Here’s Why My Kettlebells Never Bruise My Forearms – And Why Kettlebell Instructors Wish They Did

Anyone who starts training with kettlebells has to deal with bruised forearms. That’s just about as close to being a fact as it’s possible to get. When you start working out and learning the movements, the kettlebell clean and even the snatch cause impact damage to your forearms. It’s virtually unavoidable.

Of course, if you grit your teeth and keep training through these beginning stages, you eventually learn how to alter and improve your technique. With experience, you won’t bang up your forearms as much as you did when you first started.

But for any kettlebell athlete who uses 36 pound ‘bells, bruises are always lurking just around the corner, waiting for that one bad rep or moment of inattention. Even the very best kettlebell athletes in the world can make mistakes. Fatigue spares no man (or woman), and it’s at these times when our form suffers and our bodies take a beating.

I never get bruised forearms anymore

I used to work out like a wild man. Intensity was the name of the game. My technique was pretty good, but I still got banged up from time to time. Painful, ugly bruises were the price I had to pay for exercising past the point of comfort and sustainability. In fact, it was a price I was willing to pay, up to a point.

But one day my boss mentioned the bruises on my forearms. What went unsaid was that I needed to find a way to avoid looking like I just lost a fight. It just wasn’t professional to show up for work with black and blue forearms.

Luckily, I took my boss’ unspoken advice and made one simple change in my kettlebell training routine. Now, I never get bruises or impact damage. I haven’t had a kettlebell bruise since I changed my way of working out, and my workouts are actually better and more intense now that I’m not damaging myself during training.

Kettlebell instructors WANT you to stay frustrated

Kettlebell instructors love it when you get bruised up. They use this as a way of making you feel inadequate. They say ‘if you learn proper technique, you won’t get bruised’.

They’re lying.

Everyone makes mistakes. You could clean the bell properly a hundred times in a row, but if you slip up just once, you damage your arm. Are you telling me there is anyone in the world who can be perfect 100 out of 100 times? If so, you’re wrong.

Even the best kettlebell athletes — those guys who are household names in the kettlebell community — take precautions against mistakes. And guess what? It’s from those guys that I learned how to avoid bruises and take my kettlebell training to a higher level of intensity. Guys like Ivan Denisov, Valery Fedorenko, and Nikolay Jankovsky take these same precautions – and they’re champions.

The celebrity instructors who just jumped on the kettlebell bandwagon as recently as a decade ago don’t want you to get better. They want to keep you feeling inadequate!

Who says beginners need to suffer bruises and pain just to learn perfect technique? This attitude is ridiculous, but it’s held by all the celeb instructors who make money by making their students feel like there’s always something more to learn. They take the simple and make it complicated and frightening.

Pylori Symptoms

Do you sometimes get heartburn? Do you have abdominal pain? Did you ever notice that your stomach is hypersensitive? It sounds like pylori symptoms. Helicobacter Pylori has a strong influence on the formation of ulcers in the stomach and duodenum which in turn can lead to cancer of these organs.

Where did H.Pylori originate? Helicobacter Pylori was first discovered in the stomachs of animals in the 1880’s. At the present time it is statistically proven that up to 50% of the population of Western Europe and North America are infected, 80% of the population in Mid European countries and up to 90% of countries with low socioeconomic levels.

How can I get infected by H.Pylori?

  • unhygienic living conditions
  • population density. The infection spreads from human to human through food, water, dirty hands, saliva
  • H.Pylori can also be spread from animals to humans
  • infected hospital and dental equipment

H.Pylori can lead to the development of chronic inflammation in the lining of the stomach and duodenum and this results in ulcers being formed in these organs. This in turn increases the risk of stomach cancer (up to 60% of all cases of stomach cancer is caused by the pathogenic effects of Helicobacter Pylori). However not all H.Pylori cases results in cancer developing. It depends on the strain of the bacteria and the immune system of the individual, the duration of infection and other factors such as diet and lifestyle.

What are the methods for detecting this microorganism? Helicobacter Pylori is found in the upper parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

It is found by taking a sample during an Endoscopy, breath tests, blood tests or stool tests.

Unfortunately these methods only assesses the presence of the bacteria. They don’t say nothing about its quantity. These methods are fast and easy but don’t interfere with the patient much, therefore these methods are used all around the world.

Apart from medical tests you can also self diagnose the Pylori symptoms. If you notice any of the signs listed below, you may be infected by H. Pylori:

  • tightness and fullness in the abdomen
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • constipation
  • bloating
  • severe stabbing pain in the stomach or duodenum
  • stomach inflammation
  • fast weight loss or weight gain
  • dryness in the mouth
  • nasty white coating on the tongue
  • bad breath
  • sore throat
  • skin problems

Treatment:

Treatment involves the administration of omeprazole and antibiotics. This is a very expensive treatment which also carries the risk of adverse effects and resistance to antibiotics. In addition, there is an enormous spread of the infection Helicobacter Pylori so more and more people are turning to natural methods to prevent Pylori symptoms from returning.

How Her Menstrual Cycle Applies to Dating

The unbelievable importance of her menstrual cycle

I've been in good spirits lately. Six new girls in the last two weeks. Now normally this would not be newsworthy, but there was something unique about this particular group of conquests. Every single one of them was on their period. That's right, every single one.

As you can imagine, I suffered some casualties along the way; two towels and a set of 800 thread count Egyptian sheets, but I digress. What are the chances I asked? This must be more than a coincidence. If a woman is only experiencing the heavier bleeding stages of her period a few days a month than my chances of having sex with her during that time is only about 1 in 10. So what are the chances that I would have first time sex with 6 different girls who are all mid flow?

My curiosity aroused, I began the tedious task of trying to remember most of the girls I had had sex with over the last fifteen years and whether or not they too were on the rag the first time I succeeded. I was shocked at my findings. Approximately one in five of the women I have slept with in my life were bleeding the first time I had sex with them. It just did not add up. If only one in ten women are experiencing a heavy flow at any given time, why am I attracting twice as many as I should? So I began to investigate more deeply, hoping that science could supply an answer that might explain my bloody past. It did not take me long to find it, and the key (if you will) has to do with how a woman's sexual taste changes during the menstrual cycle.

I've always been fairly attached to my face but one certainly would not describe it as overly 'masculine.' My lips are puffy and red, I lack the square jaw line that John Cena or a typical linebacker has, my cheekbones are higher and my skin is soft and properly moisturized. Basically I possess (along with many men) some facial characteristics that could be perceived as 'feminine.' The significance is this: Scientific research shows that women are more attracted to 'alpha' (that is, very masculine) facial features on a man when they are ovulating and thus more likely to conceive. Conversely, they are more attracted to 'feminine' facial features on a man when they are menstruating and thus less likely to become pregnant. Eureka. I had my answer and I have to admit that figuring out I fit into the latter classification was not exactly encouraging. But almost instantly I realized that it did not matter. I still had just as wide a window of opportunity as my more masculine faced friends did because ovulation and menstruation last for about the same amount of time. In fact, I realized I had one major advantage: although I will spend a lot more money on new sheets and towels than Lou Ferrigno ever did, I am a lot less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy.

Powerful information is usually compelling, but it is how we use it that counts.

Here are the two things you must do to harness and wield this knowledge:

1. Know Thyself

The shapes of our faces are primarily a result of our inherited bone structure. The vast majority of men have one of seven facial shapes (oblong, round, triangular, square, pear-shaped, rectangular, diamond or a combination of shapes). Look at yourself in the mirror carefully. Is your jawline wide and square or slimmer and perhaps more heart shaped? Are your lips narrow or pouty? Look at the line of your brow, does it hang over your eyes or is it flatter making your eyes more visible? Be honest with yourself. Decide where you fall on the continuum of facial features. It does not matter where you fall. It only matters that you know where you fall.

2. If at first you do not succeed , try, try again in two weeks

If you fail at an attempt to have sex with a woman, or fail to even get her to show up for a meeting, all is not lost. If you have stronger facial features it is very possible that your timing was a little off and she had just begun her period. (Hence she was probably having sex with me.) Obviously the opposite scenario is just as probable. The real key here is developing solid follow up game. If you have the text / phone skills to keep her on the hook for the next couple of weeks you may just find success as she enters the next stage of her cycle. Let's be clear: you do not have to wait two weeks after a failure to try again. You do not have to exclusively target girls on the rag if you look like Elijah Wood. These techniques are meant to enhance your awareness, improve your timing, and add rocket fuel to your determination to close the deal. I have always been an advocate of persistence , and now we have a biological justification not to give up.

Natural Gallstones Remedy – The Remedy Vs Gallbladder Surgery

“Learn from your mistakes,” our parents used to constantly remind us. But did we learn from this credo over the past centuries of surgeries?

Thousands of years ago, Egyptians performed basic surgeries which were comparable to a common day butcher butchering his meat.

In the past centuries, doctors would drill a hole into the skull of deaf patients hoping to provide the patient with the ability to hear.

In recent time, doctors remove an organ (gallbladder) hoping to find the cure for gallstones.

Obviously, I am exaggerating to prove my point but do you really believe that God put an organ in your body to have a doctor cut it out when you hit your 30s. Of course not, though your body can adapt after you lose your organ; eventually, extreme and sometimes fatal side-effects can occur by a missing gallbladder.

So I ask you, “Is a permanent gallbladder removal a decision you want to make?”

Gallbladder Surgery

Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder, which is located in the abdomen beneath the right side of the liver. The surgery is a result of gallstones blocking the flow of bile from your gallbladder, causing the organ to swell. Other causes of gallbladder surgery include cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and cholangitis (inflammation of the bile duct).

Fact, this year over half a million people will undergo gallbladder surgery and permanently remover their organ.

Though the operation on surgery day will not present any problems because of the commonplace of the surgery and precise incisions made (only 3-4 slits) by technology, the down-the-road side-effects could change your life dramatically.

Though the doctor fervently suggested that gallbladder surgery is the only treatment; he was wrong! Because you can keep your organ, the gallbladder, and treat gallstones naturally with a simple flush used hundreds of years ago. (Before they even thought about slicing you open!) And even more importantly, gallbladder surgery drastically increases your risk of bowel cancer because without your gallbladder, acidic bile will continuously drip into your digestive system. And as a result of the constant dripping, you could develop daily diarrhea or lead to the serious problem of high blood cholesterol levels.

Natural Gallstones Remedy

The best cure is always the prevention! I believe that this old saying applies today just as much as it did 100 years ago. And I am convinced that it applies with gallstones. My business has been in the gallstone business for almost 5 years now and it amazes me some of the horror stories I hear about the pain of gallstones. But it always makes it worth it to hear the success stories from my customers who have tried our natural cures. My researchers, our natural health doctor and myself have devised a Top 5 list you should know about our natural gallstones remedy. Though the list seems simple, you would be surprised at the stats on how effective it is. And it is all centered on natural health and allowing your body to heal itself by giving it the correct means, just like God intended!

5 tips for Natural Remedy

1. Pass the Stones! It would be recommended you begin your treatment with a gallbladder, liver and colon flush! I know you might be thinking, “isn’t that a lot?” But it actually simpler than you might think. By allowing your body a period of a couple days to flush the impurities, toxins, pollutants, cholesterol, and ‘bad’ fats you can actually give your body a ‘jump’ to work extra hard to pass the gallstone(s). A cleanse will typically last 1-2 days and use all-natural ingredients you can buy at a grocery store. Click on our Natural Gallstones Remedy website for more details.

2. Water! I know you have heard this a thousand times but water is one of the best things for your body. Especially if you are suffering from any type of ailment. Your body is made up of 75% water and if that drops by one-half of a percent your body will let you know (i.e. Gallstones). We would recommend going out and purchasing a fun looking water bottle and drinking half your weight in ounces per day. If you weigh 200 lbs, you should drink 100 ounces of water. At 8 ounces per cup, that would mean 12 cups per day

3. Avoid high fats! You should avoid foods that are high fats and high cholesterol. These foods pump tons of toxins into the liver and are one of the causes of cholesterol based gallstones. You should aim to avoid these foods for about one month and gradually reintroduce them to your diet.

4. Increase your fiber! One of the most effective ways to limit or prevent gallstones is to increase your fiber. Water-soluble fiber found in vegetable and fruits are by far the most effective prevention for gallstones. A good-rule of thumb would be to get 7 per day during the first month. Obviously, you will be regular during those first weeks while your body adjusts but this is only a great sign!

5. Vitamin C is key! In the fight against gallstones, vitamin C is gradually being understood as particularly effective. Vitamin C is used by the body to convert cholesterol to bile acids. With less cholesterol and more acids, the gallstone risk should be decreased. You can find vitamin C at your local grocery store or health store. It will also aid the immune system.

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So I ask you? If you are interested in something that is guaranteed? If you are interested in canceling surgery in 2 days? If you are interest in saving thousands of dollars? If you are interested in keeping your God-given organ? If you are interested in passing your gallstone in less than 24 hours? Please begin your treatment today; come check us out!

Ovarian Cyst Removal – The Real Truth

For many women, being diagnosed with ovarian cysts can be a scary prospect indeed and their first fear is often concerning ovarian cyst removal. While most cysts do not cause complications and actually disappear without treatment, some can grow and cause serious complications. Because ovarian cysts deal with the female reproductive system, many women fear the worst when receiving this diagnosis. It is important to know the facts about ovarian cysts and if you are a candidate for ovarian cyst removal.

First of all, ovarian cysts are very common. It is estimated that more than 90% of women have had an ovarian cyst at one time or another or actually get them on a regular basis. Most of the time, ovarian cysts cause no pain or discomfort and they are not noticed at all. On rare occasions however, the cysts can become inflamed, continue to grow, and refuse to go away. In some of these cases you may need to have the ovarian cyst surgically removed. Again it is important to note that because of the commonality of cysts, they are rarely dangerous and ovarian cyst removal is a rare but common procedure. Some of the reason that a doctor may prescribe ovarian cyst removal include: The patient is young and has never had a period (the cyst may not dissolve due to lack of menstrual cycle), cysts have been diagnosed on both of the ovaries, The cyst persisted for several months and will not dissolve naturally, abdominal pain has steadily increased over time, or if the patient is post menopausal. In addition, if the growth of the cysts is large enough, your doctor may want to do a small surgery to make sure that no cancer can be found. Again, this is a rarity, but well worth the procedure if your doctor suspects the worst. If your doctor feels that ovarian cyst removal is necessary, there are two types of procedures available.

The first is laparoscopy. This is simply a small incision in your abdomen. The doctor then inserts a small telescoping tool into the slit and uses it to gently remove the cyst. The procedures are camera guided and allow the doctor to accurately locate and remove the affected area. This is usually an outpatient surgery and recovery time is about a day. You should be able to regain completely normal activity within 14 days.

If your cyst is abnormally large or the doctor feels it may be cancerous, he may request ovarian cyst removal through laparotomy. This results in a much larger incision in the abdomen and will allow the doctor to see more of your organs to determine the nature and severity of the ovarian cysts. Oftentimes, larger cysts can wrap around other parts of the female reproductive system and this procedure will allow the doctor more room to work freely. In addition, if cancer IS discovered, the doctor will want to get out every piece of infected or cancerous material as possible.

There are many ways to prevent ovarian cysts. You can lessen your chances of ovarian cyst removal by taking birth control pills, quitting smoking, and visiting your doctor if severe symptoms persist. In addition, there are many natural remedies available on the market to help relieve pain and symptoms of ovarian cysts and that will help prevent the need for ovarian cyst removal.

Yeast Infection in Men – Oral Thrush

Oral Thrush

A common form of the yeast infection candida albicans is an oral infection called thrush. This is the most prevalent form of yeast infection in men, although it is not a genital problem.

Oral Thrush is not sexually transmitted, although it has been known to appear after sex. Usually this type of infection stems from other health or hygiene issues. The use of certain medications or steroids, immune disorders like HIV, and Diabetes all make men more susceptible to this aggravating condition.

Technically, thrush is a general term used to describe a yeast type infection, that most commonly refers to the oral variety. Because of its location in the mouth, oral thrust can be troubling for men with dental problems.

This form candida infection is thus particularly common in the elderly who use dentures and even in some men and teenagers with braces. This is due to the susceptibility of damaged mucous membranes.

Male oral thrush is said to be painful, uncomfortable, and gross. It will make men self-conscious when they smile and talk and can contribute to anxiety about visiting public places. When the infection develops, white and yellow spots begin to form in mouth along the mucous membranes. They are said to look thick and like curds. Some compare them to cottage cheese.

If you aren’t grossed out already, know that these lesions can spread throughout the mouth. They can show up on the tongue and gums, making eating almost unbearable. From there, they can reach the roof of your mouth and the tonsils area, creating discomfort when eating and drinking. Even without food, swallowing can become very painful.

A thrush infection in men, particularly the oral variety, can stand in the way of your daily routine and needs to be treated immediately.

The signs of an oral yeast infection in men are pretty obvious. But to be sure you do not confuse these with some other oral condition, like ulcers, consult a doctor immediately. The doctor can take cultures of the lesions and confirm you are suffering from thrush.

To cure oral thrush, doctors will sometimes recommend a wide variety of treatments, depending on severity.

Antibiotics will sometimes cause an oral yeast infection in men, but once you get off the antibiotic regimen, yogurt can help to cure your lesions. Other sufferers will not have such an easy treatment regimen. Either way, a yeast infection in men can be cured with some patience.

Epidemiological Analysis on Hepatitis C Virus

Historical perspective of Hepatitis C virus

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006) Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic blood borne viral infection in the United States; about three times as many people are carrying hepatitis C virus as are infected with HIV. First identified in 1988, HCV is the causative agent for what was formerly known as A and B hepatitis, and is estimated to have infected as many as 242,000 U.S. citizen’s annually during the 1980’s. Since 1989, the annual number of new infections has declined by more than 80 percent to approximately 41,000 by 1998. A national survey (the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [NHANES III]) of the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population found that 1.8 percent of U.S citizen’s (3.9 million) have been infected with HCV, of whom most (2.7 million) are chronically infected with HCV (National Center for Health Statistics, 2006). While new infections are declining steadily, the prevalence of liver disease caused by HCV is still rising due to the time lag between the onset of infection and clinical manifestations.

Hepatitis C may be the most lethal disease never heard about. Partly due to the time lag between the onset and the infection often causes no symptoms for decades. Those carrying the virus may never know or unaware they are infected. According to Betsy (2006) for many years, no one knew what was causing a rash of cases of serious liver disease; they could discern only that it was different from hepatitis A and B, which are acquired differently and usually are less serious, so it was called A and B hepatitis. The virus evaded detection until 1989, when scientists employed innovative techniques to find it. Even now, it is very difficult to study and only last year in 2005 were scientists able to grow it in a lab (Betsy, 2006).

Risk factors for infection

Hepatitis C cannot be transmitted for example, by hugging, shaking hands, or sharing glasses or utensils. The people that are most at risk for HCV transmission are intravenous users, individuals with a history of tattooing or body piercing, cocaine users, or long-term sex partners of HCV- positive patients-or even persons with a history of multiple sex partners. People with the disease should not share their toothbrushes or razors, which might carry minute amounts of blood. According to the Center for Disease Control (2006) the rate of sexual transmission is low, especially for people in monogamous relationships, it does rarely happen. The common risk factor during sexual contact is unprotected sex with multiple partners. While other types of exposures are more likely to transmit HCV (e.g., transfusion from an infected donor), they account for a smaller proportion of infections because of the relatively small proportion of the population in whom these exposures have occurred (Center for Disease Control, 2006). Although the risk for transmitting HCV infection through sexual intercourse is low, sex is a common behavior in the general population which may heighten the risk of transmission

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006) prior to the mid-1980’s there was a 7 percent to 10 percent risk hepatitis C from blood transfusion. This risk declined by more than 50 percent between 1985 and 1990 as a result of implementation of blood donor screening for HIV and surrogate testing for hepatitis C. In 1990, specific donor screening for HCV was implemented and by 1992 the risk of HCV infection from a unit of transfused blood was reduced to one in 100,000. As of 2001, the risk of HCV infection from a unit of transfused blood is less than one per million transfused units (National Center for Health Statistics, 2006).

Other risk factors that are associated with HCV infection are; clotting factor concentrates, which are plasma-derived products used to treat individuals with hemophilia, employment in the health care field, and birth to an HCV-infected mother. The use of virus inactivation procedures has reduced the risk of transmission HCV through plasma derived products. Currently, all immune globulin products undergo a virus inactivation procedure or test negative for HCV prior to release.

Treatment of Hepatitis C

The New York City Department of heath and Mental Hygiene (2006) suggest the ultimate goal of treatment for HCV is sustained virologic response (SVR), which is associated with a decreased risk for liver related death and overall mortality. The treatment of choice for infected patients is the combination of paginated interferon and ribavirin. Pegylated interferon is administered subcutaneously; ribavirin is taken orally (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2006). Adverse effects associated with treatment may result in patient having flu like symptoms early in treatment, depression, fatigue, concentration and memory disturbances, retinal disturbance. Because the available medication can cause serious adverse events, patients may choice not to purse pharmacologic therapy with their health care provider. Another aspect that is prevalent in the progression of HCV is the consequences of chronic liver disease from hepatitis C do not become apparent until 10 to 20 years after infection, which makes it difficult to implement strategies to prevent the spread of HCV.

Surveillance implications

The National Center for Health Statistics (2006) suggests surveillance is essential to determine the effectiveness of national, state, and local hepatitis C prevention efforts. However, surveillance for hepatitis C is complicated by the absence of a laboratory test that can differentiate newly acquired infections from infections acquired in the past. Although acute hepatitis (i.e., clinical illness) is reportable in all states, only a few states conduct surveillance for acute cases of hepatitis C to monitor disease incidence. However, approximately 30 states have requirements for reporting of HCV positive laboratory tests, most of which represent persons with resolved or chronic HCV infection (National Center for Health Statistics, 2006). The major surveillance in uses by the CDC is the NHANES III and sentinel surveillance study. NHANES III identified the high prevalence of HCV infection in the United States. The intensive sentinel surveillance conducted in 6 counties is another surveillance done by the CDC for chronic liver disease to determine trends in chronic hepatitis C. Estimates of HCV infection incidence primarily depend on data from the Sentinel Counties Study. Fos and Fine (2005) indicate sentinel surveillance targets selected sites. Collected data are used to provide impact assessment of intervention strategies and in-depth study of demographics and behavioral aspects of the population (Fos & Fine, 2005 p.151). Surveillance programs from an epidemiological prospective help to enhance understanding of the natural history of HCV infection, monitor national trends in chronic hepatitis C, and provide estimates of the contribution of HCV infection to chronic liver disease in the United States. The surveillance of HCV ultimately serves to continually monitor the conditions that increase the risk of transmission.

Morbidity of Hepatitis C

According to the National Association of County and City Officials (2006) currently there are an estimated four million U.S. citizen’s infected with Hepatitis C (HCV), eight to ten thousand of whom die each year from the disease. Further, the cost of HCV is estimated to be more than $600 million per year in medical and work-loss expenses (National Association of County and city Officials, 2006). The dilemma for health care professional is clear, due to the lack of a fast progression of the disease and the association with liver disease it is very difficult to medically manage the disease and prevent infection. The Center for Disease Control (2006) indicates, about 15 percent to 25 percent of persons with acute hepatitis C resolve their infection without further problems. The remainder develops a chronic infection and about 60 percent to 70 percent of these persons develop chronic hepatitis. Cirrhosis of the liver develops in 10 percent to 20 percent of persons with chronic hepatitis C over a period of 20-30 years, and hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) in 1 percent to 5 percent (Center for Disease Control, 2006).

HCV impact on health care organizations and providers

HCV pose a problem for health care organizations and providers. It is almost a stealth disease and tracking the incidence of HCV is nearly impossible. There are no reliable clinical or laboratory markers for acute HCV infection. The Center for Disease Control (2006) indicates symptoms are lacking or non-specific in at least 80% of newly infected patients, anti-HCV antibody appears only months after exposure, and HCV-related chronic liver disease develops insidiously and take decades to present (Center for Disease Control, 2006).

Knowledge about hepatitis C is complex and rapidly evolving. Because hepatitis C was only recently described, health care professionals are often not aware of current information concerning diagnosis, medical management, and prevention of this disease. Feather more the Center for Disease Control (2006) indicates there are no federal funding available to support nationwide establishment of hepatitis C counseling and testing services at the state or local level. In response to this lack of federal funding, a number of state and local health departments have funded hepatitis C counseling and testing projects (Center for Disease Control, 2006). Most of these local programs have relied heavily on technical support and materials developed by the CDC.

Because there are not enough funds and specialists to care for everyone infected with HCV, much of the care for these patients is shifting to primary care providers. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2006) when a patient is diagnosed with chronic HCV infection, the primary care provider is involved in the initial stages to counsel, take further diagnostic and screening tests, and vaccination. If the primary care providers are aware of the most current pharmacologic recommendations then they may initiate therapy on the patient (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2006). The primary care providers must have the ability to screen, diagnose, and care for HCV infected patient or be able to refer those patient to a specialist.

Conclusion

The questions that most providers must answer when treating and planning strategies for HCV are; how to identify risk groups? Who should be tested? Clearly those who have received tainted blood or blood products and injection drug users are the main groups. But what about those with a history of tattooing or body piercing, cocaine users, or long-term sex partners of HCV- positive patients-or even persons with a history of multiple sex partners. Apply epidemiological data to assess the trend in HCV is vital in developing strategies for health care organizations. One of the many drawbacks in HCV is there can be a lag in time between the onset of infection and clinical manifestations. Individuals who have the disease may seek clinical services late in the progression of the disease. Using epidemiological data and surveillance monitoring as indicators may serve to identify current trends in HCV. The knowledge that is acquired by current epidemiological concepts can be use by health care organizations to implement prevention planning for those individual who are affected and infected with HCV.

by

Dr. Gilton Grange

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Cirrhosis of the Liver – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly. The scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver and slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, and naturally produced toxins. It also slows the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver. Causes of cirrhosis of the liver include hepatitis C, fatty liver, alcohol abuse, chronic viral infections, inherited disorders, reaction to drugs and prolonged exposure to environmental toxins.

The Ayurvedic treatment of cirrhosis of the liver focuses on treating the cause, reducing or reversing the damage done, and preventing further damage to the liver. Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Shankh-Vati, Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpuria), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba) and Tamra-Bhasma are used to reduce swelling, inflammation and blockage in the liver cells . Medicines like Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Aparmarga (Achyranthus aspera) and Sahinjan (Moringa pterygosperma) are used to reduce fluid retention and help in the blood circulation. Medicines which act on the 'Rakta' dhatu (tissue) of the body are useful in this condition. These medicines include Indrayav (Holharrhina antidysentrica), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Kutki, Saariva, Patha (Cissampelos pareira) and Musta (Cyperus rotundus).

Medicines like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra) and Gokshur are used to prevent fibrosis and partially reverse the damage to the liver. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bala (Sida cordifolia) and Nagbala (Sida humilis) are used to reduce immune dysfunction of the body. Inherited disorders like hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease, glycogen storage disease, and cystic fibrosis are treated specifically with different herbal medicines. Panchamrut-Parpati, Suvarna-Parpati and Suvarna-Sutshekhar-Ras are used to stabilize the liver and prolong life.

It is important to avoid known offending causes of cirrhosis of the liver. A total abstinence from alcohol; avoiding potentially harmful drugs; and preventing exposure to environmental toxins, are necessary steps before commencing treatment. Diet modifications, and a reduction in salt intake are also helpful.

Help Clear Crystals in Dog’s Urine

If an owner notices that his or her dog has blood in its urine, there is an excellent chance that the dog has crystals in urine or is suffering from bladder stones. A veterinarian might also refer to these crystals as urinary calculi and the condition which brings this on goes by the name of urolithiasis.

There are some other common symptoms a dog with crystals in urine might display. The dog might urinate frequently with only a minute amount coming out each time. The owner might also notice that his or her dog will sort of freeze in the posture in which it urinates, straining excessively and/or showing signs of experiencing pain.

A dog with crystals in urine or bladder stones might not show any of the aforementioned signs or symptoms. In these cases, if stones do indeed exist in the dog, it is most likely that they will be uncovered through abdominal X-rays or a routine palpating of the pet’s abdomen during a physical exam.

There are other regions within a dog in which they might also be discovered. In fact, a dog’s entire urinary tract is susceptible to the formation of these stones or crystals. Vets have found crystals or stones in dogs’ bladder, urethra (the tube that runs from the dog’s bladder to the outside world), kidneys or ureters (minute tubes that are responsible for the carrying of urine to the bladder from the kidneys). But by far – more than 85 percent – a dog with crystals in urine uncovered inside the bladder.

Treatment for a dog with crystals in urine will vary depending on where they are located and how big they are. Usually, the dog’s owner will have to discuss with his or her veterinarian the best treatment protocol. Treatment will depend on the crystal type. Struvite crystals or stones, can often be dissolved with dietary chagne. Oxalate on the other hand would require surgery, if the stones are large and causing a urinary obstruction.

Homeopathic products can be used as a supportive therapy in addition to an increase in water consumption and dietary change. Increased water consumption and urination is natures way of moving crystals out of a dog’s system. Homeopathic approaches seek to correct the PH of the urine to optimal levels to keep infection from forming. Infection causes inflammation, which is a narrowing of the urinary tract. A narrow tract could trap stone causing crystals.

Perhaps the best treatment for a pet owner whose dog has crystals in urine is to try and prevent their development though the use of a prescription diet formulated for this purpose, exercise, water and the addition of a supportive natural remedy.

Some of these tips and suggestions include making sure that the dog does not have to hold its urine for long periods of time by giving it outdoor breaks as often as possible. Flush out toxins that might exist in the pet’s water dish by simply changing out its water every day.

Take care of the pet’s hygiene by washing it on a regular basis. This is most important in female pets because bacteria can infect their bladder quicker than in male pets due to the female’s relatively shorter urethra. Give the pet as much bladder-stimulating exercise as is possible.

Stopping Your Fear of Vomiting Dead in It's Tracks

The fear of vomiting, or emetophobia to give it it's technical name, is one that affects many people. Sure, almost no-one likes the taste of vomit and childhood memories of the taste and smell can linger long into adult life. But what can you do if you suffer from a fear of vomiting?

Trying to rationalize probably will not work. There's a good chance you've talked your phobia through either in your own head or with a trusted friend. But the chances are that you've still got this fear, lurking, ready to surface at the slightest opportunity.

The good news is that this fear can be tamed.

Depending on the severity of your problem, you may be able to use a self help solution such as listening to a hypnosis download. This works in a large number of cases and is very economical. The download will talk to your subconscious mind (the part that is causing you major worry) and will help it to work out a more sensible response to the problem.

You may also find it beneficial to work out what triggers your fear. Think back over previous occasions when you've experienced emetophobia and see if there's a common cause – there usually is. Then work on one of those triggers.

Once you start chipping away at the edges of fear, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how fast it can melt away. It's odd, but if you give your current fear a score on a 1 to 10 scale, getting the fear down to around the half way point is almost always enough to cause it to disappear completely without any further help from you or anyone else.

Food Safety Legislation in the UK

Washing facilities

It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have hand washing facilities. Hand washing facilities must be for hand washing only and have adequate access for staff to wash their hands. The hand wash sinks must have hot and cold running water, soap and drying facilities. It is also recommended, although not a legal requirement, to have separate food and equipment sinks with hot and cold running water.

Legislation

UK food legislation includes:

The food safety act 1990

The food hygiene, England, regulations 2006

EC 852/2004 regulation on the hygiene of foodstuffs

Since 2004 the Food Safety Act has become more concentrated on food quality rather than food safety.

If any of the laws of broken, an individual or business can be prosecuted. Food safety is covered under criminal law which involves being prosecuted in either a Magistrate or Crown court. The Magistrate court deals with less serious offences, termed summary offences, whilst the Crown Court deals with more serious offences, termed indictable offences.

Penalties in the Crown Court include an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years. The penalties in a Magistrate court are £20,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment.

The enforcement officers who oversee the legislation are called Environmental Health Practitioners.

They:

  • provide food safety advice, and inspect food premises
  • enforce legislation covering food
  • can enter and inspect premises at any reasonable time of the day or night and can be accompanied by the uniformed police
  • can investigate outbreaks of foodborne disease, food poisoning and other possible offences
  • can instruct that food be destroyed if it is considered unsafe to eat
  • can issue improvement and prohibition notices
  • can take food businesses to court for breaking food safety laws
  • can initiate prosecution by gathering evidence.

If a company is prosecuted they can provide a due diligence defence. This means that the business can prove that they took all reasonable precautions to prevent contamination and food poisoning. This due diligence defence is achieved with the use of written records. The written records are called the Food Safety Management System, which is a collection of records, procedures and all information regarding running the food business safely. The information includes some of the following:

  • training records
  • suppliers audits
  • pest control documentation
  • cleaning schedules
  • temperature records
  • maintenance contracts

There are legal requirements that apply to food handlers and these include:

  • keeping themselves clean
  • ensuring the workplace remains clean
  • to protect food from contamination or anything that cause harm to it
  • following good personal hygiene practices such as hand washing and regular bathing or showering
  • wearing clean protective clothing
  • informing their employer if they are suffering from food poisoning and foodborne illness.

For further information on the UK Food Legislation go to Food Safety.

Penis Ulcers: Can Oral Sex Be a Cause?

There are few things that a man enjoys better than settling back and being on the receiving end of oral sex ministrations. There can always be drawbacks to any pleasurable activity, of course, and a guy needs to be aware that penis ulcers can occasionally occur due to oral gratification. It’s a rare occurrence, but proper penis care requires a man to be aware of this possibility so that he knows the appropriate steps to take if penis ulcers do pop up.

What are they?

When most people think of ulcers, what comes to mind is a bloated stomach, heartburn and intense pain in the gut. And that’s certainly what occurs with common peptic ulcers. But those symptoms are not the ulcer; they’re the result of the ulcer.

So what is an ulcer, then? Strictly defined, it’s a break in a bodily membrane that keeps an organ from doing its job. In the case of penis ulcers, they fall under the heading of dermatological ulcers – meaning that the break in the membrane is on the surface (or directly beneath the surface) of the penis skin.

Penis ulcers present as open sores on the member (or in the nearby genital area, such as the scrotum). A man may have only one or he may have several all at the same time. They tend to be round-ish in shape and may be dark red, pink or white in coloration.

Typical causes

In popular culture, penis ulcers are strongly associated with STIs, and with good reason: they are a very common symptom of syphilis, herpes, mononucleosis and chancroid. This is why getting penis ulcers examined by a doctor is such a good idea. If an STI is responsible, proper care and treatment needs to begin right away.

However, there are other causes of penis ulcers, including some antibiotics, tuberculosis and, as mentioned above, oral sex.

The oral cause

Fortunately, few men contract penis ulcers strictly from oral sex (unless, of course, the partner has an STI). When a man does come down with an ulcerous situation after oral stimulation, it most often is because the partner has engaged in some playful “biting” of the organ. Such biting, done gently, can provide extra stimulation. Sometimes, however, the partner may bite harder than intended, breaking the penile skin and allowing bacteria from the mouth to contaminate the opening. (In some very rare cases, the bacteria may enter the urethra and cause an ulcer to develop there.)

Most penis ulcers from biting do not develop right away and may not become evident until a week or more after the sexual activity which created them. In addition to causing pain and soreness, they also tend to be especially aromatic, transmitting a noticeably foul odor.

Treatment

Some penis ulcers caused by oral sex heal themselves in a relatively short period of time; however, others are persistent and require the attention of a doctor. Penicillin or tetracycline is typically prescribed to treat the ulcer.

Proper treatment of penis ulcers from oral sex is necessary, but that alone may not treat the accompanying symptoms. For that, men need to consider using a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) once the sore is no longer open and exposed. For example, a crème with vitamin A should be applied. Vitamin A has anti-bacterial properties which are an extra aid in fighting unwanted penis odors, such as those made worse by ulcers. In addition, the Shea butter and vitamin E found in the best crèmes will help to hydrate the skin, easing some of the soreness. Finally, using a crème with a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid ensures that harmful oxidative processes will be kept at bay, enabling the member to regain and maintain the health of its cells.

Is It Safe To Eat Cinnamon If You Have Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) happens when the stomach content spills over to esophagus. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress can contribute to this disease. If left untreated, it can cause inflammation and scarring of the esophagus. One of the natural remedies to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux is cinnamon, one of the oldest spice in the world.

Cinnamon is safe to eat when you have acid reflux. It helps to get rid of heartburn by reducing the acidity in your stomach. This also prevents the risk of developing ulcers in the lower esophagus when the stomach acid flow back into the esophagus.

Cinnamon helps in digestion by stimulating the enzymes to break down the food faster. It also increases your metabolism. By taking it regularly, your digestive health improves. Ancient people often use it as a remedy for many kinds of stomach discomforts.

A study reveals that a teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 milligrams of calcium. It also has one milligram each of iron, manganese, fiber, vitamins C, and K.

So, how do you take it internally? Here are five simple suggestions that you can prepare cinnamon for safe consumption.

  1. You can grind the cinnamon stick into powder. Sprinkle it over your buttered toasted bread. Chew the bread slowly and thoroughly to stimulate the production of the digestive juices in your mouth. Therefore, before swallowing, the process of digestion in the mouth already begins.
  2. Make your own honey and cinnamon beverage. Mix one teaspoon of honey with a pinch of cinnamon powder. Drink it regularly three or four minutes before meals. It helps your body to digest the food better.
  3. Add cinnamon bark oil into your cooking. It acts as a flavoring.
  4. You can use it to make tea. This is one of the popular herbal remedy for heartburn.
  5. Toast the cinnamon stick and nibble it.

Feel safe to eat cinnamon whenever you have acid reflux. Make it as a part of your daily diet. With the suggestions above, you can think of more ways to use cinnamon to prepare your meal. Imagine with just a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day, you can be free from stomach problems, gas, and bloating. Not forgetting heartburn.

Is It Safe To Eat Cinnamon If You Have Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) happens when the stomach content spills over to esophagus. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress can contribute to this disease. If left untreated, it can cause inflammation and scarring of the esophagus. One of the natural remedies to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux is cinnamon, one of the oldest spice in the world.

Cinnamon is safe to eat when you have acid reflux. It helps to get rid of heartburn by reducing the acidity in your stomach. This also prevents the risk of developing ulcers in the lower esophagus when the stomach acid flow back into the esophagus.

Cinnamon helps in digestion by stimulating the enzymes to break down the food faster. It also increases your metabolism. By taking it regularly, your digestive health improves. Ancient people often use it as a remedy for many kinds of stomach discomforts.

A study reveals that a teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 milligrams of calcium. It also has one milligram each of iron, manganese, fiber, vitamins C, and K.

So, how do you take it internally? Here are five simple suggestions that you can prepare cinnamon for safe consumption.

  1. You can grind the cinnamon stick into powder. Sprinkle it over your buttered toasted bread. Chew the bread slowly and thoroughly to stimulate the production of the digestive juices in your mouth. Therefore, before swallowing, the process of digestion in the mouth already begins.
  2. Make your own honey and cinnamon beverage. Mix one teaspoon of honey with a pinch of cinnamon powder. Drink it regularly three or four minutes before meals. It helps your body to digest the food better.
  3. Add cinnamon bark oil into your cooking. It acts as a flavoring.
  4. You can use it to make tea. This is one of the popular herbal remedy for heartburn.
  5. Toast the cinnamon stick and nibble it.

Feel safe to eat cinnamon whenever you have acid reflux. Make it as a part of your daily diet. With the suggestions above, you can think of more ways to use cinnamon to prepare your meal. Imagine with just a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day, you can be free from stomach problems, gas, and bloating. Not forgetting heartburn.

Wheatgrass Juice Proves To Be A True Gift To Mankind

Wheatgrass juice is growing in popularity as more and more people learn about this true wonder of nature. In fact, it is the only vegetation located on the planet that will entirely support a healthy animal from birth to a prime old age, according to the brilliant research scientist Dr. Earp-Thomas, an expert in grasses, plants and chlorophyll, soil analyzation and leading former “grass expert” of the world.

Should we be looking more into this phenomenal green food?

On my journey back to wellness and increased vitality, I kept coming across the numerous benefits from drinking this green elixir. I decided to further delve into this topic. I was amazed at what I found out. I decided to share some of this green cocktail knowledge in hopes that it can continue to really improve lives as it already has for thousands.

Let me share a few of its remarkable uses:

  • Tenacious Ann Wigmore (1909-1994), The Wheatgrass Book and wheatgrass guru, helped thousands of people get well from chronic disorders for 30 years using this anti aging green drink.
  • Wigmore found regular wheatgrass juice consumption to be especially safe and effective treatment for: digestion problems, obesity, arthritis, emphysema, diabetes, gastritis, burns, high blood pressure, pancreas and liver problems, multiple sclerosis, asthma, eczema, ulcers, psoriasis, halitosis, body odor, constipation, skin issues, hemorrhoids, gastritis, oral infections, athlete’s foot, bleeding gums, and even as a natural cancer treatment. After 20 years of teaching cancer patients about natural healing, she believed all types of cancer can be overcome.
  • Yes, Wigmore used the live energy juice as a safe, natural and no side effect immunological treatment for cancer. From her cancer research and hands on experiences, she strongly believed the green liquid to have anticancer abilities.
  • Ann Wigmore had provided regular wheatgrass juice to many people that were bedridden “incurables.” After later checking with these ailing bedridden people of which she had previously made daily wheatgrass juice calls, none were bedridden anymore. Those with the desire, were happily able to go back to part time and full time work.
  • Eydie Mae, How I Conquered Cancer Naturally, overcame malignant breast cancer by attending Ann Wigmore’s Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, Massachusetts back in the earlier 1970’s and by taking the nutritional approach to curing cancer. Eydie Mae acknowledged wheatgrass juice as being extremely important in helping to overcome her cancer.
  • There was even a pilot research study done in Israel in 2007 in which breast cancer patients were given wheatgrass juice to drink to help offset the damages from the chemotherapy to one’s blood. The research study showed the effects of the chemotherapy were not diminished from the wheatgrass juice. The study also showed blood building benefits from drinking this green “life changing” beverage. These initial results need confirmation in a phase III study.

Personally, I worked up to the whole idea of actually growing my own wheatgrass. I certainly never could have imagined in a millions years that I would be growing wheatgrass. Well, I will have to say though, it is quite the conversation piece when friends come over to my house. I just like the convenience of growing it and not having to drive to a juice bar to obtain it.

It seems to give me an extra bounce in my step and I know I am doing my body good. Especially, when I know my diet has not been so great, I simply drink some wheatgrass juice and know I have pulled in some great live active enzymes and nutrition. I am also creating healthier blood inside my body. Bottoms up!

Perhaps pulling the wheatgrass juice into your diet will also strengthen your body as it has for countless others.