Colon Cancer Causes Are Linked to Unhealthy Eating Habits

Colon cancer causes are often a result of irritable bowel movement symptoms, and may be responsible for conditions such as diarrhea, constipation, migraines and skin problems, among many others. Colon cancer is a major illness and one that causes life altering effects. This form of cancer is one of the most common in the nation. Most colon cancer patients suffer from polyps, which are abnormal cells that form clusters. When normal cells begin to transform, a potential problem arises. As time progresses, these growths get bigger and can lead to the development of cancer.

A vast majority of sufferers have a family history with the disease. In addition, the risk of developing colon cancer increases with age and is most common in those ages 50 and up. Certain individuals simply carry the genetic makeup, which may be identified through a series of tests, that may lead to colon cancer.

While there are no certain ways to pinpoint perfectly who develops cancer, or why, there are several risk elements that may increase an person's chance of developing the illness. Among them being, a previous battle with cancer, a family history with colon cancer, poor diets, smoking and obesity. With so many risk elements, one may wonder if there is anything that they can do in order to prevent colon cancer. Studies show that a lot of physical activity or exercise and a low-fat, high-fiber diet may help to reduce the risks. In addition, certain medicines may also help to prevent the disease.

As is the case with many ailments, symptoms are often very similar to those of other diseases. It may be extremely difficult to get an accurate assessment of what's wrong when so many illnesses carry the same symptoms. For this reason, it's important to seek medical attention if an person experiences abnormal bleeding, weakness, pale complexion or abdominal expansion without weight gain, nausea, any alter in bowel movements or weight loss. Each person is different and, as such, symptoms may vary slightly. Because symptoms may either present themselves as severe or barely noticeable, it is recommended that patients be screened regularly for the presence of colon cancer causes.

Bone Healing Miracle Review – My review of Margaret Davison's great book!

Hi, I’m Kerry Howard and I have to tell you about the Bone Healing Miracle that fixed my broken fingers. I am a full time chef and I keep a very safe kitchen, but one dinner time a very careless maitre d bumped into me while I was tenderising a steak. I don’t need to draw you a picture as to what happened next, but it was painful and upsetting – I hadn’t missed a day of work in five years and here I was facing six weeks out of the kitchen according to the doctors. I wasn’t going to lose my job – although the maitre d came pretty close to getting fired – but it was still annoying.

All I could think about was getting back to work. I started looking online for ways to heal quicker – which was a job in itself, typing with one hand! I found Margaret Davison’s Bone Healing Miracle and I was intrigued. I had a bit of spare time so I ordered the guide and set to reading it. I read about what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t – it hurt to stop having hot baths but it was a sacrifice worth making when the doctors looked at my X-rays after twenty-five days and told me that the bone fracture was totally fixed.

The doctor really didn’t know what to day. He had sworn blind that I would be out of the kitchen for six weeks, and maybe more, and here I was fully healed in just over half the time. But following his advice and the advice in this book really paid off for me and I was back at work much sooner than I expected. I made sure he double and triple checked, and each time he came back with the same news – “You’re good to go, just check over your shoulder next time you’re tenderising something!”.

I can’t really find words to explain how grateful I am – and the same goes for my husband. I release a lot of tension in the kitchen and I wasn’t fun to live with for those three and a half weeks – although he learned fairly quickly to speak to me after my daily aromatherapy session, when I was usually a lot more serene.

Sex Quote – The Tragedy of Sexual Intercourse Is the Perpetual Virginity of the Soul

Virginity of the soul in this context means the level of innocence within us, which strongly includes our taste and ability to crave or long after some things or substances which may not really be considered as socially okay. This is a sex quote from William B. Yeate. What does he mean by this? Let’s find out.

Actually, this is so deep and inspiring and for a clearer picture and better understanding of this sex quote, we will have to critically analyze it in two sides, the side which considers the situation before sexual intercourse and the side after having sex.

A person who never had sex in his or her Life is not just a virgin in sexual status but also in the soul. What this means is that, the person has no experience and no sense of adventure. This may not be entirely true and some virgins may have watched some pornography, gone through illicit materials, engaged in pervert chats or discussions with friends. Nevertheless, it is not as adventurous as tasting the “forbidden fruit”.

Now, this virgin gets set to experience it for the first time in his or her life and then goes into it with some level of uncertainty despite how well they have known it through the factors earlier mentioned. But once the forbidden fruit has been tasted or even eaten, our Human nature then comes into play which is-we want to eat and taste more of it. A lady has confessed that ever since she had her first sex at the age of 15, she never looked back. A guy who was a virgin and in a relationship for about 4 years experienced his first sex with his girl at the age of 22. Not up to 6 months after this, he broke up with her-why? “She is not really good in bed”-his reason. There are millions of people who are in similar situations, especially teenagers and young adults.

After having an intercourse, we want to have it again and we hoped and wish the next time should be better, more adventurous and pleasurable than the previous. We do not just stop on the basis of wishes and hopes but rather work towards ensuring the next would be better. All these actions bring down the level of innocence we possess within us and hence eat up the virginity of the soul. The more we crave or try to make the next better, the more we make the soul wild (for the married) or corrupt (for the singles). And no wonder, sexual intercourse in our present generation has been abused. People do not find satisfaction in having sex with the opposite gender anymore. They have gone far to have it with same gender and to some this is not even enough. They have craved for pleasure from animals-having sex with dogs and horses, all in the quest to find the zenith of pleasure and hence corrupting the soul.

Well, in order to clear all possible subjects of arguments, such an attribute affecting the soul is a tragedy to both the married and single. The main factor of any variable here should be the individuals. Well, a married man may be tired of the satisfaction he gets from his wife and begin sleeping with his next door neighbor’s wife to get the satisfaction he feels he has not enjoyed. His wife on the other hand can go for an animal. So, no one is exempted in this. But even as the soul gets more and more wild after every sexual intercourse, we should do our best not to make it a tragedy but rather channel it to better enjoy sex the way it ought to be enjoyed.

Reasons for the Stigma Surrounding Diaper Use in Older Bed-wetters and Ways to Reduce the Stigma

 One of the most difficult things a youngster can go through when they’re growing up is bed-wetting. Although as a society we’ve become more sensitive about many issues, for some reason bed-wetting and the use of diapers to manage it is a topic that remains shrouded in shame. While many cases of bed-wetting can be cured using alarms,medicines,and other methods, there are some instances of bed-wetting persisting into adulthood. In situations such as these, the prudent course of action would be to use protective garments such as diapers. This article discusses both the negative image diapers have with many people, and steps we can take to overcome this stereotype so society can become more accepting of people who have no other option but to use diapers to manage their bed-wetting.

 Many people believe that diapers should only be used on babies,people with severe developmental disabilities,or people who are bedridden or senile(such as people with Alzheimer’s disease) By default this underscores the image diapers have of representing helplessness and lack of independence. Most of the public feel that if your cognitive and/or physical abilities aren’t at the level of a baby or small child you have no business wearing diapers.

 There are different levels and types of incontinence and these can occur during the day,night,or both. Some people have light incontinence and some people experience heavier levels. With that in mind different garments are more suited to certain kinds of incontinence.

 Whenever I read an ad for an incontinence garment especially those products that are called “underwear like” by the manufacturer and the ad says something along these lines “makes the wearer feel more dignified” I cringe. Don’t misunderstand me,I’m not against people using these types of products,and they do work for some people, but there are also plenty of cases where the best choice are good old fashioned diapers. Diapers are designed specifically for incontinence,underwear is not,but because adults and older children are so skittish about wearing diapers these items are the ones that are marketed for this demographic. In certain situations however, people are using a hammer to put in a screw. In this case they’re not using the tool for what it was designed to do. Just like a carpenter or woodworker uses certain kinds of saws to make certain types of cuts,people should use the most appropriate and effective garment to manage their incontinence and since people have different types of incontinence their choice of what garments to wear will be different. What sort of garment to choose is dependent on a number of factors-type and level of incontinence,whether it occurs during the day,night,or both,personal preferences,how comfortable the product is,price,whether the person is concerned about maintaining discretion,if they have the time and inclination to wash reusable garments,how certain products effect the wearer’s skin,etc.

 Unfortunately there is tremendous stigma associated with diapers. Most people view diapers as babyish. This is the main reason most older children,adolescents,teenagers,and adults are reluctant to wear them to bed. In fact most of them wouldn’t be caught dead in a diaper. Older children,adolescents,and teenagers are at a point in their lives where they want to become more independent and in their minds diapers represent a stage in their lives when they were more dependent on their parents. In their view wearing diapers to bed is regressing. Although I sympathize with this view,to a large extent I think it misses the mark.

 One of the hallmarks of independence is the ability to take care of one’s self-this includes managing health problems. I feel that by wearing diapers to bed the youngster is taking responsibility for the situation which is a very mature thing to do and is what adults do. In fact it could be argued that the youngster is acting more like a baby by not wearing diapers to bed. By not wearing the appropriate protection to bed they are absolving themselves of responsibility and they are in effect saying they are helpless to control the situation.

 We all know what the function of wearing a diaper is,so it shouldn’t make a difference whether you’re 2 or 102 the purpose is still the same. Unfortunately when you mention the word diaper to most people the image that immediately comes to mind is that of a baby. Most people think that a diaper and plastic pants are something to be outgrown like a high chair or a bib(of course they make bibs for adults also so even this image is wrong).

 Due to the stigma surrounding diaper use in older children,teenagers,adolescents, and adults the diaper manufacturers seem to be placing a stronger emphasis in many cases on the appearance of the garments rather than functionality or as designers might say they’re emphasizing form over functionality. Tying in with this concept is the emphasis on discretion. Some of the ways manufacturers have been doing this are by the introduction of underwear like products,garments that are less bulky so they can’t be noticed under clothes, and the design of diapers with a cloth like(also known as a nonwoven) outer layer.

 Since a significant number of people suffer from daytime incontinence I can certainly understand this, but there are a large number of people who suffer from bed-wetting as well, and in these particular cases we should use whatever type of garments are necessary and not be concerned with how a product looks or its image since it’s only worn at night anyway. Granted there are companies that manufacture diapers for both daytime and nighttime use but I think that the stigma surrounding diapers has colored the diaper manufacturers in a negative way and this might prevent them from manufacturing,marketing, and selling products that truly meet the customers needs.

 As far as the introduction of the underwear like products are concerned I think these serve more of a psychological than a protective function for the bed wetter because for all intents and purposes they’re diapers. Because they pull on like underwear as opposed to taping on this seems to help a person more psychologically. While this may be the case in many situations they don’t work as well as disposable diapers with tapes. Some people have said that regular tape-on disposable diapers are actually more absorbent than pull-ups and “Goodnites.”

 The introduction of diapers with a cloth like outer cover also seems to serve more of a psychological function for the person experiencing bed-wetting. Again this is an example of a product that is more underwear like as opposed to diapers with a plastic outer layer. Of course there is the possibility that these types of diapers could have been introduced because they’re more cost effective for the manufacturers to produce,they’re more breathable and therefore presumably more comfortable to wear,and they’re theoretically healthier for the individual’s skin,or it could be for all these reasons. A fourth reason for the introduction of diapers with a cloth like outer cover is that they’re supposed to be more discreet for the user. Many disposable diapers with a plastic outer cover make a crinkling noise whenever the user moves around. While this can certainly be a drawback if worn during the day(although apparently there are ways around this) if worn only at night this shouldn’t be a concern. However considering that there are companies that make both styles of diapers(and there are also cases of companies only manufacturing disposable diapers with a plastic cover)I suspect that the introduction of this style is due more to aesthetic reasons and that the diaper manufacturers feel these will be less embarrassing to wear. Furthermore some people have commented that the diapers with a cloth like outer layer are actually more uncomfortable to wear and in fact provide less effective protection than the disposable diapers with a plastic covering. Some complaints about diapers with a cloth outer cover are abrasiveness and clamminess between the legs.

 I’ve heard of cases where people have used the disposable diapers with a cloth like outer cover for bed-wetting and leaked right through them. While this doesn’t happen with everybody, people should have the option of buying disposable diapers with a plastic cover if that’s what they prefer and if that’s what works best for them. A number of people seem to be disappointed with the fact that most diaper manufacturers are moving away from making diapers with a plastic outer covering. Perhaps customers should write or call the diaper companies and complain about this. In many cases companies do respond to consumer criticism.

 As I said before people should have a wide variety of products to choose from due the fact that people have different needs and preferences in this area and I’m not against people using pull-ups,disposable diapers with a cloth like outer covering, or other products of a similar nature if that’s what they prefer and if they offer adequate protection for the user however as mentioned previously this isn’t always the case. What I am against is this emphasis on discretion and image at all costs as opposed to manufacturing,marketing, and selling products that will most effectively manage a person’s bed-wetting.

 The trade-off between image and protection is made by large amount of people unfortunately and I believe that many of these people will suffer as a result. To me I would think it would be much more satisfying to use a product that might be considered “babyish” by most people but offers better protection than to use a product that is considered more “dignified” but that leaves the wearer and bedding drenched. In a situation such as this a person has to ask him or herself how much is it worth to them to wear a product that has a better image versus a product that will offer more effective protection and therefore provide more comfort.

 People who are reluctant to wear diapers to bed because most people feel they are strictly for babies need to keep in mind the old saw “what is popular is not always right,what is right is not always popular.” There was a time when most people thought the earth was flat,slavery was an acceptable practice,and the sun revolved around the earth but we now know these views are incorrect. I believe that in time we’ll become more informed(and as a result more enlightened) about this issue also. Furthermore there are plenty of companies that manufacture and sell plastic pants,pin-on cloth diapers,and disposable tape-on diapers for older children,adolescents,teenagers,and adults that wet the bed so this is a very common problem. This is another thing that people need to consider.

 Most pediatricians,child psychologists,and other medical professionals advise against using diapers in older bed wetters because they feel it might hurt the youngster’s self-esteem and self-image. In fact one book I read said the following- “I’ve known parents that have kept their children in diapers at night as late as 7,8,9,and even 12 years of age but wearing diapers makes a child feel like a baby” and “diapers are a symbol of babyishness.” Maybe there are some children and teenagers who actually want to wear diapers to bed but they feel that their parents will look down on them for requesting this because the youngster realizes that most people feel diapers are for babies only. And since many books and other sources suggest that only babies wear diapers that’s probably why there is such reluctance to use them for bed-wetting. In other words it’s possible that many people feel ashamed about wearing diapers to bed not because they actually feel that way but because the professionals do and they believe that they should feel this way also.

 This wouldn’t be the first time we are cowed by what the experts say as Stanley Milgram’s experiment and other psychology experiments so vividly demonstrate. Parents could feel the same way also-they might want to use diapers for their bed wetter or want to grant the child’s request to wear diapers to bed but they too might be influenced by what the authorities say.

 This raises an interesting question-is the fact that diapers have such a negative image by most of society the result of assimilating the opinions of most medical professionals,or is the negative opinion of diapers by most medical professionals influenced by how the public feels-the proverbial chicken or egg debate. How much of our attitudes regarding diaper use by older bed wetters is influenced by cultural attitudes,parents and other relatives,medical professionals,and other factors?How and to what degree do these factors interact with each other?I think it would be interesting to study this issue in depth.

 By gaining better insight into how these ideas developed we might have a deeper understanding of why we have such negative attitudes regarding this issue which in turn might significantly reduce the stigma associated with using diapers to manage bed-wetting in older children,adolescents,teenagers,and adults.

 To get back to self-image older children and teenagers are particularly sensitive and concerned with self-image and the image that diapers conjure up in most peoples minds are babies. Commercials also stress this. For example the ad for Huggies pull-ups has the following motto-“I’m a big kid now!” the implication being that only babies wear diapers. I have heard urologists,pediatricians,and other medical professionals(who in my opinion should be more sensitive and also should know better regarding this issue) claim that putting an older child,teen,or adult in diapers at night makes them feel undignified but to me it’s more undignified waking up in pee soaked sheets and clothing!

 It would be interesting to see how developmental psychologists feel about this issue. We tend to have certain preconceived notions about our child’s growth process and if they deviate from that in the slightest we become alarmed. For example children should talk by a certain age,they should read by a certain age,they should walk by a certain age,etc. And while it is true that we should have reasonable parameters established for these situations in order to rule out the possibility of cognitive and/or physical problems,the same reasoning shouldn’t be applied in my opinion to the use of diapers and plastic pants for the management of bed-wetting in older children,adolescents,teenagers,and adults.

 Frequently we feel pressured to use socially accepted methods to resolve various medical issues but in some cases it’s a good idea to consider alternative approaches and this may entail using methods that a large majority consider unorthodox or not accepted by the mainstream. A case in point is the following. In the May-June 2007 issue of AARP magazine there was an article on Naomi Judd. It talked about how the traditional treatments that were used by her doctors to treat her hepatitis were not working so she tried various non traditional methods which are not fully accepted by western medicine such as biofeedback,aromatherapy,and meditation. It turns out that these methods worked.

 I think that the use of diapers to manage bed-wetting in older children,adolescents,teenagers,and adults is another example of a management technique that is not fully accepted by most medical professionals and the public. Just like Naomi Judd had the courage to try alternative approaches to manage her disease people must have the courage to use alternative methods to manage bed-wetting.

 I think we need to reevaluate our attitudes on diaper use for older bed wetters for two reasons. As mentioned previously in some cases the pull-ups and “Goodnites” aren’t as effective at protecting both the youngster and the bed. The second reason is that it makes the person who has no other option but to wear diapers to bed feel they are somehow inadequate. This in turn can lead to feelings of low self-esteem,low self-worth,and subsequent depression.

 In going over the literature and opinions of many professionals regarding diaper use in older bed wetters one thing sticks out in my mind-the status quo has a negative opinion of diaper use. The literature and opinions are very consistent regarding this issue-most people believe you shouldn’t keep a bed wetter in diapers past the age of 4 or 5.After that the majority of people feel you should use pull-ups or “Goodnites” only.

 It’s my firm opinion that we have a double standard regarding this particular form of incontinence. For instance we seem to have no problem with the use of diapers for developmentally disabled children,the elderly with incontinence,and people suffering from disorders such as cerebral palsy,multiple sclerosis,Alzheimer’s disease,Parkinson’s disease,or other ailments, but if you suggest putting an older child,adolescent,teen,or adult with a bed-wetting problem in a diaper people think you’re barbaric and should be driven out of town on a rail. What difference does it make who suffers from incontinence or why-it’s still the same problem and it still needs to be managed. In some cases the best way to manage it is by using diapers.

 There is a saying that goes something like this- “Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.” While this is not the case for everything-torture,murder,rape,and stealing are inherently bad-there is nothing intrinsically shameful about wearing diapers to bed. Wearing diapers to bed after the age of 4 or 5 is considered shameful because we have been conditioned to think this way for years. It would be interesting to see how other cultures feel about this issue but unfortunately I suspect they feel the same way we do. From what I understand the Japanese,British,and most Europeans are even more uptight about this issue.

 Custom and fashion dictate a lot of our behaviors. For example there is a custom that says it’s not appropriate to wear white shoes and pants after labor day. The author Stanley Schmidt talks about the influence of custom and fashion on our behavior in some of his writings. In one editorial of his he discussed something he calls “phantom tyrants”. According to Schmidt: “These are impersonal forces that presumably originate with identifiable actions by individual people but then take on a life of their own and continue to dictate people’s behavior whether or not any individual would independently choose them. We commonly know them by such names as “custom” or “fashion.” ” The example he discusses in an editorial of his called “Signs of Respect” is the custom of men taking off their hats upon entering a building. I feel that the expectation that people are supposed to stop wearing diapers for bed-wetting after the age of 4 or 5 is a perfect example of a “phantom tyrant.”

 There are many different reasons I feel most parents don’t use diapers to manage bed-wetting with both teenagers and older children. The next few sections discuss this. I believe that one of the reasons for our negative reactions toward older children being in diapers at night stems from attitudes left over from potty training. Many parents try to motivate their child during this stage with praise such as “we’re so proud of you,you’re becoming a big kid now!” While these parents might have good intentions(of course we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions),unfortunately they use the same approach with an older child or teenager who still needs diapers at night .Children and teens still in diapers at night see the commercials for Huggies pull-ups and might remember what their parents told them about diapers during their potty training years and then feel ashamed about using diapers for their bed-wetting. In addition many parents try to motivate their child to achieve night dryness by claiming that only babies wear diapers. I think this puts a lot of pressure on a child and most likely will exacerbate the situation .If a child’s body is not developed enough where it is ready to stay dry at night no amount of yelling or shaming will make them stop. There’s no point yelling at them or shaming them for a condition they can’t help .It would be like yelling at them for having a certain eye color-no matter how much you yell at them it’s not going to change it.

 Children grow at different rates-just as some children walk sooner than others,talk sooner than others,and learn to read sooner than others,some need diapers at night later than others. In my opinion a different approach is warranted. The parents need to encourage their children by letting them know that peoples bodies develop at different rates and there is no shame in using diapers to manage the bed-wetting. I would remind the child that people of all ages have problems with wetting the bed and many of them also wear diapers during the night.

 A second reason for peoples negative feelings toward older children still being in diapers could be the fact that parents used to use cloth diapers and rubber pants for their babies. This meant lots of work for parents especially before the advent of washing machines. In this circumstance parents felt compelled to get their children out of diapers as soon as possible. If an older child had to wear diapers to bed for bed-wetting the parents might have been upset about the prospect of having to spend years washing diapers and rubber pants. Subsequently many parents used the shaming approach to try to get them out of diapers.

 Over the years we’ve become more enlightened about this issue(although we still have a long way to go in my opinion) and most people realize that this approach doesn’t work and in many cases can make the situation worse. That being said the people who had the bed-wetting problem when they were younger remember their parents using this approach with them and they might use this technique with their children also.

 A third reason for our negative attitudes regarding this stems from our attitudes toward various milestones in a person’s life. Most cultures have certain expectations of when we’re supposed to achieve certain things-we’re supposed to get a driver’s license by a certain age(I know a woman who is 24 who still does not have a driver’s license),we’re supposed to graduate from high school by a certain age,etc. Nowhere are our cultural expectations more deep-seated than with bed-wetting and diaper use and if a person needs diapers past the age that is considered socially acceptable by most people we instill in them the idea that they should feel ashamed.

 To get back to parental attitudes toward diaper use I wonder if one of the reasons most parents are so adamant about getting their child or teenager out of night diapers is that a part of them feels ashamed about it. It’s a very competitive world out there and every flaw a child might have is looked at as something that must be hidden or fixed at all costs. The prevailing attitude among many parents is that their kids must be perfect at everything because any sign of imperfection is viewed by society as a sign of weakness. There is immense pressure for parents to make sure their children go to the best schools,to participate in numerous after school activities because it looks good on their records,play sports,etc. Imagine if it got out that 18 year old Susan is still in diapers and plastic pants at night? So much for going to Harvard!

 Parents are also competitive with one another and unfortunately some hyper competitive parents use their children as pawns either consciously or subconsciously in this competition. They feel that any flaw the kids might have is a reflection on their parenting skills and might make them look bad. “What would our friends and neighbors think if they found out our 15 year old son still wears diapers and plastic pants to bed? How embarrassing!” We need to grow up! Everybody has some flaws-that’s what makes us human! The only thing we can do is accentuate our strengths and do the best we can to work on our flaws and try to improve ourselves but we shouldn’t obsess about our weaknesses.

 A fourth reason for our negative feelings concerning using diapers to manage bed-wetting has to do with our emphasis on self-image. Although this is a universal concept this concept is especially important in the U.S. Most of our ideas of self-image unfortunately tend to be rather superficial. We’re very concerned with status,power,image,and success and these four things are inextricably linked in many people’s minds with having a strong self-image. A large number of people believe that wearing diapers represents the opposite of all four of the qualities in which people feel a strong self-image consists of .In particular a significant number of people believe wearing diapers represents a feeling of being powerless,no doubt due to the fact that most people associate diapers with babies. Many people of course view babies as the paragon of powerlessness. Because of this view a large number of people develop a negative self-image if they have to use diapers for bed-wetting.

 A fifth reason is that some people believe that by putting the child in diapers for bed-wetting you in essence “are giving them permission to wet the bed” or that “it’s okay to wet the bed.” Believe it or not I’ve heard some people say this and I think it’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. Since the purpose of having the child or teenager wear diapers at night is to keep the bed dry I think it sends the opposite message-that it’s not okay to wet the bed. In no way can putting a child or teenager in a diaper for a problem they can’t control be construed as “it’s okay to wet the bed.” I think it sends the message that the parents are going to make their children as comfortable as possible until a cure is found. Or if the treatment options currently available don’t work or are not viable for some reason, they’re going to have them wear diapers because it’s more healthy for the child and it makes them more comfortable.

 Diapers should not be the first option used for bed-wetting, but by the same token they should be used if all alternatives have been exhausted or are not desirable or feasible. To me diapers should be viewed no differently than sanitary napkins for women.

 A sixth reason why most people are so against older bed wetters remaining in diapers at night is group think. People in general want to conform and with that tendency comes the fact that people go along with the prevailing wisdom without questioning its validity. They internalize it and it becomes so ingrained in their thinking that they can’t imagine anything else. We’re like fish in water-it becomes so much a part of their life and environment that they don’t even notice it. The fact that the majority believe in something is no guarantee that it’s right. History shows that in many cases it is the minority or a sole visionary who is right and the majority wrong.

 Finally we tend to put too much credence in what experts say without questioning its validity. I ‘m not suggesting that we shouldn’t listen to anything the experts say but we should keep the following points in mind-experts frequently have conflicting opinions which could mean one of two things: either they have opposite opinions on a certain issue or the issue is complex and they need to study it in greater depth or undertake more research in order to make a definitive conclusion or come to a consensus.

 Second, there have been many situations where the experts were later shown to be wrong. Childcare is no exception. For example it was originally thought that playing Mozart would have a positive effect on an unborn child’s brain development. This theory known as the “Mozart Effect” was later shown to be false(who knows-after further research and an improved understanding of cognition they might change their minds again-this has also happened with certain things) With this in mind it’s conceivable that our current opinions about using diapers to manage bed-wetting are wrong also( I strongly believe that this is the case and that our thinking on this issue is completely misguided) although with how entrenched our attitudes our regarding this issue it might take a generation or more to overcome this inertia and reconsider our current attitudes concerning this situation.

 A seventh reason why most parents use pull-ups or “Goodnites” instead of diapers for their youngster’s bed-wetting may be that they’re not aware of the different brands and types of products out there to manage bed-wetting. As mentioned previously there are many choices available to manage one’s bed-wetting. Also some styles might not be used as much because of generational differences. For example,although some younger parents use pin-on diapers and plastic pants for their babies, most younger parents are probably not familiar with pin-on diapers and plastic pants since they’re not as popular as they once were. The parents who do use pin-on cloth diapers and plastic pants for their babies might continue to use them if their child or children wet the bed since the parents are familiar with them, but parents who don’t use them or are not familiar with them might not use them unless their friends,relatives,or other people recommend them. Second,even if parents are aware of the different choices out there to manage their child or teenager’s bed-wetting it’s very time consuming sorting through all this information in order to make an informed decision about the best type of product to buy. There’s a bewildering array of products out there to deal with bed-wetting and it can be quite daunting learning about all the different products out there.

 That’s where the role of medical professionals comes in to play. I think urologists, pediatricians,and other medical professionals should have some basic knowledge of the different types of diapers available to manage bed-wetting and the advantages and disadvantages of each. While they obviously can’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of this they can apprise their patients of the basic styles of cloth diapers such as as pin-on diapers,pull-ons,snap-ons,and Velcro; and disposable diapers such as tape-on diapers and pull-ons.

 They can also inform them about the different types of waterproof pants such as plastic pants and the different types of waterproof sheets. If possible they should also have a list of several companies that sell both kinds of diapers and a list of websites(such as bed-wetting forums, incontinence organizations,and other resources) .These organizations can provide further information not listed in the physicians office such as additional companies that manufacture and sell incontinence products,information about bed-wetting support groups,etc.

 I was reading that in the U.S. and other countries they have wound,ostomy,and continence nurses. From what I understand wound,ostomy,and continence nurses(abbreviated wocn nurses)perform the following functions: they inform patients of the different types and brands of products available to manage incontinence;the different ways some products may effect the skin such as causing diaper rash and/or other problems; what types and brands of skincare products to use if this is the case- Desitin,A&D ointment,powder,petroleum jelly such as the Vaseline brand,lotions,etc.;the pros and cons of different absorbent products;in addition to the different companies that sell incontinence products in order to help guide the patient in making a decision about what type of products to purchase based on their current needs.

 I think this is a good thing that we have these types of specialists-after all it’s very time consuming trying to find out this information on your own whereas a nurse or other medical professional specializing in bed-wetting and other incontinence issues can find the information more rapidly and efficiently due to the resources they have at their disposal. It’s my belief that if more people become aware of the different diapering methods out there to manage bed-wetting more people might use these products thereby decreasing the stigma associated with older children,teenagers,adolescents,and adults wearing overnight diapers. The medical community can play a big role in the reduction of this stigma by informing both parents and patients of these options.

 A second way to reduce the stigma associated with using diapers to manage bed-wetting in older children,adolescents,teenagers,and adults is to have talk show hosts discuss this on their shows. I think this would be a perfect topic to discuss on Oprah and Naomi Judd’s show “Naomi’s New Morning.” Naomi Judd is a very warmhearted,compassionate,and caring person,plus she is an RN so she is used to dealing with all types of medical issues. Due to the nature and depth of the material they could make it a two or more part series on their shows. They could invite experts on bed-wetting to give an overview of the disorder including how prevalent it is,the various causes,the age groups effected,adult bed-wetting,different cures and treatments for it and the advantages and disadvantages of each,the best ways to cope psychologically if it can’t be cured,and the different types of protection to manage bed-wetting.

 As far as protection is concerned the experts would discuss the different diapering options available to manage bed-wetting and the advantage and disadvantages of each. Some of the options discussed on this segment would be cloth diapers such as pin-on,pull-on,and other types, disposable diapers such as tape-on and pull-on,the various types of waterproof pants such as plastic pants,and the various types of waterproof sheets. I think it’s important to mention all these options for two reasons. One, it’ll make parents aware of options to manage their youngter’s bed-wetting they might not have known about or if they did know about them they might not have considered them before. Two,by doing this more people might consider using these different types of garments thereby decreasing the stigma surrounding them.

 Naomi Judd and Oprah have a lot of clout and influence and I believe that people such as them(and other celebrities) could help lessen the negative image of bed-wetting and diaper use. I guarantee after this episode of Oprah and “Naomi’s New Morning” diapers would sell like hot cakes- department stores such as Walmart and Target and food stores such as Giant couldn’t keep them on the shelf .By both doctors and celebrities recommending diapers this might have a snowball effect. For instance someone who uses diapers for their bed wetter because doctors or celebrities recommended them might in turn recommend using diapers to their friend/friends who have children with bed-wetting problems thereby increasing the number of people who use diapers to manage bed-wetting. The subsequent increase in the number of people using diapers to manage bed-wetting will do more to decrease the stigma associated with using diapers for bed-wetting. In a similar vein,it might help significantly if companies such as Tranquility,Attends,Molicare,and other companies advertise their disposable youth briefs for bed-wetting on television,radio,and in parenting magazines.

 We as a society have matured as far as many medical issues are concerned. For example there is less stigma surrounding mental illness and other medical problems,but unfortunately bed-wetting and the use of diapers to manage it is a topic that remains taboo. We are very stubborn regarding this matter. Most people for a variety of reasons do not want to budge regarding this subject. I suspect that in the future we will loosen up about this issue to a certain extent,but I also think there will always be people who view this in a negative light no matter how persuasively we argue the merits of wearing diapers for bed-wetting.

 One of the major reasons for the stigma of diaper use in older bed wetters has to do with our thoughts and feelings on the issue of dignity. Many older children,adolescents, teenagers,and adults feel undignified wearing diapers to bed. To a large extent our concept of dignity is shaped either consciously or subconsciously by people we admire such as sports figures,entertainers,and heroes. We have this idealized image of them and we tend to extrapolate that image to all aspects of their personal lives. Because of this perfect image we have of them we couldn’t imagine them having a problem like bed-wetting. Of course we must remember that these individuals are human also and are subject to the various health problems that everyone else has. In fact many celebrities such as Suzanne Somers, Johnny Carson,Sarah Silverman,Vince Vaughn,Mark McGwire,and Michael Landon(to name a few) experienced bed-wetting when they were growing up.

 I also feel that our ideas about dignity go hand in hand to a large degree with our feelings about independence-being able to take care of yourself and run your own life. As mentioned earlier diapers represent to many people a return(at least symbolically) to a state when their parents took care of them which is a blow to a child or teenager’s ego. Adults who have to wear diapers to bed also feel this shame. Many people find it very difficult to get past this feeling of shame and unfortunately some people can never get past it. Although most people find it undignified wearing diapers and plastic pants for bed-wetting,personally I think it would make a person feel more undignified laying all night in pee soaked bedding and pajamas!

  Dignity also relates to a feeling of control which in turn relates to are sense of self-esteem and how self-confident we feel about ourselves. When we are self-confident we have a feeling that we are in control of our lives and that in turn makes us feel more dignified. Again by wearing diapers to bed we feel a lack of control which in turn makes us feel less self-confident. This in turn erodes our feeling of dignity. This is the case with many other medical problems as well. For example a person who has to wear a cast for a broken leg or a person who has to take insulin shots for diabetes might feel either consciously or subconsciously that he or she doesn’t have control. The cast or needle represents the feeling of a lack of control. The same is true for wearing diapers and plastic pants to bed. Of course every person is different in the degree in which they have these feelings and their ability to overcome them.

  One thing that we must realize however is that we should not be defined by our illness. The fact that a person has to wear diapers to bed is only a part of who that person is. A person’s dignity should be measured by the fortitude they exhibit in dealing with life’s adversities and how well they treat other people. If a person has to wear diapers to bed and they deal with it with a sense of grace and humor then the fact that he or she needs diapers at night should not detract one iota from their dignity.

Thrush Symptoms

Thrush symptoms will vary depending on what kind of thrush infection we refer to. The vaginal form is more commonly known as Yeast Infection or Candida. Here we will discuss the form which affects the mouth, also known as oral thrush.

What are the symptoms of thrush?

The infection can appear very quickly and often unexpectedly, and once a thrush infection appears it might even develop into a persisting and chronic reoccurring condition.

Often we see what looks like white, raised patches in the mouth. Those patches and lesions can be on the tongue or the inner cheeks, but we can also find them on the gums and the roof of the mouth. The back of your throat or the tonsils can be affected as well.

Those lesions can burn, the area around them is often irritated, raw and red. Those patches are also pretty sensitive and they can cause pain when touched. It can happen they bleed when touched or when you brush your teeth.

Sufferers sometimes also report a different and bad taste in their mouth, or a feeling as if the inside of the mouth is covered with cotton.

Further health implications of an oral thrush infection

Since thrush is an infection there is a likelihood that it could spread down into the swallowing tube or the esophagus, causing further health problems. In severe cases and especially in patients with an already low immune system (for example elderly people) there is also a likelihood of the infection spreading out to the lungs or other inner organs.

Did You Know That Sweat Can Spread Hepatitis?

This information is very important for certain individuals to digest. And sometimes this is also an extremely unfortunate circumstance for someone to find him or her self in. Knowing that you can spread or catch hepatitis through sweat can cause a need for a complete alteration of someone’s lifestyle. Hepatitis B has been found to be successfully transmitted into the bloodstream from one human being to another through the open, sweaty pores in the skin. This is because when someone sweats his or her pores are open not only to emit, but also to take in the materials around them. Often, this is air – the sweat cools and maintains the core body temperature so that someone does not overheat. Your open pores, side-by-side with the sweaty, open-pored body of another individual, make you more susceptible to possibly contracting this unfortunate disease.

The people whose bodies have contracted this kind of transmission through sweat: those who were first identified as an unintended “control group” were wrestlers. This lead scientists and researchers to study the phenomenon further – and in doing so quickly discovered their suspicions were in fact, true. Therefore, if someone drips some sweat on you or forgets to wipe down the exercise equipment at the gym it is still less likely to get you sick. This is because Hepatitis B is most likely contracted through contact sports. Open pores, side-by-side with the sweaty, open-pored body of another sweaty individual, is the most likely way to contract Hepatitis B.

Bleeding wounds, of course, have been narrowed down to the possible transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, or what will eventually become full-blown AIDS. The scare for transmission of AIDS with bleeding is higher than the scare of contracting other information. However, according to Reuter’s Health in New York, there were studies on many people who contracted HBV. Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA test results have proven that eight out of the nine tested individuals tested positive for signs of HBV in the blood as well as sweat. Therefore, patients whose blood tested positive for HBV was also transmitted through sweat of another person, possibly elusively so.

For example: you can have sex with someone and use a condom, but excessive sweat will keep you much less than 99.9 percent protected from the contraction of an STD. This article is designed to be an informative explanation focused specifically toward athletes. Nonetheless, I believe that this tangent of a paragraph is certainly worth mentioning. The safe sex issue we are facing today seems now to be much more complicated than simply abiding by the standard use of condoms and / or diaphragms. The “99.9 percent protection” of such products as promised on their labels, however, may (much sooner than later) need to be changed.

What Causes Elevated Liver Enzymes?

Elevated liver enzymes indicate that some kind of problem exists in your liver. Elevated liver enzymes are evident long before outward physical symptoms appear, so it’s important for everyone who is at risk for liver trouble to have regular physical exams that check liver enzyme levels.

Liver enzymes are proteins which help your liver perform many functions related to your metabolism and the chemical balances in your body. There are thousands of these enzymes in your liver, and when something goes wrong, they begin to accumulate at abnormal levels.

There are dozens of possible reasons liver enzymes become elevated. Some of the most common include diabetes and excessive use of alcohol (which can lead to cirrhosis or alcohol-induced hepatitis). Viral forms of hepatitis are among the most common causes of elevated liver enzymes, as are cancerous tumors in the liver and bile ducts. Certain metabolic liver disorders like hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease are very hard on the liver. Mononucleosis and malaria are two illnesses that can cause significant liver damage.

These are fairly obvious causes of elevated liver enzymes. But many people are unaware that certain medications and supplements, when overused or used improperly, can threaten liver health too. Medications that can be risky include various nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cholesterol-lowering medications, antibiotics and anti-seizure medications. Concentrated doses of acetaminophen (Tylenol) are definitely not recommended. Sedatives should be used carefully, sparingly and only with a doctor’s advice.

Excessive use of herbal supplements such as kava, comfrey, pennyroyal and skullcap can lead to liver trouble. Many Chinese herbal preparations can damage the liver and should be avoided as well.

Even some vitamins, when taken in large doses or in dangerous combination’s, can be hazardous. Vitamins A, D, E and K are among these.

One of the least known causes of liver trouble is obesity. Being overweight strains body systems in many ways, but it can have a direct impact on liver function. Obesity is one of the major causes of a condition known as fatty liver disease. When you have this disorder, it means that abnormal amounts of fat are accumulating in your liver. These fat deposits irritate the liver, which leads to inflammation. When liver tissue is inflamed, liver cells are destroyed and replaced with scar tissue. This impairs liver function and triggers elevated liver enzymes.

Once again, there are few signs and symptoms of liver trouble in the early stages of a problem. When symptoms finally do present themselves, however, they could include pain in the upper right abdomen, swelling in the area below the rib cage on the right side, and yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (a condition known as jaundice).

When you have a physical exam and elevated liver enzymes are diagnosed, you may need some additional tests to find the underlying cause of the problem. Your doctor will probably suggest an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, or biopsy.

Often, you can bring down high enzyme levels with lifestyle changes. Eating a nutritious, low-fat diet and using alcohol moderately – or not at all – can certainly help. Talk to your doctor about any medications, vitamins and supplements you’re taking. Exercise, of course, is good for all parts of your body, and that includes your liver.

Doing these things and getting regular physical exams that check for elevated liver enzymes can go a long way toward keeping your liver healthy and avoiding liver problems in the future.

Kidney Stones – What Are They Made of and How Do They Form?

The question that is asked most is ….. "What Are They and How Are They Formed?" In order to learn how to avoid kidney stones, we must first explore what they are. By knowing what they are, we can then know the steps to take to avoid them or to learn how to get rid of or dissolve them naturally.

Normal urine contains predictable amounts of calcium, magnesium uric acid, and other byproducts of metabolism (waste). These are the types of chemicals that doctors look for when they perform an urinalysis. Under certain conditions these chemicals may crystallize and form particles in the kidney. These particles are called calculi. Once these particles are formed, they stimulate the crystallization process forming more stones or increasing the size of the stones.

Kidney stones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. They can be smooth, round, jagged, spiky and asymmetrical. The chemical composition of the stones can produce stones that are yellow, brown, tan, gold or black. Gallstones are not related to them. If you have gallstones, you are not necessarily more likely to develop them or vice a versus.

Kidney stones (the medical terms is nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis) are one of the most painful of the urologic disorders and one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. Classic symptoms are an excruciating pain on the flank side, coming in waves, radiating down to the lower abdomen and groin area.

The pain can be caused by the kidney actually swelling due to the build up of fluid and damage to the kidney from the stone itself. The most intense pain comes as the stones makes it way down the ureter with the smooth, involuntary muscles pushing the stone along. Renal colic forms as the stone encounters resistance and this is what makes the passage of a stone so painful.

There may or may not be blood in the urine (hematuria), with the blood maybe appearing dark and / or cloudy and have a strong odor. There also may be nausea, vomiting (which can cause dehydration and lessen the ability to pass a stone), chills, fever, elevated blood pressure, burning sensation, urgent need to urinate frequently, and sweating. It is very important to watch for the development of fever since a fever can indicate an infection behind the stone and can lead to sepsis.

If they are too large, you can not eliminate them on your own, because they may block urine flow causing the kidneys to swell. They develop slowly and often give little warning until they reach a stage where they produce acute symptoms. You can possibly find silent stones on a routine exam with an x-ray.

There are five types of kidney stones based upon the stone's chemical composition, but two are usually linked together since both contain calcium. Overall, there are at least 20 chemical substances that have been reported in them.

The Knowledge of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

The common procedure met in U.S. to repair hernia is surgery, but some people choose the laparoscopic approach to hernia repair because reduce the pain and duration of recovery.

Hernias can be met at men and women too, and can be: inguinal or in the groin, umbilical or at the belly button and incisional or at the site of a previous operation. When in the abdominal wall is a weakening of muscle tissue that permits nearby tissues to “pouch” or bulge out into a small sac appear hernia which is associated usually with severe pain.

There are the common symptoms of hernia: bulge under the skin, pain when lifting, coughing, straining during a bowel movement or urination and prolonged standing or sitting. Usually hernias require surgery because cannot be improved by themselves. It is possible that surgical repair to prevent or not hernia from recurring. If these symptoms appear a doctor must be consult immediately because serious problems that require emergency surgery may appear.

The application of a patch of surgical mesh to the weakened area is used in hernias repair by the surgeons. They with surgical staples apply the mesh to the herniated area. Surgeon means the specialized video equipment and instruments used in laparoscopic hernia repair which can repair the weakened area through several tiny incisions. There are some advantages using this method like: brief hospitalization, less pain, fewer and smaller scars and a shorter recovery.

A safe and effective treatment for hernia complications is laparoscopic hernia repair. This method can be dangerous if appear infection, adhesions or variations in anatomy. From this point of view surgeon takes the decision to continue application of a patch of surgical mesh to the weakened through the traditional incision to safely complete the operation. From surgeon decision can be prevent dangerous complications.

Rarely appear some complications like bleeding and infection. For this operation is uncommon to require a blood transfusion. The urinary bladder, the intestines, blood vessels, nerves or the sperm tube going to the testicle can be injury. Before the surgery a person can make some routine blood tests, an EKG and a chest x-ray. These tests are made if the surgeon or family doctor order that. The patient must not eat 8 hours before surgery and must discuss with the doctor about the medications that is taking. Generally aspirin, Ibuprofen or Motrin, Coumadin and Plavix need to be stopped for several days.

Generally this operation is made with general anesthesia and occasionally regional or spinal anesthesia. The patient will have in his arm an IV line for fluids and he will be brought into the operation room where the anesthesiologist and nurses will use monitors to check heart rate and breathing during the procedure. After the operation is finished the patient will be awakened from anesthesia in the operating room. Patient will be helped by the nurses in the recovery room to go out of bed or to drink something after a few hours from operation. The patient soon after the surgery feels groggy and nauseated and from these discomforts are used medications which are helpful.

Many people with hernia appeal to laparoscopic repair because it is safe, reduce the pain and the duration of recovery, so they can go home the same day after the operation.

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My Top Ten Tips For a Baby Massage

1. Don’t get too hung up on the routine – listen to your baby and use your instincts as to what works best. Use a class, DVD/download or written notes for guidance of course, but be led by your baby. If they don’t like something they will usually let you know so leave that and either go back to a move they were comfortable with or move on. Don’t forget to try again another day or after a few weeks have passed, as babies grow, their likes and dislikes change rapidly.

2. Don’t massage if baby is unwell, has recently had inoculations or has recently been fed. Obviously with small babies this is a small window – the main concern with massaging after a feed is discomfort for the baby and risk of vomiting. It’s fine to continue if baby falls asleep though – and it is almost the ultimate compliment and a sure sign you are doing a great job.

3. Use the routine at home, before or after the bath is a nice time and can help your baby sleep (a bonus!) but bear in mind that often after the bath baby may be very tired and starving hungry so won’t respond too well!. Set up a consistent procedure of towel, oil, music or similar and build it into your daily routine. They will begin to expect and look forward to it and it’s a wind down for you too. Just ten minutes is fine if you can’t do all the techniques.

4. Oil, oil, oil. Keep re-applying and make sure you use lots of oil, its nourishing for the skin and makes the massage much nicer for both of you. Take off your jewellery to avoid catching their delicate skin. Use a natural, ideally organic, cold pressed oil such as grapeseed or olive. Modern mineral oils do not absorb well into the skin and can often be impregnated with fragrance so I wouldn’t recommend these. Babies bond through smell and chemical fragrance can disrupt this progress. Be careful handling your oily baby afterwards – they can be as slippery as a bar of soap! Wrap them up snugly in a towel and use it to pat off excess oil, especially on their hands as they quickly go into their mouths, however if you choose your oil carefully there will be no problems. To be safe you can patch test with a drop of your chosen oil to the inside of their wrist and wait for 24 hours in case of a reaction.

5. Don’t worry or feel you are doing it wrong – you can’t! Each baby is different and gently touching and being with your baby is going to benefit you both. Be gentle and communicate with your baby and you will both get a lot out of the experience. You will be amazed at how quickly your confidence grows

6. Ask anything that pops into your head, it’s not silly if it’s important to you. Feel free to ask your teacher anything, and of course if you buy your DVD/download from me I provide full email support and you should expect that as standard. Remember that if you are really concerned about your baby please do seek independent medical advice immediately.

7. Relax! If your happy, smiley and relaxed, hopefully baby will be too. Eye contact and positive body language will reassure baby, but don’t worry if they cry – it’s natural and just their way of communicating. Scoop them up and cuddle them and they may be happy to proceed further, if not, end the massage there and try again another day.

8. Be responsive to their body language and non-verbal cues. Try just massaging the hands or feet while baby is snuggled in a towel, or repeating the routine on the front if baby protests at being on their front. If your baby hates being undressed, try the moves through their clothes, or just leave a vest on. Smaller babies may feel more secure if they have a muslin draped over the half of the body you aren’t working on, this will also help to keep them warm.

9. Use this time wisely, its lovely one-on-one bonding time.

10. But don’t get too upset if baby isn’t interested.

What Are the Most Common Food Poisoning Types?

Food poisoning types are limited in that they all involve the presence of something in the food or beverage that causes ill effects. Typically these things are limited to certain categories. They include bacteria, virus, parasite, or toxin. Some of these types are far more common than other varieties, but there are commonalities among all these types.

The onset is one of the many variations. In some cases there is an incubation period prior to any symptoms. This may take as long as three days in the case of some bacteria. In other cases the symptoms may begin within twenty-four hours of ingestion. A number of factors may determine when the symptoms begin.

Some food poisoning types may result in more serious symptoms. These include poisoning that result from some fish, mushrooms, or botulism. In these cases you should seek medical attention immediately. There are some individuals that may suffer more severe symptoms as well. These individuals include those that have conditions that reduce the capacity of the immune system or that reduce their kidney function. If the symptoms extend beyond approximately forty-eight hours you may need to seek medical attention. Similarly if your symptoms become extreme at any time you should seek medical help. Some food poison types may require proper medical treatment before they will get better.

The most common treatment for food poison is simply increasing the amount of clean fluids that you take in. This is especially important when your symptoms include diarrhea. If you are unable to prevent dehydration you should seek medical attention as well.

To avoid food poisoning you should choose to eat at reputable restaurants. If you are in an area that does not practice the same level of food safety as your home country you should practice extra caution. Typically food should be served hot or cold. The extreme heat and extreme cold work to prevent the proliferation of many forms of bacteria which are among the most common causes of food poisoning! When you prepare food at home you should be certain to wash all produce properly and thoroughly cook all foods prior to eating.

Upper Back Pain – Causes of Upper Back Pain

Although upper back pain is not a very common spinal disorder, it can cause significant discomfort and pain when it does occur. The most common causes of upper back pain are muscular irritation (myofascial pain) and joint dysfunction.

Back problems are the most common physical complaint among American adults. Nonspecific back pain is a leading cause of lost job time, to say nothing of the time and money spent in search of relief. And it’s all because of one characteristic that makes us different from other animals: our upright posture.

Upper back pain, also called middle back pain or thoracic pain, is pain that is felt between the bottom of the neck and top of the lumbar spine. The upper spine is very strong and stable to support the weight of the upper body, as well as to anchor the rib cage which provides a cavity to allow the heart and lungs to function and protect them.

Lack of activity or poor strength of our muscles is a very common cause of upper back pain and can be treated through chiropractic cure, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and various types of stretching exercises. Again an injury or strain in the joints between the ribs and the upper back can result in severe pain. Such a situation can be rectified by exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles and loosening the back.

Symptoms

Persistent aching or stiffness anywhere along your spine, from the base of the neck to the hips
Sharp, localized pain in the neck, upper back or lower back, especially after lifting heavy objects or engaging in other strenuous activity
Chronic ache in the middle or lower back, especially after sitting or standing for extended periods
Poor posture can lead to weakened muscles and strained joints and ligaments, setting the stage for more upper back pain.
Among the most common areas of pain are the trapezius—the large, triangular-shaped muscles of the upper back—and the shoulder blades.

Causes

The first step in determining upper back pain causes is to understand the different structures and conditions that may be affecting the back. Upper back pain causes can vary significantly which is why understanding the various and symptoms and components of upper back pain can help to determine how the back was injured. This understanding will also result in valuable insight when considering treatment options.

Joint dysfunction means a change in the actions of the joints that attach the ribs to the thoracic spine. Treatment usually includes spinal manipulation by a chiropractor, physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medication. It is possible that this joint dysfunction could be due to a trauma injury, usually a road traffic accident and could be a symptom of a vertebral fracture.

A generally less serious cause of upper back pain is back spasms. Spasms are characterized by spontaneous, abnormal contractions of the muscles in the upper back. Sometimes, these contractions may be a response to another type of injury, particularly in response to muscle strains.

One of the causes of upper back pain is poor neck posture which ultimately pushes the area between the shoulder blades out as the head goes forward.
Upper back pain can also be caused by arthritis.

Most commonly, arthritis affects the knees and other joints throughout the body, but it can also be a cause of upper back pain. Arthritis is any inflammation of the joints. The most common form of this disease is osteoarthritis. Sometimes symptoms of this condition can develop early on between the ages of 30 and 40, but most often it affects elderly people.

How To Deal With Stress Ulcer Symptoms

A stress ulcer is an ulcer found in the upper gastrointestinal tract. They are usually caused by physical injury, such as surgery, or burns. These ulcers can become very serious, and it is important that you understand what they are and how to treat them correctly. Stress ulcers are a very common ailment, that people from all walks of life suffer from at some point.

What are Stress Ulcers?

When there is an imbalance between aggressive and defensive factors, the result is often a stress ulcer. The damage can actually come from a variety of causes but stress itself is almost always the primary cause.

The Symptoms of Stress Ulcers

Some of the common symptoms associated with stress ulcers include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue. You may also experience a gnawing or burning pain in your abdomen – most likely between the breastbone and the navel. The pain tends to be worse when the stomach is empty, or straight after a meal. Some people experience very severe stress ulcer symptoms, but others may not notice any symptoms at all.

Seeking Treatment

If you suspect that you have a stress ulcer, you should seek treatment immediately. If you do not get your ulcer treated, it could damage blood vessels and cause blood to seep out into the digestive tract.

Try to reduce any causes of stress in your life, as reducing mental and emotional stress can help the ulcer to heal. Visit your doctor, as they may be able to provide you with antibiotics which can help the ulcer to heal, and reduce the chance of it reoccurring.

In some serious cases, surgery may be required to remove the ulcer. The most common type of surgery for ulcers is Vagotomy, where the vagus nerve, which transmits messages from the brain to the stomach, is cut. Another option is the antrectomy, which is a form of surgery where the lower part of the stomach, which produces the hormone that stimulates the stomach to secrete digestive juices, is removed.

The important thing to remember is that if you are experiencing stomach pains, loss of appetite, or any of the other common symptoms that may indicate an ulcer, you should consult your doctor immediately. In most cases surgery is not necessary, but prompt treatment can prevent your ulcer from getting worse, and ensure that they are quickly curable, and less likely to return.

What Are the Best ADHD Natural Remedies?

If you have read up on the devastating side effects brought by ADHD medication, then you’re probably searching for the best natural remedies for ADHD. But it might surprise you to know that there is no such thing as a “best natural remedy” or “best alternative treatment” for the disorder!

You might have gotten the idea of a “best remedy” for ADHD from the way Western medicine views attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Any medical doctor will tell you that ADHD is caused by a lack in key neurotransmitters, specifically dopamine and norepinephrine. The best way to treat ADHD is to take medications that stimulate the production of dopamine, which allows the patient to become more focused, attentive, and behaved. Some doctors will supplement ADHD medications with behavioral therapy and a few environmental changes, but they will say that other methods will not work unless the individual is medicated.

The thing you need to know is that ADHD is caused by more than just an imbalance in neurotransmitters, and treating the real causes of ADHD is even more complicated than simply taking a pill. ADHD develops in a person when specific environmental factors interact with that person’s predisposition to the condition. These environmental triggers can range from complications during pregnancy and childbirth, to the individual’s current habits and lifestyle choices. The chemical imbalance in the brain is merely a result of this interaction, and the combination of other symptoms and health problems these triggers create can be endless. This is why no two people experience the same set of ADHD symptoms, and why no two people will have the same response to the same treatments, be it Ritalin or a natural remedy like omega-3 oil supplements. One treatment may work wonders on a child while having nearly no effect in another. In other words, a “best natural remedy” for ADHD does not exist because what is “best” is determined by the individual’s unique body chemistry, medical history, and environment.

During your search for natural remedies for ADHD, consult a health care specialist and ask which natural treatments can best address your child’s unique needs and symptoms. When you view your search in this manner, you can easily see the whole picture of ADHD and approach its treatment from several angles. Here are a few leads where you can begin your search.

Several studies have shown that children with ADHD also suffer from deficiencies in key nutrients and minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 essential oils. Look for a health care specialist who can conduct tests to see if your child is deficient in these nutrients. If a deficiency is detected, you can put your child on a diet or supplement an existing diet with the right vitamins.

Children with ADHD are also found to have inadequate brain stimulation. Most children today spend hours sitting in school and hours sitting in front of the computer or TV instead of going out to play and give their postural muscles a workout. Inadequate exercise keeps the body from giving the neurological stimulation required by the brain. If you think your child does not move around enough, encourage him or her to spend time outdoors or enroll him or her in a sports program.

Keep in mind that your child will need more than one natural remedy to address all the environmental factors triggering the disorder. So if you want nothing less than the best natural remedy for ADHD, then you should search for a comprehensive treatment plan created just for your child’s unique needs. The Unritalin Solution is designed to meet these needs.