Seven Toxins That Impact Your Thyroid And Sabotage Your Overall Health

The majority of people with thyroid conditions also have an autoimmune disorder. This means that the thyroid itself is not the cause of your thyroid drama; it is your immune system that is attacking your thyroid. It has been found that most people with thyroid conditions also have high toxicity levels in their body.

Where is so much toxicity coming from? Learn the 7 key sources of toxicity known today that have a huge impact on the thyroid:

#1: Food We Eat

The food we eat today is vastly different than that of 100 years ago. Instead of the pure, unadulterated food we used to eat, we now consume highly processed products with all sorts of additives and preservatives. The processing of the food changes the structure and nutritional value of the food. Things like pasteurization, homogenization and the refining of foods changes its form. Many of these processed foods are not things that our bodies are built to ingest and digest. And that shows in how many digestive issues and food sensitivities people have today. Let’s not forget the low-fat trend, or should I say obsession, which has caused loads of food products to contain low fat, but high levels of sugars and other added ingredients, to make the food taste better. If you notice, the rate of disease has also increased significantly from what it used to be. The goal here is to revamp your diet to be the healthiest it can be without breaking the bank or causing anxiety for you and your family. This should be a fun and exciting change!

#2: Water We Drink

Tap water contains fluoride that is added in order to insure good dental hygiene. The United States is one of the few countries that adds this chemical to its drinking water. Fluoride is banned from drinking water in most European countries because its safety is a highly controversial topic. Speaking of safety, we are now realizing that fluoride blocks the ability of iodine to bind with the thyroid gland, which is essential in T4 production and consequently, T3 (the active hormone) production, and could possibly be responsible for slowing down the conversion of T4 to T3 (hence not feeling well even though you may be on Synthroid medication).

#3: Household Cleaning Items

There are a multitude of chemicals found in household cleaning products, some which might be a shock to some people. BPAs in plastics and parabens in cosmetics and food products are two that may be starting to be well known. Other chemicals are highly toxic as well, such as PFOAs in nonstick pans and Triclosan in anti-bacterial soaps. And these are just a few. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors; they are synthetic estrogens or xenestrogens that parade around as estrogens in your body but don’t actually act as estrogens in terms of doing the appropriate hormonal work. This is important because estrogen, same as your thyroid hormone, are directly dependent on each other and they balance each other out.

#4: Skincare Products

Did you know that your skin is the largest exposed organ of your body? And it is also one that we very often put chemical-laden soaps, lotions, cosmetics, and perfumes on. Do you see how this can be a huge issue? These skincare products very often contain parabens and phthalates that cause cancer and many act as endocrine disruptors as well. Think twice next time before you spray that perfume bottle on your way out the door.

#5: Antibiotics and Drugs

Doctors way over prescribe antibiotics and other medications these days for the smallest of things. So many people go for meds the minute they are not feeling well to avoid a little discomfort. But in the long run, they are causing themselves even more. Antibiotics will kill the bad bacteria that are causing you to be sick for sure, but they will also kill the good bacteria, the ones that help keep your immune system healthy and functioning properly. It is therefore key to introduce probiotics if we have to take antibiotics (note the “have to”).

#6: Parasites and Infections

Parasites are much more common than we think. Common parasites include ringworms, pinworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and liver flukes. These things strip us of nutrients and create even more toxic load in our bodies.

Another cause of Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease can be H. Pylori, a pathogenic bacterium. It causes chronic gastritis and peptic ulcers, which cause a pro-inflammatory response in the body and leads to such autoimmune disorders and just mentioned.

#7: Negative Emotions and Stress

You may think negative emotions and stress are just a part of daily life and something that you just need to get through or deal with. But it is much more than that. Our adrenal glands play a huge role in stress. When we experience stress, they produce cortisol, a hormone that gives us focus and energy, as well as stimulates our immune system. This used to be the fight or flight response. We would experience danger, produce cortisol, and either have the strength to run away or fight. Either way, our bodies made use of the cortisol produced. Nowadays, stress comes in the form of work stress, low self-esteem, uncertainty with finances, romantic relationships, over-committing oneself, and many other scenarios. Do we physically run away or fight in those cases? No. When our bodies consistently produce cortisol, our adrenal glands get tired. This leads them to stop producing enough cortisol and both our immune system and thyroid are affected.

Although you cannot always eliminate stressful situations from your life, there are ways in which you can reframe these situations and respond to them differently so as to save your adrenals and thyroid.

Two Supplements That Can Cure Hyperhidrosis/Stop Excessive Sweating

Why Am I Sweating So Much?

Besides my hyperhidrosis being a genetic condition, I’ve discovered that one of the reasons for my excessive sweating in my hands and feet (called palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis) is due to an imbalance of the sodium and water levels in my body. This imbalance caused my body to retain excess water, which made my feet look swollen, my hands constantly cold and puffy, and of course made me sweat profusely even when I feel relaxed.

The other reason for my involuntary sweating is due to some overactivity with my adrenal system. Whenever I feel even the slightest bit of anxiety, my hands would start to drip.

But after much research to find something that works, I finally have. So here are the two supplements I take that have made the sweat dry up in my hands and feet.

What Supplements Stopped My Excessive Sweating?

  • Potassium Gluconate

As noted by WebMD, potassium gluconate is a mineral supplement that helps maintain normal levels of potassium in the blood, which keeps your nervous system and organs like your heart and kidneys working properly. According to an article on, potassium also aids in normalizing your water retention (edema) and level of sodium in the body – and consuming more potassium helps to eliminate more sodium through your urine.

For people like us with hyperhidrosis, eating potassium-rich foods like bananas seem to not be enough because we’re sweating out the minerals in our bodies constantly, so taking potassium supplements may be the best way to maintain a healthy water/sodium balance.

It should be noted that excess potassium is not good for the body either, so going overboard on potassium gluconate may be counterproductive. I started out taking the recommended one tablet a day, which decreased my sweating but didn’t make it stop completely. So half way into my first day of this supplement, I took another tablet and my sweating stopped. I continued this for days 2 through 4, and noticed that body was finally balancing itself out. So now after more than 5 days of taking potassium gluconate, I’m down to the recommended 1 pill a day.

  • Magnesium

Magnesium supplements have many uses, such as to treat weak bones, migraines, high blood pressure and PMS, and is also responsible for making sure more than 300 chemical reactions in the body function properly, according to WebMD. I’m not sure what specifically the magnesium supplements target that stops the sweating; but being as though it’s needed for hundreds of chemical reactions, I think it’s helping to stabilize the chemicals in my body that works with my adrenal system.

I’ve noticed that magnesium supplements make me sleepy, which means that it’s slowing down my nervous system. The first day I took it I felt sleepy about an hour or two afterwards, but the second day I took it, I didn’t feel as sleepy. Like the potassium gluconate, I started out with 2 supplements daily for the first few days. I can now take 1 tablet a day and be fine, but if my body starts to feel hot on the inside (which is a precursor to my sweating at times), I take another tablet and that does the trick.

How I discovered that magnesium could play a role in curing my sweaty hands and feet was from stumbling upon articles that talk about symptoms of magnesium deficiency. One of symptoms listed was cold feet and hands, which is common in plantar and palmar hyperhidrosis.


I am not a physician, so this is not medical advice for your specific healthcare needs. Depending on medications you may take or other medical conditions you may have, potassium gluconate and magnesium supplements may not be advisable for you to consume. These supplements are what have been working for me, so this is just a personal testimony on what I believe is curing my hyperhidrosis.

Sources: Drugs and Medications, Potassium Gluconate; Vitamins & Supplements, Find a Vitamin or Supplement, Magnesium; The Effects of Potassium on Water Retention, Clay McKnight

Grand Designs Church Redevelopment Led To Divorce And Two Heart Attacks

A gentleman, who appeared on Grand Designs when his church renovation was featured, has had two heart attacks and divorced since commencing the build, but he insists that it was all worth it. Dean Marks felt that the upset in his personal life was a small price to pay for the completion of his dream home. The dilapidated 18th century St Martin’s Church in Tipton, West Midlands is now a modern residential home and the presenter Kevin McCloud has called his efforts in achieving his dream “inspiring”.

Mr Marks wanted to convert the Grade II listed former church and turn it into a luxury home for him and his family, but the stress of the project led to him and his wife divorcing and suffered two heart attacks. He felt that the project exhausted him so much that this was the likelihood of both heart attacks. Mr Marks also had to endure a few operations to repair bone and ligament damage to his shoulder all caused through the work involved and is battling testicular cancer. He also had the added stress of having to install CCTV cameras around the building whilst work was being carried out due to repeated attacks from thieves and vandals.

Mr Marks bought the church 1999 for £12,750 but it is now worth an amazing £1.3million. Mr Marks has no regrets about the personal traumas suffered as he has completed his dream home. Mr Marks used to live in a three bedroom semi-detached home in Halesowen and even though he did not class himself as being obsessed with the build, but he did concentrate a great deal on getting his ambition achieved.

Once he had bought the church he spent four and half years trying to persuade Sandwell Council to grant planning permission to renovate it. He finally achieved this in 2005 and was able to begin work. He installed 11 miles of cabling for the electrics and over three and a half miles of pipes for the heating. However the renovation bill came to a grand total of just £110,000. The house boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, gym, library and even an indoor swimming pool. He used the old church pews left in the church and created units in the kitchen and has also incorporated the original stained glass windows into the design. The top of the property has a glass observatory which allows views of Lichfield Cathedral, over 14 miles away, if it is a clear day.

The producers of the show asked Mr Marks twice if he would appear on the programme. The first time he refused because he did not want to feel intruded upon. The second time they asked he accepted as he felt that they would give him more motivation towards the build. Filming took place over 21 months and aired in April 2007, this was when he had his first attack. Later that year Mr Marks was runner up in Grand Designs national awards and speaks regularly at their Live shows at the NEC in Birmingham.

It just goes to show that if you have dream then with enough motivation you can achieve it. Even if there is some challenges along the way. The equity in the home though is quite astounding.

Heart Saver CT – Screening For Heart Disease

The Heart Saver CT screening for heart disease (also known as the UltraFast CT or Calcium Scoring CT) has been available for about 10 years now. This study looks for calcified plaque in the arteries of the heart. Plaque, put simply, is the fatty, waxy type of substance produced by the liver that proceeds throughout the bloodstream. You may also hear or read this referred to as cholesterol. Frequently, plaque will adhere itself to the walls of arteries and over time solidify. Then, it becomes known as calcified plaque. The Heart Saver CT looks specifically at the arteries of the heart searching for calcified plaque.

It is a reasonable test for those with the desire to satisfy their curiosity regarding the probability of future heart disease. The test takes about a half an hour and there are no needles or preparation involved. This study is NOT for someone with known heart disease. Since its purpose is to be a predictor of future disease, it would be a waste of money to do the test if you already know you have heart disease. The Heart Saver CT is an excellent tool when used properly.

In many instances, this study is done when a person is over the age of 35 and more likely over the age of 40. The cost can range from $100 to $300 and some insurance companies will cover this test. However, be prepared to pay out of pocket even if your insurance company will cover and then seek reimbursement. Many facilities that offer this study will not file your insurance for this particular test. The reason for lack of coverage is some insurance companies still consider this test experimental. If you have a family history of heart disease and / or high cholesterol then you should consider this test.

There is potential good and bad news about your results. If your calcium scoring result is zero, then congratulations. Zero is the perfect score meaning there is no indication of calcified plaque in the arteries of your heart. You do not have heart disease from atherosclerosis. However, any score higher than zero means that you do have heart disease. Many people do not understand this fact. Even though you have not had a heart attack, yet, an elevated calcium score means that someday you just might. Calcium score can range into the thousands of an unsuspecting victim. This person would be the epitome of a ticking time bomb. The type of person you hear someone telling about, “He was out mowing the yard and just dropped dead.” A score like that in itself makes this test a must do for anyone over the age of 45 with no known history of heart disease. Lives are saved because of it, but that is part of the good news.

Now for the bad news: Another thing many do not realize is while some insurance companies will not cover this test, they will consider it for future coverage and premiums. Again, any score higher than zero equals heart disease. Insurance companies do acknowledge this much, at least. It is important to keep in mind even if you are outwardly in apparent good health a calcium score of any number other than zero will damage your prospects for life insurance and reasonable insurance premiums. People are denied life insurance based solely on their calcium score with no other apparent health issues. While this is a good test as a predictor of future heart disease it comes with a potential price that you will not be informed of until it happens so be prepared.

If you decide to have a Heart Saver CT scan done and your score is higher than zero there is nothing that can be done to get rid of it. It did not happen overnight and it will not go away. Then the priority becomes to slow the momentum of plaque buildup by combating your cholesterol and optimizing those numbers. Often with proper treatment, the progression of disease can be significantly reduced. Medical technology today can slow the progression, but it cannot turn back the hands of time, yet.

Pollution: Checking the Damages Caused to the Respiratory System


The long-term effects of air pollution include serious diseases like cancer. The highly polluted city air slowly metamorphoses our healthy and pink colored lung tissues into darkened particles of smog, dust, and other pollutants, making the lungs more vulnerable to infection. The highly sensitive respiratory system can be damaged in a number of ways.

Environmental pollution: One of the potent dangers is the environmental pollution. The environment smog contains many chemicals. Many of these chemicals are exhausted by the vehicles and the industries. What is more, several household cleaning products also emit such poisonous gases.

Cigarette smoke: This is yet another dangerous emission. The passive smokers are the hardest hit. Burning fags pose a serious threat to our respiratory system. Tobacco smoke contains over 40 chemicals including the dangerous tar. Most of them are known causes of cancer. Approximately 90 per cent of lung cancer cases among men, and more than 70 per cent among women have been traced to smoking.

Besides tar several other chemicals enter our lungs from a burning cigarette. The tar from a single cigarette temporarily immobilizes the cilia of the upper and lower tracts of the respiratory route. The tar also temporarily paralyses the macrophages in the lung alveoli. When the cleansing and filtering functions are made inactive, the lungs and the air passages are laid bare to the different particles, viruses and bacteria that are airborne besides of course the tar.

These substances settle down in the lungs’ mucous layers. It takes almost an hour for the paralyzed cilia to recover. But repeated paralyzing from the heated tar eventually kills them. Mucus builds up as a result of repeated smoking. The accumulated mucus blocks the smaller air passages. The obstruction triggers the “smoker’s cough”. This familiar reflex cough is the distressed lung’s effort to clear the air routes.

Indoor air pollution: This is one of the most dangerous but often disregarded dangers. The offices and homes are mostly bases of indoor air pollution. Many cleaning compounds besides furniture and synthetic carpets, certain construction materials, and even air fresheners emit hazardous gases. These remain highly concentrated in unventilated or AC rooms. The most vulnerable sections of people exposed to these respiratory dangers are children, elderly people and those having a history of respiratory illnesses. These people generally spend most of their time within the four walls. The indoor air pollutants not only weaken our lungs but also invite infections.

Occupational risks: Many professionals are daily exposed to impurities released by their activities. These workers run a high risk of suffering from respiratory diseases. Mention may be made of people picking cotton, those working in work in farms or shipyards, mechanics installing brake insulation or lining. Other people who suffer from such risks are miners, construction workers, quarry workers, stone cutters, and sandblasters among others.


All the governments have their independent agencies to monitor the pollution levels. There are also non-governmental agencies (NGOs) that carry out this activity. The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in USA, for instance, issues regulations for protection of workers. It has made mandatory the wearing of air masks with filters for certain jobs. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) monitors and also regulates the pollutants released into the air by different organizations and industries. In spite of such efforts, across the world, various types of respiratory illnesses have registered a rise.


Any portion of the respiratory tract can be affected by the disorders and diseases of the respiratory system. Though the common ailments of the respiratory system are trivial, yet at times they can be life threatening as well.

Common cold, running nose & stuffy nose: Viruses cause colds by targeting the pharynx and the nasal passages. First, the viruses infiltrate the body through the respiratory system. Then, they target the cells in the nasal passage membranes. But before they can destroy the cells, the body’s immune system fights back. The immune system increases the flow of blood to the area. Such reinforcement of white blood cells leads to swelling of the membranes. This causes the stuffy nose. Increase in mucous secretions to neutralize the viral attack leads to the runny nose. Mentionably, the infection can affect the sinuses — membrane-lined cavities located within the head, besides the middle ear and the lower respiratory tract.

Hay fever & asthma: These are allergic reactions of the respiratory system. These conditions are caused when the immune system is irritated by irritants like dust or pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose. It is a seasonal reaction when there is abundance of pollens in the air. Asthma attacks are generally mild. But, they can be life threatening too. A person suffering from asthma experiences difficulty in breathing. It occurs as the bronchi and bronchioles get inflamed and remain constricted temporarily.

Laryngitis: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. Laryngitis is caused by various factors. They can be diverse like voice overuse, cigarette smoke or viral infection. Laryngitis leaves different effects on the voice. Till the inflammation subsides, it can either get hoarse, or get reduced to a whisper.

Bronchitis: Bronchitis refers to membrane inflammation. The membranes lining the bronchioles or the bronchi get inflamed. Bronchitis occurs due to bacterial or viral infection. Bronchitis can also happen from irritating chemicals.

Pneumonia: This infection of the alveoli is caused by viruses or bacteria. Pneumonia is a potentially serious state of the lungs. In pneumonia the alveoli gets inflamed after fluid builds up. This gathering of fluid and the consequent inflammation impedes the flow of carbon dioxide and oxygen between the alveoli and capillaries.

Tuberculosis: Also known as TB, it is caused by the tuberculosis bacterium. The lungs are primarily attacked in TB. At times, other body tissues also get affected. Unaddressed, the lung infection can even destroy the lung tissues. Earlier, tuberculosis was controlled by antibiotics. However, the bacterium has evolved an antibiotic-resistant strain posing a grave health problem.

Emphysema: This non-contagious disease affects alveolar tissue gets partially destroyed. The remaining alveoli gets enlarged and weakened. During exhalation, the bronchioles collapse. As a result, air remains trapped inside the alveoli. In the long run, emphysema affects the patient’s ability for exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide. The circulatory system also fails to function. This causes breathing problems. Emphysema can occur due to genetic factors besides infection, smoke, smog, and cigarette.

Lung cancer: The main cancer causing agents are uranium, asbestos, and tobacco smoke. Genetic reasons can also cause cancer. The respiratory cancerous tumors are formed in the lung tissue (alveolar), the bronchioles or the bronchi. Early detection of such tumors can halt their progression to other parts of the body. Then the treatments are more effective, and the prognosis for recovery is rather good. Unfortunately, 85 per cent of the lung cancers are diagnosed at a later stage when the tumors have already spread. In such extreme cases, the prognosis is poor.

Respiratory Distress Syndrome: It is also called RDS. The dysfunction refers to a cluster of symptoms. All point to severe malfunctioning of lungs.

IRDS: Premature infants may suffer from Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome (IRDS). IRDS happens when the alveoli fail to fully expand during inhalation. Alveoli expansion needs a chemical called surfactant. However, among the premature infants, the undeveloped alveoli fail to produce enough surfactant. The common treatment for IRDS is administration of air and surfactant through a breathing tube. This administration enables the alveoli to produce surfactant.

ARDS: Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) occurs when the lungs get severely injured. Many automobile accidents, poisonous gases, or lung inflammation can cause such a dysfunction. ARDS patients generally have to battle for life with 50 per cent survival rate.


Many traditional and alternative health systems like Yoga, Ayurveda, Unani and Homoeopathy have various means of treating the different types of respiratory disorders. Yoga has simple breathing exercises called ‘Pranayam’ that have proven track records. The other alternative health systems like Ayurveda, Unani and homoeopathy also have viable strategies to effectively treat the respiratory ailments.

However, prior to taking recourse to any of them, one should consult experts of those systems. Obviously some of the obnoxious habits like smoking and taking of alcohol must be given up to get the optimum results. This holds true for any treatment.

Franchising For Growth and Sustainable Earnings

Do you know what Burger King, Wendy’s, Blockbuster Entertainment and Starbucks have in common? Well, I worked with all of them while their respective founders were still in charge and each of those founders were dynamic visionaries with an obsession on winning and execution.

I began my career in 1972 as an Project Engineer for Burger King Corporation, in Miami. My contribution was to implement a Labor Scheduling System for store managers which improved the proficiency for each store employee, created a much improved store layout and improved the overall sales-to-labor productivity. Years later, I became the first Vice President of Architecture and Construction where we designed all of our store configurations for maximizing our peak-hour capabilities (Customers per Minute). We focused our performance on our Sales-To-Investment Ratio and maximizing our store level profit because that was the common ground for company and franchise restaurants.

In 1981, I joined Wendy’s during their tenth year. Over the next nine-years, we opened thousands of new restaurants. During their peak growth years, Wendy’s opened over 500 new stores per year. Internally, the health of our system was not only gauged on the stock price and earnings per share – we were focused on the profitability at store level because that was the common ground we had between the Company-owned and Franchise-owned restaurants. We knew that if our franchisees were making more money – they would build more stores. If the company stores were making more money – we would report higher earnings and everybody would win. Our Wendy’s franchisees were a critical barometer to how we were doing. We had Two-Commandments regarding our franchisees.

1. Never give a franchisee the simple privilege of paying more royalty without any incremental flow-through profit.

2. We don’t make money on royalty income. We only make money when the franchisee is building more restaurants and that won’t happen if you violate Commandment #1.

Our entire Senior Management Team at Wendy’s was committed to constantly improving the External Guest Experience by focusing on the Internal Guest (most companies call them employees). Dave insisted on quality food, quick service and clean restrooms. To all of us, Dave Thomas was more than our founder and spiritual leader. He was also Wendy’s dad.

In 1990, I joined the Wayne Huizenga’s group at Blockbuster Entertainment, when we only had 900-stores open. During the next seven years – we never opened less than 700 new stores in any given year and when I left, we had 6,500 stores operating. That growth was due to company-owned and franchise-owned stores earning more money than they were expecting. Our entire Senior Management Team was focused on improving the “movie knowledge” so our store associates could match our members to the movies that they would like. Once again, the health of our system was gauged by the store level profits for our company and franchise stores for the same reasons mentioned earlier.

My time at Starbucks was a short one, but when I joined the Howard Schultz team at Starbucks Coffee Company, we had 250-stores operating in the US and had just completed opening 100-new stores the previous year. We were going to begin to reproduce the West Coast success on the East Coast and we opened 150-new stores in 19-months, always focusing on delivering The Starbucks Experience to every Guest, every day in every store. We did that by focusing on the job enrichment and training that we provided to all of our Store Partners (most companies call them employees). All of our growth was through company-owned stores, but store-level earnings were the key to what has become a very successful, quality brand.

What do all three of these brands have in common? How did they facilitate their “exponential growth” plans? Obviously, all three brands had access to “publicly traded” funds – but their successful growth rates were far more attributed to other commonalities.

All three brands had a point of difference from their competitors. They differentiating and exploiting that difference against the industry, while hiring and training the “internal customer” dedicated to exceeding the expectations of the “external customer”.

Equally important to an exponential growth strategy is never build new stores beyond your ability to develop a quality staff to operate them. In all 3 of these companies, we had a “people-plan” as part of our “asset-plan” for growth. In fact, growing pains are simply the result of growing a business faster than your ability to operate.

Never expand by transferring experience managers into your new operation unless you are guaranteed that there is competent management to replace them. To do otherwise, you will experience “profitless-prosperity” – or negative-same-store-sales while you are growing exponentially.

Regardless of your industry, your customers are most essential to your business success and your ability to survive during a good economy and the poor economic times. Constantly upgrade your staff, especially during periods of economic slowdowns because if you are focused on outstanding customer service, mediocrity is most apparent when sales begin to slide.

Brain Cancer – 7 Questions on Glioblastoma Multiforme

What are glia cells?

Glia cells hold together the neurons in the brain. The glia communicate with the neurons to trigger the neurons to function. One way to think of glia is that they are a network of cells throughout the brain. The glia are also described as the glue that holds the neurons in place.

What happens to the glia when they become malignant?

When the cells of a glia multiply, a malignancy is forming. Initially there will not be any symptoms. Unfortunately the cancer of the glia is very aggressive, that is, develops quickly. By the time symptoms are noticed a tumor is growing.

What is gliblastoma multiforme?

GBM, as glioblastoma multiforme is called, is the deadliest, most aggressive form of brain malignancy. GBM can form anywhere in the brain, and is the highest grade of cancer, a grade 4. There is no cure. There are 500,000 cases a year in the U.S.

What are GBM symptoms?

The symptoms are directly related to where the tumor is located in the brain. Brain malignancy is difficult to diagnose because for every group of symptoms there are multiple possible diagnoses. For instance, when my husband began searching for words, we thought he was experiencing “senior moments.” Yet, he quickly progressed to no longer knowing the names for objects. Then he could no longer spell or read. These symptoms progressed over four weeks.

How is glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) diagnosed?

When brain involvement is expected, the MRI is performed. The MRI will show up the tumor, where it is located, its shape, and it its size. From a biopsy, tissue samples are sent to pathology where the tumor is diagnosed.

What is the treatment standard for glioblastoma (GBM)?

The first line of defense is surgical removal, called a resection. Not all GBMs are operable. If the malignancy is located at the brain stem or anywhere else where resection would cause more harm than improvement, then surgery is not an option. The next line of defense is radiation therapy, five days a week, for four to seven weeks, along with chemotherapy. When the radiation is completed, then there will be a maintenance protocol of continued chemotherapy for several months.

What is the prognosis for this type of cancer?

Poor, glioblastoma multiforme is incurable. Other GBM tumors will form, and other surgeries may be performed. Aggressive radiation and chemotherapy will be offered. Life expectancy is anywhere from few weeks to a couple of years.

The most aggressive and deadliest form of brain cancer is glioblastoma multiforme. This is the type of cancer that Ted Kennedy had. There is no cure for this cancer. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Vaccination in Children – The Optional Vaccines

As soon as our children are born into this world, they receive what may seem like an endless number of vaccinations. There are those which are part of the National Immunization Schedule, which all children should receive. Then there are the optional vaccinations, which are also important. We discuss these vaccines in this article.

Optional Vaccinations may include:

  1. Hepatitis A Vaccine
  2. Hib (Haemophilus Influenza Type B) Vaccine
  3. Chicken Pox Vaccine
  4. Influenza Vaccine
  5. H1N1 Vaccine
  6. Rotavirus Vaccine
  7. Pneumococcal Vaccine
  8. Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Hepatitis A Vaccine

The Hepatitis A virus (HAV) causes acute hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). Symptoms of acute hepatitis include fever, jaundice, nausea, abdominal cramps and occasionally death. The virus is spread via the oro-faecal route ie. via eating of food contaminated with the HAV. This is the virus that can be caught by eating improperly cooked contaminated cockles (commonly confused with the Hepatitis B virus which is transmitted from contaminated blood and intercourse).


2 doses given 6 months apart

Common Side Effects:

Mild fever, headaches and swelling over injection site.

Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) Vaccine

H. Influenzae type B is a bacteria which is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide through meningitis and pneumonia. It affects mainly children under the age of five, with those between four and eighteen months particularly vulnerable. It leaves up to 35% of survivors with permanent disabilities such as mental retardation or deafness.


3 Primary doses at ages 3, 4 and 5 months, followed by 1 Booster dose at 18 months. It usually given as one of the components of the 4-in-1, 5-in-1 and 6-in-1 vaccination.

Common Side Effects:

Redness and swelling over the site of injection.

Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella virus. Symptoms include fever and blisters all over the body. The blisters dry up subsequently and become very itchy. It is a typically benign and self-limiting disease which is highly contagious. Complications (secondary bacterial infections, encephalitis and pneumonia) occur more commonly in adults, newborns and in immuno-compromised individuals.


Previously, only 1 Primary shot was given at about 12 months of age. However, as of 2007, the CDC has issued a new recommendation that a Booster dose be given at about 4 – 6 years old. This is to reduce the 30% breakthrough infection rate with a single dose (although breakthrough infections tend to be mild). Hence, all require 2 doses regardless of age. Note that the MMRV (ie. MMR Vaccine combined with the Varicella Vaccine) is now available for use.

Common Side Effects:

Mild pain and swelling over injection site.

Influenza Vaccine

Influenza is a viral infection caused by the Influenza virus. Symptoms include a fever, body aches, headache, dry cough, sore throat and slight runny nose. Symptoms are generally self-limiting, and most patients recover on their own. However, in high risk groups (eg. young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic medical problems), influenza can lead to a higher rate of complications. These complications include ear infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and even death.


The vaccine is indicated for children above 6 months of age. In children under 9 years old who have never had the influenza vaccine before, they will need 2 doses at least 1 month apart. Subsequently, they will only need yearly vaccinations. In children above 9 years and in adults, only yearly vaccinations are required.

Common Side Effects:

Mild flu-like symptoms

H1N1 Vaccine

The Influenza A (H1N1-2009) virus is a strain of influenza virus that spreads from human to human, which raised concerns in 2009 about a possible worldwide pandemic. Symptoms are similar to that of seasonal influenza, with severe illness and death reported in a small number.


2 doses at least 4 weeks apart are required in children under 10 years of age.

Common Side Effects:

Mild fever and flu-like symptoms.

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

Pneumococcal disease is a group of illnesses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. Pneumococcal infections can result in: pneumonia, meningitis, otitis media, sinusitis and bacteraemia. In Singapore, 18 per 100,000 children less than 5 years old are infected with pneumococcal disease each year. In serious cases, 1 in 4 suffer complications (brain damage, permanent hearing loss, paralysis, mental retardation) and 1 in 16 die.


Indicated in infants and children from 6 weeks through 9 years of age. Between 1 to 4 doses required, depending on the age of the child when the 1st dose is given.

Common Side Effects:

Fever, irritability, decreased appetite, occasional vomiting and diarrhoea.

Rotavirus Vaccine

Rotavirus is a virus that infects the gastrointestinal tract causing gastroenteritis. Nearly every child worldwide will have at least one rotavirus infection before their 5th birthday. 1 in 3 hospitalizations due to diarrhoea in Singapore are caused by rotavirus. Infections are most frequent and severe in infants between 3 – 24 months old.


2 oral doses (Dose 1 at 6 weeks and Dose 2 at 24 weeks).

Common Side Effects:

Slight irritability, loss of appetite.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infection, and certain species of HPV have an association with the development of cervical cancer, genital warts and some less common cancers. The HPV vaccine works by preventing the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer. 2 HPV vaccines are currently available: Gardasil and Cervirix.

It is important to remember that even after vaccination, one would still have to go for regular PAP smears.


It is indicated for girls between the ages of 9 and 26 years. However, there are studies which suggest that they are effective in preventing cervical cancer for women up to 45 years of age. 3 injections are required over a 6 month period.

Common Side Effects:

Mild soreness over injection site. Mild to moderate fever.

Chest Acne Causes and Symptoms

Rosacea (say "roh-ZAY-sha") is a skin disease that causes redness and pimples. People sometimes call rosacea "adult acne" because it can cause outbreaks that look like mild acne or bad acne. It can be found on your chest, nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. The acne redness may come and go and will usually be associated with burning and soreness in the eyes and eyelids.

Chest acne and other forms of rosacea have several causes. It tends to affect people who have fair skin or blush easily. It has also been found to run in families. People thought that Rosacea was caused by alcohol abuse, but that does not appear to be the case. People that suffer from rosacea find that drinking alcohol seems to increase the symptoms to flare up or even get worse.

Some common triggers are exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths. Swings in temperature from hot to cold or cold to hot can also cause a flare-up of rosacea.

Symptoms for people with rosacea are flushed face and pimples or bumps on or around the chest, cheeks, nose, mouth, and forehead. Sometimes the flushing or redness can last for days and can take on the appearance of mild acne or even bad acne.

Without treatment, some cases of rosacea can cause knobby bumps on the chest, nose and cheeks that can multiply. This is advanced rosacea, known as rhinophyma (say "ry-no-FY-muh"). Over time, it can give the nose a swollen, waxy look. But most cases of rosacea do not progress this far.

There are some things you can do to reduce symptoms and keep rosacea from getting worse.

Find your triggers. One of the most important things is to learn what triggers your flare-ups, and then avoid them. It can help to keep a diary of what you were eating, drinking, and doing on days that the rosacea appeared. Take the diary to your next doctor visit, and discuss what you can do to help control the disease.

Curing Bronchitis – 6 Proven Herbal Remedies

Generally, people have a good reason to develop a variety of medicines for a variety of medical disorders. Everyone wants a healthy body and to live happy, normal, and productive lives. At the same time, it is impossible to be always healthy. With so many bacteria and viruses around, it is quite normal to get infected by a bacteria or virus.

Bronchitis is known to be one among the world's most common respiratory disorders. It is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, and can disrupt its victims' day-to-day lives. Fortunately, there are many herbal cures for bronchitis.

There are two types of bronchitis – acute and chronic. Virus, bacteria, or fungus are responsible for acute bronchitis. The signs of acute bronchitis include mild chest pain, low grade fever, sinusitis, pressure around the areas of the eyes, persistent productive cough, wheezing, fatigue, and discomfort in the chest.

Acute bronchitis is easy to manage, control, and treat. When properly treated, it lasts for not more than a couple of weeks and is usually followed by flu or common cold. As soon as you recognize these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, visit your doctor. Physicians can determine whether your condition is caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus. After diagnosing the condition accurately, a doctor is in a position to prepare the perfect treatment plan for you.

Virus-caused acute bronchitis does not require any special medication to bring about a cure. You could consider taking a few drugs, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, decongestants, expectorants, and pain killers, in order to obtain relief from bronchitis symptoms. The addition of a few herbal cures for bronchitis forms an ideal treatment plan.

Never take any drugs without first consulting your doctor. This is because you might have an allergy to a particular type of drug. Moreover, some drugs, such as aspirin, are dangerous for pregnant women and children, especially when taken in combination with other types of drugs.

Research has shown that many herbal cures for bronchitis that are highly effective in giving relief from the distressing symptoms of bronchitis. Consider the following herbal cures if you are suffering from bronchitis:

1. Eucalyptus oil can help alleviate cough. It liquifies the phlegm and makes it easy for the body to expel it from the lungs. A number of physicians from different parts of the world advise bronchitis patients to use eucalyptus.

2. Garlic is yet another herbal remedy that can prevent, or at least lessen the chances of contracting bronchitis. Eat plenty of garlic; it contains chemicals that are anti-virus and anti-bacterial. To put it differently, garlic is an excellent natural antibacterial and antiviral herb.

3. Recently, studies have shown that the stinging variety of nettle has the properties to cure bronchitis and other forms of respiratory disorders. Drink the juice of its roots and leaves along with sugar or honey.

4. Take plenty of herbal sources of vitamin C.

5. Herbs that contain magnesium can also help bronchitis patients.

6. Drink the juice of oregano leaves.

The best method to prevent bronchitis is to make major lifestyle changes such as giving up cigarettes and alcohol. If you live in a polluted region, move to a cleaner zone. Regular exercises are essential to maintain the health of your respiratory system.

Many times, acute bronchitis is mistaken to be common cold. A doctor is the only person who can tell the difference. So, if you suspect that you have contracted bronchitis, visit the doctor and get your condition properly diagnosed so that an effective treatment plan can be prepared. Neglect to do this might lead to complications such as chronic bronchitis, which will leave you disabled for life.

Is Hollywood a Good Influence on People?

Whenever I hear the film industry being blamed for creating negativity in life my mind goes back to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Last Action Hero”. For those who may not have seen it, Arnie plays a screen character who is accidentally transported into real life, only to find that getting shot, punched, kicked and generally thrown around actually hurts. His character interacts with a young boy, and the moral of the story is that what you see on the silver screen is acting not real life.

Then I think about “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey, a film that broadly looked at the issues of positive thinking and saying “yes” to life. There were a great many interesting points wrapped up in a superbly funny storyline.

What about “The Matrix”, the first film in the series really resonated with a lot of people on the Spiritual path and you couldn’t help feeling as you watched it that Hollywood is tuned into more than big bucks and fame. Behind this and many other films you have the feeling of a number of thoughtful minds using the vehicle of film to explore popular life issues and offer a few conclusions.

That’s the positive side, let’s now look at the negative. Whenever I come to the negative the Charlie Sheen sequel “Hot Shots Part Deux” leaps immediately to mind. In that film there is a wonderful scene where he is shooting a machine gun and in one corner of the screen you have a written running commentary saying “more bullets than (name any famous action film) fired”, and the numbers keep going up. It’s a beautiful tongue-in-cheek poke at an industry that fires off more rounds of dummy ammunition in a year than teenagers have zits.

There is a great deal of casual violence in films, and no doubt there are minds out there only too willing to absorb the violence like a sponge and emulate it. Yet realistically how many times does that happen?

If you’re living in any violence besieged city in the world you will tell me “a lot”, but the truth is that if an individual doesn’t have the anger and sense of dislocation required they will not emulate anything they see in a film. At the very most violent films can provide the general public with ideas in the same way that prisons take a young person who’s made a mistake and provide exactly the training you don’t want any child to receive, thereby turning out a degree level criminal when they leave.

Everything in life is about personal choice and most well balanced people will view extremely violent films as disgusting at worst and a bit of a giggle at best. At no point will an ordinary human being feel tempted to risk their freedom and future by trying to be an Arnie, a Sly Stallone, or even a Charlie Sheen. To name a very few people who’ve been in violent films.

You’re probably more likely to find more people thinking they’re Jesus or Napoleon than emulating film violence.

However, there is a need to consider the morals behind the film industry. When ‘Natural Born Killers’, the extremely violent film, was released in 1995 the director Oliver Stone said:

  • “film is a very powerful medium, film is a drug, film is a potential hallucinogen, it goes into your brain, it stimulates and it’s a dangerous thing – it can be a very subversive thing”. (Panorama BBC TV 27/2/95). (Source Media Watch UK).

Yet in their article “Does Movie VIolence Increase Violent Crime?” for the “Quarterly Journal of Economics”, Gordon Dahl of UC San Diego and NBER and Stefano DellaVigna of UC Berkeley and NBER comment that:

  • “We analyze whether media violence affects violent crime in the field. We exploit variation in the violence of blockbuster movies from 1995 to 2004, and study the effect on same-day assaults. We find that violent crime decreases on days with larger theater audiences for violent movies. The effect is partly due to voluntary incapacitation: between 6PM and 12AM, a one million increase in the audience for violent movies reduces violent crime by 1.1 to 1.3 percent. After exposure to the movie, between 12AM and 6AM, violent crime is reduced by an even larger percent. This finding is explained by the self-selection of violent individuals into violent movie attendance, leading to a substitution away from more volatile activities. In particular, movie attendance appears to reduce alcohol consumption.
  • The results emphasize that media exposure affects behavior not only via content, but also because it changes time spent in alternative activities. The substitution away from more dangerous activities in the field can explain the differences with the laboratory findings. Our estimates suggest that in the short-run violent movies deter almost 1,000 assaults on an average weekend. While our design does not allow us to estimate long-run effects, we find no evidence of medium-run effects up to three weeks after initial exposure.”

I don’t want to get into quoting more quotes, because any historian knows that we can do this forever. What I find interesting comparing these two quotes is that the Hollywood producer believes that there is an adverse effect and yet is happy to continue, yet some researchers actually question that film increases violence. So perhaps we have a small suggestion here that Hollywood thinks it has a bigger influence on society than it does in reality; maybe the general public are under the same misapprehension.

The thing that I haven’t found easy to quantify in my research travels, and a question I would like to understand is: does the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) have a direct effect on an individual’s susceptibility to suggestion, and therefore their tendency to recreate what they see on film; because you can’t blame Hollywood for the state of mind of a small number of viewers.

There is an argument for more responsibility in movie making, and it is a valid argument, but to be fair you could conclude that Hollywood movies show us what is happening out there in other stratas of society, and ensure that those fortunate enough to live happy and financially secure lives aren’t living those lives in cloud cuckoo land. You could also say that parents are being warned of the dangers facing their children in modern society through the medium of film.

At the end of the day you can argue most situations from a variety of directions and alter your conclusions accordingly, however, I’m a Spiritualist and I would have to conclude that we must all take responsibility for our own actions and not seek to blame a third party for creating the person we wish to become.

Again, you can argue against that viewpoint by saying that not everyone is aware of Spirituality and how it can help people to create happier, more positive, less angry lives, and I would reply:

Then let’s find a way to tell as many people that as we possibly can – any Hollywood producer ready to make a nice, fluffy (but very real) film about how changing your thinking can not only change your life but also lead to world peace?

Yes guys, I know you’ve tried, but alongside your violent, sad and depressing movies it would be really nice if you’d keep plugging away with the positive messages as well.

Wishing you happy days, peaceful nights, and many non-violent, hysterically funny, life affirming films


The Disadvantage of Using Proton Pump Inhibitors

Last year alone, millions upon millions of heartburn sufferers bought more than 25 billion dollars worth of proton pump inhibitors, making this product, one of the biggest pharmaceutical product sellers worldwide.

Although the medical communities are endorsing and promoting them as being a safe heaven for acid reflux and ulcer sufferers, recent reports have exposed some shocking revelation about the inducting side effects of these products.

People rapidly develop a dependency when taking (PPI’s) proton pump inhibitors, the major problem related to the negative side effect is sufferers are only supposed to use them for a short period of time. The prolong use of these drugs inhibits the production of acid in the stomach resulting in bacterial diseases.

Taken for a long period of time, PPI’s will adversely affect the natural process of digestion creating even more unwanted complication ranging from; Calcium deficiency, Diarrhea, pneumonia, bone fractures, C difficile.

Recent studies show some hospital patients using these drugs were at risk of developing C difficile, and pneumonia.

Research in regard to these types of drugs and C difficile suggested patient who’ve been administrated PPI’s are more susceptible to catching the disease due to the decrease of stomach gastric acidity.

Another reports discloses over dosage and long-term usage of these drugs may increase the risk of bone fracture, including hip, wrist and the spine. Wrist and hip fractures have been more predominant among Post menopause women.

In conclusion, proton pump inhibitors have a very high success rate among patient suffering from ulcers and acid reflux disease. Actually, 80% of hospital patients diagnosed with a mild case of ulcers, have been successfully treated by using these types of suppressors. However, the problem seems to depend on the way they are administrated. There is a need for stricter rules and treatments concerning prescription of anti- suppressors. Too many patients leaving the hospital still depends on these medications, and without proper surveillance, can develop serious side effects that could damage in the long run, the digestive system. Heartburn sufferers should take a closer look at what causes their problems instead of trying to fix them. Unhealthy eating habits like; junk, fatty, spicy and greasy foods are the primary reason why people stays stuck in the vicious circle of proton pump inhibitors. If people would just lay off these types of foods and eat more nutritional and natural aliments, they would stand a better chance of improving their lifestyle and become less addicted to pills.

Astrological Challenges For a Premature Baby – Astrology Predictions 2010

It is intimidating to think of the corporeal problems that preemies have to face. Over and above having been born with undersized lungs along with other organs, they get a greater than normal risk for heart problems, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, blindness and hearing loss. In their natal charts the physical challenges get exposed astrologically. It has been shown in a current astrological study that a considerable percentage of preemies are born in complicated aspects to their natal Sun, which stands for physical health. The most prevalent troubling aspects come from Neptune and Saturn.

The study manifested that in comparison with the average person the chances for preemies were three times more to be born with Saturn square their Sun or with Sun conjunct Neptune. Weighing against the full-term births, it was found that preemies were twice as likely to be born with Neptune squire their Sun or with Saturn conjunct their Sun. The other astrological indicator for physical development is Mars, and this planet is characteristically challenged by Neptune or Saturn in the natal charts of preemies.

The charts of “famous” preemies are found to have the same kinds of aspects. Victor Hugo’s birth was premature and he was not likely to live; his coffin and his cradle were ordered at the same time from the carpenter. Hugo’s birth chart reveals Saturn making difficult aspects to his Mars and Sun. The birth of Mark Twain happened two months early, and his chart showed Mars badly affected by Neptune and Saturn.

When the premature birth of Sidney Poitier took place, with a weight of only three pounds, his depressed father went to search for a shoebox in order to bury the child. The birth chart of Poitier discloses his Sun squared by Saturn and opposed by Neptune. Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton, Thomas Hobbes and Albert Einstein are the other famous preemies whose birth took place with Sun-Neptune afflictions.

The hard aspects between Saturn and Mercury, another astrological challenge, are commonly found in the charts of preemies. Mercury indicates social skills, language efficiency and mental development. Preemies may survive the physical challenges, yet they have to cope with delays in development. A well-known example for this is Albert Einstein; he could not talk before the age of three. Although the mind of Einstein was exceptional, he also happened to be born with his Mercury conjunct Saturn which is considered to be the planet of delay.

When the preemies get older, many of them cannot catch up. Prematurely born children are likely to have more poor score in language development, short-term memory, writing skills, mobility, physical functioning, social skills and I.Q. Preemies in high percentage lack the ability of “executive brain function”, for example sequencing, planning and shyness of spontaneous behavior – all capabilities linked with Saturn, the planet of self-control. According to some researchers the explanation for preemies to rate high among criminals lies in this.

Analysis Paralysis in Business

Imagine what life would be like if some of history's greatest scientists and inventors had merely been tinkerers instead. Alexander Graham Bell's telephone would be a dusty relic on a shelf somewhere. Thomas Edison's light bulb would be forever dark. And Werner von Braun's rockets would be sitting in a box in somebody's basement. Sure, someone else would've come along and invented these things-and capitalized on them. But Bell, Edison and von Braun would not be household names, and the financial legacies that these guys left would not be legacies either.

These men were scientists, inventors and innovators. Not every scientist is an inventor, or an innovator, however. Academia is filled with lab dwellers that conduct research which never gets any farther than their notebooks. Where some scientists are dedicated to creating a better world through research, others use research to simply stay busy. The get bogged down in analysis paralysis and wind up making excuses about the validity of their data. Then they collect their paycheck, go home, and come back tomorrow to do it all over again.

Business people do this too, however. They start doing research for something they're thinking about trying, but the process drags on. Analysis paralysis sets in and they simply can not make a decision to proceed. So they continue to do more research believing that at least they are doing something to further their goals. The reality of it is of course that they're not. Research becomes the end, instead of a means to an end.

This frequently happens to the wannabe entrepreneur who is thinking about starting a work from home internet business. Online business opportunities are hot today. But while everybody starts by doing research about them, only a few actually take action. Those are the real entrepreneurs. The other folks get bogged down in-you guessed it-analysis paralysis, and never take any action whatsoever. The research piles up, but nothing ever changes. And nothing ever improves.

If you're thinking about becoming an online entrepreneur, yes, do your research. Find a system that's right for you. But do not stop there. If you really want to implement change, you have to take decisive action too. Remember, actions speak louder than research, particularly research you do not get paid for. Sometimes moving forward requires a leap of faith. Sometimes it means stopping down the self doubt that crops up in everybody's life from time to time. If you know you have a problem that needs to be solved in your life, do not rationalize and self-justify. Act.

What Are The Effects of Gall Bladder?

The gall bladder act just like a reservoir for the bile secreted by the liver. All the nutrients and toxins are transported by the blood trough the body. The liver is the filter of the body. It filters the blood and eliminates all the waste. Waste includes all the residues, also called toxins and the dead cells. Bile is all the waste that remains after the liver cleaned the blood. Bile is produced all the time. Eliminating waste is not the only use of the liver, the bile being used for digestive purposes. The gall bladder holds the bile until it is needed in the digestive system where it processes the fats and the cholesterol.

All the problems that may appear with the gall bladder can be surgically treated every where in the US There are only three problems that my appear. Irritations and swellings of the gall bladder, blocking of the passage that leads from the gall bladder to the intestines. The last problem that the gall bladder can develop is the emerging of stones inside of it.

In most cases herbal medicine should be enough to treat it, but one should see a doctor if his bladder is infected or painful. After a short examination a doctor will be able to decide if the suffering patient needs medication or a surgical intervention.

In the occidental culture the bladder is removed at the very first signs of an infection, because an infected bladder is a very risky thing. Removing it will cause the pains to stop but it will lead to other problems regarding weight. They need to control their fat intake or take enzymes or bile enzymes.

In the eastern culture (Asian) patients are tested and a decision is taken afterwards. If the gall stone is small, like under 1 cm then they will administrate only herbal medicine and traditional treatments like acupuncture. If it's larger then physicians will remove it surgically. It seems that traditional treatment (herbs and acupuncture) is very successful China being the country with the lowest gall bladder removal rates in the whole world. An expert in traditional treatments will discover the symptoms of Gall bladder diseases before an Occidental physician.