Don’t Feed That to Baby!

Not all grub that’s yummy for mummy is fair game for baby’s tummy. Think twice before offering these to your kids.

  • Popcorn – This delightful snack is reposted to be one of the most common choking hazards for kids. Parents must remember not to offer them unless Baby is supervised and over a year old. If given to babies over one year old, choose only the fluffy parts of the popcorn. Avoid the husks and unpopped kernels, which are sharp and can get stuck in the teeth and airway. Opt for plain over caramel or cheese-flavoured versions, because of the high sugar and salt content found in the latter.
  • Cakes with Honey – Honey should not be given to babies under one year old. That’s because the Clostridium botulinum spores can germinate in his digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but fatal illness. For the same reason, don;t give him cakes or bread baked with honey, because making alone may not totally destroy the spores. However, commercial foods that contain honey (such as baby food and breakfast cereals) are safe for your baby because they’ve been heated sufficiently to eradicate the spores.
  • Tiramisu – Because of the alcohol in it, babies and toddlers consuming the popular italian cakes. The dessert contains caffeine, which can cause stomach upsets, headaches and increased heart rate.
  • Bird’s Nest – Pricy as it may be, bird’s nest is and allergenic food that can cause symptoms such as vomiting, rashes and abdominal pains. This is especially so if other family members are allergic to the protein found in it. Only introducing this Chinese delicacy to your child only after he turns one. If your baby is healthy and has no allergy, bird’s nest can be consumed in small quantities as a tonic. It can sometimes provide relief for prolonged dry coughs.
  • Ginseng – The doting grandma may want to brew double-boiled ginseng soup for the family, but this is one herb you’ll want your baby to steer clear of, unless advised otherwise by a physician. Panax ginseng is unsafe for kids and can cause infant death as a result of intoxication. Some physicians may advice against eating particular types of ginseng when the baby suffers from qi deficiency. But even for healthy babies, long-term consumption is not recommended, as it may bring about early puberty.
  • Pearl Powder – When you were little, your mother may have lured you with the promise of radiant skin as she made you down a vial of it. Truth be told, the preparation of crushed pearls is not a health supplement. It’s a mineral that can be difficult for a baby’s digestive system to absorb. It should be consumed only under the advice of a physician, and is often reserved for treatment of more serious ailments like spasms or extremely high fevers. Children with G6PD deficiency must steer clear of it.
  • Sashimi – No matter how reputable the restaurant you’re dining at is, do not give this to babies under two, even in tiny amounts. In fact, raw food is forbidden territory for young ones because intestinal parasites present in it are nothing to sneeze at.
  • French Fries – Because they are high in saturated fat and loaded with salt, Charlotte frowns upon these for kids. But if Junior won’t stop pestering you for is happy meal at a fast food restaurant, you may introduce french fries and other fried foods in moderation after he turns one. This is also the age when you can start using oil while cooking his food.
  • Fizzy Drinks – You may be a fan of soft drinks, but before you empty the remainder of you soda into the sippy cup, think about your baby’s health and pearlie whites. The sugar and acidic content may also damage Baby’s emerging teeth. Dental concerns aside, carbonated drinks can also ruin your kid’s appetite for nutritious foods.
  • Runny Eggs – Crucial for cell growth and tissue repairs, eggs are known to be a wonderful source of protein. They are also rich in cholesterol and choline, which are both essential for brain development in the first three years of life. However, runny eggs should not be given to babies below one because of a risk of salmonella-related food poisoning. Cook the egg thoroughly until it is firm and there’s no trace of visible liquid egg. Then have Junior eat it immediately.
  • Ham – You shouldn’t add salt or sugar to Baby’s food until he turns one, so ham shouldn’t be permitted. There’s no added nutritional benefit in choosing ham over fresh meat. Besides, introducing flavoured foods (with high salt content) too early would encourage him to develop a preference for salty dishes.
  • Whole Nuts – These should be reserved for when your little one turns two. Otherwise they may pose a choking risk. Nuts need to be chewed well, but a baby’s molars are developed only after around 24 months. When Junior is ready for whole nuts, the dietician recommends healthier, unsalted, oven-baked varieties.

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.

Is This Burning Pain Really Heartburn?

Chest pain, shortness of breath, burning sensation – these are some of the common symptoms of heartburn. But the nature of this disease and its symptoms is such that it is very easy to confuse it for something else.

While confusing a normal heartburn episode with heart attack is not much of an issue, just imagine the repercussions if it was the other way round. What if you suffer from a much serious ailment but do not take any actions, thinking it is nothing but heartburn that can be treated with normal medicines. The consequences can be fatal, to say the least.

Thus it is absolutely essential to differentiate between heartburn and other diseases that involve similar symptoms. Let us have a look at some common health disorders that can be confused with heartburn and vice versa:

Heart Attack – Similar in name and in symptoms, heart attack tops the list of illnesses that can be confused with heartburn. While throbbing chest pain and breathlessness are the common signs of heart attack, there are a few other signs that can help you differentiate between heartburn and heart attack:

• A heartburn victim normally uses fingers to point to the source of the pain, while a heart attack victim will use a clenched fist to point to the area from where the pain originated.

• Heartburn pain is more localized, while heart attack pain covers a larger area

• Heartburn pain remains confined to the chest area, but heart attack pain can spread to other areas of the body especially neck and arms

• Some other symptoms of heart attack include nausea, cold sweat, and dizziness; while heartburn symptoms are usually just pain and burning sensation in the chest.

If you see any of these symptoms or have the slightest doubt in your mind, call 911 immediately and get medical help.

Angina – Angina refers to a painful or uncomfortable sensation in the chest that occurs when part of the heart does not receive enough oxygen. And since the first symptoms of this disease are similar to heartburn, it is commonly mistaken for the same. There are two common indicators that can help you differentiate between Heartburn & Angina –

• If your pain usually begins after eating a meal, it is most likely heartburn but if the pain in your chest increases with exertion and reduces after resting for some time, you might be suffering from Angina.

• Most people resort to using an antacid to alleviate heartburn symptoms. If this improves your condition and helps you get rid of the discomfort then it could well have been heartburn but if your pain does not reduce with an antacid, consult your doctor immediately and get checked for Angina.

Also, antacids do not always work in heartburn cases, thus it is best to consult a doctor to find out the exact cause of your chest pain.

Indigestion: Another digestive disorders that is commonly confused with Heartburn, is Indigestion. While both these health disorders are associated with digestive problems, and some of the cures also might be similar – they can still be distinguished from each other through some common signs –

• Pain caused due to Indigestion is confined to the stomach area, while heartburn is a result of flow-back of stomach acids into the esophagus, thus the pain is confined to the chest area.

• Indigestion might also be accompanied by flatulence and feeling of being bloated, while heartburn can cause breathlessness.

• Heartburn causes severe burning pain in the chest while pain due to indigestion is more moderate and tolerable.

Hiatus Hernia: Hernia is a painful condition in which a part of the stomach slides away from its normal position causing extreme discomfort. One of the very first symptoms of Diaphragmatic Hernia is Heartburn, which explains why it is repeatedly confused with it. Often patients do not realize they have Hernia, until the condition becomes so bad that it requires surgical intervention.

The only major symptom of Hernia is that the pain becomes worse on bending or lying down. There are two categories of Hiatus Hernia –

• Sliding Hiatus Hernia: This is one of the most common forms of hernia that occurs when a part of the stomach slides down from its normal position into the lower part of the esophagus. The symptoms bear close resemblance with heartburn, which is why most people suffering from sliding hiatus hernia try self-treating their condition through heartburn remedies.

• Paraesophageal Hiatus Hernia: Unlike sliding hernia, Paraesophageal hernia is more serious and painful and often requires immediate surgical treatment. In this condition, the stomach gets pushed behind the esophagus, in a position where it can get trapped by the diaphragm resulting in its blood supply being cut off. This is a rare condition, thus the chances of your suffering from it are also very low.

Again, a doctor is the best judge of your condition and it is best to consult a doctor and get yourself checked before drawing any conclusion on your own.

Peptic Ulcer: Peptic ulcer refers to the condition in which the lining of your small intestine gets eroded, causing an ulceration of the stomach walls. It is a painful problem that has varied symptoms including nausea, heartburn, chest pain and sometimes none at all. Check if your heartburn is also accompanied by abdominal pain that gets better or worse after a meal. If yes, you might be suffering from Peptic ulcer and not just Heartburn.

The above mentioned list includes just a few common health disorders that can be confused as Heartburn, however there are many more such diseases that can show symptoms similar to heartburn. The best way is to consult your doctor and get yourself checked. Correct diagnosis is extremely essential, to help you follow the right treatment procedure.

How To Stop Suffering From Heartburn, Nausea and Weakness

If your stomach feels queasy and you’re feeling fatigued, you could be suffering from heartburn nausea weakness. Although it may seem strange to suffer from nausea or weakness if you have acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you need to remember that there are a number of symptoms related to acid reflux, not just heartburn.

The following is an individual breakdown of heartburn, nausea and weakness, why these symptoms occur, and how they can be treated.

Heartburn – Heartburn is the number one sign of acid reflux, and frequent heartburn indicates GERD. Heartburn occurs when acid has been refluxed up into the lower esophagus and has had prolonged contact with the unprotected lining of the esophagus. Heartburn is characterized by a painful burning sensation in the chest, which may rise up to the upper esophagus towards the neck. Heartburn typically occurs after eating, or shortly after lying down.

Nausea – While nausea is an uncommon condition among GERD sufferers, it can be quite frequent and severe for the unfortunate people who do experience it. When related to acid reflux, nausea typically occurs when acid backs up past the upper esophageal sphincter (UES) and into the throat. When acid is refluxed into the throat and larynx (voice box), it can cause a sour or bitter taste to occur in the throat. Due to the unpleasant feeling, a person may experience regurgitation with their nausea, or may actually vomit if nausea is severe.

Nausea is a more common condition among ‘uncomplicated’ GERD sufferers and those who have laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Furthermore, acid reflux sufferers who experience nausea rarely suffer from heartburn, and vice versa.

Weakness – A GERD sufferer may experience two types of weakness associated with heartburn. The first is the weakness that occurs in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the primary cause of acid reflux. The LES is designed to open to let food into the stomach, but should close to keep digestive acids from flowing back up into the esophagus. However, the LES muscle can become weak and malfunction. A weakened LES is attributed to many causes including:

– Food (foods high in fat, caffeine, citrus fruits and juices, etc.)

– Alcohol

– Smoking

– Excess weight

The second type of weakness may be an actual feeling of fatigue which could be related to:

– Eating heavy meals – It takes plenty of energy to digest food, and certain foods such as meat are exceptionally hard on the digestive system. As the body diverts resources to the digestion process you can often feel drained, fatigued or sleepy.

– Night time heartburn – heartburn tends to frequently occur when a person is sleeping because the muscles of the body naturally relax during sleep, this includes the LES muscle. Heartburn can keep you awake and disrupt your sleeping pattern leading to daytime fatigue.

– Lack of exercise and excess weight – If you lead a very sedentary lifestyle and are overweight, your body will often feel sluggish. Furthermore, excessive weight places stress on your muscles and other internal functions making your body work harder to carry out its normal processes.

Treatment options – Related heartburn, nausea and weakness can be treated using virtually the same methods. In regard to heartburn and nausea, you can relieve the symptoms by neutralizing acids with a herbal remedy such as ingesting Active Manuka Honey, ginger tea, or papaya, or by taking anti-acid medications such as antacids (I.E. Tums, Gaviscon, etc.), H2 receptor blockers (I.E. Zantac) or Proton Pump Inhibitors. On the other hand, to help alleviate feelings of weakness and fatigue, adopting some low impact exercises and reducing stress can help you feel better and increase your energy.

Nevertheless, the best way to cope with related heartburn nausea and weakness symptoms is to prevent acid reflux from occurring by:

– Avoiding foods that weaken the LES

– Eating slower and more frequent meals

– Avoiding eating 2 – 3 hours before sleeping or lying down

– Sleeping with your head elevated a few inches

– Avoiding exercising or engaging in high-impact activities directly after eating

– Losing excess body weight through a healthy lifestyle change

Lastly, before you begin any form of treatment, make sure you have any heartburn, nausea or weakness symptoms checked out by your doctor in case you are suffering from another condition or a more serious health problem.

Akalize Or Die

As I continue my research for Natural Cancer Cures, I decided to review a wonderful book that was given to me by my friend about six years ago: “Alkalize or Die”. The author, Dr. Baroody, is quite accomplished in his education and studies, being a Chiropractor, a Naturopathic Doctor, as well as a Ph.D in Nutrition.

His premise for Alkalinity is based on the belief that all illnesses are caused by “too much tissue acid waste in the body!” For those of you who have been following my natural cancer cures research articles, you know that toxicity is the secondary cause of disease, but the primary cause of any disease is oxygen deficiency. However, that small discrepancy is not very important in this review of his most noteworthy and useful reference book, “ALKALIZE OR DIE”.

Though we can measure acidity in the bodily fluids, urine, saliva, and blood, there is no concrete way to evaluate and measure the body’s tissue acidity, since the fluids are constantly running through the cellular tissues, busy removing excess tissue acid wastes. According to Dr. Baroody, “waste acids that are not eliminated when they should be are reabsorbed from the colon into the liver, and put back into the general circulation where they deposit in the cellular tissues (that are most deficient in oxygen). His understanding is that it is these tissue residue re-deposits that determine sickness and health. This is where we differ in the concept of toxicity and how it occurs.

With my research and recent discovery of the importance of oxygen in curing cancer, and all other diseases, in general, I imagine that once the oxygen level declines to such a low state, that the toxins from the cells just stay at the cellular level, because the cells are unable to eliminate, even their own toxic wastes into the bloodstream. Consequently, the toxins remain stationary inside each cell and accumulate more and more. Because the area is oxygen-deficient, bacteria, viruses, parasites and other pathogens (along with their toxic wastes) are naturally attracted to the oxygen deficient cellular tissue areas. When critically abundant levels of toxins accumulate in any location, the body creates tumors (trash bags) as an attempt to isolate and confine the toxins to one place. However, I do think that the toxins in tumors eventually become a combination of both stationary and re-deposited toxins, as the oxygen deficiency becomes more critical, and the elimination organs become affected by those increased deficiencies. Nevertheless, his theory also assumes that the elimination organs simply malfunction (without explanation), rather than the cells in the cellular tissue initially malfunctioning, and not being able to perform their job of elimination of even their own toxic wastes into the blood. So essentially, the cells become “sick” first, and then the organs become sick.

While we can’t accurately measure our cellular tissue acidity with any measuring device, Dr. Baroody has ingeniously devised an ACID SYMPTOM CHECKLIST which uses actual illnesses and bodily discomforts as the “acidity” measuring device. You can use these lists to determine YOUR current level of acidity.

BEGINNING SYMPTOMS

Acne

Agitation

Muscular Pain

Cold hands and feet

Dizziness

Low energy

Joint pains that travel

Food allergies

Chemical sensitivities to odors, gas heat

Hyperactivity

Panic attacks

Premenstrual and menstrual cramping

Premenstrual anxiety and depression

Lack of sex drive

Bloating

Heartburn

Diarrhea

Constipation

Hot urine

Strong smelling urine

Mild headaches

Rapid panting breath

Rapid heartbeat

Irregular heartbeat

White coated tongue

Hard to get up in morning

Excess head mucous (stuffiness)

Metallic taste in mouth

INTERMEDIATE SYMPTOMS

Cold sores

Depression

Loss of memory

Loss of concentration

Migraine Headaches

Insomnia

Disturbance in smell, taste, vision, hearing

Asthma

Bronchitis

Hay fever

Earaches

Hives

Swelling

Viral infections (colds,flu)

Bacterial infections (staph, strep)

Fungal infection (candida albicans, athlete’s foot, vaginal)

Impotence

Urethritis

Cystitis

Urinary infection

Gastritis

Colitis

Excessive falling hair

Psoriasis

Endometriosis

Stuttering

Numbness and tingling

Sinusitis

ADVANCED SYMPTOMS

Crohn’s disease

Schizophrenia

Learning disabled

Hodgkin’s Disease

Systemic Lupus Erythematosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Sarcoidosis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Myasthenia gravis

Scleroderma

Leukemia

Tuberculosis

All other forms of cancer

You can see from these lists that ANY bodily discomfort is a sign of acid toxic waste build-up in one or more parts of your body (caused by nutrient and oxygen deficiency)! These lists will help you pinpoint what tissue acid wastes are present, so that you can begin to alkalize yourself and rid these acids from your cellular tissue and eventually your entire body. The reward will be superior health, energy and strength! Ignoring these symptoms will most likely result in premature death! The choice is most definitely each one of ours to make! I am happy to say that I suffer from none of the symptoms on any of these lists, so I assume that my “alkaline reserve” is abundantly sufficient, and I will expect that reserve to increase with my recent change to an even stricter Vegetarian Diet!

Understanding Minerals

Minerals are extremely important in the alkaline/acid equation. Certain minerals in foods are “acid-binding” which means that in the body they bind acid-toxins and leave alkaline-forming residue in the urine. The “acid-binding” or “alkaline-forming” minerals are the following: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and sodium. Foods or other eaten substances that contain theses minerals, usually leave an alkaline urine residue. Because of this, these foods are considered “alkaline-forming”.

Other minerals are alkaline-binding. This means that they bind the alkaline reserve minerals and leave and acid-forming residue in the urine. The alkaline-binding, or acid-forming minerals are the following: Bromine, Chlorine, Copper, Fluorine, Iodine, Phosphorous, Silicon, and Sulfur. Foods or other substances that contain these minerals usually yield an acid urine residue.

Because Dr. Baroody discovered that other factors besides diet (i.e. emotional, mental, and physical)) also caused changes in urine residue, he attached another component to the definition of alkaline-forming and acid-forming…namely – energy.

Definition: An alkaline-forming reaction refers to any chemical alteration in the body that produces an increased ability to energize the system (body) and leaves and alkaline-residue in the urine.

Definition: An acid-forming reaction refers to any chemical alteration in the body that produces a decreased ability to energize the system and leaves and acid residue in the urine.

Whether something is alkaline or acidic is determined by its pH(potential Hydrogen), which simply measures the number of hydroxyl(OH-) ions, which are negative and alkaline-forming as opposed to the amount of hydrogen (H+) ions that are positive and acid-forming. So, in short, pH measures how much the positive and negative ions counter-balance one another.

We are vibrating (energy) beings and the stronger the inner vibration, the healthier we are! Thus, it is the alkaline-forming reaction that produces an increased ability to supply that vibrating energy!

Dr. Baroody imagines the acid wastes in the body “attacking” our joints, tissues, organs, muscles, organs, and glands (without any explanation as to why): however, I imagine these various areas of the body becoming oxygen and/or nutrient-deficient first and because of the anaerobic nature of bacteria, viruses, pathogens and parasites, they are specifically “attracted” to these areas of the body and start to grow and multiply, causing various illnesses and discomforts wherever they conjugate. Because of these deficiencies within the cells, they don’t have the power or energy to get rid of their own wastes, much less rid the tissue area of the intruders or their toxic wastes. This scenario is the beginning of disease.

Regardless of this subtle difference in opinion concerning acid wastes “attacking” or being “attracted” to various parts of the body, the basic reality is that alkaline food and water are major contributors to optimum health!

Dr. Baroody suggests an easy method to remember the 80/20 Rule for maintaining an “alkaline reserve”. This is of utmost importance because when your alkaline reserve runs out, death occurs! Eat 80% of your daily food from the Alkaline Food list and no more than 20% from the Acid Food List. This proportion will guarantee the much necessary reserve. He provides a convenient Alkaline/Acidity Chart and assigns the relative alkaline and acid values to a large variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, condiments, beverages, meats, animal products, nuts, seeds, oils, sugars, and starches. I have very happily utilized this feature of the book for about 6 years! The doctor also provides a 3-week high Alkaline Menu Planner which is an easy way to start eating a high Alkaline Food Diet immediately.

I was very surprised to discover that all fruits are alkaline-forming EXCEPT blueberries, prunes, plums, and cranberries! According to the doctor’s charts, lemons and watermelons have the highest Alkaline-forming Value of all fruits (but you must remember to eat watermelon, and other melons, all by themselves on an empty stomach, or they will lose value, and most likely become acid-forming). In the Vegetable category, Parsley, Watercress, Seaweed, and Asparagus have the highest alkaline-forming values. For all you avid meat-eaters, THERE ARE NO MEATS that are Alkaline-Forming, so you must counter-balance your daily diet with PLENTY of alkaline-forming foods! For the Grains, the ONLY Alkaline-forming grains are Amaranth, Quinoa and Millet! I remember, years ago when I first read this book, I immediately went out and purchased all three grains and started preparing them exclusively for my morning cereal! I’m sure you will be surprised by some of the values, as I was, but it will definitely make you take notice of what you are eating and when! By the way, the doctor also provides a food-combing chart because if you combine the wrong foods together when you eat, you change their alkaline-forming ability, sometimes, in fact, they even become acid-forming, like the melons! Lots to learn here, but you will be much healthier for paying attention to everything that this doctor points out!

Dr. Baroody also covers many other important factors in detail besides food, that have direct effect on the alkalinity level in our bodies, like the level of Hydrochloric Acid, Water (I will be referencing the doctor’s findings on water in a future post, they are very enlightening!), Sunlight, Moonlight, Physical Trauma, Mental, Music, Art, and Prayer. This is an excellent book for learning how the body works with the very best natural cancer cure in the world… Organic alkaline foods! And to have as a wonderful reference for regaining and maintaining optimum health for the rest of your life!

Remember our goal… Get Well and Stay Well!

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

Why Do We Take A TMT Test?

A cardiac stress test, is also known as a cardiac diagnostic test. This is primarily a cardiological test that is designed to measure the heart’s ability to respond to every kind of external stress in a controlled and clinical environment. The stress response is therefore induced by some exercise or even with some drug stimulation.

The definition of cardiac stress tests:

This is a kind of test that is done in order to compare the coronary circulation, while the patient is at complete rest. Along with this the same patient’s circulation during some maximum physical exertion, showing any kind of abnormal blood flow to the actual myocardium (heart muscle tissue), is measured. The results can, therefore, always be interpreted as a kind of reflection on the overall physical condition of the test patient.

The purpose of the test:

This is a kind of test that can be used to diagnose the coronary artery disease, which is moreover known as the ischemic heart disease, and for the patient prognosis after a myocardial infarction, in other words, heart attack.

The types of cardiac stress tests:

The cardiac stress test is basically done with the heart stimulation, either by exercise on a treadmill, or by pedalling a stationary exercise bicycle Ergometer. Apart from these two this test can be conducted with an intravenous pharmacological stimulation, with the patient connected to an electrocardiogram (ECG).

The main purpose is to increase the level of mechanical stress and hence recognize the activity of the heart. The level of the speed and the difficulty is progressively increased by adjusting the range of exercises. There is, however, not a single test in this genre, but some varied range of tests. They are the following:

  1. ECG – The test is most commonly called a cardiac stress test, done with a device, recognizing your heart activity.
  2. Exercise testing – This is again a kind of test, which is basically said to measure your heart’s activity.
  3. The Treadmill test or TMT Test – The next form of test, which is used for the similar purpose.
  4. The exercise tolerance test – This is done in order to check your heart issues in the most effective manner.

The TMT Test:

The Treadmill test is actually a kind of exercise stress test, which is said to be one of the most common forms of stress tests. The main purpose of this test is to induce, some myocardial ischemia for the diagnostic evaluation of the coronary artery disease. In this TMT Test, the subject or the patient is made to walk on a treadmill, as per the protocol of the same.

As to go with the series of protocols, then one of the common form in the genre is the Bruce protocol. Every stage of this consists of three minutes and hence, it is accurately done. The starting speed is always 1.7 miles per hour (mph) and the gradient is 10%.

Conclusion:

Hence, it can be concluded that this is a special kind of test, which is basically used to measure your heart health. There are some other forms of stress test namely:

  1. The Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography
  2. The Adenosine Stress Test

Making Sense of Cholesterol Ratios, Lipid Profiles and Your Heart Disease Risk Scores

It’s very possible your MD orders lab work and you have no idea what or why you’re having blood drawn. Well, let’s clear up the confusion when it comes to your cholesterol labs.

The terms “lipid panel”, “lipid profile”, and “lipoprotein profile” are used interchangeably to order the same set of labs. To make reading this easier, I’m going to use “lipid profile” from here on out.

“Lipid” is simply a medical term for “fat”. A lipid profile measures fatty substances in your blood. Cholesterol is one type of fat.

When you eat food containing cholesterol or when your body produces cholesterol and releases it into your bloodstream, the cholesterol will attach to a protein. This package of cholesterol plus a protein is called a lipoprotein (lipid or fat plus protein). A lipid profile measures lipoprotein levels in your blood.

Lipid profiles include five components:

LDL – “bad” cholesterol
LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol carries mostly cholesterol, some protein, and minimal triglycerides throughout your circulation. LDL should be less than 130 mg/dL, ideally less than 100 mg/dL.

VLDL – “bad” cholesterol
VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol contains minimal protein and mainly transports triglycerides. VLDL should be less than 40 mg/dL.

Triglycerides
Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood, not a type of cholesterol. Triglycerides are frequently used to estimate VLDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Here’s the calculation: triglycerides divided by 5 equals VLDL cholesterol. Triglycerides should be less than 200 mg/dL, ideally less than 150 mg/dL.

HDL – “good” cholesterol
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol removes cholesterol from your bloodstream and carries it back to the liver. I like to think of HDL as a vacuum cleaner, picking up cholesterol LDL leaves behind in your arteries, the more HDL the better. HDL should be greater than 40 mg/dL, ideally greater than 60 mg/dL.

Total cholesterol
Cholesterol is essential to bodily functions, such as building cells and producing hormones. However, too much cholesterol will build up on artery walls, form a plaque, and potentially “plug” the artery resulting in a heart attack or stroke. Total cholesterol is calculated from the above components (Total cholesterol = HDL + LDL + VLDL). Total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL.

Do you see how if you only know your total cholesterol, you only have one piece of the lipid profile?

Now, sometimes your results will include ratios or a risk score. Here’s an explanation of what those numbers mean.

Risk Score
A risk score is based on you lipid profile results, sex, age, family history, and various other risk factors. If you have a high risk score for heart disease, it’s best to speak with your MD to evaluate your risk score.

Cholesterol:HDL Ratio
You want a low ratio of cholesterol to HDL. A ratio lower than 4.5 is good, but 2 or 3 is best. You can calculate your cholesterol to HDL ratio by dividing total cholesterol by HDL. For example, your total cholesterol is 195 and your HDL is 55. 195 divided by 55 equals a ratio of 3.5.

It’s actually not your total cholesterol that has the greatest impact on your heart disease risk. The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL is a critical factor. If your total cholesterol is less than 200, but your ratio is 5, you are still at increased risk for developing heart disease.

LDL:HDL Ratio
This ratio compares the amount of bad (LDL) cholesterol to your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. You want a ratio less than 3.5, ideally less than 2.5. To calculate your ratio, divide LDL by HDL. For example, your HDL is 55 and LDL is 100. 100 divided by 55 equals a ratio of 1.8.

Triglyceride:HDL Ratio
A low ratio of triglycerides to HDL is best, ideally less than 2. To calculate your triglyceride to HDL ratio, divide your triglycerides by your HDL. For example, your triglyceride level is 200 and your HDL is 55. 200 divided by 55 equals a ratio of 3.6.

Lipid profiles are commonly ordered to assess your heart disease risk. Your doctor or dietitian will use the results to determine the best treatment to reduce your risk.

A lipid profile is beneficial, because you know your “good” cholesterol level and “bad” cholesterol levels. The interventions that work best to raise HDL and lower LDL differ, so knowing all your numbers helps you make the most effective changes.

You’re probably wondering why a lipid profile isn’t always ordered versus simply checking your total cholesterol (and possibly HDL). Cost and time always play a part and if your risk for heart disease is low, then a quick and less expensive screening makes sense. If you are at increased risk, a more complete assessment (lipid profile) may be more appropriate. Everyone’s situation is unique, so it’s best to discuss what’s right for you with your MD.

The Different Types Of Heart Doctors

There is more than one type of doctor in the world, and when people are sick, they generally have to begin by going to their family care doctor. From their general practitioner, people are then referred to various kinds of other doctors depending on what is wrong with them. For people who have problems with their heart, or may be predisposed through their family history to develop heart issues, then cardiologists are the doctors that they have to go see. However, there is more than one type of heart doctor depending on what the exact problem with the heart is.

For a part of the body that is as important as the heart, there are many different kinds of heart doctors that can deal with problems concerning the muscle itself, the rhythm of the heart, and the circulatory system that it is involved with. However, for people who are unfamiliar with the different kinds of heart doctors, here is information on who they are and what they do:

• General cardiologist: The first stop for someone who may have a heart issue is a general cardiologist. This is a basic heart doctor that will do things like monitor the overall health of the heart, and treat some problems, but for particular problems, this heart doctor will refer their patient to the next level of cardiologist, which is an interventional cardiologist.

• Interventional cardiologist: While a cardiologist can do some basic surgical procedures involving the heart, an interventional cardiologist treats more specific heart problems, and those problems are coronary artery disease, diseases of the heart valves, and peripheral vascular disease. The most common procedure that these cardiologists do is the angioplasty, which is when a balloon is inserted into an artery in order to help the blood flow to the heart.

• Electro physiologist: This type of heart doctor has a very specific area of the heart, and that is the way that the heart beats. In order to circulate blood through the body properly, the heart has to beat in a special way. There are tests that the electro physiologist has to run to determine what is going on, and if a procedure needs to be done, this doctor can do it.

• Pediatric cardiologist: Pediatric doctors help children who may have been born with some kind of heart abnormality. To make sure the heart is functioning properly in a child, a pediatric doctor will do some in-office testing, and make sure everything is working fine as that child grows into an adult.

A regular cardiologist can do the general health check of the heart, but if someone needs a heart procedure, there are other cardiologists that specialize in operating on the heart to do things like clear out the arteries and repair the valves. There are also many different kinds of heart doctors that can do things like monitoring the heart to make sure it’s healthy, and also treating various conditions.

Rent – A Musical Which Deals With Sensitive Issues

‘Rent’ is a musical which has been immensely popular and is running for its eleventh year now. It is based on the Opera La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini. ‘Rent’ is set to become the second longest running show currently in Broadway when ‘Beauty and the Beast’ ends its run on July 29, 2007.

‘Rent’ was one of the first musicals to treat subjects like homosexuality, transsexuals and AIDS. It is a rock musical with an enduring look at the lives of several characters living in the East Side. These characters struggle to survive the harsh realities of their lives. Jonathan Larson wrote the book for Broadway and he also wrote the lyrics and composed the music. Unfortunately he died before he was able to see the success of his play.

The story of ‘Rent’ deals with the lives of several characters. We see Mark Cohen, a film maker and also the narrator of the story and Roger Davis, a musician who shares the Rent with Mark. Mark has just lost his girlfriend Maureen to another woman Joanne. Mimi is a dancer and who falls in love with Roger. Other characters include Angel, who is a gay cross dressing drummer, and Tom Collins who is also gay, a philosophy teacher and Angel’s love interest. All the characters, except Mark, have AIDS.

The story has been altered a bit to suit contemporary life. Puccini’s La Boheme was based in the late 1800’s. Larson rewrote the play and changed the characters to suit the state of affairs in the 1980’s. The character’s names and occupations were changed, yet are a reflection of the original characters. Mimi was a seamstress with tuberculosis in the original, and now is a dancer with AIDS. Rudolfo the poet has become Roger the musician and Marcello the painter is now Mark the filmmaker.

The story brings together people in love, like Mimi and Roger, Angel and Tom, and also Maureen and Joanne. But it also shows the reality that AIDS leads to death no matter what. Angel gets really sick as the play progresses and dies leaving behind a heartbroken Tom who professes his undying love at her funeral. At the end of the play, Mimi is found sick and delirious lying on the street by Maureen and Joanne who bring her to Roger’s apartment. She expresses her love to Roger who in turn sings her a song he had written inspired by her. After the song she turns limp and everyone believes her to be dead but after a while she wakes up again and claims she saw Angel telling her to turn back. Roger and Mimi are overjoyed at being able to find each other and everyone is reminded that it is important to live each day to the fullest as there is “no day but today”.

Directed by Michael Greif, ‘Rent’ has become a cult musical of sorts and getting tickets is no easy task. You could get your tickets directly from the box office at the Nederlander Theater, or book your tickets online or by phone.

Growths and Bumps on the White of Your Eyes – Usually Your Optometrist Will Find a Pinguecula

A sudden rush to the optometrist is often precipitated by an awareness of a new bump that appears to have grown overnight on the white part of the eye. Sometimes a person will notice it when looking in a mirror, or a family member will comment on a new growth they see. Sometimes cancer does cause growths to appear on the white part of the eye but this is fairly rare. More likely the bump is on the conjunctiva, the clear tissue overlaying the white part of the eye known as the sclera. Usually this type of growth is benign and very slow growing, and typically is diagnosed as a pinguecula. The appearance often has a slightly yellow tinge, but in can be a white translucent color. When they become mildly irritated, blood vessels heighten their visibility. Many new contact lens wearers spend significant time closely examining their eyes in a mirror than ever before as they learn to handle contact lenses during the first few weeks. This is a common cause for first noticing a growth that probably has been present for several years.

Pinguecula are caused by ultraviolet exposure from the sun and low level irritation such as blowing dust and particles. People who spend significant time outdoors are more at risk, especially closer to the equator. Sun from the snow and water creates more ultraviolet exposure, as most people have learned from sunburns. If it damages your skin the same process is happening on the conjunctiva, only faster. The conjunctive tissue lacks the protective keratin layer the skin has. It also does not form a protective accumulation of pigment from sunlight exposure (the conjunctiva does not tan). Higher altitudes equate with less atmosphere to filter out UV radiation and subsequently more dosage on the eye. The ultraviolet radiation acts to degrade the structural framework of the tissue including the elastic proteins and collagen. Over many year, the growth slowly develops. By the time people are 75 to 80 years old the majority will have some sign of a growth, even if it is not noticeable in the mirror.

The largest concern is a serious eye problem, and any growth on the eye requires a visit to the eye doctor for a proper diagnosis. Prevention is the second thing you should think of once it has been diagnosed as a pinguecula. Ultraviolet protection is of up most importance. When you think of sunscreen, think of sunscreen for your eyes. Quality sunglasses can eliminate almost all of the ultraviolet radiation from a frontal direction. Up to 40% may still enter from the sides, so many people choose frames that wrap around their face or have large side temples on the sides. Lenses that automatically lighten and darken also block almost all frontal UV. Hats with brows reduce the amount of sunlight. Recommendations for sun exposure are similar to those for avoiding skin cancer. Avoid being outside between 11 am to 3 pm. The mornings and late afternoons supply longer pathways for the sun to travel though and subsequently filter out more U.V. Motorcycle wearers have the risk of both sunlight and flying particles and should wear specially designed frames that wrap and seal to their face. Give your children an early dose of prevention by having them wear sunglasses starting at a young age. A note of caution for sunglasses–make sure they are high quality and not a $5.00 imitation. Dark lenses allow the eye to dilate and if there is inadequate UV protection the exposure will actually be higher than it would be without sun wear. Since visible violet and blue light may be deleterious to the inside of the eye you should also avoid blue and violet sun glass lenses.

Occasionally pinguecula become very red and inflamed. This is not a infection and can be treated if needed with prescription eye drops. Remember, you only two eyes and you should do everything you can to make sure they stay healthy, including having any new appearance of a growth checked by your optometrist.

How to Naturally Treat Horse Equine Sarcoids With Neem

Sarcoids

Sarcoids are a common affliction of horses and other animals, and one that can be very serious. A sarcoid is a tumor much like cancer in humans. It affects the skin of horses, mules and donkeys and is caused by the bovine Papilloma Virus Infection. Sometimes wrongly referred to as warts, they make up almost 40% of all skin tumors found on horses.

The tumors or growths are characterized by the thickening of the skin around the sarcoid itself and are usually just on top of the skin, meaning that they do not affect the horse’s internal organs. However, even though it only affects the skin it can be quite serious to horses and ponies especially. Sarcoids can occur in any type of horse no matter what breed, color, or type it is and will occur in horses all over the world no matter what the environment. They appear all over the body but are usually found in the areas where the horse’s skin is thin or where they have no hair covering the skin.

There are six types of equine sarcoids that can occur. They include the occult, verrucose, fibroblastic, nodular, malevolent and mixed sarcoids. The verrucose is the most common and is why sarcoids are often referred to as warts. They grow very slowly and develop a dry, crusty and hardened top to them making them look like a wart. The fibroblastic form will grow much quicker and can be found mostly on the head, legs and abdomen. This is also a very common form. Sarcoids generally increase in numbers during the summer months but increase in size during the winter months, as once equines get one they usually will have more later on.

Treating Sarcoids with Neem Oil

There are several ways to treat equine sarcoids. They include removing it surgically, freezing it, using radiation as you would on human cancer, laser surgery and chemotherapy. However, most of these are incredibly invasive to the horse and can cause unneeded side effects to the horse. That is why more than ever, more people are turning towards the natural remedy of Neem oil. Neem oil can be put directly on the sarcoid to lessen the tumor and to in turn stop them from growing more. Ideally, this should be done when the sarcoid is small and easily treatable. Neem leaf in general is great for the immune system of the horse, so Neem leaf extract can be put directly into the horses feed to help with sarcoids in the future. At the same time it can help with a host of other immune problems such as gastric problems and works as an anti-inflammatory as well. By using Neem oil directly on the sarcoids and the extract in the food, there is a very good chance that the sarcoids would lessen and the horse will soon be sarcoid free.

Typical Symptoms of the Flu

Many people that have the flu actually misjudge it as being a cold since their symptoms are so tolerable so it can be confusing.

What Causes the Flu

It is important to understand that the influenza virus constantly changes and can mutate into a more severe or mild strain at any time. This allows it to infect someone’s immune system who has had a flu shot because their vaccination may not protect against what the strain has become.

The flu is one of the easiest illnesses you can catch because it is spread through contact or by even breathing in infected air. Therefore, if a person walking in front of you at the mall coughs or sneezes into the air and you walk through those tainted air particles, you can become infected. Alternatively, if that same person covers their mouth with their hand when they cough or sneeze and then touches a railing or elevator button that you touch after them, you have picked up the virus.

What are the Symptoms?

Nearly everyone who has the flu experiences a pretty high fever, children can see dangerous levels. This is almost always accompanied with a sore throat, fatigue and muscle aches. Most people describe this uncomfortable feeling as everything hurting. Headaches can also be present and there is a good chance that you will have a runny or stuffy nose.

The majority of the population who experiences these symptoms will recover within two weeks, others will develop pneumonia, which can result in death.

When are Symptoms an Emergency?

Every fever or sore throat is not considered an emergency situation. However, it is important that you do seek medical treatment if symptoms become severe or if you experience abdominal or chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting, confusion or dizziness. Due to the scare of the swine flu, doctor’s offices and emergency rooms have been overwhelmed by individuals who have very mild influenza symptoms which takes time away from other patients who need attention more.

Additionally, symptoms of the flu in children can become serious quite fast so it is crucial that they are closely monitored. Your child should see a doctor if they are extremely irritable (more than average), not waking up, having a hard time breathing, not drinking liquids or have blue or pale skin. Children can become dangerously dehydrated pretty fast so this is always a concern with the flu.

5 Healthy Tips for Bronchial Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

With the holiday season fast approaching and with added travel and holiday stress, a change in sleeping behavior may affect your asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Here are some helpful tips this holiday season that may help prevent exacerbation of asthma or COPD. The common symptoms of bronchial asthma are nighttime cough, wheezing and shortness of breath. The common exacerbation cause of bronchial asthma is respiratory tract infection, postnasal drip, gastroesophagel reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn.

1. Sleep adequately. You will want to sleep a little longer and go to bed earlier by the start of the holiday season if you feel there will be sleep deprivation on the weekend if you are planning to stay up late. Maybe, if this is the case, you will want to start going to bed a half an hour to an hour earlier from now on so that it helps the immunity and prevents infection.

2. Avoid junk food. Needless to say, it is very tempting but it may be a good idea to replace junk food snacks with good and healthy foods, thereby preventing bronchospasm, mucus formation, and nighttime symptoms of bronchial asthma. Cookies, pasties, etc., have refined sugar, which cause mucus formation and bronchospasm. Making sure a high-fiber diet is continued during the holiday season so there are normal bowel movements every day in the morning helps to prevent bronchospasm. If one is not getting a high-fiber diet regularly, he/she may help with starting one. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps. Apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, carrots, cabbage, and spinach to name a few, are good sources of healthy fiber. Understanding the basics of the diet and what needs to be avoided on a regular basis may help prevent exacerbation of asthma. Avoid dairy products such as cold food, ice cream (produces bronchospasm and mucus), bananas (increases sputum production and chest congestion), cold water or ice water or ice drinks also increase bronchospasm and replace them with room temperature water or drinks. Just like cold weather makes asthma worse, so do cold liquids and drinks which create winter inside the body. It slows stomach digestion, producing bronchospasm. We have seen in our practice that stopping this has decreased the need of a rescue inhaler by more than 50% in about 6 weeks in many asthma patients and in many after only a few months. It may help if one is looking for ideas that help to decrease the need for rescue inhaler use.

3. Compliance with the treatment of bronchial asthma. Continue the regular inhalers, nebulizers and other medication as prescribed by your health care professional. Understand the correct technique of the inhaler or nebulizer. Get familiar with the medication and its normal dose, the maximum dose that is allowed and its common side effects. If you feel that you are getting any of the side effects, let your doctor know about it. Make sure you rinse your mouth after the use of the inhaler or nebulizer to prevent oral thrush. Use the peak flow meter to check the asthma symptoms and keep a log of it. If one is a smoker than smoking cessation is the key to improve health, otherwise bronchial asthma or COPD will not get better and with time it will get worse. Inhalers or medication will not work with ongoing smoking. A person can end up with respiratory failure and be on a ventilator with ongoing smoking if asthma or COPD exacerbation cannot be controlled with nebulizers, steroids and antibiotics. Smoking cessation is key.

4. Exercise. Regular exercise helps to prevent the bronchospasm and chest congestion. In patients with exercise-induced bronchospasm, they may need to take the inhaler prior to work out. This is equally true for the patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as bronchial asthma patients.

5. Yoga and Pranayama. Pranayama are the breathing exercises of yoga. One may learn Pranayama and many other exercises of yoga to reduce stress from a local yoga instructor, which may help prevent bronchospasm, chest congestion, and nighttime wheezing. Yoga exercise is very different from a regular work out or aerobic exercise. After yoga, one may feel more relaxed and calm. Both exercises have their own merits and limitations and based on one’s personality one may favor one over the other. The goal is to do one or both than none at all.

In our practice, we have patients with severe persistent bronchial asthma symptoms on round-the-clock inhalers and nebulizers with multiple modalities of treatment and exercise. Yoga has shown such improvement in some patients that they do not need a need of inhalers or nebulizers. The point here is to say that yoga exercise and/or other regular or aerobic exercises do help if one does them regularly and helps the asthma symptoms as well as overall health when done regularly along with medical treatment.

Bronchitis Natural Cures – Tips For Clearer Lungs

The pain and discomfort of bronchitis is something many smokers and ex-smokers have to live with every day. If not dealt with successfully this can become a chronic condition, so trying bronchitis natural cures for permanent relief is something you should consider.

A bronchitis natural cure is all part of a process of lung detoxification. This is all about stopping the process of bronchitis from the root causes, which has the added advantage of stopping a whole host of other lung problems including full blown COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and lung cancer. So to understand the processes involved, let’s look at what causes bronchitis. Bronchitis is caused by an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that extend right down to the ends of the lung where the gas exchange happens. Not only does this constrict your airways but it promotes the production of mucus which further coats surfaces and prevents sufficient gas exchange. Here are some bronchitis natural treatments you can do to detox and clean your lungs of what inflames them.

1. Reduce Inflammation

The main problem when you have bronchitis is the swelling and inflammation in your airways. You can deal with this in a natural way with a combination of vitamins and foods that help to lessen swelling. Some good foods include the spice turmeric and red wine (in moderation).

2. Clear Mucus

Another part of a natural cure for bronchitis is to get rid of the mucus that is blocking the airways. You can do this again with foods but also with specific lung exercises. Foods that help to liquefy the thick mucus that is mixed with the tar from cigarettes is essential. Hot foods such as chillis and hot spices help to make mucus easier to cough up and expel from the body. When combined with breathing exercises you can clear out a lot of the blockages and the tar and chemicals that irritate and inflame your lungs.

3. Remove Tar

Tar and the chemicals that you inhale when you smoke is trapped in your lungs; this is what REALLY causes bronchitis. No natural cure for bronchitis can ignore that you must get rid of the tar in your lungs. This is not as easy at getting rid of the mucus however as some tar seeps into the tissue which takes a lot more effort to cleanse than the easier, looser tar. A full lung detox regime with dietary changes, special vitamin supplements and physical and mental exercises can achieve this result. Lung detox is designed to purge the lungs of tar and the terrible concoction of chemicals is trapped in your lungs.