Is Your Big Toe Suffering From Joint Pain and Swelling? Gout vs Bunion

Feet and toes are abused daily and taken for granted until a problem comes up causing you to focus your attention to the problem area. Common problems include dryness, redness and cracking which can be attributed to improper care and poor maintenance. If you are suffering from joint pain and swelling of the big toe, it could be the common bunion.

Bunions are areas of the big toe that can become red and sensitive. Usually the symptoms develop over a period of time and can manifest themselves like:

o The base of the Big toe is swollen and irritated

o The toe is abnormally bent toward the inside of the foot toward the smaller toes.

o The toe is red and can be painful at the joint base.

Usually this is the result of wearing high heeled shoes if you have narrow toes. Common padding can be used to help relief pain, irritation and potential infection, but surgery may be necessary to re-align the toe to the proper position. Bunions can occur in one or both feet.

Gout is a form of arthritis and can be felt as an immediate sharp pain in the big toe without notice. You can awake with twinges of pain and soreness in your big toe without knowing the cause. The pain may last for several days and go away but the condition can re-surface at any time as you grow older.

Over 2 million people in the U.S. alone deal with gout and most often it afflicts men more than women. Gout usually develops in men over 30 and can be more likely to occur if overweight and diagnosed with high blood pressure. Women can suffer from gout, but usually post menopausal women are affected more. Gout most likely affects the big toe first,but can cause issues in wrists, knees and other joints.

In summary, proper sizing of your footwear is important in keeping your feet healthy from issues like bunions. Bunions are preventable where gout is a more serious issue to contend with. If you are dealing with joint pain and swelling in your big toe, your shoes may be the root cause.

Zetaclear Reviewed – Controversies Surrounding Zetaclear Treatment

Nail fungus infects 1 out of 10 adults in the whole world. I’m sure if you’re one of that ten, you wanted a good solution for your fungus problems. One of the most talked about product to battle nail fungus is Zetaclear. But many doesn’t know that there are some controversies surrounding their treatment.

So let’s a deeper look into this Zetaclear. Upon buying/receiving the product you will notice that there’s two components in Zetaclear treatment system. They are Oral Homeopathic Spray (we’re going to refer it as OHS from this paragraph on) and Clear Nails Solution (CNS).

Many thinks this is a good thing. By buying one brand, you receive two products. But this is not the case. In this case, both represents different treatment approach to nail fungus. Let’s dig further about these two components.

Let’s start with Zetaclear’s CNS. This CNS comprised of undecylenic acid (good stuff) plus other ingredients, oils. Although in general it’s all natural, not all contributes to fight the disease. The oils are to give a more smooth, fragrant treatment. This is a topical solution, I’d say it’s quite good.

The problem lies with the other component, Zetaclear’s OHS. Homeopathy is s a form of alternative medicine based upon principles first defined by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. A central thesis of homeopathy is that an ill person can be treated using a substance that can produce, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the illness. Which translates to “fighting fire with fire”. So basically this is what they put in OHS,

  • Antimonium Curdum 200C
  • Arsenicum Album 200C
  • Mancinella 30C
  • Nitricum Acidum 30C
  • Sulphur 12X
  • Thuja Occidentalis 200C

Let me explain the C and X part. One C (or centesimal) means that one part of that substance is diluted in 99 parts of pure water, sugar or alcohol (whichever suits the substance). Two C is, take one part of the result One C, then dilute it more in 99 parts of a dilutant. Let me save you the math (I know, I hate it too). So a 200C would mean there’s 1 part to 10 followed by 400 zeros part of water. It’s basically water! The X is just twice the C. So a 12X means 6C.

This is why homeopathic treatments, such as Zetaclear, has been dubbed a placebo effect type of treatment. Of course this works for some people, but the result varies greatly. And to the ones that claim it worked, It is my conclusion that if treatment using Zetaclear worked, it’s mostly caused by the CNS component.

The question is, do you trust a company that claims Zetaclear OHS works?

Using Massage Therapy With Essential Oils For Sprained Wrist Injuries And Wrist Tendinitis Relief

Sprained wrist injuries may be quite common, but that doesn’t lessen their inconvenience. The doctor will tell you that normally they will heal in five to six weeks.

In reality, the sprain can cause pain in the wrist joint (wrist tendonitis) for years to come. Using massage therapy with essential oils, many people have found the relief they’ve been looking for.

When there is a wrist sprain, acute pain can shoot up the arm every time the joint moves or bends. There also is inflammation and swelling in the joint making it harder to bend. This is nature’s way of giving some protection to the injury.

Alternating ice packs and then using oils on the injured joint for the first twenty four hours will give much relief and lessen the swelling.

A few of the oils that are anti-inflammatory along with top acute pain relieving attributes are Helichrysum Italicum, Elemi, Geranium and Helichrysum Gemnosephalum. Within seconds, relief can happen because essential oils work by following the nerves. So when pain deadening essential oils are applied, the pain begins to subside rather quickly.

Provided the wrist sprain does not require surgery, using pain relieving oils and lightly massaging it often can cause the swelling to go down. But even if there has to be surgery, it can heal quicker with the healing help of essential oils carefully massaged around the surgery site.

Then as soon as the incision is healed, massaging the area with the oils will cause the scar tissue to soften and be more flexible.

As the wrist injury heals, adhesion’s can form. Adhesions are small bits of sticky plasma that remains after the body has broken down and reabsorbed a bruise. The plasma sticks to the tissue fibers causing a restriction of blood flow, also constricting muscle mobility and nerve energy to the area. These pockets (adhesions) are usually the cause of pain in an old injury.

By massaging the wrist with essential oils that are anti-inflammatory, muscle adhesions are broken up so that the body can reabsorb them. At the same time the essential oils are helping heal the wrist injury, they rebuild the immune system and increase strength.

tendonitis can happen in old injuries and cause the joint and muscles around the joint to weaken and hurt.

The four grades of tendonitis are:

1. There is only pain after an activity

2. There is pain at the beginning of an activity then subsides during the activity and returns after the activity is finished.

3. There is pain that restricts activity and happens at the beginning, during and after.

4. The pain continually gets worse and interferes with daily living especially with activities.

There are many of the essential oils that are anti-inflammatory and are a healing sprained wrist treatment (new injury) or a wrist tendonitis treatment (old injury). It is best to choose oils that help heal the injury but are also known for their acute pain relieving qualities.

While using them to massage the affected sprained wrist, stretching the muscle and tendon/ligament carefully will help to keep some adhesions from forming.

Then after the sprain has healed, use deep tissue massage strokes. The anti-inflammatory, acute pain relieving essential oils along with the strokes help stretch the adhesions that occurred deeper into the joint and muscle. This treatment breaks up the plasma waste so it can be reabsorbed by the body.

By using essential oil massage therapy over time, an old wrist sprain can improve and heal.

What to Do With Those Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

The development of dark circles under one’s eyes makes you look tired. Some people develop dark circles with aging, while others have had them from when they were young. Dark circles occur just as frequently in Caucasians as they do in more darkly pigmented people. Dark circles, contrary to popular thought, is not due to being tired, stressed, or worn out. (no matter how you feel!) Dark circles develop due to staining of the thin eyelid skin from pigments that have leaked out from your blood cells. The blood cell pigment, known as hemoglobin, oxidizes when it gets close to the skin’s surface due to light exposure and turns a bluish red color. (the hemoglobin turns to hemosiderin, an iron-based pigment) This discoloration subsequently looks like a bruise and is easily seen since the lower eyelid skin is very thin and almost transparent. Once the dark circles appear from the pigment deposits, they may likely be permanent.

What can one do for dark circles? First and foremost, eyelid surgery will not get rid of dark circles. Lower blepharoplasty, which removes excess lower eyelid skin and fat, does not directly target the pigment-staining problem. In the short-term, it may actually make it look worse due to the bruising from surgery and has the potential to place more blood products near the skin to be broken down. In some cases, there is some improvement in the appearance of the dark circles as the lower eyelid is tightened and there is less of an undereye hollow for shadowing to appear in. But one should never undergo lower blepharoplasty if your main objective is to get rid of the dark circles. Any improvement in the dark circles should be considered a bonus but not the main objective of the surgery.

Secondly, peeling, burning, or exfoliation of the lower eyelid skin does not usually work well either. Whether it is done by a chemical peel or laser resurfacing, the removal of the outer layer of the lower eyelid skin does not reach the area where the pigment deposition lies. Resurfacing removes the outer epithelium of the skin but does not, or should not, reach the deeper dermis or the underside of the skin. (if it does, the lower eyelid will scar) While I don’t think there is much harm to a lower eyelid peel, with a 25% or 35% TCA solution, it is not particularly effective in most cases. And runs the risk of an additive problem known as hyperpigmentation which can contribute to the darkness of the lower eyelid skin.

Potential leaching of the skin through hydroquinone topical preparations seems like a reasonably safe approach, although how it works doesn’t necessarily specifically target the pigment issue. Hydroquinone works by suppressing the melanin or color production of the skin so it is easy to see how this may be effective for hyperpigmentation or age-related (sun exposure) brown spots. But this bleaching chemical is not known to specifically break down and clear hemosiderin pigments stains. So bleaching the skin sounds like it would work, but the chemistry behind it would suggest otherwise.

Lastly, many topical skin creams claim dark circle improvement and some are even labeled as dark circle repair serums. These contain agents such as arnica, haloxyl, and other enzymes that purportedly break down the pigments and help the dark circles fade. While theoretically appealing, there is very little good clinical or study information that would support these claims. Even if effective, it would be a slow process in which it would takes months to begin to see improvement. (which is OK if improvement actually occurs)

My frustration with dark circles has led me to try another approach. I currently am using light therapy (intense pulsed light, specifically broad band light) with vascular filters in combination with topical dark circle serums. It strikes me that something is needed to initiate the pigment break-up and light therapy can specifically target that without injuring the overlying skin. And without any recovery for the patient. I currently am doing a series of 3 light treatments spaced one month apart with nightly applications of the topical serum. It is too early to tell if this is a magical approach but some patients are already experiencing improvement in the first month.

H Pylori – H Pylori Infection May Be An Unrecognised Cause Of Raynaud’s Phenomenon

H pylori infection has been implicated in many “inflammatory” diseases, including those of the skin. In other articles on this website I have highlighted associations between H pylori and psoriasis, chronic ITP, dermatitis and several other skin disorders.

Recent research – albeit limited in quantity – has suggested a possible role for H pylori in many of these disorders, including Raynaud’s phenomenon.

In Raynaud’s phenomenon, the hands and feet can become discoloured due to problems with blood circulation. The blood vessels become constricted, which shuts down blood flow to the extremities, thereby causing the discolouration.

Periods of stress and cold weather are often triggers for ‘attacks’ of Raynaud’s phenomenon and it is believed that these attacks are the result of increase stimulation of the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

The sympathetic branch of the ANS is the branch that is activated to help the body deal with stress. I could present a weekend seminar on ‘stress’, so I’ll keep discussion here short.

Whilst most people think of “stress” as the kids, the mortgage, the traffic jam, being late for the meeting’ and all the other day to day stressors that we’re inevitably confronted with from time-to-time, it really is much more than that.

For the purpose of this article, it is very important that “stress” can be caused by inflammation. In fact, the body’s primary stress response, where the sympathetic nervous system becomes hyperactive, may be caused by inflammation alone.

In other words, you could be a zen Buddhist monk and have no stress in your life, but if you have a chronic infection such as H pylori, your body’s stress response will be switched on to deal with the inflammation caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

H pylori is known to cause gastritis and duodenitis. The “itis” at the end of these words simply means “inflamed”. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach and duodenitis is inflammation of the duodenum (first part of the small intestine).

Researchers have also proposed that the increased levels of inflammatory cytokines and acute phase reactants such as C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and fibrinogen that can result from H pylori infection may also play a role in the development Raynaud’s.

Here is how H pylori could cause Raynaud’s Phenomenon:

H pylori sites in the stomach and intestine causing inflammation; the inflammation causes activation of the body’s stress response; the sympathetic nervous system is also activated an its “on” switch gets stuck, meaning that it is switched on too much. The activation of the sympathetic nervous system leads to Raynaud’s.

Is there any research to support this?

Well, in a study of patients with primary Raynaud’s phenomenon, H pylori eradication was associated with complete remission of Raynaud’s phenomenon in 17% of treated patients and reduced symptoms in a further 72% of patients. In other words, 99% of the Raynaud’s patients experienced improvements when H pylori was eradicated.

Interestingly, in those subjects where H pylori eradication failed, symptoms did not improve at all, a finding that added further strength to the notion that H pylori plays a role in the condition.

Several studies have been conducted to see whether H pylori infection is more common in people who have Raynaud’s phenomenon than in people without the condition but the results have been inconclusive.

Interestingly, it has been shown that patients suffering with conditions similar to Raynaud’s, such as Progressive Systemic Sclerosis (PSS), are often infected with a specific strain of H pylori that is known to be particularly virulent.

This strain, which is known as ‘CagA’, is associated with several diseases outside the digestive system, including insulin resistance and heart disease.

It is quite possible that Raynaud’s is the result of infection with a particular strain of H pylori and not all H pylori sub-types.

Other Possible Causes of Raynaud’s Phenomenon:

If you have read any of the other articles on skin disease on this website, you may be bored of reading this next short section, but it’s essential information!

If Raynaud’s, like many of the other inflammatory and autoimmune conditions that affect people, are the result of a chronic stress or inflammatory response, then anything that causes inflammation may trigger progression of the condition.

H pylori is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to digestive infections. In our practice we see more than twenty different digestive invaders in our clients every month.

These include bacteria such as Clostridium difficile, Campylobacter, E coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella, Yersinia and others. Many of these bacteria have already been linked to conditions outside the gut, including arthritis and thyroid disease.

We also see lots of parasites, including protozoans and worms. It is quite possible that stress, immune responses and inflammation from the likes of Giardia, Blastocystis, hookworm and Strongyloides may lead to inflammatory overspill elsewhere in the body.

Then we have foods that cause inflammation such as gluten, cow’s milk, processed foods containing lots of man-made additives and genetically modified crops. All of these have the potential to cause inflammation.

Finally, there are around 80,000 man-made chemicals in our environment these days, 200 of which can be found in the average umbilical cord when a baby is born. The toxic status of human beings is now completely out of control and it underpins many inflammatory illnesses.

As you can see, determining a single cause of any inflammatory condition, whether it’s Raynaud’s phenomenon, rosacea, urticarial, arthritis, lupus or colitis requires diligence and an acceptance that there may be multiple causes.

Nipple Discharge! When Not Pregnant?

“After sexual activity with his boo, 29 years old Bola* noticed milky discharge from his Boo’s left breast; ‘Milky nipple discharge is no dilemma if you are pregnant or lactating, but is blood curdling when you are no pregnant’, explains Bola’s Boo”.

Galactorrhea or Nipple discharge, the persistent discharge of milk from the nipple, can occur in women not of childbearing age explains the journal on Evaluation and treatment of galactorrhea. One or both breasts are usually affected and this condition of “milk release is inappropriate and worrisome to patient” (I.M Chapman, MBBS, PhD).

Ladies with nipple discharge commonly have amenorrhea, oestrogen deficiency, and menstrual cycle disturbance including infrequent ovulation/ corpus luteum dysfunction. Galactorrhea is reported to occur in 5-32% of women.

Physiologically, milky discharge is stimulated by various factors and impulses are sent to the brain. The anterior pituitary gland, located in the brain is responsible for secreting and regulating hormones of which prolactin, the hormone producing milk and responsible for milk production letdown is formed. Alteration in the normal physiology of the pituitary gland could be a product of:

· Non cancerous tumours located in the pituitary gland

· Medications such as sedatives, high blood pressure antagonists or Herbal supplements such as anise, nettle, fennel

· Illegal drugs as Marijuana and the use of some opiates

· Infection – The breast is sore, red and warm to touch, nipple discharge contains pus

· Cancer – The discharge is bloody/brown associated with a mass. Diagnosis by mammograph required.

· Stimulation and fondling of the nipples by self or your partner

· Use of birth control pills – Oral contraceptives are the most common pharmacologic cause leading to hormonal imbalance (medicinenet.com/oral_contraceptives)

· Daily examination of the breasts as a result of anxiety or wearing clothing that irritates the nipples/breasts.

What to do?

See the doctor as soon as possible. Do not hesitate. Galactorrhea may be idiopathic or connecting to the above factors.

Reduce birth control pills, oral contraceptives also have a host of complication; make use of other means of protections such as abstinence or condoms.

The squeezing, sucking and stimulation of the nipple by your partner during sexual activity sends impulses to the brain, increased prolactin secretion results, milky discharge from the nipples. If this is the regular exercise, tell Bae to stop suckling. The doctor’s history analysis on Bola and his boo showed that she was on oral contraceptives, she took it more than once in her cycle, plus sexual activity that involved fondling of her breast. No diagnostic testing requisite.

‘Avoid performing frequent breast self-exams, manipulating your nipples’, Lifestyle and homemade remedies from Mayo Clinic.

Tightly fitted clothing that causes friction on the breast should be avoided.

P.S: The milky discharge determines the type of galactorrhea; idiopathic or otherwise. For instance a bloody yellow milky discharge associated with a lump is a sign of Cancer.

*The use of the name ‘Bola’ is fictional, but characters are real.

Ovarian Cyst Treatment – The Natural and Safe Approach to Treating a Cyst From the Comfort of Home

Ovarian cysts are not that uncommon anymore and even though that sounds like bad news for women all over the world, there is some positive news that is associated with it. As a health issue becomes more prevalent in the world, that means that there are more and more natural remedies that come with it. People are looking for the easiest and safest ways to get the relief that they want and you are going to learn about their secrets today.

When you have an cyst on your ovary, medicine and surgery are not your only options. There is no need for you to spend a lot of time and money on treatment options when you can get the same relief, if not better, from the comfort of your home. If you are tired of dealing with your ovarian cyst and all you want is relief, then relief is on the way.

You want to learn more about the natural and safe approach to treating a cyst from the comfort of home. You would love to be able to get rid of your cyst without any forms of surgery and that is what you can attain today. You just need to learn more about some natural ovarian cyst treatment options.

One of the best ways to get rid of the pain associated with your ovarian cyst is to take warm baths. Soaking your body in a hot tub can really do your body some good. The reason behind it is that hot water helps to improve the circulation throughout your body. You want to increase blood flow since blood is a huge component of the ovaries. You want to get more blood flow to that area because you want more white blood cells to go to your ovaries. An increase in white blood cells is very beneficial because these are the blood cells that fight off infections and other issues in the body. An increase in white blood cells around your ovarian cyst means good news for pain relief and bad news for the cyst.

Another great way to get rid of your ovary cyst from the comfort of home is to do some light exercise. Again, this has to do with blood flow and performing some light exercise is great for your body and for your ovarian cyst. Pilates and Yoga are both very popular and can help you to achieve the pain relief that you are looking for. Pair exercise with eating well and you are now making sure that your body stays primed and ready to tackle any health problem that may come forward.

By using natural and safe remedies to treat your cyst, you make sure that your health is always the number one priority. With little to no side effects associated with natural treatments, you can take comfort in knowing that these treatments will work for you.

Tips to Prevent Vaginal Thrush

The vagina is a sensitive part of a woman’s body that should be kept free from infections but most women experience vaginal infections or vaginal thrush every now and then. Genital infections can be very uncomfortable and it can keep coming back if not properly treated. It is important for women to know how to prevent vaginal thrush to avoid its disturbing symptoms.

Vaginal thrush is a common vaginal infection caused by yeast fungus called Candida resulting to a number of uncomfortable symptoms like swelling, soreness, itching or irritation of the vagina and its surrounding area. It is also accompanied by creamy cheese-like vaginal discharge. The vagina normally have a controlled amount of Candida fungus without causing any symptoms. The overgrowth of Candida is the main reason for the occurrence of vaginal thrush. Some women can have more than four vaginal thrush episodes in a year and this can be really disturbing. Although it is a treatable infection, women should know how to prevent vaginal thrush to avoid recurring infections. Vaginal thrush is a common infection that affects around 75% of female population more than once in their lifetime but it can be controlled if women know how to prevent vaginal thrush.

So how to prevent vaginal thrush?

Avoid using scented hygiene products. Scented products like soap, bubble bath, shower gel, feminine sprays, sanitary pads, tampons, toilet paper, contraceptive foams and jellies have additional chemicals that could disturb the natural pH of the vagina resulting to yeast infection so if you want to prevent vaginal thrush, avoid using them. Go for unscented products if you really want to prevent vaginal thrush.

Wash your underwear properly. Your underwear could cause irritation or build-up of bacteria causing the occurrence of vaginal infection. It is important to mind how you wash your underwear. If you are not into hand washing, make sure that your washing machine is clean because in most cases, washing machines are contaminated by fecal bacteria if they are not properly cleaned which means that your newly washed clothes could be contaminated by bacteria. Wash your underwear separately and do not wash them with soiled socks and clothes. Use unscented detergent or laundry soap and avoid using fabric conditioners on your undergarments to prevent vaginal thrush. Unscented special soaps for sensitive skin like those used for infants clothing can be more suitable for washing underwear. Washing underwear in hot water is also another way to prevent vaginal thrush. It is best to sun dry underwear because the sun is the toughest germ killer. Keep your underwear clean and change it every day to avoid accumulation of germs. It is also important to wash and change your bath towel often and do not use someone else’s towel.

Keep your vagina clean and fresh. Vaginal hygiene is very important if you want to prevent vaginal thrush. Frequent washing is not necessary because the vagina has the ability to clean itself but you need to properly wash your genital area to keep it clean and fresh. Washing your vagina at least once a day is enough to keep it clean. Avoid using soap with heavy perfumes because it can irritate the vagina. Use mild unscented soap to wash your vagina. After using the toilet, wipe from front to back to avoid the spread of bacteria from the anus to your vagina. It is also important to keep your vagina clean during your monthly period. Frequently change sanitary pads and wash your vagina 2-3 times a day. It is best not to use tampons during your period but go for unscented sanitary pads. Avoid douching because douches can also wash out the healthy bacteria disrupting the normal bacterial balance in the vagina. Disrupting the bacterial balance in the vagina could result to rapid multiplication of yeast fungus leading to infections. There are also reports that douching is linked to pelvic inflammatory disease. Be gentle in washing your private part because the skin in your vagina is very sensitive and you do not want to get scratches on you genital area.

Keep your vagina cool and dry. Yeast, the fungus responsible for vaginal thrush thrives on moist warm environment and the vagina is the prefect breeding spot for them. To prevent vaginal thrush, it is important to keep your genital area cool and dry. Keep the genital area ventilated and free from sweat. Avoid wearing tight-fitting pants and underwear made from synthetic materials. Wear underwear made from cotton to allow airflow. Trim or shave your pubic hair because a thick pubic hair could promote sweating. If you are into swimming or have a regular work out in the gym, change wet bathing suits or exercise clothes as soon as you finished your activities. Consider sleeping without an underwear to allow your vagina to breathe and to give it a cool rest at night. Thoroughly dry your vagina after shower or washing.

Boost your immune system. People are more prone to infections if they have weak immune system. Your immune system should be always in good condition to fight diseases and prevent vaginal thrush. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every day. Eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. Although stress is a normal part of everyday life, try to live a less stressful life or learn how to relieve the stress of daily life. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises and regular physical activities can be very helpful to reduce the stress in your life.

Take it easy with sugar. To prevent vaginal thrush, you have to starve the yeast and prevent it from multiplying. Yeast feeds on sugar so do not give them food to flourish. Avoid sugary foods and foods with yeast like bread, beer and fermented foods.

Natural Solutions for Hepatitis B & C

Hepatitis B and C are becoming increasingly common infectious diseases in the United States. These diseases are spread through the blood and body fluids. People at greatest risk of contracting these diseases are those involved in the medical field, intravenous drug users, those who received blood transfusions before there was screening for these diseases, and people involved in unprotected sex. The jury is still out, but getting tattoos may also be a risk factor.

The drug of choice for the treatment of these strains of chronic hepatitis is interferon. Interferon has many side effects, and it can be quite an ordeal to go through six to eighteen months of treatment with this drug. For certain strains of hepatitis C, the outcomes for interferon are not so good. Relapses are common.

Chinese medicine can be useful for managing the side effects of interferon. Some people also choose to use alternative medicine as their stand-alone treatment. Chinese medicine may be beneficial for improving liver function and returning liver enzymes to normal, but it is not always as beneficial for reducing the amount of virus present in the body.

Many essential oils are antiviral such as eucalyptus, lemon, oregano, and thyme, but since they are processed by the liver they must be utilized in much smaller dosages than usual. Ravensara essential oil has been used as a powerful antiviral agent and may work well for liver infections. Anything that can be used to support the function of the liver may help a great deal with hepatitis.

Milk thistle is a commonly used herb. Capillaris, white peony, and mint are commonly used Chinese herbs that have been shown to be beneficial to the liver. The Chinese herb, isatis, has been used in China as an antiviral agent.

Research in India and the Philippines has demonstrated that virgin coconut oil in its raw unrefined state has antiviral effects against the AIDS virus. The research demonstrates that a constituent of coconut oil, monolaurin, has strong antiviral properties. These countries are considering the potential uses of coconut oil as an inexpensive and readily available treatment for AIDS in their countries. Bitter melon is a commonly eaten Asian vegetable that also may have antiviral properties.

Colloidal silver may be beneficial when prepared correctly and taken in high enough quantities. Olive leaf extract may also be beneficial. Astragalus, schizandra, and licorice are other Chinese herbs that may improve the functioning of the liver. Bupleurum root is very beneficial for hepatitis and most liver problems, but it is contraindicated for people on interferon treatment because the drug and herb interact negatively together.

How Does Your Body Get Rid of Alcohol? Reverse Its Damage!

Alcohol is chemically known as ethanol. Each alcoholic beverage has a certain degree of ethanol which is responsible for part of the taste, for the warmth and for the side effects.

When you drink your beverage, ethanol is quickly absorbed and it flows through many systems in your body. But it is the liver that is responsible for breaking it down into energy and get it ready to be thrown out of your body.

The hepatocyte, or liver cell, uses ADH and ALDH, enzymes, to break down alcohol into acetate. When consume too much alcohol another chemical system will break the excess alcohol – P450. P450 is also used to destroy most other toxic substances you ingest, so there is already a problem – by taking too much alcohol you are not letting your liver deal with toxic substances produced by your own body.

This leads to liver cell burn out and the other function of the hepatocyte gets compromised – converting fats and cholesterol. This leads to accumulation of fat along with the excess toxic substances inside the cells which eventually start to die.

Because the liver is responsible for clearing your body of virtually everything that can chemically harm it, as the liver gets sick most systems will fail:

  • Your brain will feel sluggish and you will experience confusion and light-headness
  • Your arteries will get clotted with so much cholesterol and damaging substances
  • Part of your immune system will be slowed down and another part will speed up, leading to increased infections and auto-immune diseases, such as rashes and ashtma
  • Your pancreas won’t be able to deal with the altered fat-sugar metabolism, leading to obesity or, in extreme liver illness, loss of muscle and weight

But this condition, prior to cirrhosis, known as steatosis or fatty liver can easily be reversed. All it takes are some changes in your diet, some more exercise and an investment in certain juices and supplements and you can experience differences in as little as one week.

Shilajit – Uses and Benefits

According to the legends famous in India shilajit is considered as nectar or amrit of God given to mankind to live life youthfully and become immortal forever. Shilajit commonly called, as shilajitu in ayurvedic terms is a kind of resins that oozes out from Himalayan Mountains due to heating effect of sun in summers. It is pale brown to blackish brown in colour. This resin is soft in texture, slimy to touch, pure and heavy. It is soluble in water. Others names by which shilajit is famous are asphaltum, mineral pitch, and girij.

Shilajit is an end product of plant matter that has decomposed centuries ago and got dumped in mountains and due to pressure, got preserved in mountains. Shilajit is found in Himalayan region especially in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and kumaon area in India

Shilajitu is considered has ushan virya i.e. it possess hot potency, which makes it, fight against the ailments caused by vata disorder. It possesses katu, tickt and kashaya rasa and possesses laghu (light) and ruksh (dry) properties, which helps it in acting the way it works. Due to presence of these properties shilajit acts as vata and kapha suppressant, it also helps in moderating pitta dosha. Shilajit is said to contain many biochemical’s, mainly fulvic acid but humic acid, uronic acids, hippuric acid, benzopyrones, phenolic glycosides and amino acid are also present. Shilajit should never be taken in raw form, first it is purified and then used.

Shilajit is widely used in preparation of ayurvedic medicines and is regarded as one of the most important ingredient in ayurvedic system of medicine. It is a part famous ayurvedic medicines like chandraprabha vati, arogya vardhani vati, and most important of all Chawanprash. It works as a powerful anti oxidant thereby delaying aging.

Shilajit has been indicated in number of diseases as mentioned below: –

· Due to ushan virya in potency shilajitu is said to have properties that suppresses pain, as it acts directly on vata thereby helping out in suppressing it, as it is the cause of initiation of pain.

· A very good remedy in arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout and other joint related problems and back pain

· Has a very good pain relieving effect in any kind of injury and muscular pain

· Due to similar property mentioned above shilajit is said to work as anti-inflammatory substance. It works very similar to as the working of betamethasone a glucocortocoid.

· Shilajit is considered as an agent which helps in strengthening our nervous system there by very helpful in nervous disorders like paralysis, hemiplegia etc.

· Shilajit is considered as drug of choice in disorders like depression, mental stress, epilepsy and mental fatigue.

· Shilajit helps in promoting intelligence level and also works in promoting mental concentration thereby enhancing the learning skills.

· Wonderful results have been seen in abdominal disorders like pain, gastritis, indigestion and constipation

· Good results have been seen in piles and fistula related problems.

· It helps liver to work normally therefore helps in proper secretion of all the juices and enzymes important for proper metabolism in body.

· It helps in purifying blood due to its anti microbial action.

· Another use of shilajit is that it works against any microorganism hence has an anti microbial action therefore helps in relieving body from any kind of foreign invasion.

· Helps in building body’s natural immunity thereby useful in providing natural strength to the body.

· Very effective in disease related to heart as it a pitta moderator

· Shilajit is also effective in controlling blood pressure levels by bringing it to normal levels.

· Works as a kapha suppressant therefore helps in countering cough and helps in releasing sputum from the respiratory tract. It has also been found effective in asthmatic condition

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· Very important herb in ayurvedic system of medicine, which helps in increasing strength

and endurance power in men. It works as an aphrodisiac agent thereby helps in increasing sperm count and also helps in bettering the quality of sperms. It also helps in regulating sex hormones for proper functioning. It has been regarded as Indian viagra as it is very helpful in enhancing sexual powers.

· Shilajit is well used in treating diabetes cases, as it is very helpful in metabolizing glucose in blood stream.

· It is strongly recommended in renal calculi cases, as it is very effecting in crushing calculi due to its tickt rasa property. It is also beneficial in enhancing proper functioning of kidneys.

· Good results have also been seen in infection in urinary tract and helps in relieving from symptoms like dysurea and burning micturation.

· Excellent results have been discovered when shilajit is applied in medo roga (obesity). It possesses this property because of its laghu (light) and ruksh (dry) properties. It helps in scrapping away of extra fat accumulated in body thus helps in providing slim and healthy looks to the body.

· Shilajit is highly recommended in patients who are weak or have been recovering from prolonged illness or from any surgery.

· Shilajit helps in supplementing the minerals (like phosphorus, calcium and magnesium) and vitamin deficiency in body

· Shilajit provides strength to the body and has been mentioned as rasayan by Acharya Charak, the great Indian ayurvedic healer, and has recommended its daily use to maintain physical and mental strength and to maintain youth and to attain long life.

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Dog Parvo Symptoms – Dog Illnesses Symptoms

Parvorious is a viral sickness dogs can easily acquire, it is most likely to happen in puppies. It happens in the dog’s dividing cells and it spreads really fast. The virus eliminates this cells and can cause immediate death in puppies. In this article I will tell you all about the 3 most common dog parvo symptoms and were you can learn all about dog illnesses symptoms.

Dog Parvo Symptoms

1. The most common symptoms of dog parvo are when your dog has high diarrhea and vomiting. If you start seeing these symptoms in your dog or puppy, you better start to get worried about your dog illnesses symptoms.

2. Another way the parvorious virus manifests itself is when your dog has depression, lack of hunger and high fevers. Don’t worry I will tell you exactly how you can help your .dog illnesses symptoms.

3. Secondary dog parvo symptoms, are more intense, you will identify high levels of vomit and bloody diarrhea. Parvorious is a very complicated viral disease, if you start to observe such symptoms your dog is in danger of dying. There is a way to treat it, but you better be able to identify these symptoms.

When you see these types of symptoms take your dog or puppy immediately to your veterinary. Although that is not enough…

If you don’t know how to treat dog parvo symptoms, the victims will die of dehydration. This is why I will show you a webpage that reviews the best dog health and dog training information products. If I were you, I wouldn’t think twice about purchasing these books. They are a must have to know about your dog’s health, otherwise it might be too late, even if you are able to take him to the vet, if you don’t know what to do when observing these dog illnesses symptoms, your puppy is most likely to die.

6 Healthy Foods That Elderly Should Not Eat

A healthy diet makes for a healthy life, when coupled with a regular exercise routine and adequate sleep. While we may be at ease consuming a variety of healthy foods at a young age, our bodies are subject to change as we grow older, therefore making certain seemingly healthy foods less compatible to our health. Most often, we ignore the impact that age has on our ability to process certain foods, thus affecting our physiological functioning in the long run.

As the years roll by, our organs slowly begin to lose their agile repairing power, making recovery from the effects of certain foods quite taxing on our health. While we may think that healthy foods suit all age groups, this does not hold true in several cases. Therefore it is best to be wary of these six healthy foods that the elderly should not eat, in order to avoid health implications in ourselves and our elderly loved ones.

1. Raw eggs and foods that contain undercooked eggs:

Eggs are considered to be a superbly rich source of protein and other nutrients. Several people in their 20s to 40s consume raw egg as part of their high-protein diet, especially if they indulge in workouts that aim to add more muscle mass. Similarly, several people consume foods such as unpasteurized eggnog, French toast, desserts like tiramisu and so on that contain undercooked eggs. These foods are a big no-no for the elderly! This is because raw eggs may contain Salmonella bacteria, both on the outside and the inside of eggs, causing illnesses such as food poisoning.

2. Raw sprouts:

Of course, sprouts are a delicious source of nutrition, vitamins, minerals and other health-vital nutrients. Bean sprouts, raw green gram, broccoli, alfalfa are some of the renowned sprouts known for their nutritional value, especially when consumed raw. However, the elderly must avoid raw sprouts as they can be a breeding hub for germs, especially the Salmonella, E. coli, which can cause serious illnesses that the elderly find difficult to recuperate from.

3. Soft cheeses:

Dairy and dairy derivatives are excellent sources of calcium, an essential mineral at every stage of life. However, soft cheeses such as blue-veined cheeses, Camembert, Brie, Buchette and so on can house bacteria and food poisoning bugs that can cause listeria, making them highly unsuitable for the elderly to consume. Cooked soft cheeses are fine for consumption, because the heat kills bacteria.

4. Unpasteurized milk:

Raw, unpasteurized milk is an absolute must-avoid food for the elderly. Unpasteurized milk contains bacteria and protozoa that can cause diseases such as brucellosis, listeriosis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever and diphtheria, among others. These bacteria can only be killed through pasteurization or heating of milk to a certain temperature for a set period of time. To gain requisite calcium to prevent osteoporosis and other age-related bone illnesses, one can consume plant sources of calcium as well as tofu, cooked broccoli, almonds and kale.

5. Rare and cold meats:

While we may prefer our steaks or burger patties to be rare or medium-rare, the elderly cannot take the gamble with their health by consuming raw or rare meats, especially if they are ground. The process of grinding meat can introduce potentially harmful germs and bacteria, such as Salmonella, E. coli, to the meat, which can result in serious illness and sometimes even death.

6. Raw sea food:

Sushi, sashimi, ceviche and the like are delicious, no doubt; however, they fall under the list of foods that elderly ought to avoid. Raw or undercooked seafood can contain bacteria, germs and potentially harmful toxins, that do not get killed our flushed out due to lack of heat being introduced into the sea food. Raw fish, clams, oysters and mussels are to be strictly avoided.

As we age, our bodies become older, but our minds become wiser. Let us indulge our wise elderly with the right foods for a healthy life. Fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, cooked fish, and nuts containing omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Cutting down on red meat and processed meats, replacing them with cooked fish, pasteurized dairy and dairy products, and plant protein can have a positive health impact. Whole fruits, berries and melons can be consumed in place of juices, for adequate fibre and vitamin supply. Whole grain foods are great sources of energy and carbohydrates – this works great for all age groups!

Heartburn Can Be Easily Cured

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

Helicobacter is a clever little bug

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

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

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

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

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

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

HP infection and prevalence

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

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

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

How do you know if you have the HP bug?

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

Typical manifestations of a Helicobacter pylori infection:

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

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

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

· Recurring abdominal pain, intestinal cramps.

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

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

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

· Diarrhea or constipation after several years of infection.

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

· Symptoms worse at night, or worse lying down.

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

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

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

· Helicobacter pylori is implicated in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

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

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

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

Conventional HP Therapy

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

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

Triple Therapy

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

HP Testing

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

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

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

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

Natural HP Eradication

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prevent Heartburn and Acid Reflux by Improving the Health of Your Diaphragm

We pay a lot of attention to maintaining the health of certain parts of our bodies, especially the heart, lungs hair, nails, and skin, but how many people ever consider their diaphragm? Unless you have had advanced lessons in activities that focus on breathing, such as singing, swimming or playing wind instruments, you probably have not heard much about your diaphragm. Consciously controlling and exercising your diaphragm helps you breathe more deeply and to hold your breath longer which is key for the above mentioned activities as well as activities in which aiming is vital such as archery, target shooting and golf.

Did you know that your diaphragm is not only important for controlling breathing, but is also vital for your overall health? The diaphragm’s role in breathing also makes it part of the system that delivers proper amounts of oxygen to all the parts of your body. Without enough oxygen, virtually all parts of the body experience reduced performance and can even be damaged in the long run. One of the most noticeable side-effects of inadequate oxygen supply is a lack of energy. Sometimes, the real cause of lethargy and fatigue is simply not getting enough oxygen to the brain and muscles for them to perform at optimal levels. Any professional athlete will tell you that breathing right helps them play their best. Try this experiment: pick up something that you consider to be fairly heavy. If you try picking it up while holding your breath, you will find it more difficult than if you try picking it up while breathing deeply in and out.

An even less obvious, but no less vital aspect of the diaphragm is its effects on the digestive, blood circulatory, and nervous systems. Few people realize that the diaphragm is located not only under their lungs, but that it also separates the chest cavity (where the heart, lungs etc. are) and the abdominal cavity (home of the stomach, intestines etc.). The diaphragm extends from the front of the chest all the way to the spine and fills the rib cage below the lungs from one of your sides to the other. It is a broad, flattened, dome-like muscle that, just like any muscle in the body, can become weak and that can be strengthened with exercise, stimulation and proper diet. The diaphragm has holes in it that allow the esophagus, nerves, veins and arteries to pass through it. The muscle tissue that surrounds these holes squeeze the tubes, helping to control flow. In fact, symptoms of “heartburn”, upset stomach, and vomiting can have their root cause in a weak diaphragm that is not properly constricting the esophagus.

Perhaps you have heard of a condition called a ‘hiatal hernia’. This is a very painful condition in which a part of the stomach tries to squeeze through the hole in the diaphragm surrounding the esophagus. The side-effects of this condition can be confused with a stomach ulcer, heartburn, or gas build-up. Sometimes, it is even sever enough to seem like a heart attack. Typical treatments for hiatal hernia such as drastically reducing meal portions, sleeping in specific positions, and even surgery. None of these options are nearly as effective as improving the health and strength of the diaphragm muscle. Applied kinesiology techniques can help to strengthen the diaphragm muscles, thus treating the root cause of the condition.

Are you feeling weak or tired all the time? Have you had heartburn, acid reflux, gas bloating, or even symptoms of ulcers or a mild heart attack? If so, you need to see a holistic physician who specializes in applied kinesiology. The real cause of your symptoms may be a weak diaphragm.