Natural Remedies Explored – Bronchitis

I had a very bad bout of bronchitis years ago, which led to a chronic asthma condition.

I lost 2 stone in weight over a 2 month period and I had little idea of ​​how to deal with the debilitating illness … I was frequently struggling to be able to breathe. It's not something I would like to go through again, but it took me the best part of two years to get to grips with the condition.

As a child I often had winter colds that developed into bronchitis, with the inevitable regular visit to the doctor. Every time antibiotics were prescribed, why I do not know, but I believe this was what led to me developing asthma later in life. Colds are caused by viruses and are not killed by antibiotics, which kill bacteria, all bacteria even the necessary one's that help with digestion. In addition to weakening the digestive system the bodies immune system is also compromised as it has lost a vital ally in fighting yeast and fungi. These are always present in the body but the good gut bacteria keep them in check. Mainstream medicine now recognises the effect Candida can have on a compromised immune system, although you might still counter some skepticism. Alternative medicine has known about it for a long time. If you do have to use antibiotics then it is sensible to repopulate your gut with good bacteria. There are now plenty of probiotic products available, many advertised on the TV.

Through experience and from reading many health books I now know why my colds developed into bronchitis. I know it's a damn nuisance but we can not avoid colds. However, we can make life much easier for ourselves.

The first step is to remove wheat and milk products from the diet (before you panic, this is only a temporary measure). Why you ask? Because when you have a cold or bronchitis the body produces more mucus and you do not want to add to this by eating mucus producing foods. I know some of you will be skeptical, but what have you got to lose … just try it and see.

Also try adding garlic, onions, ginger, chillies, cloves and liquorice (not the sweets, but do not take if you have high blood pressure) to your diet, as they all act as decongestants. The following herbs are also very useful: astragalus, coltsfoot, echinacea, elderberry, elecampane, ephedra, eucalyptus, fenugreek, gingko, goldenseal, lobelia, mullein oil and reishi.

Please feel free to let me have any tips of your own.

Common Causes of Pain in the Shoulder Joint

As much use as our shoulder joints see on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise that pain in our shoulder joint is very common. As with most joint injuries, it is of utmost importance to understand why you are experiencing pain in order to be able to find a way to treat it and successfully relieve any pain. The following common shoulder issues specifically involve the joint as well as the muscles and tendons directly correlating with it.

Bursitis is the most common issue when it comes to shoulder joint pain. Although the doctor may diagnose you with bursitis or tendonitis, these issues are both treated in the same way; therefore, it is not of vital importance to differentiate between the two. The shoulder joint is actually somewhat complex. There are multiple ligaments, bones and muscles that are directly involved in any type of shoulder bursitis or tendonitis. An inflammation in this area is the cause of a good number of shoulder pain complaints.

Many times there is an injury that sets the cycle of inflammation in motion. Once the shoulder is inflamed it can be difficult to stop the vicious circle of injury, inflammation and pain. There are many different ways to address the pain, including medications, exercises to strengthen the area and supplements. There are new and exciting areas of research that are concentrating on joint pain relief. One of the newest and most exciting supplements on the market is composed of CFA’s (cetylated fatty acids). These appear to be able to help reduce inflammation, cushion the joints and relieve stiffness. Any help with pain and inflammation relief is good news.

There are other reasons why patients complain of pain in the shoulder joint. Some people may experience a rotator cuff tear. This condition often needs to be taken care of with surgery. A shoulder dislocation, separation or a loose joint (shoulder instability) can also cause pain in this area. A condition called frozen shoulder also exists and causes stiffness in the shoulder joint. Many times physical therapy that includes a stretching regimen can bring relief for this problem.

There are many various conditions and injuries that a shoulder can sustain, so a trip to the doctor for a diagnosis and for treatment advice is never a bad idea. Most times a doctor should be consulted sooner than later. If your shoulder hurts so much that you cannot carry anything, there has been persistent pain for many days, you cannot raise your arm, or any type of deformity is present you need to visit with a physician. Also, get checked out if swelling, bruising, fever, redness or warmth is present.

Shoulder pain is common; still, it is no laughing matter. It can be irritating at the least and debilitating at the most. By being smart and proactive you can (hopefully) save yourself from a long drawn-out issue by addressing the problem and seeking ways in which to treat it. Talking to your primary care physician is the best place to start!

Properties and action of oils used in Massage (DALAK)

Properties and action of oils used in Dalak

Roghan-e Amla Khas

Composition: Emblica officinalis (Amla sabz) 250 gm, Eclipta erecta (Bhangra sabz) 250 gm, Lawsonia alba (Leaves mehndi) 250 gm, Valeriana afficinalis (balchar) 50 gm, Zingiber zerumbet ( Zarnabad) 50 gm, Sesamum indicum oil (Roghan Kunjad) 1 lit. +125 ml

Action: Inhibits falling hairs.

Roghan-e Azaraqi

Composition (Azaraqi) 125 gm, Sesamum indicum ( Roghan Kunjad) 750 ml

Action Anti inflammatory (Tahleel-e waram), Anti arthritis and Analgesic.

Roghan-e Babuna

Composition: Matricaria chamomilla (Gul-e Babuna) 100 gm, Sesamum indicum (Roghan-e Kunjad) 300 gm

Action: Cervical Spondilysis, Anti inflammatory, Anti arthritis, Analgesic, Anti phlogistic such as Pneumonia and Pleurisy.

Roghan-e Banafsha

Composition: Viola odorata (Gul-e Banafsha) 300gm, Sesamum indicum (Roghan Kunjad) 3 litere +375ml

Action: Analgesic for headache (Shuddah), Insomnia (Sahar) and Sudoritic.

Roghan-e Bayed- Anjeer

Composition: Maghz-e Bayed-anjeer As req.

Action: Constipation (orally) 25-50 ml, Arthritis (locally).

Roghan-e Baiza-Murgh

Composition: Poultry eggs (Murghi ke anday) 10 Nos, Petroleum etner (Petrol safaid) 1 litere Or Sesamum indicum oil (Roghn-Kunjad) 700 ml Indication: Hair growth Promoter, Prevents premature graying of hair Aphrodisiaces.

Roghan-e Badam shirin

Composition: Prunus amygdalus (Maghz-badam shirin) As req.

Indication: Constipation due to intestinal dry ness, Anodyne and sudorific, Pestoratine and tonicDoes: 5-10 ml with 250 ml milk in constipation, Also L/A Hair and part of the body with massage

Roghan-e Mom

Composition: Bees wax (Mom desi) 1kg, Acacia Arabica (Charcol /kikar ka koila) 50 gm,

Indication: General analgesic, Anti arthritic, Anti Colic, Emollient for scalds and burns, Anti phlogistic such as Pneumonia, Pleurisy

Roghan-e Mastagi

Compositión: Pistacia lentiscus (mastagi) 75 gm, Sesamum indicus (Roghn-kujad)         700 ml

Indication: Hardness of the Liver, Spleen, Muscles, Nervine tonic

Roghan-e Aakh

Composition: Caloptropis gigantea (Gule- akh taza) 200 gm, Zingiber officinali (Zanjibil) 100 gm, Colchicum autumnale (Suranjan talkh) 100 gm, Sesamum indicum oil (Roghan kunjad) 850 ml

Indication: Gout, rheumatic arthritis, Lumbago, Analgesic for pain in the leg, joints

Roghan-e Kaddu

Composition: Lagenaria siceraria (Maghaz-e Tukhum kaddu) As req.

Indication: Analgesic, Sudoritic and Cerebral tonic.

Roghan-e Surkh

Composition: Calotropis gigantea (Buró-aakh taza) 100 gm, Allium sativum (lehsan) 40 gm, Berberis aristata (Darhald nimkofta) 20 gm, Curcuma longa (Haldi) 20 gm, Santalum album (burada sandal safaid) 20 gm, Strychnos nux-vomica (hab-ul gharab) 20 gm, Zingiber zerumbet (Nar kachur) 20 gm, Red oily dyc (Roghani rand) 1 gm, Brassica integritolia (Roghan-e Sarson) 250 ml, Brassica cernua (Roghan-e Rai) 450 ml, Cinna momum officinalis (Roghan-e darchini) 5 ml, Clove oil (Roghan-e Luang) 5 ml

Indication: Facial parálysis (Laqwa), Paralysis (Faliz), Gout (Nakarash), Gonagra, Podagra, Omagra, Sciatica and Lumbago, Vulnerary, anti phlogistic like Pneumonia, Pleurisy. Allied diseases due to accumulation of uric acid and crystal

Roghan-e Dhatura

Composition: Datura metal (Tukhm datura siyaha) 100 gm, Sesamum indicum oil (Til ka tail) 250 ml, Indication: Palsy Paralysis, Facial Paralysis and Gout.

Roghan Amla

Strengthens brain, hair roots and prevents falling hair and retains their blackness

Rub on the head whenever required.

Rogan Auja Sufaid

Helps in all types of pain of organs and gases. Effective in swelling of internal trauma and external trauma.

Apply on the affected area.

Rogan Azaraqi

Strengthens nerves, effective in paralysis gouts and tremory.

Apply on the affected area.

Roghan Babchi

Is useful to vitiligo (leucoderma)

Apply on the affected area whenever required.

Roghan Babuna

Helps to heal internal swelling reduces pain

Apply lukewarm roghan on the affected area brings sleep.

Roghan Badam

Dub in the scalp, it strengthens brain, soothes tired nerves and induces sleep, when given orally it removes dryness and constipation

For constipation, add milk and drink. For weakness of brain apply it on head.

Roghan Banafsha

Strengthens brain, removes dryness of the chest and induces sleep

Rub whenever required

Roghan Bars

Helps to improve blood circulation at the affected white spots area. Brings back originally of skin.

Rub on the white spots whenever required.

Roghan Baiza Murgh

Strengthens brain and brings potency. Prevents premature graying of the hair.

Rub on the scalp region. For potency apply on the male genital organs.

Roghan Chahar Barg

Effective in rheumatism and sciatica, redness and swelling

Rub on the affected part

Roghana Farfiyun

Effective in swelling of joints.

Apply on the affected part

Roghan Gul

Effective in headache and insomnia also relieves tension

Apply in head while sleeping

Roghan Haft Barg

Effective in swelling, rheumatism and sciatica

Apply on the affected part

Roghan Kahu

Brings sleep effective in headache

Apply on the affected area twice a day

Roghan Kamila

Reduces swelling, effective in baldness and itching

Apply on the affected area twice a day

Roghan Kharateen

Helps to bring vigour and vitality to the male reproductive organ

Apply on the organ

Roghan Khashkhash

Effective in insomnia and headache.

Apply on the head and forehead

Roghan Laboob Sada

Effective in weakness and dryness of the brain, chromic insomnia and headaches

Rub gently on the forehead and scalp wound in it

Roghan Laung

Effective in toothache and headache.

Apply with cotton on the wound and in headache rub on the head.

Roghan Loban

Heals the wound, destroys germs.

Apply on the affected part

Roghan Malkangni

Strengthens nerves, effective in rheumatism, sciatica, and backache

Apply on the affected part

Herbal Remedy For Bone Injuries – Comfrey

A herbal remedy for bone injuries is the comfrey. This herb has been used for help in healing fractures for centuries and is often known as knit bone. During the Middle Ages, it was also very common to take a bath in comfrey. These baths were used often by women prior to marriage to help repair the hymen and then restore their virginity. However, the use of comfrey for this purpose is not backed by science and medical research.

On the other hand, modern research has found that the comfrey plant does offer healing properties for the bones. The herb contains a substance allantoin in it, found to promote healthy growth in bones, cartilage, and muscles. Hence it is often used as a herbal remedy for bone injuries.

Herbalists describe the comfrey as a herb that is cool, slightly sweet, and moist. It is composed of many different chemicals, including vitamin B-12, insulin, tannins, proteins, pyrrolizidine, tannins, mucilage, allantoin, and steroidal saponins.

The aerial parts of the comfrey plant are most commonly used to make herbal remedies, but the other parts can be used too. The leaves are rich sources of allantoin and they are used mostly for external uses. Ointments and infused oils containing comfrey extracts are used to treat and relieve the symptoms of sprained joints, arthritis pain, and other physical injuries. Varicose ulcers is another ailment that is commonly treated using the roots of the comfrey.

It is best to harvest the flowering parts of the comfrey during early summer. Harvesting the root
of the comfrey plant should be done in the spring and in the fall when the allantoin levels are higher.

Preparing comfrey can be done in many different ways. To use comfrey, you most commonly
crush the herb and then apply it to the injured area topically. Herbalists believe that the allantoin can be absorbed through your skin to promote the healing of bones, cartilage, and muscle. You can do this in the cases of hairline fractures, broken toes, or broken ribs.

Creams can be used for application onto the injured parts of your body as well. This would be a very convenient option especially if you find it hard to get hold of the herbal plant yourself. You can used a comfrey-based cream to treat arthritis and other muscle pains.

Similarly, you can also use an infused herbal remedy oil made with the comfrey for arthritic pain and joints, bruises, sprains, and other traumatic injuries. If you are susceptible to bone injuries due to the sports that you play, consume a regular cup of comfrey herbal remedy tea.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Types, Causes and Symptoms

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, also known as TOS, is a compression of the brachial plexus and subclavian artery and vein. The brachial plexus supplies the upper limb with both sensory and motor nerve fibres, and the subclavian artery supplies the blood supply. There are four areas where the plexus and artery may be compressed and in each instance, the symptoms will present differently.

The part of the brachial plexus most likely to be affected is the medial cord, which originates from nerve roots C8 to T1.

Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome:

Due to involvement of the medial cord of the brachial plexus, the ulnar nerve is most impacted by this compression syndrome. Muscles affected will be the Flexor Carpi Ulnaris, the ulnar aspect of the Flexor Digitorum Profundus, as well as most intrinsic (small) muscles of the hand. As a result, there will be some weakness or altered sensation on the ulnar aspect of the forearm, the hand and little finger. Signs and symptoms will vary, however, depending on the location of the compression and the structure involved.

Compression of a nerve will result in pain, loss of sensation and in chronic cases, muscle wasting or weakness. (This is known as denervation atrophy) Compression of blood vessels (subclavian or axillary arteries, depending on site of compression), will result in pain, paleness of the skin supplied by the artery, possible cyanosis (blue coloring) and decreased skin temperature. Prolonged decrease of blood supply can result in trophic skin changes, emboli (blood clots) and gangrene. Compression of a vein will result in edema, and the blood is unable to be carried back to the heart and lungs.

There are 4 main areas where compression may occur:

1) The anterior and middle scalene, aka the interscalene triangle. The brachial plexus and subclavian artery pass through here, but it is the medial cord of the plexus, arising from the C8-T1 nerve roots, which is most likely to be affected. (* Note: the scalenes are classified as secondary muscles of respiration because they attach to the ribs and contract during respiration)

2) Pectoralis minor – compression will occur between the pectoralis minor and its insertion on the coracoid process of the scapula. A person who presents with hyperkyphosis (rounded, slumped shoulders) may be more inclined to have compression here, especially when the muscle is stretched (for example, when they straighten up). The pectoralis minor, by attaching on ribs 1-8, may be affected by any respiratory disorder, leading to hypertonicity of the muscle and subsequent compression of the subclavian artery as it becomes the axillary artery when it passes deep to the clavicle.

3) Costoclavicular – compression occurs between the 1st rib and the clavicle. This is most likely to be a result of injury to the clavicle, such as a break or dislocation, and is prone to affect the vasculature (as the axillary vein becomes the subclavian vein)

4) Presence of a cervical rib – the presence of an extra rib is determined by an x-ray, and it interferes with the size of the interscalene triangle, therefore allowing less room for the plexus and vasculature.

The borders of the thoracic outlet are:

posteriorly (the back) the body of vertebrae T1 laterally the 1st rib bilaterally

anteriorly – manubrium of the sternum

Structures passing through the Thoracic Outlet

The brachial plexus, subclavian arteries and veins.The muscles involved in this syndrome are the anterior and middle scalenes, pectoralis minor and the subclavius.

Who is at risk for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome usually affects people whose posture tends to be very forward and slumping. Think of a person who sits at a desk all day, or who does a lot of work moving forward (or a massage therapist!). Others at risk may also have "military posture", extreme retraction of the shoulders which pulls the pectorialis minor tight over the plexus and artery, thus compressing it. Also at risk are people who have had a broken or dislocated clavicle, especially those with a more complicated or compounded break. Due to the attachment of the scalenes and pectoralis minor on the ribs, people who have a respiratory disorder and difficulty breathing often recruit these muscles, thus increasing the incidence of hypertonicity, and the presence of myofascial trigger points.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or Raynaud's Disease?

The therapist, during the course of performing orthopedic tests for TOS, will look for a positive test of a decreased or absent pulse, as well as numbness and tingling or fatigue in the ulnar distribution of the forearm and hand. Raynaud's Disease presents similarly, but is a peripheral vascular disorder which occurs due to vasospasm and results in decreased circulation. For Raynaud's disease to be diagnosed, it must be followed closely by a physician for 2 years and manifest as decreased circulation and increased sensitivity of the arms and hands.

How can massage therapy be used to treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Massage therapy can provide valuable assistance to someone suffering from TOS, either as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with other modalities (ie physiotherapy or chiropractic).

Wherever the location of compression, the therapist will attempt to decrease hypertonicity and myofascial trigger points of the involved muscles as well as stretching. Manual lymph drainage can assist in the reduction of fluid build up post treatment. It will also be necessary to retrain the client concerning proper posture.After the treatment plan concludes, it would be wise to encourage the client to continue stretching, and also to schedule maintenance appointments to prevent a relapse.

How Can Therapy Help Cerebral Palsy Patients?

Therapy is very important for children who have cerebral palsy. Therapy helps to improve their motor skills, which helps them to walk, talk and use their hands more effectively with ease. Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that affects the part of the brain, which controls muscular movement. When muscular movement gets affected then not only movements of limbs get affected but also patients suffer from speech deficiency. To help those with cerebral palsy take care of their daily tasks and to speak with clarity, therapy in the form of speech, occupational and physical is required to be learned especially form coaches who are trained to offer this kind of therapy.

Therapy can be obtained either through the school or from special clinics from where therapists operate. Who are therapists? Therapists are specially trained people whose occupation is to help train and teach these people affected by this medical disorder how to cope with everyday basic things like how to use their hands and legs in much easier ways.

One of the most important therapies that every child with CP should undergo is Physical Therapy. It helps them to learn of better ways that can help them with their movements and how to balance. Children with CP are taught to concentrate on skills like running, kicking, riding a bike, or throwing balls or even a Frisbee so that with these skills they can learn to walk, use their wheelchair and perform many other actions by themselves confidently. Physical therapists ensure that your child with CP gets maximum physical exercises so that anomalies like bone deformities, contractures and clumsy movements are restricted. Parents are often encouraged to take part in their child’s physical therapy program as well so that they too can help monitor their child’s movements at home and help them perform their exercises daily.

Another much needed therapy program is Speech and Language therapy. Communication is an important aspect and children with Cerebral Palsy often find it difficult to talk effectively. Children with CP have their tongue and throat muscles affected and this causes a dent in their communication skills, as they are unable to control the muscles in the throat area. Speech and language therapy will help to teach the affected child how to communicate more effectively without having to strain them. It involves the teaching of listening skills, language skills, sign language or even use writing as a means to express themselves to others. These days’ computers are also used as a means of communicating. Speech and language therapists help the CP child to speak much more clearly by working on the throat muscles helping to strengthen them through exercises.

Other therapies that can be incorporated into the life of a child with CP are occupational therapy, Behavioral therapy, Recreational therapy etc. While occupational therapy helps the child to use their hands arms and their upper bodies much more effectively, recreational therapy helps the child with lots of fun filled activities like swimming, riding a horse, learning music and dance or even working on a piece of art by drawing and painting. Therapy is an important aspect in the treatment of cerebral palsy.

5 Bronchitis Antibiotics – 6 Tips To Deal With Side Effects

An antibiotic is a type of medication that is prescribed to a patient to destroy and/or put off the growth of bacteria. Depending on the infection you are afflicted with, the anti-biotic is given to the patient.

Bronchitis is a respiratory disease in which the air passageway between our nose & lungs inflames. It is of two type – short term or acute, long term or chronic. Chronic bronchitis is a worst condition for any individual to be in.

The anti-biotics when prescribed in the cases of bronchitis, do not exactly treat bronchitis. They decrease the infections that aggravate the symptoms of the ailment. The medical experts explain that some anti-biotics have been great help in decreasing the cough just after one or two weeks of decreasing the infection in the patient.

Some anti-biotics quite commonly used to cure the acute & chronic bronchitis are as follows:

1. Ampicillin

This is used to treat the infections developed with acute bronchitis. In case you are prescribed this medicine, you must take a glass full of water with in 30 minutes or 2 hours, after having the meals.

Amcipillin’s usual side effects include skin irritation, diarrhea, soreness of the tongue and/or mouth, vomiting, etc.

This medicine is most oft given to the adults.

2. Trimethoprim

This anti-biotoic is primarily used to cure the respiratory tract’s infections. Other uses of trimethoprim include treatment of urine & ear infections.

Some of the commonly known side effects of this anti-biotic are stomach pain, diarrhea, swollen tongue, and sometimes it can lead to the failure of having proper diet due to difficulty in eating properly.

Some types of pills included under this header are – Septra, Bactrim, etc.

3. Azithromycin

This one is most oft used to treat the patients suffering with bacterial infections arising bronchitis & pneumonia.

It is taken in the form of a tablet and also in the form of oral suspension.

The side effects of Azithromycin include:
i. Irritated stomach
ii. Loose bowel movement
iii. Vomiting
iv. Pain in the patients’ stomach & abdomen
v. Skin irritations like rashes that are usually minor

The usual brands manufacturing this antibiotic are Zitromax, Aztrin, and Zmax.

4. Amoxicillin

This drug is quite commonly prescribed one for many ailments. Amoxicillin is aailbale in the form of capsules, tablets (that are chewable for children), liquid suspension, pediatric drops, etc.

Its side effects include irritated stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. In extreme cases this medication leads to some very severe side effects like atypical bleeding, seizures, & too much fatigue.

The brands that manufacture this type of antibiotic are Trimox, Amoxil, Sumox, etc.

This one is usually prescribed for the young children inflicted with bronchitis.

5. Telithromycin

While chronic bronchitis is quite a serious ailment and needs a very vital treatment, telithromycin is commonly used to treat it now a days.

This anti-biotic primarily ministers over the mild and moderate infections occurring in the course of respiratory system functions.

The brand name linked with this anti-biotic is Ketek.

This medication can be taken in the form of a tablet or the oral suspension.

The commonly known side effects of this medication are lightheadedness, headache, irritated stomach, loose bowel movement, blunt taste, unclear vision, etc.

Safety Precautions While Taking Antibiotics

In case you are diagnosed to have bronchitis and now it has become a must for you to have anti-biotics, there are many precautions that you must take in order to minimize the side effects. Bronchitis and the other infections can be relieved very effectively with the specific & prescribed antibiotics, given that you take them in the prescribed manner. The ways to deal with the common side effects are as follows:

1. Be precise while informing your physician regarding the severity of the extent of bronchitis. This would enable them to decide as to you must take the antibiotic or not and if yes which type you must take.

2. Make sure to mention clearly about the allergies you have with any all sort of elements, mainly food & medicines.

3. Be sure to complete the dosage prescribed by the doctor and not leave it in the midst else the infection would continue to persists in the body.

4. In case you have missed a dose, make sure to take it and get to the normal cycle, soon enough.

5. In case the patient is pregnant, you must consult the OB-GYNE to check if the medicines are suited to your condition.

6. When the side effects rise too much, consult you physician as he may change or stop the medication.

7. The medications have their own advantages & disadvantages. If the dosage is taken well enough with the help of the caregiver or some family member it would show up all positives and minimum negatives.

Stoke-on-Trent No Win No Fee

The City of Stoke-On-Trent is well known for the ceramic industry. It is better known by the locals as “the potteries”. The history of the production of pottery dates back to the 17th century. The area was ideal because of the abundance of clay and coal. Also salt and lead were needed used for the glazing and there was plenty of this in the area. In 1769 Josiah Wedgwood built one of Britain’s first large factories which became a famous name in the world of ceramics and is still in operation today but on a smaller scale. There are many museums around the city that go into details the whole history of the ceramics industry.

There were lots of disease and illnesses in the ceramic industry and many people died due to the toxic substances that they were exposed too. Lead was one of the worst and is the most toxic to man. It was used to create colours on pottery and the painters and glaze-dippers accidentally absorbed the lead into their blood streams though their skin and through licking the tips of their paint brushes. This eventually with enough exposure would tern to lead poisoning which was known as “potters rot” in the industry. This could result in paralysis or even death.

Other illnesses potters were susceptible too were serious respiratory diseases. Silica was another dangerous mineral that the potters were exposed too. Silica is a common mineral which is made up of sand and rocks and is the main ingredient to ceramic glazes. Inhaling silica dust can cause silicosis which is a fatal lung disease and many people suffered as a result. It is one of the oldest known occupational hazards.

Workers compensation was available to those who suffered as a result and rightly so. These days we are a lot more health and safety conscious and aware of dangers that we previously were oblivious too. And if we have even the most minor accident that was not our fault we can and should try to claim compensation. This is every person’s civil and legal right.

No win no fee agreements took over from legal aid in the late 90’s and is now available for everyone who has a personal injury and wants to be compensated. The good thing about no win no fee is that solicitors will not take on a case unless they are sure they will win it.

If you have had an accident in the Stoke area and would like to find out if you are entitled to compensation then you should look for a competent solicitor with experience in personal injury. There are many solicitor firms in Stoke but the best ones are those that offer free professional advice. With the technology of the internet now, we can shop for car insurance, loans, cars and even no win no fee solicitors. So just because you live in a little town without any solicitors you can log on to the internet and find the best one suited for your particular claim. You need a company that offers free advice over the phone and can tell you exactly what your chances are

What Can Happen During a Car Accident?

A car accident is accompanied with a number of issues. Besides looking for who is to be accused, the victims have to answer the queries of the police or the insurance company. Your car may be damaged or you may have to undergo some physical injuries during the course of an accident. Some common injuries during car accidents include head, brain, neck, or spinal cord injuries.

Amongst all the injuries which one may undergo during a car accident, whiplash is considered as the most common one. Unfortunately, many people do not give much importance to it. You should bear in mind that whiplash is a serious problem and deserves proper attention.

Whiplash implies injury of the soft tissues which are formed of nerves, ligaments, and muscles. You may experience pain in the neck and problems in moving the neck and head as a result of a whiplash injury. If you experience this type of injury, doctors may prescribe you medications and physical therapies as well.

Head and Neck injuries can also occur during a car accident. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious injuries that one can face in an accident. This brain injury takes place when the brain is hit. As you may know, brain injuries can lead to permanent or momentary problems pertaining to the brain and its proper functioning. TBI may cause skull fractures, hematoma, or may also damage the nerves.

Diagnosis of such brain injuries is also a difficult thing. You can get the diagnoses of such injuries through CT scan and MRI. Some common symptoms of brain injuries include seizures, headache, dizziness, lack of concentration, memory loss, or anxiety.

Another serious and common injury during a car accident is Back Injury. You may hurt your intervertebral disks, cervical discs, thoracic, mid-back, disks and lumbar lower back, and disks in a car accident. In the worst case scenario, such injuries may lead to permanent disability. Some symptoms of spinal injury are arm or leg weakness, paralysis, difficulty in breathing, numbness, tingling, and abnormal bowel or bladder control. Such disc injuries may call for surgery.

Besides, one may also hurt the internal organs during car accidents. You may hurt your kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart, or aorta. In addition, ribs fracture is also a common injury that you may face as a result of a car accident. Car accidents victims frequently get hurt on the spleens or the lungs. You may also get injuries on forearms, arms, shoulders, wrists and fingers.

Other than physical injuries, you car may damage during the course of an accident. It may receive a few scratches or dents depending on the intensity of the accident. In severe cases, the engine of the car can also get damaged.

In order to remain safe from all the mishaps which can happen during a car accident, you need to be very vigilant while driving. Concentrate on the road, and do no indulge in distractions like cell phones or laptops as they often lead you to accidents.

How to Organize Your Music Collection

Since people had the ability to buy music to which they could listen at their leisure, music collections have been huge. People purchased small 45 "records and large vinyl albums. They bought bulky plastic eight tracks and smaller plastic tapes in the 1980's and early 1990's. When the compact disc was born, people loaded up on those, often filling entire wall shelves with the plastic jewel cases.

Finally, there were MP3 devices that were able to store large amounts of music in the palm of a hand. Most people are reluctant to get rid of their original collection though, concerned that if the handheld device is damaged, they will be able to access their collection. Having these devices repaired is sometimes simple. Finding a business that does iPod screen repair or iPhone screen repair does not have to be expensive. However, if more damage has been done besides just the case of the device, you may find yourself looking for a new way to store your music. When you purchase an MP3 player, do not abandon the old methods of listening to music. Find an organized way to store it and you will always have access to it, no matter what happens.

At the moment, your music library may be in chaos. Chances are, you purchased an MP3 player, and began the arduous task of sorting through the collection to transfer songs onto the player. In your haste, you may have tossed the CDs and other music into a big pile, leaving it a mess. You are not alone. It was so exciting to have a clearinghouse for all of our songs and albums; we rushed to get it all loaded in and able to be listened to. But now we are left with a giant mess. If you are ready to clean it up, you have a few options. The first thing you should is get an inventory of exactly what you have. Assess your collection so you can best determine what will work for storage.

Finding shelving for CDs is easy. If you would like to store your CDs lined up on a shelf, you will have little problem finding a variety of options. You can mix the CDs on the shelves with pieces of art, books, or other trinkets to make it more decorative and interesting. If you are trying to put albums or other music forms on shelves, you may have to be more creative. Look for shelving that you like instead of something designed for a specific media. As long as you arrange the items neatly, it will look great.

If you plan to store your music collection away, choose containers that are waterproof and sturdy. Plastic containers may be the best way to go. They offer the fragile items collection and will keep them dry if there is a leak or a flood in your home. Also be sure to store the boxes in a place that is not exposed to extreme heat or cold. The attic or garage should be carefully checked before you decide to use them for storage. The most important thing is keeping the items protected in case your MP3 player is damaged. Choose your storage options carefully.

MS and Alcohol Consumption – Can I Still Have a Drink Or Two?

One of the many questions that adults who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis often ask is if they can still continue to enjoy alcoholic beverages or if they are going to be off limits. If you were to ask many patients about MS and alcohol consumption you are likely to get a wide variety of opinions. While the opinions may vary somewhat they seem to all contain a very similar thread in that the amount of alcohol that must be consumed before the person begins to feel the effects is significantly lower than they may have been able to consume before contracting MS.

The National MS Society Says

If you were to look to the MS society and ask them for their opinion regarding MS and alcohol they will tell you that while individual results may differ from patient to patient the overall experience with most patients is negative. Some patients report that their symptoms of lack of coordination and balance became significantly worse after as little as a single drink.

Research has also shown that patients on certain MS medication such as Diazepam, Baclofen and a variety of anti depressants notice an additive effect where the combination of these medications for MS and alcohol exacerbate many of the symptoms. Before you consider consuming any alcoholic beverage you should talk to your doctor so that you are more aware of the possibility of certain side effects.

Alcohol Abuse and the MS Patient

One of the biggest problems with MS and alcohol consumption seems to be the exceptionally high incidence of multiple sclerosis patients who end up with an alcohol abuse problem. Studies done in the last 10 years seem to show that younger adults are at a very high risk for alcohol abuse when compared to other MS patients. The research showed that the risks were especially high among those who were depressed whether or not they had a family history of alcohol abuse.

According to an article published by Carrie Lyn Sammarco in a 2007 issue of Neuroscience Nursing, alcohol abuse seems to be a way that some patients attempt to deal with the emotional impact of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and having to learn how to live with it. Again this is where talking to your doctor or specialist can help you to decide if having an occasional drink is going to be something that you can handle.

In the end it is a personal decision that only you can make, you have to decide for yourself if you can handle your MS and alcohol consumption or if you need to avoid it. If you feel that an occasional drink or two does not seem to have any major side effects then you are probably ok, the alcohol itself will not exacerbate the MS itself although it can make the symptoms worse. On the other hand if you are drinking to help cope with the fact that you have multiple sclerosis, you may want to seek professional help to find alternative ways to come to terms with your disease.

Broken Ankle Recovery Time After Surgery: Understand the Truth

Stuffs You Should Do Regarding Broken Ankle Recovery Time After Surgery

Creating a fractured foot is on the list of painful ordeals that a majority of sports athletes usually experience. However, even regular individuals may possibly also have problems with that harm. This is why you will need to have the broken ankle recovery knowledge, given that the ft . might also end up being hurt.

There is an certain broken ankle recovery time period that particular ought to know. This can be for you to free of charge your pet through the frequent broken ankle recovery mistake that will others have been undertaking. Even though it can be comprehensible that one would certainly truly would like his / her foot in order to treat fast, he or she must in addition acknowledge the reality that broken ankle recovery time period may well not suit his / her inclination.

Methods Employed in Broken Ankle Recovery Time After Surgery

Casting-this may be the frequent broken ankle recovery strategy make use of, it really is putting a shielding toss enjoying the fractured base to make certain and also relocated.

Surgery-this specific broken ankle recovery method is good at taking care of your broken foot or so, only it may need someone to cover huge cost.

RICE-this broken ankle recovery technique represents rest, snow, data compresion, in addition to height. This specific list of procedures may help in reducing the events of swelling in addition to ache in your foot or so.

What is Rehabilitate within Broken Ankle Recovery Time After Surgery

There are people who are compared in utilizing this kind of broken ankle recovery technique, while they worry which the injured foot could possibly be angry. They prefer make use of the other broken ankle recovery approaches where by they will not push their particular feet to maneuver or perhaps engaged in any pursuit. However, those which abide by this specific rehabilitation broken ankle recovery strategy, has additionally something to express thus to their detractors. It isn’t that you push your own feet to go, you are going to accomplish this complete broken ankle recovery method slowly and one at a time solely. You’ll teach ones base, and in addition your self dealing with the broken ankle recovery agony. Adjusting to discomfort could make the broken ankle recovery considerably quicker.

Duration of the Broken Ankle Recovery Time After Surgery

Most people think that surgery is the end with their fractured foot’s sufferings. However, the moment they leave the actual hospital with the surgeon, they may confront the reality that they’re going to have to handle numerous limitations previous to they are able to stroll once more. This really is one of the exams that they must conquer should they really want to possess the energy in their base back again. It truly is expected how the next few days will not be easy for your ex; he’ll be confronted with confront the anguish and also the hardship associated with his or her damaged foot. Their persistence and also persistency will probably be examined particularly working with the particular significant discomfort and pain in the foot.

Different TechniqueS within Broken Ankle Recovery Time After Surgery

It is possible to search for the actual broken ankle recovery rehabilitate packages that you can see in the world wide web today. On this approach, you simply won’t spend a lot of money buying the high-priced tools or perhaps go to the actual each week period with the foot treatments. All that you should do would be to realize in addition to follow the sets of guidelines pertaining to quickly ankle recuperation.

Physical Therapy for Kids

There are many reasons as to why children may need physical therapy. It could be because they have cerebral palsy and they need physical therapy to help them move their bodies easier or perhaps they broke a leg, or they may have weak muscles somewhere in their body. Physical therapy is not just for adults but also for children who suffer from a wide range of diseases and illnesses such as Neuro-motor, congenital and non-congenital diseases. Delays in development due to certain reasons are also treatable through physical therapy.

Benefits Of Physical Therapy In Pediatrics

These are no different from the benefits of physical therapy claims in adults, restoring, improvement and rehabilitation of movement, and improvement in quality of life being just some of them. Children when treated at early stages of their ailment benefit in longevity and also in the quality of their life. It has been seen in children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and various other illnesses that they find it tough to deal with the day to day situations of living. But if they go through physical therapy, motor reflex control improves significantly and that makes it a lot easier for children to perform their routine activities. With physical therapy, it is not uncommon to see children get a new lease on life and living. The reason being that physical therapy focuses on improving the child’s ability to deal with the ailment.

There are a number of different conditions and injuries that require physical therapy in children. There is even one such condition called Jumper’s knee that becomes a problem for a lot of children and adolescents. If the child complains of tenderness and pain around the bottom of the kneecap, then this might be the problem. Kids who are involved in sports tend to have this problem during growth spurts. A physical therapist may use heat and ice as well as ultrasound to gain control over the pain and any inflammation. The physical therapist also works on strengthening the knee and creating a balance through exercises such as posture exercises.

However, children are always severely spraining ankles, breaking legs, arms, hands, and feet. They may pull something somewhere or tear a muscle during physical activity. All of these incidents call for some kind of physical therapy whether short-term or long-term.

The physical therapist conducts thorough evaluation through several steps and decides on the correct course of action. These treatments aim to improve the performance of daily activities as well as reduce the problems faced during feeding. Physical therapy claims to even correct some neonatal complications. Even in children with prosthetics, physical therapy claims to help the children in understanding the need for prosthetic equipment and coping better with it. Children who did not get a good start in life certainly can hope to live better with physical therapy.

Physical therapy claims and rightly so, that it is excellent for rehabilitation of a person from any age group. Pediatric physical therapy is an excellent way of resolving various problems of children and children are also quick to respond to the conditioning and treatment. The results can be amazing if children are given physical therapy as they have a long life ahead that can be made better. Children respond faster than adults and even in those with developmental problems, the quality of life can be significantly improved, as physical therapy claims correctly.

Things You Should Know on Male Fertility

Sildenafil was officially approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1998 as a drug to treat male impotence. From studies, two thirds of all men who take the drug will overcome erectile dysfunction. In the market, this medical intervention will go by different trade names including Viagra and Revatio. There has been a growing debate over the indications of this treatment and this article will shed some light into how it works side effects and basically all the major things you should know about. You will have a better understanding and when you make a decision to buy and use this drug, you will be more confident.

Sildenafil citrate is also used to treat PHA pulmonary arterial hypertension. This drug was developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and they are also involved in marketing it. This medication basically works by inhibiting an enzyme that is known to restrict blood flow in the penis. This treatment has had its fair share of competition with other drugs that work the same. Examples of other options in the market include Tadalafil and Verdanafil which are commonly known as Cialis and Levitra consecutively. The ‘blue pill’ is how Sildenafil is referred to by many in society.

The action of nitric oxide dilates vessels in the male reproductive organ to increase the blood flow to achieve an erection. For Sildenafil citrate to work, you need to take it as indicated. The best thing is to always consult a health care provider so that they can advise you accordingly. Many pitfalls are associated with those who do not consult medical experts before taking the medication. This treatment must be taken an hour before sexual intercourse and the best thing is to take just one pill a day. The product is available at many stores that are also online. Some ‘blue pills’ are fake or counterfeit and for you to avoid being duped, ask an expert and research widely before you make any purchases.

Like all other drugs, there are several side effects that you can expect from using this kind of treatment. Common side effects include headaches which come because the blood vessels are dilated. A man can also faint and this is definitely not uncommon. Other side effects that may come with using Sildenafil citrate include an impaired vision, nasal congestion, dyspepsia and others. The following are contraindications and all men looking into the drug should be especially keen on this. If you are taking nitrate medications, you should not use this treatment. If you are not sure, consult your doctor for a way forward. Always go through a relevant qualified doctor and this point cannot be overemphasized.

Men who have cardiovascular conditions may not take Sildenafil citrate for the obvious reasons; this treatment can make the condition worse. People who have had strokes, heart attacks, liver problems, hypotension and hypertension may want to be careful before buying Sildenafil. According to studies that have been undertaken, this treatment is for men and tests done to determine efficacy in women are not conclusive. Finally, you should know that buying this treatment can either bring you relief or make your situation worse. One way to avoid crisis is to buy only legitimate treatments. Also, use the drug as directed by a doctor and you can actually have the medication working for you.

The Easy Way to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are the white, cottage cheese-resembling fragments that form behind your tonsils. Many people do not notice that they have tonsil stones right away because the only symptom that can be observed by the patient is that uneasy feeling as if there is a foreign object in your throat. These form from the presence of mucus, bacteria and dead cells in the mouth. Studies also show that these stones also form out of poor dental hygiene.

There are many remedies known to get rid of tonsil stones. The easy steps include a medical dropper which can instantly vacuum the stones out of the tonsils in no time. There are some stones that form within the deeper parts of the tonsils. The stones cannot be removed by a simple medicine dropper and a complicated procedure is required. There are attempts to get rid of these stones completely. The most drastic measure includes total removal of the tonsils. However, such removal was not proven to be effective in prevention of recurring tonsil stones.

Although there are established treatments for tonsil stones, the best way to get rid of them is to learn how to prevent them. There are many complete and comprehensive manuals available in on the internet will teach you the proper measures to avoid the occurrence of these bad breath centers. It includes no expensive treatments and medications. Just read the manual and discover the things you normally do which instantly triggers the presence of tonsil stones. Learn the secrets behind tonsil stones and never worry about it ever.