Hepatitis B Awareness

Hepatits B or HBV affects over 350 million all over the world and is commonly misdiagnosed as  hepatitis  A, but then again, both diseases are different from each other.  Hepatitis  B, unlike  Hepatitis  A when left untreated has a higher likelihood of causing a long term condition or a permanent damage to the infected person’s liver. HBC can cause liver cirrhosis or even liver cancer, as its damage to the liver is irreversible. What is more threatening of this disease is that it is more infectious that HIV to over more than 100 times with the same route of exchange of body fluids.

 Hepatitis  B Virus can be transmitted in many easy and fast ways:

UNPROTECTED SEX – having penetrative sex without any protection like condoms is the most common transmission for the HBV. The change of body fluid allows the virus to travel across from the infectious person to the other.

USED NEEDLES – sad as it may, it is common that in clinics, acupuncture shops, body piercing, and tattoo shops, sharing of needles or reusing of needles is happening and this can be another way of transmitting HBV. If the needle was used by an infected person with HBV, the virus can easily enter your system from the infection.

BIRTH – If the mother is infected with HBV, there is a high risk of transmitting to to the baby during birth, this is called the congenital HBV, and this can be prevented by immunization of the baby.

Far from the common concept of transmitting the virus from the infected to another through coughing, sneezing, close physical contact, and contact with the faeces; this is not true, HBV can only be transmitted sexually or by the exchange of body fluids.

HBV can manifest asymptomatically but still is infectious. In some cases of individuals who manifest symptoms, they can experience fever, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, weight loss, itchy skin, and jaundice.

In diagnosed patients with active HBV, symptoms are not severe and no treatment will be required. In a few months time with continuous monitoring, the immune system of the infected individual is expected to gain natural immunity to fight off the virus. From the time of diagnosis, alcohol is advised to be avoided since this can aggravate the condition of the patient.

Medication and treatment is given to infected persons experiencing chronic symptoms. The antiviral treatment that is taken in a pill or injected can only help in preventing the spread of the liver damage. Drug of choice given are Interferon Alpha, Baraclude, and Lamivudine; given in six months with close monitoring.

If you have  hepatitis  signs and suspect that you are infected with HBV, it is best to have a talk with your doctor and discuss the possibility of an infection and get tested right away. There are also STD clinics that you can go to and have yourself tested for STD. The early detection of the disease can lessen the possible complication such as permanent damage to the liver.

 Hepatitis  B – This article will show you how the  Hepatitis  B disease is considered a dangerous type of sexually transmitted disease by many.

Effective Ayurvedic Treatments for Hepatitis and Cirrhosis

Modern medicine is a wonderful thing but it cannot cure everything. Medication often comes with side effects, some of which are worse than the symptoms the pills are supposed to cure. Thankfully there are alternatives, which can be used alongside or instead of conventional medicine to relieve those ailments that continue to make our lives a misery.

Ayurvedic medicine comes to us from India, where it has been the preferred medical practice for over 5000 years. It focusses on natural herbal remedies that are time-honoured and have long been proved effective in the treatment of many problems, from colon cleansing and cirrhosis of the liver to treatments for jaundice and hepatitis.

In India, Ayurvedic medicine is practiced by many orthodox medical practitioners. Doctors often use it to complement their western medical practices, because its all-natural therapies are useful in the treatment of ailments modern medicine cannot treat quickly or cheaply.

Treating Cirrhosis with Eclipta Alba

The leaves of the eclipta alba (known locally as Bhringaraj) plant are hepato protective, meaning they strengthen the body’s natural resistance to damage to the hepatic system by assisting in the removal of toxins from the liver.

In fact, the chemicals contained in eclipta alba have been shown in several scientific tests to be some of the most potent naturally-produced chemicals in the world. For the treatment of liver problems, no other plant extract comes close to the effectiveness of eclipta alba; and its effectiveness even surpasses several pharmaceuticals.

The active ingredients found in eclipta alba that help protect the liver are demethyl wedelolactone and wedelolactone, both of which are found throughout the plant. These chemicals are known for their antihepatotoxic qualities.

Treating Hepatitis with Ayurveda

Ayurveda’s treatments for viral hepatitis came to the attention of western medicine in 1979, when research by Dr. Thyagarajan demonstrated how effective natural herbal medicine can be. In India, conventional treatments for hepatitis are expensive and therefore out of the reach of many citizens, but hepatitis was a major concern in the 1970s.

The leaf extract is again used, as the active ingredients for combating hepatitis are mostly contained in the leaves. Here the extract is either mixed with honey and taken 5-10 millilitre doses, or broken down in a laboratory and the essential ingredients for fighting the virus are extracted and converted into easy-to-swallow pills.

As a result, Dr Thyagarajan’s research was met with great interest. He proved that extracting the essential chemicals from the Keezharnelli plant, known to western science as Phyllanthus Amarus, and making tablets from them could cure Hepatitis B. His studies have been examined by other scientists since 1979 and in 2009, Dr Thyagarajan began the process of patenting his discovery for the University of Madras.

Eclipta Alba, Nature’s Purifier

The roots of the eclipta alba plant are widely known for their emetic and purgative qualities. The plant’s leaf juice is also effective in the treatment of jaundice; which is often a side-effect of liver damage and goes hand-in-hand with cirrhosis.

Eclipta alba plants are very effective cholagogues, meaning they promote bile flow into the colon, and they also possess incredible deobstructant properties. This makes the plant a highly effective treatment for many liver problems. In addition, the eclipta alba extract is also an effective antifungal agent as well as an antiviral agent, so it is useful in treating some infections, too.

Leaf extracts from eclipta alba are a powerful blood purifier. The leaf extract has been used for centuries to treat anemia because eclipta alba improves haemoglobin production. Haemoglobin (also spelled hemoglobin) is the part of the blood’s red cells that transports oxygen around the body, and also removes carbon dioxide from cells; transporting it back to the lungs for expulsion.

Taking the leaf extract three times a day will reduce, and possibly even eliminate, the symptoms of anemia. The leaf extract is incredibly bitter-tasting however, so it must be mixed with a non-reactive sweetener such as honey if it is to be consumed.

Ayurvedic medicine is a long-standing and time-honoured practice for which western science is only just coming to understand the full potential. With many Indian doctors now using Ayurvedic remedies alongside their more conventional practices, and more western scientists conducting research into the effects of ayurvedic cures, it is only a matter of time before this 5000 year old discipline gets the worldwide recognition it deserves.

Cats Need Dental Care Too!

Stop and reflect for a moment, most people will brush their teeth before they go to bed. A roughness can be felt on our teeth at the end of the day, and this “roughness” that is felt is plaque build-up. What if us humans didn’t brush our teeth or have them professionally cleaned for three years? This is how it is for most of our pets. Plaque consists mostly of bacteria and if not removed from the tooth surface, will quickly mineralize into calculus, which are the hard tan deposits on a pet’s teeth. Over time the calculus will irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, which then in turn can cause an unhealthy and painful mouth resulting in periodontal disease. If periodontal disease is not treated, vital organs such as the heart and kidney can be negatively affected. Cats have 30 teeth; 12 less teeth than their canine counterparts. Although cats can do perfectly fine with missing teeth, they do not have that many to spare. When your cat is sitting in your lap or in a good mood, hold her in your arms and gently lift her lip to reveal her gums and teeth. What you will be looking for is a red gum line (gingivitis), tan or brown deposits on teeth (calculus), and broken teeth.

Clinical signs without looking at the teeth would be foul smelling breath, drooling, change in eating habits, pawing at the mouth, or shaking of the head. If you have noticed any of these signs, it is time for your cat to see the Veterinarian for a dental intervention.Other than periodontal disease, cats are susceptible to an extremely painful disease of the teeth called feline tooth resorption. This excruciating disease starts by destroying the enamel of the teeth and slowly deepens down to expose the sensitive areas of the teeth, such as the pulp and root. At first the resorption can look like a small hole or cavity in the tooth, and then eventually progresses into the gum tissue growing over or into the tooth. The true cause of tooth resorption is unknown, but research suggests that poor oral hygiene can be a contributing factor because of gingivitis bringing inflammatory mediators to the surrounding affected teeth. The treatment for a tooth affected by tooth resorption is extraction by a Veterinarian under general anesthesia. Since this condition affects approximately 30-40% of cats, it is another reason why you should check your cat’s mouth regularly.

Prevention is the key in the fight against dental disease. Introducing your cat to the toothbrush will take a lot of patience and time, but is vital to their oral health. Your veterinarian will have advice on how to start brushing and how to hold your cat safely for the procedure. Prescription dental food is another way to fight plaque and calculus on your pet’s teeth, as well as yearly dental cleaning to clean the teeth and gums of plaque and calculus, as well as examine and treat any pathology within the mouth and teeth. There is no substitution for brushing your pet’s teeth, but if no oral hygiene has been done on your cat before, it is best to check with your veterinarian first before starting an oral care regime in order to make sure your cat does not have an already painful mouth. You are your cat’s best advocate, and need to help them have a healthy and pain free mouth! There are many ways you can help your cat achieve good oral health, and the first step is to lift that lip and determine if your cat needs a dental intervention.

Is Your Cat Vomiting?

Many people have questions about their cat’s health and what to look out for with regard to cat health issues. If your cat is vomiting you need to find out what the problem is.

Every cat owner will have to clean up cat vomit at some stage and you need to investigate just why your cat is vomiting. Not the most pleasant of subjects I know, but it is one that needs addressing. One possible reason for cats to vomit is hairballs lodged in their throat. If your cat seems to cough often then suddenly vomits up the last meal, it could be that a hairball or even strands of fur have been caught when grooming. Usually the cat will only vomit once as the offending item has been expelled.

If your cat keeps vomiting, then it is wise to investigate further. Have you changed pet foods? Could it be a reaction to that? Have you just put on a flea collar? This can cause nausea for a day or two. Make sure that no-one has put out any poisons to catch rats or mice. If your cat has access to outdoors, are there any snail pellets around, or has the garden been sprayed to eliminate weeds. If you are able to answer yes to any of these questions, a trip, or at least a phone call, to the vet will be necessary. Your vet may be able to suggest treatment that you can carry out at home. If you are unsure about any of the above, I would advise taking your cat to the vet immediately.

If your cat has been vomiting, I suggest you stop feeding for 24 hours, just as you would with children. You cat’s stomach will be sore and inflamed and will need to recover. Give your cat small amounts of water for 24 hours then introduce some bland foods such as cooked white rice or similar. The following day mix some bland food with a little cat food to see how they tolerate it. Don’t give your cat milk as this will cause further vomiting. Keep an eye on how your cat looks and how well it is tolerating the food before going back to normal feeding.

Understanding your cat and being aware of what is happening with it will help you keep it in top condition and health. By forming a bond with your cat early, not only will you notice when something is wrong, your cat will come to you for help.

A number of years ago my cat Tikki was due to give birth and decided to snuggle into bed with me one night. I woke the next morning feeling wet as her waters had broken. She lay between by stomach and bent legs and gave birth to five beautiful kittens. I had been paying special attention to her when she was pregnant and she understood that being with me was safe. I had also helped her with previous births when she was in trouble.

When she was due to give birth for her final litter she disappeared for a day. This didn’t worry me unduly as I was sure she was nesting and would let me know when she was ready. When I went for my morning cup of coffee the next day, she was lying in the entrance to the kitchen, in great distress. I rang the vet and he arranged to me me at his surgery immediately. Apparently her uterus had twisted around completely, cutting off all food and nutrients to the kittens which had died and were therefore poisoning her. She was saved but unfortunately none of the kittens made it. The point of this story is that if your cat knows she can trust you and that you will help her, she will let you know when there is a problem, just as Tikki did.

It doesn’t have to be as drastic as what happened with Tikki. Other cat health symptoms can include being off her food, dull eyes, lethargy, vomiting, problems with using the litter box, or suddenly lashing out when stroked or petted.

It is important for you to know what is wrong as soon as possible. Questions you need to ask yourself must include how long has she been ill and is a trip to the vet necessary.

Try to serve your cat’s food at room temperature. Food taken straight from the fridge can also cause your cat to vomit. If time is short or you have forgotten, just give it a few seconds in the microwave to bring it back to room temperature.

Remember, cats will eat grass to induce vomiting, often to help them get rid of fur that has lodged when they are grooming. Grooming your cat regularly can help eliminate hairballs.

Cat care and cats health go hand in hand. Caring for your cat will make you more aware of any health problems as they arise. This will increase the bond between you and give you a much richer relationship. Healthy cats are likely to live longer as well, another added bonus.

Serving Healthy Foods Safely

Serving healthy foods safely can be accomplished by following a few simple guidelines. The importance of following those rules is exemplified by the fact that an estimated 48 million people in the U. S. are diagnosed with food poisoning annually. To highlight the subject further, recent news warned of over 300 cases of food poisoning and three deaths as the result of cucumbers bearing Salmonella that were imported from Mexico. So we can’t let down our guard.

Most food poisoning comes from bacteria or viruses, but it can also stem from parasites, mold, toxins, contaminants and allergens such as nuts, milk, eggs or gluten. Contaminated food often results in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps, but it can also result in kidney failure, chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage or even death. Those at greatest risk include pregnant women, older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses or depressed immune systems, and children under the age of five because their immune systems are still developing and because their stomachs produce less stomach acid which helps to destroy toxic bacteria.

At the same time, we can serve food to our families safely by following a few simple guidelines. Begin by washing hands before handling any food. Be sure all utensils are clean at the start as well. Cutting instruments, cutting boards and other utensils must be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water after working with any food item and before handling the second food item. So, when you finish cutting the raw chicken, wash everything before cutting the vegetables, etc. Likewise, all fruits and vegetables should be washed with a scrub brush before cutting them. This is especially true with melons and firm fruits like an apple.

Store foods in a refrigerator at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and below 32 degrees Fahrenheit in a freezer. Don’t just go by the machine setting.;Use a thermometer to measure the actual temperature to be sure.;Keep perishable food items in the refrigerator until served, and then leave them out no more than two hours.;Foods that lose cooling or freezing capability for more than two hours (due to machine failure or power outage for example) usually need to be destroyed. Please refer to the food safety charts at the websites for the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Store raw meats, fish and poultry separate from other foods. Likewise, store ready-to-e at foods separately from other foods to prevent contamination.

Always cook foods to the proper temperatures. Foods should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit as a general rule. Again, please refer to the charts provided by both the government sites.

While proper food safety requires a little attention to detail at first, continued practice will soon make them habits that will allow you to serve healthy foods safely to your family.

Simple and Best Home Remedies for Peptic Ulcer

What is Peptic Ulcer? It is the ulcer (an inflammatory suppurating lesion) of the mucous membrane lining of the alimentary tract and gives severe abdominal pain around the stomach area. It is related to one’s beginning area of the intestine; after the stomach, also known as the duodenum. And therefore, it can be termed as “duodenal ulcer” too at the same time. Other forms of peptic ulcer includes gastric ulcer – occurs inside stomach, and esophageal ulcer can be found at oesophagus area between the pharynx and the stomach.

Causes and symptoms: According to medical studies, the main cause behind ulcers is a bacterium named Heliobacter Pylori or simply, H.Pylori. Besides this, use of anti-inflammatory drug – NSAID, hyperacidity, excessive use of alcoholic drinks as well smoking, coffee, junk foods, past stomach disorders, etc can also cause peptic or gastric ulcer.

An ulcer patient mostly faces the symptoms like chronic abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting. Sometime it can be accompanied by hematemesis that is vomiting blood. Likewise, heartburn, weakness, sleeplessness, etc can be noticed too.

Available remedies: You can try the following home remedies in order to cure the peptic ulcer. However, if you are an old patient of ulcer and already undergone surgery, then you must first consult your physician.

1. Banana: Use of banana in order to treat this ulcer has been regarded as the best home remedy. This is because it has the essential properties that can reduce and control hyperacidity. To use, just take 2-3 bananas and mix it in a class of milk. Drink this 3-4 time a day.

2. Fenugreek: Another effective way to cure the peptic ulcer is to use fenugreek seeds. It can give you relief from the pain and from other associated symptoms. To use, take about two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds and boil it a glass of water. Later add a little salt to this solution. Use 2-3 times daily.

3. Lemon: Regular intake of lemon juice along with a little salt is another effective home remedy for peptic ulcer.

4. Wood apple: Use of wood apple leaves in treating peptic ulcer is always positive. To use, you have to boil few leaves of wood apple in water; strain the solution and then drink it 2-3 times a day. It will raise your digestive power.

5. Cabbage: You can use it too as a home remedy for peptic ulcer. For this, take one cabbage and cut it into small pieces; boil in water until half of the solution is left. Later, strain the solution and drink twice a day.

6. Drumsticks: Prepare a paste by grinding about twenty drumstick leaves and then mix it in curd. Intake of this mixture will also be very effective in treating peptic ulcer.

Likewise, healthy diet has its own importance while dealing with peptic ulcer. Eat more vegetables, milk, cheese, fruits and so on. Avoid junk foods; especially those prepared using much oil and spicy ingredients. Try to be stress free as far as possible and do not smoke. Stay away from all alcoholic beverages.

Stop Heartburn Naturally With Foods

Stop heartburn naturally with foods? Have you ever heard of anyone doing so? Well I am here to tell you that it is very possible to stop your heartburn if you quit eating the foods and combinations of foods that cause heartburn to start with.

You see I used to suffer with heartburn (acid reflux) myself, and it is a horrible thing to suffer with. When I was trying to stop heartburn from making me toss and turn all night and not get enough sleep, I used to take antacids.

But then I read that antacids can cause other problems as a side effect like incomplete digestion of our foods, constipation, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, aggravate kidney problems, and in extreme cases intestinal bleeding.

Antacid are stomach acid neutralizers. To digest meat, you need this acid or the meat will not digest. Stomach acid also kills harmful bacteria. If you are not getting any nutrition from eating your foods, then it would be better not to eat it in the first place.

Then I started studying what really causes heartburn to start with. Heartburn is caused from stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. Everyone knows this, but what most people don’t, is that your stomach doesn’t always have to pump out a strong stomach acid to digest every type of food.

It is the protein containing foods that your body needs to pump out an acidic digestive fluid to digest. So, if you don’t eat any protein containing foods with your meal, then it doesn’t need to pump out the strong acidic digestive fluid to digest it.

List of high protein foods to temporarily cut way down on or eliminate to stop heartburn:

*Meat

* Fish

*Milk

*Cheese

*Beans

The above listed foods are all high protein foods that are difficult to digest, so they take longer to digest. They also need a strong stomach acid to digest them. Its this acid that is burning your stomach and esophagus.

Also some foods are acidic to start with and almost always cause heartburn if I eat them:

* Cooked or canned tomatoes

* Bottled Juices

Other foods that can stimulate the production of stomach acid also:

* Black pepper

* Spices

* Coffee

* Sodas

* Caffeine

* Beer

* Wine

* Tea with caffeine

* 7-Up

* Coca-Cola

If you want to stop heartburn, for your next few meals, try and only eat foods that are low in protein and avoid the other foods that can cause heartburn that I have listed above.

If you eat a meal of only cooked green beans, cooked squash, carrots, lettuce, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt, then your stomach doesn’t have to pump out the strong acid that is required to digest high protein foods like meats.

You can fry them in olive oil if you are used to eating greasy meals, or you can steam them and add just a little oil to them on your serving plate. I do recommend adding at least one tablespoon or more of extra virgin olive oil (up to 3 tablespoons for a satisfying meal) because extra virgin olive oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. These foods will digest well because they are properly combined for efficient digestion.

You can eat the lettuce and carrots raw if you like, but just make sure to chew them up really good. Eat like this just for a day or two, and see if it doesn’t make your heartburn stop.

It’s the combination of having a super full stomach, (there is only so much room in your stomach) and also having it full of strong acidic digestive fluid that causes heartburn. When your stomach becomes super full, the pressure builds up, and then that’s when the stomach acid starts to creep back up into the esophagus.

Most peoples stomachs are stretched out from years of eating too many hard to digest foods and combinations of foods. But, if you can wait to eat your next meal after your stomach is empty, and only eat a properly combined meal that is designed for efficient digestion, then your stomach will digest the meal quicker.

This lets the stomach have enough time to more fully digest that foods from the previous meal, so as to go ahead and move them further into the digestive tract to make room for your next meal.

But what makes your food not digest fast enough to empty before your next meal? Eating too big of a meal for your digestive capacity, or eating hard to digest foods or combinations of foods to frequently. If you eat another meal before the previous meal has had a chance to leave your stomach, then the stomach becomes extremely full.

Also eating foods that are high in sugar makes other hard to digest foods take longer to digest and leave the stomach because your body will digest the sugars first, so then the other foods just sit in your stomach waiting for the sugars to be used up first.

To stop heartburn you need to give your stomach a chance to shrink down a little and empty out a little bit and stop eating combinations of foods that cause a digestive conflict.

The Risks Of Gastric Lap Band Surgery

Weight loss surgery has advanced considerably in the past 50 years and modern forms of surgery such as gastric lap band surgery are certainly a lot safer and carry far fewer complications than early forms of open gastric bypass surgery. Nevertheless, there are risks and these should be fully discussed with your surgeon before embarking on surgery.

Gastric lap band surgery carries a number of risks which are specific to this form of surgery but it also carries the same risks that come will all major surgeries. In addition, there are a number of general risks which accompany any surgery involving patients who are overweight.

The first and most serious risk is that of death occurring either during surgery or shortly after and directly related to surgery. At this early stage (gastric lap band surgery has been around for some 12 years now but has only been licensed for use in the United States since 2001) very few deaths have been reported and it is difficult to give a figure, although it is generally held that the risk of death from gastric lap band surgery is less than 1%.

It is interesting to note that in one study in Australia no deaths at all were reported amongst a group of 2700 patients who have undergone laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery since 1994. It should be said however that Australia has been in the forefront of pioneering the use of the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and that over 90% of all weight loss surgeries conducted in Australia now use this method. This is significant as, in interpreting data from this study, it should be borne in mind that the experience of the surgeon is a very significant factor in terms of both risk and complication. Surgeons with considerable experience of this technique (having performed at least 100 procedures) show a very much higher success rate.

Many of the risks during surgery are general rather than “lap band” specific and are common surgical risks associated with such things as your age, weight, reaction to anesthesia and the presence of disease (whether or not this is directly related to your weight problem). The main “lap band” specific risk during surgery is that of gastric perforation (a tear in the wall of the stomach) which occurs in about 1% of cases.

The vast majority of complications will occur following gastric lap band surgery and most patients (in one US study the figure was as high as 88%) will experience some form of complication in the weeks and months following surgery. Such complications will not necessarily be serious and will range from mild to severe.

Approximately half of all patients will suffer varying degrees of nausea and vomiting and in the region of one-third of patients will also suffer from regurgitation (gastroesophageal reflux). About a quarter of patients will experience a slippage of the band and about one patient in seven will experience a blockage of the passage between the two sections of the stomach.

Other moderate to severe problems following gastric lap band surgery can include erosion of the band into the stomach and twisting or leakage of the access port. Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia), constipation and diarrhea are also quite common.

In a very small number of patients (less than 1%) a whole series of non-series complications may arise including (but not limited to) inflammation of the stomach (gastritis), migration of the stomach above the diaphragm (hiatal hernia), inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), dehydration, abdominal pain, gas (flatulence), chest pain and infection.

In general gastric lap band surgery, particularly when performed laparoscopically, carries fewer risks and complications than other forms of weight loss surgery, but these risks are nonetheless significant and should be fully discussed with your surgeon and understood before any decision is taken to undergo surgery.

Colloidal Silver for Flu Prevention

Influenza, commonly called as Flu, is a highly contagious and acute infection of the respiratory tract that normally occurs in winter season. Generally, flu appears in form of epidemic and affects number of people at a time. Generally, cases of flu are seen more in children. However, flu can affect people of all ages. People with weak immune system, young children and people with chronic diseases experience the high severity of flu. Complications produced by flu include pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, myositis, myocarditis, Reye’s syndrome, encephalitis and pericarditis.

Transmission of various strains of influenza virus is considered as the main cause behind occurrence of flu. Such transmission takes place either through inhalation of respiratory droplet from the infected individual or through indirect contact such as use of contaminated glass.

Flu is characterized with sings and symptoms such as weakness, muscle aches, fatigue, fever, headaches, sneezing and runny nose. These symptoms are mild in nature and do not produce serious health complications.

Avoiding visits to crowded places like cinema halls, shopping malls, markets etc, especially during outbreak of flu epidemic will help you in prevention of flu. Some vaccinations and immunizations are also available for protecting you against occurrence of flu.

Medications known for their proprietary of anti-flu, pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen are usually prescribed for treatment of flu. Certain alternate therapies may also be useful in relieving symptoms of flu. Use of natural supplements like colloidal silver, colloidal gold etc have produced phenomenal results in prevention of flu. Liquid life supplements (dietary supplements) like colloidal silver can also help in prevention of flu (influenza). Colloidal silver is known for its proprietary of immune system strengthening and regulating hormonal balances. An infection can affect persons with weak immune system. Colloidal silver contains only pure silver particles and water and hence is natural. It does not contain any chemicals or additives and hence is free from side effects. Colloidal silver is also known for its property of killing bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms which can cause infections and other health conditions. Colloidal silver is a natural supplement for prevention of flu and other viral diseases.

Gall Bladder – Diseases – Symptoms – Treatments

First Gall Bladder Symptom-Jaundice the most obvious symptom

When the skin becomes jaundiced(yellow or orange)and the whites of the eye take a yellow colour as well there is most likely an issue with the gall bladder or the liver. Jaundice shows that the liver is not working properly and can’t transform the old blood into bile or that there is a blockage in the gall bladder.

Second symptom is the pain

Pains can appear in the upper abdomen or below the ribs on the right side they are rare once in a while. It may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting and may spread in the right shoulder, the attack of pain can be severe and frequent and may have different durations from minutes to hours. Pain in gall bladder may be confused with other types of pains in different diseases: kidney stones, gastric ulcer, heart pains, back problems. Attacks are triggered by chocolate, cheese or pastry and other fatty foods.

Third symptom are the gall stones

There may be silent stones of the existence of which people don’t know and are found accidentally from X-rays. These stones usually do not require treatment. Other symptoms are: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, fatty food intolerance, gas, biliary colic, belching, abdominal bloating. Symptoms that require immediate attention and medical intervention are: fever, sweating, jaundice, persistent pain, chills, pale stools.

Fourth symptoms-gall bladder attack symptoms

May occur any time at night or after a fatty meal, attacks last for 1-2 hours, may cause nausea and vomiting and severe pain in the back between the shoulders. After a true attack occurs, subsequent attacks are more frequent.

Remember that the following are gall bladder attack symptom:

Upper abdominal pain, back pain, pain – between the shoulder blades, nausea, vomiting, steady severe pain that increases rapidly and lasts up to 40 minutes each 2-3 hours with nausea, vomiting, pain – between the shoulder blades.

During the night gall bladder attack symptoms follow after fatty meals and manifest with: colic, bleching, gas, indigestion, abdominal bloating, recurring intolerance of fatty foods. As a treatment: it is treated with antibiotics and in urgent cases emergency surgery is required to remove the gallbladder.

Painful attacks are to be treated with painkillers. Keeping a low fat diet and placing something warm on the pain spot are also helpful methods. Gallbladder disease affects mostly women. Those symptoms are not to be dismissed because they suggest if the state of health is changing and how is this happening.

It is important to intervene with the treatment as soon as possible before becoming too late and dangerous with its complications for the patient’s life.The treatment may be surgical or alternative treatment.

Symptoms of Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks

Symptoms of anxiety attacks include irritable bowel syndrome as often as depression, therefore they are difficult to diagnose. Stress is a part of daily life for most people, which is one of the major contributing factors to this disorder. Though a person may only experience physical symptoms of anxiety attacks when stress is high, the less noticeable effects are always there. It is important to note the natural instinct of humans to react for the sake of survival, thus creating a platform for this disease. Some factors creating this platform include money, work, relationships, self-esteem, and even diet. Support both professionally and personally is a definite road to success.

Many characteristics are linked to extreme levels of worry and concern. Telltale signs include a constant feeling of inadequacy creating the desperate need to do better, bodily and emotional withdrawal, and inactivity even in solitude. If symptoms of anxiety attacks occur for an extended period of time depression, drug abuse, alcoholism, and thoughts of suicide may occur. Quick response with lifestyle changes, medication, and support should be sought in a timely fashion in order to avoid these effects. Some symptoms include shortness of breath, heart irregularities, chest pain, dizziness, fear of losing control, rapid temperature changes, and shaking. In addition, stomach aches, diarrhea, insomnia, and headaches may occur. Emotional effects may include lack of concentration or memory, irritability, confusion, insecurity, fear of dying, and desire to escape. If someone seems to have these characteristics, caringly show interest in their happiness. Most people are simply waiting for someone to reach out to them. The initial reaction may be negative, but patience will prove to be beneficial in the long run. “In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3)

Dietary changes can help decrease or eliminate characteristics of unneeded worry and concern. Elevated salt intake, excess refined sugar consumptions, and lack of vitamins can all lead to physical symptoms of anxiety attacks which lead to constant worry about other areas of life. If material health is failing, more effort is required to sustain optimal health. The introduction of Omega-3 fatty acid and increased vitamin C boosts many areas of the body towards wellness, which in turn lowers stress. In addition to healthy food consumption and a regular exercise program, the evaluation of current environment reveals many contributing factors including stress produced by family, chemicals, genetics, and personality. Because all the symptoms are the same as for other diseases, misdiagnosis is common. However, the onset of disease can cause physical symptoms of anxiety, which may need to be treated with medication. These diseases include thyroid disorders, diabetes, hypoglycemia, asthma, sleep disorders, adrenal disorders, epilepsy, heart disease, migraines, and certain psychiatric illnesses. Careful analysis of the underlying problem is crucial for quick and effective treatment. The administration of medication should be a last resort when dietary changes, exercise, and environmental changes don’t work. Medication sometimes only treated the effect and not the cause, thus the problem is never solved. In addition, some medication actually causes increased physical symptoms of anxiety including illegal drugs, caffeine, decongestants, steroids, weight loss pills, hormones, respiratory medication, some herbal remedies, blood pressure medication, and Ritalin. Though brain chemistry is sometimes a factor, which cannot be changed, the incidence of trauma is also a factor in the diagnosis of this disease.

Certain factors in life create the environment for disease and stress. These factors can be handed down from generation to generation due to mindset, mental awareness, and education. Misdiagnosed or untreated physical symptoms of anxiety can lead to mitral valve prolapse, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep apnea, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic tension headaches. This disease works both ways: it causes other diseases and other diseases cause it. Therefore the treatment of any abnormality with the body is crucial to over all wellness. Finding a good doctor that is current to treatments and conditions as well as open to a variety of treatment is important to proper diagnosis and wellness. If no ailment is found; seeking the help of therapist may be effective in managing symptoms of anxiety attacks. In addition to therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication, herbal remedies may aid in healing and wellness. Specifically valerian root and kava kava have traditionally been used to fight symptoms, however insufficient data showing its effectiveness keeps it from being suggested. When used with synthetic drugs, herbal remedies may have adverse effects, which could make the whole situation worse.

Talk to a doctor about the drugs and herbs that can be safely taken together. Some natural treatments not affected by the use of synthetic drugs include relaxation, meditation, and biofeedback. Exercising regularly, adequate sleep, and healthy diet are crucial to ward off infection and disease whether it is caused by symptoms associated with anxiety or untreated symptoms cause the disease. Fresh food instead of canned or otherwise processed will eliminate unneeded chemicals and preservative in the body creating a better chance of wellness. Likewise, diets high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar and meat will strengthen all major systems of the body, which in turn fight off disease. Creating a support system including family, friends, people with similar problems, and professionals will increase a persons chances of complete healing and continual overall wellness. This may include concentration on building self-esteem, learning a new skill, or getting involved in a new activity, but mainly confidence building words said to the person.

Smoking Kills – Why?

Nobody can now ignore the law requiring them to put on cigarette packets information about the dangers of tobacco in clear terms.

But what makes a cigarette so dangerous to health?

When smoking, the smoker inspires a course of nicotine poison which is enough to make smoking dangerous (injected directly into a vein, the dose of nicotine in a cigarette is enough to kill a man), but also over 4000 products including at least 50 are carcinogens, including:

  • Phenol acid (extremely toxic).
  • Of pyridine (including flammable liquid used in insecticides).
  • Arsenic (poison very violent).
  • Methanol (toxic alcohol, among others used in antifreeze).
  • Hydrogen sulphite (poisonous gas).
  • Hydrogen cyanide (poison used to execute those sentenced to death).
  • Ammonia (used inter alia in the manufacture of explosives and disinfectants, it facilitates the absorption of nicotine and increases dependence).
  • Formaldehyde (chemical irritants).
  • Formic acid (very irritating, used in the manufacture of leather).
  • Of the acetonitrile (toxic compound used inter alia in the manufacture of insecticides).
  • Methyl chloride (toxic gas used in the manufacture of paint solvents).
  • Of acrolein (liquid, toxic, irritant).
  • Nitrous oxide (gas irritant).
  • Of acetaldehyde (highly toxic flammable liquid).
  • The propionadehyde (liquid used as a disinfectant).
  • Tar.

The high toxicity of cigarettes is therefore both the tobacco itself (nicotine), many products added (to reduce the bitterness, smooth taste,… ) and combustion (that is to say transformation of molecules by heat).

Action of tobacco on our body

Skin dull and lifeless hair, yellowed teeth and fingernails yellow, bad breath,… the most visible consequences of smoking are not the worst.

The cardio-vascular diseases (myocardial   infarction , stroke,… ), many cancers (lip, mouth, larynx, pharynx, lung,… ), recurrent infections,… sooner or later affect the regular consumer of tobacco. Why?

Here are the consequences of tobacco consumption in our body:

Nicotine acts on the heart, blood pressure and arteries:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Increased aggregation of platelets cause blood clots
  • Increased blood pressure for passenger use tobacco
  • Lowers blood pressure for a regular smoker
  • Increase the “bad” cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides

Carbon monoxide (from the burning cigarette) causes:

  • Narrowing and thickening of arteries that can cause a heart attack, stroke, gangrene in the legs
  • Asphyxiation of the body by preventing oxygen from binding to cells, which reduces physical performance and accelerates aging. In 80% cases, male impotence is due to the deterioration of blood vessels in the penis.

The tar is deposited in the lungs and cause:

  • Inflammation, infections, cancer

Irritant gases pass through the digestive system and result:

  • Inflammation, infections, cancer

WHENEVER THE TERM OF TOBACCO CONSUMPTION IS MULTIPLIED BY 2 THE HEALTH HAZARDS are multiplied by 20.

Common Acid Reflux Symtoms or Heart Attack?

Acid reflux is something that many people struggle with on a daily basis. There are great medications out there that can help stop excess stomach acid production. When this happens, the affected tissues in the body have a chance to heal. However, over the long term, it might be something that never really goes away, and someone with GERD might fight with it for the rest of their life. There are even times when the acid reflux symtoms mimic that of a heart attack, and it can be hard at times to tell the difference. This can mean quite a few scary moments for those with GERD.

Most commonly, the biggest symptom of acid reflux is the pain in the esophagus. This pain might feel like it is coming from the same area where the heart is located. This pain can be rather mild at first, but for some people, it can be very strong. It might also be accompanied by a feeling of pressure in the area, and that pain and pressure might radiate around to the back. Some with GERD also experience breathing problems.

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These problems may not appear all at once, but there may be moments when they all occur together and can leave a person feeling like they are experiencing something more than heartburn.

The symptoms of a heart attack are closely related to those of GERD. They are not the same in physiology, but they can feel the same. This is a problem for older people who may think they are having warning signs for a heart attack. They may also have no idea that they have acid reflux.

The true symptoms of a heart attack are:

o Chest pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms

o Discomfort or pressure in the center of the chest that lasts for longer than a few minutes

o Problems breathing, shortness of breath, feeling nauseous and breaking into a cold sweat.

o Losing the color from your face

o Rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Comparing the symptoms of acid reflux to those of a heart attack, it is easy to see why so many people get confused.

The problem is that even though acid reflux is mildly serious and needs to be treated, it is not usually an emergency situation. Heart attack, on the other hand, should be treated immediately or death is very possible.

The four major symptoms of pain in chest, radiating pressure or discomfort, breathing problems, and nausea are on top of the list for both. So how does a person know what is going on and if they should call for emergency help or not?

They don’t. This is why it is essential to call for help, even if you are not sure which is going on. It might be acid reflux symtoms, but it may indeed be a heart attack. One should never take the chance of guessing which one they think it is. Always call for help when a heart attack is suspected, even if a person has a history of acid reflux problems and pain. Though you might feel foolish when it turns out to be reflux rather than a real heart attack, it is never wise to guess and take a chance with something that might be this serious. Err on the side of caution.

The Number One Cause of Heart Disease

Often times we tend to look at  heart   disease  as something that happens to other people. Even those who have had one or more coronary events are sometimes lulled into thinking that they will not experience another.

The problem with complacency, as it relates to  heart   disease , is that half of those who have a  heart  attack will die. This is one  disease  that must be taken seriously, and finding out the number one cause of  heart   disease  is a big part of any prevention plan.

As you may have suspected the number one cause of  heart   disease  is cholesterol which is a fat like substance found in the bloodstream as well as in all your body’s cells. The initial reaction for most would be to conclude that doing away with cholesterol through a combination of diet modification and medication would be a logical solution thus eliminating the number one cause of  heart   disease  and sending themselves on the way to living a long,  heart  healthy life, free from heart attack or stroke. But it isn’t quite that simple.

Cholesterol plays an essential role in body function. It is used for producing cell membranes, hormones, as well as other body functions. Eliminating it altogether would lead to muscle death and kidney failure. So eliminating it altogether is not an option. What we need to do is strike a healthy balance, maintaining enough cholesterol for good health, but not so much as to cause arterial plaque deposits.

Cholesterol comes from two sources: your body and food. Your liver and other cells produce 75 percent of blood cholesterol. The other 25 percent comes from foods we consume. Additionally, some people are genetically predisposed to naturally produce more cholesterol. For these individuals simply reducing dietary cholesterol consumption may not be enough to achieve heart healthy levels. For these individuals a prescription medication or natural cholesterol reduction supplement may be needed.

The type of cholesterol we will need to manage are low density lipoproteins (LDL). When too much is circulation in the blood it can accumulate in the arteries eventually blocking blood flow to the heart. This type of cholesterol can normally be managed through diet and lifestyle changes. Your doctor will be able to provide you with a LDL reducing plan suitable for your unique situation.

To avoid the number one cause of  heart   disease  it is important to take action now. One way many people are going about this is by implementing an all natural treatment approach consisting of a low saturated fat diet (10% of calories), walking 30 minutes a day, along with a natural cholesterol reduction supplement. By implementing an all natural plan you will be avoiding any potential side effects linked with prescription medications. This all natural approach is a good place to start to make sure the number one cause of  heart   disease  (cholesterol) doesn’t land you in the hospital or even worse.

Ayurvedic and Herbal Home Remedies For Cough Treatment

Cough is not a disease actually; it is a symptom of any kind of obstruction in the respiratory tract. Coughs can originate in the pharynx, bronchial tubes, trachea and the pleura lining of the lungs.

In Ayurveda, coughing is known as Kaasa roga. It is predominantly an effect of the vitiation of the vata dosha. But the pitta and the kapha doshas can also cause coughs. Based on the causative factor, there are five types of coughs – vataja, pittaja, kaphaja, kshataja and kshayaja.

Vataja cough is dry and hacking in nature. There is little phlegm observed. Side symptoms are headache and pain in the chest. In pittaja cough, there is yellow sputum which may sometimes have streaks of blood in it. Other symptoms like fever, excessive thirst and burning sensation in the mouth and the pharynx are also felt. In kaphaja cough, there is a thick mucus discharge, which is slimy and white in color. This cough makes the whole body feel heavy.

Kshataja cough is vata vitiation to the extreme limit. There is dyspnoea and blood in the sputum. Kshayaja cough is a very serious kind of cough in which pus is observed in the sputum.

(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Cough

– Bay Berry (Myrica nagi) The bay berry is very effective in curing throat congestions which causes the coughs. It can even cure coughs that are caused due to chronic bronchitis. Its bark is the effective part which is to be taken in the form of a powder.

– Belleric Myroblan (Terminalia belerica) The fruit of the belleric myroblan has excellent curative powers in the treatment of coughs caused due to catarrh.

– Betel (Piper betle) Betel leaves when crushed, made into paste with water and applied externally on the chest have amazing effects in the treatment of coughs.

– Butea (Butea monosperma) Butea leaves can treat congested and inflamed throats. They are effective in the treatment of coughs and sore throats. The leaves are boiled in water. This solution is used as a mouthwash to get the desired effects. Coughs caused due to septic and sore throats are treated in this manner.

– Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) Cloves can reduce the irritation of the throat. Cloves are more effective if the coughs are produced due to inflammation of the pharynx.

– Euphorbia (Euphorbia hirta) Euphorbia is a very potent medicine in the treatment of all kinds of cough. It enjoys a special position in Indian herbology in treating the coughs caused due to colds, asthma and bronchitis.

– Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) Fenugreek seeds are effective in the removal of coughs that are associated with sore throats. The seeds are boiled in water for half an hour and this water is used to take gargles.

– Garlic (Allium sativum) Garlic is an excellent remedy for whooping cough. The syrup of two to three pieces of garlic must be taken two to three times a day in the case of whooping cough. If the symptoms still persist, or if it is a severe cough, then the dosage must be increased.

– Henna (Lawsonia inermis) Henna is a definite remedy for sore throat and the related cough problems.

(2) Dietary Treatments for Cough

– Cold foods must be avoided as these can aggravate the throat further. Water that is drunk normally also must be warmed a little before drinking.

– Use old rice in the diet. Wheat can also be used beneficially.

– Do not consumer any fruits or vegetables that can cause excessive cooling of the body. Foods like cucumbers, green bananas, papayas, watermelons and oranges must be strictly avoided.

– Fennel seeds are effective in the treatment of cough. These must be taken along with figs for better results.

(3) Ayurvedic Treatment for Cough

– Ayurvedic doctors prescribe slightly different kinds of medicines depending on which type of cough is observed. a) If the cough is of vataja type, then kanakasava or kantakaryavaleha are prescribed. b) If the cough is of pittaja type, then sitopaladi choorna is preferred in conjunction with chandansava or vasarishta. Vasavaleha and matulungadi avaleha may also be prescribed. b) If the cough is of kaphaja type, then trikatu, triphala, guggulu and shilajit are the drugs of choice.

(4) Home Medications

– The pulp of the fruit of the belleric myroblan is mixed with long pepper, salt and honey. This is to be taken once a day.

– Clove oil mixed with garlic and honey helps to eliminate spasmodic coughs which are produced in tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis. This mixture must be taken every night before going to bed.

– Prepare an extract of ginger. Sweeten this with honey. Take this in a teaspoonful quantity three to four times a day. There will be confirmed positive results.

– Prepare a mixture of extract of tulsi (holy basil) leaves with ginger and honey. This is better than the above method for the treatment of coughs. This mixture must be taken if the cough is severe, and is caused due to some serious ailment such as tuberculosis, bronchitis, etc.

– Make a decoction of licorice in honey. Consume this decoction so that it makes good contact with the inner lining of the throat. This will relieve cough and the feeling of irritation in the throat.

– A very simple way to stop coughs in the night is to place three to four pieces of long pepper in the mouth. Chew them slightly so that their extract oozes into the mouth. As long as the peppers remain in the mouth, the urge to cough will be suppressed and you will get a restful sleep at night.

– Figs are known to clear the buildup of phlegm in the chest cavity. This brings about an elimination of cough.

– Make a powder of cardamom and dissolved it in water. Take this thrice in a day. This will keep all types of cough at bay.