Bunion Surgery Fears Dispelled

How many times will a patient come into my office almost paralyzed with fear when talking about their bunion pain? Many patients are very apprehensive about bunion surgery. They have heard horror stories of severe pain and bad outcomes. These are usually not true. Bunion surgery is actually quite successful, in the right patient, done by the right doctor. Most patients have a lot of questions about whether they should have surgery and what to expect during and after surgery. This is an attempt to dispel old wive’s tales and help you to make a more informed decision about bunion surgery. It is important to remember that every patient is different and this information is just to help you prepare to discuss your surgery with your doctor.

Who should do your surgery? Podiatrist versus orthopedic surgeon? A board-certified podiatric foot and ankle surgeon usually has much more experience in bunion surgery than the average orthopedic surgeon. An experienced, board-certified surgeon is really the key, no matter what their credentials (DPM, MD, DO).

Who should consider bunion surgery? If your foot hurts every day, in every pair of shoes, and you have failed conservative treatment which should include: wider shoes, anti-inflammatories, padding, orthotics, and possibly steroid injection; you are a candidate for bunion surgery.

Bunion surgery involves an incision along the top of the big toe joint and the removal and realignment of soft tissue and bone to restore normal joint alignment and to relieve pain. The first metatarsal bone is often cut, realigned and then stabilized with small screws. There are no guarantees that a bunion surgery will fully relieve your pain because of wear and tear arthritic change to the joint and nerve damage from the deformity. Most patients achieve at least 85% relief of their symptoms.

Anesthesia selection is really patient and procedure specific, but light to moderate sedation, to make you sleepy, coupled with a local anesthetic block, similar to the dentist, is often used during the procedure. Some people do require general anesthesia due to a history of local anesthetic complications or other medical problems.

The procedure usually takes a little more than an hour, depending on the type of surgery. A more complicated bunionectomy can take two hours or more.

Bunion surgeries are usually done on an outpatient basis at a free standing surgery center or outpatient center at a hospital.

There are many kinds of bunion surgeries, but the most common are:

1. Keller: Removal of part of the metatarsal head (the part of the foot that is bulging out) and the base of the proximal phalanx (removal of part of the toe joint). This procedure is called a Keller bunionectomy. These usually work well in an arthritic joint but do not allow for complete joint function after surgery. Usually these are used in the elderly.

2. Austin or Chevron: Realignment of the soft tissue ligaments around the big toe joint. Excision of part of the metatarsal head (the bump). Then, the first metatarsal bone is cut in a V-fashion then moved laterally to realign the joint. The cut or osteotomy is then stabilized with a pin or two small screws. This is the most common procedure and is known as an Austin bunionectomy.

3. Lapidus: Realignment of the soft tissue ligaments around the big toe joint. Excision of part of the metatarsal head (the bump). Then, removal of a wedge of bone from the base of the first metatarsal and the bone adjacent to it (the cuneiform) as well as the cartilage surface of the two bones. The first metatarsal cuneiform joint is then aligned and stabilized with two large screws or a plate. This increases the stability of the area and decreases recurrence of a bunion deformity. This procedure is known as a Lapidus fusion and is usually performed in adolescents or adults with really flexible foot deformities.

4. Other Procedures: Fusion (arthrodesis) of the big toe joint or Total Joint Implant (arthroplasty) are also common, but usually used when the joint is severely damaged and is not repairable.

The usual recovery period after bunion surgery is 8 weeks to 4 months, depending on the procedure and the health of the patient. Compliance also dictates how fast a patient heals. Swelling after surgery can last for up to a year. In a Keller or Austin, the patient is usually completely off their feet for just a few days, then in a walking cast or special shoe for 4 to 8 weeks. You can usually resume normal activity in 2 to 3 months.

In a Lapidus fusion, most patients are in a hard below knee cast completely non-weight bearing for 8 weeks, then a walking cast for 2 weeks, then a sneaker for another month. You can resume normal activity in about 4 months. Every patient is different. Patients with medical problems or osteopenia (soft bone) may require longer immobilization. Some patients require physical therapy after surgery.

There are risks involved in having any type of surgery. No matter how good your surgeon is, if you do not follow directions you may have a bad outcome. Scarring, prolonged swelling, a stiff joint, numbness, shortening of the big toe, degenerative arthritis, infection and continued pain are the most common complications. More serious complications can include non-healing of bone or a severe infection requiring a second surgery.

After having bunion surgery, most people are happy with the results. A survey by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons revealed 95% of patients with good to excellent outcomes form their bunion surgery. After having surgery, your ability to walk and be active is likely to improve. The big toe joint is usually much less painful and functions better.

Even though their joint looks perfectly aligned and functions quite well, some people are disappointed with their bunion surgery. This is usually due to unrealistic expectations. You will still not be able to wear extremely high heeled shoes after surgery and it is unrealistic to think that your joint will be “perfect” or function like it never had a problem. With realistic expectation, most patients are happy with their bunion surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ringworm

In much of the United States, spring is just around the corner, and spring is the time of year children get ringworm. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about this common fungal condition.

Q. What are ringworms?

A. Actually, ringworms aren’t worms, and the noun isn’t used as a plural. Ringworm (known in the medical literature as Tinea captis) is a fungal infection of the skin, related to athlete’s foot, that causes a characteristic round rash. It usually starts as a pimple and grows outward. It can make the skin scaly and the hair brittle, brittle enough to break off leaving a temporary bald spot. There are many strains of ringworm, and the species causing infections in the United States (T. tonsurans) is the most likely to leave a bald spot.

The ringworm fungus gets it start on dead skin. Simply exfoliating with a gentle cleanser and warm water every day cuts down on ringworm infection.

Q. What about raw vinegar for ringworm?

A. The thing about raw vinegar for ringworm is, it goes on you, not in you. Dilute a quarter-cup (60 ml) of vinegar in three-quarters cup (180 ml) of warm water and dab on the affected area three times a day. If you don’t want to smell like pickles, be sure to rinse the vinegar off your skin after it’s been allowed to set for about 5 minutes. Improvement should be visible in 2-3 days.

Q. How often do people get ringworm?

A. Less than 1% of the population in developed countries has ringworm at any given time, although some areas of Southeast Asia have local infection rates of up to 14%. In North America, ringworm outbreaks mostly occur among children aged 6 to 10 and is passed around at school. The strains of ringworm that occur in the Middle East are passed between family members of all ages.

Q. What can you tell me about ringworm medication? Diabetes is my main health problem.

A. When it comes to ringworm medication, diabetes is a concern primarily because it is associated with dry skin. But you’d need skin moisturizers no matter what. In diabetic children, the natural remedies for healing ringworm are the same as for non-diabetic children.

About medications, the thing about prescription medication is that it’s for use in you, not on you, the opposite of natural remedies of healing ringworm. If you have chronic hair loss, a medication your physician prescribes, like griseofulvin, will hold the fungus at bay inside the hair shaft long enough for new keratin to grow around the hair follicle.

If you don’t have hair loss yet, herbal remedies may actually be more effective. Tea tree oil, in an 8-20% cream, rubbed on the skin three times a day may stop the progression of ringworm into the hair follicle.

What you need to know about tea tree oil is, it does more to improve symptoms than to kill ringworm at the source–but if the fungus is just munching away on dead skin that’s flaking off, you don’t care. Clinical trials have shown that tea tree oil is superior to at least one medication (tolnaftate) in controlling itching, inflammation, scaling, and redness, while the prescription Rx is better at killing the fungus. It is possible to use both.

Q. How do you treat ringworm on children?

A. Natural remedies for healing ringworm are the same for children and adults, except you do want to be very sure not use pure tea tree oil with children. (Creams are always preferable.) Additionally, it’s a good idea to make sure children don’t share combs or bed linens, and that you wash you hands every time you help your child wash or groom.

Q. What’s the difference between ringworm and impetigo?

A. Ringworm itches, impetigo hurts. Hair falls out in ringworm, but hair stays put in impetigo.

Ringworm is never fatal, and is usually easily controlled. Just be sure to avoid reinfection by washing hands, clothes, towels, bed lines, and children frequently to stop the spread of the infection.

Treatment For Rotator Cuff Injury And Shoulder Tendonitis

The earlier a rotator cuff injury is treated, the better. The first 48 to 72 hours are crucial to a complete and speedy recovery. The first and most important course of action is the R.I.C.E.R. regime. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Referral. For the time-being, I’m not going to go into the specifics of the R.I.C.E.R. regime. It’s a very important topic and I’ve decided to dedicate the entire next months issue to it.

After the initial rotator cuff injury has been treated with the R.I.C.E.R. regime, (for at least 48 to 72 hours) it’s time to move onto the next stage of treatment. As mentioned before, the shoulder joint receives very little blood supply. So, what can you do to increase blood flow, and oxygen and nutrients to the injured area?

Firstly, heat! Heat is extremely good for increasing blood flow to a particular area. Heat lamps are the most effective way to increase blood flow, while heat based creams are probably a distant second choice.

Secondly, massage! Massage is one of the best ways to increase blood flow to an injured area, and of course the oxygen and nutrients that go with it. The other benefit of massage is that it helps to reduce the amount of scar tissue which is associated with all muscle and tendon, strains and tears. (I’ll also discuss scar tissue in next months issue along with the R.I.C.E.R. regime.)

Lastly, don’t stop moving. Some doctors will often tell patients to keep the injured area still, and this is not always the best advice. Gentle movement will help to keep the blood flowing to the injured area. Of course, if pain is present, limit the amount of moving you do, but don’t stop moving all together.

Prevention

Mark my words, “Prevention is much better than Cure.” Anything you can do to prevent a rotator cuff injury from occurring is worth it. The prevention of shoulder injuries comes down the conditioning of the shoulder muscles and tendons, which ultimately involves both stretching and strengthening of the shoulder joint.

Also, don’t forget the common injury prevention techniques like, warming up properly and using a bit of old-fashioned common-sense. However, for the most part, stretching and strengthening are going to be your best defense against shoulder problems. Even if you don’t have a shoulder problem now, the following stretching and strengthening exercises could save you from a major headache in the future.

Firstly, below you’ll find two good stretches for the shoulder area. The first is quite a basic stretch, while the second is a more advanced stretch, specifically for the rotator cuff muscles and tendons. Please be careful, if you haven’t been stretching your shoulder joint, the second stretch will put quite a lot of stress on the rotator cuff tendons. Warm-up first, then gently and slowly is the best way to proceed.

Stretching is one of the most under-utilized techniques for improving athletic performance, preventing sports injury and properly rehabilitating sprain and strain injury. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that something as simple as stretching won’t be effective.

Secondly, the strengthening exercises. Instead of me trying to explain these, I simply found a great web site that has clear pictures and a good description of the four most common shoulder exercises. These four exercises help to strengthen all of the muscles and tendons associated with rotator cuff injury located in the shoulder joint. You can find these exercises by simply clicking here.

Unclog The Trapped Energies – Rejuvenate Your Body With Acupressure

Acupressure is the technique of applying and reducing physical pressure at specific points on the body. This traditional healing-art works towards inducing the body to redirect itself towards self-cure. Although not purported on any histological or anatomical logic, this ancient Oriental system of medicine has deduced the existence of 12 fictional meridians in the body which bear the acupressure points at regular intervals. Furthermore each pressure point also referred to as ‘acupressure point’ on the meridian corresponds with the functioning of a particular organ organ.

Physical pressure is applied on these points for nearly a minute and then released by way of using thumb, knuckles, finger nails and sometimes elbows or any other physical device. Relief is also induced by way of reducing the points by rotating the pressure in the clockwise direction for a minute. This when undertaken unlocks the blocked energy which was causing tension, pain and sets it free for circulation. Neuroimaging of the body following subjecting the person to acupressure for a specific problem has shown to produce distinct effects in the anatomy which is different from the original problem condition.

Alternative system of medicine called acupressure is based on the basic paradigm that human body is propelled by a continuous flow of energy. It is the progenitor of the vital life force referred to as ‘chi’, ‘ki’ or ‘qi’ which energies life and all its processes. This bioenergy circulates through out the body along 12 imaginary definite conduits called the ‘meridians’. Pressure point on these meridians has a major impact on the functioning of the corresponding organs that lie on these pathways by serving as ‘valves’ to regulate the flow of the life force called ‘chi’. The flow maintains a balance with itself as well as the external environment in case of a healthy individual. However in the event of any disturbance, the balance between the opposite and yet complementary energies namely the yin-yang is altered and leads to the occurrence of a disease. The dichotomy yin-yang is akin to day-night, man-woman etc.

Activation of these specific pressure points on the hypothetical meridian lines spread across the cross section of the body helps harmonize the energies in the external environment with the internal. Physical application of pressure points helps trigger opening of clogged ‘chi’ so that the blocked energy is set free for circulation (referred to as qi). This restores the lost balance and alleviates various symptoms associated with diseases.

Acupressure is known to help alleviating the need for pain-relieving medications popularly known as analgesics by producing naturally occurring pain relieving substances as endorphin, dynorphins and enkephalin. It provides relief from backaches, kidney problems, insomnia, pelvic pain, hypertension, arthritis, sciatica and irritability. Acupressure promotes circulation of energies, enhances immunity, emotional well being and helps to treat varied disorders including infertility.

Acupressure should not be undertaken in case of

o Pregnancy

o At least half and hour before and after baths.

o Not hour before and after meals or any heavy exercise.

o In case the acupressure point falls under a mole, wart, bruise, varicose vein or any other discontinuity under the skin, application or reducing of pressure should be avoided.

o Heart patient or any other case requiring medical emergency, acupressure should be avoided.

Ovarian Cyst Burst – Typical Symptoms and What Happens When an Ovarian Cyst Bursts

It is not uncommon for ovarian cysts to develop and in most cases they shrink and disappear after a few months with little to no obvious symptoms. However, in some cases a cyst does not shrink but becomes larger. This is when symptoms may become apparent and these types of ovarian cysts are most likely to burst. An ovarian cyst burst represents the worst possible outcome for you. This article will detail what happens when this happens and your what you should do about it.

You are likely to feel intense pain around the lower abdomen with an ovarian cyst burst. The extent of the pain will vary based on certain factors, like the type and if there is any bleeding and infection of the surrounding tissue.

Pain is felt around the abdomen because the contents of the cysts come into contact with the peritoneum. The peritoneum is a serous membrane that lines the inner abdominal cavity and secretes the hormone serous that acts as a lubricant. The peritoneum is very sensitive and is easily inflamed and irritated. In the case of an ovarian cyst burst, blood and other matter may irritate the peritoneum causing intense pain. The amount of pain will vary and depends on the size of the cysts and the amount of blood and other matter that is released.

Again, depending on the size there could be a release of a large amount of blood. This will be far more than the amount of blood released during a during a normal menstruation cycle.

An ovarian cyst burst is the worst case scenario you might expect if you have such a condition. Although it can be potentially very painful it is not a life threatening condition. With this said, if you suspect that this has happened to you then see your doctor immediately or go to hospital.

Steps For Treating Yeast Infection With Hydrogen Peroxide

If you catch an infection early enough, this home remedy for treating a yeast infection with hydrogen peroxide will help you rid yourself of that horrible smelling, painfully nasty yeast infection. Here are the steps for treating yeast infection with hydrogen peroxide.

The first of the steps for treating yeast infection with hydrogen peroxide is to take a tampon and soak it in yogurt for a short while. Take the tampon and insert it and wear over night. The reason this works is that yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria which creates hydrogen peroxide which in turn kills the yeast.

You may also choose to take a spoon or something of the sort and scoop the yogurt into your vaginal area instead. This does the same thing for treating yeast infection with hydrogen peroxide as the above method.

Be aware of the fact that this is only a temporary cure and doesn’t cure the root cause of the yeast infection which is a build of of the fungus candida in your body. Only proper diet can begin to balance the candida fungus in your body and completely eliminate any further outbreaks.

You may also wish to make a douche with hydrogen peroxide instead. This may take repeated uses however, and may also burn. Especially if your infection is inflamed or serious. Acquire a sterile douche bottle as well as hydrogen peroxide. The reason this works so well is that the peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen, and the oxygen helps to kill off the infection. This is also very safe as the peroxide breaks down into water very quickly.

Pour the peroxide into the douche bottle and mix with water. You may want to make the solution a little bit stronger, however, start with 3 parts of water for every 1 part of peroxide. If it is to strong, dilute even more. Continue to repeat this douche until all symptoms are gone. This may take a couple of days as a method for treating a yeast infection with hydrogen peroxide.

Erectile Dysfunction in Teens – How to Fix Erectile Dysfunction Naturally in Teens

Teen age is the prime of youth and it seems unnatural to talk of erectile dysfunction in teens but the facts tell a different story. The usual complaints of erection problems come from men above 60 or from the age groups of 30s and 40s. Boys in their teenage are full of energy and liveliness with a tension free mind but still they complain of weak erections sometimes. Generally there are occasional occurrences of the problem but a permanent impotency can not be ruled out.

Nature of Erectile Dysfunction in Teens

Both physical and psychological reasons contribute to sexual problems in teenage. A blood circulation problem due to diabetes or high blood pressure can cause difficulty in keeping an erection. Psychological issues in teenage are mostly fear related. For example; fear of parent’s reaction, fear of teachers, or there maybe a fear partner’s negative response. Other such problems include diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis or pregnancy issues. Among the psychological problems, guilty feeling can not be overlooked which is common in the tender mind of a teenager.

Reasons for Erectile Dysfunction in Teens

Teenage boys who are not taken care of properly by their parents or guardians are an easy prey to vices like drugs, alcohol, and smoking. These vices have a direct impact on blood circulation in veins and interfere with erection process. Accidental nerve damage or back injury has the same effect. Again there are psychological misconceptions of having a small penis or lack of self confidence during intercourse.

Erectile Dysfunction in Teens – How to Fix Erectile Dysfunction Naturally in Teens.

The tenderness of teenage demands constant vigilance and it is the duty of parents to have a friendly relationship with their children. This encourages children to discuss their problems even the sexual issues with their parents. In this way they can be saved from incorrect medication and approaching unwanted elements. Regular exercise and proper food is the best approach to regularize blood flow in the body and has best effects in teenage.

A Few Words About Silica Micro Plant Powder and Its Benefits!

Besides the oxygen, silica is the most common element in nature. Silica mineral is also, after the carbon, the most common element in the earth’s crust. It is used in alloys, in preparing silicone and ceramic industry. Because it is a semiconductor material, it has a use in electronics and microelectronics industry. Before humans learned how to use silica oxide, nature would have it introduced in plants, animals and human bodies. In order not to fall when the wind blows, the plants need strong stalks. This is very important and is due to collection of silica in large quantities within the plants’ stalks. Some marine algae and sponges have silica in the skeleton.

In the human body, this mineral is found in silica dioxide form (a natural compound of silica and oxygen) within tissues, thymus, vascular, renal glands, liver, spleen and pancreas. A high quantity of silica is in the composition of our hair.

Organic and mineral silica dioxide form occurs naturally in the human body. But in nature it can be found in raw vegetables, herbs and grains such as rice, barley and unrefined oats. But we need an extra contribution from silica supplements if we want to keep our body strong and healthy. A significant decrease of the silica dioxide in the muscles, skin and connective tissues was found, especially on the people dependent on diets based on processed foods, or those who live in big cities, or those preferring meat instead of vegetables.

The role of silica dioxide in keeping our health can be understood by looking at the research applications made overtime. In the past, this element has been used to heal wounds and to stop both internal and external bleeding. It is also sometimes applied as a poultice to heal inflammatory lesions. It was considered useful as a diuretic and as a kidney stones remover. It works on all the inflammatory processes, so most of those who use it renounce at the use of cortisone. When it comes to rheumatism, its action is amazing and especially fast. All the inflammations are justified by the lack of organic silica and all the skin problems have in this mineral an appropriate solution. More, we can say that it is useful for children to ensure the health of the new teeth growing and to treat gingivitis.

It is useful in preventing osteoporosis, coronary problems and cases of femoral fracture. Also for any type of contusions, hematoma, burns, sunburns, colds and sinusitis, viral hepatitis and cirrhosis, asthma and allergies, healing wounds and fractures, demineralization areas decalcification, mastoze and fibrosis, varicose veins, wrinkles and skin elasticity, cataract. It is useful for protection against radioactive radiation, x rays and their outcomes, as well as cellular regeneration and so many others.

Normally, children wouldn’t need an ample supply of silica, which is already present in their bodies. Only small doses from food extracts would be just enough for them. But in exceptional cases, such as during teeth growth, bone fractures, serious illness, children younger than three years may take a certain quantity of silica once a day. There is no danger in these cases, mainly because the body removes the excess.

Do SSRI Anti Depressants Heal Or Cause Hot Flashes?

The term ‘SSRI’ is abbreviation for ‘selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor’. As the name suggests, these drugs act by restoring balance in the availability of serotonin, the mood-influencing neurotransmitter, in the brain cells. Imbalance in serotonin is the primary somatic reason for depression in people; therefore, restoring its balance helps in the treatment of depression. SRRI drugs therefore are primarily anti-depressants. However, this group of drugs has many off-label applications – one of the somewhat controversial of which is with regard to hot flashes, which affect 85 per cent of women in the United States in varying levels of intensity.

What are hot flashes: These are a sudden, short-lived flushing and sensation of heat, particularly in the face and upper body, in women during or after menopause. It is preceded, or accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, perspiration, vomit sensation, dizziness, anxiety, a sensation of suffocation, and weakness. In some women, it is preceded by an ‘aura’, an uncomfortable forewarning that it is coming. The flash is followed by a flush (chill).

Hot flashes are caused by hormonal changes that take place in the female body during or after menopause. The particular hormone connected with hot flashes is estrogen. A fall in the estrogen level directly ‘confuses’ the hypothalamus, which is the body’s thermostat. Thus confused, the hypothalamus mistakes the change as excessive heat. This triggers the brain’s heat-releasing mechanism. In other words, the body mechanism starts combating excess heat which is just not there. This causes a sudden release of heat, causing the body temperature to shoot up – by as much six degrees centigrade in some women. The flash is usually followed by a flush, a cooling, leaving the woman in a state of great discomfort. In some cases, hot flashes keep recurring for a few years even after periods have stopped.

Treatment of hot flashes: The most effective treatment for hot flashes is hormonal replacement therapy, but it is now out of favor due to potentially serious side-effects such as heart diseases, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, and dementia. Today, SSRI drugs are preferred in most cases though they are not approved by FDA for hot flashes. Yet, SSRIs are 70 per cent as effective as hormonal therapy and are therefore considered a good trade-off with the dangerous hormonal treatment.

By their action on serotonin in the brain, SSRIs exert a cooling effect on the body as well as calm anxiety, reduce irritability, and bring about other favorable effects on the mind which help mitigate the hot flash symptoms.Of the many SSRIs available, venlafaxine (Effexor) has been found most effective. Others that have also been effective in controlling hot flashes are: paroxetine (Paxil) and fluoxetine (Prozac).

Mystery: Mysteriously, however, the newer SSRI, escitalopram (Lexapro) has reportedly caused hot flashes or aggravated them. It is therefore best to avoid Lexapro for hot flashes, and opt for Effexor, Paxil, or Prozac.

Conclusion: Don’t opt for an SSRI on your own. Your doctor will need to know your medical history and existing conditions / medications before deciding if you should be prescribed an SSRI.

Tonsil Stones Treatment With Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is now being promoted as a health product (alternative) or preventive product against various diseases. The product is believed enhance the immune system of the body by offering various anti bacterial benefits. Colloidal silver is nothing but minute silver particles (nano size particles) found in distilled water in the suspended form. This is types of a bioactive product which in enough concentration is capable of regulating and destroying harmful viruses and bacteria which causes diseases like the can even lead to serious conditions at the later stages like leukemia, AIDS, tonsil stones and Cancer.

Colloidal silver can be used for preventing various illnesses apart from diseases like it can prevent the skin from getting infected due to scratches, burns and wounds. Since they have good anti bacterial properties they can also be used for preventing various health conditions like VRSA, ear infections, Viral infections, Stomach infections and food poisoning. The products containing colloidal silver are also used for purifying water, treat infections, preserve certain beverages or drinks and also to restrict serious types of infections in the body.

But before using colloidal silver for various problems like disease, care should be taken to consider various factors related to them. It is very vital to search for good quality colloidal silver products and that too should be preferably got from professional health stores. They should consist of pure silver and distilled water. The silver particles need to be very tiny or small and should be mingled with water to provide excellent results. The colloidal silver particles should also be very pure that they should not have extra components or other protein additives that are unnecessary to the body. It means, the colloidal silver used for preventing and treating disease and other illnesses should be void of any stabilizers, chemicals and flavours in them.

The taste of the colloidal silver product should be very similar to normal water, but can have a slight metallic taste as it consists of minute nano particles in smaller proportions. The product should be stable properly without the need for refrigeration even when not meant for longer use. If the label of the colloidal silver used for treating or preventing tonsil stone reads as “Keep refrigerated” it would be a low quality product. Since it is made up of distilled or de-ionized water, the silver works like an anti bacterial product and would not get deteriorated even when stored for long.

Home Remedies for Curing Tonsil Stones

Tonsillectomy not only can lead to various health problems later but also does not come at a cheaper price. The surgery can also hinder day to day activities for some time. Hence, it is avoided most often. In fact, there are natural and scientifically proven ways to get rid of tonsil stones so they never return. It’s absolutely not necessary to go for a long, drawn out surgery or wasting your money on expensive nasal sprays and tablets. Follow a step-by-step program that will show you exactly how to get rid of your tonsil stones naturally and ensure they never come back! You can learn more about the program that promises a natural cure for tonsil stones from [http://tonsilstones1.com]

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Why is it Dangerous?

Many people mistake inflammatory bowel disease for irritable bowel syndrome. They are actually two completely different issues, although they both affect overall colon health. Inflammatory bowel disease can encompass many different disorders which are different types of bowel irritations that include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both of these are ulcer causing conditions where Crohn’s contains ulcers in the intestines and ulcerative colitis means ulcers in the colon.

What Can Cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

There is a great deal of speculation on what can bring on this condition. Some feel it is genetic and others believe that the immune system is not working properly. Finally, it may be caused by germs or other foreign material in the body.

What are the Indications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Unfortunately, there are no cut and dry indications that one is suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. This is because the symptoms depend upon the type IBD that is present. Some of the most prevalent indications are urgency to evacuate the bowels, cramping, and pain in the stomach. In some cases there can be loose stools with blood. Many lose their appetites.

While these symptoms can be very uncomfortable, there can also be some serious consequences if this condition is left without treatment. There can be bleeding in the colon and bowel and in some cases, toxic megacolon can be present. Toxic megacolon can be dangerous because is characterized by a very dilated colon and accompanied by abdominal bloating and pain, along with fever and even shock.

Those who are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis are going to be more likely to acquire certain types of cancer. In some cases, there can be other complications associated with inflammatory bowel disease. The following are some of the possible complications:

Pain in the Joints

Loss of Bone Structure

Problems with Eyes

Liver/Kidney Issues

Skin Problems

There are two ways that a physician can determine if a patient has inflammatory bowel disease. The first is testing stool samples. The other is checking the colon via a camera which can detect if there are any lesions on it.

How to Treat IBD

This first recommendation for treating IBD is changing the diet of the patient. Lowering fiber and dairy foods is going to be the first step. De-stressing and taking better care of the overall health is also a must.

In some cases, medications that help to reduce irritation and swelling may be offered to the patient as a way to get relief. Others may need antibiotics. Finally, pain medications can help to ease the discomfort of having inflammatory bowel diseases.

Because of the loose bowels and the diarrhea, many people with IBD can become dehydrated. This is a major concern. In severe cases, a hospital stay may be in order to get fluids quickly into the body. Sometimes, an operation is the only option for restoring the patient to a healthy, normal life.

Successful Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, usually affects specific areas such as the armpits, palms, and soles of the feet. This condition is due to overactive sweat glands and is usually prevalent in both men and women. The idiopathic variety, in which there is no known cause, is usually bilateral, and present in affected individuals from their early teens. Secondary hyperhidrosis may present as unilateral sweating in one limb, and is usually due to trauma, neurological disorders, or metabolic disorders causing a dysfunction of the sympathetic nerves supplying specific areas of the body. Though not a serious medical condition, hyperhidrosis can be extremely distressing and socially embarrassing for affected individuals. About one in every three individuals is reportedly affected with this condition, though the severity of symptoms may vary considerably.

Conservative treatment for hyperhidrosis is usually in the form of local applications, medications, local injections, or surgery. Local antiperspirants usually form the first line of treatment in the management of this condition. Oral medications are not usually used since the benefit observed varies considerably. Local injections like Botulinum toxin bring about temporary relief for a few months and can be quite costly.

Thoracoscopic sympathetectomy is an established treatment in several countries and can bring about substantial relief from excessive sweating in the palms; however, surgical options have their own known side-effects. Laser ablation is used for treating excessive sweating from the armpits.

Overall, the current management of hyperhidrosis is therefore quite unsatisfactory. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be judiciously used to completely control and treat hyperhidrosis in affected individuals. Medicines are given in the form of herbal extract tablets which can be taken orally, and are usually quite safe for long-term use. The aim of Ayurvedic treatment is to reduce stress, treat the overactive sweat glands, and also treat any known causes or associated causes of the condition. A majority of affected individuals usually have associated hyperacidity which needs to be treated along with hyperhidrosis.

Treatment is usually given for about six months; however, most individuals report improvement within the first month of treatment. Depending upon individual patient response, medicines are continued till a complete remission from symptoms is obtained. After this, medicines are gradually tapered over the next few months and then stopped altogether. This treatment has several advantages over conservative treatment in that the medicines are completely safe for long-term use and relapses are usually not seen.

Regular treatment with Ayurvedic herbal medicines usually modulates the overactive sweat glands so that affected individuals can cope with stressful situations with optimum comfort and carry on their day-to-day activities without any hindrance. While sweating is a normal and physiological action on the part of the body for heat and water regulation as well as for keeping the skin soft and smooth, the excessive sweating – which is an undesirable symptom – can be gradually phased out both on the physical and psychological levels in affected individuals. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can thus not only help cure the physical problem but also helps affected individuals improve quality of life as well as confidently move ahead in their professional carriers.

Curative Yoga Asanas For Various Ailments

Yoga’s curative value for various ailments cannot be overlooked. With an established routine of a series of asanas, many of the diseases commonly affecting us can be cured and a healthier lifestyle enjoyed by all of us. Yoga prevents as well as cures several disorders of the body and mind. It establishes poise and harmony of the hormones and metabolism of the body; is stimulates endocrine system and builds up natural immunity of the body. In our bodies lie different forms of energies, when these forces are not utilized and directed properly, they cause a number of disorders. Yoga postures trigger and guide the amassed and sluggish vigor throughout the body; they purify the body and mind by freeing them from all toxic wastes.

Uses of different types of poses

Positions taken up while seated are beneficial for breathing, relaxation and meditation practices. They act as warm up exercise to start the session. The seated positions improve posture and open up the pelvic area.

Standing postures prove advantageous in strengthening your legs; they open up your hips and develop your sense of balance and poise.

Prescribed Asanas for ailments

Diabetes can be controlled and cured by:

  • Back Stretching Posture
  • Half-Spinal Twist Pose

Yoga asanas can help you with obesity by burning body fat; massaging the abdominal muscles by contracting and flexing them and improving blood circulation to those areas. Curative postures for this condition are:

  • Cobra Pose
  • Wind Relieving Posture

Health experts believe that constipation is the mother of all ailments; it is the outcome of unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, mental problems and tensions. Asanas holding curative value for this disorder are:

  • All members Pose
  • Fish Pose
  • Headstand posture

Bad posture while sitting, being overweight and our lifestyle contribute to back ache. To cure this ailment, you can work with:

  • Cobra Pose
  • Wind Relieving Posture
  • Locust Pose

Rheumatism and arthritis resulting from hardening of muscles, joints and tissues, are painful ailments; for their correction, Wind Relieving Posture is recommended. For Hyper-tension and high blood pressure, All Members and Corpse poses have curative value as they help unwind the body and drive worry and stress away. Illnesses of the respiratory tract, like, sinus, asthma, bronchitis and common cold can be healed by taking up Cobra, Bow and Fish asanas. These postures will fix the stoop and rounded shoulders. Digestive disease like hyperacidity results from improper dietary habits and intake of spice-laced food. Raised Feet, Cobra, Lotus and Yoga positions treat this problem suitably. Breathing and meditating exercises too as curative tools have a profound soothing effect on exhausted minds and frayed nerves.

Yoga asanas are a complete system that prevents and heals several ailments, even chronic ones. With its regular practice health is improved holistically. A full set or schedule of a combination of different postures is important to heal the mind, body and the spirit. The curative rewards of yoga make the heart healthy, regulate blood pressure within its normal range, alleviate anxiety, fortify immunity and create balance and harmony within one’s self.

Nursing Considerations For Peripheral Vascular Disease

If your patient is receiving drug therapy, monitor the effects of the prescribed drugs. Assess the neurovascular status of his legs and report any deterioration in circulation.

Place lamb’s wool between the patient’s toes to prevent pressure necrosis. If he has ulcers, provide wound care as needed. Assess the ulcer for signs and symptoms of infection. Cover the ulcer with a dry sterile dressing, topical antibiotic, or other wound care product, as ordered.

If your patient has had surgery for peripheral vascular disease, check his leg for color, temperature, sensation, movement, and pulses during the immediate postoperative period. Report any loss of pulse immediately. Observe the incision site for redness, swelling, and drainage.

Turn and reposition your patient every 2 hours. Tell him to not cross his legs and to avoid severe hip or knee flexion. To aid circulation, add a foot­board to the bed, use a sheepskin under his legs, or place him on an air, pressure, or other special mattress.

If the patient has undergone percutaneous trans luminal angioplasty or another form of surgical catheterization, assess the site for bleeding, edema, ecchymosis, and hematoma. Monitor his peripheral pulses every 15 to 30 minutes for the first hour, every hour for the next 4 hours, and then once every 4 hours after that. Assess his leg for sudden changes in color and temperature. Also, monitor him for muscle cramping, pain at rest, and changes in motor and sensory function. Administer heparin, monitor his PTT, and adjust the infusion rate, as needed.

Some More Facts

Teach your patient how to promote circulation. Help him devise a progressive exercise program to develop collateral circulation and enhance venous return. Instruct him to stop exercising if he feels pain. Also, tell him to inspect his feet daily for color changes, mottling, scabs, skin texture changes, skin breakdown, and hair growth changes.

Advise the patient to change positions frequently to avoid blood pooling in the feet. Teach him how to promote perfusion by keeping his legs and feet warm and by avoiding vasoconstrictive substances, such as caffeine and nicotine. Tell him that wearing tight, restrictive clothing on the legs can hinder blood flow.

If the physician has prescribed an anticoagulant, review its therapeutic effect, dosage, and adverse effects with your patient. Tell him that he’ll have to undergo frequent blood tests that monitor the drug’s effectiveness.

If your patient will have a home care nurse, tell him that she’ll assess his legs and feet and evaluate any changes. She’ll also evaluate wounds and incisions, provide wound care, and assess susceptible areas for infection. She’ll reinforce proper foot care and teach him to perform self-care. And she may observe him as he sits and rests so that she can recommend better positions for sitting and for elevating his legs.

Can Stress, Nervous Tension, Anxiety and Panic Attacks Be Treated Successfully Without Medication?

In the high- pressured, dangerous world we live in today, it is difficult to escape feelings of acute tension, stress and anxiety that frequently lead to panic attacks. Stress victims are to be found in every walk of life.

If you often feel stressed, extremely anxious and unable to cope, it may be due to a variety of different reasons. Whatever the reason it is important for you to recognize that severe stress could be harmful to your health.

Stress is regarded by medical science as one of the most important contributory factors in many illnesses.

Hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attacks, asthma, skin disorders, stomach ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis and many other medical problems are all believed to be directly related to stress.

Your stress may be due to money problems, family disagreements, unhappiness in your home, unpleasant conditions at work, concerns about the welfare of your children, uncertainty about your future or a wide range of different fears – some real, some exaggerated; some imagined.

It makes no difference whether your fear is real or imagined, the mental suffering from self-induced stress can be just as harmful to your health.

When a person has been under stress for some, it often results in a condition known as “panic disorder”. It is condition that is becomingly increasingly common.. “Panic disorder” is described as a psychiatric condition that brings about recurrent waves of panic that sometimes persist for lengthy periods.

It is an emotional state accompanied by feelings of dread that something terrible is about to happen. People who suffer from these panic attacks are sometimes fearful of getting on a bus; or entering a strange house.; or even going to a supermarket. These panic attacks can occur without warning. They are often unrelated to a specific incident or event.

Very often these feelings of panic are accompanied by alarming physical symptoms such as dizziness, tightness in the chest or the throat, shortness of breath, a racing pulse, or hot flushes.

It is not uncommon for people suffering from a panic attack to be convinced they are having a heart attack. They rush to the nearest hospital or immediately contact their physician for emergency treatment. Examination of their condition very often reveals there is no indication of any heart problem whatsoever. The symptoms they are suffering from have been brought about by a panic attack. In emergency wards at hospitals this is a fairly frequent occurrence.

It is very important however, to warn against the danger of being too casual and ignore symptoms that resemble a genuine heart attack. Don’t ever assume a panic attack is the cause of the problem.

If you are in the company of anyone who complains of severe chest pains, get qualified medical help immediately. Don’t disregard these symptoms and presume they are probably due to a panic attack. There is a chance that you may be completely mistaken.. The old maxim, “better be safe than sorry” certainly applies in these circumstances.

Doctors are seeing more and more cases, these days, of people suffering from symptoms of severe stress, nervous tension, extreme anxiety and panic attacks. The most common form of treatment is to prescribe tranquilizers.

It is small wonder that world-wide wide use of tranquilizers, has increased dramatically over the past few years.

Tranquilizers, as an emergency form of treatment, when prescribed by suitably qualified doctors, can be effective in relieving stress. But there are always disadvantages in their use. There are often side-effects. Sometimes these side effects can be very serious indeed. There is also always the danger of addiction.

A large number of people, suffering from panic attacks and conditions of severe stress, have moved away from conventional medical treatment. They are unhappy with tranquilizers. They turn to various forms of alternative medicine for treatment and have been very happy with the results achieved.

One method of treatment for stress, that has received wide recognition and a great deal of favorable publicity, because of the excellent results obtained, is meditation. There are certain forms of meditation that have proved remarkably effective in relieving stress.