Massage Cheat Sheet: Different Styles Explained

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or just a little tired and sore, a massage can be just what the doctor ordered. And the best thing about it? You don’t even need the doctor! All it takes is to book an appointment at one of the many massage spas you’ll find scattered around your city. However, with so many different styles of massage to choose from, I thought I’d run you through some of the most common massage styles to help you decide which is right for you.

Swedish massage

Probably the most recognisable massage style in western cultures, Swedish massage uses five key strokes — effleurage (gliding strokes from the neck to the spine), petrissage (kneading the muscles), friction (deep, circular movements with thumbs or fingertips), tapotement (rhythmic tapping for releasing tension) and vibration (rapid shaking of the back or limbs). Swedish massage aims to relax the body and increase circulation.

Hot stone massage

Smooth, heated stones (usually basalt) are placed on the body. The heat allows for a greater feeling of relaxation in the muscles and also allows the massage therapist to penetrate the muscles more deeply.

Chinese acupressure massage

A tradition in Chinese medicine, acupressure massage is based on the belief that our bodies have several different ‘healing points’. Massaging these healing points is believed to lower stress and increase physical well-being. It is similar to acupuncture, except needles are replaced with finger pressure.

Shiatsu massage

Another massage style with Asian heritage, Shiatsu originates in Japan and involves placing finger pressure on various points in the body in order balance the body’s ‘energy’. Unlike acupressure, which focuses mostly on physical well-being, Shiatsu practitioners regard the technique as capable of relieving a range of disorders, including stress, depression, anxiety and even headaches.

Thai massage

Completing the trio of Asian-style massages discussed in this article is Thai massage. While the influx of western tourists to Thailand may have seen the idea of a “Thai massage” turn into something a little more vulgar in recent times, the style itself involves ancient techniques designed to decrease stress, increase flexibility and promote a greater physical, mental and emotional balance. Recipients usually lie on the floor and the style involves stretching and deep massage.

Reflexology

Reflexologists apply pressure to specific points in the feet in order to detect blockages of energy in the body. In this sense, reflexology is similar to acupressure, except that only the feet (and sometimes the hands and ears) are used. It is designed to restore the body’s natural balance and help maintain equilibrium.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage technique loosens the connective tissue to promote muscle healing. It focuses on the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It can relieve stress and pain, and also helps promote motion and posture. Due to the increased pressure being applied during a deep tissue massage, however, the style can be very painful, and it’s not uncommon for the recipient to feel sore for one or two days before the benefits begin.

Sports massage

Using similar techniques to that of Swedish massage and deep tissue massage, a sports massage has the added goal of being optimised to increase athletic performance while also lessening the chance of injury or pain. It is great for those who participate in sport regularly, particularly at a competitive level.

Learn How to Treat Your Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a bothersome condition and to complicate matters, it can not only show up on your body but also your scalp. Scalp psoriasis is something which affects more than 50% of those who have psoriasis. It varies from what seems to be dandruff flakes to red scaly lesions which can run down the hairline, to the forehead, ears, or even down the face. Usually these scaly layers of dead skin cells result in a lot of itchiness and a feeling of tightness on the scalp. Itching the area only worsens the situation as it can cause bleeding and can lead to embarrassing situations as the flaking of skin is akin to dandruff.

As a result of the scalp psoriasis many are left feeling self-conscious as to whether anyone is noticing them constantly itching at their scalp or the flakes of skin which fall off as they scratch. It is for these reasons that a cure for this dreaded condition is so eagerly sought out, but what can be done?

As far as what you can do immediately, it is helpful to wash your hair on a daily basis. This keeps your scalp as clean as possible and stops any excessive build up of flaking skin.

If possible it is also helpful to expose your scalp to the sun. This goes back to the notion of light therapy as being a method of treating psoriasis, although you should be careful not to get sunburned as if your skin is injured, scalp psoriasis will have a tendency to develop there.

When it comes to medicinal treatment for scalp psoriasis, your best bet are psoriasis shampoos or oil based treatment. Those will seep into your scalp and take effect whereas a cream or ointment may be too cumbersome to apply. Additionally, an oil based treatment will help to keep your skin hydrated, in the end the best approach may be a combination of treatments.

Continual use of natural psoriasis treatment methods should alleviate and heal your scalp psoriasis. A combination of a psoriasis shampoo and essential oil product will be your best bet in clearing your condition.

Dog Bladder Control Problems – 5 Possible Causes of Your Husky Dog’s Bladder Control Problems

When you got your Husky pup, you probably never thought you would have to deal with dog bladder control problems. Veterinarians acknowledge that this is becoming more of a recurring problem with dogs in general. However, Husky dogs are more prone to certain conditions that lead to bladder control problems in dogs.

Dog bladder control problems are also referred to as bladder incontinence. They can be caused by a variety of factors. In order to make sure that your Husky stays healthy and safe, you need to have her diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. You may opt for giving your dog a homeopathic remedy to aid in the healing process.

Here are 5 conditions that may be the cause of your Husky’s bladder control issue.

1. Bladder control for a dog can be very difficult if your dog was born with a birth defect. Female Husky puppies are particularly susceptible to being born with urinary tract defects. If your dog has a birth defect, her ureter may connect her bladder to her vagina instead of her urethra, causing her to constantly dribble urine.

If you suspect that a birth defect may be the cause of your Husky’s incontinence, take her to the vet. Surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

2. Dog bladder control problems are often caused by a loosened sphincter in old age. Older dogs cannot hold their urine in because of a weakened urethral sphincter. There are synthetic medications that can be given to your dog in order to treat this problem but they are not without their side effects. Consider using a natural homeopathic compound to help strengthen her urinary tract system.

3. Bladder control for a dog can become difficult if your dog is suffering from a bacterial infection. Bacteria clings to the lining of your dog’s bladder and causes inflammation and irritation that makes it difficult for your dog to hold her urine in. She may have the constant urge to urinate and urinate frequently. Homeopathic remedies help control the pH level in your Husky dog’s bladder. This discourages the growth of bacteria in her urinary tract.

4. Dog bladder control problems can also be caused by a blockage due to a crystal or stone. When your dog has a stone, her urine flow will be blocked. This will cause her bladder to get very full and eventually she won’t be able to hold her urine. This can be a fatal condition. You must have a vet rule out this as a problem. Once you are past this emergency, put her on a homeopathic program to prevent bladder stones.

5. Bladder control for a dog can become difficult if your Husky is suffering from a serious disease such as brain or spinal cord disease. These diseases can cause your dog to dribble urine constantly. Generally the incontinence will be accompanied by other signs of nervous system disease such as muscle weakness or paralysis.

Do yourself and your dog a favor and learn about the causes of dog bladder control problems. They can be easily fixed in most cases if you just take your dog into the vet to get diagnosed properly. Include a safe and natural homeopathic remedy to help your Husky heal and achieve permanent recovery.

Bad Excuses

I have bad knees, at least I did. That’s why I didn’t run. I also had a bad back, which is why I didn’t lift weights. OK, maybe the bad back was more for the pain pills, but either way, it was a crappy excuse. I could tell people that I had bad knees from playing football… in high school… until I was seventeen. I thought it was a good excuse and maybe even made me sound cool. You know, maybe I could have people believe that I was some sort of gridiron god who sacrificed the use of his lower body for the glory of the game. There are a lot of us who want this, and cling tightly to it. We all have “bad knees”. Either way, my excuses are garbage.

You know who has “bad knees”? Larry Csonka. Martina Navratilova. Jim Brown has “bad knees”. Kirk Gibson has “bad knees”. Those are people who can use the term “bad knees” as if it is a legitimate medical diagnosis. I will let them slide. They have “bad knees” because it would take a month for them to rattle off all of the legitimate medical problems which they have been diagnosed.

Yours truly? Well, his diagnosis is more along the lines of overall laziness, denial, delusion, and unwillingness to sacrifice some discomfort in order to become a little more physically fit in an effort to enhance the quality of his life.

The reality is that I truly believed myself to have bad knees and a bad back. Society reinforced this by accepting such lameness. People are more than willing to shake their head and give you a sympathetic pat on the back. Sure, my knees were sore after years of playing a contact sport, but that was not an excuse to not use them again for the rest of my life. Lots of people play contact sports, who suffer far worse injuries than I ever did… they just choose not to dwell on them for the next couple of decades.

Yes, it hurts when I run.

Would you like to know why?

Because physical activity is uncomfortable, and progress requires discomfort.

Yes, my back hurts when I squat, or deadlift.

Would you like to know why?

Because I have mobility issues in my hips, and I am unwilling to take the time to do the proper stretches and mobility work required to correct the issue. Stretching is not sexy, and I want to spend my time doing the grunting, meathead movements that appeal to me. But, to say that any part of my body is “bad”, without having, at the very least, a long string of hard to pronounce words with a Latin origin, is an excuse, not a reason.

I hear this so often. We all do. We all know a dozen people with a “bad back” or “bad knees”, but we know far less with a clinical diagnosis, prognosis, and physical therapy plan to help correct the issue. We have become so accustomed to surrender. We just accept these physical limitations as truth, and prepare to lay down and die.

Now, I am not saying that everyone, or anyone, should run, walk, bike, swim, or lift weights. What I am saying is that if your excuse for not doing any of these things is because you have a “bad ____” that “hurts when I ____”, you a making a poor excuse.

Here are some perfectly acceptable reasons, which I don’t view as excuses. They are honest and valid. They are based on opinion, and I have no problem accepting honest opinions, my problem is with delusional excuses… which I have many.

“I don’t exercise because it sucks.”

“I don’t CrossFit because I think you are all the highest level of douchebags on the planet.”

“I don’t run because I have better things to do with my time than experience heavy breathing, raw nipples, chafed thighs, and overall discomfort for the sake of shaving off a few minutes from some 5k time.”

“I don’t swim because I am a land dwelling mammal, who has not the least desire to strap on an ugly water cap and goofy looking goggles.”

“I don’t bike because I don’t want to cruise around in a pack of egotistical goobs that look like uncomfortable alien people.”

I can accept all of these as valid reasons. My point is not that everyone should exercise. My point is that I played the same tape through my head, over and over, for a period of years, and eventually I whole-heartedly believed the bullcrap that I was manufacturing. People have real issues, with very real limitations. However, I think there are many, many more people who just want to believe what is most comfortable.

Yes, running can make your knees hurt when you get old.

You know what else will make your knees hurt?

Old age. Carrying 300lbs worth of cheetos in your tits and lovehandles.

Yes, lifting can be hard on your back.

You know what else can give you back trouble as you get older?

Old age. Laying on a couch or recliner during every moment that you are not hunched behind a computer screen. So will carrying around a few hundred pounds of assorted gas station chicken tenders, jalepenos poppers, roller foods, and ordering enough cheese-bread and pizza that you send your delivery boy a graduation gift.

If you sing tenor in a roof-raising choir and you have a chronic sore throat, you don’t tell people that you have a “bad throat”. If you’re lead guitar in a badass rock band and you can’t feel the tips of your fingers, you don’t tell people that you have “bad fingers”. If you are a passionate writer who becomes dizzy and can’t see the screen, you don’t tell folks that you have “bad eyes”. If you are a horsepower addicted mechanic and you can’t grip a wrench, you don’t tell people you have “bad hands”. Hell no, you don’t. You get down to causes and conditions. You won’t accept a vague, blanketed excuse. You become willing to visit every doctor, lawyer, and Indian chief you can find within a gas tank from where you live.

I don’t trust me. I’m not asking you to, either. I’m grateful to have the self awareness and willingness to look at my bad reasoning and identify these as excuses. There are plenty of reason to not do things that I can accept, but if I am falling under the delusion of a poorly placed excuse, well… I have peeps for that. I have community. I have people who listen to my thoughts, my strategies, and my motives. These people are who I rely on to keep me grounded, honest, and in somewhat of a realistic state.

Give that something a try. Try that thing in spite of the limiting factor, which has been holding you back for all these years. Through years of life, hardship, and personal growth, that limiting factor might have reduced into a hiccup or dissolved entirely, because you are stronger person now. Take that chance.

Try that thing.

Tinea Versicolor- Fungus Which Causes Salmon Colored Skin Patches

Tinea versicolor is also sometimes referred to as pityriasis versicolor. It is a common fungal infection of the skin. Unlike other fungi, tinea versicolor has the ability to somehow interfere with the skin pigmented cells and cause large discolored patches on the chest or back. Even though the discoloration may appear alarming, the condition is very easily treated.  However, despite successful treatment, tinea versicolor may return especially when one is exposed to warm humid weather.

Tinea versicolor is some how acquired from the environment. Why some people get it and others do not is not known. Once the fungus is acquired it lays dormant until the individual is exposed to warm moist environments.

The typically symptoms of Tinea Versicolor include:

–         Appearance of small scaly patches of discolored skin on the back or chest

–         The patches slowly start to grow in an irregular manner

–         The patches often become more noticeable after sun exposure

–         A few individuals complain of an itch

The majority of individuals who acquire Tinea versicolor develop a large pink salmon colored patch, but the color can very from white to dark brown.Tinea versicolor affects all races and both genders. The infection is typically most common on the back, neck, chest and upper arms. For some unknown reason, the fungus is usually seen in the adult population, and rare in children.

How tinea versicolor is actually derived remains a mystery- some researchers believe that the fungus is already present on the skin and is activated in certain environments. The triggers which can activate the fungus include the following:

–         Warm humid weather. Tinea versicolor often becomes visible while on vacation to a tropical country where the weather is hot and humid.

–         Individuals who are prone to excessive sweating have been known to activate the fungus

–         Individuals who have very oily skin often acquire the fungus.

–         Some females generally get tinea versicolor during certain days of their menstrual cycle.

–         Individuals who are immunosuppressed often are prone to fungus infections.

The diagnosis of tinea versicolor is generally straight forward. Most dermatologists can make a diagnosis of Tinea Versicolor based on the presentation and clinical exam. In only very rare cases are skin scrapings analyzed under a microscope. There is no need for any other studies.
The Treatment & Prevention of Tinea Versicolor

Most individuals can treat Tinea versicolor with over the counter medications. The topical lotions that are available to treat tinea versicolor include:

Selenium sulfide

Ciclopirox gel/ointment

Ketoconazole cream

Selenium sulfide should be the first choice treatment; it is available with out a prescription. Any shampoo containing selenium sulfide can be used for a few weeks. If this fails one can try the other creams and ointments

All the above 3 treatments for tinea versicolor are available in various formulations and need to be applied to the skin twice a day. In most cases, the results are not instantaneous but can take at least a few weeks/months of treatment to see any improvement in the skin.

If the tinea versicolor still persists, one may have to take oral medications. The oral medications require a physician’s prescription and include the following:

Ketoconazole

Itraconazole

Fluconazole

The pills have to be taken for least 2-3 weeks. The pills generally work a lot faster than the topical medicines. However, even after the infection has completely disappeared, it can come back. Relapses are more common if there is exposure to warm moist humid environment.

There is no sure way to prevent tinea versicolor. However, if someone has already acquired tinea versicolor, some of the ways to prevent it from coming back again include not wearing tight restrictive clothing which do not aerate well. In addition, one should avoid application of gobs of oil on the body.

Individuals who have had a few recurrence of tinea versicolor may need to use the topical lotions or pills on a continual basis. The selenium lotion can be applied every few weeks or the pills can be taken once a month.

How CROs (Clinical Research Organisations) Are Helping the US to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, as most of us have at one point or another, you’ll know that it’s not always as simple as society would have us believe. We’re told repeatedly that it’s a simple matter of ‘calories in VS calories out.’ But for those of us with existing health conditions or particularly slow metabolisms, it isn’t always that easy.

Modern life is making it increasingly difficult for us to lose weight; our lives are busier than ever, with so many of us hunched over computers all day, not getting the exercise our bodies need to burn off the food we consume. And the global food market hardly promotes a healthy diet by packing so many additives into their products.

With the growing number of convenience foods available, we no longer have to sew our own seeds and make our own bread from scratch. If you live in one of the more developed parts of the world, you’ll know that food consumption and waste is at an all-time high, which is what’s often blamed for the so-called ‘obesity epidemic.’

But scientists are now proving that the mechanisms by which the body maintains its energy balance are more complex than people think. So, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t always a case of just doing more exercise or eating healthier food that affects our weight, as so many of us can attest to.

Diets are failing us, time and time again, because for so many of us they’re just unsustainable. It’s easy to fall into bad habits when it comes to food, and most of us consume more sugar and calories than we think – even if we’re not overweight. Over time, this can induce Type 2 Diabetes, a potentially life-threatening condition which requires strict management.

For many of us, it’s simply not our fault. We may suffer from health conditions that make it difficult to exercise, or our thyroids may not function properly, causing us to gain unnecessary weight seemingly overnight. Or perhaps you’re a candidate for developing diabetes in the future due to a family history of the condition, and have to be extra careful about what you eat?

Diets don’t always work, and often they can lead us to develop an unhealthy attitude to food, or restrict ourselves too harshly.

So what is the solution? With current anti-obesity medications causing substantial side effects in those who take them, and current research suggesting that these pills don’t actually have much of an effect, is there a way we can medically manage our weight and prevent these dangerous health conditions?

Scientists have recently identified a protein that actually promotes fat accumulation by slowing the breakdown of fat and encouraging weight gain. This protein – named IP6K1- is a key contributor to diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance.

Clinical research has identified this protein as a target to reduce the climbing rates of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. The scientists involved have performed numerous trials on animal models, and have found that by ‘deleting’ the protein from fat cells, they managed to enhance energy expenditure and protect their subjects from these diet-induced conditions.

What’s more, a number of CROS (Clinical Research Organisations),have found that by eliminating this protein, they are preventing its interaction with other regulating proteins. This actually enhances the breakdowns of fat – great news for those of us who are trying to lose weight.

As well as helping to prevent obesity, the compound that these CROS are experimenting with has been suggested to improve metabolic parameters in animal subjects that are already obese.

Medical researchers are currently exploring the therapeutic possibilities of an IP6K inhibitor to slow down the initiation of diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance, and are hoping to provide a pioneering solution to this global problem.

5 Health Mistakes That Most People Make

Do you want to look healthy? If so, you should avoid making the 5 most common health mistakes. Most people eat unhealthy stuff and don’t exercise at all. As a result, they fall sick. As a matter of fact, one of the most common causes of obesity is overheating and not doing any exercise. Below are 5 mistakes you should avoid should you want to stay in good shape.

Not drinking enough water

For most people, it’s difficult to drink 8 glasses of water on a daily basis, but you can find some easy ways to keep hydrated. You may put some berries in your drinking water to make it delicious. Another good idea is to drink lemon water. Remember: dehydration can cause fatigue, dry mouth, constipation and mood swings. On the other hand, drinking water will help you control your cravings and appetite. As a result, you will be able to maintain your weight. So, you should make it a habit to have at least 8 glass of water each day.

Skipping meals

If you skip meals, your metabolism will slow down. As a result, you will tend to overeat, gain weight and get a lot of serious diseases. Moreover, the lack of energy will cause you to feel tired and sleepy throughout the day.

So, the solution is that you should eat whole foods, such as nuts, beans, seeds, veggies and fresh fruits. This will boost your metabolism, increase your energy, enhance your digestion and keep your appetite under control. Ideally, you should eat three servings of veggies and fruits on a daily basis for improving your overall health.

Not eating protein

You should have enough vegetables in order to get enough protein. If you want to stay healthy, you may want to provide your body with the right amount of calories. This will help your body control your blood sugar levels improving your focus and building muscle mass. You can go for buckwheat, hemp, spirulina, chia seeds, and eggs, for instance. These things will supply your body with protein.

Not eating carbs

The lack of carbohydrates in your body can cause fatigue, headaches, constipation, mood swings and nausea. Also, it can also make you eat too much.

When it comes to carbohydrates, you should make wise choices. You may add legumes, whole grains, seeds, fruit, nuts and vegetables. However, having too much of them is a bad idea.

Not getting fat

Fat can cause obesity if consumed unwisely. In the same way, not eating enough fat may have adverse effect on your body. Your body will work properly only if you provide it with enough fat. Your body gets energy from fat to perform the daily chores. So, you should get a couple of tablespoons of fat on a daily basis. This will help you stay in good shape. You can eat seeds, avocado, olives and nut butters for providing your body with enough fat. It’s a good idea to avoid animal oils and fats.

Hopefully, you will avoid these mistakes down the road. Stay healthy!

What's the difference between food allergies and food intolerance?

An estimated 1-2% of people are estimated to have a food allergy, but many more have a food intolerance. Whilst it’s common to get the two confused, they’re actually caused in different ways and have different severity of the symptoms.

What are food allergies?

If you eat something you’re allergic to, your body incorrectly identifies it as a threat and releases antibodies to protect itself. These antibodies then attack the gut lining and cause an allergic response. Symptoms can include swelling face and tongue, a nettle like rash called ‘hives’, breathing problems, nausea and stomach pain.

An allergic reaction can occur very quickly in response to even a tiny amount of allergen. Common foods people are allergic to are peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

What’s food intolerance?

Now more commonly known as ‘Non Allergic Food Hypersensitivity’, food intolerance is where the body is unable to breakdown or digest food properly. Unlike an allergy, it can take hours for an adverse reaction to occur.

The symptoms of food intolerance can include migraines, bloating, aches and pains. Whilst not as serious as a food allergy, food intolerance can still adversely impact daily life when you don’t know what’s causing the symptoms.

If you suffer from any adverse symptoms after meals it’s a good idea to start keeping a food diary. Keep track of what you’re eating and whenever you get an adverse reaction after your meal. This enables you to then pinpoint what’s causing you problems and then you can adjust your diet accordingly.

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Article contributed by All About Health – a resource of health advice and information that aims to spread awareness on the health services (such as weight management, stopping smoking and cholesterol screening) available in your local pharmacy.

Five Causes of Penis Itching That Aren’t STDs

As soon as a man feels the first tingle of an itch in his pants, he might think: “Great. I have an STD.” It’s a very common assumption, and it can cause men a great deal of worry about their penis health. But before jumping to conclusions, men should know that there are a number of other issues that can cause a burning, uncomfortable, itchy penis that have nothing to do with STDs. Five of the most common are described here.

Lice

Pubic lice, which are often referred to as “crabs,” are tiny insects that may be found in the pubic hair. The bites from these insects can cause intense itching and discomfort.

While these creatures can sometimes spread from one body to another during sex, they can also survive on inanimate objects like towels and underwear. Thankfully, treatments with an insecticide can eliminate the lice fairly quickly.

Folliculitis

Hair follicles may not only provide a home for lice; they can also become infected, causing small, red bumps to form on the surface of the skin. These may resemble a rash or small pimples, and they can be extremely itchy.

There are several factors that can promote folliculitis, including:

– Tight-fitting clothing that chafes

– Sweat accumulating on unwashed skin

– Shaving

– Superficial skin injuries

Careful attention to hygiene and wearing breathable, yet supportive clothing is generally enough to resolve the issue. Using a quality moisturizer may also help to improve the tone and texture of the skin.

Scabies

As with pubic lice, scabies are caused by a skin infestation, but by a slightly different creature. In this case, mites are at the root of the problem. These may live anywhere on the skin; therefore, a man with scabies might have an itchy penis as a result, but he might also have itching in his groin, armpits or even his legs.

Skin-on-skin contact can spread scabies from one person to another; this means that it can be transferred during sexual contact, although it is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. Scabies may also be transferred on bed sheets, shared clothing or towels. An insecticide treatment is needed to eliminate the mites that cause scabies, and all bedding, clothing and other personal items also need to be thoroughly cleaned.

Dermatitis

There are no insects at the root of this condition, but the itch caused by dermatitis (also known as eczema) can be relentless; in addition, it may appear red and inflamed, and a rash may develop. Dermatitis can affect the skin anywhere on the body, including the genital area, and it can be triggered by irritants in the environment. Men who have family members with dermatitis, or those who have problems with various types of allergies, are more likely to develop the condition.

Dermatitis is generally treated with cortisone creams; these should be used as directed. Applying a moisturizing cream with vitamins E and/or A is often recommended to help relieve the itch and promote the formation of healthy skin cells.

The Message

Clearly, not everything that can cause an itchy penis has to do with a sexually transmitted disease. There are plenty of other things that can conspire to make the skin down there erupt with discomfort.

Staying clean and giving extra attention to hygiene can help men to avoid many of these problems; In fact, men who devote a little time each day to the overall condition of their penis by applying a penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) could be doing their intimate skin a world of good. A formula that is rich in vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants, as well as quality moisturizers, can support healthy cellular function and leave the penis with a smooth, even skin tone.

Friction-Related Penis Injury – Facing the Consequences of Dry Sex

In the heat of the moment – whether solo or with a partner – the only thing a man is likely to register in terms of penis sensation is the pleasure that the action brings. During sexual activity, a man’s brain is tuned into one thing only, and other sensations such as pain may be put on the back burner until the conclusion of the matter at hand. On the other hand, inattention to details like personal lubricants can mean that once the session is over, a guy can be left with a throbbing, sore, red penis as a result of excessive friction.

While the tradeoff might not seem like such a bad thing, ongoing friction-related injury can actually damage the delicate penile skin and nerve tissue, leading to a greater risk for infection and loss of sensitivity. And at any rate, there is no need to suffer even in the short term for a few moments of bliss, as exercising proper penis care in the first place can prevent the problem from occurring.

For men who have already run into problems with a red penis, soreness, burning or itching penile skin, the following steps can help to relieve the pain and restore the damaged tissue.

Step 1. Stop the pain

The first course of action when exposure to dry rubbing occurs is to stop the painful sensation and soothe the burn. While it can be tempting to reach for soothing ointments or creams, this is not always a good idea. Analgesics that work on other parts of the body may contain ingredients that are just too strong or too harsh for the delicate penile tissue, and they may actually make the problem worse.

Instead, a cool compress can be applied to the area, and all-natural soothing agents such as aloe or Shea butter may be used (although never to broken skin).

Step 2. Stop the swelling

If any swelling is present, icing is a good option. When applying an ice pack or frozen gel pack to the area, it should be wrapped in a towel or other soft cloth first to prevent the possibility of frostbite. Men who are able to take over-the-counter oral anti-inflammatory medications may use these as well. Men who are taking other medications or who have a known health condition should always talk to their doctor before using any over the counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications.

Step 3. Seek medical attention

For pain or injury that does not respond quickly to treatment, or if any open sores or visible bruising is present, a visit to a qualified health care provider is warranted. In most cases, it is unlikely that the problem is serious, but ruptured penile tissue or severe bruising can lead to bigger problems down the road; so it is always best to get a professional opinion.

Step 4. Ongoing Penis Skin Care

To soothe stressed penis skin and prevent further friction-related injuries from future encounters, two vital measures are needed. First, the skin of the penis should be kept well-hydrated and smooth so that it is less likely to sustain abrasions or microscopic tissue tears related to dry sex or manual stroking. A specially-formulated penis moisturizing cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that contains natural emollients like Shea butter, as well as nourishing vitamins and minerals, is best for this purpose, as a dedicated penis cream won’t further irritate the skin. Second, a water-based lubricant should be kept on hand at all times, as even the most eager partner can become dry and sticky during a lengthy session. Products containing fragrances, warming or numbing agents, or flavors should be avoided, as these can further irritate sore penis skin.

Meningitis – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Meningitis is a viral.It’s means the cause is infection with a virus. Bacterial meningitis is quite rare but it can be very serious and needs urgent treatment with antibiotics.It is a inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. It is rarely occurs when an infection in the body spreads through the blood and into the cerebrospinal fluid.This fluid that cover the outside of the brain and spinal cord. The infection can spread into the brain tissue and cause brain damage.Meningitis mostly present in kids age 5 and younger, and in between16 to 25 year olds, but people can get meningitis at any stage of life.

Symptoms

Symptoms of meningitis, which may appear suddenly, often include high fever, severe and persistent headache, stiff neck, nause, and vomiting. Changes in behavior, such as confusion, sleepiness, and difficulty waking up, are important symptoms. In infants, symptoms of meningitis are often much less specific and may include irritability or tiredness, poor feeding, and fever.

Adult Meningitis Symptoms

About 25% of those who develop meningitis have symptoms that develop over 24 hours. The remainder generally become ill over one to seven days. Occasionally, if someone has been on antibiotics for another infection, the symptoms can take longer to develop or may be less intense. If someone is developing fungal meningitis (most commonly someone who is HIV positive), the symptoms may take weeks to develop.

Causes

Many of the bacteria and viruses that cause meningitis are fairly common and are typically associated with other routine illnesses. Bacteria and viruses that infect the skin, urinary system, gastrointestinal or respiratory tract can spread by the bloodstream to the meninges through cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that circulates in and around the spinal cord.

The most common infectious causes of meningitis vary according to an individual’s age, habits, living environment, and health status. While nonbacterial types of meningitis are more common, bacterial meningitis is the more potentially life-threatening. Three bacterial agents are responsible for about 80% of all bacterial meningitis cases. These bacteria are Haemophilus influenzae type b, Neisseria meningitidis (causing meningococcal meningitis), and Streptococcus pneumoniae (causing pneumococcal meningitis).

How is meningitis diagnosed?

Early diagnosis and treatment are very important. If symptoms occur, the patient should see a doctor immediately. The diagnosis is usually made by growing bacteria from a sample of spinal fluid. The spinal fluid is obtained by performing a spinal tap, in which a needle is inserted into an area in the lower back where fluid in the spinal canal is readily accessible. Identification of the type of bacteria responsible is important for selection of correct antibiotics.

Treatment

If meningitis is suspected, medical advice should be sought immediately. Because some of the early symptoms might be similar to other conditions, a high level of suspicion is required, especially with children.
Prevention is better than cure! Effective vaccines are now available against some types of meningitis.

Acute bacterial meningitis requires prompt treatment with intravenous antibiotics to ensure recovery and reduce the risk of complications.

Pneumovax (also known as Prevenar) against Streptococcus pneumoniae is recommended for all people 65 years of age or older.
Drugs such as dexamethasone are sometimes given to reduce inflammation or to reduce the chance, or spread, of septicemia.

Vinegar For Genital Warts Diagnosis and Treatment

Vinegar has several uses for genital warts. First, it is used in diagnosing the said sexually transmitted disease. Next, it can also be used to treat genital warts and alleviate the symptoms while they are still at the early stages.

Genital warts may or may not show symptoms. If they do, the warts may appear as tiny cauliflower-shaped lesions that may be raised or flat. They may start as small, around 2 millimeters in diameter, but they may grow big and expand into huge clusters in the anal and genital areas. They are easy to detect if they are raised and are big enough to be seen by the naked eye. However, there are times when they are present but are barely noticeable. Thus, in diagnosing genital warts, your doctor will usually apply a three to five percent acetic solution, or white vinegar, directly to the suspected infected areas.

White vinegar, which consists of acetic acid, will turn the warts white upon application. To further aid in the direct visual examination, the doctor may use a colposcope, a lighted magnifying device. However, the white spots do not necessarily reflect the presence of genital warts. Your doctor will still test you for other similar-looking conditions, such as psoriasis, lichen planus, and yeast infections. He/she may also perform a biopsy if any more abnormalities are present. This test involves the removal of a sample of tissue for further examination under a microscope.

Vinegar is also used for other tests for genital warts. Some doctors use vinegar in a test called an acid wrap. A gauze strip or piece of cloth is first soaked in white vinegar. It is then wrapped around the genital area of the individual for approximately 10 minutes. Similar to the acetic acid test mentioned above, the parts of the genital area that become white are identified to as potential genital warts. Again, more tests will be conducted after this to rule out any possibilities of similar-looking diseases.

Aside from diagnosis, vinegar is also used as a treatment for genital warts. In particular, apple cider vinegar is used as a natural remedy. It is effective against genital warts because it contains acetic and malic acid that help combat bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These acids work with the naturally-occurring acids in your body to form a new compound that helps fight harmful microorganisms.

According to folk traditions, you should soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and use it to apply the solution to your warts. Then, you should tape it over the affected area and leave it overnight. When you wake up in the morning, take the patch off and wash the area with warm water. This is supposed to be done daily for one week, depending on the severity of your case. If your genital warts are big and severe or if your immune system is compromised, you may have to repeat this method for a couple more weeks. You may also opt to soak the areas with genital warts directly in apple cider vinegar once or twice daily. Note, however, that this may irritate your sensitive genital area so consult your doctor first before using this treatment.

How To Prevent Moldy Bread In The Kitchen

Bread rises when combined with a fungus called yeast. Mold loves bread for the same reason yeast does. As a baked blend of moist fertile nutrients, bread creates a perfect mold-friendly environment. The spores spawn in a warm and willing host, in this case an innocent loaf, and soon the familiar green and white fuzz ruins the family meal.

In such a warm, wet and open air environment as the average home kitchen, it’s easy to see how quickly a loaf of bread can go south. Molding times vary from climate to climate, just as moisture and other environmental factors do.

To prevent moldy bread, all one has to do is understand enough about mold to prevent it from growing. That is an idea easier written than wrought, however, since mold is a very common fungus. Mold spores exist everywhere, but they prefer a warm, food-rich environment with the added necessity of moisture.

There are several ways to delay the growth of mold, at least until the loaf may be consumed. One delaying method is freezing. Freezing prevents the growth of mold by removing all the moisture. Simply divide the loaf into a series of one or two slice freezer bag packages. If a family quickly gobbles through a whole loaf, wrap the entire bread package for freezing. When placing the bread into the freezer, care should be taken to do so inside its original inner plastic liner. This liner inhibits moisture from forming in the bread. In this way, bread can be kept up to six months in the freezer. After that, it will lose some of its quality.

If there is no freezer, bread may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or bag. Making certain to force as much air from the container as possible, seal the bread inside it. Much of the oxygen required for mold to grow has just been removed from around the bread. A good quality breadbox is another room temperature option. Real wood or ceramic are often the bread bakers’ breadbox of choice as bread is said to stay mold free for a longer time when placed in such containers. Storage is especially important for homemade bread. Big commercial bakeries add mold inhibitors to the recipe for store-bought bread. These inhibitors delay molding and extend the shelf life of their product.

Some buyers prefer to prevent bread mold by choosing different types of bread to bake or buy. If only one kind of bread performed the same in every climate, this would be possible. In general, white bread molds faster than whole wheat or rye bread. There can be exceptions, however, and those exceptions vary from brand to brand to homemade and beyond.

For homemade bread, there are a few actions that may be taken to extend bread use. Sourdough leavening for bread is mold resistant because of its active fermentation process. Combining sourdough with other bread recipes can help delay the growth of mold. Adding oil to any bread recipe may also help.

With a bit of prevention and planning, there’s no reason for mold to take away one’s daily bread.

Effects of Stress, Anxiety and Depression On Mental Health

Nervous breakdown occurs when a person is suffering from severe stress for a very long time. There is a sudden change in the behavioural pattern of the person. A person with nervous breakdown is unable to perform his normal duties as done by him earlier.

Some other individuals might experience uncontrollable need to cry, loss of energy, withdrawal, confusion, inability to think clearly, sleep disruption or insomnia and a loss of pleasure in day to day activities, a feeling of worthlessness and depression.
These symptoms are termed as the depressive disorders.

Effects of Stress, Anxiety and depression on mental health
Whatever is the reason of the breakdown; all the breakdowns have in common- the inability to function as normal. The person suffering from nervous breakdown is actually suffering from some sort of mental disorder. Stress, depression and anxiety are all responsible and are related to the mental disorders.

The increase of stress, depression, anxiety levels leads to nervous breakdown. The symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety are lack of energy, exhaustion, trembling hands, disturbed sleeping patterns, excessive worries, irritability, isolation, panic, worthless feelings, guilt, headache, muscle pain, increased heartbeat, loss of sex drive and loss of appetite.

Lack of energy is one of the most common symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Even after trying hard to get energized a person cannot achieve that. All finally results in lesser energetic feeling and accounts to lesser motivation level. In a person suffering from stress, depression is mentally exhaustive and hence he is unable to perform his day to day activities normally. No matter even if he takes rest for long hours, he feels exhausted all the time. The trembling symptom is also one of the features of stress and anxiety.

Effects of the stressful situations
When a person is in a stressful situation the body flows with the powerful chemicals such as the adrenaline. There is a change in the sleeping pattern when the person will tend to sleep too much or sleep only for few hours. Once the stress level decreases then the nightmares will disappear. Excessive worry is another symptom of anxiety, stress even for smallest events in life. The person feels negative about every situation.

The sufferers often feel like being alone as they feel awkward around others and rather are alone to avoid this feeling. Loss of appetite is one of the most common features. Reducing food intake further affects energy levels and deprives the body of nourishment, further aggravates stress, depression and anxiety. All these stressful experiences tend to make a person mentally weak and thus, this leads to mental breakdown.

Gluten Intolerance Symptoms: 5 Things To Look For!

If you think you may have gluten intolerance, then you may be experiencing some of the following symptoms. I’m here to discuss with you the symptoms of gluten intolerance.

If you have come to the conclusion that you may be gluten intolerant, I want to take the time to say, “Congratulations.” So many people have this disease, but so many people seem to ignore the fact that they do. Now, there is a huge difference between being full-blown celiac, and just having an intolerance to gluten, although in both cases, many of the symptoms will be the same. Today, I want to talk to you about the symptoms that you may be experiencing, if you’re gluten intolerant.

1. Diarrhea. If you’re experiencing diarrhea on a consistent basis, and it’s due to some kind of food allergy, then there’s a good chance that you’re either gluten intolerant, or lactose intolerant. If you have diarrhea on a consistent basis, then there’s a definite problem, and it’s extremely important that you visit your doctor right away.

2. Tiredness. For me, when I eat gluten, I am tired all of the time. But this isn’t a normal kind of tiredness. Personally, I am not a lazy person, but when I consume gluten, I feel extremely foggy and lethargic. Focusing on something as simple as a video game can become extremely challenging. In severe cases, you may get to the point to where you just need to lay down, or sleep all day. Like I said, doing the most simple tasks can be extremely difficult, and really, you feel like all you want to do is sleep for almost the whole day.

3. Heart Palpitations. Some people who have an intolerance to gluten may experience heart palpitations, especially after eating. Although this isn’t a severe symptom, it can be annoying.

4. Swollen Glands. This is something that I have most recently began experiencing. Although this is a common sign of being gluten intolerant, or having some kind of food allergy, for me, this symptom actually only began recently occurring. With that being said, I think there may be another reason for me developing this symptom, but regardless, swollen neck glands can occur if you’re intolerant to gluten. I have personally noticed that swollen neck glands can make breathing a little uncomfortable. Also, your throat may feel tight, to a certain extent.

5. Hunger Pangs. If you have never been truly hungry before, then developing hunger pangs can be a relatively shocking symptom. I’m a relatively healthy man, eating 6 to 7-500 calorie meals a day. I have to eat between 3,000 to 3,500 calories each day because of the fitness program that I am following. When I consume a lot of gluten-based foods, the hunger pangs are almost unbearable. You may find that no matter how much you eat, you just don’t get full. While experiencing hunger pangs, I have consumed 1,500 calories in 1 hour, without feeling relieved. Folks, I am 6-feet-tall, and 160 pounds. Eating 1,500 calories in 1 sitting is practically impossible for someone my size.

If you’re gluten intolerant, the most common symptom is probably going to be diarrhea, gas, and bloating. Although, you may also experience some of the other symptoms that I have discussed above.

It’s extremely important to also know that just because you experience the above symptoms it does not mean you have an intolerance to gluten. There are a number of other medical conditions that you could have.

At the end of the day, it’s a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor. Get tested for gluten intolerance and celiac, and get all of your regular blood work done. If everything comes back normal, your doctor will probably tell you to go on a gluten free diet anyway, for the gluten/celiac test can sometimes show a false negative. If you completely stop consuming gluten for 30 to 60 days, and your symptoms disappear, then there’s a good chance that you are gluten intolerant.