Steroids For Dogs – Tips & Cautions For Quick Relief of Allergy Symptoms

Steroids for dogs: In the control of intense allergy symptoms, anti-inflammatory steroids provide highly effective relief of inflammation and swelling. They are most often used for a short period of time while testing is performed and other means of control of the symptoms of dog allergies is put into place.

Anti-inflammatory steroids are usually prescribed orally and initially given at a starting dose, with subsequent doses tapered until discontinued. A dog steroid should never be stopped abruptly or before the completion of the entire series of doses is given as prescribed by your veterinarian. This is because tapering the drug correctly is necessary in order to prevent a possible deficit of adrenaline in the dog’s body.

Be aware that canine steroids are also used for other medical conditions other than the allergies that dogs have, these include inflammation of the brain, spine, stomach, and intestines, as well as arthritis and immune mediated diseases.

In dog allergy treatment, canine steroids are considered the most problematic of canine medications because of the side effects of both short term and long term steroid use. However, this should not dissuade you from the use of a canine steroid because there are instances when a canine steroid is the only medication capable of bringing quick control of the severe symptoms of dog allergies.

Although intended for short-term use, there are situations when a dog steroid must be used on a continuing or on-going basis. However, when possible they should be used only for short-term treatment for dog allergies, or other conditions as determined by your family veterinarian.

Side effects from anti-inflammatory steroids in dogs are more numerous than in cats. The most common are a drastic increased in appetite and continuous thrust, with the resulting frequent urination and unexpected weight gain. Other side effects include mood swings, which can be disconcerting, and panting. Long term steroid use can cause skin lesions and very serious changes inside the body, most notably Cushing’s Disease. With long term steroid use these internal changes can shorten the dog’s life span.

Nevertheless, anti-inflammatory steroids are one of the most important and highly effective canine medications used today. When needed, canine steroids are efficient in controlling inflammation and swelling, allowing relief from symptoms, and allowing time for blood tests, lab work, allergy skin testing, and for determining and implementing a course of treatment most suitable to your dog.

Caffeine And PMS Are A Bad Combination, Here’s Why

If you are a woman who suffers monthly from mood swings, anxiety, depression and other symptoms, you have probably been advised that caffeine and PMS are a bad combination. But, you may be wondering what the connection is between caffiene and PMS symptoms. Here is a brief overview of caffeine and the general effects it has on the body, specifically related to premenstrual symptoms.

Caffeine is a drug. It is a psychoactive drug, meaning that it has affects on the brain. It also has effects on the body, including increased heart rate, blood pressure and sweating. The belief that caffeine and PMS are a bad combination is related mostly to the effects it has on the brain, but also to the effects that it has on the body.

The symptoms of PMS vary from one woman to the next. The majority of women suffer from some mild symptoms that may not be completely avoidable. However, symptoms like anxiety or nervousness, irritability, fatigue, trouble sleeping and depression could be directly related to the over use or abuse of caffiene and PMS symptoms like these could be completely avoidable. Rather than looking at total caffeine intake among women suffering from these symptoms, many doctors prescribe a drug, usually an anti-depressant, to counteract the symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of overuse of caffeine and PMS symptoms are very similar. Prolonged intake of large amounts of caffeine over an extended period of time can cause anxiety and nervousness, irritability and insomnia. Continued use and large overdoses (typically in excess of 2-3 cups of brewed coffee) can lead to depression. PMS fatigue can lead women to consume even more caffeine to temporarily increase energy and ability to concentrate, which in turn leads to trouble sleeping or poor quality of sleep. Waking up the next day, finding that fatigue has increased and relying on caffeine to get through that day and on and on…

In order to determine the relationship between caffiene and PMS symptoms in your case, first look at your total daily intake of caffeine. According to research conducted by the US Department of Nutritional Services, a 5 ounce cup of coffee contains 47-164mg of caffeine depending on the method of preparation, with instant containing the list and automatic drip containing the most. Suppose you stop at your favorite convenience store and buy their 24 ounce special, drink the whole cup before lunch and you got about 780mg of caffeine. More than 250mg can cause acute overdose. But, coffee is not the only source of caffeine and PMS symptoms may lead to a woman unwittingly increasing her intake.

If you are premenstrual and you are bloated, you may use an over the counter diuretic. Aqua Ban, for example, contains 200mg of caffeine in a standard dose. If you have a headache or other body aches, you might pick up Excedrin (130mg of caffeine) or Midol (64mg of caffeine). You wash it down with a coke or diet coke and you get another 46mg per 12 ounces. Mr Pibb and Mountain Dew contain even more.

There are numerous other sources of caffeine including chocolate, black tea, green tea, appetite suppressants, nasal decongestants, energy drinks and prescription drugs. It is extremely difficult to estimate the maximum amount of caffeine that a person can safely consume per day, because of differences in weight and sensitivity and the time it takes for the caffeine to be excreted from the body. But, it is safe to assume that if you are nervous, feel overstressed, overworked, fatigued and irritable or depressed, you could be suffering from the effects of caffeine.

Other health risks not directly associated with caffiene and PMS symptoms, but still worth mentioning because they are directly related to women’s issues include a recent study that suggests that even low doses of caffeine can negatively affect a developing fetus. Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which found that women who drank Coke, Pepsi and other caramel-colored sodas an average of 4 times per week had more brittle bones, more osteoporosis and lower bone mineral density regardless of age, menopausal status, calcium or vitamin D intake, cigarette or alcohol use. In addition, some studies have shown that there is some relationship between estrogen and caffeine, indicating that women may be even more sensitive to caffeine during PMS when estrogen levels are at their lowest.

If you are currently drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages, cut back slowly. Suddenly reducing caffeine intake causes withdrawal symptoms, including headache. All of the studies conducted thus far concerning the use of caffeine and PMS symptoms conclude that avoiding caffeine can help. There are many herbal and botanical remedies that provide PMS relief without caffeine.

Depression and Rage – A Painful Psychological Partnership

Depression and rage are intricately intertwined with one another. Both depression and rage are predisposed, although the exact calculus is still unknown. Beneath depression, whether it is readily observed or darkly obscured, there is rage. Rage can wait decades to erupt. Rage lies at the bottom of the psyche and appears to be dormant or non-existent. When the timing is right, it moves with the force of a psychological juggernaut.

Most of us admit that from time to time that we are depressed. We have low energy, are aggravated with ourselves and others, have problems getting motivated and feel sad and listless. There are many legitimate reasons to be depressed in our high stress, demanding, fast-paced, often alienating contemporary world.

Clinical depression is different. It is a psychophysiological state that is characterized by some of the following symptoms and behaviors:deep sadness, insomnia, problems with concentration, low motivation, fatigue, a sense of isolation, and emotional irritability. The experience of clinical depression is deep and disruptive to our relationships, our work and our lives.

Anger is “a feeling of displeasure resulting from injury, mistreatment, opposition, etc., and usually showing itself in a desire to fight back at the supposed cause of this feeling.” Anger is specific to a particular issue and is generally time limited. Rage travels a different trajectory. Rage is an intense volatile, unrestrained anger that appears to have no redress.

The roots of depression and rage begin to fuel in early childhood. Infants and children who are emotionally and/or physically deprived, neglected and abused, believe that no one cares about them because they are unwanted, worthless, or defective. In many instances the child turns himself inside out to become the perfect little person that the disturbed parent expects him to be. In order to fulfill parental demands, the child unconsciously disregards the core of his authenticity, the real self. The child is forced to live behind a false self that is acceptable to the parent to avoid abandonment and abuse. This false identity that the small child is forced to play to survive, returns to consciousness and is acted out in the parallel dance of depression and rage.

Out of the depression that is enervating and immobilizing, unexpressed unconscious rage that has been waiting at the bottom of a pool of conflicting emotions, rises to the surface and depression and rage coalesce to create a psychologically toxic mixture.

When depression persistently intrudes on an individual’s personal and professional life, it is vital that he/she seek professional psychological consultation. There are a variety of effective ways to treat depression today. Depending on its severity, some individuals benefit from different forms of psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Other patients require the advice of a psychiatrist who is an expert in psychopharmacological medications. The new serotonin re-uptake anti-depressants have shown to be very effective in treating many patients suffering from clinical depression. Treatment requires patience and cooperation between psychiatrist and patient. Finding the exact medication and dosage may take some time. The knowledge, understanding and empathy of the therapist is essential to successful treatment together with the cooperation and positive attitude of the patient.

Fear of Bridges – How Hypnosis Can Cure Gephyrophobia

The irrational fear or phobia of driving over bridges is not as uncommon as you may believe.

Individuals who have this particular fear experience enormous anxiety when confronted with the prospect of having to cross a bridge. High bridges with steep drops are especially frightening, as are bridges over water or gorges.

Quite often this fear can also be combined with other fears such as the fear of heights, agoraphobia or claustrophobia.

The individual suffering from gephyrophobia may be fearful that they will lose control or faint.

Fear breeds fear and this can easily lead to feelings of abject panic.

Many people who suffer from this particular phobia go to great lengths so that they can avoid crossing bridges. Often, they find themselves planning journeys that involve lengthy detours and considerable inconvenience so that they do not have to drive over a bridge.

What has happened is that at a deep, subconscious level, the bridge phobic has learned to associate anxiety with the thought of crossing bridges. At some time in the past, he or she will probably have undergone an experience that in some way frightened them and they linked this scared feeling with bridges.

It’s as though the person has stopped trusting themselves when it comes to moving over a bridge. And the subconscious is triggering feelings of fear so that he or she will not put themselves in danger.

For the conscious mind, of course, it may be only too clear that such fears are groundless. They may even seem silly. But fear is a feeling and the conscious mind runs on logic, not emotion.

Try as they might, the phobic individual most often is powerless to analyze away their fear.

Fear, like all feelings, is generated in the subconscious mind and it is here that the solution lies.

Through the skillful use of modern advanced transformational hypnosis, we can delve into the subconscious mind and re-educate it. We can re-align it with reality so the bridge phobic person can let go of the fear and return to their natural state.

Even though the thought of driving over or crossing a bridge may seem too difficult for you to contemplate at the moment, the fact is that you can be helped to conquer your fear of bridges and cross them with ease and in the complete absence of anxiety.

Working with a properly trained and qualified advanced transformational hypnotherapist, you can once more return to the freedom that is your birthright.

Monophobia and Its Links to Agoraphobia and Other Anxiety Disorders

Monophobia in an acute fear of being alone or in a place that is not familiar. In many cases, the fear of being left alone revolves around a single individual or small group of individuals. If you remove these individuals, the results are increased anxiety and nervousness. Eventually this can escalate into full panic attacks.

However, because of the nature of the disorder, many people do not even realize they have it until a major lifestyle change, such as a relocation or death in the family, occurs. Unfortunately, at this point, the rational, logical side of thinking has been replaced in large part by panic attacks and fears that can make diagnosing and progressing with the disorder particularly difficult.

Recent studies have helped to shed new light for many people affected by monophobia. These studies suggest that many social anxieties, such as monophobia tend to occur in clusters. For example, it is common for someone with monophobia to also experience symptoms of agoraphobia and general social anxiety disorders. By establishing a firm link between the disorders, doctors and loved ones have a greater chance of detecting symptoms, habits and behaviors that show tendencies towards these orders.

This can be crucial in effective treatment and management of monophobia or agoraphobia. As with many phobias, if a fear or irrational thought is allowed to take root and become a part of a person’s daily lifestyle, it can be much more difficult to treat. This results in increased treatment times, increased stress and more effort to return to a standard quality of life and daily routine.

Two of the leading treatments for monophobia are cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. In many cases, combinations of the two therapies are used to achieve results. In cognitive behavioral therapy most often involves talking about thoughts, feelings and symptoms related to monophobia and providing sufferers methods of managing anxiety and suppressing fears and uncomfortable emotions. In many cases, just as an irrational fear can be learned, it can be unlearned through repeated logical analysis of the situation.

Once these methods are learned, exposure therapy is used to solidify the process. By exposing the patient to uncomfortable situations, such as removing their source of comfort, and coaching them through managing the anxiety as it occurs, patients can learn real ways of coping with fears and anxieties and help to overcome them. By repeated exposure to a stimulus and a controlled response, the patient often can come to terms with the nature of the fear and live a healthy, normal life.

Sleep Tracks Review – Read the Truth About Yan Muckle’s Insomnia Buster

If you are an insomniac, you know the hell you go through every night trying to get sleep. I was once one and I know the pains its cost me and my family. I have a heart for you.

There are a lot of solutions out there but only very few works for very few people. The internet is filled with a lot of junk.

Since you are reading this article and you are not familiar with this program, the sleep tracks optimization program is a sleep audio program and that helps to induce sleep for people with insomnia. This sleep program is based on the binaural beats technology.

The idea is this. The human mind can be controlled and calmed through sounds. We all at one time or the other have experienced the serenity of the sounds from a classical piece or jazz hop. Sounds have such an intricate effect on the mind.

Yan Muckle developed a series of sounds that has helped insomniacs regain sleep. His sleep optimization program consists of 3 tracks and a fast guide to help you understand the program. All you really have to do is listen.

His audio program consist of 3 tracks.

Track #1: Insomnia Buster.

This tracks retrains your brain during the day so you can sleep better at night.

Track #2: Fall Asleep.

Just like the name depicts, it helps you fall asleep.

Track #3: Whole Night.

This for people who wake often at night and can’t get back to sleep.

Would I be right to say that the question on your mind right now is, does the program really work?

It took me and one of my readers who had chronic insomnia, 3 weeks to test this program to know if it really does what it says.

The results?

Read this sleep tracks review and find out how the Yan Muckle’s program gave a chronic insomniac her sleep back.

Avoiding Injuries in Squash

Squash is a game of quick stops and starts, and hard, jerky movements that strain just about every part of the body. Over time, most squash players experience injuries of some form, even though so much can be done to avoid the onset of injuries and even more can be done to facilitate healing after the fact. Take it from one who learned it the hard way. Here are some tried and true ways to aggressively manage physical injuries:

  1. Warm-Up. It’s still amazing how many squash players simply step onto the court and start playing. Of those who warm up, many hit the ball for 5 – 6 minutes and then start playing. It’s extremely stressful for the human body to go from a state of relative inactivity to state of heightened activity in a very short period of time. Muscles are not warmed up, and the body is not ready to react quickly, as is required in this sport. Be mindful of the warm-up. An ideal warm-up consists of the following: (i) 10-15 minutes of non-impact activity that brings the heart rate up to 80% of one’s maximum heart rate; (ii) 5 minutes of resistance training targeting the more vulnerable parts of the body, which, for squash players, is the forearms, calves, back and legs; and (iii) 5-10 minutes of deep stretching for the back, shoulders, arms, calves and legs.
  2. Court Shoes. One of the most neglected areas and, in the opinion of the author, the most important area in terms of equipment are court shoes. Great and proper-fitting court shoes are very hard to find because everyone has different feet. Shoes that may work perfectly well for someone’s long-time squash buddy of 15 years may be disastrous for the next person. Among other things, one’s long-time squash buddy may have wider feet, crooked feet, some may pronate and others supinate. Even the way that a person runs affects the ultimate decision of what type of shoes provide the best fit. After many years of playing squash, it is the opinion of the author that the best shoes to wear for squash are heavily padded mid-top basketball shoes. Why? The first reason is that these shoes have significant sole cushioning, compared with most other types of athletic shoes, which absorbs vibration so that the vibration is not absorbed by the back. The second is that these shoes are designed to “wrap snugly around” the foot of the athlete so as to minimize slippage and black toenails. Traditional court shoes tend not to fit as snugly and, as a result, feet can slip inside the shoe, particularly during sharp turns. The third reason is that the hard soles and relatively stiff siding of basketball shoes provide greater support for the feet which helps to protect against sprained ankles and painful conditions like planters fasciitis.

  3. Racquets. The piece of equipment that most squash players usually get right is the racquet. That’s because squash players, like golfers, spend a lot of time obsessing about their racquets. That said, like court shoes, choice of racquets is a very personal decision. Here’s what this author typically looks for in squash racquets and, although some may disagree as to some of these qualities, by and large, these are the qualities that most avid players agree all quality racquets should have. First, the racquet must be able to absorb vibration so as not to transfer that vibration to the arm of the racquet holder. Arm vibration will eventually result in a very painful condition known as tendonitis. Many players play with cheap “starter” racquets that are either poor quality to begin with or are strung with poor quality strings, as a result of which significant vibration is transferred to the player’s arm. Over time, playing with a low quality racquet is simply not worth it. Not all expensive racquets are necessarily high quality, but one’s chances are better with a proven brand (e.g., Wilson, Black Knight, Prince, Dunlop, Karakal) and a widely-used model. Second, the racquet should not be too heavy for the player. This is another very common mistake. Relatively weak players and even most advanced players should consider playing with racquets that weigh no more than 140 grams. There is a characteristic of the racquet known as swing weight and, although this is not precise, the heavier the racquet, the greater the swing weight. A reasonable amount of swing weight is not only good, it is necessary. Excessive swing weight will place considerable stress on the small tendons inside the arm, again causing tendonitis. Third, if one plays 2-3 times per week, one should restring the racquet at least quarterly. Dead strings not only play poorly, they cause one to swing harder and they result in more vibration being transferred to the arm. Strings are not expensive, so they should be replaced frequently, more frequently than most avid squash players realize.

  4. Hydration. A great way to stay healthy is to consume a significant amount of liquids, particularly water. The recommendation from health professionals is that individuals consume at least 50% of one’s body weight in ounces of water per day. For a man who weighs 170 pounds, that would be 85 ounces of water per day. By the way, this is a minimum amount. If one engages in strenuous exercise, that amount should be increased accordingly. Why water? Because of the intense nature of the game of squash, squash players build up tremendous amounts of lactic acid in their large muscles groups, particularly leg and back muscles. Acidity, in general, can lead all types of physical ailments, so acid should be removed from the bodily system as quickly as possible. Studies have shown that lactic acid can only be moved out of the body in two ways. The first is through alkalization, of which conspicuous water consumption is a part, and the other is through low-level exercise which causes large amounts of oxygenated blood to move through the stressed areas.

10 Tricks to Get Your Ex to Have a Change of Heart

Are you looking for a way to get your ex to come back to you after a break up? There are some tips and tricks you can use to get your ex to have a change of heart and return back into your open arms. Read below for ten common ways you should consider.

1. The first tip is just to let your ex think you are over the break up and moving on with your life with no problems. The idea is to remove the confidence in your ex because they think you can go on with your life without them.

2. If your ex is pinning the break up on you, agree with them. Take the heat for causing the break up whether it is true or not. This can take the steam out of them because they have nothing left to blame you for.

3. Try acting hot and cold towards your ex. At some times you can be friendly with them if need be and at other times come across as being aloof towards them. This technique will keep your ex guessing as to what your intentions are.

4. Maybe its time to change your looks. Get a haircut or new hair style. If you need to lose weight do so. Whatever it may be, do what you can to improve your looks which in turn will improve your outlook. This in turn will get your ex to wondering if they were holding you back from improving your life.

5. Don’t waste time getting back to living your life. Once your ex encounters you going about business as usual their ego will be bruised thinking they are no longer the center of your universe.

6. One way to get your ex to have doubt about the decisions they have made is to get their friends and family on your side. This will isolate them and force them to re-think their situation.

7. If you want to make your ex jealous try lightly flirting with someone in their presence. They will not take kindly to someone else being interested in you and want you even more.

8. Have control of your emotions. Do not let your ex pull any of these tricks on you, just ignore them. This will make their plan useless and put the power in your hands.

9. You can try to get a friend to go on a fake date with you. Doing so would make your ex jealous and have them trying to get you back.

10. Always be in a positive mood. Do not let your ex see you in a bad mood or looking down and out. You want to appear as if you are doing great and are happy with your situation.

The idea of using any or all of these tricks is to defend or reverse any strategy your ex may have, ultimately to get them back with you. Even if they have not thought of getting back with you these tips may get them thinking about you again.

Skin Tags on Dogs

Skin tags on dogs are not cancerous. In fact, these polyps are completely harmless. These benign polyps are often mistaken for skin cancers. Since these growths are not cancerous, it is not advisable to remove these skin growths. When they do notice them they often get them mixed up with a dog form of skin cancer such as melanoma and also keratoacanthomas. These growths are mostly harmless and non-cancerous; however, they can often cause irritation or discomfort.

This condition can affect the skin of any dog no matter what their age or breed is. According to many veterinarians, both environmental factors as well as heredity play a role in developing these growths. Like their human counterparts, a dog may develop skin growths.

A dog may develop these tags anywhere on his or her body, and also as with humans it is not uncommon for your pet to have more than one. In fact they could develop several. So how do you identify skin tags? This is how you identify a skin tag Notice that they have a pendulous base with what looks like a wart on the end of it. There is one area that might be a concern to any dog owner is when a skin tag develops on a dogs lips or his mouth. This could be indicative of a cancer. In such a case, it is advisable to seek the advice of a veterinarian. As a general rule; however, these growths are not cancerous, in fact, they are often benign. If your dog is experiencing irritation because of excessive skin, you can seek the advice of a veterinarian. Notice if you dog is acting differently. On occasion, if your dog develops large skin growths his growths may be squashed so veterinarian may perform a surgery on the surface of the skin. Most of the time a growth may not need to be removed unless it has changed in size or color. Veterinarians do not know what causes these skin polyps in dogs.

Since you own a dog, it is in the best interest of the dog that you understand some of the illnesses that dogs can contract in order to keep your dog healthy and happy. It is also a good idea to develop a working knowledge of how to groom your dog. Taking care of your dog and making him comfortable is the first mission of a dog owner. After all, he can be your best friend.

Fibroid – The Basic Facts

Fibroid also known as leiomyoma or myoma, is a non cancerous growth made up of smooth muscles and fibrous tissues within or attached to the wall of the uterus (womb).In recent times, Fibroid has assumed a very popular status due to the problems of infertility so often, but in most cases erroneously, attributed to it.

Fibroid hardly affects women less than 20 years and post menopausal women. Fibroid is prevalent in 30-40% of women over 30 years and occurs 2-3 times in black women than in white women. Fibroid may be present in 15-20% of women in their reproductive years.

Fibroid is the commonest tumor encountered in the female. Fibroids growth is slow but becomes obvious in the forth decade of life. The size of Fibroid can vary from as small as a peanut to as large as the size of a football.

Fibroid is more common in women who have never been pregnant or those who have had only one child, hence the popular saying “Bad Girls Get Pregnant, Good Girls Get Fibroid” Pregnancy and oral contraception lower the risk of developing new fibroid and fibroids stop growing after menopause.

Fibroids often develop within the walls of the uterus and can be found at any part of the uterus .As it increases in size, about 70% remain within the wall, and 10% grow into the uterine cavity. The remaining 20% grow outwards. It is called Penduculated Fibroid when it hangs from a stalk and become like a pendulum on the outside of the uterus

Although the cause of Fibroid is obscure, its growth seems to depend on the hormone estrogen which is a female reproductive hormone. As a result, Fibroid continues to grow as long as the woman menstruates. Note that the growth is slow. It is very possible for only one Fibroid to develop on the uterus; they are usually more than one at the same time. In fact, they are usually multiple.

Top Pros & Cons of Ovarian Cyst Surgery

Most women are understandably anxious about doing an ovarian cyst surgery. Unfortunately, when it is time to determine whether an ovarian cyst is cancerous, there is no other option but to go through one of two types of ovarian cyst surgery.

The first type of surgery is called the Laparoscopy. Your doctor might refer to this type of procedure as a minimally invasive surgery, or a bandaid surgery. This is because the operation is done primarily in the abdomen using small incisions (about 0.5 – 1.5 cm) within the abdominal or pelvic cavity. In order to have a better look at the ovarian cyst, a telescopic rod lens system (that is connected to a video camera) or a digital laparoscope where the device is placed at the end of the laparoscope is used.

There are a number of advantages to doing a Laparoscopy. The most important one is that there is a reduced chance for haemorrhaging, which also reduces the need for a blood transfusion. Also, because the incision on the abdomen is small, the patient will not experience as much pain and will therefore recover a lot faster. In fact, many patients are discharged the same day if no complications occur. The last advantage of Laparoscopy is that the internal organs are less exposed to external contaminants, and this drastically reduces the risk of infections.

The bad news is that Laparoscopy also brings with it some risks. For patients who are obese or have undergone abdominal surgery in the past, there is a higher likelihood that the blood vessels or small/large bowel may be injured during surgery. Another associated risk involves electrical burns when surgeons working with electrodes leak electricity into the surrounding tissue. Lastly, there may be an increased risk of hypothermia when the abdomen is pumped with carbon dioxide gases. The good news is that the use of heated and humidified CO2 may reduce this risk.

The second type of ovarian cyst surgery is a Laparotomy. This surgical method involves making an incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. This is a frequent tool used in diagnosing an unknown condition like ovarian cysts where a patient has abdominal pain or sustained an injury to the abdomen. The most common incision is called the midline incision and is the most common type of incision because it allows a wider access to most of the abdominal cavity.

As with every surgical procedure, Laparotomy has its own set of risks. The most common problem involves the general use of anesthesia like nausea, sore throat, vomiting, fatigue, headache, and soreness in the muscles. Some patients also experience bleeding, infection, injury to the abdominal organs, or the development of adhesions.

Before you decide whether a Laparoscopy or a Laparotomy is the better ovarian cyst surgery for your situation, remember to discuss the pros and cons of both procedures with your doctor or physician.

Can You Treat a Yeast Infection With Yogurt – Strawberry Or Banana?

You’ve heard people talk about it but you wondered if it’s just a myth. You’re curious because you have that familiar feeling and you know you have another yeast infection. You don’t feel like going to the store and spending more money on creams so you ask yourself can you really treat yeast infections with yogurt? Yes you can treat a yeast infection with yogurt. But what if you could treat a yeast infection without all the mess? I’ll tell you how later.

Before we start talking about treating your yeast infection, you want to make sure that you have one. If you’re not sure, the best thing to do is seek medical advice. Three out of four women have at least one yeast infection in their lives. And 50% of those will have more than one. So most of us know when we’re having a yeast infection. But some of the symptoms could also be symptoms of a bacterial infection or an STD.

Why does yogurt work and how do you treat a yeast infection with yogurt.

Yeast is normally present in our bodies all the time. It is the overgrowth of yeast that gives us the problem. Your vagina is normally pretty acidic which keeps the yeast in check. Sometimes that balance is changed by taking antibiotics, birth control pills, or using certain personal care products. When that happens the yeast starts to multiply faster than our bodies can kill it off. The active cultures in yogurt can immediately start to kill off the yeast.

There are a few different ways to treat a yeast infection with yogurt. (This may be quite graphic for some.) First off, only use regular, sugar free yogurt with active cultures. If you use flavored yogurt, the sugar will negate the effects of the active cultures. You can dip a tampon in the yogurt and place it in your vagina. If you can’t use a tampon, you need some type of syringe, like a turkey baster to put the yogurt in. You can also spread some yogurt directly on the labia for relief. Wear a light pad for leakage. You will feel relief quickly and after a few days, you should be symptom free. Some people recommend eating yogurt regularly to prevent infections from returning.

Are you thinking, ‘yuk’? Well is it better than placing a clove of garlic or a slice of grapefruit in your vagina? These are also home remedies for treating a yeast infection. But, what if you could treat a yeast infection with just a couple sprays under your tongue, three times a day?

Deformities Caused by Ear Piercing

Upper ear piercings are becoming increasingly popular but if problems develop they can be more serious because the outer ear, called the pinna, is made mainly out of cartilage. Popular placings for piercings besides the ear lobe are at the top of the ear, or helix, and the tragus which is the triangular part that sticks out over the opening. These are predominantly made up of cartilage and infections can lead to loss of cartilage so that the ear crumples causing deformities. Also there is a limited blood supply in cartilage so medications are ineffective as they can’t reach the area easily.


Abscesses are serious, localised, skin-deep infections caused by bacteria, commonly Staphylococcus areus. They are more specifically a collection of pus made up of dead neutrophils (which are a type of white blood cell involved in immune response), bacteria and protein. The pus collects in cavities where there are infections or other foreign materials such as piercings. The bacteria kill local cells, which cause cytokines to be released triggering an inflammatory response (cytokines are hormones produced by the cells of the immune system.) Many white blood cells are drawn to the area which increases the blood flow. They start off red and tender, becoming hard and then as it fills with white blood cells it softens and forms a head of pus.

Abcess Symptoms:

  • Renewed, severe, throbbing pain
  • Bleeding
  • Discharge of pus
  • Swelling
  • Localised redness
  • Heat
  • Loss of function in the area


Abscesses are often caused by bacteria, commonly Staphylococcus areus, which enter either by direct implantation due to penetrating trauma with a contaminated object, or they spread from adjacent infections. The progressive dissection of surrounding cells by the pus can lead to the death of cells -necrosis and so the abscess expands in size.

Treatment of Abscesses:

Abscesses rarely heal themselves so they must be treated. They should not be drained until it is soft or a small pustule has formed. Larger abscesses may need to be drained by a healthcare professional and this would involve making an incision or lancing the abscess so that the pus drains out, antibiotics are then prescribed. Antibiotics are not usually very effective as they can’t always penetrate the outer wall of the abscess which is formed by the surrounding cells to prevent the spread of infection. This means that medications can’t reach the abscess to fight the infection.

Heat applications are beneficial as these increase the circulation and the blood flow to the area which helps the immune response to work faster as the white blood cells are transported to the site more quickly as are any antibiotics, nutrients and oxygen to help fight the infection and aid new cell growth. Abscesses can be prevented by maintaining good hygiene and using antibacterial soap to clear away any bacteria that might be collecting.

Cauliflower Ear:

This is an acquired deformity of the outer ear caused by infections. It is common among wrestlers, boxers and contact sport players, however everyone can develop it. It is caused by blunt trauma where the ear is struck and blood clots develop under the skin, or the skin is torn away from the cartilage so the connection between the skin and the cartilage is disrupted. Infection can lead to the development of haematomas which are collections of blood in between the cartilage and the skin.

If the cartilage dies due to blood clots preventing any blood reaching the cartilage so no nutrients or oxygen can be delivered, then the ear shrivels up and folds on itself. This causes scarring or fibrosis, appears pale and is difficult to reconstruct.

If it is treated quickly and aggressively then deformity is unlikely, however, delay increases the chances of an insufficient blood supply reaching the cartilage and increases the risk of deformity due to loss or death of cartilage. It can be treated by cutting the ear by making an incision, draining the blood and applying a compressive dressing that holds the two sides of skin against the cartilage. This can re-establish the connection of the skin to the underlying cartilage. Antibiotics can be prescribed to prevent infections.

Dengue Fever – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Dengue fever is a benign, acute, febrile syndrome occurring in tropical regions. Dengue has been called the most important mosquito-transmitted viral disease in terms of morbidity and mortality. Fever, skin rash, bone pain and nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of this condition. In a small proportion of cases, the virus causes increased vascular permeability that leads to a bleeding condition which is similar to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) and is known as dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). Dengue fever is not contagious through person-to-person contact.

The rapid, clinical response of dengue fever to aggressive treatment, including fluids and electrolytes, even in very serious patients, is among the most dramatic events in clinical medicine. Treated promptly, children in shock and coma can wake up and return to near normalcy within hours. The Ayurvedic treatment of dengue fever is aimed at treating the symptoms and preventing complications. Medicines like Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Triphala-Guggulu, Sukshma-Triphala, Kamdudha-Ras, Chandrakala-Ras, Laxmi-Narayan-Ras, Maha- Sudarshan-Churna and Praval- Bhasma are used to treat fever. Skin rash is treated using medicines like Mahamanjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, Arogya-Vardhini and Panch-Tikta-Ghrut.

Bone pain in dengue fever can be severe and may last for several weeks. This is treated using medicines like Laxadi-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Triphala-Guggulu, Vish-Tinduk-Vati, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Maha-Rasnadi-Qadha, Dashmool-Qadha, Godanti-Bhasma, Shrung-Bhasma, Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Khurasani ova (Hyoscyamus niger), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis) and Jayphal (Myristica fragrans). Nausea and vomiting can be treated using medicines like Shankh-Vati, Sutshekhar-Ras, Laghu-Sutshekhar and Praval-Panchamrut.

DHF can manifest as bleeding patches on the skin, bleeding from the nose or gums, bleeding from the gastro-intestinal tract and heavy vaginal bleeding. Severe internal bleeding can lead to serious circulatory collapse and shock. Bleeding can be controlled, reduced or prevented using medicines like Chandrakala-Ras, Kamdudha-Ras, Haridra (Curcuma longa), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Naagkeshar (Messua ferrea), Sphatik-Bhasma (Purified alum), Laxa (Purified wax), Vasa (Adhatoda vasaka), Chandan (Santalum album), Usheer (Vetiveria zizanioidis), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) and Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus).

In most patients, the fever usually settles with treatment within 7 to 8 days. Patients with DHF require hospital admission in order to prevent complications like circulatory collapse and death. In such patients, survival is related directly to early hospitalization and aggressive, supportive care.

What Is the Side Effect of Drinking Too Much Ionized Alkaline Water?

“Over-alkalinity” is the most common question I face in my years of dealing in the ionized water industry. I saw a news article in the paper last month that a young doctor claims that we human do not need to drink alkaline water. He says that our body has the natural ability to regulate the body pH through urination, breathing, and sweating.

Yes! He was right that our body has the natural ability to get rid of the excess acids in the body, but he forgot that we are no more living in the natural environment. Almost all the foods in the market now are processed with ‘high tech’ methods in order achieve maximum commercial return. And our diet has changed greatly from mainly plant based to animal based. Human has become a carnivore.

Human body is not designed (or evolves) to process high consumption of protein and refined carbohydrate, these foods are the main cause of acids build up in the in the body. Obesity, gout, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and all other so-called “modern diseases” are actually not diseases. All these are just symptoms that the body is undergoing serious acidosis.

There is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners say that alkaline is “Yang” which means hot sun and consuming too much of alkaline will ‘burn’ the person down. How ironic! At first, he was comparing alkaline water as if it is a herb and then he said that alkaline water is ‘inorganic’ saying it is just dirt and rocks.

I have been drinking ionized alkaline water (everyday at least 3 Litres) of the highest alkalinity for the past few years and I am not burned to ashes yet. On the contrary, I feel much more energetic and healthy since I started to practice alkaline lifestyle. I seldom fall sick. I have never visited to any clinic or hospital to get a so-called medical consultation since the past 8 years after I learned the importance of keeping the body pH in balance.

The only reason that some health practitioners, be it traditional or conventional doctors, produced that kind of rubbish articles to prevent people from drinking ionized alkaline water is because they do not want people to become ‘sickless’ as the result of alkalizing the body. Well, if there is less and less people get sick, these medical professionals will be out of business soon and they will end up eating their own herbs or pills for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are the ones who are going to eat dirt and rocks when everybody starts to drink ionized alkaline water regularly.

Herbs and pills are effective in certain ways, but the fact is that almost all medicines, herbs or pills, are poisons! You can use medicine to treat emergency conditions such as food poisoning or a snake bite. There is popular Chinese medicine proverbs – ‘yi du gong du’ which means use poison to deal with poison. But the fact is that all those modern diseases are not caused by poisons, they are caused by acids. Simple Science cures everything.