Dangers of Obesity

Increased Health Risk of Premature Death
According to CDC researchers, an estimated 300,000 American deaths a year are related to obesity, but see note, below. The risk of premature death rises with increasing weight. Even moderate weight gain (10 to 20 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults aged 30 to 64 years. Individuals who are obese (BMI greater than 30) have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of premature death from all causes, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.

Increased Health Risk of Heart Disease
The risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, angina or chest pain is increased in persons who are overweight or obese. High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese than in those who are at a healthy weight. Obesity is associated with high triglycerides and decreased HDL cholesterol.

Increased Health Risk of Stroke
Atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which may lead to the formation of an arterial blood clot, is an important pre-condition of many strokes. Atherosclerosis is accelerated by high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and lack of exercise. Obesity, especially morbid obesity is frequently associated with a high-fat diet, raised blood pressure and lack of exercise. Thus obesity is now considered an important secondary risk factor for strokes.

Increased High Blood Pressure
This may then also lead to:

Headaches
Ear noise & buzzing
Tiredness
Shortness of breath
Excessive sweating
Confusion
Vision changes
Nose bleeds
Blood in urine
Kidney damage / failure
Strokes

Increased Health Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
A weight increase of 11-18 pounds raises a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes to twice that of individuals who have not gained weight. Over 80 percent of people with diabetes are overweight or obese. This may account for the newly invented word, “diabesity”®, which signifies the close association between obesity and diabetes.

Increased Health Risk of Cancers
Obesity is associated with an increased risk for some types of cancer including endometrial (cancer of the lining of the uterus), colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, and post-menopausal breast cancer. Women gaining more than 20 pounds from age 18 to midlife double their risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, compared to women whose weight remains stable.

Increased risk of Erectile Dysfunction

This stressful disorder is often linked to Insulin Resistance, an imbalance in blood glucose and insulin levels associated with excess weight and obesity. Being overweight can place extra strain on the cardiovascular system and disrupt the delicate balance required to achieve an erection and, therefore, cause ED.

Excess insulin created by Insulin Resistance is implicated in ED because it damages the endothelium of cardiovascular vessels. The endothelium is the layer on the inside of the vessel which secretes chemical mediators that instruct the vessel to contract or relax. To achieve an erection, a release of nitric oxide from the endothelium creates vascular dilation, which allows vessels to fill with blood. This influx of blood is necessary to achieve an erection. Any decrease in nitric oxide supply to the penis caused by the insulin-damaged endothelium lessens or prevents vascular dilation and contributes to erectile dysfunction.

If neglected, excess weight gain can also lead to other conditions linked to ED like the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as Pre-Diabetes, which, if neglected, can lead to irreversible Type 2 Diabetes. Between 35-50% of men with Diabetes experience ED because the disease can damage nerves and arteries, making it difficult to achieve an erection. However, major weight loss can be achieved can by reversing Insulin Resistance, thus removing major factors in the onset of ED.

As many as 70% of ED cases are caused by cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. This disorder is a type of hardening of the arteries in which cholesterol, fat and other blood components build up in artery walls via poor diet and lack of regular exercise resulting in excess weight gain.

As the condition progresses, the arteries to the heart may narrow, reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the heart and brain. This restriction can also reduce blood flow to the tissues of the penis, causing ED.

Other excess weight and obesity-linked cardiovascular diseases that can cause ED are hypertension (high blood pressure) and high levels of triglycerides and LDL “bad” cholesterol in combination with low levels of HDL “good” cholesterol – all factors in reversible Metabolic Syndrome.

Increased Health Risk of Fatty Liver Disease
The main cause of non alcoholic fatty liver disease is insulin resistance, a metabolic disorder in which cells become insensitive to the effect of insulin. One of the most common risk factors for insulin resistance is obesity, especially central abdominal obesity. Studies indicate a correlation between body mass index (BMI) and the degree of liver damage. The higher the BMI the worse the liver disease.

Obesity is a Risk Factor for Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Although obesity is not a direct cause of chronic venous insufficiency, it is an important risk factor. This is because obesity, especially morbid obesity, leads to raised blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle and musculoskeletal problems (hampering mobility and use of leg muscles), all of which are contributory factors in the development of chronic venous insufficiency. Obese patients also have an increased health risk of other vascular disorders (eg. lower-limb ischemia), caused by inadequate blood flow to the extremities.

Increased Health Risk of Gallbladder Disease
The risk of gallstones is approximately 3 times greater for obese patients than in non-obese people. Indeed, the risk of symptomatic gallstones appears to correlate with a rise in body mass index (BMI).

Increased Health Risk of Breathing Problems
Obstructive sleep apnea (that is, interrupted breathing during sleeping) is more common in obese persons. Obesity is associated with a higher prevalence of asthma and severe bronchitis, as well as obesity hypoventilation syndrome and respiratory insufficiency.

Obesity and Deep Vein Thrombosis
Risk factors for deep vein thrombosis include prior history of the disease, vascular damage, hypertension and predisposition to blood clotting. Although obesity (BMI 30+) has traditionally been recognized as a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, experts now consider that the evidence supporting this association is inadequate, as much depends on other factors such as history, illness, immobility, and age.

Increased Health Risk of Arthritis
Musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoarthritis, are much more prevalent among obese patients, especially patients diagnosed with severe clinical or morbid obesity. Health studies show that obesity is a strong predictor for symptoms of osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. The risk of osteoarthritis increases with every 2-pound gain in weight.

Increased Health Risks for Expectant Mother and Baby
Obesity has a strong detrimental effect on the health of both mother and new-born baby, both during and after pregnancy. Obesity while pregnant is associated with a higher risk of death in both the baby and the mother. It also raises the risk of high blood pressure in the Mom, by 10 times. Obesity during pregnancy is also associated with an increased risk of birth defects, such as spina bifida. Obesity-related health problems occurring after childbirth include higher risk of wound and endometrial infection, endometritis and urinary tract infection.

Psychological and Social Effects of Obesity
Emotional suffering may be one of the most painful parts of obesity. American society emphasizes physical appearance and often equates attractiveness with slimness, especially for women. Such messages make overweight people feel unattractive.

Other Risks:
– Elevated serum cholesterol levels
– Elevated LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels
– Decreased HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels
– Elevated triglyceride levels
– Decreased blood oxygen
– Decreased testosterone levels
– Irregular menstrual cycles
– Incontinence
– Increased surgical risks
– Tinnitus
– Reduced immune function
– Swollen joints / fluid retention
– Muscular aches and pains, particularly:

Neck
Shoulders
Chest
– Biomechanical injuries & faults, including:

Sunken arches / flat foot
Heel spurs
Plantar fasciitis
Shin soreness
Creaking knees
Achilles tendonitis
Calcific tendonopathy
Sprained ankles
Bone chips
– Impotence
– Infertility
– Loss of libido

Health Improvements after Weight Reduction
The good news is that losing a small amount of weight can reduce your chances of developing heart disease or a stroke. Reducing your weight by 10 percent can decrease your chance of developing heart disease by improving how your heart works, blood pressure, and levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides. Studies show that you can improve your health by losing as little as 10 to 20 pounds.

Fibroids in the Uterus – Potatoes and Fibroids

I love my food – I always have – and I had said for years that I would never give up meat and turn vegetarian. Well life has a way of changing the way you think and react and it also has a lot to do with our lifestyle and living in western society.

White Potatoes have been a major player in my diet – until recently! I love roast potatoes so every weekend I would cook them as part of my Sunday dinner and also I loved jacket potatoes for lunch! Suffering with fibroids and not being able to open my bowels regularly I never would have thought that potatoes and fibroids had any correlation. The doctors weren’t able to diagnose this – I had to visit my nutritionist who gave me a diet sheet to follow (which I found hard to adjust to) and realized that omitting white potatoes, rice, bread and pasta from my diet made such a dramatic change to my everyday living!

I couldn’t believe that I was no longer feeling lethargic after eating lunch, I didn’t feel uncomfortable in the gut area because I wasn’t so bloated. Instead of eating the white potatoes, I now love eating sweet potatoes and I no longer get that bloated feeling or pains which I used to experience every time I ate potatoes. Now I can eat sweet potatoes and I love them. I eat them as jacket potatoes with fillings, I eat them with salads – however I used to eat white potatoes, I now substitute the white potatoes with sweet potatoes and no doubt have contributed more to my healthier eating habits.

Nutritiously, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (beta-carotene form), a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent addition to your health diet if you don’t already indulge in such a wonderful vegetable.

Can Ovarian Cysts Cause Blood in Urine?

Ovarian cysts can be a very scary thing to experience, but it doesn’t mean that they have to be. The most important thing that a woman can do to is to be educated about them. By definition, an ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid that forms on or inside the ovary. Typically,this disease can occur during the process of ovulation (where an egg is released from the ovary). In the days before an egg is released, a follicle grows. The follicle is supposed to break open and produce an egg once ovulation occurs. When this does not happen, the fluid stays within the follicle, and forms a cyst.

Although there are no known risk factors, ovarian cysts can cause complications if they bleed, burst open, are twisted or cause twisting of the fallopian tube, or if they push on any thing that is nearby. There are often no symptoms, so it is important for you to keep up with your routine check-ups with your doctor. If you are ever experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding (any change in your normal menstrual pattern), absent menstruation, longer or shorter than usual menstrual cycle, pain in the abdomen, pain during bowel movements, or any pelvic pain, you should contact your doctor and schedule a check-up.

One of the most commonly asks questions by women who are experiencing this problem is “can ovarian cysts cause blood in urine?”. At this time, there does not seem to be a link between urine in the blood, and ovarian cysts. Many woman that have experienced blood in their urine during or around the time of finding that they had an ovarian cyst found that they also had a bladder or kidney infection. It is important speak with your doctor if you are seeing spotting in your urine, if your menstrual period seems to be lasting longer than usual.

If you are not trying to get pregnant, your doctor may put you on a hormone treatment, such as birth control, to help level your system out, and to help your body stop creating follicles. Functional cysts do not usually require treatment, and they usually disappear within eight to twelve weeks. You should contact your doctor if you have simple ovarian cysts that are larger than five to ten centimeters or complex ovarian cysts that will not go away. These will need to be removed by surgery.

Dermatology Appointments: Know Before You Go

Dermatology is a medical specialty that covers a wide array of skin conditions. From breakouts to mole removal, your dermatologist is well-equipped to address any and all of your skin-related needs.

When you call to make an appointment with a dermatologist, you will be asked to state the purpose of your visit. Rest assured that you do not have to limit this to one single item.

Most health insurance companies cover the cost of dermatology appointments. However, many companies require that you obtain a referral from your primary care physician prior to your appointment in order for it to be covered. Be sure to check with your insurance company about its policy and obtain the necessary paperwork prior to your visit; otherwise, a negligible copayment could turn into quite the hefty sum if you are forced to boot the entire dermatology bill on your own.

For your visit, be prepared to go over your medical and family history with your dermatologist. You’ll want to make sure to advise your dermatologist of any medications you are taking, as well as any allergies or intolerances.

The following are some of the most commonly-offered services provided by dermatologists:

Acne treatment

Acne treatment is quite possibly the most popular reason for a dermatology appointment. Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, try to keep a “skin log” for as many weeks as possible prior to your visit. You should record the types of foods you are eating and the specific skincare products you are using. You should also try to note when your most significant acne flair-ups occurr so that the dermatologist can study the data and detect any patterns.

On the day of your dermatology appointment, you can feel free to cleanse and wash your face before you leave the house, but be sure not to wear any makeup. This will only make it more difficult for the dermatologist to examine your skin and determine the best course of treatment.

Your dermatologist will evaluate your skin and attempt to recognize any patterns for your acne flare-ups before coming up with a treatment plan. As is the case with any sort of medical evaluation, do not shy away from asking your dermatologist questions about your exam or his treatment plan. Also, let your dermatologist know if you do not have medical insurance or prescription coverage so that he can be mindful of the cost involved in your treatment. Some dermatologists even have product samples on hand and are happy to help those patients with limited financial resources.

Skin cancer checks and mole removal

You should make a yearly appointment for a dermatologist to inspect and evaluate your skin for signs of skin cancer or suspicious-looking moles. While it is your dermatologist’s job to scan your body thoroughly for moles, spots, and changes, you can help him out by coming prepared. Since you know your body better than anyone else, it’s a good idea to do your own self-check prior to your dermatologist appointment. Your dermatologist will probably ask if you have noticed any new or changing marks on your skin, so a self-check a day or so before the appointment will help you answer this important question.

If your dermatologist does notice a suspicious-looking mole, then he might choose to remove it on the spot. Mole removal is a quick, painless procedure. The dermatologist uses a numbing agent to anesthetize the affected area of skin so that the most a patient should feel is a quick pinch. The mole is then removed and sent for evaluation at a lab. Your dermatologist will call to notify you of the results only if they are problematic. Otherwise, no news is good news.

Keep in mind that dermatologists often take a “better safe than sorry” approach by removing a mole before it becomes problematic. Don’t get swept away by panic the second you hear the words “mole removal.” Some moles are simply hereditary, and there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. What you can do is schedule regular yearly appointments with your dermatologist to avoid problems down the road.

Treatment of skin rashes

Most people suffer from some type of skin rash at one point or another in life. You can get a rash as the result of an allergic reaction, or by coming into contact with something that causes a rash. Other rashes or rash-like symptoms are caused by underlying medical conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, all of which can be triggered by uncontrollable factors such as change in climate and stress. While your initial inclination might be to self-diagnose, this is not a good idea. A dermatologist, on the other hand, is trained to properly identify the cause of your rash and treat it so that you feel better as quickly as possible.

When you call to make an appointment to have your rash evaluated, be sure to advise the office staff of any significant discomfort you might be experiencing. The staff will usually do its best to accommodate you by squeezing you into the doctor’s schedule, even if he is technically already booked.

Your dermatologist will probably want to know when you first noticed the rash and on what area of the body it first appeared. He is also likely to ask if you ate or touched anything unusual the day the rash popped up. In order to help your dermatologist make a proper diagnosis, please be prepared to answer these questions as accurately as possible.

Your dermatologist will come up with a treatment plan based on the cause of the rash. The solution to your itching problem might be a simple pill or cream application. In the case of a pre-existing condition such as eczema, a more involved treatment plan might be in order. Either way, be prepared to schedule a follow-up visit so that your dermatologist can monitor the success of his treatment plan.

Wart removal

It’s true that the word “wart” does come with its share of stigma, but that’s no reason to avoid treating one that happens to pop up. Your dermatologist is well-seasoned when it comes to wart removal and will be much more effective than a home-treatment kit.

Most dermatologists use either a freezing or laser technique to get rid of warts. While the removal procedure isn’t pleasant, it is not nearly as terrible as it sounds. The process is quick and performed under local anesthesia in order to minimize the patient’s discomfort. However, you should be aware that when it comes to wart removal, one doctor’s visit is often times not enough. Most successful wart removal treatments require two or three visits, usually scheduled at two to three week intervals. Your dermatologist will obviously do his best to nip the problem in the bud in as few sessions as possible.

Did you know that your dermatologist can treat everything from post-surgical scars to tattoo removal to annoying dandruff? If you are experiencing any sort of skin-related issue, then give your dermatologist a call. You’ll be amazed at the many ways a dermatologist can make you a whole lot more comfortable in your skin.

The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care an appropriate health care provider.

Tongue Discoloration Disorders – Their Causes, Treatments and Remedies

Many of us have had to live with a problem that our doctors would rather have us ignore. We have been told it is normal even though we know it isn’t. We have been told it is nothing to worry about, even though we do. And we have been told that we should learn to live with it even though we don’t want to. The issue we suffer from is a discolored tongue and it is embarrassing as well as scary.

Discolored tongues come in a variety of strains. The culprits can be white, yellow or even a bright orange. Some of them are geographic and some of them are hairy. Some of them are symptoms of an STD and some of them are simple bacterial imbalances. Knowing which one applies to you is a little hard to tell at times, and getting rid of them can be even harder.

Tongue discolorations can also be due to fungal infections. The good news is these are often easy to beat. Fungal infections are treated with anti-fungal mouth rinses or antibiotics. A very common fungus that is found in your mouth is Candida Albicans. Candida Albicans is a genus of yeast and is better known as thrush, or in animals, as hoof and mouth disease.

However, many people are not able to get any help from their doctors, it is up to them to find home remedies and treatments. Many try a variety of toothpastes and mouthwashes to no avail. They rinse their mouths out and gargle three, four, five times a day and it does nothing to help. Many battle with this issue only to wake up to the same strange issue each morning with no relief in sight. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. There are people who have beat it. The methods that they used may work for you too.

What has been effective for many who are affected is the use of vitamins and supplements as well as all natural extracts to tame the disease and whip their tongues back into shape. For some getting their Acid in take and Body Ph back into balance has been the key. Some people use a combination of these in order to get short and long term relief. Maybe these self treatments are the answer for you too.

Whatever the cause of a tongue discoloration, I think we can all agree it is not normal. Since it is not normal, we should not have to suffer for it. So try whatever it takes to get your tongue back to its normal healthy tongue color so that you can go on with your life without the embarrassing effects of this self esteem crushing ailment.

A Vocal Health Tool for Energy and Vocal Production – Ashwagandha Root

Fatigue can be one of the most difficult and dangerous issues to deal with for a voice professional especially because singing tired is extremely difficult mentally and can have detrimental effects on the voice physically. When we are tired we may have the tendency to push more on our vocal cords and not use our full support system as we do when we are full of good quality energy.

This can end up in inflammation of the cords, vocal thrush and possibly laryngitis, hoarseness and possibly nodes. Not to mention the “muscle memory” we are establishing when we sing tired often.

We need to provide our body and thus our voice with quality sources of energy that will not overload us or have a negative effect on our throat, voice and vocal mechanism. Ashwaganda Root may be an excellent choice for this issue.

Ashwaganda Root as a Vocal Health Tool

Ashwagandha has been used for centuries for those suffering from fatigue, stress, low immune system issues and over all low energy. It is often referred to as the “Ayurvedic Ginseng.” It is used for the same issues as Ginseng but it is not “heating or Yang” in it’s stimulation like Ginseng. It is more subtle in it’s effect on the body.

Ashwagandha is an excellent choice for voice professionals and maintaining proper vocal health because of it’s ability to replenish the entire system. This is especially important for those voice professionals who are performing or presenting full time and on the road. This herb is excellent for helping with burn out due to excessive use of energy and poor diet and high stress levels. Sound familiar!

Heavy amounts of singing or speaking as a voice professional is what we do. It is part of the job description. It is almost as if we are always singing with a tired voice or body. This can be very dangerous and if done to much over time without proper support from a healthy energized body, we may find ourselves losing our most precious gift, our voice.

Restoring Vocal Health

Ashwagandha is also a great choice for those who are currently experiencing a burn out or downturn in energy levels and feel it in their singing or speaking. It provides us with additional life force to help us adapt to the stress we are constantly dealing with enabling us to sing with a more balanced energy and strength.

Along with a strong alkaline diet, lots of quality liquids, and a good solid technique, Ashwaganda is a fabulous choice for helping to deal with the demands put on a professional singer or speaker especially one who is on the road and performing on a regular basis. I take Ashwaganda daily as a part of my vocal health regimen.

It can be taken in capsule form, as an extract, or even as a tea. However, the extract generally contains the highest amount of herb and is most concentrated in addition to being digested and absorbed most efficiently.

Please remember to check with your doctor, herbalist or health care provider before changing any medications or adding herbs or supplements to your diet. This is extremely important as every one is different and may react differently when taking certain herbs and supplements or medications.

As always, I wish you the best on your quest for Superior Vocal Health.

Cleaning Your Sex Toy – The Most Important Sex Toy Practise

The importance of cleaning a sex toy after use is often overlooked by both toy companies and consumers alike. Sex toys don’t often come with instructions about how to clean them, but this is one of the most important practises when it comes to using your toy.

Why should I clean my sex toy?

Sex toys come into contact with the most sensitive parts of our body. While bacteria in these areas are kept to healthy levels by our bodily processes, when fluids come into contact with the material of a vibe or dildo the bacteria is no longer regulated.

Nasty bacteria including thrush can quickly multiply on a solid or porous surface and reintroducing these bacteria to your body can cause infections in your most sensitive places. It is important to clean your sex toy after each use for the reasons mentioned above. To avoid the spread of nasty bacteria during sessions, your toy should be cleaned after anal use (before using in another orifice) and before using on your partner.

How should I clean my sex toy?

You should invest in an antibacterial cleaner to remove fluids and microbes from your toy. These cleaners are strong enough to kill bacteria but mild enough to use after ever toy session. All toys should be cleaned, even those that do not directly come into contact with fluids or are used in the mouth.

Sex toy cleaner should be sprayed onto the toy and wiped gently with a cloth to remove any residue; they should then be left to air dry.

Vibes and dildos can also be cleaned with warm water and soap (preferably antibacterial soap) but remember where the toys will be used and consider this when choosing a soap. Sex toy cleaners have a balanced pH which does not interfere with the body’s natural harmony; however some hand soaps do not have this benefit therefore toys should be rinsed thoroughly after cleaning.

If your toy is silicone read the instructions carefully as some can be placed in boiling water or in your dishwasher to clean them thoroughly.

If your toy is battery operated or electric never submerge it in water as this can damage to it as well as you. Wash in running water away from the battery or electronic compartment.

How to Get Rid of a Yeast Infection For Good

Are you having recurring yeast infections even after trying conventional medicine and preferred natural remedies like garlic and lactobacillus acidophilus from yogurt and still suffering. Then you need to read this article. You will find out how to get rid of yeast infections for good.

Most people do not know that there are other underlying causes in the body that are propagating a yeast growth.

How to get rid of a yeast infections with the right Iodine levels in the body

I had never suffered from a candida infection in my life until recently when I had hypothyroidism while pregnant. After giving birth I developed a very severe form of thrush that could not just clear. I tried both prescription medicine, over the counter, and natural remedies but these brought only temporary relief. In my research, I found that hypothyroidism predisposed people to yeast overgrowth in the body. As a result, foods such as kelp that are rich in iodine or iodine supplements are helpful in treating stubborn yeast infection if combined with effective natural remedies.

How to get rid of  yeast infections with iron,vitamin B and selenium supplementation

Most women have low levels of iron and they are not even aware of it. A woman loses 13.5mg of iron through menstruation every month. Iron deficiency can cause anemia. Studies show that anemia and iron deficiency are precursors for yeast growth . Many people suggest the use of yogurt to provide the good bacteria that will discourage yeast overgrowth. However this good bacteria cannot grow well within an iron deficient body. A good source of iron is the liver. You can also supplement by taking chelated iron that the body absorbs easily, avoid the ferrous sulfate form of iron since it causes constipation. A woman needs about 8mg of additional iron daily to avoid iron deficiency.

Low levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid, which is also a B vitamin leads to iron deficiency in the body. It is important to have a good supply of vitamin B12 and folic acid in the body to avoid anemia. Studies have also shown that selenium deficiency is a big factor that promotes yeast growth.  Selenium is also a very powerful antioxidant that will boost the immune system.

Now you can see why your infection is not going away even with your best efforts. So really, how do you get rid of a yeast infection for good?

Get to know some good natural remedies that work and do not cause adverse side effects and also try to increase the levels of iodine, iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin B12 and folic acid in your body.

Make sure you check with your doctor before taking any supplements.

Psoriatic Arthritis Disease Suffers

Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune diseases in which the body is attacking itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection .

Rheumatoid arthritis is generally worse in the morning and associated with stiffness; in the early stages, patients often have no symptoms after a morning shower. In the aged and children, pain might not be the main feature; the aged patient simply moves less, the infantile patient refuses to use the affected limb.

Treatment with TNFalpha inhibitors results in not only substantial improvements in signs and symptoms of arthritis, but also improvements in all distinct sites of the disease, such as axial arthritis, dactylitis, enthesitis and skin disease.

There is a dearth of published pharmacoeconomic evaluations in the field of PsA. Treatment should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection. Do not start HUMIRA in patients with active infection (including chronic or localized).

Treatment is very difficult, and correction of predisposing causes may be useful. We present a 49-year-old woman affected by severe psoriatic arthritis since she was 19, with giant verrucous plaques on her lower limbs that had worsened progressively during the last 15 years.

Treatments such as massage, whirlpools, and cold or hot compresses can help alleviate joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, but they do not protect against bone loss or joint damage. They are designed to provide temporary relief and do not offer sustained pain relief.

Treatment for psoriatic arthritis is meant to control the skin lesions of psoriasis and the joint inflammation of arthritis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs , gold salts, and sulfasalazine are standard arthritis treatments, but have no effect on psoriasis.

It can also affect the spine. But is most usually felt at the knees, ankles, and the joints of the feet. Typically only a few of these joints are inflamed at any one time.

The pain is similar to the rheumatoid variety, except that it is accompanied by the eruption and shedding of skin over large areas of the .

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects 10-30% of the millions of Americans who have the skin condition psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. However, steroids are used only when absolutely needed because long-term use may cause serious side effects such as bone deterioration and joint weakness.

This type will often occurs within both males and females over the age of fifty and affects both sexes equally. Psoriasis and the joint disease arthritis often appear separately as the arthritis may precede the psoriasis in the majority of patients.

This type is among the lesser known forms of arthritis. It may not appear so common, but it affects a number reaching to a million.

Psoriatic arthritis may affect a single joint or this can affect several joints in symmetrical manner. This is commonly seen in hand joints in association with psoriasis of the nails.

These types of symptoms may vary. Most people with psoriatic arthritis will never need surgery. But it is a disease that usually appears when psoriasis is already shown so we could say that in most cases the two conditions will both affect the individual at the same time. We can thus notice that most patients will suffer from the associated joint symptoms and skin and nail lesions.

It can cause many other health problems such as lung inflammations and eye disease. People with this diagnosis who experience eye problems should immediately contact their physician since this condition could possibly lead to blindness.

This type is a condition in which a person suffers from the skin disease Proriasis and also has joint inflammation with arthritis symptoms. It is estimated that 10% of people who suffer from Psoriasis also suffer from Psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriatic arthritis can cause joint pain, immobility, and stiffness; dry, red patches (plaques) also form on the skin. Some people also experience problems with their fingernails or eyes.

Personal Values, Beliefs, Fears – Are Yeast Infections One of Your Current Or Recent Health Issues?

Yeast infections are a common health issue for women all over the world. In addition to using traditional medical treatment you may choose to explore complementary energy medicine and mind body spirit wisdom if this is one of your recent health issues.

Louise Hay is a long-time, respected pioneer in the field of mind body medicine. She has done phenomenal work in relating emotional and mental attitudes with specific illnesses.

The idea is that you can use the condition itself to help you understand the cause of the energy blocks that helped to create the physical challenge being experienced. In this way, re-balancing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels can help to recreate balance on the physical level.

As you read through the possible cause and affirmation below, take a few deep breaths to center in your heart so as to allow space for your own inner intuitive knowingness to provide relevant insights and understandings.

Personal Values, Beliefs, Fears and ‘Heal Your Body’ Causes of Yeast Infections

Denying your own needs. Not supporting yourself.

Louise Hay Affirmations For Yeast Infections

I now choose to support myself in loving, joyous ways.

Effects of Stress on the Body, Dimensions of Health and Wellness Tips For Yeast Infections

If you are experiencing yeast infections,spend quiet time with yourself and begin to process how any of the above information relates to you .

As you invest time and energy to more deeply understand how your yeast problems relate to life issues that concern you now, it is my experience that revealing insights will reveal themselves to you. Use these to help you decrease stressful factors and increase your experience of love, joy, peace and abundance in every area of your life.

Intestinal Candida – Is it the Cause of Your Belly Fat and Feeling Bloated?

Does your belly often feel bloated? Are you finding it difficult to lose belly fat? You may have symptoms of Intestinal Candida. Our diets today can encourage the overgrowth of Candida causing health problems especially in the digestive tract.

When yeast or Candida multiply beyond normal levels in the body they can threaten the immune system. Sometimes we do not realize we are feeding yeast and causing Candida overgrowth. Intestinal Candida can cause bloating, gas and cramps. Candida overgrowth can also cause desperate cravings for sugar and carbohydrates causing belly fat.

If Candida is fed and it grows it can burrow into organs, multiply and overrun the digestive tract, sinus passages, tongue and vagina. Candida can produce a by-product called acetaldehyde and is the same compound responsible for a hangover effect. Acetaldehyde is a toxin and can accumulate in muscles, the brain and spinal cord. It will cause muscles to ache, foggy thinking and pain.

Common Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth:

* Abdominal bloating or flatulence

* Unexplained fatigue

* Recurrent thrush and cystitis

* Food cravings, especially for sugar and bread (carbohydrates).

* Fungal infections of the skin or nails, athletes foot, Psoriasis

* Headaches

* Acne

* Rectal Itching

* Food and chemical sensitivities

* Endometriosis

* Abdominal pain

* Numbness, tingling and weak muscles

* Constipation

* Muscle aches, joint pain

* Blurred vision

* Ear-aches

* Recurrent sore throats and blocked nose

* Difficulties with weight gain or weight loss

* Symptoms worse in damp weather or places, moldy environments

* Alcohol intolerance

* Mood swings, feeling spacey, memory loss and depression

Reducing Candida can be a challenge but it can be done. You cannot completely get rid of Candida but you can stop the overgrowth through diet and nutrition.

Foods that contain yeast and you must avoid:

Cakes, breads, biscuits, crackers, rolls, buns, pastries, stuffing mixes, products with breadcrumbs, soya sauce, dried fruits, all fermented drinks such as beer, spirits, wine cider and malted products, vinegars, miso, tempeh, tofu, smoked meats and fish, processed meats and peanuts.

You must avoid eating sugar, dried fruit and some natural fruits in the beginning. Some people are unable to eat fruit at all. You must see how your body responds. Avoid alcohol, as this converts to pure sugar and will feed yeast. Avoid refined carbs that easily convert to sugar. These foods are usually white flour products and foods which are processed. Try to eat natural and organic foods, especially a lot of veggies.

At first when you are not eating the usual foods your Candida is use to you may suffer die off effects. The Candida is protesting and crying out for more food to feed the yeast. Side effects can include headaches, aches and pains, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and excess mucus. The die off effects can mimic everything you are struggling to be free of but stick with it and know that the new diet is working.

In little time these side effects will pass. It’s your body’s way of saying that “we are fighting the Candida, so please don’t feed the yeast!”

Fungal Infection Natural Home Remedies And Treatments

Fungal infections are of varied types such as athlete foot, ringworm, jock itch, and many more. These are caused by fungus tinea. Another popularly known fungal infection is yeast infection, caused by candida albicans. Fungal infections are more likely to develop in people with weak immune system. Diabetic people are also more likely to develop fungal infection and the reason behind it is the elevated level of glucose in the body. This increased level of sugar provides food for some fungus and encourage their growth.

The fungus develops a red scaling patch that itches. It may infect other exposed area of the body. Fungal infection is normally seen in the rainy season. The other symptoms of fungal infections are circular lesions, which are itchy, scaly and may occur on any exposed area of the body. In case of nail fungus, there may be rigidity, dryness and discoloration of the nails and formation of black streaks on the nail surfaces.

Ringworms are common type of fungal infection that infects the inner and upper parts of the thighs and the groins. Fungal infection may also cause baldness, itching and scaling in the scalp, and dryness and brittleness in the hair.

Home Remedies for Fungal Infections

1. Rub the juice of garlic on the region of the infection. This is a good home remedy for skin disorder of fungal origin.

2. One of the useful home remedies for fungal infection is turmeric. Pound a piece of fresh raw turmeric along with some holy basil leaves. Apply this paste locally on the affected area twice a day.

3. Prepare a paste by pounding together raw turmeric and few margosa (neem) leaves. Apply this paste on the infected region two or three times.

4. Prepare a paste of freshly ground basil leaves and apply locally on the infected area. This is a useful natural remedy in case of skin rash with fungal infection.

5. Extract the juice from fresh leaves of mint and apply locally to treat fungal infection.

6. Camphor mixed in some coconut oil when applied on the skin patch gives good relief from the infection. For best result, apply this remedy daily at least 3 times.

7. Scalp fungal infection causes a moth eaten appearance of multiple bald spots. Trim the hair properly to clean the scalp. Apply mashed garlic and onion juice to cure the patches.

8. There are many antifungal powders available in the market. Apply an antifungal powders on the infected area.

9. Proper hygiene is very important to prevent fungal growth.

Hope, I have covered some useful home remedies for fungal infection that may help you in the natural treatment of this problem. You can also find home remedies for various other health conditions by following our website given below.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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Home Treatment For Yeast Infection – 3 Easy Steps to Reverse This Chronic Condition!

The truth about yeast infections is that it is a Western problem and there is in fact a strong connection between Western Diet, Western lifestyle and  recurring yeast infections in spite of what conventional medicine and the media leads you to believe. Furthermore studies have shown that in non-western societies where people don’t eat Western food they are not prone to yeast infections or thrush as it also known! This article will feature some easy steps to follow for a successful home treatment to reverse this chronic and debilitating condition.

Home Treatment for Yeast Infection Step 1: Dietary Change

Certain foods that we eat make it easy for Candida to multiply giving rise to an infection. Eliminate or greatly reduce these and your symptoms will slowly disappear enabling you to feel healthier and more vibrant. These are refined carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour and white rice along with a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables. Add to this list overconsumption of alcohol and coffee.

Home Treatment for Yeast Infection Step 2: Improve Your Immune System

A weak immune system is a major contributor to Candida overgrowth. A weak immune system is brought on by lack of sleep, stress or regular use of pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics, birth control tips or steroids. The body is not in a position to defend itself in this state leading to candida overgrowth. Change your habits and you should begin to feel better quickly.

Home Treatment for Yeast Infection Step 3: Hygiene and Clothing

Wearing tight clothes and opting for nylon instead of cotton underwear makes it hard to allow for proper genital breathing and thus accelerates Candida overgrowth. Using perfumed washing products alters the pH level in the vagina environment which triggers a thrush infection. Change these habits and you will get relief from you symptoms.

Getting rid of yeast infections naturally does not come with serious health side effects that are generally associated with prescribed antibiotics. Many women and men have reported success with implementing the holistic natural home treatment. These will permanently cure the root cause of the infection not just the symptoms and will dramatically improve the overall quality of your life naturally without drugs and without side effects. 

Steam Rooms and Health – Do They Affect Yeast Infections?

If you want to know the effect of steam rooms to the health on yeast infection then this article is for you. This article will discuss about the connection of yeast infections and steam rooms. This idea is based on an email from a reader. She has a couple of questions. She wants to know if sitting in a steam room or sauna affects yeast. She loves to go to the gym and enjoy sitting in the steam room or sauna three times a week. However, she does notice that after she has been in the steam room or sauna, her candidiasis acts up.

She also wants to start a yeast-free diet. She is wondering where on the internet that she can get the list.

If you have a similar situation as her, here is my opinion on it. For the yeast-free diet, you can go to the site of William G. Crook, who wrote The Yeast Syndrome (which is a really great book). The book has a very comprehensive diet plan. I’m sure it will do good for you.

Whenever you take hot, steamy showers for too long, if many of your symptoms start acting up, I speculate that maybe it is because your house has a lot of mold and it gets in the steam.

Also, if your tap water is chlorinated, the heat of a hot shower allows chlorine gas to be given off in small quantities. You inhale the chlorine while standing in hot shower. If you have an intolerance to handle chlorine which many in the candida/compromised immune system do, you will feel bad when you get out of a long hot shower. Get a good filter for shower head and you may solve your problems with hot showers.

Acupuncture Can Help With Allergies

How does acupuncture treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies? This can be done locally or generally. Many allergy symptoms are located above the neck, that is, in the head. This is an indication that energy is not flowing smoothly from the head into the rest of the body, and vice versa. All the yang meridians flow from the head down to the feet, or from the hands up to the head. In the course of local treatment, small, sterile needles are placed directly on points where symptoms are especially active – like the head or side of the nose – allowing the “congested” energy to free up and dissipate. Your local Asheville NC acupuncture practitioner can open those channels in the neck and shoulders and allow the energy to flow.

Acupuncture is an effective, safe and natural aid in the fight against seasonal allergies. It helps to relieve symptoms such as itchy/watery eyes, congestion, headaches and fatigue, and it brings the body into balance so that it can better defend itself against allergens. With the wild winter we’ve had this year, the North Carolina mountains are sure to have a vibrantly beautiful spring. All that winter precipitation will give way to a bounty of thriving flora when the warmer months finally arrive. This is great news for those who love spring, but a catch-22 for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. The good news is that there is natural relief for allergy sufferers- and that relief need not be temporary.

Aside from receiving acupuncture, Asheville NC or wherever you know of a practitioner, there are some other natural approaches to boosting the immune system and being rid of allergies. These are easy steps to take that don’t cost a lot of money or effort. In other words, nearly anyone can…

• try a homeopathic allergy remedy. Homeopathic medicine works by matching the vibration of your symptoms to a particular remedy. When the vibrations match, they cancel the symptoms out and improve overall health.
• take a regular multivitamin/mineral supplement year round.
• eat local, seasonal foods and more raw foods than you usually would, especially in the warmer months.
• Eat local honey and bee pollen- test the pollen first by having a tiny granule to make sure you don’t have a reaction. The local honey and bee pollen is made from pollen of local flowers, so when you’re exposed to that later, your immune system will not see it as an invader and try to attack it, causing allergy symptoms.

Your Asheville acupuncture specialist will address the root causes of your allergies by doing a complete inventory and assessment of your whole self. Acupuncturists treat very specifically and individually, making sure the underlying cause of allergies are cleared. This is the main benefit of acupuncture: bringing a person into balance so that the body may heal itself of physical, mental and emotional ailments – which is not incomprehensible when you think about how they’re all interrelated aspects of the self. When the body is fully in balance, symptoms disappear and health is restored.