How Much Compensation Money for a Whiplash or Neck Injury?

Whiplash or neck injuries are very common but there seems to be a stigma involved in claiming compensation for whiplash. With the ever increasing traffic on our roads there are more and more road accidents where whiplash is a common injury. Any accident involving the neck and shoulders can be painful and should be compensated for. Claiming compensation for an accident that was not your fault is your legal and civil right.

There are many different types of neck injuries and many are found in conjunction with back and shoulder problems. The most devastating cases may leave claimants very severely disabled and these claims may have a value of £86,500. On the lower end of the scale where claimants may only suffer a minor strain and only suffer for a few weeks the amount could be as little as £750.

Severe neck injury which is associated with incomplete paraplegia or with permanent spastic quadriparesis or where the injured person still has no movement in the neck and suffers severe headaches, the amount of damages awarded could be in the region of £86,500. The compensation awarded to someone with injuries which give rise to severe disabilities could be in the region of £38,175 to £76,350.

With injuries which cause severe damage to soft tissues and or ruptured tendons the amount you could be entitled too could be in the region of £32,000. The precise amount would depend the prognosis and the length of time during which the most serious symptoms are more bearable. Fracture injuries or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and which may necessitate spinal fusion could fetch in the region of £14,500 to £19,100. Fractures can leave markedly impaired function or vulnerability to further trauma and some limitation of activities.

Moderate cases involving whiplash or wrenching type injuries can result in cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement with permanent or recurring pain and stiffness with the possible need for further surgery. For this moderate case the amount you would be entitled to would be in the region of £8,150 to £14,500.

The type of injuries which may have exacerbated or accelerated some pre-existing unrelated condition but they may have made a complete recovery. The amount you may be entitled too could be in the region of £4,575 to £8,150. This will also apply to moderate whiplash injuries. The more minor cases where a full recovery takes place within a couple of years the amount would be in the region of £2,550 to £4,575. For a complete recovery that takes a few weeks or months the amount would be £750 to £2,550.

If any of these describes your injury and you believe the accident was not your fault then you should claim compensation. Over 2 million people in the UK have accidents each year, and very few claim compensation for their injuries which is ridiculous. Seeking compensation for pain and suffering your civil and legal right. Whatever type of accident, as long as you’re not responsible then you are entitled to compensation and should go about claiming it. The financial loss you would be compensated for could be due to loss of earnings or due to damages to your car or any other personal item. Some people may have to adapt their homes to deal with the injury permanently. Or they may have lost their job and are no longer able to work; stress depression and anxiety are all illnesses that may not have occurred if the accident had never happened. This is why it is ethically right that people should have the opportunity to claim compensation for their injuries however mild or severe they maybe.

No win no fee (Conditional fee agreements) were first introduced in 1995 when legal aid was still available for personal injury cases. The reason it was introduced was to give the people with incomes above legal aid eligibility limits the chance to fund personal injury litigation. People whose income was just about the limit were still finding it difficult to pay for a solicitor. This “no win no fee” agreement eventually became available to fund most civil cases and the consequence of this was that legal aid was abolished 2000. Contrary to popular belief there has not been a compensation boom, in fact the number of claims has dropped since this time.

So if you have damaged your neck and have suffered whiplash you should be seeking out an accident claims solicitor. Ignore the stigma attached, and find yourself a solicitor that offers free impartial advice and one that has years of experience dealing with accident claims.

The Body Shape Questionnaire – Keeping Eating Disorders on the Radar

The body shape questionnaire (BSQ) is a tool used to evaluate behavior and mindset of people who may be prone to eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. It was first introduced in 1986 by P.J. Cooper, M.J. Taylor, Z. Cooper and C.G. Fairburn in an article appearing in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Many psychologists, psychiatrists and eating disorder specialists have found the BSQ to be highly effective in measuring an individual’s level of weight and shape concern, particularly when it is used in conjunction with other measures of body satisfaction and body image.

Typically consisting of 34 questions that receive a rating from 1 to 6, the body shape questionnaire is also available in shorter versions that only feature 16 key questions. The BSQ explores patients’ psyches with queries such as: “Has feeling bored made you brood about your shape?” and “Has being with thin women made you feel self conscious about your shape?” While seemingly innocuous, the answers to these questions can be quite telling when there is concern regarding a potential eating disorder. Other questions that probe a little deeper include: “Has eating even a small amount of food made you feel fat?” and “Has thinking about your shape interfered with your ability to concentrate (e.g. while watching television, reading, listening to conversations)?”

While these initial questions may indicate a potential eating disorder, they do not necessarily point toward an individual who is a victim of one. Many of the early questions in the BSQ could simply be reflective of normal or slightly hyper sensitivities to body image. However, there are several questions that are blatant in their indication of an eating disorder or substantial psychosis. Questions such as “Have you vomited in order to feel thinner?” and “Have you taken laxatives in order to feel thinner?” are the crux of the Body Satisfaction Questionnaire. These are the questions that, in all actuality, could potentially save a life.

Perhaps if educators and those who work with young people were educated in the symptoms of eating disorders and even given access to and training in the BSQ, the instances of anexoria nervosa and bulimia nervosa would decline. As an evaluation tool, the BSQ is a positive first step in diagnosing eating disorders or in alerting doctors of an individual’s potential for an eating disorder.

Were this tool placed in the right hands, young people who are at risk of having an eating disorder could possibly be identified early on, thus, limiting the long term damage that is often incurred. At the very least, educators and those working with young people could be given an abbreviated version of the BSQ as well as intensive training in evaluating behavior and identifying symptoms or a potential for eating disorders. When there is a team atmosphere and professionals are working together to combat eating disorders, great strides can be made in identifying patients early. With the Body Satisfaction Questionnaire as a key component, lives can be saved.

TMJ Disorder and Alcohol

At the risk of raining on anyone’s parade or being a party-pooper, I have to raise the fact that, if you are a drinker – even a light drinker, there is a strong possibility that your TMJ problems may stem from, or be increased by, alcohol use. And not just alcohol use, even caffeine and nicotine can exacerbate your grinding and clenching problems.

Alcohol’s Effect on TMJ Disorder

There is a great deal of speculation that alcohol affects one’s tendency to grind and clench because, in general, alcohol interferes with one’s sleep patterns. Regardless of how deeply you think you are sleeping after imbibing, studies indicate that alcohol only acts as a sedative in the early hours of sleep. Later, in the sleep cycle, sleep can be disturbed.

Anyone who has tippled before bed knows that they often feel fatigued upon awakening, despite how many hours they may have “slept.” This is because the deep cycles of sleep are shortened – or missed altogether – when one drinks in the hours before bed.

Numerous studies indicate that grinding intensifies and that people clench more after alcohol consumption.

Nicotine and Caffeine

Smokers, soda drinkers and coffee drinkers also have a tendency to clench and grind more than their non-smoking, drinking counterparts. Nicotine and caffeine act as stimulants to the nervous system. Over stimulation during the day may give one a sense of energy and alertness, sometimes even anxiety. Indeed, often one’s blood pressure surges with even these mild stimulants. When one is sleeping, however, this excess nervous energy may be released in undesirable ways…such as clenching and grinding. Sleep itself may be disturbed and agitated, with deep cycles being shortened. This in turn contributes to clenching and grinding.

Other Drug Effects

Drugs, prescription and otherwise, can affect people in unanticipated ways. For example, prescription drugs for depression can cause clenching/grinding, as can over-the-counter products that treat cold symptoms. Read labels carefully. If the product raises blood pressure, causes dizziness, nervousness, sleeplessness etc. as a side effect, it may well contribute to nocturnal clenching and grinding.

Be kind to yourself. Skip the vino and after dinner coffee and cigarette and instead take a walk, focus on your breathing while walking and have a small glass of (ice) water when finished.

2011 Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800

Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800: 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) transform the Mercedes-Benz S 600 in latest Brabus specification into the world’s most powerful luxury sedan. But that’s not all: With an electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) the exclusive four-seater also wins the ‘Blue Ribbon’ as the world’s fastest luxury liner. Brabus rounds out the new high-performance standard with a sporty yet elegant designer suit, custom-tailored wheels with diameters of up to 21 inches, a high-performance brake system and customer-specific interior upgrades including a state-of-the-art “iBusiness” multimedia system with Apple components.

Twelve-cylinder high-capacity engines in the S-Class look back on almost two decades of tradition at Brabus. Powered by the SV12 R Biturbo 800 engine originally developed for the Brabus E V12 “one of ten” the automotive luxury class now attains a new level of performance.

Displacement of the V12 engine that normally powers the latest Mercedes 600 models is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 385 cu. in.) The displacement increase is the product of a special crankshaft with longer stroke, precision-balanced piston rods, larger-diameter pistons and corresponding larger cylinder bore. The inner workings of the Brabus engine are modified further by high-performance camshafts and flow-optimized cylinder heads.

The new air intake was custom-developed to fit in the available space under the hood of the S-Class. The combustion air is routed through a special carbon-fiber system. Also newly developed was the Brabus Biturbo system with two special high-performance manifolds with integrated turbine housings and high-performance turbochargers. The system also includes four water-to-air intercoolers. The Brabus stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with sport catalysts and four exhaust tips with Brabus-characteristic design optimizes power yield and gives the engine a more dominant exhaust note.

Newly calibrated engine electronics with precision-programmed mapping for injection and ignition ensure exemplary power yield and compliance with strict EURO V emission limits. The high-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain are supplied by technology partner ARAL.

The Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 engine produces 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW at 5,500 rpm and an even more impressive peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft), available from a low 2,100 rpm. For technical reasons peak torque is limited electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission. A Brabus high-performance limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent is available as an option.

The extraordinary performance figures elevate the Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 to the exalted position of the world’s most powerful and fastest luxury sedan. Acceleration times from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) of 3.9 seconds and of just 10.3 seconds to 200 km/h (124 mph) are as unmatched in this vehicle category as is the electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).

To ensure that this level of performance can be enjoyed safely at all times Brabus also significantly upgrades suspension, brakes and aerodynamics.

These upgrades naturally also include tires capable of handling the speeds this car is capable of. The Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 can be equipped with Brabus Monoblock wheels with diameters ranging from 19 to 21 inches. The largest version features wheels in size 9Jx21 on the front axle and in size 10.5Jx21 in the rear. These wheels are available in four distinct designs: Three-piece forged and high-gloss polished Brabus Monoblock VI wheels with six double spokes, multi-spoke Monoblock E wheels, Monoblock S wheels with double-spoke design and especially exclusive Monoblock F Platinum Edition forged wheels with cross-spoke design. All wheels are mounted with Pirelli or Yokohama tires in sizes 265/30 ZR 21 in front and 295/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle.

To further improve the already excellent driving dynamics of the high-performance luxury sedan Brabus developed an electronics module for the Active Body Control suspension that lowers the ride height by some 15 millimeters (0.6 inches).

Maximum deceleration is even more important than exceptional acceleration and thus the Brabus high-performance brake system is part of the high-tech package of the Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800. The brake features 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 380 x 36-mm (15.0 x 1.42 inches) vented and cross-drilled discs in front, and 355 x 28-mm (14.0 x 1.1 inches) discs and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle.

Brabus ensures extremely high directional stability with a sporty yet elegant designer suit developed in the wind tunnel. The Brabus front fascia lends the S-Class an even more striking face while its sophisticated shape reduces lift on the front axle. The large central air inlet optimizes cooling of engine and front brakes. Integrated auxiliary headlamps and LED daytime running lights further improve active safety. The Brabus front spoiler lip is made from clear-coated carbon fiber and attaches to the underside of the Brabus front fascia. It further optimizes the car’s aerodynamic properties.

For an even more extravagant appearance of the sedan Brabus offers custom-tailored aluminum front fenders that replace their production counterparts. The exclusive character of these fenders is embodied by an integrated air vent made from clear-coated carbon fiber and a horizontal brace that spans the vent with embossed Brabus signet and integrated LED lights. The latter are activated just like the ones in the Brabus side sills via the keyless remote or by pulling on a door handle.

For optimizing the airflow around the sides of the vehicle the designers sculpted Brabus sill skirts that feature integrated entrance lights for added utility. They are activated by the keyless remote or by pulling on a door handle as are the blue-illuminated Brabus logos integrated into the scuff plates on both sides of the vehicle.

The Brabus aerodynamic-enhancement concept is rounded out by the Brabus rear spoiler lip, also available in a clear-coated carbon-fiber version, and the new rear fascia with centrally located reflector and custom cutouts for the Brabus quad sport exhaust system. The underside of the rear fascia also features integrated LED lights which illuminate the ground behind the vehicle. They help avoid any unfortunate missteps into puddles or potholes lurking in the dark.

Brabus combines this high-performance technical feast with exclusive interior options that suit each customer’s personal taste down to the last detail. These options include fully leather interiors in any color imaginable, Alcantara supplements and exclusive wood trim sets which can be ordered in any desired color thanks to an innovative staining technology.

A particular Brabus specialty is the creation of state-of-the-art multimedia equipment including the innovative Brabus “iBusiness” concept, where the Brabus specialists for the first time have integrated Apple components into the vehicle electronics of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Do You Know the Difference Between Good and Bad Water Quality in Your Waterfall Pond?

The goal for your pond should not be a “clean” and “clear” pond. If it is too sterile it is not good for the fish. I’m not saying it should be so murky that the fish can’t be seen. I’m only saying that it should not be shiny clean like the floors and windows of your house. Normally the correct filtration system will keep your pond levels where they should be if you occasionally make water changes, you feed the fish properly by not giving them too much food, and if you do not have more fish than your pond should hold.

Ammonia levels are directly related to the amount of food, fish waste, and decaying matter in the pond. This can become toxic to your fish. Pay attention to your fish and they will tell you there is a problem. If levels of ammonia are too high it will cause the fish to look like they are bleeding and cause excess mucus. The fish will become lethargic, quit eating and could develop flashing.

Nitrite is formed when bacteria process the ammonia. Nitrite is known as the invisible killer. Nitrites can’t be seen but can cause damage to the liver, spleen, kidneys and nervous system of your Koi. Your fish usually will show the problem through their gills. The gills do not lay flat against the Koi’s body and the gills look like they are rolled out at the edge. Fish that are exposed to low levels of nitrite for a long time will suffer damage to their immune system. If untreated the fish die from a secondary disease or a lack of oxygen.

Nitrates are not as toxic as nitrites. They are produced by bacteria combining oxygen and nitrite. This can be the silent killer because it usually isn’t monitored by the average pond owner. When levels are too high it will cause an ulcer disease and death.

Monitoring of the steps in the nitrogen cycle is very important to the health of your Koi. Acceptable levels are listed next.

• Ammonia’s ideal reading would be zero. Koi can tolerate an ammonia level of 1 ppm (parts per million) at a temperature of 70 degrees for a day or two if the pH level is 7-10. Higher levels are dangerous.

• A pH level is the measure of Hydrogen ions in the water. A normal reading is 7-8.5. Acceptable could be in the range of 6-9. Readings over 9 can cause kidney disease if left untreated.

• Nitrite levels should be zero. Readings can increase when adding a lot of fish or when temperatures rise. Fish activity may increase faster than the bacteria activity.

• Nitrate levels will be 50-100 ppm. The acceptable range is up to 200 ppm but below 100 is best.

I can’t say it enough times; you control the levels in your pond. There are 3 main things that you will need to do to prevent problems. First you need to make sure you don’t have too many fish in your pond. Too many fish will create too much waste for the filter system than planned. The second thing is to make sure you have purchased a filter large enough for your pond. Third, do not over feed your Koi and remove any food they do not eat. Also remove any debris sitting at the bottom of your pond.

Acidity – Ayurveda Treatments

According to Ayurveda, a medical science, acidity, a condition in which there is an excess secretion of acid within the stomach is recognized as Amalapitta. Agni (digestive fire) is known to be the chief protector of the body and ama (toxic) is the real cause of the disease. The main reason is the indiscretion in taking food which incorporates its quality, quantity and timing, which leads to three types of doshic (physical energies) imbalance: one due to the intervention of vata, another due to kapha and the third one is attributed to the involvement of both of them.

Following guidelines along with the Ayurvedic herbal preparations like Indukantam qwath tablet, aptizoom syrup, indukantam ghrit, hinguvachadi tab, dadimashtaka churna, chitrakadi tablet, kalyana gulam, dasmoola haritaki leha is suggested:

  • Foods that are rich in oils and fats, having acidic contents to be avoided.
  • Smoking, Intake of coffee and tea are to be avoided.
  • Immediately after eating one should avoid drinking water
  • Fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses which are good sources of fibre and which helps in digestion to be taken in plenty.
  • Aniseed croomy (Saunf) and Coriander seed (500 mg) to be taken twice a day.
  • Lemon water with equal amount of sugar and salt to be taken everyday.
  • Koshna Jal (Luke warm) water should be drunk after 1/2 hour.
  • Diet to be reduced to 3/4 th of regular diet
  • Some sort of exercises to be done after a meal.
  • One has to keep himself balanced as psychological reasons like anger, grief, anxiety and depression as potential reasons to trigger the onset of acidity.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Acidity

1. Vata Type of acidity

Carminatives like asafetida and cloves are given. Preparations like Pachakshara choorna, Narayana choorna are prescribed.

2.Pitta Type of Acidity

Amalaki is initially prescribed in order to reduce the hyperacidity of the stomach. Then Shatavari tablet is prescribed. The medication is to be continued for two weeks.

3. Kapha Type of Acidity

The treatment begins with fasting to correct the digestive fire. Herbs are given in order to correct the digestive problems. Treatment with Shankha vati and Jeerakadyarishta is a prescribed for three weeks.

Looking at Cure for Shingles

Having shingles can be a very debilitating and painful experience. This is probably why many people are interested in knowing if there is a cure for shingles. What is the truth about so called shingles treatments?

Cure for Shingles

To date, experts are still trying to determine whether there is indeed a cure for it or not. The truth is that the term “cure” may be a little too strong to use. Experts say that there is no real absolute cure for shingles. There is however, no need to despair because shingles can be treated and controlled.

For sure, there are shingles medication that can help alleviate the pain and shorten the period of the condition. Studies also show that even though there is no cure for shingles, treatment can limit a person’s chances of suffering from complications like post herpetic neuralgia and blindness.

Medication for Shingles

Anti virals cannot be seen as shingles cure because it cannot properly kill the virus. Proper medication however will step up the crusting and healing of shingles blisters by a number of days. Doctors usually prescribe anti viral medication combined with other pain relieving medications.

It is important to note that the earlier the treatment, the more effective and the quicker it can work. It is recommended that medical assistance be sought within 48-72 hours after the first signs of shingles emerge. The first signs are usually pain and some rashes.

Shingles Vaccine

In the past, chicken pox immunization was the solution to reduce the risk of getting chicken pox. Recently, researchers have come up with a solution not as a cure for shingles but as a way of preventing it in people over 60 who have had chicken pox but not shingles.

A new study of a vaccine, however, shows that it can lower the incidence of shingles. This vaccine works best with the elderly and with people who are 60-69 years old. Nonetheless, the vaccine did not prevent shingles 100% in all the participants of the study. Science is still far from discovering a real effective cure for shingles.

Controlling the Spread of the Virus

The virus is not spread by mere contact alone. Contamination takes a direct contact with blisters by persons who have not had chicken pox and have not been vaccinated in order for. Common sense should therefore tell you that you should avoid direct contact with infants, children and pregnant women. In a lot of people who have had chicken pox, there is no need for direct contact with someone who has shingles to get shingles. A poor immune system is enough to trigger shingles.

Supporting Your Immune System

Living a healthy lifestyle and a good diet can’t prevent shingles but it can definitely strengthen the immune system against it. Make sure that you cut down on smoking and drinking too much alcohol. You should also cut your stress levels since stress can affect your immune system. It would also do your body a lot of good if you exercised regularly and ate a balanced diet with foods rich in vitamins and minerals.

Acidity – Herbs and Ayurvedic Remedies, Acidity Symptom and Other Treatments

What is Acidity?

The human stomach contains gastric glands which are responsible for the proper digestion of food in it. Gastric glands achieve the digestion by secreting various acids, the chief of which is the hydrochloric acid. These acids are aided by various enzymes of the stomach in bringing about digestion. The level of acids in the human stomach is generally controlled; but for some reason if the level of acids increases beyond the
normal levels, then the condition is known as acidity.

Hence, acidity is the condition in which there is an excess secretion of acid within the stomach. Other names for acidity are hyperacidity or acid dyspepsia.

Why is Acidity caused?

The stomach is equipped with these acids in order to be able to digest the food. The acids are released when foods enter the stomach. However some foods are difficult to digest than the others. For such foods, the stomach needs to secrete more acids. Continuous secretions of such acids could lead to acidity in the stomach.

This excessive production of acids could be made higher due to various factors. Ulcers in the stomach are one of the commonest causes in increasing acid production.

People with stomach cancers will also have acidity problems as one of the symptoms. For this reason, acidity should not be ignored if it lasts for a long period of time, or if the person is older.

There is a condition known as the acid-reflux complex, due to which the stomach acids are refluxed back to the food pipe. When this happens, a prominent sour taste is felt in the mouth, and a belch might occur.

What are the Symptoms of Acidity?

When a person has acidity in the stomach, there can be a vast difference in the kinds of symptoms observed. For some people it may be a simple bellyache, but for others, it could lead to days of restlessness with continuous cramps in the stomach.

In fact restlessness is the most common symptom of acidity, followed by nausea and vomiting. There is a sour taste felt in the mouth, which is due to the excess deposition of the acids. Sometimes there are sour belches and passing off wind. Other digestive problems like constipation and indigestion will also occur. In some cases, stiffness is felt in the stomach.

How can Acidity be avoided?

A proper dietary pattern is the best thing in order to avoid acidity. The following tips must be followed: –

  • Avoid foods that are rich in oils and fats. These foods are difficult to digest, so they may make the stomach release more acids.
  • The diet should contain a proper blend of all the tastes. Spicy foods must be just one dish rather than the whole meal.
  • Fibers are necessary in the diet as they help in the digestion.
  • Red meats must be eaten only occasionally, if at all.
  • After a meal, the body must be given some sort of exercise. This could be as simple as going for a stroll.
  • Too much addiction to strong foods such as tea and coffee may cause acidity. This is also true for other addictions such as smoking and alcohol.
  • Do not consume sour foods as they already have acidic contents. Acidic foods to avoid are pickles, curds, tamarinds, vinegar, etc.
  • How can Acidity be controlled with Simple Home Remedies?

    There are several simple household tips to keep acidity under control. The following are some of them: –

  • Eat two plantains early in the morning and down them with a glass of milk.
  • Taking two tablespoonfuls of Isabgol (psyllium seed husks) in milk after every meal is beneficial for elimination of acidity.
  • Squeeze the juice of a whole orange and mix it with roasted cumin seeds. Add some rock salt to flavor it. This solution gives immediate relief from acidity.
  • Eat equal portions of ginger and coriander. This pacifies the digestive fire.
  • Mix equal amounts of ginger extract and mint extract. Having this two to four times a day provides relief.
  • Alternatively, the extract of a ginger can be mixed with equal amount of honey. This is to be put on the tongue every dawn and dusk.
  • Two teaspoonfuls of powder of amla (Indian gooseberry) taken twice a day is also helpful.
  • If the acidity continues for a long time, then try adhering to a milk diet. Milk may initially be troublesome to the digestive system, but the indigestible curds it would form in the body would generally be vomited out.
  • Mixing two teaspoonfuls of ghee in a glassful of milk and taking this once a day acts as a laxative, which would flush out the excess toxins from the body.
  • Coconut water is good for reducing acidity in the stomach.
  • If using rice, make sure it is at least two years old. Wheat flour can also be beneficially used to reduce acidity.
  • Avoiding Foods That Cause Gastritis and Stomach Problems

    The classic symptoms of gastritis and severe stomach problems are acidity, usually the subject feels a "feeling of bloated stomach, slow digestion and belching, sour, bitter taste in the mouth, stomach cramps, followed by vomiting and nausea with dizziness and sweating.

    In many cases, the dyspeptic syndrome, hypersecretory gastritis, comes from the excessive production of stomach acid. In these cases a proper diet can greatly help to manage the symptoms of gastritis. In other cases, gastritis does not depend on diet, but by bad habits such as alcohol abuse and / or smoke. In still other cases, the gastritis is dependent on the abuse of drugs such as anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, which when taken for long periods are associated with a gastro), aspirin and antiplatelet. So, before setting up a diet for gastritis, we must discover the cause, to act on this and act accordingly, to find the dietary limiting symptoms and prevent relapse.

    People suffering from gastritis should follow a diet that meets the recommendations for good digestion. They should also avoid heavy meals and focus on small meals frequently. If the gastritis is dependent on an excess of acidity, you should follow a diet low in foods that require strong acid secretions such as meat and fish, but focus on those that buffer the acidity such as dairy products, bread and starches in general.

    In general we must also pay attention to foods such as some highly acidic fruits (oranges, mandarins, kiwis, lemons, strawberries, etc.). Foods that require lengthy digestion, such as those rich in fat cooked a long time will be limited to special occasions and not in large quantities.

    Sciatica: A Pain for All Ages

    Most of us have a vague idea of what sciatica is. If you know anything, it may be that sciatica is some sort of pinched nerve and lower back problem that afflicts the over-40 crowd.

    But there is more to sciatica than that, and some of it might surprise you.

    What is Sciatica?

    In clinical terms, sciatica is pain resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. It is usually caused by one of three things: piriformis syndrome, irritation of the sacroiliac, or herniated disc.

    Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis (or large muscle inside your butt) gets irritated, swells and squeezes your sciatic nerve. Piriformis syndrome is literally a “pain in the butt”.

    Irritation of the sacrum ligaments (called sacro-iliac) – The sacrum is a bony wedged that sits at the base of your spine and keeps your pelvis in place. What’s strange about it is that there are no muscles to hold it in place—only ligaments—which means that your sacrum depends on body balance and alignment to stay in place. It’s easy to see then, that if your hips or pelvis get nudged out of alignment, those ligaments will twist and turn, causing sharp, excruciating pain in the pelvis, hip and numbness down the leg.

    A herniated disc happens when the outer wall of a disc in your back ruptures and allows the pulp of the disc to squeeze out and rake against the largest nerve in your body (the sciatic nerve). Ouch! Lots of things can cause the disc to erupt, but for the most part, the disc starts with a tiny, insignificant tear that left alone would heal. But under pressure that outer wall (called the “annulus fibrosus”) gets squeezed and pinched, until it cannot hold any longer. The wall ruptures!

    How Sciatica Happens at Any Age

    There is a long list of scenarios and lifestyles that can create the kind of torque needed to twist your sacroiliac, irritate your piriformis and burst the wall of a disc. But chief among them are:  leaning to one side, sitting on uneven surfaces, straining with one leg over and over again, and recovering from knee surgery. A 45-year-old man driving an 18-wheeler 10 to 12 hours a day, day after day. A thirty-something woman standing in front of a class of fifth graders while leaning on one leg, year after year.

    What’s interesting is that, with all we know today about ergonomics and back strain, you’re probably not surprised that truck drivers and teachers get sciatica at a pretty steady clip. But what about the hip hop crowd? Those 16-year-old boys with their oversized pants slung low and cool with deep pockets. Those pants have created a whole generation of young men who sit tipped sideways atop their wallets. Day after day, hour after hour, they are tipping their backs out of alignment, and putting their sciatic nerve under intense pressure.

    Treating the Symptoms or the Root Cause?

    You have a lot of choices when it comes to treating sciatica, and each depends on where the symptoms originate. Some choose surgery to fix a herniated disc, some choose steroid shots poked directly into their hip to get at the piriformis. Others choose anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling around their sacroiliac ligaments. But none of those treatments gets to the ROOT of the problem.

    As mentioned above, all sciatic nerve problems have similar symptoms: pain in the lower back or pelvic area and numbness down one leg. But the ROOT of all of them is the EXACLTY same — a body out of alignment. And for that, Structural Integration is the only answer. Structural Integration (SI) is designed to relieve pain AND to get inside and fix the root cause of the problem. SI practitioners use a 10-session methodology to systematically relax and loosen muscle, ligaments, tendons, etc. layer-by-layer. With each session and each layer, your practitioner moves closer to the CAUSE of your pain until he is able to gently reach in a untwist ligaments, sooth swollen musclse and take pressure of discs. Then he will realign your pelvis, back, hips, knees, feet and more, until they settle into perfect alignment. Your back, leg, pelvis will balance, and you won’t be living in fear of the next time your sciatica will flare up – because it won’t.

    Causes of High Pulse Rate

    High pulse rate is where the heart beats faster than usual leaving behind its repercussions. This condition is medically termed as Tachycardia, where the heart beat is abnormally high than the normal rate being 60-100 per every minute. So when a pulse crosses 100 BPM, it is considered to be high due to inability or inefficiency of the heart in pumping the blood.

    Tachycardia is of two types. One is ventricular tachycardia, in other words, V-tach, where it is concerned with ventricles; and another being supra-ventricular tachycardia, SVT in which the pumping is in the upper side of the heart. The latter is more common and less harmful than V-tach. Yet, any abnormal condition is better when consulted with a physician.

    Causes for these pulse rates to go high are many. But most of them have a short span while there are some factors that keep the pulse rate on high for a comparatively long time. High pulse rate is a factor that is caused by some heart disease in a person. It could be coronary or high BP or pericarditis. The arteries get hardened at times or the valves are damaged that leads to difficult blood pumping. Hyper activity of thyroid leads to high pulse rate. High pulse rate is also caused by other disorders related to metabolism or damage of heart in its upper part thereby straining and weakening the heart.

    When the lung tissues get non-elastic, blood pumping is eventually affected. Other factors like fever or vitamin deficiency etc can also be named as temporary causes.

    Discomfort Relief Exercises For TMJ Sufferers

    The fact that you happen to be reading this write-up right now shows that you might be searching for some TMJ discomfort relief. Properly you stopped on the proper page, since below you are going to learn some great free workout routines for TMJ soreness relief. Prior to we go into the exercises, though, let’s discuss what TMJ is and what causes it.

    So what’s TMJ anyway?

    TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. Why is it so painful? Nicely, the cartilage exactly where the skull meets the lower jaw basically dislodges or dislocates causing the sensory nerves to become stretched, hence the horrible agony. Anxiety, stress, and tension contribute even further towards the agony, as folks with these conditions tend to clench their jaws or grind their teeth a great deal.

    Many men and women suffer from TMJ and will not even know it, as their signs or symptoms are not as severe as others’. Nonetheless, for most TMJ sufferers, the signs and symptoms can be extremely painful and these men and women tend not to even know what is causing their TMJ or that TMJ soreness relief exists. Some signs and symptoms consist of:

    o Bruxism (teeth grinding)
    o Mandibular Opening Deviation (the reduce jaw diverges to one side upon opening)
    o Limited opening (mouth can’t open fully)
    o Steep Mandibular Plane Angle – rather than one’s reduce jaw being parallel for the ground, it is on a sharp downward angle
    o Angular Chelitis – the inflammation and swelling on the corners from the mouth; also suffered by denture wearers when they need new dentures.
    o Facial Edema – swelling from the face
    o Cervical Torticollis – unusual neck movements
    o Mandibular Torticollis – unusual lower jaw movements
    o Discomfort in the joints where the cheaper jaw meets the skull
    o Clicking and popping noises in the jaw joints, also known as TMJ noises.

    In case you suffer from any in the above signs and symptoms, you may certainly benefit from the TMJ ache relief workouts in this post.

    Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Aortic Valve Regurgitation – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

    Mitral valve regurgitation and aortic valve regurgitation are valvular heart diseases in which the mitral and aortic valves do not function efficiently, leading to backward flow of blood. Common symptoms for both conditions include breathlessness, fatigue, chest pain, cough and symptoms of right or left ventricular failure. Rheumatic heart disease is a common cause in developing countries whereas mitral valve prolapse and aortic valve prolapse, resulting from myxomatous degeneration, are common causes of these two conditions respectively in developed countries. Coronary artery disease resulting in myocardial ischemia or myocardial infarction can also result in valvular regurgitation.

    While these two conditions are separate clinical entities with distinct clinical features, the underlying mechanism in both is the same. Since the principles of Ayurvedic treatment for both conditions are the same, these two conditions have been clubbed together in this article. The main stay of treatment for both conditions is surgery. Ayurvedic medicines can be given as additional therapy to improve the functioning of the valves, control symptoms, prevent or delay heart failure and also prevent other long term complications. Medicines are given to strengthen the tendons which are attached to the valves inside the chamber of the heart. Medicines like Trayodashang-Guggulu, Laxadi-Guggulu, Maha-Rasnadi-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Drakshasav, Dashmoolarishta, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Draksha (Vitis vinifera), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica), Laxa (Purified wax), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Asthishrunkhala (Cissus quadrangularis) are used for this purpose. These medicines help in efficient closure of the valves and reduce the degree of mitral valve and aortic valve prolapse.

    Medicines like Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Shrung-Bhasma, Maha-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Arjunarishta and Punarnavadi-Qadha are used to treat heart failure. Medicines like Medohar-Guggulu, Triphala (Three fruits), Trikatu (Three pungent herbs), Psyllium (Plantago ovata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Lashuna (Allium sativum), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Chavya (Piper retrofractrum) and Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) are used to prevent coronary artery disease from progressing.

    Acute breathlessness resulting from valve regurgitation constitutes a medical emergency and requires treatment in an intensive care unit. Ayurvedic medicines can be given to patients with mitral and aortic valve regurgitation who are not fit for surgery or who would like to try alternative medical options before opting for surgery. All patients affected with these conditions should be under the regular supervision and care of a Cardiologist.

    How to Prevent Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Attack

    Coronary heart disease and heart attack like heart infarction can in great extend be prevented by lifestyle measures.

    THE DIRECT CAUSES OF HEART DISEASE

    The direct causes of coronary heart disease and heart attack are factors like these:

    – Narrowing of blood vessels in the heart and the rest of the body by arteriosclerosis.

    – High blood cholesterol level.

    – High blood pressure.

    – Over-weight.

    – Diabetes.

    – High level of the amino acid homocystein in the blood.

    – High content of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and low content of high density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood. Lipoprotein is a combination of protein and fatty substances bound together.

    – Inflammation in the circulatory system.

    – High age.

    – Inherited tendencies for high cholesterol levels and heart disease.

    – Men have somewhat greater chance of getting heart disease than women.

    These factors are interrelated in complicated ways, and are causing or amplifying each other. For example, arteriosclerosis will cause higher blood pressure, and high blood pressure will cause even more arteriosclerosis. Many of these factors are ultimately caused or aggravated by these lifestyle factors:

    -A Too high consume of fat, cholesterol and sugar.

    -Consuming The wrong fat types.

    -Lack Of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other diet deficiencies.

    -Stress At work and in the daily life.

    -Smoking.

    -Lack Of exercise.

    Lifestyle adjustments will therefore be the main methods of preventing heart failure.

    GENERAL DIET ADVICES

    A diet with the aim of preventing heart disease is generally the same as a diet to prevent cancer and other diseases. Here are the general diet advices

    – Avoid or reduce the amount of food that are industrially processed, artificially made or heavily fried.

    – Eat fish at least every second day. Also eat seafood and fouls.

    – Do not eat very much red meat.

    – Eat 5 fruits or vegetables each day. Each piece should be of the size of an apple or carrot. They should be raw or carefully boiled so that the nutrients are not washed out.

    – Eat full corn bread, full corn cereals, peas, beans and potatoes.

    – Eat just a moderate amount of fat.

    – Consume cholesterol rich foods like egg, spawn or liver in just moderate amounts.

    – Ideally most fat you eat, should be of the type mono-unsaturated. You also need some poly-unsaturated fat of the types omega-3, and omega 6, but not too much of omega-6. The consumption of saturated fat should be moderate.

    – In order to achieve right fat balance, much of the fat supply should come from a blending of sources like olive, olive oil, canola oil, nuts, nut oil, sunflower, sunflower oil, linseed oil (flax oil), fish and fish oil.

    – Use only a moderate amount of soy oil and corn oil in the diet. Only using such oil types will give you too much poly-unsaturated fat of the omega-6-type.

    – Use just a very moderate amount of fat sources like butter, coconut oil and palm oil. A high consumption of these fat sources gives you too much saturated fat.

    – Avoid altogether fat that has been chemically altered, giving so-called trans-fat. This type of fat is often found in margarine, cookies, snacks, fast food and other pre-made food.

    – Consume just a very moderate amount of sugar, refined flour or refined cereals.

    – Consume just a moderate amount of tranquilizers and stimulants like alcohol and caffeine.

    – Use just a moderate amount of salt in the food. However, in warm weather and by hard physical work, you will need more salt.

    DIET SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP PREVENT HEART DISEASE

    Evidence suggests that it will be helpful to take some supplements of natural substances to prevent heart disease and help to ameliorate already manifest heart problems. These supplements are:

    – Omega-3-fatty acids derived from fish and other marine sources, especially the fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and alfa-linolaeic acid. 1 gram a day of each of these substances may be taken as a supplement. Higher amounts should only be taken under medical supervision, since higher amount of these substances may cause bleeding tendencies, and may suppress the immune system.

    – Supplement of vitamin C has been thought to help prevent heart disease, but newer findings cast doubt upon this.

    – Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), folic acid / folate, vitamin b12 and riboflavin seem to prevent the building up of the substance homocystein in the blood and thereby help prevent heart disease, according to results from research projects.

    GET RID OF OVER-WEIGHT

    The lifestyle measures listed in this article will also help you loose weight. If these measures are not enough, you should consider engaging in a more specific weight reduction program. You should choose a program that has a moderate fat content philosophy. Some weight reduction programs have a higher fat and low carbohydrate consume philosophy, and those are probably not the best ones to reduce the chance of getting heart disease.

    EXERCISE

    You should do some exercise of at least half an hour at least every second day. Condition training as vigorous walking, jogging, cycling or swimming is best for reducing the heart attack probability. Muscular building exercises are also of value, especially exercises building leg muscles

    STOP SMOKING

    If you smoke, stopping or reducing this habit radically will decrease the chance of getting heart problems.

    CONTROL DIABETES

    If you suffer from diabetes type 1, a good control of the disease by insulin medication and by diet adjustments will help to prevent heart disease.

    Many people over the age of 50, and an increasing number of young people suffer from diabetes type 2 because of bad lifestyle. This disease does not necessarily give dramatic symptoms, but the disease increases the chance of getting serious heart problems, and many have the disease without knowing it. This disease can be prevented by the same lifestyle measures depicted above. If you already have got the disease, a more rigorous control of carbohydrate intake is necessary. And sometimes also medication must be used. People over the age of 50 and younger people that do not feel well should find out if they suffer from this condition.

    TAKING ASPIRIN

    Low doses of acetyl salicylic acid or aspirin prevent heart disease by persons bearing a high risk for heart disease. However, this medication increases the risk of bleeding and should not be used without constant medical supervision. For persons with a low risk of heart disease, the dangers of aspirin will be greater than the benefits.

    Cold Sores – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

    A cold sore is a small blister that is reddish or purple. They are usually on the outer edge of the lip, on just one side. Cold sores can appear one at a time or in little bunches, and they are sometimes filled with fluid. They usually crust over and form a scab before they go away. They last a week or 2 and usually don’t require any special treatment.

    What are the symptoms?

    The first symptoms of cold sores may include pain around your mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body. Small children sometimes drool before cold sores appear. After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. For some people, cold sores can be very painful

    Pain or tingling, called the prodrome, often precedes the blisters by one to two days

    Usual duration of seven to 10 days

    Cold Sore Causes

    The virus that causes cold sores is known as the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV, type I and type II. Cold sores are usually caused by type I. Herpes simplex infections are contagious. The virus is spread from person to person by kissing or other close contact with sores or even from contact with apparently normal skin that is shedding the virus.

    When someone gets infected with HSV-1, the virus makes its way through the skin and into a group of nerve cells called a ganglion (pronounced: gang-glee-in). The virus moves in here, takes a long snooze, and every now and then decides to wake up and cause a cold sore. But not everyone who gets the herpes simplex virus develops cold sores.

    How can I prevent them?

    Preventing recurrences involves avoiding those things known to trigger cold sores. So, make sure you always wear a lip balm containing UV protection and avoid sources of stress.

    How are cold sores diagnosed?

    A combination of the patient’s medical history and the appearance of the sores will usually be sufficient for a diagnosis. A scrape or a blood sample can be used to confirm it.

    Cold Sores Treatment

    Free Dermatology CME for Family Physicians

    Most cold sores will clear up on their own after 7-10 days. Most treatment options are focused on reducing the discomfort and pain associated with cold sores and reducing the length of the outbreak. Some treatment options may even help prevent cold sore blisters from forming.

    Reduce the number of lesions developed if taken soon enough

    Reduce the size of lesions developed if taken soon enough

    Reduce the amount of viral shedding