First Aid for Hair Salons – 5 Emergencies to Avoid

Do hair salons need to know about first aid? After being asked by Toni and Guy’s Cosmetology School in Orange County to speak to their students about first aid, I realized that there was a serious lack of information out there addressing things that can happen at hair salons.

So what are the main types of emergencies that can occur at hair salons?

Here are the top 5 hazards at the salon:

1.) Cuts

2.) Thermal Burns

3.) Electrical Burns

4.) Falls

5.) Chemical Spills / Inhalation

Cuts – Stylists use razor sharp scissors and cuts are a possibility. Did the stylist take a little too much off around the ear and make you look like Van Gogh? Better pack some gauze in that first aid kit.

Thermal burns – With straightening irons, curling irons, and ovens at cosmetology schools, thermal burns are very likely. Cool water works best on burns – stay away from ointments, butter, etc.

Electrical burns – Too many appliances plugged into power strips can cause fires. Curling iron, straightening iron, and a hair dryer? All of these draw serious amperage and can overload electrical cords. Remember to keep them away from the water as well to prevent electrocution. Make sure your staff knows how to shut of the power at your circuit panel as well.

Falls – The broom is your friend! Keeping hair swept up will prevent falls, ankle sprains, and broken wrists. The last thing you need is a little old lady taking a header in the salon and having the fire department show up.

Chemical Spills and Inhalation – 99% of all salons are well ventilated and it is important to keep chemicals separate. Bleach and ammonia are poisonous when mixed together. Each salon should have an MSDS (Material Safety and Data Sheets) that lists all of the chemicals used in the salon and their chemical properties to be OSHA compliant.

There you have it! Cuts, burns, falls, and chemical spills can wreak havoc on you your staff and clients! Protect yourself as best as possible! Want to get all of your staff on the same page? Many CPR and first aid companies offer onsite CPR training and will train you at your salon. Your staff and clients will thank you!

My Dog Won’t Shut Up! How to Stop a Barking Dog

Introduction

Yapping dogs are perhaps the worst nightmare of any person living next door. These are typically toy or small breed dogs that tend to sit at the gate and yap sun-up till sun-down. This article will explain why these dogs are doing this and what you can do if you are the owner of a yapping dog.

Reasons why a Dog Barks Non-stop

Dogs that bark persistently are bored most of the time. There are rare causes like obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) that cause prolonged barking episodes, most owners want veterinarians to diagnose OCD as the cause for their dog’s bad barking behaviour because there is no real treatment. These owners are often in denial and do not want to face the fact that they have a bored dog. Here are some of the reasons a dog will bark continuously:

  • Boredom is the most common cause. This is often built up energy that the dog has due to inactivity or lack of social interaction. They have no other route of expelling this excess energy, so they opt to bark all day long at anything they see.
  • Habit of barking that has built up over months, even years. This is the worst of the lot. These dogs just bark anywhere and everywhere. At the gate, along the fence, in the house, some just sit in a quiet spot and bark for the fun of barking.
  • Sight problems, dogs that cannot see very well or who have hair growing in front of their eyes are prone to barking. They usually calm down when they recognise the perceived threat.
  • Hearing problems are also a concern. Deaf dogs or dogs that are losing their hearing are prone to barking. Dogs that have very acute hearing will also bark, often at sounds that you cannot even hear, such as construction work four or five blocks away.
  • Very old dogs are more at risk of beginning canine cognitive dysfunction (dementia). This is where their brains are not working as well as they should due to normal old age changes inside the body. Old dogs on high protein diets are prone to this. Their bark will also often change in frequency and they may even howl or have a droning type bark.
  • Aggressive dogs will bark and growl. If they have an aggression problem they will growl, crouch down and bark if the perceived threat does not move away. These dogs are dangerous and it is not advisable to keep them on your property. This world has no place for aggressive dogs.
  • Protective barking is when a dog will bark at something they are not sure of. Dogs will bark at insects, snakes, rats, mice and almost anything they find intriguing. They will try to call you closer to have a look at what they have discovered.
  • Instinct behaviour is also an important cause of barking. Some dogs still demonstrate normal canine pack behaviour and barking is a form of communication and to display territory. Breeds such as Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, German Shepherd Dogs and dogs crossed with wolves seem to be more prone to this type of barking.
  • Last but not least is an obsessive compulsive disorder causing dogs to bark persistently. These are dogs that seem to be habit barkers but do not respond to the corrective measures. This is very rare and your dog will only be diagnosed with this by exclusion of exploring all other barking related issues as described above. This is a tricky disease to treat at the best of times.

Bored Barkers Versus Habit Barkers

These two reasons make up at least 85% of all dog barking issues. This is very important for you to decide which is true for your dog. The reason being is that the method of stopping this unwanted behaviour is very different. If you have a habit barker, often you need to resort to more advanced correction techniques to get the dog over this type of behaviour. It is best that you be honest with yourself, it is difficult to admit that you have a bored dog at home. Here are some tips to help you decide which type of dog you have:

Habit Barkers:

  • Barks anywhere and everywhere.
  • Will sit in one spot and begin to bark.
  • Monotone hysterical barking.
  • Continuous cyclical yap that can be timed, often one bark every 5 seconds.
  • Calling these dogs might stop them for a minute or two then they will continue barking.
  • These dogs are on their own most often, and will not socialize often.

Bored Barkers:

  • Often at some stimulating site such as along the fence or at the gate.
  • Will often run up-and-down a fence or along the yard boundary.
  • If something exciting happens, these dogs change their barking tone.
  • Bark frequency depends on how much action there is, so it is highly variable.
  • Calling these dogs often helps, as long as you have something more exciting to offer them, or else they will return to their barking.
  • Dogs will spur each other on, especially the neighbour’s dogs. They will both run up-and-down the yard boundary barking at each other.

Rules of Correction and Reward

In order for you to win the war of unwanted barking you must learn to discipline your dog correctly. If you do not learn the art of appropriate discipline then you will suffer from poor results. Discipline is such a harsh word with many connotations, so you may use the word correction to help make you feel a bit more positive over winning the war. In most cases it is a war, as the dog owner will either be battling with fed up neighbours, fed up family members and a disheartened attitude towards your once loved pet before they became a barking demon. Follow these tips and tricks and you will restore confidence in yourself, your pet and the disgruntled people putting pressure on you to resolve the issue.

You will need to do the following:

  • Always remain calm and collected. A person who is frantic, hysterical and angry will not be able to correct their dog.
  • Build trust with your dog, if you do not spend time with them, then this is a great start. Talk to your dog in a soft, warm friendly tone of voice.
  • Learn to speak clearly and in varying tones without shouting. This is going to help you immensely when you begin your verbal correction.
  • When you correct your dog there is an uneasy period where the dog may not trust you. It is vital to regain this trust after a correction. You must do this, a dog will never listen to a person who they do not trust or who they are afraid of.
  • Reward all good behaviour. Such as when they are not barking, show them some caring. Or when you see they want to begin barking, but stop when they see you. Your reward is important as this reinforces good behaviour.
  • Reward them with your time, friendly warm tone of voice and a good tickle on the head or belly. Never use food as a reward or distraction.
  • Always be on time with your correction and reward after they respond to a correction.
  • If you are over correcting your dog will run away with a tail tucked under them. If this is the case do not correct again as roughly as you did. Always regain the trust by inviting your dog over for a belly tickle. This may take time for them to trust you again. You must regain their trust to win.
  • Never chase your dog to correct them. This will turn into a game and you will lose.

The plan is first to gain your dog’s trust. Get them to come to you when you call them. Once they come to you, reward them by giving them good praise and a belly tickle. This is the most important part before you begin the correction process. This can take as long as a week to do. They must come to you when you call. Often you may need to crouch down and pat your thigh while calling them. Never chase after them and grab them. Once they are close to you, hold out your hand, palms facing them and let them sniff your hands. Never grab them closer if they are nervous in the beginning. They must learn that coming to you is fun and exciting because they get attention and a belly tickle. Once they willingly come over to you when you call you can begin the correction methods.

Remember that once you correct your dog you must restore trust that same day of correction. This is done as described above, call them over and reward them in a friendly manner.

Never call them over and correct them! This will destroy the trust built between you and your dog.

If you see that they are being good reward them. If you correct them with a verbal cue and they respond you must also reward them.

Most owners are afraid to correct their dog, they believe that correction is cruel and not a good idea. If you rear a belligerent dog that is disobedient and a trouble maker that nobody likes and do not want it, it is your fault for not correcting them. Their fate is far worse than giving appropriate discipline to correct unwanted behaviour. Dogs that cannot be handled live a life of misery. Nobody wants them and they are often put to sleep to end their suffering.

Correcting a Bored Barker

These dogs luckily do not require much correction. The correction comes in correcting the owner in owning a dog. These dogs are bored day in and day out. They are not active enough during the day and have lots of built up energy. They will often run up-and-down along a fence and are quite fit. The first tip you can try is getting into the habit of spending time with your dog. They need you to help use up their unspent energy. You can try the following:

  • Teaching your dog to retrieve a ball, rope toy etc. A 20 minute play in the yard helps a tremendous amount for you and your dog. Not all dogs will retrieve, however most will chase balls. So if your dog is not a retriever you can make him chase balls by buying 4 balls and throwing them around the yard. Once he catches one throw the next.
  • Going for a walk around the neighbourhood. This is excellent for your dog. Sometimes it is unpleasant as there are so many dogs in the area that walking your own one becomes a tedious job of wrestling them to leave all the other dogs. Or the cacophony of noise while you are walking is very unpleasant. Refer to Part 2 & Part 5 in particular of the Basic Dog Training Article Series for information on how to walk your dog correctly.
  • Take your dog to a park or sports ground for a good run around. Take balls and toys and really get in there and play with your dog. They will greatly appreciate this.
  • Teach your dog to swim if you have a pool. This will help in the warmer months. Swimming uses a lot of energy and will tire your dog.

The idea here is to first burn all your dogs’ energy during the day. Once evening comes they would rather rest instead of barking the whole time. If this does not work you can go to a higher level of correction.

Here are appropriate correction techniques:

  • The first step is verbal correction. Walk outside in visual and hearing range of your dog. When they bark, say in a loud, clear tone “Name of Pet – Quiet.” Remember that you must be calm and collective, not yelling and screaming at your dog. Take charge and show them you mean business. If they stop barking, call them over and reward them with praise saying that they are a good dog. A belly tickle helps a lot. Wait for 5 minutes and make sure your dog does not begin barking again.
  • If the top approach does not work then you must make your correction more meaningful to distract the behaviour and get their attention. You will need ammunition to help you get the message through. Some of these dogs are so worked up that they need firmer convincing to abandon this behaviour. The best ammunition are light stones found in the garden, just smaller than a hand size. If you cannot throw accurately you may need to get sand clods instead. Keep a few of them handy at the door where you will be coming out of to correct them. Walk into visual and auditory range and give a clear, commanding tone verbal correction as above. If your dog ignores you, give the command once more then throw the stone or sand clod at the dog. Do not worry if you hit them, this stone is too small to hurt them seriously. Remember that you are trying to get a point across and you must sometimes bruise them a bit to get the message through in stubborn dogs. How hard you throw the stone will depend on their tolerance to correction. If the dog stops and looks at you, you have thrown it hard enough. If the dog runs away with its tail between its legs, you have over corrected a bit and next time you should throw a bit softer. The most important aspect is to regain trust right after this correction. You must crouch down and call your dog in a warm and loving tone as described above. Once you have regained trust it is time to see if this has worked.
  • In most cases you will need two to three weeks of correction to stop the behaviour of boredom barking.

Remember to correct and reward, if you break trust you need to regain it for this to work.

Correcting a Habit Barker

These dogs are often stubborn and very independent. They will look at you defiantly and bark often with just verbal correction. You can use the boredom barking correction to begin with. Very often you will need to strengthen your correction to imbed the message that barking is an unwanted behaviour. You can try the following:

  • Water acts as a great deterrent. You will need to arm yourself with a bucket of water. If the dog barks, command them to stop with a verbal command. If they persist, repeat the verbal command and then throw them with water. You can walk right up to them with the water and throw it in their face.
  • You can also try a high jet of water from a high powered water gun or hose connection. Remember to always give the clear, loud verbal command as described above, then if they continue give them the last verbal command and wet them.
  • Once this is done, most dogs are very confused and scared of you. You must regain their trust and reward them when they come to you.
  • Never chase your dog. Or else you will be in trouble by making this correction a game.

Water does the trick in almost all cases.

With all corrections, you must regain trust after you have corrected. Remember to reward your dog every time you see they are not barking, if they respond to a verbal command call them over for a reward.

Correcting Other Causes for Barking

Many other causes of barking have been mentioned, they only make up the remaining 25% of causes. Some can only be channelled and not cured such as instinctive and protective barking. If your dog has excellent hearing often the most helpful is locking them indoors at night to solve the problem. If your dog has hair growing in front of its face, trim it and this will often help.

If your dog has dementia, deafness or OCD then you will need more effort to correct this. These causes of barking are extremely difficult to cure. Luckily these make up the least amount of cases. You will need to work with a licensed veterinarian and a behaviourist to cure these.

Conclusion

Barking dogs are a real life concern for all dog owners. If you are an unlucky owner with a noisy dog it is your job to correct it before they become a neighbourhood disturbance. Often working with your dog will solve the issue. Remember that the first step is to gain a trust relationship with your dog before you begin correction. Most trouble dogs are detached from their owners, so securing a good bond will often solve most of the problem. Luckily most of the barking dogs fit into two categories, either a boredom barker or a habit barker and these require owner participation to correct in all cases.

Relieve Sinus Pressure Without Tears

Whether sinus pressure is caused by sinusitis, congestion resulting from the flu and colds, or allergies, it is a condition that is often hard to treat; therefore, you need to learn as much as you can about it in order to address it successfully.

When the sinuses are congested, bacteria often build up in the sinus cavities and proceed to infiltrate the nose, resulting in bad breath, also known as halitosis. Congestion in the sinuses must be eliminated; otherwise, the sinus pressure, as well as the bad breath, will remain.

Let’s take a look at a number of strategies you can use to get rid of sinus pain. A Neti pot is an excellent tool that can be used to get rid of congestion and the sinus pressure it causes. Think of a tea kettle if you have never heard of a Neti pot before. It consists of a small bowl into which you put a warm saline solution. A long spout, which extends from the bowl, is then inserted into the nostril. As you tip your head to the side, the saline solution flows into the upper nostril, flooding the nasal cavity, and out through the lower nostril, taking the built-up bacteria and mucous with it.

This results in a significant lessening of the sinus pain, and the pressure stays away for several hours. The best thing about using a Neti pot is that it is a completely safe and drug-free remedy. When the built up congestion is eliminated, pressure on the sinuses is reduced.

Applying warm compresses to the face is another strategy that can be used to reduce sinus pressure. One area on the face on which to place the warm compress is between the eyes where the ethmoid sinuses are found. Placing them between your cheeks and your nose on both sides of your face will address the maxillary sinuses. Sinus pain is alleviated because the heat liquefies the congestion, allowing it to easily drain from the nose.

Another effective remedy is to breathe in steam that is produced by a vaporizer or humidifier. Again, heat, this time in the form of warm steam, liquefies the compacted mucous so that it can easily drain out of the nose. Congestion that is caused by allergies and viruses is easier to treat than congestion that results from a bacterial infection. But regardless of what is causing the congestion, these methods will provide some relief from the sinus pain….

Relief from Sinus Pressure Using Pharmaceutical Preparations

A number of drugs are available over-the-counter and with a prescription that are effective in reducing sinus pressure. Guaifenesin is a mucolytic drug that helps the mucous that causes sinus congestion to drain better by making it a lot thinner. Sinus pressure is significantly lessened when mucous is able to flow freely out of the nasal cavity….

Additional medications designed to reduce sinus pressure are:

o An over-the-counter preparation called Zyrtec This antihistamine, which does not produce drowsiness, will do an effective job of getting rid of sinus infection, particularly those resulting from allergies.

o Claritin, another over-the-counter medication When sinus pressure builds as a result of an allergic reaction affecting the sinuses, this is another non-drowsy antihistanine formulation that works well.

o Benadryl, also available over the counter Even though it will lessen sinus pressure, this antihistamine is known to cause drowsiness, so you should be careful using it. Using a nasal spray containing steroids will shrink the swelling in the nasal cavity that causes sinus pressure.

o A nasal spray containing a decongestant This is another medication that promotes drainage out of the nasal cavity by reducing the swelling that can occur there.

Other medications are available in addition to the medications and remedies that have already been discussed if the sinus pressure is caused by a sinus infection. Erythromycin antibiotics such as Zithromax and erythromycin, quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro, sulfa antibiotics such as Bactrim, cephalosporin antibiotics such as Ceclor and Keflex, and penicillin are all doctor-prescribed medications that will eliminate infection and reduce sinus pressure.

The Ovarian Cysts Types – Symptoms And Diagnosis

The fluid-filled sac, which usually develops on the surface of an ovary, is a problem that affects many women. This is also called the ovarian cyst, and there are known a lot of different types, depending on the cause that provoked them. These ovarian cysts can show no symptoms at all, or they can cause serious health problems.

Situated on either side of the uterus, the ovaries have a walnut-size, and are nestled under the fringed ends of the fallopian or uterine tubes. During the menstrual cycle, an egg will be developed and matured by an ovary, and when the ovulation takes place, the egg is released and it travels through the uterine tubes to reach the center of the uterus.

Most of the ovarian cysts aren’t dangerous, they are the so called functional cysts. Studies revealed that between 4% and 10% of the childbearing age women develop polycystic ovarian syndrome. The effects of that syndrome are infertility, increased risk of diabetes, uterine or breast cancer, excessive body hair, persistent acne, and other.

Ovarian cysts may cause pelvic pain, they may burst, bleed, or twist the ovary. Especially if the pain is associated with fever and vomiting, visiting the doctor is a necessary fact.

There are some ovarian cysts that can become cancerous. They appear especially at women who are in their fifth decade of life. It is known that cancerous cysts are not painful unless they are very big in size. It is recommended that women take annual pelvic exams, so they can detect cancer in early stages.

It is quite difficult to know if you have cysts or not, because many cysts don’t have symptoms, and very often, vague abdominal symptoms may suggest other problems. For example, intestinal inflammation or obstruction, kidney stone, gall bladder disease or appendicitis develop similar symptoms to painful ovarian cysts. There are some gynecologic problems with those symptoms too: endometriosis, ectopic or tubal pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, and also mittleschmirtz.

Generally, a few symptoms that can be associated to the ovarian cysts are: pelvic pain during intercourse, feeling of pressure on your bladder or rectum, menstrual irregularities, breast tenderness, nausea, pelvic pain just before your period begins or just after it ends, continuous, creamy or clear-like-eggwhite vaginal discharge that persists unchanged for a month or more. If you have any of these symptoms, especially associated with fever, signs of shock, or vomiting, medical assistance is needed.

Functional cysts compile the more usual category of cysts, they are non-pathogenic, and usually they disappear after ovulation. Sometimes, there is a blemish and the cyst may stay a little longer.

There are two types of functional cysts: follicular, and corpus luteum cyst.

Usually, when the egg is matured, it is released from the follicle, and is traveling through the fallopian tube, where a sperm cell might fertilize it .If the follicle doesn’t rupture, it will grow, becoming a cyst. These cysts usually do not cause pain, and disappear in two or three menstrual cycles.

When the pituitary gland is increasing the luteinizing hormone, and the egg is released, the follicle becomes a temporary secretory gland called the corpus luteum. It might happen the corpus luteum to enlarge as a cause of certain accumulations, and become a cyst, but it will disappear after a few weeks. In very rare situations, a corpus luteum cyst can reach the size of three or four inches in diameter and twist your ovary or bleed into itself, causing abdominal pain.

Dermoid cysts are small, and they usually do not cause symptoms. They can contain different tissues, but mostly are fat .Becoming large, causing rupture and pain is a rare thing at these cysts.

Endometrioma appears when the ovary is invaded by the endometrial tissue. This cyst fills with blood, and has a dark, reddish-brown color. It is also called chocolate cyst. It doesn’t show any symptoms usually, but it can be sometimes painful, especially during intercourse, or during your period.

The cysts that form from cells on the surface of the ovary are called cystadenomas and are usual benign. Sometimes they can become large, and cause pain.

The polycystic ovary is particular to women who don’t ovulate on a regular basis. The ovaries contain many small cysts, and are enlarged. There are known many causes that can cause a woman not to ovulate and develop polycystic ovaries.

Ovarian cysts can be discovered by taking some medical examinations. A pelvic exam supposes the doctor palpating your ovaries, and if there exists the suspicion of a cyst, you will have next a pelvic ultrasound exam. During that exam, sound waves are transmitted to your pelvic area, and on a video screen appears the image of your ovaries. The doctor is analyzing that imagine, trying to determine the nature of the cyst.

The doctor can also perform laparoscopy, which is a surgical procedure consisting in a small cut, through which is inserted a thin, lighted telescope into your abdomen. This method can be used for diagnosis and for treatment also.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Male Yeast Infection – A Vinegar Remedy For Male Yeast Infection

Apple cider for male yeast infection? Does it work? Yes, according to many. For centuries, people with various ailments have sworn by its effectiveness. And it’s the same with yeast infection. Apple cider vinegar is being used by men and women all over the world to get relief from their yeast infections. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular and effective natural remedies for yeast infection available.

First, let’s look together at what causes your yeast infection. Well, it’s a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. This exists in most of us, quite naturally, without causing problems. It’s kept in check by your body’s beneficial or good bacteria. Under certain conditions though, this doesn’t happen effectively enough and the Candida ‘overgrows’ into the symptoms of yeast infection.

For many men and women, normal drug-based treatments don’t seem to work; the symptoms are gone one minute, then they return. It’s believed the reason they have recurring yeast infections is that the medications just target the symptoms, not the root or underlying cause(s). And, the Candida fungus can become resistant to the drugs. That’s why many men and women are turning to natural home remedies, apple cider vinegar being one of the most popular.

Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic properties (among others), which helps to soothe itchiness and relieve the pain and discomfort of, for instance, penile yeast infection. Here’s how to use it… 

(1) Into a warm low bath add 2 cupfuls of apple cider vinegar and swish it around to mix properly. A ‘low’ bath means enough water to ensure your legs and penis are covered, no more. You’ll need to soak for around 20 to 30 minutes. Pull back the foreskin to make sure that the head is properly soaked.

(2) You can also mix up 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 quarts of warm water and just gently bathe the affected area with cotton dipped into the water / vinegar mix.

(3) Drinking a dilution of apple cider vinegar is good for helping to re-balance the good bacteria in your intestinal tract, thus helping to prevent the Candida fungus overgrowing there, and potentially spreading yeast infection to other parts of your body. Just mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a 8 oz. glass of water. Drink 3 times a day.

Apple cider vinegar can help with male yeast infection for sure. But it’s only one piece of the jigsaw. For a complete cure, with no recurrences, you have to take into account other aspects such as lifestyle, diet, etc. Without these you’re just dealing with the symptoms of yeast infection and not the underlying issues. But you’ve seen now that mainstream drug-based treatments cannot achieve all this. So more and more men and women are going the totally natural route.

Homeopathic Treatment For Retinal Bleeding

The homeopathic treatment for retinal bleeding takes into consideration the whole of you, not just your eyes. After all, your eyes are connected to the rest of you, so they shouldn’t be considered separately.

Good health is all about your immune system. If yours is in tip top order, you won’t get any health problem. Most people have very compromised immunities for a variety of reasons.

A typical western diet does nothing for natural good health. Neither do drugs (social or medical) or vaccines. Neither does not dealing with stress. Many cultures (especially the western model) spend a lot of time suppressing your emotional, physical and spiritual expressions. You are meant to conform to what is considered ‘normal’.

What this means is that you become unhappy and unhealthy because you can’t be the real you. This is detrimental to an efficient immune system.

When you get homeopathic help, either from a professional or from a good bit of home prescribing on your part, this starts to release this suppression. Which raises your immunity. Not only do your physical health problems start to diminish, but you become happier, have more energy, are less easily upset by others.

So lets have a look at the homeopathic treatment for retinal bleeding, from the point of view of the whole person. Or animal.

You need to select a medicine which has a range of symptoms (not all) which cover your symptoms.

The homeopathic medicine Phosphorus has a great reputation for helping in any situation where bleeding occurs, which is difficult to stop. The blood is typically bright red and has no clots. And that’s the problem. Those who benefit from Phosphorus can’t clot their blood. Phosphorus rectifies that in those whose symptoms agree.

Some other areas of blood which won’t clot are wounds, nose bleeds, menstruation, glaucoma. But it can be any area of the body with these symptoms.

Those who need Phosphorus tend to have an enormous thirst especially for icy cold drinks. They find that their respiratory system is one of their weak areas, getting olds and flus on a regular basis. Which invariably go to the chest.

Anyone with serious lung problems, also tend to have weak livers, so hepatitis and jaundice are common, or have been common in the past.

Hair Loss in Women, Get the Facts Before You Act

In the United States alone, pattern hair loss affects over forty million men. Less well known is that hair loss also occurs in twenty million women. Until recently, few viable options existed for women experiencing this problem. Today, great strides in research and treatment are occurring. In this article we will focus on the latest and greatest treatments as well as future therapies looming just around the corner.

But first, a short discussion to lay the framework for gender-based similarities and differences. In both sexes it’s called “pattern” hair loss because hair inside zone of loss is subject to thinning and fallout. Hair outside the zone is generally considered to be immune. This single fact has driven hair transplant surgery for more than fifty years because hair transplanted into the thinning zone retains its genetic immunity and continues to thrive. But there is an important caveat.

In men, pattern hair loss tends to leave a healthy dense area of hair bearing scalp available for transplantation. In women, this does not always occur. Often, women lose hair across the entire scalp to a degree that renders hair transplant surgery a non-starter because you’d be trading one region of sparse hair for another. Another point of differentiation between the sexes is that women with thinning hair tend to retain their juvenile or feminine hair line while bi-temporal recession is a very common finding in men. Thus, concisely, in men, the area of hair loss tends to be more severe but anatomically limited — while in women the degree of loss may not be as severe but the extent of affected territory may be much more extensive.

In this article, we will not delve into the biochemical hallmarks that differentiate male from female pattern hair loss. Suffice to say, the common biochemical features linked to pattern hair loss generally outweigh the gender-specific differences.

Okay, we’ve set down a reasonable foundation for the problem. Now what is there to be done? Let’s start by touching on the options that honestly just don’t work and then we’ll get into therapies that do. The first thing that doesn’t work is also usually the first thing that women try, i.e. “thickening” the hair. Using thickening sprays, gels, mists etc. on thinning hair is a bit like putting makeup on a corpse. Eventually, the jig is up. In hair loss affected women, eventually the hair thins to a point where no amount of flocking spray will be able to disguise what’s happening. This is because the visible hair above the scalp also happens to be the non-living part of the system. That’s why you don’t scream bloody murder when your stylist takes a scissor to your hair. It’s also why plumping up the hair shaft with thickening shampoos and volumizing hair spray ends up addressing precisely the wrong end of the problem. It is the hair follicle, buried several millimeters below the skin surface, where we need to focus attention.

Another thing that just doesn’t work is scalp massage, and/or variously, products designed to increase blood flow to the scalp. Pattern hair loss is not a function of compromised blood supply. So massaging the scalp or using products purported to “invigorate” the scalp do basically nothing but invigorate a disreputable hair company’s bank account. Next on our list of “things that just don’t work” are hair vitamins. Your hair isn’t starving. You aren’t missing trace elements or vitamin C. Your hair is being shut down by genetic and epigenetic factors that hair vitamins simply can’t fix.

By now, you’re probably saying to yourself, well then, if none of these things works, then I’m basically out of luck, right? Wrong. From a therapeutic standpoint, there has actually never been a time in human history with better options than today. For starters, just as there are male-indicated hair loss treatment drugs that are off limits for women, there are female-indicated hair growth treatment pharmaceuticals that are not appropriate for use by men. The first drug on the list is spironolactone.

Spironolactone (marketed under the trade names Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Aldactazide, Spiractin, Spirotone, Verospiron or Berlactone) is a diuretic and is used as an antiandrogen.

It is a synthetic 17-lactone drug that is a renal competitive aldosterone antagonist in a class of pharmaceuticals called potassium-sparing diuretics, used primarily to treat heart failure, ascites in patients with liver disease, low-renin hypertension, hypokalemia, secondary hyperaldosteronism (such as occurs with hepatic cirrhosis), and Conn’s syndrome (primary hyperaldosteronism). Due to its antiandrogen effect, it can also be used to treat hirsutism, and it is a common component in hormone therapy for male-to-female transsexual and transgender people. Interestingly, it is also used for treating hair loss and acne in women, and has been used off label as a topical medication for treatment of male baldness. Spironolactone is commonly used to treat symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) such as excess facial hair and acne. It can also cause gynecomastia in males and should never be given with potassium supplementation for fear of the development of hyperkalemia.

The next female hair loss drug is flutamide. Flutamide is an oral nonsteroidal antiandrogen drug primarily used to treat prostate cancer. It competes with testosterone and its powerful metabolite, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) for binding to androgen receptors in the prostate gland. By doing so, it prevents them from stimulating the prostate cancer cells to grow. Flutamide has been largely replaced as a cancer drug by bicalutamide, due to a better side-effect profile. Flutamide may also be used to treat excess androgen levels in women, and it is here that the drug has also been used to treat female hair loss. It is marketed by Schering-Plough under the brand name Eulexin, also known as Flutamin. Like spironolactone, flutamide has the potential to cause feminizing side effects in men such as gynecomastia, and so this is a hair loss treatment drug that is generally useful only for hair challenged women.

Drugs are great. Thank goodness for drugs. Surely, the greatest achievement of the Twentieth Century was the creation of miracle drugs, such as streptomycin and penicillin. But drugs also come with common but sometimes highly significant negative side effects. Interestingly, it is also a fact that more than 50% of the pharmaceutical drugs in worldwide use today were originally derived from natural substances, either all or in part. For instance one of the earliest TB drugs was extracted from a bacillus found in cranberry bogs. Mother nature has been busy creating biochemically active molecules for many millions of years. Human beings have been at it for a somewhat shorter period of time.

The elegance of natural phytochemicals both staggers and ignites the imagination. And while natural medicine has been in use for thousands of years, it is only recently that evidence-based scientific analysis has been applied to validate these ‘nutraceuticals’ as such substances are sometimes called. A new field is emerging where sophisticated tools of molecular biology and protein chemistry are being harnessed to test, concentrate, and generally improve naturally-derived compounds, all without turning them into synthetic drugs.

In this lab, the focus of our work is directed toward the development of naturally-based hair loss treatment formulations. Here, the goal is to take all we’ve learned and find safe, botanically-based substances that can offer testable benefit in the setting of pattern hair loss.

General Awareness About Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Every woman, of child bearing age, wants to be aware of early pregnancy symptoms, so that she can have a proper journey through her pregnancy period. Pregnancy period is nine-month phase in every woman’s life, which makes her a complete woman in herself as she is carrying a new life within her. Unawareness about the symptoms can lead to late knowledge about the pregnancy and till then it is quite possible that one can miss the initial care for the growing baby. It is very important to be careful from the beginning of the pregnancy period and first trimester (whole pregnancy period is divided into three trimesters) is very crucial for the baby. In order to have a smooth ride over this period it is essential to know the right symptoms of the pregnancy so that the expecting mothers can plan a proper care for themselves and their baby inside them. Though it can be said that some symptoms are quite common and happen to every pregnant lady still it can’t be generalized.

Common Symptoms Of The Pregnancy

  • Missed period (amenorrhea) is usually the first sign among the early symptoms of pregnancy. But if you miss your periods normally then it can’t be a significant symptom. It is quite possible that, if you are underweight, or you are having anxiety or you are stressed then also you might miss your period. Besides this it is also possible that you may have slight bleeding around the time of your period and still you are pregnant.
  • Enlargement of breasts can also signify that you are pregnant. The veins over the breasts become quite prominent and there is tenderness around the breasts.
  • If there is a feeling of tiredness and dizziness around whole day then there are chances you are pregnant. This symptom is one of the major early symptoms of pregnancy .That feeling of dizziness is very different and you normally feel like sleeping whole day. If you are working then it is quite possible your friends will catch you taking small naps while working.
  • Nausea and vomiting, quite significant early symptom of pregnancy may occur during any time of the day during pregnancy. It can be due to any bad smell or bad taste or just like that. So be prepared to carry your vomit bag always with you when you are pregnant.
  • Taste change during pregnancy is very significant. Some food can taste good to you, which you loathed the most in past. You can find yourself craving for some specific food at very odd hours of the day.
  • Hormonal changes within yourself can make you emotional during your pregnancy days. You can get sentimental without any reason. There can be occasional mood swings.
  • Frequent urination is one of the early symptoms of pregnancy. You can pass little amount of urine at odd hours of the day.

The symptoms discussed above can’t be taken as a thumb rule symptoms for pregnancy. It is quite possible that some woman may experience all the symptoms and some might not. Awareness about these symptoms helps you in having a clue about your pregnancy. If you find yourself going through some symptoms then you should have a pregnancy test and without losing time consult a doctor.

Acid Indigestion – Popping Pills May Have Harmful Side Effects – Simple, Natural Ways to Spell Relie

Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it ISN’T! Billions of dollars are spent in antacids each year. For example, Nexium is the third best-selling drug in the world, with annual sales exceeding $5 billion. Priolsec is the #1 selling drug in the world making over 6 billion dollars a year. But antacids and drugs do not fix the cause of the problem and there are reports of harmful side effects.

What causes acid reflux and acid indigestion?

The acid from the stomach may force open the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allowing acid to flow into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn and indigestion. In other cases, this sphincter becomes flaccid and acid splashes into the esophagus. If this indigestion happens more than twice a week, it is time for you to seriously digest information on how to heal this situation now.

What is so wrong with having acid indigestion?

The technical name for persistent heartburn and/or the stomach contents regurgitating up into the esophagus is called gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD. “Chronic GERD has the potential to scar and damage the lining of the esophagus. It can also lead to a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which carries the risk of developing esophageal cancer” (Rubin, 2003).

“People with chronic heartburn can develop painful ulcers in the esophagus, and in rare cases, some can end up with damage that can lead to esophageal cancer” (Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, MSCE, et al., 2006).

Also, throat and breathing problems may be made worse by acid indigestion. Some people may actually think they have allergies, since they have inflammation in their sinuses or throat, when acid reflux is the real culprit.

There are many other challenges. Even “dental enamel exposed to acid from acid reflux will cause dental erosion. The enamel dissolves when exposed to a pH of less than 3.7” (Freund, M.D. and Rejaunier, 2003). Neutral pH is around 7.

Doctors are not sure exactly why this is so, but almost half of asthma patients also have acid reflux.

Why popping a pill can be harmful.

If the warning light in your car goes on, would you simply turn off the light, and never bother to check under the hood? Sooner or later you will have more serious problems with your car by ignoring it’s warning signal.

The same is true with just taking a pill, and not addressing the fact that your body is telling you that something needs your attention. Just taking a pill is like turning off the warning light that your body is giving you, and doing nothing about the cause.

Pills and antacids have reported side effects. Neurologist Dr. Daniel Purlmutter stated on The Oprah Show, “Antacids block B6. Many people are taking antacid medications and the problem is that when they block stomach acid, they block the absorption of B6 and that can damage the brain.” (Oprah, 2006.)

Dr. Sherry Rogers saw many complications with her patients who took Mylanta. “Quite simply, as Mylanta sopped up acid that prompts indigestion, it also depleted the same acid we need for absorbing minerals. Without a sufficient quantity of minerals we are vulnerable to many diseases, from depression to cancer.” (Rogers, S., M.D., 2000).

A study of 145,000 seniors showed heartburn drugs can increase risks of broken hips. These drugs can block absorption of calcium, leading to weaker bones and fractures (Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, MSCE; et al., 2006). The drugs causing the most problems in this study were Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec.

“(Tagamet or Pepcid) are some of the worst drugs that you could possibly take.

They significantly reduce the amount of acid you have, inhibiting your ability to properly digest food. Reduction of acid in the stomach also diminishes your primary defense mechanism for food-borne infections and will increase your risk of food poisoning… I can assure you the number of people who actually need this drug is less than one in 100 of those taking it. In other words, people are being prescribed drugs for heartburn when it is one of the easiest medical problems to treat” (Mercola, J., M.D., 2006).

Chronic use of aluminum containing antacid products may be detrimental to the body. “Research has shown that at least 10 human neurological conditions have been linked to toxic concentrations of aluminum” (Gasdorph, H. and Walker, M., 1995).

What can create acid indigestion?

It is best to look at what you are eating or what is “eating you,” since foods and emotions can cause acid indigestion. Eating too many processed, acidic foods and soft drinks and/or emotions of fear, anxiety or anger can trigger acid indigestion.

Being over weight or pregnant may also contribute to acid indigestion, since possibly the added weight may put pressure on the sphincter, allowing it to open. Some people may also experience indigestion when lying down or bending over.

Natural ways to spell relief.

“Eat whole foods, eliminate processed foods, exercise and relax and enjoy life.” Yeah, yeah, we have all heard that. But, the reason why we have heard it so many times is because it works. Here are some more natural ways to help with indigestion:

• Scientists have shown that there is a strong correlation between obesity and GERD. If you are overweight, losing weight would most likely help relieve the symptoms of acid indigestion and heart burn.

• Many health professionals feel the bacterium H. pylori that lives in the stomach can be a contributing factor in acid indigestion. Blood tests and stool tests will be able to diagnose if you have H. pylori. There is a tea from South Africa that is guaranteed to get rid of H. pylori (http://www.ulcer-cure.com). I am still investigating this – so check my web site for further information. There are herbs from the rain forest that are also supposed to eradicate H pylori. (And no, I do not get affiliate fees or kick backs for any product mentions in this article.)

• Stop drinking sodas as they are much too acidic for the body.

• A Japanese folk remedy is to use ¼ teaspoon of alkalizing umeboshi plum, which is available at heath food stores.

• The use of herbs may help: “Dandelion, fennel, slippery elm and Irish moss function as antacids.” (Tierra, 1990).

• Drinking fresh vegetable juices, especially red cabbage juice in this situation, would be alkalizing and helpful to restore balance in the body.

• Taking enzymes may help to break down food in the stomach. In a double-blind study pancreatic enzymes were shown to reduce gas, bloating, and fullness after a high fat meal (Suarez, F. et al., 1999). The enzymes I think are great are Wobenzym (http://www.wobenzym.com). Wobenzym empowers the body to heal itself. It has been sold to millions of people all over the world and has 25 years of research behind it. It is recommended to take Wobenzym on an empty stomach away from supplements and medications. If you are on blood thinning medications, please consult your doctor before taking these enzymes.

• Probiotics are helpful.

• Eat s-l-o-w-l-y. Quickly wolfing down too much food may cause indigestion.

• Meals are not a surprise. Planning meals will help to avoid eating those culprit, acidic on-the-run foods.

• Eating smaller portions always helps one’s digestion.

References

Freund, L. M.D., Rejaunier, J. (2003). The complete idiot’s guide to food allergies. (p. 66). New York: Penguin Group.

Gasdorph, H. and Walker, M. (1995). Toxic mental syndrome. Garden City Park, NY: Avery Publishing, P.120.

Mercola, J., M.D., (2006). Taking heartburn drugs can break your hip. Retrieved Dec. 26, 2006 from the World Wide Web: http://www.mercola.com/2007/jan/13/heartburn-drugs-can-break-your-hip.htm

Mohandas, M. M.D. (2005). BJS Abstract 105860: Rise of esophageal adenocarcinoma in USA is temporally associated with the rise in carbonated soft drink consumption. Retrieved May 17, 2005 from the World Wide Web: [http://scienceblog.com/cms/node/2712]

Purlmutter, D. MD., Oprah. (2006)

Rubin, J., (2003). Patient heal thyself. (p. 222). Topanga, California: Freedom Press.

Rogers, S. M.D., (2000). No more heartburn. Stop the pain in 30 days – naturally. (p. 6). New York: Kensington Books.

Suarez F, Levitt MD, Adshead J, Barkin JS. (1999). Pancreatic supplements reduce symptomatic response of healthy subjects to a high fat meal. Dig Dis Sci;44:1317–21.

Tierra, M., (1990). The way of herbs. (p. 41). New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, MSCE; James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE; Solomon Epstein, MD; David C. Metz, MD, (2006). Long-term proton pump inhibitor therapy and risk of hip fracture. JAMA, Vol. 296 No. 24, December 27.

The information is intended to help you make informed decisions about your health, not to replace your medical care. Elaine Wilkes’, N.C., M.A., recommendations are NOT intended as a cure, diagnosis, prescription, or treatment for any disease; physical, emotional, spiritual or mental, and are not a substitute for regular medical care.

Hemorrhoids & its Symptoms

Hemorrhoids are conditions where there is a swelling of the veins around the anus. The veins may be inflammed sometimes. Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids are found inside the anus or the rectum and the external is found external to the anus or rectum but near them. The internal hemorrhoid may sometime protrude and it is called protruding hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids are caused due to straining in moving the stool.

The common hemorrhoids symptoms are blood in stool, rectal bleeding, blood on toilet paper, anal itching, anal swelling, and pain during bowel movement. The complicated hemorrhoids symptoms are gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia, thrombosis, and strangulation. There is two types of hemorrhoids are external and internal.

The most common in internal hemorrhoids symptoms is bright red blood covering the stool, or on toilet paper. In the external hemorrhoids symptoms are sever paining and swelling, hard lump around the anus. Other hemorrhoids symptoms are itching, too much of straining, rubbing or cleaning around the anus may cause paining or irritation, it leads to the bleeding.

In the complicated hemorrhoids symptoms, gastrointestinal bleeding is severe, it cause bleeding in stomach, blood while vomiting, blood in stool these are symptoms for gastrointestinal bleeding. Anemic is also one of the complicated hemorrhoids symptoms it causes due to weakness. Stomach ulcer is also hemorrhoids symptoms it is caused due to eating lots of spicy food, and not having the food in the correct time. In the thrombosis hemorrhoid symptoms it may lead to complicated heart attack, stroke and so on. Another hemorrhoids symptoms is strangulation, it means that blockage in the veins.

Internal hemorrhoids symptoms are more severe than external hemorrhoid symptoms. As doctor says any hemorrhoids symptoms are not possible to identify in the first stage. The development of hemorrhoids and hemorrhoids symptoms are identified by diagnosing complicated hemorrhoids symptoms like gastrointestinal bleeding, anemic and so on. Above said are the symptoms for hemorrhoids.

What Are Some Causes Of Heartburn And Diarrhea Issues?

The number of people suffering from frequent bouts of heartburn is on the rise. We are now aware that it is our lifestyle that is causing the pain behind the chest bone and unpleasant feeling of burning in the esophagus and throat. Heartburn and diarrhea is a perfect example of how eating the wrong kinds of foods can bring about a variety of problems which keeps the body imbalanced.

Heartburn is created by acid reflux. The foods we eat, mixed with stomach acid, goes up to the esophagus and creates pain in the chest and burning in the throat. It’s because of a weaken muscle between the esophagus and stomach that is the cause of heartburn. The muscle between the stomach and esophagus is softened when it comes into contact any food that irritates it. This muscle won’t function right and acid escapes into the esophagus,

The increased production of acid in the stomach, caused by different types of food, can cause heartburn to be intensified. Some of the excess acid can back up into esophagus, but it also often causes acute diarrhea. Since diarrhea occurs at the same time as heartburn, we feel like they are causing each other.

Food moving slowly through the stomach may also trigger heartburn because more stomach acid is needed for digestion and this extra acid could wind up in the esophagus. What we eat could cause diarrhea as well as slow movement of food in the stomach.

If you plan to take any drugs to battle your heartburn, be careful because some of them have aluminum hydroxide in them which has been known to cause diarrhea in some people.

Diarrhea can also be caused proton pump inhibitors. A proton pump inhibitor job is to slow down the production of stomach acid but one possible side effect that may occur is the possibility of developing a case of diarrhea.

While diarrhea happens in the lower part of stomach and heartburn in the esophagus. The issue can be felt throughout the entire digestive system. Multiple health issues can be traced to an inability of vitamins being absorbed in the body because of an imbalance in stomach acid production.

When heartburn and diarrhea occur at the same time, we might be looking at two completely different health issues. For instance, a person could be experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome and heartburn at the same time. It’s very important to go see a doctor if heartburn and diarrhea happens regularly. A proper diagnosis and treatment are necessary. There are many health issues that can be the result of prolonged diarrhea.

Heartburn can come with a wide variety of other digestive conditions. While these other conditions may not be directly linked to acid reflux, poor eating habits and bad nutrition will still bring about problem to the digestive system. Before resorting to strong drugs, it is best to try to regain digestive system balance by switching to a healthier diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole wheat grains, lean meats and a lot of water. Caution with regard to eating is the best rule of thumb.

7 Simple Solutions to Appease Late Night Heartburn Symptoms and Acid Reflux

What person hasn’t shot up erect from sleeping during the night, awakened by the unanticipated awful burning discomfort in the abyss within their stomach area? No matter if you took part in very hot and spicy meal, or consumed to much of all those late-night leftovers, these rapid heartburn symptoms solutions can relieve any tormented stomach and assist you in getting straight back to sleeping peacefully.

1. When you are disturbed out of your sleep by painful heartburn you will first need to stand upright. This will assist in retaining the acid under control while you head to get a whole cool glass of water.

2. Once you finish the whole glass of water you will need to mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1/2 a glass of water and drink it down. A warning is needed here for those who are pregnant or have high blood pressure as this remedy can cause some water retention as well as boost your blood pressure.

3. Stay clear of mints or milk to get rid of your heartburn. These may give some relief in the beginning but they consist of proteins and fats that only add to the chemical process that will cause your stomach to produce more acid and make the heartburn actually more intense. You will find that mints can be somewhat soothing but what they will also do is to relax a small valve between the stomach and esophagus that is there to keep your stomach acids back. Once the valve is relaxed unwanted acids can travel up causing more painful heartburn.

4. Sometimes the pain of heartburn can be caused by not enough acid in the stomach. Believe it or not, taking a tablespoon of vinegar is just the remedy to supply the acid your stomach needs and give immediate relief to the problem.

5. It is known that there are certain foods that when eaten before bedtime can perpetuate heartburn. These are some of them that you should stay away from altogether to prevent the painful burning that heartburn can cause. To start beverages that contain caffeine like carbonated sodas, then there is of course garlic, alcohol, chocolate, tomatoes and tomatoes based items, along with citrus fruits. Avoiding these foods especially before bedtime can save you from an aggravating and unbearable burning through the night.

6. For this ailment try a banana a day to keep your heartburn away. In cases where you already have indigestion you can eat papa, pineapple, or drink the juice to settle the situation. How about a teaspoon of mustard to quiet the beast. It works!

7. A few more things you may do is to try to sleep at a slightly upright angle or on your left side it has the tendency to make it harder for the acid to flow upward. Keep your stomachs acid producing activity to a minimum by not eating for at least two hours before bedtime.

While the remedies above will help ease nighttime heartburn in most cases, if you find that you are getting the attacks on a regular basis or they come with a lot of pain or vomiting, this may indicate that the situation is of a much more serious nature. It is advisable at that time to seek the advice of a doctor without delay. In the meanwhile stay away from the things that can get you into a problem before bedtime to have a peaceful, restful sleep.

Fighting Cellulite and Winning

Cellulite – a word most women are very familiar with. Cellulite is the formation of tiny dimples on the skin, usually appearing on the thighs and your bottom.

Now dimples were really cute when we were children, but the puffy puckering dimples we find on our body are a curse to most women. Statistics say that over 80% of women develop cellulite.

Cellulite is very difficult to treat. Cellulite is constructed of small pockets of waste and studies indicate is tied to poor circulation and a sluggish metabolism.

The most effective treatment involves enhancing your natural cellular function and speeding up your metabolism so it is better capable of eliminating toxic waste from the body.

There is a huge selection of cellulite remedies on the market, all claiming to reduce or rid the body of cellulite. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the hype of the miracle cellulite cure.

So how does one determine what will or will not help? Below is useful information to help you make an intelligent choice.

Up until recently most of the treatments for sale were merely topical treatments which by themselves are not very effective at treating cellulite.

It is important to remember that until now very few if any remedies were more than simple topical treatments, which alone are not very effective in treating cellulite. There are many creams on the market the mix combinations of vitamins, herbs, and antioxidants. Some will do no more than make your skin appear smoother and healthier.

Although a superficial treatment, it will reduce the appearance of the cellulite areas.

The better creams will contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and ingredients that stimulate the flow of blood. Cellulite areas are damaged skin pockets which are normally dehydrated. . Increasing the blood flow and reducing inflammation help the skin repair itself. The best treatment comes from the inside out.

We’ve all heard the commercials or ad campaigns that claim that “their cream” can decrease the size of the thigh and repair cellulite.

What these products actually do is draw waste water away from the area, thus temporarily decreasing the size of the thigh and the appearance of the cellulite. T

his is “not” a cure, but a temporary fix. Any size you lost will be regained as soon as you drink water. Body size is not relevant to having or not having cellulite.

Topical cellulite remedies can be beneficial, however they have little effect if they are used alone. Creams reach only the epidermis [top layer] of the skin. They are unable to penetrate the dermis where much of the damage is.

Because they are unable to penetrate the dermis layer and fight the skin damage, many of these treatments are not successful. The surface dimpling caused by cellulite is merely a symptom of the underlying cause.

To reverse the damage you must go beyond treating the top skin layer. Internal treatments and technological treatments can be very successful in treating the underlying problem. Combine science and nature with your topical treatments for real help.

To “really” fight celluloid you need to go within the body. By working inside the body and outside with topical treatments, you’ll have a better chance of fighting cellulite.

The more of them that you use, the more success you will be in reducing, preventing, and even eliminating your cellulite.

It is very important to strengthen blood vessels/increase blood flow. Strengthening blood vessels and increasing blood flow you increase circulation.

Increasing circulation will then allow more blood flow to the celluloid areas so the body will better be able to break down the toxic areas.

The first stages of cellulite and are not visible to the naked eye. The first stages are the result of blood vessels breaking down. Nutrients reach the skin via blood vessels and when the blood vessels are unable to feed nutrients to the skin damage occurs. This damage is called cellulite.

It is very important that the right nutrients are actually able to reach the areas that need them. Feed your body antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, water, and collagen. These will act as reinforcements to help nutrients reach the affected areas. etc., the skin has no way to attain reinforcements. It eventually loses the battle to cellulite

It is important to encourage the Production of connective tissue. This can be done by increasing production of the matrix (GAGs) that make up connective tissue in your body. A strong dermis will help in preventing and repairing cellulite.

The connective tissue is the primary water reservoir for your entire body, so it stands to reason if you have healthy connective tissue your body will be much better able to hydrate itself when needed, keep all of your cells, from your liver to your skin, supplied with their ideal component of water, thereby functioning at their optimal level.

The most important Internal needed to form GAGs in your body, is glucosamine. Glucosamine is the primary building block of GAGs. Your body also needs B vitamins and trace minerals so that your body can metabolize the glucosamine into GAGs.

It is also important to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Your body needs ample collagen and elastin to keep the connective tissue strong. When the dermis is strong, fat cells are not able to break through and appear on the surface, with the familiar dimples.

Your need to supply the body with amino acids to build collagen and elastin.

Make sure that your cells are fully hydrated. De-hydrated cells become weak and are then unable to hold back the fat from surfacing. By drinking plenty of fluids you keep your body hydrated, which revitalizes your cells.

They are then able to push the cellulite forming fat cells back below the surface into the deeper layers of the skin. Keeping your body hydrated has other benefits also, it will keep your skin looking young and beautiful and allow you to better fight disease and infection.

By optimizing the health of your cells they will be able to function at peak levels. Your skin will look younger, smoother, and overall more beautiful.

It is also important to ensure waste is properly removed from the body. If your body is retaining wasted water it can cause problems such as bloating, weight gain, edema, and puffy eyes. It also interferes with your body’s ability to repair cellulite damage.

All of us are exposed to the damage caused by free-radicals. Free radical damage occurs from many sources, such as sun exposure, smoking, and a poor diet.

Free radicals damage the skin making it more susceptible to cellulite. The best way to prevent and repair free-radical damage is with the use of antioxidants, both topically and internally.

Your body responds to damage by rushing defensive nutrients to the affected area. It accomplishes this by dilating the blood vessels and releasing specific chemicals.

What you witness is the skin becoming warm and red. This is inflammation. Prolonged inflammation causes the free-radical damage and cell wall deterioration that it is attempting to prevent.

That is why it is so important to use soothing ingredients, both topically and internally, to calm inflammation before it begins doing more harm than good. Anti-inflammatories are widely available in a variety of products.

Exfoliation is a must. By the time we reach adulthood, the rate our cells turnover has drastically decreased, leaving us with a surface of dead skin cells that not only looks dull, it no longer provides an adequate barrier against the elements and water loss.

The most effective way to combat this is to exfoliate. Exfoliation removes the surface layer of dead cells. There are many ways to exfoliate. Chemical formulas use mild agents to dissolve the dead cells.

Textured soaps, sponges and brushes strip away the surface cells. When you remove the dead cells from your skin’s surface, a message is sent telling your body to create replacements.

The dead cells are replaced with strong young cells that look and feel healthy. But more than that, these cells are better equipped to stand up to the onslaught of cellulite.

Many effective ingredients include essential oils and botanical extracts. Before using a product is always wise to do a patch test. Some botanicals and antibacterial agents can cause reactions in sensitive skin types.

Aloe Vera juice or oil is extracted from the aloe Vera plant. The leaves are made up of water, enzymes, and minerals such as calcium, aluminum, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and sodium.

But wait there’s more. Aloe Vera juice also contains twenty amino acids. Aloe Vera is well known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids are used in many cosmetic products. Certain combinations of AHA products increase cell turnover rate and increase the thickness of the epidermis.

The effect depends on the product’s pH level, the AHA concentration, whether it is a cream or cleanser, as well as how the product is used AHA products make the skin appear smoother and younger.

Lactic acid is commonly found in milk, pickles, and other foods made by bacterial fermentation. Lactic acid can help reduce the effects of photo-aging and can play an important role in the treatment of sun-damaged skin.

Glycolic and salicylic increase the cell turnover rate and uncovering younger skin.

Hydroxy acids unclog embedded cellular debris from pores and shedding the outermost layer of dead skin.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent fat- and water-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. ALA penetrates the skin cells the lipid-rich cell membrane and continues to be effective once inside the cell due to its water solubility. ALA works with vitamins E and C, boosting their antioxidant abilities.

Basil extract is used to relieve pain and muscular spasms, and to stimulate blood flow. It is also known for its restorative and anti-inflammatory properties.

Bioflavonoids’ have strong anti-inflammatory powers, and are also a strong antioxidant.

Niacin improves the ability of the epidermis to retain moisture. When used topically it produces softer, smoother skin with less dryness and flakiness, and it reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Butcher’s broom root extract strengthens and tones blood vessels. In Europe it is a popular treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Carnitine is found naturally in the body. It transports fatty acids to your cells, where they are metabolized. It burns fat and strengthens cells.

Cat’s-claw is an effective anti-inflammatory, which also increases blood flow throughout the body. Recently is has been successful in stimulating the immune systems of cancer patients.

The active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin. Capsaicin not only increases circulation. It also alters the action of the body’s substance P which transfers pain messages to the brain. As a result it is effective in reducing both pain and inflammation by short-circuiting the pain message.

Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown its ability to increase resistance to disease and to strengthen the heart. It creates a substance known as ATP in the body’s cells which is vital for energy. It also has great antioxidant abilities, as well as boosting the antioxidant effect of vitamins C and E.

Peptides are the amino acid, the building block for collagen and elastin. Copper peptide is a trace mineral that helps the body convert amino acids into this connective tissue. Copper peptides are an excellent source of collagen and elastin production.

Essential fatty acids are so vital that they have been referred to as vitamin F. They have amazing hydrating abilities in topical creams, and when taken internally they help to build up the cell membranes and attract water to cells.

Fennel is a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory that needs more research to find its full abilities.

Ginkgo Biloba is an antioxidant, but it also increases the blood flow throughout the body, expanding the reach of any nutrients in the food you eat.

Grapefruit oil and extract have been used for muscle fatigue, stiffness, acne, fluid retention, and skin tightening, and as an antiseptic and astringent.

Grape-seed extract inhibits the enzymes collagenase and elastase, which break down collagen and elastin. Because grape seed is able to prevent the damage from ever occurring, it is very effective in the prevention of celluloid.

Green clay is sometimes referred to as a cellulite solution but does need more study to confirm this. Green clay contains many of the trace minerals that your body needs to metabolize nutrients into new tissue.

Juniper berries extract is high in vitamin C. It is used to treat pain and inflammation from arthritis and varicose veins, and to increase circulation.

When Lecithin is taken internally on a regular basis, it aids your body in repairing and strengthening its cell membranes.

Kelp is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties on the skin. It is rich in minerals and has been used to supply the thyroid gland with iodine in some instances. Kelp can also be used to hydrate the epidermis, nourish the skin, and protect elastin fiber.

Pine oil is used as a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, as a diuretic, and to stimulate circulation.

Pomegranate is fast becoming recognized for its antioxidant qualitites. Studies have showed the that the topical application of pomegranate extract has an effect on preventing skin cancer. Pomegranate is a very potent antioxidants that work primarily in the skin.

Retinoids applied topically over a long period of time temporarily thicken and strengthen the dermis, making it more difficult for cellulite to push its way through.

Zinc, manganese, copper, selenium, magnesium, boron, chromium, molybdenum, silica, and vanadium are all trace minerals. Our body needs these minerals in trace amounts to r metabolize nutrients. Trace minerals are vital to cellulite.

Vitamin C fights an ongoing battle against cellulite and skin damage. Vitamin C breaks down collagenase and elastinase, two naturally occurring substances in the body that attack collagen and elastin.

Vitamin C is also a natural anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant with proven studies that it is effective in battling free-radical damage within the skin.

Vitamin E, both topically and when taken internally, is a very potent fat soluble antioxidant. Because it is fat soluble it can work its way into the fat-rich cell membranes in our bodies, protecting the cell walls from free-radical damage. Vitamin E is also an excellent hydrating and sealing agent in topical creams.

Many popular treatments claim to reduce cellulite. Treatments range from body raps to massage to surgical procedures.

Body Spa Treatments are beneficial on many levels. Great for exfoliating, toning, and stimulating blood flow. A terrific skin care regime.

Body wraps induce sweating thereby having a temporary diuretic effect. However, fat cells and connective tissue are not affected by sweating.

With a body wrap you are covered from head to toe for up to an hour in herbal or seaweed-soaked cloth strips to increase circulation and firm the body’s contours. Once you are unwrapped you body is massaged to enhance circulation and send oxygen to blocked tissues.

Watch your alcohol and caffeine intake prior to a body wrap as both are dehydrating. Body wraps are not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure, anyone who is dehydrated, or pregnant women.

Deep-tissue massage consists of slow strokes to create micro tears at the surface level, making tissue longer and smoother. It also loosens the connective tissue so that it moves more freely and no longer adheres to underlying structures. Deep massage followed by lymphatic drainage can make the surface layer of skin more flexible.

Massage can improve the condition and appearance of your skin, however it does not remove or decrease fat cells. It is excellent for increasing circulation and thus moving nutrients to tissues.

However, if deep massage is too intense, it can also damage blood vessels, which defeats the benefits for cellulite reduction. Areas with cellulite are already sensitive, so be sure to tell the therapist it it feels like too much pressure is being applied. Deep massage provides relaxation and can stimulate the blood vessels and reduce stiffness.

Dermal fillers are expensive. They are a temporary method that improves the appearance of cellulite dimples. The treatment consists of a serious of human fat injections which make dimples less obvious.

Other filling agents can be used rather than fat. The dimples appear less noticeable until the fat is absorbed by the body, then the dimples return to their normal appearance. Not only is this procedure quite costly it is a lengthy procedure.

Electronic Anticellulite Devices are a few noninvasive, nonsurgical treatments for skin contour irregularities. This procedure temporary reduces the appearance of cellulite.

A vacuum type device creates suction to temporarily immobilize and lift the fatty tissue, while dual rollers create deep, subdermal massage to the connective tissue. This stretches the connective tissue, increases blood and lymphatic flow, and exfoliates the skin.

A session can take from forty to ninety minutes, and entail from ten to thirty treatments as well as a monthly maintenance treatment. If you stop treatments your skin reverts back to its original condition. Long term results have never been established either clinically or scientifically.

The lymph system is the body’s waste disposal system. It is the body’s natural defense system, clearing away bacteria, cell debris, excess water, proteins, and wastes from the connective tissue and returning it to the bloodstream for ultimate removal by the kidneys.

If pathways become congested or damaged fluids build up in the connective tissue, leading to edema, swelling, and inflammation. When this occurs the lymphatic system transports the damaged cells, inflammatory substances, and waste away from the area. The sooner this occurs the faster the recovery.

Manual lymphatic drainage is a technique that involves a gentle lymph massage, which enhances and stimulates the lymphatic system to remove wastes more rapidly from around the cells and in the tissues, sending it back into the lymphatic system for removal and ultimate cleansing.

For cellulite treatment, the therapist first assesses the condition of the skin: color, texture, temperature, moisture, and elasticity.

The next step is to look at the contour of the hips and legs, and hunt for skin thickening, ridges, lumps, and visible scars that run across lymph vessels and may obstruct lymph drainage.

The therapist also examines for visible veins, looking for redness, swelling, heat, and pain. Lymphatic drainage is very useful before and after cosmetic surgery to decrease bruising, edema, and inflammation. The effects are only temporary, and it has not been proven to reduce dimpling in the long term.

Mesotherapy are micro injections injected into the middle of the dermis at a trouble spot, to deliver healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body. They can be made of conventional or homeopathic medication.

They are mixed with isoproterenol, vitamins and a diuretic when treating cellulite. Isoproterenol is touted to melt fat although no clinical studies are available to back up this claim. Up to two hundred deep injections are delivered into trouble.

The biggest problem with mesotherapy is that there is no standardized mix for the formula. Long-term, chronic cellulite and wrinkles may require at least fifteen sessions before you notice any result.

Microdermabrasion is a popular alternative to chemical peeling that utilizes a blast of aluminum oxide or salt crystals to exfoliate skin superficially, by passing the particles through a vacuum tube to gently scrape away the aging skin.

The results are similar to a light peel. Microdermabrasion devices are available for home use, although not as good as a professional treatment the cost is significantly less.

Nonablative Lasers point the laser beam at the affected area, causing the collagen and elastin bundles to heat up and move closer to the surface. This firms the skin and reduced imperfections. The results are temporary.

Peels utilize a strong concentration of a chemical exfoliating agent to resurface the skin. New cells made by the remaining dermis result in a newly healed surface, and healthier, more radiant skin.

Chemical peels are very flexible and can be adapted to various levels depending on how deep a peel you want and how sensitive your skin is. Glycolic acid is a common ingredient in peels as it is generally gentler and safer than trichloracetic acid

Peels work by damaging the skin to a stage where the body needs to build new collagen and elastin bundles. You might feel a burning or stinging sensation, and there will be moderate swelling of the treated areas for about a week and minimal scabbing, followed by healing and a toughening of the skin

Thalassotherapy is rich in sea minerals and nutrients.

The therapy combines the sea nutrients with warm sea water to dilate pores and blood vessels, opening the skin to absorb the sea minerals.

In the end the best way to cure celluloid is simply to avoid getting it. Eat a balanced diet low in fat, drink plenty of water, eat fiber foods, and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Exercise for 20-30 minutes daily to help keep the body in shape, and avoid smoking, alcohol. A healthy life style will go along way towards prevention.

Five Ways To Fight The High Blood Pressure Gout Connection

There are many things that gout can do to your body, but you may not realize how far reaching some of the effects might be. Some who have gout have problems with high blood pressure, and gout can make that problem even worse. There are even some times when high blood pressure gout problems are one in the same. There are some things you can do to lower your blood pressure while trying to treat your gout and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Your high blood pressure gout connection might not be obvious to you at first, and you may not think that one has anything to do with the other. However, if you have both, you should at least consider they are related. High blood pressure can be dangerous, and is not something that you should ignore. Some of the most common things that you may have to deal with in regards to having high blood pressure are kidney failure, heart attack and disease, congestive heart failure, and many problems and complications with heart values and arteries. Because all of these are life threatening, it is important to find ways to keep it under control.

A healthy lifestyle can help keep your high blood pressure gout problem under control in some cases. Here are five things you can do.

– If you are carrying around extra weight, you want to see if you can lose some of it. Even ten pounds in loss can make a positive dent in your blood pressure. Losing weight is also great for those with gout, so this lifestyle change can have great benefits all around.

– Exercise is good for the body, can eliminate many problems, and can even help you feel better each day. This is also something anyone with high blood pressure gout should do. If you have problems with exercise because of your gout, talk with your doctor about which exercises would be the best for you and your overall medical condition.

– Those who smoke, drink, or chew tobacco should stop. Both are bad for gout and for high blood pressure, so eliminating them can greatly improve health. You may have a hard time quitting right away, but don’t give up. You’ll thank yourself later.

– Watch your diet if you have high blood pressure gout problems. You should eat a lower purine diet, and you should also be sure that you watch your sodium levels. Sodium is found in many foods, but you can now find reduced sodium versions of many of them. This will help lower your blood pressure along with lowering the amount of uric acid in your body.

– Some people should eliminate some caffeine from their daily routine. Some studies suggest that caffeine in coffee has no affect on high blood pressure, but it does when it comes from a can of soda. No one is really sure why. If you drink a lot of soda, go for caffeine and sugar free, and if you think caffeine might still be a problem, lower the amounts you get from coffee as well.

3 Ways Stress Can Kill You – Techniques To Deal With Unrelenting Stress

Being Exposed To Unrelenting Stress Can Cause Chronic Health Issues

While some stress is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact some people perform better under with a certain amount of stress being brought to bear on them, but too much stress can have a massively negative affect on your physical & mental health.

Stressed out people are not only susceptible to depression but their relationships with loved ones & work colleagues can be put under so much strain that they eventually break down completely apart from the physical impact that stress has on our health.

3 Ways That Stress Can Cause Chronic Disease & Serious Health Problems

1. Heart Disease

People who fail to deal with their stress effectively, are exposed to heart disease amongst other chronic diseases.

In fact stressed out people not only have a higher risk of having a heart attack, but also may not be able to deal with it as well as a more relaxed heart attack patient.

2. Cancer

Not only does excessive stress weaken the immune system, it also weakens the effect of cancer fighting drugs so much so that cancer cells can flourish in a stressed out body.

3. Stroke

People who do not manage or deal with their stress effectively are at a higher risk of

suffering from a stroke at some stage of their lives.

The above are just a few instances of how stress can affect your health & is by no means conclusive as a poorly managed stress can affect people in many other ways.

It is therefore vitally important that everyone who is exposed to the daily challenges that life throws at us, takes steps to manage their stress effectively before it kills you.

Holistic Guide To Dealing With Stress Forever

To deal with your stress and enjoy a happy and fulfilling life, you need to employ a holistic program that uses certain principles that tackle the stressors in our lives.

These stressors can include things like, work conflict, relationship issues, money problems, failures, poor diet, lack of sleep which all contribute to a dangerous situation of being stressed out.

You need to know how to deal with these stressful situations so that you can become stronger in both an emotional and psychological way.

In fact physical fitness plays an important role in overcoming depression & emotional stress.

In conclusion the key to effective stress management is in identifying the primary stressors in your life and addressing them with the right techniques to allow you to live a stress-free life with the inner & outer strength & resilience to cope with work, financial, relationship & any other challenge that life throws at you.