Herbs For Spring Allergy Relief

As spring bursts onto the scene with all of its lovely color, vibrancy, light, and new growth you may- unfortunately – experience an array of discomfort symptoms. Your eyes may tear, you may have a scratchy or draining throat, your nose may be constantly itchy and you may always be on the verge of a sneeze or experience repeated sneezing – spring allergies

Seasonal allergies are usually accompanied by "stuffiness", sneezing, watery eyes, excess drain, runny nose, excess mucus. These symptoms are the body's attempts to flush out an offending allergen. For those with seasonal allergies these symptoms can get out of hand and result in feeling miserable.

Herbs can be added to your medicine chest of remedies to help make your change of season more comfortable and enjoyable. Before deciding which herbs to include as part of your spring allergy relief program, it is wise to check with a practitioner familiar with herbal health care.

Bioflavonoids to the Rescue

Bioflavonoids are an important constituent found in many flowers, leaves, and fruits that help bring relief for seasonal allergy symptoms.

Bioflavonoids help prevent the formation of histamine. Histamine is one of the substances released by the body in an attempt to get rid of the offending foreign particle – the allergen. It is a hormone that causes tear eyes and runny noses to enable the body to flush out the offending allergen. Histamine prompts the body to quickly get rid of the allergen by activating the common allergy symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, runny and congested nose and sinuses, and swelling and inflammation.

Increasing your intake of bioflavonoids helps prevent the formation of histamine (as opposed to commonly used over the counter anti-histamines which interfere with histamine's action after it has been produced). Herbs that help alleviate sneezing, watery eyes, and runny noses contain substances that prevent the formation of histamine. Without histamine, your seasonal allergy symptoms can be significantly reduced. Many bioflavonoids are also anti-inflammatories, which means they decrease the swelling of tissues caused by reacting to an allergen.

Anti-allergenic and bioflavonoid rich herbs include German chamomile, lemon balm, Baical skullcap, mints, anise, ginger, peppermint, spearmint, feverfew, milk thistle, and yarrow.

Hawthorn is an anti-histamine herb that blocks the release of histidine decaroxylase needed to convert histamine in the body. Licorice, ginkgo, cinnamon, cardamom, rosemary, many mints and the essential oils of orange, tangerine, lemon are antihistamine and anti-allergenic and help relax the nasal passages and airways. German chamomile may slow allergic reactions by increasing the adrenal glands' production of cortisone, which reduces lung inflammation and makes breathing easier. These herbs can be taken as teas or in tincture form.

Herbal Baths and Teas Help Soothe Irritation

Essential oils of chamomile, clove, caraway, and lemon balm contain natural antihistamines that can be useful for soothing itchy hives. Mix a few drops of the essential oil with an ounce of carrier oil such as almond or olive and apply to hives. Never apply the essential oils directly to skin as they can be caustic. Never take essential oils internally without directed by a health care practitioner.

Itchy hives can also be treated by taking an herbal bath. Dried antihistamine herbs such as thyme, German chamomile, basil, fennel, and tarragon can be combined together and made into a soothing bath for allergy relief for skin reactions. To make an effective herbal bath use a quarter glass jar and fill the jar one-third way of the dried herb mixture. Pour in boiling water to fill the jar. Put a cap on the jar and let it sit for over an hour. If you want a stronger bath, let the mixture sit four to six hours. Strain out the herbs and pour the remaining herbal liquid into the bath. Soak and relax. These same bath herbs can be used to make an anti-allergy tea to help relieve those worrisome symptoms. To make a tea use one teaspoon of the herbs to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes. Drink one to three cups a day.

More Herbal Allergy Helpers

An allergic response can cause tissue lining the sinuses to swell, which can block the outlets of the sinuses to the nose. When this happens mucus build up in the sinuses can cause headaches and mucus draining from the back of the nose into the throat (the common postnasal drip). Using an over-the-counter anti-histamine with these symptoms can thicken the mucus even more so that it can not drain. It is better to help dilate the sinus passages and thin and liquefy the mucus so that it can drain easily. Hot chili peppers are very effective at draining thick, congested mucus and relieving these symptoms. Herbs such as ginger, yarrow, lemongrass, chickweed, red clover, fenugreek can be effective decongestants that thin and liquefy the congested mucus.

To help relieve the scratchy, sore throat that companies seasonal allergies herbs that soothe and coat the mucus membranes – demulcents- can be effective. Demulcent herbs include: marshmallow, malva, slippery elm, and violet. If a client firms the sore throat, you can try plantain, wild cherry bark, or horehound all of which act as excellent cough relievers. Plantain also supports the adrenals, acts as an anti-spasmodic and helps expel mucus.

Nettles helps to prevent the excessive release of inflammatory substitutes such as leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are one of the natural body substances released when an allergen enters the body resulting in an inflammatory response. This leads to irritated and swollen mucus membranes that secret excess mucus. Nettles is also anti-allergen, enhances the immune system and increases the body's ability to handle stress.

The herb ginkgo contains ginkgolides that interfere with the chain of events that results in allergic reactions. Phytochemicals found in ginkgo biloba block the action of platelet-activating factor that activates immune cells responsible for inflammation. Several studies suggest that ginkgo improves the ability to tolerate allergens. Follow label directions on the bottle as far as dosage is concerned. Avoid taking in excess as excessive ginkgo can lead to diarrhea, irritability, and insomnia.

Another helpful herb to use to increase the body's ability to resist reacting to allergens is milk thistle. Milk thistle protects the liver and improvements its ability to clear antigens from the body and strengnthes mucus membrane integrity while providing bioflavanoids.

Herbs can be a definite benefit in helping you enjoy the early days of spring and move energetically and free from allergy symptoms into the warm days of summer.

Before taking any herbs always learn about the herb you are taking to be sure it is compatible with you and check with a knowledgeable herbal health care provider. Enjoy!

Solveital Irritability by Not Snoring

Snoring has been a problem for centuries and is still one of the most common sleep issues that people have today. It is growing more and more common these days because of our new life styles trying to shove too much into one day or one night. This cycle is bad for our health from stress caused by snoring to over weight and obesity issues that add to the already nightly problem of snoring and the number of people suffering from snoring increases every year.

There have been extensive new studies about how habitual snoring can put our lives at risk for short term problems and longer term health problems that show up later. Luckily, there have been an equal amount of studies on how those that have to just hear the snoring every night have many other health issues as well due to interrupted sleep patterns. The truth is, snoring is obnoxious of course, but it also contributes many other health and heart diseases. It also causes increased risks of blood pressure problems, debilitating strokes, added diabetic problems, and other secondary health issues.

It is very obvious as many see in a short time that habitual snoring that goes on night after night causes mild to sever sleep deprivation. The snorer as well as the non-snoring person in the same house that is exposed to the snoring, sufferers from sleep deprivation at one time or another. For those that snore, or those living with a snorer, the snoring is nothing to be laughed about and it is something that can not be ignored.

Habitual snoring at some point in time will cause huge amounts of damage to the quality of your life and the lives of others in your home. Recent studies have discovered that snoring is now directly linked to many divorces for several reasons. The non-snorer in the relationship can and will ever move out of the bedroom in order to get a good night's rest. There may also be daily chaos from irritability and short attention spans due to the lack of sleep at night.

Sleep deprivation is known to be a major cause for many in home, car, or work related accidents that in other instances could easily avoid when every on in the house gets the proper amount of sleep. For those that do not receive a full 8 hours of sleep each and every night, there is a lack of patience, increase in grouchiness, and deteriorating health problems along with a variety of mental, emotional, and of course physical problems as a result.

Do not fret if you or your partner snores. Along side the years of snoring research, there have also been studies done about stop snoring remedies and cures. Nowadays there are hundreds of effective, quality anti-snoring and stop snoring products easily available. Prices vary depending on the product and there will be different options that may work specifically for you as each person, and their snoring problem, is different.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

1. Know That We're Just As Confused As You. We do not have all the answers; we barely have any. Most people find the best way to start is by asking "What can I do to help?" This is very kind, and for some even helpful, but people with depression usually always feel a sense of helplessness. We do not know what to do either; if we did we'd be taking action … this should not be surprising but we do not want depression either! So while asking us for ideas is very thoughtful, we usually just do not know.

2. We ENJOY Being Alone. You'll find that being alone all the time makes it easier to be depressed. That may be true, and I'm not arguing that, and yes, when we're at our lowest, being alone can make us feel isolated and ignored; sometimes sometimes being alone is fun for us. We can be ourselves all locked up in our room, and when we do not feel very sad, it can even be enjoyable.

3. We're Not Always Sad, But We're Always Depressed . Yes, there is a difference. We're not always ready to burst into tears, (although there are days) but we're not happy very often. "How are you feeling?" is also a commonly asked question; and a good one. However, when we're not actively sad, but not happy either, it's possible for us to feel nothing. Nothing at all! Personally, I call it "feeling meh". Allow me to put it this way: at our happiest, we're at your "kinda-happy". When we're ecstatic, we're at your "happy". When we're "kinda-happy", we're at your meh. And when we're "meh", we seem depressed. Our normal mood is at a lower "happiness level" than someone without depression. This may explain why we're often asked "what's wrong" when we're not upset.

4. We're Not Okay . Depression hurts. It's as simple as that. It hurts us, it hurts you, it just hurts. We do not know how to end it, ever we learn how to just barely meet, but one thing can push us over the edge to the point where we're banging our head against a wall screaming and crying just because we forgot to buy new body wash. It sounds silly, and it is, and someone without depression can look at that and think that it's not a big deal, but that's how bad it is. We're just barely coping and any amount of stress can be enough to push us over the edge. This is not to say that you should walk on eggshells around us or that we should be treated differently; please do not do that, despite your best efforts it'll end up making us feel incompetent and stupid. This is not your fight, all we would like is your support.

5. Excessive Sleep Seems Necessary To Us. We're so emotionally worn out from all the criticism we receive from ourselves that we're always tired. This is why we nap all the time, we sleep in, yet we still look tired when we've slept 14 hours in one day (give or take).

6. Sometimes We Want To Talk About It, Sometimes We Need To Figure It Out Ourselves. When we're ready to talk to you, we want your undivided and unlimited attention. This is not always possible, and we know that, but we still want it. And yes, we know we're being irrational. However, sometimes, we do not want to talk about it. We want you to leave us alone and let us figure it out ourselves. Again, irrational, and the way we explain that to you may leave you feeling hurt. This is not our intention, please do not take it personally, it's hard for us to tell you how we feel when we do not completely understand it. It's important that you know that the sense of helplessness can be overwhelming. Subconsciously, fixing our own problems (even though we usually can not) is how we think we can get rid of that helplessness.

7. Do not Suggest Therapy. If we suggest it, help us out, talk it through, etc. but do not suggest it. We already feel different. Suggesting therapy will only make us feel crazy, even if that's not what you mean. In certain cases, carefully suggesting a counselor may be helpful, but only if the person does not realize they need help. (If you plan to do this, it may be helpful to wait until the person is calm to address this.)

8. We Can Be Very Touchy. We criticize ourselves A LOT, so anything you say can be twisted to be criticism. Not your fault, it's just a fact. Please note that these are things that you should understand, not things that you should change about yourself. You can not solve this, but we can not always help how we feel and it can seem like all of it is directed at you. It's not, we just are not always sure how to show this.

9. Sometimes We Want To Be Cuddled, Sometimes … Do not Touch Us. It sounds sad but internal isolation is something we get used to. While sometimes we want to curl up and cuddle and be held and cry and then feel better, I find that usually we try to handle it by ourselves and do not want to be shown any sign of sympathy.

10. We Know That It's Hurting You Too, But We Do not Know What To Do. We can see the helplessness on your face when you can not help us out, or do not know what to do, and we're sorry, even though there's nothing we can do. Maybe that's part of the reasoning to our isolation; we do not want you to have to deal with it too.

We feel hurt, different, incompetent, depressed, and just generally helpless all the time. This is in no way your fault, and we do not know how you can help us. All of these struggles are internal, whether they stemmed from an external source or not, and honestly the best thing you can give us is your patience and support.

Note: Not all of these will be true for everyone with depression. Everyone's different, with different levels of depression. You may find that only one or two of these particular to your loved one.

Driving You Crazy – Driving Phobia And Its Treatment

It's a surprise to most people – including those that suffer from it – that driving phobia is one of the most common phobias.

This is because it's a hidden phobia: sufferers are embarrassed by it so they go to great lengths to accommodate and conceal their fear. And they think they are alone. But they are not. Their condition is well understood by phobia specialists and their symptoms, avoidance patterns and responses are very similar to those of other silent sufferers.

WHAT IS DRIVING PHOBIA?

Driving phobia is an irrational fear of driving, of being or feeling out of control whilst driving, causing dread, panic and avoidance. It is rarely skills related – most people with a driving phobia are good, competent drivers. They are usually normal, well-balanced people who once drve happily but are now anxious and panicky when driving or else do not drive at all.

WHO IT AFFECTS

A driving phobia is like getting a puncture: it happens to lots of people, it can happen to anyone and it makes driving very difficult or impossible.

And it's very frustrating for sufferers because a part of them – the conscious, rational, thinking part – knows that they are good drivers and these situations are non-threatening. But they soon find that when they are on certain roads or in particular driving situations, another part of them (the irrational unconscious part) drives out rational thought and fear floods in.

Experience shows that it is the more imaginative, creative or artistic people who are more prone to developing driving phobias. This is because phobias have a lot to do with the misuse of the imagination. So it can affect all kinds of people, irrespective of their driving skill.

THE CAUSE

Driving phobia can be caused by a traumatic or unsettling event (such as an accident) but is usually caused by something much milder (like overtaking on a freeway, being stuck in a jam or going over a high bridge) which would normally be okay but at the time the individual was perhaps a lot more stressed that normal (background stress levels raised by other things like tiredness or financial, work or relationship problems) and this tipped them into a mild panic attack. The irrational mind (which is also responsible for survival and instincts) creates a pattern of this event and matches this to future times and places, triggering the same kind of panic response again and again. This builds into a phobia.

So driving phobia is linked to different things for different people – to driving on wide open roads like freeways (most common), to expressways, small roads, hills, high roads, bridges, flyovers, particular routes, junctions, to maneuvers (especially overtaking ), to being boxed in by heavy traffic, to being close to particular vehicles (usually large or high-sided ones) or to being limited to a particular speed. It often starts on freeways and spreads to smaller highways or expressways, then to smaller roads, restricting the routes, speed and distances that can be transported.

SAFETY BEHAVIOURS & AVOIDANCE

Sufferers use numerous safety and avoidance strategies to accommodate and control their embargo and panic.

As more and more routes or situations are avoided, the sufferer's world starts to close in. Energy and time are used in planning and driving alternative routes. They may have to drive at times when the roads are clear. Partners and friends may have to drive instead or have to take over en route. Excuses are made to avoid giving people lifts or traveling with friends and collections. Jobs and invitations may be turned down. People and situations are manipulated. Freedom and independence are diminished.

Over time such "solutions" interfere so much in life that they actually became part of the problem. At this point – and it can take years for someone with a driving phobia to get to this point – the sufferer acknowledges that they can not change this themselves, and seeks professional help.

TREATMENT FOR DRIVING PHOBIA

There are now effective, pain-free, scare-free and drug-free treatments available for driving phobia, indeed, for any phobia.

The most remarkable of these is the Fast Phobia Cure which rapidly, reliably and comfortably de-conditions the patterns that drive the phobia. Using the Fast Phobia Cure most phobias – even extreme and long-standing phobias – can be eliminated in a matter of minutes.

Other common phobia treatments include the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which can provide effective and fast relief, and Cognitive Therapy – designed to change the way you think about driving – is also useful but often involves exposure therapy and is more long-term.

Tips on How to Cure Pug Separation Anxiety

Pug separation anxiety has been discovered to be among the major factors contributing in behavioral issues with canines. If you want to know more about separation anxiety in pugs, then keep on reading this write up.

Separation anxiety in pugs is usually their dislike of being lonely. Generally, it not only upset the pug, but also its owner. When a pug becomes too much dependent on its owner, it usually faces separation anxiety. This separation anxiety might be as a result of genetic reasons. For instance, there are some breeds of dogs, which normally have got a greater tendency of being afflicted by this condition. The cure of separation anxiety depends on the condition of the individual pug and the severity of the disorder. Let us now have a look at the various tips on how to cure pug separation anxiety.

The following are some of the effective techniques that can prove essential in curing separation anxiety in pugs. They include:

Tip #1: Preventing the Pug from Being Too Much Dependent on You

Preventing your pug from being too much dependent on you is the first step you should undertake in your attempt to get rid of this condition. You can achieve this hustle free by reducing the time that you normally spend with him and by teaching him that he requires not to be always close to you.

Thus, it is ideal that you try to ignore his attention seeking behaviors such as clinging, jumping, barking, etc. However, you should not tamper with anything relating to his sleeping, exercise and feeding schedule.

Tip #2: Helping Yourself from Abstaining From the Emotional Good Byes

The next thing is to assist yourself from abstaining from emotional good-byes or bidding long to your pug, each time you are leaving him alone in the house. These may look like a heart breaking scenario but after sometimes your pug will get used.

Remember that you are doing this for the betterment of your pug. Hence, while you are living him alone simply pat and leave without looking behind. Note that returning or turning back to reassure your pug will actually worsen this condition of separation anxiety.

Tip #3: Taking Your Pug’s Mind off the Various Factors Triggering this Condition

This is a very essential step yet very hard to achieve. Trying to take your pug’s mind off the various factors triggering this condition of separation anxiety is not that easy.

The first thing that you should do is to make your pug least bothered to the various things you do, each time you are about living the house. You may notice that your pug is slowly becoming anxious with this sudden change of behavior of yours. However, it is ideal that you continue with such changes in behavior until your pug get used to them.

Tip #4: Engaging Your Canine in Tiring Activity

This is another very essential tip that you must adhere to in your attempt to get rid of separation anxiety in your pug. It is ideal that you engage your canine in tiring activities such as exercising o gaming, each time you want to leave your house.

This will make your pug exhausted and there is a higher probability that he will end up getting asleep. Also, keeping your radio on each time you want to leave your house may also serve as a good company for your pet, and thus end up reducing the feeling involved in separation anxiety.

Tip #5: Contacting the Breeder Who Sold you the Pug

In case of the grave circumstances of separation anxiety in your pug, it is essential you contact the breeder whom you purchased the pug from. Take medical guidance that you will be provided with.

Your vet will definitely know the herbal remedies that are available in the market if you offer all your pug’s information to him or her. It is thus ideal that you are always conversant with all your pug’s problems.

Last but not the least; the best way to assist you pug is that you understand it, give him affection and warmth and make it feel secure. In addition to this, ensure that the pug learn to be always on its own. Your departures are bound to impact your pug but it must be taught on how to live without you.

10 Healthy Ways to Get in a Better Mood

Listen to music – Music can be a powerful tool; it can break you out of a funk with lyrics that speak to your soul or an upbeat tempo that makes you want to dance. Turn on your favorite song or band and get lost in the music to help your worries melt away.

Add a pop of color – Studies show that certain colors boost our mood and can make us feel better just by looking at them. Change up your wardrobe by throwing on a bright colored shirt, or add a small accent like a scarf or socks that will make you feel happy. The best ones? Yellow and red, experts say.

Tap into your spiritual side – Even if you do not consider yourself religious, focusing on something larger than yourself can make your troubles seem a lot smaller. Sit alone in the quiet and meditate for a while, say a prayer to yourself, or read an inspirational story. This will instantly boost your mood.

Take in some natural light – Sunlight triggers the production of Vitamin D in our bodies that can help boost our feelings of well-being immensely. Lack of Vitamin D has been linked to depression in several studies. Basking in the sun (with sunblock on) for just 10 to 20 minutes can put you in a better mood.

Be generous – Doing something for someone else does not just send out good vibes, it can be a great way to make you feel better. Get a joyful feeling by making a small, unexpected gesture to a complete stranger. Pay for the coffee of the person behind you, help carry the groceries of an elderly person to their car, or give a homeless person some spare change or leftovers. Seeing a smile on another's face will put one on yours as well.

Exercise – Even if you just go for a short 30-minute walk around the neighborhood, exercise has been proven to bring on feelings of well-being. This article from http://balanceddaily.com lists exercise as one of the top 10 natural mood boosters. It will not only increase your energy to make you feel better, it will release endorphins in your brain; the "feel-good" chemical responsible for pleasure and joy.

Nurture yourself – Take a little time to pamper yourself and make yourself feel good. Take a soothing bubble bath, paint your nails a pretty color, or set some time next to take a small nap. Making yourself a priority and spending a little "you" time will push those other negative thoughts aside.

Stop and smell the roses – Numerous studies have proven that a certain scent, like lavender, can relate feelings of anxiety and tension. Light a candle in the room you're in, or rub on some lotion that has a smell you love. Instantly boost your mood by triggering one of our most sensitive senses.

Call a friend or relative – Sometimes all you need to do to feel better, is get all of your negative thoughts off of your chest. Vent a little to someone you know is a great listener and gives good advice. Having others understand how you're feeling and allow you to talk about your feelings can do wonders for a bad mood.

Break out of the box – Doing something unexpected to break out of your ordinary routine, can make you feel happy and upbeat. Often times we can get stuck in a rut that seem never-ending. Small novelty's like whip cream to top your coffee, or a fun new ringtone for when your phone goes off can make you feel great.

How to Handle the Schipperke Personality

The Schipperke personality is something many people find somewhat amusing and endearing at the same time. These small black dogs with pricked ears are known not only for their beauty, but also for their feisty nature. They are, in fact, often described as little black devils because of the way they act like a big dog trapped in a small body. The small dog, big personality description alone should warn you that this beautiful little dog is not just a sweet little companion.

For sure, this dog can be a good companion because loyalty and intelligence are huge parts of the Schipperke personality. The breed originated in Belgium as a smaller version of the Belgian sheepdog known as Leauvenaar. It is said that the dog got its name from a Belgian word which means “little shepherd” although these dogs were best known for guarding the boats going through the canals between Antwerp and Brussels.

These days, the breed is kept more as a companion that guards his family in the same way as he once guarded the canal boats. Another integral part of the Schipperke personality that is greatly appreciated by many dog owners is that of always being on the alert, always patrolling his home and property, and always barking out warnings whenever they are needed. This dog also voluntarily seeks out and destroys vermin such as mice and squirrels if they ever make the mistake of invading his space.

Perhaps one of the most obvious parts of the Schipperke personality is his yearning to always be involved in family activities and his love for children of all ages. And because he is devoted to and very protective of his family, you can expect this dog to be aloof towards strangers until he is able to prove to himself that they are okay. Among the most popular characteristics of this dog is his size and coat. You would surely appreciate the fact that this dog only sheds heavily once or twice each year. You do need to give him a weekly brushing to keep his coat clean and free of dead hair.

Aside from the Schipperke personality, you also need to take other things such as training needs into consideration. Remember that this dog is very active and was originally bred to work. If you keep him primarily as a family pet, he will most likely occupy himself by hunting squirrels or other small animals he might find in your yard. To help your dog burn off his excess energy, make sure daily playtime is a regular part of his training session.

Remember that if you give your dog something to occupy him at all times and if you train him both for obedience and agility, you can look forward to having a well-behaved companion for life. Doing this will also allow you to truly appreciate the Schipperke personality and intelligence. And while you are training him, take note that this dog is a notorious escape artist that is oblivious to passing cars and other possible dangers. It is therefore very important for you to make sure that your yard fencing is secured and that you keep your dog on a leash when you walk him outside.

Training can indeed be a challenge, considering the Schipperke personality and intelligence. You can always expect him to add his own version to any exercise that you ask him to perform during agility or obedience training. The good thing is that he is eager to please, which means that with consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement, you will soon reap the benefits of training. Remember as well that early socialization is a must with this breed because they being territorial is part of the Schipperke personality and he may not get along with other dogs unless properly socialized.

How Chiropractic Can Help Kids Chronic Sprained Ankles and Pigeon Toes

Parents often become concerned when they notice their child running awkwardly, being “pigeon toed” (also known as in-toeing), or when they repeatedly sprain their ankles. Your child my trip or fall more often than seems normal, you may notice them rolling their ankles inward (AKA excessive pronation), or their foot may have a “hooked appearance”. There are three conditions which can cause these problems and depending on which condition and the age of your child they may require intervention to correct. The good news is that serious interventions such as wearing leg braces or surgery are not usually needed in these cases.

1. Tibial torsion – This is fairly common condition where the tibia or “shin bone” has not rotated into the position where it will be during adulthood. Tibial torsion is considered normal until the age of 7 years. However excessive toe-in between 2 and 7 years my warrant consultation with a doctor. Your child may have excessive pronation seen by weight bearing on the big toe side of the foot much more than the pinky toe side.

What your Chiropractor can do – Your Chiropractor can adjust a subluxated (misaligned) joints in the legs and show you how to stretch the proper muscles while strengthening others. Your Chiropractor may also be able to fit your child with custom shoe orthotics to help correct the excessive pronation.

What you can do – Buy shoes with flexible soles and good arch support such as athletic shoes. Also, getting your child involved in sports or activities which emphasize running such as soccer will help to strengthen the muscles of the legs and provide good muscle length.

2. Femoral torsion – This is similar to tibial torsion except in this case the femur or “thigh bone” is the one that is out of position. This is another common condition that usually resolves on its own by 8 years of age. Again excessive pronation may be seen as well as bowing back of the knees and an excessive curve in the low back.

What your Chiropractor can do – Chiropractic treatment will be similar to that of tibial torsion, adjustments/stretching/strengthening only focusing on the hip instead of the knee and lower leg.

What you can do – Again good shoes are in order. Sports in this case should include those that work out the hips such as bicycling, ballet, or gymnastics. Also, encouraging your child to sit cross legged will stretch the muscles holding the leg in a toe-in position.

3. Metatarsus adductus – This one is a little different than the other two in that it involves the feet instead of the legs. In this case the toe-in occurs in the foot itself. This condition is normal until 1 year of age is a common problem in school age children.

What your Chiropractor can do – Adjusting will focus on the bones of the feet and orthotics may be used if the problem persists beyond 7 years of age

What you can do – Gently stretching your child’s foot toward the pinky toe several times a day will help to loosen up the tight tissues.

In all cases, it is important to ensure your children’s shoes are well-fitting with plenty of room and no stress points. Also, having your child go barefoot more often encourages better motor control and position sense.

A note on Chiropractic adjustments: Many doctors, including those at Fletcher Hills Chiropractic use low-force techniques such as Activator technique that are much more gentle and less intimidating for children. Ask your Chiropractor what techniques he uses.

This article by a San Diego Chiropractor is a review of an article from the March 12th issue of Dynamic Chiropractor by Dr. Mark Charrette. Read the entire article here Dynamic Chiropractor

How To Help An Abused Friend

Let us imagine a scene. You have invited your friend Jean over for coffee. When you have served the coffee, you notice that her face is swollen.

'How did you get that awful breeze on your face?' you ask.

Your friend looks very uneasy. Her body language spells out deep embargoment.

'Oh, I tripped and fell against a door-post' she stutters. You inspect the breeze and suggest she should visit the surgery to get it treated. But all your advice seems to foster only a growing panic in your friend.

You suspect that it is not just an accidental mishap that has caused the bruise. So you try a gentle question about her partner Fred:

'Did Fred hit you?'

After various evasive replies your friend admits that he did.

You offer another question: 'How often does this happen?'

You find out that it has been happening now over quite a long period, whenever they quarrel.

This is the time to explore various options:

Would your friend Jean, and Fred her husband, agree to see a marriage counselor? If they are religious people, would they agree to go and see their Vicar or parish priest?

What does Jean know about Fred's early years? Was he arrested when he was a child? Often abused children become abusers themselves when they become adults, as if they are trying to compensate for the scars that still hurt.

If counseling is not an option, because Fred adamantly refuses to have other people prying into his private affairs, then it may be that Jean should consider a separation. No woman should have put up with physical abuse from her partner.

Of course, there are very important issues here. Does your friend have children? Is she financially utterly dependent upon her husband? Is she capable of getting a job and looking after herself? It is a sad fact that many abused women are unwilling to contemplate leaving their abusive husbands or partners, as the prospect of leaving fills them with a sense of deep insecurity. They also hope that matters will improve. They hope that their husbands will change.

One option your friend might be willing to consider would be going to stay for a while in a refugee home for abused women. A short stay there could have some good effects:

(a) It may bring home with very great impact to Fred that if he wants to save his marriage then he must change his behavior.

(b) It would provide your friend Jean a breathing space to find a new job or consider what she really wants to do.

(c) At the refugee home she would find many others in a very similar situation to herself and from their shared experiences that could gain sympathy, support, advice, counseling of a very practical kind that would enable her to decide upon the next course of action.

Then if your friend Jean decides that leaving Fred is the right course of action, there is the need for devising a practical plan. Some women can simply pack and leave, especially if they have money of their own.

A preliminary question is whether your friend Jean should tell Fred that she simply can not put up any more with his violence and will leave. That option may provoke Fred to renewed violence, or at least a storm of verbal abuse that would be very upsetting for both of them. If this seems to be highly probable, then Jeanought to leave Fred when he is away from home.

If your friend Jean has a job, then it is important for her to tell her colleagues and staff at her place of work that if her husband calls and demands to see her, his requests should be denied as she does not want to see him.

It is important that if Jean decides to leave Fred that she should not declare where she is going.

Your Comprehensive Guide to Pain Management

Controlling chronic pain and keeping it under check can be hard. Most patients are not sure about the overall process and approach to pain management, which is why they frequently rely on medications and painkillers for quick relief. In this post, we will talk about pain management and things that matter the most.

The basics

Chronic pain can be associated with a number of conditions, not limited to arthritis, unsuspected injuries, cancer treatments, and other old and unhealed injuries. If you have consistent pain in one of your body parts for more than a month that doesn’t seem to improve, you should consider visiting a pain management doctor. There are a wide range of options available, and in most cases, doctors often rely on multiple treatments, depending on the facts of the case.

Understanding pain better

Pain is physical, and it can impact different people in a different way. For example, if a certain patient is depressed about chronic pain, his feeling and emotional state will be different from someone else, who has suffered an unexpected injury. The whole process of pain management is based on many criteria. First things first, the doctor will consider the possible need for additional test and diagnosis. This is important for determining the overall nature and extent of treatment. He may also suggest a few initial things and lifestyle changes, so as to understand the response of the patient. If the pain is too severe, he may also offer additional medicines to decrease the inflammation, so as to reduce the overall discomfort.

The options

1. The first and obvious treatment for pain is medications. In many cases, doctors may consider benzodiazepines and narcotics, but these aren’t meant for long-term relief from chronic pain. Typically, patients can have one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Naprosyn or ibuprofen, to minimize an unexpected bout of pain. In some cases, doctors may use Tylenol for treatment, while for many patients; antidepressants are more than necessary to help symptoms. The short-term use of steroids is not uncommon either.

2. The next option is therapy. You will find clinics that specialize in pain management, but here, the doctors are not focused on medications. Yes, medications might be necessary, but it is more about therapy. This includes physical therapy and acupuncture, where a therapist will decide the right range of exercises for the patient, so that he can manage his condition at home. In some cases, cognitive-behavioral therapy is more than important, as well.

3. Then we have the choice of interventional pain medicine, in which chronic pain is treated with minimum invasive interventions. This can be anything from neuroaugmentation or use of facet joint injections and radiofrequency ablation, based on the patient’s case and requirements. Interventional pain management is getting popular by the day, especially for patients who have limited choices.

Finally, doctors may also rely on other treatments and therapies that may reduce the psychological impact of pain. This can be anything from relaxation techniques, meditation, cold and heat therapy, and massage and so on. It’s important to seek help at the earliest, because initial pain related conditions are easy to detect and manage.

Pain After The Removal Of The Gallbladder

At present, approximately 750,000 people will get their gallbladder removed this year in America alone. Thanks to popularity of laparoscopic surgeries, many people think that removing their gallbladder is a simple procedure. Though the procedure itself is not very risky, complications after gallbladder removal surgery affect about 10-15% of patients and it is known as postcholecystectomy syndrome.

Even after perfectly performed surgeries, some people develop post-op symptoms. These symptoms may last for many months, or even years. Such symptoms may include abdominal bloating and discomfort after eating, pain, usually in the right upper part of the abdomen.

There are many potential reasons for pain after gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy). For example, a wide range of nerves branches surrounds the gallbladder. They regulate not only the gallbladder, but also the duodenum, pancreas, stomach. The accidental cutting of these nerves can cause pain, and disrupt the normal work of these organs.

Common problem after surgery is that it disrupts the function of the sphincter of Oddi, the muscle valve between the bile duct, pancreatic duct, and duodenum. If the valve becomes spasmodic, the bile and pancreatic juice cannot be properly eliminated. It is called Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction. The back-up of bile raises the pressure inside the ducts, leading to pain, and can cause severe inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) or bile ducts. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction can be aggravated by using painkillers, which can lead to spasm of the sphincter.

The Sphincter of Oddi is the muscle valve which regulates the flow of bile and pancreatic juice into the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). The nervous system and special messengers- digestive hormones regulate the proper work of the Sphincter of Oddi.

The Sphincter of Oddi is closed if there is no food in the intestine. At this time, bile is remained in the gallbladder and pancreatic juice is retained in the pancreas. Spasms and blockage of valve may cause back up of the bile and pancreatic juice. If a small amount of bile reaches the pancreatic duct, severe trouble can ensue. Bile activates the digestive enzymes inside the pancreas so these enzymes start to digest their own pancreatic tissue, causing pain, congestion, inflammation (pancreatitis).

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction can affect people after abdominal surgeries. For example, statistics show that almost 20% of individuals after gallbladder removal have the Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction.

Here are some examples of what can make the Sphincter of Oddi spasmodic:

• Conditions such as mental stress, depression and anxiety

• Irregular eating, fasting, eating on the go or while watching television, dieting, and bad combinations of foods such as eating starches with fatty foods and sugars

• Using alcohol and nicotine, taking some drugs, medication,

• Lower thyroid function or menopause

• Acidic, aggressive, corrosive bile with sand, sludge in it, and more

Usually there are combinations of these factors in predisposed people with sedentary lifestyles overweight, chronic stress. The Standard American Diet, which is consist of processed and acid-forming foods such as sweets, red meat, alcohol, bad fats, white flour increases acidity in the whole body.

The Standard American Diet leads to acidic changes in the bile and pancreatic juice too. The bile is getting acidic and the quantity of bile acids in the bile rises as well. Aggressive bile acids irritate the wall of the Sphincter of Oddi leading to muscle spasms.

3-4 quarts of blend of the pancreatic juice and bile travel throughout the Sphincter of Oddi daily. When they become acidic, these fluids are very “aggressive,” corrode and irritate surrounding tissues, mainly the Sphincter of Oddi.

Bile is a vehicle for eliminating of the toxins such as bile pigments, heavy metals, drugs, medications from the body. Bile ducts is often harbor for parasites too. Therefore, is no question that the Sphincter of Oddi is an easy target for irritation and damage.

Gallbladder removal makes people think that “now everything is OK”. Unfortunately, surgery does not eliminate the provocative factors but can create Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction.

The most common and prominent symptom of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction is upper abdominal pain. This is often experienced like a sharp pain in the middle of the abdomen or below the right rib cage. Pain can be severe, may bring people to the hospital and require taking the pain medication. However, in large number of cases, pain may be mild and usually does not need painkillers. Pain is accompanied often by bloating, nausea and vomiting and can be worse after consumption of the fatty food or alcohol.

If pain and other symptoms after gallbladder surgery continue non-drug, alternative treatment may be helpful. Alternative medicine for healing of the Sphincter Oddi Dysfunction is widely used in other countries all over the globe.

The healing program of the Sphincter Oddi Dysfunction may include:

• Herbs

• Nutritional Supplementation

• Customized Healing Diet

• Taking healing mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt at home

• European Whole Body Cleansing with Colon Hydrotherapy

• Restoration of Friendly Intestinal Flora

• Various style of the Acupuncture

• Chiropractor’s adjustment

• Abdominal Massage

• Relaxation, Meditation, Hypnosis, Custom Hypnosis CDs

Alternative and holistic medicine can be used independently or as complementary medicine.

The information contained here is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.

Smegma: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Dead skin cells and sebum oils combine beneath the penis foreskin, and appear as small white lumps. This is known as smegma. While it may be alarming when first noticed, it is a natural occurrence and helps to promote lubrication between the glans and the foreskin. Smegma should be removed through normal washing processes, but in some cases when hygiene is low or washing under the foreskin difficult, smegma may build up and causes problems further down the track. Regular washing, penis health crèmes and medications may be required to control smegma.

Symptoms

Smegma is present beneath the foreskin of all men as the skin is constantly producing it, but it is not always apparent. When it does become visible, smegma appears as moist white materials forming into tiny balls between the glans and foreskin. While smegma is odorless, in some cases when hygiene is very poor smegma can harden into “smegma stones” which can be highly uncomfortable. Eventually hardened smegma can cause cultures of bacteria under the foreskin to increase, and raise the risk of infection and disease. If smegma appears with other symptoms such as itching, inflammation or pain, check with your doctor to rule out sexually transmitted diseases or yeast infections.

Causes

Hygiene: Why don’t all men experience smegma? It depends upon the differences in hygiene habits, as washing beneath the foreskin will remove exfoliated skin cells before they can gather sebum oils and become visible smegma. According to a review of research published in The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology in 2006, researchers have determined that smegma is made up of dead skin cells, oil, prostate secretions, sex hormones and white blood cells. Doctors used to believe that smegma could cause diseases, like prostate cancer, but scientists now understand that smegma is common in adolescents and adult men. It helps to lubricate the space between the head of the penis and the foreskin, and may even have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Phimosis

Men who experienced difficulty retracting their foreskin back and exposing the head of their penis may have a condition known as phimosis. Most often congenital, phimosis may also be the cause of trauma, infection or scarring. Due to the difficult in retracting the foreskin, hygiene and cleaning is very difficult in many cases, making the presence of smegma more likely. According to a study published in The Journal of Urology in 1973, men with phimosis are almost twice as likely to experience smegma as men without phimosis. If cleaning of the space beneath the foreskin is too difficult and does not remove smegma properly, circumcision or partial circumcision may be required in order to prevent discomfort and the onsent of disease.

Treatment

Washing: Smegma is a natural lubricant and antibacterial agent, but it can build up if penis hygiene is not performed regularly. Regular cleaning of the penis glans beneath the foreskin with soap and warm water helps to remove exfoliated skin cells and keep them from accumulating. This good hygiene practice should be completed every day, especially in men with a tendency for developing smegma, as a preventative measure.

Medications: In some cases antibiotics can have a regulatory effect on sebum oil glands in the skin, and may benefit cases of several smegma build-up when the causes is not due to phimosis or poor hygiene. Antibiotics are commonly used for severe cases of acne, though they take several months to take full effect on the sebum oil glands. Antibiotics can cause side effects in some cases, such as poor immune function, gut dysbiosis and digestive problems. Check with your doctor to find out if antibiotics are appropriate for you.

Crèmes: Penis health Crèmes can help to balance sebum oil glands beneath the foreskin, and keep penis skin moisturized. Many men experience dry skin on their penis, glans and foreskin, due to the high amount of soap they have to use to remove smegma build-up. Specialist topical formulas (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) containing nutrients such as vitamin E, C, A, B3 and shea butter may help to support normal skin regeneration, soften dried smegma that’s become hardened, and keep the penis skin healthy.

Managing Stress With Chiropractic Treatment

Millions of people experience chronic stress every day and they are helpless victims of the effects of stress. Chronic stress is physically, mentally and emotionally unhealthy. It can drive a person crazy if it is not managed properly. Each person has his or her own way to deal or cope with stress. There are people who swear by chiropractic treatment as an effective way of managing stress.

Chronic stress can lead to more serious health problems like anxiety, depression, bowel problems, muscle tension, insomnia and eating disorders. You really do not want to suffer from these health problems on a daily basis. There are plenty of causes of stress. It can be caused by a physical injury or pain, an emotional burden or due to chemical imbalance in the body. Whatever the cause is, you cannot escape the negative effects of stress unless you start doing something about it. In managing stress, you should seek a chiropractor’s help to get your life back the way it used to be.

Chiropractors perform chiropractic adjustments to relieve pain and stress in the human body. Chiropractic adjustments are spinal manipulations that are designed to align the spine. Stress is believed to be caused by a subluxation in the spine. The nerves are not able to travel properly along the spine, which is aggravating the effects of stress. Once the chiropractor is able to align the spine once again, the ill effects of stress will fade away along with the other bodily ailments you are feeling. One-time or regular adjustments relieve pain, improve bowel functions, improve eyesight, lower blood pressure, treat muscles spasms and reduce stress.

How can chiropractic adjustments reduce the effects of stress? The chiropractor will apply a pressure on your spinal cord to pop it back into position. Yes, there is a popping sound that is heard when the spine is adjusted. After that, the body will be able to heal itself naturally. The chiropractor will recommend some exercises to improve your overall well-being too. Aside from the spinal manipulation, stress can be reduced through massage therapies and the introduction of a new diet.

A change in lifestyle may be necessary too. The chiropractor will help you get better. Moreover, regular chiropractic adjustments will help in the reduction of build-up of stress in the body.

Chiropractic treatments help in managing stress by enabling the body to cope with it properly. Do you know that the human body reacts to stress naturally to allow the body to adjust to its surroundings? This is a natural coping mechanism of the body but still, the stress overwhelms the body and gets out of hand.

During stressful times, the nervous system sends messages to the entire body to react to stress. When the stressful period has gone, the body goes back to normal. The problem happens when the stressful period is prolonged or there are just too many stressors. The best way to deal with stress is to de-stress and find ways to relax. Chiropractic adjustments, a change in lifestyle, new diet and physical exercises all help in managing stress and you can get all this just by consulting with a chiropractor near you.

Colon Cancer Treatments – The Three Most Common Procedures

If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, then your next step is to think about treatment. Treatment options vary and will be determined by the stage of colon cancer and the location of the cancer. Your oncologist will be able to give you the best advice on which treatment option is right for you. This article is going to explain three of the most common treatments for colon cancer. Keep reading to gain a valuable education.

Surgery is a Standard Treatment for Colon Cancer

Surgery to remove all sections of the bowel that has been affected by cancer is a common treatment in all stages of colon cancer. There are three types of surgery that can be used to remove the cancer. They are:

  1. Local excision. This is reserved for cancer that is found in the early stages. The doctor will simply insert a tube into your rectum and advance it into the colon. He will then be able to cut away the cancerous part of the colon. If a polyp is involved, he can remove the polyp this way also. This is a fairly simple surgery and requires no incision.
  2. Resection. This is used if the cancer in the colon has become quite large. The surgeon will make an incision into the abdomen and remove part of the colon that is affected by the cancer. He will also remove small sections of healthy tissue that surrounds the diseased section of the bowel. Lymph nodes near the colon may be removed so they can be examined to determine if the cancer has spread. The surgeon will then sew the two healthy ends of the bowel together.
  3. Resection and colostomy. Depending on the what part of the colon is affected and how much of the colon is involved, the surgeon may be unable to sew the healthy ends back together. In that case, one end of the bowel will be brought through a hole that is made in the abdomen. This is called a stoma. The patient will then need to wear bag over the stoma because the waste is now being deported through the stoma. This is called a colostomy. Many people are able to lead normal lives after a colostomy.

Radiation to Treat Colon Cancer

Radiation can be high energy x-rays or other forms of radiation that is used to kill off cancer cells or to keep them from growing. Radiation may be given externally or it may be given internally through needles, seeds or catheters that are placed near the cancer. The way radiation is used is determined by the location and the size of the cancer.

Chemotherapy Treatment for Colon Cancer

Chemotherapy drugs can be used to kill cancer cells or to stop them from spreading. Chemotherapy can be injected through the vein or ingested through the mouth in the form of pills. It can also be directed directly into the area that is affected by the cancer such as the abdomen or the spine.

All of these treatments may be used alone or in combination with each other. A lot of patients that have surgery to remove part of the diseased colon will have chemotherapy or radiation to kill of any traveling cancer cells.

Colon cancer can be cured if done early enough and contained. Stay in tune to your body and get regular check ups.

Whilst every opportunity has been taken to ensure that all information is correct and up to date at time of writing, it is not meant to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please always consult your doctor or health care specialist if you are in any way concerned about your health.

How Are Ruptured Cysts Formed?

An ovarian cyst is a collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than two centimeters is termed as an ovarian cyst. An ovarian cyst can be compared with the size of a small pea, or even larger than a cantaloupe.

Ovarian cysts are small sacs filled with fluids which develop inside a woman's ovaries. Although most cysts are harmless, there may be some which may cause problems such as rupturing, bleeding, or pain; and their only treatment is surgery. It is important to be aware of how these ruptured cysts may form.

Women normally have two ovaries that store up and release eggs. Each ovary is about the dimension of a walnut, and one ovary is positioned on each side of the uterus. One ovary produces one egg every month, and this process starts a woman's menstrual menstrual cycle. The egg is enclosed in a sac known as follicle. An egg grows inside the ovary until hormone estrogen, signals the uterus to ready itself for the egg. In turn, the uterus begins to thicken itself and gets ready for pregnancy. This cycle occurs each month and typically ends when the egg is not fertilized. All contents of the uterus are then barred if the egg is not fertilized.

In the US, ovarian cysts are found in almost all most premenopausal women, and in up to 14.8% of postmenopausal women.

Ruptured cyst concern women of all ages. Maximum types of ovarian cysts are termed as being functional. Most ovarian cysts are benign, sense they are not cancerous, and many disappear on their own in a matter of weeks without treatment. Ruptured cyst occurs most often in a woman's childbearing years.

Surgery may be required to remove ruptured cysts which are larger than 5 centimeters in diameter.

Ruptured cysts can be related to being as cancerous or noncancerous. While cysts may be found in ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts typically represent a normal process or harmless condition.

The following conditions classify each and every aspect of ovarian cysts: whether they are benign, or noncancerous etc. A woman may possibly develop one or more of them.

  • Follicular cyst: This type of simple cyst can form when ovulation does not occur or when a mature follicle involutes. It usually forms at the point in time of ovulation and can grow to about 2.3 inches in diameter.
  • Emorrhagic cyst: This type of functional cyst occurs when bleeding occurs inside a cyst.
  • Dermoid cyst: This is an abnormal cyst that generally affects young people and may grow to 6 inches in diameter.
  • Endometriomas or endometrioid cysts: Part of the condition known as endometriosis, this type of cyst is formed when endometrial tissue grows in the ovaries.
  • Polycystic-appearing ovary: Polycystic-appearing ovary is diagnosed based on its enlarged size – usually twice which of usual – with small cysts present around the outside of the ovary.
  • Cystadenoma: A cystadenoma is a type of benign tumor that develops from ovarian tissue. They may possibly be filled with a mucous-type fluid material. Cystadenomas can grow to be very large and may measure 12 inches or more in diameter.