Menstruation Disorders – Dysmenorrhea – Deficiency of Qi and Blood's Tonic Herbs in TCM Perspective

Girls in South East Asia have learnt in their early women life from grand mother wisdom, that they do not engage in any activity, distorting their regular period. Menstrual disorder should be treated immediately, otherwise, it may cause wide range of women diseases, such as infertility, according to Traditional Chinese medicine.

While deficiency of blood and qi are defined as a condition of liver abnormal function in blood formation and blood transportation due to qi deficiency or the inability of qi in moving blood caused by spleen qi and lung deficiency. Therefore, by treating the stagnation of spleen and lung qi, it will improve the blood deficiency.

Herbs enhancing the qi movement include:

1.Ren shen (Ginseng)
Ren shen is considered as one of most powerful herbs in strengthening the original qi in the body.
a) In spleen, it improves the spleen function in qi absorption, thus reducing the symptoms of distended chest and abdomen cramps and pain.
b) In lung, it enhances the lung qi by moistening the channels, thus reducing the symptoms of asthma, dry cough and preventing the rebellion qi causes of menstrual cramps and pain.

2. Xi yang shen (American ginseng)
Xi yang shen is yin in nature, besides promoting the lung and spleen qi, it also increases the digestive system in absorbing vital energy and reducing the heat causes of qi stagnation by moistening the all qi transportation channels, especially for qi stagnation caused by deficiency of yin.

3. Dang shen (pilose asiabell root)
Dang shen is a spleen and lung tonic herbs. It improves the lung function in moving qi smoothly through its channels and spleen function in absorbing qi after foods entering the stomach. It also helps to restore the qi which is damaged by heat caused by infection, inflammation or heat generated due to excessive fluids accumulation.

4. Tai zi shen (pseudostellaria root)
Besides helping to increase the spleen and lung qi, it also improve the blood transportation and spleen and stomach in absorbing vital energy for our body cells and generates fluids to prevent the heat causes of qi stagnation.

5. Huang qi (astragalus root)
It is one of the herb that helps to increase the function of liver in generating more blood and liver qi in blood transportation due to excessive blood loss during menstruation.

Type 2 Diabetes – Is Colon Cancer More Common in Diabetics?

A study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science in October 2011 should encourage people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to get colonoscopies.

Investigators at Samunsung Medical Center, Sugkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, Korea, looked at the records of 3,505 Type 2 diabetics who had colonoscopies for colon and rectal cancer from 1995 to 2009 and compared them with the records of 495 non-diabetic patients.

Eleven hundred and thirty-six polyps were recorded among 509 diabetic patients. Of the polyps found in the people with Type 2 diabetes:

  • 8 per cent had the potential for becoming cancerous, compared to
  • 6 per cent in the non-diabetic participants.

Fortunately, the use of metformin or aspirin did not increase the number of polyps seen. Males who were older than 65 years of age with Type 2 diabetes and a body mass index (BMI) of over 25 were at risk for having more than 3 polyps with cancerous potential.

Like all cancers, cancer of the colon is uncontrolled cell growth. Cancers can cause:

  • bleeding,
  • pressure on other tissues,
  • obstruction, and can give off
  • inappropriate hormones and other potentially deadly molecules.

Worldwide cancer caused 13 per cent of deaths in 2008. Colon and rectal cancer was one of the most common, accounting for 610,000 deaths. Deaths from cancer are expected to rise to 11 million worldwide in 2030.

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Eating a high fiber diet and regular checkups can prevent its formation. When cancer is present, surgical removal can be curative if done early.

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • feeling of fullness after bowel movements,
  • narrow stools,
  • rectal bleeding,
  • gas pains,
  • bloating,
  • abdominal cramps,
  • weight loss without explanation,
  • tiredness,
  • anemia,
  • nausea, and
  • vomiting.

Colon polyps with the potential for becoming cancerous are called adenomatous. Polyps are removed when they are found and examined under a microscope to discover whether they are adenomatous.

For healthy people, screening colonoscopies are recommended at the age of 50 and every 7 to 10 years thereafter. If an adenomatous polyp is found and removed, the next colonoscopy should be performed in 5 years. If an adenomatous polyp is found and there is a family history of colon cancer, the patient should be rechecked in 3 years. (Colonoscopy can also reveal flat lesions called nonpolypoid colorectal neoplasms, which can also evolve into cancer).

Given the higher risk of adenomatous polyps in people with diabetes, should they be checked more often? Discuss the possibility with your doctor.

Do It Yourself Nail Care

In my own opinion the nails on the fingers as well as on the toes actually reflect how hygienic a person is. It shows just how concerned a particular person is when it comes to cleanliness. With the busy schedules most women may be leading, it is common for most to neglect having their nails get the regular manicure and pedicure. You can actually have to die for nails at a fraction of the price and in the comfort of your own home with this nail care guide.

If you want to clean your nails it is best to remove and wipe off any nail polish that may be remaining on your nails. Soak a cotton ball with a nail polish remover or acetone and apply on nails.

Long nails are great to look at but nails of just the right length would be ideal. Cut and trim your nails with a nail cutter based on your desired length. Toe nails though are better if they are snipped short.

The nail cutter does not all the time give straight cuts so refine your nail’s cut with the use of either a nail file or emery board whichever one you have. It is best to file in one direction instead of going back and forth which have the tendency to cause your nail to break. The direction of filing should be from the outside towards the center. A square cut that is somewhat oval in shape as well is ideal to avoid ingrown nails which can be very painful.

To remove unwanted cuticle, rub a solution of cuticle remover and gently push it with a pusher. If you know how to use a nipper, you can slowly cut them as well but you have to be extra careful because an incorrect way may cause infections. It is best to have your cuticles cut by a professional. Soaking your fingers and toes with the cuticle remover in warm water helps speed up the softening of your cuticles.

Before any color application a base coat is important to help protect your nails as well as prevent it from absorbing the color. Before applying nail color rub the bottle between your palms to prevent clumps. Apply a first coat allow to dry before doing another coat. Prevent smudges by applying nail color in a single direction. A topcoat is then applied to help maintain the shine as well as prevent chipping.

Vaginal Fibroids

Vaginal fibroids may not be as common as uterine fibroids, but they are almost the same thing. The only difference really is the location of them. Uterine fibroids that attach themselves on the outer lining can be positioned to be inside the vaginal lining as well. There is also a parasitic uterine fibroid that attacks other organs that could attack the vagina as well. These may not move to the external areas, but they can attack the internal tubes quite easily. Besides the pain you will most likely experience the heavy menstrual flow during your cycle.

These fibroids can be extremely painful because of their location. Intercourse of any type can become excruciating under these circumstances. These can also grow to a size large enough to block off the tube which will cause constant pain, but also other medical issues when considering pregnancy and even monthly flow problems. The inability to urinate could also become a huge problem with this as well.

Vaginal fibroids can be a cause of great embarrassment as well as pain. Larger ones will almost certainly influence your sex life as well as leading to other medical issues that can become huge issues. You also need to realize that these do not happen overnight, and will most likely continue to grow until you hit menopause. The lack of estrogen in you system usually keeps the fibroids from growing any more, and some may become calcified. This might not make a huge difference to you if they are already causing problems before they become calcified.

Phlegm, Dampness and Chinese Medicine

Internal Dampness & Phlegm

Dampness and phlegm are accumulations that occur in the body that may make us feel ‘phlegmy’ or just heavy and tired. When our diet is out of sync with our body, our mind is working overtime, or when the weather is very damp and humid, we tend to become stagnant with damp and phlegm.

Dampness is generally considered a thicker/heavier viscosity than phlegm, however may be less obvious in physical signs. Dampness is sensed in the heaviness of the body and fogginess of thinking, and can be seen in the tongue coat.

Phlegm is thinner and manifests in a runny nose or wet type of cough.

Symptoms of Dampness & Phlegm

· Foggy head

· Poor memory

· Difficulty waking up in the morning

· Low energy, especially after eating

· Loose Stool

· Poor concentration

· Leucorrhoea

· Wet-pustulent skin conditions

Signs of Dampness & Phlegm

· Swollen tongue with teeth marks

· White coating on tongue

· Runny nose, especially after greasy/dairy food

· Slippery pulse

One of the signs of dampness is a thick tongue coating and swelling of the tongue body. Sometimes the coating of the tongue is very thick and white, especially in people that consume a lot of dairy such as yoghurt and milk. These people often also scrape the coating of their tongue as it is so thick! This doesn’t treat the root of the damp problem, just removes one of the indicators.

Damp and phlegm accumulate for a few different reasons. We can initially break the causes down into 2 categories: Internal and External routes.

Internally damp/phlegm may accumulate due to:

1. Overthinking/stress leading to a deficiency of the spleen qi (digestive energy) which can’t cope with all the damp foods being ingested, thus leading to a sluggish digestion.

2. Poor diet. Too much dairy, greasy, oily, fatty, sweet, cold, raw and rich natured foods.

Externally damp/phlegm may accumulate due to:

1. Humid environment. Tropical weather. Air-conditioner blasting on you during a hot day for long periods of time.

2. The two weeks between each season change, and especially the end of summer which is considered the ‘late summer’ or ‘damp’ time of the year when we expect dampness to accumulate.

Chinese medicine is based on the 5 element theory. Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.

Each element relates to a season, organ, emotion and function etc. Dampness relates most closely to earth. The earth element relates to late summer, and the organs of the spleen and stomach.

The job of the spleen and stomach is to convert food and water to energy and the rest to waste. However, sometimes when this system is run-down and can’t convert things properly, due to a rich diet for example, there is an excess residue left over that can’t be disposed of efficiently called dampness. Chinese medicine also states that when the dampness over flows from the earth element, it is contained in the metal element; this being the lungs and large intestine. This can explain why sometimes we eat greasy fish and chips or a milk shake and get a runny nose, cough or diarrhea.

Dampness is heavy and likes to drain down and out. Sometimes it can’t do this as it gets blocked and gluggy. There are a few ways we get rid of damp. First we want to reduce the foods that are adding to the problem. Then we want to use herbs and acupuncture to either open the pores of the skin to disperse through sweat, purge through the stool or drain through urination. Then we will strengthen the digestion using a bland diet, exercise, herbs and acupuncture.

Matter and Energy

A good way to explain Chinese medicine and what we call ‘digestive fire’ is through basic physics principles.

Matter and energy. The two fundamental aspects of nature are fire and water. We can refer to these 2 elements as matter (water) and energy (fire). Everything is a form of matter and energy, matter being a more condensed form with less vibration and energy as a more dispersed and insubstantial form that has highly vibrational electrons and protons.

This said, the two are interchangeable; life and nature are always moving and changing. We are made up of matter and we are driven by passion, emotion, will and love, in this case we can say this is the ‘energy’ or fire that is life. Thus, we are made up of matter, driven by energy. But what fuels this energy? Food, air and water. So we have life, or this ‘inner fire’, and we want to add fuel or wood. What kind of wood would we add to a campfire?

What burdens the digestive fire?

When we want to make a good fire, we need good, light and dry wood; like kindling. We notice when we put green sticks on the fire it smokes and dulls the fire. Likewise, if we put a large log of wet wood on the fire, we’re likely to extinguish it totally.

The spleen and stomach like dry, light food. Thus heavy, oily, greasy, raw and dense foods are not the kind of thing to strengthen an already weak digestion. It is like throwing a big heavy wet log on a small fire. Goodbye fire!

We need to start with easily digestible grains and foods that are cooked well and not overly processed. This is our kindling.

Foods to reduce dampness & return digestive fire

Cooked whole grains: Rice, Oats, Barley, Rye, Millet, Quinoa, Pearl Barley, Buckwheat, Amaranth, Corn

Veggies: Beans (if you can tolerate from the gas), celery, pumpkin, turnip, alfalfa, leafy greens

Meat/Protein: Small amounts of well cooked (even slow cooked/stewed) are good and damp draining. Beef, Lamb, Chicken.

Spices/Herbs: Ginger is great to warm the digestive fire, especially in congee. Cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, paprika, cumin and pepper are all warming to the digestion.

Foods to avoid that increase dampness & reduce digestive fire

Basically, too much raw, cold, sweet, oily or mucous-forming foods.

Too many raw fruits, vegetable, sprouts, juices, cold food from the fridge, salad, sushi in excess.

Late night eating

Over eating

Not chewing properly

Processed foods such as pastries, pork, duck, salads, wheat grass, avocados, bananas, tofu, soy milk (soy is 50% fats and oils), eggs, chocolate, ice cream, smoothies, iced water, lassies, dairy.

A raw food or salad diet sounds great and cleansing but may not be beneficial for everyone. A person who is very hot, red faced with a strong constitution will benefit a lot, however a skinny, pale, tired person will become worse. This is all due to their condition, digestive fire, and diet.

Further improving digestion and reducing excess weight

When the digestive fire is reduced and we put in more of the wrong foods, we get a left over residue. This is what we call dampness. This dampness is energy that has become more substantial, matter. This left over matter may be deposited as fat or turn into more solid matter such as cysts.

The way to reduce this occurring is:

Reducing damp accumulating foods

Restoring digestive fire

Become active and exercise daily

Clearing your mind with meditation and relaxation breathing

Chris Eddy Dr of Chinese Medicine

The Toe Nail Fungus Cure: Natural Ways

Natural methods are some of the best options when it comes to toe nail fungus cure. Because natural methods don’t have adverse side effects, are readily available and cheap, more and more people are going for it to cure their infection. You can even get the ingredients for the cure from the local supermarket. But there are some treatments that may only work on some people; on some people it may not. Worse, it might to some other complications since the toe nail fungi may spread around the feet or even to other parts of the body.

These toe nail fungus remedies are usually discovered by people by accident, or even by trial and error. A lot of people have shared their experiences with these cures with other people until a lot of people have also discovered that it works with them too. Here are some popular and most effective natural toe nail fungus cures:

1. Vinegar and Apple Cider – If you are searching for a toe nail fungus cure, natural materials such as apple cider vinegar, as well as tea tree oil are the most popular ingredients. You soak your toes in a solution containing these ingredients. You’ll see a difference in a couple of weeks, but it will take a lot of months to be finally rid of it.

2. Using Natural Oils – Other toe nail fungus cure natural materials are clove oil, lavender oil, red rosemary oils, lemongrass oil, and Epsom salts. These have antifungal as well as antibiotic properties, so they will help contain the toe nail fungus.

3. Common Household Items – Household materials such as Listerine, Hydrogen Peroxide and Vicks vapor rub have been also shared by a lot of people as other effective cures. Some have even reported that their nail fungus have disappeared only a few days since they’ve tried these alternative cures. They mix these ingredients with water and then soak their toes in it for around 30 minutes a day. Though household materials, these don’t pose any health threats like prescription medicines. By the way, a lot of prescription medicines can cause damage to the liver, so be careful in using them.

4. Pepper – Many people are also recommending cayenne pepper as well as coconut oil as a toe nail fungus cure (natural method). It will take several months for the fungus to completely disappear, but if one takes precautionary measures such as wearing sandals more often and avoiding moist environments for the feet, this will speed up the treatment.

5. Zetaclear – There are also products available that are made of all-natural materials that are proven to cure toe nail fungus. Examples of which are zetaclear. Their key ingredients include tea tree oil, lavender oil and clove oil, which are nature’s antibiotics.

6. Alternative Treatments – Urine therapy is another promising natural cure for toe nail fungus. One has to drink around 3 cups of one’s own urine in the morning. The results come in just a couple of days, most have reported. Urine therapy has a lot of benefits aside from curing toe nail fungus. One can research more about it and discover its different benefits.

It’s always advisable to try the natural means of treatment before going for medication. Though they may take different healing times, you can be assured that you are safe as well as you can save on the costs since they are readily available.

Thrush Treatment and Cure

  • Thrush Background Thrush is, in fact, a chronic condition. Also known as candida, candidiasis, monilia and yeast infection, a rapid cure for thrush is necessary upon diagnosis because it is potentially quite dangerous. Fertility in women can be affected and it can lead to several grave complications if experienced during pregnancy.
  • Thrush Symptoms Thrush is a yeasty fungus which can infect the gut, stomach, urinary tract, vagina, skin and mouth. It tends to form a root-like structure in the stomach and then infect the bloodstream, thereby transferring the infection to other parts of the body. Symptoms include a discharge (without the fishy odor of BV), itching of the vagina and a stinging sensation when passing water.
  • Diagnosis Because thrush is more virulent and serious than a condition like vaginitis, it is wise to have a medical examination if it is suspected. This applies whether a traditional or modern cure is subsequently used, although, as with most alternative medicine, a natural cure has no side effects and is in no way dangerous. An examination should also eliminate the possibility of it being a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Modern Cures More modern cures, developed in the 1960s, can be prolonged, expensive and deleterious to the patient's overall health. The immune system is often affected, allowing other infections and ailments greater scope for attack.
  • A Thrush Treatment Alternative natural, herbal thrush treatment , on the : other hand, has only beneficial qualities for a Sufferer's general health. It is well worth spending $ 20 to $ 40 on a decent guide for the preparation and application of such treatments.
  • Herbs The following herbs are normally included in an anti-fungal infusion or tincture to rid the body of candida: pau d'arco bark (laphacho / taheebo), goldenseal (hydrastis canadensis), oregon grape root (mahonia nervosa) and barberry (berberis vulgaris). However, this list is by no means exhaustive. Herbs used to combat inflammation include chamomile (matricaria recicuta) and licorice root (glycyrrhiza glabra).
  • Food and Exercise Exercise, especially aerobic, and diet are also important. The intake of alcohol should be eliminated along with simple sugars. Animal fats and simple carbohydrates should be kept to a minimum. Vitamins and minerals to take include vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, lactobacillus acidophilus, magnesium, calcium, biotin and essential fatty acids.

Hepatitis C – To "Treat" Or Not to "Treat"

It is estimated that three to four million Americans are infected with hepatitis C (HCV), a blood borne virus that attacks the liver of its host, and many of them are not even aware of it. The US spent nearly six billion dollars in 1997 for the treatment of HCV, and the costs have continued to skyrocket. The mainstream treatments that are available are expensive, only marginally effective and loaded with nasty side effects. The horizon is littered with bewildered hep C patients, newly diagnosed – often taken from blissful ignorance (asymptomatic) to shock and horror in a moment's notice – who are asking the dreaded question, should I undergo "The Treatment"?

According to the many natural practitioners who oppose "treatment" of HCV with harsh and expensive drugs, it is technically not the chemical interferons that do the acute damage; it is the body's massive inflammatory response to the drugs. The long term damage may be related to the undermining of a patient's baseline immunity, which makes them more susceptible to opportunistic infections and often to flare ups of the virus that are worse the second time around. Often the first test recommended to a hepatitis C patient is a liver biopsy. Although a liver biopsy is certainly the most definitive way to confirm the patient's genotype and determine the level of deterioration of liver tissue, it is a perilous and invasive procedure that further traumatizes and inflames the liver.

Natural practitioners prefer to monitor blood studies, particularly liver transaminase enzyme levels, which are generally elevated when significant liver tissue damage is taking place. Physicians also typically monitor the level of viral replication that is taking place in the blood, commonly referred to as the viral load and measured by a test called a PCR – RNA. These and other markers can help reveal how well a patient is dealing with the virus without inflicting further harm or adding stress to an already challenged organ.

The natural approach to treating HCV – or any other chronic illness for that matter – involves strengthening and balancing the immune system, internal cleansing of the body, reducing systemic inflammation and the promotion of healthy metabolic pathways. A comprehensive nutritional support program is needed to support the body's ability to absorb and assimilate nutrients and eliminate toxins and wastes.

Natural treatment of hepatitis C typically addresses stress management, regular exercise and a healthy diet consisting chiefly of the foods that were given through the wisdom of our Creator to sustain us. Dietary protein is often limited to reduce stress on the liver, although some protein is needed for liver tissue regeneration. Any underlying nutritional deficits are identified and treated, as are any secondary infections which can further burden and compromise the immune system. At its best, natural treatment also takes into consideration that being made in the triune image of God, we must address the trinity of our nature (mind, body and spirit) if we wish to be made whole.

There are numerous natural medicines and techniques that are employed in treating viral infections like hep C, from herbal antivirals such as cat's claw to intravenous vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide or photoluminescence therapy. In addition to antiviral strategies to keep the viral load down, various herbs and nutrients are given to help protect the liver and encourage regeneration of liver tissue. Milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric, schizandra, artichoke and blupeurum have all been shown to have powerful liver protective properties. All of these proven nutrients may be found in one cutting edge liver support formula.

Whatever the threat, however, there is no more fundamental a way to support and restore the immune system than to support the master gland of immunity, the thymus gland. Glandular extracts of thymus have a long history of use to restore integrity to overtaxed immune systems.

Persons diagnosed with hepatitis of any kind should always be screened for iron overload to rule out hemochromatosis, a very common genetic disorder that prevents elimination of dietary iron. The combination of viral hepatitis and hemochromatosis is extremely dangerous because the virus thrives in an iron rich environment and high iron levels are toxic to the liver in the first place. Diagnosis of the genetic disorder is confirmed by the presence of both elevated serum iron levels and a high transferrin saturation percentage. Natural treatment of iron overload involves periodic phlebotomies (therapeutic blood-letting), often along with the administration of inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a commercially available oral iron binding agent.

A diagnosis of infection with hepatitis C is not a death sentence. It is, however, a wake up call to begin to treat one's temple with care and respect, and to seek to understand how our daily choices impact our quality of life. The ancient Hebrew prophet Hosea lamented that " my people perish for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4: 6) In today's information age, knowledge is more accessible than ever before, but one needs considerable discernment to separate the wheat from the chaff.

As natural health seekers, we need to ask for and receive wisdom and understanding from God as to how the enemy attempts to steal away our health and vitality, for "there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death "(Proverbs 14:12). Recognizing that you are a target of lies and a prisoner of your habits and choices is the first step towards transforming your health.

The apostle Paul urged us to "not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12: 2). That means much more than do not drink, smoke and cuss. We must learn to "present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service" (Romans 12: 1). That means abstaining from fast, fried or processed foods, sodas, refined sugar and flour, chemical sweeteners and preservatives, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and most certainly with an HCV challenged liver, alcohol. It means limiting protein intake and exposure to chemical or emotional toxicity, hormones, antibiotics and pesticides.

We must remember that virtually everything that enters our body, whether by mouth, nose, lungs, or skin must be processed by the liver. Other than the brain, it is far and away the most critical of all internal organs in terms of systems management. The liver is intimately involved in the metabolism of fat, sugar, protein and hormones. Foods, toxins, even our thoughts have a profound effect on the liver, so we must guard our liver well in our daily choices … all the more so if we are dealing with a chronic illness like hepatitis C.

How Severe Is My Ankle Sprain?

Spraining your ankle is the most common ankle injury, and it occurs when the ligaments in the ankle are either torn or stretched beyond their limit.  People who have suffered from sprained ankles in the past have a higher risk of re-spraining their ankle in the future.  Other people who have a high risk for ankle sprains are those with weak leg muscles or unsteady feet (i.e., feet that tend to “roll over”).   

Ankle sprains run the gamut from injuries that you can “walk-off” to injuries that require surgery.  Sprains are usually classified into three degrees.

If you notice swelling and mild pain in your ankle, but are still able to bear some weight on your foot, you most likely have a first degree ankle sprain.  This is the most minor form of the injury and usually results from overstretching the ligament.  The best way to treat a first degree ankle sprain is with R.I.C.E..  This helpful acronym stands for Rest, Ice, Compression (usually with the help of a compressive bandage) and Elevation.  If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, start R.I.C.E. immediately.  Give your foot several days rest, elevate and ice the ankle as much as possible and wear a compressive bandage at all times.  Your ankle should be back to normal in a few days.

Second degree ankle sprains are characterized by moderate to severe pain, swelling and stiffness.  The best way to tell the difference between a first and second degree sprain is by the amount of weight you are able to put on your foot.  Sprained ankles that can bear some weight are generally first degree; people with second degree sprains find it extremely painful to put even a little bit of weight on their ankle.  In addition to R.I.C.E., ankles with second degree sprains may need to be splinted.  Crutches may also be necessary to help the injured person get around.  

Third degree sprains are characterized by severe pain followed by no pain at all.  They occur when the ligament is torn.  Symptoms include severe swelling and complete dysfunction of the joint.  R.I.C.E. is still a good starting point when it comes to treating third degree sprains.  But a doctor should be consulted immediately, and the injured party should be prepared to undergo surgery or have their ankle put in a cast for several weeks.

Death from Liver Disease

The liver is a very important organ that performs a variety of functions in the human body. Being a large organ, the liver can cope with small damages. If the damage is left untreated, it can worsen the condition of the liver and prevent it from functioning. Severe damage to the liver can result in liver failure and death. Some of the conditions that can lead to death from liver disease are alcoholism, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Alcoholism

Prolonged use of alcohol can cause a variety of mental and physical conditions. Consumption of alcohol affects the liver and other organs. There are three stages of alcoholic liver disease. First, a fatty liver develops in heavy drinkers. Liver functions do not deteriorate at this stage and this condition can be reversed if alcohol is not consumed. The second stage is alcoholic hepatitis where the patient may develop jaundice. The effects can be reversed at this stage if further consumption of alcohol is stopped and treatment is taken. The final stage is cirrhosis of the liver, which is irreversible and severely damages the liver. As a result, functions of the liver are affected, and a person's life span is also reduced.

Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is usually a secondary development. Tumors of the lung, colon, pancreas, or stomach can spread to the liver. Tumors of the liver are either benign or malignant. Malignant, or cancerous, tumors of the liver are of two kinds – hepatoma and cholangiocarcinoma. A hepatoma is a tumor that grows in the liver and invades normal tissue. Cholangiocarcinoma is cancer of the bile duct cells. Advanced stages of liver cancer lead to death.

Cirrhosis

Scarring of normal tissue and inflammation of the liver leads to cirrhosis. It is one of the top ten diseases in the world that causes death.

Viral Hepatitis

Any of the following viruses can affect the liver and cause death: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D, Hepatitis E, and Hepatitis X. Among these types A, B and C are the main types of viral hepatitis. Around 40-60% of liver disease deaths are due to Hepatitis.

What is Canine Urolithiasis in Miniature Schnauzers?

Urolithiasis in canines is a disease that can affect many pets. Miniature Schnauzers are particularly likely to develop this condition. Urolithiasis is caused by urolith (stones), calculi or kidney stones in the urinary tract. The condition is also referred to as urinary calculi, cystitis or bladder stones. They are very much like kidney stones in human beings and may develop in the kidneys, urethra or any other place in the urinary tract of a Miniature Schnauzer or other dog. The most common place they occur is in the bladder and whether it is crystals or stones, they cause irritation to the lining of the urinary tract, pain, blood in the urine or changes in the urinary bladder lining. In more severe cases of urolithiasis, the flow of urine may be blocked and make urinating very painful, if not completely impossible.

Symptoms of a dog with urolithiasis are quite similar to that of a human being; bloody urine, increased urination, dribbling of urine, appetite loss, vomiting and pain. It is very important that the dog receives immediate medical attention if he shows any of these symptoms, as lack of proper medical treatment of this condition can result in death. The Miniature Schnauzer may show all of these symptoms or maybe just a few, so either way, it is imperative they get medical attention. There are also different types of stones, so it is important to know which type your dog has.

Though a specific cause for urolithiasis has not been determined, many different factors can contribute to its likelihood; age, breed, sex, diet and living quarters are just a few examples. Although a young pup may get this disease, it is much more common in dogs aged 2-10 years old. Males and females can both suffer from urolithiasis, but it is much more common in males because they have a longer and more narrow urethra than a female. Smaller breeds such as the Miniature Schnauzer are more likely to get this disease than a larger breed. A lack of exercise, low fluid intake or the dog being confined so they cannot urinate frequently can all be contributing factors to this disease. Diets that are rich in certain minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein may also lead to urolithiasis developing.

If the dogs urinary tract is blocked, a veterinarian will need to manually empty the bladder and try to fix it the blockage. Years ago a veterinarian would need to surgically remove the stones, which oftentimes is still likely. Most cases of urolithiasis can be cured with proper treatment and a special diet to help reduce excessive amounts of minerals so the dog may more easily pass the stones on their own. This can usually take from 4-6 weeks and depends entirely on the severity of the stones. If an infection is also present, the dog will need to take antibiotics.

It is extremely important for a Miniature Schnauzer to follow the right diet so as to help the stones to disappear. After the dog is healthy again, it is equally important the dog stays on a diet that will not cause urolithiasis to develop again at a future point in time. Urolithiasis can be a very serious disease for a Miniature Schnauzer or any other dog, and almost 50% of dogs who have it, suffer from a relapse at a future time, if they go back to the same type of diet they were consuming before the onset of the disease.

Pain – Foot Heel Pain Treatment for Foot Pain Relief

Does your heel hurt every time you walk or stand on it? When you play sports, do you have to continuously call time-outs because of heel pain? When you wake up in the morning, do you experience excruciating pain in your heel? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a foot spur and need treatment. Foot heel pain treatments vary as to their effectiveness.

Causes of Foot Heel Pain

Many different things can lead to heel pain. The first step in foot heel pain treatment is to see your doctor or a podiatrist. Your doctor can determine why you are experiencing heel pain and work with you to determine which foot heel pain treatment plan is right for you.

· Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the fascia (the band of tissues that connects your heel to your toes) becomes inflamed. This can happen from too much jumping or running, arthritis, or wearing poor-fitted shoes. Foot heel pain treatment for plantar fasciitis includes: specific exercises, rest, and/or heel inserts. If the pain is unbearable, your doctor may recommend medication to reduce the swelling.

· Stone Bruise. Something as simple as a stone or rock may be the cause of your heel pain. Sometimes when we step too hard on a solid object, we can bruise the pads of our heels. The foot heel pain treatment for a stone bruise is rest, walk on the ball of your foot, and ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. The pain will gradually go away.

· Tendonitis. Wear and tear can negatively affect the tendons in the foot, especially the Achilles tendon. When this happens, the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, and pain behind the heel occurs. The foot heel pain treatment for this condition includes stretching exercises, heel inserts, pain medication, (Advil or Tylenol) or wearing open-backed shoes.

· Heel Spur. Your doctor or podiatrist will be able to point out if you have a spur by an x-ray. Causes of your heel pain could include inadequate flexibility in your calf muscles, lack of arch support, being overweight, suddenly increasing physical activity, and spending too much time on your feet. Treatment can involve any of or all of the following remedies as in rest, ice application, stretching, taping the heel for support, and orthonics for you shoes.

Foot Heel Pain Treatment: According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), 72% of people who used stretching exercises to lesson heel pain, had the pain subside. Do not ignore heel pain. It could be an early sign of a variety of serious conditions. That is why early treatment of your heel pain is so valuable. And the good news is, most foot heel pain treatment plans are easy and can be conducted at home. Surgery is hardly ever necessary unless you let it get out of hand.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let heel pain interrupt your life a minute more. Find the best foot heel pain treatment available by talking to your podiatrist and agreeing on a course of action.

Early Pregnancy Signs – How To Detect Before A Pregnancy Test

Most women wonder what will be the first early pregnancy sign that she will notice after conceiving. As opinions and experiences related to primary signs of pregnancy being extremely varying, most of the women seem to get confused how to check for those symptoms. Though many assume a missed period is the announcement of their pregnancy, but doctors contradict this assumption. A missed period can be an outcome of excessive stress, exhaustion, binging on work, improper diet and other health problems. As per medical professionals, expecting mothers must wait for and rely on other possible signs of pregnancy as well besides waiting for an overdue period. Moreover, a missed period is expected to surface after a month of conceiving. Nonetheless, your body starts sending signals from a few days onwards after fertilization, therefore, look for those symptoms to detect your pregnancy as soon as possible.

Signs That Give You Indicators Of Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy consists of a chain of reactions in response to the drastic hormonal changes occur in your body. The reactions include both mental and physical changes and discomforts. Hence, check out what possible pregnancy symptoms, you are about to experience in the early months of pregnancy and how to cope up with those discomforting symptoms –

  • Mood Swings and depression – If you feel like weeping at times or getting into a war with your partner for no reason, blame on your hormonal changes instead of your spouse. Expecting mothers may, now and then feel blue, depressed due to increased level of estrogen.
  • Nausea or Morning Sickness – Feeling nausea or rushing to loo frequently for vomiting is one of the surest indications of pregnancy. Since this tendency of feeling nausea in the morning or often throughout the day is quite different from normal queasy feeling, so it is a prominent early pregnancy sign. Expecting mothers can manage discomforts of nausea by managing their diets by eating less spicy food and taking small meals instead of larger meals.
  • Bleeding Or Vaginal Spotting – After the fertilized egg travels to uterus and gets implanted to the inner walls of uterus, you will notice slight bleeding secreted from your vagina. This is a primary early pregnancy sign you will receive. Unlike regular menstruation bleeding, this implantation bleeding [as it is known due to its time of occurrence] is likely to be pinkish in color and quite normal and harmless. However, heavy bleeding is a warning sign of pregnancy complications including ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages etc.
  • Gas Or Flatulene – Suffering from gas is a common scenario during pregnancy, hence, it is a noteworthy early pregnancy sign. The digestive system of pregnant women slows down and gives rise to various symptoms of indigestion such as generation of gas, constipation etc.
  • Feeling of Increased Fatigue – You may tend to feel an extreme level of exhaustion in the first couple of months of your pregnancy. In the earliest trimester, your body undergoes drastic changes in hormones to support development of fetus inside your body and this is how your body reacts to the hormonal changes. Moreover, due to feeling of nausea you may reduce your normal level of eating which may leave you feeling immensely tired and weak.

    Besides all these symptoms, you may also experience other pregnancy symptoms like frequent urinating, increased level of body temperature, abdominal cramping etc. If you are expecting childbirth, you must include each and every early pregnancy sign in a pregnancy journal and consult your doctor to be confirmed through check ups and tests.

  • All About Food Poisoning

    Food Poisoning

    When you visit a restaurant for a nice sit-down meal, or when you purchase packaged edibles from the grocery store, you do not expect to get sick from eating these food products. Unfortunately, however, many people suffer food poisoning from poorly handled, stored, cleaned, or cooked items. If you have developed a bad case of this illness as the result of another party's negligence, then you may be able to recover damages for your suffering.

    Causes

    A victim catches food poisoning when he or she eats food products that have been contaminated by bacteria or viruses. Food can become infected by these dangerous microorganisms as the result of several different negligent practices:

    · Leaving products necessitating refrigeration out for too long

    · Use of poor sanitation measures when preparing food

    · Allowing food to come into contact with animal feces during the harvesting or packaging processes

    · Undercooking meats

    · Failing to fully clean produce

    Unfortunately, food poisoning can be quite relentless and painful. It does not take much to prevent dangerous bacteria from cultivating on food products, but when restaurants or food manufacturers are rushed or trying to cut corners, they can easily put their customers at risk.

    Symptoms

    Food poisoning symptoms are similar to those of stomach viruses. They are predominantly focused in the abdominal region and the digestive tract. Typically, sufferers will experience some or even all of the following:

    · Diarrhea

    · Nausea and vomiting

    · Malaise

    · Severe abdominal cramping

    · Loss of appetite

    · Fever

    · Weakness

    · Headache

    The signs of food poisoning depend on the specific type of infection one develops. There are many strains of this illness, and each one is caught in a different manner and causes different symptoms.

    Treatment

    Symptoms of food poisoning typically arise several hours after the infected products have been ingested. Most cases will resolve themselves without outside treatment, but there are several tips that victims can follow to prevent matters from getting worse. It is very important for patients to stay hydrated as best as possible because they suffer severe fluid losses through vomiting and diarrhea. Avoidance of solid foods and lactose will also help keep the stomach and intestines calm.

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    What is Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction?

    The Sphincter of Oddi, named after Ruggero Oddi, an Italian anatomist who described this structure in 1887, is the muscle valve that regulates the flow of bile and pancreatic juice into the duodenum (beginning of the small intestine).

    Regulation of the Sphincter of Oddi is accomplished through the nervous system and the blood by special messengers– digestive hormones. If there is no food in the intestine, the Sphincter of Oddi valve remains closed. Bile is retained in the gallbladder and pancreatic juice is retained in the pancreas. Spasms or blockage of this valve may cause bile and pancreatic juice to back up. If a tiny amount of bile gets into the pancreatic duct, serious trouble can ensue. Bile can activate digestive enzymes inside the pancreas and these enzymes start to digest their own pancreatic cells, causing pain, congestion, inflammation and even the death of pancreatic tissue. This is referred to as pancreatitis.

    The blockages of the Sphincter of Oddi by tumors, large gallbladder stones, or scars after inflammation, certainly need surgery. The number of individuals with these problems is relatively small, but millions of Americans suffer from occasional transient spasms of the Sphincter of Oddi with pain, nausea and bloating. In most situations, their tests are normal and these individuals get labeled with acid reflux disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), stomach flu, food poisoning or other diseases. Many of those patients have type III Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction. A lack of proper treatment of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction can later cause serious complications like pancreatitis and gallbladder inflammation.

    Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction can affect children, adults after age 40, women, overweight individuals and people after abdominal surgeries. For example, statistics show that almost 20% of individuals after gallbladder removal have the Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction.

    Why does the Sphincter of Oddi become spasmodic? The answer depends on many reasons if we put into account the very complicated regulation of this sphincter by the nervous system and special blood messengers – digestive hormones. Here are some examples of what can make the Sphincter of Oddi spasm:

    • Stress, depression and anxiety
    • Poor eating habits such as “eating on the go”, eating while watching television, irregular diets, dieting, fasting and wrong combinations of foods such as mixing fatty foods with starches and sugars
    • Drugs, some medication, alcohol and nicotine
    • Harsh, intensive and repetitive “liver cleansing”
    • Hormonal imbalance such as lower thyroid function or menopause
    • “Aggressive” acidic bile with sand, sludge, gallbladder stones and more

    Usually we can see combinations of these factors in predisposed individuals with overweight issues, sedentary lifestyles and stress for long periods of time. The Standard American Diet, which is full of processed and acidic foods (meat, sugars, alcohol, animal fats, white flour, etc.), causes acidity in the whole body. The Standard American Diet leads to acidic conditions in the bile and pancreatic juice as well. The bile becomes acidic and the amount of bile acids in the bile increases as well. Bile acids are very aggressive substances; they irritate the wall of the Sphincter of Oddi causing muscle contractions – spasms. 

    3-4 liters of mixed pancreatic juice and bile travel through the Sphincter of Oddi daily. Acidification of these fluids makes them very “aggressive,” corroding and irritating for surrounding tissues, particularly the Sphincter of Oddi. Putting into account that bile is a vehicle for removing toxic chemicals such as bile pigments, heavy metals, drugs, medications and poisons from the body, and that bile ducts and the gallbladder often harbor parasites, there is no question that the Sphincter of Oddi is an easy target for irritation. Additionally, alcohol, unhealthy foods, irregular eating and improper food combinations cause chaos in the normal functioning of the Sphincter of Oddi as well. 

    The most common and prominent symptom of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction is upper abdominal pain. This is often experienced as a sharp pain in the middle of the abdomen right below the rib cage. Pain can be severe in nature, bring people to the hospital and require pain medication. But in many cases, pain may be mild and usually does not need painkillers. Symptoms of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction are divided as biliary pain and pancreatic pain. 

    Symptoms of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Biliary Abdominal Pain include:

    • Biliary pain felt in the middle or right part of the upper abdomen
    • Pain radiating on the back at the lower tip of the scapula or right shoulder
    • Pain accompanied often by bloating, nausea and vomiting
    • Pain precipitated by fatty food or alcohol intake
    • Pain varying in intensity and lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to 4-5 hours 

    Symptoms of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Pancreatic Abdominal Pain include:

    • Pain located in the upper abdomen on the left or right side
    • Pain radiating directly through the abdomen to the back
    • Pain accompanied often by bloating, nausea, and vomiting
    • Pain precipitated by incorrect food combinations of protein/fat/starch/sugar food or consumption of alcohol 

    Non-drug holistic strategies may be helpful. Some holistic methods for healing of the Sphincter Oddi Dysfunction Type III are widely used in many countries throughout the world:

    • Healing Diet
    • Drinking healing mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt 
    • Anti-Candida Program
    • Acupuncture
    • Herbal Medicine
    • Nutritional Supplementation
    • Visceral Massage
    • European Whole Body Cleansing through the Restoration of Friendly Intestinal Flora and Colon Hydrotherapy
    • Chiropractic Manipulations
    • Relaxation, Meditation, Hypnosis, Custom Hypnosis CDs 

    Healing courses of alternative and holistic medicine can be used separately or as complementary approaches to traditional medicine. 

    The information on this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed medical professional.