The Biggest Mistakes While Overcoming Driving Phobia

Congratulations if you have decided to take your fear of driving head on by taking control of your car. It is true that the best way to get rid of driving fear is to face it, but hold on. Before you commit some common mistakes that others of your kind do, be warned of them. Else you may never take up driving again if you meet up with some scary incident.

First Mistake: Testing Rather Than Practicing: Your aim is to get better at driving, not perfect. If you get better with each passing day of practice, you will eventually become perfect. Avoid the temptation to test your progress directly on freeways or bridges ahead of schedule.

Testing causes anxiety, stress and the possibility of failure, in which case your driving phobia will worsen. You don’t want to risk that. The sensible way to go is one step at a time.

Second Mistake: Practicing in the Traffic: Driving through traffic is never easy for anyone. Stress and frustration while driving in traffic is normal for anybody, leave alone driving phobics. Of course you will eventually need to do it, but not early into practice.

Start with driving on roads that are not busy. Look for a time that is most suitable. Early morning is perhaps the best time to practice wherever you are. Start easy and gradually increase your difficulty level. Do not unnecessarily make things more difficult than needed.

Third Mistake: Not Relaxing Physically: You cannot hope to relax mentally while your body is tensed up. A relaxed body almost certainly ensures a relaxed mind. As soon as you feel some amount of driving anxiety creeping in, consciously relax parts of your body one at a time.

Do not wait until you almost get a panic attack to practice relaxation methods. You need to practice them as a preventative measure. When you stop at a red light, be sure to apply the techniques. Relaxation is a great way to reduce the rising levels of anxiety as you drive.

Take care and avoid these mistakes and you shall well be on the way to freedom from driving fear. Congratulate yourself after every practice session so that the subconscious mind feels confident and happy about your driving skills. This will put you in a positive cycle that will accelerate your success.

Panic Anxiety Attacks – Anxiety Self Help

Most of us through out our lives have experience stress or just feeling anxious. Sometimes when we are so worried about something in our lives in ends up we have an anxiety attack over it. That feeling when you first have one is such a horrible experience we don’t know what is happening to us which makes us feel even more anxiety because we panic and don’t understand what’s happening.

Some symptoms’ may include heart palpitations’, sweaty hands, a feeling that we want to run. You can experience many different sensations through out the body. Then once we experience this then we get scared about it happening again so then we end up in a viscous circle of being worried about having an anxiety attack and then when we do have one we hold on to it, or tense up and so it prolongs the anxiety attack even further. So we tend to live each day worrying about whether it’s going to happen again.

I have experience all this myself and felt it was just controlling my life. Till one day I said to myself is anxiety attacks going to control me or am I going to control anxiety attacks. I found a couple of books and read them. These are couple of points that helped me.

o The biggest and best you can do is first let it go. When you have an anxiety attack just allow it to happen, don’t hold on to it. I know that it is very hard to do but believe me when I first let it go I could not believe how fast it went away. Just allow it to happen, feel what’s happening in your body, don’t hold on to what’s happening just let it go.

o By breathing normally or best is have a mint, eat something, or start talking or sing to the music. It tends to get your breathing back to normal. That is one of the reasons we feel light headed or dizzy when we have an anxiety attack is because we are breathing so fast there is to much oxygen in the brain. So concentrate on your breathing and just breathe nice and slow.

o Vitamin B complex is great it helps you relax, get out and do more exercise it helps you release your frustrations it also induces endorphin’s which is the feel good hormone that is released through the body when we exercise. Notice after you exercise how good and relaxed you feel.

o Take time out in your life each day and think about your life, are you happy? What could you do to make it change? Ask yourself these questions, only you can make yourself happy. Don’t rely on others to make you happy that is not their responsibility it’s yours. So take control of your life and don’t allow others to control you.

o EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a great technique to use. You can use it in all aspects of your life. From Anxiety Attacks, Health, fitness, wealth. Go to emofree there is a wealth of information there for you to get started with this great technique.

Just remember Anxiety is not a physical condition it is an emotional condition and it’s a way for your body to tell you that your mind is not healthy. So take what your body is saying to you and do something about it before it does turn into physical sickness in your body.

I experienced anxiety for about 10 years myself; I have been there and done that. I never thought I could get rid of it. Until one day I made the decision that I am going to control it, it’s not going to control me. Buy some books read them, take the advice and try what they say. You DON’T need drugs to control anxiety only you can control Anxiety.

“Change happens not by making ourselves change but by realizing what’s not working”

Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Why your Doctor Could be Wrong!

The presence of chronic pain, tenderness to touch, moderate to severe fatigue, needles and pins, muscle aches, prolonged spasms, chronic sleep disturbance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, are all symptoms often overlooked by your doctor who wrongly diagnose arthritis.

It is a common mistake, Fibromyalgia is not commonly known in the medical community.

Perhaps, you do not realise you have Fibromyalgia yourself.

Many sufferers experience 'brain fog' or fibrofog ', which is identified by impaired concentration, memory loss, slow reactions and being unable to multi-task. It is also a possible link to sleep disturbances.

Other symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, linked to a comorbid disorder, include a myofascial pain syndrome. Although Fibromyalgia is classified based on the presence of chronic widespread pain, sufferers have experienced localised pain in shoulders, neck, low back, hips and other areas.

Sensitivity to light, eye pain, blurred vision and fluctuating visual clarity, can also be symptoms of the condition. Resulting in sufferers changing their lens prescription more frequently.

The onset of Fibromyalgia, may at first be slow, often misdiagnosed in childhood as' growing pains. Symptoms are often aggravated by changes in weather conditions and unrelated illnesses. On some occasions, the conditions, although not life threatening, prevent sufferers from leading normal activities such as driving or walking up stairs.

Although the disorder does not cause inflammation as in Rheumatoid Arthritis, some non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce pain symptoms temporarily in some patients, in the long term of have little or no use in pain management.

The cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, several possible links have been made to:

Genetic Factors
Stress
Sleep Disturbance
Dopamine Abnormality (restless leg syndrome)
Serotonin Inbalance
Human Growth Hormone
Cormorbidity Disorder

So how do you diagnose 'Fibromyalgia'?

Doctors use a set of classification criteria informally known as 'the ACR 1990' which define fibromyalgia according to the presence of the following:

History of widespread pain lasting more than 3 months- affecting all four areas of the body- sides above and below the waist.
Tender points- 18 designated points- using 4 kgs of force (enough to whiten a thumbnail), force is applied to those points.
The patient must feel pain at 11 or more points, for fibromyalgia to be considered.

Treatment.

Hormones
Analgesics
Muscle Relaxants
Tricyclic antidepressants
Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Anti-seizure medication
Dopamine agonists
Combination therapy
Central nervous system stimulants
Cannabis

Other non drug treatments

Fitness Massage Acupuncture Whirlpool Therapy Diet.

Fibromyalgia can effect every aspect of a persons life, in the UK it has been recognised as a condition for claiming benefits and assistance, due to its effects in sufferers being unable to maintain full – time jobs. It is most prevalent in the ages between 20 – 50 years old, although onset can be traced back to childhood.

Causes of Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails, also called hangnails, are toenails that grow into the flesh of the toe rather than straight up. This causes pain and in many cases, severe infection.

There is a wide variety of causes for this condition. The most common is the improper trimming of the toenail. This is more common in women probably because they have pedicures more frequently than men.

Some pedicurists trim the nails lower on the sides for a more elegant look. However, this will make the toenail grow back right into flesh, thus causing the pain and swelling. To avoid getting an ingrown toenail this way, it would be better if you cut your nails on your own or at least tell the salon people not to trim it too low or too close to the nail bed.

Another factor that helps in the development of an ingrown toenail is the wearing of very tight fitting shoes. When the footwear is too constricted and the toes are constantly pressed against each other, the toenails will be forced to grow into the flesh.

Also, tight closed shoes, especially those made from synthetic materials, make it impossible for air to circulate freely around your feet. The heat makes your feet sweat which then softens the flesh of the toes surrounding the toenail, making it more easily penetrable by the growing nail. This is probably the reason why athletes are also more prone to having an ingrown toenail.

Other causes of ingrown toenails are obesity, hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, diabetes, hyperthyroidism or the overproduction of thyroid hormones, and other congenital conditions.

An ingrown toenail has three main stages of development. During the initial stage, the pain caused by the ingrown toenail is quite tolerable. It is more of a discomfort than actual pain. The nail is just beginning to embed itself into the flesh of the toe.

The second stage of an ingrown toenail involves the secretion of thick fluid around the nail. The pain will be much more and it will be impossible to wear closed shoes. The third and final stage is where the granulation tissue is already very apparent in the lateral nail fold. The infection will be at its advanced stage and the pain will become unbearable. Even walking will become an agonizing ordeal during this stage.

To avoid experiencing these extreme effects of an ingrown toenail, it is advisable to go in for treatment once you see the first symptoms. When the infection has not yet started, you can try soaking your foot with the ingrown toenail in a basin of warm water to soften the granulation tissue that has formed over the nail. You can then use a silver nitrate ointment to completely remove the tissue.

In more advanced cases, you will need to take medication to bring down the swelling and to remove the infection for nail and health before attempting to remove the granulation tissue or the embedded toenail.

Natural Cure for Toenail Fungus – Assessing of 6 Natural Remedies

Some patients are willing to put up with disappointment in order to find a natural cure for toenail fungus. These are patients who are typically suspicious of anything that is synthetic. They understand that after all these crisis events, government is not to be trusted in matters relating to public health. That is a rather sad situation but it is rooted in the reality of the previous levels of competence that have been displayed by governments of all persuasions. This article provides an insight into the solutions that some patients have found to be effective.

Assessing of 6 Natural Cures For Toenail Fungus

1. Vinegar: A number of patients swear that a solution that has concentrated vinegar will give them relief. The theory is that the harsh PH levels will create an environment where the fungus cannot survive. Eventually it will die off, leaving a healthy nail growth behind. It also has the benefit of not damaging the liver in the same way that some pills might behave.

2. Tea Tree Oil: This solution comes with high praise from many former patients. A solution that contains this ingredient might be added to olive oil and then used to soak the nails. Alternatively it might be wrapped around the affected area for about forty five minutes a day. The natural elements within tea tree oil have been found to be very effective against Trichophyton Rubrum, one of the pathogenic elements for the fungus.

3. Oregano Oil: This remedy has been surprisingly effective against all expectations. It does not have the celebrity endorsement of Tea Tree Oil but it certainly packs a punch in terms of getting rid of the fungus. Often this natural cure for toenail fungus will follow the same homeopathic route as other treatments in the list. It is very strong oil that can irritate the skin so patients are advised to dilute it with olive oil.

4. Pure Turpentine: Perhaps one of the most ingenious solutions to find a natural cure for toenail fungus is pure turpentine. This product can be made at home after the distillation of conifers which are commonly known as “Christmas Trees”. The liquid is used to dampen the affected toes. It penetrates deep into the skin and causes healing to take place. The skin will dry after three days, which is a sign that the fungus is finally dying.

5. Strong Salt Solutions: Some patients claim that soaking the feet in strong salt solutions will harm the fungus and destroy it. Of course this theory is somewhat debunked by the fact that swimming pools are often the leading transmission avenues for the fungal infection, regardless of the presence of high levels of chlorine. However many patients have provided anecdotal evidence that strong salt solutions can work.

6. Undiluted Lemon Juice: Soaking the feet in undiluted lemon juice will raise the acidity level in the area to a stage where the fungus can no longer survive. This solution should be used ideal where the feet do not have open wounds, otherwise the pain can be excruciating.

How to Prevent Ankle Sprains – The Ankle Sprain (Part 2)

Now that you understand some of the anatomy involved at the ankle joint, you are ready to learn about the different types of ankle sprain, how they are graded and how they are caused. Once you have a good foundation of the anatomy and the injury we can begin to discuss how to go about minimizing the chances of sustaining this common injury. A sprain is the term used when a ligament is damaged or ruptured. There two ways in which sprains happen. One way is to put a sustained stretch on a ligament.

When a ligament is held in a stretched position for a long period of time it loses some of its elasticity. These sprains are typically midland can heal quickly if the ligament is allowed to return to its proper length. The other mechanism for sprains is an explosive stretch on a ligament. This force can stretch, tear, or completely rupture a ligament. This is the mechanism that is most common to ankle sprains. There are three basic types of ankle sprains. They are inversion sprains, eversion sprains and syndesmosis or "high-ankle" sprains. The most common of the three is the inversion sprain. This is the injury that is commonly sustained when people say that they "rolled" their ankle. Inversion sprains occur when you foot is pointed toward the floor and the foot rolls inward so that all of the weight of the body is over the outside of the foot and on the outer part of the ankle joint. The way this usually happens is by stepping or landing on uneven ground or when making a cutting motion. Inversion sprains damage the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The anterior talofibular ligament is the most commonly sprained ligament. More severe sprains may involve the calcaneofibular ligament as well.

The posterior talofibular ligament is only damaged in severe ankle sprains. Eversion sprains are less common than inversion sprains. A big part of the reason for this is that the outer malleolus extends lower than the inner one. Since it goes lower the range of movement toward this bone is limited. The difference is easy to see if you try to roll your foot inward as opposed to outward. Eversion ankle sprains require a great deal of force to occur. Often it happens when an athlete has a foot planted and there is a blow from the side to the planted leg. In the most severe cases of eversion ankle sprain, the outer malleolus can fracture as well. The syndesmosis or "high-ankle" sprain can be a common occurrence with inversion sprains. It is a sprain of the distal talofibular ligament which connects the tibia and fibula just above the ankle joint. This occurs when the talus bone twists between the inner and outer malleoli. This twisting motion can pry the tibia and fibula apart and is typically rather painful. These injuries typically occur when the foot is planted and the body twists over the planted foot. Ankle sprains are frequently associated with some muscle strain. You have peronei muscles which reach from the knee and outer leg to the foot. Their job is to properly position the foot while you are walking, jumping, dancing, etc. When an inversion sprains occur the rapid stretch on the peronei muscles can cause some tearing and strain to the muscle. Joint sprains are graded using the following scale2:

Grade 1:

  • Mild pain with little to no swelling
  • Minor tears and / or stretching of the ligament
  • Minimal loss of function with some joint stiffness
  • Full symptomatic / functional recovery takes a few days *

Grade 2:

  • Moderate to severe pain with swelling
  • Partial tear of ligaments
  • Moderate loss of function with some joint stiffness
  • Full symptomatic / functional recovery takes 2-3 months *

Grade 3:

  • Severe initial pain followed by little or no pain
  • Profuse swelling and joint stiffness
  • Complete rupture of ligaments (severe laxity in the absence of swelling)
  • Complete loss of function
  • Full symptomatic / functional recovery can take up to 4 months *

* Ligaments may not recover full strength for a year or more. Now that you understand the anatomy and mechanism of ankle sprains there is only one more topic to explore before we can begin to explore some ways that ankle sprains can be prevented. This is the issue of risk factors for ankle sprains. There are proven ways to limit your risk. The following articles will examine the roles that shoes, ankle braces, ankle taping, and exercises play in preventing ankle sprains.

[1] Hamill J, Knutzen KM. Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement 2nd ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2003.
[2] Carnes MA, Vizniak NA. Quick Reference Clinical Chiropractic Conditions Manual. 1st ed. DC Publishing International 2004.
[3] Taylor, M. "Talofibular Ligament Injury". EMedicine.com 2005, 25 February 2007 Http://www.emedicine.com/sports/topic126.htm
[4] Carnes, Michael. Personal communication. February 2007.

Warning Signs of Anorexia – Dangerous Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa, otherwise known as anorexia is an eating disorder where one starves themselves due to generally underlying emotional issues. Anorexia is a serious eating disorder that can result in death if not treated. Warning signs of anorexia are not always easy to spot. People who suffer from this eating disorder deny the problem exist and explain away questions regarding their weight or eating habits. Being able to spot the signs of anorexia may make the difference between a life being saved or lost.

A universal symptom of anorexia is continued weight loss. The person afflicted may claim to be on a diet, but even thin continues to diet and lose weight. After 15 % of normal body weight for is lost and there is continued weight loss would be a very strong indication that this is a person struggling with anorexia. A thin person restricting intake of foods due to fear of gaining weight, obsession with nutritional labels, documenting faithfully food intake, stating they have ate when in reality they haven’t, hiding food so they do not have to eat it, and obsessing over food yet still has little intake are all strong warning signs of anorexia. Anorexia suffers may feel awkward or refuse to eat in public places or may exhibit peculiar eating habits.

Anorexics obess over self body image; seeing themselves as fat regardless of how thin they are. This distorted way of thinking keeps the cycle going. They deny that they are thin, become preoccupied with mirrors and their body image. They often exercise excessively in a ritualistic fashion, such as running two miles before allowing any intake of food. Anorexics will weigh themselves frequently and often documented the results religiously.

Anorexia affects a person’s medical health extremely. Some medical warning signs are the person’s lack of ability to think right or clear, they may be unstable, depressed, ill-tempered, show signs of memory loss or exhibit fainting spells. Their hair becomes thin and brittle due to lack of nutrients, blood pressure and heart rate lower, and may develop heart palpitations. Anemia is another problem that arises from anorexia. Weak muscles, swollen joints, brittle bones that are easily fractured or broke, development of kidney stones or failure, body fluids lack proper nutrients, constipation, bloating, and cease of menstrual cycle are just some of the other medical warning signs anorexia. Body temperature will fluctuate and the anorexic will often feel cold, their skin will bruise easily and lack elasticity. Other indicators that one may be suffering from anorexia are a development of fine hair growth all over the body and their skin becoming dry with a yellowish hue.

Anorexics often use diet pills, laxatives, and/or diuretics to aid in their weight loss or ease some of the effects from being an anorexic. When types of products are found hidden or being used is another strong indicator there is a serious problem. Purging after eating is yet another behavior exhibited by anorexics.

There are biological, psychological and social environmental causes to anorexia and anyone can suffer from it. As anorexia advances, so do the signs and symptoms and the risk of death elevates. With proper treatment and support, recovery is achievable. If you or a loved one is showing warning signs of anorexia, talk to them and help them to get the help they need.

Recommended Diets For Peptic Ulcer Patients

Peptic ulcer affects the stomach and the duodenum, giving symptoms like burning and pain in the upper abdomen frequently after one or two hours after eating was done. This discomfort is relieved after taking antacid drugs and food.

Keeping a diet is very important in treating ulcer. A few years ago it was thought that food can cause ulcer but now it has been proven that certain aliments can only aggravate the symptoms of ulcer and delay healing.

Some tips you must follow in order to prevent or heal faster the ulcer are:

1. Try to avoid the following aliments because they only injure your stomach line: pepper,

chilly, peppermint, citrus fruits, cocoa, chocolate, cola, and fried fatty foods. This list can be adjusted according to your tolerances but the doctors should be consulted about it too.

2. When eating try to eat slowly, chewing well the aliments in a non-stressful atmosphere.

3. Try to take your meals two hours before bedtime.

4. If you smoke, you should quit because smoking only delays ulcer healing.

5. Pay attention to the foods that cause you pain and burnings and try not to eat them any more.

6. If you caught a cold do not use aspirin because the substances it contains are harmful to your stomach and will delay ulcer healing.

7. Do not skip taking the drugs the doctor recommended: antacids, antibiotics.

Here is a scheme of a diet you can follow, approved by the National Research Council’s Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA):

At breakfast, eat one toast with margarine and jelly; drink half a cup of apple juice, skim milk-one cup; you are allowed one teaspoon of sugar and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt.

At lunch, you can have a cream of potato soup with broiled chicken patty and tossed salad, one teaspoon of mustard, and a quarter of salt. If you want you can have peaches after.

At dinner: baked fish with mashed potatoes and one slice of bread; half a cup of apricot nectar and vanilla pudding. Margarine is admitted in one teaspoon.

This type of diet can also be followed by those who suffer of non-ulcer dyspepsia. This affection is similar to the peptic ulcer but the differences are that non-ulcer dyspepsia does not give an ulcer, a lesion on the stomach or duodenum; it only gives the same symptoms as peptic ulcer.

Menstrual Cycle, Process of Ovulation and the Ovulation Calendar

Women are responsible for carrying the human race forward by giving birth to offspring. This is only possible because of the reproductive cycle which facilitates the fertilization process. Therefore it is imperative to gain a good understanding on the menstrual cycle, process of ovulation and how an ovulation calendar may assist in conceiving.

The Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle is one of the most intriguing and complicated processes of the female reproductive system. It involves a woman’s sex organs and hormones, like a remote control based in the brain. The menstrual cycle begins at puberty anywhere between 10 to 15 years of age. During this cycle a woman experiences bleeding from the uterus that lasts for three to seven days. Each cycle lasts for approximately 28 days. The menstrual cycle stops at the age of 46 to 60 after which the female reproductive system is unable to conceive.

The menstrual cycle is a natural process that prepares the female reproductive system for conception. Every cycle involves the ripening of a single egg from one of the ovaries. The mature and ripened egg is released by the ovary into the fallopian tube awaiting fertilization by a sperm. The uterus prepares a thickened endometrial (lining) in reparation for an embryo. This bed consists of a network of very fine capillaries or blood vessels that later go on to form the uterine sac for the fertilized egg. If there is no fertilization then thickened lining is discarded along with the egg. This is what is what is commonly known as a period. A new cycle then begins with a fresh ripened egg and is repeated monthly.

Process of Ovulation

The process of ovulation is the most significant factor in the reproductive cycle as it is the only time a female is at her most fertile. This is the part of the cycle where the mature egg is released from the ovary ready for insemination. The egg has a window period of 12 to 24 hours for fertilization to take place. The ovaries produce a large number of eggs of which only one is ripened during each menstrual cycle.

The woman may experience a slight pain on the side from where the egg is released during ovulation. Ovulation can take place as early as the ninth day or as late as the eighteenth day of a menstrual cycle depending on the length of your cycle. It is during this time that a woman has the maximum chances of falling pregnant. The phase before ovulation is known as the follicular phase and the phase after is called the luteal phase.

Ovulation Calendar

An ovulation calendar can assist a woman in determining when their period of ovulation is taking place. By working with the first day of your last menstrual period and the length of your cycle on the whole, the calendar would be able to determine which would be your most fertile days. These calendars work best for women who have regular cycles, as those with irregular cycles may struggle in tracking the average number of days their menstrual cycle lasts. There are many online ovulation calendars available making the process of charting your days of ovulation that much easier.

Surgical Removal Of The Gall Bladder-Laparoscopy

The procedure of the removal of the gall bladder is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. The gall bladder removal is one of the most commonly surgical procedure in the United States. In most people the removal of gall bladder has no effects on digestion. Gall bladder is a small organ situated beneath the liver, collecting bile. After each meal the bile is released into the small intestine through narrow tubular channels(bile ducts).

Gall bladder diseases are caused by the gallstones that form from bile salts and cholesterol in the gallbladder or in the bile ducts. There is hard to say why some people produce gallstones and others don’t, gallstones block the bile ducts producing jaundice, sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion and fever. Gallstones are diagnosed with ultrasounds, but a treatment must be adopted because they do not go away on their own, the most safer and adequated procedure is the surgical remove of the gall bladder.

The advantages of the laparoscopically procedure are numerous.

There are only four small cuts in the abdomen, that’s why there are no pains after the operation and the recovery of the patients is fast and they may return to their daily activities.

Laparoscopic procedure may not be suited if patients have an altered condition, and for those that have suffered previous abdominal surgery.

There are required some preparations before the operation such as: blood work, medical evaluation, chest X-rays and an EKG, after your surgeon explains you the risks and benefits of this kind of operation you have to write down your consent.

For 1-2 days before the operation you are advised to drink only clear liquids, to empty your intestines. You are recommended to take your medicines and take a shower in the morning before the operation. Anti-inflammatories and aspirins, vitamin E are stopped within a week before the surgery. Diet medications should not be used for two weeks before the operation, you should also quit smocking.

The procedure of the laparoscopic gall bladder removal is performed under general anesthesia, a cannula is introduced in the abdomen (close to the belly-button), the laparoscope is inserted through the cannula and the surgeon has a magnified image of the internal organs on a TV screen. With other cannulas the surgeon can remove the gall bladder through one of the openings. A cholangiogram, to identify stones, which may be located in the bile channels is indicated. These small incisions are closed with surgical tape or with some stitches.

The laparoscopic method is not indicated if the patient suffers of obesity, bleeding problems and inability to visualize organs. So for the patient’s safety the classical open procedure is indicated . If fever, yellow skin and eyes, distention, worsening abdominal pain occurs it means that things have complicated and you have to address your surgeon. The studies have shown that bleeding, pneumonia, heart problems, infection, injury to the adjacent structures are the most frequent complications.

Benign Ovarian Cyst – What You Need to Know

A benign ovarian cyst is often a real worry for many women. A benign ovarian cyst is not cancerous and is relatively harmless as it does not invade nearby tissue nor spread to the rest of the body. According to some experts' estimates, only about 15 ovarian cyst cases in 100,000 are cancerous. That is just 0.015% of cases turning into cancer, so you can rest assured that it is not as common as you may believe.

However, the fear among many women that benign ovarian cysts may cause cancer is still a valid fear. Women also worry about the possibility of such a cyst to rupture, bleed or even twist the ovary. When this happens, it may cause pelvic pain, discomfort during sex and other symptoms such as vomiting and fever. As always, when in doubt, please speak to your doctor or gynecologist.

Having said that, please be assured that most benign ovarian cysts are indeed actually natural and not life-threatening. There are a few different types of these non-cancerous ovarian cysts, depending on how they are formed. Some of the common types are as follows:

1. Follicular Cysts, also known as Graafian Follicle This can grow up to about two inches in diameter and is the result of a failed ovulation process.

2. Corpus Leutem Cysts This occurs when the corpus luteum does not dissolve during the corpus luteum stage.

3. Hemorrhagic Cysts This may grow to 6 inch in diameter and results when blood enters the cyst from a tear in a blood vessel.

4. Endmometriomas Cysts, also known as Chocolate Cysts This happens when the mucous membrane in the uterine wall bleeds and invades the ovary.

5. Cystadenomas This can develop from cells located at the ovary's surface.

Most benign ovarian cysts dissolve by themselves after weeks or months. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove them surgically. Sometimes, some doctors may suggest the removal of the whole ovary instead of just the cyst. These are naturally very heavy decisions a woman must make as they may potentially affect the rest of her life. Therefore, please take the time to learn as much as you can to help you make better and more informed decisions if you find yourself in such a difficult situation.

What is Thrush?

Thrush, also known as Candidiasis, is a fungus found in the mouth, genitalia areas, digestive tract and skin. In healthy people, the production of "friendly" bacteria in the system prevents the fungus from causing disease. However, weakened or damaged immune systems may result in the dangerous growth of the ailment-causing fungus. In addition, certain prescription drugs may offset the balance of natural organisms in the body. Such drugs include the extended use of: antibiotics, chemotherapy, AIDS / HIV treatments, antihistamines, steroids and oral contraceptives with a high estrogen content.

Different parts of the body can be afflicted with Thrush: Oral and Esophageal Candidiasis are fungal infections which occur in the mouth and throat, while Candidiasis found in the genital area (it is often sexually transmitted) affects both men and women. Thrush in the mouth looks like creamy white patches or small red spots on the tongue, roof of the mouth, gums or throat. This type of Thrush can be very painful to swallow and can result in chest pain. Oral Candidiasis is found in babies, the elderly, young children, and can also be an early symptom of AIDS. If left untreated in AIDS and HIV patients Oral Candidiasis can become a serious problem, because people with the disease develop the fungus deep within the body – at this stage, treatment becomes difficult. Candidiasis in the genitalia area is commonly referred to as a "yeast infection" and is recognized by a "cottage cheese-like" discharge. Men and young boys may suffer from yeast infections, however; the condition more commonly affects healthy women of all ages, those who are pregnant, and on occasion, it is also an indicator of the AIDS virus in women.

The holistic approach to treating Candidiasis is to administer natural remedies, which heal the human body as a whole organism. Most importantly, the cause itself must be cured so that the symptoms completely disappear. The connection between diet and the health of the immune system is very strong. Notably, sugar, dairy, yeast, wheat, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are the main culprits in the encouragement of Candidiasis growth. Holistic healthcare practitioners recommend diets high in fiber, essential fatty acids, olive oil, vegetables, fruits, cranberries, and garlic. Many alternative herbal treatments are used to treat Thrush. For instance, gargling with Tea Tree Oil diluted with water often treats Oral Candidiasis. Furthermore, Tea Tree Oil suppositories and douches are often prescribed for Vaginal Candidiasis, as well as the oral administration of Oregon Grape Root, Vitamin C, Lactobacilli Acidophilus, Flax Seed Oil, and Goldenseal. Due to the fact that Genital Candidiasis may be sexually transmitted, holistic healthcare practitioners always recommend the use of condoms and other safe-sex preventative measures.

Hepatitis B – Symptoms and Treatment

Because there is no effective medicine that will actually cure Hepatitis B. But instead an alternative supplemental vitamin is given to any patient oh Hepatitis B like essentiale and Jetefar for the affected liver and the rest of the medicine given are just for calming the body of the hepa B. patient.

The symptoms and signs that a person has Hepatitis b are the following:

* Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
* Diarrhea or vomiting
* Pain in joints, muscles, or even stomach
* Tiredness
* Loss of appetite

For example if the affected person is suffering from headaches. He will be given analgesic, and if he has a fever he will be advised to take paracetamol. Eating sweets like fruits, candies, chocolates can help, and avoiding too much fatty foods is also advisable. fatty foods is really bad for swollen liver. Foods like milk, eggs, soy milk, cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, lean meat are good source of protein. Carbohydrates and Protein rich foods are also essential nutrients for Hepa B patients.

In time, the level of virus will decrease, and the affected person will recover. And the health will be back to normal. Prevention is always better than cure so make sure that everybody in the family is vaccinated. It is usually given in three shot series, but the good thing about this is you'll never get infected or have hepatitis b ever.

Also try to avoid to do things that may lead to Hepatitis B. such as unprotected sex, as well as things that might have someone else's blood on them, such as a razors or toothbrush. by doing this. You will be sure that the virus will never get you.

Liver Problems – What are the Symptoms?

Liver problems can range from mild liver congestion to a serious liver disease. Depending on the problem, many people are unaware they have a liver problem and may only have vague symptoms. One of the most common symptoms is chronic tiredness. These people generally feel lethargic and sluggish during the day, especially in the morning.

Due to the fact that the liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body and has many roles, there are a number of problems that can occur with the liver. The three main categories these problems fall into are:

1. Disease of the liver cells

2. Problems producing or secreting bile

3. Problems with detoxification

How do you know if you have a liver problem?

Tests are available through standard pathology labs that measure liver enzymes, total protein, albumin and bilirubin. Although these tests are called liver ‘function’ tests, they indicate whether the liver is damaged rather than how it is functioning. In other words, they are used to detect liver diseases, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis as well as liver cells being damaged from viruses, bacteria, alcohol, drugs and so on. These tests are not useful in detecting mild problems with liver congestion and sluggish detoxification. This is best done by observing your symptoms. However, it is important to consult your practitioner and have the tests performed anyway, just to rule out the possibility of liver disease.

An ultrasound can detect if there is a blockage in the bile duct. This is most commonly caused by the presence of gallstones in the biliary duct. It is estimated that around 10-20% of people over 40 years of age have gallstones and their presence is linked to a high fat, low fibre diet. The presence of gallstones in the bile duct typically causes nausea and pain. Bile flow can also be impaired through the liver, however this can be difficult to detect with standard testing.

General symptoms that can indicate a liver problem

  • Feel tired and unrefreshed when you wake up
  • Energy levels fluctuate throughout the day, with your tiredness becoming worse around mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Frequent headaches
  • Bad breath, digestive problems, bloating, gas, indigestion
  • Allergies and intolerances to foods that are worsening as time goes on
  • Reactions to many chemicals including cleaning products, petrol, paint, perfumes, bleaches, etc.
  • Problems digesting fatty/creamy/oily foods. They can make you feel unwell, nauseous or cause heart burn and reflux
  • A yellowish tinge to the skin, eyes and palms of the hands
  • Reactions to drugs, in particular headache tablets, antibiotics and anti-histamines
  • An intolerance to alcohol. Either you get drunk very quickly or you have bad hangovers that are out of proportion to the amount of alcohol you have drunk
  • Caffeine gives you a strong buzz and can keep you awake for hours
  • When you eat asparagus, you have a funny smell in your urine
  • Skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, general rashes, itchy skin
  • Hot flushes that feel as if they rise up from the torso towards the head
  • You frequently wake up around 1-3am in the morning
  • Please note: The information in this article is not intended to take the place of a personal relationship with a qualified health practitioner nor is it intended as medical advice.

    Dental Plaque

    Dental plaque is a complex microbial community. It is made up primarily of bacteria, but also contains inorganic compounds. It is estimated that dental plaque has approximately four-hundred types of bacteria, including, but not limited to rods, filaments, cocci and eukaryotic cells (a more complex cell, encased within a cytoskeleton). Plaque is considered to be a soft-deposit. It settles on teeth and gums. In its soft, initial stage, plaque is easy to brush off the teeth.

    The inorganic compounds in plaque, mainly calcium and phosphorus, are what create the larger problem. These inorganic compounds are derived largely from saliva. When left on the teeth, the inorganic compounds harden. Once the plaque has calcified it cannot be brushed away. The process of the hardening of the plaque is referred to calcification, and the resulting hard layer is called calculus. The calculus leaves a rough surface on the tooth, which in turn provides an even more welcome surface for yet more plaque to gather and multiply.

    It is important that teeth are brushed regularly in order to remove the plaque so that it will not harden into calculus. The consequence of not doing so is two-fold. As just stated, the calculus provides a welcome home to new plaque, allowing the bacterial components to multiply faster and easier, in relative comfort. The more plaque that is allowed to be deposited, the greater the area of calcification on the tooth’s surface, creating an even greater area of a welcome environment for yet more plaque. It becomes a self-feeding cycle.

    The secondary issue is that the same welcome environment that the rough calcified surface provides for plaque is equally attractive to other types of bacterial species. In addition to the prime environment, these species are also attracted to the natural bacteria in plaque. These secondary species of bacteria begin to accumulate after about three days of undisturbed plaque being left on the teeth. After about a week of being undisturbed, the microbial community living on the surface of the teeth attracts a third set of bacteria, even more troublesome than the original bacteria, or it’s hangers-on of secondary bacteria.

    The upshot is that un-brushed teeth become a welcome environment for all manner of bacteria. Not only does unattended plaque threaten the health of the teeth and gums, but other health issues are now being connected to poor oral care. Heart disease, asthma, stroke and even cancers are now being discovered to contain the same cells that are found in plaque, leading scientists to make a link between poor dental care and larger health issues. The best way to combat future problems is to brush regularly and see a dentist twice a year for a dental check-up and a cleaning.