Severe Depression – The Worst of Its Kind?

Severe Depression occurs when the illness is in its worse stages. Too many Americans will not seek help for this disorder until it is so severe that it takes years to bring under control. Depression of some type afflicts 15 million people in the USA annually. Medical attention will only be sought by about 4.5 million of these people. They try to hide it, wish it away, because of fear of being labeled crazy or insane. The problem is that Sever Depression will not be wished away. The condition gets worse and those afflicted will lose control.

Many Americans are too ashamed to admit they are afflicted. Severe depression does not make you sub-human. It does not make you less of a human. Depression is a disease like any other disease. Medical care is needed. The normal symptoms of depression are multiplied in severe cases. The illness and its effects get much much worse. It becomes harder to deal with every day situations. Negative feelings intensify to make you a total loner. This disease can not be avoided. Treatment is possible. Attacking it in its early stage is a key.

The ability to identify the symptoms associated with depression is essential in the process of diagnosis and treatment. Depression is associated with many symptoms. A transparent one is that the sufferer will withdraw into themselves. Dealing with other people becomes too difficult. They can not overcome their feelings of guilt, hopelessness and uselessness. They always seem angry and short tempered. In some cases of severe depression people claim to hear evil spirits whispering in their ear. Suicide often becomes a way out for victims of severe depression. It takes treatment and a great deal of support from loved ones to help people with the disease ..

Severe depression is terrible. Those who suffer it can not live normal lives, as they once knew it. There is no feeling like the feeling of losing self-control. Hope is slim, but treatment is hope. Typically, anti-depressants and 'talk therapy' are prescribed to treat depression. There are also many support groups available to assist these individuals to adjust in society. Once victims seek treatment they can be put on the road to a better life. They can again be the ruler of their own domain. But first the illness must be admitted and treatment sought.

Cluster Headaches and Treatments

The cluster headache is a malady that affects just 69 out of 100,000 people in the population-much fewer than those who suffer from migraines, sinus headaches, or one of the many other types of headaches. This is probably why it was not really recognized by the medical community until the last 150 years or so and is still largely misunderstood. Over the course of time there have been many different names attributed to these headaches including erythroprosopalgia, spenopalatine neuralgia, ciliary neuralgia, Rader’s syndrome, vidian neuralgia, and histamine cephalalgia.

Headaches are quite common. Everybody gets them, albeit some are more severe than others and some can indicate something more severe. Everyone has had them – sinus and allergy headaches, migraines, etc… This article will answer the questions of what causes them and how we should treat them

Cluster headaches are rare headaches that often occur in groups or clusters and are frequently associated with drooping eyelids, red, watery eyes and nasal congestion on the affected side of the face. This is also characterized by severe headaches of piercing quality near one eye or temple that last for between fifteen minutes to three hours.

Cluster Headache Symptoms include;

• One-Sided Pain nearly always

• Pain stays on one side.

• Pain may start of other side when new cluster headache starts.

• Localized pain, behind eye or in eye area, forehead, temple, nose, cheek or gums of affected side.

• Pupil may contract or eyelid becomes swollen or droops.

• Nostril of affected side may become congested

• Nasal discharge or watering of eye on the side of pain.

• Face may become flush

Cluster Headaches Treatment

It’s said that migraines are very painful but a cluster headaches can top this. Cluster headaches are also sometimes described as “suicide headaches” because of their sudden and extremely painful attacks which can last anywhere between five minutes and three hours. Another disturbance is the fact, that cluster headaches often come in the night at the same time, waking you up with a severe pain. The pain is usually unilateral behind or above the eye and often goes together with other symptoms like a dropped eyelid, pupil changes and nasal congestion.

As cluster headaches often happen the same time each day there is also the theory that they are caused by a hypothalamus abnormality. The hypothalamus controls our biological clock.

At this day there aren’t many options to treat cluster headaches. One of the best abortive treatment is the inhalation of 100% oxygen. When you use pure oxygen the headache can go away in as little as 5 minutes. The downside is that you need to have oxygen ready at any time.

Anxiety Attacks – Relief and Treatment

Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, affect a lot of people due to various reasons. They are usually brought on by stress because of some problems faced by the person who is affected. These problems can be mental, emotional or physical. They can be treated after one has the knowledge of the cause behind the attacks.

Anxiety attacks can be caused by biological, environmental or psychological problems. Knowing and identifying the reasons for these attacks are the first steps towards curing the disorder. Hereditary causes can give rise to these attacks in people. A person's conditioning, ie, his or her outlook about the surroundings also can be a cause. If a person is over cautious and then finds themselves in a stressful situation, they might have anxiety attacks in response to the situation. Some sort of trauma in the past can also affect a person if he or she is faced with similar events in the present.

Some diseases also trigger anxiety attacks in people. These diseases are mostly related to hormone imbalance in the body. In some cases, they can be psychological too. The diseases which usually trigger these attacks are –

– Hypoglycemia
– Thyroid disorders
– Sleep disorders
– Adrenal disorders
– Diabetes
– Certain lung disorders like asthma
– Migraines
– Epilepsy
– Certain heart conditions like weakening of the heart valves
– Other psychiatric illnesses
– Drug abuse and drug withdrawal
– Hypertension
– Stomach ailments like ulcers, etc.

Knowing the symptoms can help you get proper treatment for anxiety attacks. Most treatments of anxiety attacks are based on therapy combined with other techniques. The therapists advise you about the causes for your attacks and how to combat them. You can also learn breathing exercises and meditation to help you fight breathlessness and hypertension. This will further help you in remaining calm.

Medicines are given in cases where these steps do not work. They are mostly antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs which help you control the situation. But they can also have side effects where the risks of the attacks are increased by the intake of these medicines.

Self-help methods available today are also successful to a degree. They combine breathing exercises with personal guides in audio, video or print form to help you against the attacks. People who do not find results with therapy or medications can find some help from the self-help methods which work. The crucial aspect is that you need to know about your suffering and get treatment for it.

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation and Ending Itchy Bed Bug Bites

Anyone who has had bed bug bites, knows how itchy and painful it is. Many of you with children worry when they wake up in the morning, scratching and digging at their bites. The worst part is that the bites were clustered, often in threes. Bed bug experts called them breakfast, lunch and dinner. All you know was that the bed bug bites had to stop.

In early infestations, bed bugs like to hide in tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and daybed covers; later they spread to cracks and crevices in the bed and mattresses. They are nocturnal, so if you are awake between 3 am and 5 am, you may be able to see one on your bed. I have to admit that I set the alarm, so I could get up and check the beds of my children. Only once did I find an actual bed bug, so finding them is not necessarily a good indication of infestation.

The fact that I acted EARLY was a HUGE reason why I was able to successfully get RID of bed bugs and experienced no more bed bug bites.

If allowed to multiply, they can be found behind baseboards or woodwork, window and door frames, pictures, and moldings, and in furniture, loosened wallpaper, and cracks in plaster and partitions.

They can even hide in mattress box springs, wall sockets, old books (look in the spine and between pages), behind wallpaper, clothing cracks and crevices of the floor and wall and basically anywhere they can stick their flat small bodies.

"When I'm traveling I will pull sheets off of the bed and look for black dots or a live bedbug," Warneke (Orkin Pest Control Services) said. The Herald

  1. Look for bed bug leavings on your sheets. They look like black dots. Inspect carefully around the seam of your bed. I found these especially in the seam of the mattress, but they were VERY TINY.
  2. Sometimes you may find eggs, egg shells and cast skins near these places.
  3. There is usually is a distinctive odor in rooms where bed bugs are numerous

Now you know about bed bug bites and you know a bit more about signs of bed bugs. You may be fairly certain you have bed bugs, next you need to learn how to get rid of bed bugs.

Removing Super Glue

We all know that Super Glue is one of the strongest and fastest bonding adhesives on the market today. Because of its wide use, people have found that they might accidentally glue their fingers together or to another object. If this happens to you, do not worry. Although Super Glue is incredibly strong, it still has a major weakness which is acetone.

Household products such as nail polish remover contain the chemical acetone. If you place a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton swab or Q-tip, you can apply it directly to your skin to dissolve the bond. This process does not damage the skin however it can discolor fabrics and damage laminated counter tops. Straight acetone can also burn your skin so use with caution.

If Super Glue happens to stick together body parts where acetone can not be applied (such as lips or eyes) then follow this advice.

For skin bonded together with Super Glue soak the affected areas in warm soapy water. After a few minutes peel or roll the skin apart. If you have trouble with this try using tools such as a pencil or a spatula. After this remove the cured Super Glue with warm soapy water. This may take several applications.

If you accidentally stick your lips together apply a large amount of warm water while wetting your lips with saliva from the inside of your mouth. After a few minutes try to peel or roll your lips apart (do NOT pull). Super Glue solidifies when it touches saliva (or moisture) and could actually stick to the inside of your mouth. Within 1-2 days the saliva should break down the glue. Avoid swallowing the glue after detachment.

Eyelids are a bit trickier. If you do happen to stick your eyelids together wash it with warm water and then apply a gauze patch. In 1-4 days the eyelid will open on its own without further action. To this day there has not been a documented case of adhesive to the eye that has caused permanent damage so try not to worry. Do not try and force your eyes open.

Getting Super Glue on your eyeball will cause the glue to attach to the eye protein, but only for a matter of time (several hours). Weeping and double vision may occur until the adhesive has dissolved. Washing with a warm 3% sodium bicarbonate solution may help in speeding up the removal of the adhesive.

A Must Read For Metal Detecting Newbies

Metal detecting is an excellent hobby and pastime for the whole family. But before you proceed any further, selecting the right detector is probably the most important thing to do. But now you ask, how would I know which one is the right one?

Ok, this is what the article is catering for. Before we dig deep into the issue, lets us talk about the types of metal detectors available. There are many different types of detectors; some are more complicated than others. The basic ones are easy to get used to, with less features and buttons. Turn it on and off you go! You can’t get around practice though, and the more complicated the detector, the more practice you will need.

Firstly, land or relic detectors are used mainly on land or in the woods, playgrounds, parks, etc. They can be used at the water edge and even in the water a couple of inches, most coils are waterproof, but don’t drop your whole detector in the water, you wouldn’t want to know what would happen after that.

Ok, maybe you’re close to the ocean or lakes, and are thinking of jumping in the water with your of metal detectors to find out what was lost there? If finding jewelery is your thing then a waterproof detector is a must. To make it simple, there are two basic categories of underwater detectors: A VLF – that can discriminate against iron and unwanted junk, and there is a PI – that can detect deeper then a VLF but you’ll be digging every nail and bottle cap without knowing it. Test them out, some people just prefer VLF, but some rather go for PI, there is no fine line for this.

After deciding whether you are land hunters, beach hunters, or sea diving hunters, now it is time to decide your detector. For land and relic detecting beginners, here are the most popular and affordable metal detectors. The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, Minelab Musketeer, Whites Prizm II, and the Garret Ace 250.

For beach hunting beginners, I would recommend Minelab Excalibur 1000, Fisher CZ 20 for VLF’s . For PI’s : take Whites Surf Master PI Pro, or Headhunter Pules. For diving detecting beginners, I would say a Hookah unit or Tesoro Stingray.

Oh wait, another valuable tip for you guys is: take some time to surf the net for detectors reviews, detectors review are extremely beneficial and helpful towards your decision.

Tea Growing Tools

Tea growing tools is not something that needs to be overly complex, but it does need to be something anyone interested in growing even a single bush should be aware they will need. Tea is a delicate drink, but if treated properly can have a strong presence. The same can be said for the plant.

The first tool will obviously be a shovel. Tea does not need to be planted deep, but will need slightly sandy soil with a good acid level. This soil should be loose enough to allow easy root growth, down to a depth of between four and five feet. Most gardeners look at this requirement as extensive, but tea roots are not able to penetrate dense soils and clay can stop the growth downward. This soil must also have sufficient drained, so digging out deep trenches to be filled with soil is advised. Those with access to pots should use a very deep pot with several holes to prevent water build up at the bottom. Tea does not like mud.

Pot grown tea plants that are earthenware are best. The open drainage is perfect, so a row of large reddish brown pots in a garden can be a charming and productive feature. Just try to match the depth for plants grown in the ground. If less depth is what you can access, the plant will be slightly smaller. This is not really a problem as you can then use more pots in the same area, thus reducing the chances that you will not have tea if a single plant fails.

The next tool to have at hand is a good sharp pruning shear. Tea in the wild will grow to well over human head height. This is fine if, like some ancient texts on tea harvesting describe, you have trained monkeys to climb the trees and harvest the leaves. Most people prefer to trim limbs down to encourage leave growth in an easily accessible level. Tea plants are also lightly fragrant, with gentle blossoms in the fall, so keeping them as decorative highlights is also a wonderful thing to have in a greenhouse or garden if you live where you can give them the proper environment.

Harvesting the tea requires a large basket that has enough of an open weave to allow air to circulate without leaves caught in between the mesh. Cotton bags with a reinforcing ring of stiff material around the top and bottom also work. The goal is to prevent the leaves from crushing as they pile up. It is better to take multiple trips to where the tea is sorted and dried than to have damaged leaves at the bottom. Those will produce very poor quality teas.

The area in which the tea gets sorted and spread to dry lightly can be large screen bottom frames, or even just a simple clean table. With green and white teas, there is either drying by putting in a hot pan and almost dry frying the leaves, or steaming to open the surface of the tea. Darker teas need a way to roll or lightly bruise the leaves toward the end of processing to provide oxidation. A large piece of canvas works well to allow the leaves to roll back and forth and break without becoming thick mulch.

Storage of the final dried tea is something that can be done in almost any container, but weight of too much tea will make powder at the bottom. Handling the dried tea is also difficult, so a clean natural brush will help keep the leaves and powder where you want it. Funnels with large mouths will enable pouring without dust storms.

Tea is a simple thing and does not require overly complex tools to manage. There is a lesson to learned in that.

Success Quote – "For the Love of Money is The Root of All Evil" – Timothy 6:10

There is another version of this famous quotation “money is the root of all evil” that has been around since about 1000 A.D. It’s rather different to the original New Testament quotation. The original version could be considered to be a success quote. The new version of the quotation can block your success.

There is just one small change in more recent version of the original success quote, but that small change is of tremendous significance! Removing the world love reflects a whole set of cultural conditioning that so many people fall victim to on their journey to success. In fact this conditioning is so pervasive you probably have it too.

You may have been bought up with the belief that money is bad, rich people are bad, making money is bad, being poor is good, noble, worthy… Your parents or someone else significant in your life may have passed similar beliefs on to you directly, through their attitudes to people and events or in some other way. Or you may have acquired these beliefs at school, from your friends or from your culture.

However it happened, if you belief that money or making money is bad, you will struggle to be successful with money!

The key to success – it’s not money that’s the problem

Stop and think about it for a moment. How can money be “the root of all evil”? Money in itself is passive, it is the system by which we exchange value – you exchange the value of your labour and expertise for money and then you exchange the money you earn for things that you value – food, clothes, a house and so on.

The key to success is to realise that it is your attitude to money and the way that you acquire and use money that is the problem. The original New Testament success quote says it so much more eloquently: “The love of money is the root of all evil”.

The desires that we all feel towards money and making money can be bad for us and our society. Greed, acquisitiveness, miserliness, status consciousness… Money can cause humans to do a lot of bad things.

Believing that money is the root of all evil is one way to protect yourself from falling victim to these emotions. However as you’ve seen it can have some rather serious side-effects. Such a belief can cause you to reject money and regard people who make a lot of money as somehow morally inferior. And such beliefs will limit your ability to make money.

Success quote: give your attitude to money a health check

You should consider the original purpose of money – as a token to exchange in return for value. Money made by giving fair value in terms of goods or service is a fair exchange that is recognised by the whole of society.

Many people who make a lot of money – and you should aim to be one of these people – employ a large proportion of their money to benefit other people. There is a long tradition of philanthropy, such famous self made billionaires as Andrew Carnegie and more recently Bill Gates have donated a lot of their income to help other people.

If you find that you are limited in your ability to make money by negative beliefs about money, you should reflect on the success quote “the love of money is the root of all evil” and make sure that your attitude to money is one that is aligned with the positive good that money can achieve in this world. Once you have the correct attitude and you truly believe in it, negative beliefs about money will disappear like ghosts in the sunlight!

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Owner’s Guide to Metabolic Bone Disease in Bearded Dragons

Metabolic bone disease, or MBD, is quite common in captive reptiles. Dragons that live in the wild don’t suffer from this condition. It is primarily caused by improper care. So, what exactly can cause metabolic bone disease in bearded dragons?


Many different things can lead to MBD. The most common cause is a lack of calcium in your dragon’s diet. Calcium is very important to proper functioning and formation of muscles and bones. This is why you need to give your bearded dragon calcium supplements regularly.

It’s also important that you provide proper UV lighting. Without it, reptiles like bearded dragons can’t digest calcium properly. Other common causes of metabolic bone disease in bearded dragons is improper temperatures in the enclosure and various other diseases.


Dragons with MDB develop very thin bones. This allows them to break easily. The weakened bones will also make it more difficult for your dragon to climb, walk, or jump.

It’s also common for these reptiles to develop twisted toes, limbs, and backs. Eating can become painful once the jaw bones become soft and spongy. As the disease progresses, your dragon may even experience paralysis of the front or rear legs.


Treatment of this disease involves correcting the underlying problem. If a lack of calcium in the diet is to blame, you may need to give calcium and vitamin D injections. If you haven’t provided your bearded dragon with a UV light, you will need to do so. If other diseases or conditions are to blame, they will need to be dealt with before MDB will go away.

Breast Cancer – When Medical Treatment Failed, She Turned to Herbs

Siew (not real name), 44-year-old-female, is a radiographer in a hospital in Hong Kong. In July 2002, Siew faxed me this message:

“I suffer from cancer of the breast – infiltrating ductal carcinoma in August 1993. Total right mastectomy was performed. Secondary to the bones was detected at the same time. A course of chemotherapy was given consisting of twelve injections over a period of six months. At the same time, radiotherapy was given to the spine and ribs. Two doses of strontium were given after the course of chemotherapy. Tamoxifen and orimetene were taken orally daily all these years.

Everything was in stable condition until August 2001. Secondary to both lobes of liver was discovered. Chemotherapy – FAC (5-FU, andriamycin and cyclophosphamde, six injections) was given, followed by eight doses of Taxotere. Now both my lower limbs are swollen. I suffer from pleural effusion (i.e. fluid in the lungs) at the same time. I started on oral chemotherapy – Xeloda on 10 July 2002. My limbs feel numb. I feel tired easily and my heart sometimes beat irregularly. I feel short of breath at times. I hope Dr. Teo will help me.”

Accompanying this letter were two medical reports. Her blood test report showed that her white blood count, red blood count and haemoglobin were below normal. A CT scan dated 6 July 2002, stated that:

o Liver metastases with no significant change in size and number as compared with previous CT scan

done on 12 April 2002.

o Right pleural effusion.

o Probable bilateral renal cysts.

o The lytic lesion in L2 vertebral body. Old fracture of a right lower anterior rib.

Siew was prescribed Capsule A & B, LL-tea, Liver P, Bone, Ascites and Breast M teas.

On 16 August 2002, I received a letter from Siew: ” I have taken your medication for two days and felt hot. Today, I feel warm only. Other than that, everything remains unchanged. I just stopped the diuretic which the doctor gave me, so my limbs are still swollen.”

Her fax in late August 2002 reads: “I have been taking your herbs for 3 weeks. My lower limbs and right upper arm are still swollen. The numbness in my extremities still exists … but my breathlessness has improved.”

Fax of September 2002: “The doctor gave me Xeloda again …I dare not refuse because he will close my file and I have no one to turn to when problems arise. Dr. Teo is too far away for me to consult if emergency arises. My lower limbs are back to normal – only swelling slightly in the evening but will be alright after a night’s rest.”

Indeed her condition had improved. She had more energy, the swelling lessened and the flatulence in her stomach had disappeared. She did not suffer any more coughs or pains.

Fax of 16 October 2003: “I have stopped taking Xeloda since September. Now I only take your herbal tea. I am doing alright at the moment – just feeling pins and needles in my fingers and feet. I told my doctor here that I am taking your herbs. I would like to thank you again for helping and treating me and keeping me in good general condition. My sincere thanks to you again.”

Fax of 14 January May 2004 (i.e., 2 years on the herbs): ” I am doing alright all along. I feel well and my appetite is good. Occasionally I have backache.”

Fax of 3 June 2005: “X-ray of the pelvis showed secondary deposits in the right acetabulum but I didn’t suffer any pains at all. I went for a detoxification course in Taiwan in March 2005. I suffered from left sciatica during the course. Physiotherapy did not help at all. I feel that my heart beats very fast intermittently but ECG was normal. Besides all those mentioned, I am doing fine.”

On 30 November 2005, Siew wrote: “I had an ultrasound done on 28 Nov. 05. The result is similar to that done in May 05. I am doing very well. Thank you for helping me all these years. I really appreciate your kindness and helpfulness.”

On 26 March 06 her e-mail reads: “I had my blood test done on 15 March 06. Most of the results are within normal range.”

I was told that when she first wrote to me, Siew was in real “bad shape”. Her doctor gave her only a few months to live. But as of this writing, June 2007, it has been five years after modern medicine had failed her, Siew remained well and is still taking our herbs.

What Causes Oral Thrush in Adults?

A fungal organism called Candida albicans is what causes oral thrush in adults. This problem is easy enough to develop as the Candida lives on our bodies in small numbers all the time, but when the opportunity arises, it will take advantage of any imbalances in the body in order to develop in numbers and rapidly form a thrush infection. By understanding what causes the infection, you will be able to manage it more successfully and get rid of the problem with the minimum of fuss.

Symptoms of oral thrush

The symptoms of a thrush infection in the mouth can include:

o Raised or lumpy areas
o Patches of white, yellow or cream infection
o Swelling along the membranes in the mouth
o A burning sensation in the mouth or throat

The causes of oral thrush infections

The Candida albicans fungus is what causes oral thrush in adults. When this happens, it is generally as a result of an imbalance in the body. While you are healthy and your body is working in balance, the natural environment and balance between the immune system and the body's 'good bacteria' keeps the level of Candida low. It is when you suffer some form of stress, if you have been ill, after taking a course of antibiotics and if problems have put your body under pressure that you develop thrush.

In specific terms, what causes oral thrush in adults can include an imbalance as a result of smoking, having dentures that are not fitted correctly, taking oral contraceptive pills, having a viral or bacterial infection or having diabetes. To best treat these problems, you should incorporate remedies that target the Candida fungus and also the underlying causes. This will help to rid the infection now and limit the likelihood of occurrence in the future.

To get rid of oral thrush you could consider the following options:

Antifungal medication – Treatment with antifungal medication generally takes between 10 days and 2 weeks. As well as oral medication such as a tablet, lozenges or liquid treatments may also be used and are particularly useful with oral thrush.

Good Oral Hygiene – Through understanding what causes oral thrush in adults, it is also understandable why this is an important step toward treating this problem. Warm, moist areas are the perfect place for Candida to grow, but with good oral hygiene it is harder for oral thrush infection organisms to become a problem.

Quit smoking – Not only are you going to improve your whole body health and decrease future risk, you'll find that you can reduce the stress that smoking places upon your body and therefore reduce the likelihood of such an imbalance contributing to a yeast infection. Quitting smoking is one of the best steps you can take to limit the occurrence of yeast infection.

Knowing what causes oral thrush in adults will mean that you can both target the causes directly and improve the long term outlook by limiting your chances of future infection. When you remove the major contributing factors, you not only give your body the best possible chance of fighting the infection, you remove the things that allowed it to develop in the first place.

Diabetes and Yeast Infection – What is the Role of Diabetes?

Is diabetes and yeast infection co-related? Well, it is a well known fact that diabetes is a state that has many health problems attached with it. One of such possibilities is the occurrence of infections of yeast through diabetes, although many would not like to be very expressive about it.  People believe that having it is an embarrassing situation and would not like to discuss about it.

In order to understand the link between the two, it is important to know how the skin infections occur. A lot of bacteria are present in the gastro-intestinal tract. Due to changes in lifestyle and diet, this balance is disturbed. One of such bacteria present is yeast.

How does this infection take place?

One of the main causes of yeast overgrowth is chronic infections.  This results on account of presence of too much sugar. Not only that it results in diabetes, but also causes Candida infections. If there are repetitive Candida outbreaks, then it would be well advisable to have the levels of glucose checked in your blood. Although diabetes is not the only reason for the incidence of a chronic infection, a high level of sugar consumption surely triggers this condition. Yeast is fed by sugars present in the body, in the same fashion as yeast type foods and carbohydrates.

Yeast infection and diabetes:

An important complication of diabetes is that the blood sugar levels if not kept under control could trigger such a skin infection. This happens because an increased level of glucose in the body does affect many other bodily mechanisms and has a tremendous influence on the body’s immune status.

If you happen to suffer from diabetes, chances are you will find yourself constantly battling with Candida outbreaks.  In its advanced form, along with vaginal infections and thrush, you also experience chronic fatigue, pain in the joints and knees, loss of memory, intestinal problems like constipation and diarrhoea and dizziness.  In general you experience bad health at all times.

Depending upon the gravity of the disease, the treatment of this infection coupled with diabetes can often be complex.  However, a diet that is low in sugar is an absolute must. This will suppress the yeast fungus by letting it starve and ultimately destroys it.  Another precaution to be taken is avoiding the consumption of mushrooms, honey and dried fruits that also help a lot in feeding the yeast. If you can remain on diet for a three to six months period, you can gradually re-introduce them into your diet thereafter depending on your situation.

Apart from the above suggestions, you can also try certain holistic treatments in order to get rid of diabetes and yeast infections.  You can also consider following a simple Candida Diet that could help prevent any further recurring infections.

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Syphilis – An Old, Though Modern Disease

You all know that syphilis is a disease, which can be transmitted by sexual contact in almost all the cases. It is an infectious disease, contagious, whose evolution is chronic, intermittent. It is transmitted through genital contact, very rarely via other means and it can affect any tissue or organ.

Primary syphilis represents the invasion stage, which begins at the infecting contact and it is not remarked sometimes. Sometimes it can be noticed from the anamnesis a contact with an ill person with 1 – 8 weeks before. The typical lesion is represented by the chancre at the entrance, the most frequently the penis, the labia, or the uterine cervix.

The incubation takes on average 21 days, and it depends on more factors. The chancre begins with slight erosion, which changes rapidly into a superficial, painless ulceration. It is accompanied by hypertrophy of regional ganglions, which are isolated, mobile, and painless.

Secondary syphilis represents the dissemination period; it emerges at 7 – 10 weeks after the infecting contact and at 2 – 3 weeks since the occurrence of the primary syphilis sign, in the same time with microbes’ migration from ganglions where their number is big into circulation. A second incubation follows until the emergence of the first skin lesions, which occur after about 45 days since the first sign occurrence and 60 – 70 days since the infecting contact.

It is sometimes accompanied by fever. Almost any tissue of the body can be accidentally caught and hurt. However, the most frequent will be the lesions of the teguments and mucous membranes. Lesions on teguments are pustules like elements even if the most frequent rash looks like viral skin disease.

Recurrent syphilis occurs after insufficient or incorrect treatment. In this case, secondary syphilis can emerge again (in 3 to 9 months after treatment). Relapses can be only serologic, without any clinical manifestations. If clinical manifestations still occur, they can be skin and mucous membranes lesions, neurological symptoms, sore eyes, bones affections or visceral ones.

Latent syphilis represents a calm stage from clinical point of view, between secondary lesions resorption and tertiary symptoms emergence.

During this stage, the serologic reaction is positive, the LCR exam is negative; the radiological and clinical exam and the ECG highlight possible cardiovascular lesions.

Tertiary syphilis or the third stage can occur even after years of latency. Late lesions represent probably an allergic reaction of tissues at Treponema Pallidum and it can affect tissues like skin and mucous membranes. In this case, on the skin can occur tubercles formations, tubercles and ulcerate as well as nodules. On the other hand, mucous membranes can present tubercles and ulcerate lesions.

Congenital syphilis can be transmitted nowadays from mother to fetus, via fetus placenta flow, therefore during the baby’s intrauterine life. It cannot be transmitted from the father if the mother is healthy.

Precocious congenital syphilis is the type with which the child is born or it occurs during the first two years of life. It is characterized by blister like signs, sometimes ulcerous.

Late congenital syphilis occurs after the age of two and the lesions are associated to the third stage of disease.

Dehydration Can Cause Obesity, Headaches, Mood Swings, Lethargy and More

The human body is composed of about two-thirds water. Water is in our blood, muscle tissue, bone marrow, lower layers of our skin, in our fatty tissues, as well in our stomachs. Water is the body’s lubrication and helps in its movement and function. Without water we’d be nothing more than dried bones and skin, and wouldn’t even exist.

Dehydration is the result of not having enough water in the body so that it can perform as it was designed to perform. The initial symptoms of dehydration are fairly easy to identify. A person who is dehydrated can experience headaches and mood changes, be lethargic and tired, have trouble concentrating, and has a slower response to external stimulus.

Unfortunately, many people don’t recognize the onset of dehydration and fail to take the necessary steps to prevent it and its results. In fact, many people think that when they are thirsty, with dehydration possibly setting in, that a soft drink or alcoholic beverage will cure the problem. There is nothing further from the truth in this kind of thinking. The dehydrating body needs water, not just any fluid, but only pure water. Fluids with caffeine, alcohol, or sugar will only make dehydration worse because these substances tend to cause even more water to be eliminated from the body.

Not treating dehydration correctly or further ignoring it can lead to more complicated mental and physical symptoms. Physically speaking the lips will dry and begin to crack, the urine will become dark, and the skin will become dry and papery and lose its elasticity. At this point there is danger that the internal organs can be damaged and treatment is of essential importance and the consumption of water is the cure.

However, the person dehydrated must also be careful about how fast they drink the water. A dehydrated person should not gulp down water as this could put the body into a state of temporary shock thus preventing it from the acceptance of further hydration. Instead, the dehydrated person must only sip the water initially, allowing the mouth and the throat to become moist and then slowly allowing the water down into the stomach area. This sipping should continue until the effects of dehydration have diminished substantially. And even then, gulping down water to cure the thirst should always be avoided, as too much water in too short of a time can in itself be dangerous.

Like with any other health issue, prevention is always the best medicine. If you are working out, out and about on a hot day, have young children or elderly in a hot climate, or are starting to feel a little less energetic than normal, especially in warm weather, it is wise to take frequent sips of water. The average adult needs approximately one quart of water per day to prevent the onset of dehydration.

How the HVP Recall Affects Consumers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a food recall of the flavoring additive hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP). The HVP recall information came to the FDA via reports from a customer of Basic Food Flavors, Inc. (An HVP provider), indicating salmonella in the product. FDA investigators at Basic Food Flavors' plants verified the food poisoning claim.

HVP is frequently used in processed foods such as soups, sauces, snacks, dips and dressings.

HVP Recall Efforts

The FDA has said its efforts are preventative, as it identifies which companies use HVP and need to be notified about the food recall. Basic Food Flavors is recalling all HVP produced since Sept. 17, 2009 in hopes of halting further use and minimizing foods affected by HVP.

No illnesses or food poisoning claim associated with salmonella in HVP products has been reported thus far. Food recall investigation efforts are ongoing, according to the FDA.

Foods Affected by HVP Recall

The FDA has also prepared a cumulative list on its website showing the foods affected by the hydrolyzed vegetable protein recall. Consumers are urged to be aware of these foods, and to avoid their consumption.

Following is a partial list of foods, brands and stores affected by the HVP recall:

• Herbox (bouillon)
• Salad Dressings: Trader Joe's, Reser's
• Garden Harvest (seasoning)
• Frozen Foods: El Pasado, Jose Ole, Tornados, Posada
• Gravy Mixes: McCormick, Publix
• Sauces / Marinades: Durkee, French's, Weber
• Snacks: CVS, Great Nut Supply, Hawaiian, Herr's, President's Choice, Pringles, Quaker, Safeway
• Soups & Dips: Concord Foods, Culinary Circle, Follow Your Heart, McCormick, T. Marzetti, Homemade Gourmet

The most dangerous foods affected by HVP recall are those requiring little or no cooking. For this reason, McCormick Stuffing and some hotdogs are also foods affected by the HVP recall.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Claim

The HVP recall occurred because of salmonella. If you consumed any foods affected by the HVP recall and became ill, you may have a food poisoning claim if your symptoms included:

• Fever
• Diarrhea (and / or bloody diarrhea)
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Abdominal pain

The FDA has enlisted the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor any food poisoning claim that may be associated with the HVP recall. If your doctor diagnosed you with food poisoning after you ate foods affected by the HVP recall, you should contact a Massachusetts personal injury attorney.

A food poisoning claim may become necessary if salmonella enters your bloodstream and causes serious illness or damage. Keep in mind that this food recall only concerns HVP from Basic Food Flavors, Inc.