults alike.

Scrabble was invented by Alfred Mosher Butts back in nineteen forty-eight, and since then it’s been a favorite game for generations of families. Not only is Scrabble a great educational tool to build word ability and comprehension, but it aids in lateral thinking and vocabulary enhancement.

Scrabble has surpassed several other competing word games in popularity over the years, and has found a new life in online word game such as Words with Friends for entirely new generations of people. With the advent of the internet, a whole range of additional tutorial, tip, and tricks have found their way into common availability. There are several experts who devote their time to producing a scrabble dictionary, word lists or cheat hints to develop players from beginners into advanced gamers who can compete in tournaments and online competitions.

The health benefits for children are numerous, from developing an excellent vocabulary to the ability to critically weigh different strategies. It’s a great skill to teach a child to think beyond the immediate gratification of creating a word now, versus holding your letters in order to play a longer and higher scoring word later. In addition to these benefits, the ability to patiently see a game through to the end is an invaluable asset which will help a child in life in general.

The mental concentration required to puzzle through different word options in Scrabble also puts the brain into a meditative state much like taking a class of yoga or meditating. Taking this time to deliberately relax and engage in some mental exercise is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Although this is great for general relaxation in the evening, one recommendation that has been made is that you should not play scrabble too soon before retiring for the night, as it’ll leave your brain in a ‘puzzle’ state for an hour or two and make it more difficult to sleep. Scrabble is a very analytical game which is similar to solving a Sudoku puzzle or playing a pen and paper game such as hangman. Gradually absorbing the rules, and knowing when to consult the Scrabble dictionary builds confidence and vocabulary.

In addition to these benefits, it’s a great social outlet for older people who club together to play Scrabble. A lot of friendships have been forged by people who have met while playing Scrabble, be it in a home for the elderly or a youth group for teenagers. Taking the time to share some competitive play with another person is a wonderful ice breaker, and by carefully looking at the type of words a person makes you can determine their interests and viewpoints on the world. If you get really good you can enter tournaments, and extend your competition beyond just playing each other into the realm of expert play.

If you’re having trouble with your scrabble game, be sure to check online resources which can enhance your abilities with easy to remember word lists, articles and scrabble cheats to help you get a quick advantage over your opponent.

Hearing Loss in Children – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Hearing is essential for young children to learn speech, for their overall learning skills, playing, and developing social skills. In most developed countries, screening for hearing ability is done immediately some time after birth. Otherwise, parents are usually the first to notice hearing defects in young children. Hearing loss is of three types- conductive due to middle ear pathology; sensorineural due to dysfunction of the auditory nerve, outer sensory hair in the cochlea (inner ear) or auditory brain centre; and mixed type involving both conductive and sensorineural pathology.

Hearing loss in children can be present at birth itself and may result from congenital infections, toxic medications taken during pregnancy, birth complications, nervous system disorders, genetic diseases, or due to a strong family history. Acquired hearing deficiency after birth may be due to untreated middle ear infection, other infections, ototoxic medicines, exposure to sudden and excessive noise, and trauma. Treatment of hearing loss due to middle ear infections is usually with medicines, and in severe cases, with a grommet insertion. Mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss is treated using a hearing aid, which can be fitted in children as young as 3 months of age. There is currently no medication for this in the modern system of medicine. Profound sensorineural hearing loss is treated with surgical cochlear implant.

Ayurvedic treatment can be very effectively utilised in successfully treating this condition For hearing loss due to middle ear infections, medicines are given which reduce allergy, inflammation, infection, and fluid buildup. After reduction in symptoms, further treatment is given to prevent frequency of re-occurrence. Unlike adults, children usually do not have permanent damage to middle ear structures such as ossification (stiffening) of the bones which connect the ear drum to the inner ear; results with treatment are therefore quite good and hearing is restored to normal in the majority of affected children.

For the sensorineural type, Ayurvedic treatment is given to provide nutrition, repair damage to the inner ear, and strengthen the auditory nerve and auditory brain centre. This treatment is quite safe for long term administration in children more than 6 months of age. Currently, modern medical science believes that outer sensory hair dysfunction in the cochlea is one of the most common causes for sensorineural hearing loss, and the hair – once damaged – cannot be repaired or regenerated. The exact mode of action of Ayurvedic medicines is currently not known; however, there is usually a hearing benefit of 15-25 percent with 4-6 months of regular treatment, which can be objectively confirmed with audio-metric tests. About 40-60 percent hearing benefit can be obtained with about 10-12 months of Ayurvedic treatment.

It is important to note that treated individuals – both adults and children – are exposed to the same environmental, occupational, and lifestyle aggravating factors for hearing loss, which normal people face. These include infections, toxic medications, toxicity due to pollution, stress, trauma, and exposure to sudden or prolonged, excessive sounds, and music. All individuals therefore need to take care to avoid or minimise the risk from such aggravating or risk factors to the maximum extent possible.

Best Treatment for Psoriasis

Alternative medicine is used to describe the different forms of medicine other than standard prescription methods and treatments. Alternative medicine includes the embracement of eastern and oriental medical practices.

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaling and swelling. Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease of scaling and inflammation. It is a skin disorder driven by the immune system, especially involving a type of white blood cell called a T cell. Psoriasis is probably one of the longest known illnesses of humans and simultaneously one of the most misunderstood.

Neem has enormous potential of purifying blood. It is one among the best blood purifier and detoxifier known to Ayurveda. Neem enhances immune system. Neem oil is an antiseptic in itself. Neem leaf extracts are used in antiseptics and can be effectively used in treating dryness of skin, acne, psoriasis and eczema. It destroys fungus and bacteria and is best for almost all kinds of skin diseases including redness of skin and itching.

A exciting new psoriasis treatment is the usage of photo therapy and Ultra violet light. This is primarily used for excessive psoriasis and works to decelerate the development of abnormal skin cell growth that causes psoriasis symptoms. Even though UVB rays are present in standard sunlight, UVB therapy is more intense and focuses on the specific locations which are being affected by psoriasis symptoms.

If you are applying to very thin skin (such as the genitals or face), check with a doctor or pharmacist that the potency/strength of the steroid you are using is right one for you.

Avoid applying stronger steroids to the face or skin folds unless instructed by a doctor. Also, make sure you know the duration your doctor wants you to use them , especially when applied to these sensitive areas.

Daily diet is able one of the good natural cures for psoriasis. You should regulate your diet to prevent intake of non healthy food. Having organic food will be one of the good option. If you want specific food that is good for psoriasis, you can consider bitter gourd. Moreover, keep yourself hydrate will be very useful to keep your skin hydrated. As stated, dehydration of psoriasis skin will be last thing you wish to happen.

Making changes that help improve the condition is fine, but you will only cure yourself of the disease by tackling the root cause. This root cause is actually pretty simple: the immune system malfunctions and attacks skin cells, making your body accelerate skin cell production and resulting in a build up of skin cells on the surface.

They do not bring along side effect or undesired condition should you apply them carefully. They are not involved with harsh chemical combination similar to prescribed medication. Some of the people are simply allergic to those prescribed medicine since their immune system are rejecting the medicine.

Radiology Medical Billing

Radiologists perform both interventional and non-interventional/non-invasive procedures. Interventional radiology procedures include diagnostic radiology imaging and ultrasound, while non-interventional procedures comprise standard radiographs, single or multiple views, contrast studies, computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.

To get proper reimbursement for the procedures they perform, radiologists need to execute proper disease and diagnosis coding or ICD-9 coding (using three-digit codes that are modified by including a fourth or fifth digit as characters following a decimal point), and procedural coding using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), comprising 5 digits with 2-digit modifiers. The procedure will be considered medically necessary only with a supporting ICD-9 diagnostic code. Sometimes multiple codes, such as radiological and surgical codes may become necessary to report a full procedure. Cardiology medical billers have to be thorough with radiology CPT codes that are bundled with other CPT codes. When billing for radiology services, ‘upcoding’ (coding a higher or more complex level of service than what was actually performed) has to be strictly avoided since this is regarded as fraud or abuse. Another important factor is to ensure whether the services require prior authorization to be properly reimbursed by the carrier.

Radiology Codes

Radiology codes comprise the 70,000 series of codes organized by the method or type of radiology and the purpose of the service. They are subdivided on the basis of the type of service and anatomical site.

These include:

• Diagnostic Radiology 70000 – 76499

• Diagnostic Ultrasound 76500 – 76999

• Radiologic Guidance 77001 – 77032

• Breast, Mammography 77051 – 77059

• Bone/Joint Studies 77071 – 77084

• Radiation Oncology 77261 – 77999

• Nuclear Medicine 78000 – 79999

Interventional radiologists use certain surgical codes to signify the procedures they perform. Some major surgical codes include the following:

• Mechanical Thrombectomy: 34201, 34421, 34490

• Biliary Drainage: 47510, 47511, 47530

• Cholecystostomy Tube Placement: 47490

• IVC Filter Placment: 37620

• Biliary Stone Removal: 47630


Medical services and supplies that are not included in the CPT coding terminology are listed in the HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System procedural codes). These are represented by 1 letter (from A to V) followed by four digits. Numeric or alphanumeric modifiers can be used along with these codes to clarify a procedure.

Billing for Radiology Services

Radiological service can be billed for the physician’s work as well as the use of equipment or supplies. The technical component (TC) includes facility charges, equipment, supplies, pre-/post injection services, staff and so on. The professional component (PC) involves studying and making inferences about the radiological test and submitting a written report with the findings. Modifiers are used to signify the technical and professional components in a radiological service. They are 2-digit numbers that are used to explain a procedure in more detail. They can indicate repeat or multiple procedures, such as radiographs performed bilaterally. When billing for the technical component only, the modifier 52 has to be used; when billing only for the professional component, the modifier 26 is to be used. In the latter case, a written report by the physician providing the services is required to avoid claim denial.

Some other examples of modifiers:

• -22 – unusual (increased) procedural service

• -32 – mandated services

• -51 – multiple procedures

• -66 – surgical team

• -76 – repeat procedure by same physician

• -77 – repeat procedure by another physician

• -LT, -RT, -TA to -T9, -FA to -F9, -LC, -LD, -RC – Anatomical modifiers

The global fee comprises the total payment due for the technical and professional components and this also requires a formal written report.

Billing for Professional Component

Physicians can bill for the professional component of radiology services provided for an individual patient in all settings regardless of the specialty of the physician who performs the service. Reimbursement will be given under the fee schedule for physician services. However, for radiology services provided to hospital patients, insurance carriers reimburse the professional component only under the following conditions:

• Services should meet the fee schedule conditions

• Services provided should be identifiable, direct and discrete diagnostic or therapeutic services given to an individual patient

Payment for the Technical Component

As regards the technical component or TC of radiology services furnished to hospital patients and to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) inpatients during a Part A covered stay, insurance carriers might not provide reimbursement. The fiscal intermediary (FI)/AB MAC makes the payment for the administrative/supervisory services offered by the physician, as well as for the provider services. The TC of radiology services offered for inpatients in hospitals, excluding CAHs or Critical Access Hospitals are included in the FIs/AB MAC payment to hospitals. In the case of hospital outpatients, radiology and related diagnostic services are reimbursed according to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) to the hospital. In the case of a SNF, the radiology services offered to its inpatients will be included in the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS). For services offered for outpatients in SNFs, billing can be made by the provider of the service or by the SNF according to arrangements made with the provider. When the billing is made by the SNF, Medicare reimburses in accordance with the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Radiology Billing Standards

Radiology services can be billed in a number of ways. Some of the services are split billable and the codes for these are separately reimbursed by different providers for the professional and technical component. The physician and the facility can bill for their respective component with modifiers 26, TC or ZS. In full fee billing, the physician bills for both the professional and technical components and makes the payment due to the facility for the technical component provided. In standard billing, the facility bills for both the professional and technical components and reimburses the physician for his professional component. Services that cannot be separately billed are not individually reimbursed for the professional or technical components. These codes are reimbursed only for one provider and must not be submitted with the 26, TC or ZS modifiers.

Assigning the Codes

• Medical documentation is carefully studied to identify the radiological service performed.

• Identify the anatomical site

• Find the terms in the CPT index

• Select the codes on the basis of radiology terminology

• See whether modifiers are to be assigned

The following skills are essential for accurate coding and billing for radiology services:

• Ability to review clinical issues and CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS coding guidelines for interventional and non-interventional radiology

• Knowledge about the differences between diagnostic radiology codes and therapeutic interventional radiology codes

• Skill to review coding guidance for modifier usage with interventional radiology procedures

• Ability to code challenging case scenarios

Professional Coding Services for Accurate Billing and Coding

When it comes to coding, the radiologist faces two main issues: first, understatement of completed treatment could mean insufficient reimbursement; second, if the codes overstate the treatment, it could result in risk of abuse, repayments and fines. Another problem is the complicated and ever-changing directives with regard to CPT procedures.

Radiologists can resolve all these issues by going in for the services of professional medical coding companies. They have skilled CPT coders to do the job. With great attention to detail, in-depth knowledge of the coding system, application of basic coding principles, and thorough documentation, these companies offer accurate, customized and affordable radiology medical billing and coding services in quick turnaround time. Most of the professional companies utilize state-of-the-art billing software to guarantee efficiency and accuracy in billing and coding, for checking local coverage determination and so on to ensure that all claims are reimbursed.

Does a Pharmacist Career Offer Flexibility?

Pharmacists play an important role in the healthcare field. They are trained in the dispensing of medications which requires an understanding of how drugs work such as drug interactions, the effects of the drugs on the body, dosages and strengths, and the side affects. As the role of pharmacists evolved in the healthcare industry, this medical career has become much more flexible and lucrative.

Pharmacists are now taking on more roles and responsibilities in the field of healthcare. They are involved in such areas as taking people’s blood pressure, performing tests for such conditions as diabetes, checking cholesterol levels, educating people on different medications (prescribed and non prescribed,) smoking cessation programs, diet and nutrition, weight loss programs, and other health and wellness programs.

There are many different places where a pharmacist can work. They can be found working in a variety of areas in hospitals. They assist physicians and other healthcare professionals with drug formulation and dispensing techniques. They will also be educating patients and families about medications and how they work. Pharmacists can also be found working for pharmaceutical companies. Their function is to research drugs to determine their effectiveness as well ensuring that drugs are safe for people.

Pharmacists can also work as sales representatives for a pharmaceutical company. You can also find pharmacists working in government institutions. They are normally employed in the area of drug safety and education. They ensure that drugs submitted for approval for humans are safe. Compounding pharmacy is another area where pharmacists are employed. These pharmacies specialize in preparing drug for the unique needs of a particular patient. These drugs are not normally manufactured on a mass basis.

Pharmacists can also teach in Universities and Pharmacy Schools. There are also pharmacists that freelance. For instance, these pharmacists will travel to various locations and medical facilities to fill in for pharmacists who are on vacation or have to take a leave of absence for a personal or professional reason. It is a good choice for people who like to be self employed and love to travel.

There are also pharmacy positions in nursing homes, assisted living centers, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. A pharmacist can even train to work in the veterinary pharmaceutical field.

Pharmacy is a medical area where one can earn a very lucrative income. As well, one can take advantage of flexible work schedules, working with the community, and working in a variety of geographic locations and medical areas. When compared to other medical careers, pharmacy has a less stressful work environment.

A career in pharmacy is more than just filling and dispensing medical prescriptions. Pharmacists play a major role in all areas of the medical field. There are now many career options available for those seeking a career in pharmacy. Those who become pharmacists enjoy the flexibility that comes with choosing what medical area that they will gain employment. Pharmacy is a rewarding and lucrative healthcare career that is in great demand. If you enjoy working with people and enjoy science and medicine, working in Pharmacy may be the career for you.

Frangipani (plumeria) Pests and Diseases

Although frangipanis are fairly hardy, there are some pests and diseases which can affect them, predominantly fungus, scale, frangipani rust and stem rot.

Fungus, Mold & Powdery Mildew

Leaves affected by fungus or mold can be sprayed with a copper based fungicide and white oil solution. If you prefer organic solutions, try a mixture of powdered milk powder and white oil or detergent.

Keeping plants well nourished helps prevent fungal infections. Potash is particularly good for improving disease resistance in frangipanis.

Hemispherical Scale

Leaves affected by hemispherical scale have dark to light brown bumps that are glossy, smooth and hemispherical. Leaves may have a black sooty coating.

Scale can be treated by spraying with white oil in spring to early summer. If you prefer organic solutions, try encouraging natural predators to your garden, such as ladybugs, the scale eating caterpillar, and parasitic wasps. Many plants attract ladybugs including daisies, zinnias, and zucchini.

Frangipani Rust

There is a new disease attacking frangipanis in Australia called frangipani rust. It is most noticeable in late summer and early autumn. An orange to yellow powdery substance (actually pustules) appears on the underside of leaves. They rupture and spread spores which pass the disease to other plants nearby. The upper sides of the leaves are brown and discoloured. Severe infections may cause the leaves to drop prematurely and can lead to the death of small plants, however larger trees appear to suffer no ill effects (apart from leaf drop).

To control frangipani rust try using a fungicide (such as Mancozeb) in the warmer months to slow the development of the disease. Disposing of all fallen leaves in winter and spraying the tree and the area under the tree with a fungicide may slow the reappearance of frangipani rust next season.

The good news is that recently some frangipani trees have built up a resistance to rust, so it may be on it’s way out.

Stem Rot & Black Tip Dieback

As frangipanis lose their leaves over winter, soft, withered stems may become visible. It’s a condition called ‘stem rot’ and it’s quite common in trees that have been stressed by frosts, drought, lack of sunlight or just plain old age.

The best way to keep it under control is to simply prune off any diseased growth, but when you do, it’s important to make sure you cut it right back to good, healthy tissue.

Dying tip growth is commonly referred to as black tip dieback. Some newer deciduous cultivars and evergreen frangipanis are particularly prone to the disease.

Commercial frangipani growers suggest the problem is worse in areas where fruit-spotting bug and beetle activity is high. This is because any insect attack on the tip of the plant predisposes it to a secondary dieback infection.

Affected plants typically reshoot beneath the damaged portion of stem. If plants appear unsightly or you are concerned that the rot is advancing down the stem, use sharp pruners to cut back to clean tissue. Be sure to use hot water or household disinfectant to clean pruners between cuts so as to minimise potential disease transfer.

Badly affected plants may benefit from an application of fungicide to limit the disease’s spread.

The Importance of Proper Storage of Drugs Illustrated by the Example of the Latest SSRI Drug

STORAGE is the process of keeping drugs at home. Drugs are chemicals that react to external stimulants such as heat, moisture, light, dust, etc. In many cases, such reaction leads only to superficial changes, such as discoloration. In many other cases, the reaction may affect the drug more seriously, leading to reduction or elimination of its efficacy and/or potency. There are cases of drugs that, thus affected, not only exert no healing effect but also cause adverse effects on the patient’s health,

Storage therefore must not be taken lightly. This is even more important in the storage of anti-depressant drugs such as Lexapro because if its healing property is lost or diminished, the patient, given his or her psychological/mental condition, may altogether refuse to take any medication and allow his or her condition to deteriorate to suicidal tendencies, if not suicide itself.

Label instructions: It is always a good practice to read storage instructions printed on the container or strips in which the medicine comes. Many liquid medicines are required to be used within a certain number of days after opening the container, after which their potency is reduced or lost. Reading instructions on the label is therefore the first thing one should do on purchasing a medicine. In fact, these instructions are enough to store medicines properly and one does not usually require further advice on it.

Storage of Lexapro: Lexapro is the latest anti-depressant drug belonging to the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) group of drugs. It is used in the treatment of depression and generalized anxiety disorders. The following are the storage instructions for Lexapro, which must be strictly adhere to:

  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C)
  • Store away from heat, direct light, and moisture. Keep the capsule or tablet away from the bathroom, kitchen sink, and other damp places. Heat or moisture can cause the medicine to break down or crack
  • Keep out of reach of children (this is applicable to all medicines)

To conclude, do not take storage of drugs lightly. Improper storage can reduce or even eliminate potency of the drug and this can dilute the patient’s confidence in the treatment he or she is receiving. In the case of patients with psychosomatic illnesses, this dilution of confidence can seriously impair chances of recovery and can even lead to suicide.