The Dangers of Bleeding Ulcer

More and more people are suffering from digestive disorders these days. Due to poor diets, unhealthy lifestyles and the abuse of caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol, most people develop different forms of ulcer. There are multiple types of ulcer and some of them are considered to be life-threatening. Even milder forms of ulcer may endanger a person's life if the disorder is not appropriately treated.

Ulcer involves irritation, sores or lesions at different levels of the gastrointestinal tract. The main cause of ulcer is considered to be the infection with the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which can be obtained through the ingestion of contaminated food or water. Another cause of ulcer is the excess production of hydrochloric acid and pepsin. When in excess, gastric acid may damage the protective walls of the stomach or other particular internal organs, enabling the bacteria to cause greater damage. Although the bacteria Helicobacter pylori and excess gastric secretions are mainly responsible for the development of ulcer, there are also other factors that may contribute to the process: smoking, alcohol consumption, caffeine, etc.

When hydrochloric acid and pepsin are also involved in the development of the ulcer, the disorder is referred to as peptic ulcer. If the ulcer occurs at the level of the duodenum, the disorder is called duodenal ulcer. If the ulcer develops in the stomach, the disorder is called stomach or gastric ulcer. Gastric ulcer is considered to be a serious form of digestive disorder, as it may lead to complications and even cancer. The most severe complications of peptic ulcer are bleeding ulcer and perforate ulcer.

Bleeding ulcer is very dangerous and in some cases it can cause the death of the affected person. Bleeding ulcer requires immediate medical attention and in most cases it can only be corrected through surgery. Operations performed in order to treat bleeding ulcers are mostly done through the means of a gastroscope. General anesthesia is not always required in performing such operations. Fortunately, not all patients who suffer from bleeding ulcer need surgery. Latest experimental medicines have reduced the mortality rate of patients who develop such complications and may in the future oral treatment will become a substitution for today's surgery.

The most common symptoms of bleeding ulcer are: vomiting blood, presence of blood in the feces, black stools, nausea and dehydration. Bleeding ulcer can also lead to anemia; due to excessive blood loss, fewer red blood cells remain within the body, failing to provide sufficient oxygen to internal organs. It is vital to try to prevent bleeding ulcers from appearing, as in some cases they may be fatal. The best thing to do when confronted with the symptoms of ulcer is to immediately inform your physician of your problems, in order to receive an appropriate medical treatment, thus avoiding further complications of the disorder.

Your Power To Choose

Your power to choose is an unalienable right that each and every person on earth is given at birth, and has the ability to exercise.

Every minute of every day the worlds population is presented with certain choices that must be made. These choices range from the most obvious, all the way to the extremely complex. In each of these choices being made, there is a specific exit created that is historically realized, which which extremely determines a specific event in any given situation.

These moment by moment choices that are made each day are taken for granted by many, and in many cases are not given much conscious thought as they are being made. These moment by moment choices are many times considered to have no impact on the results or opportunities that people experience, which are created based on those choices.

The most obvious choices made each day include things like what to wear, what we eat, where we work, when we go to bed, what time we wake up, who we associate with, etc. etc. In these examples the outcomes of those obvious choices are how we look, what kind of health we'll experience, how much money we make, how we'll feel the next morning, and who our friends become.

With each of these obvious choices made, we create a specific outcome based on those choices, and are personally responsible for the consequences.

What many do not realize is, just as they are responsible for the consequences of these obvious day to day choices made, each is equally responsible for the larger outcomes that happen in life, as a result of bigger more complex choices made. Put more simply, all results that occur in your life, occur, and are experienced as a direct result of the choices made.

Most are not even aware that many things that seem to just occur in life, do so not just by chance or fate, but actually happen because of previous choices that they have made. The masses believe that many opportunities experienced through life, due due to circumstances that are beyond their ability to control.

With the exception of death, there is absolutely nothing that happens in your day to day existence that does not happen based on a choice that was made. Even in the case of death, we are each given a choice as to how we choose to feel about it.

Sound ridiculous? It's true.

I have had many through the years dispute this concept. Many will say that they truly desire to create wealth, for example, but claim to be hopelessly stuck in an unfulfilling job that they dislike, because that is all their skill level will allow them to do. They choose to claim the role of victim of circumstance rather than accept the responsibility of their ability to choose to create a different circumstance.

Although the existing condition may be true in the present moment, it was created by choices made in the past, and they have the right and the power to choose to make different choices in the future which would create a different exit. Although the choices that could change their current situation are many, an obvious choice would be to enhance their level of skill through education, which would enable them to do something else. They also have the power to choose to establish new beliefs that would allow them to do whatever they desire, rather than feel stuck in an occupation that they do not want to do.

When presented with this idea, they're then saying something like, "I do not have the time to do that", which is also a choice.

Some will say that they have no control over the condition of their health, many times not realizing the resources available, or making the choice of not taking the time necessary to explore other possibilities which would allow them to develop the belief and awareness that the human body was created as a self healing mechanism, and that regardless of the situation, they do have the choice as well as the ability to correct even illness and disease.

"But the doctor said" … What the doctor said has absolutely nothing to do with the situation, only the choice to choose what beliefs are established, based on the information received. Many well intentioned doctors are the reason that so many spend years taking unnecessary and harmful pharmaceutical drugs and actually send many people to their graves based on their lack of awareness of the many other possibilities available. Even in this case the patient has the choice to accept or deny the news being shared as truth or not, as well as the power to choose to change the conditions.

It is not the responsibility of the doctor to determine if someone will live or not if he has in good faith done all that he has been trained to do.

There are thousands of thousands of documented cases where the conventional medical community has diagnosed a condition as terminal and without hope, only to find that the patient, by choosing to not accept the news as belief, lived many years beyond what they were told, and completely reversed the illness or disease diagnosed!

One such case is a man named Lester Levenson who was sent home from the hospital at age 42, with the news that there was nothing further that could be done for him, and was sent home to die. He was diagnosed as having severe depression, an enlarged liver, kidney stones, spleen trouble, hyperacidity, and ulcers that had perforated his stomach and formed lesions, as well as just having suffered his second coronary.

Mr. Levenson, could have made the choice to believe what he had been told. Instead he made a conscious choice to not accept the bleak diagnosis that he had received. Although he did go home, he refused to accept the information given by someone else, which would have established the belief that would have ended his life. He refused to accept this news as fact and went home, not to die, but made a choice to figure out how to live. Lester Levenson made a conscious choice to research and discover other information that was available, which was contrary to the medical team that was caring for him, and as a result, through natural means, restored his body to total health in only 3 months and lived to enjoy an additional 52 years!

Since that time, this discover has been shared with, and has assisted well over 100,000 people from all over the world to overcome many seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Each of us has been granted the power to choose. We each possess the power to choose what to believe or not to believe. We each have an unalienable right and undeniable ability to make the choices that determine our lives. If your current beliefs are not supporting the type of life that you choose to live, you have the ability to form new beliefs that will.

If you choose to believe that you have no control over the things that happen in your life from day to day, your outputs will continue to manifest exactly as they have based on that belief. If the beliefs that you have established are based on what someone else has taught you, you have the power to choose to find new information which allows you to decide for yourself if that information is correct.

If you are not living the kind of life that you were intended and created to live, and have the right to enjoy, it is within your power to choose to change it.

You have the free will to choose a life of Abundance and Happiness.

Your day to day choices determine your outcomes in life. Whether or not you choose to believe it is, your choice. Choose wisely.

© Chuck Danes. All rights reserved.

Lean Muscle Protein Shakes

A low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet is quite difficult to stick to for any length of time. Very soon, the craving for familiar stomach fillers like bread, rice and potatoes begins to hit you. Even if you overcome the mental desires, you will find yourself getting hungry at odd times, and not feeling "filled up" after meals.

Why do you get these physical cravings?

First of all, the mind exerts a lot of control over the body, in ways that are not immediately obvious. What seems to be a physical craving may also be mostly mental.

Secondly, there is definitely a part of the craving that is physical. Most people automatically eat less once they cut down on carbs. To top it off, your body is still used to producing digestive secretions at the intervals that it had previously, so the cravings until your body gets used to the new routine.

What can you do to combat them?

First, drink lots of water. A lot of our "hunger" is caused by hyperacidity in the stomach. Water dilutes the acid, helping you hang the hunger for a while.

When you realize you are really hungry and no amount of water helps, go for a protein shake. You will find various varieties in the market, including organic ones. Look out for protein mixes based on hemp, soy or brown rice. If you do not like the taste of the shake mix flavors, buy an unflavored protein powder and add fruit to make your snack even richer in trace nutrients.

A protein shake will help you stick to your low-carb diet and yet help you feel energetic and well-nourished for at least two hours. Adjust the amounts of high protein shake mix and fruit to suit your preferences, and soon you will find the perfect snack to beat your cravings.

Get High on Water Content Foods If You Have GERD (Acid Reflux)! – 3 Simple Ways

High Water Content Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables are great sources of nutrients and vitamins. Add to that the fact that it helps relieve any digestive problems such as GERD, acid reflux, and gastritis, due to its alkaline content which neutralizes the excess acidity in your stomach. Here are three practical ways to get more of this good food into your day:

1. Instead of having chips with your meal, have carrots sticks or cucumber slices instead. – Chips or cookies, especially the ones you mostly get from boxes or packs, admittedly taste better, but once you get to the point of realization that these are low in nutrients (if there are any at all), and they are not a good combination to have with any of your main meals of the day, you are better off combining your meal with fresh vegetables. Remember though, not to take fruits with your meal, as there is a proper way of eating it as I outlined in one of my other write-ups.

2. If you still are hungry at the end of dinner, go for seconds on tossed salad instead of anything else. – Your body should be eating less by dinner especially as it nears your bedtime. This is critical for people who are suffering from GERD, acid reflux, and most digestive disorders. However, what are you to do in case you still end up wanting more food after the last meal of the day? More of that juicy steak you just had? Or otherwise chocolate or ice cream to ensure you get a great meal? These are good "comfort" foods but taken at dinnertime, particularly with your health condition, is just asking for trouble.

3. For a light and healthy breakfast, throw together a collection of all your favorite fresh fruits. – This not only makes it good for your body because of its high water content, but it also is great tasting and certainly a better alternative than your usual eggs, toast, and cereals.

Make these things a habit and feel the difference. Remember that these kind of foods (high water content) serve as a natural cure for GERD, acid reflux, and most of your digestive problems.

Types of Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile arthritis, also known as juvenile chronic arthritis, childhood arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, has five different subtypes, or classifications, depending on the symptoms found within the first six months of diagnosis. These classifications are pauciarticular, polyarticular, systemicic injury, spondyloarthropathy and psoriatic juvenile arthritis. Juvenile arthritis was once referred to as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis but the 'rheumatoid' was dropped as part of the name because it leads people to believe this disease is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in adults, which it is very different from in terms of symptoms, course of the disease and future outlook of the disease.

Pauciarticular juvenile arthritis affects less than four joints, usually the ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist and is the most common type of juvenile arthritis. This particular subtype affects around 45% of children diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, very few of which develop general, or body-wide, symptoms. Pauciarticular juvenile arthritis sufferers rarely experience bone growth problems or deformed joints, which may be associated with other types of juvenile arthritis. Some children with juvenile arthritis develop inflammation of the eye, known as uveitis, which can lead to blindness if it is not treated promptly. Pauciarticular juvenile arthritis will sometimes disappear within a few years, but many children will experience cycles of remission and flares for the rest of their life.

Polyarticular juvenile arthritis affects about 40% of children diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and it affects more girls than boys. This subtype of juvenile arthritis affects children with a huge age gap and it is rarely first diagnosed between three three and ten. Polyarticular juvenile arthritis affects at least five joints at the same time, usually the small joints of the hands and feet, although the knee has been known to be affected as well. When the knee is affected by juvenile arthritis, the bones in the leg will begin to grow at different rates and one leg will become longer than the other. This can lead to arthritis in the hip or spinal, which around half of all children diagnosed with this subtype of juvenile arthritis will develop. Polyarticular juvenile arthritis presents with general symptoms, such as reduced appetite, slight fever and a slight rash. Polyarticular juvenile arthritis is usually most severe in children who were primarily diagnosed after age 10 and they may test positive for rheumatoid factor. This is a marker found in other autoimmune disorders, including adult rheumatoid arthritis. If a child does test positive for this marker, they are more likely to develop deformed joints and many doctors consider this subtype of juvenile arthritis adult rheumatoid arthritis that occurs at an early age.

Systemic injury juvenile arthritis is sometimes called Still disease after the doctor who first described it. This subtype of juvenile arthritis occurs in approximately 10% of juvenile arthritis patients and affects boys and girls equally. Primary diagnosis is usually made between 5 and 10 years of age and may be difficult to diagnose accurately due to the initial symptoms do not affect the joints. The initial symptoms are usually found with some type of infection, high fever, swollen lymph nodes, rash, loss of appetite and consequent weight loss. Occidentally children with this subtype of juvenile arthritis will develop more serious complications, inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart (pericarditis), inflammation of the heart itself (myocarditis) and inflammation of the tissue lining the chest cavity and lungs (pleuritis). However, systemicic juvenile juvenile arthritis rarely includes inflammation of the eye as seen in pauciarticular juvenile arthritis. When arthritis symptoms do begin to appear, often later in the course of this disease, they usually affect the wrists or ankles. Many of the children diagnosed with systemic insect juvenile arthritis will experience cycles of remissions and flares of the systemic symptoms through their childhood. Systemic insect juvenile arthritis sufferers will go on to develop polyarticular juvenile arthritis.

The final two subtypes of juvenile arthritis, spondyloarthropathy and psoriatic juvenile arthritis are rare. Spondyloarthropathy usually affects boys over the age of eight. It begins in the knees and ankles, slowly moving to include the lower spinal and hips. Sometimes uveitis occurs, but resolves on its own. Psoriatic juvenile arthritis affects less than four joints in the beginning, but soon advances to other joints. The toes, hips, spine and fingers are the main joints affected by this subtype of juvenile arthritis. Children with this subtype of juvenile arthritis often suffer from psoriasis and have pits or ridges on their fingernails. This arthritis often disables the child.

Understanding Idiopathic Angioedema

Idiopathic Angioedema is a medical condition that causes severe swelling of the skin tissue under the surface layer or the 'Derma'. Angioedema often manifests very suddenly which can cause some distress. The cause of the condition is unknown as far as modern medicine goes, but many believe the condition to be linked to undering autoimmune disease.

Generally the term idiopathic is used to describe a condition which is triggered by no obvious reason. Treatments for the condition are basically aimed at symptom relief which is good enough for acute attacks although it's of little help to chronic sufferer's

Angioedema or the deep swapping happens because of an allergic reaction which the body responds to by producing excess histamine, which in turn manifests as large areas of swelling.

The problem is that the allergen that triggered it is often hard to discover. Also, in many cases the standard antihistamine treatment can not provide effective relief specifically for the prevention of the condition becoming chronic.

Testing For Allergies

The standard skin tests can sometimes pinpoint the allergen, but this method is seldom successful as the reason for the condition are often deep rooted.

An elimination diet may prove to be more successful in discovering hidden allergens This generally involves the exclusion of one type of food or a specific product from the menu of the tested person, this is however a time consuming process.

Allergens, antagonists or triggers can be a certain type of food such as dairy, wheat or simply an additive or colouring used in any number of commercially produced products. There are many different kinds of food intolerances and they can vary substantively from a person to person. Thus, an elimination diet is a very useful tool for the determination of the cause of Idiopathic Angioedema (If you have the time).

Unfortunately the reasons for Angioedema like chronic urticaria are notoriously hard to pinpoint, allergens are all around us, in the air even the water we drink. Climate could also be a factor in as much as the number of cases drop significantly in warmer climates, this is most likely the result of the body absorbing higher levels of natural vitamin D3.

About Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Heart valve disease is a condition where one or multiple valves in the heart do not function properly. In a healthy heart the valves open and close once during each heartbeat which ensures blood flows in the right direction. However, valves can fail to open properly (called stenosis) or close properly (called regurgitation) which can result in blood being stopped at inopportune moments or leaking. The type of heart valve disease you have (aortic, mitral, pulmonary, or tricuspid) depends on the valve affected. Treatment of the condition may include medication, balloon valvotomy, or heart valve replacement surgery. If your condition is mild enough, the doctor may take a wait and see attitude.

When it comes to heart valve surgery, the surgeon may take one of two approaches. The doctor may repair the valve. This involves tightening the valve by sewing a ring around the opening. The valve may also be cut, separated, or shortened in order to get it function properly. The other option the surgeon may take is to completely replace the valve with a prosthetic. The prosthetic may be mechanical and made from artificial materials. These types of valves require the patient to take an anticoagulant for the rest of their life. Biological prosthetics also exist which are transplanted from cows, pigs, or other human donors. However, these valves tend to wear out quicker than mechanical ones.

Heart valve replacement surgery is similar to bypass surgery. The patient is put under general anesthesia and the chest is opened. Since the heart can not beat during the surgery, the patient is hooked up to a heart-lung machine that ensures oxygen is circulated throughout the body. The heart is then stopped so that the surgeon can repair or replace the valve. Minimally invasive heart valve surgery can be done as an alternative. This option involves smaller cuts in the chest which result in a faster recovery and less pain.

This type of surgery is highly successful and valves can last for 8 to 20 years depending on the type used. The development of medical complications from heart valve surgery was relatively low although bleeding, blood clots, and infection can occur. Addition risks associated with this surgery includes heart attack, irregular heartbeat, kidney failure, stroke, low grade fever coupled with chest pain, and death. Additionally, you may need to take anticoagulant medication to prevent other complications from developing. More information about heart valve replacement surgery can be obtained from a qualified medical professional.

Hypertension – Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a persistent blood pressure above 90 mm Hg between the heart beats (diastolic) or over 140 mm Hg at the beats (systolic). The blood pressure varies naturally in response to stress and physical work load.Therefore the blood pressure shall be measured in a relaxed situation and several times before this diagnosis is certain.

Hypertension does not in itself give dramatic symptoms, but it is dangerous because it causes a highly increased risk for heart infarction, stroke and renal failure.


One out of six persons is hypertensive. Most persons suffering from hypertension is over the age of 35. Still 6% of teenagers are hypertensive and also 1% of every child.


Hypertension is often without symptoms. By mild hypertension, flushing and headache can occur.

More serious hypertension gives symptoms like: Fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and nosebleeds.

Extreme hypertension gives morning headache, blurred vision, dyspnoea (breathing difficulties) and elevated values of certain components in the blood, like urea and serum creatinine.

Hypertension will in the long run hurt the blood vessels, and serious hypertension can do extensive damage to the blood vessels in a few months or years.

The damaged blood vessels will impair the blood flow. They can also rupture causing a bleeding or be clogged by a blood clot that shuts out the blood flow and causes tissue damage. These things can occur in the brain, causing a stroke, in the heart causing heart infarction or in the kidneys with renal failure as a consequence.

A renal failure will in the next turn cause the hypertension to aggarvate, partly because a damaged kidney will not manage to secrete water and salt well enough, and partly because a kidney that do not get enough blood will start a hormonal mechanism that induces the kidney to actively hold back salt and water.


The direct mechanisms causing hypertension is one or more of these factors:

– An increased tension in the blood vessel walls.

– An increased blood volume caused by elevated levels of salt and lipids in the blood holding back water.

– Hardened and inelastic blood vessels caused by arteriosclerosis.

The primary causes behind these mechanisms are not fully understood, but these factors contribute to causing hypertension:

– A high consume of salt

– A high fat consume.

– Stress at work and in the daily life.

– Smoking.

– Over-weight

– Lack of exercise.

– Kidney failure.


Lifestyle measures shall always be a component of the hypertension treatment. Sometimes such measures are enough to cure the condition. Those measures are:

– Reducing salt consume.

– Reduction of the consume of fat, and especially saturated fat.

– Weight reduction.

– Relaxing and stress reduction techiques, for example meditation and autogenic training.

– Regular exercise.


Research projects suggest that the following food types reduce blood pressure.

– Fish oil and fat fish. The working substances seem to be the omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The effect from fish oil seems to cease when the fish oil supplements are stopped.

-Olive oil, especially olive oil of the quality extra virgin.


Natural supplements to treat hypertension exist. These supplements reduce blood pressure by lowering the cholesterol and lipid content in the blood, by preventing oxidation of tissue components by free radicals, and by helping damaged blood vessels to heal. Examples of ingredients having these effects are vitamin B3, inositol, turmenic extract and gum guggul extract.

They may also contain Ingredients giving a direct anti-hypertensive effect, like potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and fatty acids from marine sources.


When lifestyle measures and supplements are not enough to cure the condition, medical treatment must be applied.

Diuretics, or medicines to increase the urine production, are used to decrease the water content in the blood vessels, and thereby reduce the pressure in the vessels. When the water content is lowered, the heart does not need to pump so hard any more, and this will also reduce the pressure.

Beta-adrenergic blockers are another group of medicines to treat hypertension. This group of medicines block the signals that hormones and neurotransmitters give to the vessel walls, and the vessel walls then relax. They also slow down the heart rate to give a lower pressure exerted by the heart upon the blood.

When a Heart Attack Is Imminent, Ignorance of Heart Attack Symptoms Can Be Deadly

How do I know if I'm having a heart attack? Or a stroke? In discussing this matter with a number of doctors, several cardiologists among them, common factors repeatedly came up. So what follows is a summary of the answers given by medical professionals who have for extended periods, being intimately involved with our heart health.

To answer the question: How do I know if I'm having a heart attack? All doctors answered this question with a common response. "You almost can not miss it!" Most went on to add that you can not miss the signs of a heart attack at all if you pay attention. Unfortunately, many people ignore the signs; an all too often fatal mistake. It is depressing to see how many people die of a heart attack simply because they waited too long to get help.

Some people have a good old "movie type" heart attack. Often those are the lucky ones because everyone around them is galvanized into action; 911 is called, an ambulance carries the victim with sirens blaring to the nearest trauma center where it is met by a team of highly skilled drugs who know exactly what they're doing and how to intervenee successfully.

The problem here is that these spectacular heart attacks are in the decided minority. Most heart attacks start slowly, with mild discomfort. More often than not, the victim is not sure what's wrong and wait too long to get help. So here are the signs that can mean a heart attack is on its way.

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. Often it will go away and come back again. This discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, and even pain. And, while women do not have an exclusive on this, they are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea / vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

Other symptoms to look for are discomfort in other areas of the upper body; pain and discomfort in one or both arms (forget the thing about just the left arm), the back, or the jaw.

So if you or someone you're with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, do not wait more than five minutes before calling for help. And do not drive yourself or the victim to the hospital. Call 911 and have an ambulance do it. It's the fastest way of getting help. Patients arriving in a screaming ambulance always receive immediate attention without going through all the normal paperwork gymnastics. And if, after all the tests have been done, it turns out to be a false alarm, not to be embarrassed. Doctors all agree; staff will be happy to send you on your way in good health, respectful of your judgment in getting checked out.

Essentially, stroke is a disruption of blood flow to the brain. Stroke is caused by a blockage or bleeding of a blood vessel. Areas of the brain that are affected by such a blockage can be severely damaged within minutes. The effects of a stroke range from mild to severe; temporary or permanent. It all depends on which brain cells are involved, how much damage is done, and how quickly the blood supply is restored. Symptoms of a stroke are sudden, rarely they are not felt at all, and most usually they include one or more of the following:

  • Sudden numbness, paralysis, or weakness in the face or limb on one side of the body.
  • Problems with walking or balance that were not there before.
  • A sudden change of vision
  • Slurred speech, drooling.
  • Confusion, difficulty in understanding simple questions.
  • A sudden severe headache of unfamiliar character.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms needs immediate medical attention. Not all of these symptoms occur with every stroke, and any one of these signs should not be ignored even if it goes away. It is important to check the time when the first warning sign occurred. The doctor will want to know this. If you're attaching a person with symptoms of a stroke, expect to be met with denial. That's common. Call emergency services for an ambulance over the protests of anyone with symptoms of a stroke. Prompt action can minimize the damage.

Have a Healthy Heart the Natural Way

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in America, according to the American Heart Association. It is estimated that at least 100 million Americans have one or more of the risk factors associated with heart disease. Finding a natural way to prevent and combat heart disease is a top priority for the majority of our population. Taking care of your heart includes eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and proactively maintaining normal cholesterol levels.

A heart-healthy diet consist of whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, and low fat protein (like soy). You also need to limit your intake of saturated fats (beef, butter, cheese, etc.) and avoid trans fats (fast food, bakery products, many snack foods, etc.). Including monounsaturated fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts, etc.) in your diet has been shown to decrease your risk of heart disease. Another fat that can reduce your risk of heart disease is a type of polyunsaturated fat called omega-3 fatty acid (fish and flaxseed). Making sure your diet includes adequate fiber is also important for heart health, so taking fiber supplements with at least 5 grams of fiber can help you reach your goal.

Exercising regularly can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower your blood pressure, and improve your cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association recommends getting 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Some of the best heart-healthy exercises are walking, running, and swimming, as your individual health allows. Even common activities you do around the house, like cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, and working in the garden, can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Eating right and exercising can help you maintain a healthy weight. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is the worst for your heart. Visceral fat has been linked to many health problems that put your heart at risk such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and inflammation in the body. Maintaining a healthy weight is best achieved with a program that promotes the loss of fat while also helping to preserve muscle mass.

Getting your cholesterol levels checked is a good place to start assessing your risk of developing heart disease. When it comes to cholesterol we have two types, HDL (good) and LDL (bad). The National Institutes of Health recommend the following cholesterol levels:

– Total Cholesterol – less than 200 mg / dL
LDL Cholesterol – less than 130 mg / dL
– HDL Cholesterol – 60 mg / dL or more

Your body needs cholesterol to construct your cell membranes and form many of your hormones. Supplementation or medication is sometimes needed to help you get your cholesterol levels to a healthy range. Celebrate Valentine's Day by doing something healthy for your heart. Get your cholesterol levels checked. Eat a heart-healthy diet rich in antioxidants and fiber. Exercise for 30 minutes a day 5 or 6 days each week. Lose extra belly fat and maintain a healthy weight. Add the necessary supplements to address vitamin and mineral deficiencies and to help lower your cholesterol. Let this month be the start of your new, natural way to have a healthy heart.

Causes of Smoking – Two Diseases That Will Affect You

Smoking causes a multitude of diseases. Diseases are caused by smoking because tobacco products contain cancer-causing and disease-casing ingredients. The severity of the illness is directly related to the length of time smoking and the products used in smoking.

Two diseases caused by smoking are tar lungs and smoker's cough. When you smoke, tar accumulates in your lungs. The lungs, through minute hair-like filaments called cilia, will remove tar. But if tar accumulation is too much, this will damage the lungs leading to tar lungs. The body will now look for other ways to remove tar and that is through coughing. This is the beginning of smoker's.

Cancer-causing substances, or carcinogens, are plentiful in cigarettes and tobacco products. These cause smoking to produce many types of cancers. Lung cancer is one of them, 87% of lung cancer cases in the United States are caused by smoking. A person who smoked at some point in his life has a 1 in 10 chance of developing lung cancer. If he continues smoking, the risk becomes 1 in 6. Passive smokers have a lung cancer risk of 20 to 30%.

Other cancers caused by smoking include cancers of the oral cavity, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, laryngeal cancer, and many more.

Nicotine causes constriction of blood vessels which leads to blockage. The effects of nicotine cause smoking to develop diseases like heart attack, atherosclerosis, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Smokers below 40 years of age are 5 time more likely to suffer a heart attack. Passive smokers have a heart disease risk of 25 to 30%.

The ingredients in cigarettes and tobacco products also cause smoking to affect the immune system. Smokers have an increased risk of acquiring infections like common colds, chronic bronchitis, invasive pneumococcal disease, tuberculosis, and many others. Smokers who consume at least 20 cigarettes a day increase their tuberculosis risk by 2 to 4 times.

Exposure to substances commonly found in smoke, like cyanide and carbon monoxide cause smoking to produce emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Aside from these diseases, death is also caused by smoking. 2.5 to 10 year

Pros and Cons of a Surgical Hair Transplant

Some of the major causes of hair loss are male pattern baldness, scalp injuries and hair thinning in women due to the natural aging process or hormonal imbalances. Hair transplant procedures are very common these days and can successfully restore lost hair. Results can vary from person to person, but it is definitely a great way to restore your appearance.

However, there is a lot of debate regarding whether this procedure has long term effects and whether it accelerates hair re-growth etc. Here we discuss the various pros and cons of surgical hair transplant procedures:

PRO: Long term results

Hair transplant surgery is conducted in multiple stages. But once the procedure is complete, there is no need for repeat treatments. This makes this kind of treatment very cost effective as compared to any other hair re-growth treatments that are available. There is also no need to use continuous medication for the effects to last. Overall, surgical transplant has long term results.

PRO: Re-growth

The patient’s natural hair follicles are relocated to the bald area. These follicles then behave as natural hair follicles and foster hair growth. This again is not a temporary arrangement. Natural hair grows within three to six months of the transplant.

CON: Side Effects

Hair transplant surgery has its own side effects. Some of the most common side effects of this procedure include infected hair follicles. There is also a possibility of loss of the transplanted hair. Scalp swelling and itching are some unavoidable after effects of this procedure. Some patients also experience numbness of the scalp. Last but not the least, some patients also complain of unnatural looking transplanted hair.

CON: Scarring

More often than not, hair transplant surgeries are successful. But sometimes the hair follicles die before the new hair grows. Bumps occur on the skin at the transplant sites. Sometimes wide areas of scarring are seen on the scalp. Scarring could give a very unnatural look to the new hair and the whole purpose of hair transplant is lost.

Well, there are plenty of positive aspects to consider for hair transplant surgery. The success rates are definitely high. There are many who have benefited from this type of surgery. It adds to the aesthetic value of your looks. Well, for any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Comparatively, this surgery does not include any life threatening risks.

This simple procedure that harvests hair from one area of your head and relocates them to another area is seen as a promising alternative to quickly fix the problem of balding or hair thinning. It is a short procedure with great benefits. Before you take a decision, make sure that you understand all the pros and cons of this procedure.

Brain Tumor Diagnosis – Meningioma

When you are told that a loved one has a Meningioma or maybe you have been diagnosed yourself, there are so many different questions, concerns and fears. It strikes terror into your heart when you do not know much about the condition and starts an emotional roller coaster of feelings.

Nothing definitive has been found out about this type of brain tumor. The survival rate for those with meningioma is high, but the very idea of ​​knowing the medical condition exists can be devastating. Offering support to someone that has this type of brain tumor can be difficult when you feel in such turmoil yourself but being with them through the various tests and treatments can ease the feeling of them being totally alone and a positive attitude is paramount. Looks of pity, terrorism and total confusion are not helpful at this time.

Being diagnosed with a brain tumor can feel like the end of the world; however it does not have to be. Contact can be made with fellow meningioma sufferers and their families through specific support groups. Relating to others that have trodden the same path can lighten the load and help you to see clearly through the trauma of the situation.

Meningioma symptoms come in all guises and are frequently frustrating for the diagnosed person as they are often suffering problems that are not easily seen by everyone else, such as headaches, blurred vision and memory loss. The person that suffers from this condition often dreams tired or drained, and will certainly be feeling a great deal of anxiety. Talking the situation through and reassuring them that you will be there through it all is what is required together with a positive outlook and possibly helping them and working with them to find out as much about the condition as possible.

The effects of the diagnosis and recommended treatments can also leave the person feeling emotionally drained, scared that proposed actions are moving very fast, lost in a situation where they have absolutely no knowledge or understanding of why this has happened. The meningioma sufferer may experience the 'Why Me' feeling which is perfectly normal and may even feel angry. To avoid depression and emotions such as hopelessness it is important for supporters to remain positive. Being there to listen and offer words of reassurance is so important for the person diagnosed to come to terms with the condition and deal with it.

Hearing the news that a family member has been diagnosed is almost as traumatic as personally receiving the diagnosis. A state of shock typically prevails which is quickly taken over by fear. There will be numerous questions and uppermost in everyone's mind will be income and survival rates. It is really important at this time to collect together as much factual information as you can before bombarding the meningioma sufferer with questions that may scare or depress them. Armed with good positive facts can help contain panic and will assist in reassuring the sufferer that survival rate are high.

Of course, there are books and other medical guides and articles that can help people understand and be able to emotionally meet with the medical condition too. Fear of the unknown is a demon and the more educated a person is about their condition, absolutely the less fear will be experienced.

Asking questions of someone who has already been down the same path of dealing with a meningioma brain tumor will help deal with anxieties about your own or a loved one's condition.

How to Tell If Your Cat Has Bronchi-Pneumonia

The pneumonia in the cat, like that in the dog, is a bronchi-pneumonia, or a pneumonia due to filling up of isolated little lobes in the lung of the animal, and differs from the ordinary pneumonia of man and the horse, in which latter the inflammation invades a whole lobe of the lung. In bronchi-pneumonia there is more fever than in simple bronchitis.

The constitutional symptoms and debility of the animal are more marked, with usually a total loss of appetite. In addition to the mucus respiratory sound characterized by fine crackles which are heard in bronchitis, you have a hissing, whistling, or sounds of more or less sharpness, like those of a whistle, which are due to the hepatization (a state of the lungs when gorged with effused matter, so that they are no longer pervious to the air) or filled-up lobes pressing upon and compressing the air-tubes which lead to lobes of sound lung-tissue.

Bronchi-pneumonia in the cat may also be caused by the presence of parasites lodged in the lung tissue and an irritation producing an effusion and filling the air spaces. This form of bronchi-pneumonia at the outside resembles in its symptoms an ordinary bronchi-pneumonia either by the detection of the parasite in the discharge which the animal coughs up, or by the fact that the bronchi-pneumonia does not run its regular course, but gets better in a few days, or gets decidedly worse. with more lung-tissue filling up: and that it assumes a chronic form, with the local symptoms of a hissing, whistling sounds, unchanged in size and location, accompanied by the absence of the severe constitutional symptoms.

In the beginning of bronchi-pneumonia the same treatment can be used as for colds and bronchitis. The cat should be placed in a quiet, darkened corner, and be protected from drafts. It should not have food forced upon it, although it should have a small saucer of water, in which can be placed a little bicarbonate of soda and a small saucer of fresh milk, which it can take if it wants. It is better to place only a small quantity of milk at a time, as the owner can then judge how much the cat is taking, and there is no chance of the milk souring.

Giving your cat healthy safe cat food and supplements that is rich in the additional nutrients your cat may need to meet his or her unique requirements will help with a depress immune system. Humidity is wonderful for easing congestion and will help to improve their breathing.

You can use a humidifier or put your cat in the bath room with the shower running hot water. If the problem seems to be getting worse the best thing would be to consult your Veterinarian.

This information is intended as an informational guide only. This is not to be substituted for professional veterinarian care. Always ask your Veterinarian for advice and have them explain why they have chosen that treatment and what the side effects are.

The Hic-Cup – 2006's Hottest New Gadget

Finally, an Official Treatment for Problem Hiccups … Really, Singultus is No joke

Even though it was just released to the public a few weeks ago, The Hic-Cup has quickly emerged as this year's hottest new gadget, capturing an underground swell of interest in problem hiccups and hiccup remedies. Just a few weeks ago, The Hic-Cup Ltd., an emerging health and medical device innovator, released their flagship product, The Hic-Cup as a reliable, safe and discreet treatment for singultus, or chronic hiccups. Since then, the patented Class I medical device has been embroidered by singultus sufferers worldwide, grateful for a serious solution to this disturbing condition. The Hic-Cup has been written about on countless blogs and websites the world over, and in the last week it has been the subject of news reports on over 200 television stations.

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Karen B. Cohen relates that the company has been overwhelmed by the public's response to the subject of hiccup remedies. "Every appearance on radio or television that our inventor and CEO Phil Ehlinger has made in the past couple of weeks has created a huge buzz and immediate direct response from consumers." Ehlinger adds, "People have their favorite hiccup remedies that they are surprisingly passionate about." The huge number of people that suffer from singultus and do not find relief with folk remedies are extremely passionate about the Hic-Cup. " Internet searches reveal over 500 hiccup remedies described on the Web.

In addition, according to Cohen, communications experts, including broadcast professionals covering the story, have quickly recognized the potential of the Hic-Cup as peak performance insurance and they have been rushing to purchase the device for themselves. The story about this innovative gadget began in the Philadelphia media market, but was quickly picked up and broadcast nationally. Philadelphia talk radio host Michael Smerconish has led discussion on the device on several recent shows (BigTalk1210AM) and has endorsed the Hic-Cup as working for him personally.

The "anti-hiccup" cup has emerged as a "must-have" item for reporters, disc jockeys, and speakers who recognize the risks of singultus as a post modern performance problem. Singultus detracts from professionalism and credibility during public speaking incidents, and as Ehlinger emphasizes, "The Hic-Cup is ultra low cost 'professional performance insurance' for speakers, teachers, broadcasters, performers, sales professionals, and everyone who uses their voice as a business tool. " Constructed of stainless steel and brass, the device affords its owners with an attractive, durable, portable and easily cleaned apparatus for controlling singultus outbreaks. Thanks to the Hic-Cup, hiccup sufferers can be liberated from this plaguing condition.

According to WebMD, "A hiccup is an involuntary spasmodic contraction of the muscle at the base of the lungs (diaphragm) followed by the rapid closure of the vocal cords." Despite the jokes and folklore remedies surrounding the condition, chronic hiccups classify as a legitimate medical problem that affects people of all ages. Using natural galvanic action to stimulate the Vagus and Phrenic nerves, the Hic-Cup administers quick, safe, pain-free sub-sensory bio-electric therapy to re-establish proper function of the esophagus and diaphragm. The Hic-Cup affords singultus sufferers a sanitary medical device, completely free of side-effects or risk, to control embarassing, disruptive and often painful bouts of hiccups.

Chronic hiccup sufferers report their condition as more than just a disturbing nuisance. Singultus adversely affects the ability to perform activities requiring precision work and focused concentration – including but not limited to machinery operation, golfing, archery, darts, target shooting, sculpting, painting, and many other skills. Even poker players report that a case of hiccups can ruin their performance. In cases where laser-focused concentration, a calm demeanor, and a steady hand are critical, the Hic-Cup offers immediate protection from disruptive hiccups for better job / skill performance and increased confidence.

The Hic-Cup can not yet be found in stores. The sleek, modern looking cup can be purchased by phone or at the Hic-Cup website. It is completely guaranteed, and actually, the company recommends seeing a health care professional if the device fails to work. Some illnesses and medical conditions associated with chronic hiccups include: esophageal cancer, pleurisy of the diaphragm, pneumonia, uremia, alcoholism, disorders of the stomach or esophagus, and bowel diseases, pancreatitis, pregnancy, bladder irritation, liver cancer, hepatitis, surgery and tumors.

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