Lymphatic Massage – The Benefits

Lymphatic massage or lymph drainage massage is a technique used to help increase lymph flow.

Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function.

Lymphatic massage can be useful in cases of   edema , sports injury or for people experiencing a sluggish immune system or those suffering from a lack of energy.

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in your body’s ability heal from injury and ward off disease.

It is essential to the body’s drainage system for cleansing and filtering out toxins and bacteria.

Problems With The Lymphatic System

Aches, pains, soreness and flu like symptoms could all be caused by congested lymph pathways.

The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage can help to unblock the lymph system by manually cleansing the lymph system in a clockwise fashion.

Performing lymphatic massage correctly can stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times.

Because lymph cleanses nearly every cell in your body the negative effects of chronic lymph blockages include but are not limited to:

o Frequent cold and flu infections

o Joint pain

o Headache and migraine

o Menstrual cramps

o Arthritis

o Loss of appetite

o Fatigue

o Mood irregularities

o Depression

o Acne

o Cellulite

What is Lymphatic Massage?

The use of massage as a healing therapy dates back centuries.

Lymphatic massage was developed in the 1930s and is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system has no central pump and depends on muscle contraction through deep breathing, exercise and manual manipulation to move fluid.

Lymphatic massage utilizes a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. Immune system function can be significantly increased, improving metabolism and helping the body to eliminate waste and toxins.

A strong immune system makes you feel balanced, happy and whole.

As with most massage, it is vital to drink lots of water after a lymphatic massage to flush away toxins that have been released.

Lymphatic Massage – What can it be used for?

Lymphatic massage has been used for years to enhance the quality of the skin.

o Lymphatic massage aids the increase of lymph flow. When the lymph is flowing as it should, cells are bathed in fresh fluid making the skin look fresh and alive.

Lymphatic massage is also useful for people with sports injuries.

o When applied after neuromuscular massage, lymphatic massage helps to clear the tissue of debris and reduce the minor  edema  that can occur after deep tissue massage.

o Repeated lymphatic massage whilst healing from a sports injury can help to enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissue as healthy as possible.

It is thought that lymphatic massage can also help the scarring process by enhancing circulation and immunity.

o Increased lymph flow around the scar stimulates damaged lymph vessels to heal.

o Increased lymph flow draws away toxins improving the health of the tissues.

Another common use of lymph drainage massage is in breast cancer cases.

o Women who have had axillary lymph nodes removed sometimes develop  edema  in their arm. As long as there is only minor swelling, then a massage therapist with a good knowledge of contraindication and some specific techniques can do a great amount of good.

Lymphatic Massage – Is it Safe?

For the most part lymphatic massage is safe. However as with all massage therapies there are some contra indications. For lymphatic massage specifically, these include acute inflammation, malignant tumors, thrombosis and major heart problems.

To get the best results from a lymphatic massage, seek out a suitably trained and qualified therapist.

Healthy Living Tips For Good Heart Health

Heart disease is one of the leading killers of Americans today. The fact that most of us live very hectic lifestyles with many demands on our time and attention sometimes results in us losing site of the things that we can do in our lives to help assure that we are taking the best care of our hearts as we can. We are going to examine some healthy living tips that may appear to be common sense but can easily be overlooked.

EAT A HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS DIET

Eat 4 to 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. These foods are not only low in calories but they also contain vitamins, minerals and fiber that are essential to a healthy heart. If you feel that your diet leaves you lacking in some essential nutrients consider supplementation as an alternative.

In order to control high blood pressure and cholesterol eat whole grains. These are low in fat and high in fiber and vitamins that will help you do this. The risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity has been shown to be reduced by eating as little as three servings per day. Start your morning off by eating oatmeal (not instant) with whole grain toast. In the afternoon instead of snacking on a bag of chips substitute granola or even air popped popcorn.

Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. This will do two important things to help your heart health. First it helps you keep your weight down. The body will sometimes confuse dehydration with hunger and you will tend to eat more than you should. It is also good for your skin. The second way it helps is that doing this will help prevent your blood from thickening. As your blood gets thicker it puts a strain on your heart because it has to work harder to pump blood to areas of the body where it is needed. By drinking an adequate supply of water your heart has to work less.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

Exercise is a very important component of heart health. Aerobic exercise such as walking, bike riding, dancing or running is the best. Remember that when you are considering an exercise program take a moment and think about what you truly enjoy doing. If you enjoy something it is much easier to stick with it over the long run. Regular exercise will help control blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and make your heart and lungs stronger. Along with reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke exercise will also increase stamina and mood.

GET ENOUGH REST

Many sacrifice sleep in order to make more time in their busy day. By doing this it limits the body’s ability to control blood sugar. People who have diabetes are well aware of this. What this can do is lead to inflammation in the veins and arteries. This can cause scars to form in the arteries and increase the possibility of plaque buildup. This buildup can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Your goal should be to get eight hours of sleep each night in order to protect your heart as well as keep blood sugar levels under control.

QUIT SMOKING

If you are a smoker it is important that you speak to your doctor and find a way to quit. Nicotine increases the amount of blood that is needed by the heart thus reducing the amount that can flow through the veins to other parts of the body where it is needed. Carbon monoxide will also knock oxygen molecules off red blood cells thus limiting the amount of oxygen which the heart receives. It is important to realize that nothing about smoking is good for heart health.

Top 10 CPR Myths

Michele and I have been teaching CPR to healthcare professionals and students since 1984. We have seen the development, improvement, and wide-spread acceptance of CPR education over these years. Despite these advances, we still hear many myths about CPR every time we teach a class. As healthcare professionals and students, we must not allow old information, nor the public’s misperceptions and fears about CPR, nor Hollywood’s unrealistic depiction of CPR, to affect our duty to provide high-quality CPR to our patients and to the public. Therefore, in order to help dispel these myths, I have created this list of the most common CPR myths that we hear the most often from the healthcare professionals and students that we teach every day.

Myth 1: CPR must include mouth-to-mouth breathing.

Wrong. Health professionals or first responders will initiate chest compressions immediately. The breaths should be done preferably with a bag mask, mouth to mask or mouth to mouth with a barrier device. If you do not know the patient, and do not feel comfortable putting your mouth on theirs, or do not have a CPR face-mask, just perform continuous chest compressions with no breathing until emergency services arrives.The American Heart Association has revised its recommendations and encouraged lay bystander rescuers to use “hands-only” CPR as an alternative to CPR with exchange of breaths.

Myth 2: CPR always works.

Wrong. Unfortunately, this is not true, and is a very common belief that has been perpetuated by Hollywood. The actual adult survival rate from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is about 2% – 15%. Survival rates can increase up to 30% if an AED is used to deliver a shock. However, if the victim’s heart stops and no one starts CPR immediately – then the victim’s chance of survival is zero.

Myth 3: I could get sued if I administer CPR in the wrong way or make a mistake.

Wrong. We have not read of any lawsuits that have been brought against lay rescuers or healthcare professionals who attempt to provide CPR. Generally speaking, our legal system provides nationwide Good Samaritan protection, exempting anyone who renders emergency treatment with CPR in an effort to save someone’s life. This includes lay rescuers and healthcare professionals. Lawsuits are usually focused around health clubs or similar institutions that have certified CPR employees that did not have or use an AED at the time of a cardiac arrest. Generally, as long as lay rescuers and healthcare professionals do not waver too far from standard CPR procedure, they will most likely be protected.

Myth 4: We can become proficient in CPR with an on-line class.

Wrong. While it is true that you can learn the steps of CPR from an on-line class, you most likely would not be able to perform high-quality CPR on a real patient after taking a computer based CPR class. Hands-on practice, with the guidance of a certified instructor, is the key to developing muscle memory and proper techniques.

Myth 5: We can save a sudden cardiac arrest victim with CPR alone.

Wrong. An AED/defibrillator can deliver shocks that will return the fibrillating heart to its normal rhythm. CPR alone cannot revive a sudden cardiac arrest victim. CPR can only delay death until a defibrillator delivers a lifesaving shock.

Myth 6: A patient should cough while having a heart attack to prevent the heart attack from getting worse.

Wrong. This myth is what is known as ‘Cough CPR’. Cough CPR was thought to speed up a very slow heart rate (bradycardia) and keep the patient conscious till emergency services arrived. It is probably a mis-interpretation of the vagal maneuver. The vagal maneuver is used to help a patient stimulate the vagus nerve to slow down a fast heart rate.

Myth 7: Cardiac arrest is the same as a heart attack.

Wrong. They are different conditions and are treated differently. Cardiac arrest is caused by an arrhythmia, dysrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, which leads to cardiac standstill, where the heart is not moving (asystole) or is fibrillating (ventricular). A heart attack is a myocardial infarction, caused by a blocked coronary artery. Therefore, the term ‘cardiac arrest’ is not synonymous with ‘heart attack’. A patient experiencing a heart attack may experience chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and become diaphoretic. However, a heart attack may ultimately lead to cardiac arrest depending on the severity of the blockage in the heart.

Myth 8: Someone with more experience than me should help the victim. So I shouldn’t help.

Wrong. The key to surviving cardiac arrest is the immediate response of someone trained in CPR. A patient who collapses and does not immediately receive chest compressions has little or no chance of survival. If you know how to do chest compressions properly you should help immediately.

Myth 9: CPR can do more harm than good.

Wrong. When you are performing CPR it is on someone who has no heartbeat. Proper chest compressions, to be effective, must be fast and very hard. It is true that you may possibly break some of the victim’s ribs while performing CPR. Once a victim is resuscitated injuries can be treated. Damaged ribs are worth the risk and much better than letting the victim die without attempting to give CPR.

Myth 10: CPR will always re-start the victim’s heart if they are in asystole.

Wrong. CPR alone will not always re-start a heart that is not beating. The purpose of administering CPR is to push oxygenated blood to the victim’s brain and other vital organs. Continuing high-quality CPR will decrease the number of the victim’s brain cells that will die without proper blood flow. Medications such as epinephrine and vasopressin may assist in getting the blood flow back into the heart.

Kunz is currently certified by American Heart Association as being proficient in BLS, CPR, and AED since 1988. He is also an AHA Certified BLS, CPR, and AED instructor. He is also the co-founder and co-owner of a medical training company that provides AHA certification classes to healthcare professionals and students in the New York City Area.

Having Sex After a Heart Attack

Heart disease is the number one cause of death of men and women in North America. Surviving a heart attack should be considered fortunate and it becomes very important to ensure that all your risk factors to heart disease are under control. Patience becomes very important and wanting to get back to your regular routine takes a little bit of time – this includes sexual intercourse.

Making love to your partner can feel uneasy and it becomes important to understand that this does not last. This goes for commencing most activities. It is important to start out slowly and working your way back to your where you would like to be. Starting out slowing allowing adequate time for foreplay, so you can get your heart rate up gradually. This also helps to find that intimacy between you and your partner. It is known that there is a small tiny risk of a cardiovascular event occurring during sexual activity and this risk is minimized by focusing on your risk factors to heart disease which includes increasing your fitness level.

When you engage in sex it does make your heart work harder by increasing your heart rate and by increasing your blood pressure, however the work on your heart is not as hard as many people think. When we look at any physical activity we gauge this measure in METS which stand for metabolic equivalents. METS are a unit in which we use to calculate the level of physical activity or energy expended. One MET is the energy it takes to sit quietly. Therefore, if walking takes 3.5 METS this means that you are going 3.5 times your resting level. Sexual intercourse can take anywhere from 2 METS to 4.5 METS, therefore starting out slowly is important.

There is no need to be afraid of sex because of your heart condition. Experiment with different sexual positions to determine which ones feel comfortable and which ones are not. Finding that position so it does not put so much pressure on your breastbone (on your back for men or side to side). You can let your partner be on top and this will reduce the workload on your heart during sex. It is important to have open communication with your partner to discuss any concerns. As always you can always discuss concerns you have with your physician.

One thing I guarantee is that when you start to commence your exercise routine with your Cardiac Rehabilitation centre, you will increase your fitness level. When your fitness level increases you gain more confidence to perform activities you enjoy doing such as making love to your partner. You will have increased energy and an increased fitness level to enjoy the pleasure of sexual intercourse. Some quick tips to ensure you enjoy making love after a heart condition:

1. Start out slowly 2. Find a time of the day when you feel relaxed and rested. Everyone has scheduled days and we all have responsibilities but find that time to free yourself and devote to you and your partner. 3. Make sure that your medications are taken and prescribed by your physician. 4. Try not to make love right after a meal. Allow time to digest your food. 5. Experiment and do find those comfortable sexual positions.

Love making is a fun activity and should be enjoyable and stress free. In the event you are having concerns please discuss them with your physician or psychologist. As said previously it is important to get yourself enrolled in cardiac rehabilitation where you will learn all your risk factors to heart disease and start to commence an overall heart healthy lifestyle and do the activities you enjoy doing most.

Ischaemic Heart Disease

Signs and Symptoms

In the initial stages of the disease it is unlikely for any symptoms to manifest.

The primary symptoms that will be present after the disease has progressed will include angina pectoris and heart failure.

Angina Pectoris

Angina Pectoris is chest pain that may occur in times of emotional distress, in cold weather conditions and during physical activity. It may radiate from the chest area to the jaw, shoulder blades, neck and left arm. There are cases of ischaemia that will not exhibit any form of angina attacks and in such cases it is defined as silent ischaemia.

Heart Failure

Heart failure may result from ischaemic heart disease. This may cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing which worsens during physical activity or when lying flat, pronounced coughing, decreased ability to perform normal activities and or swelling of the ankles.

Risk Factors

Though the specific cause of Ischaemic heart disease is unknown there are some factors that tend to increase the likelihood of developing the disease.

Having a family history of certain other conditions may increase overall risk. These include diabetes, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and hypertension.

  • Lacking proper nutrition, in particular consuming foods that are high in fat.
  • Being a smoker especially one who smokes at least one pack of cigarettes per day.
  • Having suffered from a heart attack of stroke at least once.
  • Being significantly overweight or obese.
  • Leading a very stressful lifestyle.
  • Having elevated cholesterol levels
  • Suffering from uncontrolled high blood pressure or hypertension
  • Being a diabetic
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle or lacking sufficient levels of physical activity to maintain health.

Diagnosing and Treating the Disease

Diagnostic tests

Once angina is suspected after experiencing chest pain, tests are performed to confirm the likelihood of an angina attack. The chest pains will first be determined to have materialized as a result of physical activity that is alleviated by rest or from being exposed to cold conditions or because of lying flat. An electrocardiogram or ECG may be performed to observe the changes that occur during an attack. It is also possible to administer a dose of sublingual nitroglycerin that relieves the associated pain of angina in a matter of minutes. These methods of testing will confirm if these attacks are in fact angina attacks.

There are also tests that are performed to establish the intensity of the ischaemia and also to identify probable coronary artery disease. The tests will generally be carried out using electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, x-rays of the chest, exercise tolerance test, thallium stress test, coronary angiogram and or cholesterol and blood tests to analyse total fat, lipoproteins and cholesterol levels.

Treatments

A part of the treatment will include personal management and changes in lifestyle.

  • It will be necessary to decrease or completely stop smoking which will significantly worsen the progression of the disease.
  • It will require a change in diet and a strict adherence to nutritional guidelines that will dictate the levels of fat and cholesterol that should be consumed daily; essentially this will be a low fat and low cholesterol diet.
  • Drugs may be administered to lower cholesterol levels.
  • An exercise regimen will be suggested to greatly improve overall health.
  • A method of stress management and reduction may be recommended.
  • If hypertension is present treatment for that condition with a low sodium diet and medication will be critical.
  • Maintaining an ideal body weight will also greatly improve the chances of managing the disease.
  • A balloon angioplasty may be incorporated. This will involve the use of a small uninflated balloon that will be passed up the affected artery and inflated to free the obstruction. Though this type of treatment will alleviate many of the associated symptoms of the disease it will not necessarily control the disease itself.
  • In extreme cases it may be vital to have bypass surgery performed. This will in effect, bypass the affected coronary arteries.
  • Treatment may also include medications such as nitrates, calcium channel antagonists, beta blockers and anti-platelet drugs. Beta blockers will lower the heart rate when resting thus decreases the demand for oxygen. Nitrates will eliminate an angina attack. Calcium channel blockers will hinder blood vessel constriction and consequently prevent artery spasm. Anti- platelet drugs like aspirin will prevent platelets from sticking to blood vessel walls therefore reducing the likelihood of further narrowing of the vessels.
  • If the disease has progressed beyond repair or when normal treatment is not applicable then a heart transplant may have to be performed.

Prognosis

If treatment ensues before grave damage is done to the heart then the outlook is generally fair. Adopting a doctor regulated regimen will improve overall quality of life and longevity. It is possible for aggressive treatments to hinder the course of the disease and reverse some of the damage that has already occurred. The long term forecast for the disease will be contingent upon several factors, including: the ability of the heart to pump effectively, the extent or progression of the disease when identified and age upon diagnosis.

Preventing Heart Disease in General

Having a knowledge of the associated risk factors and measures to successfully reduce the development of heart disease can be useful in minimizing the likelihood of being affected by it. Eliminating smoking, incorporating a good exercise routine into daily life, consuming less fatty foods, controlling other pre-existing conditions like diabetes and hypertension and maintaining an ideal body weight are fairly good measures to lessen the probability of being afflicted by any of these types of heart disorders.

Some Thoughts About Ultraviolet Germicidal Light

Many people wonder if ultraviolet germicidal light is what they need in today’s home or office. Should it be installed in the air system or be mobile?

It seems there is truly some misunderstanding of ultraviolet germicidal light. Are these the same harmful rays that come from the sun? Is it something else? Something strange? No matter who you talk to you won’t get the same answer.

This is mostly because they overlook the word germicidal. Everyone knows too much sun just won’t do. We’re all in agreement on that. But how does it work, this germicidal? Who said that it works? Some say studies may have been sponsored and paid for by the manufacturer. Most people believe this to be an advertising gimmick. Information must come from Universities, Hospitals and the ones that use them.

A “Germicidal,” is an agent that kills germs and pathogenic microorganisms such as mold, viruses and bacteria. A germicidal also acts as a disinfectant. There seems to be good in the light we all fear. To make the light germicidal it must be ultraviolet, a wavelength of light invisible to the human eye.

Dr. Cath Noakes from the University of Leeds’ Faculty of Engineering said, “to be most effective, ventilation systems need to create a constant flow of treated air down to floor level, and potentially force air towards the light.”

Ultraviolet lights could reduce the spread of tuberculosis in hospital wards and waiting rooms by 70 per cent, according to a new study involving research. The study, published in PLoS Medicine today, explores the transmission of tuberculosis.

St. Mary’s Hospital in London will be the first hospital to have them in the UK. Plans are already underway to install upper room UV lights in the chest clinic.

Home and business owners across the country are using or looking very hard at the solutions presented by using ultraviolet germicidal light. Office managers are looking to find help in decreasing illnesses that keep employees away from their jobs, thereby increasing production. The itchy eyes and runny noses brought about by allergies are also part of the problem.

Everything that universities and people are saying leads to one conclusion: we need clean air. The evidence suggests that the use of ultraviolet sterilized air will clean things up. How? By using high-quality filters to take out the allergens, then using the ultraviolet light to kill the microorganisms.

For offices and homes with forced air systems, put your set up in the ducts. Most everyone can do the installation themselves. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes. Change your dirty air filters every 3 to 6 months and the ultraviolet germicidal lamp one time per year. some lamps have a two year life cycle.

For those who want only to clear the air in a specific spot, use the mobile, self-contained or corner units. Just like with the permanent installations, these must have the combination of ultraviolet light and a hepa filter to be the most effective. Moving clean air over the ultraviolet germicidal light is the key. People take their portable air cleaners to the bedroom or any place in the house they want to clean the air.

We spend over 80% of our time a home. This seems the best place to start.

Businesses use them in their waiting areas or other areas that the people congregate. A corner or wall works the best. Those that are using them claim workers seem happier! Happier people take less time away from work and less time off for illnesses. Remove the pollens and viruses before they cause a problem – that is the key.

Propagating Orchids at Home

There are many ways of propagating orchids that can be done right at home. In this way, home gardeners are able to add to their collection of plants and also improve on the original orchid’s health. Methods of orchid propagation commonly utilized by home gardeners are division, keikis, back bulbs and aerial cuttings.

In division, orchids are split into two or more parts, and each part will produce a fully grown plant that will flower the next season. It is a method best done just after a new growth begins, typically in early spring. Each division needs to have three back bulbs and one new growth. It is one of the simplest methods of propagating orchids that many people can easily do at home. Though you may worry about the thought of cutting your plant into two, it is actually good for your plant as it will encourage growth of new shoots that are healthier and more vigorous.

Occasionally, orchids will have a baby orchid clinging to them with its own roots. This is known as a keiki. A keiki can be found in an orchid’s roots, stems and bulbs. In propagating orchids using keikis, you must wait until the roots of the keikis grow to about three inches long. Pull it gently from the orchid until it is separated, then plant it in a new pot. Water and feed it very minimally, and keep it in a shady area. Once it grows bigger, you can then care for it like you would a grown orchid.

You can also use back bulbs to propagate orchids. This method is done during repotting. Once the plant is removed from its old pot, look at its pseudobulbs. Remove the old ones, both those that have flowered and not. Then, plant the pseudobulb in a new pot and care for it well-watering it once and twice a week, exposing it to sunlight and shade, adding fertilizer-basically treating it like a growing orchid. This will induce the pseudobulb to take root and hopefully flower.

In propagating orchids using aerial cuttings, fully grown orchids are cut off at the uppermost part of their stems, just below the aerial roots. The part that has been removed is then placed in orchid mixture to grow. The new plant will be similar to its parent. Most sympodial orchids like the Cattleya, Dendrobium, Cymbidium and Coelogyne are propagated using aerial cuttings.

Cat Tumors – The Most Common Symptoms

Knowing the most common symptoms of cat  tumors  can help you identify when you need to get your cat treatment quickly. Keep your eyes and nose open for these common symptoms of cat  tumors :

Change in Gait – lameness or stiffness could be a sign of  tumor  or bone cancer

Chronic Cough – this can be from something as simple as bronchitis to as serious as lung cancer

Chronic Vomiting and Diarrhea – this can be from a liver  tumor  or other digestive track  tumor 

Continuous Weight Loss – this can be the symptom of a  tumor  or other serious medical condition

Distended Stomach – a swollen abdomen may be the sign of a liver  tumor  or a  tumor  in part of their digestive system

Foul Odor – if your cat has a foul odor from their mouth or open sore it could be the result of cancer.

Lumps – lumps beneath the surface of your cat’s skin may be the sign of cancer. If they appear to be growing bring your cat to the vet quickly.

Swollen Lymph Nodes – this can be a sign of illness or cancer. The cat’s lymph nodes are located near their throat beneath their legs.

Ulcers – ulcers that do not heal are the sign of an immune system problem that may be associated with  tumors 

If your cat has any one or more of these symptoms it is important you speak to a veterinarian. You will want to bring with you stool samples if requested so make sure you pay careful attention to where your cat defecates, especially if you have more than one cat.

Cat  tumors  may be non-serious or life threatening. It is important that you stay aware of the common symptoms so you can alert your veterinarian if your cat is demonstrating any of the signs of  tumor  or other significant illnesses or conditions.

Heal Cold Sore – How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore in 48 Hours

Cold Sores and Herpes Simplex Background Information

Cold sores, otherwise known as oral herpes or “herpes labialis”, are the most common form of infection by the herpes simplex virus in the world. Genital herpes is the second most common. Regrettably, there is no known cure for the herpes virus so once you’ve been infected with it you’re stuck with it for life. However, there are some vaccines currently in the works by researchers that may soon allow people to be vaccinated against herpes.

Oral herpes is usually transmitted when there are visible sores on the individual’s face, however the period immediately before and after (of about plus and minus a week) a cold sore emerges is a stage during which the person is asymptomatically (without symptoms) shedding the virus and is therefore capable of infecting other people even though there are no outward signs of the disease.

Cold sores cycle through periods of active and dormant periods with the active periods lasting 2-21 days when there are blisters on the skin containing infectious virus particles, followed by a remission period–this is the phase that the virus is in the great majority of the time. During the dormant period the virus resides only in sensory nerve cells in its latent form where it will stay for the rest of the infected person’s life. Over time the frequency of cold sore outbreaks will decrease due to your immune system adapting to the virus and building up an immunity to it; the duration and severity of the cold sores you get will also slowly decrease due to this.

Frequency of asymptomatic shedding has no correlation with frequency of symptomatic outbreaks: this means that the frequency with which you suffer visible outbreaks has no bearing on how often you are asymptomatically shedding.

Diagnosis–Sometimes a Cold Sore Isn’t a Cold Sore

Orofacial herpes infection is typically determined by clinical examination where the most common symptoms are multiple round superficial ulcers accompanied by acute gingivitis. Cases non-typical in appearance are more difficult to diagnose and an examiner will typically refer to what are known as “prodromal” symptoms–that is, symptoms that will typically occur prior to the onset of the disease–to differentiate HSV infection from other conditions with similar symptoms. For example, cold sores are often mistaken for canker sores and vice-versa, but they have distinctly different prodromal symptoms. The best way to distinguish cold sores from canker sores is that cold sores almost always occur outside the mouth whereas canker sores are always completely inside the mouth.

How To Heal a Cold Sore in Under 48 Hours

Ok, here’s my own personal procedure that I perform every time that I get a cold sore. I’ve developed this over years of trial and error and hope it works as well for you as it does for me:

1. Take a needle and sterilize it with rubbing alcohol, pop the cold sore, and drain all the fluid out, soaking it up with a kleenex or paper towel. This is just like what you would do to a zit in high school. You really don’t want any of that nasty yellow fluid at all.

2. Wash the cold sore with a damp cloth and some soap and warm water once every two hours or so. You want to keep the affected area as clean and dry as possible.

3. Ice the area once every two hours for about 10 minutes with an ice cube after you’ve washed it. This will not only reduce the itching and pain but it will also lessen the severity of the outbreak because it slows down the virus.

4. Apply some Benzyl alcohol (“Zilactin”) to the area with a q-tip once every two hours after the ice, this is one of the few home remedies recommended and endorsed by the Mayo Clinic (source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-sore/DS00358/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs ). This will probably do more to help you heal that cold sore fast than anything else I’ve ever tried, this stuff is awesome.

5. Start taking lysine (aka “l-lysine”) at 1000mg 3 times per day–this has been effectively shown in multiple scientific studies to not only reduce the healing time and severity of a cold sore outbreak but to also help prevent cold sores and reduce the frequency of outbreaks throughout the year if taken as a preventative measure at a lower dosage (I recommend 500mg once a day as a preventative treatment). (Source: National Institute of Health, to see the full study go here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3115841 )

Chest Pain

Chest pain is one of the most frightening symptoms a person can have. This pain includes any type of pain or discomfort that occurs between your upper belly area and your lower neck. This pain is often a classic symptom of a heart attack, or its milder relative, angina – but it is also associated with several other maladies, from heartburn to pneumonia. To most people, experiencing a pain in the chest area means you are having a heart attack! In children this pain is a common complaint, often attributed to musculoskeletal conditions. Chest pain combined with a shortness of breath and/or a burning sensation are some of the common symptoms of heartburn. Lying down may relieve you from discomfort from a heart attack, but it doesn’t stop it. Heartburn, however, has nothing to do with your heart because it is a digestive problem. So we have to divide the types of chest pain into two areas – cardiac and non-cardiac. Cardiac pain is caused by a lack of oxygen to the heart muscle and can be a serious, life-threatening symptom and is the classic symptom of a heart attack. Pain from a heart attack feels like the chest is being squeezed or crushed, as if by an enormous weight or pressure is on it. Pain in the chest due to a cardiac condition is rare in children and adolescents, with a prevalence of less than 6%.

Non-cardiac pain may be caused by viruses or bacteria or be aggravated by irritants (cleaning detergents, environmental toxicity, pollution or cold air), allergens (dust mites, dander or pollen) or excessive smoking. Non-cardiac pain is also a very common and frightening symptom of panic disorder.

Heart attacks often occur after physical exertion that spikes your blood pressure. Heart pain is often radiated to teeth and jaw. A heart attack is the death of heart muscle due to the loss of blood supply. Heart attacks without chest pain are more common than originally thought, especially among women. Heart attacks kill more people in the US than any other single disease, and the main symptom that people have from a heart attack is chest pain

Causes

Causes of chest pain can vary from minor problems, such as indigestion or stress, to serious medical emergencies, such as a heart attack or pulmonary embolism. Causes of chest pain or its precipitating factors include activities like walking, jogging, running and carrying heavy workloads. Other potential causes include serious circulatory problems such as atherosclerosis, angina, pericarditis, coronary spasm or myocarditis. Exercising in cold weather can cause chest pain in some people who have no problems when they exercise in warm weather. Lung problems that can cause chest pain include blood clot in the lung ( pulmonary embolism ), a collapse of the lung ( pneumothorax ). Inflammation of the lining around the lung ( pleurisy ) can cause chest pain that usually feels sharp, and often gets worse when you take a deep breath or cough. Angina is short termed chest pain primarily caused by the lack of oxygen supply in the body and also due to the lack of waste removal from the body. The cause may be a build-up of fatty deposits, or plaque (pronounced “plak”), inside your arteries – the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to your body. Lack of Vitamin D can cause an array of problems and adversely affect already existing conditions, back pain included.

Symptoms

Symptoms that commonly occur with chest pain include chest tenderness and pain that increases with deep breathing or movement and can also radiate to the jaw, shoulder, neck, upper back or arm. Symptoms of heart disease include angina (characteristic on exertion) and decreased exercise tolerance. You may not think that the symptoms really hurt but they can lead to several complications. The signs and symptoms of a heart attack may start slowly, or they may happen suddenly. The symptoms of heartburn may include a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone. If you have a cold, you can have any or all of these symptoms: increased nasal discharge (a runny nose), difficulty breathing through the nose, sneezing, a scratchy throat, and cough.

Chest pain is an indicator of a pending or occurring heart attack. When you have any doubt as to the cause, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Time is the most important factor in saving your life.

Colostrum

Colostrum is produced by all mammals. It is the thick, yellow milky fluid secreted by the mammary glands before milk is produced in the breasts. Although colostrum is produced in the last stages of pregnancy, it is consumed by many adults in its original or artificial form for its incomparable benefits.

The medical benefits of colostrum have been revealed by research and studies all over the world that discovered that colostrum can be a very effective in fighting off diseases like osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, cold, flu, hepatitis and more. It is also effective against digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and ulcers.

Colostrum is extremely efficient in battling viruses and infections because it is loaded with immune agents and powerful growth factors. In a human body, the thymus gland, located at the upper chest of the body, fights viruses and infections by producing white blood cells and T-cells. Unfortunately, because of toxins and nutritional deficiencies, it shrinks to one tenth of its size by the time a man reaches 40. Researches have revealed that regular consumption of colostrum can help the thymus gland to re-grow to its youthful size.

Nature has packed colostrum with so many nutritional benefits that it’s impossible to overlook its advantages. The agents in colostrum can improve the absorption of nutrients in your body; improve the density of the bone, make your skin look younger, help burn fat, and they can increase your energy level.

With so many benefits packed in colostrum, it’s no wonder that this yellow milky fluid is being produced artificially for consumption. Today, colostrum is available in liquid and capsule form all over the world. However, it’s wise to purchase colostrum that’s produced only in your own region as it has a better chance of fighting against the diseases spread in that region. The best colostrum is taken within six hours of birth. Although colostrum has the ability to fight various diseases, it’s important to select good quality colostrum to receive maximum benefits.

Celebrities Have Asthma Too

Asthma need not be a life limiting condition, neither in terms of longevity nor in terms of involvement. In the past, it was often the case that asthmatic children were labeled ‘sickly’ and did not participate in exercise. Now, however, exercise is thought to be one of the best ways of controlling asthma long-term. Many celebrities have been very open about their asthma, and others are coming forward all the time to help de-mystify it and to help others.

The fact that Theodore Roosevelt had asthma did not stop him becoming president of the USA. It is said that he recovered from asthma through exercise. John F Kennedy was also an asthma sufferer, with his worst trigger being animals.

There have been a number of famous writers, musicians and dancers who have had asthma. Leonard Bernstein was a sufferer and his asthma was so bad that sometimes people could hear him wheezing as he was conducting. Joseph Pulitzer was another sufferer, as was the dancer Robert Joffrey who kept his asthma at bay with a combination of medications, acupuncture and herbs.

There is no lack of famous sports people who have coped with asthma and even improved their condition through their sport. The swimmer Amy Van Dyken was the first American female to win 4 gold medals in a single Olympic games. She took up the sport on the advice of doctors who suggested she try swimming as a way to control her asthma attacks. Tom Dolan, another American swimmer, also suffers from asthma and had problems competing due to restrictions on medications he could use whilst swimming competitively. He went on to win gold medals in two Olympic games.

Whilst swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for asthmatics, other athletes have also reached the top of their sport despite having to cope with asthma. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who was a top heptathlete and long-jumper, and Paula Radcliffe, a British marathon runner, both have asthma.

Team sports are good for asthmatics because the exercise is not always constant. The NFL player Jerome Bettis, Rugby player Austin Healey and a number of soccer players also have asthma. Paul Scholes from Manchester United and Frank Lampard from Chelsea Football Club are two of the most prominent asthmatics in the sport but many people were surprised recently to see pictures of David Beckham using an inhaler. He has since said that he was happy to know that the knowledge he had asthma was helping to inspire other people with the condition to take up a sport.

The success of these people shows that asthma does not have to limit your achievements if you have the condition.

Broken Bones and Dislocated Joints

Employers are required to maintain a safe working environment for their workers. Many industries, such as the construction, manufacturing, restaurant and sports require extra precautions and guidelines due to the nature of the job itself. However, injured workers are often unguided and left to themselves to figure out the claims process while time slips out from underneath them.

An experienced attorney can be of great value to you if you have suffered a broken bone or dislocated joint on the job. Filing workers compensation or with the employers’ insurance company does not have to be as complicated as they might make it seem.

Causes of broken bones

Substandard safety equipment or inadequate maintenance are common reasons why bones fracture at work. The following list provides a few examples of what cause injuries at the workplace:

  • Weak or substandard helmets
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Crane collapse
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Slip and fall
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Substandard cables
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Insecure loading/unloading

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict guidelines and health safety procedures for employers to follow, often to cut costs, or due to sheer negligence, workers get injured and require expensive treatment and therapy.

Insurance companies seek to quickly settle your claim without taking into account the full amount of the expenses you might incur. An attorney can help you with the timing and structure of your claim, and help you determine future costs and the extent of damage to your livelihood. Protecting your interests should be the number one priority for your attorney, be it a quick claim, or a long litigation process involving court appearances and appeals.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, and have suffered broken bones or other damages, you should contact the experienced Philadelphia Broken Bones attorneys of Lowenthal and Abrams to fight for your rights and seek justice.

Global Dislocation and False Hopes

It has become fashionable among pundits to comment on the great shift which in their eyes is taking place on the globe. This view holds that the “Atlantic World”, which includes Europe and North America, is in decline. Both wealth and power are shifting to Asia, with India and China as the main beneficiaries. We would be at the dawn of the “Asian Century”.

This hypothesis is based mainly on the disparity in economic growth rates. The “advanced” economies, including the European Community, the U.S. and Japan are mired in recession and high fiscal deficits. By contrast a number of “emerging” nations are forging ahead, acquiring both new wealth and growing political power.

This new intellectual fashion closely resembles a similar trend in the 1930’s. Then also the western democracies were experiencing economic depression, combined with social instability. By contrast the totalitarian regimes – Germany, Italy, Japan (and the USSR) – were surging. Many believed them to be the wave of the future.

Yet history proved them wrong. Last century’s totalitarian regimes self-destructed, while the U.S. and democracy have endured. Will the cycle repeat again?

The now fading “old” world order was based on Western dominance: first the colonial empires, then the rise of the U.S. as world power. Politically representative democracy reigned, as did capitalist free enterprise. When the Soviet Union lost the Cold war, the western model was expanded to the entire globe. Our elites saw the future as one world, with open markets and democratic institutions tied together by a global financial network.

This benign and hopeful (as well as nave) vision never became reality. It would have required the global observance of the rules that had governed the development of western economies. This did not happen, for several reasons.

First, the rules applied to national entities. There was no model or experience available for globalized finance. “Financial engineering”, most of it questionable, then took over. Novelty and optimism gave rise to euphoria, followed by the inevitable crash.

Second, many “emerging” countries saw the opportunities the “open” global system offered for the practice of mercantilist policies. Baiting global corporations with artificially low production costs and the promise of vast new markets, they drew in massive influx of investment capital. With investment went jobs, skills, technology and foreign exchange accumulation.

According to globalization theory, the jobs transferred were the “inferior and unwanted” ones, to be replaced by better ones generated by innovative technologies and social evolution. But these “new” jobs were just as sensitive to cost as the “old” ones. Innovation was cheaper in China, so R&D was moved there too. Services are cheaper in India, so that is where the related jobs are going.

Initially employment losses in the U.S. were seen as a good thing. This was the “creative destruction” inherent in the functioning of “free markets”. “Old” industrial jobs were being eliminated, forcing us to move on. This of course raises the question of how much of this “creative destruction” our economy can sustain.

The growing anger and resentment spilling into the U.S. political system suggest that the limit may have been reached.

The same can be said of economic growth supported by the predatory commercial practices embraced by the Chinese government. Such policies eventually exhaust the source they rely upon, leading to systemic shock once the transfer of wealth ends. China will not win a trade war with the United States or Europe. In fact it may not survive one, economically and/or politically.

Globalization is to have created a world of harmony and plenty. Instead it is producing massive financial imbalances and rising acrimony, leading ultimately to  dislocation  and dashed hopes. The growing mismatch between expectations and realities underlies the uncertainty that increasingly dominates world markets.

No “international concerted action” will remove this lack of direction and understanding. For one, there is no model for such action. And even if there was one, where is the institution and authority to implement it? If we are to return to some stability, the only reliable foundation is that provided by national governments.

A pullback from globalization is therefore necessary, so as to return to governments the power and authority that they have given up to anonymous global forces. In other words, some of the safety barriers such as tariffs, or exchange and capital controls, will need to be reinstated.

This is not isolationism or protectionism, only necessary common sense. It means a reduction of the reach of financial conglomerates and multi-national corporations. They will not like it and most probably fight any such measure. However, if there is no move in that direction, we will quickly learn that the alternatives are far worse.

Top 5 Bone Fractures

Most people have experienced some kind of bone fracture in their lifetime, whether treated or untreated. These can sometimes be in the form of a hairline fracture, or even a major break. Either way, fracturing a bone is no laughing matter, even if it’s your funny bone. The top five bone fractures are common among people of all ages, and can cause major problems.

1. The Wrist – This is the most likely point of fracture in the entire human body. Many people experience wrist fracture doing daily activities. They can fall and try to catch themselves, twist it wrong, slam it in a car door, or a variety of other things. Fractures of the wrist can affect the radius, or they can affect the ulna. If not one of these major bones, there are several other bones in the hand that can be part of a wrist fracture, all of which are uncomfortable.

2. The Hip – Hip fractures are common in elderly people, though anyone can get one. Taking a fall on the hip can mean months of recovery, and for some, total hip replacement surgery. A break in the hip affects a person’s overall well being, leaving them unable to walk and do everyday chores. So unless laying around on the couch in pain all day is your cup of tea, it is best to avoid this type of fracture.

3. The Ankle – Another highly fracture prone area of the body is the ankle. This rotating joint is a point of pressure for the weight of the entire body. While it is made to withstand a person’s weight and more, hitting it wrong or jumping on it incorrectly can lead to some serious cast and crutches time.

4. The Arm – Perhaps one of the most used bones in the body, the arms are our ability to do work, carry things, clean, drive and more. Having a fractured arm can mean feeling less independent in needing help with everyday activities. Once the fracture has healed, muscles have usually degenerated and need to be rebuilt, leaving a feeling of weakness.

5. The Legs – Yes, we walk on them, but the legs are good for so much more. Usually a fractured leg is put in a brace or cast, leaving it straightened and immobile. Crutches can help you get around on a broken leg, but there is no squating down, jumping, running, or lifting allowed. It can also be difficult for a person with a broken leg to dress themselves or shower themselves.

While many fractures are due to carelessness or accidents, a large portion are due to underlying conditions that are completely preventable. Osteoporosis is a bone disease [http://www.formybones.com.au/pages/about-osteoporosis] that affects many people of all ages, especially women, around the world. As people age, the bones can begin to weaken and become brittle, causing the slightest thing to result in bone fracture.