Ataxia Telangiectasia – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Ataxia telangiectasia, which is a rare and inherited neuro-degenerative disease, is also known as A-T or Louis Bar Syndrome. Individuals affected with this disease exhibit characteristic symptoms, mainly loss of balance. A dysfunction of the cerebellum causes loss of coordination and involuntary movements. Telangiectasia is due to dilated capillaries which are visible in different parts of the body, especially the eyes. This disease also reduces immunity, increases susceptibility to infections – especially of the ears, sinuses and lungs – and also increases susceptibility to cancer. Affected individuals also display delayed milestones, early ageing, and feeding as well as swallowing problems. The presentation of symptoms usually starts occurring in early childhood. The modern management of this condition usually includes symptomatic treatment, special education and long-term supervision by experts from different health care fields.

Ayurvedic medicines which have a specific action on the brain and the central nervous system are used to treat ataxia. Medicines which have a soothing effect on the capillaries as well as blood vessels are used to treat telangiectasia. Immunomodulation is very important in affected individuals, and medicines which have a known specific action of boosting the immunity are used in high doses in the management of this condition. Medicines also need to be given to improve the metabolism of all the tissues in the body as well as to prevent breakdown of cells. Medicines which are known in Ayurveda as ‘Rasayanas’ are especially important in the management and prevention of delayed milestones and early ageing.

Symptomatic treatment needs to be given for infection of the ears, sinuses and lungs in addition to providing treatment to boost the specific immunity of the respiratory tract.

Herbal medicines useful in the treatment of ataxia include medicines like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), and Bala (Sida cordifolia). Herbomineral medicines and combination-medicines useful in preserving and improving brain function include Bruhat Vat Chintamani, Vasant Kusumakar Ras, Brahmi Vati, Dashmoolarishta, Ashwagandhadi Churna, Pathyadi Qadha, Makardhwaj Vati, and Kamp Vatari Ras.

Medicines which are used to treat telangiectasia include herbs like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and Usheer (Vetiveria zizanoidis). Medicines used to improve immunity of the affected individuals as well as prevent early ageing include herbs like Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Pippali (Piper longum), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) and Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa).

Ayurvedic Panchkarma procedure like Shiro-Dhara, Nasya, and full body massage, followed by steam fomentation of medicated decoctions, may also be useful in the treatment of A-T; however, these should be used judiciously and cautiously, so as to provide benefit without aggravating the telangiectasia. Medicines like Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) and Dashmool (Ten herbal roots) are especially useful in these procedures.

The modern management of ataxia telangiectasia has enabled individuals affected with this condition to survive for more than 25 years. The supportive use of Ayurvedic herbal medicines can significantly treat symptoms, treat long-term complications, improve quality of life, and further increase the long-term survival of such patients. Ayurvedic herbal treatment thus has a definite role to play in the management of ataxia telangiectasia.

Bell’s Palsy Symptoms – A Comprehensive Guide

Bell’s Palsy is the paralysis of the facial muscles caused by damage or constriction of the facial nerve (the 7th Cranial nerve) resulting in facial palsy to one side of the face (in 1% of cases this can occur on both sides of the face: Bilateral Bell’s Palsy).

Here is a comprehensive list of the most common physical Bell’s Palsy symptoms. This is not an exhaustible list and a Bell’s Palsy sufferer may or may not get some or all of them.

Certainly, when under the stress of getting acquainted with having facial paralysis, just knowing that a symptom is “possible”, that it has happened to others and is therefore nothing to worry about, is, in itself, extremely helpful.

It is most definitely useful for the friends and family of the Bell’s Palsy sufferer to be aware of this list, so that they can more immediately understand what the person with Bell’s Palsy is actually going through and can remind them that the latest “panic” is actually on this list and is therefore something that is “normal”.

The real symptoms of Bell’s Palsy – A comprehensive guide

  • Facial muscle paralysis or a weakness of the facial muscles giving an overall lop-sided appearance to facial expression. Bilateral Bell’s Palsy (a rare occurrence in approximately 1% of cases) produces a face with no expression whatsoever.
  • The facial skin loses any wrinkling (it is an ironically pleasing experience as they return)
  • Difficulty closing the eye on the affected side.
  • A extremely dry eye or an excessively watery eye as Bell’s Palsy affects both tear gland and tear duct function.
  • A pronounced “open” eye on the affected side due to the inability of the Orbicularis Oculi muscle (the muscle surrounding the eye socket) to keep the lower eyelid in its normal place. This makes the surface of the eye dangerously exposed to likes of dust and debris and this must be protected against.
  • “Bell’s Phenomenon” is a common Bell’s Palsy symptom. When attempting to close your eyelids the “eyeball” on the affected side will disappear upwards behind the affected eyelid. This is not really noticeable to the owner of the eye, but is very noticeable to a person watching your affected eye. It is not something to be worried about at all. Although there is no medically scientific reason why this should happen, it is an extremely helpful symptom because it helps protect the affected eye whilst your eyelid cannot. This symptom will go along with the others in the course of time.
  • A slight sensitivity to light most probably due to the fact that you cannot close one of your eyes completely.
  • Crocodile tears. Tears that appear when eating or when you are about to eat. These are not usually problematic, just “odd”. They are a sign of recovery, but if a person does not get them, they are still recovering.
  • Painful teeth (unlike toothache more as if the teeth on the affected side of your face have been frozen into one block. This can pass within a few days and again, is odd, rather than actually painful)
  • A runny or blocked nose.
  • A noticeable difference in the way the person with Bell’s Palsy speaks, due to the paralysis of the Orbicularis Oris (the facial muscle that surrounds the mouth) in conjunction with various other facial muscles, that allow us to move our lips.
  • A noticeable difference in the ease with which the person with Bell’s Palsy can eat and drink (they can eat and drink but it is very different and leads to a great deal of embarrassment and is very upsetting, especially at first) Hyperacusis – A pronounced sensitivity to sound in the ear on the affected side.
  • A feeling that the ear on the affected side is intermittently blocked (as if having partial deafness) upon facial movement when facial movement starts to return. Pain around the area of, or in, the ear of the paralysed side of the face.
  • A noticeable difficulty (impossible with bilateral Bell’s Palsy) to close the lips properly.
  • A drooping bottom lip (especially in Bilateral Palsy)
  • A constant thirst or an overactive saliva gland causing dribbling (This is again very embarrassing and can thus affect mood)
  • Whistling is an impossibility without manual manipulation to hold the lips in their proper place.
  • Facial swelling, or at least the feeling that your face, or parts of it, are swollen.
  • The loss of, or reduction in, taste in the anterior (front) 2/3’s of tongue, relating to the perception of saltiness and sweetness.
  • Eyebrows cannot be raised together equally, or individually on the paralysed side of the face.
  • Major distortions of the face when expressions are attempted, when speaking and when eating.
  • Minor (but stressful at the time) feelings of unsteadiness, or hyper- vigilance. These can occur purely due to the stress or fear of this or any scary situation.
  • Chronic tiredness as would be associated with having a virus (this will go incrementally with rest)
  • As recovery begins, a tingle, mild pain or twitch may be noticed in the area where the facial nerve ending has begun to receive a signal. As a warning, these feelings may appear and then disappear which is extremely upsetting (they usually always return, at which point they are nearly always stronger). A fresh “Twitch” is an extremely encouraging and mood enhancing experience to the Bell’s Palsy recoverer.

Recovery from Bell’s Palsy can take up to 3 months in the majority of cases (50-60%) and within 6 months 80% of people have experienced a complete recovery. Sometimes it can take longer, but healing continues long after the 6 months stage and can even be restarted or boosted many years afterwards with the help of facial exercises, facial retraining or electrical stimulation treatment.

Emetophobia Recovery System Scam?

The Emetophobia Recovery System is a new, all-in-one system to cure emetophobia from Rich Presta. The Emetophobia Recovery system is the successor to Jillian Steven’s well received Emetophobia Eraser Program.

Emetophobia, or the fear of vomit, is without a doubt, an incredibly debilitating phobia. By being too afraid to attend any social situation in which vomit might occur, emetophobes suffer from severely limited social lives, and find that Emetophobia dictates much of how they live. A system claiming to cure this, without one-on-one time with a personal therapist, can raise some eyebrows. Surely, people will wonder if it’s an Emetophobia Recovery System scam

So the question is, is the Emetophobia Recovery System a scam or not? If you buy it, will you be wasting your money and time? To decide this, you need to consider the credibility of people involved in the system.

The new system was contributed to by Jillian Stevens, and Rich Presta.  Jillian Stevens is a member of the International Society for Mental Health Online, and the National Alliance on Mental Health.  Rich Presta, is an administrator of the largest online emetophobia support forums. These are two people who are involved and care about their field.

In addition, the system has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Discovery Health, and several health and psychology magazines.  In one piece of the system, the Emetophobia Mastermind Audio Series, 6 different emetophobia experts contribute their knowledge.  Those are 6 experts who are putting their credibility behind a product.

So, Emetophobia Recovery System scam or not? The answer is no.  If you want more information about the contents of the system check out the <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/2029410’);” href=”http://www.emetophobiarecoveryreview.com”>Emetophobia Recovery Review</a>.

Appendicitis – What Are The Signs?

In case you are apprehensive that you might be suffering from appendicitis, it is imperative that you are careful about its signs. Grave by nature in general, appendicitis may turn fatal at times. Among its patients this illness is evident in various forms. Chronic appendicitis and acute appendicitis are the primary types of appendicitis. Detection of symptoms is not easy in the former kind of appendicitis. Chronic appendicitis patients experience lethargy and are in a continuous state of physical uneasiness. Contrarily symptoms of acute appendicitis are easily discernible, although they can be detected only after complications have made a considerable progress.

Symptoms of appendicitis cannot be attributed to this particular illness only, as they can be shared with other diseases as well. It is comparatively harder to detect the symptoms of appendicitis amongst the elderly, infants and people suffering from other illnesses. The improper functioning of the colon’s tubular extension, the vermiform appendix leads to the disease of appendicitis.

The occurrence of appendicitis can be traced to an obstruction to the appendix and the appendix in turn suffering an internal bacterial infection. At times it might turn fatal when, the appendix deteriorates rapidly owing to the obstruction of blood vessels that transmit blood to the large intestines. The method of appendectomy by which the appendix is removed from the body, is the most widely used treatment of appendicitis. In case a timely extraction of the appendix is not undertaken, it leads to an enlargement and a bacterial infection of the appendix, leading to grave complications internally.

Timely detection of the early symptoms of appendicitis is essential due to the disease’s fast pace of growth. The basic symptom of appendicitis is a pain in the abdomen. This pain can be experienced at various intestines and at different parts of the abdomen experienced by patients of appendicitis. In the initial stage however, it is the umbilical area where symptoms of appendicitis can be detected; this slowly spreads to the abdomen’s right lower side. Any abrupt movement and physical exertion can intensify the abdominal pain. Other signs of appendicitis are abdominal pain due to breathing, coughing and sneezing.

Nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, bad breath, abdominal bloating, moderate fever and fatigue are additional symptoms of appendicitis.

However patients of chronic appendicitis do not always experience the above mentioned symptoms common during acute appendicitis. Moreover people suffering from other serious diseases do not at all exhibit any of the symptoms of appendicitis. Diabetic patients, people who tested HIV positive, those who are overweight and those who have undergone organ transplanting fall in the category of people amongst whom the detection of symptoms of appendicitis may take a considerably longer time; at times the detection takes place only in the advanced stages of the disease. This delay in detection of symptoms of appendicitis in certain categories of people ultimately leads to a diminished chance of revival amongst such patients.

Voice Training Could Have Prevented Vocal Cord Surgery for Yankees Mariano Rivera

It is sad that Mariano Rivera underwent surgery on his vocal folds (cords) recently. The Yankees’ closer was diagnosed with severe vocal abuse in which polyps had developed on his vocal folds. A month prior to his surgery, he noticed a decrease in his ability to speak which was characterized by a raspy, whispery quality. What is interesting is that, with the right training, he could have prevented it.

Vocal abuse is a problem for many people, including teachers, coaches, soccer goalies, trainers, ministers, politicians, speakers, actors, and singers; however, it is not just people in those professions who can experience vocal abuse. Anyone who yells a lot – for example, rooting for your favorite sports team – or who speaks for great lengths of time is a candidate. Even if your business is just talking on the phone for 8 hours a day, you may find that you have a persistent sore throat, chronic hoarseness or even loss of voice by the end of the day.

While surgery may be the answer, if you continue using your speaking (or singing) voice in the same manner as before, then the vocal abuse will return. The only answer is to learn to place your voice properly.

We have 5 resonators responsible for voiced sound. They include the cavities of the chest, voice box, throat, mouth and nose. Most people, however, use only 4 of those 5 resonators. The one that is not being used happens to be the one that has the most power and is the largest in size. That, of course, is the chest cavity.

Without this large cavity as your primary sounding board, you are relying primarily on your throat and voice box to power your sound. That is the mistake and that is why vocal abuse is an ever-increasing problem today. We are using our voices more so than any other generation. While singers often experience vocal abuse at some time in their career, there are many others who are suffering including Anthony Robbins and Hillary Clinton.

If you are noticing problems with your voice, you need to learn to power your sound by means of your chest cavity. In doing so, you will not only eliminate the vocal abuse but you will also discover a richer, warmer, more mature-sounding voice that has the ability to be projected. Projection is the increase in volume without shouting.

You will be amazed at the difference in how you sound and how your voice feels when you let your chest do your talking!

Did You Know You Can Claim For Food Poisoning As A Personal Injury?

When you think of personal injury claims, you probably think of car accidents, accidents in the workplace or slips, trips and falls in public places. But did you know that there is a whole host of other personal injuries, accidents, diseases and illnesses which can give rise to successful personal injury claims, including some cases of food poisoning? Here, leading claims management company Claim-Easy (http://www.claim-easy.co.uk) discusses claiming for food poisoning as a personal injury.

Most of us have suffered from some degree of food poisoning or other, often from eating out or when eating shellfish. Even if you only have a mild case of food poisoning, it can cause some nasty symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps which can make going about your normal daily routine difficult. In more serious cases, it can be much worse: severe food poisoning can cause toxicosis, also know as systematic poisoning. Toxicosis can cause long-term damage to the digestive system and can be highly dangerous in pregnant women and potentially life threatening in the old or infirm. Should you be unfortunate enough to contract food poisoning and it was not your fault, whether a severe or mild case, you could be eligible for personal injury compensation.

Severe cases of food poisoning can lead to high levels of compensation in personal injury claims if handled by the right claims management company. Food poisoning that has led to toxicosis can cause the sufferer to have serious long-term damage to their personal health, particularly in the way their digestive system works. A healthy digestive system is essential for all-round health as it is one of the body’s core functions, breaking down food into energy or waste. Claims for food poisoning will take this into account when it comes to the amount awarded, and of course if the sufferer is pregnant, old or infirm and therefore the symptoms were potentially life-threatening in the most severe of cases, this will elicit the highest levels of compensation.

Even in milder cases of food poisoning where the sufferer was not to blame, injury compensation can be claimed. Because the digestive system is so delicate, a long bout of mild food poisoning can lead to ongoing but not permanent symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea and fever which could need hospitalisation. In mild cases where hospitalisation is not required, the sufferer may still have to take time off work, leading to loss of earnings, which can again be compensated for in some cases.

In all cases of food poisoning personal injury claims, the most important factor is being able to prove on some level that you contracted food poisoning through no fault of your own. Each case is different; you may have caught it from a restaurant, a work’s canteen or a supermarket product. The first thing you should do is seek medical advice, even for less severe cases, as this record is important when making compensation claims. Then you should contact a reputable, professional and experienced claims management company such as Claim-Easy to help guide you through the claiming process. It can be difficult to ascertain blame in cases of food poisoning, so it’s all the more important to use a company you can trust to put your best case forward and get you the compensation you rightly deserve.

For more information, visit http://www.claim-easy.co.uk.

The Importance of Water

Although most people don’t think of it as a nutrient, water is the most vital nutrient in your daily diet. Think of it this way. You can go for weeks without food but you can only go for a few days without water. So it’s very important. It’s even more important when you realize that your body’s composition is 60 to 75% water. So roughly two thirds of our body weight is water. You can break them down even better by looking at the composition of different body parts. Your blood is 83% water; your muscles are about 75% water; your bones are about 23% water; and your brain is 74% water.

You can see why it’s really necessary to drink enough water. It doesn’t take much dehydration at all to cause problems in your body. You can have as little as 1 or 2% loss of body weight in water and the reaction can be that your energy is sapped and you feel tired.

Not getting enough water can cause other problems such as mild to excessive thirst, fatigue (which we just covered), headaches, dry mouth, muscle weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, and little or no urination. So it’s important to make sure that you drink enough water. A lot of people have asked “How much water is enough water?” The basic rule of thumb is to take in about half your body weight converted into fluid ounces. So if a person weighs 200 lbs., they should be drinking 100 fluid ounces of water per day.

About 20% of your daily water intake can come from food. If you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, there’s going to be a lot of water in them. This is particularly true in things like watermelon and citrus fruit are almost 100% water when you figure it out by weight. Beverages like milk and juice are primarily water too.

A lot of people ask me “What about beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drinks? Can these drinks be figured into your water intake?” unfortunately, these drinks are all diuretics and will actually leach the water out of your system. So water is still your best bet.

Now that I’ve given you some of the downside of not drinking enough water, here are some of the benefits. Water works in every system of the body.

It aids your digestion; it helps you absorb all your foods; it acts as the transport system for all the nutrients in the bloodstream. Water is necessary for all functions particularly circulation and excretion. For example, you actually blow off water in your breath each time you exhale. Water leaves your system not just to your urine but also through your feces, your sweat, and through respiration. You lose water daily so it’s extremely important to keep putting the water back in.

Water helps you to maintain your body temperature; it does this through the process of sweating and by the opening up of the capillaries in the circulatory system allowing the skin surface to have the proper blood flow that helps to regulate the body temperature. One of the biggest things the water does is cleansing. Water helps flush the toxins out of your system. It helps keep your kidneys healthy; helps keep your bladder healthy; it gives you better skin because it helps flush out the waste including dead skin cells.

Drinking enough water gives you a decreased chance of kidney stones or urinary tract infections. It can give you more energy because dehydration is one of the biggest causes of fatigue. Not drinking enough water drops your blood volume which makes the heart work harder and you just get more tired, more quickly.

Another thing the water does is revving up your metabolism. There was a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism from a research center in Berlin. It showed that people who consume two liters of water a day can burn up to an extra 150 calories per day. I know that doesn’t seem like much but that converts into about 5 lbs. per year of weight loss that you don’t even have to worry about because it’s being burned off by simply drinking more water.

It was also discovered during the study that when a person drank water their metabolic rate went up within 10 minutes. The researchers think that about 40% of the raised metabolic rate had to do with the fact that the body was warming up the water that the person had drank. That’s one good reason to drink water that’s cold. Another good reason for drinking cold water is that it enters your system more rapidly than warm water.

Water also help suppress your appetite. It helps keep you feeling more full while it helps the body metabolize stored fat. According to studies, if you decrease your water intake, you can actually cause more fat to be deposited. Likewise, if you increase your water intake, you will decrease your existing fat deposits.

Here’s the reason it works that way. Your kidneys can’t work properly if you don’t give the body of water. When the kidneys don’t work properly, some of the load that is usually done by the kidneys gets put off on the liver.

The liver’s biggest function is to metabolize the stored fat and to convert that stored fat into usable energy for your body. If the liver has to do some of the kidneys’ job, it obviously will not be able to work at full capacity. What ends up happening? The liver can’t metabolize as much fat so more fat ends up getting stored in your body. Because water is so vital in metabolizing fat, it’s a key factor in losing weight. Weight loss is increased by the revved up metabolism supplied by drinking enough water. With this in mind, an overweight person actually needs to drink more water than a thin person. That’s because the more you weigh, the higher your metabolic load is.

Since we know the water does help metabolize the fat and that an overweight person as more fat metabolize, it’s easy to see that overweight person needs to drink more water. In fact, they should drink one extra glass of water for every 25 lbs. of extra weight that they’re carrying.

Water also helps maintain your muscle tone. Since the muscles are over 75% water, it helps give the muscles the ability to contract, prevents dehydration within the muscles, and prevents the soreness.

It also helps prevent sagging skin. This happens because as water is flushing out the toxins, the shrinking cells are actually buoyed up by the water giving it a clean, healthy cell structure. It does this by clearing out all the toxins in the cells.

Water is a universal solvent; water is a cleanser that we use all the time for cleaning our dishes, cleaning our clothes, and cleaning our cars. It does make sense that we should use it to clean our bodies as well.

During weight loss, if you’re working on that, your body will be dumping a whole lot of toxic waste into your system as it burns off the stored fat. You’ll need to drink more water to help flush out all those toxins and to prevent you from feeling anything uncomfortable from the detoxification. So water helps get rid of the waste and flushes it out fast.

Speaking of getting rid of waste, water also helps relieve constipation. When the body doesn’t get enough water, the first place it goes to get water is the lower intestines. What happens then is that you become constipated due to lack of water. If the same person drinks enough water, the bowel movements return. Since we are talking about excretions and eliminating waste, a good way to tell if you’re drinking enough water is the color of your urine. If it’s a dark orangey color or like the color of apple juice, you’re not drinking enough water. The color of your urine should be more like lemonade. If your urine is clear like water, that’s even better. That way you know that you are fully hydrated.

When you finally get to the point where you are fully hydrated, all of your systems are going to work better. There won’t be any fluid retention because your body only retains fluid when it thinks that it is running short on fluid. So when you get enough water, the fluid retention will stop, your stored fat cells will be used as fuel, the liver will be freed up to do the work that it is supposed to be doing, there won’t be as much stress placed on your kidneys, your regular thirst will return, and there won’t be as much hunger.

Some people have asked about sources of water other than fruits and vegetables. Tap Water is not all that good to drink. A study done by Tufts University on tap water in different parts of United States showed contamination ranging from E. coli to pharmacy drugs. That’s not unusual when you think that roughly 80% of all medications that people take is eliminated in their urine or feces. Currently, there are no wastewater treatment facilities that have pharmaceutical screens to filter out and clean the water before sending it back out into the community for use. The biggest concentration of a drug was found to be the cholesterol reducing drugs like Lipitor. The second largest concentration was hormone replacement drugs like Premarin and birth-control pills. So all of these things can be found in your tapwater.

It’s best to get your own filters for your home. There are several different types of water filters available including reverse osmosis and charcoal filtering.

Bottled water is another way to go. Try to stay away from plastic bottles because of the plastic can leach into the water over time. Bottled waters will have an expiration date. This is done to reduce the risk of any plastic being in the water if it were stored for a long period of time or in a heated environment. The plastic contains neurotoxins that can attack the nervous system and reproductive system. Try to get your water in glass if possible.

Alkaline water is the best of all for you. It’s important that the body be kept at a more alkaline pH because studies have shown that the more acidic a body is, the more prone it is to disease, particularly cancer. Try to keep your body’s pH at 7. This can be measured by your urine; it should also have a 7 pH which will be that very clear color that I spoke about earlier. By the way, the pH of water is 7. The majority of people the United States have acidic bodies directly caused by their high consumption of meat and generally poor diets that contain foods that will cause the body to be acidic. For example, soft drinks contain phosphoric acid which will cause the body to become acidic.

To sum it up, drink plenty of water and try to get it in a glass container.

Foot Ulcers and Preventative Care

Foot deformities are common among diabetic patients suffering from chronic complications of the disease such as neuropathy (decreased neural sensation). The atrophy of muscles in the foot (due to neuropathy and poor circulation) makes it difficult for these muscles to hold the toes in their proper position.  Unable to feel unhealthy friction or rubbing on their feet, diabetics are more likely to suffer from blisters, corns, calluses, bunions and hammertoe.

These various foot injuries and foot deformities are painful in their own right; but in the case of a diabetic, they have more serious implications.  Foot ulcers (open wounds on the foot) tend to develop over these bony protrusions.  A bunion, for example, can be rubbed raw by the side of a shoe.  Foot ulcers are most common on the balls of the feet and the pads of the toes (where the foot bears the weight of the body) and on the tops of the toes (where the knuckle bones of the foot are likely to come into contact with the top of the toe box).  Rigid foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoe only increase the likelihood of a foot ulcer developing.   

Foot ulcers are dangerous for diabetics because they are so difficult to detect.  Even if the ulcer is highly infected, a diabetic with neuropathy will not be able to sense the pain usually generated by an infection and therefore will not realize that something is wrong.  The infection can be quite advanced and still provide virtually no sensorial indicators.  Foot ulcers must be diagnosed visually.  Foot washings and inspections should become a crucial part of a diabetic’s daily routine.  If the patient is not able to successfully carry out these foot inspections whether due to impaired vision or limited mobility, a family member or doctor will need to inspect the foot for the patient.  

Preventative care is the best care when it comes to preventing foot ulcers.  The goal is to stop foot injuries at their most minor level.  Be vigilant when it comes to preventing and caring for blisters, calluses and corns.  A doctor should be able to inspect a patient’s shoes and inform the patient whether they fit well enough to prevent unnecessary friction or pressure on the foot.  Orthotics (orthopedic insoles) may be necessary to ensure a proper foot; other diabetics find that well-fitted athletic shoes are adequate when it comes to keep their foot callus, corn, blister, bunion and hammertoe free.

Benefits Realized When You Cure Diabetes

Diabetes has been identified by certain mainstream medicine as having no straight cure, an argument that has been hotly criticized by certain medical practitioners and strong critics. These are people who have actually managed to cure diabetes, or have helped patients of the disease and witnessed the possibilities that exist for sufferers of this sugar disease.

So, can diabetes be cured? Oftentimes it is said that diabetes type 2 can be cured but the same is hardly said for the type 1 due to the nature of its root causes. This is a contestable fact. There are existing testimonies of people who suffered from diabetes type 1 but from proper therapy, these folks managed to reverse diabetes. The disease is not the only problem you solve when you cure diabetes, there are a host of other breakthroughs related with the treatment of the sugar disease.

Can Diabetes be Cured? What Critics Say

Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews observes that whether or not you will successfully cure diabetes is determined by self-discipline and the society lifestyle. According to him, America is registering the high rate of diabetes as a result of the nation’s food culture. Mike describes the US as a Fast Food Nation come Diabetic Nation, with a CDC report projecting that almost a third of the US’s adult population are likely to be diabetic by the year 2050.

Mike is an example of persons who have survived this menace. He has also personally interviewed former type 2 diabetics cured in as short a span of time as four days at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center by Dr. Gabriel Cousens.

Cure Diabetes, Free Yourself of Chronic Ailments

With the high blood sugar characteristic of diabetic conditions, your risk of suffering cardiovascular disease is highly increased. A simple scenario: the sugar may form deposits on the walls of blood vessels due to its excessive levels. The deposits will in turn reduce the width of the blood vessels rendering them too narrow for the normal blood flow.

Consequently the blood is forced through narrow vessels with the same pumping force of the heart. This will create an increase in blood pressure likely to cause a cardiac arrest for the patient.

When you reverse diabetes, your risk of this heart disease goes with it. And this for instance is possible through the use of peppers. Scientific evidence indicates that hot peppers have the potential to revive the pancreatic insulin-producing beta cells and help cure diabetes.

Cancer is yet another chronic ailment that is closely related with this disease and whose chances will be greatly reduced at the same time you treat the insulin disease. The secret here however is that no one else but you the patient has to take the initiative to cure, reverse or prevent the disease. The surest way to cure diabetes that an individual can ever have involves changing what is taken in the diet and increasing physical activity.

Other Internal and External Factors Affecting Your Weight

Willpower vs. Motivation

You have to realize that being overweight has nothing to do with your willpower, and has a lot to do with your motivation – and that motivation can be created. You can reprogram your subconscious mind to resolve addictive behavior. Get excited and motivated by your personal reasons for wanting to lose weight and be fit, such as looking better or being healthier or having more energy. These all act as rewards for your subconscious.

Minor changes in your eating habits, such as reducing fat and simple carbohydrates, adding fiber and replacing soft drinks with water can create great results. Obesity is associated with a myriad of factors: socioeconomic status; familial conditions; your network of friends; busy lifestyles that discourage eating balanced meals; the availability of inexpensive, “super sized” high-fat food; your pattern of leisure activities; television time; excessive alcohol intake; eating meals away from home; and finally, genetic factors. Genetic factors affect the way that energy surpluses are stored (either as fat or as lean muscle) and the relative production of fats and carbohydrates used by the body. Race is also a factor in obesity, as higher body weight may be more socially acceptable in some cultures.

There are also regional factors: obesity is higher in areas where high fat diets and sedentary lifestyles are more prevalent. Age is another factor, as excessive body fat is more common among adults and middle aged people. Have you ever thought much about what goes into your body each day, how food is processed, and what organ or system has a physiological or psychological role in this process? I will share that in my next article.

About Hypothyroidism – a Common Health Problem

By hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is producing too less hormones to stimulate the metabolism, or the body is not able to utilize the hormones. The lack of thyroid hormones slows down the metabolism and thus all the activities in the body, giving a combination of many symptoms related to slowness of bodily processes.

Hypothyroidism is common, but the frequency of the condition is not well determined. Some authorities estimate that 0.5% of the total American population have the disease to some degree. The frequency is much greater among people over 50 years of age than among young people.

THE SYMPTOMS AND COMPLICATIONS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM

The most common early symptoms are: Mental and physical fatigue, weakness, weight gain or over-weight, and depression.

One or more of these symptoms also use to appear early: Constipation, sensitivity to coldness, cold hands and feet, thick tongue, decreased sweating, dry hair, thin brittle hair, thin brittle nails, muscle and joint pain, pale or yellowish skin, rashes and itching.

One or more of these symptoms usually appear later: Poor memory, slow thought process, drowsiness, slow speech, thinning of eyebrows, hoarseness, low blood pressure, poor circulation, dry and flaky skin, decreased taste and smell, menstrual irregularities, skin thickening, puffy face, puffy hands and feet, swelling of extremities, overall swelling, muscle spasms, muscle atrophy, joint stiffness.

In children or young persons hypothyroidism may give developmental problems, like disturbed tooth development and short stature.

Hypothyroidism increases the risk of elevated cholesterol levels, heart disease and diabetes (diabetes mellitus). This occurs even by moderately decreased thyroid production.

THE THYROID GLAND AND ITS HORMONES

To understand the hypothyroidism, some knowledge about the thyroid gland and its hormones is essential.

The thyroid gland produces hormones that accelerate and in other wise regulate metabolism. A part of metabolism is the process of breaking down energy containing nutrients, and using the energy to produce molecules that all the processes and activities in the body use as fuel. Another part is the production of molecules that the body use as building materials.

The thyroid makes four hormones: Thyroxin (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), diiodothyronine (T2) and monoiodothyronine (T1). The hormones contain iodine, and the figures tell about the number of iodine atoms in each hormone molecule. T3 is not made directly, but is produced from T4. T3 is a more efficient hormone than T4. Therefore this conversion is important.

The pituitary, a gland under the brain, produces a hormone called thyrotropin or thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that enhances the activity of the thyroid gland. If the body has too less thyroid hormone in the blood, the pituitary produces more thyrotropin. This makes the thyroid gland speed up its own production. By a too heavy thyroid hormone concentration, less thyrotropin is produced by the pituitary, and the thyroid gland slows down. This feed-back mechanism regulates the metabolism of the whole body.

THE MECHANISMS AND CAUSES OF HYPOTHYROIDISM

By hypothyroidism the body does not get enough thyroid hormone, or the hormones do not work effectively in the body. This causes the metabolism to slow down. When the metabolism decreases, the processes in the body do not get enough fuel and building materials, and all the body activities will therefore slow down. Energy containing nutrient will also be stored as fat, since they are not broken down.

Serious variants of hypothyroidism are called myxedema. This is a rare condition. However, less serious, but painful variants are common. There are several reasons for hypothyroidism, each giving a variant of the disease:

*An autoimmune reaction against the thyroid tissue can destroy the capability of the thyroid gland to produce hormones (for example Hashimoto’s disease).

*Sometimes the production of T3 by conversion from T4 is impaired. The total amount of hormones may be normal in these cases, but the body is still lacking T3, and gets the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

*Iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, since the thyroid hormones contain iodine. In Europe and America the food is seldom short in iodine, but bad nutrition may result in iodine deficiency.

*Surgery or radiation at the thyroid area can destroy enough tissue to cause hypothyroidism.

*Injury or disease in the pituitary or of the part of the brain controlling the pituitary may cause a decrease in secreted thyrotropin, and then the thyroid will respond by producing less of its own hormones with hypothyroidism as a result.

*Some people have symptoms of hypothyroidism even though the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood is normal. One of the symptoms is raised levels of thyrotropin, indicating that the body signals need for more thyroid hormones. This variant may be caused by conditions elsewhere in the body that make it difficult for the hormone to reach their destination in the cells. In many of these cases the immune system produces anti-bodies against the thyroid hormones. This variant is called sub-clinical hypothyroidism, and responds to the same treatment as ordinary hypothyroidism.

*Some types of food can contribute to a depressed thyroid function or aggravate hypothyroidism when eaten raw in great amounts: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, corn oil, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, rutabaga, soy and turnips. By cooking these vegetables, the depressing effect is decreased

*Factors suspected for causing hypothyroidism are: The artificial sweetener aspartame, mercury pollution, dental fillings containing mercury, fluoride and heavy metal pollution.

HOW CAN HYPOTHYROIDISM BE TREATED

For serious hypothyroidism caused by tissue destruction, external supplement of thyroid hormones is necessary.

When the condition is caused by lack of iodine in the diet, dietary changes and iodine supplements will be a part of the treatment.

Less serious, but painful hypothyroidism is sometimes also treated with hormone supplements. In these cases it is difficult to find the right dose, and treatment may result in hormone poisoning.

You can sometimes alleviate hypothyroidism by reducing the amount of food suspected for depressing the thyroid function: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, corn oil, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, rutabaga, soy, soy products and turnips. However, these food types are valuable in many ways, so it is probably not wise to cut them out totally. Also try to avoid artificial ingredients like the sweetener aspartame, conserving additives and fluoride.

Changing out mercury dental fillings and avoiding mercury or heavy metal exposure may help to ameliorate the condition.

You may also alleviate the condition by eating food that stimulates the thyroid function according to practical experience: Chia seed, dulse, fish from the ocean, flax seed, pumpkin seed, seaweed, coconut and brewer yeast.

You can find nutritional supplements to help for hypothyroidism. The compositions of these products vary:

*They may contain building materials that the thyroid uses to make its hormones, for example: iodine, acetyl-L-tyrosine or L-phenylalanine.

*They may also contain vitamins and minerals that stimulate the mechanism of hormone production by being a part of necessary enzymes, or by helping the absorption of the ingredients that hormones are made from, like: Magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper and vitamin E.

*They may furthermore contain constituents that stimulate tissue regeneration by being part of tissue building enzymes, and thus helping to restore a degraded thyroid, for example: Folic acid or folate, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid or pantothenate), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyanocobalamin) and molybdenum.

My Colon Cleansing Experience

N. Walker is a man who’s often referred to as the “father of juicing” and was also believed to have lived to be over one hundred and twenty years old. He wasn’t the father of juicing because of steroids. He got his nickname from his famous vegetable juicing. He drank vegetable juice to promote a healthy colon as well as full body health. After reading N. Walker’s book I immediately took steps necessary to get my own colon cleansed.

I contacted a colon cleansing therapist and arranged to have a popular procedure known as a colonic hydrotherapy session done. The entire process was very painless and took no time at all. You simply lay on a table with your knees to your chest and your bottom exposed. The therapist will gently insert a plastic tube into your anus and begin to slowly pump warm, purified water into your colon. It is a very odd sensation at first but you get used to it after a bit. Once the pressure builds it may become a bit uncomfortable, but you’ll forget all about that once you let the water evacuate and flush out all of that built up waste.

I really didn’t know what to think of myself at that moment. I was laying bare-bottomed on clinic table with a hose in my rear watching my own fecal matter flow through a second, larger hose as it was washed from my body. I admit it was a bit embarrassing, but it’s nothing the hydrotherapist hasn’t seen before.

The hydrotherapist fills the colon until the pressure is more than you’re expected to bear and then allows you to eliminate through the waste disposal tube. This is done about three times during a single session, and the entire time the therapist will be massaging your stomach to help push out the built up waste. It is actually very relaxing! After about an hour the session is over and you’re allowed to go to the restroom and naturally rid yourself of any leftover water or waste.

After my first hydrotherapy session I scheduled another for the following week. As soon as I left the clinic I felt so much lighter and energetic and just knew that I was on the right track to restoring my health again. I was warned by the therapist that I might get really tired and want to sleep all day after the first session. I did! I was just so worn out. I found out this is quite common with the initial session since removing all that waste that has accumulated over the years can be very demanding of the body. The fatigue passes after a little rest and you’re soon back to your feet and going stronger than ever.

One thing occurred immediately after my next session that I never expected and I was quite shocked. I had developed a bright red rash in large patches all across my abdomen and it slowly spread to other parts of my body through the course of a week or so. I consulted the hydrotherapist about the rashes and was assured that they were in fact a direct result of the colonic hydrotherapy session. You see, when your body is rid of all that toxic waste it starts to completely detoxify by getting rid of the leftover toxins whichever way it can. In my case I was sweating them out. The toxins are what caused the rash! After a couple of weeks it was all cleared up and has never returned since.

There was another very odd an unexpected thing that happened to me after my third session. I could no longer stomach red meat! It would literally make me very ill feeling. I’m a steak and potatoes kind of guy, so the sudden lack of red meat in my diet was quite an odd turn. Even now, after all this time, I cannot eat a big juicy burger of New York strip steak without getting nauseous. Something about red meat just doesn’t sit well with my digestive system anymore. The hydrotherapist suggested that my body reacts this way because it is trying to warn me that the red meat is not good for me. It would be like if someone smoked tobacco for a long time, quit for a long time, and then started back all of a sudden. They’d surely turn green. It is at least better for my health and poultry and fish are still on the menu.

Despite the odd things that came along with it I am very pleased with my colonic hydrotherapy sessions overall. I feel so much healthier than I could ever remember and I get the satisfaction of knowing that my body is free of all those nasty toxins. I would most certainly recommend hydrotherapy to anyone and everyone. Not only will it make you feel better, but you’ll be able to maintain your health for much longer. After all, an unhealthy colon is a killer!

Cold Sores That Won’t Heal? What You Can Do!

So…you have a cold sore that won’t heal, huh? This can be a real dilemma if you let it. But lucky for you I have the answer to your question. Oh, what question is that, you ask? The title of this article is practically reading your mind! You want to know what can you do about cold sores that don’t want to heal, right? Don’t worry my friend, together we’ll get to the bottom of this. OK?

First of all, I hope that since you have this problem you have been doing your homework or research on the whole cold sore problem. I hope so because if you have this problem and it is a recurring one, educating yourself on cold sores/fever blisters, (whatever you want to call them…), is half the battle. But just in case you haven’t, let me give you a quick lesson.

Cold sores are a direct result of the herpes simplex virus. Yes my friend, I hate to say it but you have contracted herpes. Don’t have a fit because you are in very good company. Nearly a THIRD of the world’s population has this particular type of herpes virus! HSV-1 is the type of herpes that you have my friend. This is the type of herpes that generally causes the cold sores on your mouth. It is also the most common form of herpes.

HSV-2 is the herpes that everyone from your best friend to your high school health teacher warned you about. This is the one that carries the dreaded sexual baggage with it. While it is true that HSV-2 is contagious, HSV-1 is equally just as contagious! Both types of herpes you will carry with you to the end and both rear their ugly heads at the most inopportune times. Mostly during times of stress in your life. But you want to know how to get rid of a cold sore that won’t heal, right?

Well, there are several reasons why this cold sore won’t heal. You have to realize also that the average lifespan of a fever blister is from 1 to 2 weeks! So with that being said let’s get to the most obvious reason why it won’t heal: your diet. Are you still eating the same things that you ate BEFORE you got the blister? If so, change up or leave the junk food alone until it can heal. Junk foods like potato chips you already know contain a lot of salt, and salty foods for some reason feed the cold sore so it has no reason to go away.

Another thing to consider is that as much as you want this thing to go away, camouflaging it with makeup can have the opposite effect. You can actually aggravate the problem and make it worse. So leave the makeup alone until the entire healing process is over.

Indigestion Causes, Treat Indigestion with Remedies

Indigestion is a symptom that is caused by a number of stomach conditions, including hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Helicobacter pylori, heartburn, and dyspepsia. Because many of these conditions can pose serious health risks, it is important to visit your healthcare provider in order to properly diagnose the reason for your indigestion. The condition usually occurs after eating.

Indigestion could be a symptom or a result of a currently occurring disease. It might be caused by a disease in the digestive system like ulcer or gastroesophageal reflux disease. However, the most common causes among many people are eating too much, eating too quickly, eating highly fatty foods or eating during stressful situations. These factors cause the stomach to not digest the food properly. Fatty foods are really difficult to digest especially those that contain insoluble fats.

Essentially this yeast as it overgrows in your body certain symptoms will become more apparent, anything from mood swings and mental problems such as difficulty concentrating. Acid relux can occur in some people due to candida actually interfering with the production of stomach acid. If you were not aware acid reflux occurs commonly as a result of too little stomach acid where you stomach realizing the problem acts as a churn to try and physically mash up food, something it is not accustomed to

Licorice. A form of licorice called deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), a chewable form of the herb, is a natural antacid. Unlike a regular licorice, DGL does not have hormonal side effects. This makes DGL more effective and will not contribute to elevated blood pressures, which can be a side effect of other forms. Licorice helps fight ulcerations caused by hyperacidity.

Common home remedies for indigestion are peppermint and ginger. These are also popular in treating other digestion problems. Apple and tea are also used, as are Epsom salts. Another effective way to relieve indigestion is drinking the juice of a raw potato or an egg white. Cloves are also considered treatment for indigestion. Other herbs that help relieve the discomfort that comes with indigestion are meadowsweet and lavender. In traditional medicine, the use of feverfew, fennel and dill as cures for indigestion is common, as well as thyme and speedwell.

The cardinal remedy for dyspepsia is light food; it would be matter if the patient takes to fasting for 24 hours and then takes to easily digestible, natural food. Fats and condiments must be avoided. Bland food, mostly vegetables cooked in water, juicy fruits and buttermilk (churned curd with water added) should be taken. Condiments and seasonings make food more palatable and there is the ever-present risk of over eating, which has, in the first instance, given birth to dyspepsia.

Use of Moducare for Combating Psoriasis

Q. I suffer from psoriasis, the skin disease, and wondered what creams or other products you recommend?

A. Psoriasis is a commonly occurring skin condition that affects 2% of the population. Two percent means “two people in a hundred”, so, in the whole world that means roughly one hundred million sufferers.

Q. So what is the fault with all these people’s skin? Why don’t their bodies make perfect skin?

A. The answer lies in a fault in the immune system. In a third of the sufferers there can be a heredity factor and, in 40% of sufferers, it can be induced by stress. Our immune system controls the way we fight off infection, illness, cancer etc and, if it goes faulty, a whole host of problems can arise.

Q. What creams do you recommend?

I am sure you will have seen your G.P. and possibly a Consultant Dermatologist (Skin Specialist) and have been offered, and have used, various creams and ointments on prescription. Depending on the severity of your psoriasis you will have experienced varying degrees of success, and you may have also been given oral treatment as well for the more severe forms of the condition.

Many of the prescription creams/ointments,( with or without oral treatment), often give very good results but there is definitely a large number of people who don’t always get a very good improvement that they would really like, and this is where complimentary medicine may be helpful to help to maintain healthy skin.

If we return to discussing the underlying immune system fault we find one of the main factors that keeps cropping up concerns a particular substance, (that we all make as part of our inflammatory process), called interleukin-6. This substance is made in our bones, by our stem cells, and is involved in the purposely initiated production of inflammation. Why would we intentionally cause inflammation to be produced? The reason is, that, if we have, for example, a splinter of wood in our skin then our immune system automatically activates the stem cells to produce the right cells to loosen the wood by making the cells around the wound become inflamed, subsequently breaking down the actual skin allowing the splinter of wood to be pushed to the surface of the skin and fall out, the inflammatory process would then be called off, the skin would then heal, settle down and the wound area would heal and could be practically scar less.

But an over production of interleukin-6 cells, in people with psoriasis, will cause an on-going production of faulty cells, relentlessly. It’s as if these faulty cells “think” that after only four days of development, that they are “ready” to take their place in the skin.

Whereas normal, fully developed cells, take twenty eight days to reach perfection. So, these faulty “I’m ready in four days” cells, leads to the typical production of faulty skin, causing inflammation, reddening and plaque. Inflammation, when produced around a splinter, is completely normal and acceptable and will have been initiated to cause the splinter to be pushed out of the body, but, with psoriasis, the production is ongoing.

So, what complimentary products are available to help maintain healthy skin in this condition? I have found the following have helped patients to maintain more normal skin.

Moducare capsules contain plant fats obtained from the sap of a pine tree in South Africa. Professor Patrick Bouic is the Professor of Immunology at Cape Town University and his work, over the last twenty five years, with the ingredient in the sap called sterols and sterolin glycosides, can help to regain the balance between two of the cells produced in our bone marrow called TH1 and TH2.

It is the over production of the TH2 cells which leads to the formation of the faulty skin cells we experience in people with psoriasis and taking Moducare capsules can help to stabilise this production back towards normality.

Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules

Similarly, we can learn from looking at the Eskimo’s diet that the omega 3 ingredient found in the flesh of oily fish (and oily fish is a prominent part of their diet leads, once again like the Moducare story, to getting a much better balance in their immune system, and in fact although 2% of the Eskimos also have the potential, genetically, to get psoriasis there is no word in their language for psoriasis!

Calcium Pantothenate capsule

This substance is also known as vitamin B 5,the anti stress vitamin, and amongst the many pathways in our body in which it is involved is the pathway of the production of our own anti stress ingredient cortisol.

Bio -Pycnogenol

This little tablet is made in France from the same pine tree that the Moducare is made from in South Africa, but here they use the bark of the tree, the ingredients of which do three major things to help maintain healthy skin:

(1) It helps to stop the enzyme called collagenase from breaking down our collagen in our skin.

(2)It helps to stop the enzyme called elastase from breaking down the elastin (that gives our skin it’s elasticity) in our skin.

(3)It helps in the production of a substance called the endothelium relaxing substance which is needed to maintain a good blood supply to our skin.

Common Milk Thistle capsules

This herb has a very good reputation for maintaining in good health our liver, which is the largest organ in the body, and is the main organ of detoxification.

Finally it’s good to take a general vitamin and mineral supplement each day as it is well documented in the literature that many people are low in: Magnesium, chromium, zinc, selenium, vitamin D etc all important for maintaining healthy skin.