Aromatherapy – Make Your Own in Minutes For Pennies

Perhaps the best thing about aromatherapy is that it is so easy and pleasurable to engage in; both for the creator of the concoction and most assuredly for the client. Few people will complain about receiving a prescription to bathe with scented oils or apply a fragrant body oil; two of the most popular aromatherapy techniques.

If you are considering starting an aromatherapy business for yourself–before you get started in this astonishing world of scent, it is important that you find out what practicing aromatherapists are doing so you can find that perfect niche for yourself.

Today many herbalists, body workers, cosmetologists, chiropractors and other holistic healers are discovering how multifaceted and versatile the healing art of aromatherapy is. To this end they are able to enrich their practices by introducing these pure essential oils for a compendium of maladies like: the altering of moods, stirring memories, arousing sexual desire and generally improving the quality of life. Many others concentrate on enhancing their client’s beauty and longevity by offering them a wide variety of healing beauty products.

The majority of our nation today is influenced by the economy–finding most people today going both ‘green’ and back-to-basics. However, as natural as they wish they could be, the majority live in a stressful world and are constantly on the lookout for natural alternatives for health challenges like depression, anxiety, fear, grief, loneliness, mental fatigue, mind fog, insomnia, PMS symptoms and so many more. The peace and tranquility that should manifest themselves as normal attributes are often weighed down by environmental factors such as stress in the workplace or–even worse–unemployment. Many others suffer from social isolation, poverty, chemicals and toxins or even poor diet and countless more conditions.

Aromatherapy is BIG business today and at the end of this article you can be assured that we keep our promise that you will never have to pay mega-bucks again! This article is more than an overview of this ancient 3000+ year old art. As you stroll down Lavender Lane’s aromatic healing path with us you will discover how–for more than a quarter-of-a-century we have been teaching and sharing how you can create a compendium of natural and therapeutic aromatherapy concoctions in mere ‘minutes for pennies’. Plus, should you desire to retail your products at craft fairs or onto store shelves or in spas or even mail order like us; we will happily show you how. We will also share with you one of the most important phases of your marketing–how to package your concoctions–making you appear as professional as is your creation.

First, here is a ‘crash course’ on aromatherapy that the ‘newbie’ should at least have some concept of. Each essential oil contains numberless chemical components. To best illustrate a comparison, take an apple for instance. FACT: One, whole, clean, fresh apple contains over 10,000 nutrients in combinations of antioxidants, phytochemicals (plant vitamins) enzymes and more. Yet science so far has only recognized a fraction of them, and until more are discovered; they haven’t got a clue what the rest of them are or what they do–and apples have been around since the beginning. Aromatherapy (the art of implementing an essential oil to this end or that) has been around since people have. Nevertheless, each type of essential oil is composed of many different aromatic molecules of which more than 30,000 have been identified and named, and it is common for a single essential oil to contain one hundred different aromatic molecules. One can only fathom their countless true complexities and their inconceivable properties or restorative benefits.

Exactly how aromatherapy works is still unclear. What we do know is that merely smelling a fragrance can influence us physically and emotionally by altering hormone production, brain chemistry, stress levels and general metabolism..

An ‘essential oil’—or the ‘soul’ of the plant if you will, is 50 times more concentrated than that of the herb or flower it was carefully extracted from. Essential oils give plants their characteristic odors, enabling us to take deep drafts of a fragrant rose bloom or drink in the perfume of lilacs and lavender. It is because essential oils are by their very nature aromatic, that the therapy involving their use has been christened “Aromatherapy.” And whether a person is looking to enhance their beauty, relieve pain, increase energy, reduce stress, grow hair, promote sleep, heal wounds, evoke special emotions, or even kill fleas–there is an essential oil for all these and countless other conditions.

BEAUTY SECRETS? Billions of dollars a year are spent every year by consumers who are trying to slow down the aging process–or at least cling to as youthful an appearance as they can for as long as they can. The face is usually the most exposed part of the body–bombarded by heat, cold, drying, sweating, wrinkling, dirt, smoke and a world of other invisible toxins. Today especially, stress is on the increase, having a huge impact on most people’s lives. And as such, takes a great toll on the body which is very much mirrored in the face. If the consumer is looking to enhance their beauty they must take special care of it and there is a compendium of products that can be incorporated into their regime–each of which contains the right essential oil(s) to meet their purpose.

These products are found in the forms of cleansers, steams, exfoliants, masques, toners, floral waters, moisturizers, bath oils, massage oils, and more. When these pure essential oils are added into these mediums (carrier oils, waxes, sea salt, lotions, floral waters, butters, soaps, etc.) the essential oils penetrate to the dermal layer of the skin where new cells are developing. And depending upon which essential oil is used in which application, their varied attributes will either stimulate and regenerate skin cells, reduce bacterial and fungal infections such as acne and other related skin problems, soothe delicate, sensitive, inflamed skin, promote the release and removal of metabolic waste products, and produce healthy skin cells quickly following sun damage, burns, wrinkles or healing of wounds. Additionally, these essential oils contain plant “hormones” that help balance and alleviate hormonally related skin problems. When incorporated into a bath or massage, or through inhalation, these essential oils may be of aid in the relief of muscle pain, menstruation, lung congestion, insomnia, fever, headaches, infections, indigestion, constipation, etc.

Scent and the psyche too is nothing new. The manipulating of fragrance to affect the emotions dates back to the ancients and today is no different. According to a 1992 issue of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, it describes the potential of aromatherapy to “promote health and well-being”. In hospital environments, patients receive aid through massage, inhalation, baths, compresses, creams and lotions. According to the journal’s extensive list of potential uses, aromatherapy can diminish stress, sedate, relieve depression, invigorate, promote activity and alertness, stimulate sensory awareness, facilitate interaction and communication, treat certain medical problems and provide pain relief.

Scent is an integral part of society. From the time we get up we are accustomed to bathing or showering with a scented body soap or gel, a fragranced shampoo and/or conditioner, followed by a scented deodorant and then perhaps by a scented after-shave, perfume or cologne. Our cleaning supplies are laden with scent to make our clothes, our dishes and our houses smell fresh and clean. We buy scented candles, incense, oil lamps and potpourris that we may be surrounded by aromas. Yet—these are probably ALL synthetic in nature.

“Pure” essential oils are extracted right from the plant, wherein any allergies usually associated with fragrance are almost non-existent. It is the “synthetic” fragrances that create many problems. With the rise of synthetic chemicals, and the increased strength of these fragrances, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that 4,000 different chemicals are currently used in fragrances–most of which are in perfumes and colognes and is on the increase. The problem is that through the inhalation of “synthetics”—many suffer a wide range of physical difficulties from sinus pain to anaphylactic shock and seizures. This fact alone should be reason enough to educate people toward the incorporation of “pure essential oils” over synthetics–especially if they could make their own sweet scented body and skin care products as well as their own therapeutic concoctions.

NOTE: Please be assured that there is MUCH ADULTERATION out there due to a general lack of education coupled with greed as to essential oils versus the synthetic fragrance oils–and that is why it is doubly important that YOU, John & Jane-Q-Public become educated of these important differences.

So that the beginner will not be overwhelmed or confused as to how aromatherapy works–here is an easy to visualize, easy to understand example of how these pure healing oils get into the blood-stream–do their thing–and get out. We all know how good garlic is for the body–curing a compendium of ills. Take a clove of garlic, cut it in half and rub the soles of your feet a couple of times. Put your socks and shoes on and go about your business. In about 3 hours you can taste it. That’s it. When you bathe, your body’s pores open to receive these healing oils, as does your body react accordingly through massage or through inhalation. Studies with brain wave frequency has shown that smelling Lavender increases the alpha waves in the back of the head, which are associated with relaxation. The fragrance of Jasmine increases beta waves in the front of the head, which is associated with a more alert state.

Aromatherapy is sweeping the world like wildfire and as we journey through this enlightening article; if the reader believes that this healing skill is something that they would like to incorporate into their lives as well as that of others; we highly recommend you consider this avenue.

There has been a good deal of information passed on to you so far and before you view the essential oil list, the intention of this article is to share with its readers that they or their families or friends may seek aromatherapy to allay their respective problems, and that they absolutely can–and never need pay mega-bucks again for these therapeutic and exotic preparations.

The following is but a smattering of the most commonly used essential oils and some of their numerous uses. Note: These oils are recommended for external use only.

• LAVENDER for stress, muscle pain, headaches, prevents scarring, stretch marks and has a reputation for slowing wrinkles, etc.

• ORANGE for high blood pressure, treating flu, colds, congestion and for killing fleas…

• ROSE GERANIUM for reducing inflammation, infection, eczema, acne, burn injuries, scarring, stretch marks, regulation blood pressure, etc.

• PEPPERMINT for headaches, muscle spasms, inflammation, indigestion, nausea, congestion, etc.

• ROSEMARY for memory, poor circulation, low blood pressure, sore muscles, rheumatism, cellulite, etc. (And-balding. However, you have to have a little life left up there.)

• EUCALYPTUS for sinus & throat infection, fever, flu, herpes, acne, boils, insect bites, lice, herpes, vapor rubs, aftershaves, colognes, etc.

• LEMON oil for viral & bacterial infections, hypertension, water retention, weight gain, bruises, increasing general well-being, etc.

• TEA TREE oil for insect bites, cuts, sunburn, shingles, candida, diaper rash, earaches, acne, paper cuts, head lice, abrasions, scalds, herpes lesions, ringworm, athlete’s foot, boils, eczema, and much, much more.

SAFETY: Overexposure to essential oils, either through the skin or by nose, can result in nausea, headache, skin irritation, emotional unease, or an overall “spaced out” feeling. Getting some fresh air will help you to overcome these symptoms.

Just to show you how easy recipes can be–here are some examples:

For thousands of years the ancients established elaborate rituals that combine hot and cold baths, ointments and aromatic massages.

THERAPEUTIC BATH SALTS

1 cup Dead Sea Salt (course or fine grind).

Add 25-35 drops of essential oil or oils depending upon what therapeutic oils you have chosen for what malady. If you have chosen a blend you need to consider that each oil has a high-note, middle-note or base note which is the evaporation time; so the end scent may change from what you smell during preparation.

1 tablespoon ‘Turkey Red’ oil which is water-soluble. Almost all oils float, but not this one. Instead it will marry with the bath water and soothe and moisturize your body.

If you choose to color your salts use a few drops of food-safe food coloring until the desired color is attained.

If you choose to make a fine grind all you need to do is put the salts in your blender and blend. It won’t hurt your blender a bit and I prefer to grind before I add the other ingredients.

Mix everything well and package. Be sure to use a pretty, wide-mouthed container and then package accordingly. Remember–presentation is as important as is the creation itself.

Depending how much water is in the tub–add 1/2 to 1 cup per bath. Once mixed in the bath, the salt will melt, the color will dissipate, the ‘Turkey Red’ oil will soothe and moisturize, and the essential oils will penetrate your body within minutes. Additionally, by the very inhalation of the chosen oil(s) and the fragrance, it will either relax your or invigorate you. This application is wonderful because your skin is the largest organ of your body.

SALT SCRUB:

For those who prefer showers, these are great exfoliants. (Do not use on the face).

To 1 cup of fine Dead Sea salt add 25-35 drops of essential(s) and enough carrier oil (Safflower, Grapeseed, Olive, Turkey Red, etc.) to totally moisten the salt. You don’t want it too dry and you don’t want it too runny. Rub on to loosen all those dead cells and invigorate the new ones, then wash off.

SUGAR SCRUB:

Using the above recipe, instead of salt use raw sugar. We use turbinado.

HEALING MASSAGE AND BATH OIL:

To 16 ounces of carrier oil (Turkey Red, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, etc.) add approximately 160 to 200 drops (total) of essential oil or oils. This equates to 16-20 drops per ounce. Shake well and let the oils marry overnight. For a bath oil use approximately 1/4 cup of oil. The carrier oils may be mixed and matched.

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As we hope you have discovered, most of these natural, healing and therapeutic creations are very simple to make for you and your family and friends–and they make awesome gifts too.

What is Onychorrhexis and Nail Treatment?

Onychorrhexis is a very long and technical name for brittle nails. Nails that peel and or break easily would likely be suffering from onychorrhexis and understanding the nails and the body will help in coping with onychorrhexis.

Both the fingernails and toenails are made up of protein layers and like the texture, strength and thickness of an individual’s hair; the thickness of the nail is largely hereditary. Some people are genetically inclined to thin brittle nails, though some health conditions, environmental factors and the aging process can also contribute to onychorrhexis. Heath conditions that can result in brittle nails include Raynaud’s syndrome, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition. Environmental factors that can lead to brittle nails include frequent hand washing, prolonged exposure to dry and or cold air, and excessive exposure to chemicals such as nail polish remover; all which are extremely drying.

If you have experienced an inability to grow out your nails, find that your nails peel or break easily it is likely that you suffer from onychorrhexis. If other’s in your family also have brittle nails then you probably have a genetic disposition to the condition. If you have a job that requires your hands (or feet) to be in water or chemicals excessively or are often in dry and cold air this is likely the cause of your onychorrhexis and treatment as well as prevention would depend on your ability to change your environment. If; however, neither the hereditary nor the environmental factors fit your situation you may want to seek the advice of a physician as it may be a symptom of a much more serious health condition.

To treat and prevent onychorrhexis you will want to limit the amount and frequency of soap and water exposure to your hands or your feet. It is also beneficial to use a hand moisturizer such as a lotion; however, over exposure to petroleum based products may contribute to Koilonychia, another nail disorder. Therefore use a lotion or hand cream that contains natural plant oils. Wearing protective gloves while working with water or in dry and cold conditions can greatly improve the strength and condition of your nails and be sure to get proper nutrition and take a supplement if needed.

The treatment for onychorrhexis is largely in the prevention. Since nails continuously grow, as you change the conditions that create the problem the thin brittle part of the nail will eventually grow out leaving a stronger thicker nail in its place. The treatments and preventions that are used will need to be continued in order to avoid the onychorrhexis from reappearing.

It is important to check with your physician for any underlying health conditions should none of the prevention and treatment methods work as the onychorrhexis may be a symptom of poor health. The treatment of the underlying health condition will then in the majority of cased treat the condition of the onychorrhexis. Brittle nails in it self poses no risks other than being unsightly and at times embarrassing. The use of acrylic nails will often cover the problem but will not solve the issue and can lead to other conditions including fungal infections

Medical Curiosity On Cerebral Palsy Athetoid Article – You Found The Best Website About Palsy Treatment

What Are The Various Types Of Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is actually a term that is used to describe a number of defects that are caused by the damage of specific areas of the brain, which can affect muscle movements. Cerebral palsy in an individual will restrict movement but it does not become grim as the patient advances in age.

Most neurologist, specialist and pediatricians who deal with cerebral palsy patients have come up with different classifications of the disorder based primarily on muscle tone. Anyone that is impacted by cerebral palsy has parts of the brain, which control muscle tone damaged to varying degrees. Relying upon the damage there may be increased muscle tone or decreased muscle tone or even a mixture of the 2 which is known as changing muscle tone.

Cerebral palsy can be classified in three main classes, which are Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, Ataxic Cerebral Palsy and Mixed cerebral palsy. While in spastic cerebral palsy there is stiffness in the muscles and the patients finds it hard to move their limbs easily. In Athetoid cerebral palsy, the movement of the limbs is uncontrolled and involuntary. The patients that suffer from Ataxic cerebral palsy will exhibit indications of a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception.

Youngsters with spastic cerebral palsy can have a single or more muscle groups which prohibit movement therefore causing them to be stiff and jerky in their movement. These children will find it very hard to move from one place to another and require aid. They also won’t be hold objects in their hands with ease.

Athetoid cerebral palsy patients will have bodily movements that are wild and slow. The reason is because the muscles are intensely puny and they can go from being limp and floppy one moment second and then to being firm and tense the next moment. Ataxic cerebral palsy can be discovered in only 5 to ten pc of patients suffering from this disorder. Here the symptoms are poor corp ordination of muscle movement due to poor muscle tone. Ataxic cerebral palsy is caused because of the damage to the cerebellum, which is present at the base of the brain leaving the muscle tone to be terribly poor. In mixed cerebral palsy, the patients can have a mixture of symptoms of any of the above classes. Around 10% of youngsters will exhibit this type of palsy. Her many areas if the brain can be damaged so that the patient will exhibit differing types of symptoms.

Women and Saunas

In a luxurious sauna women and men alike can sit back, socialize, be themselves and relax. All of these are wonderful for your outlook and health, not to mention friendships. But beyond just being social or relaxing for a man or woman sauna can also have other benefits that are happening without you even knowing it. While the steam penetrates your muscles to relax them and even help repair strains and sprains, there are other things going on underneath the surface.

While enjoying sauna women tend to sweat as much if not more than men. That is because women tend to retain more water than men, especially right before and during her monthly menstrual cycle. It is here that a sauna has a lot of extra benefits for a woman. Sauna, when used during her menstrual cycle, can help shed the extra water weight gain that plagues many women during this time of month. It also can help alleviate the uterine cramps and/or back aches that are often associated with PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome).

In a sauna women also shed toxins that can build up in their bodies. The reasons for these toxins are numerous- illness, smoking, stress, environment and many other factors can all contribute to this. The steam of a sauna can be therapeutic by releasing these toxins. This is also good news for menopausal women. Women who no longer have a monthly cycle or an intermittent one have one less way to rid their bodies of toxins. While on her period a woman often sheds toxins through the blood flow. But without this monthly cleansing, some toxins can stay in the body. Menopausal woman sauna to help get rid of some of these harmful chemicals and arguably enjoy this type of cleansing more.

While in the sauna women tend not to think of these alternate effects. Instead, they focus on how good the sauna feels on their skin or their tired, achy muscles. If a woman is particularly active and/or athletic, this may be especially true. But they rarely realize that being in a sauna also helps with their nervous system. The steam in a sauna stimulates parts of the central nervous system, making sure to keep this important system functioning properly.

Woman sauna benefits also include gland stimulation. The pituitary and adrenal glands, as well as the ovaries, are positively stimulated. Some believe this can lead to increased fertility, while others think it helps ease symptoms of not only PMS but also menopause while doing so.

But all health claims aside, the most important thing is that while in a sauna women feel good. The physical benefits to the reproductive, nervous and glandular systems are only part of enjoying the experience. If a woman is relaxing and de-stressing or even detoxing, these things will have an immediate and tangible effect that is worth the price of admission into a spa or health club to use them.

Lymphedema Cellulitis – A Major Complication

Being a bacterial infection, cellulitis causes skin inflammation. For patients of lymphedema, cellulitis is a common occurrence and a complication they encounter very often. In patients suffering from lymphedema, the swelling leaves the skin stretched and therefore more vulnerable to all kinds of infection. Since the lymphatic system and the immune system of the body are closely linked, any damage to the lymphatic system compromises the patient’s immunity to infection. The weakened immune system is incapable of fending off the infection attacks, leaving the body susceptible to repeated attacks and increased infection. This vicious cycle leads to cellulitis in lymphedema patients.

The main cause for cellulitis is bacteria known as the staphylococcus aureus or the streptococcus. Often, the entry point for bacteria is a tiny cut or mosquito bite or a bruise. The most common symptoms would be a swelling and pain in the area, rash on the skin, fever, chills and the area feels warm to the touch. However, all the symptoms may not be present at one time. Each individual will experience a difference in the appearance of the symptoms. Even when cellulitis reoccurs in a patient, it may look different from the previous episode. The usual place of occurrence is the legs, but it could also affect the face or arms and the scalp.

The treatment for cellulitis is in the form of antibiotics. If treatment is quick, the cellulitis subsides within a week. However, in some lymphedema patients, cellulitis may be so severe that that may need to stay at a hospital for intravenous administration of antibiotic drugs. This could indeed be a lymphedema patient’s worst experience causing the most frequent visits to the hospital. Timely treatment is essential to avoid complications or further deterioration of the condition.

During the cellulitis attack, the patient may have to stop the lymphedema therapy. Until the infection clears, the manual lymph drainage sessions must be ceased. The compression bandaging must be ceased and the compression garments must not be used during the period. As much as possible, the patient is advised to keep the affected limb elevated. Antibiotic course prescribed for the treatment must be completed even if the symptoms appear to have gone away.

In order to prevent cellulitis, lymphedema patients must take extra precautions. A cut or bruise should not be ignored and must be treated immediately. Cleaning the wound and applying an antibiotic cream is the best method. Bandaging the wound promotes healing, although the bandage needs to be changed daily. Patients must also be alert to fungal infections of the feet. Skin care is highly important as this helps to keep the infections at bay. General precautions like these are the best way for lymphedema patients to prevent cellulitis. Other simple precautions include wearing gloves while handling detergents, using sharp tools and gardening. Lymphedema patients must avoid walking barefoot and avoid sharp objects. Such simple precautions will go a long way in preventing complications for lymphedema patients.

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Spinal Cord Injury – Stem Cell Treatment

In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve fell off a horse and severely damaged his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. From then until his death in 2004, the silver screen Superman became the most famous face of spinal cord injury.

Most spinal cord injury causes permanent disability or loss of movement (paralysis) and sensation below the site of the injury. Paralysis that involves the majority of the body, including the arms and legs, is called quadriplegia or tetraplegia. When a spinal cord injury affects only the lower body, the condition is called paraplegia…

Symptoms

Spinal cord injury symptoms depend on two factors:

  • The location of the injury : – In general, injuries that are higher in your spinal cord produce more paralysis. For example, a spinal cord injury at the neck level may cause paralysis in both arms and legs and make it impossible to breathe without a respirator, while a lower injury may affect only your legs and lower parts of your body…
  • The severity of the injury : – Spinal cord injuries are classified as partial or complete, depending on how much of the cord width is damaged…

Spinal cord injuries of any kind may result in one or more of the following signs and symptoms : –

  • Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs…

Spinal cord injuries

Paralysis of the lower half of the body is called paraplegia. Paralysis of both arms and legs is called quadriplegia…

Causes

1. Your brain and central nervous system

Together, your spinal cord and your brain make up your central nervous system, which controls most of the functions of your body. Your spinal cord runs approximately 15 to 17 inches from the base of your brain to your waist and is composed of long nerve fibers that carry messages to and from your brain…

2. Injury may be traumatic or nontraumatic

A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. It may also result from a gunshot or knife wound that penetrates and cuts your spinal cord. Additional damage usually occurs over days or weeks because of bleeding, swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation in and around your spinal cord…

Common causes of spinal cord injury

The most common causes of spinal cord injury in the United States are : –

  • Motor vehicle accidents : – Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost 50 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year.
  • Acts of violence : – About 15 percent of spinal cord injuries result from violent encounters, often involving gunshot and knife wounds.
  • Falls : – Spinal cord injury after age 65 is most often caused by a fall. Overall, falls make up approximately 22 percent of spinal cord injuries.
  • Sports and recreation injuries : – Athletic activities such as impact sports and diving in shallow water cause about 8 percent of spinal cord injuries.
  • Diseases : – Cancer, infections, arthritis and inflammation of the spinal cord also cause spinal cord injuries each year…

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The Hidden Truth on Cystic Fibrosis Exposed

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is caused by a genetic defect and is an inherited disease. The disease causes an interference with the body’s function of carrying both salt and water to and from the body’s cells. This problem will cause a buildup of very thick mucus that leads to clogging up the lungs and the digestive organs. Many people consider cystic fibrosis to be a lung disease but are they are actually unaware that the buildup of mucus can and will affect other organs as well. Cystic Fibrosis can affect: the lungs, the Pancreas, the Liver, the Intestines, the Sinuses and the Reproductive organs.

Cystic fibrosis, unfortunately, happens to be one of the most common inherited genetic disorders and about 1 in every 2500 newborns in the United States is affected. It happens to be most common in both Caucasians and Hispanics, and seldom occurs in those people of either African or Asian descent.

The symptoms of CF will vary depending on the stage of the illness and which organs have been affected.

The earliest symptoms can be: an Increased appetite, Poor growth pattern, very foul-smelling bowel movements that appear to be both very oily and bulky, Salty tasting skin, Frequent coughing attacks, Frequent respiratory infections and Difficulty breathing. As the disease progresses, more advanced symptoms or complications can develop including: an Unexplained weight loss, Diabetes, Pancreatitis, Liver disease and Infertility.

The diagnosis of Cystic fibrosis is accomplished by testing for the presence of those substances or genes found in the blood and from sweat or fetal cells.

During pregnancy, if a couple has reason to believe they might carry the CF gene, the doctor can perform either an amniocentesis or a biopsy of the chorion frondosum at 10-12 weeks of gestation to obtain fetal cells for prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities.

In 40 of the 50 states, there are newborn screening tests for Cystic Fibrosis. The test involves taking a blood sample from the heel of the baby’s foot before he or she leaves from the hospital. The sample of blood is then sent to be analyzed at a state laboratory and if the results indicate the defective gene, then the infant’s physician and the necessary local health agencies will be made aware.

If CF is not detected at birth, it is often diagnosed during the first year or two of the child’s life when some of the typical warning signs begin to appear. The traditional test used for determining the presence of cystic fibrosis is the sweat test. In CF, the body is unable to utilize all the salt taken in and the CF patient will usually be excreting larger than the normal amounts of salt in their sweat.

When a sweat test is conducted, small electrodes are placed on skin of the patient so the sweat glands are stimulated. The sweat produced is then collected and sent to a laboratory where they measure the salt content. The sweat test is in no way a painful test and it has been used to help diagnose cystic fibrosis for many years.

At the present time, there is no actual cure for cystic fibrosis. The treatment involves using combination of medications, special diet, exercise and other types of therapy that are designed to control the symptoms and prevent complications from developing.

Specific medications are used to: Prevent and control respiratory infections, Keep the airway open to help with breathing, Loosen and help remove the sticky mucous and Help the body to absorb nutrients from food.

The diet and nutrition plans are prescribed to: Replace essential vitamins that cannot be stored by the patient, Ensure that the calorie intake will meet the high energy demands, Ensure there is adequate nutrient intake for proper growth and development and Replace the salt that is lost through sweat.

An Exercise and therapy program to: Help Strengthen the heart and lungs, Help to Loosen and clear mucus from the lungs, Improve the patient’s endurance and overall physical condition and Increase the amount of oxygen that needs to be delivered to tissues.

Cystic Fibrosis cannot be prevented because it is an inherited disease, but the disease can be detected through a simple blood test for the presence of the defective gene. Before a couple plans for a child, if either parent knows or suspect that either one or both might be carriers of the CF defective gene, they should seek out appropriate genetic counseling and determine if they have a risk of passing on CF disease.

CF is caused by a defective gene that is responsible for making a protein that controls the movement of salt and water in and out of all the cells within our bodies.

Each person has two copies of this gene that we received from each of our parents. In some cases, the gene that we receive from our parents is abnormal, but that does not always mean we will develop Cystic Fibrosis. If a person happens to inherit: 2 normal genes, He or she will not develop CF and will not be a carrier. If a person happens to inherit: 1 normal gene and 1 abnormal gene, the He or she will not develop CF but they will carry the defective gene and possibly pass it on to his or her children. If a person happens to inherit: 2 abnormal genes, then He or she will develop the disease.

Not to long any child born with cystic fibrosis, rarely lived beyond their adolescence years. With the advances in medicine, there is more known about the disease now, that was unknown in the past. The new knowledge and advancements has led to improved treatment regimens that now help people with cystic fibrosis to live more active and normal productive lives well into the adult years. People that live with cystic fibrosis have to take extra precautions against any type of infection. They may also need to take digestive system enzymes and certain types of inhaled medications for the rest of their lives.

If your child is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, What can you do?

Your pediatrician will be the best person to provide the care along with the help of specialists, if needed. The doctor will possibly refer you to a local cystic fibrosis center. If there is no local center, you should ask for a referral to a Cystic fibrosis center as these are operated by both physicians and health care professionals, specializing in the disease. The centers are the best equipped to both monitor your child and prescribe treatment based on the most current research. At the center, your child can be seen by a team of specialists that might include both a pulmonologist (lung specialist) and nutritionist.

As a former Respiratory Therapist, I was involved with the treatment of many infants and young children with Cystic Fibrosis. It was very easy to get to know the kids and become attached to them every time they were admitted to the hospital. They always seemed to be eager to see us when we would enter their hospital room, simply because they knew we were there to help them and be their friend. It was almost like being a big brother, little brother or big brother, little sister with one big exception. There was no fighting or arguing, but just a sense of wanting to help them as per the doctor’s orders and be their friend as they battled a horrible disease. In some cases, when one of these special kids passed away from the disease, we would go to the funeral, because they had become like a family member.

The 5 Golden Rules for Using Antibiotics Effectively

The Wise use of antibiotics

The antibiotic period has been a golden era in health care.

Before antibiotics a simple cut or sniffle was serious and often life threatening. Consumption (tuberculosis) was rampant and during World War I disease and infection (and not the battle wound itself) were the primary causes of death.

With the discovery of antibiotics our life expectancy jumped 8 years… we lived longer and healthier lives.

But as we are now coming to realise, our indiscriminate and over use of antibiotics has been a significant contributor to the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs. The name of the game after all – is the survival of the fittest – and it looks like the bugs are winning!

So while antibiotics are still reasonably effective, what can we do to ensure that we use them as effectively as possible?

The 5 Golden Rules of Effective Antibiotic Use

1. Only take antibiotics when prescribed by your doctor. Do not be tempted to self medicate when it comes to antibiotics. Many infections require a specific narrow spectrum antibiotic to be effective. If you use the wrong antibiotic you run the risk of killing off the good bacteria in your body leaving behind the more virulent – while doing nothing to fighting your infection!

2. When prescribed antibiotics – take the full course of the medicine as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking them half way through the course or miss a dose. It is important to kill off the infection in your body as thoroughly as possible.

3. Take your antibiotics in accordance with all directions -for example if your antibiotics are to be taken with food or to avoid alcohol then it is important to do so.

4. If at the end of your antibiotic treatment you still find that your symptoms are not completely resolved then re-visit your doctor for further instructions- you may need to undergo a further course of treatment.

5. Understand that antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections. They are can’t combat viral infections like a cold or influenza. So asking for antibiotics in the first few days of getting a cold or the flu is counterproductive. However if you find that your condition worsens significantly changes after a few day… it is wise to go visit your health professional as you may have developed a secondary bacterial infection which may need to be treated with antibiotics.

So there you have it… the 5 Rules of antibiotic use.

Remember… Antibiotics are not effective against diseases caused by viruses.

At the first sign of a cold or the flu it is best to rest and take lots of fluids to help let your body heal itself. Of course if you are at all worried, do see your doctor, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t prescribe antibiotics!

Handy Hint: Help restore your intestinal flora with acidophilus

When taking a course of antibiotics it is also very wise to either eat yoghurt containing Lacotbacillus acidophilus or a Lactobacillus acidophilus supplement every day, while on your antibiotic regime.

You see, antibiotics are fantastic at killing both the bad and good bacteria in your intestines (your gut) which can cause some not so pleasant symptoms – diarrhoea, flatulence, stomach upsets and yeast infections (read Thrush here – which can occur just as easily in men as it does in women!).

So including acidophilus in your diet, will encourage the growth of your natural intestinal flora and restore the natural balance within your gut.

Hernia Patch Recall for Class Action Lawsuit

The Kugel mesh hernia patch has been recalled due to the serious side effects that have been linked directly to the patches. A nationwide Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Recall has been recently announced. Kugel mesh patches are typically used after hernia surgery in the abdominal area.

Bard Composix Kugel mesh patches have been linked to:

  • Chronic Fistuals
  • Infection
  • Bowel Obstructions
  • Bowel Perforations

These conditions result in severe abdominal pain, additional surgery, and in some cases death.

Kugel mesh side effects are caused by the hernia patch’s recoil ring. The ring which is designed to open after implantation breaks under stress, causing the above side effects.

Side effects typically begin as severe abdominal pain and progress into more severe conditions as time passes. Those who have been given a Kugel mesh patch and experience severe pain should seek medical attention immediately.

The Kugel Mesh Patch Recall has been recently announced due to the serious side effects they cause. These side effects result in extreme abdominal damage, additional surgery, and in some cases death.

Those suffering from Kugel mesh patch side effects experience extreme discomfort, may miss time from work, and may end up with thousands of dollars of medical bill debt. In the worst cases, families lose the lives of loved ones as a result of the use of these faulty patches.

Due to the life altering affects of Kugel Mesh patches, there is currently a class action lawsuit against the makers of the patch. For victims of the Kugel mesh hernia patch taking part in a class action lawsuit can mean compensation for their pain, damages, and economic losses.

Penis Tattoos – 4 Risks That All Men Should Understand

While the idea of a penis tattoo may cause most men to physically cringe, there are some willing to brave the needle on their nether regions. While the process of a penile tattoo is no different than getting one on any other body part, there are potentially serious risks involved. So while it is always a good idea to “think before you ink,” this mantra may be especially true in this scenario. In any case, men considering a penis tattoo need to be aware of the risks and side effects, as well as the best penis care methods post-procedure.

Potential Risk of Penis Tattoos

Infection: As with any tattoo, there is a risk of infection. The actual process of tattooing involves a needle piercing the skin and injecting ink into the body. The risk for infection is, of course, exacerbated by unsanitary conditions and dirty equipment. Tattooing of any kind should always be done by a professional in a clean environment with new, sterile needles.

Skin Damage: A penis tattoo can easily lead to scarring of the delicate skin and underlying connective tissue. Think about the skin on the penis compared to, say, the arm, which is overlying a thick layer of muscle. The skin of the penis is much more fragile in nature and thus, more susceptible to scarring. Individuals who have a history of keloid scarring on other areas of their bodies – scars that are abnormally raised and spread beyond the site of the skin trauma – are well-advised not to get tattoos anywhere, especially on the penis. The act of tattooing is highly likely to cause the raised scar in those individuals, which is not something most men want on their penis.

Permanent Erection: Also known as priaprism, the condition is not as much fun as it may sound. Priaprism occurs when blood is physically unable to exit the penis, causing painful engorgement and potential nerve damage if left untreated. Documented cases of penis tattoos leading to this condition are thought to be caused by a needle penetrating the penis too deeply, creating a fistula in the penis. Not only is this a painful condition that interferes with ones sex life, it is one that likely needs surgical intervention to be treated. While not all penis tattoos lead to priaprism, it is a very real risk, particularly with a tattoo artist who is less experienced with tattooing that specific body part.

Nerve Damage: Even if a needle slip does not cause priaprism to develop, it may still lead to permanent nerve damage in the area. The penis is a veritable roadmap of nerve endings and, unfortunately, a minor slip of the wrist could leave the wearer of the tattoo with unpleasant nerve damage to go with it.

Post-Tattoo Penis Care

There are ways to prevent or reduce unpleasant side effects of a penis tattooing. Be sure to keep the entire area clean while it is healing and always maintain proper hygiene to reduce the risk of infection. Do keep a close eye out for signs of infection and seek medical attention if pain, bleeding, redness, or soreness persists beyond a reasonable period of time.

The success and safety of a tattoo originates with the tattoo artist one chooses, so be sure they are reputable and have an impeccably clean space that they are working in. Needles, of course, should never be reused in order to prevent the transmission of blood-born illnesses such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. It is also prudent to ask the artist if they have completed penile tattoos in the past, and ask to see photos of the work.

Once the penis has returned to its normal state, aside from the new artwork, men should use a penis health creme which contains vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals (most professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) as part of their daily penis care routine. A high-quality penis health creme may also reduce scarring of the area, decrease the chance of infection and help improve the health of the penis skin overall.

Dumping Syndrome – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Dumping syndrome, also called rapid gastric emptying, is a group of symptoms which are most likely to develop after surgery to remove all or part of the stomach. This condition occurs when the undigested contents of the stomach are transported or ‘dumped’ into the small intestine too rapidly. Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloating, dizziness, weakness and palpitations.

For most patients with mild symptoms, dumping syndrome improves on its own without medical treatment or after adjusting the diet. Patients with more serious symptoms can be given Ayurvedic medicines to reduce the dumping of food and the associated symptoms. Medicines like Shankh-Vati, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras, Chitrakadi-Vati, Hingashtak-Churna and Lashunadi-Vati are used to treat abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting and bloating. Medicines like Kamdudha-Ras, Shankh-Bhasma, Praval-Panchamrut-Ras and Sutshekhar-Ras are used to slow down the passage of the food out of the stomach. Medicines like Panchamrut-Parpati, Kutaj-Parpati, Ras-Parpati and Suvarna-Parpati can be used to improve the retentive and digestive power of the small intestine. Kutaj-Ghan-Vati, Bilva (Aegle marmelos), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) and Musta (Cyperus rotundus) can be used to reduce diarrhea.

In addition, symptomatic treatment is given for other associated symptoms and conditions. Shrung-Bhasma, Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina) and Khurasani-Ova (Hyoscyamus niger) are used to treat symptoms like fatigue, palpitations, weakness and dizziness. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) are used to treat anxiety and nervousness. Other underlying conditions like diabetes and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can increase the susceptibility to dumping syndrome. To manage these conditions, medicines like Gudmar (Gymnema sylvester), Mamejva (Enicostemma littorale), Sutshekhar-Ras and Praval-Panchamrut can be used. For refractory patients with severe diarrhea, medicines like Shankhodar-Ras and Karpooreshwar-Ras may be used for a short duration.

Dumping syndrome cannot be prevented. However, measures such as dietary adjustments may prevent recurrence of symptoms and minimize their severity. Individuals affected with this condition are advised to eat smaller meals, avoid fluids with meals, reduce the carbohydrate content of the food, use low-fat cooking methods and avoid acidic foods.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India at an affordable cost

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India is provided by interdisciplinary teams of specialists and delivers top-quality neurosurgery combined with an active commitment to personalized care in an ambience of comfort and convenience. Hospitals of Mumbai and Delhi provideintensive care and the on-call medical, surgical and anesthetic teams and patients therefore benefit from both the advantages of private care, and the reassurance and safety provided by full back-services. Medical tourism in India work only with the finest private hospitals and surgeonsto give best results for  Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India  and to bring you the best medical care according to highest international standards.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion:

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a common surgical procedure to treat nerve root or spinal cord compression by decompressing the spinal cord and nerve roots of the cervical spine in order to stabilize the corresponding vertebrae. Pain in the neck and extremities, among other symptoms, may occur when an intervertebral disc herniates – when the annulus fibrosus of the disc tears and the nucleus pulposus squeezes out and places pressure on neural structures, such as nerve roots or the spinal cord. Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is an operation that involves relieving the pressure placed on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord by a herniated disc or bone spurs – a condition referred to as nerve root compression.

Candidate for Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion:

You may be a candidate for discectomy if you have:

  • diagnostic tests (MRI, CT, myelogram) show that you have a herniated or degenerative disc
  • significant weakness in your hand or arm
  • arm pain worse than neck pain
  • symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or medication

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure:

 In anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure the neurosurgeon enters the space between two discs through a small incision in front of and at the right or left side of the neck. The disc is completely removed, as well as arthritic bone spurs. The disc material, pressing on the spinal nerve or spinal cord, is then completely removed. During anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure intervertebral foramen, the bone channel through which the spinal nerve runs, is then enlarged with a drill giving the nerve more room to exit the spinal canal. To prevent the vertebrae from collapsing and to increase stability, the open space is often filled with bone graft, taken from the pelvis or cadaveric bone. The slow process of the bone graft joining the vertebrae together is called “fusion”. Sometimes a titanium plate is screwed on the vertebrae to increase stability during fusion, especially when there is more than one disc involved.

                 

                Recovery

Surgeons have a specific post-operative recovery/exercise plan to help patients return to normal life as soon as possible. The amount of time that patient have to stay in the hospital will depend on this treatment plan. Generally anterior cervical discectomy and fusion requires a short stay in the clinic (1 to 3 days) and a gradual recovery between 4 to 6 weeks.

Risks in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

No surgery is without risks. General complications of any surgery include bleeding, infection, blood clots (deep vein thrombosis), and reactions to anesthesia. If spinal fusion is done at the same time as a discectomy, there is a greater risk of complications. Specific complications related to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion may include:

Hoarseness and swallowing difficulties

  • ·        Vertebrae failing to fuse
     
  • Hardware fracture
  •  Bone graft migration
  •  Transitional syndrome 
  • Nerve damage or persistent pain. 

Why India:

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India at neurosurgery centers of Mumbai and Delhi is very popular as facilities provided are comparable with other major hospital world-wide and the cost of surgery is much less as compared to west. Medical tourism in India makes continuous efforts to help foreign patients receive world-class medical treatments at considerably lower costs and in almost zero waiting periods.Medical tourism in India provides a combination of high-class medicine with the luxurious ambience of hotel-style accommodation, the perfect service of all-round care forms for international patients. For more information on anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India visit us at http://www.excelsiorindianhealthcare.com/  or you can send us your queries at enquiry@excelsiorindianhealthcare.com. You can also call us at +91- 7798122756.

5 Extremely Important Tips For Commercial Baking

As a commercial baker, I have spent many hours in the hot kitchen baking hours upon hours and making numerous mistakes. I love to share what I learn with others so they do not have to go through making the same mistakes and save themselves time and money with a special of saving frustration on the side.

There are many things you can do as a commercial baker to make your job easier and safer but there are 5 important tips I would like to share as a commercial baker myself. I love watching the Gordon Ramsey cooking shows he has such as “Kitchen Nightmares” “The F Word” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” Although these shows are entertaining, they are quite educational. There is a very good reason why he is one of the number one chef’s in the world. Based on my experiences and what I have learned from other cooks and chefs there are five tips I would like to focus on: cleanliness, cross-contamination, hydration, ventilation, and multitasking.

Cleanliness

Being clean in your kitchen is of utmost importance, that is why it is listed here first. Keeping every square inch of your kitchen clean from ceiling to floor to refrigerator to oven is important for a laundry list of reasons. You can create places for bacteria or molds to grow which is very bad for food industries and help you flunk health inspections; you can cause cross-contamination which could result in allergic reactions in your customers and possible law suits; and your kitchen simply looks unappealing when it is messy and dirty. Having things grow or gunk up on your equipment is not recommended because they can begin to malfunction or drop some of the build-up into the food you are cooking. This will ultimately change the flavor of your food.

The routine I tend to follow is to clean before I start, clean while I work and clean when I’m finished. I wash all surfaces before I begin, making sure there isn’t even dust on an overhead fan that can fall into my recipes. I wash my dishes and counter tops as I work to prevent anything from getting in the foods I am preparing to keep the foods accurate and rich in flavor. You do not want to mix flavors from one recipe into another recipe; the results could be disastrous.

Be sure to wash your hands between handling each step if possible and wear gloves and a hair net. You wouldn’t want an unsightly hair falling in the food you plan to serve. That would not promote repeat business. Also, you never know when you will have a guest in your kitchen so keeping it clean and surfaces polished makes you look like a hero and a clean cook. I personally wash and polish all surfaces in my kitchen when I’ve finished to make everything sparkle and shine, literally. It makes cleaning so much easier and quicker when it’s done daily and saves time.

Cross-Contamination

Food allergies are a big deal today. any more people have allergies today than they did 20 years ago. The types of food allergies are getting worse and more obscure. I myself have food allergies that make it very difficult to get certain proteins in my diet. I also personally know someone allergic to mint. Whatever the case, you don’t want to end up with a lawsuit on your hands that might put you out of business. Your best bet is to develop certain practices in your kitchen. One practice I use is to have a different spoon, bowl, and spatula for each individual cookie batter I make. I do not switch spoons or rinse spoons. Once I have finished that batter, the spoon goes straight into the dishwasher and does not get hand washed. I also make those recipes that do not usually have food allergies first so the odors of other foods such as nuts do not contaminate them. Some people are so highly allergic they can have a reaction to the smell of the food. Making these batters first then sealing them and putting them away also helps prevent spatter from contaminating. Just try to look at the baking situation from the perspective of a person with allergies and make adjustments where you feel you need to.

Hydration

Kitchens tend to get stuffy and hot. Heat can ultimately cause dehydration. Dehydration can be a problem resulting in exhaustion and dizziness which can lead to mistakes or even accidents. As explained earlier, accidents such as cross-contamination can be a fatal mistake. Making a mistake of not cleaning while working properly can also cause problems of raw food materials and ultimately food poisoning. Again, not a good situation to get yourself into. My best suggestion, get yourself a sport bottle that you can’t spill into your foods and keep it away from your immediate work area but still within reach. Drink plenty of water and fluids to keep yourself hydrated properly and thinking clearly.

Ventilation

Ventilation goes along with hydration because ventilation helps keep the air moving, flowing and keeps the heat down to a reasonable level. Too much heat can lead to dehydration and mistakes or accidents. Moving the air around and reducing the heat helps minimize these problems. A ceiling fan works well to move the air and a range hood for your stove moving the air outside of the building works great to keep the heat out of the kitchen completely. Be sure these devices are kept clean and dust free because you don’t want contaminants in your foods. Another good reason for ventilation is to keep the smells to a minimum. Heavy smells in the kitchen can actually flavor your foods. Smells are constructed of tiny, microscopic particles of that object. For example, if you smell Marsala sauce, there are actually tiny particles of that sauce floating in the air and drifting into your nose allowing you to smell it. Keeping this information in mind, if your baking a Belgian chocolate mousse pie, but you smell peanut butter in your kitchen, chances are the flavor could deposit itself into your pie. This is another reason for cross-contamination precautions I use by making basic batters first then making my peanut butter or white chocolate macadamia nut batters last.

Multitasking

Multitasking is important in any commercial baking situation and is a key element to being able to function in this environment. Having to make so many recipes in so little time can be daunting but done right can maximize profits and minimize stress levels. My best suggestion is to start small and get that routine down to a science before adding more. Slowly, add one piece at a time until you are sure you can handle what you give yourself. If you can only handle three items at a time, take it for what it is worth and stick with three at a time. Too much can lead to mistakes and lost profits. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do twenty things at once. At least your still making a profit and churning out quality products. Remember, one of the most important things to sell your product is quality and not so much quantity. As you perfect you routines, you may find tools that can help you improve on time and increase the quantity without letting the quality suffer.

I hope you have found this article useful and keep watching for more in the future.

Bee Pollen and Herpes

Bee pollen and herpes, what do they have in common? The pollen from the bee actually has a component that speeds up the healing of wounds from the herpes condition. Herpes is a widely spread sexually transmitted disease in adults caused by the herpes simplex virus or HSV. The symptoms include blisters and ulcers on the mouth, face, genitals, and around the anus area. Once a person is infected with herpes, he or she remains infected for life. There is no known total cure for herpes, just some minor treatment for the wounds or blisters caused by it.

Bee pollen and herpes patients have gone along well through the years because the ingestion of pollen makes the symptoms disappear for long periods of time. So what exactly is in the pollen that cures the herpes’ painful symptoms? The answer is the Pantothenic acid, a part of B vitamin complex family that effectively speeds up the cure of herpes wounds.

The bee products with propolis, a powerful natural antibiotic from bees, are more effective against the herpes simplex virus. This is because of the high concentration of flavonoids and luteolin in propolis that are very efficient in reducing pain, itchiness, and inflammation in herpes patients.

What are the other things herpes patients can expect from taking in bee supplements?

By taking in daily bee pollen products, one’s body will experience an outstanding increase in natural energy. This is one reason why there are a lot of athletes who include a bee product in their daily diet. It has also been found to increase mental functions and concentration in adults as well as aid in young children’s IQ development. Adults are able to think clearly, even if they are in their senior years, and children are able to learn and comprehend lessons in school fast.

One of the best health benefits is its ability to slow down the aging process of each individual. This is due to the fact that it restores vigor and enhances cell regeneration processes. This health benefit from the pollen is commonly observed on the skin of a person taking bee products daily. They appear younger compared to their actual age and their skin is supple, soft, smooth, and almost wrinkle-free.

The pollen from the bee also normalizes chemical imbalances in the human body. These chemical imbalances often affect one’s metabolism resulting in various weight problems like overweight and underweight. Metabolism in overweight people will be increased resulting in faster fat burning and a flushing process due to the high lecithin percentage in the pollen. Overactive metabolism causing underweight in some people will also be normalized by a bee supplement. It can also suppress food cravings to help one reduce some of the unwanted weight and be able to eat healthier selection of food groups.

There are more health benefits from the pollens that we haven’t mentioned here. The important thing is for herpes patients to know that there are natural sources, like these pollens, that can help them with their painful symptoms. Bee pollen and herpes are indeed lasting. When the pollen is improperly stored and handled, it will lose up to 76 percent of its nutritive value within twelve months. The only way to preserve the high potency of pure pollen is the method of freeze drying.

Freeze drying bee pollens maintain its freshness and preserves all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients intact. Other bee pollen collectors do not handle their bee pollens very well and even subject their bee pollens in the heat drying process, the fastest way to dry out the product but the worst way in trying to preserve the bee pollens’ potency. Beekeepers in New Zealand see to it that they harvest bee pollens at least twice a week because they know the exceptional nutritive value of bee pollen freshness.

Understanding Shingles Pain as a Symptom

People who have shingles do not just suffer from unsightly rashes that can last for weeks. They also suffer form terrible shingles pain. What is shingles pain and how can it affect you?

Pain Before the Rashes

Contrary to popular belief, shingles is not signaled by just the outbreak of rashes. The first real sign of shingles is shingles pain. The reason why shingles pain occurs first before the rashes is that damage to the nerves happens first.

The virus which causes chicken pox usually gets stored in a nerve near the spinal cord once an individual recuperates from chicken pox. When the virus is reactivated, it can cause the nerve to become inflamed which is the initial cause of shingles pain. As the virus travels to the skin and becomes obvious as rashes, the pain may begin to worsen. The degree and constancy of the pain however varies from one individual to another.

Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)

In a handful of people who have shingles, the shingles pain may persist even after the shingles rashes disappear. This is a condition known as post herpetic neuralgia. It is believed that the initial swelling of the nerve may result in the nerve defensively releasing substance P which is the known signal for pain. People with severe shingles may have severely damaged nerves, thus resulting in chronic shingles pain known as post herpetic neuralgia.

Age and PHN

It is an accepted fact that older people have higher chances of suffering from shingles than younger people. This is because older individuals have weaker immune systems due to the natural ageing of their bodies’ systems. There is also a possibility that older people with shingles as well as those who have low stress tolerance have a greater chance of suffering from post herpetic neuralgia. The reasons for this are unclear but it is possible that PHN is also still linked with the body’s level of immunity and capacity for self healing.

Treatment of PHN

Just like shingles, there is no clear cure for shingles pain that has progressed to PHN. It is possible though to ease this chronic shingles pain and possibly even prevent it. Some suggest that early shingles treatment can reduce the possibility of developing PHN.

Shingles treatment may include anti viral medications and pain relievers. For those who already have PHN, doctors may prescribe a number of medications which include antidepressants, lidocaine patches, anticonvulsants and opioids. Further studies are needed to determine how exactly antidepressants work to prevent or ease shingles pain.

Radiation Therapy

There is a possibility that radiation may be able to relieve PHN. A study conducted for more than two decades showed that people who were given small doses of radiation on the affected nerves experienced relief from PHN. Some participants even experienced more relief from radiation doses than from the usual shingles medications. It is believed that radiation can prevent both inflammation and the increase of the virus. The use of radiation however almost always carries some risks.