Naturally Healing the Heart: Heart Disease & Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure/heart disease
Weakening of the heart causing insufficient blood flow to vital organs, symtpoms include shortness of breath, fliud retention, enlarged heart, and weakend kidney function. Eating the right kind of fat is important. If you crave bad fats then your body is telling you that you really need “good” fats like Super Omega 3 which helps to reduce heart disease and inflammation. Lecithin is another “good” fat that helps liquify cholesterol and dissolve plaque. FIBER IS VERY IMPORTANT ALSO!! If u don’t get enough in your diet we have Natures 3- Fiber rich and sodium free supplement
NEVER cook with Criso. best is olive oil

Natural supplements for the heart:
L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is already in our body but depletes with age. Its function is to transport long-chain fatty acids therefore reducing and preventing fat buildup in the heart and circulatory system. Symptoms of a deficiency include progressive muscle weakness and hypoglycemia. Used for heart problems, weight control and loss of energy, Reye’s syndrome, Graves Disease…

Hawthorn Berries  is an herb that strengthens and restores the heart. Clinical and labratory research findings show that it is beneficial in treating an umber of heart conditions including, angina, arrhythmia, artherosclerosis, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It improves the tone of the heart muscle, oxygen uptake, improves circulation to the heart, energizes heart cells and dilates blood vessels. When used for blood pressure, garlic works great along with it! Completely safe for long term use However the ONLY interaction is the drug digitalis does sometimes counteract and must be reduced and your dr wean you slowly off the digitalis.

CoQ10 is probably the most important heart nutrient for the circulatory system. It lowers blood pressure,oxygenates the heart muscle, detoxification and extends life for those with congestive heart disease. Your bodies natural CoQ10 depletes with age, esp. after 50 so supplementing is essential. Great to use with hawthorn or garlic. It is beneficial to the heart, liver, gums, thyroid, muscles and pituatary. From recovery from a heart attack larger doses are required 1,000 mg daily. Also helps reduce side effects of chemotherapy.

Antioxidants are a must and this is the best and highest antioxidant level on the market today. It is the ONLY product with ORAC certified label by the Brunswick Labs. Higher antioxidant levels than all competitors including Monavie and Xango. THAI GO  clearly outperformed all other leading competitors in ORAC capacity- Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity(which is the measure of antioxidant strength) It is the only product with the ORAC stamp on the label from the Brunswick Lab.
Bioflavonoids enhance Vitamin C absorption and help maintain collagen and capillary walls.  Also aid in the bodys defense system. Antioxidants scavage and destroy damaging free radicals and benefit every organ and system in the body. Antioxidants are getting increasing attention from the scientific community.  Xanthones has attracted alot of attention also, scientists are discovering that these compounds support immune, structural and digestive systems, and the brain and skin.Free Radicals are hgih energy particles caused by pollutants that we absorb through the air, diet, drinking, through your skin..Free radicals lack an electron. Their only mission is to steal one, causing damage to your healthy cells by altering its chemical structure. In the oxidative chaos, free radicals critically damage your cells, proteins, DNA and therefore causes cancer, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and on and on. Antioxidants are important to us because they stop damage from free radicals by providing them with the elecrons they so desperately are seeking out, leaving strong and healthy cells alone.

Mangosteen is one of the key ingredients of Thai Go, a fruit found in Thailand. Mangosteen contains the single-greatest known supply of xanthones that support the immune, structural, digestive systems, brain and skin health. Antibiotic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory benefits. Also helps rid our body of toxins and free radicals that have been damaging our bodies from  birth.Mangosteen fruit contains the highest content of xanthones.
Researchers studying xanthones, have discovered that they are a powerful aid in fighting diabetes. Mangosteens xanthones are also very helpful with high blood pressure.Xanthones have been shown to have beneficial effects on some cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, atheriosclerosis, hypertension, and thrombosis. Inflammation is one of the main causes of heart disease.  Mangosteens natural substance offer the potential of halting or reversing this inflammation. Also good to lower cholesterol. Fibromaylagia.
Xanthones have been demonstrated by scientists at the National University of Singapore to possess anti-viral properties also. Other international scientists have discovered that mangosteen xanthones can destroy salmonella and tuberculosis bacteria.
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Treatment of Ingrown Nails

Ingrown toenails can be caused by abnormal nail structure, irritation and pressure from poorly fitted shoes, and most commonly by improper nail trimming where the corners of the toenails are rounded off. Once the nail begins to grow into the skin, the body will begin to treat the nail as a foreign object, which results in pain and redness in the soft tissue on the side of the nail. If left untreated, the ingrown nail can begin to cut into the skin, which can lead to a skin tissue infection with oozing or a granuloma formation. (Granuloma is tissue around the ingrown toenail that is red, moist, and increases in size.)

Non-Surgical Treatment: If the ingrown nail is at the end of the toe, a simple procedure called a partial wedge resection (also called a slant back procedure) can be performed. This is performed by using a nail clipper in a slanted approach to clip off the offending portion of nail. Proper subsequent and routine nail trimming after a partial wedge resection can prevent the ingrown nail from recurring in most cases.

Surgical: In most cases, simply removing a wedge of nail at the tip does not completely resolve the problem, especially if the toenail is severely embedded within the skin.

Surgical procedures for treating ingrown nails are performed in the office. With the exception of the injection to deliver the local anesthetic, there should be no pain during the procedure. There are two major ways to remove the nail surgically. The first is a complete or partial nail removal. In this case the nail will grow back over the course of the next 9 to 12 months. In most cases as long as the causing factor (e.g. improper nail cutting or tight shoes) is avoided, the ingrown nail should not reoccur.

The second method is a partial or total chemical matrixectomy. With this method, a portion of the nail or the entire nail may be removed permanently. The nail matrix is a thin tissue layer under the nail fold that produces new nail; when this tissue is removed the nail no longer grows.

Nail Avulsion: In this procedure, the nail root, known as the matrix and found beneath the cuticles, is left alone. This will allow the nail to completely grow back. This procedure requires a local injection to numb the toe, a specially designed nail splitter to separate the nail from the nail bed, and a small clamp to remove the nail.

Local injection: Local anesthetic is injected into the toe to numb the area around the nail. The injection is not performed at the location of the ingrown nail but is injected at the base of the toe. Most patients describe the injection as a burning and stretching sensation.

Nail Removal: Once the toe is adequately numbed, the attachment of the nail to the soft tissue and cuticle is released. The portion of nail to be removed is then spilt from the nail plate using a blade and nail splitter. This is followed by removal of the nail with a thin clamp. Antibacterial cream is applied to the area, and the toe is dressed with bandages. It may take the toenail about 8 to 10 months to grow back to its original length.

Partial Chemical Matrixectomy/Total Chemical Matrixectomy: In this procedure, the nail root/matrix is removed chemically using either phenol or sodium hydroxide. This prevents the nail from growing back. The local anesthetic injection is performed using the same technique as in the above described nail avulsion procedure.

After the toe is adequately numbed, a tourniquet is applied around the toe to prevent blood flow into the area. Preventing blood flow prevents diluting the phenol or sodium hydroxide solution and keeps the chemicals strong enough to adequately destroy the nail root/matrix.

Nail Removal: When performing a “partial” chemical matrixectomy, a blade and nail splitter is used to cut out a portion of the nail. The blade and the nail splitter are applied to the end of the nail and gently pushed down through the nail plate to the cuticle. A fine-jawed clamp is used to remove the portion of the ingrown nail. Until this point in the procedure everything is the same as performed in the nail avulsion. Next a Q-tip with phenol or sodium hydroxide is inserted in the area deep and beneath the cuticle to kill the nail root. This procedure destroys the nail root on the side of the ingrown nail and allows the remaining nail to grow as usual.

If a “total” chemical matrixectomy is performed, the entire nail will be removed and the phenol or sodium hydroxide is applied to the entire area beneath the cuticle. In this case, the entire nail will not grow back.

Surgical Cautions and Complications: It is possible that all or part of the ingrown nail that was treated with the chemical may grow back. Since a chemical matrixectomy is a chemical burn, this procedure will cause mild draining during the healing process. This procedure creates a burn that is not suitable for patients who have poor healing or poor blood flow.

Post-Op Management: Between the time of the surgical procedure and the next appointment, Amerigel should be applied to the wound to aid in the healing process. While this wound is healing, it is expected to have mild drainage from the area with mild redness and swelling. Additionally, there may be some soreness, which can be alleviated with pain medication like Tylenol. Usually after the surgical removal of an ingrown nail, a follow-up appointment is scheduled in order to perform proper wound care to the surgical site and monitor the outcome of the ingrown nail removal.

Copyright (c) 2010 Bruce Lashley

Nail Fungus – 9 Prevention Tips For Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is very difficult to get rid of. The fungus thrives underneath your nails so medications have a hard time penetrating it. It requires months of religiously applying treatments before it shows signs of clearing up. What's worse is that before you could even completely treat a diseased nail, the fungus has begun to spread to your other healthy nails. Recurrent infections could also occur. As such, prevention is the best way of dealing with nail fungus. Here are a few tips on how to prevent nail fungus:

(1) Trim your nails often and keep them clean. Do not cut your nails slanted. Trim them straight across. Do this when your nails are wet in order to prevent them from splitting and cracking. File the thick areas of your nails.

(2) Go to a reputable nail salon. A lot of nail salons follow strict regulations regarding sanitation and cleanliness, but some do not. It would be better for you to clean your own nails. However, if it's not possible for you to do so, you could choose to purchase your own cleaning tools, which you can bring to the salon for your personal use. Doing so would help your skin avoid contracting infection.

(3) Avoid using artificial nails. Using artificial nails to cover up your nail problems will only make them worse. Artificial nails do not necessarily cause nail problems, but they may aggravate existing nail problems, especially fungal infections. They can trap unwanted moisture, which is an excellent breeding ground for fungi. Moreover, the chemicals that are used to remove the bond between the artificial nails and the actual nails can cause cracks to the nails since they sap moisture. Fungi can then enter and reside within those cracks.

(4) Dry your hands and feet. Wipe them thoroughly after bathing, especially the areas between the fingers and toes.

(5) Use antifungal products, such as foot powder and spray. Sprinkle or spray your feet, as well as your shoes.

(6) Wear the right kind of socks. Use socks that keep your feet cool and fresh. Change them often if your feet are sweaty.

(7) Avoid tight, closed shoes that are made of synthetic materials. Closed shoes, especially those made with non-breathable materials, can cause heat and moisture to be trapped inside. This would make it an attractive environment in which fungi can manifest and thrive. Thus, you should wear shoes that are made of natural materials. Also, if possible, take off your shoes from time to time.

(8) Thoroughly wash your hands after treating an infected nail. Nail fungus can spread easily to your other healthy nails.

(9) Maintain a proper diet. Studies have proven that people with weak immune systems are the ones who are most likely to contract nail fungus. Boosting your immune system by eating the right food will aid in preventing and getting rid of nail fungus.

Incorporate probiotic-rich food into your diet, such as yogurt. Probiotics are naturally-occurring good bacteria in your body. Maintaining high levels of good bacteria will improve your immune system and counteract the growth of bad bacteria, fungi, and yeasts.

Chiropractic Adjustments a Temporary Fix?

The chiropractic profession is filled with a diverse group of doctors all in search of the answer to long term health through removal of subluxation. The philosophy that is taught in chiropractic colleges across the country is sound in theory, but lacks the clinical protocol to back it up. Subluxation a so-called bone out of place theory is out dated and unrealistic. Individual bones or segments of the spine do not mis-align unless the ligaments are torn, a rare condition caused by significant trauma or genetic connective tissue disease. The majority of spinal subluxation, a word that should be redefined or gotten rid of, implies that there exists a bone out of place when in fact every radiology report that I have ever received from a radiologist states “no subluxation is present”. But yet you go to the chiropractor and he or she says;”yep there it is it’s your C5, T7, and L4 they are out of place and need to be adjusted back into place” Then you receive the adjustment “Crack,Click,Drop” there you go all set, back in place. Right? Wrong.

I have been in practice for over 10 years now and about 60% of the patients I have examined have had chiropractic adjustments before. How many of these patients had normal posture and healthy alignment on x-ray? None. Why? Because chiropractic adjustments do not correct bad alignment. If we look at the research regarding spinal biomechanics we understand that the spine and lower extremities are linked together and that your body misaligns globally, also why a radiologist won’t pick it up. In addition there has to be an origin or primary event which starts this chain reaction. The spine and extremities compensate after the primary event occurs, creating a global postural distortion. So when you show up in the chiropractors office, he or she will use segmental analysis to find the hot spots(subluxations) and adjust those segments, temporarily changing the natural compensatory mechanism that was created by the initiating event. In english this means you get a temporary shift in your pattern, which often, about 80% of the time, creates a good feeling or a sense of wellness. Once in a great while the initiating event is so fresh, that the one adjustment actually corrects the global alignment, very rare though less than 1% of the time.

So what is an adjustment doing? A spinal adjustment or sudden applied force to a spinal segment causes joint movement slightly beyond the physiological barrier of passive motion. Huh! It unlocks restricted joints in your spine or extremities. Because it releases the restricted joint, it has a temporary relaxing effect on the muscle that moves that specific joint. This causes a temporary increase in range of motion, decreases pain through the thalamic(section of the brain) system, and decreases muscular tension. Oh by the way, these are all good things! The problem isn’t with the adjustment, the problem is that your postural mechanism will cause you to return to your pre-adjustment position within hours of the treatment. So in reality you feel better for a while, but your initiating event wasn’t corrected so the poor alignment returns and so does the tension, stiffness, and pain. The nervous system also remains unhealthy do to the postural distortion that is left uncorrected. Your body shortly after the adjustment coils itself back into it’s unhealthy position.

So what about exercise or stretching alone or in combination with the adjustment? Close but no cigar. Active exercise is great for a body that has good alignment and proper mechanics, but not so good for someone with bad alignment/posture and poor body mechanics. Active exercises like core strengthening and isometrics do not affect the slow twitch muscles that control posture. Stretching feels great but is temporary. Also if you stretch a muscle that is programmed to be shortened by the brain to help stabilize the spine it can cause further problems. You can now see that simplifying a very complex system to include adjustments and exercises just won’t cut it. This probably explains why we still have 80% of the population suffering with back and neck pain but yet chiropractic has been around for over 100 years and who knows how long exercise has been prescribed for back problems.

The majority of people with chronic problems have poor postural alignment. This poor alignment stresses certain joints which eventually cause pain and even arthritis if not corrected. Poor alignment causes certain muscles to be overworked which leads to myalgia (muscle pain) due to a lack of blood flow through the overly tense muscle. This decrease in blood flow causes excess metabolic waste accumulation in the muscles and eventually can cause permanent fibrosis commonly referred to as fibromyalgia. These babies get rock hard and sensitive! The other often overlooked component of poor alignment are ligaments. Ligaments connect the bones to create stability and are non-contractile tissues, meaning they can not be exercised back to health. Ligaments are also the primary reason you can not change alignment through exercise and chiropractic adjustments. This must explain why 95% of chiropractors do not take post x-rays, they know the spinal alignment on x-ray will not have corrected.

It is published in many prestigious spine journals, anatomy text books, and other related spinal health literature that your spine and posture have measurable healthy normals. The best and most reliable way to check the health of a persons spinal structure is with x-rays and posture analysis (Dr. Ventura’s Posture Analysis software is very accurate). Now if I can measure your poor alignment with an x-ray and posture analysis, would it not make sense to take another x-ray and do posture analysis after the treatment to see if I did my job?

The good news is that through many research studies and new technology we have found a good, consistent way to correct poor alignment. Spinal adjustments combined with re-active muscle training and sustained ligament traction are very effective for long term correction. In addition, traction force chiropractic adjustments are far more effective at breaking up adhesions in chronically restricted joints than the traditional compressive adjustments taught in chiropractic college, including instrument and drop table adjusting. Re-active muscle training makes sense because your posture is merely an adaptation to the environment that you put it in. for example if you slump at your desk and stare at a computer all day, your body will literally mold into your slumped forward position. If you always use your right hand to carry stuff, the natural compensation for this will be overuse of the left side spinal muscle to help stabilize the added weight to the right side of your body. Reactive muscle training uses the principals of compensation. If you have a right dominant posture (you lean right while standing straight) measured with posture analysis, I would add weight to your right side to cause an automatic brain controlled activation of the opposite side muscles causing your body innately to move its posture to the left. Bingo, we are starting to get somewhere. In addition to adding weight, I would have you stand on a vibration platform set at a specific frequency and amplitude so the postural muscle activity would be increased by about 30 times resting levels. This speeds the learning process up so you don’t need 5 years to get it done. The shortened ligaments only, need to be elongated. This is done trough pressure(stretch) over time. A ligament typically will respond after about 15 minutes of pressure. This uncoiling process is termed “ligament creep”. Unfortunately doctors will need specialized equipment in order to get to the correct shortened ligaments especially those ligaments affecting rotational misalignment measured with AP or frontal x-rays.

There are many schools of thought when it comes to the chiropractic profession. I have heard and seen a lot of chiropractic techniques in my 11 years as a practicing chiropractor. Most of these ideas focus on adjustments, and some on soft tissue rehabilitation through exercise, stretching, cold laser, muscle stimulation, active release and countless other modalities. The one consistent undeniable truth still remains: Spinal alignment is controlled through a complex system involving slow twitch postural muscles and ligaments. Without the proper training and equipment, these two areas will remain neglected and therefore the world of chronic back problems will go on.

Protecting A Bruised Toenail

A Bothersome Bruise Under a Toenail

Unlike a cut or burn, bruises can be painful and hard to treat. With a cut, you simply cover with a bandage and with a burn, you treat with a cooling ointment or cream, but bruises are mostly left to heal or subside on their own. Sometimes bruises may be treated with a cold compress or a numbing cream.

In the case that you have suffered trauma to any of your finger or toenails, bruising may be imminent under the nail. Once you have a bruised toenail, there may be the hazard of losing your nail or incurring more pain when wearing shoes. Some simple tricks can help protect your bruised nail.

Protection for Your Bruised Toenail

For some, it may be that simple pressure of regular-type shoes can cause pain, and switching to an open toed shoe or a shoe of a larger size can help prevent the pressure that can be causing continuous pain of a bruised toe nail.

Covering the toenail with a gauze pad, cotton ball or a small portion of cloth to add padding between your toe and shoe can also be very helpful. You can wrap your toe and secure the piece with a band of medical bandage tape. Wearing a sock over the bandage can add more protection when wearing open or closed toe shoes.

After the pain has subsided, you may still want to wrap your bruised toenail, in case it would become loose and start to fall off. If the toenail becomes loose, it can catch or snag on threading in shoes, or even pant wear, carpet and bedding. If you need only to keep the toenail intact until the entire nail is loose, a simple piece of medical bandage tape or band-aid can secure the nail for the length of time necessary.

Proper Bruised Nail Protection

When wrapping a toe or finger for several days, you will want to insure that you keep the bandages loose enough so as not to reduce circulation or cause moisture to build in the bandage.

If you notice a numbing or burning sensation in your toe after wrapping it then you have the bandage too tight. You want to keep the bandage as snug as possible because your feet see a lot of activity and the bandage can fall off easily inside your shoe or sock, but not too tight that you lose circulation or cause more pain to your bruised toenail.

Cardiac Rehabilitation In India At Affordable Cost – Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Cardiac Rehabilitation In India

Cardiac rehabilitation is physician-supervised, often times physician-prescribed, program for people who have either congenital or acquired heart disease. Program participants may or may not have had a heart attack or heart surgery (or other heart procedures). Cardiac rehabilitation can often improve functional capacity, reduce symptoms, and create a sense of well-being for patients……

What conditions may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?

  • congestive heart failure
  • angina pectoris
  • myocardial infarction
  • post-open heart surgery

The cardiac rehabilitation program : –

A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem or disease, and should be supervised by a cardiac physician and a cardiac team of professionals.

The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help patients reverse their symptoms and maximize cardiac function.

Establishing a progressive exercise program to build fitness and functional capacity .
Providing educational classes to help adjust to or change the patient’s lifestyle and habits, such as : –

  • smoking cessation classes
  • nutrition classes

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a multi-dimensional program designed for those who suffer from heart disease. The program reduces their future risk through medical evaluation, prescribed exercise, cardiac risk factor modification, education and counseling.

Goals of the program are to : –

  • Decrease further risk of disease or heart attacks
  • Instill confidence to resume work and normal activities of daily living

The program is recommended for individuals who have experienced any one or more of the following conditions : –

  • Heart attack
  • Bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty (stent)
  • Angiography showing blockage

Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation :

Phase I : – In the hospital

This begins in the hospital following a heart attack, heart surgery or angioplasty…..

Phase II : – Out-patient

The patient attends the program 3 times a week at the Rehabilitation Center. During each session the patient exercises using state-of-the-art portable heart monitoring equipment, known as telemetry……

Phase III : –

This begins on completion of Phase II, once the patient is more independent. The focus continues on education and lifestyle modification and risk reduction. Exercise is performed under supervision, and telemetry is used if indicated…..

What if I do not have heart disease? We have a ‘Heart Disease Prevention Program’ for those who are at risk, but have not suffered. An individualized program of exercise, nutrition, and medications (if required) are planned for the person, with a goal to reduce future risk of disease. Tests are carried out before and after the program to assess the cardiac status……

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Height Loss As You Age and Tips to Slow the Loss

The only consoling news about getting shorter is that if you have friends your same age, they are also losing their height! Most people after menopause associate their loss of height to osteoporosis, the condition that leads to bone loss. That may be true but there are other influences that lead to your bone loss. Some of these more subtle kinds of shrinkage begin to take place in your 40s. It is a good idea to know about these because you can make changes and influence the results of just how much bone loss takes place in your life.

Smoking and drinking can make all of these problems worse. Gravity. That force that keeps your feet on the ground takes hold and the disks, or cushions between the bones in your spine, get compressed over time. The back bones, or vertebrae, end up pressing closer together which also makes you lose a little height. Poor posture. Slouching can actually rob us of height because it contributes to muscle atrophy. Disk deterioration. The pads of fibrous tissue between the vertebrae that serve as spinal shock absorbers start to wear thin with time. This results in a gradual compression of the spinal column.Muscle atrophy. Bones alone do not keep us erect. Your muscles help support your skeleton. When muscles are weakened or muscle groups imbalanced, we tend to sag.

Did you know that everyone shrinks a little each day? We are not as tall at the end of the day as we were in the beginning. That is because as the day goes on, water in the disks of the spine get compressed or squeezed due to gravity, making you just a bit shorter. Once you sleep, however, your body recovers and the next morning you will be standing tall.

Shrinking it is not something that is dramatic or sudden. It takes place over years and may add up to only an inch or so or it may add up to 4 or 5 inches. This kind of shrinking cannot be reversed, although you can slow the process.

You start losing abut half an inch each decade after 40. The good news is you do not have to stand by passively by while your clothes outgrow you.

Posture adjustments can also help. Stand against the wall with the back of your head, your butt and your heels touching the wall. Notice the change in your spine. You are standing taller.Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol. Both can accelerate age-related changes. You can also maintain strong bones by getting enough calcium and vitamin D. You will want to take supplements because you will not be able to eat enough to get the amounts required. Strengthen your bones. Keep your bones strong to prevent fractures. The best way to do this to keep active. You will need aerobic exercise as well as resistant and weight bearing exercises. You are not gearing yourself up to be a body builder, so it is not something to consume your focus. Two or 3 times a week for 30 minutes will keep you in good shape if you are also active during the day. Improve your posture. Work on exercises that strengthen your back muscles. Yoga and tai chi are other options. Also work on strengthening your stomach muscles.

Here is another adjustment you can make: Stand with your feet about 6 inches apart, tuck your butt in, press your waist back, pull your shoulders back and down, lift your ears up without raising your chin, Now visualize yourself as straight and tall.

For most people losing a small amount of height does not cause any health problems. However, severe kyphosis, the medical term for being hunched over, can affect breathing and causes neck and back pain. Any loss of weight that takes place during this time can also have an impact about how your medications and treatment can impact you.

Okay everyone. Sit up straight. Put your head back on top of your neck instead of leaning over while you read the computer and let your chest lift up. No mater what happens you can still sit and stand tall.

Stroke & Heart Attack Survivors Need Plavix

The emergency room conjures up unhappy memories for many of us. Most people have spent time in the E.R. of a hospital waiting for the outcome of a critical health issue for a parent, a relative or a friend. It is not something that we look forward to reliving. Yet, there are stroke and heart attack victims who have survived their battle with death, and are living among us today, something for which we are eternally grateful. While they may appear to be doing just fine, the fact that they had a previous heart attack or stroke puts them in grave risk to have another one. 

If we truly care about these people, we will ensure that they take all necessary precautions to prevent a recurrence of a stroke or heart attack. This is precisely why you should urge them to begin a daily medication regimen of Plavix Generic immediately.  Plavix (Clopidogrel) is an antiplatelet drug that is extremely effective in preventing blood clots from forming in our arteries.  Heart attacks and strokes occur when a blood vessel to the heart or the brain is clogged by a clot. If the clot is in the artery going to the brain, the result is a stroke; if the clot is in the artery to the heart, the result is a heart attack.

Generic Plavix is the most potent antiplatelet agent on the market today.  It is also effective in the treatment of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and cerebrovascular disease because of its unique ability to prevent certain cells from clotting in your blood.  Since it is the platelets that stick together and clot, Plavix is the recommended medication for the prevention of clotting.

The recommended dosage of Plavix (Generic) is to take a single tablet of 75 mg. each morning along with a full glass of water. You should never double up on the medication, or take a higher dosage unless directed by a doctor.  You can buy Plavix Generic at very low prices at your self-help online pharmaceutical center, www.pro-medics.com. You will begin to feel better since you no longer have to fear the risk of having another heart attack or stroke.

You can order Plavix Generic at www.pro-medics.com now with the assurance that you are getting the same potent drug as the original.  Since Generic Plavix is chemically identical to the original, you will get the same effectiveness and safety for about half the price of original Plavix.  Your order will be processed with the utmost privacy and confidentiality, and your medication will be shipped to you discreetly according to your express wishes.

Don’t risk your health or the health of loved ones with predispositions to strokes and heart attacks – buy Generic Plavix and stop the needless worry!

Menstruation Disorder VIII – How to Treat Menorrhagia With Herbs

Menorrhagia is an abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual period with excessive menstrual bleeding lasting longer than 7 days or blood loss exceeding 80 ml caused by abnormal blood clotting, disruption of normal hormonal regulation of periods or disorders of the endometrial lining of the uterus. In this article, we will discuss how to treat menorrhagia with herbs.

1. Ashoka (Saraca indica)
Ashoka is a sacred plant and has a religious importance. It is reported to have a stimulating effect on the endometrium and ovarian tissue. It's use in treatment of excessive uterine bleeding, dysmenorrhoea, depression, bleeding hemorrhoid, and uterine fibroid. It is considered a uterine sedative and tonic for women in India.

2. Amalaki
Amalaki has been used over 5000 years in India medication. Amlaki contains high amounts of Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, and Alpha and beta carotene that not only helps to strengthen our immune system's fighting against the forming of free radicals, it also helps to inhibit cyclo-oxygenase and lipoxygenase enzymes that cause menstrual cramps and heavy blood flow.

3. Manjishta
Manjishta is is a climbing plant found in the Himalayas and hill stations in India. It has been used to treat hepatic obstructions. Root paste removes freckles, and discoloration of the skin, blood circulation and purification, cancer and diarrhea. Manjishta has the same properties like ginger, it helps to reduce menstrual cramps as well as regulating blood flow during menstruation.

4. Shatavari
Shatavari is a climbing plant which grows in low jungle areas throughout India and is an ayurvedic medicine for women. It has been used in India to treat infertility, decreased libido, threatened miscarriage, menopause and nourishing the female reproductive system.

5. Gokshura
Gokshura is a perennial herb with many spreading slender branches. It contains high amounts of calcium. Traditionally, gokshura has been used in Chinese medicine to treat headaches, vertigo, dizziness and heavy blood flow in menstruation due to ascendant liver yang and wind heat.

6. Fo-ti root
Fo-Ti Root is native to China. It has been used in Chinese medicine to treat premature aging, weakness, regulating vaginal discharge, angina pectoris and promoting hair grow and increasing men's libido.

7. Cayenne
Cayenne is a dark-green annual or short-lived perennial plant. Cayenne contains capsaicin that has been shown to promote the release of substance P from sensory neurons, a neuropeptide involved in the sensation of pain, stops blood flow, and is popularly used by Chinese practitioners in treating heavy blood flow during menstruation.

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Cholesterolosis of the Gall Bladder – A Common Gall Bladder Disorder

Cholesterolosis is a common affection of the biliary system, characterized by the accumulation and deposition of cholesterol inside the gall bladder and in its mucosal membranes. Cholesterolosis usually occurs due to chemical imbalances at the level of the biliary system and the disorder is rarely associated with high serum cholesterol levels, diabetes mellitus or atherosclerosis. Cholesterolosis generally occurs on the premises of inappropriate activity of the gall bladder and changes in the composition of bile, facilitating the deposition of cholesterol inside the gall bladder and biliary ducts. In the absence of an appropriate treatment, cholesterolosis can lead to serious complications, including gall bladder cancer.

Although this type of gall bladder disorder can occur in both sexes, cholesterolosis commonly affects women. Also, cholesterolosis has the highest incidence in people with ages over 50. Most patients with cholesterolosis are asymptomatic, rarely experiencing symptoms such as diffuse abdominal pain or discomfort. While the disorder is treatable in its early stages, advanced forms of cholesterolosis require surgical intervention. Medical reports indicate that cholesterolosis is responsible for more than 50 percent of cholecystectomies (surgical procedure that involves removal of the diseased gall bladder).

Cholesterolosis can affect the gall bladder locally or generally. General forms of cholesterolosis appear as inflammation of the gall bladder mucosa, corroborated with yellow staining of the gall bladder tissues and membranes (due to deposition of fat). Localized forms of cholesterolosis are characterized by the formation of small polyps, soft prominences that emerge from the gall bladder interior walls. The size of these polyps varies from 1 to 10 mm.

Cholesterolosis can be only be revealed by modern scanning techniques such as ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound tests can quickly unveil the presence of polyps and lipidic masses associated with cholesterolosis. Polyps appear as immobile prominences attached to gall bladder mucosal walls. The presence of these prominences rarely involves hardening or thickening of the gall bladder interior membranes. Patients who present smaller polyps usually receive medication treatments for overcoming the disorder. However, the presence of larger polyps often involves cholecystectomy. Patients confronted with such gall bladder problems may also receive biopsies before surgery. Although gall bladder polyps are usually benign, cholesterolosis can also lead to malignant activity at the level of the biliary system.

Similar to cholesterolosis, adenomyomatosis is a disorder that can also lead to malignant cellular activity at the level of the gall bladder. Unlike most forms of cholesterolosis, adenomyomatosis is characterized by thickening of the gall bladder mucosal walls. In order to distinguish between the two disorders, doctors commonly inspect the integrity and the general aspect of the gall bladder walls before deciding upon the final diagnosis. Speed is vital in diagnosing and treating gall bladder disorders such as cholesterolosis and adenomyomatosis, as both these affections can lead to malignancies. Prompt medical intervention can easily make the difference between complete recovery and partial recovery that exposes patients to a high risk of malignant disease.

How Stress, Depression and Anxiety Can Cause Mental and Heart Disease

Symptoms and signs of heart diseases:

Chest pains or breathlessness are the early signs of heart diseases when the person feels tightness, burning pain, heaviness and pressure behind the breastbone. Mental health disorders can be treated under the supervision of skilled professionals like any other diseases depending totally upon the circumstances and symptoms exhibited by the person. Mental health disorders are very closely associated with coronary heart diseases. When the blood supply is cut off, the unfortunate result is the heart attack.

Heart disease facts:

Heart disease is related to two conditions, which are myocardial infarction (heart attack) and angina pectoris. Mental health disorders and heart diseases are two major causes for disability in a person. Exercise is the best potential way to improve mental health and they can slow down the risks of heart disease is.

It can cause adverse cardiovascular outcomes in the patients with the history heart disease. The symptoms of depression like fatigue, loss of interest in work and activities, loss of appetite, weight loss, and restlessness interfere with the normal functioning of the heart thus leading to heart disease.

Treatment:

Mental health disorder and heart disease can lead to extreme sickness and death. It has been established that risks of heart diseases is 2-6 times more common in patients having mental health disorders. Heart disease or cardiac disease is a general term used to cover all the malfunctions of the heart.

They are more likely to resort to smoking and drinking and thus leading to hypertension. Exercise relieves stress, strengthens muscles, gives confidence, and strengthens the cardiovascular system. However, symptoms of depression should not be confused with symptoms of cardiac failure or heart attack. There are several mechanisms which link stress and depression with cardiovascular diseases.

The pain is usually in the chest or left arm. High levels of insulin and cholesterol also increases the risks of heart diseases like heart attacks and cardiac failure. A healthy nutritional diet with regular fluid intake, fruits and vegetables, limiting sodium, avoiding foods with high saturated and trans fats like red meat, whole milk should be avoided.

Depression and anxiety also chronically elevate levels of stress hormones and thereby diverting the body metabolism meant for tissue construction needed to repair the heart diseases. Heart is one of the most important organs of our body. Only the health professionals can evaluate the heart diseases after conducting intensive tests.

Strategies for promoting a healthy heart: The diagnosis of heart disease in relation to other mental health disorders are the wakeup call alerting you to view your own habits that might be harmful or worsen the disease.

Mechanisms that link heart diseases to mental health disorders:

Psychosocial factors like stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders are the stronger risk factors associated with heart diseases when compared with other health defects. Smoking and drinking which are normally taken to combat stress should be avoided since they lead to increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

Mental health disorders lead to physiologic changes such as cardiac rhythm disturbances, hyper-cogulability and inflammation. These signs usually call for immediate medical intervention. If the oxygen rich blood does not reach the heart the person develops a pain called angina.

When the arteries carrying nutrients and oxygen to the heart become narrow and clogged, it results in coronary heart disease. Small portions of meal with low fat diets and protein rich should be taken.

One of the possible mechanisms is that patients with depression and stress are less likely to comply with medical advice. Prescribed medication under proper supervision, cognitive behavioral therapy which promotes adherence and behavior change, can increase the impact of pharmacological and behavioral approach to both the diseases.

It acts as a pump, which supplies oxygen rich blood to different parts of the body in order to maintain a healthy body. The support of your family and friends helps you in the transition to a healthy lifestyle. Hence, preventing mental and heart diseases plays a vital role in improving the chances of survival. Several measures can be adopted to reduce the symptoms of heart diseases.

Submucosal Fibroid – Facts About Submucosal Fibroids

Submucosal fibroids are those that grow just beneath the endometrium or uterine lining. They can grow so large that they move the uterine lining out of place and can even develop a stalk. When this type of fibroid develops in this way, it is called a pedunculated submucosal fibroid.

In rare cases they can protrude into the vaginal canal. There was a report by the National Taiwan University Hospital of a woman with a submucosal fibroid that had inverted her uterus, and blocked her bladder and colon to the extent that she needed laxatives in order to move her bowels, and a catheter to remove urine from her body.

Submucosal fibroids cause a range of menstrual problems, including heavy bleeding, and bleeding in between periods. This is because they can increase the surface area of ​​the uterine lining, meaning a larger area for blood to collect during the cycle.

Other types of bleeding disorder associated with submucosal fibroids include large blood clots and lengthy menstruation lasting seven days or longer. Sometimes the large clots can cause pain as they move through the cervix.

Since they are so close to the uterine lining, the uterus sees it as a foreign body that it needs to get rid of, so it will try to expel them by contracting. This causes severe cramps and pain, and some women have said it is as bad as labor pains.

They are a common cause of infertility, as their location can interfere with successful implantation, or cause miscarriages. A submucosal fibroid can also block a fallopian tube, and prevent sperm from reaching the egg. Doctors at the Wisconsin Fertility Institute found that women with submucosal fibroids had lower pregnancy rates than women with other types of fibroid.

A common treatment for submucosal fibroids is hysteroscopy, in which a thin tube and camera is inserted into the uterus via the cervix. It's becoming very popular in European countries such as Italy, where doctors are actually recommending immediate surgery for small fibroids instead of waiting to see if surgery is needed.

A study published by Tenon Hospital in France reported a woman who had developed a fever 18 weeks a Uterine Artery Embolization for a 5 cm submucosal fibroid. She also had pelvic pain and abnormal vaginal discharge. When they examined her, they found a fibroid comprised of dying tissue, which had developed a heavy growth of e.coli bacteria. They concluded that Uterine Artery Embolization was far too risky for submucosal fibroids.

I found many studies about the effectiveness of surgery on submucosal fibroids for improving the fertility. The RTI International-University of North Carolina reported that when women are treated for reasons other than symptom relief, such as when pregnancy is desired, weak evidence supports treating submucous fibroids via hysteroscopy.

It would seem that a hysteroscopy is only effective for relieving symptoms. But it's a risky procedure that can cause allergic reaction, infection, bleeding or the perforation of organs such as the uterus, bladder or colon. And, because a hysteroscopy does not address the root cause of the fibroid, it's likely to grow back anyway.

Using the Bicycle For Weight Loss

The bicycle is one of the best tools to use to burn calories and lose weight. A 145lb woman riding 1 hour at about 12 MPH will burn about 500 Calories, up the speed to 16 MPH and the calorie burn increases to about 835 Calories per hour.

You can increase calorie burn by doing sprints now and then during the ride.

Since it takes 3500 Calories to burn a pound of fat, then about 4 hours of cycling at 16 MPH will burn roughly enough calories to burn 1 pound of fat.

Cycling is very low impact, so it does not take the toll on the joints like running does.

Cycling can be done indoors on a stationery bike when the weather is bad, with little or no change in your calorie burn.

Personally I find indoor cycling on a stationery bike boring, but some find it quite fulfilling and there are now simulation machines that make it seem as if you are going on a course rather than just riding the bike. Some of these work with a trainer and increase resistance when going up hills and offer a variety of course to keep the boredom down.

You can use the bicycle to do some errands and at the same time burn some calories that you would never have had the chance to do otherwise. The use of a small bicycle trailer increases the number of calories burned as well as offer more opportunities for errands since you can carry much more and that allows you to expand the errand you can do.

What I mean by that is that with my trailer I can carry up to 100 lbs. of groceries or tools or whatever. I have carried week’s groceries back from the supermarket. Pulling a 100lb load up even a small hill will put a lot of extra resistance on the pedals and improve your leg strength.

Most people think of the bicycle as a totally cardio workout, but that is not always true. Taking you bike up hills, especially with the extra load of a trailer will definitely increase leg strength and it will also be a great way to strengthen your core.

If you ride BMX or Mountain Bike then you will also build some upper body strength and your will burn a lot more calories than if you just ride casually.

Depending on the type of cycling you plan to do there may be some preparation needed and will depend on what type of bike you want to buy.

You should check with the local shop, they are usually very helpful. Yes they want to sell you a bike, but most shops realize that they want to make you happy even more and if they sell you something that does not fit, you won’t come back. Since they need your repeat business in order to stay in business they will almost always do their best to make the bike you buy be the bike you will ride.

Here are some general rules, but not always a perfect fit since every individual is different.

Buy a road bike if you are wanting to lose weight, get fit, would like to ride with groups and enjoy the speed and agility of road biking in general. If you do that also check with the shop about how to get into the local bike club or group and have fun getting fir. I am a member of the Pecan City Pedalers in Albany Georgia and also have contacts in clubs all over the US. I very much enjoy road biking.

Buy a comfort bike or hybrid if you are just interested in fitness and don’t mind riding alone, don’t really care about speed but just want to burn calories and get fir. These will usually have narrower tires so they will go a little faster. They are a sort of cross between a Mountain Bike and a Road Bike.

Buy a Mountain Bike if you live in an area where there are a lot of back roads that are not paved, road bikes and hybrids don’t do the loose gravel and grass thing as well as mountain bikes do.

Cruisers are OK, though not my own choice. That was the main type of bike that existed when I was a kid. These are sort of single speed bikes like we had back in the 50’s and 60’s Would be OK for tooling around town, but they can be really rough on hills.

BMX Cruisers or 20″ for racing. Racing BMX can be done at any age and after the first few times around the track you will either love it or hate it. Most children love it, adults not so much. Personally I enjoy it and love riding and even racing with my grandchildren. It gives a great workout and after 3 Motos (1 race) I feel like I have gotten a good workout.

If you try BMX, rent a bike or borrow one, most tracks have them at the track and will rent or loan one for a practice race. Once you have tried it you will have to decide for yourself if it is for you. BMX Racing is not for everyone, but everyone is welcome to try it. I think it is a lot of fun, but maybe when I get old (I am only 57) I will think differently.

What Is Thrush?

For the many people who have never heard the term before, thrush is a variation of a yeast infection. As you probably already know yeast infection can occur on different part of the body. It can be a diaper rash in the case of babies or it can be a vaginal yeast infection in the case of women, in the case of Thrush it is located in the mouth.

What are The Causes?

Now that you know what thrush is, let’s explain what the causes are. Knowing the causes can help you prevent the infection. The fact is that there is always a small quantity of Candida fungus present on your body, whether it is on your skin or in your mouth there are other bacteria and micro-organism that are preventing the Candida fungus to spread. A healthy individual as usually no problem keeping this delicate balance, however it can be disturbed by things such as stress, illness and even medication. If the balance is broken, the fungus can eventually grow out of control and cause the yeast infection.

What Are The Symptoms

So now you know what is thrush and what are the causes, let’s take a closer look at the symptoms. Thrush can occur in various forms, it can either develop instantly or in the worse case it can become a chronic condition. The most common symptom is the formation of slightly raised lesion in the mouth, on the tongue or the inner cheeks. In other cases, the lesion can also spread to the roof of your mouth, the gums and even the back of the throat.

At first the lesion will have a cottage cheese textures and can be very painful. It is very important to treat theses infection as it can spread and cause you more pain over time. In the most serious cases, the thrush can spread to the esophagus and cause extreme pain when swallowing. A fever can develop if the infection continues to spread. Leaving this condition untreated can eventually spread to the lungs, liver and skin.

How to Know if You Have One

The most important part about knowing what is thrush is to know how to diagnose one. Usually thrush can be diagnosed by dentist by slightly brushing the affected area. If the lesion appears as a reddened area that bleeds there is a good chance that you have thrush. On top of that the dentist can perform a microscopic examination to have a better diagnostic. If the condition is more serious and the thrush as spread to the esophagus more test will be needed to make a proper diagnosis.

Sustaining Innovation in Your Organization – Tracking Your Success: Part 6 of 6

You have determined that your company is ready to start a growth portfolio, you have included a group of products that you feel will allow your company to be innovative and have the best chance at growing profits, and you have been careful to avoid pitfalls such as rolling out too many products or hanging on to past successes and not pressing forward. So what’s next? How do you measure the success of your innovation portfolio?

Tracking Your Success

There are two ways of tracking your success: quantitatively and qualitatively. Quantitative measures include numbers of new customers obtained, growth as a percentage of sales from the new products or the overall ROI from an individual product. The qualitative method of measurement goes deeper than just the numbers. These measurements track how well the product was received by the target market, or by the market as a whole, how it affected the perceptions of your company, or how much effort went into effectively managing the portfolio.

In order to achieve both qualitative and quantitative results, extensive market research must be conducted after the product is launched and established in the market. Depending on when, how, and where your product was launched, you are going to receive different data from different regions. You must determine if certain technologies are more widely accepted in different regions of the country, during different times of the year, etc. Being able to properly analyze this data will allow your company to improve its growth and success during its next product launch. Successfully analyzing your previous product rollouts, whether huge successes or colossal failures, is an important step towards keeping innovation moving forward in your company.

A big part of innovation is staying on top of market trends, understanding customer needs and wants, and consistently looking to the future to grow the company, not relying on past successes to keep the company afloat. The best way to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to market innovation is understanding how to effectively gauge the success of past campaigns and applying methods that work to your future growth portfolio projects.

If you missed our last article about Delivering on Target or any of our past articles on effectively sustaining innovation in your company, you can find all of them here.