Dietary Intervention Step One for Children With a Suspected Neurodevelopmental Disorder

Since we have already discussed general nutrition tips that apply to all children (see 'Good Nutrition is the Cornerstone of Treatment'). Lets move to specific nutritional interventions that may be helpful for children with a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Feingold Diet:

One that may be useful is the Feingold diet. This was originally developed for children with ADHD but really applies to any disorder in which hyperactive behavior is a symptom. This can be tried without any lab testing and should be used as an elimination diet. One part of the diet involves removing all artificial sweeteners, flavorings, colorings, high fructose corn syrup, msg, and some specific preservatives from the diet. If you recall we talked about avoiding this in the general nutrition section as applicable to all children. The second part of the diet includes a list of about thirty foods, which include different fruits, vegetables and condiments, which should be eliminated. The foods listed are actually healthy so it is not the original product that is the problem. The trouble arises as these foods and the artificial products are being processed in the body in preparation for excretion. If these steps are deficient in any manner the middle products of the process can build up in the system. They are then available to travel to the brain and cross the blood / brain barrier. These middle products fit nicely into receptors in the brain that are stimulatory and can cause hyperactive behavior. This process is not deficient in every child but since the intervention requires no testing and no out of pocket expense it should be tried in every child for at least four weeks. If after four weeks of vigilant avoidance you notice no difference in behavior then your child does not have that problem and you can return to normal consumption of those food products, minus all the artificial products.

Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet:

We are going to continue discussing nutritional interventions and look at one of the more commonly used diets for children on the spectrum. If you have a child with autism you have most likely have heard or read something about the Gluten Free / Casein Free diet. The descriptions have probably been anywhere from "amazing difference" to "did not notice a difference at all". This diet requires removing gluten, the protein in wheat and other grains, and casein, a protein in milk from the diet COMPLETELY for at least six months. This diet, just like any other intervention in medicine, will work for some and not others and it important not to proceed with unrealistic expectations.

There is confusion, even among parents with autistic children, as to why this diet may be helpful. There are two main reasons for restricting these food sources. The first is based on an inflamed and dysbiotic gastrointestinal tract. This dysbiosis will often include a yeast overgrowth. When there is dysbiosis and inflammation the connections between the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract start to allow food particles to enter before they have been completely broken down. This is known as leaky gut. These food particles, in the case of proteins, are called peptides and they are brought into the blood stream in a larger segment than is usual. These peptide fragments then travel through the body and eventually make their way to the brain. Once there they happen to fit very nicely into the same receptors that opioids, like oxycontin, use when they are affecting the brain. This is not the only example of this as we mentioned during our last discussion. Phenols from foods wreck havoc the same way by fitting nicely onto the same receptors for adrenaline. As you would imagine providing substances that target opioid and adrenaline receptors is not desirable and will produce some unwanted behaviors. This will include hyperactivity, emotional instability, and cravings for the foods that cause those effects. Just like an addict who needs a fix a child with this problem will seek out the offending foods for the pleasurable feeling they get from eating it. For many children on the spectrum this mechanism is the reason why avoiding these foods should be attempted while at the same time taking care of the inflammation and dysbiosis. It is important to remember that the gluten and casein peptide fragments look similar and they can fit interchangeably into the receptor so it is necessary to remove both of these foods to truly see if it helps.

The second reason these foods can cause problems is that the immune system is actually mounting a response to the protein portion of the food. This is evidenced by elevated antibodies to gluten, gliadin and casein that are seen on blood tests. This means the immune system is inappropriately using its resources against an ingested food. These allergies are IGG not IGE so they do not cause immediate life-threatening symptoms but with constant exposure and inappropriate upregulation of the immune system secondary effects are felt. The body may start to mistakenly attack other parts of the body, which is called an autoimmune disorder, or it may lose its potentcy in taking care of true threats to the body. Upregulation of the immune system may also have a negative impact on gut inflammation and contribute to the leaky gut. Not all children have an immune system that is fighting food so it is important to check as that will affect long term treatment.

In beginning treatment almost all children are going to need to avoid gluten and casein due to inflammation and leaky gut. If children have no evidence of elevated antibodies to these proteins then it may not need to be a long term intervention. If the dysbiosis is corrected and the inflammation resolved then they will be able to eat those foods without any problems. The child who shows evidence of an immune response to one or both of the food proteins really should avoid them life long even if the gut issues are resolved. If the exposure remains the inflammation will persist, the immune system will not function at its best, and there is the risk of a secondary autoimmune disorder.

Traditionally we have looked at two different reasons for avoiding gluten and casein in the diet. The first is because of the gut dysbiosis and inflammation that affects so many children on the spectrum. This inflammation allows these protein pieces to be absorbed in sizes that are larger than normal. These pieces, also known as peptides, then circulate and hit receptors in the brain that are also used for opioids. The treatment for this is to resolve the dysbiosis and inflammation which will prevent the leakage of these peptides into the gut.

The second reason is due to an immunological response to these peptides as the body inappropriately recognizes them as foreign and produces antibodies to them. These antibodies are of the IGG variety and can remain elevated even after consumption of these foods has ceased. An individual with elevated antibodies to gluten and casein should maintain a diet free of these substances. The twist on this scenario is that individuals may still be having an immune response to these proteins even if the antibody levels are low. This can happen if the attack is being led by the portion of the immune system that attacks directly and without the help of antibodies.

This means that all chidren on the spectrum, which includes children with ADD and ADHD, should do a trial of eating gluten free and casein free even if antibody levels are not elevated. This diet should be followed strictly for at least 6 months before deciding if it is producing results. Recognizing that this is difficult to do it is helpful to use digestive enzymes. These will help if there are any dietary infractions and will break down the proteins into smaller pieces so they do not fit nicely into the opioid receptors. When using enzymes you should pick one that helps digest proteins, carbohydrates as well as phenols. This is because many children have trouble with carbohydrate digestion as well as being sensitive to foods with phenols in them. Restricting foods with phenols is the premise behind the Feingold diet.

The take home message is that almost all children should do a trial of eating gluten free / casein free and using digestive enzymes for six months. Everyone should also do a trial of the Feingold diet.

Menstruation Disorders – Dysmenorrhea – Symptoms of Blood Deficiency in TCM Perspective

In traditional Chinese medicine, dysmenorrhea is defined as a pain in the lower abdomen, appearing with menstrual cycle that can spread over to the whole abdomen and lumbosacral region, depending on diagnosis. If not treated, it may contribute to infertility for some women.

Symptoms of blood deficiency of dysmenorrhrea can be defined as a vague pain in the lower abdomen during or 1-2 days after menstruation.

BB 1. Scanty menstruation with reddish and thin blood
As we mention in previous article, liver is important for blood formation and spleen for blood circulation, for what ever reason, women with dysmenorrhrea are found to have sluggish liver function during menstruation, leading to the inability of liver in making enough blood for our body , leaving no blood for menstruation.

BB2. Weakness and lack of strength
Weakness or lack of strength, during menstrual cycle may be due kidney yang deficiency or spleen inability to transport oxygen and nutrients to the body cells as resulting of blockage of qi in some meridians.

BB3. Pale tongue with white and thin fur
If there are not enough blood circulated in the body, the first thing is reflected in the tongue according TCM. Pale tongue is due to over consumption of raw food, cool or cold foods and drink, leading to kidney yang deficiency and affecting liver function in blood formation, resulting in pale tongue.

BB4. Weak pulse
Weak pulse may be caused by insufficient blood or slow blood movement in the circulatory system due to blockage of qi or blood stasis in certain organs, leading to not enough blood to the reproductive organs to sustain a healthy menstruation.

Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

If you suspect that you may have sleep deprivation, seek help immediately. Sleep deprivation should not be left untreated. If untreated you could be putting yourself and your family at risk.

Sleep deprivation is something that can be improved. However in order to seek help for improvement you must be able to recognize the symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are:

. Tiredness

. Irritability and nervousness

. Inability to tolerate stress

. Problems with concentration and memory

. Behavioral learning or social problems

. Frequent infections

. Blurred vision

. Rage of discomfort

. Change in appetite

. Lack of tolerance

When you suffer from exhaustion or fatigue your emotional state of mind is affected. This means you could be experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, stress and mood swings all for no apparent reason.

The brain’s frontal cortex relies on sleep to function correctly. Without enough sleep the frontal cortex’s ability to control speech, access memory and solve problems is affected. When it’s needed to solve a problem for you it is unable to do so. Sleep deprivation should be taken seriously as it can become a life threatening situation.

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Pedunculated Fibroid? – How to Get Rid of Pedunculated Fibroids

A pedunculated fibroid is a fibroid that is attached to the uterus by a stalk, called a peduncle. Pedunculated fibroids growing outside the uterus are called subserous pedunculated fibroids, and those that grow inside the uterus are called pedunculated submucosal fibroids.

They can grow very big, and one of the largest ones I found was reported in the East African Medical Journal last year. A 37 year old woman had an abdominal swelling that kept growing larger. Her surgeons found a pedunculated fibroid almost 16 centimetres long, that weighed almost one and a half kilograms.

The woman with the fibroid experienced no symptoms, except for the swelling, but other women are not so fortunate with their pedunculated fibroids.

A pedunculated submucosal fibroid can protrude into the vaginal canal, causing pain during intercourse. The American University of Beirut Medical Center reported two women with prolapsed pedunculated sucmucosal fibroids, and in one patient 12 centimetres of that fibroid had prolapsed into the vaginal canal and the rest of it was still in the uterus.

They can cause severe and sharp pains when the stalk is twisted, and although this does not happen to all women, the risk of this happening increases as the fibroid attached to the stalk grows.

Other types of pain associated with these fibroids include uterine cramps, and a feeling of pressure on the uterus and other organs.

Another symptom of pedunculated submucosal fibroids is bleeding in between periods. This bleeding can be light spotting, or a constant bleeding similar to having a light period all the time. Women with continual bleeding find that the bleeding becomes heavier when their time of the month arrives.

Pedunculated fibroids can require immediate surgery if they become twisted. This is because the pain can be so unbearable that the woman experiencing the pain will agree to anything in order to stop it.

Another consequence of the twisted peduncle is a blockage, or kink in the veins that supply the fibroid with blood and nutrients. When the supply is blocked, the fibroid will start to die, which in itself is extremely painful, and can increase the risk of infection.

Uterine Artery Embolization is recommended when the stalk is 2 centimetres or wider. The purpose of this procedure is to block the supply of blood to the fibroids, so that they stop growing and start to shrink and die. But the University of Toronto reported that pedunculated subserousal fibroids were more likely to fail with Uterine Artery Embolization than any other type of fibroid. In Bretonneau hospital in France, doctors are recommending that women who have Uterine Artery Embolization should repeat the procedure after 2 years, as they found that 10% of women experience a regrowth of the fibroids after 2 years. They also found that Uterine Artery Embolization did not stop fibroids from growing back.

Myomectomy is another common procedure for pedunculated fibroids. This is when the surgeon cuts away the fibroid, but repairs the uterus. This surgery isn’t 100% successful, and the University of South Dakota reported a case where a blood vessel in a large pedunculted fibroid had ruptured after the patient had just given birth. They attempted a myomectomy but it was not successful, so they had to perform an emergency hysterectomy.

It is quite common for women to have to sign papers before their surgeries agreeing to a hysterectomy if anything went wrong, so on some occasions women wake up without a uterus.

Naturally Shrink Fibroid Tumors – How to Reduce Fibroids

Many women believe that it is not possible to naturally shrink fibroid tumors and this is a perfectly understandable viewpoint as many medical professionals do not indicate that it is possible.

If you have suffered from fibroids for any length of time, you have probably been led to believe that very little can be done other than having surgery. Indeed common advice from doctors is to simply leave fibroids alone and try to ignore them as when the menopause approaches, the fibroids will naturally reduce in size. This advice is perfectly fine if your fibroids are causing you no problems and as the vast majority of fibroids are completely benign, this advice can be sensible in certain circumstances.

However, for most women with larger fibroids this is not acceptable advice. Fibroids can cause very unpleasant symptoms such as bleeding between periods, heavy bleeding during periods leading to anemia, urinary and bowel problems, bloating, breathlessness and sexual difficulties.

There are a few alternative practitioners who will give advice on how to naturally shrink fibroid tumors. However, it can be very difficult to locate one who specializes in fibroids and if you manage to do so, the charges can be very expensive and waiting lists can be very long as the demand is great.

Many women are surprised to learn that surgical treatment (with the exception of a hysterectomy) can not be considered a permanent cure. This means that you can go through around 3-6 months of dangerous hormone treatment to shrink the fibroids making surgery less risky, then a painful operation, requiring lengthy recovery times, only too find that within a few months, the fibroids will start to regrow . This is because surgery does nothing to treat the causes of fibroids – even though you get rid of the fibroids, whatever caused them in the first place is still there so it is logical that they will return.

Doctors are not in complete agreement as to the causes of fibroids. However, they do agree that there are factors which predispose women towards them. It is known that high estrogen levels can contribute to fibroid formation and that if you are in your thirties, you are more likely to have fibroids. In addition, Afro-Caribbean women are more likely to suffer. Hereditary factors also play a part, with the daughters of women who had fibroids having an increased risk themselves.

To be successful, advice to naturally shrink fibroid tumors must look at all possible causes and systematically eliminate and treat them by using methods which have been proven to work. For example, if excess estrogen is clearly a problem, you will need to concentrate on ways of reducing levels within the body. This can be done partly by maintaining a healthy weight and by eliminating all possible pollutants from the liver which can mimic estrogen.

What is important to understand is that there is no one easy way to shrink fibroids naturally and anybody who tells you otherwise is being economical with the truth! However, there is light at the end of the tunnel and with perseverance and the correct strategies it is absolutely possible. Increasingly, women are finding that natural methods of reducing fibroids is indeed a viable option and that there is no need to suffer endlessly from those terrible symptoms or to undergo unnecessary and often pointless surgery. The very fact that fibroids are rarely dangerous means that you have the option of using natural treatments without jeopardizing your health.

Artists and Depression

Health concerns are a major issue for all of us, whether it’s fitness, weight control or specific health issues. I am an artist. Since my mid teens I have also suffered from Depression. I however didn’t come to terms with this until my mid 30’s. Initially on consultation with my GP I began a six-month course of antidepressant medication.

What I found with this kind of medication was that as an artist it was not the direction I needed. Yes, it blocked my emotional responses to certain situations, but this was more a dilemma then help. To me as an artist if you can’t feel you can’t express yourself.

So at the end of the day I decided to stop the medication and live with my condition accepting that I would have my up and down days. This can be difficult when dealing with family or your partner. At times is can be difficult to gain understanding about these issues with people you love. Yes you are fatigued much of the time and others unable to get outside and experience life. Many aspects of life become difficult.

When I met my current partner I was introduced to the products of Herbalife. As a trained Kinesiologist she also was able to fast track some core issues that had impacted on my condition.

I’ve been that sort of person who likes to almost stick my head in the sand when it comes to some health issues. Also hold a certain scepticism, which means that I need to consider all aspects of anything before I commit.

First of all I became aware that even in my mid 30’s I was peri menopausal. In fact probably for many years. Something that can also has an impact on emotional levels as well as physical.

I have now started a course of herbal treatments, which unlike traditional medicines deal with a holistic approach. I strongly believe gentler on mind and body, but truly effective on assisting me with my conditions.

I now take Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix, which balances my nutrition on a daily basis, Formula 2 that is a vitamin B complex, Formula 3 Vitamin C and Tang Kuei the key ingredient, which stabilise hormonal changes.

The key ingredient of Tang Kuei, which has been taken by men and women for centuries in China, is Angelica polymorph and Chamomile. These ingredients are used after strenuous physical exertion, relief of muscle tension and for relaxation.

This has been a fantastic break through for me with depression and pre menopausal conditions. Tang Kuei is extremely important for a range of health problems not just depression. From Chronic fatigue syndrome, menopause, arthritis, Asthma, Skin conditions, Weight Loss and more there are many products to help you. These products are much less invasive then many prescribed treatments and will balance your system physically and mentally.

As like some of you I don’t necessarily like to talk about my conditions, but these nutrition products make a huge difference to my quality of life.

Please email me with comments or questions on DM or email me on the form below to see whether we can help you out or, other loved ones with any of their health concerns.

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How to Tell If a Mole Is Cancerous?

Firstly, don’t panic!

Even if the mole does turn out to be cancerous – provided action is taken early the outcomes are generally good.

The first thing to do before even looking at any individual mole is to work out in your mind how likely it is to be a ‘bad’ mole or melanoma skin cancer.

We do this by stacking up all of the things that might possibly make us more worried about melanoma skin cancer. There’s no hard and fast rule to this but the more worrying things there are in the story or ‘history’ that are present; the lower threshold for taking it out to check it under the microscope.

Cutting out moles to check them under a microscope is fairly straightforward but has it’s own risks and will leave a scar. An expert dermatologists opinion together with a good history and examination will help to prevent unnecessary procedures.

So, what are the things in the history are more concerning?

1. Having had melanoma skin cancer in the past

2. Melanoma skin cancer in a 1st degree relative

3. Large numbers of unusual looking moles

4. Previous moles that have been ‘active’ (dysplastic moles)

5. Periods of intense, intermittent sun-exposure (e.g. lots of foreign, sunny holidays)

6. Fair skin, blonde/redhead, burns easily

7. Blistering sunburn as a child

8. Living or working abroad in sunny climates

9. Spending lots of time outdoors (farming/gardening/military etc.)

10. Mole is new

11. Mole is changing/becoming darker/growing in size

12. Mole is itching/crusting/bleeding or ulcerating

Any of these features may cause your dermatologist to consider removing the mole to check it and make sure it is ok. If more than one of the above is present, or if it looks abnormal to them then the threshold for doing this would also be reduced. A decision will often be made in the doctor’s mind by this stage.

Next, they will want to look at the skin in generally and the mole itself and may also want to check to feel your lymph glands. There are various stages to this and often it is a more general, holistic process depending on ability.

The first step is to assess the skin overall and various questions (in no particular order) are considered by the doctor such as:

– Are there lots of moles overall?

– Does this mole look different to the others? (‘ugly duckling’ sign)

– Where is the mole? Is it on an area that gets lots of sun?

– Is the patient fair-skinned/blond or red-haired?

– Do they look like they might burn easily?

– Does the skin in general look like it has caught a lot of sun? Are there signs of photoaging?

– Are there any other areas that I’m worried about?

– Does the patient have any scars from moles that have been cut out before that they may have forgotten about?

– Do they look well/unwell?

– Are they tanned?

– What does the mole itself look like?

o Does the mole look symmetrical (good)? If you folded it in half would each half match the other?

o What do the edges look like? Are they regular (good) or irregular (more worrying) with lots of twists/turns

o Is the colour the same throughout the mole (good) or does it have darker areas or 2-3 colours within it (more worrying)

o How big is it? (moles >5-6mm are more concerning)

o Are there any hairs growing in it (generally good)?

– Are there any lumps or bumps in the lymph nodes that might show something has spread or raise the suspicion further.

In addition, moles that have been present many months unchanged are often more likely to be normal.

The next step is then to look at the mole under a dermatoscope (basically a magnifying glass and a light joined together). This is something that should be performed by an expert only as it can actually make things harder to interpret and cut accuracy in untrained hands.

The dermatoscope is very useful for confirming some features of both harmless and harmful pigmented lesions. It is particularly good at helping to show seborrhoeic keratoses (or seborrhoeic ‘warts’) which are completely harmless coloured ‘moles’ that nearly everybody gets with time. These can sometimes seem alarming to the untrained eye but clearly show a ‘greasy’, stuck on appearance with some characteristic features such as a ‘warty’ surface, pseudofollicular openings and milia-like cysts.

Harmful or worrying features under the dermatoscope include:

1. Assymetrical appearance or irregular border

2. Dark blobs/spots (particularly near the border)

3. Pseudopods (foot-like projections at the border)

4. Irregular pigment network

5. Blue-white ‘veil’ – a characteristic blue/white structure that appears when examined closely with a dermatoscope

6. Areas of ‘regression’ – where part of the mole appears to have disappeared or ‘resolved’.

7. Signs of ulceration, crusting or bleeding

8. Abnormal colour patterns.

Using a combination of all the above a decision is then made about whether to remove the mole or ‘watch and wait’. It is often helpful to have a baseline photograph of the problem regardless of whether a decision to remove it is taken or not.

Nothing in medicine is perfect and if there are any concerns at all then a decision may be made to remove the mole or to take a small sample (‘biopsy’) to confirm the first suspicions.

If you have any concerns about a mole at all (particularly with any of the above features) then it is best to have an expert health professional check it as soon as possible.

The Causes of Thrush on Babies

Infants are cute especially during the first few months. The baby will giggle when happy and cry when hungry. During this time, the mother has to watch carefully to make sure that everything is going well.

Though this does not happen often, the mother might notice a whitish substance on the cheek of the infant. The first instinct is that this is some remnants of milk after feeding and this can easily be wiped off.

When this does not go away and there and more have are found on the tongue and on the lips, then the baby may have a problem. This may be a thrush which is more of an allergy than a disease.

A thrush happens when there is a large amount of yeast that develops in the mouth of the baby. Humans have this in the genital area, the mouth and in the intestines which doctors call as Candida. This usually grows in warm environments are only noticeable when these white patches become visible.

What causes this to happen? Doctors have not yet been able to figure that out. Research has only proven that this is not passed from one baby to another and that some antibiotics that are used to treat the infant for bacteria may cause this overgrowth to happen.

Will this harm the baby in any way? The answer is no. The worse that can happen is that it will irritate the infant during feeding and if left untreated, could hurt more.

How can this be treated? Thrush can be stopped using some medication such as Nystatin that should be applied on the mouth of the infant four times a day.

Can this recur? The answer is yes. This is because the yeast may be passed on the nipple of the mother and on toys and pacifiers that the baby uses. This can be avoided also by applying medicine on the nipple of the mother and sterilizing the things that are placed into the infant's mouth.

If this does not work, this is the only time that stronger medication prescribed by the doctor can be used on the baby. This does not happen often and should only be used for a short period of time.

Anything that the mother uses with the baby should also be washed or sterilized. This should be done using sunlight or anything that uses heat in the cleaning process. People who think freezing this will kill the germs are wrong because this will only return. Though some of these steps may take some time to do, it is worth it since this will prevent the yeast from coming back.

Can the mother also experience this problem? Yes. The symptoms are soreness, itching or a blistery sensation on the breast. This can also happen after undergoing antibiotic treatment. This can be remedied by applying a lotion on the nipple and having yogurt as part of one's diet.

The can also be prevented by washing the bras using hot water, exposing the breasts to direct sunlight a few minutes a day and changing the nursing pads after each feeding session.

Thrush can happen more than once to the baby and to the mother. Proper hygiene and checkups with the doctor can prevent this allergy from ever happening to both individuals.


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Emetophobia Pregnancy – Symptoms While Pregnant

Emetophobia Pregnancy

When born, two emotions are inside us: love and fear. They’re natural emotions not associated with what we discover or experience later on in life. As we age the two emotions act in different ways. With love, we all gradually learn how to hide that pure feeling behind walls and masks. We create barrier, after barrier, after barrier, covering our pure love from the world.

With fear it’s the opposite. As born we fear only two things, loud noises and falling. We are taught fear. For example when a baby is crawling and watches his mother scream and flatten a spider using a huge object, the newborn absorbs the mother’s reaction and associates the spider being a treat. We accept the fears of others after which we interperate them by means of our very own experiences.

emetophobia panic

The conflict between fear and love is one that we really feel every single day, but for an emetopobic pregnant or possibly a woman looking to be pregnant this turmoil is really devastating. Emetophobia and having a baby causes large problems on their behalf. There is no more pure love than a mom has for her child, it fills her body. Absolutely nothing can compare to the feeling of keeping her baby in their arms and looking into its eyes the first time, it is actually beyond words. Almost everything within her is focused on the connection of affection she feels for her baby. To be denied this really is heart breaking.

Her fear of being sick along with other symptoms of emetophobia feels as though a brick wall that increases as far as a persons vision can see, she feels it can’t be climbed over or broken through, however she wants the pure love attachment she’s got with her child on the other side of the wall desperately. She might want to get pregnant but her worry is not going to permit the pregnancy to happen, or she may already be pregnant but the panic and worry is overwhelming her. Living in constant state of tension, she would like to be the top mother possible be, but her concern drags her into a pit of negativity.

The restraints of emetophobic worry might be broken and the love she’s for her child in reach. The wall of her panic was created by her own mind, in the same way she placed each brick, she can remove each brick. Her love is stronger than her anxiety. She will use the pure love she feels for her baby to motivate her mind to get rid of the brick wall of concern that her emetophobia leads to. Her mind came up with anxiety and her mind is more than able to destroying it. By visualizing this love before and throughout her pregnancy, when she holds her baby in her arms, her anxiety won’t even register. The love she has for her baby is indeed overwhelming that her emetophobic worry will never even cross her mind. Beat emetophobia pregnancy

The Truth About Hepatitis

While Hepatitis A is largely only a risk in underdeveloped countries, there are a combined 5.25 million people in America living with Hepatitis B and C. The consequences of not undergoing Hepatitis treatment can be chronic Hepatitis, which can lead to serious liver damage and death. With that in mind, it's important to understand the truth about Hepatitis …

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis A, B and C are viral diseases that generally attack the liver. Although there are vaccines against A and B (and nearly half of America has developed an immunity against A), there is no cure for the disease, though there are treatments to help you deal with the Hepatitis symptoms.

How is Hepatitis Transmitted?

Hepatitis A is from people either ingesting fecal matter (usually through unwashed hands in unsanitary conditions) or through common contact – sexual contact, contaminated water, sharing needles or consuming undercooked shellfish. This is largely localized to third world countries with poor sanitation, but is still prevalent in some areas of the US. The strain does not cause liver disease, and Hepatitis A symptoms are both mild and short lived – most people believe that once the disease has been caught, the person will have immunity for life, and the disease is very rarely fatal – however, the vaccine is recommended for trips to third world countries.

Hepatitis B is contracted via direct contact with bodily fluids. It's usually caught via sexual contact, shared needles or through child birth. Although a quarter of those contracting chronic Hepatitis B will die from the disease, there is a vaccine to prevent initial infection, and there are medications available for long term sufferers.

Hepatitis C occurs via contact with infected human blood. This means that it is typically caught through sharing needles, borrowing razors, infected blood / organ transplants or penetrative sex. As with Hepatitis B, a new born baby can be infected during delivery.

What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis?

Like many STDs, symptoms of Hepatitis' three strains may be mild or invisible. If you do feel symptoms, they may be:

  • Itching
  • Dark urine
  • Muscle aches
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Nausea
  • Severe fatigue
  • Flu style symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Abdominal Pain

If you do feel a combination of these symptoms, you should book Hepatitis testing as soon as possible.

What does Hepatitis Testing Involve?

Although the Hepatitis testing procedure for each strain is different technically, the purpose and method is the same: a sample of blood is taken from the arm, and then tested to see if the relevant antibody is present. If it is, then the body has been trying to fight the virus, proving an exposure to the virus.

What is the Treatment for Hepatitis?

The bad news is that there is no cure for any of the forms of Hepatitis. The good news is that all strains of Hepatitis have treatments (or do not need them) to make living with the virus bearable:

Hepatitis A is unnoticeable in many people, and infection guarantees immunity in future. Although there are a small number of cases where the disease has led to death, the majority of people will find that the virus causes immunity and they will never suffer any ill effects again.

Hepatitis B has a variety of medicines available to make the disease more manageable for those with a prolonged infection. The drugs significantly lower the chances of liver damage by slowing down the virus or preventing it from reproducing. That said, it is important to keep in regular contact with a doctor to keep an eye on liver damage.

Unlike the other strains, Hepatitis C has no vaccine because the virus' molecular configurations are constantly shifting. Fortunately, like the others there are Hepatitis treatments available to slow the disease and improve the quality of life – usually a combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin. Despite this, sadly some 70% of chronic Hepatitis C sufferers develop serious liver disease.

Liver Sarcoidosis – All You Need to Know and Some Exciting News

Liver sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease. This means that there is no actual disease and it is just our body that is "convinced" that there is.

In this article we will look into sarcoidosis with liver involvement, the basic facts as well as the exciting news in the treatment of the disease.

Liver sarcoidosis frequency

Around 65% of all sarcoid patients, experience some kind of live involvement. The first indicator that your doctor will be looking for if he suspects that your liver is involved is raised levels of alkaline phosphates.

Liver sarcoidosis and granulomas development

It really depends on the stage and the activity of the disease, but granulomas tend to develop in 63 to 87% of all the patients with liver sarcoidosis. Granulomas are often asymptomatic, despite possible abnormal laboratory tests of liver function. Patients occasionally present with high fever, anorexia, malaise, and weight loss.

Liver sarcoidosis – what do doctors look for

Evidence of liver involvement requires a positive biopsy of the organ, other evidence of systemic sarcoidosis and no other known causes of granulomatous liver disease, especially tuberculosis, and one or more of the following liver function abnormalities:

  • Serum alkaline phosphatase more than three times the upper limits of normal
  • Serum total bilirubin greater than three times the upper limits of normal
  • Serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) greater than three times the upper limits of normal; and
  • Serum albumin less than 3.0mg / ml.4

Liver sarcoidosis – the great mime

It is hard to determine the presence of sarcoidosis in the liver as it mimics the way other disease affect the liver such as: Berylliosis, Tuberculosis, Leprosy or Parasites.

The good news for those with liver sarcoidosis is the fact that sarcoidosis causes cirrhosis in only 1% of the affected people.

It is common in those affected that the liver gets enlarged. As we mentioned, sarcoidosis rarely causes serious liver problems, however, and most people do not even realize it when their livers are affected. Pain just bellow the ribs on the right side can be an indicator of liver involvement.

Liver sarcoidosis has been subject of controversy for decades. It is evident that the modern medicine has made very little progress with the disease over time. This is mainly due to the fact that the underlying causes remain a mystery. On the other hand, some very exciting news emerged in the sphere of alternative sarcoidosis treatment. Protocol New, named the Aden protocol , has been reported to have amazing results in treating patients in all stages of sarcoidosis.

Anxiety and Panic Disorder- Treating Anxiety Disorder With Biofeedback Therapy

Anxiety disorder has become quite common these days because of today’s hectic life. Everyone is running to achieve success; so it is obvious for anyone to get anxious at times due to some unforeseen situations. But when does an actual problem begins? Well, it begins with the excessive increase in the anxiety level or in other words when it gets out of proportion and the person gets overwhelmed. This condition is usually termed as ‘Generalized Anxiety Disorder’.

But it certainly does not mean that diagnosis is the only most important thing if you have generalized anxiety disorder or any other anxiety disorder. On the other hand, the important thing is to know what you can do about this problem. It is quite probable that it is just an anxious phase in your life that will soon pass away. Nevertheless, there is nothing to get despaired if you have any kind of anxiety disorder as there are means that you can use to control your anxious thoughts as well as feelings. Additionally, the best about these means is that you will not need to have prescribed anxiety medications.

One such answer to your anxiety disorder is “Biofeedback Therapy’. This therapy has proved very effective in numerous cases. The best thing is that this therapy teaches you how to become more aware of the breathing. It is essential as rapid or shallow breathing is among the prominent causes of anxiety disorder. Once you are familiar with this therapy, your cognitive thoughts patterns along with psychological responses will be changed.

If biofeedback anxiety therapy is to be explained in simpler terms, it is a therapy that will help you in facing or overcoming your fears. It begins with the bottom. For instance, there are people who suffer from anxiety when driving while there are others who are deadly afraid of crossing bridges. In other words, for anyone suffering from anxiety disorder, there is an anxiety trigger that leads to an anxiety attack. With the help of this therapy you are encouraged to do those things you are most scared of. But it does not mean here that you will be compelled to sit in the car and drive if the anxiety trigger is driving. The main part in biofeedback anxiety therapy is ‘self-talk’. It’s you who will command to yourself that you will not let your anxiety control the life.

Though there are various biotherapists, but it is not necessary for you to seek their help as there are several sites that provide you detailed information about the working of this therapy and how you can apply it effectively to your day-to-day life. We all know that medications do have its pros and cons and it also holds truth that they can help in lowering the amount of power of anxiety disorder symptoms, but prescribed anxiety medications should not be viewed as a cure to treat anxiety disorders. The thing that works prominently in biofeedback anxiety therapy is your ‘will power’. So, if you are having anxiety disorder, it is majorly in your hands to throw it away from your life and live a normal life. Following this therapy seriously with strong will-power will certainly result into the permanent as well as natural removal of anxiety disorder from your life and you can live a very normal life.

Choosing the Right Dog Food For Dogs With Bladder Stones – A Brief Guide

Choosing the right dog food for dogs with bladder stones can be quite a difficult task. Almost all the commercial dog food manufacturers today boast that their kibble is the best of the best. Apart from this, you can also find different types of organic kibble on the market today. With this being the case, choosing the right kind of food for your dog can be quite confusing.

For a healthy dog, any AAFCO approved dog food, which is the dog food manufacturers certification group, is more than fine and recommended by most veterinarians. The thing to be aware of is that there are two levels of certification. The preferred and recommended level is "tested and found to be adequate." Even lower cost foods found at leading national chains are fine as long as they meet his requirement. Avoid the lower level rating which states that the dog food is just "formulated to meet AAFCO standards." If a major ingredient is listed such as beef, and the food is AAFCO certified, than you can assume the food has industry acceptable levels of the ingredient. Other descriptive phrases are often more marketing, than anything that will have a meaningful impact on your dog's health.

Short of having a veterinary nutritionist design a diet with 40 needed nutrients in the proper balance, the AAFCO approach to food selection is fine. Of course the advantage of a home cooked meal, is that fillers, artificial ingredients and other foods you would not feed yourself, will also not be fed to your dog.

If a dog is susceptible to stone formation, then a dog food for bladder stones may need to be a prescription diet. Here there are two types. One that is formulated to help dissolve stones, which is recommended is your dog has what is called a struvite stone. The other common type, oxalate, can not be dissolved with diet. Once the canine bladder stone problem as been resolved, there is a Prescription Diet that can help avoid future stone formation such as Hill's Prescription Diet s / d.

If a dog's urine is acidic, bacteria will not be able to multiply in that environment. This greatly reduces the risk of bacterial infections and bladder stones. So, the food you give your dog should not make its urine alkaline or neutral. Urine content is a function of diet, so you can see the role this plays in a dog's health.

You should also give dogs plenty of clean water to drink. If your dog drinks lots of water, it will be able to flush out bacteria and small crystals present in its bladder by urinating frequently. This greatly reduces the risks of infections and bladder stones. Take your dog on 1 extra walk per day as well. Increased urination is the way nature cleans the urinary system.

Consider adding a berry based juice such as cranberry to your dog's water. Berries have properties which keep bacteria from clinging to the walls of the bladder. Infection causes inflammation, which constricts the urinary passages, causes calculi to accumulate, the building blocks of bladder stones.

To lower the risks of bladder stones, you can give your dog a small amount of natural herbal supplements every day. Herbs like cantharis and berberis vulg are known for their anti inflammatory and anti immunosuppressive properties. They boost your dog's immune system, strengthen its urinary bladder, and support urogenital health. So, a small dose of these supplements can make a big difference to your dog's health in the long run.

By giving the right kind of dog food for bladder stones, you can not only treat bladder stones effectively, but can also prevent them. So, feed a dog right and he or she will be healthy and active for a long time

Cat Sneezing Symptoms – 5 Main Causes

Kitten sneezing symptoms and cat sneezing symptoms, like human symptoms, are not in and of themselves a necessarily bad sign. However, chronic sneezing coupled with other symptoms can be especially concerning. Let’s take a look at some common cat sneezing symptoms and cat cold symptoms.

1 – Dust, Pollen, Cleaning Supplies, etc

Little Muffy sticks her investigative nose everywhere… in corners, under furniture, in old smelly shoes. Her sneezing may be nothing more than a healthy reaction to a common household irritant such as mold, dust, cleaning supplies or pollen, or some other mild cat sneezing allergies. As long as your cat is not frequently sneezing, mark it up to her curiosity.

2 – Upper Respiratory Infection

Cat upper respiratory infection symptoms can mirror cat sneezing allergies, and are the most common cause for continual cat sneezing. Comparable to the common cold in people, they can usually be cured by good food and rest. If the sneezing continues, a natural application of homeopathic medication can help. Borax and Phosphorous are two elements found to help alleviate kitten sneezing symptoms in cats of all ages. As always, contact a reputable source to obtain these remedies.

3 – Dental problems

The next major cause of sneezing in cats is dental disease. This is not generally something that cat owners think to check, but a disease in Tabby’s teeth can easily creep into her sinuses and infect her there. If your cat has pain when eating, or shows swollen gums, take her to a veterinarian for a dental cleaning.

4 – Feline Herpes

Actually rather common, the herpes virus usually causes cat sneezing symptoms and upper respiratory problems, possibly even cat vomiting symptoms, but only lasts a few weeks, then goes back into hibernation. If this virus inhabits your cat, he will have it his whole life. However, it is rarely a danger to his health. Pulsatilla was used in ancient Greece to cure runny eyes and noses, and is still used effectively in many homeopathic remedies for cats today.

5 – Feline Leukemia

The most dangerous cause of cat sneezing is Feline Leukemia. Leukemia weakens your cat’s immune system, and can cause your cat to contract other more dangerous diseases such as asthma. If the application of other common remedies and medication does not help, take your cat to a vet for a comprehensive checkup.

Cat sneezing symptoms can be early warning signs of a more serious problem, and are more serious when you notice kitten sneezing symptoms because of the youth of your pet, but are generally treatable by the application of safe, non-invasive, natural homeopathic medicines. Always make sure that anything you use on your feline friend is FDA approved and contains no artificial colors or preservatives.

How To Treat Insomnia in Children

Unfortunately, while there is a significant difference in age between an adult and a child, there is no difference between the negative impacts a medical condition or disorder may have on the adult in comparison to the effect that it may have on the child.

In the case of insomnia in children, the effects can be quite dramatic. A child that suffers bouts with insomnia may experience a number of residual effects that can make the child’s life difficult. A poor night’s sleep can lead to a lack of performance in school, an inability to maintain a social life and a host of other problems. As such, proper treatment of insomnia in children is critical and proper treatment always starts with a good diagnosis.

It is critical that a proper diagnosis of insomnia in children is necessary in order to arrive at the proper treatment. As is common with many disorders, there is an unfortunate tendency in parents to leave the problem alone for too long because they don’t want to believe that their child has a disorder.

While insomnia is something that most people will deal with at one point or another, when the problem becomes continual, there exists the possibility that a serious underlying condition may be present. If a parent does not take the presence of insomnia in a child serious, then the ability to detect the initial cause of the insomnia gets harder as time passes. Needless to say, this does not help the child at all and may, in fact, lead to the underlying condition worsening.

Insomnia in Children and the Parent’s Role

As such, if a parent notices the presence of insomnia in children, it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure the condition is properly treated. Also it is the parents job to think about the possible causes of the condition to discuss with their child’s doctor.

For example, most insomnia cases are caused by things like anxiety and stress. As a parent you should ask yourself these two questions. One, what is my child stressed about? Two, are there things going on at school, or here at home that might be emotionally harming my child?

Should My Child Take Medication For Insomnia?

You should discuss this question with your doctor and also ask them for information on natural ways to cure the condition. Regardless of if your child needs medication or not you will still need to get to the cause of the insomnia and treat whatever that may be.

First of all, most sleep medications have pretty harsh side effects on children. Second, If medication is used it should only act as a scaffold for your child’s recovery. You don’t want your child to have to take sleeping pills to sleep every night for the rest of their life either. So you still have to solve the problem about why they aren’t able to fall asleep naturally.

As stated before what is most important is that you notice that your child is not sleeping and take them to the doctor to do something about it immediately. Don’t wait around to see if the condition will go away on its own, because it won’t.