How to manage psoriasis effectively

It is categorized as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the percentage of affliction on the body. It is one of the oldest known ailments affecting mankind and continues to be a medical challenge, as it cannot be cured completely and demands lifelong therapy for effective management.

The symptoms of psoriasis differ from one person to another but usually include:

  • Red skin patches with silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Itching, burning/soreness
  • Thickened, pitted/ridged nails
  • Swollen, stiff joints

Other likely symptoms are:

  • Genital lesions (in males)
  • Joint pain or ache (psoriatic arthritis)
  • Nail alterations (including yellow-brown spots, dents on the nail surface and dislocation of the nail from the base. Psoriasis may also cause psoriatic arthritis (inflammation of the joints).

What are the modern day treatments available to manage psoriasis?

Psoriasis can be managed with a multitude of treatments – however, what works for one patient may have no effect upon another. These include local treatments with emollients (a liquid or cream used to render the skin soft), cortisone cream etc as well as systemic treatments like Cyclosporine and Soriatane.

During the preliminary stages of this ailment, topical treatments with medicated ointments or creams may be used. In more severe or advanced cases, treatments like UV – A light, Psoralen Plus UV – A light, retinoids like Accutane, Generic soriatane aka Acitretin etc. may be required.

Soriatane (or Acitretin) scores high as an oral psoriasis medication – it is today recognized as the best possible treatment that can deal effectively with all the five forms of psoriasis, viz., guttate, plaque, pustular, guttate, erythrodermic, and palmar-plantar. Soriatane is a retinoid medication which functions by inhibiting specific receptors and thereby boosting the growth of skin cells.

It is commonly available in 10 and 25mg strengths and is to be taken once a day. Its dosage may vary from one person to another, depending on various factors like health condition etc.

It may take up to 2 – 3 weeks for Soriatane treatment to be effective – however, in some cases, marked improvement may be seen in just 8 weeks from commencing usage.

During the course of treatment, one may experience a downturn in the ailment, heightened itchiness’s as well as redness – all of which subside gradually with continuing usage.

What are the do’s and don’ts whilst managing psoriasis?

  • Always keep in mind that psoriasis is a manageable skin condition. Here are a few tips for managing psoriasis and its attendant symptoms effectively.
  • Use an effective sunscreen that can keep your skin moist and protect against hazardous ultraviolet (UV) rays, in case you pan to spend time outdoors.
  • Take a shower or bathe every day with warm water to remove scales. Avoid harsh soaps.

Getting Your Tonsils Removed? Important – Read This

If you have been suffering from complications with your tonsils or adenoids, you may be considering having your tonsils removed. How can you be sure surgical treatment will make a difference? Will a tonsil removal or adenoidectomy resolve issues with tonsiliths?

Prior to surgical treatment, your health care provider may consider less invasive treatment methods. This may include self or in-office removal of the tonsil stones using a curette or cotton swab, surgical removal of the tonsiliths alone, laser cryptolysis, or pulsating irrigation (stone removal with water).

When tonsil stones are recurrent and begin to cause problems such as bad breath or enlargement of the tonsils or adenoids due to infection or irritation, surgery often becomes the most effective treatment. Although having your tonsils removed is considered radical treatment, the surgery is quite common and very safe.

If you need to have your tonsils removed, you will be put under general anesthesia for the procedure. Using a scalpel or electrocautery, the surgeon will perform the tonsillectomy, removing the tonsils from the connective tissue. Cauterization, surgical sutures, and packing may be used to stop bleeding and close the wound.

Upon waking from your surgery, you may require a short hospital stay. Initial discomfort from the surgery may last from 10 to 20 days. A soft diet and a focus on hydration is required during the recovery period.

Tonsillectomy can eliminate tonsil stones, enlargement, and infection. While having your tonsils removed is a major event, you may find that the improvement in your quality of life more than makes up for the discomfort.

Fungus Infection of the Nails (part 1)

Many people seem to think that fungi can only infect the skin, but given the opportunity, fungi can also infect the nails. The problem is that most people do not know they have a fungal infection of the nails. Infact, the majority of individuals who have unsightly nails try and hide them with a cover of nail polish- never knowing that an underlying fungal infection could be festering. The classic presentation of a nail fungus infection is characterized by a white or yellowish discoloration under the tip of the finger or toenails. With time the fungus can spread deeper into the nail and worsen the skin discoloration. The nails eventually start to crumble, and may become very unattractive and painful.

Fungal infections of the nails usually develop when the nails are continuously exposed to warm moist environments such as wet bathrooms, dirty wet floors, gym areas, sweaty sneakers, spas, and sauna or exercise rooms. The fungus which affects the nails is very distinct from athlete’s foot fungus. The athlete’s foot fungus will not infect the nails. Even when fungal nail infections are recognized very easily, they are quite difficult to treat.


Most individuals who acquire the nail fungus do not immediately have symptoms. However, once the fungus continues to grow, the following symptoms will become obvious:

– The nails will become unevenly thick. The thickness is very unsightly

– Even the slightest trauma will cause the nails to crumble. The nails often are brittle, easy to crack and do not have any inherent strength.

– The shape of nails is uneven and the texture is very rough.

– The nails will appear dark, lifeless and not polished.

– As the infection continues, the nails will gradually become darker and often turn black.

In some cases, the entire nail may separate from the nail bed. Pain is also a common complaint in individuals who have a nail fungal infection. The pain is constant but not intense. As the infection progresses, there may also be an associated foul smell.

Risk Factors for Nail Fungal Infections

Fungi which cause infections of the nails are very durable organisms. They do not require a lot of nutrients or sunlight to survive. The fungus has only one preference- the environment must be moist and humid. Such environments are present in your dirty constrictive shoes, swimming pools shower rooms, gyms, sauna and so on. The fungi usually enter the skin through small cracks on the skin alongside the nail. In the majority of cases, the fungi simply die if one maintains good hygiene and takes good care of the nails. However, if one continues to provide a warm and humid environment, the fungi will start to grow.

Nail fungus can affect either the hand nails or toe nails. Because the feet are always covered with shoes and exposed to more humid environments, the fungi usually are commonly seen on the toe nails. It is also believed that fungi also thrive in conditions where blood supply is less. Blood supply problems are more commonly encountered with the feet rather than the hands.

Not everyone gets nail fungi infection. Nail infections are typically more common in older individuals compared to children. It is believed that this is because elderly individuals have less blood supplied to the extremities, the nails grow slowly with time and the body is unable to readily shed off the infected layers. Men, it appears, do acquire the nail fungus more readily than women; this is perhaps related to the work environment.

Who Gets Nail fungus?

The nail fungus is also more common in individuals who:

– sweat profusely

– live and work in a warm and humid environment

– wear tight constrictive echoes with little aeration

– wear thick socks that are unable to absorb any moisture

– never wear any foot wear like sandals when going to the gym, showers or the pool

– are diabetic

– have decreased blood supply in their legs

– have an altered/suppressed immune system (e.g. HIV)

Besides being able to cause permanent damage to the nail along with pain, fungal infection of the nails is not life threatening in normal healthy people. However, in diabetics and in individuals with depressed immune system, the infection can easily spread from the nails to the blood system.

Diabetes – It’s All About the Weight, Baby!

It was my second visit to my new doctor in Pueblo, Colorado back about 8-9 years ago. I didn’t know him from Adam. I had taken a battery of blood tests called a lipid profile on my first visit. Let me digress a little.

I shopped around and picked him as my Doc because I had recently been diagnosed with the big ‘D’ (Diabetes for those of you who live in Pueblo) and my other doc knew zip about it. This new doc had a son with type 1.

We chit chatted a bit on this second visit then he got down to business. Let’s see Jack, you have type 2 diabetes partially caused by being overweight. You have high blood pressure caused by being overweight. You have sleep apnea caused by being overweight. You have high cholesterol and high triglycerides caused by poor eating habits which cause you to be overweight. “Are you staring to see a pattern here?” he asked. DUH!!

That was nearly nine years ago but the words ring true today. 25 pounds and one angioplasty later I still struggle with weight. At age 63, my metabolism is not slow it has gone in reverse. It is very difficult to lose weight for me, maybe impossible. I even tried the duct tape diet.

I know it is easy-just burn more calories than you take in. Yeah RIGHT!

Well now there is more than anecdotal evidence between being overweight and diabetes, between being overweight and sleep apnea. Study after study confirms the relationship.

Sleep apnea is an interruption of sleep caused by an obstruction in the airways. Five such interruptions in an hour constitute a clinical diagnosis of sleep apnea. My last sleep study revealed an average of 19 per hour-that’s one every three minutes. No wonder you feel so c…. when you have it.

Sleep apnea is potentially life threatening. We all know how devastating and life threatening the big ‘D’ is. So what are you waiting for?

The good news is you can avoid type 2 diabetes completely – or at least control it adequately. This is quite possible in many cases using diet, exercise, other lifestyle improvements, and medication, if necessary. Get control early, if you have it, and enjoy your life.


To find out more about Diabetes check the link below.

Food Allergy

Food allergies happen when your immune system messes up. Your immune system is supposed to protect you from disease and germs. If you have a food allergy your immune system makes a mistake and thinks the food is going to harm you.

The response is the same whether it is a food allergy, an allergy to medicine, an allergy to a flower or tree, or an allergy to peanuts. Although the foods themselves are not harmful the reaction the body has can be life threatening.

In recent years we have heard a lot about the peanut food allergy mainly because the reaction is usually very severe leading to anaphylactic shock.

Here’s what can happen if a child or adult for that matter eats a peanut topped brownie which they have a food allergy to – the antibodies in the body over react releasing histamine in the blood.

The histamine released eyes, throat, nose, respiratory, skin, and even the digestive system can be affected by the food allergy. The reaction could be mild or severe and it can happen almost right away or a couple of hours later.

Some of the first signs of a person suffering from a food allergy can be a runny nose, hives, itchy skin, tingling lips or tongue. Other signs can include tightness in the throat, hoarse voice, coughing, wheezing, stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea or vomiting.

And with a serious food allergy anaphylaxis occurs which is a severe allergic reaction that comes on suddenly and with several serious problems all occurring at once – the heart, digestive system, respiratory all react at the same time and the breathing tube narrows while the tongue swells making breathing difficult if not impossible – this is a medical emergency.

If you have a serious food allergy and not necessarily to peanuts you need to make sure you know exactly what you are eating. If there is any doubt don’t eat it. You might also carry the proper medication with you.

Kids often suffer from milk and eggs but the often will outgrow these. Severe allergies are commonly seen in peanuts, shrimp, and fish and these do not usually disappear with age.

Not sure how to tell if you have a food allergy? Sometimes it’s pretty easy to figure out. Hives may appear or perhaps stomach problems occur. But other times it’s harder to tell. And sometimes even if you know you have a food allergy determining to what can be really difficult.

Many medical professionals believe that allergies are genetic and inherited so if you have a parent that suffers from hay fever you can expect to do so yourself. Food allergies can resolve themselves over time.

It is important that you do not confuse a food allergy with food intolerance such as with lactose intolerance which can cause severe stomach pain and diarrhea. But that doesn’t make it an allergy.

For some food allergies it’s as simple as not eating the food anymore. Other food allergies are harder to diagnose and harder to avoid. You should see a doctor that specializes in allergies. The doctor will ask you a lot of questions to help determine if you have a food allergy.

A liquid extract of the food or foods that are suspect is used to determine the food allergy. A tiny scratch is made on the skin and then a drop of the extract placed on the scratch. The doctor will watch for the development of a red spot which will indicate you have a food allergy to that particular food.

Once a food allergy is determined the doctor will decide on the best course of action and whether treatment is needed. Once you know what your allergy is it becomes much easier to deal with.

Obesity – Its Serious Complications On Pregnancy

Obesity is the major contributing factor for rising complications in pregnancy and is a major nutritional disorder. For a scale, if the BMI of the pregnant mother, in the initial stages of pregnancy, is above 25 units, she is considered to be obese.

Obesity is one of the most common but a major nutritional disorder. Unfortunately, the scores of complications, leading to irrevocable damages to the body systems, which are brought upon by obesity are not realised until it is too late to correct.

It is difficult for obese women to conceive because fat tissues surround the uterus and ovaries, rendering fertilization difficult. The fat content creates harmonal imbalance causing difficult cycle and difficult conception.

There are various factors leading to weight gain / obesity during pregnancy.

a. Weight at the initial stages of pregnancy.

b. Less physical activity / exercise

c. Intake of excess calories.

d. Genetic factor.

e. Size of placenta

f. quantity of amniotic liquid.

g. Liquid retention.


a. High risk of misconception

b. Baby can be born with complications

c. May result in caesarian delivery.

d. Mother can develop diabetes

e. Leads to conditions including pre-eclampsia which is life-threatening symptom, affecting both the mother and child.

f. Urinary infections are very frequent.

g. High risk of complications rises.

h. Obese women could contract serious diseases of Arterial hypertension, altered cardiac function.

i. Long term complications viz. worsening of maternal obesity and development of obesity in the infant. (Which has a greater involvement in geneteic factors leading to child obesity)

j. Hypertension, due to obesity, is responsible for increased morbidity during pregnancy.

k. Mean diastolic pressure is higher in children of women who were obese during pregnancy.

l. Obesity during pregnancy is a strong predictor of sustained weight retention, after pregnancy also.

m. When diabetes complicates the course of pregnancy, childhood obesity and overweight are the resultant factors to face.

It is of paramount importance that strict Nutritional, caloric and vitaminic care should be taken during pregnancy. Non adherence will surely lead to serious health complications to both mother and the child.

Overweight is a risk factor for impairment of carbohydrate tolerance, both in non-pregnant and during pregnancy stages.

Reference Books / Publications:
1. Obesity is one of the common nutritional disorders- Divya Sood- Director-Naturopathy- on how obesity can affeect pregnancy. Indian Express- September-1, 2006
2. AM J Obstet Gynecol 1985: 152: 238-45 (Medicine)
3. Abrams B, Parker J. Overweight and pregnancy complications. Int. J.Obes 1988: 12: 293-303 (medicine)

Chamomile – Medicinal Uses, Interactions, Dosage


Alternative Names:

Matricaria recutita, Pinheads, Scented mayweed, Sweet false chamomile.

Herb Description

Chamomile is one of the oldest garden herbs, with wispy 2 to 3 pinnate leaves and terminal peduncles supporting single flower heads. For medicinal use, German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is by far the most famous, but Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is also used .These erect annual plants belong to the sunflower family Asteraceae. The flower heads are the primary plant parts used in herbal medicine. It is commonly found all over Europe and temperate parts of Asia. It is widely introduced in temperate North America and Australia. It generally matures near road sides, around landfills and in cultivated areas as a weed.

The ancient Egyptians regarded it an universal remedy & even today it is carry on to be used to fight illness, promote calm and ebb anxiety at bedtime. As an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anxiolytic it has a long history of use. Chamomile is naturally caffeine-free and can be used as a herbal tea. It boosts wound healing, resists certain bacteria on the skin, and has a mild tranquilizing effect.

Uses and Benefits

Traditionally chamomile used for skin inflammation, colic or dyspepsia, and anxiety. Both Roman & German chamomile have been employed medicinally for hundreds of years & adopted as an anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, and calming agent.

Topically, it is used to cure inflammatory skin and mucous membrane disorders, or orally for minor colicky digestive problems and anxiety or nervousness. It is widely used as a beverage, food additive, and flavoring agent, and in cosmetic, bath, and hair products.

In current Europe, chamomile supplements, including tinctures, extracts, teas, and salves, are extensively used as antibacterial, anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, and sedative agents. Extracts are taken to lull irritation & pain, heal wounds & ulcers, and aid prevention as well as cure cystitis and dental afflictions.

Chamomile is used to treat various disorders include :

  • Bruises.
  • Scrapes.
  • Skin irritations.
  • Joint pain.
  • Acne.
  • Arthritis.
  • Burns.
  • Skin ulcer.
  • Wounds.
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • PMS.
  • Headache.

Side Effects

Chamomile is generally considered as a mild and safe herb, and it is extensively available in foods, beverages, and cosmetics. Large doses has reportedly cause mild gastroparesis and emesis.

Symptoms of an occasional allergic reaction such as itching, rash, swelling, dizziness, breathing problem may occur, which may (rarely) cause angioedema and anaphylaxis. If patient feel any side effects, contact to doctor promptly.

Safety during breast feeding or pregnancy has not been accounted. Individuals with a history of allergies to Asteracea or ragweed r plants such as sunflowers, daisies, chrysanthemums should not use chamomile supplements.

A tea made from Roman chamomile in high concentration has been reported to cause nausea, this reaction is produced by a chemical found in Roman chamomile called anthemic acid.


  • Liquid Extract (1: 1):

45% of alcohol, 1 to 4 milliliters should be used three times daily.

  • Dried flower:

2 to 4 grams or by infusion should be used three times daily.

  • Tincture (1: 5):

45% of alcohol, 3 to 10 milliliters should be used three times daily.

  • Externally:

3 to 10% of the drug by infusions or semi-solid preparations should be used three times daily.

Drug Interactions

Because of its tranquilizing actions, Chamomile could heighten the blood-thinning effect of Coumadin and similar drugs. It is recommended not to use this drug in the same time with alcohol and anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax, Ativan & Valium.

Hcg Diet – Hcg Diet Plan as Gaining Its Recognition on Weight Loss

HCG is quickly gaining recognition for its ability to help with weight loss. Although the hormone still has not been approved by the FDA for use as a weight loss product, many physicians are recommending it to their patients and weight loss clinics specializing in HCG weight loss treatments are becoming more common. In addition to helping people lose weight, however, many people utilizing this weight loss program are discovering that there are additional benefits as well.

The HCG weight loss treatment or HCG Diet plan is the actual diet plan. In order to follow the HCG plan to its fullest, you are also supposed to maintain a diet of 500 calories per day. Although following a diet with such a small amount of calories would normally be considered unhealthy, it is safe to do while also receiving HCG injections. This is because HCG helps prevent the loss of muscle mass. It also helps dieters retain a high level of energy while suppressing the appetite. Therefore, while it generally would not be considered safe to follow a diet with so few calories, doing so while also receiving the HCG injection is both safe and effective as a weight loss strategy.

If you are going to use HCG Diet to help you lose weight, it is important that you follow the HCG Diet protocol properly. In this way, you will have the greatest amount of success with our weight loss program while also keeping yourself safe and your body healthy. Dr. Simeone created the Pounds and Inches Protocol of HCG Diet to follow carefully the recipe in order to lose weight and be healthy at the same time. The HCG Deit works for everyone, as other diet that talks about metabolism, calories and the right kind of food, the HCG Diet is a natural treatment for people who feel they are fat.

Many of the people that are using HCG Diet to help them lose weight are finding that the hormone helps with the reshaping of their body’s as well. Unlike many weight loss programs that only help with losing weight, HCG Diet appears to help contour the body and decrease the circumference of the body. HCG Diet also helps tone common problem areas, such as reducing the amount of fat deposited in double chins and getting rid of pot bellies. HCG Diet also appears to help rejuvenate structural fat, which helps make the hands, neck, and face look refreshed.

Individuals on the HCG diet are also supposed to follow a low calorie diet of only 500 calories per day. Without the help of HCG, a diet consisting of this few calories can results in a loss of muscle mass. Those on HCG Diet plan, however, do not experience this side effect. In addition, the hormone appears to actually reduce the appetite, which makes it easier to adhere to the 500 calorie diet.

Obviously, shedding extra pounds will help improve the overall health of a person on the HCG diet. Researchers also believe that taking HCG helps to normalize the cholesterol levels of those on the diet. In addition, the hormone appears to help normalize the thyroid gland and balance the hormones while rebuilding the adrenaline glands.

People on the HCG diet also routinely report experiencing less irritability and generally feeling in a better mood. This lift in spirits seems to continue throughout the entire treatment period. Patients also report having more restful sleep, which may be partially responsible for the improved mood. Similarly, patients report feeling more energized while undergoing the therapy. This may be attributed to the improvement in sleep, the loss of excess weight, and the positive impact HCG has on the adrenaline glands.

For many, just the weight loss benefits of HCG Diet would be enough to make this hormone worth taking. With the additional benefits that the hormone appears to have, however, it makes the HCG Diet plan that anyone looking to lose weight should be considered. Now, you know why it is gaining its popularity on people who would like to lose weight. 

How To Identify Shingles Without a Rash

Is it possible to develop shingles without a rash? Yes, but this is a rare case. Shingles is a condition which is manifested by painful rashes or blisters which show on one side of the body. It usually lasts for two weeks and can even be prolonged to a month. Most of the time, the condition shows as pain without a rash, but develop into web-like blisters after days.

The pain associated with shingles can be very mild, but it can also be severe. It can be described as burning, painful and itchy, but without something to scratch or treat on the surface. In a case where the shingles do not have manifestations on the skin, it may be difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for other diseases. And since shingles happen more on adults aged 60 and above, it can be confused with other diseases which commonly occur among elders.

Shingles without a rash is also known as zoster sine herpete. To deal with shingles without a rash, doctors can administer a blood test to check if the virus has in fact invaded the skin. Scrapings from other wounds can also be used to see if the virus has affected the body.

If you experience pain on your chest or on your back, you could have developed shingles instead of other illnesses such as heart ailments or simple back aches. It is best to seek medical attention before the virus spreads to the body and cause extreme discomfort.

Another characteristic of the pain is that it is very sensitive and feels more like it is occurring in a band instead of on a larger area. It commonly develops on the chest, the trunk near the waist, the neck, the face, or on either the arm or the thigh. The sensitive pain is coupled by discomfort which can be caused by a burning sensation or itchiness. This is caused by the virus being in the nerves instead of only on the skin.

As soon as you develop the pains which are similar to those described above, see your doctor and ask for advice. You may be given tests which may confirm that you in fact have developed shingles. There are medicines which can prevent the virus from further spreading to your body, and so that the ain will be lessened.

Cold Sore Home Remedies

Cold sore home remedies are becoming more and more popular as people move away from applying harsh chemicals to their skin and look to find a natural alternative treatment instead. Also, I think one of the reasons that cold sore home remedies are so popular is because quite often you can find the remedy already in the house, or be able to buy the ingredients or item at a relatively cheap price. Now that is not to say that over the counter remedies do not work, it is just that quite often the natural alternative works just as well if not better. So without further ado lets look at some of these home remedies.

Lysine is an amino acid which is believed to be able to help against cold sores, the only problem is, is that the body does not create it naturally, so you have to find a way to get it in your system. The thing with it is though is that it is a large molecule and is not able to be absorbed readily through the skin, in fact putting it on the skin, or on the sore, will be of no help. Now lysine can be found in certain foods, especially foods rich in protein including meat (specifically red meat, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), nuts, eggs, soybeans (particularly tofu, isolated soy protein, and defatted soybean flour), spirulina, and fenugreek seed. Also you can take lysine as a supplement, however lysine supplements should only be taken in response to a recommendation by a health care professional. Not only should this help with the outbreak, but because lysine replaces arginine it may prevent further outbreaks occurring.

Another effective remedy is Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is fast growing a reputation in the world of natural remedies for its many qualities, and dealing with cold sores is one of them. Tea Tree Oil has many soothing qualities within it which can help to stop the discomfort caused by the cold sore. Additionally Tea Tree Oil also has anti septic like qualities which many believe helps fight the cold sore infection.

Herpes simplex is highly contagious, and easily spread and once you have got it you have got it for life, but quite often the outbreaks occur when your immune system is not at its strongest, ie recovering from illness or being really stressed. So to counter this you need to look at ways to boost your immune system. To boost the immune system, combine equal parts of tinctures of calendula, echinacea, oats, burdock, and lomatium and take 1/2 teaspoon four or five times a day.

Ice is great to reduce swelling and pain. But it greatly slows the healing process of an open wound. Ice is considered one of the cold sores home remedies. One who is suffering from sores should benefit from the healing properties of ice. Ice is the most common treatment for cold sore. You will be surprised that this simple treatment offers much pain relief.

One final tip is that when you have a sore that has developed, then you may need to watch what you eat. Avoid acid foods that may touch the cold sore – like vinegar products and tomatoes. Try to encourage your body toward the alkaline side by taking a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement. Repeated cold sores often means a calcium deficiency, so you may want to increase your dairy intake or use a calcium supplement

Psoriasis, Fumaric Acid and the Natural Sun

In the past 30-40 years fumaric acid has been used to treat Psoriasis and many reports have indicated there is a problem of its becoming toxic in the liver. Almost everything could become toxic, even water, if a person did not use common sense.

It was about 1969 when a fellow named Schweckendiek provided some information about fumaric acid and the treatment of psoriasis.

But maybe I am getting ahead of myself. If you currently have psoriasis then you know about the disease, but if you do not and your notice people with some sort of reddish rash on their arms and legs, then that person most likely has a psoriasis condition. It is not easy to live with.

Psoriasis has been determined to be a immune-mediated disease and sometimes effects not only the skin but also the joints. The National Institute of Health (NIH) says up to 8 million Americans are affected.

When you see someone with psoriasis you may think it is "catching". It is not. The lesions may look ugly and sometimes because of scratching (they itch) you may see scabs and possibly broken skin. It is not contagious.

Psoriasis has been around for along time, the Greek Physician, Hippocrates spoke of it. That could make it a centuries old disease. A Roman author Cornelius described the condition. After all this time the cause is still unknown and a total cure is rare.

The total surface skin of a human being is replaced every 28-30 days, normally. With a person that has a psoriasis condition this cycle is reduced to 7-10 days.

There has been some interest in activated vitamin D (Rx only) that reduces the growth of skin cells and also some of the itching. It sometimes takes up to one month to see any effective improvement. Of course the sun produces vitamin D and the Dead Sea area in the middle east has grown very popular with people with a psoriasis condition. The water of the Dead Sea is known for its heavy content of minerals as well.

Do not try to take vitamin D as a supplement as the body only needs a certain about and any excess will be eliminated by the body.

Fumaric Acid was mentioned above as a possible treatment. There is a lot of controversy over whether this will have a positive effect on psoriasis before it becomes toxic to the person. The Fumaric Acid that has been used to treat psoriasis is normally referred to as FAE's. This treatment therapy has been used in Germany since the mid-1990's. Reports vary on the success of this treatment protocol.

It seems, as usual, what will work for one person will not work for another. One just has to experiment with all suggested treatments until one is found that is successful, Fumaric Acid together with 20 minutes of full sun exposure to the psoriasis affected area just may be the answer to some improvement in the condition.

Treatment For Toenail Fungus – The Best Non Prescriptions

Onychomycosis is the medical term for nail infections which affect toenails and fingernails but toenail infections are more common, and that is what will be addressed in this article. For the treatment of toenail fungus to be effective, the remedy needs to target the nail bed to destroy the infection.

Treatments for Toenail Fungus

The following is an overview of three treatments for toe nail fungus that were ranked highly.

Zetaclear review

Zetaclear was ranked as the most effective treatment for toenail fungus from the study. One of the reasons why it was ranked the highest is because of its newly registered FDA homeopathic treatment. Data suggests that it works on over 85% of people who try it. This is very high being a non prescription product. For visible results, growth of infected nail is required to fully grow back. It takes about four to six months to obtain clear nails with the Zetaclear treatment hence immediate results are not expected. All toenail fungus treatments require patience and this applies to Zetaclear as well. A 6 month treatment period is required. This treatment which is also topically applied has no side effects and works well with severe and mild infections due to a powerful approach.

Funginix review (trade name- Fungisil)

This is a 'FDA registered' treatment which is effective on toenails. Its ingredients comprise of chemicals that are documented to get rid of nail fungus. Comprehensive research and tests done concluded it is the best toenail fungus therapy. Most non prescription treatments and medications provide only temporary relief from symptoms but does not effectively clear the fungus. Funginix solution is applied topically but penetrates the nails to reach the nail bed, attacks the fungus and cures it from inside out. This topical ointment increases the body's anti infection and natural anti inflammatory capabilities, and thus allows the body to fight the fungus with no side effects. Ingredients in this anti fungal treatment penetrate the infected nail and destroy the fungus. It also has no harsh chemicals.

Funginix also helps in clearing the discoloration that is commonly associated with toenail fungus. 97 percent of those tested reported shiny and clear nails within a period of twelve to fifteen weeks. In addition, it was reported that nails grew and did not show signs of fungus thereafter. The subjects with severe infections (15%) had the fungi infection disappear within a period of 4 to 5 months. Not only is Funginix really effective, with the ability to clear the fungus, but it was reported that the infection does not return even after many months later. This is unlike other fungal treatments reviewed.

A home made treatment by Scott Young

This home made treatment ranked 3rd as a treatment for toe nail fungus in the study and contains all natural ingredients. It is safe to use and it is said to be the most effective among other home remedies. When tested on 27 subjects, it produced amazing results. Using this affordable option, it takes about 10 weeks to clear the fungus infection.

How To Overcome Agoraphobia

One of the most debilitating things of all must be to suffer from agoraphobia. To not be able to go out and walk around freely, or to just pop to the shop to buy a pint of milk or simply cross a street makes life very, very difficult. People who suffer from agoraphobia are affected in varying degrees.

For some the anxiety felt at the very thought of venturing outside is enough to bring on a panic attack which lasts for hours and immobilizes them in the security of their home. This is agoraphobia in its most extreme form. Others manage to step outside and tolerate the experience; they do their best to grin and bear it and manage to get out and about under some circumstances. That’s not to say they find it in any way comfortable; a trip outside is nerve wracking and totally exhausting.

Treatment for agoraphobia is needless to say rather difficult to procure as most forms of therapy require one to step outside to attend a consultation. This in itself can be absolutely impossible for an agoraphobic person. And not all therapists will be able to make a home visit, depending on their schedule, availability and the terms of their professional indemnity insurance.

An agoraphobia cure is something then which needs to be available in one’s own home. Many agoraphobics find the task of finding a cure virtually impossible. Few people think about the possibilities presented by hypnosis mp3 downloads. And yet hypnosis in this form is probably the most perfect solution for treatment of agoraphobia. It is available immediately without the need to step outside. It’s also really very inexpensive. More importantly, however, it is extremely successful.

Hypnosis downloads designed for overcoming agoraphobia are successful as they easily show you how to retrain your mind to think about things in a different way. A phobia is an extreme fear caused by the way in which you think; An agoraphobic experiences an automatic anxiety reaction immediately when they even think about going out into the wide world.

This fear is not one which you are born with. It is a learned reaction which has become deeply patterned inside the inner workings of your mind. To overcome agoraphobia successfully, access to the inner recesses of your mind is what is required. Hypnosis provides this access. Simply by listening to a hypnosis download safely in the comfort of your own home you can retrain your mind to respond in a very different way.

Roseanna Leaton, specialist in hypnosis phobia cures.

Coping With Depression And Anxiety

Most people experience normal fluctuations in mood. This is a relatively normal experience. However, there are many who suffer with fluctuations in mood on a consistent basis. Many even experience relatively low moods for extended periods of time. This is often referred to as “depression”. There are also individuals that suffer from the effects of unrealistic anxiety on a consistent basis. It has been found that most people who experience depression often also experience anxiety often. Many may feel burdened by these moods, but are unable to find a constructive way of coping. Here, we will express some methods in coping with depression and anxiety.

When a person experiences a loss, faces high levels of stress, or experiences a medical condition, it may be normal to encounter depression. There are many signs and symptoms associated with depression. The following represents just some of these:

– An individual may find that they are experiencing complications in various areas of their life. This may include troubled relationships at school, work, and in the personal life.

– Many who experience depression may find that the feelings that they experience are causing difficulties in their life. For example, they may not have the energy or the desire to do the things that they need to do, experience the things that they once enjoyed, or pursue new hobbies.

– Depression may result in an individual becoming sick on a consistent basis. This is because depression may actually cause the immunity to weaken.

– Many may encounter feelings of despair, lack of self-esteem, loss of hope. These are all very common symptoms associated with depression.

– Individuals who are depressed often experience feelings of pessimism. They tend to have a negative outlook, even in the face of optimism.

– Many who are depressed may gain weight, or even lose weight. This is often quite common because of the fact that the depressed individual will not eat as they should.

– Many individuals who are depressed will experience extreme fluctuations in mood swings to include anxiety, irritability, and even anger – which are a unique combination of many different emotions.

– Severely depressed people will often consider suicidal thoughts.

Anxiety is often experienced when an individual experiences depression. Just like depression, anxiety has a number of common symptoms that are experienced. Here, we will explain the symptoms that may be experienced.

– Those that experience anxiety may also experience complications when it comes to breathing.

– Many may feel pressure in and around the chest area. This is often caused by palpitations and fears that surround the individual who experiences anxiety.

– Many people who experience anxiety may suffer from tremors and shaking.

– Dizziness is a common sign of this condition.

– Many people may get physically ill when they experience anxiety. This may include vomiting, hot flashes, feeling cold, and similar symptoms.

Coping Techniques

There are many different methods in which an individual may cope from the effects of depression and anxiety. The first method, of course, is medication. There are medications that are designed for depression, and those that are designed for both. Many professionals agree that if you are coping with depression and anxiety, it may be best to pursue therapy sessions and group support meetings as well. This has been found to be an excellent method when it comes to coping.

Many classes and support groups offer methods in which an individual can deal effectively with depression and anxiety. It is important to ensure that you learn these techniques in order to better understand how to approach these situations in a positive manner. Being positive and discovering coping strategies are an excellent means to ensuring that you reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety in your life. There are also many natural herbal remedies that can supplement this type of training. Examples include Black Cohosh Root, and St. Johns Wort.

Remember, the first step to receiving help is admitting that you need it.

Depression – Fight Depression With the Best Treatment

Prolonged sadness or popularly known as depression is factually quite rampant in a number of countries, especially in the United States, nearly 9.5% of the total population of the US have this problem. Nonetheless, only few of them may be treated and so depression along with its ill effects is continually bothering some people.

Depression is apparently a simple illness to cure but truly, it takes much more than laughter medicine to really treat this illness. Continuing visits to a psychologist or a behavior therapist must be done, also at the same time taking medicines prescribed by the doctor. These drugs however are considerably not cheap. The quantity of suffering that the individual experiences as caused by depression is already an adequate reason for some to begin noticing the illness throughout the different treatments that are currently available.

Depression usually may easily take a person’s ability to function normally on their everyday activities and one’s normal actions, an individual’s zest for living can easily and quickly dissipate as a result of the illness. And in the position of a person’s cheery disposition is precisely an individual who hates his own self, a being with no self-confidence at all, isolating himself from anyone and really doesn’t care about life anymore.

In addition, an individual going through depression will eventually be not the only one who will suffer from such serious illness, people around him will surely follow suit as well. As they see the person walk growingly along the rocky road without bothering anyone or anything anymore, it is most likely that depression will not just ruin one’s own relationships but the afflicted person’s loved ones as well.

However, this should not be taken as a problem because people who are depressed are in fact lucky enough because there are numerous depression treatments which can be taken to help a person go along the course of suffering a destructive mental condition.

Basically, depression treatment begins with the patient’s acknowledgement of his illness. It will be much easier not just for the doctor to treat depression and search for an appropriate treatment if the patient could just be honest with himself.

Like anti-depressant drugs, various depression medications for all psychotherapy sorts could be promising enough to be a great depression treatment. Surely, the patient together with his family will get the best result taking such depression treatments.

A popular kind of depression treatment known as psychotherapy comprise a short-term program of therapy sessions, normally ranges from 10 to 20 weeks, effective enough to really be able to attain considerable results for the patient. This kind of depression treatment helps the patient by slowly making the individual open up and talk more about his feelings, the cause of his problems, and the cause of his illness. Healthy communication between the patient and the cognitive therapist is the best depression treatment that will help the patient by gradually making him talk and discuss the things he had been keeping inside all along.

A lot of medications available for depression are indeed great for treating the patient to control his mood swings, to help the patient sleep better, and more so, be much pleasant to the people surrounding him.

The necessary action to take on depression is to visit a behavioral therapist as soon as possible before the condition worsens. The visits and check ups needed must be regular since depression requires to be addressed in its early stage. Care and attention from professionals, relations, family, and friends are essential and will surely go a long way for a successful depression treatment and such contributions from these people must not be treated a little less.