Home Remedies for Dry Skin – How to Restore Oil and Moisture Balance

Dry skin condition is disliked equally by both men and women. Though this condition does not result in any serious ailment, but it produces an uncomfortable feeling and the overall appearance of an individual receives a heavy setback. The oil and the moisture balance of the skin get disrupted giving rise to a scaly and dull appearance, which demands due treatment to restore the normal balance. Exposed parts of the body like face, arms, legs and chest are mostly affected due to the rapid moisture loss from these areas.

Symptoms

The natural glow of the skin gets reduced to a great extent due to the dryness of the skin, which can be indicated through.

1. Dull and scaly appearance of the skin.
2. Feeling of tightness after having a shower.
3. Itching of the skin.
4. Formation of wrinkles and cracks on the skin.

Causes

Dry skin condition results due to the insufficient production of oil from the skin glands and the moisture is also reduced especially in the cold and winter seasons when there is less amount of humidity. Other contributing factors are –

1. Deficiency of nutrients and vitamins like Vitamin A, B and E.
2. Skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis.
3. Reduced oil production by the oil glands.
4. Aging
5. Heredity

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Dry skin requires due attention and proper treatment as it is prone to wrinkles and the condition may deteriorate with change in weather conditions. It is worth to try out simple home remedies to treat this condition which has long lasting effects compared to the branded skin lotions that are largely available in market.

1. Massaging the face and other parts of the body with olive oil and almond oil regularly before going to bed restores some of the lost glow of the skin.

2. Application of a mashed banana on the face and the neck is the best remedy for this condition.

3. Using grape seed oil for massaging the body is another effective method in treating dry skin.

4. The skin of the lips can be massaged with the cream of the milk to treat the dryness.

5. Trying castor oil and avocado oil in case of severe dryness is highly effective than other remedies.

6. Nutritional supplements in the form of Vitamin enriched fruits and vegetables must be included in the daily diet.

7. Foods rich in omega -3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna etc. helps in restoring the oil balance of the skin.

8. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps the skin hydrated.

9. Exercise helps in improved blood circulation that helps in reducing dryness of the skin.

10. Alcohol-free oil based moisturizers of reputed brand must be used and applied immediately after the shower.

Heal Yourself With the Tissue Salts

How does your body heal itself? I guess we all sort of know that our bodies are self generating, self repairing mechanisms, but we seem to lose sight of that for a lot of the time. We are constantly getting the messages that we need this pain relief and that drug. Maybe what we really need is more information about how our bodies work and what we need to repair the tissues that are causing us a problem.

Dr George Carey, who made a profound study of this very subject, lists the major building blocks as oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, lime, iron, potash, soda, silica, magnesium, et cetera (The Zodiac and the Salts of Salvation p 21). He likens disease (dis-ease) to a shadow. You can not blot it out, or throw things at it to get rid of it. For a shadow, the cure is light. For disease, the cure is the nutrient that the affected tissue needs in order to repair itself. What we need to know, then, is what nutrient is required by which tissue, in order for it to become and stay healthy.

The twelve tissue salts. For each different type of tissue, there is one or more salt involved in generation and, without them, nothing can be repaired properly. I think this means that, if we do not have sufficient of these important nutrients, then we can eat the best possible of diets and still not be able to absorb or utilise enough of the vitamins, enzymes, proteins and fatty acids needed for the proper functioning of our bodies.

There are twelve tissue salts. They are the major substances that are found in the ashes of a burnt body, whether human or other animal. Each salt has been given a number and is usually called by its Latin name. I am using the English form, which explains why they are not in alphabetical order, which they are if Latin is used.

Number one is Calcium Fluoride which strengthens teeth and gives elasticity to muscular tissue and blood vessels. Lack of this salt results in sagging cheeks, varicose veins, piles and snoring. Many people confuse this salt with the rat and cockroach poison sodium fluoride. They are two completely different chemicals

Salt number two is Calcium Phosphate, used as the cement that holds together and gives strength to your bones and teeth. Symptoms of deficiency are weak organs, sluggish circulation, spasms and cramps accompanied by coldness and numbness. You could also get chilblains, enlarged tonsils and polyps.

Calcium Sulphate, number three, cleanses, heals and purifies. Without it, dead cells and other decaying matter clog up your blood, damaging and irritating healthy tissues. Catarrh, acne, gumboils, abscesses and ulcers are some of the signs of deficiency. Because lack of this salt results in general toxicity, from the dead and decaying matter circulating in your body, I think this is the first salt you should think of if you are feeling under the weather.

Number four is Iron Phosphate, which circulates oxygen, strengthens arteries and veins and gives vitality. It should always be considered as a remedy for any disease, and is especially important for simple anaemia, inflammation, high temperatures, racing pulse, sprains and strains.

To keep your skin smooth and your blood flowing freely, you need sufficient Potassium Chloride, which is salt number five. Without it, you are likely to suffer from soft swelling in glands, thick white discharges of mucus, chronic rheumatic swelling, coughs, colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, and/or bronchitis.

Potassium Phosphate, salt number 6, feeds your nerves and brain. Without enough of it, you would be likely to experience nervous headaches and dyspepsia, sleeplessness, depression, weariness, low vitality and grumpiness.

Potassium sulphate heals your mucous membranes and the lower layers of your skin. This seventh salt is indicated for sinusitis and rhinitis, yellowish greenish tongue and mucus discharge, scaly skin, athlete’s foot, brittle nails and lifeless hair.

Magnesium Phosphate, number eight, is the anti-spasmodic. It relaxes and calms. You need it if you suffer from spasms or cramps, shooting, darting pains and headaches, twitching, hiccups, convulsive coughing and sharp twinges.

Number nine, Sodium Chloride regulates the level of moisture in your organs and tissues. You might expect to be able to utilise common salt in your system, but this is apparently not the case. It seems that the way common salt is manufactured alters its structure so much that we cannot absorb or use it properly. You need this salt if you have watery eyes, dry mouth or skin, sneezing, painful nose and throat, hay fever and unrefreshing sleep.

Ten, Sodium Phosphate neutralises acids and controls the absorption of water. It is present in nerves and brain cells, your intercellular fluid, muscles, and blood. Hyper acidity results in rheumatic, and digestive disorders. This salt is a good remedy for jaundice, sick headaches and colic, indigestion arising from eating fatty foods, and pain, stiffness and swelling of your joints.

Salt number eleven is Sodium Sulphate, which is needed to eliminate excess water and it is necessary for the health of your liver. It regulates the consistency of bile, and emulsifies fatty acids in your gut. This salt is closely involved in the evacuation of the oil based toxins that should be excreted from your liver, and which are the normal byproducts of your body’s diverse functions.

Finally, number twelve: Silica, a sharp crystal, aids in the progression of substances through your tissues, as in hair, nails, blood and pus. It also strengthens your teeth, bones and connective tissue. If you are short of it, you are more likely to get styes, abscesses, boils, joint pain and be absent minded, and have difficulty thinking and remembering.

A caution. When you take any of these salts, and particularly silica, calcium sulphate and sodium sulphate, you need to make sure that the toxins they release will be removed from your body quickly and effectively. To do this, you need to make sure that you eat fats, in order to release bile from your liver. At the same time, you need to eat plenty of insoluble fibre. You will, thus, absorb the bile once it has emulsified the fats, and prevent the bile being reabsorbed through your gut, which would release the toxins to circulate through your body again.

Where to Find Supplemental Salts

Until recently, the only way of obtaining the tissue salts was in homeopathic potencies. These work well in minor conditions, but seem not to have sufficient of the salts to produce rapid improvement in more serious cases of deficiency. Now, however, ionic liquid forms of the tissue salts have become available.

As all these salts are major components of our bodies and we cannot heal ourselves without them, it seems to me that, whenever you have any dis-ease – slight or serious – these should be your first port of call in seeking a suitable remedy.

Dog Health Problems: Bone Diseases That Haunt Your Rottweiler

Rottweilers are calm, steadfast canines that do not get friendly with strangers. Rottweilers are inclined to a number of joint and bones problems. Here is a list of bone and joint diseases that affect the Rottweiler and their symptoms.

1. Hip Dysplasia

This is a genetically inherited disease that affects Rottweilers. Along with genes, over-vaccination and obesity are the other common causes of this disease. It can range from mild abnormality to extreme dislocation of the joint.

Symptoms

The dog could be limping or bunny hopping for a prolonged period of time.

Prevention

A good natural diet with supplements of chondro-protective medications should help your dog fight this disease.

2. Elbow Dysplasia

It is again a genetic disease, but can also be caused by a bad diet and injury. This disease causes the elbow joints of the front legs being malformed. This is because of the different growth rates of the three bones that form the elbow. This can also lead to osteoarthritis because the malformation damages the bones and cartilages. This problem can be seen when the pup is as young as four months.

Symptoms

One of the common symptoms is lameness of the front limb. Your dog might limp; he/she might stop putting weight on the front leg or drag it while walking. They may also hold the diseased leg away from body when they are walking.

Prevention

It is a lifelong problem and surgery is the only cure. In certain cases surgeries are ideal and can get rid of the disease all together.

3. Panosteitis

Panosteitis is also known as the long bone disease. It can cause sudden lameness in a growing pup or a young dog between 5 and 12 months of age. This disease can cause alternating lameness in one or more legs. The pain and limping can shift over a period of time that could be several weeks to months. The lameness is caused by excessive bone production in the front and hind legs. It generally effects dogs that are subjected a high protein diet.

Symptoms

It can cause inflammation, lameness and limping.

Prevention

Once over 18 months the dogs that are affected from this condition out grow the problem.

Rottweilers are large dogs that are prone to joint and bone diseases. Most of the diseases can be taken care by proper diet.

100% Foolproof Method for Maintaining a Saltwater Aquarium – Part I

Whether you’re on the lookout for a freshwater or saltwater aquarium for your scaly underwater friends, you’ll need to know exactly how to properly uphold an atmosphere for fish if you want for them to live more than a few days. Saltwater maintenance is akin to freshwater maintenance, dotted with a few notable differences (such as the type of water). But this guide will give you a general idea of how to go about establishing and conserving a saltwater tank, from purchasing the receptacle itself to what kind of fish are safe to put in it.

Keeping an ideally clean tank for your fish obliges you to do little things every day, every other day, every week, every month, every few months, and twice a year. Sounds like a lot, but it not nearly as bad as you think…lots of things that are not hard to do, and it’s totally worth having a gorgeous collection of healthy little ocean creatures.

1. You can choose either a glass or acrylic tank – which one is best for you depends entirely on what you want and how much you’re willing to spend. You should also figure out how big of a tank you want – make sure whatever size you choose will fit in the place it’s intended to go, too. Try not to situate the tank where it will be under direct sunlight, as this can mess with the water’s temperature.

2. Like freshwater fish, saltwater fish will prosper in a larger tank. This is because there will be more oxygen in the water for each fish if there’s more water in their home to begin with.

3. You can’t maintain a saltwater aquarium without salts, right? That’s what separates a saltwater tank from a freshwater one. Along with sea salt mixes, you should obtain a hydrometer, which will test the salinity (or salt content) of the water. Remember, too much salt can be a big problem – the reason nothing lives in the Dead Sea is because it’s 35 percent salt. The kind of sea salt you choose is really up to your individual tastes – quality, brand names and affordability can all be deciding factors, but one brand is not generally better than another.

4. Protein skimmers sound like some kind of pasteurization mechanism, but it’s actually something you not only need for a saltwater tank, but something you’ll need to check about once a day. This little apparatus eliminates waste from the tank before the water goes through the biological filtration system. Be sure to clean out the protein skimmer container daily (or almost daily) so it continues working properly.

5. A biological filter is another noteworthy stipulation for any kind of fish tank. Remember, fish live in water that is constantly moving, whereas water in a container will not move at all. This encourages buildup of junk, waste, debris, and dead things…all of which can make your fish ill. So you’ll need to invest in a good-quality filter to keep the water clean and inhabitable. No matter what size tank you’ve got or what fish are living in it, you’ll need a biological filtration system to deal with things toxic to fish, such as ammonia, nitrate and nitrite; these things are not removed, but the filter will use bacteria found naturally in the ocean to sort of neutralize those toxins and make them harmless…kind of like how when you combine baking soda and vinegar, the base cancels out the acid and you are left with something neutral.

6. Scrape any algae growing on the inside of the tank off too. Try as it might, a filter will not be able to suck algae off the wall of an aquarium.

7. Other filters may need to be used in conjunction with the one mentioned above. Other types available for at-home aquarium maintenance are canister filters and wet/dry (or trickle) filters. Some canisters are convenient biological, chemical and mechanical filters wrapped into one nice little package, too. Trickle filters process water toxins with amplified oxygen content; these are not only easy to install, but are relatively easy to build too – good for the handy fish enthusiast who wants to save a little money.

8. Fish require their homes to remain at a certain temperature – like humans, if it’s too cold or too hot, they will probably end up dying or just really sick. When it comes to maintenance, be wary if you’ve got a glass tank; when you replace the water (this is covered in the next step), the coldness of the water may react extremely with the surfaced heater and cause a crack in the glass…like how your car’s windshield may fracture in the winter if you throw hot water on it to defrost it.

9. At least once a week, you should substitute a portion of the total water in your aquarium. The amount for this particular task varies between sources, but the general idea is at least 15 percent and no more than 25 percent of the tank’s water should be replaced. Remember, your tank is not as vast as the ocean, and it will require water replacement a few times a month to remove any impurities that could harm your fish. You may even need to change the water twice a week, depending on the fish you have (like messy eaters).

10. Everyone experiences a power outage at some point in their homes…sometimes it’s just a one-second flicker due to a windy day, and other times the power’s gone for hours or days because something caught fire or exploded. Unfortunately, your aquarium’s ecosystem will begin collapsing within those couple hours without water circulation, filtration, or oxygenation. It may be costly to establish an alternative power source, but it will be even more expensive to have to replace everything in your tank. Be sure to take this into consideration, especially if you live in an area prone to power outages.

And that’s it! That’s enough, probably…but it’s quite honestly not hard to do. As mentioned previously, it’s a lot of little things that require small amounts of effort, and the payoff more than makes up for the effort needed. Continue reading Maintaining the Saltwater Aquarium Part II which will discuss the inhabitants!

Can Osteopaths Treat Indigestion?

Indigestion is a condition that many people suffer from. It is very common therefore you should not really be too worried if you have it. However, if the episodes appear frequently, you need to start consulting a doctor to confirm your condition. The question is what kind of doctor should you consult? Many people would suggest that a general specialist would be good. Nevertheless, you might want to get the advice of an osteopath as well.

Can osteopaths treat indigestion? To answer this question, you first need to define the two. Osteopaths are specialists that focus on bones and muscles. They try to dig in deeper to the root of the problem to be able to solve it. Meanwhile, indigestion is a condition where acid goes back to the esophagus mainly because the sphincter is not functioning well. The sphincter is the muscle that prevents food and acid from going up from the stomach. There are numerous reasons why reflux happens however the common ones include heart disease or overeating. Through osteopathy, the experts can know what is really causing the condition. They can monitor different muscles in the body especially the sphincter, the heart, the stomach and the diaphragm. Most osteopaths will apply pressure on the stomach and diaphragm areas then observe how your body will react. From there, they may conclude the condition or they may proceed to other tests. Nevertheless, since these experts focus on muscles, they will be able to help you get rid of indigestion caused by muscle problems. When consulting, you just have to be sure that you consult with the licensed and experienced ones.

To not suffer from indigestion, you need to avoid it. You need to avoid eating foods and consuming drinks that can trigger the acid to reflux. Examples of these are foods that are rich in fats and caffeine. Spicy foods are also known to cause acid reflux. Another way to avoid indigestion is to avoid eating big meals. When eat big meals, your stomach becomes too full and there is a tendency for it to release more acids than usual. This surge in the release of acids will result to reflux especially when the capacity of the stomach has been reached. It is also believed that the sleeping position can affect the activities of your stomach. If you lie on your back, there is a tendency for the acids to flow back especially if you do this right after you have eaten a big meal. It is best if you do not lie for a while or you can put pillows beneath your head and back to avoid reflux.

It is true that osteopaths can help problems of indigestion. You can also consult your general physician about your condition. But the best thing to do is to prevent indigestion and the discomfort it brings.

20 Environment-Related Diseases

There is a strong link between environmental degradation and public health. The occurrence of these diseases are on the increase as environmental degradation worsens. Below are 26 diseases and ailments related to the environment.

Allergies and Asthma

Many people today suffer from allergies; sneezing, with running noses and itching eyes from pollen, dust and other substances. About 50 million American have allergies. Some suffer asthmatic attack.

Birth Defects

When a pregnant woman is exposed to the inhalation of dangerous chemicals, and cigarette smoke, the fetus can be adversely affected. This could lead to the malformation of a babies organs.

Cancer

Cancer can be caused by cigarette smoke, asbestos, radiation and chemicals from the environment. The chanced of having cancer can be reduced by reducing human exposure to potential harmful chemicals or gas.

Dermatitis

Dermatitis defines skin inflammation and irritation. It can be caused by poison ivy, oak and sumac. Some chemicals used in dyes, paints detergents and cosmetics can also cause rashes and blisters.

Emphysema

This is the inability of the lung to expand and contract normally. It can be caused by air pollution and cigarette smoke. This can break down sensitive tissue in the lungs.

Heart Disease

Environmental chemicals contribute to the cause of heart ailments.

Job-Related Illnesses

Every job no matter how safe it appears has its hazard. Many job-related ailments are caused by chemicals and other agents present in the workplace. Factories and work places do sometimes contain poisonous chemicals, dyes and metals. Radiation equipment in the hospital, quarry dust at mines, noise inside of factories, etc.

Lead Poisoning

Lead dust, fumes and lead-contaminated water do introduce lead into the body. Lead can damage the brain, kidneys, liver, and other organs.

Mercury Poisoning

An insignificant amount of mercury in the body can damage the kidneys, liver and brain. Mercury exposure results from eating contaminated fish and other foods.

Nervous System Disorders

Toxic chemicals from the environment can cause nervous breakdown. This can result in mood changes, memory loss, blindness, paralysis and death.

Pneumoconiosis

Some airborne particles such as fibers from asbestos, cotton and hemp, and dusts from such compounds as silica, graphite, coal, iron and clay can be very dangerous. They can damage sensitive areas of the lung resulting in pneumoconiosis, or black lung.

Queensland Fever

Dust from a hide and skin work environment can result in this illness is called Queensland fever. It is caused by a tiny organism that infects livestock and then spreads to the milk and feaces.

Sunburn and Skin Cancer

Sunburn and even skin cancer can be caused by exposing the skin to too much sun.

Tooth Decay

The absence of fluoride in drinking water can cause tooth decay. Today, fluorides are increasing used in drinking water or in toothpastes to protect the teeth from decay.

Uranium Poisoning

Uranium is a poisonous and dangerous radioactive element that can damage living tissue.

Vision Problems

The eyes are very sensitive to the environment. Airborne organisms, over exposure to sun and or a slight change in the chemical composition of air can cause eye irritation. redness and produce a burning sensation and cataract.

Waterborne Diseases

Malaria, typhoid, skin irritation and diarrhea diseases are some of the diseases that are related to water and sanitation problems.

Xeroderma Pigmentosa

Xeroderma is an inheritable ailment from parents. When someone is exposed to direct sunlight, his skin can break out into tiny dark spots that look like freckles. If this condition is not treated, the spots can become cancerous.

Yusho Poisoning

This sickness comes from eating food contaminated in rice oil. If toxic PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) leaks into oil during the manufacturing process. of rice, the case of Yusho poisoning might occur.

Zinc Deficiency/Zinc Poisoning

In some cases, people can be poisoned by zinc when it is consumed much in water or food.

It is therefore very important that we make every effort to ensure that our water and sanitation system is clean and working. This would save us a lot of health problems and diseases.

Tuberous Breast: Get To Know More About It

It is the dream of every woman to get the most perfect boobs in order to feel confident about her body. Because more attention is given to large breasts (just look at magazines, TV, or movies), breast shape, size, proportion and symmetry play a unique role in every woman’s sense of physical balance, confidence, and femininity.

Most women do not know about tuberous breasts and just think that they have underdeveloped breasts or just small breasts. This can cause low self-esteem and adverse psychological and psychosexual effects because the lady is ashamed and embarrassed of her body.

What is a Tuberous Breast?

Tuberous breasts is a common developmental condition that has various impacts on breast shape in both men and women but mostly affects the women. Tubular breasts are caused by aunderdevelopment in some of the breast tissue during puberty which leads to the congenitalanomaly that can see breasts grow asymmetrically. As the name suggests, ‘tuberous breasts’ comes from the tube-like appearance manifested in the shape of the breasts.

There is no known cause of the condition but it is theorized to have some embryologic origin. Its physical characteristics are attributed to a combination of thin connective tissue support and tissue ring-constriction around the areola.

Tuberous breasts are also referred to as tubular breasts, oval breasts, caprine breasts, constricted breasts, areolar hernia and hypoplasia (underdevelopment) breasts.

The malformation can affect one or both breasts.

Do you have Tuberous Breasts?

Do you have small and underdeveloped breasts?Are your breasts saggy?Are your breasts unusually apart?Do you feel puffiness and bulge of the nipple areolar complex?

If you answered yes to all the four questions, then you need to visit a doctor to check for tubular breasts.

There are two ways to deal with tuberous breasts. These include:-

(1) Accepting who you are and living with the condition

(2) Undergoing surgery to correct the condition

1. Living with tuberous breasts

Living with a deformity takes a lot of courage and self-esteem. If you choose to accept the condition, thumbs up because it is a brave thing to do. There are other courageous women out there who suffer from the same condition and have forums to discuss the issues. Join these forums and get support from others. A problem shared is a problem half solved.

2. Correction through Surgery

Tuberous breasts can be psychologically upsetting and socially limiting leading to psychosexual and psychological effects. If you still want attractive boobs, there is the surgical option that can correct the deformity.Typically, it involves implants, breast lift and resizing the areola. This will depend on the size and the shape the breasts need to be altered.

The surgery can be more complicated than normal augmentation plastic surgery depending on the adversity of the deformity.

Breast surgery is categorized under major surgeries and can take up to several weeks to heal. This procedure therefore goes with all the usual risks of major surgery, so do not jump into the decision.

Lower Back Lumbar Disc Herniations

One of the more common problems of the lumbar spine is a herniated disc. The spine is made up of a series of connected bones called “vertebrae.” The disc is a combination of strong connective tissues which hold one vertebra to the next and acts as a cushion between the vertebrae. The disc is made of a tough outer layer called the “annulus fibrosus” and a gel-like center called the “nucleus pulposus.” As you get older, the center of the disc may start to lose water content, making the disc less effective as a cushion. As a disc degenerates and breaks down, the inner core can leak out through the outer portion of the disc, and this condition is known as a disc herniation through a crack in the outer layer. Different terms may be used to describe a herniated disc.

A bulging disc (protrusion) occurs when the disc annulus remains intact, but forms an out pouching that can press against the nerves. A true herniated disc (also called a ruptured or slipped disc) occurs when the disc annulus cracks or ruptures, allowing the gel-filled center to squeeze out. Sometimes the herniation is so severe that a free fragment occurs, meaning a piece has broken completely free from the disc and is in the spinal canal. Most disc herniations occur in the bottom two discs of the lumbar spine, at and just below the waist. There are several stages of a herniated lumbar disc spine. Over time, due to wear and tear of the spine and due to age, the discs will naturally weaken. During this stage, very minimal symptoms may be present such as periodic slight back pain. The next stage usually results in a prolapsed disc whereas the shape or form of the disc may have a bulge resulting from a slight impingement into the spinal canal. If the gel-like nucleus pulposus actually breaks through the outer later but remains inside the disc, an extrusion will occur. The final and most serious stage is a sequestered disc which will occur when the nucleus ruptures and breaks essentially spilling the substance into the spinal canal.

Lower Back Lumbar disc herniations

The goals of nonsurgical treatment are to reduce the irritation of the nerve and disc and to improve the physical condition of the patient to protect the spine and increase overall function. This can be accomplished in the majority of herniated disc patients with an organized care program that combines a number of treatment methods. A Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain. This procedure is called non-surgical decompression therapy (as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy). Spinal decompression devices use the same basic principle of spinal traction that has been offered by chiropractors, osteopaths, and other appropriately trained health professionals for many years.

It is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in an attempt to bring about several theoretical benefits including: Create a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

What Food Will Get Rid of Phlegm?

Phlegm is a thick mucus or gel that blocks your throat and nasal passages, usually when there is a viral or bacterial infection in the respiratory system. Your body produces phlegm when there are excessive toxins in your body. The natural reaction is to try to cough it out. However excessive coughing can damage the lining of your throat. Some people prescribe honey & lemon drinks, some take bitter herbs or gargle with salt water when they have a sore throat. What about nuts; some people say they are too dry, but they have many beneficial oils. Which remedy is the best to get rid of phlegm and soothe your throat?

First, honey & lemon both have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. (Only buy organic honey as most non-organic honeys are processed at high temperatures that kill most of the enzymes in it.) Honey & lemon juice added to boiling water initially soothes the throat then it continues the healing process by killing the virus or bacteria that’s causing the mucus.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) says that excessive phlegm is a condition of the lungs, kidneys and spleen. When your immune system is weak and cold air enters your lungs or your kidneys the cold moisture in your body condenses and thickens to form phlegm. Bitter herbs and food strengthens your lungs, kidneys and spleen so that they can work together to get rid of phlegm. Alfalfa, bitter melon, romaine lettuce, citrus rind, asparagus, fennel and celery are some common vegetables that help loosen phlegm, push it down your throat and through your digestive system to the bowels. Other more potent bitter herbs are chamomile, dandelion (leaf and root), fennel (vegetable and seeds), horseradish, chaparral, burdock, echinacea, and yarrow. Fresh leaves, grated roots or small seeds can be added to salads. Dried leaves, roots and larger seeds can be added to cooking or brewed as a tea. Dandelion root ground up makes a great coffee substitute.

Many nuts are also useful for getting rid of phlegm. Almonds and walnuts are bitter foods that loosen phlegm. They warm the lungs and relieve asthmatic symptoms. Hazelnuts fortify the spleen and gives your body more energy to fight disease. Nuts are best roasted on low heat in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes to bring out their oils and flavor. Once you smell the flavor coming from the oven turn it off. (Any longer you will burn them and dry them out.)

Gargling with salt water or eating sea vegetables loosens phlegm that is sticking to the sides of the throat. The salty flavour partially dissolves the phlegm so that it can be eliminated. Sea vegetables are rich in essential minerals like iodine, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The mineral salts in sea vegetables work together to mop up toxins in the body (including phlegm) and take them to the bowels.

Other cleansing foods like onions, garlic, kale, cabbage, apples, avocados,grapefruit and various berries are also great for restoring the nutrient balance of your body then your immune system can function efficiently to get rid of unwanted bacteria. The worst thing you can consume is milk or natural yogurt as these tend to cause more phlegm.

“If we eat wrongly, No doctor can cure us: if we eat rightly, No doctor is needed.”

– Victor G. Rocine, Circa 1930

Natural Cures for Diabetes Insipidus

A Guide to Diabetes Insipidus

Diabetes insipidus is referred as a condition where the kidneys fail to conserve water. It is a rare disorder that leads to frequent urination. For making up the lost water, a diabetic may feel the requirement of drinking large amounts of water and as a result urinate frequently, at night too. This may disrupt sleep and occasionally cause bed-wetting.

A child with this disorder is likely to be listless or irritable and may also have diarrhea, vomiting or fever. A mild form of diabetes insipidus is treated by drinking adequate water but in case of severe cases, if left untreated can endanger one’s health. This however is a rare condition. There are various natural remedies that can help you cure this problem. These days’ people are more in favor of using natural remedies to treat any kind of disease and diabetes insipidus is no different

The Top 7 Natural Cures for Diabetes Insipidus

1. A combination of turmeric powder, gooseberry powder and honey works wonders in treating diabetes insipidus. Juice made from gooseberries and turmeric can be consumed empty stomach. Alternatively, one can also consume grape juice daily. It is one of the most effective natural cures.

2. Mango leaves are one of the best natural cures for diabetes insipidus. For best results, those suffering from diabetes must boil few mango leaves and drink this water every morning on an empty stomach.

3. Rose Geranium: Rose Geranium helps to lower the level of blood sugar, lowers blood pressure as well as helps blood coagulation. This is one of the most beneficial herbs for diabetes. It works wonders for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus as often the sufferers have wounds that are opening on their feet along with skin ruptures.

4. Milk thistle is a very effective form especially amongst the diabetes herbal remedies. As per a research, it has been discovered that milk thistle contains antioxidant properties that contribute to the health of diabetics. It is one of the most recommended natural cures for diabetes insipidus.

5. Soak few black raisins in a bowl of water overnight. Strain this next morning and drink the clear liquid that is obtained. Taken on a regular basis, it helps to control blood sugar. It is one of the best natural cures for diabetes.

6. Chewing few leaves of Butea tree regularly helps to keep blood sugar in check.

7. Consuming jamuns, oranges and tomatoes diligently on a regular basis helps in bringing down the level of blood sugar.

Does the Lap Band Cause Shortness of Breath?

It is estimated that there are approximately 300,000 premature deaths associated with obesity annually (CDC) in the United States as a result of obesity and its accompanying health conditions. The health risks associated with obesity can include: high blood pressure, diabetes, higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, formation of blood clots, breathing problems, and much more. One method of treating obesity that has been growing in popularity is Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, also called Lap Band Surgery. This procedure has been shown to resolve or improve many health related conditions associated with obesity. One condition that many people are concerned about when having the weight loss procedure is whether the lap band will cause shortness of breath.

This procedure involves inserting a gastric band into the patient’s upper part of the stomach. Saline is injected into the lap band which forms a gastric pouch. The result is a reduced stomach size. The patient consumes less food and loses a large amount of weight. This minimally invasive weight loss surgery has helped people suffering from obesity lose the weight and keep it off. As well, the procedure has been show to improve lung function. The actual surgery does not interfere with lung function.

When a person is obese, their lungs are unable to expand and contract properly. The result can be shortness of breath and shallow breathing, especially when engaged in an activity such as walking or climbing the stairs. There is also a reduced oxygen exchange in the lungs which can result in a condition called pulmonary hypertension. After the surgery, the weight starts to drop off and there is less pressure on the lungs. This allows the lungs to start functioning at normal levels. Not only is shortness of breath improved, but obstructive sleep apnea and hyperventilation is also greatly improved. Losing weight with a lap band is an excellent way to improve one’s breathing.

Those suffering from obesity can also suffer from asthma attacks. Having this surgery has been show to reduce asthma as the loss of fat will allow breathing to improve. Inflammation is alleviated and the air passages open up. People with asthma breathe much easier and more freely after having lap band surgery.

This surgery is chosen by millions of people around the globe as an effective weight loss procedure. When you have lap band surgery, you have to be committed to a healthy change in lifestyle which includes eating the right portions of food containing the proper amount of nutrition. You will also need to develop a healthy exercise program. It will ensure that the weight you lose never returns.

Lap band surgery is the only reversible weight loss option and the surgery itself is only about 40 minutes long and patients normally go home that day. If you think lap band surgery may be the right solution for your obesity, it is important to discuss the surgery with a medical professional who can you advise on the risks and benefits of the procedure and help determine if you are a potential candidate for the weight loss procedure.

Shingles Treatment

Anyone who has had the shingles disease or who has known anyone suffering from the shingles disease knows how painful and debilitating an outbreak of shingle is. Even if you haven’t had shingles yourself, or known anyone with the disease, you probably can remember the maddening itch of your childhood case of chickenpox and the red spots that accompanied the disease – that should be enough to clue you in to the discomfort of the disease.

People who have shingles however, get to relive this all over again. If you have or have had shingles (herpes zoster virus), it means that the same virus that attacked you with the chicken pox earlier on in your life, has found it’s way into your nervous system as an adult, lying dormant until reactivated when the immune system is weakened by age, disease, or stress.

In fact, you may not even remember having had the chicken pox, as your case may have a mild one.

Shingles is most common in people over the age of 50, however it can attack at any age.

Shingles quite often begins with pain or tingling. Then a red rash appears that is followed by blisters. These blisters may last from anywhere from five days to four weeks, then crust over and disappear.

Once the blisters burst open, they heal within a week. Light scars will be left, which will disappear in a short time.

An indication that you have shingles is that the rash will appear on one side of the body, most commonly on the trunk, buttocks, or face. If the blisters from the shingles appear close to the eye, or occur on the tip or side of the nose, see a doctor immediately. Shingles can cause vision problems if it involves the nerves around the the eye.

There are home remedies for shingles that can provide relief to the sufferer while the blisters are broken out. In fact, if you do a search on the Internet, you will come up with so many home remedies it can become quite confusing.

The best thing you can do for the blisters is apply Emu Oil to them. The presence of essential fatty acids along with the hyper-oxygenation of Emu Oil naturally increases the blood flow to the applied area which is why Emu Oil works so quickly to heal.

The application of Emu Oil allows the essential fatty acids to penetrate the epidermal layers of the skin down to the basal layer where it enhances new cell proliferation. Emu Oil soothes the itching and heals the blisters in record time. Emu Oil is also anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic. The routine application of Emu Oil to your outbreak of blisters will reduce the time it takes for the blisters to heal while reducing the chance of infection.

When experiencing a shingles outbreak, the nerves themselves are inflamed. Emu Oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, and will give soothing relief to nerve inflammation as well.

However, if you are a vegetarian, Emu Oil is not for you, so pick and choose from some of these other suggestions instead:

– Powder two aspirin tablets and mix it in 2 tablespoon of chloroform or alcohol. Apply this paste on the affected area. Make sure you use aspirin and not something else like Tylenol, or some other product.

– You can apply a wet dressing to soothe the burning sensation.

– Avoid being in humid areas. Aways keep yourself cool.

– When blisters get infected, dab them with hydrogen peroxide.

– Keep blisters open and dry, do not burst the blisters by scratching.

– To provide relief, make a solution by mixing 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water. Use a cotton wash cloth to moisten the affected areas by using an upward movement.

– To prevent itching and to reduce pain, you can dust with colloidal powder.

– You can make a solution by mixing aloe vera gel, raw honey and leek juice to be applied to the rash.

– You can also sponge the blisters or rashes by use of vitamin E oil, apple cider vinegar, cool goldenseal, mugwort or peppermint tea.

– Baking soda and water solution can also be applied as a cold compress.

– Apply a mixture of yogurt and zinc oxide along the particular nerve path. If it is applied before the outbreak it will curb the outbreak of blisters.

– Avoid food which contain amino acid such as chocolate, cereal grains, nuts and seeds.

– Eat pears as pear juice in ample amounts is good, it has a great supply of antiviral caffeic acid.

– Oatmeal baths or the use of oatmeal soap can help soothe the burning sores.

– Calamine lotion (the old standby) or any kind of lotion designed to deal with burns or insect bites will help. Put the lotion in the refrigerator first for cooling relief.

– Frozen bags of peas or corn applied to the area for 3-4 minutes at a time will also bring short term relief.

– Aloe vera gel for sunburns may also help if it has benzocaine or lidocaine in the mixture. Put it in the refrigerator as well.

– St John’s Wort is an antiviral, anti-inflammatory herb that can also help strengthen the nervous system. St John’s Wort is available in health food stores. Drink the tea, and gently massage the tincture directly on the affected areas. Do check with your physician before taking St John’s Wort.

– Lysine may help stop the spread of the herpes zoster virus. Take lysine pills, available at health food stores, or eat flounder.

Do not use any of these suggestions if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Also, be aware that these are home remedies and not medical advice. While these remedies will help relieve the pain of shingles, medical attention should always should be sought first in order to lessen the severity of the shingles outbreak.

Drinking Chamomile Tea Benefits Your Health – 9 Reasons to Grow Chamomile In Your Herb Garden

Growing chamomile tea will not only  benefit your health, it will entice your senses. The scent of the tiny daisy like flowers of the Chamomile plant smell like freshly cut apples.  Chamomile should be a part of every basic herb garden. It is a hardy annual that adds beauty, attracts bees and butterflies due to the sweet fragrance the blooms give off, and makes a sweet flavorful tea. This is one of the pleasures of growing herbs.

One of the safest and gentlest of herbs, Chamomile has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Ancient Egyptians used the ground flowers to drink for fighting colds, calming nerves and alleviating skin irritations.

Modern science is now proving that the ancient cultures knew what they were talking about. Here are nine reasons you should consider growing Chamomile as part of your basic herb garden:

  • Chamomile has proven anti bacterial properties that enhance the immune system. It can be used in a steam for respiratory ailments such as hay fever, sinus infections and asthma.
  •  Has been used to decrease inflammation. The unsweetened tea is used on the skin to fight acne, skin      irritations and bee stings.
  • Chamomile has been proven to have properties that relax the muscles. Taken as a tea, it helps with menstrual cramps and sore muscles. It can also be used in a bath, to decrease muscle soreness and improve skin irritations. The sweet scent from the bath water will also brighten your mood.
  • Chamomile when made into a tea is known for its calming effect and it often taken before bedtime to aid in a good night’s sleep.

More drinking and growing Chamomile tea benefits your health

  •  New research studies show that the tiny daisy like flowers may have a chemical that will decrease the complications of Type 2 diabetes. This chemical has an affect that increases the ability of the cells to allow sorbitol to pass through the cell wall. In Type 2 diabetes, the sorbitol builds up outside the nerve cells and eyes causing pain and blindness.
  •  A cup of Chamomile tea to rinse your hair after it has been washed will bring out the gold highlights in brunette or dark blonde hair.
  •  If you are an avid gardener and start your plants indoors, Chamomile tea sprayed on your plants will prevent the seedlings from developing any type of fungus.
  • Used in composts, Chamomile tea is thought to increase the calcium level of the soil.          
  • Chamomile is safe for babies and is often make into a tepid tea to ease gas pains and soothe a teething baby.

There is nothing more soothing and appealing to the senses than to experience Chamomile tea made right from the blooms out of your own garden. I drink dried loose leaf Chamomile tea in the winter. But, in the summer, taking time to go out and pick the blooms and smell the sweet scent relaxes me. As I wait for the tea to steep, I experience the refreshing scent of newly cut apples. As I taste my tea from the garden, it is a lightly sweet taste that I feel does not need any sweetener added.  I know that when I use the loose leaf dried Chamomile tea, I often use a spot of honey or a touch of apple juice.  

Drinking and growing Chamomile tea not only benefits your health, your senses. The addition of this plant will benefit your garden as well. I hope you will choose to make this herb part of your basic herb garden year after year.

Pulsed Lavage

Continuing our series on adjunctive therapies, this week we will examine the use of pulsed lavage in wound care.

Treatment Overview

Pulsed lavage (pulsatile jet lavage) is mechanical water therapy used to assist in debriding wounds of necrotic tissue. It utilizes a pressurized pulsed solution, sometimes in conjunction with suction, to help rid the wound of debris. It is thought that pulsed lavage improves the development of healthy, granulating tissue. The goal is to remove unwanted tissue without disturbing healthy tissue. The pressure of irrigation is measured in pounds per square inch (psi), and a pressure of 4 to 15 psi is considered safe and effective. Normal saline is the most commonly used irrigating solution.

Indications

  • Cleansing/debriding a variety of wounds, including venous, pressure and neuropathic ulcers
  • Burns
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Patients who are not candidates for whirlpool therapy due to health condition (i.e. venous insufficiency, incontinence, certain cardiac conditions, patients in an ICU)
  • Wounds with tunnelling (if the lavage system has the correct tips)

Contraindications

  • No absolute contraindications exist when a psi of 15 or less is used
  • Some wounds may be better suited for whirlpool therapy due to their nature (i.e. extensive burns, psoriasis, Kaposi’s sarcoma)

Advantages

  • Greater amount of debridement can be obtained by increasing the psi
  • Antibiotics can be added to the irrigation fluid to help reduce the wound’s bioburden
  • Pulsed lavage is relatively cost-effective
  • Pulsed lavage systems are easily mobile and can be used in a variety of patient care settings
  • Decreased risk of contamination of the wound in comparison to whirlpool therapy
  • Decreased risk of maceration of healthy surrounding tissue, as may occur with whirlpool therapy
  • The technician can easily control the pressure applied to the wound

Disadvantages

  • Pulsed lavage can be a painful procedure for some patients
  • Cooling of the wound bed may occur when the irrigating solution is not sufficiently warm, resulting in a delay in wound healing
  • Pulsed lavage is time consuming- treatments may take 15 to 30 minutes and may need to be done daily (twice daily if the wound has more than 50% necrosis)

For patients who experience pain during the procedure, appropriate pain medications can be administered 30 minutes prior to treatment; alternately, a topical anaesthetic, such as lidocaine, can be used to ease discomfort. In addition, the psi can be decreased if pain still persists despite use of other methods of pain relief.

How to Remove Black Mold From Porous Materials

The easiest method of black mold removal from porous materials is to simply throw away the infected object. A carpet that has developed the typical symptoms of mold, such as black or dark green spots should be thrown away because it could spread mold spores to other areas of the house. Books or files that are infected should also be thrown away or left under the sun for a good while. Sunlight can kill the black mold quite effectively by drying out the moisture that fungi need in order to grow. Bigger items such as mattresses should be thrown away since disinfecting it would be a difficult process.

When black mold has taken root in porous materials such as wood and concrete you will need to take a different approach. A professional would first find out the exact spot where the infection has occurred and would then remove portions of the wall or floor to get to the mold spores. Next, they would remove any dark or discolored portions of the wall so as to eliminate the contaminated area completely. A strong disinfectant should then be used on the area. This is the best way to go about eliminating mold that has penetrated deep into porous materials.

Another way of removing black mold from porous materials is by using a strong disinfectant such as borax powder. When mixed with water, it will penetrate any porous material, killing the spores and destroying their roots. It is best to pour one glass of borax into one gallon of water, stirring until the powder is completely dissolved. Before cleaning the affected area you should take certain precautions such as wearing donning gloves and a face mask. The spores of the fungus are tiny filaments that can move easily with any air currents created by your movements. Because of this, it is important to close all doors and windows while you are cleaning and disinfecting the area, so as not to allow the spores to spread to other rooms.

Before you begin scrubbing the contaminated area, you should first moisten it with a few sprays of water to reduce the chance of mold spores becoming airborne. The next step is to clean the area with a detergent and a strong brush, concentrating on any crevices or fractures that can harbor fungi. Once this is done you can begin disinfecting the area. To do this, pour the borax and water mixture onto the infected area, making sure the entire area is covered. The borax will penetrate deep into the porous material, killing the roots and making the area inhabitable by other fungi. Repeat this black mold removal process a few days later in order to prevent any recurrence of the infection.

Baking soda and water can also be used effectively against the roots of the spores. Similar to the borax and water method, baking soda should be dissolved in water and poured or sprayed onto the affected area. Concrete and other porous materials can be treated effectively in this way, protecting the area with the residues left during the cleansing process.