Thickened Drinks – What Are They, Why Are They Needed and How Do I to Make Them?

As a Speech Pathologist, I was often asked questions like this by the family members of people who had been newly diagnosed with a swallowing difficulty. Most people have never heard of swallowing difficulties, let alone ‘Thickened Drinks’. Swallowing difficulties (also known as ‘Dysphagia’) are not common, but they can affect people of all ages. There are many known causes of dysphagia but some of the more common ones are: stroke; cerebral palsy; Parkinson’s disease; head trauma; surgery and radiation therapy as a result of cancer of the head or neck; and changes to the nerves and muscles of the throat that making swallowing difficult for the elderly.

What Are Thickened Fluids and Why Are They Recommended?

If someone you know has been diagnosed with a swallowing difficulty, chances are they have been recommended ‘thickened drinks’ or ‘thickened fluids’. Thickened drinks are basically normal drinks that have had a specially formulated thickener added to them, to make them thicker than regular drinks (this is discussed more later in the article). They are recommended by Speech Pathologists (also known as Speech Therapist or Speech and Language therapists) for people who can no longer swallow normal fluids safely and who are at risk of having drinks go into their lungs. The consequences of drinks going into the lungs can be strong coughing, choking or more serious risks such as a chest infection and aspiration pneumonia. I recently worked with one lady who, only four months before, had been in hospital with her third bout of aspiration pneumonia in less than 10 months. She had been recommended thickened drinks over 12 months ago, but she was still drinking normal drinks at least once a day and small amounts of the drinks were going into her lungs. This was a problem, not only because of the fluid in the lungs, but because naturally occurring bacteria in her mouth travelled with the fluid and into her lungs. Once this occurs, it is only a matter of time before the bacteria causes a chest infection known as aspiration pneumonia. Fortunately for this lady, she finally listened to advice and only drank the thickened drinks that were recommended to her. She has not had a recurrence of aspiration pneumonia since!

So what’s so special about thickened drinks? One reason they work is because they travel more slowly down the throat and are easier for a person to control when they swallow. To get a better idea, imagine this- Someone starts pouring water out of a cup and tells you to catch it in a bowl that you are holding. You will try to respond as quick as you can, but there will probably be a delay between when they start pouring and when you have moved the bowl to catch the water. This short delay will probably mean that some of the water lands on the floor. Now imagine someone pouring a thickened drink, like a thick shake, out of a cup. You would probably catch much more of this liquid because the thick shake flows more slowly out of the cup and gives you more time to respond. This is similar to what happens when someone with a swallowing difficulty drinks water versus a thickened drink. When they drink water, the muscles and nerves in their throat don’t act quickly enough and some of the water can go into their lungs. But when they drink thickened drinks, the fluid moves more slowly and this gives their body more time to control and direct the fluid away from their lungs and toward their stomach. That is one reason why thickened fluids work. As people with swallowing difficulties tend to have the difficulty all day, every day, thickened fluids are intended to replace normal drinks. That means people having thickened fluids will in most cases, not be able to drink normal drinks at all or until their Speech Pathologist advises otherwise. Therefore, when someone is on thickened drinks, they should aim to drink as much of them as is needed to maintain normal hydration (1-2 litres).

The Three Levels of Thickened Fluids

When someone is diagnosed with a swallowing difficulty, a Speech Pathologist will recommend one of three different thickness levels. The level of thickness that is recommended varies from person to person. It depends on the severity of a person’s swallowing disorder. Typically, the worse the swallowing disorder, the thicker the drink. Recently, Speech Pathology Australia and the Dietitian’s Association of Australia worked together to create the Australian Standards for Texture Modified Foods and Fluids*. They developed the following naming and descriptions for the three recognised thicknesses of thickened drinks:

Level 150- Mildly Thick

This level is the thinnest of all the thickened fluids. It pours quickly out of a cup (but slower than regular fluids) and has a fast, steady flow. You can drink drinks of this thickness level out of a cup. Other names used to describe this thickness are: Level 1, Nectar Thick, Quarter Thick, Cream or Semi Thick.

Level 400- Moderately Thick

This level is the second thickest of all the thickened fluids. It is similar to the thickness of a thick shake (but a thick shake becomes thinner when it melts, so people on this thickness level still can’t drink thick shakes!). Drinks of this thickness pour slowly from a cup and have a slow rate of flow. As it is thick, the best way to have this drink is with a spoon. Other names used to describe this thickness are: Level 2, Honey Thick, Half Thick or Thick.

Level 900- Extremely Thick

This level is the thickest of all the thickened fluids in the new thickness guidelines. Drinks of this thickness cannot be poured from a cup into the mouth as they have a very small flow rate. Drinks of this thickness are so thick that they hold their shape on the spoon and so using a spoon to have them is the best method. Other names used to describe this drink thickness are: Level 3, Pudding Thick, Full Thick, Mousse or Extra Thick.

How do I buy or make Thickened Fluids?

You have two options, you can purchase pre-made thickened drinks or you can make your own thickened drinks with a powder thickener. Many people also use a combination of both- so they get the benefits of both options.

Pre-mixed thickened drinks

The first option is to purchase pre-mixed thickened fluids. These are available in single serve cups (sold individually or in cartons) or large bottles. Here are some advantages:

  • they don’t require preparation and are ready to drink,
  • they don’t need refrigeration until they are opened
  • they have a long shelf life (6+ months)
  • you can be assured that the drinks have been prepared to the right thickness and they are not too runny or overly thick

These products are particularly appealing to people who are elderly or have a disability and are not able to prepare the drinks for themselves or do not have someone who they can rely on to do it correctly, every 1-2 days. The down side of pre-packaged drinks are that they cost more than plain thickening powder and some brands manufacture only a limited number of flavours. In Australia, we are lucky to have manufacturers that have over 20 flavours on their menu. However, if you’re not based in Australia, you may have to search online to find the products that suit you.

Make your own thickened drinks

The second option is that you can make thickened fluids using a specialised powder thickener that can come in small tins up to large, economical boxes. These thickeners are specially formulated for people with swallowing disorders. Thickeners like cornflour or Karicare are not recommended for thickening drinks. The reasons for this are:

  • it is hard to get drinks to the correct consistency with these products
  • they often dramatically change the taste of the drinks they are put into
  • they can be difficult to mix in completely
  • the drinks may change in consistency (get thicker or thinner) over time or as the surrounding temperature changes. This could result in the drink thinning down or becoming too thick or gluggy and therefore being unsuitable to drink.

A benefit to using specialised thickening powder is that it is cheaper and more economical than buying pre-mixed drinks and you can add it to whatever flavoured drink you choose (including beer and wine!!). A disadvantage of using a powder thickener is that many people, especially the elderly or those with a disability may have difficulty mixing the drink to the correct thickness level. If a drink is too runny it puts a person at risk of having the drink spill down the throat and then go into the lungs. If the drink is too thick, it may not be appetizing and a person may drink less of it and therefore be at risk of dehydration. Also, drinks that have been pre-mixed using a powder thickener only last a very short time in the fridge- typically 1-2 days.

Some final points about thickening powder. As not all powder thickeners can be used to thicken hot drinks (and you think you might like to thicken hot drinks such as tea), be sure to look for this information when you are making your selection. Also, if you decide to purchase specialised thickening powder, you will find the recipes on the back of the container. They are quite easy to find and to follow. Each pack normally has three recipes describing how to make up the drink to each of the three recommended thickness levels. For example, if you are on Level 150- Mildly thick, the recipe might instruct you to add 1 teaspoon of powder to 200 mLs of liquid- then stir. Just remember, if you are unsure about which thickness level applies to you or your family member, don’t guess, it could be risky for the person drinking it- especially if the drink is too thin. Just ask your dietitian or speech pathologist.

As you can see, there are some things to understand about using and making thickened drinks, however you have a number of options and it’s just a matter of finding what suits you or your family member in terms of price, ease of use and flavour.

References: *Dietitian’s Association of Australia & The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited (2007). Texture-modified food and thickened fluids as used for individuals with dysphagia: Australian standardised labels and definitions. Nutrition & Dietetics, 64 (Suppl.2): p553-576

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Avoid Keyword Paralysis

Do you suffer from it? Do you even know what it is? It’s currently afflicting at least 90% of the well intentioned, money making wannabe webmasters on the internet. I suffered from it at one point. First it started with “which keyword research tool” should I use? Should I use a free keyword tool, like Google’s AdWord tool, or should I use the paid wordtracker keyword tool? Once I got past that conundrum, I then had to deal with the keywords themselves!

Look, there’s no easy way to say this, but, to get over keyword paralysis you need to kick yourself in the pants. You need to enter your seed keyword, run your tool and then do something with your keywords. Me personally, I like to find a highly searched long tail keyword phrase and build sites based just around that phrase. Why do you ask? Because I know people are searching for it! Why else would you build something, whether it be an article or a website, except to have someone look at it, right? Well, that’s my reasoning too. I’ll either write an article based around that long tail keyword or I’ll build a site based around it. Either way, i’m shooting to get some organic keyword traffic from it.

So do you see what I’m talking about now? Don’t get to deep into the keywords. Identify a long tail keyword that people are searching for which does NOT have a ton of competition in Google or msn. This is where I use my paid keyword tools wisely. I own several of them and they allow me to dig as deep as I want plus they give me information quickly and efficiently so that I can spend my time building sites and articles. I’m not saying that the free tools won’t let you do that either, but they’re not as fast or efficient as the paid keyword tools.

It all comes down to doing SOMETHING. You’ll learn more in working with your keywords than you will in just staring at them. Do this and let me know via my website how you did: Run a keyword search with at least 50 keywords from one seeded word. Build ONE website around those keywords and include the keywords as menu items on your site. Let me know if you start getting traffic based on those keywords. Chances are, if you have your keywords in your menu, on your information pages (with H1 or H2 tags) and decent content that has been optimized, you’ll start seeing results. That’s what I do, and I make money all day long doing this.

Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Treatment

Alcoholic fatty liver disease not unlike other forms of fatty liver is reversible. When the cause of fatty liver is alcohol, it is more likely to develop into cirrhosis and cancer, so it is very important to reverse it and prevent it from haunting you again.

Alcohol damages your liver cells by overloading them with work. When that happens fat accumulates inside them because they can’t handle taking care of both fat and alcohol (fatty liver, or steatosis stage). As more fat accumulates, less damage the liver can endure and cells start to die and be replaced by fibrotic tissue (cirrhosis stage). Fibrotic tissue does not function and leads to chronic liver failure. Damage to the liver also increases the probability of developing cancer.

But even when you already have alcoholic fatty liver disease, treatment is possible. The first step is, of course, reducing alcohol intake or, better yet, remove it completely. Alcohol not only damages your liver directly, but it is causes malabsorption of nutrients essential for liver recovery.

The next step is adjusting your diet. Make sure you eat a balanced diet and, if at all possible, become vegetarian. Meat, fish, eggs, and milk put extra load on the liver, which you want to avoid. On the other hand, fruit, vegetables, grains, and beans are rich in nutrients and poor in calories, providing the nutrients necessary for liver regeneration while keeping calories low to signal the liver to burn the fat inside it.

Finally, one last step is taking supplements. A few herbs have been proven to cause liver regeneration and fight liver cancer, and they have healed people with steatosis, cirrhosis and even liver cancer. The most important of these are milk thistle, and artichoke, but the list is very long. You can either try to take one supplement of each or, better yet, use one of the many combinations available.

Alcoholic fatty liver disease treatment is one of the best steps you can take towards health. It is beneficial for everyone who takes, or took, alcohol, because even moderate amount have been shown to cause some degree of liver damage.

Spinal Stenosis

Onset can occur gradually with a feeling of tenderness over the buttock area or upper thigh. This feeling of tenderness will gradually radiate into the lower extremity. After a period of time neurological symptoms will develop, causing sharp and at times severe pain, radiating from the lower back into the buttock and down the leg. Severe symptoms can develop suddenly, usually within 24 hours after heavy lifting, with no previous signs of tenderness or pain.

Pain can be very severe after walking, and that is often mistaken as originating from a circulatory (vascular) disorder. In a vascular disorder the pain will be relieved when the individual stops walking and rests. In spinal stenosis, the pain will not be relieved on resting. If the condition is not attended to at its very beginning, when symptoms first appear, it will progress into a chronic disorder that becomes increasingly more painful with each and Paget's disease. Anepisode. The pain can be so severe, that the individual can become completely disabled, preventing them from their normal daily activities, as well as being ambulatory.

Spinal stenosis results from a narrowed spinal canal space and the causes can be varied. Some of these causes are, osteoarthritis, spondylolesthesis, and compression fracture of a vertebra, congenital bone defects other very common cause, related to the osteoarthritis, is the overgrowth of boney spickules into the spinal canal. These boney projections encroach on the sciatic nerve causing the pain and neurological symptoms. If these boney projections are seriously reducing the size of the spinal canal and are impacting the spinal nerve, surgical removal of these projections may be necessary.

Should the symptoms of spinal stenosis occur in a younger individual, congenital defects should be ruled out entirely, or confirmed if they are present. These incidents can be brought on by trauma during a work related incident, or during leisure activities while playing sports. The trauma that occurred can result in muscle spasms that will impact the sciatic nerve and cause symptoms similar to those in spinal stenosis. In these cases, physiotherapy in the form of local heat, electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound will be of benefit. Rest, until symptoms abate is also beneficial.

When low back pain has become chronic, finding the cause of that pain is of the utmost importance. Once the cause has been pinpointed, alleviating the pain is the first order of business. Correcting the cause, if at all possible, is the next order of business. Depending upon the healthcare provider you see, the search of the cause may differ. The medical approach will be to alleviate the pain with the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and bed rest. In more severe cases they will use an epidural injection. If the pain is not relieved, the following month, another epidural injection is tried. This procedure is used for three months. If it is not successful after the third month, surgery may be suggested.

This surgery may be in the form of spinal fusion, or the removal of the boney projections into the spinal canal. Chiropractic is another approach to chronic low back pain with the symptoms of spinal stenosis. The Chiropractor will find a positive cause and try to correct the cause. Very often these causes are of a biomechanical nature. The biomechanical cause can stem from the feet, the knees, or the spine itself. Once identified, proper corrections are made. While these corrections are ongoing, alleviation of the pain is addressed. Here too, they will use local heat, electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, combined with specific massage therapy. During this period of treatment, an orthopedic support to splint and stabilize the area may also be used.

During the period of time that the individual is undergoing treatment, it is of course very important that they take an active part in helping themselves as well. Home healthcare, will play a very significant role in their recovery. For example, if the individual is overweight, they should make every effort to take off the excess pounds. Try to rest as much as possible and do not engage in any activities that will tend to aggravate the low back in particular. Use local heat for 20-30 minutes 3 to 4 times daily. Use a good analgesic gel, rubbed into the area 3 to 4 times daily. Wear an orthopedic support to splint the area, giving Mother Nature a chance to heal the offending area as well.

When symptoms start to abate, it is time to strengthen the muscles that have grown weaker. An exercise program should be started. Start out slowly, giving the muscles (particularly the low back and the abdominal muscles) a chance to strengthen as you go along. Do not give up on your exercise program after you feel better, thinking you are out of the woods. You will never really be out the woods. The exercise program is forever!

Narcotics and Foot Pain – A Poor Combination

The use of narcotic medication to treat body pain is a common practice for many physicians and other health care providers. Narcotics are effective at relieving many types of pain, and are safe if properly used. The use of narcotics to treat severe foot pain is a practice that still enjoys some popularity, primarily amongst non-foot specialists. Unfortunately, unlike pain in the rest of the body, foot pain often has a mechanical cause directly related to the way one’s foot structure functions when walking. The use of narcotic pain medication for foot pain will often lead to a worsening of the condition causing the pain. This article will discuss the nature of narcotic medication, foot pain, and how the two don’t necessarily work well together.

Narcotic pain medication is part of a large family of prescription drugs called opioids that effect the way people perceive pain sensation. These drugs typically bind themselves to cells from tissue found in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal system. The part of a cell an opioid binds to is called the opioid receptor. The medication binds itself to this area, and the end result of a complex process that follows is decreased pain sensation, increased pain tolerance, and euphoria. Unfortunately, some side effects can occur despite a good track record of safety when used properly. These can include sedation, a reduction in breathing ability, and constipation. Dependance on these drugs can also develop if they are taken long enough. When someone becomes addicted to pain medication, the dependency effect as well the euphoria created by the drug reinforces the body’s desire to continue on the medication, even if it is not medically needed. By stopping the medication, a withdrawal effect can also develop, limiting the ability of an addict to discontinue the medication.

The traditional use of narcotic pain medication was for chronic, unrelenting pain. This type of pain is seen with terminal cancer, major surgery recovery, or during severe injuries like burns and major fractures. Recently, the use of narcotic pain medication has expanded to many types of pain, both acute and chronic. The masking of the pain can be beneficial for people to help restore a normal life without pain. This works fine if the pain is from an inflamed gallbladder, back arthritis, or rib fracture. When the source of pain comes from a foot injury, a more unique approach must be taken to control the pain, as simply ‘feeling better’ can often lead to a worsening of the injury that caused the foot pain and a delay in healing.

Most foot pain is due to an injury that occurs directly or indirectly as a result of some abnormality of the foot structure. For example, the vast majority of heel pain is due to an injury of a ligament in the arch called the plantar fascia. This injury is usually due to flat feet or high arches causing strain or shock, respectively, on the fascia. Without the abnormal foot arch structure, the heel would not hurt. The same can be said for many other common sources of foot pain, including Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, neuromas (pinched nerve), most toe pain, pain in the ball of the foot, bunion pain, and many causes of pain around the ankles. The common factor seen in these various conditions is the development of inflammation in the foot as a result of the body’s overzealous attempt to heal the injured tissue. The treatment for these conditions ideally needs to revolve around supporting the injured foot, restricting motion at the injured area, and reducing the overzealous inflammation the body creates during the healing process. By reducing the inflammation, the pain is reduced. With this and proper support, the body heals efficiently without excessive pain.

Unfortunately, the use of narcotic pain medication only addresses pain control, and not inflammation or foot structure. Narcotics do not help at all with inflammation, which is the true source of most foot pain. These medications will only reduce the body’s perception of pain, allowing the inflammation process to continue. This will delay the body’s ability to heal the foot for two reasons. Firstly, the excess of inflammation not reduced by the narcotic medication will continue and the body will heal when it is good and ready. Often this time period will be for much longer than what is truly necessary, since the body forms an overzealous reaction to injury just to be on the ‘safe side’. Secondly, with narcotics, the tendency of many people is to resume activity as normal, since the foot does not hurt as much. When foot pain is correctly reduced because of inflammation reduction, increased activity may not be as harmful if proper foot support is still maintained. However, if foot pain is simply eliminated by a narcotic pain medication only, the feeling of ‘normal’ invites many into mistakenly resuming their activity as usual. This only worsens the foot injury and increases the inflammation, as the true nature of the injury is masked by the pain relief.

The foot is unique in that it receives the weight of the body above it and the stress of walking below it. Injuries to the foot need much more support and rest than any other part of the body. Narcotic pain medication use for foot pain allows excessive activity too early in the healing process, and should not be used for most types of foot pain as it does not address the underlying cause of foot pain: inflammation as a result of mechanically-caused injury. There are times in which narcotic pain medication is acceptable, and even advised for foot pain. Severe crushing injuries, fractures, burns, and other injuries that have nothing to do with foot structure or normal inflammation can benefit from pain control. However, narcotic pain control in fractures should be short term, and strict control of motion and activity is necessary, even if the foot ‘feels better’ with pain control. Foot pain from surgery can also be treated with narcotic pain medication in the short term, as much of that pain is due to the cutting of tissue. Most people require only a brief period of pain control following foot or ankle surgery, which does not usually exceed 3 weeks in most cases.

Narcotic pain medication has its place in the treatment of pain in the body. When dealing with most causes of foot pain, the combination of a likelihood of worsening the foot injury, delaying healing, and the problems of narcotic addiction make the use of these powerful drugs ill-advised. Properly addressing the inflammation of the injury, supporting the foot, and dealing with the abnormal foot structure that likely led to the painful condition in the first place are far better ways to treat foot and ankle pain.

Home Remedies For Sore Throats

Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable parts of having a cold or flu is a the dreaded sore throat or in medical term, pharyngitis which means a painful inflammation felt in the tonsils, pharynx, or the larynx.

A sore throat is a symptom of many illness but the major cause of sore throat is infection. These infections can be caused by viruses like the flu and common cold or by certain types of bacteria such as strep, mycoplasma, or hemophilus that cause the inflammation.

Viral sore throats typically accompany flu and colds and are highly contagious and spread quickly. Sore throats can also go along with other viral infections like measles, chicken pox, whooping cough, and croup.

Streptococcus is the most common bacterial cause for sore throat. This is a serious infection that can also damage not just the throat, but also heart valves and kidneys as well as cause tonsillitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and ear infections.

Pollens and molds that irritate the nose when inhaled and cause sneezing and colds can bring on a sore throat as well. Cat and dog danders and house dust are common causes of sore throats to people with such allergies.

Pollutants and chemicals in the air irritate the throat and the nose leading to sore throat. The most common air pollutant is the smoke from tobacco. Other irritants are alcohol beverages, and spicy foods.

A person who strains his or her voice from yelling and shouting gets a sore throat not just because of muscle strain but also because of the rough treatment of his or her throat membranes. Sometimes a sore throat also occurs due to regurgitation of the stomach acids up into the back of the throat.

It is a good idea to go to your doctor whenever you have a sore throat. You need to determine the cause so as to rule out those that are serious. In the event that your sore throat is deemed to be a common cold or flu variety, here’s some home remedies that you might find useful.

For mild sore throat associated with cold and flu symptoms, increase fluid intake if necessary. Warm tea with honey is good.

You may also use a streamer or humidifier in your bedroom.

Gargle with warm salt water several times daily.

Lemon juice squeezed into a glass of lukewarm water is good for a sore throat.

The juice of fresh pomegranates is good to gargle with then to drink.

Add 1 dessert spoon of hydrogen peroxide to ½ tumbler of warm water and gargle.

Consulting a physician is necessary for sore throat infection.

The most effective way of combating sore throat infection is through proper personal hygiene. These are important things to keep in mind. Remember that as always, prevention is better than cure.

Mind, Body, Spirit Healing–Putting It into Practice

Modern Medicine promotes the belief that health and wellness is a crap shoot, genetically driven and at best, pure luck. If the roll of the dice isn’t in your favor or your genetic make-up has been doomed six generations back, or luck runs out, Modern Medicine has a magic pill, chemical bomb or simply cutting out whatever organ is afflicted as a solution.

Norman Vincent Peale declared, “Change your thoughts, and you change your world.” Caroline Myss, medical intuitive extraordinaire states, “Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal and global consequences.” Wayne Dyer states, “We are responsible for everything in our lives, including whether the chemistry in our body works or doesn’t work.” If you believe health and wellness is a crap shoot, genetically driven or pure luck you have set the stage for body malfunction. If you believe as Norman Vincent Peale, Caroline Myss, PhD and Wayne Dyer, PhD, Deepak Chopra, MD believe your choices, thoughts and feelings are an act of power, and that you are responsible, then you are in control of your health.

To be effective Mind, Body, Spirit healing needs to be practiced on a daily basis–not after your body is being ravaged by a malfunction. Mind, Body, Spirit healing is a process that maintains and supports health and wellness, thereby prevents body malfunction. People who practice Mind, Body Spirit healing avoid having cancer, MS, heart attacks, strokes, and the 101 other afflictions from A to Z, which Modern Medicine has conditioned us to be plagued by from birth to death–for many a premature death.

The nine most frequent surgeries in America are Tonsillectomies, myringotomies, Cataract removal, Low-back surgery, Gall Bladder removal, Hysterectomies, C-Section, Sleep Apnea, Jaw pain.

As Dr. Myss stated–“…every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological,…consequences.” In order to change any biological consequence you need to change your thoughts, which changes your feelings. Your new thoughts/beliefs must be shifted to empower you to control your health.

To eliminate/avoid the most common reasons for surgery, it is important to know the thoughts/beliefs, which creates body malfunctions and healthy thoughts/beliefs to prevent or heal it.

Tonsillitis, Quinsy, Sore Throat – cause: Fear, Repressed emotions, Stifled Creativity, A strong belief that you cannot speak up for yourself and ask for your needs, Feeling unable to express yourself. Holding in angry words.

Remedy: “I release all restrictions and I am free to be me. It is my birth right to have my needs met. I now ask for what I want with love and with ease. My good now flows freely. Divine ideas express through me. I am at peace.”

Ear Infection – cause: Anger. Not wanting to hear. Too much turmoil. Parents arguing.

Remedy: Myringotomies are performed for recurrent ear infection, usually in children under five. Since your child is incapable of changing the thoughts/feelings you need to take the responsibility to change the child’s experience and foster the expression of feelings. Listen to and acknowledge your child’s feelings. Avoid talking at your child, talk with your child. There many excellent books on effective parenting. If there is turmoil, fighting and arguing between the parents–seek counseling to resolve your adult issues. I urge adults who have frequent colds/sore throats to use the following thought patterns. “I hear with love. Harmony surrounds me. I listen with love to the pleasant and the good. I am a center of love.”

Cataracts – cause: Inability to see ahead with joy. Belief in a dark future.

Remedy: “Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.”

Gall Bladder problems-cause: Bitterness. Hard thoughts. Condemning. Pride. Fear.

Remedy: “I joyously release all hurts from the past. Life is sweet and so am I.

Uterus/ovary problems – cause: Allowing confusion to reign. Giving power to outside influences. Rejection of the feminine processes.

Remedy: “I am at home in my body. I am balanced in my creative flow.

C-Section-cause: Belief in old wives tales. Belief–childbirth should be painless. Fear. Stopping the process. Rejection of the feminine processes. Unhealed aftereffects of child sexual abuse/rape or adult rape cause the memory of trauma to interfere with the natural birth process. If you are a sexual child abuse or adult rape survivor heal the emotional and physical aftereffects. See http://www.gen-assist.com to find a sexual abuse recovery specialist, traditional therapy is not effective to guide you through sexual abuse recovery.

Remedy: Change your beliefs about childbirth. Take natural childbirth classes. A mid-wife and/or doula can lead you through a healthy delivery in the majority of instances. “I trust the process of life. I am safe. I am balanced in my creative flow.”

Jaw Pain-cause: Anger. Resentment. Desire for revenge.

Remedy: “I am willing to change the patterns in me that created this condition. I love and approve of myself. I am safe.”

Sleep Apnea: Stubborn refusal to let go of old patterns, overweight or tonsil malfunction.

Remedy: “I release all that is unlike love and joy in my mind. I move from the past into the new and fresh and vital.” Lose weight and follow remedy for tonsil malfunction.

Low-Back Pain L-1 to L- 5 – cause: Crying for love and a need to be lonely. Insecurity. Stuck in childhood pain. See no way out. Sexual abuse. Guilt. Self-hatred. Rejection of sexuality. Financial insecurity. Fear of career. Feeling powerless. Insecurity. Difficulty in communicating. Anger. Inability to accept pleasure.

Remedy: “I am safe in the universe and all Life loves me and supports me. I grow beyond my parents’ limitations and live for myself. It is my turn now. I release the past. I cherish myself and my beautiful sexuality. I am safe. I love who I am. I am grounded in my own power. I am secure on all levels. I deserve to enjoy life. I ask for what I want and I accept with joy and pleasure.”

Tip: Write these thoughts on a 3X5 card. Read them silently or out loud 3 times upon awakening and before going to sleep. Have a copy with you, if you notice you are running the old tapes in your head, read the new thought pattern. Within 30 – 45 days you will notice you feel better, more energized and have a sense of relief.

The food we eat or lack of proper nutrition contributes to physical malfunction. I will discuss nutritional needs–titled Holistic Nutrition.

Article resource: Heal Your Body, Louise Hay.

Low Dose Birth Control Pills Minimize Side Effects

Today’s birth control pills have been designed to contain much lower doses of synthetic hormones than in the 1960’s when ‘The PILL’ (with 50 micrograms of estrogen) first went onto the market. The reason for this is to reduce the side effects of hormonal contraceptives. “That’s still not helped me much”, you may be saying but here’s some information about low dose birth control pills that may help you to have a productive ( no pun intended!) discussion with your doctor if you’re not happy with your current birth control pill. Trial and error with different pill types is worth pursuing -bearing in mind that oral contraceptives are still not the perfect method of birth control for everyone. If you are on the ‘right birth control pill’ to suit your body, you should feel exactly the same way as you do normally, if not a little better.

Some women cannot tolerate the estrogen in combined low does pills so are prescribed progestin only pills. Estrogen seemed to be the main culprit where side effects were to blame so ‘low dose birth control pills’ were developed to minimise these. Pills containing 0.02mg- 0.035mg.of estrogen are classed as ‘low dose’ pills.

Here are some brand names of “low dose” birth control pills :

LoOvral contains 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol and and 0.3 mg nogestrel

Nordette contains 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.15 mg levognorgestrel

Ortho-Cept (Reclipsen, Solia) contains 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.15 mg desogestrel

Desogen contains 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.15 mg desogestrel

Levlen21 contains 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol and 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel

Seasonale/Seasonique contain 0.03mg of ethinyl estradiol and 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel

YASMIN and YAZ are two more low dose birth control pills containing 0.03 mg and 0.02 mg respectively of estrogen but they have a different type of progestin from the other pills called drospirenone (3.0 mg).Yasmin may not be suitable for you if you also take other over-the-counter pain relievers, potassium sparing diuretics, potassium supplements or specific medications so you MUST check this out with a physician first.

Changing hormone levels within your body can result in side effects which vary for every individual. Keeping hormones at a consistent level in your body is the job of oral contraceptives so that you do not ovulate, your uterine lining thins and your cervical mucous thickens. These three events work together to prevent pregnancy.

Pills such as ALESSE and MIRCETTE are called ‘ultra low dose’ pills as they contain only 0.02mg of estrogen. These oral contraceptives are effective at preventing pregnancy but some women find that they have more spotting and breakthrough bleeding with them than with pills containing 0.03mg or 0.035mg. (considered the norm today) of estrogen. Spotting and breakthrough bleeding often disappear after a few months on a low dose birth control pill.

0.02mg of estrogen is sufficient for contraception but the side effects of spotting and breakthrough bleeding are more common with these types of ultra low dose birth control pills than with low dose birth control pills containing 0.030mg or 0.035mg of estrogen. Women who prefer ALESSE ((Aviane,Lessina,Lutera,Sronyx) and MIRCETTE say they reduce headaches, mood swings, breast tenderness and bloating. These two brands also may be better for ‘first timer pill users’ as a ‘low estrogen start’ to introducing synthetic hormones into their bodies.

You’ve probably heard of Progestin only pills or ‘mini pills’

These oral contraceptives are 90-95% effective at preventing pregnancy compared to the 99% efficacy rate of combination pills. However, they do not cause the common side effects of estrogen pills such as nausea, breast tenderness and cramps. The risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and cardiovascular disease is lower with progestin only pills. Nursing mothers can use progestin only pills a few weeks after giving birth as progestin does not affect milk supply like estrogen does.

‘Mini pills’ must be taken every day at the same time with no break. If you miss just one pill or take it more than three hours past the regular time, you need to use a backup method of birth control for 48 hours after taking the late pill. Disadvantage of the ‘mini pill’ – apart from irregular spotting and breakthrough bleeding, is that it can increase the risk of ovarian cysts and ectopic pregnancy.

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Low-dose birth control pills may increase risk for heart attack or stroke, especially in women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or metabolic disorder. However, this risk disappears when you stop taking the low dose birth control pill (according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism). PCOS is a condition that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels and appearance. “Despite the doubling of risk associated with the pill, the absolute risk for a cardiovascular event in an individual woman taking the pill is low – Women using the pill are not going to automatically have a heart attack, states John Nestler, M.D., professor and chair of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the VCU School of Medicine. “However, our findings do raise the issue of whether oral contraceptives are optimal therapy for certain groups of women who are at baseline risk or who are taking the pill for a longer time, such as women with PCOS.”

Source: Medical News Today

So if you don’t have PCOS and you think a low dose birth control pill may suit you better, read more about ALESSE and Mircette before asking your doctor which brand would ‘suit’ your own medical history. Don’t forget to tell him/her which other medications you are also taking. The on line suppliers I have recommended are accredited and also offer the best prices.Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Elizabeth Silverman, obstetrician-gynecologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Dr. Pamela Deak, obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

How To Treat Cat Diabetes At Home With These Top 5 Holistic Options

Cat diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed, and currently it affects more than 1 in 400 cats. Diabetes is very treatable, and does not need to shorten your cat’s life span. This article will go over the signs of diabetes in cats, along with the various suspected causes. I will review the most common solutions, focusing on the lesser know natural solutions that you can use to treat your cat for diabetes at home.

Most pet owner’s first suspect that their cat has diabetes as their cat is drinking and urinating much more than normal. This may be accompanied by increased appetite, but also weight loss. Occasional there is noticeable leg weakness, or dropping down on the rear legs. Some people notice a sweet smell to the breath. If not noticed early, your cat may become very ill with a condition called Ketoacidosis. This requires immediate veterinary treatment.

Diabetes is a result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin to allow the body to utilize blood glucose (sugar). This results in high blood sugar levels causing increased drinking and urination. Some cats are genetically at risk of developing diabetes. Cats that are obese typically are on a high carbohydrate dry cat food, are at higher risk.

If you suspect your pet is diabetic, have this confirmed by your veterinarian. Most cats begin with insulin, but with some diet alterations may come off insulin therapy. Ask your veterinarian about Glargine (brand name Lantus) Insulin – it is longer acting and better at regulating difficult to better at regulating difficult to regulate diabetic cats. The insulin injections can be given at home, and at the same time each day. Your veterinarian will show you how to give injections – they are not painful and usually not even noticed. The proper type of insulin, dose, and frequency of administration needs to be determined by your veterinarian.

If your cat is to have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), you’ll need to be able to recognize it, and respond quickly. This usually happens within an hour of giving the insulin injection. Your cat will be weak, trembling, dazed and may begin to shake or seizure. If you suspect this, immediately give a sugar boost. Have corn or maple syrup on hand and give 1-2 tablespoons. Rub it on the gums if he cannot swallow, then take him to your veterinarian immediately.

Recent studies have shown that cats benefit greatly from higher protein, lower carbohydrate diets. These resemble diets that they would eat in the wild. Changing to a less than 5% carbohydrate, high protein canned food is the single most important change to make. Eliminate the dry kibble, and only feed canned. Some commercial diets in this category include: Wellness Chicken or Turkey; Fancy Feast Chunky Chicken or Chunky Turkey; Nature’s Variety Organic, and raw, frozen diets. This gives your cat the greatest chance to come off of Insulin Therapy. I am finding that we can control diabetes in about 50% of diabetic cats by only feeding a higher protein canned food. One big additional point is that a change to a high protein canned food often means you’ll need to lower insulin doses to avoid hypoglycemia ( low blood sugar). Discuss this with your veterinarian.

Chromium is a supplement that makes the cells more receptive to taking up blood glucose (sugar). It may help to lower the dose of insulin. The dose is 25 mg per 10 lbs of body weight daily.

Diabetes affects the other cells in the body, damaging tissue and organ cells. Antioxidants limit this damage. Vitamin E (100 IU per 10 lbs twice daily) and Vitamin C (100 mg per 10 lbs twice daily) are two common antioxidants I would suggest.

One increasingly effective supplement helpful in treating cat diabetes is fish oil. It is a source of omega 3 fatty acids, and fish oil may increase insulin sensitivity. A feline dose is one regular strength capsule per 10 lbs of body weight given once daily. This equates to 1000mg of fish oil daily.

Cinnamon is a tasty spice has been shown to help regulate blood sugar- it is also a potent antioxidant. The active ingredient is called MHCP which mimics insulin to improve blood sugar regulation. The dose is ¼ of a teaspoon per 10 lbs daily.

You should now be able to recognize the signs of cat diabetes, and know what to do if your cat is showing these symptoms. You’ll now have an understanding of what causes diabetes in cats, and be able to take some proactive steps in preventing it in your cat. Most importantly you can now use a few of the holistic solutions to decrease and potential stop your cat from needing daily injections of insulin.

4 Major Diseases Caused Or Complicated by Obesity

There are many diseases which are known to be caused or complicated by being overweight or obese. Type-2 (adult onset) diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers and osteoarthritis are four major diseases linked to obesity.

Type-2 diabetes

Type-2 diabetes used to be known as adult onset, or non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Type-2 diabetes tends to run in families and more common in people who are overweight or obese. The incident rate is increasing correlating with the increase in obesity in the population.

Type-2 diabetes is characterized by the body not making enough of the hormone insulin to control the blood sugar levels. Sometimes the cells in the body can also become “insulin resistant” to normal levels of the hormone resulting in higher levels of insulin being required.

This form of diabetes can be controlled through proper diet, physical exercise, and weight loss.

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Having high blood pressure is one of several ‘risk factors’ that can increase your chance of developing heart disease, a stroke, and other serious conditions. As a rule, the higher the blood pressure the greater the risk.

Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure of the blood against the arterial wall at the start of a heartbeat (systolic pressure) and end of the heartbeat (diastolic pressure). Blood pressure varies with time of day but if it remains consistently high over a period of time it is classified as “high blood pressure”, often called “hypertension”.

The risk of hypertension is 5 times higher in the obese as compared to those of normal weight and up to two-thirds of cases can be attributed to excess weight.

Treatment for hypertension includes a change in lifestyle risk factors where these can be improved i.e. losing weight, taking regular physical exercise, having a healthy diet, reducing alcohol consumption and stopping smoking.

Cancer

Most people do not associate obesity with cancer and are often surprised by the connection. Often by time people are diagnosed with cancer they tend to be ill and thin, so the association with obesity is not made readily. However, experts have now concluded that there is now ample evidence that obesity increases the risk of cancers of the breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), colon, kidney, and esophagus.

In 2002, about 41,000 new cases of cancer in the United States were estimated to be due to obesity. This means that about 3.2 percent of all new cancers are linked to obesity. A recent report estimated that, in the United States, 14 percent of deaths from cancer in men and 20 percent of deaths in women were due to obesity.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a type of (degenerative) arthritis that’s caused by wear and tear of the joints. It makes your joints feel stiff and painful and commonly affects your hands, knees, hips and back.

You’re more likely to get osteoarthritis if you’re obese. Overweight women have nearly 4 times the risk of knee osteoarthritis, and for men the risk is 5 times greater. Being overweight increases the pressure on your joints, especially in your knees, ankles and lower back. This increases the stress within the joint can wear away the protective cartilage between the bone. Losing even a small amount of weight can ease the pressure on your joints, helping you to move around more freely and leading to a lower dependence on pain relieving medication.

5 Common Rashes That Can Cause Foot Pain and Irritation

Rashes aren’t generally known for being terrifying. In fact, Hollywood has yet to produce a B-grade horror movie called, “The Rash That Came From Nowhere,” or “The Rash That Ate Omaha.” So, rashes don’t really inspire a great deal of fear, but they are annoying and can be very uncomfortable. For some people (such as people with diabetes) they may even pose a significant risk if the skin breaks down (allowing infection to get in). But we don’t have to sit back and let rashes invade our skin unimpeded. No, no. There are ways to fight these annoying irritations.

Rashes can be caused by many things, but we can break these causes down into a few general categories:

1) Eczema – The term eczema may actually refer to pretty much any time the skin becomes irritated or inflamed. Some people experience flare-ups when under emotional stress, or when the skin of their foot encounters an irritating substance, such as chemicals found in socks or shoes.

2) Psoriasis – This is likely to show up as dry, flaky skin, which may bleed when scratched off.

3) Primary Irritant Dermatitis – This type of dermatitis shows up when the skin of the foot is exposed to a harsh substance, such as chemicals that may be found at work, or when people soak their feet in vinegar, bleach, or other strong substances without direction from a doctor.

4) Allergic Contact Dermatitis – Rashes of this sort form when the foot is exposed to something that (surprise, surprise) causes an allergic reaction. Poison ivy is a relatively common culprit, and some people may be allergic to dyes or other chemicals in socks or shoes.

5) Athlete’s Foot – Caused by a fungus, this type of rash thrives in moist environments (like sweaty feet).

Symptoms tend to vary depending on the type of rash you have. Typically though, skin becomes inflamed (red, warm to the touch, possibly a bit swollen) and itchy. Your skin may also appear dry, scaly, or may peel and crack. Or, pustules or blisters may form. (Perhaps Hollywood wouldn’t be so far off in making an “Attack of the Rash” movie after all, eh?) Rashes from athlete’s foot tend to show up along the bottom of the foot, or between toes.

Because rashes may have a variety of causes, your podiatrist may employ several different methods to determine from whence your rash hath sprung. He or she will likely ask you about your symptoms (such as how long you’ve been experiencing them, when they tend to show up, etc.) and will probably perform a physical examination of the affected part of your foot. If athlete’s foot is suspected, the podiatrist may take a scraping of the skin to see if fungus is at the root of your problem. If you or your doctor believe you’re experiencing an allergic reaction, you might need to undergo allergy testing to determine the exact cause.

How your rash is treated really depends on what is causing it. For instance, cool compresses tend to be beneficial for primary irritant dermatitis (which are basically chemical burns), while steroidal creams are often effective at toning down allergic reactions. Anti-fungal medications (creams, powders, or pills) may be prescribed to fight athlete’s foot. However, treating your rash incorrectly could make the problem a lot worse. So, whether you’re terrified of “The Rash That Came in the Night” or not, be sure to have it checked by a qualified foot doctor before you try to tackle it on your own.

Sore Penis Recovery Tips

An active penis is a happy one – but sometimes it’s also a sore penis. No guy likes a sore penis, no matter how much fun he may have had making it sore. That’s why effective recovery tips are important to bring a penis back into “playable” shape as quickly as possible. Certainly matters are helped when good penis health is already present, but even a well-tended and cared-for member can be subject to action-related soreness.

Happy pain?

Men often brag about having a sore penis and talk about the “happy pain” they’re feeling as a way of impressing other guys with an example of their virility and sexual bravado. Many men often will claim that “my penis is killing me today, but boy was it worth it” – even when they were at home watching TV the whole time. In other words, it’s not unusual for a guy to claim his penis is sore even when it is not.

But when a guy actually has a sore penis, it’s not something that causes him pleasure. And it’s something that keeps him from experiencing pleasure; when the manhood is too tender for touching, it’s not likely to get much action.

Recovery tips

So what should a man do to hasten the healing process and banish the soreness so that his favorite appendage can get back in the game as soon as possible? There are a number of commonsense approaches to take:

– Give it a rest. This is a no-brainer – but unfortunately, when it comes to sex, brains aren’t always given much attention. Still, the best way to hasten penile recovery is to keep the organ on the sidelines rather than in the game. That means no masturbation as well as no partner sex. Fortunately, it shouldn’t take too much time; usually a day or two is all that’s needed for soreness due to overuse.

– Warm it up. Just as heat compresses can help when muscles ache, applying a little warmth to a pained penis can help the recovery process. The difference is that, whereas sore muscles require heat, a sore penis should just get a little warmth. Too much heat can damage the sensitive penis skin, lengthening the recovery process – the last thing a guy wants to do.

– Give it support. Going commando is a no-no for a sore penis, for two reasons: (1) The lack of underwear means the penis will rub against rougher trouser fabric, irritating the skin and increasing soreness, and (2) the lack of support will add stress to the organ. Wearing a pair of snug-fitting briefs is recommended for helping to speed recovery.

– Ease it back in. When soreness has abated and the penis is ready to jump back in the game, practice a little restraint. Don’t go for a marathon sex session (partner or solo); just have an enjoyable sexual experience without trying for any Olympic medals.

– Use a health crème. Recovery from a sore penis is aided by the application of a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) – something men should already be using as part of their daily health regimen. The ideal crème will contain a combination of moisturizers, such as Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E (one of the great natural hydrators). The moisturizing process soothes the penis and helps banish soreness while replenishing the nutrients in the skin. In addition, the crème needs to include acetyl L-carnitine. This is a neuroprotective ingredient which aids in recovery from peripheral nerve damage. A sore penis has often experienced rough handling that may have diminished its sensitivity; acetyl L-carnitine helps restore that lost sensation so that the penis registers stimuli at its full potential.

Successful Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an immune-related skin condition which causes over-production of new skin cells. Though not contagious, this is a chronic and highly refractory skin condition which can cause immense distress to affected individuals. Five types of psoriasis are normally observed which include plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic. The plaque type of psoriasis is the commonest and usually appears as red and white scaly patches. Psoriasis commonly affects the scalp, palms of hands, soles of feet, genitals, and outer side of joints. Psoriasis can cause immense physical discomfort, severe itching, considerable psychological distress and social embarrassment.

The conservative treatment of psoriasis includes local applications, phototherapy, and oral treatment in the form of retinoids and immunosuppressants. While symptoms can be significantly reduced, this condition is highly resistant to treatment and may remain life-long. This refractory nature of psoriasis is highly significant especially when considering its high prevalence; for example – according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the NIH – nearly 6 million people in the US and an estimated 21 million people in India are currently affected with this condition.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for psoriasis is aimed at treating the immune dysfunction in the skin; bringing about an immunomodulation in the affected individual; treating skin lesions; bringing about a complete remission; and preventing a long-term relapse of the condition. Treatment is in the form of herbal extracts in tablet form to be taken orally, supplemented by local applications in the form of oils, ointments, and pastes. Medicines which act on the skin as well as on the blood tissue are used in high doses to bring about an early reduction in the skin lesions. These medicines include herbs like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia,), Saariva (Hemidesmes indicus), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Triphala (Three fruits), Patol (Trichosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus) and Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa).

Psoriasis can be aggravated by various factors such as climate change, infections, and stress. Such aggravating factors need to be treated appropriately with the help of effective medicines. It is important to note that different patients respond differently to treatment, depending upon the severity of the skin condition as well as the individual immune status. Treatment for psoriasis therefore needs to be tailor-made to suit individual requirements, so as to bring about the maximum therapeutic response at the earliest.

Most patients of psoriasis, even those with severe skin lesions, can usually be controlled so as to completely heal the skin lesions within about four to six months of commencing Ayurvedic herbal treatment. After a complete remission of the condition, treatment is continued for another month or two in order to confirm a complete healing of the skin lesions. After this period, medicines can be gradually tapered over the next few months and then stopped completely. The gradually tapering of medicines ensures that there is no relapse of the skin condition after stopping treatment. Patients affected with this condition need to avoid known aggravating factors after having gone into a complete remission.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment thus has a significant role to play in the management and successful treatment of even very severe forms of psoriasis.

Does Vicks Help Foot Fungus?

Athlete’s Foot is a very painful, unsightly, and unforgiving fungus of the foot. It is called “Athlete’s Foot” because it is usually spread by bacteria found on gym floors, in gym showers, and on gym equipment. A good way to avoid it is to never go into a gym barefooted, and always wear shower shoes or flip-flops in the shower and locker room. So, does Vicks help foot fungus, or is it a myth?

Toe Nail Fungus is No Fun

The condition is related to ringworm of the foot or, “tinea pedis”. Common symptoms include scaling, itching, flaking, and peeling between the toes and also red, dry soles. If you were unfortunate enough to have caught it, you might be trying to find a cheaper, more natural solution than an expensive prescription or over the counter drug with artificial ingredients.

Natural Toenail Fungus Remedies

There are many natural home remedies to treat Athlete’s Foot. Some suggest soaking the feet in a mixture of one part vinegar to four parts water twice a day while other recommend spraying the infected area with hydrogen peroxide twice a day for four or five days depending on severity.

Treating Nail Fungus

Another viable solution is to use Vick’s Vapor-rub that will answer the question, “Does Vicks help foot fungus?”. Most households have this to treat sore throat, cough, and allergy symptoms. Vick’s has been associated with many crazy remedies, including eating a scoopful when feelings of a cold come up. Using it to cure Athlete’s Foot will probably be easier to swallow, pardon the pun. The recommended way to use Vick’s to cure fungus nails is to coat the infected area with a thick spread of Vick’s: wrap in a plastic wrap or cotton wrap, secure tightly, and wear for a few hours. This process should be done twice a day until the infection is gone. Reports show that the infected area may discolor, especially under toenails, but do not be alarmed, that is the Vick’s killing the infection. It should take up to a week to start seeing results.

Toe Fungus Treatment that Works

Some speculate over what is in Vick’s to cause the healing of the infection. The three main ingredients are: camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol. Since the biggest way to irritate athlete’s foot is to let it breathe, it may be the menthol which is the biggest help, since menthol opens up the pores and allows air to pass through.