Natural Remedies For Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can both be symptoms of a variety of illnesses. Indicated by an uneasiness in the stomach, nausea can lead to vomiting, but not always. Few things are more uncomfortable than a prolonged bout of nausea and/or vomiting. Perhaps some of these remedies can help to settle your stomach and bring relief.

Try a carbonated drink – seltzer, club soda, Perrier or some ginger ale. One remedy that my Dad always relied on was a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of cold water. Drink slowly and in a few minutes you should experience a burp that may make you feel better.

The herb yarrow (available at health food stores, in tea form) is known to stop nausea in next to no time. It also helps tone up the digestive system.

Stomach overload is something we all deal with occasionally. You think you will feel better by throwing up, so reach for the English mustard. Drink one teaspoon in a glass of warm water. This should make you throw up within 10 minutes. If not, try a second dose. (Personally I would rather do almost anything than throw up!)

For severe vomiting, warm 1/2 cup of vinegar, saturate a washcloth in it and place the cloth on your bare abdomen. Put a hot water bottle on top of the washcloth for extra relief.

Chamomile tea may sooth that queasy stomach and stop your vomiting.

Steep a few cloves in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. If you don’t care for the odor of cloves, steep a piece of cinnamon stick or one teaspoon of powdered ginger in boiling water.

Crush an ice cube into little pieces and suck on them.

Here’s a strange one, and I have not personally tried it: peel a large onion and cut it in half. Place one half under each armpit. It has been known to stop vomiting and relieves nausea in no time.

If you are traveling and feel nauseous, stop at a luncheonette and ask for a teaspoon of pure cola syrup, follow it with a glass of water.

At home, you can take cola or root beer, stir until the fizz is gone and sip 2 or 3 ounces to ease the nausea.

Motion sickness:

Motion sickness does not start in the stomach. Constant jarring of the semicircular canals in the ears cause innter balance problems that produce those awful motion sickness symptoms. Suck a lemon! That is one of the time-tested remedies. Here are some more remedies that might help you through that miserable feeling:

Pinch the skin in the middle of your inner wrist, about an inch from your palm. Keep pulling and pinching alternate wrists until you feel better. (My granddaughter suffered from motion sickness and bit on her pinkie nail, taking the focus off her stomach)

Peppermint or chamomile tea may calm to stomach and alleviate the nausea.

Spice it up!

Add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup or warm water or soup and force yourself to finish it. It may stop the nausea.

When you first feel the motion sickness, take a metal comb or wire brush and run the teeth over the backs of your hands, focusing on the area from the thumb to the first finger, including the web of skin between both fingers. You may feel relief in 5 to 10 minutes.

Try briskly massaging the fourth and fifth fingers of each hand, focusing on the vicinity of the pinkie’s knuckle.

Try to avoid the onset of motion sickness by taking two or three capsules of powdered ginger a half-hour before the car trip. Or, stir 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder in 8 ounces of warm water, drink 20 minutes before travel.

Try sitting near a window so you can look out, focusing on objects that are far away, not nearby objects that move past you quickly.

On a plane trip, select a seat that is over the wheels, as that part of the plane has less movement than in the tail end of the plane.

Try a Mexican method – keep a copper penny in the navel. It is supposed to work well on crowded bus rides over bumpy roads.

Before you leave on a trip, for at least half a day before going, have only liquid foods that are practically sugar-free and salt-free.

Before boarding a ship or boat, drink a cup of marjoram tea.

Gomasio is available at health food stores and Asian markets. Take a teaspoon and keep chewing it as long as you can before swallowing.

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.

Eczema Skin Symptoms Resulting From Repressed Anger

I was told by my naturopathic doctor that eczema skin symptoms can also be a sign of repressed anger from within. I initially refused to believe it but the more I research into eczema and natural healing, the more I realised that there could be some truth in it.

What is repressed anger? Repressed anger simply means that you deny your thoughts and emotions and keep them all inside. You then become unresponsive and numb to several things that may affect you. If you keep all your negative thoughts to yourself, then it is possible that you develop eczema skin symptoms as your body seeks to find an outlet.

Every emotion is a potent force that suffuses your entire body, including your skin. What you feel emotionally can be easily observed by others on your skin level. The effect on your skin can be easily seen by others and can be electrically recorded. For instance, your skin blushes when you feel love or embarrassment, breaks out in cold sweat when you are afraid, and flushes with shame or anger.

When your eczema skin symptoms are observed as red and inflamed rashes, you may well be having an underlying fire fuelled by suppressed anger. If your emotions are spent or if you feel stuck, then these feelings are likely to result in dryness or even cracking of the skin. In contrast, excessive emotions are tied to oily skin. Should you be having conflicting emotions, overwhelming feelings of grief and anguish, self-hatred, or inappropriate passions, then you may find yourself breaking out in the form of rashes or blemishes.

Repressed anger not just manifests in eczema skin symptoms but can also have a negative impact on the rest of your body. These include migraines and ulcers, and in the long term, to strokes or tumours. Prolonged fears and repressed angers increase tensions and stresses. As you well know, stress can aggravate and worsen your bodily reactions such as eczema, shingles, psoriasis, or arthritis.

Naturopathic doctors say that the first body system that reacts to repressed anger is the gastro-intestinal or digestive system. You can experience difficulties in swallowing, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, constipation, or gastric ulcer. Bear in mind the repressed anger is the most common cause of ulcerative colitis.

An interesting study of 128 patients in a hospital outpatient department was conducted to determine the relationship between repressed anger and the twelve symptoms or diseases. Among the 27 patients who suffered eczema, it was found out that eczema flared up whenever the individual could not quite handle the intense frustration of being prevented from doing something or simply interfered with.

Hence, if you have eczema skin symptoms, then you may wish to approach healing from looking at your emotional well-being. Are you having repressed anger? If so, you will need to look for ways in dealing with your anger, rather than suppress it. Seeking open communication with your loved ones help. Alternatively, find outlets that can help you discharge the unspent emotions that smoulder but remain alive in you. Channels, such as religion or taking up meaningful work, that help you gain some perspective about your life can also assist in diffusing the anger that you feel.

Cervical Spondylosis – Now 100% Guaranteed Cure For Neck Pain

CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS – AUXILIARY TREATMENT – YOGA

There is a strong tendency for the symptoms of cervical spondylosis to subside spontaneously, though they may persist for several months and the structural changes are clearly permanent.

Treatment is thus aimed at assisting natural resolution of temporarily inflamed or edematous soft tissues.

In mild cases physiotherapy may be recommended (radiant heal, short wave diathermy, massage, traction or exercises).

In the more severe cases judicious use of a close-fitting cervical collar for supporting the neck (it should be worn for 1-3 months depending on progress) and rest to the neck is advisable.

In the exceptional cases in which the spinal cord is constricted, decompression from front or by laminectomy may be required and thereafter it may be advisable to fuse the affected segments of the spinal column by a bone-grafting operation.

Physiotherapy

Once the neck problem is diagnosed, treatment can be decided.

In most neck conditions, pressure on the neck causes pain and pain causes muscle spasms, setting up a cycle. The best way to break the cycle and stop the pain is to relieve both pressure and spasms. There are various approaches to achieve each of these goals. Many of them require daily applications, so they must be done by the patient at home.

Relief of pressure:

Lying down is perhaps the simplest way to relieving the neck of its heavy load. Bed rest gives the muscles a chance to recover. The duration of bed rest should be advised by the physiotherapist.

Not only is spinal molding a relaxing way to start and end your body, it also reshapes your spine into its natural curves. Begin by lying on the floor or g on a firm mattress with rolled-up towels under your neck and low back. Your legs may be straight or bent. Lie in this position for 15-20 minutes.

Cervical collar helps the neck muscles support the head, it also reduces neck mobility. The therapist may prescribe wearing of a cervical collar for the acute phase of neck problems and the duration of wearing it. The collar should fit snugly around the neck and be long enough to support the chin. Men can minimize irritation from the collar by shaving frequently.

Extension and flexion is especially helpful when you feel your neck and back stiffen. While sitting, place your hands on your knees and push down. Slowly arch your back and bend your back backward. Then slowly slump forward. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Side bends increase your side-to-side flexibility. Start by placing your fingers together and pointing your elbows outward. Bend at the waist, tilting your body to one side as far as you can. Then bend your head and neck in the same direction. Repeat on your other side. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

This exercise increases the flexibility of your entire spine. To begin, place your fingers together and point your elbows outward. Slowly and gently twist at your waist, rotating your head and neck to the same side. Repeat toward the other side. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

The Health Risks Of Running

Running is without doubt one of the most strenuous forms of exercise and can take a heavy toll on your body unless your are aware of some of the risks and take preventative action. This article explores some of the health risks associated with running and suggests some practical steps to help prevent serious injury.

1. Shin splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

These are a very common health risk for runners. It sends shooting pains up your shins and occurs most frequently in those who have recently taking up running. Essentially it is a slight weakness in the muscles that attach your foot to the lower part of your leg.

Preventative action:

– Stretch well before and after running to strengthen the muscles in that area. Over time you should notice the problem disappear as you build up muscle tone.

– If it is painful after running apply ice to your shins and make sure you rest well.

– Try running on softer surfaces like grass rather than concrete until you build some muscle tone, as grass is more cushioned to run on.

2. Joint problems

When you run you have the potential to place the equivalent load of a baby elephant on your joints. These joints are compressed with every step you take and overuse can cause them to become inflamed, painful and sore. This can lead to serious long term joint disorders unless you look after them.

Preventative measures: It is impossible to stop all of the compression experienced by joints when running but you can reduce it significantly by taking some of the following simple measures:

– Buying the right running shoes will absorb some of the strain on your joints by acting as a shock absorber cushioning some of the impact your feet experiences as it hits the ground. Be willing to spend plenty on a top of the range pair of shoes as it will make a difference.

– At the end of a period of running your muscles will have shortened and can sometimes be on the verge of spasm. Take time to stretch for 20-30 minutes as this will help the muscles and tendons to return to their full length and also ease joint pain as compressed joints are stretched out.

3. Lower back problems.

The lower back has to deal with significant pressure both from the surface you are running on and also from the effort of keeping you moving whilst you run. Fell runners and Cross country specialists can suffer significant lower back problems due to the undulating nature of the terrain and constant readjustments being made by the back to compensate, but this is also true of road runners.

Preventative measure:

– Stretch well before AND after a race. Stretching will lengthen the spine and separate the vertebrate, releasing some of the compression caused during running.

– Personally I find Yoga a brilliant form of exercise for lower back problems. Pilates is also good as both forms work on lengthening and strengthening the spine and improving the range of movement available in your lower back. I have found that since taking up Yoga my back and joints have hurt much less after running.

4. Heart Attack

It is certainly true that your risk of suffering a heart attack increases with running for some individuals.

This is because running places huge demands on your cardio vascular system, which requires increased levels of oxygen to keep muscles supplied to enable you to keep running. If you have clogged or restricted arteries, caused by high fat diets, your body can’t keep up the oxygen supply to the heart, causing the heart to stop pumping, leading to a heart attack.

Even healthy individuals can suffer from a heart attack whilst running because of a previously unknown heart condition.

Preventative measures:

– Before you take up running, not matter how well you feel, ensure you have a medical to ensure that you haven’t got any underlying heart problems.

– Eating a low fat diet will reduce furring of the arteries, caused by fat clinging to them that ultimately leads to them becoming restricted.

– Gradually build up your running miles over time to prevent a sudden strain on your cardio vascular system especially if your body is not used to it. Build up in multiples of 2 miles.

7. Muscle tears

Runners are more prone to muscle tears because of the frequency and nature of the stresses that they place on their muscles. Lactic acid, which is caused by a failure of your body to get sufficient oxygen to your muscles, builds up and attacks muscles. Muscles that haven’t been warmed up or down properly may be more susceptible to tears as the lactic acid attacks them.

Preventative measure: Ensure you stretch before and after running to give your muscles maximum flexibility and reduce risk of tears. Shortened muscles are always more prone to tearing or getting pulled.

8. Dehydration

As a runner you need to ensure that your body is well hydrated as dehydration increases muscle fatigue and exhaustion. Most people should drink 2.5 litres of water a day, but if you are running you should consider as much as 5 litres, to replace lost nutrients during a race or long distance run.

Summary

This article has examined some of the health risks faced by runners. It has to be remembered however that there are many more health benefits of running and whilst reading through this article, you may feel daunted by the number of issues raised. As long as you take some of the preventative measures detailed, you should have few worries after all there is always a risk to doing anything!

Chronic Kidney Disease (Chronic Renal Failure/End Stage Renal Disease) And Its Dietary Management

End stage renal disease (ESRD) occurs when chronic kidney disease worsens to the point at which kidney function is less than 10% of normal. The kidneys fail to function at a level needed for day-to-day life. Kidneys main function is to remove wastes and excess of water from the body, which gets accumulated in renal failure leading to toxicity. The treatment includes kidney transplant or dialysis with dietary management.

ESRD always follows a chronic kidney disease; the most common cause is diabetes and high blood pressure. Other causes are –

1. Diseases affecting arteries reaching or leaving the kidneys.

2. Congenital abnormalities of kidneys

3. Polycystic kidney disease

4. Too much abuse of pain medications or other drugs

5. Toxic chemicals

6. Autoimmune disorders like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma

7. Injury

8. Glomerulonephritis

9. Kidney stones and secondary infections

10. Reflux nephropathy

11. Various other kidney diseases

Symptoms include –

1. General ill feeling and fatigue

2. Pruritis (itching) and dry skin

3. Weight loss without effort

4. Headache

5. Loss of appetite

6. Nausea and vomiting

7. Swelling

8. Bone pains

9. Bad breath

10. Abnormally dark skin

11. Changes in nails

12. Bleeding easily – bruises, nosebleed, blood in stool

13. Impotence

14. Restless leg syndrome

15. Sleeplessness

16. Excessive thirst

17. Frequent hiccups

18. Amenorrhea

19. Drowsy and confused state

20. Cannot concentrate or think clearly

21. Numbness in different parts of the body

22. Cramps or twitching of muscles.

23. Abnormal health and lung sounds

24. Diminished or no urine production

ESRD leads to buildup of waste products and fluid in the body, which affects most body systems and functions, including, blood pressure control, red blood cell production, electrolyte balance, vitamin D and calcium levels and thus bone health. Hence the patient on dialysis needs to undergo various tests often to manage the condition –

1. Sodium

2. Potassium

3. Phosphorus

4. Calcium

5. Magnesium

6. Albumin

7. Cholesterol

8. Electrolyte

9. Complete blood count (CBC)

10. Erythropoietin

11. Parathyroid hormone (PTH)

12. Bone density test

Treatment and management –

Management and treatment of ESRD includes kidney transplant or dialysis and dietary management, it is essential for the patient to know and understand everything about the treatment especially about dialysis and its types.

Why dialysis – dialysis helps to remove and maintain waste products, fluid and the electrolyte balance in the body. A special diet is important as dialysis alone does not effectively remove all the waste products. And dietary management also helps minimize the amount of waste build up and to maintain the fluid, electrolyte and mineral balance in the body between the dialysis.

One needs to do lots of changes in their diet –

ESRD patients need high protein, low sodium, potassium and phosphorus diet and a restricted fluid intake. Lets consider each in little details –

Fluid –

Urine out put drops during kidney failure. Most dialysis patients urinate very little or not at all, and therefore fluid restriction between treatments is very important. Without urination, fluid will build up in the body and cause excess fluid in the heart, lungs, and ankles.

Your nutritionist will calculate the daily required amount of fluid on the basis of –

• The amount of urine output in 24 hours

• The amount of weight gain between the dialysis treatment

• Amount of fluid retention

• Levels of dietary sodium

• Whether you are suffering from congestive heart failure.

Tips –

• Avoid or minimize eating food with too much of water like – soups, jell-o, popsicles, ice creams, grapes, melons, palm fruit, coconut water, lettuce, tomatoes and celery.

• Use smaller glasses.

• Take sips of water

• Minimize sodium intake. Avoid salty food

• Freeze juices in an ice tray and suck them to minimize thirst (do count these ice cubes in your daily fluid intake)

• Avoid getting too hot, going out in sun.

Sodium balance –

As said above ESRD patient need to avoid high sodium diet. Hypertension in ESRD is mostly due to positive sodium balance and volume expansion (accumulation of too much of fluid in the body). ESRD patients on dialysis can effectively treat or control hypertension without antihypertensive drugs just by having a low sodium diet (2 g/day). Also low sodium diet will make you feel less thirsty and thus help avoid gulping extra fluids.

Tips –

• Avoid – canned, processed food, processed smoked meat.

• Avoid food with salt topping viz – chips, nuts etc.

• Read labels carefully – select one that reads – low sodium, no salt added, sodium free, unsalted.

• Avoid foods that list salt near the beginning of the ingredient list.

• Choose food which contains salt less than 100 mg per serving.

• Remove salt shaker from the table.

• Cook food without salt instead use herbs for flavoring.

• Avoid preserved foods – ketchups, sauces, pickles, popadums

• Do not use salt substitutes, they contain potassium. And potassium is also restricted in kidney disease.

Potassium balance –

Normally a high potassium diet is recommended to control hypertension and thus minimize the risk of stroke and heart failure, but in case of ESRD, they cannot tolerate high potassium diet as they cannot excrete potassium from their body. High potassium levels in blood will lead to life threatening hyperkalemia induced arrhythmia.

Tips –

• Avoid fruits high in potassium – banana, musk melons, cantaloupes, kiwis, honeydew, prunes, nectarines, coconut water, tomatoes, avocado, oranges and orange juice, raisins and dried fruits.

• Have fruits like – peaches, grapes, pears, cherries, apples, berries, pineapple, plums, tangerines and watermelon.

• Avoid vegetables high in potassium – spinach, pumpkin, winter squash, sweet potato, potatoes, asparagus.

• Choose vegetables like – broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant (aubergine/brinjal), green and waxed beans, lettuce, onion, peppers, watercress, zucchini and yellow squash.

• Avoid legumes, milk and bran cereal.

• Limit intake of potassium up to 2 gm per day.

Iron –

Patients with ESRD will also need extra iron.

Tip –

• Consume food high in iron levels – lima and kidney beans, beet root, green leafy vegetables (avoid spinach), finger millet, chicken, liver, pork.

• Eat iron fortified cereals

• Take iron supplements as advised by your physician or dietician.

Calcium and phosphorus –

In ESRD phosphorous levels are high as it cannot be excreted from our body. Even in early stages of renal disease, phosphorus levels can become too high. High phosphorus levels will lead to itching, vascular calcifications, secondary hyperparathyroidism and low calcium levels. Thus the calcium deposited in the bones is used up leading to osteoporosis. Hence a phosphate restricted diet is recommended.

Tips –

• Limit intake of dairy foods – milk, yogurt and cheese.

• Can consume dairy products like – margarine, butter, cream cheese, full fat cream, brie cheese, and sherbet as they are low in phosphorus.

• Consult your dietician and take calcium and vitamin D supplement, helps control calcium phosphate levels.

• Avoid caned processed food.

If phosphorus levels are not managed with diet, your physician may prescribe you phosphorus binders.

Weight Management –

ESRD patient’s loose weight without any reason, thus their weight needs to be monitored and managed with proper balanced diet. ESRD patients average calorie intake reduces to lower than 30-35 kcal/kg/day leading to malnutrition. To prevent malnutrition related morbidity and mortality, ESRD patients on dialysis need to undergo a periodic nutrition screening and tests, comparing initials body weight with usual and ideal body weight, dietary reviews, and food diary assessment.

Protein –

You must be confused when I say ESRD patients need high protein, as most known fact is patients with renal diseases should limit their protein intake. True as when protein breaks down in our body urea is formed this cannot be excreted in urine and is toxic when it builds up in the blood stream. This limited protein diet is until patient is put on dialysis. As protein losses are higher in patients undergoing dialysis, they need to consume a high protein diet. Recommended dietary protein in hemodialysis patients is 1.2 g/kg body weight/day and 1.2-1.3 g/kg body weight /day for patients on peritoneal dialysis. If dietary protein – calorie intake is not adequate, patients should take dietary supplements under the guidance of a nutritionist, and if required they should be tube feed or parenteral nutrition should be provided.

Tips –

• Eat high quality protein – fish, pork, eggs, kidney beans, Bengal gram, and soy for every meal.

• Add egg white or egg white powder or protein powder to your diet.

Carbohydrates –

If you are overweight and have diabetes, then you have to limit your carbohydrate intake, however if you are losing weight you need to take high carbohydrate diet. As carbohydrates are good source of energy. Your physician or dietician will recommended the amount of carbs required in your diet.

Tips –

• Include – fruits, vegetables, breads and grains, as they are high in fiber, minerals, vitamins and a good source of energy.

• If you are advised a high calorie diet, consume – hard candies, sugar, honey, jelly, pies, cakes, cookies.

• Avoid desserts made from dairy, chocolate, nuts and bananas.

Fats –

ESRD patients on dialysis are recommended to limit intake of saturated fats and cholesterol as they are at high risk of developing coronary artery disease. They mostly have high triglyceride levels, high LDL (low density lipoproteins) and low HDL (high density lipoproteins). Though you are recommended to eat a high calorie diet, you need to avoid foods that raise your triglycerides and cholesterol levels

Tips –

• Include foods that are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and little of saturated fats. Like – sesame seed oil, flaxseeds, olive oil, and cotton seed oil.

• Avoid canola oil, coconut oil, fats, poultry and chicken with skin.

Micronutrients –

ESRDS patients are recommended to have low fat diet and restricted fluid intake. Thus many patients need to take a vitamin supplement as fat soluble (A, D, E and K) vitamins and water soluble vitamins cannot be absorbed adequately form the diet and water soluble vitamins are also lost during dialysis treatment. Mostly these vitamins are given through vein during the dialysis treatment.

To manage all the above nutrients in the right quantity to suit your needs is not an easy task and it cannot be done own your own. DO NOT SELF DIET it can risk your health. This article is for your information and knowledge. Consult a nutritionist who can design a diet fit for your special needs. Always take your family along to understand your dietary needs so they can help you follow your diet. If you follow proper diet and physical activity as recommended by your physician and your nutritionist will help you feel good and lead a relatively healthy life with the ESRD.

4 Foods To Eat To Prevent Yeast Infection

Yeast infection is caused by sudden growth and replication of a fungus called Candida Albicans. The spores of the Candida Albicans is prevalent and can be found at at places. Under suitable conditions such as warm and damp weather, wrong or excessive use of antibiotics et cetera, these would encourage the growth of the fungus. Generally, it is important for us to adopt a healthy diet that consists of foods that can prevent the infection. Here, I would like to share some foods to eat to prevent yeast infection.

Firstly, garlic is one of the commonly used household foods to combat the infection. Garlic has a very powerful anti fungal property. Eating 1-4 cloves of garlic a day can help to boost your immunity towards fungal infection. Garlic is so powerful that it is even used in traditional medicine to cure yeast infections. Traditionally, people crushed the garlic and apply it at the infected area.

Secondly, seaweed can also be used to fight yeast infection. Seaweed contains high iodine that is proven to be effective against fungal infection too. Seaweed can be eaten raw (after washed with water), or make into soup (miso soup perhaps).

Besides that, yoghurt is also one of the best foods to eat to prevent yeast infection. Yoghurt contains good bacterias that will “kill” the Candida Albicans fungus and spores. However, please remember that you should take the real, unsweetened yoghurt for the best result.

You might also be surprised that carrot can help to prevent yeast infection. Carrot, like garlic, has very good anti fungal property.

In conclusion, there are many foods that are very good in preventing the infection. Knowing what foods to eat to prevent yeast infection and include them in your daily meal will improve your health and immunity towards the painful fungus.

Landscaping Benefits and Lawn Maintenance Issues

Property value benefits of landscaping

According to a Clemson University study, “Homeowners wanting to increase the value of their property will do well to consider the cost-effective, return potential of quality landscaping, and to safeguard their investments by hiring licensed, professional landscape contractors to perform the work.” This study found that quality landscaping can result in more than a 100% return on the investment. Statistics compiled by The Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association are helpful:

  • Landscaping can increase the resale value of a property by as much as 14%
  • The sale of a property can increase by as much as six weeks
  • A landscaped patio can increase property value by 12.4%
  • A landscaped curb can raise property value by 4.4% and hedges can add 3.6%

For those who are not yet thinking of resale value, there are numerous non-monetary benefits to enjoy from landscaping your commercial or residential property. Landscaping can block unpleasant views, reduce noise levels and decrease crime, in addition to improving and optimizing the appearance and use of the property. Workers that have a view of trees and flowers feel less job stress and more job satisfaction and fear and anger is reduced when views of plants are possible. Additionally, when properly selected and placed, plants can lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.

All of these benefits are dependent, of course, on designs and installations being done in a professional, competent manner. Poor construction, improper installation and low quality plants can turn your property into a liability. Furthermore, unskilled maintenance can quickly ruin your investment.

Why hire a landscape maintenance company?

Improper installation and maintenance of landscaping projects actually decreases and detracts from a property’s value. Maintaining the trees, shrubs, plants and grass on your property requires more than sufficient watering and occasional weeding and pruning. Soil must be monitored for proper pH levels, compaction, nutrient content, water drainage, and grub control. Trees must be trimmed for maximum growth, as well as safety, and sprinkler systems must be maintained to protect the investment. With so many factors influencing the health of your lawn, maintenance can quickly become overwhelming. By hiring a landscape maintenance company, you eliminate all hassles associated with property upkeep. Qualified professionals will often know, just by looking at your lawn, where grubs are likely infested, whether a certain tree will thrive in a certain area and if your yard could benefit from a lime treatment to balance the soil pH levels. They will know when to aerate, when to plant and when to prune. Meanwhile, you won’t damage your turf through over-aeration or waste money on improperly applied lime treatments. Hiring professionals with the knowledge and experience will not only eliminate hassles for you, it will safeguard your investment by keeping it healthy, ensuring you the maximum amount of return.

How to hire a landscape company

Once you have made the decision to hand over your land care to someone else, you have to make a selection on which company to hire. No matter what area you live in, you undoubtedly have many, many options. It seems everyone with a truck and a mower has opened a lawn care business and choosing a legitimate, respectable company that is knowledgeable, but will not take advantage of you can be a daunting task. While jobs such as mowing and leaf removal require little expertise, other tasks, such as fertilizing and pest control, require knowledgeable practitioners and, in some states, licenses. Just as you can damage your plants, trees and turf with improper land care, so, too, can the company you hire. While it is tempting to hire the cheapest company, cheaper is not always better. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Quality workmanship from a company with a solid reputation goes a lot farther in the long run than the cheaper alternative, if the alternative ends up killing your vegetation.

Part time vs. full time operation While part timers that mow grass on their off days from regular jobs may be convenient, they often are not insured and have no training. In addition to being unable to provide you with services such as fertilization or aeration should you desire it, they will not recognize signs of distress in your yard in order to recommend those services should you need it. By hiring a full time landscape company, you can generally be assured that they have the expertise to notify you of any problems, educate you on potential solutions and develop a maintenance regimen with you for your property. Furthermore, they will be insured so you will not be held liable for any accidents on your property that occur to their workers and they will have the necessary governmental licenses to spread the chemicals your property needs.

National vs. local Hiring a national lawn care company may seem like a safe decision – they must , after all, know what they are doing to operate such a large business! But while they may be known in several states, are they familiar with your state? Do they have the training relevant to your location, such as soil conditions, weather trends and regional insect and bacteria problems? Local companies will most assuredly understand YOUR locale as it is THEIR locale. Their properties will be susceptible to the same problems and they will most definitely know the best solutions. Additionally, they will not take their profits, your hard-earned money, out of state. Supporting local companies always benefits your city, but in the case of land care, it can also be a protection for you. Local companies have more at stake in the way of your satisfaction, as word in a city travels much more quickly than it does across a nation.

Whichever company you choose to hire, be sure to ask for a portfolio and, if possible, drive by some of their client’s properties. Check their reputation with the Better Business Bureau and get testimonials from other clients. Nothing is more important than doing research before you hire any type of contractor – if problems arise and you have not done your homework, you will have no one to blame but yourself.

Liability concerns

You want to be sure any company you hire has experience and a solid reputation. More importantly, you need to make sure they are insured. If your land care company does not carry general liability insurance, the property owner could be held responsible for accidents which occur while work is being done. To protect yourself, ask for proof of insurance and workman’s comp before anything is done to your property! Reputable contractors will understand that you are just doing your homework and will gladly offer documentation. Be wary of any that try to convince you this is unnecessary – they may have something to hide.

Mowing practices

Property owners take great care in watering, fertilizing, weeding and protecting their lawns but few realize that improper mowing practices can undo the care they so diligently show to their lawns. Mowing has an immediate impact on your lawn and by observing proper practices you can ensure you are contributing to the development of a high quality lawn. The two most common mistakes are cutting grass too short and mowing too infrequently. When mowing, you should never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade’s height. By removing more, you can cut into the crown of the blade and damage it. Furthermore, mowing grasses too low leaves limited leaf area for the grass to sustain photosynthesis, which reduces grass vigor. Lawns that are too short also have shallow root systems, which become apparent during summer stress periods: as soil moisture drops, these lawns will begin to die. By leaving the height longer, you keep grass healthy and reduce the number of weeds by providing shade and competition to weed seedlings. If you miss a mowing and your grass is longer than usual, cutting at your regular height is, therefore, detrimental to the grass. You should reset the mower to its highest cutting level and then three or four days later cut again at the normal height. This ensures maximum protection for your lawn.

Knowing when to mow is also important. Mowing during the heat of the day causes undue stress on the lawn and mowing when the grass is wet leaves it susceptible to disease. The best time to mow is in the evening when the sun is less intense and morning moisture has long burned off. You should also vary your mowing patterns. Retracing the same lines every time you mow can harm the grass that is constantly run over. Mowing at right angles to the previous direction will prevent grass from repeatedly being pushed to one side and minimize stress on those areas.

Aeration

Aeration is a process which introduces air into the soil, an important ingredient in maintaining the health of soil. Plant and grass roots need sufficient air, as well as water and nutrients, to grow but different soils have different air qualities. Clay and silt soil particles are tightly packed and allow less air to penetrate grass roots whereas sandy soil particles allow for more air penetration. Because all soils are not the same, those that contain a large amount of silt or clay need aeration to increase the air supply to plants. Aeration also allows for better water drainage, an important benefit as too much water in the root zone is detrimental to growing plants. But plants are not the only organisms that need air in the soil: microbes that decompose organic matter and supply nutrients to plants need this basic resource, as well as earthworms, insects and other arthropods which help maintain healthy soil.

Aeration in lawns can be accomplished by dethatching, plugging or spiking. Dethatching requires removing grass thatches, plugging involves removing plugs of grass and soil and spiking entails punching holes into the soil. All three allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate into the soil to the roots of grass and plants. Generally, the best time to aerate is when grass is actually growing, as it allows for quick recovery and the best exploitation of the newly loosened root zone. Therefore, spring and fall are appropriate times but the weather should be the number one determinate when aerating: the soil should be warm and not too wet. Lawns that have been properly maintained should only require one aeration per year but lawns that have been neglected may require more treatments or more passes in an effort to get it properly balanced. As aeration injures turf, you want to be sure not to over-aerate and to institute the practice at the prime time for your turf. By the same token, not aerating enough or at improper times will likely do nothing at all.

Grub and insect Control

Grubs are the larval stage of beetles and live in dirt under grass. White in color, they are C-shaped, have a brown head, six legs and a dark rear section. They eat plant roots, killing grass and flowers, and unsuspecting property owners often are not aware of an infestation until their grass starts to die. Furthermore, grubs attract other pests, such as moles, skunks, opossums, rats, mice and birds, which will tear lawns apart to get these tasty treats. Grub damage is by far the most common cause of damage to grass, as these insect pests are quite common and can occur anywhere in the US. In Missouri, the two main types of grubs are the Southern Masked Chafer (annual grub) and the May/June Beetle (three year grub). Lawns with grub damage exhibit grass that can easily be pulled up and reduced grass vigor. The damage usually appears in late summer, as the eggs become larvae and begin to feed. This is not, however, the time to treat. Insecticide must be spread before the eggs are laid in order to be effective. June and July are the best times to apply insecticide, with the month determined by the product you choose. In the case of May/June beetles, you will need to treat for several years in order to kill grubs at various stages of development. Granule products are designed to work slowly and are appropriate for those wishing to prevent grub infestations. For those who already have a grub problem, apply liquid chemicals first to act quickly followed by granules for longer-term protection. In any case, make sure there is good soil moisture either from rainfall or irrigation before application. While grubs, and their accompanying pests, can be a tremendous aggravation, treatment and prevention are relatively simple if chemical instructions are followed.

Mulch

Mulching is one of the most beneficial practices you can use to keep your garden healthy. It also one of the simplest. Mulch refers to a protective layer of organic or inorganic material spread on top of the soil. Properly used, mulch limits weed growth, conserves soil moisture, regulates soil temperature, reduces compaction and protects the soil against erosion. It may also reduce the spread of some soil-borne diseases. Organic mulches, such as bark chips, grass clippings or straw, improve the condition of the soil, as they release organic nutrients during decomposition. The organic matter helps keep soil loose, which improves root growth, increases water drainage and allows the soil to better retain water. The result is a less frequent need for watering, thereby conserving it. Both types of mulch retain heat from the day and release it into the soil during the night, moderating soil temperature. This is extremely beneficial during the winter, as plants undergo much less stress during freeze-thaw cycles. In summer, mulch keeps soil cooler by blocking direct sunlight. Limiting sunlight also controls the growth of weeds, as they are smothered under the layers of material. Lastly, mulch provides a “finished” look to your flower beds, tree rings and gardens.

The best time to spread organic mulch is dependent on what you are hoping to achieve. When adding mulch to flower beds, it is best to wait until the soil has warmed completely in the spring as the mulch will slow soil warming due to its insulating properties. The same is true for vegetable gardens. If you are applying mulch to moderate winter temperatures, the best time to apply is in late winter after the ground has frozen but before the coldest temperatures set in. This delayed application helps prevent rodents from nesting in your mulch over the winter. When spreading mulch, be sure not to apply it directly in contact with tree trunks and plant stems so as not to promote attacks by insects and diseases. Finally, remove weeds before spreading mulch to help stop their proliferation.

Sprinkler system maintenance

Sprinkler systems should be inspected yearly to keep them running efficiently and also to prevent unnecessary water usage. The system controller should be checked at the beginning of spring, before running the system for the first time that year. Open the box and check batteries, wiring, clocks and the irrigation cycle that is set. This is the time to make any necessary repairs, replacements and resets needed. Once you have inspected the controller box, you should check the sprinkler heads, valves and emitters. Before running the system for the first time, remove the last sprinkler head in each line and allow water to run for a few minutes to flush out any debris and dirt. Then replace the sprinkler head and run one valve at a time. For each valve, check position and spray pattern. Look for heads that are clogged, misaligned, tilted or buried which prevents efficient application of the water. Look for leaks and misting which would indicate high water pressure problems. Lastly, if your sprinkler has filter screens, check to see if they need to be cleaned or replaced. When making any adjustments, the goal is to have the water be applied as evenly as possible. This ensures the most efficient use of the water.

Steps for winterization are simple: turn the water supply to the system off at the main valve and set the system to “off.” Turn on each valve to release any pressure built up along the pipes and drain any water in the pipes to prevent freezing damage. If your system does not have drain valves, you will need to blow out the system using compressed air, a practice best performed by professionals. By following these steps for sprinkler system maintenance, you will protect your system for years to come and create the most efficient irrigation system possible.

Pruning

Pruning is the act of removing or reducing certain plant parts that are not required, are no longer effective or are of no use to the plant. Proper pruning enhances the aesthetics of a landscape but it also serves functional purposes of training a plant, restricting growth, maintaining plant health and improving the quality of flowers, fruit, foliage or stems. Pruning, when done incorrectly, can ruin trees and landscapes so it is important that it be carried out by someone with knowledge and experience. The idea that anyone with a chainsaw can be a landscape pruner is incorrect and every year, more trees are killed or ruined from improper pruning than from pests. As with anything, the more you understand the vegetation on your property, the better you will be able to maintain it and keep it healthy for years to come.

Trees Diseased tree limbs and branches that protrude into walkways are removed for safety but selective removal of branches throughout the canopy of a tree is sometimes performed to increase light, reduce wind resistance and strengthen a tree against adverse weather conditions. The best time to prune trees without showy flowers is generally late winter or early spring, before new growth develops and when the structure of the tree is easily visible. This also maximizes healing during the growing season. Flowering trees should be pruned during the dormant season to preserve the current year’s flowers; i.e. trees that flower in spring, such as dogwood and redbud, should be pruned immediately after flowering. The exception to this is in the case of dead limbs which should be removed right away to prevent insect infestation and diseases.

Shrubs For flowering shrubs, it is important to understand how the plant grows and blooms so as not to decrease the flowering potential. Shrubs that flower in the spring do so on last season’s growth and should be pruned soon after they bloom to encourage vigorous summertime growth and plenty of flower buds the next year. Shrubs that bloom after June usually do so on growth from that same spring and should be pruned in late winter to encourage vigorous growth in the spring.

Technique Pruning cuts should always be located where general growth will occur so that the plant will form a callous over the cut. Cuts should be clean and smooth to promote rapid healing, prevent bark tearing and reduce the chance of disease transmission. Before you begin, make sure your tools are sharp so they can cut the branches cleanly, without ripping. Proper pruning cuts are made where one branch or limb attaches to another, called the node, and are made so that only branch tissue is removed. Stem tissue should always be preserved in order for the wound to seal effectively. The cut should begin just outside the branch bark ridge and angle down away from the stem, preserving the branch collar. Cutting flush with the stem of the plant injures stem tissue and can result in decay. Similarly, cutting too far away from the stem leaves a branch stub which delays wound closure. Cutting just outside the branch collar at an angle leaves your tree or shrub in the best position to heal itself and continue growing for years. (For trees needing a large branch removed it is best to consult an arborist, as a three-cut approach needs to be used to ensure the health of the tree and the safety of the person removing it.)

Shrubs should be pruned in the same manner as trees, as topping (cutting off the tops) and tipping (cutting off the tips) are harmful to the plant and will weaken and reduce its growth. By properly pruning the plants and trees on your property you will exploit their growth potential, which will provide beautiful returns for many, many years.

Lime treatments

Turf grasses need a near neutral environment in which to flourish. Sour soils, which are acidic, and sweet soils, which are alkaline, are both detrimental to grass growth. Highly acidic soils can occur from misuse of high nitrogen fertilizer, excessive amounts of organic soil conditioner such as peat moss or compost, and from dropped evergreen needles. Acidic soils are a sign that calcium and magnesium levels need replenishing and, together, these two chemicals are lime. Therefore, adding lime is an effective way to balance acidic soils and furnish plants with important nutrients. Lime is not a fertilizer product but, rather, a type of soil conditioner. Additionally, it increases bacterial activity in the soil which promotes air exchange and aerates the root zone. Lime is best applied in the fall and spring, as temperatures are cooler and moisture is more readily available. You want to be sure to test your lawn’s pH before treatment, though, as too much lime can be just as damaging as not enough. You want to test several areas of the property, as the pH may differ depending on surrounding plants and runoff from sidewalks and streets. Though not a cure-all for lawn problems, lime treatments are an essential building block for balancing and maintaining the health of your soil and turf.

Encephalitis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Encephalitis is infection of the brain, usually due to viral infection; however, it may also be caused by bacteria, fungi, protozoa or other parasites. Post-infection inflammation of the brain and non-infectious causes like bleeding, tumor, collagen disorders, toxins, drugs and vaccines too may be responsible for this condition. An acute onset, fever, headache, nausea, neck pain and neck rigidity, and – in the late stage- altered consciousness, tremors and convulsions are typical symptoms of this condition. Severe infection can cause respiratory arrest, coma and death. Supportive hospital care, antibiotics and steroids are used in the management of this condition.

The Ayurvedic management of encephalitis consists of treating the basic cause for the condition and preventing complications like neurological deficits and death. Viral, bacterial and fungal infection can be treated by using Ayurvedic medicines in combination with modern (Allopathic) medicines. These medicines include Triphala (Three fruits), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daru-Haridra (Berberis aristata), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippali (Piper longum), Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Yashtimadhuk (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Sukshma-Triphala, Ras-Sindur, Triphala-Guggulu and Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu.

Inflammation in the brain can be treated using medicines like Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haridra, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Yashtimadhuk, Shallaki (Boswelia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Trivang-Bhasma, Raupya-Bhasma, Mukta-Bhasma, Triphala-Guggulu and Punarnavadi-Guggulu. Fever related to encephalitis can be treated using Kamdudha-Ras, Praval-Panchamrut-Ras, Maha-Sudarshan-Churna, Panchamrut-Parpati, Pathyadi-Qadha and Kasturi-Bhairav-Ras.

Medicines like Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhuk, Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Haridra, Tapyadi-Loh, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Maha-Yograj-Guggulu, Vish-Tinduk-Vati, Vat-Gajankush-Ras and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani can be used to comprehensively treat infection, reduce inflammation, induce healing and also prevent complications like neurological deficit and convulsions. Medicines like Kanchnaar-Guggulu, Shallaki and Heerak-Bhasma can be used to treat brain tumors. Medicines like Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Mandur and Punarnavadi-Qadha can be used to reduce the toxic effects of drugs on the brain. Tapyadi-Loh, Sphatik-Bhasma, Mukta-Pishti, Naagkeshar (Messua ferrea), Vasa-Ghrut and Laxadi-Guggulu can be used to reduce blood clots and prevent further bleeding.

It is important to remember that all patients of encephalitis need to be hospitalized and treated by trained and experienced Neurologists and other qualified staff. Ayurvedic medicines can be given as additional treatment in order to reduce morbidity and mortality in this condition.

How to Nebulize Quicker and Improve Your Life

It is estimated that about 6.5 million Americans are living with tracheostomies. For those people, their nose and mouth no longer filters, warms and moisturizes the air they breathe. They have to nebulize to put that moisture back into their respiratory system and keep the tissue healthy. It’s a time-consuming process and many simply don’t properly humidify their nose and mouth. But what if you could nebulize in half the time? That’s now possible.

A new respiratory care device, called The Wright Mask, allows trach patients to simultaneously nebulize their upper and lower respiratory systems. Dean Wright’s story is just one example of why this is so important.

Dean had to have a trach after he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in the Fall of 2000. Dean and his wife, Vivian, both knew he needed to nebulize, to keep his nose and mouth and his trach moist. But Dean hated it. It was a laborious process, and it took time. A lot of time. Thirty minutes five times a day to humidify his nose and mouth. Then another 30 minutes five times a day to humidify the trach. It added up to 10 sessions and five hours a day. Eventually, Dean stopped humidifying his nose and mouth.

“Later,” he would tell Vivian whenever she would remind him to humidify.

Thick mucus clogged Dean’s mouth and his trach. His breathing was labored.

Then, on an airplane 10,000 feet above Miami, Dean started choking. A piece of dried tissue had gotten into Dean’s trach and clogged the tube. Vivian was helpless to do anything as Dean gasped for air. Finally, the jolt of the plane’s wheels hitting the tarmac dislodged the tissue. But Dean had to be hospitalized for 48 hours of inpatient nebulization.

“Never again,” Vivian swore when she brought Dean home from the hospital.

In her own home that night, Vivian figured out how to connect both the face and tracheostomy masks to allow Dean to simultaneously nebulize his nose and mouth and his trach site. Dean was so happy he cried the first time he tried it.

Before Dean died in 2002, he made Vivian promise she would patent her invention and make it available to other trach patients.

The Wright Mask hit the market in January, with versions for adults and children. It promises to be a life-enhancing device for trach and laryngectomy patients worldwide.

Why nebulizing is important:

o Thins secretions and mucous, making it easier to expel pulmonary secretions.

o Makes coughing easier while lessening the need to cough.

o Keeps your windpipe and trachea lining and tracheostomy stoma moist and healthy.

o Moistens the air that goes into your lungs.

o Hydrates and moisturizes your nasal passages, mouth and throat.

What happens if you don’t nebulize:

o Trachea, stoma, nose and mouth tissues dry out.

o Mucus becomes thick and secretions become sticky and stringy.

o Dry orifice tissue is vulnerable to splitting and bleeding from lack of moisture.

o Bleeding from dry orifice tissue is compromises airway passages and is corrosive to the lungs, esophagus and throat.

o Dry tissue can become lodged in orifices. Expulsion of dry tissue, thick mucus and stringy secretions is difficult and painful.

o Pneumonia is a possibility if mucus and secretions are not expelled.

o Tissue around the stoma dries, crystallizes and hardens to the trach tube from lack of hydration.

o Hospital stays up to 48 hours may be necessary to properly hydrate dried out tissue again.

But conventional nebulizing takes 15 steps and two masks. That’s why patients like Dean frequently take shortcuts or quit altogether. The Wright Mask offers an efficient and effective alternative to that. The Wright nebulizing process only takes eight steps and one mask. It’s this simple:

o Place the face mask over your nose and mouth and place the tracheostomy mask over your tracheostomy stoma.

o Fill the medicant container.

o Adjust the dents in mask tubes to fit your face.

o Adjust neck straps for comfort.

o Connect double-face mask tube to the nebulizing machine.

o Turn the machine on.

o After 30 minutes of nebulizing the nose, mouth and tracheostomy simultaneously, remove masks.

o Turn the machine off.

What is High Cholesterol Explained in Layman’s Terms?

What is high cholesterol is a question more and more people are asking these days. The really scary thing about cholesterol levels which fall out of the healthy range is that you may not even know you have a problem. What I mean by that is sometimes the first signs of a cholesterol problem are so subtle you may not even notice them at all, or simply write them off as being tired or part of the natural aging process. Don’t fall into this trap!

Nevertheless, often times the accumulation of arterial plaque caused by high cholesterol does produce some telltale signs that can be recognized in time to reverse the condition, thus reducing your chances of a major health disaster such as a heart attack or stroke.

If you start to notice any of these symptoms you should immediately visit your doctor for a lipid profile to determine the cause.

*Do you sweat more than you used to when doing minor physical activity.

*Do you notice your breathing being labored even during the night when you are trying to relax.

*Is it difficult to conduct any type of physical activity without experiencing shortness of breath.

*Is your face becoming fatty or chubby.

*Do you experience chest pain or unexplained pain in your arms or legs.

*Do any of your extremities feel cold to the touch or tingle for no apparent reason.

*Are you experiencing erectile dysfunction. Yes, arterial clogging high cholesterol can affect that area as well!

The seven examples above are just a few warning signs that cholesterol induced plaque could be building up in the arteries causing the arteries to become smaller. This in turn reduces the blood flow to the major organs including the heart, the brain, as well as extremities such as the fingers or toes.

But What Is High Cholesterol By The Numbers.

Blood cholesterol is measured in four major categories. They are total cholesterol, LDL or bad cholesterol, HDL or good cholesterol, and triglycerides. Total cholesterol over 240 mg/dl is considered high risk with levels below 200 or so considered desirable; LDL readings over 160 are considered dangerously high with LDL of 100 or so being optimal; HDL blood lipid reading of below 40 are dangerously low with 60 or above considered to be optimal; Triglyceride levels over 200 are considered high with 150 or less considered optimal.

There are many ways to interpret exactly what is high cholesterol but the guidelines above are generally accepted standards according to the American Medical Association.

Now that we have answered the question of what is high cholesterol the next logical step is to determine what can be done about it.

This is a determination best left up to your doctor after running a few simple tests. On the other hand you may be one of the millions of people worldwide who either don’t have a doctor, or the cost is more than you can currently afford. If this is the case you will have some very good options in the area of self help solutions. First, reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet to less than 10 percent of calories; second, consider implementing a gentle exercise program three times a week, if you are physically able; third; consider adding baked fish to your diet two or three times a week; and lastly consider adding an affordable natural cholesterol reducing remedy as a way to improve your overall results. While these are good time tested suggestions that will likely show results, they are just that, suggestions, and there is no substitute for a sound medical opinion from a trained professional.

Acetic Acid – Health Risks and First Aid Procedures

Acetic acid is the most important organic acid. It is present in vinegar, which is a common household acid and is used mainly in cooking purposes. In industries, it is used in the manufacture of plastics, paints, solvents, paper, textile and fabrics.

This compound is known to be a simple carboxylic acid, and is also known as ethanoic acid. It naturally results from the fermentation of ethanol, an alcohol. Its chemical formula is CH3COOH. The last hydrogen attached to the oxygen is given off in aqueous solutions giving the compound an acidic nature. It is classified, however, as a weak acid because it does not completely dissociate or separate in its component ions in water. The acid occurs in biochemical systems and is seen as a metabolic product during the breakdown of glucose. Acetic acid occurs naturally in dilute amounts, but in industries it is synthesized in more concentrated forms. The pure form of it is called glacial acetic acid because of the resemblance to ice. The solid acid melts at 16.7 degrees Celsius.

Dilute concentrations of the acid are safe. For instance, vinegar contains about five percent (5%) by mass of acetic acid and this is generally harmless. At higher concentrations, say at least ten percent (10%) the acid becomes an irritant. It is a known lachrymator which means it induces secretion of tears when gets in contact with eyes and can also cause soreness and conjunctivitis. In severe exposures, corneal damage may occur and this leads to blindness. It is a skin irritant and causes discoloration, itching, burns and blisters, and thickening of the skin. It does not happen quite quickly and my take a few hours after the skin gets in contact with the acid for the signs of irritation to manifest. Upon inhalation the organic acid irritates the nasal, throat and bronchial lining. Mucus secretions along the lining produces fluid build up, thus, leading to edemas in the respiratory organs like the pharynx and the lungs. Breathing may be adversely affected, such that the exposed person may suffer from shortness of breath and dizziness. The acid fumes can cause inflammation on the bronchial lining (bronchitis). Ingestion of the highly concentrated acid erodes the teeth enamel, causes burns, abdominal pains, perforation of the gastrointestinal lining, vomiting and diarrhea. Upon gaining entry in the blood stream, dangerous levels of this acid lead to destruction of red blood cells known as hemolysis. This breakdown frees the red pigment called hemoglobin which becomes excreted in the urine (hemoglobinuria). Kidney failure and shock may result.

Concentrations above 25% is considered corrosive, while at concentrations higher than 90% it becomes a flammable acid and may react violently upon exposure to air at warm temperatures (above 39 degrees Celsius). Therefore handling the substance at high concentrations should be done with the proper precautionary measures. The following are the first aid measures upon exposure to the acid.

1. Upon inhalation, immediately move the person to a safe area where there is open, fresh air. Seek medical assistance right away, especially if the victim has lost consciousness.

2. When the skin gets in contact with concentrated acid, wash the affected region with running water to reduce burning sensation and further irritation. Call medical help and take off contaminated clothes.

3. In case of eye contact, flush the affected eye with clean running water for ten minutes (eyelids should be held open during this procedure). Do not hesitate to call for medical help.

4. When accidentally swallowed, allow the victim to drink plenty of water if he or she is conscious. Never allow him or her to take in water or any liquid orally when he or she is too weak or unconscious. Do not induce vomiting and do not give any fluid or substance other than water. Call a medical professional right away.

Wear the prescribed uniform when handling acetic acid in laboratories or industrial areas. Do not handle the substance without wearing the appropriate nitrile rubber gloves. Always ensure the proper ventilation in the area.

Understanding Frozen Shoulder Pain

The risk of having a frozen shoulder is becoming more common with each passing day. The bad news, however, is that the main cause of the problem is not yet known. The good news, on the other hand, is that the problem can be treated and the pain dealt with. Nonetheless, to achieve the best results you should not rely on your own diagnosis of the problem but should seek professional support in order to get the best care. The first step in handling the frosted shoulder pain lies in proper understanding.

Frozen shoulder is a syndrome that is quite painful and associated with the shoulder just as the name depicts. The problem is often characterized with severe pain, and stiffness with almost any movement. The arm becomes immovable in practically any direction partly because of the pain and partly because of the immobility of the shoulder. This condition can be quit distressing especially when considering the fact that the primary causes are unknown to man. The problem can result from practically anything that causes stress to the joint.

Different things happen in the frosted shoulder. The first thing that happens is the contraction of the shoulder joint. This leads to an increase in friction that leads to the scarring of the surrounding tissues which results in pain emanating. The symptoms of the frozen shoulder are all related to pain. They include deep pain at night and when waking, inability to lie in the side of the injured shoulder and restricted arm movement especially from the shoulder. However, it is important to understand that some of these symptoms can easily be confused for other illnesses or injuries. This is one of the reasons that it is important to seek professional help. If unattended to, the frosted shoulder pain can needlessly last for months. You also need to understand that the problem can result from an underlying disease.

There are several things that you can do to manage the frozen shoulder. The Internet will provide you with tons of information that you can turn to in learning more about frozen shoulder pain management. The problem is that most of the information will lead to more problems than helping. If you have to learn of the tips and tricks of handling the problem, you should consider seeking help from a reputable source. Either way, consulting an expert is always the best path to take.

So, how long does it last? There are basically four phases to the frozen shoulder problem. However, in the absence of proper treatment, the problem can last for up to thirty months or longer. The four phases of the frozen shoulder are Pre-freezing, freezing, frozen and thawing. Pre-freezing is a condition that can last up to four weeks. Freezing is the main deal and can take one to eight months depending on treatment. And frozen is the severe stage that starts from nine months to sixteen. Depending on the phase you are in, different treatment to the frozen shoulder pain will be administered. It is always a great idea to seek help in the initial stages.

Hydrotherapy – Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in the Pool

Hydrotherapy (also known as Aquatic or Pool Physiotherapy) is a “hands on” approach utilizing unique features of water to facilitate normal movement patterns and mobility. It is a beneficial form of therapy that is useful for a variety of medical conditions. Hydrotherapy is performed in a thermo regulated hydrotherapy pool by registered physiotherapists and hydrotherapy instructors.

We often get asked if hydrotherapy is the same as Aqua Fit. No…It is a physiotherapy treatment just like on land. The physiotherapist is in the water with the patient mobilizing joints, working with the soft tissue guiding and monitoring movements.

Hydrotherapy treatment is performed in one on one setting or in small groups consisting of 3-4 patients. The session would start with some general warm up exercises, followed by more specific exercises tailored to each patient’s problem or certain manual therapy techniques. The therapy session lasts about 45-60 minutes. Usually, extra time allowed in the pool for some additional exercise work or for swimming.

Benefits of Water

-Reduces the force of stress placed on the joints: it is safer and less painful to perform exercises.

-Water’s buoyancy provides support needed for joint mobilization as well as easily adjustable resistance allowing strengthening of specific muscle groups

– Increases joint position awareness improving proprioception and motor control – Hydrostatic pressure helps to decrease joint and soft tissue swelling

– Warmth of the water assists in relaxing muscles and increases blood flow to injured areas.

Indications for Hydrotherapy

-Post surgical: fractures, joints replace spinal surgery where partial or non weight bearing is indicated. Hydrotherapy allows to start early weight-bearing , putting as little as 10% of bodyweight on a limb. The amount of weight bearing is determined by depth of the water where treatment is performed.

– Severe Whiplash or other Acute Pain – heated pool environment allows easier movement compared to exercise on land.

-Chronic Low Back Pain – hydrotherapy is excellent in improving core stability and lumbo-pelvic proprioception.

-Arthritic conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis etc.

-Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome – allows a full body workout with low energy expense.

-Soft tissue injuries with significant range of motion limitation such as severe Frozen Shoulder.

-Balance disorders and fall prevention in Seniors

-General reconditioning including muscle strengthening and cardio-vascular endurance.

Contraindications for Hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy is generally very safe and suitable for all age groups. However, there are few medical conditions in which entry to the pool is prohibited:

-Open Wounds or Burns

-Unstable Fractures

-Incontinence

-Multiple Sclerosis which is sensitive to heat

-Severe Cardiac Problems

What is the Difference Between a Medial and Lateral Unloader Knee Brace?

Degenerative Joint Disease affects millions of Americans and with an aging baby boomer population will most certainly become more of an issue as we try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and battle against the affects of our youth. The knee joint is one of the most effected areas in the body regarding the “wear and tear” effects of osteoarthritis. More patients and doctors are looking for alternatives to medication and surgery to improve patient mobility, reduce pain and swelling, and prevent the inevitable and dreaded “knee replacement”.

“Unloader” knee braces, or “arthritis” knee braces, are designed to literally bend the knee into a position that reduces the stress and weight on the affected joint, thereby reducing pain and swelling. There are two compartments in the knee, referred to as medial or inner and lateral or outer compartments. The vast majority of patients suffer from medial compartment osteoarthritis (unicarpartmental oseoarthritis). When this occurs, the joint cartilage, synovial fluid are reduced or absent and the result is a “collapse” of the medial compartment.

The knee joint becomes misaligned and what was normally a joint that bears equal pressure to support the body, turns into a painful angular joint, with excessive wear and pressure on the inner compartment, with pain, swelling and in advanced stages, limitation of movement. The angular change caused by this medial compartment arthritis is referred to as a varus deformity. This term refers to an inward angulation of the lower leg in relation to the thigh. If you have ever seen a newborn and looked at their legs, you will understand what a varus or bow leg is. This is a varus deformity.

Likewise, the angular change caused by a lateral compartment arthritis is referred to as a valgus deformity. This term refers to an outwards deviation of the lower leg in relation to the thigh. Many people are familiar with the term “knock knee”. In the old days, you would see movies, where the teenage girl sits with her knees and thighs together, and her feet spread out. This is a valgus deformity.

An “unloader” knee brace corrects the varus or valgus relationship of the leg to the thigh, making the entire leg straighter and aligning the joint back to its level position. By bending the knee joint back into a more aligned position, the brace opens up a gap or space between the leg and thigh bone, so the two bones do not rub up against each other. This reduces the pain or swelling that occurs when two rough arthritis bones come in contact with each other.

When purchasing an “unloader” knee brace, it is important to know if you have a medial or lateral osteoarthritis. This can be confirmed with x-rays, noting the collapse of the knee joint, and the angular changes that are occurring. It is also important to consult with your treating doctor prior to purchasing such a device. Wearing a lateral unloader knee brace with a medial compartment arthritis may result in increased pain, swelling and accelerated joint damage. There are many choices to be made when deciding which arthritis or “unloader” knee brace to purchase. Please check with your doctor and do your research before you choose.