Men’s Facial Skin Care – Reduce Skin Redness

Men are often curious about how to reduce skin redness. Shaving, harsh cleansers, wind damage and the sun are usually blamed for the problem. But, the underlying cause is inflammation.

Many people think of inflammation as the swelling that occurs when they sprain an ankle. But, the skin’s layers can also become inflamed. Sometimes, the inflammation is chronic.

Inflammation Signs

Pimples are a sign of inflammation deep within the skin’s layers; in the pilosebaceous unit. That’s a big word that we usually call a pore.

The hair-producing follicles are located in the pilosebaceous unit. Below the follicle is a gland that produces sebum. People with oilier complexions are said to have excessive sebum production. But, that’s not the whole story.

If you wash your face too frequently or use a mass-produced shaving cream, you strip away the skin’s sebum. This stimulates the gland to produce even more. The stimulation can also cause the gland to become inflamed.

Shaving Tips

Next thing you know, you have a pimple. If you have “shaving bumps”, they are caused by the same kind of irritation.

You don’t have to stop shaving to reduce skin redness, you just have to be more careful about your skincare products and follow a good routine. Here’s a suggested routine.

You will need to hang a mirror in the shower and have a new razor handy. Instead of using a mass-produced shaving cream, invest in a bottle of plain grape seed or olive oil.

Turn the shower on and let the bathroom steam up a bit. Let your skin absorb the steam as you wash your hair and body. Do not use a cleanser on your face unless it is absolutely necessary.

Use the olive or grape seed oil as a shaving lubricant and shave as you normally would, using the mirror in the shower. After you dry off, use a moisturizer designed to reduce skin redness caused by inflammation.

Moisturize – Key Tip

The moisturizer should contain witch hazel, because it has natural anti-inflammatory properties and will help prevent infections caused by shaving nicks or cuts. It will also help to heal abrasions or razor burns.

Not Just Any Moisturizer

It should also contain an ingredient called Functional Keratin. A protein complex that stops inflammation before it can start, Functional Keratin has proven to be beneficial for people with rosacea when it is used on a regular basis. It will also reduce skin redness caused by irritation or other kinds of inflammation.

Here is a DO NOT DO Tip

Here’s one more suggestion for your skincare routine. Do not exfoliate.

It seems that practically everyone is recommending exfoliation these days as a weekly treatment. First of all, there are no proven benefits of exfoliation. If you shave every day, you are exfoliating anyway.

Exfoliation can cause excessive dryness, which in turn causes wrinkles. So, don’t do it.

Facial Cleansing Mask – Very Smart Move

If you want to give yourself a real treat, use a deep cleansing mask on a regular basis. The better ones contain an ingredient called allantoin. It will also help to reduce skin redness. The preceding suggestions should have you looking your best in no time. Want more tips?

And now please visit the Facial Fluid website listed below for updated information on Men’s Facial Skin Care.

100 Domestic Violence Facts

1. Japan is known for being big on video-games, as a matter of fact they even have a “Domestic Violence Video Game.

2. DV, Spousal Abuse and intimate partner abuse statistics come from only two major sources, Agency Data and Survey Data. The problem with the data is that it is biased because it is too varied, complex and partially unvolunteering.

3 Fact: DV shelters funded by the Federal Government are not required to produce information and do not, information about what they do, how many numbers in or out is unknown, statistics and algorythims are not recorded, this does not help determine if domestic violence is rising or decreasing.

4. Legally and fully married couples report less than 5% of domestic violence calls and are less violent than the more unstable and unbonded relationship.

5. A CDC (center for disease control) survey found that 50 percent of all spousal violence was mutual making Partner aggression two-way.

6. 75% of domestic violence is caused by drug addicts.

7. Pets such as dogs, cats, etc are affected by Domestic Violence just as much as humans.

8. More than 50% of spousal Abusers also abuse their children.

9. Domestic violence occurs in both Religious and NON Religious families.

10. Spousal Abuse occurs in poor, middle class, rich and in wealthy families although lower income families are more likely to experience it.

11. It was illegal for a man to hit his wife after 9 P.M. in London ( meaning it was OK before 9 P.M.) reasoning was that women needed time to rest in order to do house chores.

12. Domestic Violence is a disease as it can be transmitted from one generation to the other.

13. Battered women shelters serve more children than they do women.

14. All Abusers do in fact feel guilt and are afraid of being caught.

15. Statistics on Domestic Violence are not precise, never have been and never will be. However, statistics certainly can become more accurate.

16. Women can indeed support themselves if they leave a domestic violence relationship, even if they believe otherwise. There are many programs available for DV victims.

17. When a victim decides to leave and gets caught is when they are in the most danger.

18. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness nationally.

19. 25 % of all violent crimes reported in the UK are domestic violence related.

20. Domestic Violence claims the life of 2 women a week minimum, based on what is reported.

21. Often it is mocked, deemed foolish and comic when a man claims being a victim of domestic violence, however studies show that men lose their life to domestic violence at similar rates as women do.

22. Certain types of Abusers can be very well liked socially, can seem very nice out of the home debunking any claims the victim may have and making them feel NON-Credible.

23. 63% percent of all murders committed by boys between the ages of 11 through 20 kill their mother’s Abuser.

24. Every State in the U.S. has a State coalition against domestic violence.

25. Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, even Oprah was once a victim and celebrities are constantly on the map for it.

26. Prevention and Education of DV is not taught in schools, If you know of a school that does have classes please reply here.

27. Police, Correctional, F.B.I, and High Ranking officials can also be Abuser’s of Domestic Violence.

28. Men can be just as afraid of women in intimate partner relationships.

29. Men are less likely to report abuse as victims due to embarrassment, stigmas, credibility and nothing has been done to encourage it.

30. Every 15 seconds a woman is assaulted by a boyfriend her husband or a lover, every 14 seconds the same happens to a man ( FOX 2 NEWS )

31. There are 1500 Shelters for women in the United States and 3500 Animal Shelters, this is true there are more Animal Shelters.

32. Court ordered Domestic Violence courses and classes are not always successful and DO NOT Guarantee the abuse will stop, However it can and does help.

33. Professionals such as, Doctors, Lawyers, Police Officers, Ministers, Psychologists also beat their wives.

34. Stopping an Abuser’s Drug and or Alcohol problem will not stop their abusive patterns, they are two separate entities although drug and alcohol use does make abuse more likely.

35. Many assaults are planned, premeditated and can last for hours.

36. Abuser’s target NON visible part of the body and even when bruises are visible the victim usually manages to cover up the bruise.

37. An abuser will assault a women in the stomach while she is pregnant as it manipulates the woman drastically as she does not want her baby hurt. This is what I call the 2 in 1, abusing 2 people with one stone.

38. Police presence can make a woman even more vulnerable, because once the police is gone and the couple are back together, the victim will have to pay the consequences.

39. Domestic and Family violence kills just as many women every 5 years as the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War according to (The Domestic Violence Sourcebook, Berry, 1996)

40. Just 17 states kept data on reported domestic violence offenses in 1991, According to this report: (Senate Judiciary Committee Report, October 1992)

41. Domestic Violence is the leading cause of death of women in the United States of America, According to the US Surgeon General.

42. Among causes of injury to women combined such as muggings, rape, Car Accidents, slips and falls, work related injuries, Battering would be the leader of the pack being the single largest cause of injury to women nationally.

43. 30 % of all Domestic Violence incidents involve weapons.

44. 80% of OHIO prisoners come from homes where domestic violence was an issue, this includes juveniles as well as adults.

45. Domestic Violence is not an anger control, however the victim may be led to believe so.

46. Children are aware of the DV in their home, even if it is hidden.

47. It is a crime and it is against the law to harass or physically harm another human being.

48. The U.S economy suffers a loss of up to $100 Million Dollars a year in Medical Expenses and between $3 and $5 Billion Dollars in missing work or sick days annually.

49. 22% percent of all Divorces in middle-class relationships are due to violence (EAP Digest November/December 1991)

50. Family Violence or Spousal Abuse is a secretive crime and can be a very well kept secret for years if not permanently.

51. Pregnant women that are battered are more likely to have babies with defects,low birth weights and even miscarriages.

52. Babysitters, Housekeepers, Gardeners, Caregivers, Guardians, Godparents, Butlers, and or sleepover friends are not exempt from domestic violence, no one is.

53. local law enforcements are not required or mandated to maintain data on the relationship between victim and offender except in the case of murder.

54. Until 1984 advising the Male partner to “take a walk around the block” was usually as much as police could legally do when responding to a domestic violence call.

55. It was in 1984 that the United States Attorney General suggest that automatic arrest become standard when responding to a domestic violence call.

56. Non Cooperation of the victim during abuser prosecution is too often the cause for dismissal of abuse cases, however some states no longer require the victim to follow through and now continue prosecution when enough evidence allows. This is know as the no-drop policy.

57. Abusers may use legal and or illegal drugs to spike a victim’s food or drink in order to further manipulate them and make them more vulnerable.

58. There are actually countries that do not have a domestic abuse law or crime bracket, for example in Scotland there is no crime known as Domestic Abuse.

59. Insurance companies treat Domestic Violence as a pre-existing condition. Meaning if you’re husband beats you either you can be turned down for insurance or you may have to pay a much higher insurance premium.

60. Domestic Violence can be that of a slavery setting, where the victim works and the abuser reaps the benefits and controls every aspect of the victim’s lifestyle.

61. In any given Domestic Abuse Case 95% of the times The male partner is arrested.

62. Domestic violence is an under reported crime Only approximately 25 percent of all physical assaults, and 50 percent of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported.

63. Over one Million of Domestic Violence allegations are false.

64. In 7 out of 10 cases women were the aggressors of an Abuser/Abusee relationship where there male partner did not re-act physically According to a national survey on partner aggression Published by the Centers for Disease Control in May 2007.

65. Men and women commit domestic violence at similar rates according to Professor Linda Kelly of The Indiana State University School of Law.

66. Women who experience domestic violence first hand are more likely to get sick in their latter years, sick as in suffering from asthma, getting a stroke, 70% chance of having heart disease and a chance of turning to substance abuse or heavy drinking.

67. Domestic and sexual violence are known to involve the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases such as H.I.V. etc

68. The majority of women who have been victims of spousal abuse become less negotiating about practicing safe sex or using protection with future partners.

69. Many Abuser’s have no criminal history or crime record and can seem harmless, kind and family oriented.

70. Undocumented immigrant victims are somehow more vulnerable to abuse, because of their partner’s documented legal status, making them less likely to seek help due to deportation threats made by their abusers.

71. Women use violence to resolve conflict in intimate relationships just as often as men according to a well-publicized study conducted by Dr. Murray Strauss of the University of New Hampshire.

72. Abuser’s with Legal U.S. Citizenship many times deter their victims from gaining U.S. Citizenship/legal status to keep them isolated.

73. A host of different women from Hispanic backgrounds such as Mexico and Columbia are lead to believe that Domestic Violence is acceptable because of their Macho like cultures.

74. Undocumented Immigrants often do not trust the American Legal system when it comes to domestic abuse because of their fear of deportation, also the reason why they will stay in such relationships longer.

75. Men are less likely to view partner aggression towards them as a crime, another reason why men don’t come forward.

76. A high number of women become victims due to them first initializing an assault towards their husband or partner.

77. Women are more likely to report abuse then men are as victims.

78. Domestic Violence does not appear on the U.S. Department Of Health and Human Services list of leading causes of injury. However, accidental slips and falls, over exertion and car accidents are.

79. The cost of domestic violence towards men us “UNKNOWN” however the cost of domestic violence towards women is $5.8 Billion according to the center for disease control but supposedly $13 Billion from other sources.

80. Automatic mandatory arrest laws escalate, not reduce, the risk of successful partner violence, because when abusers are let loose they are known to retaliate.

81. The claimed fact that women lose $8 Million days of paid work is actually reversed, this is the total amount of lost days in monies Men lose each year not women, do the math.

82. 71% of kids killed by a parent were killed by their mothers, according to Data from the Department of Health and Human Services.

83. Domestic violence facts and statistics are amongst the most misleading, mythical, railroaded, un-informative and farse facts and statistics ever. Much trickory and deception is used in the numbers brought forward.

84. BWS or Battered Women’s Syndrome first came about in the 1970’s. This alleged syndrome helped and cushioned women who murdered their husbands, boyfriends, or lovers. It was also used to justify why they killed their partners.

85. Major Holidays aren’t any better for victims than they are for Abusers, Thanksgiving and Christmas raises tension and stress in domestic abuse relationships due to the victims yearning want to see his or her family and the abuser just not allowing it.

86. Abusers tend to deplete their victim’s bank accounts and destroy their credit to make them less versatile and more dependent on their abusers.

87. A staggering number of victims do not know what domestic abuse is, nor do they know that they are living it. Even when they have a sense that something’s wrong, they do not see the abuse coming as it stems and grows, it is why they say love is blind.

88. Spousal and Domestic Abuse rates are not their highest on Super Bowl Sunday than any other single day of the year. Not all men are into football, as a matter of fact men usually are not with their female partners on that day.

89. The reason or reasons why victims stay in such relationships is or are limited financial funds to get out and move, fear of making the abuse worst if caught leaving, and immunity to the abuse, there is an old saying “we like what we know, but we are afraid of what we don’t know”

90. A century 100 Years Ago it was legal for the husband to beat his wife in the UK given that he only used a stick no thick in width than his thumb.

91. Domestic Violence occurs in absolutely all races and ethnic groups to any gender regardless of age.

92. If battering and abuse is not decreasing, its increasing and tends to develop over time.

93. Abusive women have used domestic violence as a tool to arrest and intimidate their male partners by making false claims that her husband assaulted her. With the new domestic abuse laws of mandatory arrest on a domestic abuse call this is an easy one for women to pull. ( Ladies don’t get any ideas, if you’re husband treats you well, be nice to him )

94. A study on dating couples determined that 70 percent of all physical abuse was inflicted by both parties.

95. Blind, deaf, handicapped and mentally retarded persons are also subject to abuse one way or another.

96. Military domestic violence statistics show that the army had the higher incidents of all the services Marines, Navy, and Air Force following in order.

97. Technology has played a major role in domestic abuse recently. For example Abusers use Email, tracking devices, cell phones etc, to monitor their victims where abouts. Victimized Men have also incorporated the use of technology in the form of surveillance to record and prove that their spouse was indeed abusing them.

98. Written policies, standards, protocols are a must by all law enforcement when responding to any domestic disputes.

99. A victim does not have the option to choose whether they can press charges or drop the charges once an arrest is made. The state takes over the case and follows prosecution.

100. A protective order, Order of protection, stay away order, restraining order, emergency protective restraining order whether temporary or permanent does not guarantee solid protection for a victim, especially since victims tend to allow the abuser to contact them after an arrest or the abuser may stalk the victim. However an automatic mandatory arrest is made if authorities are made aware that the perpetrator has violated such court order.

Bartholin Cyst Essential Oil Treatment

What is a Bartholin gland?

The Bartholin gland is a tiny organ on each of the labia minora (vaginal lips) just outside the opening to the vagina. If the vagina were the face of a clock, the Bartholin glands would be found at about 4 and 8 o’clock. Normally they are so tiny that they are invisible. During sexual arousal the Bartholin gland releases a lubricating fluid. A Barholin gland cyst develops when the gland becomes blocked. The gland can become blocked for a variety of reasons, such as an infection, inflammation, long term irritation, or poor circulation. When blockage occurs a round swelling called a cyst forms that can grow to the size of an orange, though most only get as large as the size of a golf ball. Cysts can become tender though not always.

I made a blend of pure essential oils for my friend to try in a Sitz bath. The key essential oils I used in the
Bartholin Gland Essential Oil Formula:

Cypress (astringent to increase circulation and assist drainage)
Juniperberry (detoxifier)
Lavender, High Altitude (anti-inflammatory)

PREPARATION:

To a 15ml bottle add: 125 drops each of Cypress and Juniperberry, and 50 drops of Lavender

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Add 3-4 drops Bartholin Gland essential oil formula in a carrier of Epson salts (1/2 cup) added to a Sitz bath. Soak for 10-15 minutes, once a day. If you don’t notice a change in the cyst or symptoms of discomfort within a few hours after your soak you may repeat.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

I asked my friend to please let me know how things went over the next few days. She wrote back to me several days later thanking me for the Bartholin Cyst essential oil formula, and reporting that the Bartholin Cyst had completely healed. She told me the gland started draining within one day after beginning treatment and had completely healed by the third day after beginning treatment, and has never returned (more than a year ago now). It was very simple to treat it. She used three Sitz baths with the Bartholin Cyst formula of essential oils in Epson salts 3 times daily for 3 days. She also mixed the Bartholin Cyst formula with light coconut oil and applied after bathing. She told me the marble sized Bartholin Cyst reduced in size and went away permanently (more than a year ago now). She encouraged me to let others know about the Bartholin cyst formula. She told me that on the web there was so much fear about having a Bartholin gland cyst or infected gland, and seeming resignation to having it lanced by a doctor to solve the problem.

CAUTION: Because of its stimulating effect on the kidneys, Juniper berry oil should not be used during pregnancy. Avoid Juniper berry in cases of acute kidney or bladder infections or with kidney disease.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are preganant I recommend that you do not use essential oils during your first trimester, and after that, only use essential oils under the direct supervision of a professionally trained certified clinical aromatherapist.

Aromatherapy is Nature’s Medicine in its purest and most essential form. Aromatic Oils are the very soul of a plant. Even a drop or two can produce significant results for your body, mind and spirit. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

Incurable Yeast Infection Reversed

You should not make the very bad mistake to think that yeast infections or candidiasis are confined to women only. Likewise vulnerable areas of the body are many, and clinical proof exposes a fact that is most uncomfortable to conventional physician-mindset, that yeast infection is behind a number of seemingly incurable ill-health conditions.

Candida Albicans lives in your intestine.

The undeniable facts are that candida albicans is a naturally occurring microbe or fungi, whose primary place of residence is your large intestine. Accordingly. your own body produces what is known as beneficial bacteria, which keep yeast at bay, so to speak,and naturally maintain your body’s systems in natural harmony.

A number of short-sighted actions on your part, can very easily deplete the beneficial bacteria, which in turn upsets the natural balance that must exist for good health, and thus causing an overgrowth of the yeast. If that yeast overgrowth breaches the confines of your intestines, then a number of health problems can be set in motion.

Yeast overgrowth triggers

The usual trigger actions on your part that deplete the beneficial bacteria include overuse of antibiotics directly or indirect via consumption especially of meat and diary products from livestock that is routinely treated with an abundance of antibiotics.With the clear exception of Organic farming, the so called modern farming today is literally awash in use of antibiotics and hormones in a quest for more profits Also be aware that your frequent consumption of refined and artificial sugars in solid foods or liquids accelerates yeast infection.

The overgrowth of yeast if severe enough is known as systemic candidiasis and can lead to organ failure, while in less severe cases your body feels badly run down as your immune system struggles to fight the yeast overgrowth and the vulnerability window that is now open for opportunistic infections and illnesses.

Emergency measure against candida yeast infection.

At this point, time is of the essence, move fast for proper help. And as an emergency measure, among yeast infection treatments, is the prescription drug flucanozole, that is effective for any type of yeast flare-up. That is a short term measure to get you stabilized, otherwise it’s continued use can be a very serious threat to your liver, not to mention adverse interactions with various drugs such as warfarin and the oral antidiabetic drugs. In other words, if you have candida yeast infection or chronic yeast infections, pay close attention to the following.

You are not out of the woods yet, and you quickly have to think alternative approaches, because most doctors will not write a prescription for any candida yeast infection symptoms beyond the usual vaginal yeast infection or (cutaneous) skin yeast infection. Even more insurance companies are refusing to cover yeast infection medication prescriptions beyond the routine symptoms of yeast infections. Inevitably,you are then ushered onto a not so merry go around of misdiagnosis, one after another.

You do not have to panic because nature’s alternative and effective yeast infection remedy or means to get rid of yeast infection is as simple as re-establishing your body’s natural balance of beneficial bacteria, as part of a candida diet, and therefore wipe out the yeast overgrowth. It is obvious, is it not, that drugs cannot do that.

The proven Maori candida yeast fighter

Now you have help, all the way from the native land of the nature respecting native Maoris, in New Zealand, by way of a plant called Pseudowintera Colorata, whose leaves have been used for centuries by the indigenous Maori to get rid of fungal infections, digestive ailments and venereal diseases, permanently.

Quicker than you can blink, the European settlers quickly adopted that Maori wisdom of restoring good health, otherwise you would not be learning about it this day. There are two creams, one for vaginal yeast infection, which has minimized the herb’s heat, and the other cream contains the strongest extract of the herb mixed with tea tree oil to tackle foot and toenail fungus. The capsule form is made for intestinal candidiasis

The fungicidal abilities of this Maori plant is second to none as demonstrated in 1982, by the clinical research scientists from New Zealand’s Canterbury University. They found that the plan’s extract was by far more effective than the best pharmaceutical candida treatments amphotericin B at inhibiting fungus growth, and lo and behold, it works faster.You will simply not believe the speed of this natural and totally safe extract.

The clinical scientists indicate that as a natural yeast infection cure, the active ingredients of the plant work by disturbing the yeast cell membranes, causing them to leak and die.

Doctors at health clinics throughout New Zealand using the plant extract in the form of capsules as treatment for candida (systemic candida) reported an astounding 76% improvement rate among their patients. And from the doctors working with the cream version as a natural cure for yeast infection, a very welcome improvement rate of 89% against vaginal candidiasis was confirmed.

Yeast Infection Symptoms

The symptoms of yeast infection are numerous, and a few of the most common ones for most sufferers are as follows,

> Loss of sex drive,painful intercourse,painful or irregular menstrual cycles,vaginitis,impotence,bladder or kidney infections,burning during urination, cystitis, discoloration on the penis.

> Allergies to perfumes, nail polish,odors,chemicals, foods.

> Digestive disorders including heartburn,,constipation,abdominal bloating or pain,gas or diarrhea.

> Athlete’s foot,skin eczema,jock itch,fungal infections,vaginal or rectal itching or itching skin.

Yeast Infection Cause

> Regular consumption of refined and artificial sugars in foods or liquids. Consumption of citric acid, which is in most sodas, and have you noticed?

> The now constant drug culture of antibiotics, birth control pills ( and by the way, there is a post in the works, as it were, on how birth control pills are subtley ravaging the health of a woman), steroid use including cortisone, the short-sighted use of hormone replacement therapy, chemotherapy ( such side effects of this can be easily alleviated by a simoultaneous use of a unique type of natural glutathione).

Thrush

Thrush is the fungal infection of the mouth or the candidiasis of the mouth and throat, and Kolorex tea helps to keep under control such recurring cases of thrush.

Urine Analysis and Laboratory Tests

The data of Urine analysis usually taken are divided into two; qualitative and quantitative data of Urine laboratory tests. As their names imply, qualitative tests is to test for the qualities of the Urine such as colour, transparency, etc, while quantitative test, try to find the amounts of some indexes in the Urine such as volume, specific gravity, amount of pathologic components of Urine (blood, proteins, creatinine, etc).

Qualitative data of Urine laboratory tests

Colour of Urine

• In the first day of child’s Life, Urine is colorless

• On the 2nd-4th days- dark-reddish, because big quantity of Urea is excreted.

• In breast fed infants the urine is almost colorless until they start to drink fruit juices and to eat other foods at the age of 4-6 months

• In formula fed infants, all children and grown-ups, the urine is yellow like straw.

Changes of Urine color can be physiological. For example;

• Colorless urine is excreted when a person drinks a lot of fluids

• Urine acquires Orange color when the food contains a lot of carotene (carrot);

• Urine will be pink after eating red-beet;

• Some medicines influence the Urine colour. SO, rifampicin causes the red color of Urine, analginum and sulfacylamides-pink, mitroxolinum-saffron-yellow.

Some Urine discoloration is of diagnostic value in case of Kidney disorders:

• Dark-brown Urine is a pathognomic symptom of virus hepatitis; the cause of such color is big amount of bile pigments hyperbilirubinuria); characteristic sign is forming of yellowish foam after shaking such Urine.

• Smoky brown Urine, which resembles tea or cola, is formed in case of nephron damage, when RBCs pass through the basal membrane of glomerular capsule and losses the hemoglobin. It is the main sign of acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis

• Bright red color can be found when “fresh” RBCs pass into urine in case of trauma, kidney tuberculosis, crystals, cystitis, urethritis, renal tumor.

• Dark-violet discoloration is the sign of considerable RBCs hemolysis in case of poisoning, Rh-conflict, mistakes during blood transfusion etc.

Transparence

The Urine can be cloudy only in newborn child for 2-3 days after birth. After that each healthy person excrete transparent Urine. Cloudy hazy, darkly opalescent Urine can be found in case of Urinary tract infection, enlarged amount of crystals, RBCs or WBCs, pus or fats in Urine.

Quantitative data of Urine Laboratory tests

Diuresis means the process of Urine production. The Urine-volume (UV per 24 hours) is its laboratory reflection. Its meanings depend on age.

Pathological changes of Urine volume

• Poliuria is diagnosed when the urine volume exceeds the normal ranges in 2 times and more. It is the often sign of disorders with other systems decreasing of cardiac edema, diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipiduc). Renal poliutia develops in case of back progress of nephritic edema, chronic renal failure.

• Oliguria means the decreasing of daily urine volume to of age ranges and less. Renal Oliguria is one of the most significant manifestations of renal failure. There also can be extra-renal causes of Oliguria such as massive profuse bleeding, diarrhea, poisoning, cardiax failure, shock. It is very important to identify the reason of Oliguria because the therapeutic plans can be quite different when the Urine volume decrease less than 5% of normal data or there is no Urine per whole day. It is one of the most dangerous conditions for the child’s life and needs the emergency medical help.

• Anuria can be

1. renal-the kidneys don’t form the urine due to considerable damage of their tissues.

2. postrenal (mechanical)-the Urine is produced, but it doesn’t go into the bladder because of upper tract or bladder neck obstruction.

• Nocturia, the normal correlation of daytime and nighttime Urine Volume is 2:1. That means that because of bigger fluid intake and physical activity, Urine excretion is more intensive during daytime. If the night Urine volume is bigger, it is the manifestation of decreased renal function.

Ph of Urine

This sign depends on age, food habits, prescribed medicines and differs in different people as well as in one person in different periods.

Specific gravity

It is the concentration of electrolytes and other substances dissolve in Urine. Decreasing of specific gravity can be seen in case of drinking a lot of fluids, severe renal failure, back progress of edema, diabetes insipidus. Increasing is observed at Oliguria, diabetes mellitus, excretion of marked amount of protein. Excretion of 0.1g of glucose per 11 of Urine causes enlargement of specific gravity on 0.004; 0.4 of protein-on 0.001.

Indexes of Urine analysis which are deviations of the normal ones are indications for metabolic disorders

Cleaning Agents – Cause of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Birth Defects

A modern home is likely to retain a range of highly toxic chemicals for cleaning. They often come with tantalising labels that offer protection from infections and illness. In addition there are often toxic air fresheners, room deodorisers and toilet sanitisers, all of which claim to remove noxious smells and contaminants from the indoor environment. In reality these sophisticated cleaning agents are usually far more dangerous to health than the infectious agents they purport to remove. They frequently contain several toxic chemicals Many affect reproduction as well as seriously compromising general health.

I was alerted to the dangers of bathroom cleaners to reproduction after giving talks about my research results on lifestyle and reproduction. One woman told me that every time she cleaned her shower she would become dizzy and nauseous. Apparently her technique was to get into the shower, spray her cleaner on the tiles and then wash it off with very hot water. The heat plus the fumes were a dangerous combination. She was not alone. I soon discovered that many women regularly had reactions to their zealous cleaning. Many of these women had been told they had unexplained infertility. Others, who worked as cleaners, spoke about the disturbances in their menstrual cycles that occurred soon after taking up cleaning work.

The medical literature has many studies on the health risks of working with cleaning agents. These risks commonly include high rates of asthma and general high disability rates. Studies from Mexican American and Dutch women show increased rates of neural tube defects (spina bifida and anencephaly) in the children of female cleaners. Even fathers who are exposed to moderate to high levels of cleaning agents have increased numbers of children with neural tube defects.

The chemical p-dichlorobenzene is an example of a chemical frequently found in sanitisers, especially toilet bowl deodorisers and mothballs. This is an extremely dangerous chemical. A group of animals repeatedly exposed to 798 ppm of p-dichlorobenzene developed eye irritation, marked tremors, weakness, and loss of weight. Some died. In five cases of human exposure to p-dichlorobenzene in mothballs, one person with only moderate exposure complained of severe headache, swelling of tissues around the eyes and profuse rhinitis. These symptoms subsided 24 hours after cessation of exposure. However, the other four persons who had more prolonged exposure developed anorexia, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and liver involvement with jaundice. Two of these people died. A third developed cirrhosis of the liver.

From a reproductive perspective, the most dangerous chemicals found in cleaning agents are formaldehyde, toluene and ethylene glycol butyl ether. Formaldehyde is commonly used to suppress the central nervous system smell receptors so that we cannot smell bad smells. It is used in most air fresheners. As well as causing cancer, it disrupts the menstrual cycle hence causing infertility, miscarriage and birth defects. Toluene is a solvent used in many different types of cleaning agents. It is also a reproductive toxin. Ethylene glycol butyl ether (2-butoxyethanol) is a solvent in carpet and specialist cleaners. It causes reproductive problems as well as blood disorders, liver and kidney problems. Ammonia may also cause problems. It is a natural fertility inhibitor and is also a respiratory irritant.

Books on safe cleaning methods advocate using bicarbonate of soda on a cloth for lightly soiled surfaces and bicarbonate and a brush for more difficult stains. Vinegar or lemon juice or vinegar with bicarbonate will remove most stains including baked on grease. In my experience you can really achieve a great deal with any one of these alone or with mixtures of them. Lemon juice is particularly good in shower recesses. Vinegar and bicarbonate will have your toilet shining. Eucalyptus Oil or Vanilla will give it a pleasant smell. These natural products are safe, effective and cheap and won’t compromise fertility.

It amazes me that clever marketing convinces us to fill our homes with toxic chemicals when simple, old-fashioned techniques are as, if not more effective. Many women needlessly suffer reproductive problems all in the mistaken belief that they are improving their own and their family’s health.

Dangers Of Eating Bad Meat

In the kitchen working with meat is already known as dangerous. You have to be careful of so many things. Like making sure to not to leave the meat out too long while it defrost. Or checking to see if the meat is pass it’s due date. This can be very dangerous since meat is frozen most of the time it tends to be a little more challenging to determine if the meat is old or not. But, these inspections are a necessary thing. But, so many people tell you that it is bad to eat meat that has gone bad or has been left out for a long period of time but, is it really as bad as people make it out to be?

There can be many dangers from eating tainted meat the most dangerous being of course dying but, there are several other conditions that can be almost as gruesome. You can become subject to many dangerous and deadly bacteria that can make you hallucinate, and vomit or can lead to even more troubling problems other then this. There is another thing that can be brought up from eating the wrong foods.

Botulism for example can come from eating bad meat and can make you hallucinations when it is severe. Botulism also can cause severe pain and convulsions even. So be careful of old or rotting meat they are loaded with many deadly and dangerous toxins that can put the lives of you and your family at risk.

10 Food Contamination Prevention Tips – How to Fight Contamination Without Chemicals

You cannot keep a tidy kitchen just by being able to store, prepare and serve foods. Know that, in the kitchen, it is absolutely critical to store perishable items properly, ensure that all food services are kept clean, and that the meal preparation methods do not cross-contaminate.

A Word Of Warning About Food Contamination

Handling raw meat can leave behind bacteria such as coli and salmonella on several objects such as knives and towels that are reused for wiping up spills. These bacteria can be very harmful to the health of any human being. You can get sick from it, and even die.

Especially children and elderly are risk. Meat and eggs are considered the biggest threats, but there are other sources too like packaged spinach. Clean food handling practices cannot fully prevent food-borne illnesses, but they sure cut way down on these risks.

Strictly paying attention to precautions to fight contamination can seem challenging to your environmental principles. Many of these steps involve liberal amounts of hot water and you may even need to use disposable wipes or towels to prevent contamination. Another precaution, or safe way to deal with foods, is to throw a way foods when their freshness is questioned. Additionally, your concerns about possible infection and diseases might even force you to use dangerous chemicals that are both environmentally unfriendly and your own health.

There are however many ways to fight food contamination without chemicals which are as effective, if not more effective.

10 Food Contamination Prevention Tips: DO’s and DONT’s

  1. DO keep your refrigerator at 36 and 39 degrees F.
  2. DO respect expiration dates of all foods, especially meat.
  3. DO keep foods well-wrapped, especially refrigerated foods.
  4. DO keep fruit and vegetables separated from meat products.
  5. DO store meat on the bottom shelve, eliminating the risk of juices dripping down on other foods.
  6. DO wash all foods that are to be eaten raw.
  7. DO NOT prepare vegetables and fruits on the same surfaces you prepare meat on.
  8. DO use separate cutting boards for meats and vegetables.
  9. DO use separate towels or use disposable paper towels for cleaning the meat and vegetable surfaces.
  10. DO NOT reuse plastic bags that held meat or any animal product or wash them thoroughly and dry before recycling.

Smoking And IBS – What Are Smoking Effects On Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common condition a lot of people all over the world suffer. Because this chronic condition is characterized by so many symptoms of IBS that you can easily mistake as those of another medical condition, it’s hard to make an accurate diagnosis of IBS. This is why it is important to pinpoint certain food items, habits, and events that can trigger the symptoms of the condition, so as to avoid them altogether. And smoking is one of the many things that can trigger the condition’s symptoms to manifest themselves.

So, what are the effects of smoking on irritable bowel syndrome? And what is it about smoking that triggers such? Recent studies show that tobacco does not just cause lung cancer, but it is also a potent irritant of the gastrointestinal tract. In fact, tobacco is now known as a gastrointestinal tract irritant, as well as a carcinogen and a stimulant. Yes, tobacco has indeed become that infamous where health is concerned.

People affected with irritable bowel syndrome have gastrointestinal tracts that are very sensitive to a lot of stimuli, even in the form of spicy and oily food items. Tobacco, in its very basic form, can affect almost every part of your digestive system. It can cause reflux and heartburn, which are two conditions that almost all IBS patients acquire after being affected with the syndrome. Tobacco can also damage what is known as the esophageal sphincter. When this happens, there is then a large possibility of your stomach contents to flow right up, and then down into your esophagus’ lower portion.

Smoking also increases the risks entailed in peptic ulcer. And when you already have stomach ulcers in your stomach and you keep smoking, you are actually worsening the condition of these ulcers. To the point that these ulcers would not heal normally, and they would reoccur more often as well. The perforation of stomach ulcers is worsened by the mere act of smoking ten times. What’s more, smoking also increases the risk of acquiring Crohn’s disease, as well as the development of gallstones in your gall bladder.

The nicotine in every cigarette stick you smoke can actually lead to heightened production of stomach acids in your system. Nicotine also decreases the production rate of sodium bicarbonate in your pancreas. Sodium bicarbonate has to be produced because it is what counteracts the production of acid in your stomach. With the production rate significantly reduced, chemical imbalances would definitely occur.

With these many negative effects of smoking in irritable bowel syndrome, it is not difficult to perceive the need to stop smoking. So, if you are afflicted with the condition, now would be the perfect time to quit smoking.

How to Strengthen Your Lower Esophageal Sphincter

The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle is situated between the stomach and the esophagus (throat). It opens to allow food to pass from the esophagus into the stomach. It closes to keep food and acid from flowing up from the stomach into the esophagus. Acid is produced in your stomach to help break down food for digesting. When the lower esophageal sphincter muscle is weak, acid flows up into the esophagus and can irritate and burn inner parts of the body.

So, have you found out that you have gastroesphageal reflux disease (GERD)? Many people don’t even know that they have it. It effects infants as well as adults. Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Other terms for heartburn are acid indigestion and acid reflux. More than 25 million adults suffer from heartburn daily.

Causes of Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease

Some doctors believe that a hiatal hernia may weaken the lower esophageal sphincter muscle and cause reflux. Reflux means the return flow of a liquid. A hiatal hernia is caused when the upper stomach moves up into the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm. Coughing may cause a hiatal hernia. A person of any age can have one. Many healthy people over the age of 50 have a small one. If it is severe you may feel a constant pain behind your breast plate. The pain can last for months.

The Problem with Soy

Isoflavones are chemical compounds. Glycitein, genistein and daidzein are isoflavones found in soy. They mimic estrogen. Estrogen weakens the lower esophageal sphincter muscle. Soy is found in most every food today because it is a cheap commodity. If you’ll exam the ingredients on the packages that you purchase, you’ll see that soy is in bread, peanut butter, coffee mate non-dairy creamer, salad dressing, infant formula. The list is endless. The vegetable oil on the shelves in grocery stores is usually soybean oil, unless the oil is specifically labeled such as olive, safflower, sunflower, almond etc.

Other Foods

Certain foods and beverages can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter muscle. It would be helpful to avoid tobacco, alcohol, coffee (caffeinated and decaffeinated), caffeine, carbonated beverages, chocolate, peppermint, refined sugar and pastries, citrus, fried foods, fat and fatty foods, soy products (unless fermented), and especially avoid tomatoes and tomato products. Tomatoes are very acidic. Think twice before you eat that delicious pizza.

You must be very conscientious about reading the ingredients on the packages of the food that you purchase. Sugar is always harmful to the body and is in most food. Tomato is also in a lot of packaged food.

Foods to Encounter

Aloe Vera Gel Gets Two Thumbs Up

Aloe Vera Gel (whole leaf) could be taken before A.M. and P.M. meals. It is a natural remedy for acid reflux. The suggested dose is 4 oz. per day. If you have ulcers it would be a good idea to take a tablespoon (less of a dose). Until you feel the ulcers are healed. Otherwise too much Aloe Vera Gel may exasperate the ulcer condition.

Aloe Vera Gel coats the throat and stomach. Aloe Vera is a healing plant. Over time the lower esophageal sphincter muscle should strengthen. I’d give it a good year. A year is a normal length of time for anything in the body to reverse from disease and heal.

Ginger Is Beneficial

Drinking ginger tea can help keep stomach acid under control. It may take a couple of weeks until you see a difference. The suggested dose is 3 cups per day, with distilled water. It is best to drink the tea without sugar, honey or lemon juice. Refined sugar doesn’t do the body any good. It and citrus should be avoided anyway. The tea should be steeped.

How to Steep Tea

  1. Boil distilled water
  2. Pour 6 oz. of boiled water over a tea bag in a cup
  3. Place a saucer on top of the cup for 5-10 minutes

After you’ve steeped your tea, it is a good habit to squeeze the tea bag with your spoon up against the inside wall of the cup. Doing that and steeping enhances the strength of the tea.

Enjoy!

Other Tips for Controlling Acid Reflux

Modify eating habits:

  1. Eat many small meals during the day
  2. Eat nothing 3 hours before going to bed (especially spicy foods)
  3. Avoid lying down after eating
  4. Eat slowly
  5. Eat in an upright position

Sleep in an upright position or at a 45 degree angle by:

  1. Using a wedged pillow
  2. Using an adjustable chair or bed
  3. Sleeping on your left side at a 45 degree angle so that the sphincter valve closes
  4. Elevating the head of the bed by 6-8 inches with blocks

Try to avoid using abdominal pressure such as:

  1. Heavy lifting
  2. Bending at the waist
  3. Tight belts, clothes, etc.
  4. Slumping in chairs
  5. Straining with bowel movements

Note: With the above diet you may lose a few pounds.

Heartburn Can Be Easily Cured

Do you suffer from heartburn, reflux or burping? Perhaps you rely on a medicine to help settle your tummy. I have written on digestive disorders on several occasions previously, but this time I would like to write specifically on a little bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection is recognised as the most prevalent bacteria to infect the human population in the entire world. You may well identify the following problem, and if you do, don’t despair. It actually is possible to free from heartburn, reflux or a low grade queasiness, which affects so many people.

Helicobacter is a clever little bug

In 1982, when Australian Dr. Barry Marshall identified a new bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (HP) as an infectious agent responsible for peptic ulcer disease, it completely transformed medicine’s understanding of the microbiology and disease of the human stomach. Your stomach is protected from its own gastric juice by a thick layer of mucous that covers the stomach lining. HP takes advantage of this protection by actually living in the mucous lining. Once this clever little bug is safe in this mucous, it is able to fight the stomach acid that does reach it with an enzyme it possesses called urease. Urease converts urea, of which there is an abundant supply in the stomach (from saliva and gastric juices), into bicarbonate and ammonia, which are strong (alkaline) bases. This creates a cloud of acid-neutralizing chemicals around the H. pylori, protecting it from the acid in the stomach. This cloud is also part of the reflux and burping process that occurs, which many HP people complain of.

Contributing to the protection of HP is the fact that the body’s natural defenses cannot reach these bugs in this mucous lining of the stomach. The immune system will respond to an HP infection by sending “killer T-cells”, (white blood cells), and other infection-fighting agents. However, these potential H. pylori eradicators cannot reach the infection, because they cannot easily get through stomach lining. They do not go away – the immune response just grows and grows over time. White cells die and spill their destructive compounds onto cells lining the stomach lining. More nutrients are sent to reinforce the white cells, and the H. pylori can feed on this. Within a few days, gastritis and perhaps eventually a peptic ulcer results in the lining of your tummy. And of course, the person who suffers is often blissfully unaware, takes an antacid or an acid-blocking drug long-term, and continues to eat and drink foods which only aggravate the healing process long term. So they go back to the doctor, only to be told to stay on the medicine. After a few years, the person resigns themselves to the fact that they will always require this “medicine” to cure their condition. Yeah right, and Alice lived happily after in Wonderland.

To confirm that HP caused the gastritis and peptic ulceration, Marshall swallowed cultures of the bacteria and contracted gastritis (inflammation of the mucus membrane of the stomach). He then underwent endoscopy (internal examination of the stomach), and provided biopsies from which the suspected bug was re-isolated.

Changing medical belief and practice takes time. For nearly 100 years, scientists and doctors thought that ulcers were caused by lots of stress, spicy foods, and copious alcohol. Treatment involved bed rest and a bland and boring diet. Later, researchers added stomach acid to the list of causes and began treating ulcers with antacids when they became fashionable.Unfortunate for poor Barry, nobody believed him. In fact, he was actually treated with ridicule and disdain when he first proposed the idea that a bacteria actually lived the hostile environment of the stomach. Before 1982, the accepted medical paradigm was “no acid, no ulcer”, and that stomach ulcers only occurred when excess acid damaged the stomach wall and that all treatment should be aimed at reducing or neutralising all that bad acid. Surely you remember the advertisements on TV with the man drawing on his tummy with a felt tipped pen, telling you that the acid has to “stay down there”. These commercials generally came on after dinner, the time when your tummy is most likely to play up, I can’t help but thinking how many of those sufferers possibly have an undetected H.pylori infection. There is still a lot of drug promotion regarding this acid reflux problem. Unfortunately, many such patients today are still seen as having “too much stomach acid”, and treated with antacids or stomach-acid blockers as front-line therapy, when in my clinical experience actually the opposite applies, they don’t have enough or have an infection which needs sorting. Gastric juice is composed of digestive enzymes and concentrated hydrochloric acid, which can readily digest food or kill microorganisms. Low levels of stomach acid increase the chance an organism’s survival. It used to be thought that the stomach contained no bacteria and was actually sterile, and it took an Aussie GP to prove all the world’s experts wrong.

It seems pretty silly to treat the acid problem perpetually, without enquiring into actually why this burping, reflux and upper abdominal discomfort is occurring in the first place. Albert Szent Györgyi, (1937 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine) said that: “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Today it is an established fact that most cases of peptic ulcers and gastritis, diseases that affect millions of humans worldwide, result from this HP infection, and not “too much acid” in the stomach at all.

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent Györgyi

HP infection and prevalence

H. pylori is believed to be transmitted orally. Did you wash your hands? Many researchers believe that HP is transmitted orally by means of fecal matter through the ingestion of tainted food or water. In addition, it is possible that H. pylori could be transmitted from the stomach to the mouth through gastro-esophageal reflux or belching, all common symptoms of gastritis. The bacterium could then be transmitted through oral contact.

HP infection remains a huge problem, is extremely common and infecting more than a billion people worldwide. It is estimated that half of the American population older than age 60 has been infected with H. pylori at some stage and the economic effect of ulcer disease in the US (as measured back in a study of 1989 data) showed that the illness cost then nearly $6 billion annually. ($2.66 billion for hospitalisation, not including doctor ‘s fees), outpatient care ($1.62 billion), and loss in work productivity ($1.37 billion).

One in five Aussies and Kiwis have HP, according to Dr. Barry Marshal, infection usually persists for many years, leading to ulcer disease in 10 % to 15% of those infected. H. pylori is found in more than 80% of patients with gastric and duodenal ulcers. You can imagine what this common complaint in NZ and Australia is costing, in terms of medication, doctor’s visits and lost productivity at work. Early research on HP characterised much of the work to come, the data that emerged from the study of all these samples was quite unexpected. It showed that HP is actually a common bacterial agent and that an amazing 30-50% of the world’s population are colonised with it.

How do you know if you have the HP bug?

The infection manifests differently in different individuals. In some people, it produces more acid in the stomach, and ulcers may result. In others, stomach acid suppression or complete lack (which we call achlorhydria) may result, and these people may be at a greater risk of gastric cancer. It is unclear why some people respond one way or the other.

Typical manifestations of a Helicobacter pylori infection:

· Nausea, or a low-grade feeling of being queasy. Could be vomiting.

· Avoidance of chilli, garlic or a specific food which “does not agree” with your tummy.

· Bloating worse after meals. Feeling worse after meals or certain foods.

· Recurring abdominal pain, intestinal cramps.

· Peptic or duodenal ulcers (over 90% of all cases have HP)

· Burping, this can be pretty bad. The person may have developed a reputation!

· Heartburn, and perhaps reliant on Quick-Eze or Gavascon, Losec, etc.

· Diarrhea or constipation after several years of infection.

· Disturbed sleep, perhaps waking up with a hollow feeling or heartburn. I have known some patients to prop up the head of the bed with a few bricks even.

· Symptoms worse at night, or worse lying down.

· Vitamin B12 deficiency. Have your practitioner test for this, you may well be deficient.

· Altered appetite, some times you may feel like eating, other times you don’t.

· After being infected for several years, you may have develop mineral deficiencies which can lead to a myriad of health problems.

· Helicobacter pylori is implicated in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

· Migraine headaches (40% of migraine sufferers are positive, and eradication subsides the headaches).

· Acne rosacea. Helicobacter pylori is suspected of causing rosacea (eradication of HP often results in a significant reduction in rosacea symptoms).

Is it any wonder how an ailing stomach is supposed to do its job, i.e., digesting and absorbing foods efficiently when a bacterial infection is causing such dysfunction? Your doctor may have initially prescribed a medicine such as Losec, Gavascon or Mylanta for your stomach, serving to block acid or dilute it. How is your tummy supposed to work at all now? Then you go back and complain that the symptoms are unchanged. What then? You can see what I mean, after many years of this infection you can feel quite unwell. I see one person or more each week like this, and have done so for many years. When I wrote an article to our local newspaper several years ago regarding HP, I received nearly ten calls. And almost al these patients had a HP infection, all were on either Losec, Quick-Eze, Gavascon or Mylanta.

Conventional HP Therapy

Please note that it is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure of your heartburn or reflux. Many stomach or digestive diseases and conditions share common symptoms: if you treat yourself for the wrong illness or a specific symptom of a complex disease, you may delay legitimate treatment of a serious underlying problem, yes even stomach cancer. In other words, the greatest danger in self-treatment may actually be self-diagnosis. Always work with your health-care professional, preferably one who is experienced in gastrointestinal disorders. If you do not know what you really have, you simply can not treat it!

I have always had a great concern regarding the extensive use of antibiotic drugs required to treat HP infected individuals. The conventional medical clearing of HP from the stomach requires therapy from 10 to 14 days with multiple drugs. My concern is that prolonged or recurrent antibiotic treatment alters the normal microbial population of the entire gastrointestinal tract, eliminating many beneficial bacteria as well as HP, allowing the sufferer to develop a gut environment which may contain bugs like Candida albicans, proteus, or a whole host of other undesirables. You get rid of one problem, only to create yet another.

Triple Therapy

The use of only one medication to treatH. pylori was never recommended by Dr. Marshall. At this time, the most conventional treatment is a 2-week course of treatment called “triple therapy”. It involves taking two antibiotics to kill the bacteria and either an acid suppressor or stomach-lining shielding drug. Two-week triple therapy reduces ulcer symptoms, kills the bacteria, and prevents ulcer recurrence in many patients – but the recurrence can be as high as 75%. Complete eradication is difficult, I have had many patients who have come to me after having had triple therapy many years ago with average to poor results, and were placed on an acid blocker for many years after.I do recommend this for some resistant cases, and have been know to send some patients to a GP for triple therapy, then follow-up with natural treatment for 6 weeks. I have found that some patients may find triple therapy complicated because it involves taking 3 kinds of drugs, and as many as 20 pills a day. Also, the antibiotics and bismuth drugs used in triple therapy may cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark stools, metallic taste in the mouth, dizziness, headache, and yeast infections, particularly in women.

HP Testing

The diagnosis of H. pylori infection has traditionally involved endoscopy with biopsies of the stomach’s mucosa. There are three ways to test for HP currently in NZ. To be honest, I only occasionally authorise a HP test these days, and generally have a “gut feeling” a person has this bug once they come into my room and complain of the above mentioned symptoms. Common sense – the patient will soon tell you if they are or are not improving, and it only takes about three to four weeks to really know what is going on. Just because the test results come back negative, you could still have this bug. You know me by now, please don’t get paralysis from analysis! If you feel significantly better after a HP treatment whether it be pharmaceutical or natural – you probably have HP regardless of what the test results say. Remember – up to one in five New Zealanders have this infection, so the odds are reasonably high you have it.

· The Urea Breath Test method of diagnosis relies on the Urea reaction being present, as mentioned earlier. This is a sound test – 90 – 95% successful in picking up the HP bug.

· Blood tests measuring HP antibody levels have been developed. However, these tests have suboptimal sensitivity and specificity (85% and 79%).

· Stool tests for antibodies – again, many factors can affect the outcome of this test, stay with breath testing. Many experts say that the fecal antigen test is bullet proof, but in my experience I have seen many “false negatives” with testing. That is, the results come back all ok, but the patient responds dramatically after HP treatment.

Natural HP Eradication

No clear indications exist for specific treatment of each and every individual case of HP associated gastritis. I have found the following treatments to be effective, and employed many different therapies over the years. Here are some treatments which I have found to work in various HP cases. Remember, recurrence rates are quite high, so you may want to persist with treatment until you feel much better, then hang in there for a few more months (lower grade treatment) to be absolutely sure. I recommend treatment in blocks of 6 weeks, then wait 2 -3 weeks, then another 6 week period of treatment. A good clinical tip for you: always treat this infection by taking something with meals, and also something in-between, or away from foods. This is designed to really drive the “kill” treatment home, and lets the treatment have access to the HP bugs in the gut with as well as away to some extent from foods and gastric juice involvement. I have a saying in my clinic: persistence breaks resistance. Remember Winston Churchill? – never give in, never give in, never give in.

· Manuka honey, which has high levels of hydrogen peroxide and has been shown in studies to be active against H. pylori. Go for the Comvita high UMF factor Manuka honey.

· Propolis works really well for some, but is dismal for others.

· Vitamin B12 – get this checked in your blood! You may well be deficient here.

· After antibiotic treatment is finished, (triple therapy) it makes sense to rebuild the gut flora with lactobacillus species. They won’t cure the condition, however. (A 2002 trial demonstrated that a mixed acidophilus preparation failed to eradicate the H. pylori infection in the patients upon whom it was tried).

· DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) – you can get this in capsules or liquid.

· Aloe Vera helps to heal the mucous lining of the gastrointestinal tract.

· Berberine is found in the herb Goldenseal, and it may be used as a natural herbal antibiotic.

· Eat grapefruit seeds, for some this is very effective long term. The extract is even better.

· Digestive enzymes may also be useful – especially with achlorhydria (low stomach acid)

· Gum mastic is a natural substance from the sap of the Mediterranean evergreen tree, Pistacia lemniscuses. Mastic gum has been shown to be effective in protecting the digestive system, healing peptic and duodenal ulcers, and eradicating H. pylori from the gut. I use this a lot, and give two capsules twice daily in between meals.

· Bismuth. It displays anti-inflammatory action (due to salicylic acid) and also acts as an antacid and mild antibiotic. Don’t freak out – It can also cause a black tongue and black stools in some people who take it, when it combines with trace amounts of sulfur in their saliva and gastrointestinal tract. This discoloration is temporary and absolutely harmless.

My favourite HP treatment regime? I would have to say gum mastica between meals, and with meals a preparation of Bismuth,deglycyrrhizinated licorice, grapefruit seed extract and goldenseal. I often recommend aloe vera and activated charcoal as well.

Do you get that annoying heartburn, and want to try and find a cause and ultimately a cure? Consult your naturopath or nutritional-friendly doctor who can check you out carefully and thoroughly and who will actually treat the cause, not the symptom. They should generally recommend a course of treatment and a specific diet designed for the individual, with promising results for many patients. And what a relief, to be free of heartburn, bloating and that “awful feeling in the tummy” again!

Compression Bandages and Their Use

A bandage is a material that supports the body and allows it to heal itself. A compression bandage is a little different from the ordinary bandage as it is used to apply pressure to the area that is healing. The pressure thus applied performs a number of functions. It prevents swelling and edema. It increases blood circulation and allows the patient to manage their condition better.

Compression bandages are of two kinds.

Short stretch compression bandages: These bandages are commonly worn on the limbs, like the fingers and areas of the leg. They are generally used to treat venous ulcers, lymphedema, leg ulceration and even small wounds. Short stretch compression bandages have a property that allows them to shorten around the area, thus applying consistent pressure. Since the bandage does not exert increased pressure during periods of inactivity (which can lead to the accumulation of fluids in the area of application), these bandages are well suited for long term healing. What’s more, the design of these compression bandages is such that they resist pressure that is applied when an internal muscle contracts or moves. So, these ban adages can be worn even when the patient is asleep, though this is not always recommended.

Long stretch compression bandages: As the name suggests, these bandages can be applied over large areas, like a portion of the limb. These bandages apply pressure over the area but have a high resting pressure. Therefore, it is necessary for patients to remove these bandages when the body is at rest. Long stretch compression bandages are so called because they can be stretched to almost three times their size. These bandages are an important part of the healing process in many conditions like Complex Physical Therapy, venous leg ulceration and lymphoedema. Patients who need to use long stretch compression bandages while they are recovering from a condition need to take care that the compression bandages come off at night because these bandages become too tight to allow comfortable sleep.

may look like a simple stretch of material, but a lot of design goes into their manufacture. Some of the most important characteristics of compression bandages are elastic properties, pressure, components and layers. Compression bandages are medically prescribed in long term treatments because they help preserve the elasticity of the skin, maintain the improvements that have been gained by therapies like massage therapy, reshape and maintain the shape of the limb and accommodate the difference in size between the different areas. For instance, the bandage will wrap around a bulge in the same way as it will accommodate a constricted area.

Compression is generally recommended by doctors because they help reverse the accumulation of fluids. They also increase the flow of blood through the venous system and boost fibrinolytic activity. So, compression is an important treatment for various conditions.

Getting Rid of Anxiety Naturally

While the precise cause of a panic attack is somewhat mysterious, there are an abundance of situations that are believed to trigger a sudden bout of intense panic or anxiety. A panic attack is a combination of disturbing symptoms that often imitate the sense of a life-threatening situation of a heart attack. Even though panic attacks are usually harmless, these unpredictable occurrences are very undesirable and can last up to 20 minutes or more; furthermore, these attacks can be very alarming and confusing for bystanders that are not familiar with them.

At the onset of an attack, an individual may feel some or all of these sensations: strong throbbing of the heart, shortness of breath or hyperventilation, chest tightness, dizziness, sweating, shakiness, headache, fear and a feeling of losing the capability to behave in a normal manner. Some of the factors that are thought to contribute to these symptoms are; overactive thyroid; alcoholism and drug addiction; side effects from medications including asthma and heart drugs; unknown mental distress; over use of nicotine and caffeine; inability to handle stress; a history of previous family members whom have suffered from attacks.

There are various natural cures and herbal remedies that can help to prevent and/or lessen the symptoms of an attack. It is suggested that motherwort alone can diminish the symptoms of an attack; it is further suggested that drinking a teaspoon each of motherwort and linden or valerian and linden in a cup of water 4 times a day can prevent panic attacks by relaxing and soothing the nervous system.

Additional natural cures for panic attack symptoms include; for relief of a headache, five cups a day of a mixture of the herb skullcap and water; Grape juice consumed on a daily basis is said to help heart palpitations; Ripe Guava may also prevent heart palpitations and tranquil anxiety; passion flower, chamomile, kava kava and California poppy can give relief and eating a mixture of honey and lemon before bedtime can calm the nerves for a more restful night.

Moreover, yoga and meditation teaches breathing control that can help to control anxiety, and some individuals endure being stuck full of needles with acupuncture to find relief from attacks, because it works well for them. It takes a lot of dedication and time to find a successful treatment and/or combination and dosage of herbs; however, for those who suffer and are looking for a natural cure for panic attacks, it is well worth it.

Thousand Names of God – The Secrets of Vishnu Sahasranama Part II

There is an interesting incident in the life of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba

Once Sai Baba had heart disease. He used to cure all the diseases of the devotees. But now he himself was suffering. Who could cure him?

Sai Baba himself narrated as to how his heart disease was cured.

Baba: I had heart disease. I kept Vishnu Sahasranama close to my chest. Hari (meaning Lord Vishnu) descended from it. I was cured.

(Incident no 198: Sri Sai Baba’s Charters and Sayings by Sri B V Narasimhaswami)

Such is the power of Vishnu Sahasranama. It can cure all the diseases.

It has miraculous powers. One can get wealth, health according to his/her wish and needs.

Though the Lord has innumerable names, the Vishnu Sahasranama which contains a thousand selected names of the Supreme Being, is in the nature of a hymn which can be chanted by all.

There is a great secret in it. The sequence of the names of the Vishnu in the verses, in Anushtubh metre has a rationale.

Twenty-four names of Lord Vishnu had been incorporated in the three opening verses of the Vishnu Sahasranama. These twenty-four names denote the 24 syllabled Gayatri mantra, each syllable corresponding to a particular name. The name Gayatri connotes that it protects those who chant it properly and regularly. Recitation of Gayatri mantra according to the prescribed method confers all-round prosperity not only on the individual but also on the entire world.

(It is recommended here to the readers to read the articles The power of Gayatri Mantra Part I and The Power of Gayatri Mantra – Part II – Power of each syllable written by this author published in EzineArticles.com earlier in order to learn the secret power of Gayatri mantra)

The names Sridah (name 605), Srisah (name 606), Srinivasah (name 607), Srinidhi (name 608) Srivibhavanah (name 609) Sridhara (name 610) Srikarah (name 611) confer abundant wealth to the chanter.

Sri Adi Sankaracharya, in his commentary has given the meanings of these names as

Follows:

Sridah: The Bestower of wealth on His devotees

Srisah: The Lord of wealth

Srinivasah: Abiding always in the well – endowed; He resides where Sri (Lakshmi meaning the Goddess of wealth) resides.

Srinidhi: The Treasure – house of Sri. In Him, who is all powerful, all the energies abide.

Sri is protected like a treasure.

Srivibhavanah: The Distributor of wealth to all beings, variously, according to their deserts.

Sridhara: he bears on His chest Lakshmi, the mother of all He supports the prosperity of devotees.

Srikarah: The Conferrer of Sri on devotees who remember, praise, and worship Him.

The following results are promised to one who is chanting the Vishnu Sahasranama:

Success in acquiring great fame, a position of eminence, enduring prosperity, salvation.

The great seers and sages have strongly recommended reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama daily.

Is Life Better For Us Than It Was For Our Forefathers?

In many ways I would say that living in this modern world is better but in many ways too it seems that our forefathers had a better life.

Today we have radio, television, telephone, computers and hundreds of gadgets that our ancestors never had nor could imagine possible. So we enjoy these things enormously. However our ancestors never had to put up with mindless talk-shows on television and too loud pop music on the radio. I suppose our ancestors had more time to talk with one another too instead of being like us who spend so much time just staring at the ‘idiot box’.

On hot days I really appreciate that we have the air-conditioner to cool us down. Our forefathers probably had to put up with the heat or at best fan themselves with a leaf or something. However, we have become too dependent on the air-conditioner, especially the one in the car. On rare occasions when it malfunctioned I realized how uncomfortable it can be to sit in a car without air-conditioning.

Talking about cars, we are also so dependent on them. It is great to whiz along the highway eating up the kilometers and arriving at our destination in a short time. It seems everyone has the same idea too. So now, on our highways, it is virtually impossible to whiz along. It is more like crawling bumper-to-bumper in a traffic jam, breathing foul fumes and arriving late. Our ancestors of just a hundred years ago never had to undergo such infuriating jams. They probably trudged along on their feed or rode horses. Come to think of it, they probably had to put up with sore feet and horse dung. Which is better, fumes or dung?

Medical care has improved by leaps and bounds. We are no longer plagued by many diseases that killed our forefathers. Tuberculosis, smallpox and leprosy, the scourges of yesterdays, do not bother us anymore. However AIDS never bothered our forefathers. We face a new threat.

It is said that modern men and women have longer life spans. Does living longer necessarily mean a better life? I do not know. Long ago there were no hospitals and people died. No one paid anything to have their illness treated then. We pay huge sums nowadays but eventually we still have to die. Also a longer life span means we have to put up with more pollution, over-population, unemployment and other modern ills. My great-great-grandfather could probably pick a mango from a tree and eat it without giving it a second thought. I do not have a tree to pick a mango from. I have to buy one which may be loaded with pesticides and who knows what other poisons they put in it.

By looking at the few examples above, I cannot decide which era is better. Modern living has its good parts as well as bad. Similarly it was so for living in bygone ages. Actually we have no choice but to live in our modern world whether we like it or not. How things will turn out will only be known when they happen. We just have a live as best as we can.