Unbelievable Severe Lower Back Pain in Late Pregnancy

I was in my 9th month of pregnancy and I had to spend full two weeks in bed because of the sever lower back pain in late pregnancy. It was so unbelievable, and it was not even labor… Let me tell you what happened!

It was my very first pregnancy. And at the time I was self employed. I work many hours over time so I could spend more time when the baby came. I really was nuts, now that I think of it. I would go on for 16 hours without a minute rest. I just felt so good and energized and excited. 

I mean, I felt so good that I helped my husband with getting the nursery ready. I just could not wait him to arrive and I just wanted everything to be perfect. 

The first time pain happened was at the 7th month pregnancy. That is the same time I started experiencing really bad leg cramps. The kind that woke me up screaming in the middle of the night! At my Dr. visit I mentioned it to him, and he said, I need more rest. 

Like I was going to listen to him! He did not know of all the things I needed to do before! Yes, I know, I was crazy and I beat myself for it later on! By the time the 9th month came around, I was so bad, I had to stay in bed for 2 weeks. I had pinched my sciatica nerve. If you don’t know what that is, it feels like the pain shooting down your front or back leg. Often the back and it really feels terrible! My pain was so bad, that my husband rolled me around on the chair so I could go to the bathroom and even with that it would take around 2 hours. 

The worst, is, I could have prevented my lower back pain in late pregnancy going so far. If I just followed the step by step guide on preventing and stopping lower back pain in pregnancy. I know it could have been prevented! How do I know that? With my second pregnancy I followed it, and it made all the difference!

Get Rid of Tonsil Stones – Gargling As a Natural Treatment to Keep Them Away Forever

If you have always felt like something is stuck in your throat, and you are suffering from bad breath that does not leave no matter what you do, you might just be a sufferer of tonsil stones or tonsilloliths. These stones are formed in the deep pockets of the tonsils when food particles, dead white blood cells, bacteria and mucous collect.

Although considered harmless, getting rid of tonsilloliths is important if you are probably tired of the embarrassment of bad breath. It is always advisable to adopt natural modes of treatment as there are safe and do not lead to any other complications. There are a number of simple natural remedies for tonsilloliths that can help you get rid of the problem.

Personally, I would consider gargling to be a very effective remedy to get rid of tonsil stones. Millions of people have tried this method and got tremendous relief from their complaints. Though extremely popular in the Asian countries especially India, this natural remedy is yet to catch on in the West.

How to gargle:

One should slightly tilt his/her head backwards and bubble the liquid in mouth for at least 45 seconds. Drop your head back down and spit the liquid out. The process when performed repeatedly will help to get rid of tonsil stones. It also helps to provide you fresher breath.

Substances that can be used for gargling:

There are many natural substances with medicinal properties that can be used for gargling. Most commonly mouthwash, table salt, cayenne pepper, hydrogen peroxide, grape fruit extract, zingiber officinalis, lemon and apple cider vinegar are used for carrying out this act. There are lots of medicines available in liquid forms which are particularly used for gargling. Beware that you do not swallow the liquid. There are numerous studies which are being conducted across the country that have demonstrated the effectiveness of gargling. You can implement this method into your daily routine to get rid of tonsil stones.

How does gargling help to treat tonsil stones:

Gargling has always traditionally been used to treat sore throats. But when performed by patients with tonsil stones, it helps to dislodge the hardened lumps from the throat due to the continuous flushing of the area. Gargling with medicinal substances is an added benefit as it helps to prevent infections. An important thing to remember is that gargling should be done regularly for a period of time to be effective in flushing out the stones.

Prevention is better than cure, so maintain good oral hygiene even after your stone is dislodged as it helps in correcting the underlying causes and prevents bad breath and new stones formation.

Heart Diseases—how to Treat Heart Diseases With Chelation Therapy

As we mentioned in the previous articles, heart diseases are caused by uncontrolled diets high in saturated and trans fats resulting in arteries being clogged up by bad cholesterol LDL and the inner lining of blood vessels being damaged impeding the transportation of oxygen and nutrition to the heart.

People with heart diseases using this type of therapy must be carefully selected and approved by their doctors. The prime candidate is people at their 40’s and people already suffering from advanced forms of heart disease such as angina and intermittent claudication, because the people in this age group will experience some form of heart disease caused by excessive cholesterol intake and build up of calcium, scar tissues and fat within the arteries.

This form of chelation therapy includes the usage of an IV apparatus and EDTA that is a widely used abbreviation for the chemical compound ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. EDTA, the chelation agent, not only helps to clean the harmful substances such as lead, uranium, nickel and calcium deposited in the arterial wall but also improves circulation, enhances the immune system and inhibits the creation of free radical. With the slow flow of EDTA from the bottle through the IV and finally into the patient’s vein and bloodstream results in turning back the clock for many potential heart disease victims. Chelation therapy is not only helpful as an attractive alternative to bypass surgery, but also has the ability to improve the function of the brain, since this form of therapy is especially helpful in treating arterial blockage in the upper body.

Other benefits of chelation therapy include: reduction of liver-produced cholesterol, lowered cholesterol levels, reducing high blood pressure, and fewer excessive heart contractions.
With all the success in chelation therapy, it also produces some side effects for some people such as headaches, diarrhea, fainting, fatigues, fever, and cramps. Be sure you understand all these problems before taking chelation therapy.
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Type 2 Diabetics Lower Your Blood Sugar With These Plants

This short article looks at plants known traditionally and contemporarily used to lower blood sugar levels and improve absorption of sugars in the body. The list of plants featured here is meant to be an introduction; I shall provide more information on plants, remedies and alternative treatments for a number of common ailments. You will also be provided with recipes and healthy homemade decoctions.

1. Barley (Hordeum Vulgari)

Research shows that the high content of beta-glucan soluble fiber found in barley helps to slow absorption of glucose in the blood stream. Barley, unlike many grains which contain fiber only in the outer bran layer (wheat, rice, etc.); contains fiber throughout the entire kernel. This make it a grain than can be prepared in various ways without fear of losing its nutrients. Barley contains fiber (soluble and insoluble), is cholesterol free, low in fat, contains vitamins B1 and B3, selenium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and copper. It is also high in ant-oxidants and phyto-nutrients.

2. Banaba (Lagerstroemia Speciosa )

Banaba is a variety of crepe myrtle that grows mostly in Malaysia, Philippines and India. It is promoted for its effects on blood sugar and as a weight loss compound. Data is still being put forward on the usefulness of this plant in managing blood sugar levels, but evidence thus far show that the corsolic acid and tannins present work to aid the absorption of excess glucose in the body.

3. Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia)

This small vine growing, gourd like fruit, related to the cucumber enjoys a long history of use in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean as, among others, a treatment for diabetes. It is very bitter, but used also as a vegetable with some meat dishes. Tinctures and capsules are prepared from the dried fruit and used as an effective blood sugar controlling agent

4. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum/Cinnamomum Cassia)

Cinnamon has been used as a spice for more than 4000 years. Research done over a number of years provides evidence that cinnamon can lower and regulate blood sugars. It seem to have an insulin-like effect causing glucose to be stored in the form of glycogen. Although it does not stimulate the flow of insulin, it helps it to work more effectively. Usually available as an extract, but you can add it to your favourite meals and drinks daily.

5. Fenugreek (Trigonella Feonum-Greacum)

Diabetes has been treated for centuries with a preparation of fenugreek seeds soaked in water for centuries, in places such as India and Arab countries. Overall, clinical studies have produced positive results relating to fenugreek as an effect blood sugar controlling agent. Fenugreek is a bitter spice, but is one used in the make up of Eastern curry blends. It can be used on a daily basis without side effect.

6. Guava (Psidium Guajava)

Chinese use guava in the treatment of diabetes as a part of their traditional medicine. In Latina America and the Caribbean it is used traditionally as a treatment for diarrhea and high blood pressure. Recent studies compliment its blood controlling properties. Prepared as a tea, 10-12 young leaves 1 half ripe peeled fruit is boiled in 16oz. water for 5 minutes.

7. Gymnema (Gymnema Sylvestre)

Avid and thorough Indian research is working hard to quantify and validate the glucose balancing properties of gymnema. Their findings will further prove the effectiveness of gymnema as another natural plant to be used in the fight against the ever rising prevalence of diabetes.

8. Jambolan (Syzygium cumini)

Alkaloids found in jambolan have influences blood sugar levels. Jambolan effectively reduces fatty infiltration of the liver thus improving its function. Liver health is a major contributor to the maintenance of healthy glucose levels in the blood. This small fruit helps to control blood sugar by improving liver functions.

9. Neem (Melia Azadirachta)

Neem is consider an almost cure all tree. The leaves of the evergreen have been used by some Indian scientist to effectively lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Oral doses of neem leaf extract significantly reduce insulin requirements for non-insulin dependent diabetics.

10. Opuntia/Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaeacantha)

Used to lower fats and cholesterol in the blood, this cactus is becoming increasing important as a natural herb in the fight against diabetes. It helps to decrease high levels of glucose in the blood.

How Seizure Threshold Depends on Breathing

Carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas we exhale, controls excitability of nerve cells, as it has been proven by decades of medical research. Slight rise in CO2 level in the brain reduces excitability of nervous cell and makes people, when studies are done on humans, calmer and more relaxed. Voluntary hyperventilation, or overbreathing, causes the opposite effect: it makes brain cells more excitable and people more anxious. You may easy recall horror movies where, in the state of extreme panic, people breathe heavily through their mouth. As a result, their nerve cells become over-excited (or “irritable”, as it was called in physiological studies done decades ago) and predisposed people become confused: they cannot make their mind and suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. All this research has direct relationship to seizures, seizure threshold and epilepsy.

During seizures, nerve cells become hypersensitive and discharge signals spontaneously, while adjacent brain areas amplify these signals. Furthermore, numerous studies devoted to epilepsy proved that hyperventilation readily provokes seizures. Many medical studies suggested that hyperventilation readily provokes seizures in all patients. As a result, when doing EEG test, medical professionals use hyperventilation to induce seizures so that to confirm the diagnosis of epilepsy or related conditions leading to seizures. These are some of the titles of publications, which claimed the ability of overbreathing and low brain CO2 to produce seizures:

– Will a critical level of hyperventilation-induced hypocapnia [low CO2] always induce an absence seizure? (Wirrell et al, 1996)

– Effect of hyperventilation on seizure activation: potentiation by antiepileptic drug tapering (Jonas et al, 2010 )

– Childhood absence epilepsy: Electroclinical features and diagnostic criteria (Ma et al, 2010)

– Clinical and electroencephalographic characteristics of epilepsy with myoclonic absences (Yang et al, 2009)

– Utility of daily supervised hyperventilation during long-term video-EEG monitoring (Arain et al, 2009)

– Moderate hyperventilation prolongs electroencephalogram seizure duration of the first electroconvulsive therapy (Sawayama et al, 2008).

– Correlation between cerebral perfusion and hyperventilation enhanced focal spiking activity (Marrosu et al, 2000)

In a 1972 research article published in the British Journal of Anesthesia, the scientists measured the exact numbers by monitoring averaged evoked electromyogram of brain cells. They found that even very slight changes in brain CO2 levels have profound effect on seizure threshold. For example, just 2.5% decrease in CO2 levels in nerve cells increased their excitability more than 2 times (Higashi et al, 1972). Such small CO2 decrease can be achieved by one large sigh or a few coughs!

While normal CO2 concentrations (the medical norm) is 40 mm Hg, most modern people breathe much more than this medical norm established about 100 years ago. Hence, most people are CO2-deficient. In sick people with chronic disorders, breathing is even heavier (you can often see and hear panting of the sick at light physical exertion). Hence, it is normal that rates of epilepsy and incidence of seizures have had a sharp increase during the last century. This change in breathing pattern (from slow and light to deep and fast) was due to abnormal lifestyle factors for the modern civilization, including mouth breathing, lack of physical exercise (or exercise with breathing through the mouth), chest breathing, overeating, sleeping on one’s back and many others. Furthermore, hundreds of studies proved that overbreathing leads to lowered brain and body oxygen content and brain hypoxia (low O2) is another contributing factor.

Consider common environmental and lifestyle that make breathing heavier and produce hyperventilation in all people:

– stress (when we are stressed our unconscious breathing becomes deeper and faster)

– hyperthermia (or overheating)

– overeating (one may know that physical exercise is very hard after large meals)

– abnormally high or low blood sugar

– sleep deprivation.

You can easily see that these are exactly the same factors that can trigger various types of seizures, including stress-induced seizures, febrile seizures (due to fever in children), hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic seizures, and seizures triggered by lack of sleep. Virtually anything that is harmful and abnormal for the human body, including poisons, drugs, toxins, infections, poor posture, strong emotions makes breathing heavier and can lead to seizures only if the person have heavy unconscious breathing at rest.

Hence, the solution is to learn how to improve oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body and brain by normalizing breathing using breathing techniques and correction of lifestyle risk factors.Then we can prevent all types and chances of seizures and treat epilepsy successfully.

Infection Process And Infection Control

Throughout history man has faced the spread of infection, pondering its causes and how to treat it or prevent it. Infections have been known to affect major segments of the population, as did the plague in the Middle Ages. Although important advances have been made in understanding and treating infection, the threat of infection looms as large as it ever has. Newer enemies in the battle of infection emerge such as HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Once-conquered enemies become resistant to treatment, as it the case of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Healthcare personnel typically encounter numerous patients on a daily basis, many of whom may be harboring these or other agents of infection. Measures to prevent the spread of infection must be taken in the course of treating all patients.

Below we explain the infection process and describe infection control measures needed to protect healthcare patients, staff, visitors, and those who do business with healthcare facilities.

What Is Infection?

Our environment is full of microorganisms (microscopic organisms) referred to as microbes. Microbes include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. The majority of microbes are nonpathogenic, meaning they do not cause disease under normal conditions. Microbes that are capable of causing disease (ie., pathogenic) are called pathogens. If a pathogen invades the body and the conditions are favorable for it to multiply and cause injurious effects or disease, the resulting condition is called an infection. The pathogen responsible for causing the infection is referred to as the infectious or causative agent. Infection can be local (restricted to a small area of the, body) or systemic, in which the entire body is affected.

Communicable Infections
Some pathogenic microbes cause infections that can be spread from person to person. These infections are called communicable infections and the diseases that result are called communicable diseases. A division of the U.S. Public Health Service called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is charged with the investigation and control of various diseases, especially those that are communicable and have epidemic potential. The CDC recommends safety precautions to protect healthcare workers and others from infection.

Nosocomial Infections
Approximately 5 % of patients in the United States are exposed to and contract some sort of infection after admission to a hospital or other healthcare facility. These hospital or healthcare facility-acquired infections are called nosocomial infections. Nosocomial infections can result from contact with infected personnel, other patients, and visitors, or contaminated equipment. The most common nosocomial infection in the United States is urinary tract infection. The Hospital Infection Control Practice Advisory Committee (HICPAC), established in 1991, advises the CDC on updating guidelines regarding prevention of nosocomial infection.

Source Of Infection

The source is the origin of infectious microorganisms, also called the reservoir. Sources of infectious microbes include infected humans or anima1s and contaminated articles and equipment. In a healthcare setting, human sources of infectious microbes can be patients, personnel, or visitors, and can include those with active disease, those whose disease is in the incubation period, and those who are chronic carriers of a dis- ease. Another potential source of infectious microbes is a person’s own normal flora (microorganisms that normally live on the skin and other areas of the human body).

Inanimate objects such as contaminated equipment can be a major source of infection in a healthcare setting. Whether or not an inanimate source is capable of transmitting infection depends upon the amount of contamination, the viability or ability of the organism to survive on the source, the virulence or degree to which an organism is capable of causing disease, and the amount of time elapsed between when the source was contaminated and when it was contacted.

For example, the virus that causes hepatitis B is much more virulent, or capable of causing disease from a small amount of infective material, than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It is also more viable, meaning it is capable of surviving longer on surfaces than is HIV. However, if a long enough time elapses from the time of contamination until contact by a susceptible host, the microbe is no longer alive and is not capable of transmitting disease.

Modes Of Transmission

There are five basic modes or routes of infection transmission: contact, droplet, airborne, vehicle, and vector. The same microbe can be transmitted by more than one route.

Contact transmission
Contact transmission is the most frequent mode of infection transmission. There are two types of contact transmission, direct transmission and indirect transmission.
Direct contact transmission involves direct, physical transfer of a pathogenic microbe to a susceptible host through close or intimate contact such as touching or kissing.

Indirect contact transmission involves personal contact by a susceptible host with contaminated inanimate objects such as patient bed linens, clothing, dressings, and eating utensils. It includes contact with phlebotomy equipment such as gloves, needles, specimen tubes, and phlebotomy carts and trays. It also includes less obvious contaminated objects such as doorknobs and faucet handles. The transfer of infectious microbes from contaminated hands to a susceptible host is also considered indirect contact transmission.

Droplet transmission
Droplet transmission involves the transfer of the infective microbe to the mucous membranes of the nose or mouth or the conjunctiva (mucous membranes) of the eyes of a susceptible individual through sneezing, coughing, or talking by an infected per- son. Droplet transmission can also occur during procedures such as suctioning and throat swab collection. It differs from airborne transmission in that droplets do not travel more than 3 feet, and do not remain suspended in air.

Airborne transmission
Airborne transmission involves dissemination of droplet nuclei. Droplet nuclei are the residue of evaporated droplets generated by sneezing, coughing, or talking. Infectious microbes within droplet nuclei can remain viable even though suspended in the air or in dust particles for long periods. Microbes carried in this manner can become widely dispersed before being inhaled by or deposited on a susceptible host. For this reason, special air handling and ventilation are required for rooms of patients having infections with airborne transmission. Persons entering the room must wear a snug-fitting mask with a special filter. M. tuberculosis, rubeola virus, and varicella virus are the most common microorganisms transmitted by the airborne route.

Vector transmission
Vector transmission involves the transfer of the microbe by an insect, arthropod, or animal. An example of vector transmission is the transmission of malaria by a mosquito or the plague by rodent fleas.

Vehicle transmission
Vehicle transmission involves the transmission of the infective microbe through contaminated food, water, or drugs. Examples of vehicle transmission are salmonella infection from handling contaminated chicken and shigella infection from drinking contaminated water. The transmission of hepatitis and HIV through blood transfusion is also considered vehicle transmission.

Susceptible Host

A susceptible host is someone who has decreased ability to resist infection. Susceptibility is affected by age, health, and the immune status of the individual. For example, newborns whose immune systems are not yet developed and old people whose immune systems are no longer functioning properly are more susceptible to infections. In addition, disease, antibiotic treatment, and immunosuppressive drugs may compromise a person’s resistance to infection. Procedures such as surgery, anesthesia, and insertion of catheters can also leave a patient more susceptible to infection. Recovery from a particular virus or vaccination against a virus also affects susceptibility. A healthy person who has received a vaccination against a disease-causing virus, or who has recovered from infection with a particular virus, has developed antibodies against that virus and is considered to be immune, or unlikely to develop the disease.

Breaking The Chain Of Infection

Breaking the chain of infection means stopping infections at the source, eliminating means of transmission, and reducing or eliminating the susceptibility of potential hosts. Ways to prevent transmission of infectious microbes are proper hand washing; use of gloves, gowns, masks, and other protective equipment when indicated; proper waste disposal; isolation procedures; insect and rodent control; and decontamination of surfaces and instruments. Susceptibility of potential hosts can be reduced through proper nutrition, reduction of stress, and immunization against common pathogens.

A Complete Breakdown of the Freestyle Swimming Stroke

As most people know, freestyle is the fastest stroke, most efficient stroke, as the body maintains a streamlined position with the arms and legs are able to apply constant propulsive forces. The arms perform an alternating action while the legs perform a continuous flutter movement.

Body Position

The body position needs to be streamlined and kept ‘long’ with the arms extending above the head to lengthen the body even further. The back and the legs are remain straight except during the flutter kick.

Head Position

The water line should meet at the top of the head and the head should be kept down at all times. The eyes should look down to the bottom of the pool and not ahead. Doing so will keep the body streamlined and reduce the frontal resistance. If the head is looking forward, the legs, hips and torso will sink, increasing frontal resistance.

Body Roll

Body roll in begins with the arm action. The whole body rotates along its long axis when the hand enters the water in front of the head. This rolling action increases the power of the stroke by introducing the core (stomach) muscles into the stroke. The hips and the shoulders should remain in line as the body rotates. Freestyle should be thought of as swimming by alternating from side to side, not swimming on your front.

Hand Entry

The hand should enter the water forward of the head and between the midline of the body and a parallel line from the shoulders. The first part of the arm to enter should be the fingertips, and the elbow should be kept higher than the forearm and hand. The forearm should be at around 30 degrees with the water. The arm should be about 2/3 extended when hand enters the water. The rest of the extension occurs underwater after the entry.

Some common errors on entry

1. Hand at rotated to 90 degrees on entry – reduces ability to pull and increases injury risk

2. Extending fully before entering – creates bubbles on hand during pull through

3. Entering too early – drag is increased and momentum is lost

Pull Through

The ‘catch’ phase begins with the front hand while the opposite hand releases the water. The wrist should be flexed outward, downward and backward in order to expose the palm and forearm to the water. As the elbow starts to flex, the hand should sweep downward and slightly outward. Two keys to a successful pull are to get a strong catch with the water and maintain a high elbow position when the hand pulls past the head and shoulders.

The hand should continue to sweep down towards the midline of the body and then upward and in close to the lower chest. The hand should accelerate throughout the entire pull phase in order to gain maximum speed.

The last propulsive phase is sweeping the hand backward, upward and outward.

Kick

Kick begins from the hip and the upper leg muscles. The legs remain primarily in line with the body with the ankles flexed but relaxed so that the big toe on each foot should turn towards each other. Flexibility and loose feet and ankles is the best way for an easy and efficient kicking technique.

There are two speeds of kicking known as six-beat and two-beat kick. Six-beat kick is when the swimmer performs three downward beats per arm stroke. Two-beat kick is when the swimmer performs one downward beat per arm stroke. Both kicks are advantageous in their own right. Six-beat kick provides more speed while two-beat kick is more energy saving and better for longer distance.

Breathing

Breathing should be a part of the body roll. The face should turn with the body and breathe when the opposite hand enters the water. Breath in when this hand pushes back and your opposite arm is recovering. The face should turn back into the water while the recovery arm moves past the face.

Schizophrenia – Symptoms and Treatments!

Schizophrenia is actually a kind of mental sickness which generally comes up in early years of adulthood or occurs in late years of adolescence. Well it is important to understand that it can occur in any age of life. The fact is that the symptoms and marks of schizophrenia motley from one person to another but most of the people face either one or many of the described symptoms:

1. Hallucinations: It signifies that people feel that they hear some unknown voices along with this schizophrenic people also taste, smell and see things which are surely not present and true.

2. Delusions: Many people fall into delusions which are the notions which are not at all true like people feel that some one is attempting to injure them or they feel that they bear unique and special capabilities and strengths.

3. Bizarre behavior: People behave in different manners and indulge in different acts which appears strange and unsuitable to other individuals.

4. “Negative symptoms”: This signifies that people have lesser interest, motive, reduced emotional locutions and decreased cognitive operations. Such people might feel reduced interests in assisting their hygiene, their conversation with other people and are not able to express their powerful feelings.

5. Disorganized speech: The people with schizophrenia speak in an uncomfortable way and their speech is not understood well to other people. For an example, the sentences or the topics for discussion do not make gumption or it appears as if there is no association between the schizophrenic patient conversation. It is for sure inexplicable to understand.

Moreover, schizophrenic people also endure with low level of other bodily functions, for an example, such people are not able to work at their offices because they have lower levels of focus and abilities, and they can not withstand the pressure of daily job work. Their home life is also suffered a lot. They have less attachment with their kids and also have reduced societal behavior.

What treatments are available?

As the symptoms may differ from one schizophrenic person to another so as the treatments differs. The treatment session may include one or the other of the following programs:

Medication: It is difficult to select a correct medication. A trail and error procedure might take place. The patient needs to be frank with the doctor and must report about all the signs along with side effects which are taking place. This way psychiatrist will be able to provide best medical treatment that the patient deserves to have. Moreover, one must know about the various reasons of the medications like impact of sunlight and alcohol on to the positive aspects of the medication.

Education-proper knowledge: Another best known treatment is to make the family members of the patient with schizophrenia aware of the benefits of understanding about the various signs of the disorder, and how to deal with it in order to reduce the conflict and stress that is going on in the mind of the patient. The dear ones must collect information about the various treatments available in the world for curing or controlling schizophrenia.

Individual, group, and family therapy: This can help in setting up the goals and declaring the strategies in order to reach the desired goals.

Hospitalization: The hospitalization is required when the schizophrenia reaches its ultimate level or sometimes to provide alterations into the prescript medication so that their behavior can be monitored well.

Support groups: The patients require complete support from their family members, friends and relatives so that they can be helped to overcome their conflicts and their stress level can be reduced. Vocational programs are also available for the schizophrenia patients.

Is it Possible to Grow Taller and Increase Your Height?

Height is not something as fixed as most people think. My name is John Spurs, I am a health scientist doing research on the different ways you can actually increase your height and grow taller. I want to talk to you about the different ways to grow taller that actually work.

Most of the techniques to become taller involve stretching and exercise, knowing the right foods to eat etc. The most common way to increase your height is through high intensity anaerobic exercises, the goal being to strengthen and develop the muscles that support the spine.

You can use supplements or even growth hormone stimulators – but this article is more about the natural ways to grow taller without the use of artificial products.

Now everything I mentioned above will take you months to even achieve an inch of growth. One of my favourite methods of growing taller which combine healthy eating and exercise is a new guide from howdoigrowtaller.com.

Before I tell you more about this new guide, let me tell you an interesting fact. The condition of your spine will affect your height by as much as 2 to 6 inches, or 35% of our total height. More than 98% of people will suffer from over compression of the spine as a result of environmental and genetic reasons. This new program outlines an exercise and diet plan to help correct this condition and get rid of the excess curvatures of your spine, helping you gain an extra couple of inches in weeks – without any effort!

I, myself was 5’ 6”, after just under 6 weeks of following the diet plan I have gained a FULL INCH (and a bit). This diet plan allowed me to get rid of some of the compression in the fluid sacks between my vertebrae.

I was really impressed with the results. I would definitely, HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product to anyone who feels uncomfortable about their height and wants to grow taller. Do this before taking any miracle growth pills of other growth products.

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MHMR: Definition, Diagnosis, Dealing

What is MHMR?

Mental Retardation, the second part of this acronym, stands for the state of a person when he does not have the same mental capability as other people. Generally, he may have difficulties making decisions for himself, doing daily chores by himself, and participating in activities designed for other people of his age. This illness is usually congenital; the children with mental retardation learn and develop slower than other children. They need help with their daily activities, such as eating, dressing, speaking and toilet habits, for a longer time than other children of their age. They also require special education that addresses their special needs and helps them blossom in their own way. People with mental retardation are in no way different, they are simply deficit in certain functions, learning which might take a longer time for them. They are not meant to be isolated from the mainstream society.

Frequency of Mental Retardation

Mental Retardation is not an anomaly. According to a survey carried out by the U.S. Department of Education in 2002, the rate of mental illness in the country is from 3-5%, with almost 613,000 children affected with various forms of mental retardation. Mental health services in the country are therefore always upgraded with the latest techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Diagnosis- MHMR is diagnosed by specialist doctors by evaluating the child’s IQ, and whether it is adequate enough for his age, and secondly, whether he can perform the independent functions such as eating, understanding commands and performing them, interacting with his family and peers.

Treatment- Mental health services in the country not only diagnose MHMR, but also deal with recognizing the inner strengths and talents of the person, and providing the patient with educational support, behavioral counseling, and helping him learn to do his own chores himself. The treatment for mental retardation requires infinite patience, and specially trained doctors who understand the plight of the children affected with mental retardation. There are special schools for mentally disabled children, and the mental health treatment gradually helps the child to deal with the real world.

Organizations for MHMR- There are several reputed organizations in the country dealing with MHMR and offering mental health services. They offer counseling, run schools which teach life skills to children and adults with mental disabilities. Directories of the major hospitals in the district will have names and addresses of mental health services organizations.

Home Remedies For Migraines – 5 Easy Tips for Relief

Migraines are one of the most common neurological disorders experienced by millions of people everyday. This ailment causes severe headaches on one or either side of the head, spreading out from the eyes and can last for several days. In some extreme cases, the pain is so severe that it hinders the affected individual from performing tasks or functioning properly.

The sad truth is that there is currently no known cure for migraines, but there are a couple of known home remedies for migraines that provide immediate, effective relief. If not to prevent, these remedies can work wonders for you in the onset of a migraine attack, and help steer you away from potentially harmful drugs and medicines. These can trigger side effects, especially if used continuously. What’s more, your body may even develop immunity to these medicines, leading to look for new ones. Home remedies are usually inexpensive and generally easy to make, with most ingredients and components being a part of your everyday life.

One of the most effective home remedies for migraines is the wet towel. Wet a towel, squeeze the excess liquid, and pop it in the freezer for about 5-7 minutes. When it’s cold enough, lay the towel over your eyes and over the top of your head. You will notice that this brings immediate relief, especially to the area around your eyes. Another one of those good home remedies for migraines is getting a scalp massage. You can have this done by a professional massage therapist, or if one is not available at the moment, you can try massaging your own head. Apply gentle, circular strokes to the affected areas to relieve the pain.

Aromatherapy is also one of the most effective home remedies for migraines, bringing relief by simply allowing the affected individual to breathe in soothing and relaxing aromas. It must be noted, though, that not everyone finds relief in such a treatment. Nevertheless, for those who benefit from it, aromatherapy not only treats migraines – it brings soothing effects to the individual as well. The most popular oils used in migraine therapy are lavender and peppermint for their relaxing and soothing properties.

Herbal remedies make great migraine remedies and it has been shown that the consumption of fresh ginger can greatly reduce the pain of a migraine. Ginger in powder form, consumed slightly cooked, can also deliver the same beneficial effects.

Prevention is always better than cure and one of the most effective home remedies for migraines is to prevent attacks by drinking enough water. Dehydration can be one of the causes of extreme migraine attacks so make sure you get enough water in a day; the recommended daily allowance is 1 liter.

Remember that if you are a person who suffers from migraines, you don’t have to resort to medication immediately. There are plenty of natural, in-home remedies that work just as effectively, while keeping you free from any potential side effects that medication and drugs might bring. Learn how to manage your migraines and treat yourself. Remember to avoid any migraine triggers as well. With a few simple steps, you might just be surprised at how effectively you can get rid of your migraines.

Some Facts about Cavernous Sinus Tumor

Cavernous sinus is a system located behind the eyes on both sides of the skull base. It is full with blood. This is one of the most important systems for your eyes since it comprises carotid artery or nerve which allow your face and eyes to have sensation. It also lets the muscle move your eyes.

Just like another type of tumor, tumor of cavernous sinus can also be benign and malignant. It is the main cause for cavernous sinus syndrome. Commonly, there are three types of tumors which affect this system such as carcinoma, meningiomas, and metastases.

Sinus tumor is considered as a rare tumor. This type of tumor can be caused by some different factors. Exposure to dust and vapors and smoking are two factors that can lead to this tumor. Another factor can be trauma and infection to the area. It is potential to develop the tumor in cavernous sinus system.

The most common symptom of sinus tumor which may come to you is double vision. Some other symptoms include difficulty breathing, periodic drowsiness, weak pulse, and increased intercranial pressure. People suffering sinus tumor may experience double vision and headache when the tumors presses the skulls. However, the symptom from one person to another may be varied. It depends highly on the size and exact tumor location. Sometimes, people who suffer this disorder experience slurred speech, dizziness, seizures, coma, or one-sided paralysis.

There are some treatments which can heal this disorder. The most popular treatment is a full or partial resection or tumor removal. However, it will not always be the right option due to the growth and location of the tumor. If the sinus tumor is still small, the doctor may suggest for endoscopic surgery as an invasive treatment. On the other hand, if the tumor is getting spread from sinus system to the cheek, rain, eye, nerve, or any other adjacent area, the patients will need more advanced treatment. Most of the doctors combine the treatments to improve the effect of the treatments for the patients’ need.

How Long Will It Take to Recover From Traction Alopecia?

People who suffer from traction alopecia or other forms of hair loss commonly want to know how long the recovery time is until their hair begins to grow. Traction alopecia is different from other forms of alopecia as it is brought on by physical actions placing tension on hair follicles. In other words, you develop traction alopecia after you have pulled your hair constantly.

The pulling is commonly a result of a hair styling process or routine. Additionally, hair extensions have also been known to cause traction alopecia and those women who often wear extensions are at the highest risk of developing the condition.

Hair loss caused by traction alopecia generally begins at the front hair line, but can also occur at the crown of the head or in the form of generalized thinning of the hair. Much like other hair loss forms this condition can cause the sufferer to have a reduced lack of self confidence. The hair loss in other assorted areas of the head can significantly reduce the number of hair styles that can be used; thus creating more stress.

The good news is that you can re-grow the hair you lose from traction alopecia. However, before choosing surgery as the treatment plan, it is suggested that you first allow your hair a chance to grow back naturally. The process will certainly require patience, time, and caring for your hair but the end results will be well worth the effort. Traction alopecia recovery times can range from just a couple months to years. Recovery time will directly depend on the degree of damage caused and the length of time the abuse lasted for.

Whether you like it or not, during traction alopecia recovery times you will have to avoid the hair styles that caused the damage in the first place. Regardless how many articles you read that claim extensions or braids are okay as long as they are not tight on the scalp, don’t listen to this advice. The weight alone from the additional hair will cause additional stress to hair shafts that are already weak and aggravate follicles that are already sore. Hair extensions and braids that are fitted can lead to scalp inflammation. The inflammation alone symbolizes the scalp is stressed. So, it is in your best bet to avoid all activities that further stress the hair follicles and scalp. However, there are a couple things you can do to speed your scalp’s healing process up.

First, you need to halt the application of damaging chemicals such as colorants and relaxers. For example, relaxers are used to permanently straighten hair that is naturally curly. The chief reason hair is curly is due to the keratin products that make up the hair contain amino acids referred to as cysteines. The cysteines link each other by disulfide bonds as two sulfur atoms connect to each other. The more disulfide bonds contained in the hair, the curlier the hair will be.

Relaxers simply go in and dissolve the disulfide bonds and cap them so they cannot reform chemically. Commonly, relaxers use a base or reducer like lye (sodium hydroxide) to break up and cap the bonds. Sodium hydroxide in itself is a very strong chemical that can damage your hair or burn your skin. Even if a commercial relaxer is considered safer and gentler, they still use the same chemical reaction to break the disulfide bonds and cap them. When a scalp is affected by traction alopecia, it contains follicles that are damaged and may be inflamed already. Applying a relaxer to a scalp like this will only further aggravate the situation as it will burn and irritate skin exposed from missing patches of hair; thus prolonging your recovery time. You are not recommended to relax your hair until it completely grows out again.

Nutrition and diet play important roles in recovery as well. Eating foods rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as fruits and vegetables will also help start the biological healing process. It may also be in your best interest to begin taking supplements to make sure you are receiving nutrients essential for hair growth. You can always choose a supplement specifically for hair growth. Many of the vitamins made specifically for hair contain 200mg of Biotin and other nutrients such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium. In particular, biotin is great for increasing the length of time your hair remains in the growth phase which will also keep your follicles actively producing hair.

Protein, however, should be of the utmost importance to you. In fact, lean sources of protein almost always contain vitamins essential for hair growth. However, most importantly your hair is created for protein which makes it essential for the production of keratin. Easy ways of increasing protein intake is by consuming protein cookies, shakes, and bars.

In conclusion, to reduce the recovery time for traction alopecia you should begin by quitting the hair styles that stress your hair follicles out the most; you only want to wear hair styles that do not apply any tension at all to your hair. Additionally, refrain from applying chemical relaxers and colorants to your hair. Finally, make sure your hair follicles are being nourished from inside the body by consuming proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and protein. If you cannot consume these essential items naturally, then you should begin a supplement regimen that offers them for you.

Pomeranian Hair Loss: Causes and Treatments

Most royalties of eras past owned at least one of this breed of dogs. Queen Victoria is one of them. Who would not be? A Pomeranian is an adorable toy dog that is strong and friendly. It is well-known for its tiny size and long thick coat. People adore its cuteness and soft lush locks. That is why an owner has to take care of it well, especially its furry coat.

Hair loss is a common problem an owner might encounter when taking care of a Pomeranian. When this occurs, it is important to know the causes and treatments to easily bring the dog back to its adorable and healthy shape.

Pomeranian hair loss is usually caused by growth, allergies, pests and hormonal imbalances. A 5-month to 10-month old puppy normally sheds its hair to grow its adult coat. Pregnant ones also lose hair due to hormonal imbalance. Weeks after giving birth, the coat will be back to normal.

Alopecia X or Black Skin Disease where the dog loses lots of hair from its back with some dark patches, and Adrenal Sex Hormone Responsive Dermatosis where the dog loses hair on the neck, tail and hind legs are some causes of Pomeranian hair loss due to hormonal imbalance. Both need a serious Pomeranian hair loss treatment that is available in an animal clinic. Some of these treatments are:

Spaying or neutering involves removing the dog’s reproductive organs through surgery to restore hormonal balance and allow faster hair regrowth.

Oral or implanted melatonin involves administering melatonin supplements to balance the dog’s daily and seasonal rhythms and to trick the body to produce more compounds involved in hair growth. Veterinarians and owners should be careful as too much doses may worsen the condition. They may stop this treatment once the dog starts to regrow its hair.

An owner may perform simpler Pomeranian hair loss treatment for less severe cases. He may just eliminate the dog allergens such as wheat and corn in the diet and change the dog shampoo to a gentler and hypoallergenic one. He may consult the veterinarian for a shampoo against the pests and apply a small amount of Benadryl to help stop the dog from scratching resulting in hair loss.

Once the treatment is over, owners should maintain the beauty of their Pomeranian dogs. They should keep washing and brushing the coat regularly. They should also always watch the dog’s overall health to make sure it is in good shape inside and out.

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Symptoms of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of lungs. There are many different causes of Pneumonia. It is usually caused by bacteria, fungus, parasites or virus. It is very common disease which occurs at all age groups and is the leading cause of deaths.

It gets cured in about two to three weeks. It is more serious than Bronchitis. In some cases both pneumonia and bronchitis occur together and it is known as broncho-pneumonia. The most important symptom of this disease is shortness of breath.

Some causes of Pneumonia are fungal infection, irritant dust, irritation by worms, inhaling foreign material, infection, noxious gases or vapors. Apart from these other causes of pneumonia would be faulty eating habits and lifestyle.

This disease usually begins with an upper respiratory tract infection i.e. an infection of the nose and throat. However, the symptoms of pneumonia start after two or three days of cold or sore throat.

The risk factors of Pneumonia are described below:

  • If you have undergone a traumatic injury or surgery
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol
  • If you have some diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or HIV/AIDS
  • This disease can also be acquired from hospital
  • Exposure to certain pollutants or chemicals

Symptoms of Pneumonia:

The general symptoms of Pneumonia are described below:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches
  • Cough
  • Bluish or gray color of lips and fingernails in extreme cases
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Decreased activity
  • Fever
  • History of untreated respiratory infection

The pneumonia symptoms in children are feeling of illness and fever along with lethargy. Other than these symptoms, this disease varies depending on the causes and some other factors.

The different types of Pneumonia and it symptoms are mentioned below:

  • The symptoms of bacterial pneumonia are coughing which eliminates green liquid, high fever, coldness accompanied with rapid heartbeat and shivers and skin turning blue
  • The symptoms of viral pneumonia are feeling tired and weak, dry cough and chest pain followed by headache and fever
  • The symptoms of Mycoplasmal pneumonia are feeling tired, fever, painful articulation, dry cough, and sore throat

People who are at a high risk of being affected by this disease are elderly people and children. Elders are mostly affected with pneumonia caused by bacteria or virus. People who are below the age group of forty are at high risk of being affected by Mycoplasmal Pneumonia.

This illness can also be prevented if you take some necessary simple steps such as stop smoking, washing your hands properly after you have come in contact with the person affected with this illness.

There are many different treatments that are available for Pneumonia. They can be either oral antibiotics or in case of severe cases provide oxygen and other supportive treatments. You can also opt for home treatments of pneumonia such as tea prepared from fenugreek seeds or applying a paste of ginger externally on the chest.