What Is A Foodborne Illness Or "Food Poisoning"?

Foodborne illness, or "food poisoning," occurs when food contaminated with bacteria or other pathogens, such as parasites or viruses, is consumed. Poisonous chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful substances can also cause foodborne illness.

Food poisoning: Common causes and likely symptoms
Here are the most likely causes of food poisoning and what you can do to prevent getting sick.

1.Undercooked meat and poultry

2.Raw (unpasteurized) milk and soft cheeses

3.Raw or undercooked eggs

4.Prepared salads (egg, tuna, chicken, potato and macaroni), cream sauces, and cream-filled pastries and pies

5.Raw oysters or undercooked mussels, clams, and whole scallops and other raw seafood

6.Fresh or minimally processed produce

How do harmful germs get into food?

Germs can get into food when:

* Meat is processed. It is normal to find bacteria in the intestines of healthy animals that we use for food. Sometimes the bacteria get mixed up with the parts of those animals that we eat.

* The food is watered or washed. If the water used to irrigate or wash fresh fruits and vegetables has germs from animal manure or human sewage in it, those germs can get on the fruits and vegetables.

Symptoms of Food Poisoning

In most cases of foodborne illness, symptoms resemble intestinal flu and may last a few hours or even several days. Symptoms can range from mild to serious and include

* Abdominal cramps

* Nausea

* Vomiting

* Diarrhea

* Fever

* Dehydration

Treatment

The objective of treatment is to replace fluids and electrolytes (salt and minerals) lost by vomiting or diarrhea. Antidiarrheal medications are generally not needed.

Self-care measures to avoid dehydration include drinking water and electrolyte solutions to replace fluids lost by vomiting. A variety of pleasant-tasting electrolyte solutions are available over-the-counter.

People with diarrhea who are unable to take fluids by mouth because of nausea or vomiting may need intravenous fluids. This is true especially for small children.

People taking diuretics ( "water pills") may need to stop taking them during the acute episode. Ask your health care provider for instructions.

Alternative Medicine Treatment for Food Poisoning

Vitamins

Vitamin C – detoxifies body, aids in removing bacteria

Vitamin E – aids immune function to clear toxins and bacteria

Nutrients

Charcoal tablets

Potassium

Acidophilus

Lobelia Tea Enema – helps clear poisons from body.

Prevention

YOU CAN HELP PREVENT FOOD POISONING BY CAREFULLY FOLLOWING A FEW SIMPLE SAFETY PRACTICES WHEN HANDLING FOOD:

* Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling food.

* Make sure that you clean cutting boards thoroughly with warm soapy water before preparing food on them.

* Cook meats properly and never cook if partially frozen. Poultry is often contaminated. Cook it thoroughly and clean up carefully. Once cooked, do not place it on a surface where raw meat was placed before.

* Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight or in a microwave before cooking. Do not thaw food by setting it out on the kitchen bench.

* If there is a delay in serving food, keep it very hot or very cold.

Dealing With Trich – Trichomonas Vaginalis – The Wise Woman Way

“Herbal remedies for trichomonas are among the least impressive home remedies. None are more than 50 percent effective.” (1)

Trich is short for trichomonas: a single-celled, four-tailed, protozoan parasite. About five million new cases of trich are diagnosed yearly in the USA.

Trich is normally present in a woman’s vagina, intestines, and rectum without causing problems. Trich is pH sensitive. When the vagina becomes alkaline, trich overwhelms the healthy flora and causes symptoms. A trich infection, or overgrowth, is difficult to diagnosis (without a microscope) and harder still to kill (without poisons).

Trich is an STD and can be spread by intimate contact. But sex is not required; hardy trich can live in wet, warm places like toilet seats, towels, underwear, and swimsuits.

In women, symptoms of trich infection include a thin, foamy, itchy vaginal discharge that is yellowish green or gray in color and foul/fishy in odor. Infected men are often symptom-free.

Trich can move from the vagina into the urethra and up into the bladder, leading to a urinary tract infection. Conversely, if you have a UTI that won’t respond to treatment, it might be trich; check it out.

The homeopathic remedy for women with vaginal discharges that are green and itchy is Sepia.

In my experience, herbs that can coat and dessicate the trichomonas kill them about as well as poisons, either herbal or pharmaceutical.

Powdered charcoal, the kind used against poisoning, is so fine that it drowns the parasite; it also makes a black mess on everything, from your underwear to your sheets and towels.

Oak bark is a first class antimicrobial and drying agent; sitz baths are a classic way to use oak.

Milled medicinal clay, such a kaolin, can be used to dry out and coat the vagina and the trich, likewise, slippery elm bark powder.

The easiest way to use any one of these herbs is buy them already powdered and in capsules. If 4-6 capsules are put well up into the vagina, against and behind the cervix, body heat and vaginal moisture will dissolve them, freeing the agent within. For best results, repeat at least once a day for two or three weeks.

The alkaloid berberine sulfate – found in tinctures of the roots of barberry (Berberine vulgaris), gold thread (Coptis groenlandica), golden seal (Hydrastis canadensis), Oregon grape (Berberis repens), and yellowroot (Xanthorrhiza simplicissima) – is an antimicrobial agent shown to inhibit the growth of – and to induce morphological changes in – Trichonomas in the lab and in the field. A study in India found a Trichomonas-free rate of 90% in berberine sulfate group and 95% of the drug group; at the one month follow up, 83% of the berberine group and 90% of the drug group were still free of trich. The authors of the study commented on the lack of side effects in those receiving berberine.(2) The anti-trich dose of any berberine-rich tincture is 10-20 drops several times daily for 3-4 weeks.

Several weeks of hysterical hygiene are called for when dealing with a trich infection. Strip your bed and your bathroom and wash everything, using bleach or vinegar. Wash your hands after toileting. Swab off the toilet seat with dilute bleach. Remember, trich is hard to kill and persistent.

The standard treatment for trich infection is Metronidazole (Flagyl), a “highly toxic drug that is often ineffective due to resistance, particularly by trichomonas …”(3) Flagyl is a very strong antibiotic; it is not safe for pregnant or nursing women, or anyone with a blood disease, a peptic ulcer, or a central nervous system disorder. Side effects – lowering of white blood cells (which fight infection), nausea/vomiting, headache, diarrhea, joint pain, flushing, a metallic taste in the mouth, and numbness in the extremities – are common and are worsened by consumption of alcohol, vinegar, and mayonnaise. Coltrimazole is a milder drug with fewer side effects; it has a sixty percent cure rate against trich infections.

Herbalist and healer Joy Gardner says regular use of spermicidal jelly can help prevent trich infections.

European herbalists, including my friend Rina Nissim, swear by essential oils to kill all manner of vaginal infections. Valerie Ann Worwood suggests a blend of 5 drops tea tree EO, 4 drops cypress EO, 8 drops lavender EO, and 3 drops red thyme EO to get rid of trich. Of this mixture, she uses four drops diluted in two cups water, or a cup of yogurt, or a teaspoon of olive oil and applied inside the vagina.

Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

Footnotes:

1. Rina Nissim, Natural Healing in Gynecology, Pandora, 1986

2. S. Gupre, Am J Des Child, 129(866), 1975 (quoted in “Antimicrobial Actions of Berberine Sulfate,” D. Hoffman, Townsend Letter

3. M Torii, et al “In vitro effects of berberine sulfate on the growth of Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Trichomonas vaginalis,” Annals Tropical Med Parasitol, 85(417 25), 1991

Nail Fungus – Definition, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Nail fungus is made up of tiny organisms that can infect fingernails and toenails. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the finger or toe nails which is very difficult to cure. These fungal infections usually cause discoloration, thickening and often softening of the nails. Nail fungus is a difficult condition to treat and may often cause permanent damage to the nails and possibly nail loss. Infections of nail fungus account for about half of all nail disorders. These infections usually develop on nails continually exposed to warm, moist environments, such as sweaty shoes or shower floors. Nail fungus isn’t the same as athlete’s foot, which primarily affects the skin of the feet, but at times the two may coexist and can be caused by the same type of fungus. More than 35 million people in the United States get this fungus. The fungus lives underneath the nail. The nail provides a safe place for the fungus and protects it while it grows, since fungus like dark and damp places. The condition usually begins towards the far end of the nail and may start with patches of white or yellow discoloration. If the condition is left untreated, it will proceed to the base of the nail. It will attack the nail root (matrix) and cause the nail to grow very thick and deformed.

Nail polish and plastic or acrylic nails can trap moisture and fungi. Fungi are microscopic organisms that don’t need sunlight to survive. Some fungi have beneficial uses, while others cause illness and infection. Fungal infections are not commonly contagious nor do they spread easily between people. Sometimes trauma or damage to a nail predisposes to the development of onychomycosis. Nail fungal infection if one or more of your nails. Symptoms including is Yellow, green, brown or black in color, caused by debris building up under your nail ansd Flat or dull, having lost luster and shine. Distorted in shape and brittle, crumbly or ragged Nail fungus infections are caused by dermatophyte fungi (tinea unguium), yeasts such as Candida albicans, and non-dermatophyte molds. Nail Fungus risk factors that may increase the development of nail fungus include humidity, heat, trauma, diabetes mellitus, and underlying tinea pedis (athlete’s foot). Nail fungus is more than a cosmetic problem. It can be painful and interfere with daily activities such as walking, playing sports, writing, typing, and other activities that require manipulating small objects or repetitive finger use. An international study conducted by dermatologists found that nail fungus had a significant impact on the quality of life of people with the disease. The main problems identified were embarrassment, functional problems at work, reduction in social activities, fears of spreading the disease to others, and pain.

The best treatment of course is prevention. Keep your nails clean and dry. Wear shoes and socks that provide good ventilation. Tight shoes that trap perspiration create a perfect environment for fungi to grow and multiply. Wearing open-toed shoes, or shoes that provide good ventilation with socks that wick moisture away from your feet will help keep your feet dry. Do not bite your nails or try to dig out ingrown toenails. Doing either of these things puts you at risk for an infection. One most effective treatments is called Leucatin, an all-natural solution that can eliminate fungal infection and prevent recurrence. To treat nail fungus an oral antifungal medication, such as Itraconazole (Sporanox) ,Fluconazole (Diflucan) and Terbinafine (Lamisil). These medications help a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected portion of your nail. You typically take these medications for six to 12 weeks but won’t see the end result of treatment until the nail grows back completely. In some cases, surgical treatment of nail fungus may be necessary. Temporary removal of part of an infected nail may reduce pain and allow topical antifungal agents to be applied directly to the underlying tissue.

How Colon Cleansing Helps Achieve a Healthy Body?

Colon cleansing has proven itself worthy of attention. According to health authorities, a healthy colon helps people achieve a healthy body.

The colon or large intestine is the last segment of your digestive tract. Even though it is not obvious, your colon plays a vital role in waste storage and sustaining fluid balance in the body. The colon does all the work after the digestion of the food components and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.

Studies show how a clogged or unhealthy colon affects the function of the other organs in the body. The organs of the body form systems which are interdependent. One organ that does not function well will have a great effect on the functions of other vital organs. On the positive side, a healthy colon helps an individual live a healthy life. Colon cleansing gets rid of the toxins harmful to the large intestine. As such, the other organs of the body like the liver and the kidney also function better.

Matters of the Intestine

One way to improve your health is through colon cleansing. There have been documented results of colon cleansing helping against constipation, acne, and colon cancer.

Here are some guidelines which can be a good reason to undergo colon cleansing:

– Colon cleansing is done if you are diagnosed with unhealthy colon.

– Bowel movement is a good indicator of the health of the colon. Prior to colon cleansing, bowel movement must be closely monitored. Irregular movement or constipation may be a sign that colon health should be a concern.

– Straining during bowel movement is also considered a sign of intestinal problem. Clogged or hampered colons may be the cause of the constipation.

– Inconsistent stool quality is also a gauge that the colon may have some problems

– Colon cleansing is still an option even if the problems outlined above do not occur since this may benefit the overall health of an individual by:

– Getting rid of food residue not needed by the body

– Decreasing chances of constipation by efficiently eliminating waste substances. Cleansing also introduces more fiber and water into one's diet.

– Preventing diarrhea by promoting normal consistency of the bowel. This is achieved by optimizing the moisture needed inside the large intestine.

– Lowering the chances of colon cancer. This is achieved because colon cleansing flushes the unnecessary bacteria and other microorganisms which can trigger the development of tumors or cancer cells.

– Improving the condition of the skin. Improved colon health leads to clearer skin and lowers the occurrence of acne.

– Avoiding other digestive system related problems like hyperacidity, flatulence, abdominal pains, and other related conditions.

– Contributing to the overall health which leads to better concentration and performance of any tasks at hand.

Good health is vital in achieving our goals in life. Unfortunately, people encounter health problems which hinder their movement towards their goals. A lot of people have been going through a lot of tests to know what is wrong with their body. They also spend a lot of money to purchase medications to alleviate their health concerns.

Surprisingly, the key to good health does not involve complicated diagnostics and treatment, colon cleansing certainly prove its worth in helping people improve their lives.

Are Your Health Problems Being Caused by Acidic Blood?

Did you know that your blood can be too acidic? Did you know that high levels of acid in your blood can lead to all kinds of health problems? Most people don’t know that the health problems they are suffering from could be caused by having too much acid in their blood.

Some people have naturally acidic blood but for others the acid level in their blood rises when stress, poor diet, and other factors cause the body to start pumping adrenaline. Adrenaline raises the acid level of your blood. Too much adrenaline can cause your blood to become too acidic. Acidic blood can also be caused by diabetes, or by excessive levels of caffeine.

If you already have diabetes it’s important that you have your blood acidity checked often because the side effects of having blood that is too acidic can have serious consequences for people that already have diabetes. Generally having highly acidic blood can be a cause of diabetes but if you already have diabetes it can be a sign that you are not managing your diabetes well enough.

Some of the symptoms that can result from too much acid in the blood are weight gain, depression, thyroid problems, aches and pains in the joints, and general weak or tired feelings. If you are having these symptoms and you can’t find any other cause for them it would be a good idea to get your blood acidity levels tested to make sure that your symptoms aren’t a result of your blood being too acidic.

You can also help decrease the acidic level of your blood by managing the stress in your life better. Start exercising regularly. Learn to meditate or find hobbies outside of work. You can also improve your diet to help decrease the acid levels in your blood. Stay away from processed foods or foods that are high in starch, sugar or fat. Eat more lean protein and leafy vegetables. If the cause of your symptoms is highly acidic blood taking steps to exercise more, eat better, and manage your stress will probably cause your symptoms to diminish or disappear entirely

Treatment For Toe Nail Fungus

Choosing a remedy that will  function for you will  require a bit of  work on your part, but it will  undoubtedly be worth to help you  axe toe nail fungus. You may have struggled or you are still struggling with this fungus right now and your adventure to  procuring a cure has not been a  notable one  as you are still  focusing on to find a cure that will work.

Thinking at the other  techniques that some other people on the Internet have been  employing to  attend toenail fungus may be  stunning.  Attempting to  estimate how to treat toe nail fungus from the  info you may have come across online  appears  genuinely  worthless. Your  disappointment is likely due to the different kind of  ideas that are  identified online and  since they do not know what really works and what will not work.

Onychomycosis is the term used by physicians for toe nail fungus. Doctors say that it is a  scene that is very hard to cure but let some people tell it, it is not hard to cure at all. All you have to do is try a  little of this or  little of that and you will be healed. Don’t  trust the hype. Is there really any  ground to conclude that nail fungus is so hard to cure? Yes, keep on reading. The  explanation it is so hard to get rid of is the  trouble that is  created by spores. These  bitty particles of substance will  take possession of your feet, socks, shoes and any moist location, waiting for a opportunity to infect your toe nail. It is  feasible that a few  practices for treating toe nail fungus might work, but you need to take the proper  cautions to stop your nail from getting infected again.

A few  first-class  cautions you can think of against re-infection are:
Drying out your shoes  before putting them on  freshly.
Wearing open toe shoes so air can get to your feet.
Switch your shoes at least once a day.
Wear odor insoles and swap them on a regular basis.
Wear flip flops in public locker rooms or showers.

You may not know where you actually got the fungus from, so why chance it. Another  point is to take off your shoes during the day, whenever you can so your feet can get some air. When  concerning the different  picks or methods for toe nail fungus cures, it is important that you  be wary and  confine the chance of you coming in  additional contact with it and risk re-infection.  Cures for treating toe nail fungus might work but not if you  conclude catching the fungus over again.

One  practice of treating toenail fungus is the use of a vinegar. It can be used for the  cure of nail fungus. A lot of people have  employed vinegar for nail fungus treatment. This is  done by soaking their nails for 30 to 60 minutes a day or by drinking 1 to 1.5 ounces every day.

Who has the  free time to sit for hours soaking their foot? There are other solutions for curing toenail fungus. Some natural treatment for toenail fungus has the  gains of vinegar – that does not call for you to have to sit for hours a day. Whatever remedy you  select  as a treatment for toe nail fungus,  keep in mind that re-infection could take place. Protect yourself by  trying to find out ways to  stop your nails from being  uncovered to toe nail fungus.

What's Good For Bladder Problems?

Bladder infection, or cystitis, is a form of urinary tract infection which occurs when bacteria infiltrates the urinary tract and infects the urethra and the bladder. Bladder infections result from bacteria that cause an inflammation of the bladder's inner lining. In bladder inflammations without the presence of an infection, known as interstitial inflammations, the pain and swelling occur between the urinary bladder lining and the bladder muscle, not on the bladder walls as in most infections.

Antibiotics, oral contraceptives, stress, and improper diet all weaken the immune system and create a tendency for recurring infections. Bacteria may pre-sensitize the bladder so that various promoters (some foods, drugs, viruses, or even exposure to cold drafts and dampness) may start the chronic disease process. Also, cystitis is more common in women.

Bladder infections often respond to diet and lifestyle changes. Though foods and beverages do not usually cause bladder problems to develop, some can make symptoms worse. Avoid alcohol, artificial sweeteners, soda pop, and sugar. If experiencing bladder problems, limit consumption of caffeine, dairy foods, fruits or fruit juice, honey, and meat. Also, try to avoid taking aspirin, and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke.

Moderate exercise may be helpful for preventing bladder function. Avoid overeating, and maintain a proper weight. Drink at least 8-12 cups of water daily, but not large amounts at one time. Proper genital hygiene is important in women who suffer from recurrent bladder infections. Constipation can affect bladder function, so try to consume a high fiber diet. Avoid stress.

Some vitamins and herbs are considered helpful in improving bladder function. Herbs, and other foods, considered helpful include: apple, asparagus, bearberry, birch, blueberry, carrot, celery, cherries, chickweed, chicory, couch grass, cranberry, cucumber, dandelion, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, horseradish, juniper, lemons , lovage, onion, parsley, peach, radish, shavegrass, stinging nettle, violet, watermelon, willow, yellow dock, and yogurt. Supplements, which may be helpful, include: acidophilus, B complex, beta-carotene, C, calcium and magnesium, E, and zinc.

Caution- Bladder infections can lead to kidney infection, so seek professional medical care, especially if the pain is severe or if the infection does not react to treatment. Other serious signs are lower-back pain, fever, or blood in the urine.

Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.

Car Accident Shoulder Injuries – What You Must Know

Shoulder injuries in a car accident are common. They are caused mostly by the jerking movements that occur in an accident and may be further aggravated by seat belt shoulder straps. Shoulder injuries may also be related to neck injuries. Understanding more about shoulder injuries will allow you to recognize them quickly and seek treatment to prevent further discomfort and problems.

Causes of Shoulder Injuries

In a car accident shoulder injuries can be caused in three main ways. The first is as a result of a neck injury. A neck injury can radiate pain down the arm due to nerves being injured. The injury to the neck will then cause problems in the shoulder.

The next cause is direct damage to the shoulder from impact during the crash. This causes immediate pain and is easily recognized.

The last cause is from whiplash. Whiplash is usually associated with the neck, but it can cause pain in the shoulders as well. It may not cause pain right away after the crash, but may develop over time.

Treatment

Shoulder injuries are usually found through an x-ray or and MRI. Most shoulder injuries are not severe and merely require rest and pain medication for proper healing. If the injuries are more severe then surgery or extensive therapy may be needed.

The earlier treatment is sought for a shoulder injury, the better. Early recognition of a shoulder injury and early treatment help to insure the problem is cared for correctly and prevents further damage from occurring. You should always make sure that any medical care you receive is documented and that you keep a copy for your records.

What to do After an Accident

Since some shoulder injuries may not develop symptoms right away it is always smart to have a complete medical check following the accident. If you fail to get checked out and have your medical attention documented then you may not be able to recover damages later on if symptoms do appear.

When you are in an accident it is smart to exchange information with the other driver. You should get their name, address, telephone, number, insurance information and license information. Make sure that you do not speak with them about the actual accident. You should only speak with the police to give your statement. You may also wish to gather information from witnesses.

You want to document everything about the accident so that any shoulder injury found in the future that can be linked to the accident can be claimed. If you are careful in how you handle an accident you should be able to make a claim against the other person for your shoulder injury.

Shoulder injuries from a car accident are usually not too severe, but they are severe enough to make you lose time at work and to rack up medical bills that can be costly. It is important that if you suffer from a shoulder injury resulting from a car accident that you report it to the insurance and make a claim so you can recover your costs.

What is Lymphedema Treatment?

Complete Decongestive Therapy is the best lymphedema treatment that is available today. The aim of the treatment is to reduce the swelling and prevent the fluids from pooling in the affected limb. The procedure involves lymphatic massage, compression bandaging, skin care and exercise. If treatment is begun in the early phase, the condition can be reversed. Complete decongestive therapy is a time consuming process that is often uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, it is the only fool proof method which can provide relief to the patient.

Skin hygiene is extremely important to eliminate debris and bacteria that collects on the surface of the skin. Cleansing of skin is essential and regular inspection helps to spot any developing infections like cellulitis. Early treatment of the infection prevents sepsis and other complications that might follow. Keeping the weight under control helps lymphedema patients manage the condition better. It also helps to avoid wearing constricting jewelry or tight clothes so that there is no constriction to the limb. It is best to take extra care to avoid even minor injuries. Even if there is an injury, it must be taken care of, however minor it may seem.

The use of compression garments is considered fundamental in treating lymphedema. These garments must be worn by the patient continuously. At night, the garment can be removed but the affected body part must be kept elevated to encourage the circulation. The compression garment must be properly outfitted so that it gives the best compression. If it is loose, it cannot provide the compression necessary for lymphedema treatment and the fluids will start accumulating in the limb. Besides, an ill-fitting compression garment may cause skin irritation to the patient, which is not a good sign. To stimulate the flow of fluids, regular exercise is a must. Even otherwise, exercising promotes a feeling of well-being that goes a long way in helping the body to heal.

Lymphedema is usually not treated with surgery. Patients who have severe lymphedema that is hampering their daily activities may opt for surgery. In such instances, the volume of the affected limb is reduced with the help of surgery. This may be of assistance to improve the functioning of the extremity to perform the daily activity which would have been impossible otherwise. The surgical procedures may intervene to develop the impaired lymphatic drainage or remove the tissue buildup that hinders functionality.

People try various new methods to manage this ailment which is a lifelong companion for those diagnosed with it. Some herbal extracts are said to reduce inflammation or improve lymphatic flow. Homeopathy is another alternative therapy that some patients advocate. Liposuction, magnetic therapy, acupuncture, Kinesiology, light beam generator therapy and laser treatments are some alternative lymphedema treatment methods that patients try out in their search for a cure for lymphedema.

Staying On The Alert For Heart Disease Symptoms

If you think you are at risk of developing coronary heart disease, the first thing you should do is schedule regular heart checkups. And you should do this even if you have not begun to experience any of the traditional heart disease symptoms, because it is not unheard of for a heart attack to occur without any heart disease symptoms at all.

Major Heart Disease Symptoms
But if you are wondering if any of the things you are feeling could be heart disease symptoms, the major signs of heart disease are angina and heart palpitations. Angina is named form the Latin word for chest pain, and if you experienced chest pain or tightness which seems to increase after you have been exercising, or if the pain radiates out from your chest into yurt neck, shoulder, jaw, and left arm you should talk to your doctor immediately. The heart disease symptom angina is often confused with an actual heart attack.

Heart palpitations, another of the most common heart disease symptoms, are hard to ignore. Your heart will feel as if it's dancing around like a chicken on a hot plate. Heart palpitations are often accompanies by shortness of breath, even if you are not being active.

Heart Disease Symptoms in Women and Young People
Women often experience heart disease symptoms from different from those which affect men. Angina in women often seems like mere shortness of breath or indigestion, and may not come from the area right near their breastbones. Strangely enough, it may occur only when they are inactive.

Early heart disease symptoms, which can be overlooked due to the patient's age, are a non-injury related thickening of the Achilles tendon, and a condition known as hyperlipoidemia, or an excise concentration of fats in the blood. Hyperlipoimdemia is hereditary, and besides being a being a possible heart disease symptom, may be as sign of diabetes, thyroid malfunction, and obesity.

Heart disease symptoms in those suffering from mitral valve prolapse include ringing in the ears, and dizziness or brief periods of blacking out when standing suddenly. Mitral valve prolapse will cause blood to reverse course and flow back out of the heart momentarily, depriving the heart of sufficient blood volume to get oxygen to the brain and causing the dizziness or blacking out.

Of the serious Reviews Another heart DISEASE symptoms is localized tingling, in Particular on one 's half of the face. Such tingling can be a strong indication that one of your arteries carrying blood way from the heart is being obstructed. If you experience such tingling along with a loss of balance, inability to speak clearly, and headache, you should seek medical help immediately, as stroke is a real possibility.

Nail Disorders Types and Treatment

A nail disorder is a condition caused by injury to the nail or disease or imbalance in the body. Most, if not all, of you have had some type of common nail disorder. When in doubt, please see your physician for the proper diagnosis. Distorted, discoloured or otherwise unsightly ‘abnormal’ fingernails and toenails are very common problems experienced by people of all ages in the community. Damage to the nail may be caused by an injury, fungal disease, or other skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. The nail unit is made up of several components which form, support, protect and frame the nail itself. These include the nail matrix, the nail plate, the cuticle, the nail bed and nail folds. The nail unit protects fingertips, enhances fine touch and is important as a cosmetic structure.

Types of Nail Disorders
Paronychia infections – of the nail fold can be caused by bacteria, fungi and some viruses. The proximal and lateral nail folds act as a barrier, or seal, between the nail plate and the surrounding tissue. If a tear or a break occurs in this seal, the bacterium can easily enter. this type of infection is characterized by pain, redness and swelling of the nail folds. If the bacteria has entered between the nail plate and the nail bed, it will cause the same discolorations and may also cause the nail plate to lift from the nail bed.
Pseudomonas bacterium – trapped between the nail plate and the nail bed.
A fungal or yeast infection which results in Onychomycosis, can invade through a tear in the proximal and lateral nail folds as well as the eponychium. This type of infection is characterized by onycholysis (nail plate separation) with evident debris under the nail plate. It normally appears white or yellowish in color, and may also change the texture and shape of the nail. The fungus digests the keratin protein of which the nail plate is comprised.
Leuconychia is evident as white lines or spots in the nail plate and may be caused by tiny bubbles of air that are trapped in the nail plate layers due to trauma. This condition may be hereditary and no treatment is required as the spots will grow out with the nail plate.
Koilonychia is usually caused through iron deficiency anemia. these nails show raised ridges and are thin and concave. Seek a physicians advice and treatment.
Melanonychia are vertical pigmented bands, often described as nail ‘moles’, which usually form in the nail matrix. Seek a physicians care should you suddenly see this change in the nail plate. It could signify a malignant melanoma or lesion. Dark streaks may be a normal occurrence in dark-skinned individuals, and are fairly common.
Onychophagy – Is the medical term for nails that have been bitten enough to become deformed. This condition can be greatly improved by regular manicures or artificial nails. It is not realistic to tell a nail biter to come back for artificial nails after they have grown a free edge. Artificial nails can help this person break the biting habit. There are also nail biting topically applied remedies available.
Leukonychia – Is a condition in which white spots appear on the nails. It is caused by air bubbles, a bruise or other injury to the nail.
Leukonchia can not be corrected but it will grow out.
Furrows – Also known as corrugations, are long ridges that run either lengthwise or across the nail. Some lengthwise ridges are normal in adults.
These ridges increase with age and can also be caused by psoriasis, poor circulation and frostbite. Ridges that run across the nail are caused by high fevers, pregnancy & measles.
Yellow nail syndrome: – Slow growing, excessively curved and thickened yellow nails which are associated with peripheral lymphoedema and exudative pleural effusions.
Paronychia is inflammation of the tissue around the finger nail, with pus accumulating between the cuticle and the nail matrix. The area may become swollen, red and tender.
Treatment and Diagnosis of Nail Disorders
Nail disorders diagnosis is by inspection. Early treatment is warm compresses or soaks and an antistaphylococcal antibiotic. Other treatment ptions include:

Eliminate potential food allergens, including dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, preservatives, and food additives. Your health care provider may want to test for food sensitivities.
Eat calcium rich foods, including beans, almonds, and dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and kale).
Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).
Avoid refined foods such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy) or beans for protein.
Green tea ( Camellia sinensis ) standardized extract, 250 – 500 mg daily, for inflammation and antibacterial or antifungal effects. You may also prepare teas from the leaf of this herb.
Cat’s claw ( Uncaria tomentosa ) standardized extract, 20 mg three times a day, for antibacterial or antifungal effects.

Heart Attack Risk – The Dangers Associated With Blood Clotting

Medical studies have shown that blood clots are the root cause of more than 90 percent of all myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) and 80 percent of strokes. The cause of blood clotting is due to component parts of the blood called platelets joining together, and forming larger sticky groups of platelets which can combine further to form a dangerous blood clot. The build up of fatty acids in the arteries (known as atherosclerosis) can reduce their effective capacity to carry blood, and a subsequent blood clot can cause sufficient blockage of the artery to trigger a serious or fatal heart attack.

What Is a blood clot ?

Blood clotting is an intrinsic part of the body’s natural processes which causes blood cells and particles of fibrin (which is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that adapts itself in response to injury) to quickly form a solid ‘clump’ of matter which acts to stop the flow of blood after a blood vessel has been damaged through injury or trauma, or non-traumatic causes.

Eventually the blood clot will form a protective scab over a damaged blood vessel, which will allow it to heal itself. Without this inbuilt mechanism to form clots, there would be fatal consequences for every human being, as the body would be unable to repair the damage caused by even a minor wound.

Why can blood clots be dangerous?

Although they form a critical part of the body’s ability to defend itself against physical injury, it is possible for blood clots to form without a physical injury being incurred. Although most blood clots tend to dissolve on their own with no long-term problems, there are situations in which blood clots can cause serious medical problems. External Blood Clots are visible as scabs which can easily be identified. However, A blood clot that forms on the inside of a blood vessel can be deadly, because it can restrict or block the essential flow of blood, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the heart or brain. This results from a blockage or embolism, which can lead to a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or a stroke when it affects the brain. Without a steady supply of oxygen, the brain cannot function normally. If the oxygen flow is broken, paralysis, brain damage, loss of sensory perceptions, or even death may occur.

What are the Root Causes of Blood Clots?

One of the major risk factors in Blood Clotting is a reduction in the blood flow through the body’s blood vessels. This can be due to any of the following possible causes:-

Trauma to a blood vessel due to an accident, surgery, fracture or burn

Heart attack or stroke in the recent past

Heart valve disease

Heart failure

Atherosclerosis

Auto-immune disorders like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

Bleeding disorders such as haemophilia

Inflammatory bowel disease

Various types of Cancer

History of varicose veins or other vascular diseases

Pregnancy

High blood pressure

Elevated platelet levels

Atrial fibrillation

Genetic factors such as inherited tendency for deep vein thrombosis

How can Blood Clots be prevented?

The prevention of blood clots is very important, particularly for people in high risk groups. The best prevention method is through regular exercise, elimination of smoking, effective treatment of other heart-related medical conditions, and anti-clotting medication.

What are the High Risk Groups for developing Blood Clots?

The risk factors which can influence an individual’s likelihood of developing blood clots include:-

Varicose veins

Smoking

Obesity

Chronic heart failure

Sedentary lifestyle

Treatment for Blood Clots

Physicians treat blood clots with a variety of different methods. Medications such as anticoagulants which can help prevent blood clots) and clot busting drugs (which help to dissolve existing blood clots) are prescribed to prevent and treat blood clots. In more serious situations, physicians might opt for a surgical procedure to remove the clot (known as a thrombectomy) In addition, devices may be implanted into certain blood vessels to catch blood clots before they can cause serious damage.

How to reduce your chances of developing a Blood Clot using the Heart Medication Plavix

This medicine is an antiplatelet agent which can be used to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack in patients presenting with atherosclerosis . It may also be used to treat other related conditions as determined by a Physician. Plavix is proven to help against the formation of clots, which can help protect against the possibility of heart attacks and stroke.

Heart Attack Awareness – What You Should Know

The heart is a vital organ of the body. Without it, blood can not be pumped to the different organs and the body will be deprived of oxygen. Medical conditions involving the heart are typically dangerous and can be fatal. If your family has history of having a member who suffered from heart attack, the more you need to be aware of what heart attack is, what you can do to prevent it and how to react when it happens.

What is heart attack?

Heart attack, or myocardial infarction in medical terms, happens when heart tissues do not have enough blood supply because of reduced blood flow. This usually happens when a clot prevent normal blood flow from happening and deprives the heart tissues of the oxygen that they need. When this happens, the affected tissues of the heart become damaged. Typically, it is an imbalance between the demand and supply of oxygen.

How will I know if someone is having heart attack?

Unlike what you may have seen in television or movies, it is not as exaggerated as it may seem. Others do not present signs and symptoms. For those who manifest signs and symptoms, they will usually complain of chest pain. It happens suddenly and is not relieved by rest and medications. The pain may also be felt on the left arm, shoulder, and neck. The person may sweat excessively, feel clammy and look pale. There may also be presence of a rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. They may also complain of feeling faint and have the urge to vomit. Heart attack can occur at any time of the day regardless of the activity. The person may be at work, playing, or just taking a rest.

How can it be prevented?

Having a healthy lifestyle can make help you prevent it. Avoid smoking. It destroys your lungs, making oxygen circulation in the body poor. Without adequate oxygen, you are in greater risk of destroying your heart's tissues. Always have well-balanced meals. Fruits and vegetables can reduce certain cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure. When blood pressure goes uncontrolled, you become more at risk for attack. Exercise regularly. It strengthens your heart muscles and relieves you from stress.

What to do when heart attack happens?

Get medical help immediately. If you are the one having a heart attack, call the nearest hospital or your doctor. If you see a family member having heart attack, you can call the hospital or drive that person to the hospital immediately.

Take medications. If you have been prescribed of nitrates such as nitroglycerin, take them immediately. Nitroglycerin increases the supply of oxygen, helping alleviate its symptoms. Another medication that you may have been prescribed with is aspirin. Aspirin is an anticoagulant that helps prevent your blood from clotting. However, without the doctor's prescription, taking aspirin can be potentially dangerous. Make sure that it has been prescribed before taking one.

If the person is unconscious and you know cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, start immediately while waiting for medical help. CPR can help deliver oxygen to the person, preventing the worsening of symptoms and effect of heart attack.

Heart attack can be fatal when not treated immediately. Submit yourself for medical check-ups so that if you have heart problems, your doctor can prescribe you with medications to control it.

Something you Should to Know About Peptic Ulcer

Many people are suffering from peptic ulcer.It is generally known that ulcer appears to men,but nowadays women also suffer from peptic ulcer.The peptic ulcer deals with the digestive process.For example the ulcer in the lining of the stomach is calling the gastric ulcer and the ulcer in the upper part of small intestine, or duodenum, is called a duodenal ulcer.

The lining of the stomach contains special cells, chemicals and mucous that prevent the stomach from being damaged by its own acids and digestive enzymes.The ulcer can be small or deep.The major cause of the ulcer is the bacterium H. pylori.This infection can harm only 20% of people infected.In some people, H. pylori infection somehow upsets the delicate balance between the damaging effects of gastric acids and the body’s natural protection.A second common cause of ulcers can be the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn).Several factors can increase the risk of developing a peptic ulcer.These damaging factors are:cigarettes, alcohol, stress and spicy food.

The effect produced by the ulcer is the burning or gnawing pain in the upper abdomen. This typically occurs when the stomach is empty, and may be worse at night or upon waking.Other symptoms are: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, bloating, burping and weight loss.In more severe cases, ulcer may bleed or extend deep into the wall of the stomach or intestine.

For diagnosis are recommended the following tests:
1) a blood antibody test for evidence of H. pylori infection.If the test is positive a treatmentmay be given without more invasive tests.In some cases the test may remain positive even aftera given treatment. Unfortunately this test cannot tell if the ulcer is produced by the H. pylori.
2) an esophagogastroduodenoscopy is made with the lighted tube with a tiny camera on the end, which is passed through the stomach and intestines.Other way of examining ulcer is the biopsy(a small piece of the lining of the stomach), which is a close examination of the tissue in a laboratory.
3) an upper-gastrointestinal(GI)series is a test which involves X-ray taken after the person drinks a chalky liquid. With this method the existence of an ulcer can be observed.

Ulcers caused by medication should stop after the person stop taking drugs and the ulcer caused by H. pylori may heal or may not.Gastric ulcer heals more slowly than duodenal ulcer. But the worse is the fact that H. pylori can return and cause another ulcer,if the first infection is not eliminated completely.

For more resources about Ulcer or especially about Duodenal Ulcer please click this link http://www.ulcer-center.com/Duodenal-Ulcer.htm

Heart Disease – The Early Warning Signs That Most Doctors Do not Know To Tell You

Heart Disease – Are You At Risk?

Having spent so many years working on Cardiac Care Units and lost close family members to sudden heart attacks, I know the devastating effects that a heart attack can lead to. So many lives are ripped apart each year through the failure to understand and diagnose the early warning signs.

A heart attack is the result of your head not understanding the everyday messages of your heart.

Your heart is not just the muscle that pumps blood around your body, keeping you alive, it is also the centre of your emotional intelligence. The energy of your heart manifests through your emotions (energy in motion). Allowing this energy to run and taking the time to feel what is going on in your body, without judgment, is the way that your heart likes to interact with your head. However, because emotional intelligence is not taught at school and so much emphasis is placed on intellectual intelligence, millions of people die prematurely every year from heart attacks.

The facts speak for themselves.

According to cardiacmatters.co.uk facts and figures someone dies from a heart attack in the UK every 6 minutes. In the US this figure is nearer 1 person every minute. Of the 146,000 people who have a heart attack in the UK every year, 94,000 of them die. On top of this, 179 people in the UK lose a parent every day because of a fatal heart attack.

The symptoms usually start many years before a heart attack.

I have spent many years speaking to people who had just had a heart attack and there are many common themes. Although, in my experience, there are some people who do not experience some of the following symptoms, everyone who has had a heart attack has experienced over half of the following …

– Feeling stuck in a job or relationship for an extended period of time
– At least one, sometimes more, very poor family relationship (s)
– Low motivation for an extended period
– Not wanting to get out of bed
– High stress for a sustained duration
– A need to please others before themselves
– Feeling misunderstood or unappreciated
– Always compromising – and feeling resentful about it
– Increasing aches and pains in their body
– Short, stabbing pains in their chest, sometimes only lasting a fraction of a second
– An emptiness or feeling that something is missing – and no idea what it is

These are just some of the warning signs .

Knowing that all of these things happen when the IQ of your brain overrules the IQ of your heart on a consistent basis. Consequently, your emotions get repressed and your heart can not function properly. This is the foundation of heart dis-ease.

The good news is that heart dis- ease can be reversed if it is caught early enough.

In order to reverse the symptoms you must first become proficient at identifying them. Do you trust your feelings? Start by becoming aware of the early warning signs and asking yourself one simple question:

"Would I or the people I love benefit from me learning to identify and do something about the early warning signs of heart disease?"

The answer is When yes then there is a <br> free resource on my website to help you.