About Olive Oil

Is it possible for anybody to think of the Mediterranean region without olive trees? Those trees, with the silvery green leaves, give us that unique fruit which has added a superb flavor to the cuisines of the Western Civilization.

From the Greek mythology we know that Zeus conducted a competition, challenging the gods and goddesses to see who would create the most useful gift. Athena created the olive tree with its delicious oil, that was used to give comfort and meaning to life. Athena became the patron of Attica and her gift, the olive tree was planned at the Acropolis.

The victors of the ancient Olympics were crowned with an olive branch and were given olive oil in a special vessel, known as “lecithy”. The branch and oil were symbols of goodness and nobility. To this day Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are using it for their ceremonies.

It is “liquid gold”.

Extra virgin olive oil comes from the crushing of the olives, and then from the subsequent pressing of the olives, come all these different grades. In Greece, Italy and most of the Mediterranean regions, the olives are harvested in the late fall. The olives have the tendency to bruise when they fall on the ground, bruising can cause oxidation and fermentation of the fruit. This results in high acidity, effecting the quality and taste, and that is why hand picking the olives contributes to the high cost.

The Greek olive oil is fruity and complex. Nets are placed underneath the olive trees, so the olives fall on a smoother place when the branches are stripped of their fruits. Then they are placed usually in wicker or stainless steel containers, that are then placed in trucks and transferred to the mill. There the olives are washed and deleafed and then crushed by gigantic stones that have been used for hundreds of years. The oil that comes from this kind of process-the first press through cold press-is known as extra virgin olive oil. The color, consistency and flavor is due to different varieties of olives, the weather and the location. A critical factor to the quality and taste is cleanliness. After each process, these stones have to be washed.

I still nostalgically remember going to the mill when I was a young girl in Sparta, in the south of Greece, bringing a loaf of peasant bread that my mother had made, and the workers in the mill, sliced it, toasted it and dipped it in the fresh, warm, green oil; then sprinkling a little sea salt on it and passing it around to all of us. Every bite was heavenly delicious.

The most distinguished oils are made by small producers.

There are a few grades of olive oil: Extra virgin, Virgin, Refined, Pure, Pomace, Light and Extra light.

Extra virgin: This comes from the first press through the cold press and the acidity is less than 1%. The extra virgin olive oil is the best and very high in vitamin E.

Virgin: Is the oil that is made from olives that are a little more ripe than the ones used for the production of extra virgin olive oil.

Refined: Is the one that is made by refining the virgin olive oil. It doesn’t have much of a taste and the acidity is higher than 3%. The flavor is not good and it has a not so pleasant smell.

Pure: It comes usually from the second press or is chemically extracted from the left over of the first press. It is also called commercial grade. The color is very light and the taste is very bland. It is called pure because of the fact that there are not other oils mixed in.

Refined-Pomace oil: Both oils are chemically processed and they are bad for you.

Light and extra light: Is a mixture of refined olive oils chemically processed.

The health benefits are great. Extra virgin olive oil contains Anti-Inflammatory ingredients. It is highly protective against heart disease. The high content of mono-saturated fats and antioxidants, results in the significant drop of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and greatly improves the HDL (good cholesterol), both preventing atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis. Another important benefit is its ability to lower blood pressure.

Olive oil is the super food of the heart. Due to the mono-saturated fats, antioxidants and phenolic compounds, there is a variety of protective effects.

Extra virgin olive oil may cost a little more, but is a great investment to your health.

There is an abundance of poly-phenols in extra virgin olive oil, that have protective effects to osteoporosis, colon cancer, breast cancer, belly fat that is associated with insulin resistance, which increases the risk of diabetes. Its phenols also help prevent bone loss. The higher the level of phenols the greater the protection. Also supports Gastrointestinal health.

The best is the extra virgin olive oil with countless health benefits. Keep it stored in a dark place and tightly sealed. Light is an enemy of the olive oil. When you taste it, simply look for a fruity smell, bitterness in your mouth and a peppery taste in your throat.

The extra virgin olive oil not only increases your health, but your enjoyment of meals throughout the day. Dip your artisan bread in it with sea salt and pepper and a little bit of garlic for a very satisfying experience.

Cook with extra virgin olive oil for better taste and health and always remember the ancient Greeks who said: “Healthy bodies, healthy minds”.

Take care of your health and your family’s.

The Many Uses For an Ultrasound Machine

A medical professional would seemingly need to be operating in a prehistoric age to make due without ultrasound medical equipment today. It’s a vital essential for any doctor, OB-GYN or hospital. Trying to run any sort of healthcare practice without it wouldn’t be advisable even in Somalia. Really, considering that it primarily helps monitor pregnancies, going without the equipment can be inhumane.

More uses than ever exist for ultrasound machine equipment. As mentioned above, in general, the machines are tools for ensuring a healthy pregnancy. Here are how the primary functions of the machines break down:

– Establish the date of a pregnancy: There’s a scene in Crocodile Dundee where Paul Hogan looks at the place of the sun in the sky and says something to the effect of, “It’s 2:20 already, we’ll have to get a move on.” Well, a famous Aussie explorer is no longer necessary to pinpoint anything anymore, be it local time or the date of conception thanks to technology advances.

– Determine fetal viability: This allows prospective parents to know early on if their child stands a chance of surviving pregnancy. The earlier, the better, since this can play into the decision to terminate a pregnancy and that decision can get tougher and illegal the more time that passes. Less pivotal, though important, information can be monitored as well through the use of ultrasound medical equipment, such as major physical abnormalities and fetal heartbeat and movement. Prospective parents can have a pretty exact idea of the health of their pending child with these tools.

– Verify the baby’s gender: No longer do parents have to maintain contingency decorating and naming plans for if their child will be male or female or settle on gender neutral options. Granted, some people choose to be old-fashioned and surprised upon their child’s birth, and that’s perfectly okay, but for those who want it, the information is available early on. Parents can make their plans months ahead of delivery if they choose.

– Other information: Prospective parents can see the location of a a fetus (whether it’s intrauterine or ectopic), monitor fetal growth, and check the location of the placenta, so far as it relates to the cervix. This can help determine what sort of delivery is necessary, be it traditional or C-section, when to induce labor, and other logistical factors.

– Check for the number of fetuses: This last one is kind of important. There may be no feeling for a new parent in the delivery room more simultaneously daunting and thrilling to hear that more one baby will be coming out. Sure, twins, triplets, whatever, can be fun, can maybe even lead to some film roles.

With all that medical ultrasound equipment provides and the amount of different options available, it’d be a travesty for a medical office to go without it. And the reality is that without this equipment, no medical practice can expect to survive very long.

Hormones – Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em

Hormones have gotten a bad rap. Men and women alike know what “that time of the month” means, and they take cover when necessary. “Raging hormones” is apropos when we think of teenagers socializing in groups. Aggressive males are considered “pumped full of testosterone.” These phrases imply that if people could only get rid of these nasty things called hormones, all would be well.

Here’s something you may not know: if it weren’t for hormones, you would starve! So, I have another phrase for you concerning hormones: Don’t shoot the messenger.

FedEx is a great way to tell you about hormones, although the analogy will need to be stretched a little. Let’s say FedEx knows that the package they have at their distribution center will make Bobby Jones really happy when he gets it, and their role is to make Bobby Jones happy. The FedEx guy hops into his vehicle and drives right to Bobby’s door and delivers the package. Bobby then jumps up and down that his new orange wiffle ball has finally arrived.

Hormones in our bodies are like that. They are just delivery people who are released by one area of our bodies, drive to the place they’re supposed to go via the bloodstream, and cause the people on the other end to react. The reaction they get depends on the “distribution center” they leave from and the specific place they are sent to. Take adrenaline, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland located near the kidney. This hormone, along with another also produced there, gets released and travels through the bloodstream. Adrenaline’s role is to make certain blood vessels get smaller, and other ones to get wider, and the muscles and liver are able to function at their best because of it. If you’re watching the Superbowl and it’s triple overtime and your team needs the field goal to win, you usually notice your heart starts racing, you move forward in your seat, or you jump up and start yelling at the kicker. Adrenaline is the mechanism that is helping the body to perform in that way, working to get less important vessels smaller and making the more in-demand ones bigger so the heart can pump faster and get oxygen to the muscles that are contracting with suspense or helping you jump and yell. Adrenaline is actually being produced all the time, but when the body’s muscles and liver need to act in an extraordinary way, a “surge of adrenaline” is produced.

There are 36 main hormones produced by the endocrine system with a huge spectrum of functions. In digesting food, here’s a surface overview of the four main ones: gastrin, secretin, cholecystokinin (CCK), and gastric inhibitory peptide (GIP). If you take a bite of carrot, chew it, and swallow it, here’s what happens.

  • Gastrin is produced by the stomach and brings the message to the gastric juice producing parts of the stomach to start working on the chewed carrot.
  • Secretin is produced by the   duodenum . The  duodenum  is where the more broken down carrot and gastric juices (chyme) empty into and is considered the top part of the small intestine. When the chyme hits the  duodenum , secretin carries the message to the liver and pancreas to secrete juices that will neutralize the acid from the stomach.
  • CCK is also produced by the  duodenum . It carries the message to the pancreas and gall bladder to secrete enzymes and bile, respectively, into the small intestine so that the carrot can be broken down even further.
  • GIP is yet another hormone produced in the  duodenum . (Busy guy, this  duodenum !) Think of it as the opposite of gastrin, carrying the message that things need to slow down up there. It also plays a part in the pancreas secreting another hormone you are probably very familiar with: insulin.

Without these four hormones, the carrot you ate for lunch would still basically look like chewed carrot when it reached the lower parts of the small intestine. This part of the small intestine needs the carrot to be very broken down so the tiny nutrients can be sent throughout the body.

No hormones, no nourishment–it’s that simple. Who’s up for some wiffle ball?

An Irritable Bowel Syndrome Digest

Are you afraid to go out to dinner with friends? Afraid to take a long trip in the car? Always scoping out the nearest bathroom? You’re not alone. Unfortunately millions of Americans are in the same situation as you. Most have been to their primary care physicians with the same complaints of digestive upset, alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, inability to eat certain foods, and abdominal cramping or pain. The problem lies in the fact that traditional health care providers are mainly concerned with putting a name (diagnosis) on your problems. All the diagnosis does is put a name on your collection of symptoms. It does not explain how you developed these problems or more importantly how you are going to correct these problems.

I have seen countless numbers of patients that have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). While many have similar symptoms, the causes and cures are widely varied. The most common causes of IBS are leaky gut syndrome, food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis, impaired digestion, chronic infection, inflammation, decreased liver function, autoimmune disorders, and even neurological disorders. Truth is, most patients have a few different problems going on at the same time. That is why you need to see someone who will step back and ask the question, “WHY”. That is what makes us different. We run all the appropriate tests to determine the exact cause of YOUR symptoms. Common medical treatments are antispasmodics, antidiarrheals, and antidepressants. Some drugs that were used to cover up symptoms of IBS have been removed from the market due to increased risk of heart attack and death. How about fixing the cause rather than covering up the symptoms?

Our approach is multifaceted. First we test for leaky gut syndrome. If you have a leaky gut, literally holes in your intestines, that needs to be repaired first or you can never recover. Over 90% of our IBS patients have a leaky gut.

We do extensive testing for food sensitivities. If you are eating foods that your body negatively reacts to you will perpetuate your leaky gut. All foods you test positively to must be removed from your diet.

You need to have an intestinal microbial profile run to find out the numbers of all the microbes in your intestines, the good guys and the bad guys. You should have billions of microbes living in your gut. If you have too many bad guys and not enough good guys it creates a situation called dysbiosis. This must be remedied in order to restore normal intestinal function.

The most common cause of impaired digestion we see is due to an H.Pylori infection. It is a bacterial infection of the stomach or intestines that causes a decrease in hydrochloric acid. When you do not produce enough hydrochloric acid you cannot digest your food properly and it sets the state for many different illnesses. Actually, most digestive disorders are due to decreased stomach acid, NOT too much stomach acid. That is a common fallacy we have been led to believe by the makers of anti-acid medications. Again, the infection must be eliminated in order to restore gut health.

Infections of the digestive tract are very common. Different bacteria, viruses, and parasites or worms can create a chronic infection scenario. If you do not get the proper testing you will never know if this is a contributing factor or not.

Other issues we look for are chronic inflammation, liver and gall bladder problems, Autoimmune conditions, and proper neurological integrity.

The causes of IBS vary widely and most often have multiple layers of problems. If you want true relief and a life free of the horrible symptoms of IBS, you must have a thorough evaluation and the proper testing. Then, and only then, can the proper treatment plan be executed.

Omega-3 Supplements Boost Fertility

Diet and nutrition can contribute to a person’s chances of conceiving, and studies show that omega-3 from fish oil pills can boost fertility in both men and women. Omega-3 supplements have been found to regulate hormone levels and create an ideal environment for a healthy pregnancy. Omega-3 fatty acids also have a positive effect on specific problems with male and female infertility.

Omega-3 for Female Fertility

The first condition required for female fertility is a healthy and regular   menstrual   cycle  with minimal cramps and pre-menstrual syndrome. If a woman’s  menstrual   cycle  is too irregular, it will be difficult for her to predict her most fertile days and schedule intercourse around it. Women with irregular  menstrual   cycles  are also likely to experience anovulation, a condition where the ovaries fail to release a mature egg. Women who take daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids have observed decreased  menstrual  clamps, less clots in their  menstrual  blood, and fewer PMS symptoms like depressions.

Aside from these benefits, research shows that omega-3 fatty acids can treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a form of infertility closely related to high insulin levels. Simply reducing insulin levels won’t treat PCOS; studies show that an imbalance in eicosanoids also triggers this condition. Clinical studies on women with PCOS show that consuming omega-3 supplement with long-chain EPA increased their chances of getting pregnant and reduced the risk of miscarriage. They also had lower rates of premature births, which can cause a number of developmental problems in childhood.

Even if you don’t have PCOS, consuming fish oil supplements is essential for pre-natal care. 60% of the human brain structure is made up of omega-3 fatty acids, and the mother’s omega-3 stores are critical for the baby’s brain development. The baby’s need for long-chain DHA is greatest during the third trimester as this is when neurons and nerve cells are formed at a prodigious rate. Without an adequate supply of omega-3 fatty acids, the baby’s brain cannot keep up with the need for DHA, and he or she could be at risk for learning disorders and other developmental problems.

Omega-3 for Male Fertility

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are critical for a healthy prostate gland and sperm production. The anti-inflammatory capabilities of omega-3 fatty acids prevent a condition called prostatitis, or the swelling of the prostate. Daily doses of fish oil lower blood pressure and moderate the amount of blood that travels to the genitals and prostate. This lowers the risk of erectile dysfunction and promotes a healthy prostate. However, male fertility involves more than just healthy sperm production. For an egg to be fertilized, sperm needs to be strong, plentiful, mobile, and healthy.

Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA make up part of the structure of all cell membranes in the body, including sperm cells. Research shows that men with low sperm viability and poor sperm motility have low levels of DHA in their sperm cells when compared to fertile men. Often, low DHA levels in sperm are related to unhealthy eating habits of infertile men. When the body has more cholesterol than omega-3 fatty acids, cholesterol makes up part of the sperm membrane’s structure, preventing it from maturing properly. Not only are immature sperm cells unable to penetrate the egg, but they also create free radicals that cause the oxidation of healthier sperm cells. Fortunately, this situation can be reversed with daily consumption of omega-3 supplements.

Omega-3 fatty acids are critical to forming and sustaining life, and every fertility diet should make room for this importance substance. Make fish oil supplements a part of your pre-natal care and fertility plan.

Information on Uterine Polyps

Uterine polyps are small bulging outgrowths that are lined to the inner wall of uterus and sometimes they may protrude into the uterine cavity. Uterine polyps are caused due to cells overgrowth in the endometrium. Endometrium is the uterus lining and the polyp growth over them can be extremely small or as large as size of a golf ball. Generally, uterine polyps stay inside the uterus but they also have a tendency to slip inside the vagina. These are very commonly occur in women aged between 40 and 50.

A lot of women may experience bleeding after menopause and most of these conditions are benign but polyps are also a potential cause behind such condition. polyps are more prone to affect women during the pre-menopause stages. During the menopause transition time, the government may undergo hormonal imbalance leading to high production of estrogen inside her body. This may cause overgrowth inside the uterus leading to a bulging structure called uterine polyps. As long as there is estrogen imbalance inside a women’s body, there is always a risk of uterine polyps.

Signs and Symptoms,

A women suffering from may experience light or heavy bleeding. Some women may also experience spotting after intercourse. There are women who have absolutely no symptoms but they experience irregular menstrual cycles generally. The only way to make certain that you’re suffering from polyps is by visiting your physician.

Diagnosis

In case you physician thinks that you may be suffering from the condition of polyps, they will ask you to go through medical examination so that he could confirm. The simplest examination is going through transvaginal ultrasound and it is performed using a wand-shaved device is made to insert inside the vagina so that the uterus can be seen from inside. Along with this examination, the physician may also inject salt water into the uterus in order to expand it and have a clear view through a procedure known as hysterosonography.

Treatments

The best and well-known treatment for uterine polyps is hysteroscopy. In this procedure a thin, flexible and light hysteroscope is inserted inside the uterus from the cervix. This enables the removal of uterine polyps.

Uterine fibroids: Are They Cancerous or Life Threatening?

WHAT ARE UTERINE FIBROIDS?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors. In simple words uterine fibroids are non-cancerous muscle tumors. Uterine fibroids are not at al related to cancer.

UTERINE FIBROIDS LOCATION

Uterine cancers attack the main reproductive organ – the uterus. Uterine fibroids remain attached to the uterus wall. Uterine fibroids can also develop within the uterine wall. Uterine fibroids are also known as Myoma, Fibromyoma, and Leiomyoma.

UNDERSTANDING CELLS, TISSUES, ORGANS AND TUMORS

Cells are the basic units of our lives. New cells are born when the old ones die out. These new-born normal cells divide and grow to form tissues. Tissues of the same kind combine to form our organs.

Mentionably, our bodies need a constant refurbishment of such new cells. But at times this automatic process (of cells taking birth as some die) gets a jolt. During such crucial junctures, the tumors take control of certain parts of our bodies.

Therefore, tumors are mass of extra tissue cells. They appear as abnormal growth mass of the cells.

TUMORS: BENIGN & MALIGNANT

First and foremost, benign tumors are not cancerous and are not life threatening.

Second, malignant or cancerous tumors are life-threatening.

Third, benign tumors can be easily removed by the surgeon.

Fourth, the benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors do.

Fifth, benign tumors rarely reform once they are removed. But malignant tumors can return.

BENIGN CONDITIONS OF THE UTERUS

The benign conditions of the uterus are fibroids, Endometriosis and Endometrial hyperplasia.

Fibroids: The uterine fibroids are uncannily common. They grow in the uterine muscles. They occur mainly in women between their forties and fifties. Many fibroids may appear simultaneously. Fibroids never degenerate into cancer. The fibroids become smaller and disappear after a woman reaches menopause.

Hence no treatment is required for fibroids. Fibroids can stay within the body without symptoms. However, fibroids can lead to frequent urination, excessive vaginal discharge, and bleeding. Such complications appear if the uterine fibroids appear near any organs. Doctors advice is must for any patient suffering from such symptoms.

Mentionably, the patients suffering from uterine fibroids are asked to go for surgeries if the fibroids put pressure on the important organs. Surgeries are suggested if the uterine fibroids can be painful.

Endometriosis: Endometriosis is another benign state affecting the uterus. Mostly women in their forties and especially those who were never pregnant are affected by this benign tumor. Endometriosis develops when the endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus and spreads on to the organs nearby. Endometriosis can cause excessive bleeding from the vagina, painful menstrual periods, and infertility (ability to get pregnant). The fact is that Endometriosis cannot be cancerous. Endometriosis is generally treated with surgery or hormones.

Endometrial hyperplasia: Endometrial hyperplasia takes place when cells increase in numbers in the uterine linings. It is another form of benign tumor. But, at times, endometrial hyperplasia can become cancerous. The symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia are bleeding in the post-menopause phase, bleeding between two successive menstruations and heavy periods. Women beyond 40 years of age are affected by endometrial hyperplasia. As preventive measures, the patients are advised to go for either progesterone (hormonal treatment) or hysterectomy (uterus removal). Periodical follow-up tests are also necessary after any of these procedures to obviate the possibility of this benign tumor turning cancerous.

As opposed to these three forms of benign tumors, the malignant tumors are cancerous. Hence malignant tumors are dangerous and pose threats to life. Malignant tumors even penetrate into the lymphatic system or the bloodstream. These malignant tumors not only spread (metastasize) very fast to other organs but also permanently harm the vital organs.

UTERINE FIBROID SYMPTOMS

The uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors and quite common. Uterine fibroids can leave diverse effects on the patients. The woman having uterine fibroids can feel long durations of pelvic pressure at times accompanied by pain. Uterine fibroids may also lead to infertility or miscarriage. Moreover, uterine fibroids can cause heavy menstruation (periods).

WHEN DO UTERINE FIBROIDS DEVELOP?

One woman out of every four is susceptible to uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids appear between the post-puberty productivity stage and the pre-menopausal phase. The vulnerable age-group period is from 30 to 50 years. Notably, women below 20 years do not suffer from uterine fibroids.

THE BEST WAY TO TACKLE UTERINE FIBROIDS

Tackle the uterine fibroids in the easiest way: Don’t take estrogen after menopause. The uterine fibroids will shrink by themselves.

THE MOST VULNERABLE SECTION

Studies have found that that the section most vulnerable to uterine fibroids are the African-American womenfolk.

DIAGNOSING UTERINE FIBROIDS

Any health care provider can diagnose uterine fibroids through a simple routine checkup. To confirm the presence of uterine fibroids, the patients may have to go for ultrasound test.

What is an Ovarian Cyst?

Ovarian  cyst  pain can cause the sufferer a lot of distress and worry. More often than not these are harmless and can be treated quite easily. In actual fact a lot of women can suffer from an ovarian  cyst  and not even realise they are. These are  cysts  that form on the ovaries and can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Ovarian  cysts  develop for a number of different reasons. One is that when the ovary releases its egg a ‘bubble’ develops on the ovary and over time this develops into a  cyst . Most of these will go away by themselves and are unnoticed, but some will continue to grow.

As grow they can fill with either straw colored fluid or bleed into themselves, neither is harmful. When a  cyst  bleeds it can become quite painful and can even burst. Sometimes this pain will be fleeting and require simple painkillers, whereas sometimes a trip to hospital is advised.

Ovarian  cyst  will sometimes need to be operated on, and this is done via laparoscopy which is a straightforward procedure and usually only requires an overnight stay.  Cysts  are normally diagnosed via an ultrasound scan, here they can also be measured and the fluid inside studied.

In rare cases a  cyst  will not contain fluid or blood and in these cases an operation to remove it immediately is required. Luckily, most  cysts  like this are perfectly harmless but they can be very painful. More often than not a woman’s fertility will not be affected by the  cyst  and she will return to normal soon after an operation.

Ovarian  cyst  pain can be difficult to live with, but as shown they are mainly harmless, if somewhat upsetting. If you suspect you have a  cyst  like this it is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Thrush – Stop It Before It Destroys Your Health

Understanding Thrush symptoms can be difficult. The symptoms of Thrush can be mild, almost unnoticeable at first, or very severe. Sometimes the symptoms are constant day and night and other times they are sporadic, seeming to go away and then return at a later time. Regardless, Thrush is always frustrating and difficult or impossible to get rid of to unless you understand the cause and how to treat it.

Before we discuss Thrush symptoms we need to understand exactly what Thrush is. Thrush is a form of Candida yeast infection. Candida is a naturally occurring yeast that lives within everyone’s body. The body has a natural ability to control the growth of this yeast and prevent the yeast from growing out of control.

Yeast is only a problem when it grows out of control and begins to take over the body. When the body’s natural defenses are weak and unable to fight the overgrowth the yeast cells begin to multiply rapidly. As the yeast growth continues out of control the yeast changes to mold and Thrush symptoms begin to emerge.

Thrush is a term used to refer to a yeast infection in which the symptoms are felt in the mouth and throat. The symptoms of Thrush include white patches on the tongue, inner lips, roof of the mouth, and throat. These patches are often accompanied by mild to moderate pain. The white patches are not always visible when the infection is in the throat. The patches may bleed slightly if they are rubbed or disturbed such as when brushing the teeth. As the infection progresses the patches may spread to the gums, throat, and tonsils.

Since yeast is part of the normal flora in the mouth it ordinarily does not cause symptoms. Certain conditions, such as antibiotic use, can disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in the mouth and allow the overgrowth of Candida to cause Thrush symptoms.

Yeast infections are classified into two general groups, acute or chronic. An acute yeast infection often develops very fast and Thrush symptoms sometimes develop almost overnight. The symptoms (usually white patches and pain) are initially located in only one area of the mouth or throat. The Thrush symptoms may go away if the infection is treated early at this stage and not allowed to spread to other areas of the body.

Thrush can spread from the mouth to other areas of the body. Yeast can grow out of control almost anywhere in the body. Yeast can grow in joints, bones, and muscles and in the tissues of the major organs including the brain and heart. When the infection gets out of control it causes inflammation and the inflammation produces much of the discomfort.

Chronic yeast infection can cause a huge variety of symptoms. Symptoms often change over time, sometimes getting worse and sometimes seeming to improve, as the body fights the infection in one area only to have it take hold and appear in a completely different area of the body. The symptoms will usually become worse and more frequent as time goes on. Because of the wide and confusing variety of symptoms, many chronic yeast infections are totally misunderstood by doctors and go ignored and untreated.

Thrush symptoms may remain steady and predictable for a while and then worsen overnight. One common symptom mentioned by most yeast infection sufferers is an overall general sick feeling. Many people feel they are not really sick but not totally well. If Thrush is allowed to become a chronic yeast infection the symptoms may become so bad that it is impossible to get out of bed.

Thrush will not go away without treatment. While the symptoms may seem to subside but that may be a sign that the infection is spreading to other parts of the body. There are medicines available to relieve the pain of Thrush but these only treat the symptoms. There is no medicine or medication that will treat the basic problem that causes the Thrush.

Don’t worry! There is a simple, natural way to rid the body entirely from Thrush without using these dangerous medicines.

Hepatitis -Definition, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

 Hepatitis  known as an inflammation of the liver , is a gastroenterological disease.  Hepatitis  is generally categorized as a viral or non-viral  hepatitis . Viral  hepatitis  can be considered “rapid” a position that comes on frequently with severe symptoms and for a short time or “chronic” a position that comes on slowly, may or may not have symptoms for a long time.

Lot of sickness and conditions that can lead to inflammation of the liver, for example, drugs, alcohol , chemicals, and autoimmune diseases ,which are categorize as a non viral cause & some viruses that cause inflame the liver, for example, the virus of mononucleosis and the cytomegalovirus can be categorize as a viral. However,Most viruses don’t impact on liver .But when doctors speak of viral  hepatitis , they generally are referring to  hepatitis  caused by some specific viruses that primarily attack the liver .There are number of viruses that causes  hepatitis . They have been called types A, B, C, D, E, F & G. All of these viruses can result an acute disease with appearance number of weeks including yellowing of the skin and eyes called as jaundice, dark urine, high fatigue, nausea, vomiting & abdominal pain. It can take various months to a year to experience fit again. The most common  hepatitis  viruses are types A, B, and C

Causes

 Hepatitis  is most generally caused by one of three viruses: A,B,C.

 Hepatitis  A virus : It is the one of the most common form of  hepatitis  also known as infectious  hepatitis  .It is a liver disease caused by the (HAV)  hepatitis  A virus . Hepatitis  A can impact on any person. It (HAV) exist in the stools (feces or poop) of infected persons. HAV is spread when individual ingests something that is infected with HAV-contaminated stool ,in water, milk, and foods, especially in shellfish .

 Hepatitis  B virus : is a severe disease caused by a virus that harms the liver. It is commonly known as  hepatitis  B virus (HBV).It also called as serum  hepatitis .It can cause a wide number of symptoms ranging from general malaise to lifelong infection, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. HBV spreads by contaminated body fluids, such as blood, saliva, semen, vaginal fluids, tears, and urine, a infected blood transfusion ,

shared infected needles or syringes for injecting drugs ,sexual activity with an HBV-infected individual,transmission from HBV-infected mothers to their newborn infants.

 Hepatitis  C virus: is one of the common liver disease caused by a virus known as HCV( hepatitis  C virus) .Infection with the  hepatitis  C virus can cause chronic liver disease and is the leading reason for liver transplant . HCV is spread by direct contact with an infected person’s blood, getting a tattoo or body piercing with unsterilized tools, sharing drug needles , sexual contact with infected person.

strong>Symptoms

 Hepatitis , in its primary stages, may produces flu-like symptoms, including:

  • Malaise
  • Mild fever
  • Muscle or joint pains
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Slight abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • Fatigue

 Hepatitis  in its secondary stages i.e. if  hepatitis  progresses, its symptoms rarely serious or fatal embryonic to the liver as the source of sickness and rapidly progressing form leads to death. It symptoms, including:

  • Jaundice (yellowed skin, mucous membranes and whites of the eyes).
  • Foul breath.
  • Dark urine or tea-colored urine.
  • Light colored stools that may retain pus.
  • Itching.
  • Enlarged spleen.
  • Hives.

Treatments

There is no specific remedy for  hepatitis  A. Most cases of  hepatitis  A resolve themselves spontaneously.

The doctors prescribed rest is the only treatment for  hepatitis  B is rest, combined with a high protein, carbohydrate food to repair damaged liver cells and protect the liver.An antiviral agent called interferon is prescribed by the doctors if  hepatitis  B persists.

An antiviral agent called interferon is prescribed by the doctors if  hepatitis  B persists.

 Hepatitis  C is cured with a combination of pegylated interferon alfa-2b and ribavirin.

Currently, there is no efficacious treatment for  hepatitis  D and E.

Alcohol Exams – Tests Productive in Identifying Cirrhosis

One of the most common health issues diagnosed that arise from alcohol dependency or alcoholism is a disease of the liver known as “cirrhosis”. Cirrhosis of the liver can be life threatening and some of the symptoms include swelling of the stomach area and legs, loss of weight, fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite.

If this condition is left untreated it can lead to severe medical conditions such as internal bleeding, jaundice, and in some cases an individual can go into a coma. Alcoholism is the leading cause of liver diseases and deaths attributed to liver disease.

When a physician examines an individual and suspects there may be alcohol abuse, he or she will inquire about the person’s medical history along with doing a physical exam looking specifically for health problems related to alcohol abuse.

If the signs of liver disease are present, the physician may then conclude that further testing is needed to determine whether or not the liver has been damaged by cirrhosis. There are several tests which may be done in order definitively determine whether cirrhosis is present which include blood tests which will show inflammation, and at what level the liver is functioning.

Image tests may also be ordered which could include an “MRI” or “Magnetic Resonance Imaging”, ultrasound of the abdominal area, and a “CT”or “Computed Tomography” scan. These tests can be used to show many things such as how the blood is circulating in the liver, tumors, size of the liver, and any ducts which may be blocked.

A liver biopsy may also be done which can confirm cirrhosis by examining the liver tissue. If cirrhosis is found blood testing may also be done to determine the exact cause including a “BAL” or “Blood Alcohol Level” test which is commonly done when a patient is suspected of having the disease of alcoholism.

How Fast Can a Kidney Stone Form?

Oftentimes, people who begin to experience severe low back and abdominal pain might be suffering from what are known in the medical profession as renal calculi. In laymen’s terms, these are called kidney stones. And the question “How fast can a kidney stone form?” is one of a host of queries almost every calculi sufferer eventually asks. To get the answer, there are a few things that should be understood.

To begin with, a kidney stone can form in either one of the pair of kidneys most humans are born with – one on the left flank, or dorsal aspect near the lower back, and the other on the right. The kidneys themselves are responsible for filtering out waste products and water from the bloodstream. All of these products, and the water that goes with them, ends up as urine to be excreted from our bodies as waste.

According to medical statistics, something like 15 percent of all Americans will experience at least one instance of kidney stone development in their lifetime. In this regard, they’re a relatively common medical problem, though the pain they can cause can be quite significant in some cases. Kidney stones can end up forming in the kidney due to a number of factors, dehydration being one of them.

There are numerous different shapes and sizes of these stones. Some may be black or gold in color, though most are brown or yellow. And their individual size can range from a tiny speck all the way up golf ball-sized in extreme cases. Additionally, the rougher in texture they are, the more pain the usually cause. Some stones are absolutely smooth, but that’s fairly rare.

As to how fast a kidney stone can form, medical opinion holds that the issue of renal calculi is dependent on a host of risk factors and behaviors in a person. Some may form literally overnight, though they are generally minuscule in size, and some may take months to form until they become palpably pain inducing. Generally, the first indication a patient will have of a renal calculi is when low back pain begins, and then increases in intensity.

When to Be Concerned About Dog Vomiting

Dog  vomiting : it happens! Most dogs  vomit  regularly for a number of reasons that are no reason for immediate concern or alarm. Here are some instances where you do not need to race off to your veterinarian because of your dog  vomiting :

Overeating: if your dog tends to wolf down his food, then feed him smaller and more frequent meals to try and eliminate any recurrences of dog  vomiting 

Eating Grass: Dogs frequently eat grass to induce  vomiting  themselves. This can be due to a number of reasons, though most often it is because some foreign object has been consumed

Inappropriate food: If your pet has eaten or been fed a new or inappropriate food item, he may very well  vomit . Try to reduce any feeding of table scraps and do not change your dog’s regular food too often

Dog  vomiting  may occur due to dog diseases, dog food allergies, if a pet has a foreign object lodged in the back of his throat, if they have a birth defect that causes dog  vomiting , or they may have a poorly conditioned esophageal muscle.

When is it Serious?

Though dog  vomiting  is often nothing serious, there are some instances when it is a sign of a very serious problem. If your dog is  vomiting  more than once a day, then your pet is at risk for dehydration. A good rule of thumb is that if your dog happens to  vomit  three times or more in a day, then that calls for an appointment with your vet to be made.

If you notice any blood in the  vomit  or any other odd colors, then that is also a clear sign that your dog needs to go and see the veterinarian.

How can I Prevent Dog  Vomiting ?

If you happen to have a “chronic vomiter”, that is a dog who  vomits  more than once a week, then it’s time to look at what may be causing your dog to  vomit . As mentioned earlier, if your dog tends to gulp down his meals, then it may be a good time to star t breaking down his meals into smaller portions. Always provide a lot of water for your pet.

Should your dog seem to  vomit  after he eats grass, try to limit the amount of grass he is able to consume and talk to you vet about any other issues that may be causing your pet to be trying to induce  vomiting .

Is Food Poisoning a Valid Personal Injury Claim?

Imagine going to your favorite restaurant and ordering your usual delicious meal, only to later experience a traumatic fit of food poisoning. You wouldn’t just get incredibly ill, you might also feel a little betrayed by your favorite eating establishment whose primary responsibility is to provide a well-cooked clean meal that satisfies the pallet. If anyone has had food poisoning before, they know how intense the symptoms are and how horrible it can make you feel.

A person gets foodborne illnesses by ingesting either food or beverage that has been contaminated with bacteria, parasites, virus, or toxins. This is generally a result of poor or improper growing, shipping, or handling of food products. Common types of illnesses contracted in this way include E. Coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Salmonella, Botulism, Norovirus, and Campylobacter.

Food borne illnesses like this can cause a person several types of damages, from lost wages at work, to medical bills, and more. So when a person suffers from this type of illnesses after eating out at a restaurant or another person’s home, you can understand why there is a relative question regarding personal injury claims as well. Continue reading to learn more about this particular food borne illness, and how it might lead to a valid personal injury case or claim.

Severity of Illness

The severity of the effects largely influences the chances of having a valid personal injury claim for food poisoning. The standard symptoms of eating tainted food include nausea, abdominal cramping, headache, and diarrhea; while more serious cases include symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, loss of speech, difficulty breathing or swallowing, dehydration, and in rare cases, even death. The less serious cases of food borne illness are not likely great candidates for an injury claim, since these can be treated with ample fluids and rest. The body will simply eliminate everything and then fluids can be restored. This usually takes around one to three days. More severe cases might involve doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription medication, prolonged rehabilitation, time off work, and more. This is where a licensed personal injury lawyer can come into play, and help victims recover full and fair compensation for their damages.

Legal Claims

If you or a loved one becomes ill from eating food at a professional establishment or another person’s home, it is important to deal with the health concerns first and foremost. Health and well-being should always be top-priority in a personal injury situation. Seek out professional health care and ask to have the illnesses medically confirmed by means of stool samples and more. Having this on record is evidence of the incident. Be sure to follow all instructions handed down from medical professionals. Also, it is wise to save the contaminated food for testing, if at all possible. Otherwise, it is recommended to keep a daily journal of the symptoms you experience and everything you feel in detail. This can also be used as evidence in a personal injury case.

Ulcer Diagnosing Tips

An ulcer is known as a sore which is located inside the digestive tract. A common type of ulcer is a peptic ulcer. It is able to develop anywhere, form esophagus up to duodenum which is in the beginning of small intestine. This sore is also able to develop in large intestine. The most common symptoms of ulcer are cramping and stomach pain, nausea and even weight loss.

It is difficult to diagnose ulcer the accurately. The most common tests for diagnosing an ulcer is through X-rays, blood tests, and tissue vessels. The following are some tips to help you diagnose ulcer.

The first thing you have to do is to visit a physician. While you visit for routine physical checkup, tell him your recent ulcer symptoms and your concerns. In order to get the accurate diagnosis, you can answer the question of your doctor truthfully.

The second thing is to test the presence of H pylori bacteria in your blood. It is known as the bacteria which is able to cause peptic ulcer. Blood test is the only way to diagnose its presence.

The third thing you can do is to ask for an endoscopy. It is a procedure which uses an endoscope, a small scope which is equipped with a camera on its end. It will be passed through your throat into the stomach to the duodenum. It will be able to take the picture of that area to help your doctor determine if the ulcer forms.

The next thing you have to do is to get a stomach biopsy. If an ulcer develops, the doctor will remove a small stomach tissue piece using an endoscope. This piece of tissue will be tested to diagnose H. pylori bacteria or any digestive diseases which is potentially causing ulcer symptoms. In order to get more reliable diagnosis, you can go to a gastroenterologist or digestive specialist. With an accurate diagnosis, you can take a proper treatment.