Food Allergies In Children With ADHD

Today, one of the major diseases that children and youth suffer from is the disease called Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD. Though even adults can suffer from this disease, it mainly affects children and the youth. Though ADD has received a great amount of focus and attention since the past several years, there is a large section of the people who are unaware of this disease and are not aware of the exact nature of this disease.

Attention deficit disorder coupled with food allergy is a unique problem faced by children. This has become one of the most controversial and a hot topic for debate in the field of medicine. Food sensitivities and ADHD is a very uncommon mechanism.

ADHD and its association with Food Allergy:
Children suffering from ADHD can develop food allergy with respect to different foodstuffs. The allergies can be reflected through various ways and children can develop dark circles under the eyes, glazed eyes, red ear lobes. Children show uncanny swings in their behavior. For one moment they can be calm and the next moment they can be extremely wild and hyperactive. A very surprising fact is that children suffering from this disease generally demand that food to which they are allergic to and which can affect them adversely.

How to recognize a child suffering from ADHD and food allergy:

Children suffering from ADHD and food allergy show adverse response to food which can be the main cause for the children to be suffering from ADHD.

Children suffering from ADHD show the following signs of food allergy:
a) Mood Swings and tantrums
b) Sleep disturbances
c) Asthma
d) Hyperactivity

Research shows that children suffering from food allergy can also suffer from problems like migraine, eczema, sleep disturbances, headaches etc.

Remedial Measures:
According to experts medicines seldom cure such cases. They simply help in controlling the symptoms to some extent. Even psychologists cannot do much than just helping the child and his family to live with the disease. Medicines would help the child in going through the day but not cure it completely. However many psychologists have developed several tests and ways to successfully lessen the effect of the disease.

Conclusion:
According to experts, the percentage of children suffering from ADHD and food allergy ranges from 60% to 75% approximately. It is more important to treat food allergies than using medication. There are a several ways in which food allergies can be cured. One of the ways is diet elimination. Thus it can be believed that food allergies aggravate ADHD though it may not be the reason to cause ADHD. Thus treating food allergies is vital for treating ADHD.

Long-term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

The long-term outcome of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is difficult (and sometimes impossible) to predict. While new breakthroughs are made every day, still, very little is actually known about the brain. Some patients make a rapid and full recovery, even from severe injuries, while others may experience permanent impairment from a minor concussion.

Symptoms can take months or even years to surface, and many people with TBI experience improvements followed by setbacks, making recovery a slow and frustrating process.

Overwhelming personality and behavioral changes can make TBI frightening and confusing for victims and their friends and family. More than anything, TBI victims need the understanding and support of loved ones.

Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

PCS is a combination of disorders from which TBI victims often suffer. Although recognized for over 100 years, PCS is still a controversial subject within the medical community, making support, treatment, and therapy difficult for many victims to obtain. Symptoms of PCS include:

· Headaches

· Dizziness

· Nausea

· Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

· Sensitivity to noise

· Sensitivity to light

· Vision problems

· Sleep disorders

· Fatigue

· Irritability

· Personality changes

· Apathy

· Depression

· Confusion

· Difficulty concentrating

· Impaired attention

· Memory problems

· Slowed mental processing

· Difficulty with abstract thinking

Alzheimer’s Disease

AD is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by dementia, memory loss, and deteriorating cognitive abilities. Recent research indicates an association between head injury in early adulthood and the development of Alzheimer’s later in life. The more severe the head injury, the greater the are the chances of developing AD later in life.

Parkinson’s Disease (and other motor problems)

Movement disorders as a result of TBI are rare but do occur. Parkinson’s may develop years after TBI as a result of damage to the basal ganglia. Symptoms of PD include tremor or trembling, rigidity or stiffness, slow movement, inability to move, shuffling walk and stooped posture.

What Causes Depression?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is an effective psychological treatment for psychological and emotional problems. As a psychiatrist in Edinburgh I use CBT techniques a great deal, and I see a lot of clients who feel low and unhappy. They often ask me if I think they’re depressed, and what has caused them to feel like this. These questions have prompted me to write this short account.

The term “depression” means different things to different people. To psychiatrists, “depression” is synonymous with “clinical depression”, a mental illness with a set of (numerous and rather loosely drawn) symptoms and it’s own clinical course and prognosis. To most of the rest of us, “depression” simply means feeling very low.

Depression, in either sense of the term, is common. Statistics vary as to just how common it is, but a figure in the range of 50% for “life-long” risk of clinical depression is common. This means that most of us have a 1 in 2 chance of experiencing clinical depression in our lifetimes. Similarly, at any one time, between 10% and 20% of the adult population fulfil the criteria for clinical depression. These figures have been rising for many years now, and it is expected that they will continue to increase in the future. It can seem as if the world (particularly the industrialised part of it) is suffering an epidemic of depression.

The causes of such widespread and increasing frequency of depression are unclear and depend to a great extent on who you ask! What follows is a very brief summary of the main contenders.

Many psychiatrists (and the pharmaceutical companies) focus on genetic and biochemical factors in depression – they emphasise the apparent hereditary nature of depression and the response of depression to antidepressants and Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT). They see depression as a physical disease of the brain.

Finally , Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT) focuses on the individuals thinking as a potential cause of depression. The theory is that people prone to depression tend to habitually think in particular “depressive” ways, and when these people experience adverse events (or even simply believe that something bad has happened), then they are at great risk of becoming depressed. An example of a “depressive” thinking habit is “negative filtering”, where a person will “see” or “count” only the unpleasant or bad things she experiences, and discount the good ones. A CBT therapist would call this pattern of thinking a “Thinking Error”. Thinking in this way can make the world will seem threatening and yourself seem persecuted – and it’s a small step from here to feeling depressed. A CBT therapist aims to help the person identify and change their “depressive” thinking habits.

As noted previously, the causes of depression are not known – we have some good hypotheses, but psychological and emotional problems are notoriously difficult to research and reach a definitive conclusion. And there are many more hypotheses out there – ranging from viral theories of depression to sunlight deprivation to dietary deficiencies.

Suffice to say that, given our current level of knowledge, it seems wise to accept that there are likely to be many causes of depression, either working alone or in tandem. Indeed, most Mental Health Practitioners use a “multi-factorial” model of mental illness that has room for physical, environmental (social) and psychological factors. The treatments offered for depression should (but, unfortunately, frequently don’t) reflect this complexity. In particular, there remains a paucity of psychological treatments available on the NHS. Many clients that I see privately as a psychiatrist in Edinburgh have been unwilling to wait months before getting help.

Dr Steve Last is a Psychiatrist who uses CBT techniques. He is based in Edinburgh. Please visit http://www.drstevelast.co.uk for more information about psychological problems and CBT.

The Top 12 Most Bizarre Phobias!

Are You Letting Your Fear Get The Best Of You?

You might have encountered someone who has a fear of flying – or it could be you who personally have a fear of flying. Basically, these phobias are something that people would have to deal with at one point or another.

By definition, a phobia is that irrational fear of a certain object, situation, person or activity. When you have a phobia of something, you will feel this anxiety because the thing that you are most fearful of is way beyond your control.

Another aspect of phobias which make it alarming is the fact that it can interfere with your daily life, which is exactly the reason why you do need to find an ‘antidote’ for such an anxiety disorder.

There’s an estimated 18% of the American adult population which is suffering from some kind of phobia. Now, there are actually three types of phobias which an individual may possess. First, there’s the simple phobia like fear of spiders or heights.

Second, there’s the social phobias wherein you are fearful of being in a social situation that may cause you humiliation. Third, there’s the agoraphobia which is defined as the fear of being away from some place safe.

In addition, there are the bizarre phobias which involve a person being fearful of something that is perfectly normal for other human beings. Nobody really knows the reason behind the development of phobias but they can be triggered by a traumatic experience.

In addition, there are the bizarre phobias which involve a person being fearful of something that is perfectly normal for other human beings. Nobody really knows the reason behind the development of phobias but they can be triggered by a traumatic experience.

The physical manifestations of a person suffering from a particular type of phobia include Pain disorders, breathlessness and anxiety attacks.

A Look At The Top 12 Most Unusual Phobias That People Have

But what if you fear is something that is perfectly natural for most people? Here, we will take a look at the top 12 most bizarre phobias that people have.

1. Phobia: Arachibutyrophobia:

Definition: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth.

Yes, you heard it right. Although this fear may be worthy of a slot in a Saturday Night Live skit or an episode of “The Simpsons“, it is indeed a fear that actually exists.

For some people, the prospect of eating a peanut butter jelly sandwich may prove to be a challenging task.

This is because of the fear that they have of the peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouth. One can only wonder what they would do in such a situation.

2. Phobia: Ephebiphobia

Definition: Fear of youth or teenagers.

This is one bizarre fear which actually has a more complex background. According to sociologists, one’s fear of the youth or teenagers may be attributed to the generation gap.

This is especially true when it comes to the segregation of the young and adult group in the American society.

What a person with ephebiphobia is actually fearful of is being rejected by teenagers, which is why they usually cover their fear with a permissive attitude towards them.

3. Phobia: Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Definition: Fear of long words.

The name of the phobia itself may battle the number of letters contained in the longest word – but it’s actually something that those who have a fear of long words would actually be wary of.

For one reason or another, there are individuals who have a fear of long words – the sight of which usually sends them into having a panic attack!

4. Phobia: Ithyphallophobia

Definition: Fear of erections.

Based from the part of the word that says ‘phallo‘, you may already have an idea that this particular phobia has something to do with the penis. And it’s exactly right.

Ithyphallophobia is defined as an unwarranted yet persistent fear of an erect penis. What’s surprising is that it is a type of phobia which is quite common.

Just as it is with any other type of phobia, being exposed to the thing which you fear most is the usual therapy for patients with this condition. The physical manifestation of this quite bizarre phobia is the occurrence of panic attacks.

So if you’re in the middle of having sex and you find that the sight of an erect penis causes you to have an anxiety disorder, chances are you do have this condition.

5. Phobia: Koumpounophobia

Definition: Fear of buttons.

According to the National Phobic’s Society, one in every 75,000 people is affected by this really bizarre fear of buttons. This usually occurs during one’s childhood and may or may not persist into adulthood.

The physical manifestations of this fear include being afraid to actually touch a button, or experiencing panic attacks at seeing buttons grouped together.

6. Phobia: Nomophobia

Definition: Fear of being disconnected from the rest of the world if you don’t have contact through mobile phone.

This is probably one common fear that the modern worker has – although the nature of the phobia itself is quite bizarre. Nomophobia refers to the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

If you’re the type of person who gets all panicky at the thought of being somewhere where there’s no mobile phone coverage – or if you obsessively check whether your phone still has a full charge of batteries for fear of being disconnected, then you might have nomophobia.

7. Phobia: Papaphobia

Definition: Fear of the Pope.

Why someone would have a fear of a person who the Catholic Church deems to Holy, nobody really knows.

Papaphobia is definitely one of the most bizarre types of fear on our list – which is defined as fear of the pope or the papacy.

The physical manifestations of the fear include shortness of breath, nausea, sweating and that unusual feeling of dread. Aside from the ‘main man’ of the Catholic Church, someone who has papaphobia may also be fearful of the Catholic Church itself.

8. Phobia: Peladophobia

Definition: Fear of bald people.

Don’t confuse this bizarre fear with the fear of going bald, which is actually called phalacrophobia. This particular phobia is feeling anxiety at the thought of, or actually seeing a bald person.

9. Phobia: Scopophobia

Definition: Fear of being looked at.

What if the condition that you instantly assumed to being an introvert is actually a fear of being looked at or scopophobia? Some people do have an intense, often irrational fear of being looked at.

As such, they try to avoid crowded places and they usually feel unsettled if they think that the person behind or beside them is staring.

10. Phobia: Triskaidekaphobia

Definition: Fear of the number 13.

Did you know that even Adolf Hitler was famed to have a fear of the number 13? This is probably associated with the myth behind Friday the 13th – although this particular phobia is called paraskavedekatriaphobia.

If you experience anxiety attacks upon seeing the number 13 printed or written somewhere, and you consciously avoid things which have something to do with the number 13, then this might be a fear that you have.

11. Phobia: Trichophobia

Definition: Fear of loose hairs.
If you’re suffering from hair loss and a person freaks out once they see some loose strands on your shirt or even on the floor where you’re standing, don’t be offended. That person may be suffering from what is known as trichophobia or fear of loose hairs.

12. Phobia: Vomitophobia

Definition: Fear of vomiting.

Usually associated with eating disorders, vomitophobia is defined as the fear of vomiting. The fear can also be attributed with fear of being others who are vomiting, or being afraid of vomiting themselves.

The physical manifestation of this type of fear is that a person will stop going to parties, will avoid socializing and will steer clear of situations where they may encounter a person who is vomiting, or be in a situation where they themselves will vomit.

Anxiety Attack Treatments – How to Treat Anxiety Attacks Without Drugs

Anxiety attacks (also called panic attacks) are frightening episodes. But they cannot harm you. Nevertheless, once having suffered an attack you don’t ever want to repeat the experience. Having attended you doctor you are usually prescribed drug-based medications, but their side effects can put people off using them. However, there are natural anxiety attack treatments that more and more sufferers are now turning to. Here, you’ll discover what some of these are, and, how the fear of another anxiety attack is often the trigger for one.

It’s perhaps a good idea to first look at the cause of anxiety attacks in order to understand how you should approach your treatment…

The underlying cause of anxiety attacks — panic attacks — is higher-than-normal levels of anxiety. Now, everybody suffers anxiety, it’s quite natural. But these levels are manageable, and folks just get on with there day-to-day lives. But some people have anxiety levels that are so intense, continuous and prolonged that it totally interferes with their ability to get by on an almost daily basis. This is sometimes called general anxiety disorder (GAD). So that when an everyday stressful event occurs, on top of an already heightened level of anxiety, an anxiety attack is triggered.

Now let’s look at drug-based medication used in anxiety attack treatments…

Some of the most common are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), which are a group of drugs of the antidepressant class. These work on your brain chemistry to manage and normalize emotion and mood. Other common drugs are minor tranquilizers which are used to calm you down. The third common group are beta-blockers used to control the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks. And they all can be effective, although some only become so over time.

The side effects of some of these are quite nasty and include things like, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, dizziness, tiredness, and even dependency. There’s also a paradoxical effect that your anxiety can actually increase for a period of time.

So more and more folks are turning to natural anxiety attack treatments like the following…

Therapy

One of the most popular is ‘cognitive-behavioral therapy’ (CBT) which is used to help change both thought processes and behaviour. It can be used on a one-to-one basis or in group therapy. Using techniques such as role-playing, daily journals, evaluating beliefs and behaviour, relaxation, etc., it strives to change your negative thinking and behaviour into positive ones.

Meditation

This treatment needs to be mastered if it’s to be effective. You need to be taught it. The objective is to get rid of your fears and anxieties by using special techniques to calm yourself down, relieve stress and relax tight muscles, etc., so that you can turn negative feelings into positive ones.

Breathing

Many people use special breathing techniques to control anxiety attacks. The key is slow, controlled breathing, not deep chest breathing which can have the opposite effect. But the most important thing, with all breathing exercises, is to use your diaphragm, not just the chest. Most people just breath with their chest which only inflates part of the lungs.

Diet

Your diet can play a part in treating anxiety attacks. Very acidic diets, which most of us eat, can exacerbate stress and anxiety. So stay away from, or reduce, things like salt, sugar, processed foods, dairy products (although yogurt is fine), nuts, alcohol, etc. As for protein, reduce this to the amount you really need, taking into consideration the physical aspects of your job and lifestyle. On the other hand eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables which are alkaline.

Now, while the above anxiety attack treatments can be effective, one of the key components of anxiety attacks is the actual ‘fear’ of having another one. Because this fear, which is built-into your psyche, builds upon your already high anxiety levels. Then when you suffer a further stressful situation, it can trigger an anxiety attack. This is you cycle of anxiety:- anxiety > fear > anxiety attack > anxiety > fear > anxiety attack > etc. To prevent further attacks and to cure your anxiety you need to break that vicious cycle.

To discover just how you can break the anxiety cycle to stop anxiety attacks and cure your anxiety, please go to http://eliminatepanicattacks.blogspot.com and prepare to get your life back on track again.

What is Fatal Familial Insomnia?

Fatal familial insomnia is a sleeping disorder that has genetic origins. This condition is so rare that only 28 families in the whole wide world have this sleeping disorder. There is a fifty percent chance that the offspring of parents with the dominant gene carrying the fatal familial insomnia would inherit the disorder. Because it is rare, cure for the condition is still unknown. Manifestations of symptoms would occur from middle to late adulthood, which is usually from 30 years to 60 years old. The length of the manifestations of this sleeping disorder would last for 7 to 18 months. Fatal familial insomnia is composed of four stages. The first stage usually lasts for about four months. Symptoms that occur during the first stage would include severe sleeplessness, panic attacks, and some phobias. As for the second stage, it can happen for five months. Symptoms for the second stage would include increasing panic attacks that are accompanied by hallucinations. After that, the person would enter the third stage with much worse symptoms usually lasting for three months. Difficulty in sleeping is so severe that it can cause extreme weight loss. The final fourth stage would last for six months or more with the patient experiencing dementia. The patient would also become eventually mute and not responsive.

The manifestations of fatal familial insomnia are very similar to that of the Alzheimer’s disease. However, the difference lies in the progression of the symptoms because in fatal familial insomnia, symptoms progress at a rapid rate. It is very prevalent that dementia in Alzheimer’s disease have slow progression and may take years.

The sad thing about fatal familial insomnia is that no therapy can cure the sickness. Insomnia can’t also be treated by any medications. People in the medical field are often out of answers when it comes to the cure of the disease and as why it has a fatal prognosis. However, it doesn’t stop the researchers to study the genetic composition of people with fatal familial insomnia and to come up with a cure.

The treatment for this sleeping disorder is greatly dependent on the medical researchers who dedicate their time to study and examine everything that is related to the disorder. Testing the genes of families with such disorder is also necessary to determine the commonalities in the structures and composition of their genes. The trends and occurrences of the disease is also studied to determine how it is passed on to the next generation.

Because fatal familial insomnia is very rare, the attention is not too focused on the condition itself unlike other sleeping disorders. This is also the reason why not all doctors would be able to handle such conditions and come up with the right diagnosis. More attention is given to various sleeping disorders that affect a greater population than this sleeping disorder that only affects a few.

With the progression of technology, people have faith that someday this sleeping disorder will be cured. However, as for the moment, the goal of care to patients suffering this condition is to improve the quality of life and provide all the comfort that they need.

Top 7 Tips to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Toenail

It seems the nail on your big toe has a very bad sense of direction. Instead of growing out straight, like a good nail should, it has taken a wrong turn into your skin. And boy oh boy, does it hurt. Just a slow walk to the corner mailbox can make your toe throb as if you dropped a bowling ball on it. Ingrown toenails are by far the most common nail problem. They usually affect the big toe, although every toe is vulnerable. They occur for any number of reasons such as too-tight shoes, fungal infection, injury, and constant pressure on the feet can all cause a toenail to dig into surrounding skin. But more often than not, an ingrown toenail is self-inflicted, the result of an overzealous pedicure. Here are some tips that you can consider to adopt to treat and prevent ingrown toenail.

1. Buy Spacious Shoes

Tight-fitting shoes can cause a toenail to bury into your skin. So you want to make sure that your footwear has a lot of room up front. You should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes. There should be a half-inch between the end of your longest toe and the end of the toe box of the shoe. The toe box should be the right height, too, so that the tops of your toes do not rub against the shoe.

2. Don’t Cut Corners

Once your ingrown toenail has healed, you can prevent a recurrence by learning proper nail-trimming technique. It is recommended using toenail clippers, not ordinary scissors for your pedicure. In general, always clip the nail straight across. Do not cut close. The nail should extend over the top ridge of flesh so that it has room to grow. And don’t go fishing down the sides to try to extract a portion of the nail.

3. Don’t Try To Fix It

Home repairs can make an ingrown toenail even worse. People start excavating along the edge of the nail, and as they poke and prod, they nip the skin. When that happens, it opens the door and to a bad infection. Bear in mind that this is important to take note if you have diabetes or a circulatory problem. The risk is even greater. People with diabetes, for example, have decreased sensation in their feet. They might injure themselves without even realizing it.

4. Take A Dip

Soaking your foot in warm water will soften the skin around the nail and reduce inflammation. It is recommended using an over-the-counter antibacterial solution such as Domeboro. Finish your soak by gently drying your foot, then applying an antibacterial ointment to the affected area.

5. Give It Some Room

If your ingrown nail is painful and swollen, don’t confine it in tight-fittings shoes. Wear an open-toed slipper or a sandal. It is recommended to cut a hole in the toe box of an old shoe. The idea is to keep pressure off your toe.

6. Count On Cotton

You can get some relief by placing a small piece of cotton between the nail and the skin. However, you need to be cautious being overzealous with this remedy. People use toothpicks and other objects, and they do too much shoving and probing. They can end up making the problem worse.

7. Opt For Oil

Rub baby oil or olive oil on the side of the nail. It keeps the skin soft, so there is less pressure and discomfort. Also, the skin can more easily accommodate the nail.

How To Cure Nail Fungus At Home -Get Rid Of Nail Fungus Fast ????????

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What Is Nail Fungus??

An infection of nail fungus occurs when fungi infect one or more of your nails. A nail fungal infection may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges — an unsightly and potentially painful problem.These infections usually develop on nails continually exposed to warm, moist environments, such as sweaty shoes or shower floors. Nail fungus isn’t the same as athlete’s foot, which primarily affects the skin of the feet, but at times the two may coexist and can be caused by the same type of fungus.An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and infections may recur. But medications are available to help clear up nail fungus.

Nail Fungus Symptoms ?

You may have a nail fungal infection — also called onychomycosis (on-i-ko-mi-KO-sis) — if one or more of your nails are: * Thickened * Brittle, crumbly or ragged* Distorted in shape* Dull, with no luster or shineA dark color, caused by debris building up under your nailInfected nails may also separate from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis. You may even feel pain in your toes or fingertips and detect a slightly foul odor.

Nail Fungus Risk factors

Nail fungus is more common among older adults for several reasons, including diminished blood circulation, more years of exposure to fungi and because nails may grow more slowly and thicken with aging, making them more susceptible to infection. Nail fungus also tends to affect men more than women and those with a family history of this infection. Resistance to fungal infection likely has a genetic component.These factors also can increase your risk of developing nail fungus:* Perspiring heavily* Working in a humid or moist environment* Wearing socks and shoes that hinder ventilation and don’t absorb perspiration* Walking barefoot in damp public places, such as swimming pools, gyms and shower roomsA minor skin or nail injury, a damaged nail or another infectionDiabetes, circulation problems or a weakened immune system.

Nail Fungus Prevention

Nail Fungus PreventionTo help prevent nail fungus and reduce recurrent infections, practice good hand and foot hygiene by following these steps: * Keep your nails short, dry and clean. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas. Thoroughly dry your hands and feet, including between your toes, after bathing.* Wear appropriate socks. Synthetic socks that wick away moisture may keep your feet dryer than do cotton or wool socks (you can also wear synthetic socks underneath other socks). Change them often, especially if your feet sweat excessively. Take your shoes off occasionally during the day and after exercise. Alternate closed-toe shoes with open-toed shoes.* Use an antifungal spray or powder. Spray or sprinkle your feet and the insides of your shoes. * Wear rubber gloves. This protects your hands from overexposure to water. Between uses, turn the rubber gloves inside out to dry.* Don’t trim or pick at the skin around your nails.

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Home Remedies and Exercises for Neck Sprain

Many a time you woke up and feel a hurt in the area of your neck, the reason behind this may be sprain in your lower back area of neck and this can be caused by bad sleeping posture. This can also be happen while lifting any heavy weight. Neck sprain is called irritation in muscles, tendons and ligaments in upper back and also in neck area. It is an irritation in the tissues of neck.

To get rid of this neck pain is not a very difficult task you can get rid of neck sprain by using some natural home remedies. Whenever you feel a sprain in your neck in a busy day, you may try to diagnosis the reason of pain. If the problem is caused by sleeping position, you should apply ice to the painful area for about 48-72 hours. This is the easiest way to get rid of inflammation. To practice this treatment, you can fill a bag with crushed ice and place a towel around the area of neck. Now, put this ice bag on the towel. This method will help you to get rid of pain.

Rest or relaxation is vital for speedy recovery. Placing the neck in an elevated area such as pillows, during rest is helpful. Simple exercises, which include tilting the neck in the front and back and movement from side to side, prove beneficial. If pain reaches to chronic level, you should avoid doing exercises.

To get rid of neck pain, you can use some simple exercises at home, which may provide relief in pain from neck. You can practice an exercise, which includes moving of shoulders, and turn your head side from left to right, as this may help in providing relax from the pain. You can make a bandage with the black coffee on the neck sprain.

You can take a massage therapy to avoid pain in neck. The massage should be very gentle during the first few days as it may reaches to the worse condition. You may even choose to wait until the acute phase of the injury has past. Massage therapy will help to move fluid around as this may help to prevent scar tissue. After the first few days, massage can help work out tension and knots in your muscles.

Top 7 Tips to Treat and Prevent Bruises

If you are somewhat older and more bruise-prone than you were in your youth, it may seem like you are adding a page a day. And maybe you are. That is because you tend to bruise more as you grow older. When we start to get up there in years, we simply have less protection under the skin than we did in the past. Most bruises do not pose serious health risk and do not require any special treatment. Still, there are ways to prevent bruising and several things you can do to promote healing once you suffer a bruise.

1. Guard Your Vulnerable Areas

Make sure to wear protective clothing, especially over those areas where you tend to repeatedly bruise yourself. Wear long sleeves and long pants, sweaters that fall below your waist and cover your hips, and shoes that protect your feet. If you repeatedly bruise your thighs or forearms, ask your pharmacist about protective pads that you can easily slip on to guard those areas.

2. Try Vitamin K

A deficiency of vitamin K can prevent normal blood clotting, and you need some clotting action to help prevent bruising. Those people that bruise excessively should eat more vegetables rich in vitamin K. Vitamin K can be found in leafy greens and members of the cabbage family, such as broccoli, cabbage, and spinach. You may consider a supplement of K as well.

3. Crush Parsley Leaves

Crush some fresh parsley leaves, then spread them directly on the bruise. Parsley can promote healing and clear up black-and-blue marks within a day or so. Hold the leaves in place with an adhesive bandage or with gauze and tape.

4. Consume Aspirin At The Right Proportion

If you take aspirin for any reason, it could be contributing to the number of bruises that you are getting. An adult aspirin will thin the blood too much and cause the blood to leak though the blood vessels. Among other things, that will lead to more bruises. It is good to take aspirin but only the smaller dose.

5. Try A Multivitamin

If bruises show up without much apparent cause, maybe you are just not getting enough vitamin C from your diet. If so, be sure that you get a supplement. It is recommended to take a multivitamin to ensure that you are getting the basic requirements for the vitamins they need.

6. Use RICE Method

The quickest way to control bruising is with a combination of four methods. RICE is an easy way to remember the pain-relieving sequence of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest gives injured tissues a better chance to heal, ice constricts the blood vessels around the injury so less blood leaks into the tissues, and compression and elevation help drain the blood from the injured area.

7. Eat Citrus Fruit

Vitamin C that is found in oranges and other citrus fruits strengthen capillary walls. As the blood vessels get stronger, they are less prone to leakage, so there is less bruising. Consuming vitamin C also promote rapid healing process. To help prevent bruises, make sure you eat citrus fruit every day.

Vertigo, Dizziness, Balance Loss and Car Accidents

As you are probably no doubt aware by now, my office spends much time dealing with patients who suffer with vertigo, dizziness, balance loss and dystonia. What you are probably not aware of is that many of these patients got that way in the first place as a result of being involved in a motor vehicular accident some time in the not too distant past, usually within five years or so. Nonfatal car accidents cause many problems, ranging from neck and back pain to vertigo and dystonia, a painful condition causing spasm only on one side of the neck, which results in an oscillatory tremor of the head. Although we can treat patients with these conditions rather successfully, the problem lies in the fact that many affected individuals fail to present to our office until some time after these conditions have already manifested and become severe. Even then, while treatment may be successful, it is usually unnecessarily lengthened because of the delay from the time of manifestation to the time of diagnosis. The reason why these conditions are usually associated with motor vehicle accidents is because motor vehicle accidents oftentimes involve mild head trauma. You don’t have to be in a car accident for this to happen. Any type of head trauma can cause similar problems. For example, reaching under a sink to find an item far in the back and bumping your head on the way up can oftentimes result in vertigo within the next few days. Even that occasional trivial bump on the head from inadvertently banging it can lead to vertigo. This is also more common in the elderly although possible in any age group. Further, this type of vertigo is actually the fastest from which individuals respond to treatment, so if you suffer with this type of vertigo, you are suffering unnecessarily. If you have any type of dizziness, vertigo or dystonia type symptomatology or if you have been involved in a motor vehicular accident, then you should be thinking about being evaluated. These are not good problems to have as they invariably lead up to a fall, which causes things such as hip fractures, emboli, stroke, et cetera. My office is furnished with all of the necessary equipment to screen for risk of fall, which only takes seconds, and we do not charge for this service. However, you must take advantage of this service to derive any benefits from it.

Dr. Scopelliti is a chiropractic neurologist, practicing at the 279 Professional Arts Bldg at the rear of Monmouth Medical Center, in Long Branch, NJ. He is also currently the president of the NJ Chiropractic Council on Neurology. His office specializes in the drug free management of vertigo, dizziness, balance loss, presyncope, dystonia and headaches. Dr. Scopelliti offers a free no obligation consultation to discuss your problem prior to the commencement of any examination/treatment. The office can be reached at (732) 229-5250 to arrange a free consultation, ($75 value). Dr. Scopelliti has a wealth of information updated weekly on the web at www.dcneuro.net.

What is Peptic Ulcer?

The damage of your stomach or of the part of your digestive system which is nest after the stomach, the duodenum is called a peptic ulcer. This particular type of ulcer can have indigestion as a symptom. Another way to detect an ulcer is severe pain in the stomach area. Peptic ulcer is not a life threatening condition and with proper medication ulcer can be cured. However, if peptic ulcer is left untreated it can lead to serious complications.

The ulcer that one has in his/ her stomach is called, in medical terms gastric ulcer and if it is in your duodenum it is also known as duodenal ulcer. The peptic ulcer that we are talking about means that you only have patches that are one or two centimeters in diameter. This ulcer can be viewed by your doctor with the help of a gastroscope. Almost one out of ten people, esspecialy the young, can are affected by duodenal ulcer. Men are more at risk to develop this type of ulcer than women. The gastric ulcer is a less common type of ulcer and it usually affects the middle age people. Elderly people are also the most common target of the stomach ulcer.

Like almost all illnesses, the peptic ulcer can be of two kinds: acute or chronic ulcer. In acute ulcer the symptoms appear quickly, but they improve the same way. The chronic ulcer can last for a long time. There are cases when acute ulcers can take place at the same time, thus no symptoms may appear. If treated, acute ulcers heals very quickly and has no consequences. On the other hand, the chronic ulcer causes symptoms and heals in more time. Chronic ulcer also leaves scars after it has healed.

Peptic ulcer is the result of a problem in your stomach. Either the acid that the digestive system produces is in bigger quantities than normal, or the mucus that protects you from the acid is insufficient. There are many factors that can result in a peptic ulcer risk. Some of them are:
– infection with a bacteria- this condition is found in many people that suffer from ulcer;
– using certain drugs, like aspirin on a regular basis is another risk factor of ulcer;
– smoking is highly related with ulcer;
– drinking alcohol in large quantities;

Peptic ulcer does not cause symptoms in many people, but there are cases when somebody can feel pain in the abdomen area because of an ulcer.

For more resources about Ulcer or especially about Peptic Ulcer please click this link http://www.ulcer-center.com/Peptic-Ulcer.htm

The Most Common Causes of Yeast Infection

Adult humans have 3 to 4 pounds of beneficial bacteria, numbering about 70 trillion individual organisms, living in our digestive system. Yeast is present in every one of us. The shear strength in numbers of the beneficial bacteria keeps yeast in check. They are in charge and make yeast produce vitamins, such as the B complex, within our bodies. If this balance is altered by reducing the good bacteria, yeast, being very opportunistic, will spread and take over as a yeast infection or as a fungal parasite or candida (mold), causing a wide variety of unhealthy side effects and diseases.

The most common cause of yeast infection is antibiotics and their overuse

Dr. John Pitt, on Penicillum in 1979 stated: “It is very ironic that this humbled fungus, hailed as a benefactor of mankind, may by its very success prove to be a deciding factor in the decline of the present civilization”.

Simply stated, antibiotics are dangerous mycotoxins, fungal metabolites, that kill bacteria, even the good bacteria that are present in our intestines and essential for good health. This upsets the delicate balance of the yeast to bacteria ratio in your digestive system, giving the yeast fungi the upper hand in creating a yeast infection. Without the good bacteria in your system to control yeast, it spreads and becomes a toxic fungal parasite known as candida.

Penicillin is a good example of a fungal by-product called a mycotoxin. It was discovered from a mold (mold is a fungus) experiment that Dr. Fleming was performing on a bacteria colony. He added some mold from bread to the colony and observed that the fungus killed all the bacteria; producing the substance he later named penicillin. The number one cause of yeast infection was born in 1928 and is so over-prescribed today that yeast infection is a growing epidemic.

Another cause of yeast infection and the destruction of stomach flora are anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen…

These two drugs are common over the counter medications that many people take. Very few people realize what they are doing to their health by taking them. America has become a nation of drug dependent people. Not a night goes by when you don’t see a TV commercial for some kind of drug promising some miraculous cure for something. These drugs all contribute to the destruction of bacteria and are a cause of yeast infection.

Another cause of yeast infection, theorized by some doctors, are birth control pills given to women. In the natural menstrual cycle of women, right after ovulation on about the 18th day, both progesterone and estrogen decline to very low levels. At the same time estradiol begins to rise into menses and then these three hormones return to normal. Most birth control pills contain estradiol in significant amounts and add to this problem.

The hormone link as a cause of yeast infection for women is very common. Almost all women that suffer from recurring vaginal yeast infections will tell you that they do indeed get flare ups at the third week of their cycle. . Fortunately, there are now natural herbs and supplements to treat and balance the hormones to eliminate this problem. Like colloidal silver as a minerals supplement.

According to the 2001 Asthma and Allergy Report, the first immunodeficiency syndrome was identified in 1952. Since that time 95 more have been identified with new conditions being discovered every day. The report also states that increased use of antibiotics in infancy is contributing to increased risks of allergies. What is interesting to me is in the 1950’s antibiotics came into wide spread general use in medicine. Do you see a correlation here?

The most common prescription for antibiotics is for upper respiratory infections, but according to Dr. Carol Kauffman, “most of these infections are caused by a fungus”. So they do not require an antibiotic as treatment, yet doctors continue to prescribe them. This, over time, will alter the balance in stomach bacteria allowing the yeast to overgrow, and the result is candida, or worse. And by using colloidal silver as a mineral supplement it will solve this problem.

Doctors plead ignorance when their patients develop allergies, intestinal disorders, etc, not even realizing that the very drugs they prescribed are the cause of a yeast infection and these other fungal diseases. Over time, your good stomach bacteria become overwhelmed by yeast as it kills even more of your good bacteria. Candida or fungal disease is the result. By using colloidal silver as a mineral supplement for treating yeast infection it will not affect natural flora. Colloidal Silver safely kills over 650 disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and molds, has no negative side-effects (the body requires silver for tissue regeneration and promotes the replacement of specialized cells) and is absolutely safe for human consumption.

It becomes a never-ending cycle. You get an antibiotic for your cold or flu; women especially get a vaginal yeast infection. The doctor gives them an anti-fungal or an anti-fungal cream, or they purchase it over the counter at the local drugstore. The infection is beaten for a time, but then it returns. This will continue to happen until the cause of yeast infection is addressed with natural therapies as colloidal silver natural and diet.

In 1998, two scientists Bernstein and Ross discovered that antibiotics “significantly increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans”.

In studies done on mice in 2000 and published in “Principals and Practices of Infectious Diseases”, a “single injection of streptomycin eradicated the protective effective effect of normal flora”. Streptomycin is prescribed usually for people that are allergic to penicillin and definitely establishes one of the causes of yeast infection to antibiotics.

Now it would be a rare individual that could go through life with never being prescribed an antibiotic. Choose wisely if you really need to take them or not for whatever it is you have at the time, since they are the main cause of yeast infection in humans. Have your doctor prescribe Nystatin with it to avoid the overgrowth of yeast infection. Then get on a good probiotic product such as Total Immune Booster, which actually does grow new bacterial colonies. For several decades, silver has proven itself in the treatment of burns, and eye, ear, nose, throat, vaginal, rectal, and urinary tract infections. Silver has been prescribed as an adjunct treatment for reproductive disorders in women and the circulatory system, as well as a treatment for AIDS infective complications. (For use on the following we reccomend you purchase the colloidal silver as it is smaller and more effective: It has been used as a remedy for allergies, boils, ulcers, lesions, thyroid conditions, infantile diseases, parasites, wounds of the eye, enlarged prostate, warts, bladder inflammation, infections of the inner ear, sleepwalking and anorexia nervosa.) Colloidal Silver also acts as a tissue regenerator by stimulating the production of de-differentiating cells, which promotes the replacement of specialized cells.

The following is a partial list of the more than 650 disease conditions in which colloidal silver has demonstrated proven clinical improvement: Acne, Acne Rosacea, Anthrax Bacilli, Arthritis, Athlete’s Foot, Blood Poisoning, Bladder Infections, Bubonic Plague, Blood Parasites (causes gray hair), Cancer, Candidia (Yeast Infection), Chilbains, Cholera, Chronic Fatigue, Colitis, Conjunctivitis, Cystitis, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diptheria, Dysentery, Eczema, Fibrositis, Gastritis, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis, Herpes Virus, Hay Fever, Impetigo, Influenza, Keratitis, Leprosy, Leukemia, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Lymphagitis, Malaria, Meningitis, Neurasthenia, Ophthalmia, Pheumonia, Pluerisy, Pruritis Ani, Psoriasis, Pymphagitis, Rheumatism, Rhiritis, Ringworm, Rosacea, Scarlet Fever, Seborrhea, Septicemia, Shingles, Skin Cancer, Staph Infection, Stomach Flu, Strep, Syphilis, Tonsillitis, Toxemia, Trench foot, Trachoma, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough. It is also used for all bacterial, fungal and viral attacks on plants. Simply spray diluted silver on the leaves and add to soil water.

Foods as a Cause of Yeast Infection

There are many foods that can be a cause of yeast infections but antibiotics are the primary cause of yeast infection due to the fact that they kill beneficial bacteria in the intestines. This allows the yeast and fungi to take control and proliferate in the human body. Antibiotics are also present in many common foods that most of us eat. More recently antibiotics are now being detected in the water supply from our overuse. The wastewater enters the sewer system, which is then treated, and pumped right back into the water table. The antibiotics are never removed and it becomes a never-ending circle.

How do these antibiotics get in our foods?

The most common foods that can be a cause of yeast infections in America are beef and dairy. The livestock industry gives antibiotics to their cattle, this is supposed to kill bad bacteria and make the food supply safer. But they are also used to fatten up cows. A fat cow will sell more than a thin cow, won’t it? These antibiotics are getting into the dairy product food chain. They are present in milk, cheese, and the meat itself. This is creating antibiotic resistance in humans and bad bacteria, not to mention the long-term health effects to our children, and it ultimately destroys the beneficial bacteria in our intestines allowing a yeast infection to grow in your body.

They also shove these cows into unnatural feeding environments and fatten them up with grain foods that can be a cause of yeast infections, making the meat unfit for human consumption due to mold contamination. The meat can become loaded with mycotoxins from these molds. You eat it, and it is passed on to you.

Other foods that can be a cause of yeast infections are grain foods. Wheat, oats, barley, rye, sorghum, corn, red apples, and peanuts are also universally contaminated with fungus. These foods find their way into our systems from cereals, pastas, breads, potato chips, crackers, peanut butter, cooking oils, etc.

How can this be, you wonder? Grains are usually stored in silos for extended periods of time. They can be stored for years before they are ever sold and brought to market for food processing. During this time, they grow molds in these silos. Now I would assume when they go to process these grains for human consumption they would wash them, but the molds and mycotoxins will enter into the inside of the grain as they try to break them down into dirt. The grains get ground up for processing, and the rest is history. The worst of these grains, as far as mold contamination, are sold for livestock feed and alcohol processing–beer mostly.

Other foods that can be a cause of yeast infections are peanuts, corn, and red apples, which will actually grow mold on them as they grow. Peanuts also are the most genetically engineered food on the planet, stick too organic.

These foods can kill the beneficial bacteria in our digestive system because of the molds they are contaminated with. They also allow the yeast to grow since the yeast eats the sugars in these foods. They often sit in the intestine and ferment before digestion, which causes a condition known as dysbiosis, or toxic colon. These toxins alter good bacterial supplies and yeast gains the upper hand.

Mycotoxins from molds and fungi are also known cancer-causing agents that are released by molds and yeasts. One of these mycotoxins, called aflatoxin, happens to be the most carcinogenic substance on earth. In the common diets of today, grains are consumed in all three meals in some form, from cereals to breads and pastas. So every day the average American is consuming .15mg to .5mg of aflatoxin.

The western diet of today, due to sugars and molds in the foods we eat, is a cancer-causing machine. The addition of these sugars allows the yeast to thrive unbeknown to many people that have it, and allows it to inject its own mycotoxins into your body. This will suppress the immune system and lead to other autoimmune system diseases such as cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis, crohns, arthritis, skin disorders, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, etc. if left untreated.

Chlorine is added to the water supply of the US to kill parasites, microbes, and bad bacteria present in our drinking water supply. But when you drink this water directly from your tap, the chlorine kills the good bacteria in your intestines. To chlorine, bacteria is bacteria, it doesn’t know the difference from good or bad.

Fluoride also is a cause of yeast infection and killer of, not only intestinal bacteria, but also enzymes, which are the building blocks of all life and work on the cellular DNA level, as well as in the process of digestion and immune system health.

Buying a water distiller and using this water to not only drink, but to also cook with. It is the only system that will remove fluoride from your drinking water besides reverse osmosis, which makes the water too acidic. Fluoride has been found, when used for cooking, to release toxic metals from common cooking utensils. So called bottled spring water in independent testing is not always safe either, due to pollutants in the air, coming to the ground in rain, and getting in the water table, it can be just as bad for you. You also have tons of run off from fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals in the water supply. A lot of so-called spring water is really just filtered tap water. The industry is not regulated very strongly, so you can’t always be sure what you are really drinking. Buy a water distiller for your drinking and cooking needs. It will last a lifetime and be one of the best health investments you have ever made.

So how do we avoid these molds and antibiotics in our foods that can be a cause of yeast infection?

In almost every store in the country you can buy hormone and antibiotic free beef. Buy it, eat it, and simply don’t buy the rest.

Cut down on grain foods that cause yeast infections drastically by eliminating the chips, cookies, cakes, cereals, and pastas. Substitute pastas with rice that you have to fry first for a grain.

Eat more organic eggs for breakfast and organic milk if you must. And don’t worry about cholesterol, which is caused by mycotoxins in the blood stream, sugar, and trans fats, and is also an immune system response to these mycotoxins from fungus. Take away the mycotoxins and junk food and your cholesterol will be just fine.

Cause of Yeast Infection and the Immune System

Another cause of yeast infection is a generally weakened or deficient immune system.

How does the immune system get worn down enough to be a cause of yeast infection in the average person?

Many times a person has had an illness or injury and their health is never the same again. The body has been damaged too severely for the immune system to repair the cells properly, although it never stops trying. Over time, the immune system weakens to the point it can no longer defend the body. Instead, it focuses on other processes more important for continued life.

Every day we are exposing ourselves to polluted air from the smog from our cars and power plants, which, if coal-fired, deliver acid rain containing mercury to the ground that enters the food chain. Mercury, aluminum, lead, and excess iron are definitely linked to chronic yeast infections. If your levels are high and you do nothing to solve the problem, you will not get rid of your candida yeast infection.

There are now traces of over 300 toxins in our bodies that were not present before 1940. These toxins have been shown to bind to receptors, blocking important enzymatic reactions in the body weakening the immune system.

Chemicals in the home from soaps, laundry detergents, toothpastes, perfumes, cleaning solvents, etc. are causes. I could go on and on in this area. Even carpet is made of petroleum and plastics that are toxic. The effect is cumulative, it takes time, but yeast or other diseases are always the result.

Our foods are more and more genetically engineered and their food value becoming more and more questionable. Modern farming has stripped the soils of all minerals and vitamins, so foods have very little value any more. According to a report released at the 1992 Earth Summit, the USA has the worst soil in the world – 85% depleted. The rest of the world’s soils are not much better, with South America and Asia’s soils being 78% depleted, Africa 75%, Europe 70%, and Australia 58%. This means the potency of our food supply is not able to sustain optimum health. Is it any wonder we are overweight and chronically ill? We are literally starving to death from lack of nutrition!

Pesticides are used that kill beneficial soil based organisms that used to be a part of our diets from the family farms of old. We add chemicals to dairy foods to give it a longer shelf life.

The average American eats over 7 pounds of sugar a year which is creating a Type 2 diabetic epidemic in this country. Obesity is at an all time high from sugar and processed grains which themselves are turned to sugar when digested. The pancreas kicks in some insulin that picks up the sugar and deposits it on the body as fat. Fat is the fuel the body was originally designed to run on, not sucrose.

Sugar contributes to the cause of yeast infections by feeding the fungus in the body allowing it to grow and spread. Sugar is also by far the number one thing that can wear down your immune system. It is worse than smoking.

All of our food is cooked, processed, and enzymatically dead, this causes the pancreas an additional load, and it, must create more enzymes to digest these foods. The metabolic enzymes are forced to help out with digestion when they should be helping repair cells and removing wastes.

We vaccinate our children with basically poisons in the name of good health that actually weaken their immune systems.

Another very common cause of yeast infection is mold growing in ventilation systems. I have personally seen this condition inside air conditioners. These mold spores blow into the home, and once you breath them, they can travel through the body, causing asthma and bronchitis.

Predisposing Causes of Yeast Infection

  • Trauma
  • Altered Physiological states
  • Drug Addiction
  • Endocrine problems
  • Indwelling catheters
  • Blood disorders and neutropenia
  • Corticosteroid therapy
  • Reduced or dysfunctional phagocytosis
  • Irradiation
  • Transplantation
  • Diabetes
  • Malnutrition
  • Burns
  • Collagen disease

All these things contribute as a cause of yeast infections today and weaken our immune systems. Bacteria are our first line of defense in our immune systems, and all these things can and do contribute to help kill them.

It is becoming more and more necessary to take supplements every day to maintain a healthy body and a healthy immune system. Even the AMA recently suggested that everyone in the country should be on a multivitamin/mineral supplement for example like colloidal silver.

The trick is to take quality supplements and eat mostly good fresh foods. Drink plenty of clean fresh water to flush out poisons and wastes from the body while minimizing environmental toxins in the home.

The benefits? You will go through life healthier, more energetic, happier, and live to a ripe old age, if you so choose.

Candida and yeast infections cannot be beaten with diet alone; it simply will not work without good supplements to support cellular health as by using colloidal silver.

How Stress Affects Your Health

We know how stress can affect us mentally and emotionally. It can make us feel anxious and overwhelmed. It can make our tempers short and cause us to feel depressed. But how does stress affect your health?

When you are feeling stressed, certain stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, are released into your system. This is fine in short doses. It can even be beneficial. However, if your stress is prolonged, and these hormones keep getting pumped into your symptoms, they can actually cause damage to your body and your health.

It’s common knowledge that too much stress can negatively affect your blood pressure. But it can impact your health in other negative ways, too.

Your Immune System

When you are under stress, your body might shut down or suppress some of your systems. This is its way of giving you fewer things to worry about. For instance, many women in stressful situations might stop having a menstrual cycle for a month or two, or even longer.

Unfortunately, prolonged stress can also partially suppress your immune system, which can make you susceptible to illnesses and infections.

People who are stressed out often end up getting sick or run down. Which makes it even harder to deal with daily challenges, and makes them feel even more stressed.

Digestive Problems

Digestive problems are common in those under extreme stress. Those feeling stressed shouldn’t be surprised to find themselves suffering from diarrhoea, heartburn, or indigestion.

Weight Gain

People dealing with stressful situations, like a divorce or break-up, the loss of a loved one, or a job they hate, often find themselves eating more and putting on weight. Many often assume this is because people sometimes eat more to comfort themselves. But, while this can be true, there is also a physical reason for the weight gain.

Stress causes hormonal changes in the body. And these hormonal changes can actually increase your appetite. You eat more not just because you are feeling sad, but also because your body is telling you that you need to eat more.

Other Problems

Stress can also cause other problems, like insomnia, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and erratic mood swings. It can make it hard for you to concentrate at work, and even harder for you to remember important dates and appointments. It can also make skin conditions, like acne, eczema, and psoriases even worse than before.

So how does stress affect your health? Potentially, it can affect it in all sorts of negative ways. That is why learning to manage and relieve your stress should be your top priority.

Colon Cancer: What is a Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is one of the least invasive endoscopic investigations of the large colon and the distal section of the small bowel with a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera on a tube that is flexible enough to be inserted through the anus. It may give a visual diagnosis (for example ulceration, polyps) and gives the opportunity for biopsy or the removal of any suspected lesions. Before a colonoscopy, patients have to under colonoscopy prep or colonoscopy preparation. Virtual colonoscopy, which makes use of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional images reconstructed using CT scans or from MR scans, is also an option, as an entirely non-invasive test, although it is not regarded as standard and still requires investigation in relation to its diagnostic capabilities. In addition to this, virtual colonoscopy restricts therapeutic maneuvers including the removal of polyp and/or tumors or biopsy nor visualisation of any lesions smaller in size than 5 millimeters. Once detected, a standard colonoscopy would be performed on a growth of polyp. Colonoscopy can be carried out to remove polyps that are smaller than one millimeter. Once a polyp is removed, further study can be carried out on it using a microscope. This will help to determine wether or not if the polyp is precancerous. Colonoscopy has some similaries to sigmoidoscopy, but they are no the same. The difference is that the procedures are carried out on the same parts of the colon. However, Sigmoidsocopy only allows for the viewing of the final 2 feet of the colon, whilst colonoscopy allows for the examination of the whole colon. This is often 4 to 5 feet in length.