Bid Adieu to Thickened Nails With Toenail Softening Creams

Are your thickened nails giving you trouble while clipping them? Then here is a solution for you – toenail softening creams. These creams will moisturize your toe nails from deep within and help in softening them. Get toenail fungus creams to deal with fungal infections that might lead to thickened nails.

Thickened nails are not uncommon! However, most people assume that fungal infection is solely responsible for thickened nails. If you too thought the same, then it’s time to change your tune, for there are several other reasons that could also contribute to thickened nails. For instance, an inadvertent damage to your toenails may also make your nails thick or it may be a result of aging too. No matter what causes thickening of nails, the use of an effective toenail softening cream can work wonders in softening your toe nails.

Simply applying toenail softener on your toe nails will indeed prove effective in softening them. However, here are a few tips that can help achieve better results.

  • Begin you toenail treatment by adding 2 ½ tbsp of table salt into a tub of warm water.
  • Soak your feet in the warm water mixture for at least 30 minutes. If your nails are very thick, then maybe you should soak your feet for some more time until they become soft.

Use a towel and pat dry your feet. Follow it with applying toenail cream on the affected nails. Of course, you can apply the nails on other nails too! Your nails will now be soft enough to make clipping easier. For more effective results, leave the cream on your nails overnight.Toenail softening creams work by reducing protein buildup in your nails. Most of these toenail creams come infused with moisturizing ingredients to keep your nails healthy and clean. When applied, the moisturizing ingredients will penetrate the nails and act from deep within. So the ultimate result is soft and pliable nails.

Not just thickened nails, fungal infections are also a major problem that most of you would have come across. Your feet are more prone to fungal infections if you will wear enclosed shoes for a considerably longer period. If not treated, these fungal infections can lead to thickening of nails. There are toenail fungus creams that work extremely well in dealing with fungal infections. These anti fungal creams hinder the growth of fungus, which means your feet will be protected from any further damage.

Asthma and Allergies – Is Vikane Termite Fumigation For You?

Termite Fumigation can cause some serious problems for certain individuals with Asthma and Allergies. Vikane is the usual chemical treatment method for dry wood termite problems. It is a gas that is used in relation to tenting homes for termites. What this means it that your entire home will be sealed under a covering that looks like a tent. Then they pump Vikane Gas aka Sulfuryl Fluoride inside and circulate it with fans for one day. The next day, the tent is taken off, and the house is aired out till the Vikane Gas is at safe levels to enter. It is safe to go back inside by the third day. Usually people worry themselves about termite fumigation and think that the gas will stick to furniture and counter tops, but the truth is none of this happens with Sulfuryl Fluoride Gas and it has been proven that after the house has been aired, the little amount of gas that remains is completely safe for human breathing.

The preceding statement is what the Termite Industry would have you believe is the total truth. I have had several clients who have severe allergies who could not go into a Sulfuryl Fluoride Gas fumigated house for over two months because they started having allergy problems as soon as they walked into the house. Most people who have allergies are very sensitive to this gas and must be very careful to avoid it till it totally dissipates in the home. Two months is the longest I have seen in 15 years but I am sure there is the exception.

Is there any way to rid your house of dry-wood termites other than fumigation? There are safer methods of killing Termites than using Sulfuryl Fluoride Gas. The methodology is the same, they tent the house, then they pump heat in instead of Vikane. This is a much safer alternative and you can go into the house the same day they remove the tent over the house. This heat treatment works good, it does have its problems but is safer than Sulfuryl Fluoride Gas which is toxic to people. The good thing is that the cost is about the same.

In conclusion, Termite Fumigation has serious problems for some individuals with Asthma and Allergies. I have personally known several individuals who were allergic to Vikane Gas residuals in homes up to two months after it was fumigated. There are safer alternatives such as Heat Treatments for Termites. The cost is similar in both cases. It is important that you check out all the alternatives before you make up your mind. Talk to the Professionals of both types of treatments and get the right answers for your case. If you feel that you have been affected by Vikane Gas, consult with your Doctor immediately.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us or visit our website.

Parasitic Worms – Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Categorized into two categories – helminths [these are multi-cellular worms] and protozoa [single cellular worms], worms can affect anybody no matter the age or gender. Toddlers and young children are more prone to this infestation [generally found in the stomach or intestines] and over the counter treatment is quite easy and readily available, worms do not pose a serious health risk but if left untreated can cause serious complications and may be life threatening. Infected humans are found in all parts of the world but it more prevalent in the tropical or sub-tropical regions [especially during the rainy season]. Helmiths do not have the ability to multiply [once they are adult] while in the human body, whereas the protozoa can multiply rapidly and thereby cause severe health problems and certain infections.

Symptoms

Though found mainly in the stomach or intestines these parasites do have the ability to live in other areas of the human body. Listed below are some of the more common infestations with their own symptoms:

* Round-worms – inflammation of the lungs or intestines, nausea, vomiting, fever, irritability, nervousness and loss of weight.

* Thread-worms – bouts of diarrhea followed by constipation, cough, fever, loss of weight and severe itching around the rectum of the infected patient

* Pin-worms – this infestation can take up to 2 weeks to manifest[after ingestion of the larvae], this is because the female moves to the rectal area and begins laying eggs [ about 15 000 a day] which causes severe rectal itching and irritation of the anus

* Hookworm – there are a few different species but the common one is medically known as Necator americanus, these enter through the skin [get into the bloodstream and end up in the intestine] and can cause irritation at the point of entry, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and anemia

* Roundworms – most common in tropical or sub-tropical areas and do not produce any symptoms, severe cases have however shown symptoms like weight gain, abdominal pain and these worms can cause complications like a blockage in the intestine

* Tapeworms – prevalent in pets with a low risk of cross infection to humans, this infestation shows no symptoms other than the appearance of white particles in the stool [rice shaped]

Common symptoms not mentioned above

* Dark Circles under the Eyes

* Foul Breath

* Constant desire for food

* Restlessness at night

* Bad dreams

* Headaches

Causes

There are a variety of ways one can get infected with worms, first and foremost is general hygiene, contaminated foods or water, contact with contaminated soil [in the case of youngsters], over population and poverty.

Prevention

This is probably one of the hardest infestations to prevent [especially in children], as they are always playing with their pets or in infected soil, ensuring that they wash their hands thoroughly with a sterilizing soap is easier said than done as parents are not always around when they come back inside and grab a bite to eat etc.

As adults, we can prevent infestation by ensuring good hygiene in the home, making sure all fruits are washed thoroughly, ensuring the vegetables are washed, getting our raw meat from a well-known source etc. We can also ensure our pets are worm free to try keep the soil in our gardens clear. De-worming the entire family [as well as our pets] at least every six months with over the counter medication is a must.

Never neglect the fact that someone in the family has worms, they can infect the entire family and ignoring the problem will not make it disappear. Medical treatment should be sought if over the counter medication does not clear the problem – ineffective treatment can cause severe complications and have lasting consequences.

Do Your Depression Symptoms Vary With The Time of Day?

A few years back, when I was struggling with how to deal with depression, one of the most puzzling and frustrating aspects of my condition was that my symptoms would significantly improve towards the end of the day. In fact, I’d have to say, that right before going to bed at night, I would feel practically “normal,” and I would convince myself that I wasn’t really depressed after all. Unfortunately, with the dawn of a new day, I’d be right back to square one, barely able to get myself out of bed, and feeling confused and defeated.

I allowed this mood-swing situation to continue for a while before I realized I needed to get some professional help for how to deal with depression. Once I was evaluated and diagnosed by my doctor, I was surprised (and relieved) to learn that my variation in mood during the day was a well-recognized signature characteristic of depression. The medical community has termed this symptom as diurnal variation.

Despite the fact that it has a name, diurnal variation remains somewhat of a mystery to experts who study the complexities of depression. These researchers seem to believe that it is connected to our biological circadian rhythms…which is another way of saying our body’s natural internal clock.

Scientists have determined that our bodies’ circadian rhythms are influenced by the light and dark periods of a 24 hour day. Light is the main stimulus influencing circadian rhythms, responsible for turning on or turning off genes that control a person’s internal clock.

Brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration, core body temperature and other biological activities are also directly impacted by cycles of light and darkness.

And given the fact that individuals vary so widely when it comes to their body’s natural rhythms, some people with depression will wake up feeling good in the morning, and then experience a slow slide back down into depression as the day progresses. This phenomenon is known as reverse diurnal variation.

Researchers attribute this to the fact that we now live in a 24 hour society, where people have work schedules which don’t fit into the typical 9:00am – 5:00am routine. Furthermore, we have the ability to, quickly and easily, travel to different time zones and even, seasons.

That being said, however, other influencing factors on our internal clocks, such as, environmental stress, hormonal fluctuations and genetic predisposition also have to be taken into consideration. All these might possibly, induce rhythm disturbances.

While the medical community recognizes the role diurnal variation plays in depression, there is still not enough known how, or even if, disturbances in our circadian system set off or take the edge off a depressive episode.

Studies continue on these and other possible clues to the cause of mood disorders. Fortunately, it is through this intensive research that experts are able to develop better and more effective methods for helping sufferers.

If you recognize yourself in this description of daily variation of mood, and suspect you may need help with how to deal with depression, it’s important to schedule a visit with your doctor. Establishing a confirmed diagnoses is the first step to healing and recovery.

If you’d like to read more about helpful ways for how to deal with depression, visit my web site.

Fear, Phobias, Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Fear is our defense mechanism against danger. It is a healthy reaction that protects organisms from their enemies and from hostile conditions of the environment. Without fear, we would not have any protection from danger.

However, exaggerated fear or unexplainable fears are problematic and lead to despair and craziness.

Humans are mentally ill from birth, since the very violent, cruel and immoral anti-conscience is inherent in all humans. The conscious part of the human conscience that respects human values and controls human behavior is selfish, one-sided and underdeveloped. It easily becomes a puppet of the anti-conscience, which is constantly trying to destroy the human side.

Therefore, the normal and protective function of fear becomes a disease, since this fear is either exaggerated or unexplainable.

Fear can become panic or be transformed into a phobia.

Let’s examine the definitions given to this term by http://www.dictionary.com so that we may understand what fear really means.

-noun

1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of heights.

3. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone’s safety.

4. reverential awe, esp. toward God.

5. that which causes a feeling of being afraid; that of which a person is afraid: Cancer is a common fear.

-verb (used with object)

6. to regard with fear; be afraid of.

7. to have reverential awe of.

8. Archaic. to experience fear in (oneself).

-verb (used without object)

9. to have fear; be afraid.

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While normal fear is our defense against danger, anxiety is the fear that something bad might happen; it is not the fear of something that is dangerous. Therefore, anxiety is the fear of the future, fear of the conditions of life, unexpected problems; in other words, the fear provoked by one’s mind suppositions and assumptions.

Phobias are manic fears concerning certain objects, places or people. They have an unexplained character. However, with my simplified version of Carl Jung’s method we can understand that phobias are caused by the unconscious as a punishment for the mistakes of our absurd conscience, which is one-sided and underdeveloped.

You can find more information about phobias in my article “Phobias Mystery Revealed-The Fear Factor.”

The human conscience is negative because it is selfish and ignorant, even though it is not as evil as the anti-conscience. Real goodness can be found only in the unconscious side of the human psychic sphere, that doesn’t belong to the human being but has a different and older origin. Its sanctity and wisdom are beyond any doubt and anyone can recognize them. Its function in the psychic sphere is always protective, so the phobias it causes attempt to save the human conscience from craziness.

Phobias belong to a different type; they are not fears like anxiety and panic, even though someone may end up with agoraphobia (fear of closed, crowded places) after many panic attacks.

Anxiety and panic attacks are caused by the anti-conscience because these fears come from assumptions, whereas phobia is the fear of specific objects, people or places.

The psychotherapy to treat anxiety, panic and phobias is my simplified version of Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation.

We can use words and associations made by the patients as well as their drawings, which can be interpreted like dreams, in order to understand their psychic problem and its cure.

Anxiety and phobias can easily be cured while panic attacks require longer duration of psychotherapy, but they can be surely cured as well.

The Effects of Alcohol Induced Anxiety

Alcohol Induced Anxiety

Millions of people worldwide are subject to the horrible effects of panic and anxiety. Most of those people are also predisposed to alcohol abuse, as alcohol tends to mitigate the horrible effects of anxiety because of its sedating properties. Unfortunately, this comes as a double-edged sword, as excessive drinking will eventually lead to Alcohol Induced Anxiety.

I have personally authored various articles on the subject of anxiety, panic and depression. In most cases anxiety develops from unwanted effects stemming from strange and uncomfortable sensations. Simply put, that is to say if you are predisposed to panic and anxiety, then the effect of anxiety will without doubt create sensations within you that will propel you into an Alcohol Induced Panic Attack, which afterwords may potentially lead you into a state of Alcohol Induced Depression.

To qualify that statement, I would like to first go over some of the biological effects of excessive drinking. Then we’ll return to how it relates to panic and anxiety.

01. After drinking excessively you will experience horrible headaches, as the high alcohol levels in the body will lead to dehydration. This dehydration will also cause intense dry mouth and throat, and an all over feeling of intense stiffness. Dehydration however, not only affects your brain, but also reacts with every other organ in the body. As a matter of fact, it would be much more accurate to say it affects all the cells that make up your body. All living things (including us) are mostly composed of water, and much like a plant, once we dry up, we wilt, and ultimately, if we continue to dehydrate, we will die. It’s no great surprise then, that dehydration by itself will cause very uncomfortable sensations within your body, and if you are predisposed to anxiety to begin with, then these effects will surely put you on the path to an Alcohol Induced Panic Attack.

02. Sensitivity to environmental stimulus – After a bout of excessive drinking, you will find that you are unable to handle noises or bright lights. This problem is brought upon by the fact that alcohol causes the central nervous system to become hyperactive. When this occurs, every sensory feeling that you have will heighten, thereby making you many times more sensitive. For sufferers of anxiety, this is simply not good. Anxiety is created by sensations that trigger an increased flow of adrenaline, which in turn triggers the attack. Therefore, it is safe to say that hyper-sensitivity is not good for those attempting to remain calm and free of panic and anxiety.

03. Nausea and vomiting is also common as this is the body’s way of ridding itself from the alcohol. The increased levels of digestive chemicals causes the pain, nausea and vomiting to occur. Here again we have a created uncomfortable sensations that can create a panic attack to occur.

04. Another anxiety causing effect is fatigue, which is brought upon by low blood sugar levels. Blood sugar is one of the chemicals that are responsible for making sure that the muscles in the body have enough energy to function properly. Low blood sugar levels can cause the body to not have enough energy, which in turn causes mental sensations of worry, fear and ultimately panic to develop.

05. As your body works on ridding itself of the poisonous toxins, and your organs try to play “catch-up”, you will also be going into a state of alcohol withdrawal. Typical symptoms include but are not limited to; profuse sweating, tremors, and you will feel dizzy, light headed or disoriented, and may experience a pronounced loss of short term memory, sometimes referred to as a blackout. The more alcohol that you consumed, the more pronounced and long lasting these uncomfortable effects will be.

06. The effects of the hangover will compound upon themselves, and as the strange and uncomfortable sensations within your body heighten, the fear and worry will increase, which will turn to panic. The increasing levels of panic will cause a sudden surge of adrenaline into your bloodstream, which will immediately raise your already elevated heart rate (as a result of dehydration) to dangerously high levels. That inconjunction with the low levels of electrolytes, normally used to maintain proper heart function, may cause your heart to beat erratically or even go into full blown cardiac arrest and eventual death; depending of course on your overall health and how often you binge drink.

07. Hospitalization may be required depending on the severity of the Alcohol Poisoning.

From this, we can surmise that excessive alcohol intake to self medicate against the effects of anxiety is NEVER a good idea. Sure one or two glasses is generally okay, but mind numbing abuse is potentially a deadly choice. There are so many more options available besides the abuse of alcohol, that you really owe it to yourself to seek safe, natural and proven techniques.

I hope this article has helped steer you in making the right choice for yourself and your family. Please remember that alcohol can be very poisonous when abused, and although it may work as a short term solution to anxiety, it will ultimately perpetuate it in ways that will make it increasingly more difficult for you to manage.

Seek help for your self, and strive to live a healthy life. Anxiety and panic will be cured.

Thank You,

Greg Wilson

All material provided in these articles are for informational or educational purposes only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition.

Oil of Oregano – The Miracle Drug Most People Still Don’t Know About

The uses for oregano and oil of oregano are many. Whether it’s fighting diarrhea, intestinal gas, and digestive problems, it also works well against a sore throat and breathing difficulties. Oil of oregano can also fight against bee stings and many snake bites. Some reports have even suggested it as a treatment for dandruff and skin disorders.

The benefits of oregano have really gone unnoticed. Oregano is probably the world’s most complete natural medicine. But it has to be the real thing. If it’s NOT genuine oregano and oil of oregano, it won’t have the powerful effects that the real will have.

Oregano may be what you’ve been searching for, but maybe you’d never heard about the value and availability.

Oregano oil is very powerful in fighting:

* Yeast, fungus (skin and blood-borne)

* Allergies, hay fever, and sinusitis

* Infections (cold and flu).

One doctor learned about its strength first hand. He suffered from a blood-born fungal infection that literally put him out of work. He had to close his practice and move home to live. He had tried everything, until finally; he discovered the powerful antiseptic property of wild oregano. It saved him and he got his life back again.

In my opinion, the anti-allergic effectiveness I’ve received has been the most impressive. I started using it a few years ago and made it through one of the worst pollen seasons ever. I took it before I went to sleep and slept through the night. Oil of oregano has been used since ancient times to fight yeast, fungal and viral infections. Oregano oil’s ability to wipe out allergies, runny nose, sinusitis, and nasal drip has proven to me that this stuff really works!

Once again, I want to reiterate, you’re not going to get the results eating a pizza! There’s not enough real oregano power. Only, wild, mountain-grown oregano (from the Mediterranean) contains the naturally rich “carvacrols, flavonoids, and terpenes,” which give the oregano its incredible power. The Carvacrol is a natural “anti-microbial” and Flavonoids provide a “natural antiseptic” property, which act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

You might call them, “Mother Nature’s antihistamines and decongestants.” Wild handpicked Oil of Oregano has over 70% Carvacrol by weight. That’s a lot of healing power. Remember, you can’t buy cheap imitations and expect any real results. The beauty of oregano is that it can be used internally and topically.

Every allergy sufferer needs to know that wild oregano is capable of stopping their next allergy attack in its tracks. It is effective, reliable, and safe. Can you even begin to say that about “over-the-counter drugs?”

Try the natural approach first. Why continue to suffer from allergies any more. Wild oregano oil conquers them every time.

Pathogenic bacteria, staph, strep, and E.coli, are no match for the power of oregano oil. This wonderful gift for healing has even been proven to destroy resistant fungal forms like the mutated fungi which result from antibiotic therapy.

Let me be honest, it is strong, so when you start using it internally, start with small amounts, like one or two drops twice a day in juice.

Take one drop twice a day and work your way to one drop four times a day. Mix it with a little honey or maple syrup, to improve taste.

As I said before, you can apply it topically to treat gums, teeth, itches, infections on the skin, and just about anywhere in the body. Exercise caution if you use it in the genital region. If you have to use it there, mix it with some olive oil or coconut oil before applying it.

Another benefit of oregano; there are no side effects.

Just look at how many health issues Oil of Oregano effectively treats:

• acne

• allergies

• arthritis

• asthma

• athlete’s foot

• constipation

• croup

• dandruff

• diarrhea

• digestive disturbances

• insect bites

• bronchitis

• canker sores

• colds

• flu

• earaches

• fatigue

• gum disease

• parasites

• headaches

• menstrual irregularities

• psoriasis

• toenail problems

• seborrhea

• ringworm

• rosacea

• sinusitis

• muscle pain

• varicose veins

• warts

Should I Use a Cast, a Boot, a Splint Or a Brace For My Injury?

After fracturing my foot, patients and family members asked me how it was being treated. Was surgery required? Did you need it casted? What is the best way to treat this type of fracture? As I thought of these issues, I felt it was necessary to explain the differences of the various available treatments and when one is better than another. I, however, placed my broken foot in a walking boot for reasons I will explain later.

Cast: For years the standard treatment for fractures was plaster casts (now fiberglass), and was designed to protect the area and stabilize the fracture location. These are still utilized regularly, but may not be required.

Advantages:

– Solid construct that provides protection for the area that was injured.

– Due to the firmness of the cast, it stabilizes the fracture during healing.

– Inability to remove. In some patients this is a necessity, because fractures get worse without protection and if the “protection” is being regularly removed it won’t heal correctly.

Disadvantages:

– Can’t get cast wet, making bathing more difficult.

– Itching and possible irritation from wearing a cast for 6-8 weeks during healing.

– May be painful if placed too early and the foot swells. (Especially important if an airplane trip is planned, as a cast will get painful.)

Walking Boot: This treatment is becoming much more common, because of the convenience and ease of application. The boot can be a great option for many fractures where stabilization of the ankle joint is required to stabilize the fracture.

Advantages:

– Ability to remove for shower or to let foot and leg breath.

– Due to the firmness of the boot, it stabilizes the fracture during healing.

– Soft lining and construct for increased comfort and allowance for swelling.

Disadvantages:

– Often has portions of boot that a soft, reducing the protection areas.

– Easily removed, increasing the ability to walk without the boot (increasing the risk of further injury).

Due to the associated comfort, the ease of dressing (since it can be removed) and the ability to shower without the boot, I chose this option for my foot. I do, however, wear it 24 hours a day, except when changing clothes or showering.

Post-op Shoe: For some fractures of the foot, a post-op shoe may provide enough stability to allow healing.

Advantages:

– Ability to remove for shower or to let foot and leg breath.

– Due to the firmness of the boot, it stabilizes the fracture during healing.

– Soft lining and construct for increased comfort and allowance for swelling.

Disadvantages:

– Only sole of shoe is rigid, providing no protection to top of foot.

– No stability to ankle or joints of foot nearest the ankle.

– Easily removed, increasing the ability to walk without the shoe (increasing the risk of further injury).

Splint: Stability of the cast with room for swelling. Usually not protective to the top of the foot, and doesn’t allow walking.

Brace: Should primarily be used for sprains and stable stress fractures that require reduced motion of the foot.

How should you treat your fracture? I recommend (and am doing it on my fracture) that you get good stability to the fracture including the joint above and below the area of injury. Typically this will require a walking boot or a cast.

What Cause Fever Blister?

What cause fever blister? Fever blister is an infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Alternative names for fever blister are called cold sore, herpes oral, herpes labialis. It leads to the development of small, red and usually painful blisters on the skin of the lips, mouth, gums, or lip area. These blisters are usually called fever blisters.

Herpes simplex is highly contagious, that means you can transmitted the virus to another people with direct contact such kissing, performance oral sex, and share items (towel, toothbrush, lipstick, spoon, cup, etc). You can spread the virus to other part of your body too, your eye and genital are susceptible to spread of the virus. Always practice good health habits will help you to prevent transmitted of the virus.

Once you get this, the virus will still remain in the nerve cells in your skin and may reoccur again as an active infection, and it can outbreak by triggered certain of thing, include:

– menstruation.

– Sun exposure.

– Wind exposure.

– Avoid foods contain arginine, such as those containing chocolate, peanuts and other nuts, grains, peas, corn, seeds, oats and whole-wheat dairy products should be reduced from the diet.

– Illness with fever.

– Stress.

– Other unknown causes.

Fever blister may heal within 10-14 days. If the blister last longer than 2 weeks or occur frequently, it is advisable to see your doctor.

When possible prevention of fever blister is better than cure. If you already got fever blister, it can and will cause embarrassment at any point in your day, and the more you worry over it, the worse it often becomes, because stress can be a triggered. But it doesn’t mean you can do anything. Find the best treatment for you, so many treatment for fever blister, but remember choice the treatment to STOP fever blister at the root of the problem, instead of just masking the symptoms.

© STOP Fever Blister FOREVER

Leg Pains – Dietary and Ayurvedic Treatment, Home Remedies

Pains in the legs could be due to joint pains or due to muscle cramps. Joint pains are generally observed in arthritis, a condition which sets in as the person’s advances in age. In arthritis, the articulation of the bones gradually wears out over time, leading to pains whenever they function. This is called as Aama Vata in Ayurvedic language.

Muscle cramps usually affect the muscles of the leg. It is known as Khalli Vata in Ayurveda. There is a special term for the muscle cramps that affect only the calf muscles, and that is Pindikoveshtana. From an Ayurvedic point of view, almost all pains are caused due to vitiation of the vata dosha. Specifically in leg pains due to muscle cramps, the Vyana vata is vitiated. This is a sub-dosha of the vata which controls the involuntary muscles of the body.

Pains occur when there is an ama buildup in the body. Ama is the name given to the toxic materials caused due to improper digestion that cannot be expelled from the body. Such ama causes several problems, including leg pains. Ama is built up due to high agni, i.e. digestive fire, which is governed by the pitta dosha. Hence there is also a pitta relation with the leg pains.

(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Leg Pains

1. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)

Clove oil is applied on the affected leg muscle as a poultice. It provides immediate relief from pains, especially if they are due to muscle cramps.

2. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger has wonderful painkilling properties. It must be included in the daily diet if muscular pains in the legs are a chronic problem.

3. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice is very effective in relieving muscle aches. An infusion of its roots must be prepared in water and kept overnight. This helps in almost all kinds of muscle problems.

4. Madhuca (Madhuca indica)

Madhuca has positive effects on leg pains, especially if they are due to rheumatism. Its oil is applied locally over the affected regions.

5. Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Pepper helps in dilating the superficial blood vessels, thus helping in proper blood circulation. It also has analgesic properties and can be used as a liniment in muscular problems.

(2) Dietary Treatments for Leg Pains

Since improper digestion can cause leg pains, care must be taken not to eat anything that can cause digestive problems. Do not consume constipating foods; keep your diet simple. Consume plenty of green vegetables and leafy vegetables that contain fiber. Vitamin C obtained from amalaki, oranges and tomatoes is also good for digestion. After each meal, make it a habit to eat a plantain instead of some calorie-rich dessert like ice-cream. A plantain is a food that is extremely rich in minerals of potassium, magnesium and calcium. Hence it is extremely beneficial for proper metabolism within the leg region. Avoid coffee and chocolate if you have persistent leg pain problems.

The importance of adequate amount of fluids cannot be stressed enough. Dehydration is a leading cause of leg pains. Keep drinking one glass of water every waking hour to prevent dehydratiom.

(3) Ayurvedic Treatments for Leg Pains

There are good oils in Ayurveda that are used for external application over the affected legs. If the muscle pains have occurred suddenly, then most likely they are cramps. In such cases, Mahanarayana tailam or Praharini tailam are applied to get relief. Warming the oils a bit and then applying has better effects.

For internal administration, Sinhanaada Guggulu is prescribed. This drug is also a mild laxative. So it will also correct whatever digestive problems may be there with the system. Other commonly prescribed medicines are Laxmivilasa rasa and Pratapa Lankeshwara rasa.

(4) Home Remedies for Leg Pains

1 If you have regular complains of pains in the legs, then there are some simple exercises you can do in order to get relief from them. Some of them are described:-

a) Lie on your back on a firm bed. Wear some loose clothing over the legs, such as shorts or pajamas. Raise your legs gradually in the air, as far as they can go. The heels should point skywards. Hold the legs in this stretched position for about ten seconds and then bring them down again. Do this five times per session, and repeat the exercise thrice a day.

b) Alternatively you can stand facing a wall at an arm’s length distance from it. Stretch out your arms and touch the wall with your open palms. Then slowly pull yourself forward (towards the wall). Feel the stretching pressure building up in your legs. Hold yourself in this stretched position for about ten seconds and then let go. Do this five times per session, and repeat the exercise thrice a day.

c) Even Yoga has several leg stretching exercises that can be used with great positive effects. These exercises are Uttanpadasana, Janusandhi and Gomukhasana.

2 If the cramps occur when performing an exercise workout or some physical activity, then have a glass of lemon water with a pinch of salt in it.

3 If you have leg pains in the joints due to arthritis, then crush two to three cloves of garlic and add them to a glass of diluted milk. Boil it to quarter its amount and drink it just before bedtime.

4 Applying a hot pack or fomenting the leg with steam helps to improve circulation in the leg and eases the pain. Even applying cold packs helps. This will reduce the blood flow into the leg region and help the muscle to relax.

5 Put one part of camphor in twenty parts of mustard oil. Keep this in the sun till the time the camphor properly dissolves in the oil. Use this oil to massage the leg on a daily basis.

6 If you get a sudden sprain in the leg, then prepare a paste of turmeric with lime and salt and apply it on the affected part.

Child Care Safety Statistics

Child care is seen by many as one of the most respected and equally demanding professions. It is now a multi-million industry that spans a network of day care centers, kinder garden, franchise and large corporations. All of the institutions are working together to provide children with their parental and educational needs. With such a delicate duty, it is vital for the industry professionals to improve on the existing safety standards in the child care industry.

Statistics

Statistics reveal that the fastest growing sector in the child care industry is the many small businesses. These entities mostly operate from homes. According to US Census Bureau, nearly 70 percent of the child care related businesses are home based. A whopping 17 percent of the Moms are using the services of the neighborhood child care centers for their pre-school children. Kinder-Care, La Petite Academy, National Childcare Academy and Gerber products are some of the few big names of the industry.

Laws & Regulations

Recent rulings have deployed stringent rules in order to curb the risk of injuries to babies. Governments and parents have come together to create child safety laws, not only for the establishments but for parents too. These laws strss that the daycare should provide a home like setting. Licensed providers are required to take trainings before dealing with child care. The facilities should be regularly visited by the authorities and a group of parents from the local neighborhoods. The US laws restrict a single provider to take care of more than 6 children. On the other hand, parents are obliged to put their child in the day care center in their own community, except for mothers working full-time.

Child Injuries

Childcare safety statistics reveal the fact that there were 56 casualties in the daycare settings from 1990 to 1997. Almost half of these deaths were caused due to Asphyxia. In 1997 alone, over 31,000 children were hospitalized due to the injuries related to a child care setting. A recent study by the Society of pediatrics and Center for the control of disease focused on facilities that included federal institutions, private institutes and small businesses. The study found that the playgrounds posed the biggest hazard to a child.

. The most hazardous conditions included the use of unsafe cribs, poor maintenance and hard surface of the playground, very soft bedding and absence of the safety gates.

Safety Measures

Professionals recommend avoiding the use of furniture that can entrap the child’s head or other part of the body. Any elevated surface that is not guarded should also be sealed off. Such surface also includes stairs. Similarly, fall-zones such as swimming pools and main holes provide a significant threat to the well being of a child. The design of the intended child care product should match the age and size of the children. Day care centers should ensure that they have the proper inventory for all the ages of the child, they admit.

Tripping hazards such as wires should immediately be removed from the premises. These also include any electrical appliance. Children have the natural tendency to poke their fingers in the wall sockets. It is mandatory for a child care center to seal off such openings. All components are to be avoided that can crush or bruise body tissues. Playground equipment should be inspected and any large swings or slides, to be removed. Stuff toys which can suffocate a small child are also a problem. In short, the best remedy for avoiding a disaster is acute attention and a common sense.

Cure For Ovarian Cysts – A Natural Cure For Ovarian Cysts Without Hormones and Surgery

Do your cysts cause you unbelievable pain? Have you been to your doctor to plead for a cure for ovarian cysts — only to be told there is nothing to worry about?

Chances are you have been on almost every brand of birth control there is but your doctor keeps telling you there is nothing he or she can do!

You have probably been told if your cyst grows to over two inches you will have to have surgery.

No question about it, cysts on your ovaries are not pleasant: Bleeding, pain, cramping — nighttime dashes to the emergency room and constant visits to the the doctor. Definitely no picnic.

Isn’t there a natural cure for ovarian cysts – a treatment without hormones or surgery? Yes there is, and if read this entire article you will find out more about it.

Most women have suffered from these cysts at some point in their life. They can develop in anyone at any age.

When you are told you have a cyst it is emotionally draining. It can also become very painful and many women find the pain nearly impossible to manage.

The traditional medical cure for ovarian cysts is surgery or hormone treatment – often birth control pills.

A common surgical procedure known as “ovarian drilling” is performed by making a small incision is in the lower stomach and inserting an instrument that burns holes in the follicles.

Most women find that surgery is not a good cure for ovarian cysts because it does nothing to prevent future cysts from growing back. Also it is expensive, uncomfortable, and may have side effects.

Hormone treatment is a frightening alternative because of the damaging side effects of long term hormone usage.

The best cure for ovarian cysts is the use of natural remedies. When used correctly, these will prevent future cysts from forming.

What are some of the natural ways to cure ovarian cysts? Start by increasing the amount of water you drink each day. Eight to ten glasses is recommended. Most of the cures are designed to detoxify the body, and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to do that.

Your diet should be rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates. Leafy green vegetables and natural fruits are important to eat daily. You should eliminate saturated and trans fats by substituting mono unsaturated fat which is found in olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.

There are several herbal teas which are a wonderful help in detoxifying the body. Some of them are also very soothing and help pain management.

There are abundant natural remedies found in plants and herbs that will heal the body and deter future cysts from developing.

Thousands of women have been cured by following a specific program that provides a natural cure for ovarian cysts. Certainly it is worth the effort to make changes that will stop your pain and suffering, improve your general health, and prevent the need for surgery, drugs or hormones!

And most of these natural remedies can be found in your kitchen or at your grocery store!.

Imagine being pain free! No more cramping, bleeding, and doubling over in pain. No more late night trips to the emergency room.

Do I Have Vaginal Dryness Or a Yeast Infection?

Both yeast infections and vaginal dryness are problems that many women end up dealing with at some point in life. However, you want to make sure that you know which one you are dealing with, since they both have very different treatments. Not sure whether you are just dealing with vaginal dryness or you are dealing with a nasty yeast infection? Well, here’s a closer look at some of the symptoms and treatments for both so you will be able to figure out which one you have, how to treat it, and when you need to seek medical attention for your problem.

The Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness

Understanding the symptoms of vaginal dryness is important. Usually this condition brings with it dryness that is unusual, dryness and discomfort that occurs during sexual intercourse, itching, pain, discomfort, and in some cases there can also be an odor. If this problem is not properly treated, it can get worse over time and the symptoms can get much more severe.

The Symptoms of a Yeast Infection

The symptoms of a yeast infection are different than that of vaginal dryness, although they may have a few things in common. You’ll find that pain during intercourse often comes with a yeast infection too, as well as the discomfort and itching. However, there is a discharge that comes with a yeast infection that should make it fairly easy to differentiate from dealing with vaginal dryness. Usually the discharge is whitish in color, and many say it looks a bit like small curd cottage cheese. In most cases there is not a smell that comes with a yeast infection.

Treatments for Vaginal Dryness

There are many great treatments available for vaginal dryness today. Taking an all-natural Omega-7 supplement can help resolve your vaginal dryness without adding unnecessary chemical to your body. Sometimes just eating differently or even making sure that you stay hydrated with plenty of water can provide you with some help as well.

Treatments for Yeast Infection

Yeast infections are miserable, but they can be treated. There are many over the counter options available for yeast infection treatment. Eating yogurt can help, and even using plain yogurt right on the problem can help to take the yeast infection away. Wearing cotton clothing that is loose can be helpful, and there are many herbal remedies that are also available to help treat problems with yeast infections.

When You Need Medical Help

In some cases you may need medical help for your problem. If you are dealing with vaginal dryness, sometimes it’s a result of lack of estrogen. To discuss your options, you should seek the advice of your healthcare professional. If you’ve never had a yeast infection, you should see your doctor as well to make sure it is really a yeast infection. In some cases you could end up having bacterial vaginosis, which many women mistakenly think is a yeast infection, and this can be a serious problem for you. So, getting medical attention can be important.

Get the Right Water Filters & Shower Heads to Remove Copper & Chlorine

Water supply nowadays is constantly contaminated with copper, chlorine and many other chemical substances that are harmful to health. They can lead to many serious diseases that including diseases like typhoid, anaemia, hepatitis, hookworm infection, scabies and polio. The solution lies in minimizing these chemical substances in water supply by using good water & shower filters for copper and chlorine.

The best and most reliable water treatment solution to get clean healthy water for shower is by adopting a good water purification and filtration technology. It will be a wise decision to opt for water filters for shower heads so that we can bathe and shower in clean water that does not irritate our skin or pose any health risks. In fact, scientific researchers from many organizations have found that filtered shower water can improve the health of our skin, making it soft, supple and radiant. Many people with skin problems such as allergy, eczema have even treat their symptoms after using shower filters for copper and chlorine.

As a matter of fact, chemical substances, dusts, oil, bacteria and fungus that are available in water, can penetrate through the skin tissues causing harm to the human body. The contamination of our water supply with chlorine, copper, lead and other chemical substances will exaggerate the penetration of bacteria and damage our body system further. Many companies have successfully invented shower head water filters which can remove the debris and filter the copper and chlorine substances at the same time.

Water filters for shower heads are used to enhance the quality of our water supply in our home. It can be easily installed at the water pipe to filter and purify the water supply. As a result, we can enjoy clean healthy water without hassle every time and without having to worry about copper, chlorine and other chemical substances that are contained in the water supply.

You can really make this smart and intelligent decision by opting for shower filters for copper and chlorine. In today’s scenario, it is an essential solution to provide your family with clean shower water. With that, you can be well assured of the safety precaution that you will be giving to your family members from health threatening copper and chlorine contaminants.

While there are many choices for home shower water filter technology in the market, all available in different prices, the reliability always depends on smart selection. It is here that you need to do more research in order to make the best selection for a water filter for shower head.

What To Eat To Improve A Fatty Liver – Eat This, Don’t Eat That, What Every FLD Patient Should Know

If you’re wondering what to eat to improve a fatty liver, then take just a few moments to read to the end of this article. I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about fatty liver disease (FLD) and what foods you should and should not eat to reduce fat in your liver.

A fatty liver simply refers to having too much fat (specifically triglycerides) accumulated in your liver. So what exactly is “too much” fat? Generally speaking, a liver is considered “fatty” when fat makes up between 5-10% or more of the liver by weight. Fat builds up in and around the spaces of hepatocytes (liver cells), causing the liver to enlarge and grow heavier.

In the early stages of FLD, often referred to as simple steatosis, the condition is often benign and asymptomatic. Many patients don’t even know they have FLD. It is often found when doing blood work or other tests for entirely different reasons. The only way to definitively diagnose the condition is through a livery biopsy, but factors such as elevated liver enzymes often clue physicians into the problem.

A diet plan for fatty liver is most often centered around balance, moderation, regulation, and reducing fat intake to less than 30% of the total daily calories. In other words, if you’re eating a 1200 calorie diet, then fat calories should make up no more than 360 of those calories. This is equivalent to about 40 grams per day. Since fatty liver is often associated with obesity, losing weight can have a significant impact on improving liver function and liver health.

So that brings us to the question of what you should and should not eat. Complex carbohydrates should make up the bulk of your energy source. These can be found in things like whole grains, brown rice, and pasta. The simple carbohydrates found in sweets should be avoided.

Diets for fatty liver patients are also generally high in fiber and include an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Fats, particularly saturated fats, should be carefully monitored. Protein can be obtained from vegetables or from leaner white meats such as chicken or turkey instead of beef or pork. Here is a brief run down of some of the things you should and should not eat if you want to reduce fat in your liver.

Foods You Should Avoid And/Or Carefully Monitor

  • White bread and white rice
  • High fat butters
  • Sweets containing simple carbohydrates (candy, doughnuts, etc.)
  • High fat foods (pizza, ribs, pot pies, etc.)
  • Eggs and other high cholesterol foods
  • Sugary and/or carbonated drinks such as soda
  • Fast foods and/or processed meats such as hot dogs
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol (particularly if you have alcoholic fatty liver (AFL))
  • Salad dressing and other high fat condiments (look for low-fat or non-fat alternatives)
  • Red meats (beef, pork)

Foods To Eat To Improve A Fatty Liver

  • Vegetables (greens, leaves, legumes, tomatoes, and especially broccoli)
  • Fruits rich in vitamin E and vitamin C (oranges, papaya, kiwi, mango)
  • Beans (these are a great alternative source of protein)
  • Whole grain breads
  • Milk in moderation (substitute whole milk or 2% milk with either skim milk or 1% milk)
  • Brown rice and pasta
  • Lean white meats (chicken, turkey, tuna)