Brochitis Disease

This disease is as a result of the inflammation of the large bronchi also known as the medium sized airways.  If left untreated, it can progress to pneumonia. Over time, that is, months of constant irritation of the airways, the condition regresses to asthma.  Bronchitis disease symptoms, include an expectorant cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, headaches, wheezing and occasional chest pains.  The air passages are blocked by the mucous piling up in them.

The causes of a bronchitis disease are viruses, bacteria and exposure to dangerous fumes.  This includes smoking. According to the cause of the disease, different treatment options are available.  Bronchitis disease caused by bacteria is treated using antibiotics, expectorant cough syrup and bronchodilaters.  Those caused by viruses do not require treatment using antibiotics.  The symptoms usually disappear on their own after a few days.

Bronchitis disease starts with a dry cough.  This cough is usually severe and can wake you at night.  After a few days, the cough becomes productive.  This is followed by the other symptoms of bronchitis.  These symptoms usually last for about a week or less. 

The expectorant cough can last for up to a month.  If it lasts for more than a month, more diagnosis is required.  This should be done by an ear, mouth and nose doctor.  This is to rule out other conditions such as asthma.

When bronchitis disease is not fully treated, it can progress to other health issues.  It is therefore very important to finish the prescribed dosage even if the symptoms have all gone.  This ensures full treatment.

Whiplash – What You Must Know About TMJ

In horse and buggy days whiplash was rare. Sure, a horse could bolt and cause a whiplash type reaction on passengers. But, let’s face it-horses rarely spaced out and ran into the buggy in front of them.

Whiplash Defined

One simple definition from Mosby Medical Encyclopedia is: “an injury to the neck vertebrae or their supporting ligaments and muscles. There is pain and stiffness. It usually results from sudden speeding or slowing down, as in a rear-end collision that causes a violent back and forth movement of the head and neck.”

There are many injuries that can be caused in this type of accident. They range from sprain/strain that clears up quickly to spinal cord damage resulting in death. Getting full compensation for whiplash means identifying, and getting each separate injury diagnosed and treated. One very common injury from whiplash is TMJ.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ or Temporo Mandibular Joint syndrome is an abnormal condition with facial pain and poor function of the lower jaw. It is apparently caused by a defective or dislocated temporomandibular joint.

What Are The Symptoms?

According to the TMJ Association: ” TMJ pain is often described as a dull aching pain in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear, which comes and goes.”

Other symptoms can include:

• Being unable to open the mouth comfortably
• Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint
• Locking of the jaw when attempting to open the mouth
• Headaches
• A bite that feels uncomfortable or “off”
• Neck, shoulder and back pain
• Swelling on the side of the face

Additional symptoms may include: ringing in the ears, ear pain, decreased hearing, dizziness and vision problems.

Treatment for TMJ

Minor TMJ can sometimes be fixed very quickly by a chiropractor but if this fails you’ll need to see a specialist. (Seeing a specialist will add value to your case so if your chiro can’t fix the problem in a visit or two it’s time to move up to the big leagues.)

A TMJ specialist is usually a dentist who has special training in diagnosing and treating the disorder. The specialist may fit you with a splint. This is a plastic device that fits over your upper and lower teeth–kind of like a mouth guard used in football. This device can reduce grinding and clenching of the teeth. It is often worn at night.

If the splint does not work some dentists may try flushing out the joint. This is done by inserting two needles in the joint, a cleansing solution is pumped in through one and out through the other. Sound painful? Very. Fortunately for you a local anesthesia is used during the process.

This “two needles approach” can also be used to introduce pain medication into the joint.

Cortisone injections are another therapy used when the splint does not work. They can be very helpful in relieving inflammation and pain.

If all else fails, surgery is available as a final option to replace the jaw joints with artificial implants. If your doctor suggests surgery you should know that the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) advises that you seek a second opinion or two before proceeding.

Paying for TMJ Treatment

Many health insurance and dental insurance plans just say “no” to paying for TMJ treatment. However, if you were in a car crash and have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Med-Pay coverage you may find that such coverage will pay for the treatment.

TMJ specialists will sometimes work on a “which” means they get paid when your injury case settles. Once when a young mother needed TMJ surgery I sent a letter to every oral surgeon in the valley and found one who agreed to perform the surgery on a lien. The surgery fixed her problem and added tremendous value to her case.

Conclusion

TMJ problems are common after car crashes. Be aware of the symptoms and, if present, get checked out by a TMJ specialist. Finding and treating TMJ will add a lot of value to your injury case, not to mention long term relief that will be more valuable than money.

Chondromalacia Patella – A Fancy Scientific Way of Describing a Certain Type of Knee Pain

If you have a painful knee, particularly when taking the stairs, you could have a condition called chondromalacia patella. Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome or anterior knee pain, this condition is often caused by the irritation or injury to the cartilage under your kneecap.

Symptoms and Causes

Picture the cartilage behind the knee cap as a biologica friction reducer, reducing the friction of every step you make whether it is walking, running, jumping or even skipping. Repetitive movements, overuse of the knee or even injury can damage the cartilage over time. The cartilage in the knee joint itself is a shock absorber, the cartilage behind the knee cap is more to help with smooth movement / reducing friction)  Because going up and down the stairs puts a lot of stress on the knee, this is when you most often feel the pain. You likely will feel pain if you sit for long periods with a bent knee or when you squat or kneel as well. Some people feel a grinding or crushing sensation during knee extensions.

Repetitive actions which stress the knee joints such as competitive jump roping or track and field events can cause chondromalacia patella. Injury such as a knee fracture or even a dislocation can be a contributing factor. Improperly aligned bones in the foot or knee are another cause of the anterior knee pain.

Specific activities, sex and age all are contributing risk factors of patellofemoral pain. Jumping and running sports strain or traumatise the knee. Women are more likely than men to develop this knee condition due to the wider pelvic region. In addition, young adults and teenagers tend to develop this condition because of their higher physical activity levels.

Treatment

Treatment of anterior knee pain typically takes a multi-pronged approach using physiotherapy and orthotics  in the form of prescription insoles in the shoes). There are specific exercises that can strengthen muscles around the knees, legs and hips that can help with rehabilitation. Exercise such as swimming, which does not put any stress on the knees is encouraged too. An orthopaedic professional will likely also expound on the virtues of ice therapy after exercise as well as over the counter pain relievers with anti-inflammatories.

Orthotic foot insoles and supportive braces for the knees can also go a long way towards reducing pain and increasing mobility. These feet arch supports and knee braces can help improve any misalignments as well as protect the knee joint itself. Only as a last resort would realignment surgery or arthroscopy be considered for a case of chondromalacia patella. Luckily, physical rehabilitation and orthotics often does the job of alleviating the knee pain so you can maintain an active lifestyle.

Top 5 Bone Fractures

Most people have experienced some kind of bone fracture in their lifetime, whether treated or untreated. These can sometimes be in the form of a hairline fracture, or even a major break. Either way, fracturing a bone is no laughing matter, even if it’s your funny bone. The top five bone fractures are common among people of all ages, and can cause major problems.

1. The Wrist – This is the most likely point of fracture in the entire human body. Many people experience wrist fracture doing daily activities. They can fall and try to catch themselves, twist it wrong, slam it in a car door, or a variety of other things. Fractures of the wrist can affect the radius, or they can affect the ulna. If not one of these major bones, there are several other bones in the hand that can be part of a wrist fracture, all of which are uncomfortable.

2. The Hip – Hip fractures are common in elderly people, though anyone can get one. Taking a fall on the hip can mean months of recovery, and for some, total hip replacement surgery. A break in the hip affects a person’s overall well being, leaving them unable to walk and do everyday chores. So unless laying around on the couch in pain all day is your cup of tea, it is best to avoid this type of fracture.

3. The Ankle – Another highly fracture prone area of the body is the ankle. This rotating joint is a point of pressure for the weight of the entire body. While it is made to withstand a person’s weight and more, hitting it wrong or jumping on it incorrectly can lead to some serious cast and crutches time.

4. The Arm – Perhaps one of the most used bones in the body, the arms are our ability to do work, carry things, clean, drive and more. Having a fractured arm can mean feeling less independent in needing help with everyday activities. Once the fracture has healed, muscles have usually degenerated and need to be rebuilt, leaving a feeling of weakness.

5. The Legs – Yes, we walk on them, but the legs are good for so much more. Usually a fractured leg is put in a brace or cast, leaving it straightened and immobile. Crutches can help you get around on a broken leg, but there is no squating down, jumping, running, or lifting allowed. It can also be difficult for a person with a broken leg to dress themselves or shower themselves.

While many fractures are due to carelessness or accidents, a large portion are due to underlying conditions that are completely preventable. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects many people of all ages, especially women, around the world. As people age, the bones can begin to weaken and become brittle, causing the slightest thing to result in bone fracture.

Cerebral Palsy and the Road to Independence

Tim Harding, Vice Principal of Treloar College, Alton, Hampshire tells one student’s story of life with cerebral palsy and the fight to become more independent.

Nineteen year old Justin is about to leave full time education, having studied at Treloar School and then Treloar College for the last five years.

Justin has spastic quadriplegia, a type of cerebral palsy in which all four limbs are affected. Justin is in a wheelchair and requires help with various daily activities, such as bathing. During his time at Treloar’s, he has been receiving specialist residential care; however, through lots of hard work with his therapists, he is now able to move towards an independent life.

Justin’s key worker, Sue, meets with him at least once a week to discuss the short-term and long-term goals he can work towards. All these goals are focused on achieving independence.

Physiotherapy is a core area of treatment for cerebral palsy, and one of the main aims of Justin’s work with physiotherapist Dee has been to prevent or limit contractures and limb deformities that can occur with his form of cerebral palsy. It’s been a real team effort, and Dee believes that Justin is now able to carry out a great many movements independently. He can now feed himself, transfer himself out of his wheelchair and walk a short distance using a Kaye Walker.

Justin also works regularly with Maggie, an occupational therapist. In his first year at Treloar College, he learnt skills such as accessing and setting up a computer, producing his work independently, and managing his wheelchair on the road. In his second year, his abilities have been extended to include skills like withdrawing money from a cash point, booking local travel, going shopping and using domestic appliances. With other students he has learnt how to plan a weekly menu, do his own laundry and cook basic meals. All of these life skills have helped Justin to gain confidence and become more independent.

Justin has a slight stammer, which is not necessarily a result of cerebral palsy, and he has some difficulties maintaining pitch and volume in his voice. He worked regularly with his speech and language therapist, Caroline, during his first year at college. This enabled him to develop techniques to manage his speech difficulties independently. As there are some speech sounds he cannot hear, Justin has hearing aids. However, he has been given all the information he needs to make an informed decision about their use and he makes his own choices about when and where he is comfortable using them.

Last year, Justin undertook a seven month work experience placement at his local supermarket. He worked for five hours once a week on the customer services desk and at the checkout. Justin acknowledged that he wasn’t as fast as his colleagues and sometimes people had to ask him to repeat what he was saying. He took the feedback he received constructively, but he realised that this was not the role he wanted on a full time basis. When he was just seven years old he wrote his first play, and has ambitions to become a children’s writer.

Justin’s next challenge is making his London home suitable for his needs. He is nervous about leaving college, as he knows life in the wider world will be challenging and he will really miss all the friends he has made. When asked whether he felt he has benefited being at a school and college specifically for young people with physical disabilities, Justin was quite candid:

“Treloar’s helped me to grow up. It helped me to be an adult and more independent. Regarding my disability, CP, Treloar’s has helped me to be more positive and speech and language therapy has helped me to get rid of my stuttering.”

So what would Justin say to other young people with cerebral palsy? “Don’t be negative because you can do what you want to do, as long you have the mind and the determination to achieve it. Be positive and you will be a winner.”

How To Avoid Analysis Paralysis

As network and internet marketers, we are bombarded on a daily basis with ‘the next big thing,’ ‘the latest and greatest…’

When we finally do find an opportunity, or company, that interests us, it often takes us awhile to get going. A lot of us have a tendency to succumb to analysis paralysis. We want to know all there is to know about something, or have everything perfect, waiting for the right moment or the right circumstances before we proceed.

It’s just not wise to try to take in so much information. The more information we try to cram into our brain, the more likely we are to forget what is already there.

We can become overwhelmed and often start to question if we can really do what we’ve set out to do. Can we really get the results others have gotten? Can I really do this?

I am no stranger to analysis paralysis. I spent close to a year studying and learning before I took action and fully committed to the company I chose as my primary income opportunity. Even though I knew that they were a reputable company with proven results, I was still apprehensive and wondered if I could really get the results others were getting. So I tried to learn as much as I could before I got started, hoping to avoid a lot of trial and error and costly mistakes. What I didn’t realize is that the trial and error is part of the learning process.

I also realized that the longer it takes to get started, the longer it takes to get results and start experiencing some success. I learned that the hard way by watching a lot of people that came into the company around the same time I did experiencing the success that I could have been having, had I chosen to take action.

Some of the best advice I ever got was; as soon as you learn something new, take action. Don’t wait until the next training call or webinar. Do it now! Apply your knowledge. You may not get the results you are looking for right away, but you are laying the foundation and, as time goes on, you will gain more knowledge and experience. You will get better at that particular task, and start seeing better results.

Success is not determined solely by the knowledge that you have, but by the action you take.

Hernia Surgery And Pain After Exercising – What To Do

Developing a hernia can be unsightly at best and painful at worst. Surgery is usually the favored remedy for any type of hernia that is discovered on your body by you or your doctor. In fact, not treating a hernia surgically can lead to serious medical complications.

What is a Hernia?

An hernia results from a weakness or tear in the muscle of the abdominal wall that contains the gut, or intestines. Over time, as the weakness in the wall becomes more pronounced, a small portion of the intestine can actually protrude through the abdominal wall. This is the hernia itself.

Some people with a hernia may see it come and go over time. For example, it may go away on certain days, or maybe when they are laying down. At other times, it returns and prominently shows itself as a noticeable bulge in the skin. Once this game of cat and mouse has happened a number of times, most folks will get the idea of going to the doctor to have the situation diagnosed.

Hernias take no account of your sex, and they occur frequently in both men and women.

Types of Hernias

All hernias happen in the same way: through a weakening of the body’s abdominal wall structure. Exactly where in the hernia occurs determines the type of hernia you have. Working generally from the middle of the torso down toward the groin, here are the types of hernia:

1. An incisional hernia occurs at the site of a previous abdominal surgery.

2. An umbilical hernia occurs around the site of the navel. It can occur in infants, for example, whose muscles did not close completely around the umbilicus.

3. A direct inguinal hernia involves a protrusion of the intestine through the lower abdominal wall.

4. A femoral hernia is a type of groin hernia that can appear as a bulge in the thigh.

5. An indirect inguinal hernia involves a protrusion of the intestine through the inguinal wall.

How Hernia Surgery Repairs Your Hernia

Hernia surgery always involves pushing the contents of the gut back into the body cavity and then closing the opening in the abdominal wall. In most cases, the opening is covered using a mesh patch that is secured to the site permanently, with no long-term risk or damage to the body.

Should You Exercise After Hernia Surgery?

After hernia surgery, you should be careful to stay in bed for the first day or so. But after that, it is important to frequently get out of bed and walk around – at least once every hour. You need to gently but firmly exercise your body through careful, slow movements at first. Reason: this type of movement will actually strengthen the abdominal wall around the site of the hernia. In fact, NOT exercising after hernia surgery is actually risky behavior – since it can lead to a recurrence of the hernia.

Hernia Surgery and Pain after Exercising

What happens if you still experience hernia pain, even after exercising? Follow these steps:

1. Determine which types of exercise are causing the pain. Is it just heavy, fast and frenetic exercise like jogging or lifting heavy weights – or is it any type of exercise? If it’s just the heavy stuff causing the pain, you should obviously lay off these heavier exercises for a while. But, don’t stop your other types of exercise like walking and light stretching.

2. If even light exercise is causing pain after hernia surgery, give it a day or two without any movement, then try the light exercise again and see what happens. If you are still experiencing problems, you should see your doctor right away.

In many cases, some pain after exercising is probably nothing to worry about. However, if the pain continues or if you see your hernia re-emerge – or if a new hernia emerges at a difference spot on your body – ask your doctor to examine the site of the surgery to make sure things are fine.

Knowing About Diseases of the Spine

It provides support for your body as muscles are attached to it. Also, it provides the overall shape to your body. However, there are lots of people who face problems with their spine. Any type of pain that will be associated to your spine may be because of a serious disease of spine. So, you must never take this pain lightly as things can become worse if you will practice carelessness.

When it comes to spinal diseases, you can feel pain because of several reasons. For instance, if you are having a low back pain, then it may be because of lumbosacral muscle strain which can lead to disability in some cases. In this condition, a person will usually feel better with rest. However, low back pain may be because of other spinal conditions.

Lumbar disc herniation is another condition which may be contributing towards increasing your low back pain. If you will be having back pain because of lumbar disc herniation, you will feel more pain while sitting. Spinal stenosis is another reason behind the low back pain. When it comes to spinal stenosis, you can actually feel pain in different sections or regions of your spine. Actually, spinal stenosis is a situation where your nerves get pressed which means that you can feel pain in different parts of your body.

So, it can really be a confusing situation to deal with. As this pain is because of the pressure on nerves, so, you will feel a bit relieved while sitting as the space between the vertebrae becomes increased. It is bit different from herniated disk as there a disk will slip out of its place to press a nerve. Apart from these abovementioned problems, low back pain may be because of vertebral fracture, spondylolisthesis or because of simple inflammation.

Here, it is also essential to mention that pain in back or spine may be because of a tumor. Spinal cord tumors are caused by the high protein content. In most cases, this tumor can be removed, but, situation can get worse if you will not pay a sufficient attention to it. Speaking of spinal tumor, it is pertinent to mention that there are certain types of it. Bony tumors of the spinal column, Extra dural tumor, Intra dural extra medullary and Intra medullary tumors are the basic types of spinal tumors.

There are different methods that are used to deal with different tumors and spinal conditions. In most cases, people are treated with certain therapies. These therapies are used to remove pressure from certain nerves which get pressed because of different reasons. This can really help to relieve pain. However, the treatment will depend on the severity of the pain that you will be having. If its severity will be greater, then you may have to go for some surgical treatment to get out of the pain.

Shingles – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Shingles is distinctive because it affects only one side of the body. Shingles is derived from the Latin and French words for belt or girdle, reflecting distribution of the rash in a broad band. The chickenpox virus (varicella) remains in a dormant state in the body in the root of nerves that control sensation. The majority of people with shingles, however, are healthy. No special tests need to be done to see if your immune system is strong. It occurs only in people who have had chickenpox in the past and represents a reactivation of the dormant varicella virus.

What causes shingles?

Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus “sleeps” (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus “wakes up” when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system. It is not clear why this happens. But after the virus becomes active again, it can only cause shingles, not chickenpox.

Symptoms

The main symptom of shingles is often extreme sensitivity or pain in a broad band on one side of the body. The pain and general symptoms subside gradually as the eruption disappears. In uncomplicated cases recovery is complete in 2-3 weeks in children and young adults, and 3 to 4 weeks in older patients. The pain may be just in one spot or it may spread out. The patient usually feels quite unwell with fever and headache. The lymph nodes draining the affected area are often enlarged and tender.

Before a rash is visible, the patient may notice several days to a week of burning pain and sensitive skin. Before the rash is visible, it may be difficult to determine the cause of the often severe pain. Shingles start as small blisters on a red base, with new blisters continuing to form for three to five days. The blisters follow the path of individual nerves that comes out of the spinal cord (called a dermatomal pattern). The entire path of the nerve may be involved or there may be areas with blisters and areas without blisters.

Treatment

Antiviral medications are also routinely prescribed in severe cases of shingles or when the eye is affected. Such treatment needs to begin within three days of getting the rash to be effective, so if you suspect you have shingles, see your doctor immediately. For reasons that are not completely understood, some PHN patients get no relief from pain medication, and what works in one case may not be effective in another.

The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be significantly reduced by immediate treatment with antiviral drugs, which include acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famcyclovir. Antiviral drugs may also help stave off the painful aftereffects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia (see section entitled “What are the Complications of Shingles?). Doctors now recommend starting antiviral drugs within 72 hours of the first sign of the shingles rash. Early treatment is believed to reduce the risk of postherpetic neuralgia and may speed up the healing process.

Why Scar Tissue Causes Back Pain

Effects of scar tissue on back pain and leg pain
When scar tissue forms near the nerve root, it’s called epidural fibrosis. Epidural fibrosis is a common occurrence after back surgeries. This is so common that it often occurs in patients with both successful surgical outcomes as well as patients that continue to have the leg and back pain they felt before the surgery. Keeping this in mind we can understand why the importance of scar tissue as the potential cause of postoperative pain is controversial. This is commonly referred to as failed back surgery syndrome.
When our body goes into repair mode, scar tissue formation becomes part of the normal healing process after any traumatic injury. Although scar tissue can be the cause of back pain or leg pain, because it does not have any nerve endings, the scar tissue in itself is not painful. The binding or “tethering” of the lumbar nerve root by the fibrous adhesions is the main factor in the back pain or leg pain.
The term pinched nerve refers to the pain or impaired function of a nerve that is under pressure. Nerves that control muscle movements or relay sensations to the brain are usually affected.
Tingling, numbness, burning sensations or shooting pains down the buttocks and leg or in the fingers arms neck and shoulder are the initial symptoms of a pinched nerve.
Sometimes the pains and sensations are distant from the point of pressure. For instance, a pinched nerve in the low back may cause pain in the calf as the only symptom. When there is nerve damage from constant pressure, pain and weakness may increase. There may be a loss of reflexes, movement skills, sensation in the affected area, and withering (atrophy) of the affected muscles can occur.
Other common causes of pain after back surgery
A comprehensive physical examination should be preformed if a patient suffers from continued back pain or leg pain after a laminectomy or discectomy surgery procedure. An appropriate diagnostic imaging technique should often be able to locate the cause of the pain. there are a few things that can be done before and/or after spine surgery that have the potential to limit the formation of scar tissue over the operative disc.
Every year in the United States there are approximately 200,000 lumbar laminectomy and discectomy (microdiscectomy) surgeries performed. In these 200,000 surgeries, ninety percent of them will have a positive outcome. The search for solutions to the other 10% of surgical patients with continued pain begins with an assessment of the cause for the back pain or leg pain.
The clinical profile of epidural fibrosis
Most often the symptoms that are associated with epidural fibrosis will appear about six to twelve weeks after the back surgery process. Usually this is preceded by an initial period of pain relief after the surgery. As time draws on the patient slowly develops recurrent back pain or leg pain. The improvement will sometimes occur immediately after the back surgery, although sometimes the nerve damage from the original pathology has the nerve heal more slowly.

If the patients leg pain continues after the surgery but begins to improve over the next three months, he or she will most likely continue to improve. If there is no improvement made within three months of the initial surgery, it is not likely to have been a successful procedure. The patient will continue to have back pain and leg pain.

Disabled Living In Ontario Can Go For A Lot Of Disability Benefits

People living here with disabilities have not to worry about the supporting hands because the Canada government has launched several beneficiary programs, and Ontario citizens can claim for the Ontario Disability Benefits. This is one of the ambitious plans of the government to provide direct help to the disabled people in the form of income support and employment supports. The disabled people are largely supported by the external helps needed to live life comfortably. The Ontario disability support program (ODSP) is managed and delivered by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

The agenda of the ODSP is to provide benefits, special payment, rapid reinstatement, determining income support, etc. This program is basically designed to meet the unique needs of the disabled people and their families, who are in need of financial support as well as want to work for additional support. It is intended to provide the necessary supports to enable these affected people and families to live independently in the community. To avail the benefits you must have a verified physical or mental disability for the last one year or more. This defection must make it difficult to care for you, participate in community life and must be 18 year of age. And you must be a resident of Ontario.

There are 2 step processes to examine your conditions of eligibility; first step is to assess your financial condition and second step is to consider your health (physical and mental) conditions. Ontario disability benefit sources are reliable enough but you have to prove your eligibility first. Under the disability determination process the health professionals complete the disability determination package provided by Ontario works. The package must be returned to the disability adjudication unit within 90 days.

The criteria include the persons in receipt of Canada Pension Plan Disability. He or she should be 65 years of age or older and not eligible for Old age security. The income support determined on the basis of legislated rates, family size and age of children as well as type and cost of recommendation. It deducts any chargeable income. In addition to the monthly income support, the eligible people under Ontario disability benefit can find some other benefits, such as drug and dental coverage, vision care, pregnancy/breast-feeding nutritional allowance, mobility devices and repairs, hearing aids etc. People can find some online counseling guidance in order to avail these facilities.

Home Remedies For Strep Throat – Remedies That Actually Work

Strep throat is the infection of pharynx, tonsils, esophagus  that is caused by the bacteria A Streptococcus. The throat becomes inflamed, red and sore. Some of the symptoms of strep throat  may include difficulty in swallowing, headache, feeling weak, rash,  loss of appetite, excessive sweating, stomach pain, fever, sore throat, red, and white patches on the tonsils and throat. The symptoms of strep throat generally improved for 3 to 5 day. If you have developed a sore throat for more than a week, it is typically caused by something else and not strep.

Strep throat is a contagious disease that can easily spread infection from one person to another through direct touch or contamination of inanimate object. In order to reduce your risk of getting strep throat, it is important to maintain good personal hygiene and to avoid close contact with a person who already has the infection. People who suffer from strep throat should also take proper measures to help reduce the spread of bacterial infection.

Left untreated,  strep throat may develop serious health issues such as tonsillitis, kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever, sinus infections, ear infections, and pneumonia. In the vast majority of cases, strep throat  can be treated with antibiotics but there are home remedies for strep throat that can relieve your sore throat and promote faster healing

Saline Gargle. Cost effective and effortless- saline gargle is one of the most common home remedies for strep throat. You can find it in your kitchen. Just add about one half to one teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm water, stir and gargle. It helps if you do gargling about thrice a day. Salt has a soothing effect and helps kill the bacteria that cause strep throat.

Cinnamon and Ginger. One of the most effective strep throat home remedies is through the use of cinnamon and ginger. Boil one teaspoon of powdered cinnamon and ginger and take this as a medicine for strep throat. Ginger and cinnamon have excellent healing properties that many consider to be effective in treating various types of inflammations especially strep throat.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey. What else can apple cider vinegar not do? Apple cider is very common the list for effective home remedies for strep throat and other conditions, too. Mixing a tablespoon of apple cider and one tablespoon of honey to a glass of hot water can work wonders. Sip this mixture slowly to ensure an ample amount passes through your throat but do not let the mixture get cold.

Ice Cream Bars. Who says Ice Cream Bars are only for those who have sweet tooth? The thing with sore throat is that our pharynx is inflamed and blood vessels in the area are dilated. These needs to be remedied and cold foods that can help constrict the vessels that cause the inflammation. Ice cream bars a good way of relieving the heat inside our throat. First is that it is cold and second is that it has a semi-solid solution allowing it to pass slowly to our throat.

Chew Garlic. Garlic has antibiotic properties called allicin which kills strep bacteria. Cut a thin slice of garlic then place in your cheek. Make sure to suck the garlic cloves like a candy then let them very slowly slide down your throat and swallow them.

Warm Compress. Take face cloth soaked in warm water and apply it into your throat. Heat has amazing healing and soothing properties, making it one of the effective home remedies for strep throat

Proper hydration. Proper hydration will keep your body systems working properly, including metabolism and digestion, and help in treating infections like common cough and colds.

What Causes Tonsil Stones

Not all get tonsil stones as only some people get tonsil stones.  Many scientists and researchers conducted various researches on what causes tonsil stones and how. Based on various theories and tests they found out that tonsil stones otherwise called as tonsilloloths were caused due to the bacteria that produces sulphur, food particle debris, mucus formed out of post nasal drip and others collected in the tonsil crevasses.

The tonsil stones thus formed are hard white or yellowish colored particles which has a foul odor.  When they are properly treated soon they can become bigger in size and more in number.  Some of the normal and often found symptoms caused by tonsil stones include sore throat; feeling of something has got obstructed in the throat and bad breath.

Since the reasons are causes of tonsil stones are known recently many doctors tend to think that they can cure them by prescribing antibiotics and when do not work they might even suggest tonsillectomy.  But in reality a surgery to remove tonsil stones might not be required as tonsils guard the body from air borne bacteria or virus and do the job of catching them without enabling them to enter the body. They also help in eliminating certain food stuffs that might not be taken by the body easily like the fats, oils, diary products and refined sugar with the help of tonsils.  Hence they are much required in the body. There are various natural or herbal remedies that can be used for getting rid of tonsil stones and revitalizing the tonsils and lymph system.  Yoga, acupuncture, diet and exercise are found to be very effective in doing it.

If what causes tonsil stones is known it can help in preventing it from occurring.  Even though there are various causes for the formation of tonsil stones the major ones are said to be improper dental or oral hygiene and food particles accumulating in the crevasses of tonsils.  Most often the tonsil stones get coughed up knowingly or unknowingly but there are also instances where are required to be removed using surgery.  Tonsil stones normally do to harm the sufferers physically in a bigger way but they can affect psychologically because of the obstructive feeling and bad breath which are not liked by many.

The causes of tonsil stones can differ from one person to another. Some people misunderstood for it to be tonsillitis precursor.  The actual reason should be found out and modify that habit.  For instance persons who do not brush, floss or clean the mouth properly or who do not gargle after having food should start their oral and dental hygiene to keep the tonsils in good condition and to prevent tonsil stones from occurring.

Home Remedies for Curing Tonsil Stones
Tonsillectomy not only can lead to various health problems later but also does not come at a cheaper price.  The surgery can also hinder day to day activities for some time.  Hence, it is avoided most often. In fact, there are natural and scientifically proven ways to get rid of tonsil stones so they never return. It’s absolutely not necessary to go for a long, drawn out surgery or wasting your money on expensive nasal sprays and tablets. Follow a step-by-step program that will show you exactly how to get rid of your tonsil stones naturally and ensure they never come back! You can learn more about the program that promises a natural cure for tonsil stones from here

Gastric Bypass Surgeries and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, (PCOS), is a metabolic disorder where undeveloped follicles collect on the ovaries causing a hormonal imbalance. This imbalance can affect fertility, increase body hair on some areas and thin hair in other regions. Sufferers have excessive fat around the midsection which they find difficult if not impossible to lose.

PCOS patients also tend to have insulin resistance or diabetes. Obesity is one of the listed causes of PCOS, but PCOS can also be the reason for the obesity. Gastric bypass offers an end to that catch 22.

Normally during a menstrual cycle, follicles grow within the ovaries and eggs develop within the follicles. The fastest egg to reach maturity will be released into the fallopian tube to await fertilization. The remaining follicles will degenerate.

If the egg isn’t fertilized, it happens again the next month. After a while the polycystic ovary will take on a grape-cluster appearance. The over abundance of follicles stimulate the hormones and create an imbalance inside the female body.

In PCOS, degeneration of the excess follicles doesn’t happen. When weight is lost, it is thought to somehow help degenerate the follicles instead of leaving them undeveloped. Gastric bypass surgery enables the PCOS sufferer to lose weight. Many times, when the excess weight is lost, the ovaries will return to normal and the symptoms of the syndrome will subside. Hormones will balance out and the woman can conceive.

Losing weight with gastric bypass surgery has also been linked to the spontaneous reduction of diabetic issues and pre-diabetes, also known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance and diabetes happens when the body does not properly utilize insulin and too much sugar builds up. When the body is rid of extra weight, it can better manage it’s insulin.

Opponents of using gastric bypass with PCOS patients argue that it is not safe with women who want to have children. The gastric bypass diet is unable to provide enough nutrition to a pregnant woman’s body and fetus and could cause an unhealthy pregnancy.

Supporters state there is a higher risk of complications, such as gestational diabetes, which they say is more likely to harm the fetus in obese women than gastric bypass patients. Ultimately, this will have to be a personal decision. If you choose to have gastric bypass surgery, then you become pregnant, your diet should consist of many small meals of proteins, fruits, veggies, and calcium supplements. Your doctor should closely monitor your health, and you should carefully follow her dietary advice.

In conclusion, PCOS can sometimes be effectively managed with gastric bypass surgery, but it isn’t a “cure” for everyone. The surgery is major and life altering, and there are always risks.

Gastric bypass surgery should only be performed on individuals who have given an honest effort at dieting and exercise. Women who want children should carefully consider their options and the possible consequences of their chosen actions. If the benefits outweigh the risks, then gastric bypass may be the right choice.

Caffeine Causes Glucose Level Spikes In Type 2 Diabetics

Did you know that nearly 18 million Americans have been diagnosed as having diabetes, and this figure continues to rise? Of those diagnosed, 95 percent have adult-onset (or Type 2) diabetes, and only about half of them are even aware that they have the disorder. Adult-onset diabetes used to be a rare occurrence, developing in an individual around the mid-forties. Now, however, it is becoming increasingly more common at younger ages, and even among children.

Although there have been some research studies that have shown how caffeine (from coffee consumption) can stabilize insulin levels in Type 2 diabetes, a recent study conducted at Duke University, headed by James D. Lane, PHD. shows quite the opposite effect. This small study focused only on 14 individuals who had Type 2 diabetes, which is a life-long disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. It occurs when the body does not respond correctly to insulin, a hormone released by the pancreas. The results revealed that when caffeine was ingested together with meals it caused their blood glucose levels to spike wildly, and insulin levels swung out of control.

What is interesting about this study is, that the effects of caffeine on blood sugar levels is not new, or breakthrough scientific news. This has been known for decades, and a commonly learned concept by most first year biochemistry medical school students.

When a Type 2 diabetic ingests caffeine from coffee, or any other caffeinated product, it almost always produces an elevation in their glucose levels, throughout the day, by about 8 percent. Researchers think that caffeine interferes with the glucose transporting process in moving glucose out of the bloodstream and into body cells and muscle tissue where it is burned for fuel.

Caffeine consumption also triggers the release of the hormone and brain neurotransmitter, adrenaline, which raises blood sugar levels. When caffeine is consumed in combination with refined sugars such as white sugar and artificial dairy creamers that many people put in their morning coffee, it will intensify the effects on blood sugar levels. Long-term use of the two can lead to hypoglycemia. Caffeine plus refined sugars, or sugar substitutes, can be a deadly combination for anyone with diabetes, no matter which type.

It would seem to go without saying that a diabetic would would be well-advised to avoid this combination for life, or plan to be fighting their daily control of their insulin levels. Consider this as well, daily and heavy caffeine consumption reduces insulin sensitivity-the effects of which can last up to 12 hours after last ingesting a source of caffeine.

Dehydration is a common effect of drinking too much caffeine. Although you may think you are getting plenty of water in these type of drinks, caffeine, however, works against your body in two ways, it dehydrates body cells, by increasing urination. And, dehydration inhibits insulin secretion in the pancreas.

According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., author of “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”, when adequate water level amounts are denied to the pancreas, by you not drinking enough, the body will adapt by clinging to what water reserves it has left to act upon the most important function it must perform at the time. Digestion of a meal you just ate by breaking it down and neutralizing acid in the intestines comes before proper insulin secretion.

Dr. B explains,in chapter 10, page 125, “As it happens, when insulin secretion is inhibited, except for the brain, the metabolism of the body is severely disrupted. In a dehydrated state, the brain benefits from insulin inhibition. The brain cell itself is not dependent on insulin for its functions. The cells in most other parts of the body are totally dependent on the properties of insulin for their normal function. If we think about it, there is a natural logic to the ultimate production of insulin-independent diabetes in severe chronic dehydration. Why is it called insulin-independent diabetes? Because the Body can still manufacture insulin, although it takes the influence of some chemical agents to promote its secretion.”

“This phenomenon of insulin inhibition with dehydration shows that the primary function of the pancreatic gland is directed at the provision of water for food digestion. The insulin inhibition is an adaption process of the gland to the dehydration of the body.”

Although controlling Type 2 diabetes is, clearly, more complicated than just reducing, or eliminating, one’s caffeine intake, further reading and investigation of this chapter in this book will open some eyes, also, into the important role amino acids play in this disease as well. Diabetes seems, to me at least, to be a disease brought on by the over eating of processed food, the wrong type of fats, and drinking the wrong type of fluids. It’s more than just genetics. A, highly, controllable condition when one maintains the eating of a proper diet.