Total Hip Replacement Means You Need To Change Your Life

Hip replacement is one of the most successful medical technologies. Hundreds of thousands of people have their hips replaced every year, the vast majority with every expectation of many years of pain-free function from their new joint.

But can you go on with your life just the same after your hip is replaced? Not exactly. Even though your pain will be gone, it is wise to remember that a new hip is not your old hip. You will find you can go back to do all the things you used to do, the walking, the activities, the hobbies and the jobs, without pain. But it's useful to observe a few thoughts about your new hip if you are going to get the best long term use from it.

Your new hip is different. It is steel alloy and plastic, the ball of the hip being much smaller than your original one. The steel thigh component is often cemented into the shaft of the femur. The metal and plastic parts bend in different ways to the bone into which they are inserted, setting up stresses across the junctions. The artificial materials do not have the ability to become inflamed and then heal like our own tissues, so if they become altered then they will either stay that way or worsen.

You want to ensure a long, pain-free life for your hip replacement. Revision surgery, where the hip is redone, is not the same as the original surgery in many ways. Apart from the fact that it is another operation to undergo with its attendant risks, revision surgery is harder to perform and the satisfaction scores of patients afterwards are lower than with first time surgery. First time is best.

There are things you can do to keep your new joint in good shape for as long as possible:

1. Observe the post-operative advice. The team who take you through the procedure are experts at getting the best results. If they ask you to do this or to avoid that, then observe their recommendations. There are always good reasons behind treatment programs, along with many years of experience. Use this knowledge.

2. Observe the weight-bearing instructions. Every operation is different and there may be different instructions for you depending on how the surgery went and what the surgeon hopes to achieve. Sticking to the recommended weight through your joint is very important. You may well find you can put much greater weight, even your whole bodyweight, on the new hip. However, what you can do and what is wise are two different things, so pay attention to the instruction and carry it out until told otherwise.

3. Avoid getting your thigh too close to your chest. The angle between the chest and the thigh should not be less than 90 degrees. If your new hip bends too much, the neck of the thigh component can impinge against the plastic socket component, levering the hip out of the socket. This is called dislocation and is potentially a significant problem as it can then recur. When you reach down to your shoes, let your knee fall out so you reach down between your legs, and do it slowly until you feel secure.

4. Watch putting your feet up. You may feel you want to put your feet up for a rest or to reduce swelling. This is fine as long as you do not lean forward for something. If you want to lean forward, take your feet down first.

5. Avoid rotating with your weight on the new joint. This is similar to point 3 above. Standing on your replaced hip and swinging your bodyweight around puts huge leverages on the hip. Get used to moving your legs to get into a new position, leading with the replaced one.

6. Take care when sitting down. The correct technique will soon become automatic, but sitting down can be a risk. When we sit, our body weight forces our hips into a new position. This is fine as long as it does not happen too fast or go too far. Sitting onto an unexpected deep sofa would be an example of an risky scenario. Know your chair heights so you do not get surprises, with 18 inches being a minimum. Chairs with arms are best as they allow you to let yourself down in a controlled way.

7. Avoid high impact activities. I know you want to do things you have not been able to, but there is a price to be paid for having an artificial joint, if you want it to last. What you can do with it and what you should do are two quite different things.

Avoid sports and activities such as running and jumping, carrying heavy weights, repetitive heavy work, football, rugby, soccer, squash, downhill skiing and anything else which requires extreme joint pressures. You really want your joint to last more than twenty years. Invest the care in it and it will.

Suitable activities could include walking, cycling, swimming, bowls, cross-country skiing, among others. Take advice if you are unsure.

For more detail about what goes on in the interfaces between the metal, bone and cement, see The 5 facts of implant fixation .

8. Avoid crossing your legs when you sit. This puts the hip into a more vulnerable position and should certainly be avoided during the first three months after surgery. Many people do cross their legs later on without ill effects but it remains a risk to some extent.

7. Avoid bending over quickly. This can cause impinging on the socket like driving forward too far, and risks dislocation. Using a long handled reacher and a long shoe horn can be sensible.

8. If you get an infection, tell your doctor straight away. Infection is the single largest risk for successful joint replacements. Infections such as teeth, urinary or chest can spread to an artificial joint through the bloodstream, either in sickness or during a procedure. Consult your doctor or dentist and get the problem sorted early on. This applies no matter how old your replacement is.

9. Enjoy yourself! Despite these restrictions, the positive aspects of joint replacement vastly outweigh the negative ones, so go on, enjoy all the things you've wanted to do, without the pain.

Even though these preclusions are mostly more important during the initial 6 to 12 weeks after surgery, they remain sensible guidance over the long term.

Fracture and Bone Healing – What Your Body Requires

Bone healing occurs in four stages – Haematoma formation, cellular growth, callus formation, and ossification. When a fraction occurs there is bleeding from the vessels into the fracture site. Aseptic inflammatory response follows (except the skin is broken). The blood clots and forms a haematoma and inflammatory exudates around the damaged bone ends.

The blood clot is not absorbed; rather it becomes a part of the bone with time. Later, fibroblasts and capillaries from adherent connective tissues and blood vessels spread into the haematoma and exudates, and form the granulation tissue.

This granulation tissue is referred to as provincial callus. Osteoblasts multiply from the inner surface of the periosteum and invade the granulation tissue to form the callus. In about 6-10 days, the granulation tissue is converted into a binding tissue called callus. The callus surrounds the bone at the site of fracture and increase the bone thickness.

The osteoblast ensures that the required mineral salts such as calcium and phosphate ions are deposited on the callus to strengthen it. The osteoclast remodels the new bone tissue ensures its smoothness. In the adults the healing process takes about 2 to 3 months, whereas in children it is usually between 4-6 weeks.

Factors that promote bone healing:
1. Adequate rest: Adequate rest enables the body to mobilize all materials needed to fight stress and promote healing. Rest enables the body to produce granulation tissues as quickly as possible.
2. Good nutrition: Balanced diet particularly especially in proteins and vitamin c is needed to promote bone healing. Vitamin c which is the healing vitamin should be gotten from fruits especially citrus. Calcium can be derived from sea foods, chicken bones, snails or supplements eg calcium c300.
3. Good blood supply: Good blood supply ensures enough supply of oxygen and nutrients to the affected tissues, supply leucocytes that help to fight against bacteria, and also ensure removal of exudates or waste materials produced in the wound. Enough blood supply also helps in the proliferation of granulation tissues and capillaries that hasten the healing process.
4. Proper bone alignment: When there is good reduction or proper alignment of the ends of the broken bone or when the fragments are properly arranged healing is rapid. When there are no tissues in between the fragments and the initial haematoma is intact, it facilitates healing.

Causes of delay in fraction healing

Factors that can delay fraction healing include:
a. Poor blood supply: If the plaster of Paris or the splint applied to the limb is too tight it impairs blood supply to the limb. With poor blood supply healing is delayed.
b. Infection: Infection delays the growth of fibrous tissues and new blood vessels that should promote the healing of the bone cells. Infection also disposes blood supply to the injured site and causes a delay in the healing of the fraction.
c. Loss of initial haematoma: The initial haematoma that forms around the fracture provides a foundation for the formation of granulation tissues and new blood capillaries. Where this initial haematoma is lost there would be a delayed delay in the healing of the bone since the body would take a longer process to form these granulation tissues and capillaries without the haematoma.
d. Malnutrition: Malnutrition slows down the healing process since the essential nutrients – proteins, vitamins and minerals needed for rapid healing are in short supply.
e. Bone disease: Disease of the bone can also cause a delay in healing of the fracture. Malignant disease or cancer prevails the normal physiological process of healing from taking place since a delay in the healing of the injury.
f. Wide gap between fragments: Where there is a wide separation between bone fragments and taking a long period to take place.

Blood, Bone, and Butter

There are times while reading Blood, Bone, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton that I find myself smiling from the simple pleasure of her prose. A good writer can tell you how she makes pasta. A great writer makes you want to dust the flour off your hands once she has finished telling you how she makes pasta. Gabrielle Hamilton is a great writer.

The opening pages of Blood, Bone, & Butter paint an achingly beautiful portrait of an ideal life lived with the perfect family that you know it will go terribly wrong in short order. And when it does go pear shaped, there is a great sense of loss. I wanted, really wanted, that perfect vision of living the good life to carry on for a little while longer. But that is not what this book is about, that is just the fantasy of what was, like Bambi before his Mom dies. The end of innocence is the beginning of the story.

And there are a lot of stumbles and rambles and pointless meanderings in this 291 page story of one of the best female chefs in NYC. (She is waiting for the day when she is one of the best chefs.) But like the odd and off topic chapters in Moby Dick, I didn’t really mind most of it, as I find the author’s company charming and her word choices and descriptions always visceral and engaging.

One of the interesting discussion is the fact that women chefs are still something of an oddity in the rarefied world of cooking. This strikes me as odd, since I grew up watching the flamboyant Julie Child and the flaming Graham Kerr. The idea that being a chef is one of the last strongholds of Real Men in America was something of shock when I read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential-I guess somethings never change. This is kind of like hearing that being a Hair Dresser is the last job for Real Men in America.

Hey, didn’t the 19th Amendment pass in like 1919 or something? Just wondering.

More than anything else it brings out my latent desires to cook-to do more than whip up the occasional familiar meal, to make something grand and unusual like the great meals that Gabrielle plans and prepares with those rare and wonderful ingredients that don’t seem to exist outside the small world where she lives and moves.

It is funny to read her loving descriptions of unusual and exotic foods, and then have her immediately berate the whole food movement as nothing more than a bunch of morons on both sides of the transaction ruining fresh produce markets with their self righteous views of food.

Gabrielle Hamilton is a chef/author/mother/wife/lesbian/nutso/feminist and she puts her years of college writing classes to good use. She has honed her sentences to brilliance, but like many other great technicians of the English language, she tends to focus of the trees at the expense of the forest. The overall story is a mishmash of random recollections that are loosely tied together in chronological order with food as a central theme. The most jarring bit is when we jump from Gabriellia being a poor schmuck working as a catering cook to being a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and sitting on a panel at The Culinary Institute of America. The transition from her looking at an unrented restaurant to being a celebrity chef appears instantaneous. Her move from lesbian to married with children also seems to happen in the blink of an eye.

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chefends without any real resolutions to the many issues brought up in the last third of the book. We are left feeling that Gabrielle’s greatest accomplishment in life is not being a great chef, but in having the courage to trim a few tree branches. It was still a great read, I just wish it had a bit more structure.

As a portrait photographer I found the author’s photo to be a bit odd. Gabrielle Hamilton is standing barefooted behind a house holding an industrial tray of tomatoes. It’s an awkward pose and it makes my shoulders and back hurt to look at it. It’s one those author’s photos I look at and think-you know, I could have taken a better portrait.

How Can Cerebral Palsy Be Diagnosed?

Doctors and Scientists are amazed at the way the brain works and its growth is even more unbelievable. This is what nature has given us a startling piece of mini computer fitted neatly inside our tiny cranium. It is when this tiny piece of matter happens to have a small problem that a human being gets affected with some disorder. It so happens, that when a baby is in the neo natal stage or is just being born, there are chances that the area of ​​the brain that is in charge of muscle control can be damaged and this leads to what is called Cerebral Palsy. While "Cerebral" refers to the brain, "palsy" refers to the condition of the muscles.

Many parents want to know what symptoms they should look for in their child if they need to find out if their child has cerebral palsy. There are various symptoms, which children who have cerebral palsy are likely to exhibit. These kids may appear clumps or they may not be able to walk steadily. It happens that many children with this disorder will find that use of their hands and feet become difficult. Some find it hard to breathe and can even struggle to say a few words. Children with cerebral palsy will not be able to have full control over their limbs, mouth, throat and tongue and that's why they are slow I what ever they do be it speech or walk or even moving their hands to hold anything. These are some ways through which cerebral palsy diagnosis can be done.

If you have a baby who is just a few months old, you will realize that your infant tend to become stiff or keeps arching its back or even keeps stretching out its neck whenever you happen to hold this child in your arms. Older infants will find it difficult to hold an object in their hands and may keep dropping them. They also show signs of slow growth in reaching the milestones like turning over, crawling; sitting which normal infections would do with ease. Most children also have seizures if they have cerebral palsy and have jerky movements that appear clumsy.

Most parents often notice that their children are exhibiting unusual behavior and so seek a pediatrician's advice. This will give them an insight that they have an abnormal baby in their hands and this child needs special care. Medical fraternity is still to stumble upon any clear-cut diagnosis for cerebral palsy as there is no single test available for it yet. Only doctors after running a series of tests would be able to confirm if your child has cerebral palsy.

It is advisable for parents to seek medical help and advice immediately if they happen to notice any unusual behavior in their child. In addition, parents should notice if their infections have proper alignment of their eyes, as this is another important symptom that children with cerebral palsy exhibit. Doctors can diagnose cerebral palsy before a child is eighteen months old.

The Funny Side of Facial Paralysis

It has been just over a year since I had brain surgery; and a little longer than that since I heard the dreaded words "you've got a brain tumor." And, I am here to tell you that I am still, at my core, the same woman I have always been; and yet, on some levels, substantially changed. Sure, there are some physical changes: I'm deaf in one ear, my balance is not very good, and there are still some parts of my face that do not work very well- but those things are not really such a big deal.

What has changed is how I view life; and how I view myself. Most of all, I have re-discovered a great ability to laugh at myself and not to take myself too seriously. Laughter is liberating, and the ability to see humor in my own human-ness is particularly freeing. Take facial paralysis, for example. I know that this is not a particularly funny thing – and laughter was certainly the last thing on my mind when I saw my face after surgery. Heck, half of my face just did not move at all. My smile even scared me! However, you can either hide from it or embrace it as best you can. After a short period of hiding, I realized that I really did not cut out for hiding. And, so my public journey began. There have been a few tears along the way, but mostly there has been a lot of laughter. I'd like to share some of it with you …

1) Eating out was and still is particularly amusing. Think about trying to eat when half of your mouth is immobile. The closest thing I can compare it to is when I've had a load of Novocain at the dentist and my lips and tongue feel like sausages. So, now try to imagine eating a sandwich – yep, it ends up being a lip sandwich because my lower lip just gets sucked right into my mouth. Yeow!

2) And, liquids are a social minefield, too. If one does not master the quick-swallow technique, the liquids tend to come dribbling, or even spewing, right out the side of one's mouth. Emily Post would not approve!

3) And, then, there is the little matter of sensation – or in my case, lack of sensation. One side of my lip and chin are basically numb, so if a small scrap of food should happen to slip out of my mouth and land on my chin, I am blissfully unaware. Until someone politely says, "Excuse me, madam, did you know that you have a steak on your chin?"

4) And how about that eye that does not blink very well – or sometimes at all? In the hands of someone experienced, like myself, this is a weapon to be reckoned with! When I want to distract someone, I just look them right in the eye, dead serious, and let my right eye stare at them while my left eye blinks normally. I am told that it is unnerving and allows me mastery of nearly any situation. I call it my Monty Python Stare. Eat your heart out.

I do not mean to make light of facial paralysis, or bells palsy. It is serious and it can be quite daunting. But, if you allow yourself, you may find that it can also provide some much-needed moments of unabashed laughter.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Healed Naturally

Irritable bowel syndrome accounts for up to 70 percent of gastrointestinal complaints seen in general medical practice. IBS is a digestive disorder that manifests with cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and alternating between constipation and diarrhea. It occurs more often in women than in men, and typically starts before the age of 35 in 50 percent of the population. It is estimated that one in five Americans have symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most common disorders.

Most times, IBS sufferers frequently have cramping, straining, and are only able to eliminate a small amount when having a bowel movement. Once able to have a bowel movement, it might have mucus in it. With IBS and diarrhea, there is an urgent uncontrollable feeling to have a bowel movement. Also, the bowel movement is frequent, loose, typically diarrhea, and consists of watery stools.

Others with IBS alternate between constipation and diarrhea. Sometimes those with IBS find that their symptoms subside for a few months and then return in a never-ending cycle, while others have a constant worsening of symptoms over time. In addition, some with IBS feel the need to have a bowel movement after they have already had one.

IBS will heal naturally when using a holistic approach. Medication and surgery are not required when one treats the body as a whole instead of focusing on the individual parts like the bowel.

To get to the cause of IBS you must think of all the systems in the body working together producing a symphony of total health of body and mind. In the order of importance, these systems must be balanced so to heal the source or cause of irritable bowel syndrome instead of treating the effects with medication that never heals the condition, only temporarily patches it up. Remember medications have between 7-500 side effects. This means they can negatively affect this many systems, organs, gland and tissues. Why would you do something that can potentially do so much harm? To heal IBS, we must heal the systems of the body and state of mind.

Once you balance these systems, the body (and bowel) will do what God intended it to do, they will heal naturally. There are seven different core systems in the body that must have the proper attention to create this balance. Each one of these systems has its role in effectively treating the cause of all irritable bowel syndrome.

Home Remedy For Bad Toothache Pain

A home remedy for bad toothache pain that is both easy and quick to use would be to place a piece of cucumber on the affected tooth and let it soothe the pain, it’s not the sort of thing you would expect to work for relieving toothache pain but many people have found that it does help quite a bit.

Another remedy you can use is real vanilla extract, this is another method that is not as commonly known as some others but can still be quite effective in some cases.

You can use this method in two ways:

1 – Place some vanilla extract on the end of a cotton ball and dab it on the painful tooth

2 – Take a small amount of vanilla extract and swig it around your mouth, especially around the area in which the affected tooth is

Yet another home remedy for bad toothache pain that you can use is iodine, this is as simple as placing just one drop of iodine on the sore tooth and letting it sit there, do NOT swallow it, just let it sit there and do its work.

A method that is probably the easiest one you can possibly do is to mix a small amount of table salt with some warm water, one teaspoon of salt with a small glass of water would be enough, then just swig it around your mouth for around thirty seconds.

These home remedies are all pretty simple to do and they may be able to greatly reduce the amount of pain you suffer from your toothache.

It is important to realise that you need to seek professional advice for all dental problems though, you should be talking with a dentist about it as soon as possible as it can lead to much more serious problems if not properly treated.

Tonsil Stones Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Tonsil stones, also known as tonsil debris, tonsil calculus, or tonsillolith, are calcareous deposits that form in the tonsil crevices in some people. These deposits consist of organic debris, bacteria and dead cells. If these stones burst, they release a particularly foul smell. That smell may cause halitosis, popularly known as bad breath.

The cause of tonsil stones is still subject to debt. Some argument that they are the hard place of food that is melted by the digestive enzymes in saliva. Other theories cite ectopia, abscess, tonsillitis, cold and phlegm, and poor hygiene. Usually found in the tonsil crypts, stones may also form in the roof of the mouth or farther back in the throat. Symptoms include coughing, bad breath, sore throat and / or a feeling of a foreign object stuck in one's throat. A single piece may be no bigger than a few millimeters, or as large as an inch. Depending on where they are found and how big they are, these anomalies can be removed with the fingers, by coughing, use natural remedies or special oral products or in extreme cases, surgery. Removal of tonsils is not advisable as tonsils are there to catch bacteria and keep them from settling deeper in the throat.

Although embarrassing and annoying, tonsil stones are really more disgusting than harmful. The best approach is prevention through frequent use of mouthwash, special toothpaste, proper diet, and regular visits to the dentist. Do not try to remove persistent stones by yourself. Consult a doctor.

The Correct Way to Lose Weight and Gain Muscle

Many people go about losing weight the wrong way. Some people try to starve themselves with super low calorie diets, while others will go on some low carb or low fat diet. These diets can leave you in a bad state of health, with a damaged metabolism. A healthy diet would be one that has the proper blend of protein, fats and carbohydrates for the individual.

There are three main ways your body loses weight. 1. Water or dehydration 2. Lean weight loss which is muscle loss and 3. Fat loss. The water and muscle is something you don’t want to loss. The more muscle you lose the lower your BMR (basal metabolic rate) will be. Your BMR is how many calories your body uses a day at rest. On my last post I showed you how to calculate your BMR and how to add in your activity level. That’s the first thing you will need to know.

Once you know your daily calorie intake, you now can split your calories up into proper proportions of macronutrients. Macronutrients meaning proteins, carbs and fats. A good place to start would be a 1-2-3 ratio. One part fats, two parts protein and three parts carbs. That equals six parts. So take your daily calorie intake (DCI) and divide it by six. For example let’s say our DCI is 3000 calories a day. 3000/6=500. So each part will be 500 calories. So that would mean 500 calories from fats, 1000 calories from protein and 1500 calories from carbs. There are 9 calories in one gram of fat, 4 calories in one gram of protein and 4 calories in one gram of carbohydrates. (1g fat = 9 cal) (1g protein = 4 cal) (1g carbs = 4 cal). So if we do the math it would be 500/9=55.5g of fat a day, 250g of protein and 375g of carbs a day. This is just a good starting place. If you are doing a lot of high intense training you could go with a 1-2-4 ratio. As you go you can find the ratio that works best for your body, but I wouldn’t suggest ever going below 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Every cell in our body’s are constantly being recycled. Our new cells come from the protein we consume each day.

Now how do we use this information to lose weight? The answer is by zig zaging your calories to build muscle while you lose fat! Remember the more muscle you have the more calories your body will use each day! For 4 or 5 days each week reduce you caloric intake by two calories per pound of lean body weight. These days should be your light training days or rest days. On the remaining 2 to 3 days increase your caloric intake by 2 calories per pound of lean body weight. These should be your heavy or intense training days.

Healthy fat loss is done at a slow rate. This is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and increase muscle mass.

6 Vegetables That Cure Diabetes

A vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice for people with diabetes. There are several types of vegetarian diets. Vegetarian diets are based on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans lentils, soybeans, nuts and seeds. As a result they are low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Decreasing your use of animal products offers you several diabetes health advantages. Vegetarians are less likely to be overweight, have high cholesterol levels, or have high blood pressure. They are also less likely to suffer from heart and blood vessel disease and certain cancers. If you have type 1 diabetes, becoming a vegetarian may enable you to use less insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, the weight loss from a vegetarian diet may improve your blood glucose control.

The vegetables in general are healthy for diabetes but there are some vegetables that help to heal the pancreatic function that controlling the glucose levels in blood. These are listed below

Bitter Gourd The bitter gourd is distinctively employed like folk medicine for the diabetes. The bitter gourd due to its quality of being rich in all the essential vitamins and ores, particularly the vitamins B1, B2, C and iron, is salutary for the diabetics who are undernourished. It increases the resistance of the body against the infection.

Bengal Gram The experiments proved that the extract of the water of the gram of Bengal increases the use of glucose not only in diabetic persons but also in the normal ones. The germinated black gram taken with half cup of fresh bitter gourd juice and a spoonful with honey is consistently salutary in the treatment of a softer type of diabetes.

Groundnut By eating a daily groundnut handle being of the diabetics will prevent not only malnutrition, in particular the insufficiency, but also checks the developments of the vascular complication

Lettuce, Soya and Tomato The lettuce, soya, logo are also salutary.

So now when you are cooking it is important to add some of these vegetables in cooking. They will not only improve your glucose levels but are also equally good for your general health. So start eating more green leafy vegetables for a healthier diabetes free life

The Countdown – 5 Disadvantages of Obesity That Would Inevitably Affect the Obese

Obesity is a big problem affecting several million people all over the world and in countries such as the US it is steadily increasing. It is an epidemic and one that must be contained before the lives of the many people affected take drastic turns. There are numerous disadvantages of obesity ranging from serious to very scary. Most of the disadvantages of obesity would fall somewhere in one of the 5 points listed below which could have been called the 5 disadvantages of obesity.

5) Goals are harder or impossible to accomplish:

Obese people depending on what they desire, have a much tougher time when it comes to achieving success. Obesity plays a big enough factor to underline or stagnate progress as a whole. Let's say for example that an obese guy named Mr. X wants to pursue a career in a sport such as football (soccer). Mr. X wants some action on the field to play a part in a team and try to win some games. Without his skills are far superior to the other normal weight players on that team or rival teams and has the speed to match, chances are that dream will never become a reality since its mandated that you are in a fit state. Many sports, whether the games are casual or competitive will not take him or anyone obese for that matter. His only hope is to either slim down or find a group that caters to the obese.

4) Social Problems:

One of the major disadvantages of obesity is that the obese are generally looked down upon, made fun of or scorned by many in society. They're usually the subject of "fat jokes" from those who seem to forget that they are human beings and human beings have feelings. Relationships can be pretty shaky for an obese person who's partner does not really find them desirable anymore and wants out.

3) Sexual Issues:

Many studies have shown there is a relationship to obesity and sexual ineptitude. It's common for obese individuals of both sexes to suffer from lack of sexual enjoyment, performance or desire. If the individual never cared for sex to begin with, this will not be one of the disadvantages of obesity for them.

2) The Feeling of Depression:

The obese will either show depression outright, show a hint of it or conceal it. At this point they are very aware of the many disadvantages of obesity plaguing them. They know how they look, they know the prejudice they have to end, they know there are serious medical conditions associated with their weight, they know they can not accomplish certain goals or have a higher hurdle to jump to do so. It's very frustrating and stressful for them.

1) Health Deterioration:

The health hazards linked to obesity are innumerable and the more obese you are the harsher they are. These obesity related health hazards include Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Pregnancy Issues, Breathing Issues, Sleeping Issues, Heart Problems, Stroke risks, Abnormal Cholesterol Levels, Movement Problems not to mention the risk of contracting several types of cancer. The serious nature of those issues makes health deterioration one of the main disadvantages of obesity.

Six Reasons for Us to Drink Tea

The family members of tea mainly include green tea, black tea, white tea, flower tea, oolong tea, and so on. The nutritional value of tea is extremely high. In our daily life, tea can effectively help us improve body health and resist radiation. Generally speaking, six reasons can persuade us to drink tea.

First, the theine contained in tea leaves can help us stimulate the central nervous system, eliminate fatigue and improve the work efficiency. When we are drinking tea, our taste bud can be stimulated and our body can be refreshed. What's more, the theine can also alleviate bronchospasm, accelerate blood circulation, cure bronchial asthma, relieve cough, reduce sputum and prevent miocardial infarction for us.

Second, the catechins contained in tea can decrease the absorption of fat in our body and burn the extra fat to maintain a healthy body for us. At the same time, the chemical compounds like folic acid and vitamin C can adjust the metabolism of fat, decompose fat and decrease cholesterol to help us lose weight.

Third, the flavonoids can effectively restrain the growth of cancer cells and prevent various kinds of cancer for us. What's more, we can also prevent cardiovascular disease, stabilize blood pressure and improve immune system by drinking tea. According to the research, people who often drink tea can be rarely attacked by cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

Fourth, tannic acid can be responsible for killing bacteria and alleviating intestinal diseases including enteritis, diarrhea and cholera. Therefore, we can use strong tea to clean the wounds so as to kill bacteria and eliminate inflammation. In addition, we can also use tea leaves to deal with ulcer and oral inflammation.

Fifth, the theine and theophylline can work together to improve urination and alleviate edema for us. For example, black tea is very effective in eliminating toxins and accelerating urination for human body.

Sixth, the fluorine contained in tea can be integrated with calcium in teeth to produce fluorapatite which can not be dissolved in acid. Like a protective layer, fluorapatite can effectively protect our teeth to prevent the formation of decayed teeth.

So, tea is really beneficial to our body. Various benefits can persuade us to drink tea. In our daily life, we can choose tea to take the place of carbonated beverage. In addition, we should not drink much tea in the evening, or our normal sleep can be affected.

Tick ​​Bite Rash – Understanding Lyme Disease Symptoms

The typical Lyme disease rash does not always develop into a bull's-eye. The rash can be in many forms or not even be there at all. This rash is usually the first sign. This disease is from ticks and the symptoms and signs range from body aches and fever to much more serious ones like temporary paralysis, fatigue, weakness and joint swelling. For some people there is a lyme disease itching symptom, but others report no itchy sensations.

EM or erythema migrans is a Lyme disease rash that develops because of a reaction to an infection caused by Borrelia spirochetes. It's the primary symptom that is required to report and diagnose a case.

Appearance of the Tick Bite:

The most typical appearance of the Lyme disease rash is an oval or round rash that gets larger over a period of several days. It will also develop an clear spot in the middle: bull's-eye rash. About half of the patients have either no rash at all or they have ones that look different. Tick ​​bite disease pictures can vary because the reaction is not identical for everyone.

Some appearance of the tick bite symptoms can be:

A) Fiery red and have an eroded or raised center.

B) Red or dark blue rash that looks like a recent bruise.

C) Multiple rashes of all different sizes.

When it comes to the disease about 10% of them are atypical types. Even after getting rid of the tick 1 to 4 weeks prior, if they have an atypical rash some doctors will not associate this rash with their tick bite and just dismiss it from being lyme's because it does not fit the usual pattern.

Usually the rash is between 2 inches and 5 inches in diameter. Yet, it also could have the size of a quarter or it may even cover most of the leg or torso. You could have just a single rash or many rashes all over.

A Lyme disease rash is a skin discoloration and will vary in shape and size. It often has rings of different shades, but can also be uniformly discolored. The rash may itch and when you touch it, can feel hot. The rash can range in color from bruised looking to purple to reddish. These rashes can also be oozy and crusty.

Tick ​​bite treatment is important as neglecting it can result in serious fatigue, memory loss and joint issues.

Natural Baby Skin Care – What to Use and Why

Mothers are increasingly using natural baby skin care products as part of their baby's daily routine.

For example, using a mandarin shampoo and body wash, followed by lavender baby lotion will fragrance your nursery and create a perfect ambience for a baby's bedtime.

When considering buying baby products, there are five main ingredients that are considered as the most effective in today's skin care creams. These ingredients are: chamomile, lavender, mandarin, calendula and red clover. Each one has different beneficial properties and products that use them are considered perfect for a baby's delicate and sensitive skin.

Let's start with chamomile. This natural ingredient has strong healing properties, so it is helpful for soothing dry or irritated skin. Skin care creams that include chamomile are also useful for treating eczema. This natural ingredient can be used at a baby's bathtime to soothe a fretful infant. The aroma is also believed to help during teeth.

Lavender, meanwhile, is beneficial for helping babies get to sleep. It has relaxing properties that are great at any time of day. As well as its aromatherapy skin care effects, lavender-based creams and oils also possess antibiotic, antiseptic, and detoxifying properties.

Mandarin is great at balancing your baby's mood. Organic baby products that include mandarin tend to have a calming influence. It can also be useful in aid sleeping, and helping digestion if your baby has colic, or is irritable.

Calendula is a well-established herbal remedy. Organic creams use it to help heal cuts or scratches and to soothe irritated skin. It is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, so it's perfect for tender, dry or chafed skin.

Finally, red clover is another naturally effective anti-inflammatory. Natural baby skin care creams that use red clover as a main ingredient are ideal for soothing skin irritations. Red clover creams are particularly effective to help eliminate nappy rash.

Best Tips On How To Cure Psoriasis From The Inside

Psoriasis is a disease that is difficult to treat because it is still not very well understood. Despite this, there are many treatment therapies that have been developed despite there currently being no “cure” yet. There are also various natural psoriasis treatments that have proven to be very effective for many psoriasis sufferers to keep flare-ups at bay. One of those is to use diet which many believe is one of the best ways on how to cure psoriasis from the inside out.

How to Cure Psoriasis from the Inside

Using food is an essential part of not only promoting general health and wellbeing but is also important to prevent various diseases and conditions. This is because various foods contain essential vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system and in addition for psoriasis, have various skin healing properties.

Using the right foods is important. Especially those that are organic and free of chemicals and antibiotics as well as saturated and trans fats.

Though many doctors may not believe that a healthy diet alone will cure psoriasis, they do believe that if making certain dietary changes provides some benefits, there is no harm is following a diet for psoriasis. Especially in the current absence of a psoriasis cure which makes it crucial to try various remedies to see whether they will work for you that are both conventional and unconventional.

Following the theme of using natural remedies that may work to heal your skin from the scourge of psoriasis, here are some of the best tips on how to cure psoriasis from the inside out;

1. Turmeric

One of the top recommended remedies on how to cure psoriasis from the inside AND outside is turmeric. This is a spice that is native to India where it has long been used in the ancient traditional healing practice of Ayurveda in addition to its common use in various culinary dishes as it gives curry its yellow color.

There are many seemingly unbelievable stories from various people that have used turmeric for various diseases and conditions including psoriasis touting this spice’s benefits for healing. So if you are struggling with psoriasis, you may want to give turmeric a try.

The active ingredient that is believed to be responsible for turmeric’s healing properties is curcumin.

Curcumin is a very rich source of antioxidants which help to prevent the activity of free radicals in the body. Free radicals represent oxygen molecules that cause harm in the body by damaging healthy cells as a way for them to live and thrive in the body. The damage may increase the risk of developing various diseases and conditions including various cancers, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as psoriasis.

Turmeric helps to reduce inflammation in the body which is why it is believed to be one of the most effective remedies for psoriasis whose development is considered among various other reasons also related to the level of inflammation in the body.

As mentioned earlier, turmeric can be taken internally as well as applied externally to the psoriasis lesions. Either method or both is said to be effective. For internal benefits, turmeric can be added to any food or drink e.g. to stews, cereals, oatmeal, salads, stir-fries, to smoothies, green juices, etc.

To apply turmeric topically, make a paste with the turmeric and apply to the lesions and cover with a plastic wrap or adhesive and leave for a few hours or overnight and wash off. When used topically, depending on your skin tone, you may notice a yellow caste especially if you are very pale which will dissipate eventually.

2. Cold-water fish

Another of the top tips on how to cure psoriasis from the inside out is related to a discovery by researchers that certain deep sea cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring when consumed by people with psoriasis, reported a reduction in their various symptoms of psoriasis.

While it is not very well understood why these oily fish are healing for the body and skin, it is believed that the omega-3 fatty acids that they contain are responsible.

Omega-3s seem to be able to reduce the amount of certain compounds in the body – leukotrients and prostaglandins – that cause skin inflammation. Salmon has an especially high amount of omega-3s but the other oily fish previously mentioned are also beneficial. It is recommended that you eat 3 to 4 ounces of these oily fish per week.

If you prefer omega-3 supplements, the recommended daily amount is about 3 grams. Be sure that the omega-3 supplements you use contain EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which are long chain fatty acids that are especially beneficial for various skin conditions including psoriasis.

Do not overdo the consumption of these oily fish or omega-3 supplements because high doses of fish oils can affect the body’s blood clotting mechanism so check with your doctor to make sure that the regimen you follow is within safe limits.

3. Beta carotene

While it is highly recommended to cure psoriasis from the inside by consuming more fruits and vegetables, certain vegetables rank a little higher. These are vegetables and fruits that contain beta-carotene such as tomatoes, carrots, spinach, cantaloupe, beet greens, winter squash, sweet potatoes, etc. Any colorful fruit or vegetable usually obtains its color from beta-carotene.

Research has shown that those who ate at least seven servings of tomatoes were able to reduce their risk of developing psoriasis by a whopping 60 percent! For carrots, the reduction in risk was still high at 40 percent and the same for fruit consumption at 50 percent.

Beta-carotene as well as vitamins C and E that these vegetables and fruits contain provide antioxidant activity in the body in addition to helping boost the immune system so that it is better equipped to fight off disease as well as to improve skin. Beta-carotene in particular is converted into vitamin A which along with vitamin E are known as the skin vitamins as they help to maintain the tissues that make up the skin.

4. Low-calorie diets

These are beneficial especially if you are overweight. Obesity is a factor in how you will respond to psoriasis treatment and the severity of symptoms of psoriasis that you will develop. It has been noted that people with psoriasis who are obese take longer to respond to treatment and psoriasis lesions return more quickly after treatment is stopped.

Following a low calorie diet does not mean starving yourself. It means making better choices with food and avoiding high calorie foods such as fast food, various processed foods, fried foods, etc.

5. Mediterranean diet

There are many diets that are followed around the world that seem to present no health problems for the people who follow them around the world. The only diet that has been shown to increase the risk of developing various diseases and conditions is the Western diet, so any move away from this diet can be beneficial for your health.

One of the most recommended diets which is one of the best ways on how to cure psoriasis from the inside out is the Mediterranean diet. This is one of the most complete diets that will provide you with most if not all of the nutrients you need every day. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet arise because of its focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, chicken and olive oil all of which are foods that are beneficial for the body and can help heal skin.