Preventing Cold Sores, Fever Blisters and Oral Herpes

Preventing cold sores (fever blisters, oral herpes) can be achieved quite simply with a daily regimen of top-quality nutritional supplements. For many folks, nothing more is needed .

Yes, I know this sounds unbelievable. You may be wondering why so many people suffer from these outbreaks when preventing cold sores can be done with such little time and effort.

In a minute you will discover how using supplements can help for preventing cold sores, but first take a look at the cause of a cold sore.

If you have oral herpes, fever blister or cold sore outbreaks, you were infected by the herpes simplex virus at some earlier point in your life. 89% of the world population is infected with this virus. Usually this happens before our tenth birthday.

Most of the time, herpes virus is latent and hiding in the roots of your facial nerves. You can live there indefinitely. But, if it senses a weakness in your immune system, it will quickly move to the surface and replicate. This replication process causes the breakout sore.

When any virus invades our body, anti -bodies are created against that particular strain. Each time you get a cold sore, your body creates new anti-bodies to add to the existing army.

If proper and sufficient nutrients are available, these anti-bodies will be strong and can help in preventing cold sores. Without the needed nutrients, the anti-bodies will be weak.

The nutrients you need can be provided by a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement. Nutrients that have a great impact on oral herpes are vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Minerals that are extremely important for preventing cold sores are calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Fact is – studies have shown that calcium deficiency is often present in those who have frequent cold sores. Calcium is probably one of the most important nutrients because it keeps the body alkaline. Many scientists believe that no virus can get a foothold in an alkaline environment.

In addition, vitamins B and C are known to be the anti-stress vitamins because they help reduce the effects of mental and physical stress. And stress is the number one cause of cold sores.

Vitamins A, D and E are considered the skin vitamins. They are oil-based vitamins that keep your skin firm, healthy and radiant.

Why not get all our vitamins and minerals from food?

That certainly would be the very best quality – and years ago it was possible. Our field soils were rich and the food bursting with vitamins and minerals.

Today our soils are becoming very depleted of nutrients. So, too, are the foods we eat. The plants still look the same. They just do not carry the nutrition they once did.

Scientists recently have proven that it would take 58 ounces of spinach today to equal the nutrients in one ounce of 1951 spinach. Our bodies are literally starving.

Researchers feel that this lack of nutritional content in food today is a contributing factor in the epidemic of viruses such as herpes simplex.

Preventing cold sores means giving your body the ingredients it needs to build super antibodies. Eating a good diet of organic or home -grown food will provide the best quality of the needed nutrients. However, today, this alone will not provide the needed quantity.

Preventing cold sores with additional supplementation of vitamins and minerals – on a daily basis – will provide the higher quantity of nutrients that are lacking in food. This is easy, powerful and effective. There are other methods you will want to try also, but this certainly should be your first step for seriously preventing cold sores.

Bronchitis and Your Lungs

Your lungs are the body parts that regulate the supply of oxygen you need for survival. It is in the lungs that the oxygen from the air you inhale is transferred to your blood for circulation throughout your body. At the same time, your blood releases carbon dioxide, a waste product, which you exhale.

The primary airway leading into each of your lungs is called the bronchus. The bronchus divides into smaller air passages known as bronchioles. Each of the bronchioles terminates in a cluster of small air sacs called alveoli. There are millions of these in each lung.

Each alveolus has capillaries that permit the oxygen and carbon dioxide to move between the blood and the air. Your lungs are very vulnerable to moving particles in the air. All of these can affect the functioning of your lungs. When the mucous membrane lining of the bronchi becomes inflamed, you have bronchitis.

There are two types of bronchitis, acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. The symptoms of acute bronchitis are a deep cough with grayish or yellowish phlegm from your lungs, breathlessness, wheezing, and a fever. Some people experience a pain in the upper chest that worsens during coughing. Acute bronchitis is caused by the same viruses that cause colds.

Acute bronchitis affects almost everyone once in a while. The recommended home treatment is to use aspirin to control the fever and an over the counter cough medication. Using a vaporizer or humidifier to keep the air in your home moist is also helpful. If your temperature exceeds 101 degrees, you become breathless or cough up blood; you should see your physician immediately. You should also contact your doctor if you do not recover within forty-eight hours. And if you find you are having repeated attacks you need to see your physician.

The symptoms of chronic bronchitis are similar to acute bronchitis. However, in chronic bronchitis the condition persists and worsens.

These repeated infections damage the linings of the bronchi and the bronchioles. Then the lungs are more susceptible to additional infection. Also, if the infection spreads to the alveoli, pneumonia or emphysema can result. Chronic bronchitis can have an adverse effect on your heart and it can also lead to pulmonary hypertension.

It is very important that anyone with chronic bronchitis seek treatment in the early stages to avoid the many risks involved. People who smoke are more susceptible to chronic bronchitis than non-smokers. Smokers who have recurring attack of acute bronchitis are endangering their lives by continuing to smoke. Non-smokers with chronic bronchitis should also avoid second hand smoke. Everyone with chronic bronchitis should stay away from people who have colds.

Chronic bronchitis is more common among men than women. It is also more common in urban areas than in rural areas and in industrialized countries as opposed to developing countries. People living in cold, damp areas or heavily polluted areas that consistently contact acute bronchitis may be wise to consider re-locating. Air pollution can trigger attacks of bronchitis in susceptible individuals. Anyone with chronic bronchitis would do better in a non-polluted, warmer and drier area.

Discourse About Deleuzian Affects and Percepts in Art and Concepts in Philosophy

I happened to be reading a Deleuzian reader. At the outset, the text mentioned conceptualities of the Philosopher Deleuze with reference to Art and Philosophy. The function of Art is to create affects and precepts and the function of Philosophy is to create concepts. But the text was silent about the modus operandi of the processes. I started thinking deeply about these processes and I would like to explain how these processes work.

First of all I would like to methodologize what is meant by a precept and its relationship to Art. The lexicographic definition of a precept means a principle or tenet. A precept in art would be intellectualization of an idea inherent in the artistic process. Here I would like to point out the working of the precept from a cultural mode that is divergent and deviant. I would like to explain how precept works in various artistic processes. In Literature it would mean unraveling the metaphorization and metanomyzation of texts that have presented themselves as a work of art. For example in the work of Ulysses by James Joyce, he portrays Hellenic art as represented by a cracked mirror. The level of the metaphor as a cracked mirror undergoes a deviation, a downturn to a mundane symbolism. Let’s consider how metonomyzation works by analyzing the work: ‘Persistence of Memory’ by the surreal painter Salvador Dali. The persistence of Memory portrays melting clocks hanging on trees and also covered on an embryo. As a metonymy it shows the principle of time as an autonomous interiorized subjectivity. Let’s analyze how precept would work in Art. Here I would like to present the painting of Picasso — the Guernica. The Guernica as work of art can be subject to heterogeneous interpretations. From one dimension it represents the horrific bombing of the Basque town Guernica. That would be an actual depiction. From another dimension it could be shown as an internal angst of the faces in anguish. Yes another perspective would be the subaltern who is terrorized by tyrannical state apparatus. A precept working as art in music would be even more complex. For example how would the music of Stravinsky become an experience of listening for a person who has not encountered European culture? Would it cast a strain upon his mind not pruned by the culture of classical music in the modern times?

Again, would rap appeal to a person who been reared on a diet of traditional hymns. The appeal to music can be cultured by the intellect which again is subject to one’s cultural milieu and upbringing. Again Stravinsky would appeal very seductively to a mind that has been heterogenized to a modernist cultural milieu that is a person who has understood the transition of time, history and social mores from one historical period to another.

What would mean the affect as a process working in Art? In layman’s language it would mean the incorporation of an emotional experience. An emotional experience would take divergent modes of experience. An affect would make its presence in the mind starting from the feeling of experiencing sensations. From there it would become an experience of transcendental subjectivity. This experience would be an aesthesis that is a sensation of emotion in an altered plane of being. How would this materialize? Aesthesis would manifest itself as the sublime or profane. For example if we are observing the art of Marcel Duchamp especially the urinal we would feel a profane experience of revulsion. On the other hand listening to Baroque music would elevate our minds to a psychic space where we experience sublimity. Both the sublime and the profane as experiences would create the effects of consonance or dissonance. A consonance as an affect would mean merging our minds into the appealing quality of the artistic work. A dissonance would mean an affect that creates a negativity or repulsion towards the artistic artifact.

Next I would like to analyze how concepts work in Philosophy. A concept is an idea created by the patterns of thought in Philosophy. For example, the concept of Nihilism advocates that there are no values in the Universe and the human has to legitimize his or her existence (freedom) through the manner of exerting choice. Concepts are like solid content of the earth always being subject to the forces of erosion and change. When Nietzsche proclaimed the ‘Death of God’, he released the signifier (a signifier is a physical thing and a signified is a concept and both make a sign) from chain significations inherent in Christian theology.

Concepts in Philosophy are always undergoing a process of transition from a being to a becoming. Let’s discuss the concept of sexuality as undergoing a sea of change. Sexuality from straight and queer sexuality is undergoing a change to a sexuality of multiple orientations. For example a person might indulge in straight sex and yet have penchant for voyeuristic lesbianism. Another emerging trend in sexual mores is simulated sexuality. For example partners would indulge in long distance sexual activities by using Skype or telephone. So concepts as Philosophic modes are like the landforms of the earth being subject to the mental processes of dislocation and erosion and in turn being sculpted into new earths.

The Treatment of Big Toe Joint Arthritis Using An Artificial Joint Implant

Arthritis of the big toe joint can be a very disabling condition, as painful motion of this joint can hamper the ability to comfortably walk. Conservative treatment options of this joint are somewhat limited owing to the strain placed on it by the body during walking. Surgery is usually performed for treatment, and the use of joint implants is very popular. This article will review the types of joint implants available to treat big toe joint arthritis.

Arthritis of the big toe joint, also called the 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint, is very common, and is the most common place of symptomatic arthritis in the foot. The big toe joint is comprised of the roundish head of the first metatarsal, and the concave base part of the proximal phalanx, the first bone of two in the big toe itself. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage that covers the ends of the above two bones erodes away, resulting in a loss of the normal smooth motion of the joint. Bone grinds on bone, and the tissue in and around the joint becomes inflamed. Large spurs on top of and around the joint form, and can limit motion even further. The destruction in the big toe joint usually begins as a result of long term wear and tear on the cartilage due to a first metatarsal that is formed either too long, too short, or too elevated. Bunions can also result in arthritis where the big toe is angled too far toward the second toe, and the 1st metatarsal sticks out too far in the other direction. Trauma, particularly prior fractures that involved the joint or one of its bones, can eventually result in joint destruction and arthritis. There are also a number of other diseases that result in more significant (and some cases unsalvageable) joint destruction, including psoriasis, body-wide immune system-related arthritic conditions, bone infections, loss of blood supply to the bone, and nerve disease associated with certain conditions.

Nonsurgical treatment of big toe joint arthritis can have limited help compared with arthritis in larger joints like the knees and hips. These can include stiff shoes and inserts to limit the motion of the joint, as well as anti-inflammatory medications and injections. These measures rarely provide lasting relief.

Surgical treatment of big toe joint arthritis involves procedures that either preserve the joint, replace the joint, or destroy the joint all together. Joint preserving procedures are used in mild cases of arthritis, or in those who have high functional demands (like competing athletes) or cannot undergo a joint implant or destruction procedure due to poor health or bone density. These procedures involve removal of bone spurs and loose bone particles, and possibly a correction of any abnormal 1st metatarsal position. Joint destruction, which amounts to a removal of all cartilage and fusing the joint so it does not move at all (eliminating the pain), is done when arthritis is severe, and also in more moderate cases depending on the philosophy of the surgeon. Some surgeons prefer to use this option in all painful arthritic cases, others prefer implants to artificially restore motion.

Since the scope of this article is joint implants, the discussion will be centered on this option. Joint implants for the big toe joint have been around for well over fifty years. Joint implants can replace both sides of the joint, or only one side, leaving the other side’s cartilage intact. A variety of materials have been used to make these implants, including silicone, metal of various alloys, and ceramics. Some implants have withstood the test of time, and others have faded into obscurity due to design issues or implant failures.

One of the first implant designs, and one that is still in use today by some surgeons, is essentially a hinge with stems that run into the 1st metatarsal and proximal phalanx, respectively. This implant is made of a firm silicone gel, that is stiff enough to withstand the forces acting on the big toe, and flexible enough to allow for a bending motion at the hinge. This implant has been used for nearly forty years, and has a fairly decent success rate. The nature of the silicone gel material can lead to complications, including silicone degeneration and depositing of particles in the surrounding soft tissue, as well as stem fracturing and implant slippage if not tightly seated in the bone due to stem hole widening.

Perhaps the most popular implant design today is historically the earliest implant. This implant design has been in use since the 1950’s, and has proven itself durable, effective, and generally complication free when properly installed. This implant design replaces the ‘cup’ of the proximal phalanx part of the joint, and consists of a concave plate attached to a stem that is impacted into the bone. This implant fits in tightly, and has a thin profile so that not a lot of anatomic bone has to be removed in order to fit it into the joint. The original design is still in use, and many companies have implants that are very similar in shape and function. This implant, while it replaces the only one side of the joint, is very effective at restoring joint motion without pain, even if the other side of the joint has a large amount of cartilage loss as well. Complications can include extended joint swelling follow the surgery for awhile, as well as implant slippage out of position or toe bone fracturing in a very low number of cases. This author has personally used this design for years with good success.

A more recent design developed in the last decade provides a surface replacement for the metatarsal side of the joint. Anatomically, this is the side that wears down the most, and so theoretically this is the most optimal part of the joint to replace. Unfortunately, this bone is much more difficult to design a partial implant for given it’s size, shape, and role within the joint’s motion. A recent design has overcome these challenges, and has success in resurfacing the metatarsal portion of the joint to resolve the arthritis pain and degeneration. This type of implant essentially consists of a round ‘head’ portion that replaces much, but not all, of the end of the 1st metatarsal. It is secured to the end of the bone via a stem that is either screwed or impacted into the canal of the bone. The base part of the proximal phalanx will then move over this implant, with the end result being better motion and reduced pain. Like implants in the other bone, this design can cause bone fracturing, and if improperly placed (or if the bone quality is not ideal), the stem can move in the bone canal, leading to implant surface motion.

A final design in implants for big toe joint arthritis has been the one most technically challenged, and historically least successful and consistent in design. These implants have two pieces that replace both sides of the joint respectively. Essentially, there is a cup component for the proximal phalanx and a ‘ball’ component for the 1st metatarsal. These designs require the removal of a lot of bone in order for them to fit in properly, and historically have had a higher failure rate that the one-sided implants. This joint takes on a great amount of force during walking, and the presence of metal in the bones at this joint increases the stress on the respective bones. When the metal is present on both sides of the joint,a higher rate of bone stress can develop, as well as a higher rate of implant fracture and bone fracture. Design improvements persist even now, and there are many surgeons who prefer to use implants with two sides rather than one-side despite this history, usually given their own success with using the two-sided design. While this author does not prefer the use of total joint implants in the big toe joint, contemporary designs are still very much a legitimate and effective way to improve joint motion and reduce pain, especially in the case of severe erosion of both sides of the joint surface.

Joint implants for big toe joint arthritis is a valuable option for relieving pain and improving foot function. There are some patients who should not use these implants, no matter what the design. These include very heavy and obese people and people with poor bone density or who heavily smoke and have decreased bone density as a result of nicotine on blood flow to the bone. They also include diabetics or others with significant nerve disease, as decreased sensation can lead to excessive foot joint pressures and eventual destruction. People with big toe joint implants also need to keep in mind that motion is rarely ever 100% improved, and most of the time squatting over one’s toes is not comfortable due to some restriction of motion that the presence of an artificial joint creates. However, in the big picture, these implants are more reliable, more durable, and are less likely to become infected than larger implants like those in the hips and knees, and they rarely ever have to be removed or replaced.

Pearly Penile Papules Removal – The Castor Oil Technique

Before you use castor oil on your PPP, learn a little bit about its history and see why it is a qualified organic treatment.

It is extracted from the seed of the castor oil plant with a botanical name ricinus communis. The oil has a long list and varied history of use as a healing means in folk medicine all over the world. According to a research report in an issue of the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, the 4,000-year-old castor bean seeds have been found in Egyptian tombs eherein it was discovered to have been used for eye irritations.

Meanwhile, it was used for induction of childbirth and expulsion of the placenta in India and China, for epilepsy in Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome, Southern Europe, and the Americas. In ancient Rome, the castor oil plant was known as Palma Christi which means Into Hand Of Christ.

It is a whitish yellow liquid which is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil which has been used for centuries for its therapeutic and medicinal benefits. Majority believe that most of the oil’s advantages are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. Although it has a quite unpleasant taste, castor oil is used in soaps, cosmetics, medicines, massage oils, textiles and in other numerous products.

For thousands of years, this oil has been used both internally and externally because of its benefits to one’s health. Since it can strengthen the immune system, it is considered a helpful remedy in treating these major illnesses and ailments:

Hair loss

Parkinson’s Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Cerebral Palsy

Arthritis and Rheumatism pains

It can also help with ordinary health problems such as:

Constipation

Gastrointestinal Problems

Menstrual Disorders

Migraines

Acne

Sunburn

Athlete’s Foot

Ringworm

Yeast Infections

Skin Abrasions

Inflammation

In the meantime, scholarly studies have approved the use of it for skin infections and several skin problems such as acne, dry skin, boils, warts, stretch marks, liver or age spots, and chronic itching.

Here are rules before you apply some on your PPP:

Dip one cotton ball into Castor oil and damp it onto the bumps during the morning and at night.

Alternatively, for larger treatment areas, soak a big piece of unbleached cotton cloth in the oil and wrap the affected area overnight.

You may also want to try a Band-Aid. Drench it in Castor Oil and cover the PPP overnight.

If after two days there are still traces of pearly bumps, it is recommended to pour a small amount of Epsom Salt and let it stay for 10-15 minutes to soften and disinfect the penis’ skin before applying. This can help speed up the healing process.

For maintenance, you may also want to try this. Fold a small flannel cloth into two or three, just be sure it is thick enough and can support your penis. Pour castor oil into a warm pan and soak the cloth in the oil.

Squeeze out the cloth but still keep it wet but not sappy with the castor oil. Apply the cloth to the area which needs treatment.

You may or may not clean the skin afterwards. If desired, use water and prepare it in this manner: get a ΒΌ cup of water then add two teaspoons of baking soda. Mix well and then use this to cleanse the penis, particularly the PPP affected area. Keep the flannel pack for future use. Do not discard it after one application because can still be used several times.

Want to Avoid Sleep Paralysis and Sleep Better? Read This Now

In trying to avoid sleep paralysis we should know how this condition is brought about and how it manifests it self. In the following paragraphs I will give an in depth and yet simple to understand overview of the illness and what you can do to avoid it. Sleep paralysis has been acknowledged as a medical condition that is classified under sleeping disorders. It always occurs during the periods when people are about fall asleep or just coming out of sleep.

When people are having dreams; the brain automatically paralyzes the body as a protective measure. This is so that the action that is occurring in a person's dream is not translated into actual actions. The process of the body coming out of sleep into a state of full consciousness is a gradual and not immediate process.

If however it happens that during these episodes that we experience dreams we attain consciousness whilst the body is still asleep. You become trapped between the two states of consciousness where the dream you are having is a partial reality for you. You try and move but because the body understands that it's in a dream you are paralyzed. I know how terrifying that can be and would want to avoid sleep paralysis as much as you.

So what can you do to prevent it? Firstly you need to maintain a constant sleep pattern. Try and always go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. Inconsistent sleep patterns are disruptive to normal sleep.

If you want to avoid sleep paralysis then your room should be free of disturbances that will affect your brain in your state of sleep. Avoid light and sound which tend to quickly bring the brain out of sleep. This is an extensive subject that has been well researched; more detailed and comprehensive answers are available.

Why Do I Always Feel Sick After Eating? – Three Causes of Feeling Sick After Eating

Millions of Americans ask “why do I always feel sick after eating?” There are three main causes of feeling sick after eating. With a little bit of research and some changes you may be able to start feeling much better in a matter of days.

Food Allergies

Some food allergies develop as we grow older. Some times it is not the food that you are allergic to but instead what is put into the food that is giving your body a fit. There is some evidence that points to the fact that overtime a build up of the antibiotics and hormones that are used in processing meat may be causing you to get sick after eating. Start by isolating each food group and cutting it out of your diet to see if it makes a difference in how you feel.

Digestive Yeast Infection

If you are generally healthy, but are asking yourself “why do I always feel sick after eating?” than you may be suffering from Candida Albicans overgrowth. This fungus is found through out the human body, and as long as the body is balanced than you never know it is there. If your body is not balanced through nutrition and exercise you may be dealing with an overgrowth or infection.

Gall Bladder, Ulcers, Liver Disorders

There may be some underlying illness that is causing you to feel sick after meals. Have your self thoroughly checked and screened!

If you are wondering “why do I always feel sick after eating?” no matter what you eat, find the cause and get the treatment that you need!

Spinal Fusion Surgery – Destination India

The advanced medical treatments available in India have made it a popular destination for medical tours. People, who can not afford the cost of spine surgeries in the West, or patients from underdeveloped countries where advanced medical facilities are not available, head for the super specialty hospitals in India to avail the cost effective and quality treatments offered. At the Joint Commission International accredited Hospitals in India, the Department of Neuro and Spine Surgery offers the latest in craniotomy, Tran's sphenoid operations, treatments for brain and neck tumors and lesions, and more. Indian Hospital provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. Both invasive and non invasive procedures for treating back, neck pain and correcting spinal deformities are deployed.

In India the latest techniques like minimally invasive spine surgery, Expandable devices for Lumbar Spine Fusion are routinely carried out with results at par with the best centers globally.
Indian expert Neurologists and Neurosurgeons are supported by the most extensive neuro-diagnostic and imaging facilities including Asia's most advanced MRI and CT technology. Along with providing general diagnostic X-ray imaging, Indian Brain and Spine Hospitals offers a magnitude of imaging services like EEG, EMG, Sensation 10 CT Scanner, Functional MRI with Spectro-scopy, OPMI Multivision etc.

What is Spinal Fusion?

A spinal fusion is simply the uniting of two bony segments, whether a fracture or a vertebral joint. The reason for instrumentation with rods and screws is to act as and 'internal cast' to stabilize the vertebra until the fusion, or bony re-growth, can occur.

Spinal fusion is a "welding" process by which two or more of the small bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column are fused together with bone grafts and internal devices such as metal rods to heal into a single solid bone. The surgery of Spinal Fusion eliminates motion between vertebrae segments, which may be desirable when motion is the cause of significant pain. It also stops the progress of a spinal deformity such as scoliosis. A spinal fusion takes away some of the patient's spinal flexibility. Most spinal fusions involve relatively small spinal segments and thus do not limit motion very much.

Spinal fusion is used to treat:

o Injuries to spinal vertebrae.

o Protrusion and degeneration of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (sometimes called slipped disk or herniated disk).

o Abnormal curvatures (such as scoliosis or kyphosis).

o Weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumors.

The important back pain symptoms could signal nerve damage or other serious medical problems. There are many other conditions that could be causing these problems, but an early and accurate diagnosis is vital for successful treatment. Low back pain can often be attributed to complex origins and symptoms, and it does not discriminate. It can originate from identified muscle trauma, or an unknown non-traumatic event. Low back pain can also begin in other regions of the body and eventually attack the muscles or other structures in the lower back. Sometimes low back pain can even begin in the nerves or nervous system. Other origins for low back pain are post neural difficulties, congenital disorders, trauma, infections, degenerative disorders, inflammatory diseases, circulatory disorders or any of other 30 additional causes.

Different types of spinal fusion surgery.

Anterior interbody spinal fusion is performed via an incision in a patient's abdomen. The vertebral bodies are approached from the front and a femoral ring (cadaver bone), or cylindrical cage, is placed between the two vertebral bodies. The femoral ring or cage instrumentation is filled with bone graft usually obtained from the patient's hip (iliac crest). If fusion is successful, motion between the vertebrae will stop and any pain caused by abnormal motion between those vertebrae will no longer exist.

Posterior spinal fusion, sometimes referred to as a poster lateral spinal fusion, is performed from an incision made in the back. The procedure entails roughening the surfaces of the transverse processes and inserting bone graft between the transverse processes. The bone is usually obtained from a patient's hip. If fusion is successful, motion between the vertebrae will stop and any pain caused by abnormal motion between those vertebrae will no longer exist. Because of the limited supply of a patient's own bone and possible donor site pain or morbidity, there is a continuing search for ideal bone graft substitute

How Is Spinal Fusion surgery done?

There are many surgical approaches and methods to fuse the spine, and they all involve placement of a bone graft between the vertebrae. The spine may be approached and the graft placed from the back (posterior approach), from the front (anterior approach) or by a combination of both. In the neck, the anterior approach is more common; lumbar and thoracic fusion is usually performed posteriorly.

The ultimate goal of fusion is to obtain a solid union between two or more vertebrae. Fusion may or may not involve use of supplemental hardware (instrumentation) such as plates, screws and cages. Instrumentation is sometimes used to correct a deformity, but usually is just used as an internal splint to hold the vertebrae together to while the bone grafts heal.

Whether or not hardware is used, it is important that bone or bone substitutes be used to get the vertebrae to fuse together. The bone may be taken either from another bone in the patient (autograft) or from a bone bank (allograft). Fusion using bone taken from the patient has a long history of use and results in predictable healing. Autograft is currently the "gold standard" source of bone for a fusion. Allograft (bone bank) bone may be used as an alternative to the patient's own bone. Although healing and fusion is not as predictable as with the patient's own bone, allograft does not require a separate incision to take the patient's own bone for grafting, and therefore is associated with less pain. Smoking, medications you are taking for other conditions and your overall health can affect the rate of healing and fusion, too.

Currently, there is promising research being done involving the use of synthetic bone as a substitute for either autograft or allograft. It is likely that synthetic bone substitutes will eventually replace the routine use of autograft or allograft bone.

With some of the newer "minimally invasive" surgical techniques currently available, fusion may sometimes be done through smaller incisions. The indications for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) are identical to those for traditional large incision surgery; however, it is important to realize that a smaller incision does not necessarily mean less risk involved in the surgery.

Spinal Fusion Surgery in India:

India is a country where several traditional systems of health care have been in use for centuries. Even today these systems form a living and continuing tradition. Hospitals in India offer world-class treatment at very reasonable prices. India offers medical tourism packages. You can travel around India and also avail of the medical services at Hospitals in India.

India Profile now offers the option of combining your holiday in India with a medical package. Travel to India for the festive season, and combine your visit to family and friends and a tour of scenic attractions, with a medical checkup. You can easily combine your tour of India with short-term medical procedures, such as a Spine Surgery or Neuro Surgery.

Have an enjoyable holiday in India, take a Golden Triangle Tour or celebrate the New Year on the beaches of Goa. While you're in India, you can spare some time and have an annual medical check up or get some medical treatment at a world-class Indian hospitals. The International treatment comes at very economical prices. Combine your fun-filled vacation with economical medical treatment on your holiday in India. Indian Holiday will take care of all your travel arrangements.

The Essential Guide To Dizziness And Headaches

Are you feeling woozy today? Do you feel that you are losing control because you feel that the world around you is moving in up and down and in circles? Are you about to throw up at any moment because of the intense giddiness? Or you feel that your head is about the break open because of the excruciating headache that you are presently having? All of these questions are all familiar, and for sure, nobody is a stranger to these unpleasant feelings. However, quite common as they are, you can control and fight back, and not allow dizziness and headaches tobe the masters of your life. Instead, take it easy, relax for a while, as we will explore the different treatments for these annoying and debilitating conditions.

What Are Dizziness And Headaches?

In putting up a fight with the best and successful outcome, it is of utmost importance to know the enemy well first. Whether you are getting woozy and having the pain in your head again, defining them is always subjective. That simply means, they are, as they are, as described. When one will say that “I feel dizzy” or “I am having a headache right now”, that is what the patient is feeling at that moment, and should not be given a doubt, unless, if they malinger and intentionally act things out.

First things first, let’s tackle dizziness. Dizziness, as mentioned, is a subjective assessment. However, it can be categorized into three different distinct types. These are vertigo, disequilibrium, and presyncope.

Vertigo is when you feel that your surrounding is moving or spinning around you. This is usually felt after spinning yourself after enjoying a merry-go-round spin ride. This often accompanied by vomiting. Other symptoms that patients report include sound and light irritability and blurred visual changes. Clinical manifestations observed by an examiner include excessive perspiration, gait and balance difficulties and nystagmus, which a rapid, uncontrollable, involuntary, jerky eye movements.

Disequilibrium, on the other hand, is the loss of balance and stability. Equilibrioception or the sense of balance is severely altered that person often experiences falls and slips. However, it should be noted that despite of the severity of the symptom involved, vomiting is not a part of this condition.

Presyncope is the sensation of fainting. Oftentimes called as light-headedness, actual fainting does not occur. The person still retains some level of consciousness. Presyncope serves as a tip-off sign that the person is about to faint. Lack of cerebral oxygen perfusion is the cause of light-headedness because of poor blood circulation towards the brain due to partial obstruction, circulatory problems or vagus nerve stimulation. If not corrected immediately, fainting can occur.

Now that we had learned the various categories of dizziness, let us now learn more about headaches. Headaches are simply defined as pain felt on the upper cephalic or peri-coronal area of the head. Just like dizziness, it is always a subjective symptom, as it can only be felt by the person having it.

Headaches can be described in a more detailed format. Examiners want to get more comprehensive data on the intensity, duration, quality and frequency.

The intensity can be described as mild, moderate, severe and very severe. By using the Wong-Baker’s Pain scale, pain can be quantified from 0 to 10. 0 equates to no pain, while 10 is interpreted as very severe pain.

To assess for duration, patients are asked how long the pain had lasted ranging from a few seconds, minutes, hours and even days.

Quality of pain, on the other hand, can be described as throbbing, piercing, vise-like, squeezing, compressing and the like.

Frequency gives examiners an idea on how often the pain occurs. The examiner asks the patient on how frequently the pain shows up. Is it intermittent, recurrent, or benign?

What Causes Dizziness And Headaches?

Both dizziness and headaches can either be idiopathic in nature or are direct results from an existing condition. They are not diseases by themselves but they do tell the person having it, as well as attending healthcare providers that something is not right.

Patients having the following disease processes have either vertigo or disequilibrium or both, as one of their main clinical manifestations. These are Otitis media, Otitis interna, which is often called as Vestibular neuritis or Labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV, and Acoustic neuroma or Vestibular Schwannoma. Perhaps, the most common cause of vertigo and disequilibrium that a lot of people are familiar with is Kinetosis, which is the medical term for Motion sickness or Travel Sickness. Kinetosis also includes Space sickness or Space Adaptation Syndrome (SAS), which is directly associated during space travel.

Problems with blood circulation and pathologic conditions of the heart both lessen the amount of oxygen being delivered towards the brain. A great amount of oxygen is needed by the brain for its normal functioning, and any drastic changes can trigger light-headedness, as the brain is very sensitive to abrupt oxygen level alterations. That is why it is expected for patients to feel woozy and unsteady at times when they have any of the following conditions: hypertension, hypotension, including orthostatic hypotension, coronary artery diseases such as arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, transient ischemic attacks or TIA, mild carbon monoxide poisoning, anemia and anatomical and physiological anomalies within the heart. Overwhelming stress such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional duress can bring down blood pressure levels as the vagus nerve is unintentionally activated during these highly stressful events.

For those undergoing long-term medical therapy, certain drugs can induce dizziness because of their modes of action and unexpected side effects. For patients taking prescription drugs, as well as for those who are attending the needs of patients undergoing prolonged drug therapy, expect some levels of dizziness from the following medications. To name a few, here are some examples. These are anti-hypertensive drugs, anti depressants, diuretics, chemotherapy drugs, sedative-hypnotics, aminoglycosides, salicylates, anticonvulsants and nitroglycerin.

Prohibited drugs such as cocaine or often called as “crack” or “coke” as its street names, as well as recreational beverages especially alcohol can make its consumers experience some degree of giddiness.

Other causes of dizziness and light-headedness include hypoglycemia, dehydration, mild head trauma such as a concussion and excessive exposure to hot air temperatures.

Pathologic nervous system disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis and Ramsay Hunt syndrome II or Herpes zoster oticus had been known reported in causing dizziness.

Changes in hormonal levels such as Addison’s disease (inadequate steroid hormone production), Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid hormone levels), Hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone level), Diabetes Mellitus (high blood glucose secondary to poor insulin production), pregnancy, and menopause can modify spatial orientation and perception.

Pain, just like dizziness, may indicate the presence of physiologic or even a psychiatric problem. In fact according to the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-2) by the International Headache Society, headaches are generally categorized into Primary and Secondary Headaches.

Primary headaches are cryptogenic. The cause is not well-established and remains a gray-area for researchers and experts. According to the ICHD-2, tension-type headaches, cluster headaches and migraines, as well as, Trigeminal Neuralgia or Fothergill’s disease are categorized as primary headaches due to their sudden onset and ambiguous nature.

Secondary headaches, unlike the primary headachess, are direct consequences arising from a known and well-established cause. Severe headaches may result from high blood pressure or hypertension, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), bleeding and blood clot formation within the cranium, blood vessel aneurysms, glaucoma, post-operation headache resulting from dialysis and craniotomy, abnormal growths or tumors within the brain or cranial vault, abnormal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure levels and from endocrine abnormalities such as hypothyroidism.

Secondary headaches can also result from unhealthy habits. Protracted fasting, long-term analgesic therapy and alcohol consumption should be avoided as these practices can trigger excruciating headaches as well.

Headaches may be psychiatric in nature, rather than physiologic. Somatization, psychosomatic disorders, as well as tactile hallucinations can create pain that feels real for people having psychiatric disturbances.

What Are The Treatments For Dizziness And Headaches?

Now that we had discovered that dizziness and headaches culminate from an existing condition, management is therefore focused on the cause of the problem. However, if the triggering factor is idiopathic such as in the case of BPPV and Primary headaches, palliative and preventive measures are taken to relieve and lessen the gravity of the symptoms involved.

For infection of the middle and inner ear, antibiotics are the main methods of management. To neutralize vertigo and disequilibrium, medications are prescribed and given. These are Promethazine hydrochloride (Phenergan) and Meclizine hydrochloride (Antivert). Diphenhyramine (Benadryl), an antihistamine and Diazepam (Valium), a benzodiazepine, are also helpful as they help patients to relax well during vertigo attacks.

If warning signs of presyncope or light-headedness occur, encourage the person to lie down in a supine position with both legs elevated. This position is called the Reverse Trendelenburg or the Reverse T-position. This brings more blood from the legs towards the upper extremities and the head. If presyncope is caused by too much exposure to heat, loosen tight clothing but protect the patient’s privacy, apply cooling techniques and avoid giving fluids as this can cause aspiration.

As both dizziness and headaches can either be mysterious in nature or are direct results of serious medical and psychiatric conditions, self-treatment is highly discouraged, as this can make disease outcome worse and prognosis become bleaker. Always bear in mind that nothing can replace and substitute proper medical advice and intervention. Remember to talk with your healthcare provider immediately and promptly.

Is Dr Oz Right About Inversion Tables?

What is an Inversion Table?

Inversion tables are devices which allow the user to attach his or her feet to the base, tilt backward, and hang upside down. Most inversion tables allow you to adjust the angle of inversion thus you can hang anywhere from a 45 degree angle to being completely perpendicular to the floor.

The goal of the inversion table is to utilize the weight of your body to help provide traction of the spine. The idea is that for those suffering from sciatica or disc related low back conditions providing for a traction effect of the spine will help reduce a disc bulge, decrease nerve root compression, and possible add to the hydration of the discs.

Who Should Use Inversion Traction?

Based on the research, inversion traction is an effective means of increasing the space between the vertebrae of the lumbar spine. Studies have evaluated the use of inversion therapy for those with both acute and chronic lower back pain. Although the studies involve a small number of participants, there is evidence that inversion traction is effective in reducing low back pain.

Unfortunately no study has evaluated what type of low back condition is best helped by this form of therapy. And because symptoms associated with a herniated disc are very different than spinal stenosis symptoms, caution must be used in utilizing inversion traction for all types of low back or sciatica symptoms.

Who Should NOT Use Inversion Traction?

Although on the Dr. Oz show inversion traction was touted as a means of increasing blood flow to the brain, this may not be a good effect for everyone. Studies have shown that blood pressure consistently increases when using inversion traction. Thus, for those who have high blood pressure, this form of therapy should only be considered under medical supervision.

An increase in blood pressure can also have a negative effect on those with a specific eye condition. Those with a history of glaucoma, an eye disease associated with increased intraocular pressure, should also avoid inversion traction as increased pressure to the eyes and head occurs with the use of this type of device.

Although the effect of inversion therapy helps to increase the space between the lumbar vertebrae, studies have found it has the opposite effect for the cervical spine in that it slightly adds compression. If you also have a history of a cervical condition, use significant caution as this form of traction can aggravate neck symptoms.

Inversion traction does have some benefits in the treatment of low back conditions. The use of this therapy is not indicated for those with a history of high blood pressure or glaucoma. As with the use of any new therapy, consult a medical professional before implementing it into your treatment program.

Chronic Sore Throat – Causes and Natural Treatment

Some people pick up a recurring sore throat, whilst others rarely or never succumb to this condition. Let’s have a look at some of the common causes of a persistent sore throat:

Low immunity

The resistance of your body to disease, can determine how often you get a recurring sore throat. If you have poor immunity you are more likely to pick up infections and their accompanying symptoms. Your immune system can be suppressed by a poor diet, stress, smoking, an underlying disease or a genetic weakness.

Chronic viral infection

Some viruses are latent viruses that remain in the body for life, and can be reactivated when you are run down or under stress. Examples are the Epstein Barr virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever, and the herpes virus that causes recurrent cold sores and ulcers. When these viruses recur infective symptoms like a painful throat, fever and malaise are common.

Chronic bacterial infection

Bacteria like Chlamydia pneumonia, mycoplasma and Rickettsia can cause low grade infections which last for years. These bacteria live inside your cells and are difficult to eradicate from the body. A combination of conventional and natural medicine is the best approach.

Chronic fungal infection

A persistent sore throat can be triggered by a thrush or Candida. These infections are characterized by white patches on the inside of the mouth and throat. Candida infections are common in those with suppressed immunity.

Allergy

Food and environmental allergens like pollen, mold, dust mite and animal dander are common throat irritants that can trigger throat pain and inflammation.

Food and chemical sensitivities

Sensitivities to particular foods and chemicals are well known causes of respiratory symptoms like runny nose, sneezing and an irritated throat. Chemicals like chlorine, cleaning agents, nail polish, pesticides, glues, petrol and aerosol sprays are common triggers.

Reflux

If your throat is worse in the morning it may be due to reflux. Acid travels up from the stomach into the esophagus, and if the esophageal valve is weak, the acid can irritate the back of the throat.

Overuse of the voice

Strain of the vocal chords can result in a persistent painful throat. This is commonly seen in teachers, singers and presenters. Voice training can reduce this condition.

Tumors

A recurrent sore throat which is accompanied by weight loss, a lump in the throat, blood in the phlegm and voice hoarseness may point to a throat tumor. Excess alcohol and smoking can contribute to throat cancers.

Mouth breathing

People who breathe through their mouth or those with sleep apnea often complain of a constant sore throat.

Dry air

Dry air like that found in heated homes or offices can dry out the mucous membranes of the throat, leaving it prone to irritation. A humidifier or some natural plants can help maintain a good moisture content of the air and minimize throat soreness.

Drug reactions

Certain medications can trigger adverse side effects in some people. If you suspect your medication may be causing your chronic sore throat then discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist.

Emotional blocks

Recently there has been a resurgence in the belief that our emotions can trigger recurrent health problems. In the case of a constant sore throat, there may be a block in the ability to stand up for oneself, express thoughts and to reveal true emotions. If you think there may be an emotional component in your health problems it is worth chatting to a counselor or NLP practitioner.

Chronic sore throat treatment

Fortunately, through general lifestyle practices like a healthy diet, stress reduction, regular exercise, pinpointing allergens and sensitivities and boosting immunity through nutrients, herbs and emotional support, most of these triggers for chronic sore throats can be eliminated.

Simple Ways To Remove Tonsil Stones That Will Not Return

If you’re looking to remove tonsil stones you may be looking for the wrong thing. While it’s easy for some people to remove them, it’s much easier to make them go away permanently. If you just blow them off with a waterpik device, cough them out, or dig them out with a foreign device like a Q-tip or chopsticks, they might continue to come back indefinitely.

Tonsil Stones are little yellowish white balls that grow on the tonsils when bacteria are present. The reason so many people have these is because the tonsils are the organs that prevent us from swallowing large particles. They’re also supposed to have some power to catch bacteria so it doesn’t go into our system.

The time we get rid of the bacterium that has been captured by the tonsils is when we brush our teeth. A good way to keep stones from forming is to keep the mouth clean. Brush after every meal, use a tongue scraper for extra effect, and gargle with Listerine, salt water, or some other anti-bacterial agent.

Just the one act of gargling before bed could remove tonsil stones for awhile, but don’t stop after they are gone. If you are prone to getting these things, you may need to continue to gargle throughout your entire life. I suppose this is a small price to pay to not have sore throats all the time and/or bad breath.

Remember too that your diet plays an important part in the bacteria that forms in your mouth. You may have heard that you should stop drinking milk when you have a cold because milk helps product mucus. This is also true when you’re trying to get rid of mouth bacteria. Limit your intake of dairy products and see if this doesn’t solve the problem.

These methods may sound a little simplistic, and hopefully they work for you. But if you go to your doctor and he prescribes antibiotics, they definitely won’t work. Tonsil stones are not a virus, they are a condition caused by diet and incorrect daily/nightly habits. Changing a few “bad” habits will help you get rid of tonsil stones for good. It might not be as easy as just removing dairy from your diet, but when you know the proper foods to eat – or not to eat, it’s much easier to eliminate the stones from your life altogether. And that’s a goal worth achieving!

Dangers Of Metabolism Boosters And Energy Drinks

The main purpose of metabolism boosting substances is to assist body when exercising. They are there to accelerate calorie burning process. There is a common misperception that metabolism boosters can replace the role of physical activity in losing weight. Fault for this belief lies partly by online diet marketers. Last 5 years are known as “diet spamming” period. Majority of e-mail owners were receiving at least 1 “lose weight – no exercise needed product” mail weekly in their inbox. Though it is true that those products will make body burn more calories even with no exercise, dangers of such doing overshadow by far those hardly measurable weight loss effects.

Untrained body of overweight people is simply not up to the increased heart rate and blood circulation that energy drink or metabolism booster can cause. Heart attack can be the consequence. Each body needs time to adapt on faster blood circulation. Any instant shock caused by metabolism boosting diet product is a health hazard. This is especially important for people who face weight issues and have one or another kind of medical condition related to: high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels or any kind of heart muscle disorder.

Overweight people, who have long neglected physical exercises, should avoid dietary products that promise weight loss with no effort needed. Those products are predominantly based on extracts of different citrus fruits, alcohol and in 90% of cases they will content caffeine. For individuals just starting with their weight loss program, other kinds of dietary supplements should be considered. Here it should be emphasized that there is an important difference between overweight and obese individuals. No obesity case should ever be addressed without proper medical guidance.

One should also never underestimate the power of drinking water. Water is an effective and gentle body stimulant, with no negative side effects. Metabolism boosters and energy drinks should find their place in fitness studios with people who are daily devoted to hard physical exercise.

Ayurveda Treatment For Diabetes

Diabetes is a wide spread chronic disease of which 80-90% are Type 2 Diabetes mellitus. Beta Cells of the Pancreas Glands is responsible for Insulin which is essential for proper utilisation of carbohydrates. If insulin is absent, the carbohydrates is not utilised and these appear in the blood in the form of Glucose. Main problem with Diabetes is that it is very difficult to diagnose in the early stages. The main symptoms are: excessive urine formation & frequent urination, burning of palms and soles, increased hunger, excessive thirst, sweet taste to mouth, weight loss, blurry vision, wounds that take time to heal, skin Infections, unexplained extreme fatigue etc. Poorly managed diabetes can lead to Heart attacks, Strokes, Blindness, Nerve damage, Impotence etc.

Drugs, Insulin injections and all other Medicines available for diabetes can only control the level of sugar in blood stream and may not be effective at all times. And also it should be consumed throughout your life time.

According to Ayurveda, diabetes is not just lack of insulin. Its most probable cause is poor maintenance of your body which can be improved through Panchakarma treatments like hebal purge for the liver, pancreas, spleen, colon and the digestive tract and herbal massages, modification of diet and exercise, Yoga and breathing exercise.

Treatments Methods for Diabetes

After the diagnosis, the doctor sets out to treat the patient in a very systematic manner. This would include a set of appropriate Panchakarma treatments and Rasayana therapies .

The Panchakarma Treatments are meant to flush out the toxins, They are classified as pre-purification, main purification and post purification phases and include various types of therapies like oil massages, fermented liquid massages, medicinal enemas, herbal purification methods.

The Rasayana Therapies are meant to nourish the body, to bring the doshas back to balance and to regenerate the body.These comprise diet regulations, daily regimens, intake of oral medicines and ayurveda tonics, yoga and a stress free life. After the treatment the ayurveda doctors will advise you how to lead a healthy life. The benefits and results of the treatment are shown only after the Rasyana Treatment is over and doctors advise is strictly followed. The results will manifest itself normally after 3 to 4 weeks as the body takes time to regenerate itself.

Panchakarma for Diabetes

Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind. The commonly adopted pre-purification therapies for Diabetes are Snehapanam, thalapothichil and thakradhara.

Snehapanam: Medicated ghee, eaten in empty stomach, for its first hand therapeutic value, is called Snehapanam. The treatment involves the removal of hard-core toxins and wastes from the body. Snehapanam is one of the excellent preparatory methods before the main Panchakarma. The ghee lubricates all the channels of the body, including the lymph, and forces out the toxins from them, into the digestive tract. It also calms down the mind and reduces mental stress. As a result, the body immunity increases, the effects of the ailments subside and frequent recurrence of the disease is prevented. It also increases the person’s appetite level and accelerates peristaltic movements of the intestine.

The medicated ghee is prepared by processing herbal paste, herbal juice, milk, ghee etc. The herbal paste and juice are selected, based on the disease being treated, from herbs like amaltas,Sarsaparilla,Jaman,Indian Kino Tree, guggul, ginger, neem, onion, chopchini, tribhala, malabar nut, sweet flag, mustard etc. The herb chopchini has powerful anti inflammatory and antibiotic properties and gives the effect of a steroid. Snehapanam, done once a day in empty stomach, is usually continued for 3 to 7 days. The exact duration and type of ghee to be used are decided by the doctors who treat you .

Thalapothichil, In Thalapothichil, the person’s scalp is completely applied with high value medicinal pastes. This enables the medicines to penetrate faster into the brain cells. The healing properties of the herbs also calm down the nervous system and rejuvenate the person. To start the treatment, the person sits on a chair, well relaxed. Selected medicinal herbs, thoroughly ground and made into fine paste, is then thickly applied on to his scalp. The head is then covered up with leaves, usually banana leaves, to form a perfect mask. This is done to allow the medicines to stay on and function well. The mask remains on the person’s head for almost 40 to 50 minutes giving wonderful relaxation to the mind. The effect of the medicines calms down the nerves, relieves mental tension, increases the person’s memory power and improves his sleep pattern. Herbs and fruits such as gooseberry, henna, asparagus, moringa ,guggul, lotus, seeds, sandalwood, nut grass tuber etc. are used in the treatment. They are first moisturized in buttermilk before being grinded to a paste form. The paste thus obtained becomes a rich blend of various cooling agents.

Thakradhara Thakradhara means the profuse pouring of medicine-rich buttermilk on a person’s forehead. The treatment induces coolness to the brain, relaxes the mind, reduces mental stress and increases memory power. Thakradhara is a good treatment for diabetes. Thakradhara starts with a mild, full body oil massage to loosen the nerves and muscles. After this, medicated buttermilk is poured on the person’s forehead relentlessly for almost an hour. Such continuous out pour of buttermilk, directly on the head, gives wonderful relaxation to the mind and soul. A prolonged treatment for 2-3 weeks not only removes diabetes but also recoups the total mental status of the person. Excellent cooling and therapeutic agents are used in this treatment. The buttermilk is made by boiling milk with assorted herbs. It is then cooled, fermented and cream-removed. The left over buttermilk is the medium used for Thakradhara. The assorted herbs used are gooseberry, sida plant, neem, bark of ficus, nut grass tuber, sandal wood, lotus, etc. Gooseberry and lotus are excellent cooling agents.

Main purification Therapies for Diabetes

This is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre-purification treatment stage. These therapies are highly potential methods and are usually overseen by doctors. The three commonly adopted Panchakarma treatments for Diabetes are Vamanam, Virechanam and Vasti .

Vamanam Induced vomiting, using herbal medicine is called Vamanam. This treatment is effective for diabetes. It is one among the renowned Panchakarma treatments. Through vamanam, the toxins and acids of the upper parts of the body are completely eradicated. As the channels are freed from harmful toxins, the body tissues get recharged. The person’s memory power also increases, the sense organs get better clarity and his digestive fire increases. In total, the person gets a powerful revitalized feeling. Vamanam, in addition to treating many diseases, also rejuvenates the person’s body and mind. These methods loosen the impurities of the body channels and prepare the body for the main treatment. The person is made to drink sweetened milk stomach full, followed by a single dose of medicinal decoction. In 2 or 3 minutes he vomits, throwing out all the excessive acids, and toxic substances of the body. The medicinal decoction used is made of black Pepper, beetle killer root,Tamarind and Liquorice. Salt and honey are also added to it when consumed.

Virechanam is the intake of oral medicines leading to the elimination of toxins through the anal route. It eliminates excess bile toxins from the mid zone of the body. Virechanam constitutes one of the treatments of Panchakarma. When the digestive tract is clean and toxic-free, it benefits the entire body system. As a result, the person’s appetite increases, body strength enhances and the person becomes active and buoyant. Thus virechanam also functions as an excellent rejuvenative procedure. Herbal powder, medicated castor oil, or herbal paste is commonly used as the purgative medicine. Avipathychoornam is the herbal powder generally used for the treatment. It is a mixture of herbs like turpith, embellia fruits, dry ginger,lotus,cardamom, long pepper,konch,sweet flag, cinnamon, etc. The treatment usually begins early in the morning. The person consumes the appropriate herbal medicine in empty stomach. The medicine does a good cleansing of the entire digestive system. And within 1 to 2 hours he empties his bowels, expelling along with it, all the accumulated toxins. The dose of medicines, diet patterns etc. are to be strictly followed as per the doctor’s recommendation. Virechanam, using strong medicines, is mostly done only once in a month under the supervision of doctors.

Vasthi is an enema therapy and is considered the ace colon cleaning panchakarma treatment. In this form of treatment special medicines are introduced through the anal route for the evacuation of accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes. It washes out all the toxins in the metabolic system through the digestive tract. It is highly recommended in the treatment of diabetes. As an effective rejuvenating health therapy, vasthi imparts high immunity and longevity, reduces degeneration of tissues, and prevents aging. Dill seeds, bael, honey, rock salt, herbal pastes, oils and decoctions are the main ingredients used in vasthi.

Rasayana Therapies for Diabetes

These are body nourishing therapies to rejuvenate the body and mind after the Panchakarma treatments. They keep the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, restore and balance the body functions and maintain the overall health and well being of an individual for much longer periods after the Panchakarma course. Rasayana includes oral medicines and diet regulation.

Oral medicines for Diabetes

Oral medicines used for treating diabetes will be extracts of pure medicinal herbs, leaves, spices etc. These are prepared specifically to restore the lost balance and to provide the needed inputs to cure Diabetes.Kashayam and Arishtam – herbal decoctions and fermentationsLehyams – semi solid formulation are commonly prescribed. Some of the herbs and spices used in the preparation of kashayams and lehyams for treating Diabetes include neem, gurmar leaves, karela and vinca rose etc.

Diet regulations for Diabetes

Diet regulation will be suggested for patients suffering from Diabetes during and after the treatment. They should strictly avoid sugar in any form. Apart from this consumption of rice, bananas, potatoes, and sweet fruits should also be avoided. They can however consume a low calorie, low fat and alkaline diet. Seeds of bitter gourd, and fenugreek, Vegetables such as bitter gourd, cucumber, onion, garlic, Fruits such as Indian gooseberry and grape fruits, Grains such as Bengal gram and black gram, Dairy products such as home made cottage cheese, curd, butter milk etc can all be consumed. Besides, consumption of raw vegetables are always advisable. You can find out your type of prakruthi and decide a diet for yourself

Yoga and Life style for Diabetes

Yoga and meditation are always beneficial and have always played a vital part in curing every type of disease. Yoga exercises done every day replenish and re balance the physical and emotional systems that are depleted by the everyday stresses that lie so heavy on our lives. Yoga makes it possible to rest on a strong base of confidence and strength within oneself. Light yoga postures, meditations and breathing exercises are advised. Yoga exercises such as Bhujang Asana,( cobra pose), Shalabah Asana( Locust pose) and Dhanur Asana( Bow pose ) are highly beneficial.

Life Style for Diabetes Patients suffering from Diabetes are advised to take at least one or two weeks of rest after the Panchakarma experience. At this time the body is weak after the purification process and needs time to get back to normalcy. Diabetes patients are advised to avoid sleep during the day. It should be remembered that they should avoid all sorts of injuries as any injury, especially that of the foot may take long time to heal . Proper care must be given to the upkeep of the eyes as the disease in an advanced stage can cause major problems for the eyes. Exercises such as cycling, swimming and jogging are recommended.

Why Teenage Obesity Happens and How to Stop It

Teenage obesity is an increasing concern; an alarming concern. As of the year 2000, 9 million American children were overweight, and the same numbers again are at risk of becoming overweight.

The causes of teenage obesity are many.

For one thing, the American lifestyle has become more and more sedentary in recent years. People spend more time watching television.

Nearly everyone spends at least some time sitting in front of a computer, and some teens spend quite a bit of time doing it. Video games for the TV and games for the computer are wildly popular. Much of their “play” and leisure time is spent sitting in front of a screen instead of outside bicycling, playing sports, skating, or any of the multitudes of possibilities.

Of all the teenagers in America, 43% watch at least 2 hours of TV a day. This is an important statistic. Although the number of hours – 2 – seems low based on my personal and non-scientific observations. The point is this activity burns fewer calories than just sitting still for the same amount of time.

TV also has many commercials urging people to eat which leads to snacking. And of course, generally speaking the snacking habits in our country are quite poor. Chips; pizza rolls; peanuts; buttery popcorn; more chips; cheese and crackers; chips and dip; and so on. Plus teens and adults usually also eat too much at any given time. No wonder there’s a problem with teens getting fat!

Another factor of teenage obesity is that schools have dropped their physical education requirements. In fact, there’s only one state remaining that mandates it. With no formal exercise program, only 25% of the children are engaged in physical activities.

Teenage obesity has negative consequences.

One study has shown overweight children engage in bullying behavior, and are bullied more than other children.

A truly alarming trend is the dramatic increase in teens developing Type 2 diabetes. This used to be called “adult on-set” diabetes. But because so many teenagers are developing it from poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, and being overweight . . . it is predominantly just referred to as Type 2 diabetes.

Even more importantly, obese children lose years off the ends of their lives. There is a formula for it and it can be anywhere from 3 to 20 years. And of course, developing diabetes in your teens impacts the formula as well as their health for many years of their lives.

What are some ways to stop teenage obesity?

Some children will do well to stay at the same weight as they gain height. This will lead to a more normal weight. Also, doctors often recommend that children afflicted with obesity do not go on a strict diet. A diet can keep them from achieving their full stature. So, parents are left to make changes subtly, without introducing a specific diet plan. But always check with your doctor first.

Parents can start to curb obesity in their children by doing the things they want their teenagers to do. If they want their kids to treat exercise like a normal part of life, they must treat it that way themselves. If they want their children to enjoy healthy foods, snacks, and beverages, then the parents need do the same. Activities can be encouraged by parents, too. They can get teenagers involved in hard work that is going on around the house. Mowing the lawn or painting rooms are two examples. This will help discourage obesity and include the teenager as well.

Parents can plan fun activities. They can take their child biking or hiking. They can plan activities where you all have to walk. You could go to the zoo, a mall, or a fair. It’s also important to be sure healthy foods are available, or you are perpetuating serious weight gain in your children.

One of the real tragedies of obesity in teens is that with very rare exceptions (due to a medical condition), it is preventable.

The first step to battle teenage obesity is to stop treating obese children like they’re different. Only when they can accept themselves will they be motivated to change. Then, parents can do their jobs of subtly changing the diet and exercise habits of the entire family.