Dispelling Myths About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the swelling of a human body part caused by an abnormal accumulation of fluid, proteins, and cellular waste in the tissues under the skin. It occurs when there is a problem with the lymphatic system caused by one of the factors below:

-The failure of lymph vessels to develop properly

-Damage to lymph vessels by trauma, surgery, or infection

-Removal or destruction of lymph nodes, usually during treatment of cancer

Most of the advancements made in the understanding and treatment of lymphedema result from research on those who acquired lymphedema as a complication of breast cancer treatment.

Here are some common misconceptions about lymphedema:

Myth 1: It is an incurable condition. While it can be managed, lymphedema is a lifelong condition that will not go away over time. In fact, because it is a chronic progressive condition, even mild cases can eventually escalate and have serious consequences if not properly treated.

The gold standard for lymphedema treatment is complete decongestive therapy, which consists of two stages: a clinical phase where a lymphedema therapist performs manual lymph drainage and bandaging, and a self-care phase where the patient or caregiver performs the daily massage and bandaging. The clinical treatment may only take 4-6 weeks, but managing lymphedema is an ongoing process.

Myth 2: It will only develop within the first five years after surgery and radiation. Although we wish this were true, people can develop lymphedema at any stage in life. I have heard of a cancer survivor who 30 years after her treatment developed lymphedema after reaching up to pull down a garage door. It may be uncommon, but it can happen.

Myth 3: Lymphedema will make one’s arm huge. One-size-fits-all is not true for lymphedema. Like cancer, lymphedema has various stages. Stage I is mild, Stage II moderate and Stage III severe. I’ve seen pictures of a lymphedemous leg grossly misshapen, and I’ve seen cases where I could hardly tell the person had lymphedema.

Myth 4: The sentinel node biopsy that only removes a few lymph nodes stops lymphedema from happening. The procedure, while reducing the incidence of lymphedema, has not eliminated it. Genetic predisposition to any disruption of lymphatic flow may tip the scales.

Myth 5: A person at risk for lymphedema or who has it should not carry heavy objects. This has recently been disproven. In fact, gradual lifting of weights with a compression garment helps with lymphatic flow.

Myth 6: If your limb starts to swell you can wait a while to get therapy. If you notice any swelling in a limb after removal of lymph nodes, even after a sentinel node biopsy, see a surgeon right away. The earlier you catch it, the better. If the doctor does not listen, go to another M.D. who will. And if you are diagnosed, insist that you get a prescription for lymphedema therapy.

To reduce the risk of developing lymphedema, many therapists advise patients to have their arm fitted for a compression sleeve to be donned during plane rides longer than four hours. But newer findings indicate that cabin pressure at high altitudes may not make a difference in swelling. In addition, survivors may wish to wear the sleeve when lifting heavy objects with that arm. One should consult the National Lymphedema Network or Step-Up, Speak Out to get current, reliable doctor-approved advice on risk-reduction practices.

While certain triggers have been found anecdotally to bring on lymphedema (such as long plane rides or repeated puncture wounds), many experts in lymphology now surmise that those who develop lymphedema do so because of a genetic predisposition. Also, some people are born with more lymph nodes than others, providing a more protective effect.

Notwithstanding myriad myths and misconceptions about lymphedema, my main advice is never to despair. You can lead a normal life after lymphedema. Some patients turn the anger they feel toward their surgeon in not informing them of lymphedema into legislative and other action to ensure more research is directed toward this under-served condition. Others start Web sites and blogs to provide needed information to patients at risk and those with lymphedema. Still others go on to live their lives without fanfare. All of these responses are valid.

Holistic Healing Practices – Defined – Jin Shin Jyutsu through Yoga

Jin Shin Jyutsu: Jin Shin Jyutsu is the art of releasing the tensions which cause various symptoms of discomfort in our bodies. Our bodies contain numerous energy pathways or meridians that feed life into all our cells. When one or more of these paths become blocked, this blockage may lead to discomfort or even severe pain. This stoppage or stagnation may not only disrupt a local area, but can persist and eventually cause disharmony to all paths of energy flows, leading to more severe ailments. In a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment the specialist’s hands are used as ‘jumper cables’ to energize the body’s run-down battery. This reopens the energy pathways, to release pain, disease and stress. Stresses such as injuries, emotional and natural tensions, digestive disorders, genetic (inherited) and surgery all contribute to having blockages. A single treatment lasts about one hour and will continue to release energy for an additional eight hours, healing, balancing and relaxing the body. Jin Shin Jyutsu can assist in releasing almost any problem, because of the powerful unblocking that occurs as it opens the deeper universal meridians.

Jin Shin Therapies: Jin Shin Therapies, ancient oriental healing arts, use touch on specific points on the body to release blockages of energy, thereby harmonizing and revitalizing the body on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.

Kinesiology: Kinesiology involves the testing of various muscles and nerves of the body in order to determine the strength or weakness of various organ and energetic systems. It can also be used to determine how receptive the body is to various remedies and therapies, thereby assisting with the restoration of optimal health.

Labyrinths: The Labyrinths was used in the early mystery schools to achieve balance and enlightenment and has been recently rediscovered to assist in the raising of our consciousness. It is an ancient tool thought to bring balance, healing, spiritual awakening, and protection. Learn how this design, found in many ancient cultures, is a path to center. It can bring about deep insight and new ways of perceiving the challenges of life.

Light Therapy: Light Therapies are a form of bodywork that uses gentle, pumping movements to break up blockage in the lymphatic system while speeding up the flow of lymphatic fluid. This action cleanses the body of waste and has been shown to restore fluid balance while strengthening the immune system. Lymphatic Drainage can be accomplished manually or with specific equipment.

Magnets/Magnetic Therapy: Magnets & Magnetic Therapy utilize magnets and electromagnet fields for the treatments of numerous conditions including fractures, pain, arthritis, circulatory problems and many others.

Massage Therapy: Massage Therapy is an effective broad-based system of remedial treatment consisting of kneading, rubbing and otherwise manipulating a part or the whole body with the hands. Although not limited to, Massage Therapy focuses mainly on muscles, organs and lymphatic tissue.

Meditation: Meditation has been utilized for thousands of years to bring about integration of mind, body and spirit. Similar to guided imagery, meditation has shown beneficial results on a wide range of conditions, from hypertension and immune enhancement to asthma, stress reduction and pain management.

Mind/Body/Spirit/Emotions: Mind/Body/Spirit/Emotions is an emerging field of health care that deals with the total effects of thought, physical body, emotional and spiritual aspects of humans and their effect on chronic conditions such as cancer, chronic fatigue, AIDS, lupus, fibromyalgia, diabetes, mitral valve prolapse, MS, PMS, TMJ, Parkinson’s Disease, and mental health. This broadening field of ‘wholeness’ includes a wide range of disciplines including biofeedback, guided imagery, meditation, hypnosis, regression, past life regression, and many others.

Myofascial Release: Myofascial Release addresses the connective tissue that runs throughout the body. Because connective tissue can become strained or damaged, myofascial release can bring relief for those suffering from chronic pain, physical dysfunction or bodily injury, as well as surgery and postural misalignment.

Myotherapy: Myotherapy is manual massage and pressure on sensitive spots of the body known as ‘trigger points’ to relieve chronic pain and disease, such as arthritis and multiple scleroisis.

Naturopathy: Naturopathy is a system based upon natural principles of health and a deep respect for the healing power of nature. A growing field of holistic health care, Naturopathy focuses on the underlying cause of disease and blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a behavioral technology utilizing a set of guiding principles, attitudes and techniques about real life behavior. NLP allows you to change, adopt or eliminate behaviors, as you desire, and gives you the ability to choose your mental, emotional and physical states of well-being. NLP is used to enhance interpersonal skills, communication and rapport’ in business to improve management and sales; in education to improve student performance and achievement and to enhance personal development and effectiveness.

Neuromuscular Therapy: Neuromuscular Therapy is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation that balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to relieve the pain and dysfunction by alleviating the underlying cause. NMT emphasizes the role of the brain, spine, and nerves in muscular pain. It uses advanced concepts in pressure therapy to break the stress-tension-pain cycle. It aims to relax muscle and release compressed nerves so that circulation can increase and the body will return to normal neuromuscular integrity and balance.

Oriental Medicine: Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM)–a.k.a. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)–is the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world. More than one-fourth of the world’s population now uses one or more of the many therapies and treatments offered through TOM. These therapies and treatments include acupuncture, herbs, massage, meditation and a wide variety of other energy related therapies such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

Oxygen/Ozone Therapy: Oxygen/Ozone Therapy is a rapidly growing treatment that dates back a hundred years to Germany and includes hydrogen peroxide therapy, ozone therapy (HVOT) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat a wide range of ailments and disorders, and to assist in detoxifying the body.

Pilates: Pilates is a full-body exercise system that emphasizes body alignment and correct breathing system using the abdomen, lower back and buttocks as a power center. Pilates enables the rest of the body to move freely. You experience a new awareness as your mind is directed through your body’s movement. Pilates may be performed by people of any age or fitness level in order to improve their flexibility and range of motion. Pilates is used in conjunction with physical therapy to aid in recovery.

Qi Gong: Qi Gong is an ancient oriental technique that utilizes movement and breathing to stimulate the natural healing energies within the body. Qi Gong has been shown to enhance the overall vitality of those who practice it regularly. It also helps to reduce stress and assist with disease resistance.

Reconnective Healing®: Reconnective Healing® is a process developed through Dr. Eric Pearl. It uses what quantum physics describes as parallel dimensional frequencies. These frequencies provide an experience that differs from anything previously encountered. People report experiencing healings cancer, AIDS-related disease and other serious illnesses.

Reflexology: Reflexology is a method of healing and balancing through the manipulation and stimulation of reflex areas located in the hands and feet. These areas correspond to all areas of the body providing effective treatment for pain and a variety of ailments.

Regression Therapy: Regression therapy takes the individual to hypnotically regressed point in their current life or a previous life. A, (preferably certified regression) practitioner discusses with the person what they wish to accomplish. They may, for example, believe that a fear of water, not based on any known traumatic experience, might be based on death by drowning in a previous life, or they may wish to know whether they knew their spouse in past life. The regression practitioner then takes the person back in time to current or previous life experiences. Regressing to a previous experience is powerful healing and cathartic, because the feelings associated with the experience, whether in one’s current or past life, can be processed . In a past life experience, it often includes dramatic events of death, loss, betrayal, or deep love and happiness. The person often finds themselves in a body of a different gender, age, or race. The function of the whole experience is to heal past traumas by understanding, forgiving and being forgiven. Understanding the roots of a phobia, illness, accident, or even birthmark is very helpful to getting on with the business of the current lifetime. For instance, a person who starved in a previous lifetime can let go of the urge to overeat when it is understood as no longer relevant. A person who has an abusive relationship can let go of it when they understand that the karma binding them to the other person is that the other person caused their death in a previous life. It is not necessary to suffer further when this is understood. Past life regression hypnosis has extremely fast results in healing of self-defeating behaviors, or understanding potential areas of achievement which may have past-life roots.

Reiki: Reiki (‘Rei’–universal energy and ‘Ki’–the life force that flows through every living thing) is a energy-based system of bodywork. Treatment consists of the use of the practitioner’s hands to stimulate and infuse energy to the recipient to expedite the healing process. Reiki is a safe, non-invasive, non-manipulative therapy commonly used to help reduce stress and revitalize energy.

Rolfing®: Rolfing is the original form of structural integration Dr. Ida P. Rolf perfected 60 years ago. It is a holistic approach based on the recognition that we function better at many levels when our bodies are properly aligned in gravity. The goal of Rolfing is to create a body that is effortlessly upright, properly aligned, and at ease with itself and gravity. Some of the results are long lasting freedom from pain and stress as well as improvement in function at every level including improved range of motion, joint integrity, and overall sense of well-being.

Shiatsu: Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure.’ It involves a sequence of rhythmic pressures firmly applied to specific body points. It is designed to balance the acupuncture meridians of the body while increasing wellness, treating pain and various other ailments.

Sound Therapy: Sound Therapy is based on the idea that sound can influence health by its balancing, calming and energizing effects on the brain and nervous system. Sound Therapy has become widely accepted in hospitals, clinics and schools throughout the world as an effective treatment to alleviate pain, overcome various learning disabilities, improve strength and endurance, as well as improve movement and balance. http://www.soundmindbodyhealing.com

Spiritual Brain Repatterning (SBR): Spiritual Brain Repatterning is a tool which allows review of a person’s present-life (womb to age 5) cellular programming, SBR identifies the major negative-statements embraced at the cellular level which have created discordance emotional themes in one’s life. The counter-statements are then programmed in at the cellular level which results in the release of those discordant emotional themes from one’s life giving us the freedom to move forward in a whole new manner. Most people report that core attitudes towards life noticeable change. Children with ADD or ADHD respond dramatically positively to SBR, as wel as people with major self-punishing or self-destructive tendencies.

Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT): Spiritual Response Therapy allows fro definitively addressing many of the emotional issues/patterns limiting one’s life. Through SRT, the emotional programs that are running at the cellular level of an individual are identified and an ‘educational’ process begins at the soul level which allows the programs to be resolved. This releases tremendous emotional baggage, enabling each person the freedom to explore life in a new manner, unconstrained by many of the old patterns and routines, which were previously governing their lives. It is a useful tool in releasing anxiety, depression, phobias, addictions, suicidal behavior patterns, and often effective in releasing health challenges and physical disabilities. SRT allows for greater quality in relationships, freedom from limiting emotional issues and a greater inner-peace and inner-harmony in dealing with life.

Structural Integration: Structural Integration work is based on the concept that human function is improved when segments of the body (head, torso, pelvis, legs and feet) are properly aligned. Practitioners use carefully applied pressure to help reorganize tissue while realigning the body. Structural Integration offers its own unique therapy–not be construed as chiropractic care.

Tai Chi: Tai Chi consist of graceful, continuous movements combined with breathing control to promote relaxation, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, and coordination while improving overall physical and mental agility. Tai Chi teaches the cultivation, balancing and focusing of internal energy (chi). This ancient art dates back to the 8th century and is based on traditional defensive and offensive techniques. In addition to bare hand techniques, weapons such as the sword, saber and spear are also used. Several schools of Tai Chi include the Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun. Tai Chi has been used as part of treatments for back problems, ulcers and stress.

Total Body Modification (TBM): Total Body Modification is a hand on healing practice which is an off shoot of chiropractic medicine. It essentially treats the body as having a ‘health-computer,’ tests the circuits to identify which are improperly programmed, corrects the programming, and then, ‘re-boots’ the computer so the new patterns are fully operational. Many people with pneumonia, knee/joint problems, chronic cough, adrenal weakness, reversed polarity, herpes, sunburn sensitivity, etc. have experienced lasting relief with TBM.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)–a.k.a. Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM):–is the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world. More than one-fourth of the world’s population now uses one or more of the many therapies and treatments offered through TCM. These therapies and treatments include acupuncture, herbs, massage, meditation and a wide variety of other energy related therapies such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

Trauma Resolution: Effective Trauma Resolution approaches seek to release the physical and emotional pain of overwhelming experiences–a.k.a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

At the moment of an overwhelming experience the nervous system subconsciously and automatically induces an altered state to protect and calm the system. When left unresolved in the cells and fields of the body, these static energies foster depression, anxiety, disease and compulsivity. New strategies–such as: Regression Therapy, Spiritual Brain Repatterning (SBR), Spiritual Restructuring, Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT) address these powerful moments of encoding.

Watsu: Watsu–a.k.a Water Shiatsu–is a form of massage performed in chest high, body-temperature water. A Watsu practitioner guides the individual through a series of dance-like movements, while using Zen Shiatsu techniques in order to release blockages in the body’s meridians-energy pathways. Watsu is commonly used to relieve tension and stress, pain, arthritis and a wide variety of emotional and physical problems.

Yoga: Yoga is an ancient Indian system of spirituality, health and longevity, which utilizes various physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation and life-style considerations to bring about a state of balanced health and well-being. Numerous studies have shown that Yoga, Yoga Therapy and meditation have positive health benefits on a wide range of conditions including headaches, stress, pain, asthma, high blood pressure and numerous other health issues.

Morning Sickness Survival Tips. How to Reduce the Misery and Suffering From Morning Sickness

When does morning sickness begin?
Most cases of morning sickness begin very early in pregnancy. For some pregnant women it can start as soon as implantation occurs.

How long does morning sickness last?

Morning sickness can last from a few hours first thing in the morning to lasting all day. Some pregnant women do not get morning sickness until the middle of the day but it is still called morning sickness.

When will morning sickness end?

Morning sickness ends by about the 12th or 16 week of pregnancy. Unfortunately for some women it can persist for the duration of the pregnancy.

What does morning sickness feel like?

Morning sickness feels like been sick to you’re stomach. Sometimes you feel so sick to your stomach that you feel like you have to throw up. You may spend a while with your head over a vomit bowel and nothing comes out except you are reaching like hell. For other pregnant women they actually throw up. Some women can not hold down any food at all during morning sickness.

 What Causes morning sickness?

Up until I experienced my own pregnancies, I was always taught and believed that morning sickness was either hormonal or physiological in nature. I now know differently.

 It is partly true that morning sickness is due to hormonal surges but I have my own theory that I would like to share with you. As an energetic healer I had the ability to go within and understand morning sickness from a new prospective. Looking at the bigger picture, morning sickness has an energetic component. The energetic makeup or feel of the incoming spirit (your baby) may be very different from that of the mother’s. This lack of harmony between the mother’s and the baby’s energetic patterns can literally make the mother physically sick. Morning sickness remedies and morning sickness cures have helped many pregnant women from feeling so awful during the first few weeks of pregnancy.

 It could be likened to this analogy. Think of someone that makes you uncomfortable when they are in your presence. Now put that person inside your body twenty-four hours a day for a few months and imagine what it would feel like. No wonder pregnant women feel sick and have morning sickness! On the other hand, some women have greater compatibility with the incoming spirit and for them, pregnancy is easier to handle.

Here are some morning sickness remedies or morning sickness cures, that my clients have tried over the years so see which ones work for you.

Eat a few plain dry crackers 10-15 minutes before getting out of bed in the morning.

Avoid excessive toothpaste as this can aggravate morning sickness.

Eat small amount of food at a time.

Don’t mix liquids with solid foods.

Keep away from strong smells such as perfumes during early pregnancy.

Sleep if you can until the morning sickness passes.

Avoid over crowded warm places.

Sniff fresh lemons or ginger in early pregnancy, essential oils can be used as a substitute

Drinking soda water or lemonade or watermelon can help.

Salty potato chips or salted crackers can help relieve pregnancy morning sickness.

Have a homeopathy consultation for a pregnancy morning sickness remedy.

Using sea bands for morning sickness or accupressure pregnancy safe adjustable morning sickness wrist bands has been a very effective morning sickness cure for many pregnant women.

Try some morning sickness lollipops specifically designed for pregnancy women.

Purchase a pregnancy relaxation CD to effectively communicate with your unborn child to make the energetic adjustment necessary for a more harmonious connection between the spirit of your incoming you baby and you.

Morning sickness may improve taking some Vitamin B-6, 50 mcgs daily.

Having said all of this morning sickness can be totally exhausting and take the joy away from your pregnancy. I wish to invite you to expand your consciousness to the beneficial effects of energetic healing and coaching at http://www.PregnancySuccessCoach.com

You may also be very interested in an amazing message that was telepathically dictated to me for humanity from my son when he was seven-weeks old. Yes you read correctly! I have the ability to communicate with baby’s emotions from inside and outside the womb. Down load this AMAZING MESSAGE FREE at http://www.PregnancySuccessCoach.com/Message_For_Humanity.html

If you wish to ask me a personal question about your pregnancy or an issue in your life then visit http://www.PregnancySuccessCoach.com/Ask_Hannah_Section.html

Hannah Bajor. C.N.M.,M.S.N.

Certified Nurse Midwife

Pregnancy Success Coach

How to Get a Better Erection

There are a lot of people who dream of better erection though it is not something that can be easily achieved for some of them. Actually, some people consider sex a chore as it does not bring enjoyment for them. The reason for it is inability to achieve the erection. What is interesting is the fact that even those who do not experience any problems getting or keeping an erection, want to have a better erection. They say that it brings them and their partners more satisfaction.

It is widely known that there are different ways to improve the situation with getting a better erection. And in fact it is not so difficult to try these methods.

The first thing you can do to get a better erection is to make sure you eat the proper kinds of food. That means you should try to avoid fat, especially before a sexual encounter. The excess of fat in the body decreases the level of testosterone and leads to drop of libido. Too much fat makes both getting a better erection and ejaculating equally difficult.

It is possible to get a better erection also through avoiding immediate ejaculation. Furthermore, you should remember that you can achieve a better erection by using sexual positions where the man is on the top. In this case the blood will better flow to the very tip of the penis.

A major factor capable of influencing erectile capabilities of men is smoking. Quitting smoking will improve your erectile function, both enhancing it and making you last longer. Smoking is quite harmful for blood vessels and circulation, and these two factors are very important for penile tissues, making them less elastic and less capable of growing and stretching.

On the other hand there is a more effective way positively influencing erections. These are herbal pills. If you want to get a better erection and think about an effective, easy and safe method, choose herbal pills. You will get better erection quicker, your penis will become firmer and an overall sexual intercourse will become a better experience. You will easily get a better erection. Better erection is not the only result of all-natural herbal pills. They can also increase a size and a girth of a man’s penis. It becomes longer and larger. The pills can also improve blood circulation.

One more beneficial effect that a person may obtain through using natural penis pills is that his doubts about his sexual performance will be left behind. Another undeniable advantage of herbal penis pills is the fact that they have no harmful side-effects, and taking them men can be sure that no harm will be done their health.

We would like to remind you, though, that you’d better consult the doctor as to the method of achieving a better erection. A person should keep in mind that not every approach provides the identical effects. Actually, several solutions don’t even confirm that a person will acquire a better erection. If you want to take herbal penis pills, you must find and take only those which are safe. It’s a pity but not all herbal pills are harmless for men’s health.

Read the list of ingredients carefully. There can be many popular herbs that increase libido and improve sexual life, but some ingredients are prohibited. Yohimbe is one of these ingredients. Yohimbe is called a stimulating agent, but it is not safe if taken in large amounts. In this case you may experience strong side effects, including increased blood pressure and infarction.

The most horrible thing that can happen is the negative consequences of such treatment that can deteriorate the general health of the person. It is natural that health is of bigger importance as you enhance your erection.

Food Poisoning in San Carlos Caused By Nestlé Cookie Dough

As a result, one young woman, with many others likely to follow, has filed a lawsuit against Nestlé when she became infected with the bacteria after eating the cookie dough. She was held in the hospital for a week, but thankfully survived the encounter with the potentially deadly bacteria. In addition to this young woman’s case, there have been at least 70 other reported cases of E.coli that have resulted from eating Nestlé’s ready-to-bake cookie dough.

The young woman now filing the lawsuit against Nestlé reports that she ate approximately half of the container of Nestlé raw cookie dough right from the package. After a few days, she started to experience nausea and abdominal cramping. She didn’t link her symptoms to the potential for food poisoning, however, until she began to have bloody diarrhea. The young woman went to the hospital where a biopsy was performed and an infection caused by E.coli was found. Because of the potentially fatal results an E.coli infection can have, it was incredibly fortunate that the woman was able to be treated so quickly. If an E.coli infection goes unchecked, it can often lead to the kidney failure and death of its victim.

Investigators are still in the process of determining how Nestlé’s prepackaged cookie dough was contaminated with the E.coli bacteria. When E.coli infections break out, they can typically be linked to meat products that haven’t been cooked well. This is because E.coli bacteria live within the stomach and intestinal tract of cattle, goats, and several other types of farm animals. How and why the bacteria ended up in Nestlé Tollhouse prepackaged cookie dough remains a mystery that the FDA, along with Nestlé Food Corporation, is attempting to solve.

With the recent outbreak of Salmonellosis that was linked earlier this year to contaminated peanuts and pistachios, food safety has become the top priority of the FDA. These tainted nuts caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations across the United States. If you or someone you love has contracted a serious illness from contaminated food products, you should call a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible. Food manufacturers are responsible for selling their consumers safe food products. Therefore, when the food you purchase has been contaminated, the company manufacturing it has likely shirked its duty to provide safe groceries for you and your family. A <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/1037355’);” href=”http://www.robertreeveslaw.com/”>Los Angles personal injury attorney</a> can help you reach the settlement you deserve from the injuries you’ve sustained from contaminated food products. The young woman who spent a week in the hospital with an E.coli infection will likely receive all the compensation she needs to cover her medical expenses, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering she had to suffer.

Breast Enhancement Vitamins

There's an alphabet of vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 B12, C, D, F, K. There are also minerals like zinc, iron, selenium, chromium, folic acid, calcium, and iodine. When it comes to breast enhancement vitamins, where do you start? How do you know which are going to be effective as part of your program?

Breasts are fat deposits. When put like this, it does not seem like you'd want large ones! Taking care of your skin and fatty tissue is extremely important when enhancing your breasts. Here are some common vitamins. These often come in prepackaged kits, or in pills, capsules, teas, or creams. Find out how they work and why they are important for your breasts' health and appearance.

Vitamin E. There are skin lotions and oils made with Vitamin E. It is great for your skin and also for your good overall health. E helps lower cholesterol and maintain health brain functioning. It also may protect against heart disease and cancer. The recommended daily average (RDA) is 10mg per day. This is the bare minimum your body needs. If you can, take a supplement that provides about 50mg per day.

Vitamin A helps nourish your skin and also helps the immune system. RDA is 3500 IU.

Vitamin C helps produce collagen, which is important in connecting and supporting tissues like skin, organs, bones, tendons, and muscles. C also helps maintain healthy red blood cells and blood vessels. RDA 60mg.

Vitamin B6 helps form antibodies, red blood cells, and proteins, and is important in maintaining good cardiovascular health. RDA 2 mg.

In addition to these vitamins, there are some minerals that are commonly used in breast enhancement supplements.

Folic Acid helps produce and maintain new cells. Folic acid is important during rapid cell division, such as that which occurs during pregnancy. This is vital to supporting new breast tissue growth. Folic acid also protects against changes to DNA that lead to cancer. RDA 400mcg.

Zinc also supports new growth, which is important for new breast tissue to be healthy. In addition, zinc also helps maintain a health immune system. RDA 15mg.

Selenium has antioxidant properties, which help maintain cell health and prevent damage caused by oxygenation. RDA 55mcg.

Vitamins and minerals are important in helping keep your body healthy. They work with the herbs in breast enhancement vitamins and creams to keep the newly developed breast tissue healthy. If your breasts are not healthy and strong, their appearance is not going to be at its peak. Even if you have large breasts, they might not look as good as they could if the skin and tissue are not healthy. Breast enhancement vitamins can help you accomplish your wish of having a larger, more shapely chest. They will also help you maintain great health.

Mouth Ulcer and its Treatment

The most uncomfortable, painful and annoying condition to have must be those horrible white volcanoes that appear inside the mouth. Yes of course, I mean the mouth ulcer! In many cases, the origin of the ulcer will be unknown, other times it is a bad reaction to certain foods. Learning the origin of the ulcer may be of interest to some people, but I am sure most would be more interested in learning how to cure that nasty that is making them wince every time they move their mouth.

Two most common causes of mouth ulcers are mechanically injury to mouth lining and the other is aphthous ulcer (canker sore) when a person is feeling stressed or under the weather.

Treatment:

1. Drink more water to cool down your body. By cooling down your body temperature, you will let the infected area to recover quicker. At the same time, try not to take spicy food which will increase your body temperature rapidly.

2. Cures for these painful sores include eating three kiwis each day, drinking unpasteurized goat’s milk, or using Aloe Vera juice as a mouth rinse. Sound too exotic? If so, here are a few more remedies that you are more likely to find in your kitchen cupboard.

3. Apply topical gels, pastes or mouthwashes that contains anaesthetics, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory substances. Many of this can be bought over the counter without prescription excluding those which contain a combination of control medicine.

4. Another great natural medicine to use is resin from the myrrh tree. It has been used for centuries to heal mouth ulcer as it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help to heal irritated mucous membranes. Use a capsule of powdered myrrh and apply it directly to the mouth ulcers several times a day.

5. Use diluted chlorhexidine or other mouth antiseptic wash once a day to reduce the duration of the ulcers.

6. Lozenges and mouthwash derived from tea tree are great-tasting, natural, antiseptic treatments that help control oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay, gingivitis and bad breath. The lozenges are also used for relieving sore throat, bad breath, sinusitis, blocked nose, mouth ulcers and coughing as well.

7. A good way of treating mouth ulcers is with coconut oil which kills the bacteria that causes them. It is also good for treating throat infections, gum disease and cavities. Certainly the Pacific Islanders who have a coconut based diet have excellent dental health and rarely suffer from mouth ulcers even when they have never brushed their teeth or used floss or anti-bacterial mouthwash.

8. Fenugreek leaves help in the treatment of mouth ulcers. An infusion of these leaves is used for gargling. Fenugreek is a strong agent on the ulcers. Hence it is used as a remedy for recurrent ulcers.

9. Licorice is used for several oral and dental problems. It is a component of several toothpaste brands. Its stem and leaves cleanse the mouth effectively. Apart from controlling the sores, it can refresh the mouth and cleanse the teeth.

Lung Cancer FAQs – Can Tumors Lie Dormant For Years?

New research information indicates; scientists, may have discovered that lung cancer tumors are somehow able to lay dormant in the body for many years before becoming active. That is to say – before a sleeping tumor actually becomes a noticeable life-threatening disease (no previous symptoms of its existence).

By using a 3-dimensional cell culture system, scientists have been able to identify a mechanism that allows dormant, metastatic tumor cells (cells that have the ability to spread to other regions of the body) to start growing again, even after many years of inactivity (the dormancy of a tumor becomes proliferative metastatic growth [the rapid growth production of new cells]).

This new growth is believed to happen in a regulated way, where signaling from the surrounding micro-environment may lead to changes in the skeletal infrastructure of dormant tumor cells. However, any tumor size growth due to changes from dormant to proliferative metastatic growth may also be restricted by the availability of an adequate blood supply (something that is needed to provide oxygen and sufficient nutrients for cancerous cells to grow).

Because of this new discovery, future treatments may one day have the ability to inhibit (stop) any such changes through "targeted mechanism therapies." But, although there seems to be this possibility, it would be appropriate to mention that many disseminated tumor cells (cells widely dispersed in a tissue, organ, or the entire body) would usually not survive for very long periods of time. However, it is also worth mentioning, the strong possibility of a "sub-set" of these cells may survive.

This is usually where treatments, such as with chemotherapy, which targets actively dividing cells, has not been able to kill off all the cancerous cells (a cause of cancer recurrence after primary treatment has been received). New information would also indicate that any such possibilities of targeted mechanism therapies, may not be applied to just one specific type of cancer, but cancers in general.

If this new information is anything to go by, then it is a major advancement that could see any future cures being applied not just to lung cancer sufferers, but to sufferers of other types of cancers too. This is a significant move forward for both the control, and eradication of many types of tumors that may lay dormant for many years before becoming proliferative metastatic growth.

Training with Diabetes: Dawn Phenomenon & Glycogen Metabolism of Swimming

I’m working with an athlete who has recently been diagnosed as a diabetic and is training for an Ironman. He is also new to triathlons and all the training and logistics that come with it.

Last week I got an email from him about two problems with his diabetes management:

1. High glucose levels on his early bike sessions
2. Hypoglycemia during swim workouts done at lunch time

1) Hyperglycemia early in the morning is very common in diabetics. Also known as the Dawn Phenomenon, it is the result of decreased insulin sensitivity and changes in the levels of various hormones in the early morning hours (GH, Cortisol, Glucagon), which can lead to the overproduction of glucose by the liver and to the underutilization of glucose by peripheral tissues. 

Since the bike workouts are only about one hour, there is no need to have a big breakfast before these. So he was instructed to get a big breakfast after those workouts, taking a couple of extra ultra-fast insulin with it, and check blood glucose levels 2 hours after the meal to make sure it was all absorbed.

2) Hypoglycemia during swim workouts done at lunch time

For the second issue, there is also a link between the situations that are causing the hypoglycemia during the swim.

First of all, swimming brings with it a higher metabolism rate and a higher number of muscles involved in the work compared with running or biking. When you swim you are using many small muscles, which make the glycogen consumption a bit higher than during biking or running, thus making swimming the discipline that causes a bigger drop in blood glucose levels for the first hour of training.

Another reason is that on some days this athlete is training in the morning (when the dawn phenomenon occurs) as well. So by the time he gets in the pool, not only is his metabolism higher but his insulin sensitivity is high too.

I remember that back in my training days it didn’t matter how high my blood glucose levels were before a workout – if I didn’t eat anything before the session I would end up with a hypo.

The advice for my athlete was:

1. If blood glucose level is >180: Take a bottle of maltodextrin/sports drink (with 200+ calories) to the pool and drink it halfway through the session.
2. If blood glucose level is <180: Eat a small snack before training AND take a bottle of sports drinks to the pool, drinking it halfway through the session.

Connecting the two problems:

It is very unlikely that you will get an HIPO by training on an empty stomach in the morning, unless of course the workout is longer than 1 hour or you woke up with an extremely low blood glucose level. Swimming is the discipline that has a stronger impact on your blood glucose levels if you were to do them all at a similar intensity. 

One way to manage those two problems is by working on the training schedule. This athlete has only access to a pool at lunch time and has a group bike to train with in the morning. But if you can swim in the morning and run/bike at lunch/evening, that would keep your blood glucose levels steadier.

Plus, swimming in the morning is always best for those without a swimming background since you get to train on a fresher body, struggle less to float in the water, therefore getting more quality out of the sessions.

Vinnie Santana, Certified ironguides Coach – Bangkok, Thailand

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Mesothelioma: Description, Diagnosis and Treatment Prognosis

“The number one cause of cancer is ignorance. Applied knowledge of nutrition can help you remove or reduce the risk factors and abort the manifestation of any growth.”

–Uzo Onukwugha, MD

Mesothelioma is a tumor of the flat cells that cover the surface of the lungs, adjacent wind pipes and the thoracic cavity. Mesothelioma is an acronym of mesothelium (flat or cellophane covering) and oma (Latin name for growth or tumor). It is a rare type of lung tumor and tends to be associated with occupational hazard. It is an affliction that involves a multi-disciplinary approach and institutions: the physicians, occupational and preventive medicine, surgeons, occupational safety, worker’s compensation, attorneys, occupational therapists and labor unions.

Risk Factors and Evolution of Tumor:

Long term inhalation of asbestos fibers is associated with certain occupations like ship-building, insulation, construction and demolition. The worst culprits are blue and white asbestos. Cigarette smoking may double the risk. The disease is subtle and may take several years if not decades to produce symptoms. At onset, the diseases may not produce symptoms. A construction worker may only notice symptoms long after retirement. Appearance of symptoms may prompt the victim to seek medical help. The symptoms and signs may include shortness of breath, chest pain, fibrosis, pleural effusion, calcified plaques and bronchial cancer. The cancer may eat up the lungs, wind-pipes, ribs and adjacent muscles.

Types of Mesothelioma: The growth may be fibrosed and localized or it may be diffused and malignant spreading to adjacent tissues.

Fibrous Mesothelioma:

Presents as chest discomfort, and all sorts of breathing problems. As with pleural-affected tumors, joint pain may be noticed in the hands, wrists, ankles and knees. Examination of the hands may reveal finger clubbing.

Chest x-ray is important in the clinical diagnosis and may reveal localized growth as soft-tissue mass. There may be air-fluid level showing effusion into the lung cavity.

The prognosis with surgical resection for this type is good even with evidence of spread. However, some may progress to full-blown malignancy.

Malignant Mesothelioma:

The symptoms of malignant mesothelioma appear much later and seem to peak at 55. The symptoms are diffuse and tend to develop in a couple of decades after exposure to asbestos. Cigarette smoke tends to worsen the onset of the symptoms like breathlessness, and chest pain.

Chest x-ray may reveal connective tissue complications like clumping of the pleural tissues (pleurisy), pleural effusion, lung collapse, basal fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and lupus erythematosis. Other autoimmune diseases and bronchial cancer may develop.

Sputum test is non-contributory and open pleural biopsy may be necessary to characterize the type of tumor before treatment.

At this stage, surgery is hopeless. Palliative radiotherapy or anticancer chemotherapy may be attempted but the prognosis is hopeless.

Prevention–better than cure:

The best treatment of mesothelioma is preventive measures and health advice to the at- risk professions. These include wearing face masks and finding alternatives to asbestos and quitting smoking. Change of jobs may be necessary.

Complimentary Treatment:

Green super foods like spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass, green kamut, and alfalfa helps the body to stand the stress of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Green foods are also known to boost immunity and attack free radicals, neutralize toxins released by cancer cells and improve the overall quality of life of patients. Supplements like multivitamins, minerals, aloe vera, and essential fatty acids can be added to the greens as adjunct to treatment.

Home Remedies – Colds – Top 10 Tips to Discover

Taking home remedies for colds will reduce the duration of the cold (usually 7 days) by at least 3 days and minimize its potency. So how do you know whether you have a cold or just starting with flu? It’s important to distinguish between the two, more than ever now as there are ore than 44, 287 Swine Flu cases to date, worldwide.

Flu will induce a sudden fever temperature of over 100F to 104F. Other symptoms can include a sore throat chills, aching muscles, and headache.

Here are 10 tried and tested home remedies for colds to reduce the symptoms whilst boosting the immune system. If you have more than one cold per year you will know which one might work the best for you.

1. Home remedies for colds # ECHINACEA: This has been used for centuries and has an immune stimulating effect by killing the cold virus, and known in Germany as “resistance drops”. This herb is available in tincture or capsule form.

2. Home remedies for colds # VITAMIN C: Vitamin C levels must be replenished daily as the body is unable to make its own supply. An over abundance of this vitamin is simply passed out of the system by normal body functions. Along with the health benefits, it is one of world’s favourite supplements. Homeopathic doctors recommend 6 to 10 grams for the first few days, with plenty of fresh fruit as the water content in the fruit e.g. apples , orange, grapefruit (particularly red grapefruit), cranberries, helps to hydrate the body at the same time adding natural vitamin C. Once you are feeling better reduce the dose to 3 grams per day.

3. Home remedies for colds # PAPER TISSUES: They are better than a handkerchief as they can be disposed of by trashing after use. Hand washing is important so that you do not pass on the virus or re-infect yourself.

4. Home remedies for colds # GARLIC: Cold germs hate garlic as it clears chest infections! And now not a day passes without some new use being discovered. Reputedly, 3,000 years ago the Egyptians insisted that their slaves be fed on it to keep them healthy and fit for work. To keep the breath fresh only use the deodorized capsules. Take3 grams daily to help clear the virus. Continued use may protect against blood clots and reduce bad cholesterol.

5. Home remedies for colds # WATER: Colds are very debilitating, so plenty of fresh filtered water is essential to keep well hydrated, as much as 8 to 10 glasses daily.

6. Home remedies for colds # HORSERADISH: Well known for treating respiratory infections by increasing perspiration to reduce any fever associated with a cold. Easily prepared in the kitchen by grating the root and then adding cream and vinegar to make a sauce. Used traditionally with roast beef.

7. Home remedies for colds # VITAMIN A: Strengthens the mucus membranes which help to trap the cold virus and is needed for an improved immune system. It is sometimes known as the ‘skin vitamin’. Low levels can lead acne and spots.

8. Home remedies for colds # SAGE: Fresh sage juice made from the leaves of this herb has anti-inflammatory and can be used as a mouthwash to alleviate sore throats, laryngitis. It also has antiviral properties, which is useful for treating coughs and colds.

9. Home remedies for colds # ZINC: It is thought that zinc can kill off the cold causing rhinovirus, and is believed to have an antioxidant function by supporting the other antioxidant nutrients. Smokers are usually deficient in this vitamin. Check the dosage with your pharmacist as it can cause imbalance in copper levels.

10. Home remedies for colds # PROPOLIS: Used over 3,000 years ago by primitive humans who enjoyed the fruits of the industrious honeybee, dining on royal jelly, honey and the honeycombs. However, it was the ancient Greeks who gave propolis the name we use today. ‘Pro’ means before and ‘polis’, refers to the city, or the apt translation is ‘In defence of the city’, lining the hive with this resin to keep it safe from infection and intruders.

It has shown to have antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. Very little is known about this natural product from the bees, but it is becoming very popular. I personally have been using it daily for over three years in capsule form, and have been colds and flu free. It is available as a mouthwash, soap, and lip balm.

Itrifal Kabeer and Itrifal Shahtarh composition and its uses

Unani system of medicine (Unanipathy) originated in Greece, enriched by Persians and Arabs and now became an integral part of Alternative medicinal systems of India. Itrifal Kabeer is a Unani medicine prescribed for gastric problems, head ache and used as a stimulant. Itrifal Kabeer (IK) is used in unani for gastric problems-flatulence,  chronic catarrh, indigestion, hyperacidity; head ache, eye pain and as a stimulant (Gupta, 2003; Kabeeruddin, 1989; Rehman, 1985)..

Ingredient     

Post harat kabuli  (termanalia chebula)                                    

Post baheda (termanalia belerica)                                              6daram

Amla muqassar (emblica officinalis)                                                                     

Tukhum karafs pahadi  ()                                                                                

Shaitaraj hindi   ( plumbago zylanicas)                                          2 awquia

Nankhah  (ptycotis ajown)                                                               2awquia

Satar  (zatarica multiflora)                                                                2awquia

Balchhad   (velariana jatamansi)                                                     2daram

Samamah                                                                                           2daram

Mailoj                                                                                                2daram 

                                                                                                        

Darchini (cinnamomum zeyanicum)                                           2daram

Filfil siyah  (piper nigram)                                                       1  1/2 awquia

Filfilsafed                                                                                    1 1/2awquia

Narmushk  (mesua ferra)                                                          1 1/2awquia

Tarkebe-taiyari

      All drugs should be charab in roghane-badam(Almond oil)and mix it in one third honey.

It contains Terminalia chebula that have antibacterial, antifungal, purgative, hypolipidemic, anthelmintic , and anticancer activities. It is used for flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery, cyst, digestive disorders, vomiting, enlarged liver and spleen, cough and bronchial asthma, metabolic harmony; as diuretic and antioxidant. Terminalia belerica has purgative, astringent, antipyretic, hypotensive actions and is also used in diarrhoea, dyspepsia, biliousness, cough, bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, tropical pulmonary eosinophilia, helminthiasis and allergic eruptions. It is shown to have hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, antioxidant and antisalmonella activities. Coriandrum sativum is used as stimulant, stomachic, carminative, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal,  larvicidal and in measles, aerophagy, gastroenteritis, bleeding piles, neuralgia, cephalalgia, spermatorrhoea and viral infections.

Itrifal shahtarh

Uses              it is beneficial in hikkah, jarab ,safa and abla farangi.

Ingredient   

Post haleela  (terminalia chebula                                       20daram

Amla munaqua (emblica offinalis)                                                       20 daram

Post haleela jarad (terminalia chebula)                                            40 daram

Post haleela kabuli (                              )                                                3 daram

Sana makki  (cassia  aungastifolia)                                                    10 daram

Gul surkh (rosa Damascus)                                                                  6daram

Sahatra( fumeria offcinalis)                                                                 5daram

Tarkeeb tayri

After grinding of the all drugs mix it in muvez munaqqas..

 It contains Terminalia chebula that have antibacterial, antifungal, purgative, hypolipidemic, anthelmintic , and anticancer activities. It is used for flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery, cyst, digestive disorders, vomiting, enlarged liver and spleen, cough and bronchial asthma, metabolic harmony; as diuretic and antioxidant. Terminalia belerica has purgative, astringent, antipyretic, hypotensive actions and is also used in diarrhoea, dyspepsia, biliousness, cough, bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, tropical pulmonary eosinophilia, helminthiasis and allergic eruptions. It is shown to have hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, antioxidant and antisalmonella activities. Coriandrum sativum is used as stimulant, stomachic, carminative, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal,  larvicidal and in measles, aerophagy, gastroenteritis, bleeding piles, neuralgia, cephalalgia, spermatorrhoea and viral infections..

Bronchitis and Pregnancy

Bronchitis can be very severe if in a pregnant woman. This is a result of the disease combining with other symptoms present in a pregnant woman. Bronchitis is caused by the inflammation of the medium sized airway, also called the large bronchitis. The causes are smoking, inhaling dangerous fumes and pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. When this occurs, symptoms such as an expectorant cough, wheezing, fever, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breathe and occasional chest pains are experienced.

Bronchitis and pregnancy should not be taken lightly. When one detects symptoms related to the disease, immediate medical attention should be sought. This will reveal if the condition is actually bronchitis and what exactly caused it. This will make treatment possible. The most common cause of bronchitis and pregnancy is viral infections. The viruses at play are the influenza, adenoviridae, syncytial virus and the rhino virus. Infections caused by these pathogens usually disappear on their own after a few days.

Bronchitis and pregnancy caused by bacterial infections should be medicated using antibiotics, an expectorant cough syrup and bronchodilaters. These work together to destroy and expel the bacteria from the respiratory system. The bronchodilaters bring relief to the blocked airways reducing symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

Bronchitis and pregnancy usually starts with a dry cough. This cough can even wake you up at night. The cough after a few days becomes productive. This is followed by the other symptoms which disappear after a few days. The expectorant cough can last up to one month. If it lasts for more than this period of time, more diagnosis by an ear, nose and throat doctor is necessary.

Knee Pain Relief – Patella Knee Braces to Help Keep Your Knee Stable

Are you having problems with your kneecap (patella)?

If you experience knee pain or have a knee injury, it can be a frustrating process trying to let it heal.

Patella related knee conditions and injuries can take months to heal, and can be painful during the time they are healing. One condition that is common for people suffering from knee problems is called "patellar tracking disorder". Patellar tracking disorder involves an imbalance in the knee that can cause the kneecap to shift or to move out of place. This generally occurs when the leg is bending or straightening.

Symptoms of patellar tracking disorder include an aching feeling under the kneecap or around the kneecap, and a popping, slipping or grinding of the patella. There can also be signs of swelling around the knee and some people feel like their knee is going to give out and not be able to support the weight of the body. There are many things that can cause patellar tracking conditions in people of all ages.

A patellar tracking disorder is usually caused by more than one issue. The combination of the shape of the kneecap, muscles in the leg that are too tight or too loose, and overuse may lead to what is known as patellar tracking disorder. Moreover, a severe blow to medial (inside) aspect of a healthy knee can knock a kneecap out of alignment. When your kneecap suffers with this kind of issue it can obviously be painful, but the stability of the patella can become a serious concern of yours very quickly.

Knee braces for patella stabilization are one of the best things that you can do if you have a patellar condition. They can provide the support to the knee area that you need to help you move and protect the knee while it is healing. If you experience feeling as though the knee is slipping from side to side, you can benefit from wearing a patella stabilization brace. The braces work by surrounding the patella area and helping to keep the patella in place during all kinds of movements that can further cause damage or patella deviation.

They are available in different levels of support, depending on what your needs are. If you are having problems with your kneecap you should not just think that the problem is going to go away by itself. Consider providing meaningful support to your knee.

Hip Replacement

After years of a deteriorating hip joint, you are left with almost constant pain and decreased mobility. Eventually, your personal and social life suffers. You are no longer able to do all the things you could once do with ease. If you’ve exhausted all other attempts to relieve the pain and stiffness, it may be time for you and your doctor to consider hip replacement surgery. You don’t have to live with pain for the rest of your life. Hip replacement is a common surgery with a high success rate.

Depending on your age and the condition of your hip, total hip replacement surgery (total hip arthroplasty) may offer the best solution to your problem. Hip replacement hardware (ball and socket prosthesis) can last up to 20 years. And it can often be replaced if the first prosthesis wears out (though second surgeries are not always as successful as the initial hip surgery). If you are fairly young, your doctor may suggest delaying surgery. If so, medications or lifestyle changes may help control your symptoms until the time is right for joint replacement. Losing weight can take a tremendous amount of stress off your hip and knee joints.

Surgical Procedure

Most hip replacement surgeries involve the traditional approach to the hip joint (lateral/posterior or posterior approach). With the common lateral approach, an incision (8-12 inches long) is made down the outside of your hip. The ball at the upper end of your femur (thigh bone) is cut off and replaced with a ball/metal stem component. The stem is placed into the marrow cavity of the thigh bone and the ball portion at the top fits into your new ceramic or plastic socket that is implanted into your pelvis (the cartilage from your hip socket is removed or smoothed).

The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System (BHR) is relatively new (introduced in 1997). Long term studies are still in progress, but so far results have been favorable. The BHR method eliminates the need to cut off the ball at the top of the femur. Instead, the ball is left intact and merely resurfaced (reshaped) to allow an anatomically shaped metal sphere to be attached. The socket is replaced with a metal implant. The procedure is bone-saving and results in a stronger hip joint than the traditional total hip replacement. The chance of hip dislocation is greatly reduced. For younger and active people, this may be the procedure of choice.

Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery involves an anterior approach to the hip joint. An incision is made along the front of the hip, which allows a more direct route to the hip joint. The major hip muscles are not in this area, so there is minimal tissue/muscle damage during surgery. This usually results in a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery/rehab period, and less pain. The only downside to this method is there are few surgeons performing the anterior approach surgery. It requires a special surgery table (which few hospitals have) and special surgical training.

Total Hip Precautions

After traditional total hip replacement surgery, patients are required to follow strict precautions that restrict certain movement/positions of your new hip. This is to prevent your new hip from dislocating. They are commonly called total hip precautions, or total hip protocol, and include the following:

  • Do not cross your legs
  • Do not point your toes inward (no pigeon toes)
  • Do not bend your new hip more than 90 degrees

Your doctor may also restrict the amount of weight you can put on your new surgery leg while walking. This is called your weight-bearing status. This should be strictly followed so you do not damage your new hip while it’s healing.

Surgery Complications

All surgeries carry risk. Hip surgery complications include, but are not limited to, infection, DVT (deep vein thrombosis- blood clot), dislocation of your new hip, leg length discrepancy, vascular damage, nerve damage, just to name a few.

Surgery Recovery

Recovery after hip surgery depends on the amount of cartilage damage, your age, and your fitness level prior to surgery. Exercise before your surgery and your recovery will be easier. Approximately 4-6 months after surgery you should be fully healed, but you must take an active part in your recovery by doing daily exercises and taking daily walks.