DRX9000 – A Spinal Decompression Machine That Works

At the beginning of the new millennia, it was the debut of the VAX-D that saw the rise of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, providing new hope to chronic back pain patients who are afraid of the complications of surgery or in those whom conventional treatments did not grant alleviation. The DRX9000 or the DRX-9000 is a new type of spinal decompression machines that emerged after VAX-D and this special spinal decompression table has earned great reviews from patients and doctors alike.

An extremely specialized versatile support table, the DRX9000, created by Axiom Worldwide is loaded with the latest electronic and computer technology. A multi-factored approach to non-surgical spinal decompression is provided with this device to give relief to lower back pain and other symptoms.

A negative pressure known as “negative intradiscal pressure” is created to pull herniated disc material back into the center of the spinal disc and fluids and other nutrients will also be pulled back that will enhance hydration, healing, and regeneration of the herniated disc. Sensors integrated into the table will help monitor the traction force being generated. Spasms will develop as the body is extended and pressure can be felt.

This spasm reaction is countered by the DRX9000 by undergoing cycles of pulling and relaxation while decompression is being administered. The decompression treatment becomes much more potent since the patient is comfy.

With the DRX9000, chronic low back pain caused by bulging and herniated discs, disc degeneration, and sciatica can be appropriately relieved. Particular assessments on the device have claimed that the DRX9000 is also effective in spinal stenosis. Stenosis essentially signifies the narrowing of the spinal canal or the intervertebral foramen. If the stenosis is brought on by a bulging or herniated nucleus pulposus, the DRX9000 would be beneficial. However, if it is a bony stenosis (the narrowing is caused by excess bone such as bone spurs), spinal decompression with the DRX9000 would not deliver the results.

What are the Contraindications of DRX9000 Treatment? There are particular conditions that would not gain from the DRX9000. These involve the following:

  • Serious osteoporosis (which may lead to spinal fracture during treatment)
  • Activated spinal cancer
  • Spinal infection
  • Spondylolisthesis (Unstable spine)
  • Pregnancy (the tight harness used for traction would compress the abdomen)
  • Spinal fusion with retained hardware (like screws and plates in the area of the spine to be treated)

Health institutes offering the DRX9000 claim the machine to be “therapist-” and “technician-friendly” in contrast to the VAX-D, making it very convenient to employ on patients. In truth, one can find the constructive results of the device online which are generated from scientific studies conducted by different pain management centers in New York and San Antonio.

Obviously, there are some disgruntled individuals when it comes to the DRX9000 as some individuals have observed its ineffectiveness in pain alleviation and some even encountered the aggravation of pain. Numerous DRX9000 cases have been filed over the past years due to this fact of these problems.

DRX9000 – A Spinal Decompression Machine That Works

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Price and Specs

The new Volkswagen Jetta is an entirely new vehicle design. The appearance of its fully galvanised body shows this most emphatically. Never before was a VW Jetta this large, this sporty, this independent. Just how independent? One sign is that the Volkswagen Jetta no longer shares any body components with the technically related world’s bestseller, the Golf. Instead, the new Jetta impresses as an independent vehicle like the Passat CC or Tiguan. And it is just as safe; the previous model was already named “Top Safety Pick” in crash testing by the US organisation IIHS. Along with optimal occupant crash safety, the car has further advanced pedestrian safety features. With the Jetta, Volkswagen has once again introduced entirely new standards of quality to a vehicle segment.

Exterior styling and dimensions

The new model is 182.7 inches (4.63 metres) long, 57.1 inches (1.45 metres) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 metres) wide (length of the European version: 4.64 metres). This makes the Volkswagen 3.15 inches (8 cm) longer than the previous model. The interplay of exterior dimensions produces a powerful ratio of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen “design DNA” sharpens its style. This has resulted in clear precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces that give the saloon an image of timeless elegance and dynamic styling. The result: the Volkswagen Jetta’s appearance makes such a dominant styling statement that the Volkswagen practically positions itself in a higher vehicle class.

Front end: Here it is the coupe-like incline of the windshield and the consistent use of horizontal lines that define the design. The high-gloss black radiator grille forms a stylistic unit together with the trapezoidal headlights. The dual reflector headlights are sectioned by a so-called masking blade into a larger area with the low and main beam lights and a narrow lower section with daytime running lights and indicator lights. The chrome masking blades guide the horizontal lines of the front end right into the headlights. The result: the Volkswagen Jetta has a wider and more dynamic visual stance. In the area of the low-beam light, new H7 Longlife halogen discharge lamps are used which have a significantly longer service life. The parking and daytime running lights – generally subjected to more severe loads – are also designed with Longlife or Super-Longlife technology. Optimal tuning of the mounting height and size of the low-beam reflector produces very good and broad illumination of the roadway with an emphasis on the driver’s side.

Just beneath the grille and headlight unit is the cleanly sculpted surface of the fully painted bumper. One section lower, another cooling air intake and a tray-shaped front spoiler (in the style of ‘splitters’ used in car racing) give the car a sporty finish. The upper section of the front end displays a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine bonnet to the wings on the sides; the shoulder section here reflects dynamic and muscular styling.

Side profile: In the saloon’s side profile, design characteristics that mark all new Volkswagens meld into yet another interpretation of the “design DNA” conceptualised by the Italian Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group (Walter de Silva) and the German Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand (Klaus Bischoff). The best examples of this: the characteristic shoulder or ‘tornado’ line and the powerfully emphasised arches of the wheel wells. Formally, they intersect the main volumes of the large harmonised surfaces, conveying a strong dynamic image.

Thanks to wide track dimensions (1,535 mm in front, 1,532 mm in rear), the wheelarches also form a precise transition – as though carved by a knife – to accommodate wheels up to 18 inches in size. Meanwhile, the styling of the door mirrors with their integrated indicator lights emulate those of the larger Passat CC. Another typical design characteristic is the line work in the area of the C-pillars. Here, the trailing edge of the door follows a straight line from the side sill diagonally back into the triangle window; stylistically, this lengthens the door and gives the overall vehicle an even larger, more extended and elegant appearance.

Rear section: Harmonised surfaces and sporty shoulders also dominate the look at the rear of the VW Jetta. The very wide and coupe-like rear window offers excellent visibility behind the saloon and simultaneously emphasises its dynamic lines. Its interplay with the C-pillars, as striking as they are elegant, and the clearly sculpted shoulder section, produces a design that is extremely dominant, generating a strong presence.

Powerfully illuminating and visually prominent: the rear lights. They are split into two sections, extending from the wing into the boot lid and displaying an unmistakable look both day and night. The boot lid itself has an aerodynamically optimised trailing edge that minimises air turbulence and increases the car’s downforce to the road. The vertical surface of the boot lid with its integrated VW logo and segmented rear lights shows a slight flare – a styling tool that further emphasises the saloon’s sportiness. To access the 510 litre boot, the boot lid can be opened by remote control unlock. Perfection in details: A special patented reflector geometry illuminates the entire lower license plate and boot area together.

Passive safety

The new Jetta is equipped with six airbags as standard equipment (driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear). Customers can add optional rear side airbags to this package. To ensure that the airbags deploy to their proper positions faster than ever, the new Volkswagen Jetta has a special sensor system for detecting crash intensity and igniting the airbags. The electronics, located centrally in the passenger compartment, evaluates low-frequency “palpable” deceleration signals. In addition, specially tuned accelerometers measure frequency components in the mid or “audible” range. These signal components are generated as car body waves when load-bearing structures in the front of the car deform very quickly. They propagate throughout the vehicle structure at a high speed and make precise information on the severity of the crash available very quickly.

By intelligently interrelating the “palpable” and “audible” signal components, the airbag sensor system obtains a faster and simultaneously more reliable characterisation of the crash. This makes it possible to adapt the deployment performance of the airbags and belt tensioners to the crash situation in order to provide optimal protection for passengers. In Germany, the Volkswagen sensor system has been awarded the Bavarian Innovation Prize.

High-strength, form-hardened steels are also used in the new VW Jetta. These special steels help to create an extremely safe vehicle structure while avoiding spiralling weight gains. The impact energy is routed through defined load paths according to the crash type, to absorb a share of the energy that would otherwise impact on the car’s occupants.

Interior

Just like its exterior styling, the high-quality impression made by the interior bridges the gap to the next class up, significantly increasing the Volkswagen Jetta’s lead over the competition. Inside, the new Jetta offers an unparalleled perfection in details and – as a common conceptual thread – self-explanatory controls.

Ergonomic cockpit

The silver framed round instruments designed in the style of the Passat CC are positioned for optimum viewing; the multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them. The new three-spoke steering wheel design (optionally with multifunction keys) impresses both visually and to the touch. The right hand rests ergonomically on the gearshift grip. Forward of the gear lever are the redesigned and intuitive controls for the climate control (standard from the US equipment line S plus S1-package, as well as on the Trendline in Germany) and other convenience features such as the optional heated seats as well as the radio and radio-navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined towards the driver for an ideal cockpit layout that focuses on the driver’s needs. Also providing for optimal interior comfort is the air conditioning system that is standard from the S2 equipment version in the USA and from the Comfortline in Germany.

The parking brake lever was also repositioned, freeing up more space on the right side that is now used for larger cupholders. Numerous storage options – including an option-dependent centre armrest with large storage box and special sunglasses holder – all perfect the car’s practical everyday utility.

More space for driver and front passenger

Despite the low roof line, the effective headroom for driver and front passenger has remained nearly the same: It is now 970 mm. Both occupants take their places on completely redesigned and ergonomic seats that offer a high level of long-distance travel comfort and ample adjustments (optional 6-way and 8-way adjustment).

The extended wheelbase enabled a significantly more comfortable layout of the Volkswagen Jetta’s 3-person rear seating area. Compared to the previous model, it now offers 38.1 inches (96.7 cm) legroom – a gain of 2.6 inches (6.7 cm). Headroom in the rear, at 943 mm, is still at the same good level of the previous model.

510 litre cargo capacity

Even the base version sports a folding rear bench seatback with a 60/40 split, increasing the car’s versatility. The 510 litre boot can be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch (alternatives: unlocking from the exterior and by RF remote control, which is standard from the S2 equipment line for the USA and from the Trendline for Europe).

All-around protection

The new VW Jetta is equipped with six airbags as standard equipment (driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear). Customers can add optional rear side airbags to this package (for detailed information on the topic of passive safety, see the Body section).

Standard and Optional Features

Volkswagen has systematically tailored its US equipment versions (S, SE, SEL, TDI and GLI) to address the wishes of American car drivers, and in doing so it has developed one of the most attractive saloons in its class. The already well-equipped base version will launch at prices from 15,995 US dollars. In Europe, the Volkswagen Jetta will once again be offered in the three equipment lines Trendline, Comfortline and Highline (prices for Europe will be announced when ordering begins in individual countries).

Standard features of the VW Jetta in America

S-Line (S1): Standard features of the base version Volkswagen Jetta include ESP and ABS, 6 airbags, 5 head restraints (with special whiplash protection in front), tyre pressure monitoring, outdoor temperature display, daytime running lights, pollen filter, electric windows all around, 3 cupholders, “Cardeol” pattern seats, height adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40 split rear seatback, radio prep with four loudspeakers, and body-coloured bumpers and door handles.

S2: The S-Line can be supplemented with the S2 package, which includes climate control, radio-CD system, RF remote control for central locking and pre-wiring for an alarm system.

SE line (SE1): Beyond the S1 and S2 features, the SE line also includes a 16-inch wheel-tyre combination instead of 15-inch, comfort seats in “Acerin” pattern, door mirrors in body colour with integrated indicator lights, larger tailpipes, radio prep with 6 loudspeakers, a chrome interior package (rotary light switch, bezels for the air nozzles, control knobs for the climate control system, parking brake lever grip and chrome badge on the steering wheel), centre armrests (front armrest has storage box and 2 cupholders, rear has 2 cupholders as well), cruise control, lockable and illuminated glovebox, reading lamps in the rear, illuminated make-up mirrors in the sun visors and floor mats.

SE2: Supplemental packages are provided here too. The SE2 includes a leather multifunction steering wheel, leather gearshift grip and leather parking brake, 16-inch alloy wheels (“Sedona” type), Sirius Satellite Radio system, Bluetooth, USB, AUX and iPod interfaces and heated seats and windshield washer nozzles.

SE3: Additional features of the SE3 package include a premium sound system with CD/MP3 player and a large tilt/slide sunroof.

SEL line (SEL1): The SEL equipment line is launching with even more exclusive features. Beyond the standard features of the SE3, this Jetta line – and this is just an excerpt – is also equipped with these exterior features: fog lamps, chrome accents on the radiator grille, chrome trim on the side window sills, machine-polished 17-inch alloy wheels (“Joda” type) and rear disc brakes instead of drum brakes. Additional convenience and comfort features on this Volkswagen Jetta are the Keyless Access automatic engine starting and locking system, RNS Low (US) radio-navigation system, 8-way driver’s seat adjustment, brushed chrome interior accents and a trip computer. The sunroof is not included with the SEL1 package.

SEL2: Those wishing to drive the top version VW Jetta with a sunroof will choose the SEL2 package. This version also includes a sport chassis, aluminium sport pedals and sporty styling of the door sills.

TDI line (TDI1): The Clean Diesel version of the new Jetta is automatically equipped with features through the SE2 level plus a trip computer, leather multifunction steering wheel, leather gearshift grip, leather parking brake lever, disc brakes all around and 16-inch “Mambo” alloy wheels.

TDI2: Features of the TDI version can be supplemented with the TDI2 package that includes a sunroof, fog lights, chrome radiator grille, chrome window sill trim, interior accents in metal look, Keyless Access engine starting and locking system, RNS Low radio-navigation system and 8-way driver’s seat adjustment.

GLI line (GLI1): The flagship of the new Volkswagen Jetta model series will follow in 2011 – the GLI with 147 kW / 200 PS. GLI upgrades beyond those of the SE1 level make up an almost endless list of exclusive details. This line includes 17-inch alloy wheels, multi-link rear suspension, sound generator (for a sporty engine sound), sport chassis (lowered by 15 millimetres), customised bumpers in sport design, red painted brake callipers, sport seats with custom GLI upholstery, red seat and leather seams (steering wheel, custom GLI gearshift grip and parking brake), brushed metal interior accents, aluminium pedals and door sills, as well as a Sirius satellite radio system.

GLI2/3: In the GLI2 version, the VW Jetta is also equipped with a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-like V-Tex seat covers and an exceptional sound system. The GLI3 level adds a radio-navigation system.

Standard Volkswagen Jetta features in Europe

Trendline: The Trendline continues to mark the entry into the world of the European Jetta. Similar to the USA versions, safety equipment includes 6 airbags (optional 8), 5 crash-optimised head restraints (with anti-whiplash system in front), daytime running lights, seatbelt detection, automatic hazard light activation during hard braking and ABS with brake assistant and ESP with trailer stabilisation.

Exterior details of the VW Jetta Trendline include 205 tires on 16-inch wheels, heated electric outside mirrors with integrated indicator lights, and green-tinted windows with insulating glass. Interior convenience and comfort features include such details as air conditioning, dust and pollen filter, RF remote control of central locking, outside temperature indicator with freeze warning, chrome bezels on the air vents, interchangeable interior accents, AUX-IN port, multifunction display, 6-way driver’s seat adjustment (including height adjustment) and 4-way front passenger seat adjustment (fabric seat covers in “Cardeol” pattern).

Comfortline: The mid-range Comfortline equipment version is marked by such features as chrome accents in the radiator grille and 16-inch, five-spoke “Mambo” alloy wheels. Inside, details upgrading the Volkswagen Jetta Comfortline include storage pockets on the front seatbacks, centre armrests (with storage box in front), 8-way adjustment of driver and front passenger seats, comfort seats with high-end “Sienna” pattern fabric covers, woven floor mats, RCD 210 radio-CD system, chrome package (including rotary light switch and control knobs for the climate control system) and what is referred to as the small leather package (steering wheel, gearshift grip and parking brake) as well a black decor accents (“Black Pyramid”). Also standard: the ParkPilot (front and rear), passenger door mirror lowering for backing up and four reading lights (2 in front, 2 in rear).

Highline: The Highline version offers the most exclusive VW Jetta features. In the exterior area, features beyond the Comfortline features are 17-inch alloy wheels (“Porto” type with ten spokes), a chrome frame for the lower air intake screen, chrome trim under the side windows, headlight cleaning system and front fog lights with cornering lights. The Winter package (with heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles) offers ideal convenience and comfort through the coldest season. Interior features distinguishing the Volkswagen Jetta Highline as a top model of the series include sport seats with fabric upholstery (“Gloss”) and artificial leather, especially high-end décor accents (“Iridium Printed” pattern), the small leather package (steering wheel, gearshift grip, parking brake), a high-gloss black insert in the centre console area and automatic climate control system (Climatronic).

In all three equipment versions, the seats and interior trims may be ordered in one of the basic colours “Titan Black,” “Latte Macchiato” or “Corn Silk.” On the Volkswagen Jetta Comfortline and Jetta Highline, Volkswagen offers an additional “Vienna” leather option in “Latte Macchiato” or “Corn Silk” colour.

Keyless Access

The Keyless Access option is a locking and engine starting system that makes do without a door or ignition lock. When one of the front door handles is touched, the system detects access authorisation from a transponder in the person’s jacket, trousers or handbag, unlocks the VW Jetta (in this case including the electric steering column lock), releases the engine immobilizer and optional anti-theft warning system and enables an engine start by the engine Start/Stop button on the centre console. From the outside, the Volkswagen Jetta is locked by touching one of the door handles – on one of the surfaces specially marked for this purpose. As an alternative, the Volkswagen may of course also be locked or unlocked from the inside or by remote control.

Functional procedure: When the door handle is touched, this essentially wakes up the Volkswagen Jetta. The electronics utilises outside antennas (including one in each of the front door handles) to externally radiate an inductive field to scan for a valid ID transponder – a suitable sender – at a distance of up to 1.5 metres from the VW Jetta. If it finds one, the antenna routes the code emitted by the sender to the relevant control module. All of this happens faster than the blink of an eye. If the code is correct, the doors are unlocked. Three other antennas inside the vehicle can also localise a transponder or “key” here. In the passenger compartment, other antennas check whether the ID transponder is located inside the car. To protect children, for example, the car’s engine cannot be started if the ID transponder is outside the vehicle – even by just a few centimetres. So, if the transponder fob is placed on the roof, it would be impossible to climb in and drive off.

Radio-CD and Radio-Navigation systems

Either the RCD 210 (Europe) or a US-version radio system is included as standard equipment on the higher equipment lines. In Europe, the optional RCD 310 (with dual tuner and 8 loudspeakers) offers even more power and functions. The top audio system in Europe is the RCD 510; in America it is the Premium 8 model with integrated CD changer, interface for SD cards and touchscreen. As an option, the European RCD 310 and RCD 510 may also be supplemented by a DAB module for digital radio reception. All Volkswagen Jetta versions are available with an optional hands-free system (3 systems in Europe, 1 system in America) for mobile telephones.

SAT Radio: In the USA, Volkswagen offers the Jetta with SAT reception (Sirius) for radio-CD and navigation systems. Users will be able to choose from more than 200 radio stations, and the system offers the latest traffic reports for navigation. Additional information is also provided, e.g. weather, petrol prices, sport results, TV programming and flight information.

Sound system: In Europe, Volkswagen will offer a high-end sound system under the in-house label “Volkswagen Sound.” In terms of high-end options, many Jetta drivers will choose one of the following navigation systems.

RNS 315 for America and Europe: An attractively priced entry to radio-navigation systems is offered by the new RNS 315 with 5-inch touchscreen (400 x 240 pixels), CD player, SD card slot and dual tuner. The SD card interface can be used to save the navigation data (by copying it from the Navigations-CD) and MP3 files for music replay. The RNS 315 may also be supplemented with the DAB module.

RNS 510 for Europe: The top model among the radio-navigation systems is the RNS 510. It serves up such upgrades as a 6.5-inch touchscreen, DVD player, voice activation, an SD card slot and extremely fast 30 Gigabyte hard drive.

Drive Technology and Chassis

German Engineering is the key word that captures the attention of many customers in the USA. German engineering and craftsmanship stands for the highest level of quality and efficient technology, and not only in Germany. The new VW Jetta is a prime example; a look at its drive technologies makes this abundantly clear: as a turbodiesel, it sets standards with the latest common rail direct injection system. The US version equipped with a 103 kW / 140 PS TDI Clean Diesel (which fulfils the BIN 5 emissions standard) attains a top fuel economy of 42 mpg Highway (combined cycle: 34 mpg) – this makes the Volkswagen Jetta one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the roads between New York and San Francisco. In Europe, Volkswagen will be introducing a 77 kW / 105 PS engine as its smallest TDI at the beginning of 2011. Its fuel economy in the BlueMotion Technology version: a sensational 4.2 l/100 km – a best value for a saloon in the 4.6 metre class.

Volkswagen Jetta engines in America

In the USA and Canada, the new Volkswagen Jetta will be offered with three petrol engines and one direct injection turbodiesel (TDI Clean Diesel). Two of the four engines are new aboard the Volkswagen Jetta: The entry-level engine (85 kW / 115 PS) and the common rail TDI (103 kW / 140 PS). Technically perfected are the 125 kW / 170 PS 2.5 litre petrol engine and the sporty top engine – the charged 2.0 TSI with 147 kW / 200 PS, which in North America will drive the Jetta GLI top model starting in 2011. A technical highlight is the new 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel; thanks to the conversion to common rail direct injection – the world’s leading fuel delivery system – the turbo engine was made as quiet as a petrol engine and as powerful as a sports car engine (320 Newton metres maximum torque). A particulate filter and NOx storage catalytic converter guarantee that this TDI also meets emissions requirements for all 50 states of the USA. Its 42 mpg Highway fuel economy (with DSG) makes the new and very agile Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI (0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds) one of the most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting vehicles on the American continent.

All engines are offered with a standard manual gearbox. Of course, an optional automatic gearbox is available for each model. On the new 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TSI, Volkswagen is implementing one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world – the 6-speed DSG.

2.0 MPI with 85 kW / 115 PS: The smallest engine (1,981 cm3) in the VW Jetta has a crossflow cylinder head made of an aluminium alloy. The comfortable four-cylinder engine (85 kW / 115 PS) reaches its maximum power at 5,200 rpm, and its maximum torque (170 Newton metres) at 4,000 rpm. With a manual gearbox, the multipoint four cylinder engine accelerates the saloon to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds; the car’s top speed is 120 mph. With a 6-speed automatic, the Jetta 2.0 accelerates to 60 mph in 11.3 seconds (top speed is identical). The 115 PS engine attains 34 mpg fuel economy (manual gearbox) in the Highway cycle; the automatic version comes in at 32 mpg.

2.5 MPI with 125 kW / 170 PS: Specially developed for the American market is the torque-strong five-cylinder engine with a power of 125 kW / 170 PS (at 5,600 rpm) and 2,480 cm3 displacement. Conceptually, the very successful engine (66 percent engine share in the Jetta) was derived from the V10 engine of the Lamborghini Gallardo. And its DNA is definitely noticeable in the new VW Jetta too: The 16-valve five-cylinder engine equipped with multipoint injection goes to work with great responsiveness over the entire speed range, and it accelerates the Volkswagen to 60 mph in just 8.0 seconds; if the 6-speed automatic is aboard, the value is 8.5 seconds. Acoustically, the five cylinder always remains in the background, even at its top speed of 125 mph. The maximum torque of the Volkswagen Jetta engine with multipoint injection is reached at 4,250 rpm and amounts to 240 Newton metres. For the first time, the 2.5 litre five cylinder is now equipped with a regulated oil pump, which further reduces fuel consumption. In the Highway cycle, fuel economy of the automatic gearbox version is 31 mpg, and it is 33 mpg for the manual version.

2.0 TSI with 147 kW / 200 PS: At the highest performance level, the new Jetta as a GLI version is driven by a 147 kW / 200 PS (5,100 to 6,000 rpm) TSI. Thanks to turbocharging and petrol direct injection, the 1,984 cm3 four cylinder TSI offers plenty of power with little fuel: 280 Newton metres (between 1,700 and 5,000 rpm) and a top speed of 130 mph contrast with 33 mpg fuel economy in the Highway cycle (6-speed gearbox); the Volkswagen Jetta GLI equipped with optional 6-speed DSG comes in at 32 mpg. Incidentally, the saloon handles the sprint to 60 mph in a short 6.7 seconds (DSG: 6.8 seconds).

2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS: Ideally tailored to the VW Jetta, and to the long driving distances covered in the USA, is the new common rail turbodiesel with 1,968 cm3 displacement. The four cylinder develops a power of 103 kW / 140 PS (at 4,000 rpm). Between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, the remarkably quiet TDI develops a maximum torque of 320 Newton metres. Thanks to these key performance figures, the Clean Diesel accelerates the Volkswagen Jetta TDI to 60 mph in just 9.1 seconds (6-speed manual: 8.7 seconds). Its top speed is 125 mph. Refuelling becomes an afterthought with this car that attains 41 mpg (Highway); the DSG version even betters this at 42 mpg.

Common rail injection of the TDI in detail: Injection pressures of up to 1,800 bar and special eight-hole injection nozzles ensure especially fine atomisation of the diesel fuel. Piezo in-line injectors are responsible for operating the injection nozzles. In this process, electrically controlled piezo crystals initiate injection in fractions of a second with the support of a hydraulic element. Compared to conventional solenoid valves, piezo technology enables more flexible injection processes with smaller, more precisely measurable fuel quantities and multiple injections with up to 7 individual injections per work cycle. The advantages: very quiet and smooth engine running, spontaneous response behaviour and low fuel consumption and emissions.

Clean Diesel technology in detail: The new Jetta’s Clean Diesel is one of the most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting engines offered in America. Naturally, the TDI satisfies the strict emission limits of BIN5/ULEV2 emissions standards legislated in the USA, and so it can be registered in all 50 states of the USA. A key aspect of Clean Diesel technical design is how it reduces nitrogen oxide emissions. In the four cylinder common rail TDI, engineers in Wolfsburg achieved this goal by making internal engine modifications and implementing a NOx storage catalytic converter. This technology reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 90 percent.

Why a NOx storage catalytic converter is used is easy to explain: high combustion chamber temperatures improve fuel economy – but at the same time they generate more nitrogen oxides. Within certain limits, the nitrogen oxides can be reduced by optimising combustion chamber geometries and implementing extremely precise injection processes, as Volkswagen has proven. Nonetheless, when considering emissions it is necessary to limit combustion temperatures and the concentration of oxygen, which reacts with the nitrogen to form nitrogen oxides. Both goals can be attained by external recirculation of exhaust gas into the combustion chamber. This gas is taken from the exhaust system and cooled on the way to the combustion chamber. In the ideal case, these measures can reduce temperature-dependent nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 60 percent.

The NOx storage catalytic converter handles the rest. It soaks up nitrogen oxides very efficiently, like a sponge. Like a particulate filter, it is cleaned at regular intervals without the driver even noticing. The engine management system does this by operating the engine in a mode with a richer combustion mixture for a few seconds. The NOx storage catalytic converter requires diesel fuel that has extremely low sulphur content (sulphur content below 15 parts per million, or 15 ppm); otherwise sulphate formation would make it less efficient. In the USA, this type of diesel fuel has been widely available since autumn 2008.

Volkswagen Jetta engines in Europe

In Europe, engine strategy will be based on conditions prevailing there. Smaller displacements and charging are crucial for all engines. This means somewhat lower power in the base engines, significantly smaller engine displacements on some engines, and all engines charged. Four of the six engines are new to the VW Jetta line-up: the 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS), the 1.4 TSI (118 kW / 160 PS) and the two common rail turbodiesels 1.6 TDI (77 kW / 105 PS) and 2.0 TDI (103 kW / 140 PS). Offering high-tech in proven form are the usual 1.4 TSI (90 kW / 122 PS) and 2.0 TSI (147 kW / 200 PS). Except for the 1.2 TSI, all other engines may be paired with an optional 6-speed DSG (77 kW TDI, 103 kW TDI, 147 kW TSI) or 7-speed DSG (90 kW TSI, 118 kW TSI).

Of course, every Jetta engine offered in Europe complies with the EU-5 emissions standard. The 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI are also available with a BlueMotion Technology package. Its technical features include a Start-Stop system and recovery of kinetic energy by battery regeneration. The new Volkswagen Jetta 1.2 TSI with BlueMotion Technology consumes just 5.3 l/100 km (equivalent to 123 g/km CO2) – an absolute top value for a petrol-powered saloon that can reach speeds of up to 190 km/h. The 1.6 TDI with BlueMotion Technology has a sensationally low combined fuel consumption of 4.2 l/100 km (109 g/km CO2); the VW Jetta with this engine is one of the most fuel-efficient 4.6 metre saloons in the world.

Petrol direct injection from 105 PS to 200 PS

Technically speaking, petrol direct injection, engine charging and reduced displacement are some of the most efficient ways to significantly reduce fuel consumption while significantly improving a vehicle’s dynamic properties. That is why Volkswagen is taking exactly this approach in its TSI engines: Reducing engine displacement, which in turn lowers friction and charge changing losses, resulting in lower specific fuel consumption and better engine efficiency. Engine charging takes the form of either a combination of turbocharger and supercharger or a specially developed turbocharger.

1.2 TSI with 77 kW / 105 PS: This turbocharged 1.2 litre four cylinder engine is the latest TSI in the program; like all engines of this type, it too follows the TSI downsizing philosophy with its 1,197 cm3 displacement. And this means maximum power with minimal fuel consumption. This Volkswagen Jetta is offered with an optional BlueMotion Technology package (with such features as a Start-Stop system and battery regeneration). From a standstill, even the BlueMotion Technology version of the 77 kW / 105 PS Jetta 1.2 TSI reaches 100 km/h after a short 10.9 seconds. Its top speed is 190 km/h. This contrasts with benchmark-setting fuel consumption and emission values: 5.3 l/100 km and 123 g/km CO2. The 1.2 TSI reaches its maximum power at 5,000 rpm. Its maximum torque of 175 Newton metres is available between 1,500 and 4,100 rpm. The VW Jetta 1.2 TSI is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment.

1.4 TSI with 90 kW / 122 PS: In the mid-range of engine power, the new saloon is powered by an efficiently operating 1.4 litre TSI with 90 kW / 122 PS (at 5,000 rpm). With a combined fuel consumption of 6.2 litres Super unleaded per 100 kilometres, the turbo engine makes the manually shifted Volkswagen Jetta one of the most fuel-efficient cars of its performance class (144 g/km CO2). The 122 PS TSI takes the car to a top speed of 202 km/h. The saloon handles the classic 0-100-km/h sprint in 9.9 seconds. In the VW Jetta, the four cylinder engine reaches its maximum torque of 200 Newton metres between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. This Volkswagen Jetta version may also be ordered with a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

1.4 TSI with 118 kW / 160 PS: This twincharged engine, i.e. both turbocharged and supercharged, with 118 kW / 160 PS (at 5,800 rpm) is exceptionally economical (combined fuel consumption with manual gearbox: 6.3 l/100 km), low emitting (147 g/km CO2) and torque strong (maximum of 240 Newton metres between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm). With this engine and a manual gearbox, the Volkswagen Jetta sprints to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds; its top speed is 221 km/h. As an option, this engine may be ordered together with the 7-speed DSG.

Especially interesting is the complementary interaction of supercharger and turbocharger. The supercharger, mechanically driven by a belt, increases the TSI’s torque at low engine speeds. This is a charging unit based on the Roots Principle. A special aspect of this supercharger is its internal gearing, which enables high supercharger performance even at low engine speeds.

At higher engine speeds, the exhaust gas-driven turbocharger (with wastegate control) kicks in. Then the supercharger and turbocharger work in series. The supercharger is operated via a solenoid clutch that is integrated in a module within the water pump. A control gate ensures that the flow of fresh air required for the operating point reaches the turbocharger or supercharger. In pure turbocharger mode the control gate is open. Then the air takes the familiar path of conventional turbocharged engines via the front intercooler and throttle valve and into the induction pipe. Starting at an engine speed of 3,500 rpm the supercharger turns all of the work over to the turbocharger.

2.0 TSI with 147 kW / 200 PS: In Europe as well, the VW Jetta with the highest power output is a TSI produces 147 kW / 200 PS (at 6,000 rpm). This turbocharged 2.0 litre engine is legendary; it is used in such vehicles as the Golf GTI (although on that car it has an extra 10 PS). In the new Jetta, the large four-cylinder TSI also delivers impressive driving performance with excellent fuel economy. Over 100 kilometres, it consumes just 6.9 litres of fuel (equivalent to 160 g/km CO2), which it directly injects into the four cylinder engine that can output up to 280 Newton metres of torque (from 1,800 rpm). Meanwhile, the engine enables a top speed of 236 km/h. The Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TSI completes the sprint to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. Tuned to this engine’s high torque is the 6-speed DSG that is available as an option in this VW Jetta.

Direct injection turbodiesels at 105 PS and 140 PS

1.6 TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS: The entry-level engine of the common rail TDI line-up for the Volkswagen Jetta in Europe is a 1.6 litre four cylinder with 77 kW / 105 PS (4,400 rpm) and a maximum torque of 250 Newton metres (1,500 to 2,500 rpm). Its combined fuel consumption (4.5 litres) represents a savings of 0.7 l/100 km compared to the previous model with unit injector technology. Upon request, this TDI can be ordered with a 7-speed DSG or in a BlueMotion Technology version (5-speed manual, optional 7-speed DSG). Equipped with BlueMotion Technology, fuel consumption is reduced to 4.2 l/100 km (109 g/km CO2). Both engine versions enable impressive driving performance. Consider the VW Jetta 1.6 TDI with BlueMotion Technology: After just 11.7 seconds, the saloon reaches the 100 km/h mark from a stop; its top speed: 190 km/h.

The technology of the 1,598 cm3 four cylinder reflects the highest standard on the market in this vehicle segment. The diesel fuel is directly injected via a common rail system into the combustion chamber at a pressure of 1,600 bar; special piezo actuators control the multiple injections and fuel volumes with extreme precision.

2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS: The strongest common rail TDI in the Volkswagen Jetta line-up is a 1,968 cm3 16-valve four cylinder with 103 kW / 140 PS (at 4,200 rpm). At a low 1,750 rpm, the remarkably quiet TDI develops a maximum torque of 320 Newton metres (up to 2,500 rpm). Thanks to these key performance parameters, the TDI accelerates the manually shifted VW Jetta to 100 km/h in just 9.5 seconds. Its top speed is 210 km/h. Here too, combined fuel consumption is extremely low at 4.8 l/100 km; the same applies to its CO2 emissions of 126 g/km.

BlueMotion Technology

The European VW Jetta can be delivered as an optional TDI or TSI BlueMotion Technology version with the 77 kW / 105 PS power output. Among other things, this efficient technology package includes low rolling resistance tires, the Start-Stop system and battery regeneration.

Start-Stop system: The driver approaches a red light, brakes the Volkswagen Jetta to a stop, shifts into neutral and takes the foot off the clutch (with DSG it is sufficient press the brake pedal). This causes the engine to shut off momentarily. In the multifunction display the text “Start Stop” appears. As soon as the light turns green again, the driver depresses the clutch (or with DSG simply releases the brake), and the engine starts, the “Start Stop” text is cleared, the driver engages a gear and resumes driving. Essentially, the driver does not need to perform any extra operating steps compared to a conventional car, yet saves up to 0.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the city using the Start-Stop system.

Unlike vehicles without the Start-Stop system, the BlueMotion Technology models have an extra battery data module (for acquiring momentary battery charge status), a reinforced engine starter, a DC/DC converter (guarantees voltage stability of the vehicle’s electrical system) and an exceptionally durable deep-cycle glass mat battery on board.

Battery regeneration: Regeneration helps to utilise the energy expended in driving as efficiently as possible. During coasting and braking phases of the VW Jetta – i.e. whenever the driver releases the accelerator pedal or brakes – the system elevates the voltage of the alternator (generator), and this electricity is used to bulk charge the vehicle’s battery.

Thanks to this alternator control as a function of engine efficiency, and the optimally charged battery that results, the voltage of the alternator can be reduced whenever this is desirable – e.g. when accelerating or while constantly maintaining a desired speed. The alternator may even be shut off entirely. This relieves engine load, which in turn reduces fuel consumption. In addition, the battery, which is continually fully charged, supplies the vehicle’s electrical system with sufficient energy during the stopped phase of the engine (e.g. at traffic lights). Battery regeneration requires special software for energy management and modified engine controller software.

Gearboxes with 5, 6 and 7 speeds

As an alternative to the 5 and 6-speed manual gearboxes and the further developed 6-speed automatic (exclusively in America), the new Volkswagen Jetta will also be offered with either a 6-speed or 7-speed dual clutch gearboxes (DSG), depending on the engine. Both DSG versions are characterised by maximum economy and shifting dynamics, which has never been attained to this extent before. Besides having different numbers of forward gears, another way in which the DSG systems differ technically is in their clutch types. While two dry clutches are used in the 7-speed DSG, the dual clutch of the 6-speed DSG runs wet in an oil bath. True of both gearboxes: even the most experienced professional drivers cannot come close to the shifting speeds of the DSG versions. Another fact: more than any other automatic, the dual clutch gearboxes have the potential to reduce fuel consumption and thereby emissions. Compared to a manual transmission, gains may be as much as 12 percent, depending on the engine, and even 20 percent compared to an automatic with torque-converter clutch. The two DSG versions are application-specific specialists. While the 6-speed DSG shines when paired with torque-strong engines (up to 350 Newton metres), the 7-speed DSG is especially effective in combination with smaller engines with lower torque outputs (up to 250 Newton metres).

Running gear of the new VW Jetta

In its driving properties, the new Jetta is also one of the safest automobiles in the world. All VW Jetta versions worldwide are equipped with the latest generation ESP (electronic stabilisation program) as a standard feature. Running gear tuning is as safe as it is comfortable and dynamic. A MacPherson strut-type front suspension with coil springs and telescoping shock absorbers is used in the Jetta. At the rear, a multi-link suspension is at work in the American Jetta GLI (debuting in 2011 with 15 millimetre lower sport chassis) and in European versions; all other US versions are equipped with a torsion-beam rear suspension specially tuned for the American market.

This new suspension for the USA offers very good vertical damping comfort; that is, it has a soft response and is therefore ideally tailored for American roads. Nonetheless, the essentially European and therefore dynamic basic tuning is still clearly discernible. The high transverse rigidity and lateral rigidity of the rear suspension make the car very directionally stable. Moreover, the suspension also offers excellent driving stability when the car is fully loaded. Fitting into this picture is the Volkswagen Jetta’s smooth yet precise electro-mechanical power steering.

Neuralta – Vitamin B1+b6+b12

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NEURALTA, another quality product form ALTA CARE Laboratoires, Paris, is a combination of three essential neurotropic vitamins (B1, B6 and B12) in high dosages. Analgesic properties have been noted when these vitamins are taken in high dosages together in this combination. There are many types of Vitamin Bs, but when there is pain, especially neurotic pain, this combination of vitamins works wonders, even when in combination with an anti-inflammatory prescribed by the doctor.

The vitamins B1, B6 and B12 are important with regards to the metabolism of the peripheral and central nervous system. Their effect on the regeneration of nerves has been shown in various investigations using these vitamins both individually and in combination.

VITAMIN B1 plays an important role in major metabolic processes.

VITAMIN B6 has an analgesic effect.

VITAMIN B12 ensures blood cell formation and prevents degenerative processes.

Both the individual function and the beneficial biochemical links between these 3 vitamins justify their combination.

NEURALTA is made in France and is indicated for the supportive treatment of neuritis and neuralgia (neuropathies)

NEURALTA is a combination of neurotropic vitamins B1, B6, & B12. These vitamins, in their role as co-enzymes, are indispensable factors in the metabolism of the nervous system.

NEURALTA normalizes the nerve cell metabolism.

NEURALTA supports the regeneration of nerve fibers and mylic sheath by activation of the metabolism and the natural repair mechanism.

NEURALTA is indicated in mono and polyneuropathics of any origin such as diabetic, alcoholic or toxic neuropathies, neuritis or neurolgia, especially cervical syndrome, shoulder- arms syndrome, lumbago, sciatica and herpesizosta.

NEURALTA of ALTA CARE Laboratoires, Paris, is available in tablet form, each box containing 80 tablets.

Dosage varies from 1 to 3 tablets a day or as prescribed by one’s doctor.

Dosage can be decreased when the pain is no longer felt; but it is recommended that one continues having at least 1 tablet a day to decrease the frequency and the intensity of the pain in case of a relapse. Neuralta tablets can be taken constantly even for periods that span much over than a year or two.

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Sciatica: How Can You Get Rid of Your Pain in the Butt?

Have you ever experienced a literal pain in the butt that continues all the way down your leg? Has it ever felt like someone was sticking a hot poker into your leg? If either of these scenarios is familiar to you, you’ve probably suffered from sciatica, a pain in the sciatic nerve. No one experiencing sciatica wants it to stick around any longer than, well, at all, so let’s not delay in discovering how you can make your leg pain a distant memory.

To understand and defeat the beast that is sciatica, it will be helpful to understand what it is and what causes it. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, which starts in the low back and travels all the way down your legs to the bottom of your feet. It controls nearly everything within your legs: from the large hamstring and quadriceps muscles in your upper legs to the smallest blood vessels in the bottom of your feet.

Sciatica is quite simply irritation of the sciatic nerve. This can happen several different ways at a few different points in the nerve’s journey from the low back to and through the leg.

Frequently sciatic nerve pain is a result of the joints in your lower spine being poorly aligned and putting pressure or stretching on the nerves as they come off from your spine. This problem is called a subluxation and is diagnosed and treated by chiropractors. Sciatica can also commonly occur due to spasm of a muscle in the buttock called the piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve passes under this muscle as it travels through the pelvis near the hip down to the back of your leg. This problem is frequently treated by physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists.

If you aren’t able to get in to the chiropractor or physical therapist right away or you hope to help improve your situation at least in part on your own, here are some tips to help relieve the pain associated with sciatica.

Give it a rest. Exercise is a great asset to getting and staying healthy, but when your sciatic nerve is unhappy, exercise will frequently flare up your problem and slow your progress. Especially if the piriformis muscle is involved, exercise which causes pounding, such as walking, running, tennis, basketball, soccer, etc., will flare the piriformis spasm and put additional strain on the spine in the lower part of the back.

Take a break from your regular exercise routine to give your sciatic nerve a break. If you simply must exercise, try non-impact exercises of the upper body, like resistive exercise band exercise or exercise ball exercises. Swimming may be a helpful alternative to your regular routine as well.

Stretch yourself. Relaxing the muscles in the lower back, buttocks and upper legs through stretching will help reduce the strain on the sciatic nerve and the joints throughout the lower back and pelvis. Always stretch gently and avoid any further stretching if it causes sharp pain or if it aggravates your problem.

Stretching the piriformis muscle can be done several different ways. However, when your sciatic nerve is screaming, the easiest stretch involves lying on your back with your knees bent and pulling one knee at a time up towards the opposite shoulder and holding it for 5-30 seconds. You will know you are getting a good stretch when you feel a mild stretch in the buttocks near the hip.

Chill out. Ice will be your best friend when you are suffering from sciatica. Placing a cold pack or ice pack on the lower spine, tailbone and/or buttock for 20 minutes once every 2-3 hours will help reduce swelling and also reduce pain. It is important to use ice exclusively at the onset of sciatica, as it has been found to decrease the length of time needed for healing.

If after 4-5 days you choose to alternate ice and heat, keep it off from the spine and limit heat use, especially with a heating pad, to no more than 20 minutes. Avoid sleeping while applying heat, as it can cause burns and can dry out the tissues, slowing the healing process.

Get it straight. Your posture plays an important role in the health of your spine. Sitting and standing as straight as is comfortably possible will help to reduce the effects of nerve irritation and get your nerves healing quicker and more completely. Avoid sitting in soft couches or chairs, as they will not give you the support that you need to sit well. Instead, drag a kitchen chair into the living room and spend your time sitting in a more supportive chair. Use a back support cushions in every chair you sit in; whether at work, in the car or at home to help support your back properly.

Move it! While sitting in a straight-back chair is helpful in supporting your lower back and spine, be sure that you aren’t sitting for any longer than 15-20 minutes at a time. Lack of movement in the joints of the spine especially can cause further damage, stiffness and muscle strain. Getting up and moving frequently, even if only to stretch or walk gently around the room will help to keep circulation fresh and facilitate a quicker recovery. Be sure that you stay well within your limits; if you are pushing yourself too hard and it is causing pain, then stop and give yourself a rest.

Get some sleep. Sleep is one of the most critical components in helping start and in maintaining a healing process. When you sleep, your body does its best work of healing and repairs the damage done throughout the day. Following any injury or during any illness, regular sleep is critical in helping your body get the upper hand.

Drink like a fish. To drink like a fish, you need to drink what a fish drinks: water, lots and lots of water. When your body isn’t hydrated properly, the tissues become tacky and adhesions form. If adhesions form, this slows the healing process and causes increased scar formation. Adhesions can form between your sciatic nerve and the surrounding tissues, causing your healing process to be incomplete and leaving you vulnerable to frequent, repeated sciatic episodes.

Put on some relief. Topical analgesics can help alleviate some of the bite of the pain of sciatica while helping soothe the spasm in the muscles of the low back, buttocks and upper leg. Getting even temporary relief from your sciatica can help your healing process by providing you an opportunity to rest or sleep.

Go for a massage. It stands to reason that if your sciatica is due to irritation of the sciatic nerve from spasm of your piriformis, hamstring or lower back muscles, deep tissue massage can be of great benefit to you. Getting a massage or even using a massager at home that is able to get into the deeper tissues of the buttocks and low back may help relieve some or all of your sciatic pain. At the very least, it can help to reduce the stress that commonly accumulates when you are in pain.

Get professional help. It is always a good idea to seek help from a chiropractor, medical doctor, physical therapist or massage therapist when you experience pain in the low back and/or legs. Waiting too long to effectively treat a condition involving your nerves can cause problems as mild as missing time from work all the way up to irreversible nerve damage. It is wise to effectively and completely deal with any problems involving your nerves, as doing so will help prevent similar problems from rearing their ugly head again down the road.

Even if you end up seeking professional help to deal with sciatica, incorporating practical home care can help shorten your recovery time and get you out of pain quicker. If pain in your buttocks and legs is something that you would rather avoid than deal with again, use these tips regularly to give yourself the best chance of preventing sciatica for years to come.

The better you take care of yourself, the greater health and vitality you will enjoy.

A Wichita KS Chiropractor and Newborns

A Wichita KS Chiropractor said that spinal adjustments could help infants sleep sounder, feed more, and live healthier lives.

Many babies are born with a slight damage to their spines. Severe injuries, such as fractures and dislocations, are usually noticed right away after delivery, but often, minor problems are left unnoticed, leaving parents with an apparently healthy, but miserable baby.

Family chiropractors treat babies as young as a few hours old. When you check the baby’s spine, each switch and exit goes to the glands, organs, and tissues. If an infant’s nervous system is working accurately, there is no doubt that the baby will be at the peak of health.

A Wichita KS chiropractor believes that the most prevalent risk when giving birth is when the baby suffers from Traumatic Birth Syndrome, which results in the formation of subluxations. Numerous experts have warned of the dangers that may occur to the nerves in the neck of newborns when they are held the wrong way during birth. This damage extends from mild subluxations in the neck to more serious subluxations that involve central nervous system problems, neural hemorrhage, and spinal cord damage.

Proponents of pediatric chiropractic believe that gently realigning the spine can aid in digestion, resulting in less spitting up, and a generally easier time digesting food. The theory goes that aiding the digestive system will decrease colicky behavior and crying.

Parents, who bring their babies to a Wichita KS chiropractor, attest that their children have less sleep disturbances, are less colicky, and have less feeding problems. They are convinced that using the chiropractic method on newborn babies is the key to preventing health problems in the future.

Chiropractic for children is safe and it could have a huge effect on a child’s health. When handling children, especially newborns, chiropractors use about as much pressure as they would apply to test the ripeness of a tomato.

For many years, the Wichita KS chiropractor has observed the dramatic responses from some infants after a chiropractic spinal adjustment. Some of these babies’ conditions include Erb’s palsy, in which an arm is limp and under developed, unbalanced facial and skull symmetry, inverted foot, colic, torticollis, as well as ear, nose, and throat infections.

When the body is working at 100 percent, it has the best chance of healing and fighting disease and illness. A Wichita KS chiropractor can help improve your baby’s immune system and overall health. It is easier to raise healthy children than to fix broken adults.

Sore Throat Cure, Natural Remedies for Sore Throat

A sore throat is typically caused by a virus like the common cold, flu or Epstein Barr. In some cases it can be caused by bacteria like strep or mycoplasma. A recurrent painful throat is more likely to be caused by allergy, acid reflux, overuse of the voice, sinusitis or an underlying chronic infection.

If strep is diagnosed your doctor will prescribe a 10 day course of antibiotics – usually penicillin or amoxicillin. Your symptoms should subside within 2-3 days of taking antibiotics. Even though you may feel better it is important that you finish the whole course of antibiotics as prescribed. Do not return to work or school until you have taken antibiotics for 24 hours and symptoms have subsided. During and after strep throat treatment with an antibiotic, acidophillus bacteria should be taken to replenish the healthy gastrointestinal flora of the body.

Gargle for a solid couple of minutes. If the viral infection is in the beginning stages, you can cure yourself in about 2 to 3 hours. If it’s already bad, gargle every 15 minutes to half an hour. If you use it, it will cause your sore throat to disappear. Why? It’s a stimulant herb but it also is a stimulant, tonic, carminative, sialogogue (stimulates the secretion of saliva), stomachic, rubefacient, pungent, alterative, astringent, antispasmodic, sudorific, emetic, antiseptic, condiment, and anti-rheumatic herb.

Some viruses are latent viruses that remain in the body for life, and can be reactivated when you are run down or under stress. Examples are the Epstein Barr virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever, and the herpes virus that causes recurrent cold sores and ulcers. When these viruses recur infective symptoms like a painful throat, fever and malaise are common.

Sore throat (pharyngitis) is a painful inflammation of the pharynx, which is the part of the throat that lies between the mouth and the larynx (voice box). Sore throat is often a symptom of various illnesses such as colds and flu, glandular fever, respiratory tract infections, tonsillitis, and chickenpox. While most sore throats heal without complications, in some cases, they develop into a serious illness.

Herbal immune system enhancers such as echinacea and goldenseal or Oregon grape root are effective when you have a sore throat that is caused by a cold or flu. The wonder herb, garlic, can also prove helpful when battling illness, since it will ward off harmufl bacteria or viruses. Try to add raw garlic to your salad and other dishes.

You can buy commercial preparations of ginger syrup which combine ginger, Manuka honey and apple cider vinegar. Alternatively make your own up by adding 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger to 1 teaspoon of honey with added apple cider vinegar to taste. Sip the syrup straight off the spoon or dissolve it in hot water to soothe the pain and heal the throat.

The Best Way to Remove the Gross Stinky Throat Chunks You Find in Your Throat..Tonsil Stones

The term tonsil stones may not ring a bell, but those small, smelly balls lodged inside the tonsil holes are far more common than everybody thinks.

folks aren’t extraordinarily vocal about their experience with tonsil stones because, let’s face it, having those ugly and stinky stones stuck within your tonsils is not exactly the best topic of conversation. Admitting you have these stones do not really show remarkable strength of character, unlike when you admit to have aids or something else. Exclaiming you have these stones inside your mouth only make folk think about one thing : you are gross. However [*COMMA] 99% of the time, those you hide your odd situation from also have the stones themselves. But just like you, they are simply too ashamed to say they do.

Tonsil stones are basically harmless particles. But those innocently-lodged stones can do a lot of damage to your social life and to your self-esteem. These stones are made up of food bits, bacteria, dead cells from the mouth linings, post nasal drip or mucus, or nose gunk – in brief those safe stones are basically made of junk. No wonder they smell like it. The stones smell like rotten eggs and fecal matter and they are stuck inside your mouth. Result? Naturally you get dragon breath. And what does dragon breath do? It kills both your self-esteem and social life. How does one introduce yourself intimately to people when your breath reeks of the stones’ odor? Lucky you can now find solutions for this problem on the Net where you can see a lot of sites devoted to eliminating these stones, because you don’t have to live with the humiliation of having those stinky stones.

Some folk experience the appearance of weird, stone-like bits within the folds and holes of their tonsils. These folk know that these bizarre little stones outline the really essence of the word putrid and are simply sickening so they quiver in the depths of privacy and keep the existence of these stones their soiled tiny secret. No pun intended. These people may or may not trouble to analyze on these strange tonsil bits. Except for all of you who are clueless, the small, stinky piles are what you call tonsil stones.

The tonsils are the little, fleshy mounds found on either sides of the throat. They are a part of the immunological reaction and they guard the lungs and digestive system from damaging, foreign material that will get into the body through the nose or mouth. The tonsils have pockets and dimples, which can vary in depth and size from people to people, where countless bits and elements can get stuck. Folk who have history of tonsillitis may have deeper and more countless tonsil holes. These tonsil crevices are where tonsil stones can be discovered.

Tonsil stones are made up largely of food fragments. Little bits of the food we eat get stuck inside tonsil pockets. This, combined with keratin, a strong kind of protein that’s also found in hair and nails, nasal mucus and bacteria make up the disgusting concoction. These stones can be removed manually – by scraping them out of the holes, or you can decide to have your tonsils removed utterly. But self-help guides to disposing of these stones can be found, particularly on the Net.

Complete Information on Acute Intermittent Porphyria With Treatment and Prevention

Acute sporadic porphyria(AIP) is an uncommon metabolic disorder in the output of heme, the oxygen-binding prosthetic group of hemoglobin. Acute sporadic porphyria is an autosomal predominant disease that results from defects in the enzyme porphobilinogen-deaminase. This enzyme speeds the transition of porphobilinogen to hydroxymethylbilane. In AIP, the porphyrin precursors, porphobilinogen and amino-levulinic acid, amass. Additional factors must too be existing such as hormones, drugs, and dietary changes that spark the show of symptoms. Symptoms of AIP may include abdominal pain, impairment, and muscle failing. Some folk may get really confused during an intense blast and subsequently discover it hard to recall details of their sickness. Convulsions and sinewy failing, which may head to paralysis, are little popular symptoms.

Acute attacks are frequently provoked by drugs, alcohol, and hormonal changes, for instance, those associated with the menstrual rhythm. Infections and nerve-racking situations may too precipitate an intense blast. The almost popular age for an intense blast is from the later teenagers to the forties. They are exceedingly uncommon in children before puberty. Although patients with intense attacks ever have elevations of porphobilinogen and ALA, how this leads to the symptomatic disease is yet vague because most patients with the hereditary flaw have undue porphyrin secretion but no symptoms. Additional factors must too be existing such as hormones, drugs, and dietary changes that spark the show of symptoms. Pulse pace and blood force may increase but seldom to harmful levels.

A higher carbohydrate diet is typically recommended; in serious attacks, a glucose 10 134521488nfusion is recommended, which may help in recuperation. Patients should be instructed on the precipitating factors to avert. Pain is exceedingly serious and nearly ever requires the consumption of opiates to cut it to bearable levels. Pain should be treated early as medically potential payable to its hardship. Hot water baths or showers may diminish sickness temporarily, but can submit a danger of burns or falls. Hematin and heme arginate are the drugs of selection in intense porphyria, in the United States and the United Kingdom, respectively. These drugs need to be given really early in a blast to be efficient. Patients with a story of intense porphyria are recommended to don an alarm wristband or new identity at all times in lawsuit they produce serious symptoms.

People with intense sporadic porphyria must go good maintenance with medicine, as many chemical agents are able of inducing an intense blast. Some cases of chronic pain can be hard to handle and may need handling using dual modalities. Depression frequently accompanies the disease and is better dealt with by treating the offending symptoms and, if needed, the prudent consumption of anti-depressants. Treatment can be difficult: Barbiturates must be avoided. Some benzodiazepines are secure, and, when used in conjunction with newer anti-seizure medications such as gabapentin, provide a potential government for capture command. Between attacks, eating a stable diet is more significant than eating one wealthy in glucose.

Neem – a key for diabetes:

Diabetes, a universal disorder has been a menace from ancient days to until now. People often mistaken it as a disease, but it is not so, it’s a disorder which is due to internal malfunction of the metabolism. Diabetes mellitus, often called as Diabetes type I and Diabetes insipidus, which supposed to be Diabetes type II and Gestational Diabetes are the types of it. Diabetes mellitus is not so commonly occurring type of diabetes among people all over the world as it is genetically inherited disorder that was few in percentage.

(For information, Diabetes mellitus is an autoimmune response which means that the insulin secreting cells in the pancreas called the Beta cells, are destroyed by the immune system itself due to some antibodies, which are inherited genetically resulting in the increased production of glucose and ketones in the blood making the kidneys to function around the clock to remove this excess glucose out of the body and thus showing the symptom of frequent urination).

It is known that Neem has the properties of antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, additional to that Neem also has the anti-diabetic property. Researches have shown that Extracts of Neem can cure diabetes mellitus as they contain the antibiotic constituents which can oppose autoimmune response helping the Beta cells to produce insulin.

In the case of Diabetes insipidus (Type II diabetes) the insulin production is normal but the effect of insulin is minimal causing an inappropriate ratio of insulin and glucose in the blood stream. This leaves high glucose content in the blood making sure of diabetes. This type of diabetes is common among people as it is mainly due to the daily intake or diet of a person. Obese people are largely affected due to lack of action and unhealthy foods they take.

Neem has the solution for this type of diabetes too. It can reduce the insulin requirement by performing anti-hyperglycemic effects. Nimbidin, an anti-hyperglycemic constituent of Neem is responsible for that. Leaf extracts of Neem contain that compounds. It is advised that Neem leafs in the form or Oil or powder can be taken thrice a day for quicker results. It is said that Neem leaf extracts also helps in dilating the blood vessels which improve blood circulation.

Neem a Nature Doctor for diabetes:

It has been explained in detail about how neem can cure diabetes without insulin intake. Thus Neem provides a hope for those who suffer from this universal disorder to get relieve from it without insulin injections and intake of tasteless foods, which are generally prescribed for diabetic patients. “Lead a healthy life with Neem”.

Obesity Solution

Today, 64.5 percent of adult Americans (about 127 million) are categorized as being overweight or obese. Each year, obesity causes at least 300,000 excess deaths in the U.S., and healthcare costs of American adults with obesity amount to approximately $100 billion. Apart from the obvious physical symptoms of being very large in size and unable to partake in normal activities such as sport, obesity increases one’s risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes (type 2), heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease and cancer of the breast, prostate and colon.

Obesity is a growing health problem that more people face now than ever before. And childhood obesity is becoming an ever growing problem, not only in the developed countries of the world, but in the developing countries as well. And the main culprit of growing teenage obesity is junk food. When focusing on childhood obesity solutions, we should look at how to move away from junk food.

Knowing your body mass index (BMI) will enable you to know if your weight lies in the preferred body weight range. The BMI is obtain by dividing your weight in kilogram by your height in meter square. For most woman if your BMI lies in the range of 19-24. 9,it is in the preferred range for health and appearance. If it lies within 25-29. 9 range you are overweight and may consider in losing weight by increasing your exercise and choosing a weight loss diet plan. But if your BMI is 30 or more you are overweight and definitely obese.

There are different ways how you can tackle this obesity problem and its consequences. Much depends upon the percentage factor every year, but a lot of effort is needed in achieving it. Many types of medicines are there to control this disease but proper guidance must be there while using them. Many think that if they start doing dieting then its most sufficient to reduce their obesity, that’s really a bad idea and practice, doing so will make your body to run into other complications which requires a lot more medical care then when compared only with the obesity treatment.

Obesity’s only solution is a healthy diet. Obesity is on the rise and with obesity comes a lot more health problems, things like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, poor eyesight, high cholesterol, blocked arteries, and many more. Many people are loosing out on exercise and children are suffering the most. Everyone should be eating a healthy diet, and when I say diet I don’t mean any snacks, sweets, or cakes. I mean that your diet should be varied and balanced and you should be eating a bit of everything. Everything is good for you in moderation.

Apart from diet intake, there are other factors to consider when selecting a solution to reduce obesity, the individuals must practicing walking long distances rather using their vehicles daily, this not only decrease weight and fat content in our body rather it will also help in reducing the diabetic level in our body. This helps also in reducing other side complications to our body.

Skin Rashes Due to Allergies: Common Triggers

When the body can’t tolerate a food or environmental trigger it can result in respiratory problems, headaches, hives pimples, digestive issues and eczema skin itching. We can react to mold, fragrances from household products, perfumes, food ingredients and many other factors we are in touch sith daily. Allergic contact dermatitis can occur due to the metals in belt buckles or jewelery that we innocently never consider. Moderate to severe rashes can occur if you have a nickel allergy for a number of people.

Other culprits of triggers of dermatitis can be construction materials in the home or environment and cleaning products in the home or place of work. A new carpet may result in an allergic response to sensitive individuals. Some people will not be able to tolerate certain antibiotics and this can result in a rash from amoxicillin or a different drug in the penicillin class. When we pick up a new detergent or the latest advertised product, we may get a reaction that can result in wheezing or an itchy skin rash. Certain individuals will not be able to tolerate new paint fragrances or formaldehyde in the environment and may be sensitive to benzenes.

Identifying the triggers can be a great key towards eliminating the cause of the atopic eczema, contact dermatitis or pink patch skin reaction. It also is useful because until you can identify the underlying causes, it can make everything in the environment a potential trigger and create a lot of uncertainty and stress. An allergist can help you do this or you can study closely your own skin problems in relation to foods and environmental stimulants.

While you are trying to investigate things keep in mind that strong deodorants and sprays, fragrant candles, sheets for the dryer cycle, ink in magic markers and even fragrances you plug in to the outlet may be candidates for the allergic skin reactions. For some people the substitutes used in fragance free products are also difficult to tolerate.

The good news is that the allergic causes can be determined, even if takes a lot of trial and error. In addition to one’s own journal or an allergist, consulting with a dermatologist or an immunologist can help you find answers. Be patient as you work to identify the underlying causes of the patches, rash and itching. Strengthen your immune system with flax seed oil, vitamin c, zinc and a good multivitamin pill.

Get rest and if your sleeping is impaired, an antihistamine can reduce the itching and enable you to sleep. Use simple breathing techniques in order to stay calm as psychologically our minds can cause us a lot of additional stress. Keep your confidence that you’ll clear your skin and you’ll reach the root cause to regain your life again.

How to Get Rid of Cold Sores?

While the emphasis on any treatment for cold sores should focus on preventing their outbreak, which can be very effective in the long term, it is almost inevitable that chronic sufferers will still have outbreaks. Usually this coincides with times of heightened stress, which reduces the effectiveness of the immune system, allowing the herpes simplex virus to reactivate, replicating and moving from the nerve cells to the surface of the skin where it forms a blister.

Get Rid of Cold Sores

Although cold sore medicines can provide some relief to sufferers, the combination of proving to be no more effective than some natural remedies, high cost and risk of side effects means that many sufferers turn to alternative treatments to get rid of cold sores. Most sufferers experience a tingling sensation in the infected area that signals that the herpes simplex virus has become reactivated, and although it is too late to prevent the cold sore appearing in most cases, early action can pay off.

Putting on sunblock lip balm and sunscreen on the face before going out in the sun may help prevent cold sores from reappearing in kids who tend to get them. For most kids, the sores go away on their own without any special treatment from a doctor. Some kids may take acetaminophen or ibuprofen if their sores are painful. Actually, it’s a good idea to not even touch active cold sores. They normally go away on their own within 7 to 10 days. To make yourself more comfortable when you have a cold sore, you can apply ice or anything cool to the area. Cold sores always seem to occur at the worst possible times.

Heal the cold sore wound fast-

Once the herpes virus has done the damage, the speed of healing depends on a couple things. Your healing speed will depend, first and foremost, on the level of your health.

Also, your body will heal faster if it has the proper healing factors for repairing the damage – vitamins and minerals. Taking a high quality multi-vitamin, along with extra lysine, will greatly speed healing. You will be quite amazed actually.

Here are some of the tips how to get rid of cold sores. One must avoid exposure to the herpes simplex virus – i.e. keep a distance from the cold sore-affected people. Prevention is better than cure; avoid too much exposure to the sun light, because the sunlight is a factor that triggers the cold sore. Use sunscreen creams or lotions on your lips and skin to help reduce the effect of sun. Wearing hat and apron during sunny day will protect the person from cold sore.Stress is also acts as triggering agent to activate the dormant virus.

While the emphasis on any treatment for cold sores should focus on preventing their outbreak, which can be very effective in the long term, it is almost inevitable that chronic sufferers will still have outbreaks. Usually this coincides with times of heightened stress, which reduces the effectiveness of the immune system, allowing the herpes simplex virus to reactivate, replicating and moving from the nerve cells to the surface of the skin where it forms a blister.

Psoriasis Treatment – Herbal Medicines and Alternative Cures

Psoriasis is a skin disease wherein the symptoms include rashes in the knees, elbows, the face, and even in the genitals and the scalp. Psoriasis affects a large section of the population (it is more common among Scandinavians and less common among Africans and Asians) and to those who are affected, psoriasis treatment is a priority because the rashes often look bad.

Treatments and cures are prescribed by the doctor from how it is effecting the patients state of mind, their confidence, if it is exposed on the face or hands. Other factors to consider are lifestyle, occupation, geographic location (if at a distance from treatment centres, it could be difficult for the patient to receive certain therapies, such as photo therapy), other health problems that require medication (certain psoriasis medications might interact with other medications)

An alternative treatment for psoriasis is detoxification. This treatment may just be the solution that you need to keep your skin disorder under control. According to naturopathic doctors, treating psoriasis helps by treating your liver. Psoriasis has been linked to the presence of several microbial byproducts in the blood. These signs point to an abnormal function of the liver.

When psoriasis is extensive then ultraviolet light treatment or phototherapy is used on patients. Phototherapy involves exposure of the skin to wavelengths of ultraviolet light under medical supervision. Ultraviolet light B (UVB) is an effective form of ultraviolet radiation for treating psoriasis. It is present in natural sunlight and penetrates the skin. UVB slows the abnormally rapid growth of skin cells associated with psoriasis. Treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source over a set period of time.

Fumaric Acid Ester Therapy. Introduced almost 30 years ago, this is one of Germanys most commonly prescribed oral treatments for sever plaque psoriasis. Common side effects include: flushing, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea. Kidney disorders, decreased white blood cell count, and osteoporosis are more serious side effects of this psoriatic treatment. The gastrointestinal side effects have caused 37% of people taking the original medication to discontinue use; however, recent reformulation offers only rare reports of the gastrointestinal side effects.

Herbal medicines like Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Khadir (Acacia catechu), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), and Jatamansi(Nardostachys jatamansi) are used to treat the skin and blood tissue, and to reduce stress.

Other medicines like Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) and Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba) are used to treat the disturbed immune system of the body.

Aloe Vera and Jojoba based shampoos are considered excellent psoriasis natural treatments for the scalp area, because they help soften the skin and psoriasis plaques.

Oatmeal is another psoriasis natural treatment that can help the entire body, because it can simply be shaken into bathwater and used as a soak. This softens the skin naturally, and helps thin out and soften the psoriasis plaques too.

An Overview of Onychomycosis (Nail Fungus) and New Laser Treatment Options

Onychomycosis (nail fungus) affects approximately 7-10% of the adult population. Although not associated with morbidity and mortality, it can be painful and often associated with psychosocial problems due to thick, discolored, and/or disfigured nails. Treatment has been limited to oral anti-fungal medications with a significant propensity for side effects and re-occurrence. Recently, the use laser energy show promising signs of safely and effectively treating this difficult condition. This article describes the causes, risk factors, differential diagnoses, and treatments for nail fungus, including the newest modality- laser treatment.

Causes:

Onychomycosis or “Tinea unguium” is a common nail disease usually caused by a dermatophyte (skin fungi). Other causes include Candida species (yeast) and non-dermatophyte molds. The most common pathogen is Trychophyton Rubrum, which accounts for ~80% of all cases. T. Rubrum also causes athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis), therefore, both conditions should be treated simultaneously if evidence of both are found.

Other causative dermatophytes include Epidermophyton Floccosum and Trichophyton Mentagrophytes. Fungi thrive in warm, humid environments, therefore, are difficult to eradicate once embedded in and under the nail plate. Fungi also secrete enzymes that breakdown nail keratin, resulting in “subungual hyperkeratosis” or excess keratinous matter under the nail. Infected nails appear thick, porous, discolored (usually yellow, brown, or white), flakey, cloudy and/or crumbly.

Nail plates can become infected as a result of blunt trauma (sudden) or micro trauma (gradual). In either case, the protective peripheral barrier around the nail is damaged, thereby allowing the entry of pathogenic organisms. However, onychomycosis can occur spontaneously without symptoms, known trauma, or concurrent athlete’s foot. Onychomycosis is also a common cause of nail dystrophy and onycholysis. Nail dystrophy is defined as “misshapen or partially destroyed nail plates”. Onycholysis , or “separation of the nail from the nail bed” is a commonly associated with dystrophic nails.

Risk Factors:

Risk factors for onychomycosis include: Increasing age, male gender, diabetes, nail trauma,
hyperhidrosis (excess perspiration), peripheral vascular disease, poor hygiene, Tinea pedis, or immunodeficiency. Onychomycosis affects approximately 50% of men over the age of 40 and is rarely seen in children and adolescents.

Differential Diagnoses:

Fungal infections only account for about 50% of nail dystrophy (destroyed or damaged nail plate). Differential diagnoses include: Psoriasis, lichen planus, contact dermatitis, traumatic onychodystrophies, congenital pachyonychia, bacterial infection, yellow nail syndrome, idiopathic ohycholysis, or onychogryphosis. A detailed description of these diagnoses is beyond the scope of this article. Therefore, readers are encouraged to consult their health care provider and/or research as needed.

Traditional Treatments:

Historically, onychomycosis has been difficult to treat due to the time required for nail growth, the inability to penetrate the hard nail with effective medicinal treatment, and the overall virulence of the causative pathogen.

For decades, griseofulvin was the only oral antifungal available. However, its effect was limited due to a weak antifungal spectrum and poor pharmacokinetic profile. Cure rates were low and reoccurrence was common. The newer generation oral antifungal agents, terbinafine and itraconozole, have improved antifungal activity and more favorable pharmacokinetics. Both agents are absorbed into the nail matrix following recommended courses of oral administration. However, both are associated with liver toxicity (hepatotoxicity) and cannot be administered with other medications metabolized by the same liver enzymatic system. Consequently, liver function tests are usually recommended every 4-6 weeks. Itraconazole is also contraindicated for patients with congestive heart failure.

In studies, these oral therapies yielded marginal clinical cure rates of 30-50%. Clinical relapse is also common as medication concentrations in the nail bed drop below the minimum concentration required to eliminate residual dermatophyte spores. Only one viable spore can re-germinate and lead to clinical relapse.

Most topical antifungals are simply ineffective against onychomycosis. Most lack a keratin soluble (oil or lipid based) carrier required to actually penetrate the nail plate and reach the site of infection. Also, many topical antifungals have limited activity against a potentially broad spectrum of causative pathogens. Over-the-counter (OTC) antifungals may (at best) treat fungus on nail plate surfaces and adjacent soft tissues.

Cleare Nails PRO is an innovative topical antifungal developed in 2011. Clear Nails PRO contains a blend of three potent antifungals (6% ciclopirox, 6% terbinafine, and 2% fluconazole), which act synergistically. This compounded agent features a patented, nail penetrating carrier system, a proprietary blend of botanicals which allow the suspended medications to be carried deep into the nail matrix. Clear Nails PRO is used exclusively by Laser Treatment Specialists in Centennial, CO (see author’s bio).

Other topical antifungals include Penlac (8% ciclopirox) and Formula 3 (1% tolnaftate). Both antifungals have the disadvantage of a single medication. Prescription Penlac must be used for several months and has about 10% efficacy. Formula 3 also features a nail penetrating base, however, contains a low concentration of active drug.

Alternative (Laser) Treatments:

Recently, the clinical use of laser energy has attracted increasing attention. There are currently several technologies and treatment plans being promoted as safe and effective alternatives to oral and topical medications. These lasers emit various wavelengths with corresponding mechanisms of fungal de-activation. Here are some examples:

The “CoolTouch CT3+” ND:YAG 1320nm by New Star Lasers is a mid infrared, gold-standard skin laser. The CT3+ has inherent advantages for nail fungus treatment, as nails are simply modified skin. 1320nm energy is absorbed entirely by water, resulting in thermal necrosis (killing by heat) of fungal infections in the nail matrix (water vaporization is vital in laser nail fungus treatment). The laser spot size is variable from 3mm-10mm, which allows precise and uniform treatments by controlling beam width and depth of penetration according to nail size. The thermal sensor allows the operator to monitor and optimize the treatment temperature in real-time. The cryogen feature manually or automatically cools the treatment surface with a compressed gas for patient comfort and thermal shock effect. The CoolTouch laser allows superior control of key treatment parameters. The CoolTouch CT3+ is FDA cleared for use in general podiatry and dermatology, and currently under investigation for onychomycosis. The CoolTouch CT3+ laser is used exclusively by Laser Treatment Specialists in Centennial, CO (see author’s bio).

The “Pinpointe” ND:YAG 1064nm is a modified mid-infrared dental laser. 1064nm is a versatile wavelength used for dark hair removal, dark ink tattoo removal, collagen remodeling, and enlarged pore reduction. 1064nm energy is absorbed by melanin (skin pigment), hemoglobin (protein in red blood cells) and water. The Pinpointe is simple to operate and widely marketed. However, it lacks a thermal sensor; thus treatment temperatures cannot be monitored. It also has a 1.5mm fixed spot size and no cooling function. The Pinpointe is FDA “cleared for temporary increase in clear nail”, an indication which has NO bearing on safety and efficacy. See end of article for more information on FDA “clearance” vs. “approval”. Reference: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm194460.htm

The “Noveon” laser by Nomir Medical is a near-infrared diode laser which delivers dual wavelengths (870nm and 930nm) exerting a “photo-inactivation” mechanism of action against fungal pathogens. The Noveon features electronic probes attached to infected toes. The automated process does not require a laser operator to administer the procedure. The Noveon is FDA cleared for general podiatry and dermatology and also under investigation for onychomycosis.

As of early 2013, numerous lasers have flooded the market, each claiming to be safe and effective for nail fungus treatment. Bear in mind: The laser alone will not insure optimal outcomes. The laser operator’s skill, experience, and collateral treatment parameters are of vital importance.

Conclusion:

Once nail fungus sets in, spontaneously resolution is rare. As the nail plate has no blood supply, there is no immune response. Therefore, nail fungus usually worsens as fungal growth gradually exceeds nail growth. The ideal time to begin treatment is at the first sign of infection and/or a positive nail culture.

Nail fungus treatments are neither equivalent nor interchangeable. This condition is inherently difficult to treat and prevent from re-occurring. High overhead medical clinics are generally expensive and profit oriented (vs. clinically oriented). As a result, outcomes may be compromised with inadequate technique, laser, and # of treatments. Physicians, Podiatrists and other “western” practitioners routinely treat nail fungus with prescription oral medication (i.e, Lamisil (terbinafine) 250mg QD for 90 days), which often requires monthly liver functions tests. This antiquated process of repeated office & pharmacy visits is inefficient, relatively ineffective, and potentially dangerous.

A popular alternative is treatment by a CLS (Certified Laser Specialist) that specializes in nail fungus. Modern medical aesthetic lasers are safe and effective. This laser energy is non-ionizing, non-mutating, and allows targeted treatment at the site of infection.

Consider the following if you are researching the most cost-effective treatment:

  • Does the clinic specialize in laser nail fungus treatment?
  • Does the clinic have substantial treatment photos and patient testimonials?
  • How many separate treatments are performed and in what intervals?
  • How many passes per nail/per treatment and how are treatment endpoints determined?
  • What topical medications are used, if any? (Combining a nail penetrating, medicinal topical with laser treatment is inexpensive, safe, and “standard of care” for best outcomes)
  • What is the wavelength of the laser and what is the energy absorbed by? (water, hemoglobin, melanin, etc)
  • Are treatment rates for one visit or a comprehensive package? (Avoid “fixed price, single treatment” plans which are clinically and economically unfavorable)

For more information from the author, please call, visit our website, or arrange a free consultation/evaluation with Laser Treatment Specialists in Centennial, CO. Contact information located in author’s bio.

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Important note on FDA “approval vs. clearance” of medical devices:

If a laser is promoted as “FDA approved”, validate by requesting documentation, specifically the FDA definition of “approval” vs. “clearance”. Many clinics falsely advertise their laser as “approved” for nail fungus, while the device may only be “cleared for temporary increase in clear nail”.

FDA clearance only requires “substantial equivalence” to existing devices legally marketed for the same use. FDA approved devices are evaluated based on safety and efficacy. Refer to http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm194460.htm for more information.

   

         

      

     

Back Pain Caused by Allergies

Back Pain problems are developed in many different ways. If your back pain is caused by an allergy, than it is more difficult to deal with. This is a very common problem. If left untreated it can cause very severe back problems.

Finding The Cause

To find out what is causing the allergic reaction is an important step for a person dealing with back pain caused by allergies. The worst time of year for allergies is springtime. To help determine what you can be allergic to, you can have a doctor do a few test.

These are various allergies that you could have:

House dust, house dust mites, animal dander, yeasts, bee/wasp stings, and certain drugs and foods can also cause allergic reactions. Eggs, milk, shellfish, nuts, dried fruits, and certain food dyes can cause food allergies.

Lower Back Pain And How To Deal With It

What is going to happen next is that there are steps that need to be taken to tell what is the best treatment for the person who has the intolerance to the allergens. There are some very effective options, but it will depend if the back pain is acute or chronic.

What happens with sudden acute low back pain, is it comes on all of a sudden and you don’t know where it came from. Chronic lower back pain is the recurring type and can last for a couple months to even longer in some cases.

Typically, drugs are the first step in the treatment plan. There are prescription and non-prescription drugs that are available for people who are suffering back pain caused by allergies. Depending on how serious and how long a person has been suffering will determine what drug to take.

You could take anything from Advil to NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These are commonly used to help alleviate all types of back pain.

Now when you get to the prescription drugs there are risks in taking some of them. You can have possible side effects, drug interactions with other medications you may be taking, so be careful.

Always read the labels of the medication you are taking even the ones prescribed by a doctor. This will ensure that you have as little cause for an allergic reaction as possible.

To increase your nutrition, you can also take supplements and vitamins. It is important to have a good diet as well.

There is treatment for people who are dealing with back pain caused by allergies. Talk to your doctor and you will get proper treatment for the condition that you are suffering from. Take care of yourself so that the back pain does not become permanent.

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