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The start of an ordinary day in our knitting shop gave us no clue that it would be the funniest day of the year. My first customer, an old, heavy set bald man, walked up to my counter and presented me with a small pink knitted cap. Long pink satin ribbons dangled raggedly down its sides. In a high staccato voice interrupted by occasional neck grimaces, he asked that we knit a new cap just like his old one for his sleeping comfort. Choking back my surprise that the female-looking article belonged to him, I proceeded to write down his instructions on our order pad.

This pad contained a top white copy for the office, a yellow copy for the ordering department and a pink copy to go to the worker that would knit the item. A week later, we called the customer that his order was ready. He soon arrived the next day. His sales person, Anna, showed him his new pink sleeping cap and asked if he liked the work. He picked it up and examined it carefully. Then he asked her if she could place it on his head and tie the ribbons under his chin to see if it fit. Suppressing a wild inclining to laugh, Anna placed it on his head and while tying the bow under his chin, she had to bite her lips to keep from laughing. Her manager noticed her red face and quickly moved her to stand behind the old man to complete the bow. Finally, the customer accepted the new cap, paid and left the store.

The next day the office got a call from the customer's wife irately complaining about a message on the pink slip that was in the bag with the new and old cap. She soon arrived at the store waving the offending pink slip angrily. On the order slip, which by the way was not to go to the customer, was written in pencil, " Smell this ." Underneath this in pen was added. " Yeah, it could knock you out!" Evidentually, a sales person, seeing the cap, wrote the comment to the knitter as a joke and the knitter replied in kind. Well, the store manager was not amused and called the girl responsible into the office. A quick reaming out did not deter the girls from reciting the affair and giggling uncontrollably. Before the door to the office closed, Anna noticed a wry smile on the face of the manager. For the next twenty years, just the words, 'pink cap' would bring back the experience for another good laugh.

Sprengel's Deformity – Introduction, Pathology, Symptoms, Treatment

  • Introduction

Since decades past, disabilities have been vanquishing the healthcare industry. Disabilities come and go in the complex realities of life affecting humanity. Sometimes, it's only when the disability manifests itself through signs and symptoms that people come to know that they actually have the disability. There are times that disabilities come to it readily. In the realms of healthcare perspective, Sprengel's deformity constitutes a multitude of disabilities exemplifying a rare occurrence which typically influences the young generation. It specifically dysfunctions a person's back exhibiting a higher scapula (or shoulder blade) on one side than the other.

Predominantly known as High Scapula, Sprengel's deformity (believed to occur in early weeks of gestation) shows a shoulder that does not descend appropriately from its cervical pinnacle to its final normal position that resulting in elevation of the scapula; hence, the name: High Scapula.

Preponderantly considered as a rare entity, it is associated with lateral spine curvature in the neck affecting the young, spina bifida, Klippel-Feil syndrome, omovertebral bone among others. It can be bilateral (both shoulders can be affected) despite the left shoulder more commonly succumbs to the condition. Majority of clinical cases affects girls. Diagnosis comes around the vicity of physical signs as well as roentgenogram.

  • Pathology

In Sprengel's deformity , the small scapula comes around such that its lower focus gears itself towards the jurisprudence of the spine, diminishing its vertical height and upgrading its wide dimensions, causing its upper segment to loop and hook forward. This causes the cervical muscles to modify its direction due to its shortening on the affected side. This is made by the union (bone, cartilage or fibrous tissue) of which encompasses one of the lower cervical vertebrae and scapula. Then, bone extends from other structures (be it a spinous process, lamina, or transverse process) of one of more vertebrae to the upper segment of the vertebra border of the scapula, that, forming a bony edge.

  • Signs and symptoms

Commonly, the shoulders are not identical with each other which are usually the hallmark manifestation of the condition. Shoulder movements (particularly rarely abduction) are hugely limited. Glenohumeral rotation is intact. Torticollis and scoliosis are evident though in limited cases. In bilateral cases, the neck looks shortened.

  • Treatment

Treatments consist of interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach which includes surgery in early childhood and therapeutic interventions (especially physical therapy and rehabilitation). Postural awareness training, scapular regimens, stretching programs and strengthening protocols can activate motion. Stretching regimens (through side stretch, diagonal centripetal rotations and use of wand exercises, pulleys, and shoulder wheel – all focused on affected side) can improve muscle motion by elongating tight structures. Strengthening programs (through progressive resistive exercises, resistive diagonal centripetal rotations, resistive side bend and via therapeutic bands – all geared to affected side) can strengthen the weakened musculature. Breathing exercises expand the pulmonary machinery by increasing lung oxygenation. When motion is limited and deformity is unfounded, surgical treatment (typically done in childhood before age 5) is indicated by exposing scapula outside the periosteum, excising the supraspinatus and omovertebral bone, bringing the scapula down to desired level and repositioning muscle attachments to provide anchor and support.

Although Sprengel's Deformity is one of the rare disabilities, how we come about managing it will depend on how we properly evaluate it and the quality of care that we give those who have it.

What Is The Best Penis Size To Make A Woman Reach Multiple SCREAMING Orgasms?

Wondering what the best penis size is that will make your significant other not just reach multiple orgasms, but screaming orgasms as well? Well, if you take the time out of your day and read on you’ll discover what exactly makes women go absolutely insane. Once I found out the truth about what women truly wanted, I went and naturally increased my penis size to reach that size women desired most. What happened after I naturally increased my size is something that has turned my sex life around 180 degrees for the better. I’ll also talk about that a little later as well.

But first…

Let’s go over the 3 different sizes most men have.

1.) You have the under 5 inch erected class. With this size, it is going to be extremely difficult trying to bring a woman to an orgasm. In fact, it is pretty much impossible with just intercourse alone. There is going to have to be a lot of foreplay involved and you are going to have to last for quite some time to make her “maybe” reach an orgasm.

2.) You have the 5-6 inch class. This is the class I was in (which was 5 1/2 inches). Men who are in this class pretty much deal with what men in the first class above are dealing with.

3.) You have the average 6-6.5 inch class. If your erected size is in this class, then you should be able to make a woman reach an orgasm… provided that you can last long during sex.

So, with those 3 classes above, you can clearly see that if you lack significant size, you are going to have to make it up somewhere else (being able to last longer during sex, being an expert in foreplay, etc.).

Now, let’s talk about what women really want.

A.) What turns women on?

What will make women get aroused is a large flaccid (non-erected) hanging size and an erected penis size that is long, thick, hard, straight shaped (no banana curve), and muscular-looking (veins).

B.) What size makes her orgasm?

Through countless hours of research and surveys done by several organizations, the penis size that makes women orgasm with ease is anything between 7-9 inches. Anything above that, for most women, can be painful and unpleasant.

C.) What makes her reach MULTIPLE orgasms?

To get your significant other to reach MULTIPLE orgasms, it’s not just the length that’s important. You also have to have a thicker penis, a harder erection, a bigger penis head, and you have to be able to last long during sex.

When you have ALL of those things with your manhood, that’s when you can certainly have her desiring sex quite often… to say the least!

What happened for me once I grew bigger?

When I took the appropriate steps to NATURALLY increasing my size by 2 inches in 8 weeks (which was with NATURAL penis exercises by the way), my sex life took a 180 degree turn for the better. I’m lasting long during sex, my significant other is having multiple screaming orgasms, and my confidence level is through the roof.

How should I go about growing bigger?

Well, the best advice I can give is to stay natural (such as with the method I chose to do). Unnaturally trying to enlarge your size not only is ineffective, it is also dangerous (side-effects, potential diseases, deformity with your penis, and more), and can be very costly (such as with pills, expensive tools, and surgical procedures).

When you go with a natural method, you obtain ALL of those benefits I mentioned above… without side-effects and your results will last for life. This is because natural methods are based around providing you with FULL enlargement… not just increasing length, OR thickness, OR firmness, etc. When you just focus on one aspect, you’ll more than likely run into problems (and SERIOUS problems at that).

It’s just like exercising your body. If you spend majority of your time working your biceps and neglecting other areas of your body, not only will you look ridiculous, you’ll also cause imbalances with your body… which will lead to injury, poor body functions, and more.

So, if you want to make your sex life something special, I highly recommend that you naturally increase your size to around 7-9 inches, and make sure you choose a method that also enhances other areas of your manhood as well. Doing this will certainly have your significant other reaching orgasms you and her will never forget.

Tonsillitis – How to Naturally Treat This?

If your tonsils are white and swollen, your throat sore, your head achy and your body feverish, then you may have tonsillitis. This is a common condition that is classified as an inflammation of the tonsils.

It can generally be caused by a bacterial infection or a viral infection. If your tonsil infection is caused by a bacterial infection, then you will most like have to take a dose of antibiotics.

However, in about 85 percent of tonsillitis cases, the symptoms are caused by a viral infection. And, when it is a viral infection, there are natural, at home remedies to help treat this annoying illness. We have outlined some of the common treatments for viral tonsillitis below. All of these remedies can be easily found around the home.

Milk is a great treatment for swollen tonsils. Pure boiled milk combined with turmeric powder and pepper powder is the ultimate evening drink to kick your inflammation to the curve.

If boiled milk is not your thing, try freshly squeezed limes in warm water. Or, opt for a mixture of vegetable juices such as carrot, cucumber or beet juice. This will boost your immune system and sooth the throat.

Another option is to gargle with fenugreek seeds and water. You should allow the fenugreek seeds to simmer for a half an hour in the water and then set as well as cool before gargling with this mixture.

In many cases of tonsil infection, your problem may not be the result of a virus or a bacterial infection. Instead, it is caused by tonsilloliths.

If your tonsils feel swollen and there are white lumps in the back of your throat, but the rest of you feels okay, then you may have tonsilloliths. These are white balls of food, debris and mouth bacteria that get stuck in your tonsil cavities and cause bad breath and throat blockage.

For those tonsilloliths sufferers there are natural home remedies to treat your problem as well. And, the good news is, you do not have to eat seeds. Instead you can try to cough the little balls out. Or, take a bobby pin or cotton swap and gently try to poke them out of place. If this does not work, you can also try gargling with salt water to loosen the stones.

So whether you are suffering from a tonsillitis or tonsilloliths, there are home remedies to treat your problem the natural way.

Adrenal Fatigue Remedies: Studies on Adrenal Health Support

The adrenal glands, also known as the "stress glands", are a pair of vital organs about the size of a walnut that are nestled on top of each kidney. They provide life-giving hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol, estrogen and testosterone. New studies are showing natural vitamins and minerals that can help support adrenal health.

Too much or too little of the adrenal hormones can result in adrenal fatigue, tiredness, muscle tension, irritability, poor focus, insomnia, depression, arthritis or blood sugar imbalances. Research studies are discovering that the B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium have the ability to support adrenal function and reduce the symptoms of stress.

B Vitamins

Vitamin B-5, also known as pantothenic acid, is used by the adrenal glands as a key component to manufacture its hormones. A deficiency of B-5 can result in impaired adrenal function. In a study from a Russian medical journal, the researchers examined the effects of vitamin B-5 and found that one single dose had a significant effect on the adrenals by increasing hormone production and gland functioning.

Because all the B vitamins work together as a team, it's important to take a supplement that contains them all in a complex to avoid creating deficiencies in any of those not taken. Foods high in B complex vitamins include nuts, seeds, eggs, berries, meat, organ meat, fish, poultry, whole grains and leafy vegetables.

Vitamin C

The adrenal glands are "endocrine glands" – meaning those that produce hormones and put them directly into the bloodstream to be transported to target organs a distance away. From the journal "Endocrine Research" comes a review of vitamin C and its effects on adrenal function.

The researchers note that the highest amounts of vitamin C in the body are found in the adrenals and the vitamin is used to make all of adrenal hormones. When one is faced with stress, vitamin C is quickly used up to make cortisol.

A review of cell culture studies and other research, the researchers concluded that vitamin C deficiency creates lowered adrenal hormones, an inability to keep them stored, and impaired adrenal cell health. Vitamin C is another crucible one to take for adrenal health.

Magnesium

From the journal "Medical Hypotheses" comes an article called "Rapid Recovery from Major Depression Using Magnesium Treatment". The writer notes that magnesium deficiency can be caused by eating processed foods, by the action of the stress hormones, and from consuming an improper ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet. Case histories are mentioned that show recovery from major depression in less than seven days by using 125 mg. to 300 mg. of magnesium with each meal and at bedtime.

General Adrenal Health Tips

Some good general tips for supporting the adrenals would be to reduce sugars, fast foods, caffeine and fried foods in the diet. Focus on salads, vegetables and healthy proteins like fish, turkey and grass-fed beef. Include oils like olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil, walnuts and avocados. Get some time outside in the sun each day and do some walking or other moderate exercise daily.

How To Identify Diabetes Warning Signs

Diabetes is an insulin-related disease that affects close to 21 million people in the United States. This serious condition is characterized by the bodys inability to produce enough or utilize existing insulin. It is the hormone, insulin that is responsible for flushing out glucose from the cells in the body. When blood glucose levels rise, our health greatly suffers.

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), about 14.6 million individuals in the US are diagnosed with the disease, while close to 6 million people are yet to be diagnosed. In a 2005 NDIC report, their results included totals relating to diabetes sufferers of all ages, since anyone from the elderly to a toddler may experience diabetes symptoms. Typically, Type 2 diabetes sufferers are commonly diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 50.

Diabetes Symptoms

There are numerous signs that alert an individual that they may be suffering from diabetes. Common diabetes symptoms may occur in bulk or a patient may exhibit only a few. Whatever the case may be, when any of the following diabetes symptoms reveal themselves, patients should contact their physician.

Individuals should be on the lookout for: frequent urination, extreme hunger or thirst, blurred vision, sudden weight loss, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, fatigue, excessively dry skin, increase in infections and slow-healing wounds. Individuals exhibiting Type 1 diabetes symptoms include nausea, vomiting and / or stomach pains.

Different Types of Diabetes

If the symptoms that you experience turn out to be the disease, you will be diagnosed as either suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5-10% of diagnosed cases cases, where the immune system actually destroys the cells in the body that produce insulin. This type of diabetes may also be referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile-onset diabetes. Most sufferers of the disease are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which involves the bodys resistance to insulin. Another type of diabetes exists, but only affects 2-5% of pregnant women. It is called gestational diabetes and has the potential to harm both mother and child when not treated.

Diabetes Management

When accompanied with steady exercise and proper medication, healthy eating habits can alleviate diabetes symptoms. Through a balanced diet, filled with a healthy combination of carbohydrates, protein and fats, proper nutrition can be used as a defense against the symptoms connected to diabetes. Acceptable food items include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, beans, 2% milk and lean meats. Fried foods and heavily sweetened foods should be avoided when diagnosed with diabetes.

Seeking Treatment is Important

When you suspect that you are exhibiting diabetes symptoms, an immediate visit to a doctor is needed. This is because, when diabetes is left untreated, a host of debilitating health problems soon follows. Since foot problems tend to affect diabetes patients, there are many concerns in this area, including infection, amputation and gangrene. Eye problems are also common among patients sufferers. When left untreated, blindness may occur. Additional health issues associated with untreated diabetes symptoms include heart disease and kidney failure. The disease is so serious that it is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Obesity – A Review – Is There a General Solution?

Most people think that obesity goes no deeper than a less than chic look, but they are so wrong. Obesity today is a pandemic, a disease spreading like fire across both the western world and the emerging economies. Obesity means having too much fat on your body. First and foremost, obesity puts a strain on joints and bones that have to carry more weight than before, which leads to arthritis in the long run. The weight also tends to make people less active, which, in turn, means more weight is put on.

The lack of activity and high cholesterol brought by eating too much of the wrong kinds of calories impair the proper performance of your heart and blood vessels. These results in high blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular heart conditions. Excessive weight also leads to sleeping apnea, the cessation of breathing during sleep and during the day you easily run out of breath. The cessation of breathing during sleep means that you also have a sleeping disorder which makes you even more tiered during the day.

However, obesity can be cured with persistence and effort. As this diseases spreads over the land, so do the efforts for curing its increase. There are lots of different diets claiming to be the right one but the fact is that no diet fits everyone. But a change of lifestyle does.

Recognizing obesity?

The scientific definition of obesity is a body mass index of 30 or above (BMI> 35 is considered as sever obesity). The body mass index is a measure of a person's weight scaled according to height, as developed by Belgian scientist Adolphe Quetelet in 1840. This index serves to show the amount of fat stored on the body, and the higher your BMI is, the worse is your exposure to certain diseases. Although the BMI scale is not the best method to value one's obesity it has become the consensus of the scientific world.

Physicians also warn that having a lot of fat stored around your waist increases the risk of developing diseases. Going beyond size 35 in women and size 40 in men means only trouble in the future. Losing belly fat is no harder than losing the rest of the fat stored in your body and this is where exercise comes into play. No diet in the world is a good diet if it has no exercising coupled with it. I'm not talking hours of exercising every day but maybe 4-6 hours every week.

How to Reduce Chronic Inflammation in Your Body

Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Colitis, Dermatitis, Pancreatitis, Appendicitis, Sinusitis – what do all of these conditions have in common? Because they end with the suffix “itis” they are all a sign of inflammation in your system. Sometimes inflammation is just a sign or overuse or wear and tear, but sometimes something in the immune system has gone awry provoking widespread and varied and sometimes very debilitating inflammatory issues. So let’s take a look at the factors that influence inflammation and either throw off or keep the immune system on track.

  1. Food allergies – numero uno on my list if someone is showing signs of an inflammatory condition is to assess and remove food allergies from their diet. Almost everyone has food allergies – in testing over 500 patients all but 3 have had food allergies. Most people have no idea they do because the symptoms of some food allergies can be delayed and subtle, not every food allergy is as dramatic or life-threatening as a peanut allergy. Allergies that are mediated by IgG antibodies can cause such wide and varied symptoms as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, sinus congestion, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy mouth/nose/ears. Eating something you are allergic to strains your immune system and provokes excessive inflammation.
  2. The digestive tract – overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria or yeast in the digestive tract can create a damaged/inflamed digestive tract. This in turn means the immune system isn’t working properly since 70-80% of your immune system is located around your digestive tract. This unhealthy environment and possible lack of good bacteria, referred to as probiotic bacteria, can create an imbalance in the immune system, provoking more inflammation. It also causes the gut to be more leaky, allowing poorly digestive food entry into the body where the immune system can encounter it, generating more food allergies and inflammation.
  3. Adrenal exhaustion or adrenal fatigue – adrenals are your stress glands. They help your body deal with stress along with many other functions including: regulate blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, help with hormone balance, give you energy, drive and motivation, they are also your body’s source of corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatories. They are sometimes given as a drug to address inflammatory conditions in the form of prednisone or corticosteroid puffers or nasal sprays. Supporting your adrenal glands can repair the body’s ability to manufacture it’s own corticosteroids, reducing the need for external intake.
  4. Lack of vitamin C and vitamin B6 – both are natural anti-histamines. If they get depleted you will be more prone to allergies and the inflammation associated with it.
  5. Lack of Omega 3 fatty acids – Our diets tend to be heavy in Omega 6 fatty acids and proportionately light in Omega 3’s. The most efficient way to get omega 3’s is from fish oil, either through consuming fish 2-3 times per week or by supplementing with fish oil.
  6. Obesity – Aside from the fact that being overweight puts an extra strain on the joints, tendons and ligaments which can provoke inflammation of the joints, tendons or ligaments, obesity itself causes a chronic, systemic inflammation. This inflammation has been linked to the development of insulin resistance and type II diabetes.

Now you can suppress inflammation using anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs or prednisone, but these are often accompanied by significant risks and side effects such as bleeding stomach ulcers, increased risk of heart attack or stroke and osteoporosis. They also don’t address the underlying cause of the inflammation. Fixing the underlying cause helps relieve symptoms on a more permanent basis, without the side effects and allows your body to heal.

Penile Rash Treatment – Quick Tips for Curing Penis Rash

A penis rash can appear as a reddened area of the skin or as small, red bumps that may be accompanied by inflammation, itching and soreness. In some instances, the bumps may rupture, or they may be covered by a scab-like crust. Men who are affected by a penis rash should be aware of the potential causes and risk factors. In addition, a penile rash treatment containing penis-specific vitamins and minerals may help clear up minor skin rashes and prevent further outbreaks.

Common Causes of Penis Rash

Contact dermatitis – The penis skin may react to the chemicals in certain plants, as well as detergents and cleansers, resulting in an itchy, reddened rash on any part of the penis or scrotum. The itching may be mild to severe. However, scratching at the affected area should be avoided, as this can tear the skin and prolong the healing process. Vitamins and minerals that support healing and contain skin-rejuvenating properties are often all that is needed to help clear up this type of rash.

• Allergies and skin sensitivities – Many men have skin allergies or sensitivities that may cause a rash, swelling, soreness and itching of the penile skin. The latex used to make most condoms is a frequent cause of allergic reactions. Spermicides, lubricants and even the bodily fluids of sexual partners may also cause an allergic response in some men. Avoiding these substances is necessary to prevent skin reactions that cause rash and itching. When a rash does occur, healing nutrients such as vitamins A and D can help to clear the problem quickly, while moisturizing agents such as shea butter and vitamin E can soothe the discomfort caused by an allergic reaction.

• Infections – Bacterial and fungal infections of the penis are common, as the warm, moist environment of the genital area allows these microbes to thrive. Natural anti-bacterials such as vitamin A can help to eliminate harmful bacteria, while vitamins D and B5 are indicated for healing minor skin irritation. In addition, keeping the penile skin clean and moisturizing frequently can prevent tiny cracks and fissures from developing on the skin’s surface and allowing harmful environmental agents to penetrate the outer dermal layer.

• Hot weather – Most men are familiar with heat rash, which occurs as a result of sweating and chafing in the area of the penis. While heat rash generally clears up on its own, maintaining healthy skin through nutrient support and proper hydration can promote more rapid healing. In addition, moisturizing treatments such as shea butter and vitamin E can calm itchy, irritated skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth.

• Acne, eczema and psoriasis – Like the rest of the body, the penis can be affected by these common skin issues. Dermatologists often use preparations containing vitamin A, or retinol, to clear up blemishes, soothe irritated skin, and reduce the appearance of redness and peeling.

Tips for clearing up a penile rash

The following tips can help to clear up an unpleasant penis rash and minimize the risk of developing irritated, inflamed penile skin:

1. Wash the area regularly – at least once a day is best – using an all-natural cleanser or soap product.

2. Dry the penis skin and surrounding area thoroughly before putting on clothing.

3. Wear non-restrictive clothing that allows the skin to “breathe.”

4. For men with latex sensitivities, non-latex condoms should be used for protection during sex.

5. Treat the penis skin daily with a penis health cream that contains natural ingredients that are indicated for maintaining healthy penis skin.

Effective penile rash treatment for all skin types

Vitamins such as A, B5, C, and D, as well as certain amino acids and natural moisturizers, are indicated for improving the tone and texture of the skin, reducing the risk of minor skin issues, and boosting the body’s immune response, resulting in more rapid healing.

A specially created penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) containing these essential nutrients may help to soothe irritation and itching, reduce the risk of developing uncomfortable skin conditions, and restore the penis skin to its normal, healthy condition.

Buying the Right Skin Care Products

Aside from visiting the clinics of trusted skin care professionals, purchasing the right products can be a huge help in keeping your skin vibrant and flawless.

It is very important to keep your skin healthy. Contrary to popular belief, taking care of your skin is not merely about looking beautiful. You have to remember that the skin does the job of protecting your body against harmful elements, regulating your body temperature, storing your blood, and many other functions.

With these things in consideration, even people who are not beauty-conscious should begin exerting efforts towards ensuring that their skins are properly cared for at all times.

You have to be very careful when buying products to use for your skin, of course. First of all, you need to avoid those with artificial or synthetic content. These ingredients are typically hard for the body to eliminate and having too many of these toxic chemicals in your tissues can potentially cause damages. Additionally, you may also want to steer of beauty products that contain parabens which are categorized as pseudo-natural preservatives.

Instead, you should go for those with natural and organic ingredients but this is the part where things can be a little tricky. You have to pay attention to some significant details if you want to get the best results in the long run.

You will certainly encounter skin care items that claim they have aloe vera content. Check beforehand if the product has about 10% aloe vera in its overall content. Without this is the case, then do not get the said item.

Things can be a little more complicated when we talk about organic products. Some manufacturers advertise their items in a misleading way, claiming that their is an organic product when the truth is that it only contains one organic ingredient. You have to be extremely cautious about this so as not to jeopardize your skin's health.

You may want to read reviews of different products or to seek the advice of a reliable professional. Your dermatologist knows your exact skin type and would recommend nothing more than the best products for you.

At times, this could mean spending a little more expensively. However, it's always worth it to buy pricey but effective products instead of preferring the cheap and inexpensive counterparts.

Also, be wary about your allergies so you can have better ideas about what not to buy. The main goal here is to enrich your skin that's why you have to purchase high quality beauty products.

Why Most Psoriasis Treatments Don’t Work – The Truth

The one thing you need to understand about psoriasis is that it starts from within the body. It is not caused by an allergy or reaction to any external irritants. This particular disease is not a skin disorder, although it does affect the skin. It is an embarrassing complaint that, in its most severe form, causes pain, discomfort  and social isolation for many people. This article looks at the causes and latest treatments of psoriasis to help people better deal with it.

What is psoriasis?

 

It is an immune system disorder where skin cells or keratinocytes multiply faster than their normal 28-30 day cycle. These extra skin cells then build up on the surface of the skin forming red inflamed plaques or lesions with silvery scales, which can be found on all parts of the body, but more commonly on the elbows and knees and occasionally on the scalp, arms and legs.

Psoriasis does not discriminate! People of any age, sex or race can become victims. However the severity of the disease can vary greatly in different people. Some people only ever have one outbreak and are never troubled again while others suffer a severe form and are in constant discomfort. The severity of psoriasis is measured by a system called PASI, or psoriasis area and severity index which is based on the skin area affected and the level of inflammation and redness present.

 

Causes of psoriasis

 

An immune system malfunction is believed to be the most common cause. The immune system is mistakenly triggered which causes an increase in the white blood cells which causes inflammation. A flare up can also be caused by prolonged stress. Genetics may also play a part and some doctors believed it can be passed down through the generations. Certain medications can also bring on an attack.

 

Is psoriasis contagious?

 

The answer to this is a definite no. It cannot be passed on to others on contact or in any other way.

 

How can I find a psoriasis treatment?

 

Many treatments have been tried but most have only a temporary effect as they are treating the disease from outside and not from within. The most common medical treatment is topically applied cortisone cream followed by coal tar ointment, anthralin and calamine lotion.

 

Of all these the calamine lotion is probably the safest but it only stop the itching for a little while. Coal tar ointment can be effective but is messy and can cause skin irritation. Cortisone cream can cause thinning of the skin when used for long periods so should only be used sparingly.

 

Some people find that moisturizing the skin can bring relief. If this is to work properly a natural moisturizer should be used, not one based on mineral oil which can actually worsen the skin’s condition.

 

Exposure to sunlight or ultra violet A rays (UVA) is one of the latest treatments of psoriasis, but the side effects can be skin cancer and premature wrinkling of the skin. This option should be used very carefully.

 

Then there are the internal treatments such as methotrexate and cyclosporine. I often say if you can’t pronounce it you shouldn’t swallow it, well here are 2 good examples of this! Methotrexate can lead to hair loss, decreased resistance to infection, headaches and miscarriage among other things. Side effects associated with cyclosporine include insomnia, acne stomach pains and nausea.

 

Is there anything that’s safe to use to treat psoriasis?

 

Since the disease is triggered by the immune system the logical answer is to treat the immune system. There are homeopathic treatments which can build skin health from the inside and these help enormously. Simple remedies like drinking enough water and ensuring your diet is healthy can also help.

 

Because psoriasis comes from within, it will always respond better to an internal treatment. Treat the body from within and use a natural anti itching cream or lotion on the skin itself. We can’t yet cure psoriasis but we can manage it well enough so it doesn’t have such a debilitating effect on our lives.

Laser Away Toenail Fungus

There's never a good time for toenail fungus. It's a year round embargo. For instance, sexy sandals and beach escapades are theorms in summer. No one wants to sit across from someone on the subway who's wearing sandals that display discolored toes. No one wants to be on the beach wondering if they caught a toenail fungus from the lady with yellow toes two towels down, either. During cold weather, this pesky germ can ruin a yoga class or a romantic evening in quicker than anyone can dart under a mat or under the covers.

Getting rid of this problem can be challenging. The usual treatments include harsh liquid medicines that patients paint on their nails like polish. This type of medicine threatens to damage surrounding skin because of seepage. The other option is oral medication. However, it comes with the risk of liver damage. It's an awful decision to have to choose between looking presentable and maintaining a fully functional liver! Seems kind of silly that people are left with so few options to treat this embarrassing problem. No one should ever have to lose liver function to have healthy looking feet. Well, the PinPointe Laser changes everything.

The PinPointe Laser, Up Close and Personal

The PinPointe Laser offers a discreet way to take care of a personal problem that most people want to keep private. This is possible because the treatment takes place in a short amount of time and there's no need for an extended recovery.

The PinPointe Laser utilizes the unique properties of the Nd: YAG crystal, which is a crystal that is used in many lasers including optical lasers. It's highly regarded in the medical field for its exacting performance. The reason it works so well against toenail fungus is because of this exacting performance.

The Nd: YAG crystal allows The PinPointe Laser to penetrate the whole nail. This medical laser is even able to reach underneath the nail, an essential area to treat when it comes to treating this type of germ. Other treatments, such as creams or liquids, often fail to reach the core area of ​​the bacteria. Amazingly, the laser does this without damaging the healthy part of the nail. It also contains the integrity of the surrounding skin. The laser is the most precise form of treatment for unwanted discoloration. No germ stands a chance in its line of fire.

Cost-Effectiveness

This treatment method is not only more effective than other treatments, but it's more cost-effective, too. A patient treated via the laser usually only requires one treatment. There's typically no need for touch-ups, no pills to take, or fluids to apply as a follow-up. Studies show that the laser has an incredible 88% success rate.

There's Gain without the Pain

Pain is always a concern when under any sort of medical procedure. Lasers may seem intimidating, but there is really no reason to be concerned about a light beam. Most patients report nothing more serious than a pin-like prick or a bit of heat when undergoing treatment with The PinPointe Laser. It's not even significant enough to warrant anesthesia.

Immediate Action For Dog Skin Allergies Relief

Dog skin allergies need treatment. Even if you intend to take the dog to the veterinarian, an immediate cool bath can bring soothing comfort from the irritant, which is likely on the dog's skin. The irritant seeps out through the skin and lies on the skin, aggravating the situation.

A cool bath with Epson salts is one of the best things you can do. It is important to be sure the temperature is cool and not warm. You want cool water. Use some dish soap to suds up and clean away the oil on the skin. You want to do this in order to wash away the oily residue of the irritant. Shampoo will not do this, you must use dish soap. After that you can suds up with a medicated shampoo, if you have it. When your dog realizes his skin is beginning to feel the soothing cool, you may have trouble getting him out of the tub!

There are other things you can do to ease symptoms.

If there is substantial discomfort, you can then apply an anti-histamine or hydrocortisone cream or spray to the irritated skin.

Of course, if you suspect you know the source of the irritant, such as a food, plant, or substance, then you need to keep the dog away from the irritant.

Some types of dog skin allergies can bring about skin dryness or flakiness. If this is the case, then a dietary supplement can help. Commercial dietary supplements for the skin are available at many pet stores. Or you can us olive oil. Soak a piece of bread, and then feed the bread to the dog. Or add a few tablespoons of olive oil to the dog's meal.

Emergencies

If the dog skin allergies appear to be a severe reaction, then take the dog to a veterinarian immediately. An emergency is when the dog shows difficulty breathing, or has obvious swelling in the face or paws, or has vomited, or has salivation, panting, or collapses or has lost consciousness. This is an true emergency so move fast and get the dog to a veterinarian immediately.

Such dangerous symptoms mean you have an acute life-threatening situation. This is usually caused by a medication, infection, or by an insect bite. Hopefully, with quick action, your dog will have a complete recovery.

I hope this first aid guide for dog skin allergies has been helpful.

Adrenal Fatigue Remedies: Studies on Adrenal Health Support

The adrenal glands, also known as the "stress glands", are a pair of vital organs about the size of a walnut that are nestled on top of each kidney. They provide life-giving hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol, estrogen and testosterone. New studies are showing natural vitamins and minerals that can help support adrenal health.

Too much or too little of the adrenal hormones can result in adrenal fatigue, tiredness, muscle tension, irritability, poor focus, insomnia, depression, arthritis or blood sugar imbalances. Research studies are discovering that the B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium have the ability to support adrenal function and reduce the symptoms of stress.

B Vitamins

Vitamin B-5, also known as pantothenic acid, is used by the adrenal glands as a key component to manufacture its hormones. A deficiency of B-5 can result in impaired adrenal function. In a study from a Russian medical journal, the researchers examined the effects of vitamin B-5 and found that one single dose had a significant effect on the adrenals by increasing hormone production and gland functioning.

Because all the B vitamins work together as a team, it's important to take a supplement that contains them all in a complex to avoid creating deficiencies in any of those not taken. Foods high in B complex vitamins include nuts, seeds, eggs, berries, meat, organ meat, fish, poultry, whole grains and leafy vegetables.

Vitamin C

The adrenal glands are "endocrine glands" – meaning those that produce hormones and put them directly into the bloodstream to be transported to target organs a distance away. From the journal "Endocrine Research" comes a review of vitamin C and its effects on adrenal function.

The researchers note that the highest amounts of vitamin C in the body are found in the adrenals and the vitamin is used to make all of adrenal hormones. When one is faced with stress, vitamin C is quickly used up to make cortisol.

A review of cell culture studies and other research, the researchers concluded that vitamin C deficiency creates lowered adrenal hormones, an inability to keep them stored, and impaired adrenal cell health. Vitamin C is another crucible one to take for adrenal health.

Magnesium

From the journal "Medical Hypotheses" comes an article called "Rapid Recovery from Major Depression Using Magnesium Treatment". The writer notes that magnesium deficiency can be caused by eating processed foods, by the action of the stress hormones, and from consuming an improper ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet. Case histories are mentioned that show recovery from major depression in less than seven days by using 125 mg. to 300 mg. of magnesium with each meal and at bedtime.

General Adrenal Health Tips

Some good general tips for supporting the adrenals would be to reduce sugars, fast foods, caffeine and fried foods in the diet. Focus on salads, vegetables and healthy proteins like fish, turkey and grass-fed beef. Include oils like olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil, walnuts and avocados. Get some time outside in the sun each day and do some walking or other moderate exercise daily.

Type 2 Diabetes – Gestational Diabetes Raises the Risk of Postpartum Depression

According to a recent study from Ilam University of Medical Sciences in Ilam, Iran, and the Behbahan Faculty of Medical Sciences in Behbahan, Iran, Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-related diabetes raises the risk of postpartum depression, or the new mother feeling more depressed for a longer time period than ordinary "baby blues" women often experience after giving birth. The researchers, reported in February of 2019 in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, recommending postpartum screening for all women who received a diagnosis of diabetes during their pregnancy.

The researchers reviewed a total of eighteen studies giving a total of 2,370,958 participants. Combining the results of all these studies and analyzing them as if they were one large study, the investigators found Gestationalally diabetic women had a 59 percent increased risk of developing postpartum depression, compared with non-diabetic postpartum women. According to the World Health Organization, about 13 percent of pregnant women worldwide suffer postpartum depression. In developing countries, the number can be as high as almost 20 percent, and in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control estimates the number as about 1 in 9.

Many signs and symptoms of postpartum depression are much the same as those for typical depression, while others are specific to the condition …

  • an anxious or empty mood that does not lift,
  • having feelings of guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, or worthlessness,
  • feeling irritability or restlessness,
  • loss of interest in formerly interesting activities,
  • loss of energy,
  • insomnia or too much sleep,
  • difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making a decision,
  • overeating or experiencing a loss of appetite,
  • having suicidal thoughts or attempts,
  • pain that does not respond to treatment,
  • crying,
  • intense irritability,
  • withdrawal from family and friends,
  • numb emotions or difficulty with bonding with her baby,
  • having a fear of hurting her baby,
  • feeling insufficient to care for her baby.

Depression and suicide hotlines are listed online . Family doctors can make referrals to specialists with training and experience in treating depression. Physical activity is helpful for brain chemistry, producing endorphins that make us feel better. Some people fear antidepressant medications, but they can make a big difference in conquering depression. Some helpful medicines include …

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs):

  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram),
  • Luvox (fluvoxamine)
  • Prozac (fluoxetine),
  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Vibrid (volazodone)
  • Brintellix (vortioxetine),

Selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI's):

  • Pristiq or Khedezia (desvenlafaxine)
  • Effexor (venlaxafine)
  • Fetzima (levomilnacipran), and
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine).

Tricyclics:

  • Elavil (amitriptyline),
  • Norpramin (desipramine),
  • Asendin (amoxapine),
  • Anafranil (clomipramine),
  • Pamelor (nortriptyline),
  • Tofranil (imipramine),
  • Vivactil (protriptyline), and
  • Surmontil (trimipramine.)

Untreated postpartum depression may last months or longer. Treatment usually includes counseling, along with antidepressants or hormone therapy.