Placenta Previa and Short Term Disability

I received an email today that should never have been sent.  The reason has nothing to do with gravity of the author’s situation: her circumstances are real and the consequences appear dire.  She could have avoided her current dilemma by requesting maternity leave pay before getting pregnant.  Below is her message:


I was just diagnosed with Placenta Previa and my doctor required that I take a leave of absence from work. I am wondering if there were any programs to where I could get some help because I am in fear of losing my home. Could you please check into this matter for me and notify me of any information you may have. Thank you very much.

My response was that there was nothing I could do to help her replace her income now that she is already pregnant.  I could have added that her medical condition also prevented me from helping, but there was no point in doing so.

If she had requested maternity leave pay before getting pregnant she could have avoided many of her current financial consequences.  That may sound very odd, but it highlights why I write so many articles on this topic.

Short term disability insurance, when bought before getting pregnant helps you create maternity leave pay.  Your normal labor and delivery is a covered benefit, and this benefit may greatly exceed the premium you pay over time. 

But most importantly, and most directly related to this woman’s situation, is that short term disability will also replace two-thirds of your income should you experience pregnancy complications and miss work prior to your delivery.  This extra benefit comes at no additional cost beyond what you pay to generate your benefit for normal labor and delivery.

Disease and the Conquest of the Americas

In his book, Born To Die, Cook explores the role that disease played in the European conquest of the Americas. Cook maintains that contrary to the Black Legend, so popular during colonial times and ever since, Old World diseases were immensely more successful than Spanish cruelty and atrocities in the conquering and subjugation of the indigenous peoples in the Americas.

While not denying that there were atrocities committed by Spaniards, Cook insists that the deaths of so many native peoples cannot be attributed to the atrocities exclusively, since “there were too few Spaniards to have killed the millions who were reported to have died” (Cook 9). Cook also points out that native peoples died wherever they came into contact with Europeans, be they Portuguese, English, French, or Dutch. The popularity of the Black Death was due, in large part, to what was occurring in Europe at the time. This was the period of the Spanish Armada and the Inquisition. Other nations used the Black Legend to justify taking actions against the Spaniards “in Europe or within their overseas territories” (Cook 8).

Cook begins his discussion where contact was first made: the island of Hispaniola. Within fifty years after contact, the native people were “virtually extinct” (Cook 16). According to Cook, this extinction of the Caribbean peoples “set a pattern that was repeated time and time again” in the Americas (Cook 16). Cook goes into much detail, in subsequent chapters, tracing the spread of diseases throughout the Latin American continent and North America. Numerous diseases afflicted the native peoples who had no immunity to them; smallpox, measles, influenza, typhus, bubonic plaque, yellow fever, and malaria spread quickly among the native peoples throughout the continents. These outbreaks of diseases were usually intensified through malnutrition and lack of medicines, and they were most often followed by pestilence, famine, and starvation. He draws his evidence concerning the disease epidemics mostly through missionaries’ and crown officials’ letters to the Spanish king.

Cook also refutes the accuracy of the Black Legend by insisting the Spaniards would not have committed indiscriminate slaughter of entire indigenous populations. Indeed, it was in the Spaniards’ best interests to protect the natives, since they needed the natives’ labor in the fields and mines. Cook contends that the Spaniards did take measures to protect the natives. They established quarantines to limit the spread of disease, but which were rarely successful. Spaniards also established laws to protect the natives from abuses by their employers or overseers, which the natives took full advantage in seeking justice from Spanish courts. These measures were undertaken to protect the Spaniards’ economic interests, no doubt, but they were undertaken, which disproves that Spaniards were indiscriminately murdering entire populations.

Unlike the Spaniards who tried to prevent the spread of disease, the English in the New England area of North America deliberately encouraged it. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, New England Puritans, deliberately and knowingly, gave the indigenous peoples “blankets infected with the smallpox virus” (Cook 213). Their motivation for these actions were to clear the land of people, who, they felt, stood in the way of their establishing “God’s City on a Hill” (Cook 213).

Cook contends that the “natural flow of epidemics followed normal trade and communications routes between groups of peoples” (Cook 209). This would explain how some communities fell victim to Old World diseases even before coming into contact with Europeans. It also would explain how many communities were not affected by diseases concurrently, but in many cases, it was years later before the epidemics showed up among their peoples.

Cook’s most convincing evidence to refute the Black Legend comes from his contention that it was not in the Spaniards’ best economic interest to wipe out entire communities of indigenous peoples from the area. The Spaniards needed their labor and, moreover, sincerely desired to convert them to Christianity. The laws passed by Spaniards to protect the natives from cruelty and exploitation, and the establishment of quarantines, further testify that the Black Legend is fundamentally untrue.

Cook offers compelling evidence in support of his refutation of the Black Legend, but the manner he presents the evidence is, on the whole, rather disjointed and confusing. His tendency to lump many different epidemics in different regions and at different time periods invariably forces the reader to continuously search for the particular time and place.

His writing style reads more like a collection of statistics, except for Chapter Two, which was rather lively and interesting. The reason it is more interesting is because Cook provides personal insights of the natives’ responses (e.g. running away to evade infection) and the effects of the epidemics (e.g. the struggle for power between Atahualpa and his brother Huascar after the prior Inca ruler succumbed to disease).

Despite the text being dry and hard to follow, it is very beneficial in refuting the common belief of the Black Legend. Although I have long known that disease played a role in the conquest of the Americas, I also believed that the Black Legend was the primary factor that brought conquest to fruition (so strongly was this belief that my personal name for Columbus Day is Mass Murder Day). While I still believe that European cruelties were excessive, I now see that disease, propagated by pestilence and malnutrition, was the cause of the majority of the deaths in the Americas.

Cook, Noble David. Born to Die: Disease and New World Conquest, 1492-1650. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Colon Health And Friendly Bacteria

‘Friendly bacteria’, or beneficial bacteria, are essential to good colon, or bowel, health.

A large proportion of a healthy stool consist of millions of bacteria which normally live in the colon. There are several hundred species of these bacteria present in the colon. A good balance of bacteria in the colon contributes to good colon health.

There are also a number of harmful bacteria present in the colon. In good health, these harmful bacteria are kept in check by the abundance of beneficial bacteria. Unfortunately, the bacteria in the colon often get out of balance. This condition of imbalance is called dysbiosis. Dysbiosis means that the harmful bacteria have become much more abundant than they should be.

The worst effect of dysbiosis is that the excessive harmful bacteria produce waste products which are toxic to the body, raising the ‘toxic load’ the body has to deal with. Health conditions including candida and ME almost invariably involve dysbiosis, but it also contributes to many other conditions of ill health.

Causes Of Dysbiosis
The imbalance of bacteria – dysbiosis – can be caused by:
* Taking antibiotics
* Poor diet. Beneficial bacteria love the fibre in vegetables; harmful bacteria thrive on meat and sugar
* Traveling abroad – because of a sudden change in diet
* Drinking water which contains chlorine (drink filtered water instead)
* Hormones – either as pharmaceuticals or in the water supply, etc – can produce bacterial imbalance

What Do Friendly Bacteria Do?
Friendly bacteria:
* Help produce energy for the body
* Synthesise essential nutrients, eg Vitamin K
* Help to detoxify poisons in the diet
* Help maintain the acid balance of the body – vital for health
* Promote immune system health

Unfriendly bacteria not only smother the beneficial type, but also produce their own additional toxins – these are their waste products.

How Can I Restore Balance?
By supplementing the beneficial bacteria, and avoiding the damaging situations mentioned above, as far as possible.

What Does A ‘Flora’ Supplement Contain?
A good ‘bowel flora’ supplement will usually contain Acidophilus bacteria plus some other types, often Bifidus and Rhamnosus. Good quality supplements will have powerful, patented strains of the bacteria mentioned. Desirable properties include being able to pass alive through the acid conditions of the stomach, and adhering well to the colon wall when they arrive there.

Try taking a quality supplement at any time for a course of 3 months, and also during and following any antibiotic course you have to take, and when traveling.

A bowel flora supplement is often part of a colon cleansing programme, which will also usually include a herbal supplement to promote bowel regularity, and a product to provide extra fibre, often psyllium husks.

The 5 Benefits to Changing Your Automatic Transmission Fluid

One of the most commonly over looked aspects of a vehicle is the transmission. Many people tend to either ignore their transmission all together, or simply do not understand how it works. And that is fine and dandy until the day comes that things start to get ugly with it. A busted transmission is another way of saying a car that isn’t going to be running any time soon without some serious work. The transmission is the power source, and it provides proper application of the power of your vehicle. So if you want to ensure your vehicle’s transmission lasts just as long as possible (and most will last the entire vehicle’s life time if maintained properly), then you will want to get on top of changing your automatic transmission fluid.

Benefit Number One: Preventing Lock Up

Odds are you know what tetanus is, because it is commonly referred to as “lock jaw.” You would never want to have lock jaw. Not only would it be painful, but it would be inconvenient. Well, it would surprise you to know that it would be twice as inconvenient if your vehicle got lock jaw. Lock up happens when your vehicle’s transmission gets so hot that your vehicle simply shuts down. It no longer runs. Changing your automatic transmission fluid when it turns black can prevent this happening to your car.

Benefit Number Two: Saving Money

Who doesn’t like saving money? Literally every person you meet does things to save money, unless they’ve got tons to throw around or are children. Usually, they amount to the same. Changing your automatic transmission fluid when it turns black (not flushing it-flushing your automatic transmission fluid can be dangerous to your vehicle, tantamount to bleeding it dry then trying to fill it back up with new blood) can help prevent most transmission problems from occurring, meaning you save the woes of a blown transmission.

Benefit Number Three: Run Cleaner

Changing your automatic transmission fluid, and using the right fluid, can make your engine run cleaner and more efficiently than it has since it was brand new. This means better fuel economy (which we’ll get to next) and better oil usage. However, using the wrong fluid, any fluid not recommended by the manufacturer for your specific make and model, can damage your transmission greatly, so be sure to check.

Benefit Number Four: Better Fuel Economy

Less work means less wear. Less wear means your transmission, and your engine, last longer. Changing your automatic transmission fluid when it turns black can help you to keep your transmission running strong for a very long time, making your vehicle more fuel efficient.

Benefit Number Five: Cost Effective

What do you think costs less: a new transmission, or automatic transmission fluid? Hopefully, you went with the latter choice. A new transmission is expensive, while automatic transmission fluid is relatively cheap in comparison, making taking care of your transmission a no brainer.

Top 3 Effective Shingles Remedies To Cure Shingles Fast

Searching for Shingles Remedies to help treat your case of Shingles?

You’ve found yourself in the correct place!

I’m going to share with you the top 3 Most Powerful Shingles Remedies.

Shingles is actually a result of the herpes varicella zoster, better known as zoster virus. It’s exactly the same virus that causes Chicken Pox for children. Many people obtain the Chicken Pox as a child, and once you go through it, you then become to some degree “immunized” towards getting it again. The virus remains in the body, but de-activated.

Shingles is when later on in your life which zoster virus gets re-activated again. Shingles is typically an infection from the nerve as well as the skin surrounding the area. It can be quite painful and also tough to deal with.

Below are some valuable Shingles Remedies that can assist you treat Shingles:

1) Vitamin C

Vitamin C is extremely useful to boost your immune system and help your body to recover faster from Shingles. It is also encouraged to take a multi-vitamin daily, in addition to additional Vitamin C. These kinds of Shingles Remedies will make a significant difference to your health and well-being.

2) Calamine Lotion

This is a product you can get in your nearby drugstore or perhaps health foods store. It is incredibly beneficial to use for the skin to assist ease itching along with cure blisters. As an added bonus, add to it 20% isopropyl alcohol and also 1% each of phenol and menthol.

These two Shingles Remedies, alongside with the one below will certainly help make a huge difference when you mix them together.

3) Chloroform/Aspirin Paste

Mash together two aspirin tablets (make certain it isn’t aspirin substitutes) into powder form. Add 2 tbsps of chloroform in to the blend. And then use a thoroughly clean cotton ball to carefully apply the mixture onto the skin. You are able to use this paste on the skin several times each day.

The chloroform generally helps to dissolve soap residue, oil, and the dead skin cells. As soon as that happens, the aspirin may soak in to the skin folds as well as desensitize your affected nerve endings. You can right away start to really feel better in 5 minutes. And the pain relief using this powerful home remedy lasts for a long time, often even days.

There you have it! Make certain to utilize these powerful Shingles Remedies straight away to help relieve itchiness, pain and cure Shingles once and for all.

There are also many more Shingles Remedies I recommend you check out.

Mind & Body Solution for Pms

About Dr. Jarret Morrow:

Dr. Jarret Morrow, MD is the President & Chief Science Officer of University Health Industries, Inc.  Dr. Morrow received his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Alberta in June 2001 and prior to that, received his Bachelor of Science With Specialization in Pharmacology With Distinction, also from The University of Alberta, in June 1997.

Dr. Morrow has been a distinguished presenter at numerous scientific and medical conferences worldwide, generally involving various areas of psychiatry, including anxiety disorders and the physical impact of psychological stress, and has also co-authored numerous medical research publications generally involving similar subjects. Dr. Morrow is the inventor of two patent-pending dietary supplement formulations.

University Health Industries Disclaimer:

The information that is provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers with any questions that you may have regarding a specific medical condition.
Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking medical advice or treatment it because of something you have read on this site or the University Health Industries™ site.

Part 1: About PMS

  1. What are PMS and PMDD?
  2. What causes PMS?
  3. What are the symptoms of PMS?
  4. What are the risks of PMS and PMDD?
  5. How can I tell if I have PMS?
  6. What can I do to manage my symptoms?
  7. What medical treatments are available?
  8. How effective are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of PMS?
    What is the effectiveness of gonadotropin releasing hormone analogues (GnRHa) therapy in treating PMS?
  9. Is bright light therapy effective for treating the depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

Part 2: About Zenstral

  1. What is Zenstral PMS™?
  2. Who should take Zenstral PMS™?
  3. What are the ingredients?
  4. How does Zenstral PMS™ work?
  5. What is evidence based medicine?
  6. What is a meta-analysis?
  7. What scientific evidence was used in formulating Zenstral PMS™?
  8. Who should not take Zenstral PMS™?
  9. How much should I take?
  10. When will it start to work?
  11. What are the possible side effects?
  12. What is the NPA TruLabel Program?
  13. What is your guarantee?
  14. Who is University Health Industries, Inc. (UHI)?
  15. What other nutraceuticals are available from UHI?

Part 1: About PMS

Understanding PMS is one of the most important things you can do to manage your symptoms. In this booklet, Jarret D. Morrow, MD, chief scientific officer and president of University Health Industries, presents the known facts about PMS, an overview of treatment options, and current independent research that supports the use of Zenstral PMS™ for relieving PMS and PMDD.

What are PMS and PMDD?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a more severe form of PMS, are both very common and potentially debilitating conditions from which many women suffer. Hormonal changes following ovulation trigger a group of disruptive symptoms that appear approximately 14 days before your period. PMS and PMDD affect an estimated 40 million women in the United States, with more than 5 million requiring medical treatment.

What causes PMS?

Though the exact cause of PMS is not completely understood, it appears that the hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone are involved, along with changes in the level of the brain chemical serotonin. Nutritional deficiencies in magnesium or vitamin B6, hormonal changes, neurotransmitter activity, diet, and stress have all been implicated in the etiology of PMS.1,2

What are the symptoms of PMS?

Most women feel some discomfort before their periods. But if you have PMS, you may feel so anxious, depressed, or uncomfortable that you can’t cope at home or at work. Common symptoms of PMS include:

Physical Symptoms/Psychological Symptoms

  • Breast tenderness (mastodynia)
  • Irritability
  • Cramping
  • Angry outbursts
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Low self-esteem
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Confusion
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constipation
  • Mood swings
  • Joint pain
  • Crying spells
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • Acne
  • Depression

Symptoms usually stop or taper off soon after your period begins, and you may be symptom free until about two weeks before your next period.  For an extensive list of natural anxiety remedies, or for more information about dietary supplements to reduce weight gain and bloating, follow the respective links.

What are the risks of PMD and PMDD?

PMS and PMDD are not mere inconveniences. These conditions can adversely impact a woman’s personal, professional, and financial success. Women suffering from PMS are at increased risk of depression, absenteeism from work, strained relationships, reduced productivity, and worsening of medical conditions such as epilepsy, asthma, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or migraine headache during specific phases of their menstrual cycles.

How can I tell if I have PMS?

According the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you may have PMS if

  • Your PMS symptoms occur only during the last two weeks of your cycle.
  • the symptoms are sufficiently uncomfortable to impair your quality of life.
  • other disorders that may be mistaken for PMS have been excluded.

If you suspect you have PMS, ACOG recommends keeping a daily log of your symptoms for two or three consecutive months to help in diagnosis. It’s important to talk with your doctor to confirm your diagnosis and rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, such as depression, migraine headaches, seizure disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, or allergies.

What can I do to manage my PMS symptoms?

Women can often manage the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome by making changes in the way they eat, exercise, and approach their daily lives. To reduce your discomfort, try implementing as many of the suggestions below as you can.

Dietary Tips for Controlling PMS

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals to reduce bloating and the sensation of fullness.
  • Eat complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, pasta, and cereals.
  • Cut back on sugar and fat in your diet.
  • Avoid salt for the last days before your period to reduce bloating and fluid retention.
  • Avoid caffeine intake to feel less tense and irritable.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. Consuming alcohol before your period can make you feel more depressed.
  • Choose foods rich in calcium.
  • Increase consumption of dietary fiber.

Lifestyle Tips for Controlling PMS

  • Get aerobic exercise. Regular daily exercise will help improve your overall health and can alleviate symptoms such as fatigue and a depressed mood.
  • Ensure adequate sleep—about eight hours per night.
  • Attempt to schedule stressful events for the week after your period.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of meals, bedtime, and exercise.
  • Practice deep-breathing exercises to help reduce headaches, anxiety, or trouble sleeping.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes.

What medical treatments are available for PMS and PMDD?

There are four types of prescription drugs used for PMS/PMDD:

  1. Antidepressants that act on serotonin, including fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine.The FDA has recently ordered makers of several antidepressants to issue black box warnings that patients on these medications should be closely monitored for “clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.”
  2. Agents that suppress ovulation, such as danazol, transdermal estradiol patches, and some oral contraceptives. These medications carry risks for serious side effects and can be very expensive.
  3. Other psychotropics to reduce anxiety, such as alprazolam and other anxiolytic benzodiazepines. Since alprazolam has a very short half-life, there is a risk of addiction for patients who are started on this medication.
  4. Spironolactone, a diuretic that is only available by prescription. It has proven effective in reducing premenstrual fluid retention, but doesn’t address the other symptoms of PMS.

How effective are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) for the treatment of PMS?

SSRI’s are a class of drugs used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Patients can experience many side effects from the use of these medications including weight changes, increase in anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and sexual dysfunction. A study published in the Cochrane Database concluded that there is very good evidence to support the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the management of severe PMS. However, withdrawals due to side effects were 2.5 times more likely to occur in the treatment group than in the placebo group.3

What is the effectiveness of using gonadotropin releasing hormone analogues (GnRHa) to treat PMS?

GnRH analogues work to stop menstrual periods by decreasing estrogen production. A recent meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that GnRHa treatment appears to be an effective option in the management of PMS.4 Unfortunately, patients who take these analogues can experience several serious side effects, including menopausal type symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and increased LDL cholesterol and bone loss.

Is bright light therapy effective for treating the depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

Light therapy consists of exposure to full-spectrum light for a prescribed amount of time. A recent meta-analysis of bright light therapy published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that “the current evidence justifies neither enthusiastic dissemination nor confident rejection of this therapeutic modality.”5 Essentially, this suggests that more research is required to study the potential benefit of this treatment for PMS.

Part 2: About Zenstral PMS ™

From University Health Industries

Zenstral PMS from University Health Industries

Testimonial:

“I want to thank you for all of your help. I have had the most terrible PMS with every symptom possible. Zenstral PMS has made all the difference! I have none of the symptoms: no headache, cramps, irritability, mood swings, or aches. This works! Thanks so much for this product!”

– Debbie W, North Carolina.

What is Zenstral PMS™?

Zenstral PMS™ is an innovative blend of natural compounds that are scientifically proven to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Unlike other PMS treatments, Zenstral addresses both the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS/PMDD in one convenient product, without the risk of dangerous side effects.

Using the principles of evidence based medicine, our physicians and pharmacologists formulated Zenstral PMS™ after months of reviewing the results of university research studies worldwide. The result is a powerful nutraceutical that is as effective as other PMS remedies—and safer.†

Who should take Zenstral PMS™?
Zenstral PMS™ is recommended for women suffering fromgeneral PMS-related symptoms

  • cyclical mood symptoms of PMS including irritability, tension, depression
  • lower back and joint pain associated with PMS
  • fluid retention associated with PMS
  • breast tenderness associated with PMS

What are the ingredients in Zenstral PMS™?

Each caplet contains 20 mg of Vitex agnus castus (.3% casticin), 200 mg of magnesium oxide (MgO), and 50 mg of vitamin B6 (pyroxidine)..

The Vitex agnus castus (VAC) compound used in Zenstral is casticin, a flavonoid from the chasteberry. This is the same substance used in the clinical studies that show Vitex agnus castus to be effective. Nearly all other products on the market standardize to agnuside, a terpene compound from the chasteberry tree.

How does Zenstral PMS™ work?

The natural compounds in Zenstral work on many of the biochemical mechanisms that contribute to PMS:†

Vitex Agnus Castus Extract (VAC):VAC acts on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a set of complex interactions between three hormone-producing organs. It also reduces stress-induced prolactin levels by simulating the effects of dopamine in the brain (dopamine agonist).6 In addition, VAC has been found to elevate beta-endorphin and opiod levels, naturally occurring substances that decrease pain and create a feeling of calm and well-being.7,8

Magnesium: Low levels of red-cell magnesium have been correlated with symptoms of PMS.9 This is the rationale for supplementation with magnesium and has resulted in a number of studies on magnesium supplementation in women suffering from PMS.

Vitamin B6: Also called pyroxidine, vitamin B6 has a positive effect on levels of neurotransmitters such as serontonin, norepinephrine, histamine, dopamine, and taurine.10

What is evidence-based medicine?

Evidence based medicine (EBM) involves examining a broad spectrum of evidence—such as meta-analyses, systematic reviews of existing research, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, and other methods of inquiry—to make decisions about patient care and treatment.

EBM is rapidly becoming the new paradigm in health care, replacing the older authority-based model where the value of a medical treatment (and sometimes its availability) was based on the work of a limited number of experts.

To learn more about evidence based medicine, a non-profit organization called the Cochrane Collaboration (www.cochrane.org) is an excellent place to begin.

What is a meta-analysis?

A meta-analysis involves collecting data from many similar research studies, then analyzing the pooled data for statistical significance.

What evidence was used in formulating Zenstral PMS™?

Below is a representative sample of the scientific evidence used in formulating Zenstral PMS™:

Vitex Agnus Castus Extract (VAC)

A recent double-blind, randomized controlled trial published in the British Medical Journal demonstrated a 52 percent reduction in PMS symptoms in women treated with dry extract of agnus castus fruit.11 Similar results were obtained in another study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics.12

Another recent study found Vitex agnus castus extract to be as effective as fluoxetine for the treatment of PMDD, a more severe form of PMS. The authors reported that 57.9 percent of patients responded to VAC extract in the treatment of this disorder, and also found that VAC extract was more effective than fluoxetine in treating the physical symptoms of PMDD.13

German health authorities have approved the use of chasteberry for three gynecological conditions: menstrual cycle irregularity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and mastodynia (breast pain).14

Magnesium

A recent randomized, double-blind crossover study concluded that magnesium works synergistically with vitamin B6 to relieve anxiety symptoms associated with PMS.15

Vitamin B6

The British Medical Journal did a meta-analysis of vitamin B6 in the treatment of PMS and concluded that it was likely to be beneficial in treating premenstrual symptoms and premenstrual depression.16

Who should not take Zenstral PMS™?

Consult a physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking birth control pills, have a hormone-sensitive medical condition such as breast cancer, or are taking dopamine-related medications.

How much should I take?

The typical dosage is one caplet twice daily. Take Zenstral™ every day of the month, not only when you’re having symptoms. It needs to reach and maintain therapeutic levels in the body to work.

When will it start to work?

With daily use, Zenstral™ will reach therapeutic levels in your system within three to four weeks, so you should feel relief by the second cycle. In contrast, prescription antidepressants take at least a month to start working and don’t address the physical symptoms of PMS.

What are the possible side effects?

No serious side effects have been reported for the ingredients in Zenstral PMS™. Data from clinical trials, post-marketing surveillance studies, spontaneous reporting systems, manufacturers, and herbalist organizations indicate that the compounds in Zenstral PMS™ are generally well tolerated, and that any adverse events following VAC treatment are mild and reversible.17 Possible side effects include nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, or pruritus.11,12,13,15,16,17,18

Consult a physician if you experience any of these side effects or use this product longer than six months. Discontinue use and consult a physician if an allergic reaction occurs.

No drug interactions have been reported. However, because of Zenstral’s mode of action, consult your physician before use if you are taking dopamine-related medications.

What is the NPA TruLabel Program?

The Natural Products Association (NPA) TruLabel program is the industry’s most expansive and successful self-regulatory program.

University Health Industries and other NPA members voluntarily pay for random monitored tests of their products by independent laboratories. If a test reveals any deficiency in product quality or accuracy in labeling, NPA immediately alerts the member company and expects it to take corrective action. NPA revokes the membership of any company that does not comply.

What is your guarantee?

University Health Industries’ products are backed by our 100% money-back guarantee for first-time orders. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your order, simply return it within 30 days and we’ll issue you a full refund of your purchase price, less shipping and handling.

Who is University Health Industries, Inc?

Every year, research labs around the globe identify and test natural compounds with the potential to improve human health—yet more than 98% of these discoveries are never commercialized for the benefit of the public.

University Health Industries, Inc. (OTC:UVHI), in collaboration with universities worldwide, researches natural compounds with clinically proven efficacy, identifies those with the greatest potential for enhancing human life, then develops them into patented nutraceutical products for treating common chronic ailments.

Our mission is to make the latest clinical discoveries in natural compounds available to consumers, delivered in patented pharmaceutical-grade formulations with guaranteed quality and potency.

UHI is a proud American company with offices and manufacturing facilities in Boca Raton, Florida. All of our products are GMP-approved and made in the United States to ensure they adhere to standards the American public can trust.

What other nutraceuticals are available from UHI?

UHI will introduce three new products in the coming weeks , each developed with the same quality and efficacy standards as Zenstral PMS™:

  • Arthroleve ULT™ for bone and joint pain †
  • Premium SAMe ULT™ for mood support†
  • Cold & Flu RMD™ for immune system support and relief from the common cold†

References

1 Mortola J. Premenstrual syndrome-pathophysiologic considerations. N Engl J Med. 1998; 338:256-7.

2 Chrousos GP, Torpy DJ, Gold PW. Interactions between the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the female reproductive system: Clinical implications. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:229-40.

3 Wyatt KM, Dimmock PW, O’Brien PM. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for premenstrual syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(4):CD 001396.

4 Wyatt KM, Dimmock PW, Ismail KM, Jones PW, O’brien PM. The effectiveness of GnRHa with and without ‘add-back’ therapy in treating premenstrual syndrome: a meta analysis. BJOG, 2004 Jun;111(6):585-93.

5 Krasnik C, Montori VM, Guyatt GH, Heels-Ansdell D, Brusse JW; Medically Unexplained Syndromes Study Group. The effect of bright light therapy on depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Am J Gynecol. 2005 Sep;193(3 Pt 1):658-61.

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The Benefits of Mobility Aids For the Aging and the Injured

Until something untoward happens we all take being able to move around freely for granted. Should you suddenly become afflicted by a health condition that causes your movements to become restricted then of course you will need some sort device that will assist you to move around like you did before. As you will soon discover there are a wide selection of mobility aids that can help to improve your movements dependent on what has caused the restriction initially.

So what sorts of aids can assist you to become mobile once more? Below we take a some of these and how they can help the person using them.

The most common sorts of aids we see people using to help them move around better are of course crutches, walking sticks and canes, wheelchairs and walkers. Normally the kind of people who use these types of devices are only having to deal with the problem on a temporary basis such as they have broken a leg. The main aim of these kinds of devices is not only to help them move around but also will provide them with support when their centre of gravity is out of alignment. These types of aids are ideal for not only helping with small restrictions of movement but large amounts as well.

However, these types of walking aids are also used by people with more chronic ailments such as arthritis, back pain or other ailments such as MS. For those with arthritis or back problems generally they find that a walking stick or cane or the walkers are all they need to help them get about. But for those who suffer from more chronic health problems then the only way for them to be able to move around freely is using a wheelchair. Along with those that will need the user to propel themselves if the condition is such then of course there are the powered types that they may find more helpful.

Along with these types of mobility aids there are others that may need to be used include artificial limbs, knees and hips as well as prosthetic legs and arms. These are the kinds of devices that will be used for those people who have lost a limb because of an accident or ailment. As well as them helping them to be able to walk once more it helps them to carry out such menial tasks as being able to make a cup of tea.

The technology used in these types of aids have become much more advanced so that some now use computer technology within them. These mobility aids use microchips that are able to pick up signals sent from the person’s brain that allows them to make the hand move in the same way as their own would. So of course when the send a signal asking it to grip an object such as a cup or a plate it will do so and in many cases won’t cause damage to the object in question.

Cold Or Flu Virus? 5 Symptoms That Indicate Flu Rather Than a Cold

Because a cold and flu (short for influenza) have many symptoms in common, it is easy to mistake one illness for the other. Early detection of the flu and being treated before the virus progresses can really make a big difference in its duration and severity.

So being able to tell the difference between the two is crucial. And even though you may not get it right every time, here are 5 symptoms that will help you be able to more accurately detect the flu.

High Fever – One of the symptoms that is usually not present with a cold is high fever. With the flu, the onset of the fever is usually very sudden and the temperature generally ranges from 102 to higher. The increase in body temperature is an indication that the body is fighting a significant threat.

Aches and Pains – Muscles are achy for seemingly no reason, and the pain is usually not associated with muscles in a specific part of the body like legs or arms, but all over the body. Many complain that even the sheet hurts when it touches the body.

Erratic Body Temperature – Often a flu victim will feel cold to the point of teeth chattering one moment, then flushed, warm, or even perspiring profusely the next. This is rarely the case with the common cold.

Tiredness – Many of us can power through a cold, going on with daily activities while being congested, sneezing, coughing, and nursing a runny nose. And while this is not the recommended way to treat a cold, most people generally maintain an energy level that is pretty close to normal.

With the flu, there is a noticeable lack of energy. Some describe it as feeling like the wind has gone out of their sails, or that they have been hit by a Mack truck. This is a clear indication that the body is using all of its energy to fight off a condition that is more serious than a cold.

Dry Cough – Many times a cold will produce increased mucous. This is the body’s way of trying to flush out the germs. Many times the excess fluid will drain from the nose into the throat causing a cough that brings up this phlegm. With the flu, the cough is often an acute dry cough.

Obviously, these symptoms can vary from one individual to another and should serve as general guidelines. And since the flu is spread by airborne viruses, and can affect huge numbers of people very quickly, early detection is the key to not only your good health, but the good health of those around you.

If you suspect that you have the flu, seek medical attention immediately, because if treated in the first 48 hours you can greatly increase your chances of reducing the duration and diminishing the effects of the flu.

Do You Know This Important Information About Colon Disease?

The colon is a very important organ that performs a very vital function in the human body. The colon is responsible for eliminating a large bulk of wastes formed from the digestive process, and is sort of the sewerage system in a person. It is thus important to maintain the health of the colon because improperly functioning bowels can cause disastrous problems in the body. Knowing about diseases that the colon may acquire can help in keeping one’s colon health in check.

Colon disease vary in their gravity, some may just be mild irritation while others can be a threat to life. The four most common kinds of colon disease include non-cancerous polyps, ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease and Crohn’s disease.

Polyps

Colon polyps are basically abnormal growths of tissue that appear in the lining of the colon, protruding into intestine’s canal. While polyps are normally not serious, they can develop cancer cells later if not detected early. There are three subtypes of polyps and polyp-related diseases: ordinary polyps, familial adenomatous polposis, and Lynch Syndrome.

Ordinary polyps occur sporadically among people aged 40 to 60. These polyps may progress into cancer within ten years, and thus they are often removed with colonoscopy. Familial adenomatous polyposis or FAP is a hereditary disease that is characterized by the occurrence polyps in the colon by the hundreds or even thousands, with great chances of developing cancer and thus treatment entails removal of the colon. Lynch Syndrome is another hereditary condition that is more common than FAP, although less common than ordinary polyps, and unlike FAP, which occurs as early as age ten, Lynch Syndrome usually appears as late as the 40s or as early as the 20s.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is characterized by the inflammation in the mucosa, the deepest lining of the colon or rectum. Ulcers or small open sores would form on the lining’s surface, producing blood, pus and mucus. Around 500,000 to about two million people in America suffer this disease and most of the patients are below the age 30.

Ulcerative Colitis usually manifests with abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, fevers, or weight loss. Patients who experience excessive bleeding may also develop anemia and malnutrition, especially for children. The symptoms of this disease can disappear and reappear within months or years.

Diverticular Disease

Some people develop pockets in the walls of their colon, these pockets are called dierticula and their presence is what doctors refer to as diverticulosis while their inflammation is called diverticulitis. Complications can happen when infection reaches diverticula. The pockets may rupture causing bowel blockage or leaking of the bowel wall. Another great danger is the introduction of harmful bacteria causing abscesses and even small tears in the colon walls that could lead to life threatening abscesses in the abdomen.

Many people who have diverticular disease may not know about it because diverticulosis usually do not have symptoms. At most, people have mild cramps, constipation and bloating. Diverticulitis on the other hand manifests with abdominal pain, soreness around the lower left side of the abdomen, fever, vomiting, nausea, chills, and cramping. The gravity of these symptoms greatly depends on the extent of complications and infection.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease, which is also known as enteritis or ileitis, is a digestive tract disease characterized by the chronic inflammation of the colon and other parts of the digestive tract. It affects about 500,000 to two million Americans and can recur over a patient’s lifetime. Oftentimes, Crohn’s Disease is hard to detect because it has similar symptoms to other colon disorders like ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

The usual symptoms of Crohn’s disease are abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, weight loss, fever, anal pain, bloating, anal drainage, rectal abscesses, joint pain, skin lesions and fissure. Some patients bleed to the extent of developing anemia. Crohn’s disease may stunt the growth and development of children due to the malabsorption of protein and other important nutrients.

Crohn’s disease may sometimes result into ulcers that could tunnel to surrounding tissues and areas such as the vagina, and bladder. Fistulas, or abnormal tunnels, may also result from Crohn’s disease.

Knowing about colon diseases is just a small part of keeping one’s digestive health on the right track. Regular checkups for colon disease or other illnesses are necessary to ensure good health and general well being.

7 Benefits of Using Custom Point of Purchase Displays

Custom point of purchase displays are a widely used marketing tool directed at impulse buyers. Aimed at capturing the attention of the target customers at the place where they actually shop, these displays are highly useful in boosting the retail sales which is a major contributor to the US GDP. According to a report by the US census bureau revenues from retail sales in the US stood at $4.48 trillion in 2007.

Considerations While Buying Custom Point of Purchase Displays

Every segment of the retail industry whether it is departmental stores, general retailers, specialty stores and discount stores is recognizing the benefits of using custom point of purchase displays. Available in various sizes, designs and styles, these displays can be customized according to a retailer’s business and the customer behavior. Factors affecting customization of displays:

* Marketing strategy of the manufacturer or the retailer

* Demography of the targeted buyers

* Targeted increase in sales

* Type of product to be displayed

* Offers being made or features that need to be highlighted

* The space availability in the store

* The theme of the store where it is to be used

* Your budget allocation for the purpose

Apart from these factors, care should be taken to choose an experienced manufacturer who can develop a customized design keeping in mind all these factors.

Benefits of Custom Point of Purchase Displays

Custom point of purchase displays are not mere display racks but highly promotional tools that aim to convince casual onlookers to buy the displayed products. This requires attracting the attention of customers present in a store and providing them information which encourages them to buy. So these displays:

* Allow a product to stand out from other products in a store

* Attract more customers and satisfy their queries or doubts

* Provide them interesting information related to offers, benefits available with a product

* Encourage them to buy

* Boost the sales of a product

* POP signs and LCD signs allow you to spread your brand message to a wider audience

* Customized displays allow a store owner to create a unique image in the minds of the customers

Custom Point of Purchase displays can be stand alone units or counter tops or digital boards, shopping trolleys and coupon dispensers. The size and design of these displays should be such that it looks attractive and unique without making a store appear cluttered.

Custom point of purchase displays go a long way in improving the sales of your products and boosting your company’s image.

Nattokinase – It’s History and Its Effectiveness

The term Nattokinase got its name from a Japanese food called Natto. In the Japanese tradition, Natto refers to the food made of boiled soybean that is fermented with certain bacteria. Nattokinase enzymes are produced during this food preparation. These enzymes are also called Nattozimes. They can be used to cure blood related disorders and also minimizes the chances of developing heart related diseases. Nattokinase is highly valued in the medical fraternity as they can be effectively used as a blood-thinner or a clot-buster. In fact, they are even recommended for aspirin therapy.

‘Nattokinase’ was coined by a Japanese researcher Hiroyuki Sumi way back in the 1980s. The history of this enzyme can be traced back to the 17th century. During this period, Minamoto no Yoshiie; a warrior from Japan found that boiled soybeans that were accidentally left on straw, had fermented. This eventually led to the Natto’s discovery. Natto was now being widely accepted as a part of Japanese culture and was regularly used in most parts of Japan. The low prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in Japan is attributed to Natto. No wonder then, that Natto is now a popular food across Japan. Natto is generally eaten along with rice and it has a strong smell and very salty in flavor. Over the years, a number of things were derived from Natto.

Natto is purified through certain processes to produce the supplement called Nattokinase. These supplements are available in the form of capsules and tablets in the open market. Hence these supplements have less smell; at least as compared to their original versions. These supplements are found to be very useful for a number of reasons. Firstly, they help in dissolving abnormal blood clots that can cause strokes and heart attacks. They can also prevent abnormal conditions like pulmonary embolism and phlebitis happening to you. Strong meshes that are present in blood clots get dissolved by these supplements. They get easily absorbed in the mouth and their effects are generally long-lasting. Their blood clotting abilities is generally equated with plasmin, an enzyme present in the blood. There is ample information available on how Nattokinase supplementation works.

In spite of having plenty of advantages associated with it, Nattokinase supplements are known to create certain side-effects. People who are suffering from severe bleeding and under the influence of other drugs shouldn’t take these supplements, unless otherwise suggested by their doctor. All said and done, these supplements can be relied upon to lower blood pressure.

But the effectiveness of these supplements in people who are already healthy is still not yet known. They are also known to cause excessive bleeding and bruising on certain occasions. Among few elements that are common between Natto and Nattokinase is Vitamin K. However the presence of this vitamin in large quantities can reduce the efficiency of Coumadin. Pregnant women and mothers nursing children should use these supplements very selectively and under strict medical supervision.

Important Facts About Uterine Fibroids – Ways to Shrink Fibroids Naturally

Uterine fibroids or myoma is a benign tumor in the uterus that can cause painful menstruation, painful sex and heavy or irregular menstruation. In case you are considering treating these tumors without resorting to fibroids surgery, then there are ways to shrink fibroids naturally and prevent the growth of new ones.

Natural cure for any ailment requires your personal commitment and determination without which it is pointless to go in for such treatment. To shrink fibroids naturally too, you need to be committed and prepared to put in your personal efforts. Here are some ways on how to cure fibroids naturally.

Dietary changes are very useful in correcting the hormonal imbalance which is the known cause of fibroids in majority of women. If you have fibroids, it is best if you consume organically grown vegetables and fruits. Also add more phytoestrogens in your diet. Foods in this category include lentils, linseeds, red clover and chickpeas. These will help to reduce the excess estrogen in your system and restore the hormonal balance.

To dissolve fibroids naturally cut down your intake of alcohol, smoking and caffeine. Minimize intake of foods high in saturated fats and those which contain chemicals or preservatives.

Estrogen mimicking compounds can be found all around us. It is present in many items of everyday use of which soft plastic is the main ingredient like flooring, soft-soled shoes, luggage and disposable gloves. It is also present in pesticides and many cleansing agents. Hence it is best to stay away from food stored in soft plastic containers and cling-film. For cleaning purposes make use of eco-friendly products with a view to avoid estrogen mimicking substances found in them.

In addition to reducing your exposure to these estrogen mimickers, if you are really serious about finding out how to shrink fibroids naturally you must educate yourself about liver detox. One of the most effective natural ways to dissolve fibroids is to follow a robust liver detox which includes herbs recommended specially for liver detoxing, such as Dandelion and Milk Thistle Seed.

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Normal Range of Cholesterol Levels – Understanding the LDL-HDL Ratio

Information regarding the relationship between LDL, HDL, triglycerides and the total cholesterol counts keeps on changing every time. This has resulted to a confusion regarding the calculation of ones cholesterol ratio, or even its implications to our bodies. As it is, people need to understand their LDL: HDL ratio so as to make important decisions regarding their overall health.

It is hereby suggested that conducting a simple lipid panel is the best way towards shedding light to these cholesterol myths. After all, it is not a tasking endeavor since the results should be out after about one week. Again, in most cases the (results) will be sent to one’s home and it will be an individual’s responsibility to calculate the ratio. It is also advisable to check our work plans and what we eat and drink to avoid rising our LDL levels.

In most cases the results contains three key indicators, that is, the HDL, LDL, and the triglycerides (a form of fat in our blood). The results are given in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dl). In essence, the HDL level should be 40mg/dl for men, while for women it should be about 50mg/dl, the LDL level should be between 100mg/dl and 130mg/dl, and lastly, the triglycerides numbers should be below 150mg/dl. To calculate the total cholesterol we use the formula (HDL + LDL) + (triglycerides/5). For instance, if one’s HDL is 45, LDL is 105, and triglycerides are 160, then the final figure will be: [(45 +105) + (160/5) = 182mg/dl], something lower than the desirable optimum limit of 200mg/dl. However, the borderline high risk is usually 239mg/dl.

Apparently, since a lot of concern is put on achieving a high HDL and a low LDL, other important factors may be ignored, for example athletes may have very high HDL and very low LDL since they indulge in strenuous exercises and dietary monitoring. In real sense this is not a good situation in as far as the LDL: HDL ratio is concerned, as they may find themselves hovering along the borderline of their optimum level even although, not at high risk per se. As such, much concern is now shifting to the maintenance of a healthy LDL: HDL ratio rather than on the total level. It is therefore targeted to maintain a ratio of between 0.3 and 0.4.

2 Easy And Completely Natural Steps To Help Make Your Penis THICKER!

The thicker your erection, the more intense her orgasms will be. Having a robust penis size is most certainly a guaranteed way to stimulate the vagina like nothing else. With that said, most men lack girth with their erections… and as a result, most women these days either fake their orgasms or simply don’t reach one!

But don’t worry… if you currently don’t lack girth with your penis erection, in today’s article I’m going to share with you 2 easy and completely natural steps you can follow to make your penis thicker.

Step 1:

The first rule of penis enlargement is blood flow. If you have proper blood circulation in your body, then not only will you help with getting a bigger penis erection, you’ll also have harder erections as well (not to mention better overall health).

Now, to improve blood circulation naturally (this means avoiding enhancement pills), I recommend you take natural supplements and eat the right foods…

The best supplements to take are Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E, and Garlic. Before you start taking these supplements, I strongly recommend you consult your physician before doing so (especially if you are currently on any blood thinner medication).

The best foods to eat are foods high in Vitamin E (such as nuts), garlic, grass fed beef, dark green veggies, and berries. Most of these foods not only help with blood circulation, they also help remove toxins from your body as well.

Step 2:

The next step I recommend you follow if you want to get a thicker penis erection (and also an overall bigger penis size) is to do milking exercises (better known as jelqing).

These types of exercises stimulate the corpora cavernosa chambers of your penis. These chambers are what makes up your erection when you get hard. If these chambers are properly and naturally expanded, then they will be able to hold more blood when you get erected. Bigger chambers + more blood = BIGGER penis size!

Here is an example and introduction milking exercise you can do:

A: You’re going to need some type of good lubrication. If you don’t have specialized lube, then for now I recommend using vaseline. It’s important to remember that you are going to have to stay lubricated during the exercise.

B: Warm your penis up by placing a warm cloth on your penis for 2 minutes.

C: Get your penis to a 50% erection. This may seem difficult at first, but you shouldn’t have a hard time after a few minutes.

D: Now place a generous amount of lubrication all over your penis.

E: For this step, you want to make an O.K. sign with your left hand by placing your forefinger on your thumb. Now turn your O.K. sign in a manner where your palm is facing outwards.

F: Place the circle of your O.K. sign at the base of your penis with a firm grip (not too hard).

G: Slide your hand up towards the head of your penis and release.

H: Repeat E through G with your right hand.

I: Do 20 repetitions (10 each hand) with a smooth and steady pace.

J: Repeat this exercise for 3-5 sets.

K: After you’ve completed the exercise, place a warm cloth back on your penis for a couple of minutes to help it relax.

*NOTE* If you find yourself getting a full erection, stop the exercise until your erection goes back down to 50%.

Those steps above are the basic milking exercise to help thicken your penile chambers. There are more advanced exercises for thickening the penis (plus adding up to 4 extra inches with length, more muscularity, a fatter penis head, and even curing premature ejaculation) that will help completely change your entire manhood.

Now, if you take anything away from this article, please let it be that if you want to make some gains on your penis, stick with anything and everything natural. Only with a natural method can you actually MAKE FAST GAINS… and at the same time not end up with side-effects, an empty wallet, and your results will last for life.

Home Treatment For Effective Remedy of Ovarian Cysts

Usually a functional cyst is not life threatening and will go away by itself. Yet if a cyst grows very large, then twisting, bleeding or breaking may occur with serious pain. Ovarian cysts that are functional are in fact tiny “bags” which are generated on the ovary when ovulation occurs. The cyst has the job of retaining the egg as it matures and generally the “bag” is reabsorbed when the egg has been let go. If the egg is not let go or the hole in the bag closes after the egg, swelling can occur with fluid retention. Treating ovarian cysts at home is still a matter of debate amongst medical personnel.

It has been shown that the effects of luteinizing hormones can be lessened by the use of birth control pills between ten and twenty six days into the menstrual cycle. Accordingly, no cyst stimulation occurs and after a couple of further cycles a cyst will simply disappear without further action. Ovulation can be stopped by contraceptive pills, meaning that there is much less chance of the formation of cysts. This then decreases pain and other symptoms that go with it. Known as therapy by natural progesterone and accomplished by injecting the natural progesterone into the body, this decreases the production of luteinizing hormones. Each ovary sees the progesterone as an indication that the other ovary has ovulated. Therefore no ovulation in fact occurs. Home treatment of ovarian cysts should only be started if the right diagnosis is in pronounced by a specialist in case the cyst turned out to the malignant.

The discussion has not yet been finished concerning oral contraceptives as a remedy for ovarian cysts. The indications are from experts that a cyst does not grow smaller as a function of whether or not a woman takes birth control pills. Even if it is effective, using birth control pills for the control of ovarian cysts is not usually suggested as a treatment. Additional cysts may be prevented from forming by birth control pills but the pills cannot help the ones that are already there.

Patients should always consult their physician first, as with any medicament. The vitamins B and E which are found for example in whole grains have the ability to help adjust the levels of hormones. Both vitamins B and E have been proven to be of benefit to the liver and the ovaries. To go one better, treatment by contraceptive pills is often prescribed together with a method of hormonal contraception. The dominance by estrogen typically results in PMS or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, and in this case patients are often prescribed a level of 600 I. C. of vitamin E, a magnesium supplement of 300mg per day and vitamin E at 50mg per day.

Acetaminophen, or Aleve and Advil, which are all painkillers that can be bought over the counter, can counter inflation to increase comfort levels. However there are certain disadvantages and using them should be really kept to a minimum. Treating ovarian cysts naturally at home can help to lessen the discomfort experienced with functional ovarian cysts. The hot water bottle and the warm bath are both simple solutions to lessen muscular cramps. Ovarian cyst sufferers should also avoid constipation. Constipation can increase pelvic discomfort, even if it does not have any direct bearing on ovarian cysts.

NSAIDs only work when used immediately after detection of symptoms. Side effects may include giddiness and feelings of nausea. Abuse of these medicaments can even cause liver damage and kidney failure. A woman drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day should not take Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen decreases pain and reduces fever but does not help with inflammation. To counter inflammation, aspirin and ibuprofen are more effective. It is also a good idea to empty the bladder as soon as you feel the urge to urinate, so as to reduce pressure and increase relief. To soothe those tense muscles and moods, herbal teas with chamomile, raspberry and mint are suggested. Sugar intake should be reduced as should both caffeine and alcohol. Remember that it is best that a qualified specialist undertakes the treatment of ovarian cysts.

Only one out of ten ovarian cysts really turns out to be malignant, meaning that there is any danger of cancer. Home treatment of the ovarian cyst also depends on how big the cyst is and what symptoms may company it. Even if home remedies can lessen the symptoms, ovarian cysts home treatment should never be considered as the only possibility. A holistic program is the only secure way of treating ovarian cysts so they do not come back. For small cysts without symptoms, it can also be appropriate to wait and see while of course continuing regular medical examinations.