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Foot health is a topic that many people try to avoid. The foot isn’t exactly a part of the body that we normally associate with the words pretty and sexy. The foot is typically protected from the outside world via a pair of socks and shoes.
All sorts of foot-wear exists these days and they come in different shapes and size. We wear this kind of foot-wear to protect our feet. Foot health relates to looking after the well-being of our feet. Ensuring that our feet our healthy is what foot health is all about.
There are many different kinds of problems that can occur to our precious feet. Foot pain, bottom-of-foot pain and toenail fungus are three common problems that occur. Our feet need to be taken care of and washed on a daily basis.
There are a few types of foot pain. Bottom-Of-Foot pains are a common occurrence because we use that part of the foot so much. They are constantly taking a pounding from everyday activities such as walking and standing.
A medical term for bottom-of-foot pain or ball-of-foot pain is metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is a painful condition which affects the metatarsal region of the foot. The metatarsal region is the area just below the toes. We also call this region ball-of-foot.
The disorder can affect the bones and joints at the ball-of-foot. The problem typically occurs because of excessive pressure being applied on the region over long periods of time.
Most of the time, the problem can be fixed by wearing the correct foot-wear. Foot-wear that is uncomfortable to wear is more than likely going to cause pain and discomfort.
Toenail fungus is another condition that affects the toenails. Fungus can develop on the toenails due to poor hygiene. The feet need to be cleaned on a regular basis and at least once a day. Bacteria naturally live on the surface of our skin on the feet.
The number of bacteria that live on our feet really depends on whether or not we clean our feet properly. If we wear shoes and socks throughout the day, bacteria can grow and spread. Inside shoes and socks, the conditions for bacteria and fungal growth are just right.
It is very important that we take foot health seriously and wear comfortable foot-wear that allows our feet to feel safe and relaxed. Shoes must be designed to absorb most the impact when walking and running. Massages might be able to relieve sore feet.
In conclusion, if you are experiencing foot pain, bottom-of-foot pain or toenail fungus, then we need to ensure that we are wearing the right foot-wear and keeping our feet clean.
If you have toenail fungus, by now you must have heard that soaking your feet in a Listerine foot bath is a good cure. What you have been told is wrong…atleast partially.
After testing Listerine on nail fungus infections, I have determined that it is not powerful enough to remove a strong infection.
While Listerine Does work… I have no doubts that it works a little bit – after soaking my feet in foot baths for about a week, I noticed only a partial clearing of the fungus. If you have a light infection, this method very well might clear your toe nail fungus for good. However, it was not successful in completely removing the nail fungus – in fact after about a week later, the infection was back to where it was before the Listerine Foot Baths. Not to mention the 4 bottles of it I went through in the process
They say that Vinegar works – I tested this method out and saw about the same success with the Listerine foot baths. After discontinuing the treatment after 2 weeks, I noticed that the fungus returned just like it did with the Listerine.
As far as home remedies are concerned, I just don’t think they have enough umph to do the job. That said, there are a lot of products out there that are formulated specifically for heavy nail infections. The best part about some of these is that it is actually cheaper than having to buy multiple bottles of Listerine and Vinegar, only to see minor success. Check out my resource box below for a good solution.
How is your knee doing when you play basketball?
Do you wish you could keep playing, although you have a ligament
1.) Introduction to This Article
We are going to cover the use of knee braces in this article to help you while you are on the court. This can be the one thing that can help you get back playing again, because it will physically help to protect you while you are on the court. It is important to note that just because you have a well designed knee support, this does not cure you but they can help protect, support a healing ligament. – Many athletes have furthered their basketball playing careers because they were smart enough to use a knee brace to help reduce pain, promote healing and give them the security they need on the court.
2.) Basketball Knee Braces
It is important to determine how much support you need when you are on the court. We would like to see a person get more support for a knee injury that is needed, because in those rare instances when you are in need of extra support, it will be there for you.
When you are thinking about getting the correct basketball knee support it is important to stop and think about your knee injury level. How bad was the ACL (or other ligament) injury? – This is vital to determining which knee brace that you want. When you rate your pain and instability on a scale of 1-10, you will be better able to determine if you have a mild, moderate or severe knee problem on a subjective level. (Remember though, your doctor needs to determine the level of your diagnosis.) – Once you have come up with your answer, this will lend itself well to getting the correct basketball knee support. Typically, basketball knee braces are categorized as mild, moderate or maximum levels of support.
It is also important to remember that if you want moderate to maximum levels of support, you will probably be using a knee brace that has a hinge on each side of the knee. There are different levels of hinge strength that protect side to side and front to back movements. – In the end, just know that when you are on the court and you want maximum control, for example, you will need to think about more than just an elastic style knee brace. When you have any questions about knee braces, it is also important to talk to a brace specialist.
* This is health information. We firmly believe in the use of a well designed basketball knee brace to help you while you play, but it is important that you speak to your doctor concerning medical advice for your unique situation.
Most people don’t realize the incredible therapeutic (healing) qualities of herbs. That’s a shame because their therapeutic benefits can enhance our lives and benefit our health fairly dramatically. This lack of knowledge and understanding makes herbs an underutilized — and under-appreciated — resource that most of us have literally at our finger tips, hiding in our spice cabinets.
The fact is, many if not most of our culinary herbs also have medicinal qualities. Here are just a few you may want to explore.
Savory seed herbs such as anise, cumin, fennel, fenugreek and caraway are known as “carminatives,” which means they help normalize the digestive system and peristalsis to prevent, eliminate or relieve gas. These particular herbs are also anti-spasmodic, which means they help muscles that are spasm-ing, or cramping to relax. So, if someone is suffering from a stomach virus, for example, brewing up an herbal tea of several of these seed herbs, and a touch of honey, would help stop the stomach spasms as well as cut down on any gas. (Note: While other anti-spasmodic herbs are usually used instead, those same antispasmodic culinary herbs could be used for muscle spasms elsewhere, say from PMS, or leg cramps.)
Other herbs such as peppermint, licorice, cinnamon, ginger or thyme could be added to the brew both for the their own carminative effects, as well as to enhance the flavor. (And don’t forget that honey!)
Peppermint, in fact, is a wonderful alternative to popular antacids. Anytime you find yourself lamenting, “Oh, I ate too much,” or feel bloated and uncomfortable as a result of what you’ve eaten, peppermint can calm all that down in 20-30 minutes. Some people keep a bottle of therapeutic-grade peppermint essential oil on hand and just dot a drop or two on their abdomens when needed. Or they keep peppermint tea from the grocery on hand — Celestial Seasonings is a popular brand — and brew up some herbal tea, or an “infusion” in herbspeak. (If you use antacids daily, this is not your best choice, although there are herbs and dietary changes that can help.)
Ginger is excellent to have on hand for another reason. In addition to its carminative effects, it’s useful for nausea, whether from morning sickness, motion sickness, stomach flu, etc. It’s available in so many forms you can have it with you anywhere — dried (in spice jars in your grocery), fresh root (in some markets), fresh finely chopped ginger in jars (refrigerated section of your market), crystallized or candied ginger (usually available around Christmas in most groceries, but any time of the year from spice merchants and others online), and even ginger ale (canned as a beverage), though it’s important in the latter case to make sure real ginger is being used, not ginger flavor. So it’s possible to have ginger both at home and when you travel.
Cayenne is such an extremely valuable though surprising herb that most people should make an effort to cook with it more. It’s helpful for the heart and the entire circulatory system, and helps normalize blood pressure (though it will unlikely perform these therapeutic activities at recipe doses), and it’s also an anti-inflammatory. That means it will help reduce inflammation internally (always a good thing because our S.A.D. – Standard American Diet – causes so much internal inflammation). But it’s good to use externally as well. Here are two important uses.
First, you can make a liniment to apply externally to bruises and sprains and any pains you have (pain = inflammation). If applied soon enough after the bump or trauma, you can prevent the bruise or sprain, or at least seriously lesson it.
It’s easy to make, too: Buy a glass (not plastic) bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. I’d suggest buying a quart and using it all, but you can make less if you like. Pour the vinegar into a non-reactive (glass or stainless steel) pan, and for a quart of liniment, add a rounded tablespoon of dried, powdered cayenne (from the grocery spice department). Bring to a boil, cover and simmer gently for 20-30 minutes. You can then either leave the cayenne in the linament, or filter your new herbal remedy through a coffee filter or multiple layers of cheese cloth. Rebottle and label clearly (IMPORTANT!). This will keep nearly forever, and any time you’ve got a bruise or sprain happening, or other pain — arthritis, for example — give the liniment a try. Obviously, you will not want to use this on broken skin!!
To use, rub on the traumatized area with your hands. Or moisten a sterile gauze pad or natural fiber cloth and leave on the site a few minutes — but only until the skin underneath starts to warm and approaches the uncomfortable stage. That’s an indication that the liniment is bringing blood to the surface, exactly what helps heal.
The second external use is going to surprise and maybe shock you. Since cayenne is a hemostat, meaning it stops bleeding, you can apply it to cuts. Yes, it smarts — butonly for a second and then the pain goes away faster than otherwise would, and the cut also seems to heal more quickly. Try it yourself on a paper cut, after reminding yourself that they often hurt for days, and see how quickly the paper cut stops hurting and actually heals. Or apply to a small kitchen cut. If it doesn’t stop the bleeding immediately, reapply a time or two.
As a matter of educational interest, cayenne also stops internal bleeding, and can be given in case of shock (a bit of cayenne in a glass of water). Obviously, these are extremely serious conditions requiring immediate medical attention, but in true life-threatening emergencies, they might help save a life until medical help arrives.
A final remedy that you’ll want to have handy in the kitchen but is not itself usually considered a kitchen spice is therapeutic grade lavender essential oil. It performs better for most people than aloe vera or ice cubes or any other “home remedy” for minor kitchen (or workshop) burns. An immediate drop — that’s all it takes — on the site usually stops the pain in under a minute, and also usually prevents blisters. Slightly worse kitchen burns might require a second application in a few minutes. Try it — again, with a high quality therapeutic, not health food store, essential oil — and you’ll never be without again.
There are so many more ways herbs can help, so many more things to learn and know about their use. Perhaps this will spark your interest.
On May 22, 2007, five schoolgirls at Sacred Heart Girls College in suburban Melbourne, Australia, were taken to the hospital after receiving an injection of Gardasil, the newest vaccine to be mandated for cervical cancer. Soon after the vaccination, twenty-six girls were seen at the campus medical clinic. Five were admitted to the hospital: Two were kept overnight for dizziness; one had temporary paralysis and loss of speech. The condition of the remaining two was not known. (1)
In the U.S., symptoms similar to those experienced by the Australian girls have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Since the approval of the vaccine in June, 2006, there have been at least 1,600 adverse events reported. Here are a few examples directly from the VAERS reporting pages:
“Immediately after injection patient complained of severe pain at site. Fell off table and fainted for approximately 10 – 15 seconds. Hyperventilating. Complained of headache, blurry vision; vision test was normal. Vomiting x 1 in parking lot and speech was momentarily inarticulate. Sent to ER where her neurological exam was normal except for word recall “coffee instead of coughing” and said “Sired instead of tired.”
“A female patient was vaccinated with a first dose of HPV Vaccine. Subsequently as the patient was leaving the examination room, the patient fainted. The patient recovered shortly after fainting.”
“A 14 year old female was vaccinated with Gardasil. It was reported that the patient was sitting on a bench. When the nurse left the room, the patient apparently fainted and ended up falling off bench. It was reported that it was unsure if the patient had broken her nose but there was blood. At the time of this report, the outcome of the events were unknown.”
VAERS is a passive surveillance system and depends upon voluntary reporting by clinicians and parents of serious health problems following vaccination. Although VAERS reports do not prove causation, they can provide a warning system that a vaccine may be causing health problems.
It has been estimated that fewer than 10 percent, even as low as 1 to 4 percent, of adverse events from a prescription drug or a vaccine are ever reported.(2) If only 1 percent of all adverse events associated with Gardasil are being reported to VAERS, there could have been as many as 160,000 acute health problems from the vaccine in less than one year. The long term neurological or immune system complications are completely unknown. It is uncertain if any of these vaccinated children will go on to develop fertility problems, cancer or damage to their genes, all of which Merck admits in its product insert have not been studied.
John Iskander, from the Center for Disease Control’s immunization safety office has said, “There is absolutely no reason to think that there is anything in this vaccine that’s going to make people more likely to faint”. (3) Despite his assurances, there are ingredients in the vaccine that can cause recipients to become dizzy and faint.
Histidine, an amino acid, readily converts into another amino acid, histamine, when it enters the body. When released, histamine causes redness, swelling, itching and allergic reactions leading to widening of capillaries, decreased blood pressure… people can faint. The vaccine also contains Polysorbate 80, an agent used in creams, ointments, lotions, and multiple medical preparations including vitamin oils, and anticancer agents. Polysorbate 80 can cause potentially fatal reactions in including anaphylaxis, characterized by a sharp drop in blood pressure, hives, and breathing difficulties… people can faint. (4)
Fainting spells after vaccination can have serious consequences. An article published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (1997), reviewed the 697 reports of syncope (fainting) that occurred after vaccination and had been reported to VAERS between 1990 and 1995. More than 97 percent of the events have occurred within 30 minutes of a vaccine, establishing a causal relationship. Of these, six patients sustained a serious head injury, including skull fracture, cerebral bleeding and cerebral contusion. Three of these patients required brain surgery and two were left with substantial residual neurological deficits at six months to two years after follow-up. (5) Dizziness and fainting after vaccination is not something to be taken lightly.
As for the children in Australia, the vaccination program is scheduled to continue in June. “The college is confident that this program of vaccination is safe to offer to students,” says Christopher Dalton, the school principal. “We will be working with the Department of Human Services Victoria and the City of Monash Immunization Services in the planning vaccination program.”
The assumption is that illness and dizziness are “normal reactions” to a vaccine. The overriding theme for the Australians is that “We have a vaccine, and we will use it.” For little girls in the U.S., watchful waiting is advised.
(1) “Vaccine linked to sickness.” [http://www.news.com.au/story/0],23599,21774793-2,00.html
(2) Braun M. Vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS): usefulness and limitations. John’s Hopkins Bloomburg School of Public Health. http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/VAERS.htm
(3) CDC Says Gardasil’s Side Effects Minor, Additional Warning Labels Unnecessary. Feb. 26, 2007 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=63651
(4) Coors, EA. Polysorbate 80 in medical products and nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2005 Dec;95(6):593-9. PMID: 16400901
(5) Braun MM, et al. Syncope after immunization. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 1997;151:255-9.
Digestive enzymes are vital to our health. The are required for the proper digestion and assimilation of the food we eat. Enzymes are proteins that facilitate, or speed up, a wide variety of biological activities. They are produced by virtually all living organisms and are essential to every aspect of life. Digestive enzymes are a specific category of enzymes that unlock the nutritional value of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and hormones and allow them to go to work in the body. They break down the larger macromolecules of our food (such as protein, carbohydrates and fats) into their smaller building blocks. This makes it possible for our digestive system to properly utilize the nutrients they contain, and convert them into a form of energy that our cells can use.
Digestive enzymes influence a wide array of health conditions. Inadequate levels often result in bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, reduced energy, poor immune function, and food sensitivities. Insufficient enzymes can also lead to a bacterial imbalance and nutritional deficiencies. Additionally, the digestive process consumes a large portion of our overall metabolic energy. When we suffer from inefficient digestion, it robs our body of energy that would otherwise be applied to important functions such as rebuilding and replacing damaged cells and tissues, and maintaining the immune system.
Digestive Enzymes Sources
We get our digestive enzymes from two natural sources. They are produced at various points along our digestive tract, and are also found in the foods we eat. However, since most of our food is either cooked or processed, destroying the enzymes contained within, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require. Fortunately, when natural sources are insufficient, we can easily and safely take supplemental enzymes to aid in the digestive process.
The human body makes approximately 22 different digestive enzymes which are capable of digesting carbohydrates, protein and fats. They are produced in the salivary glands of the mouth, the stomach, the pancreas, and the small intestine, particularly the duodenum.
Who Needs Enzyme Supplements?
As we age, our ability to produce enzymes is decreased. Many people are simply deficient in one or more enzyme types from birth, and deficiencies may show up or worsen over time. Problems digesting dairy products, beans and fatty foods are very common. Relief from the resulting discomfort can be dramatic when supplemental enzymes are taken.
Supplementing with digestive enzymes can substantially improve your digestive health by ensuring that your food is digested efficiently. This helps to prevent digestion-related discomfort and reduces the potential for other illnesses by improving the assimilation and use of nutrients. The benefits can be impressive. A recent clinical study found that participants who took digestive enzymes with their meals increased their protein synthesis with free amino acid levels by up to 100%. This is particularly helpful, as proteins are perhaps the hardest food type for most people to digest.
Digestive enzymes may be exactly the right treatment for a wide variety of digestive problems, including gas, bloating, stomach cramping and even food sensitivities or food allergies. They are safe and affordable and can be found in a wide variety of combinations or single-purpose formulas.
The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Death begins in the colon.” Ayurvedic medicine from India, the most ancient and complete system of natural healthcare, states that all chronic health conditions arise from the intestines, and a tenet in Traditional Chinese Medicine says that the heart is the ‘supreme emperor’ and the intestines are the ‘prime minister.’ This gives you an idea of the importance of a well- balanced gastrointestinal tract.
Dysbiosis refers to any imbalance of the micro-organisms inhabiting the lining of your intestines. A healthy GI tract should ideally have at least 85% friendly lactobacteria (like the kind one gets from yogurt) and no more than 15% unfriendly or toxic coliform bacteria, yeast and fungus. But typically in our Western society the balance is the opposite!
The good bacteria should keep the harmful organisms suppressed and in low numbers. But sugary diets and the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, birth control pills, steroidal drugs and even the chlorine in tap water, disturbs the good bacteria and encourages the bad organisms, especially yeast (fungus) to overgrow. This is how vaginal yeast infections occur following courses of antibiotics.
The same thing happens much more commonly in our intestines and is referred to as ‘candidiasis’ or candida yeast infection. As the yeast multiply they send rootlets into the intestinal wall, release toxins, and create ‘leaky gut syndrome’. This condition permits organisms and toxins to enter the blood stream and deeper tissues where widespread damage can occur.
Because dysbiosis usually goes undiagnosed for a long time and so many organs and tissues can be affected, a wide array of conditions and symptoms can result. The list of symptoms are as diverse as nervous and mental disorders or food and chemical sensitivities. Below is a list of symptoms and conditions that can be caused by dysbiosis:
Gastrointestinal: heartburn, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease,colitis, diarrhea, constipation.
Genitourinary: bladder, urinary tract and kidney infections, yeast vaginitis, menstrual irregularities, infertility, endometriosis, PMS.
Nervous system: memory loss, inability to concentrate (brain fog), irritability, depression, lethargy, chronic fatigue, loss of libido, numbness and tingling, twitches, headaches, hyperactivity, learning problems, autism.
General: mitral valve prolapse, allergy symptoms, asthma, sinusitis, earaches and ear infections, psoriasis, cold hands and feet, joint pain/stiffness, increased body hair, food cravings, food and chemical sensitivities/intolerances, overeating.
There have even been cases of patients thought to be suffering from lupus, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis, anorexia nervosa and multiple sclerosis who recovered following treatment for dysbiosis.
The cleanse is intended to clear dysbiosis and restore the normal healthy balance of organisms in your intestines. It is sometimes necessary to take acidophilus and other ‘probiotics’ to re-inoculate the intestines, but it is far more important to skillfully kill off the offending organisms. The muscle-testing allows us to select the right supplements for each individual for this purpose, pinpointing their needs and ensuring accuracy.
Proper diet can prevent and in some cases cure many health problems. In the case of dysbiosis, it is absolutely essential. This specific diet removes the foods that encourage yeast and fungus growth and mucous production. It requires some commitment since it is not an easy one. It also requires some sacrifice.
You may even say, “What’s left to eat?” or “I’d rather just suffer than give up so much!” But take heart. This diet is temporary. Although some people will need to avoid foods forever that give them bad reactions, most people will be able to eat the forbidden foods again, once they have completed the program. Occasionally people experience a ‘die-off reaction’ during the cleanse as the offending organisms release their toxins.
The symptoms may include headache, rash, flu symptoms or fatigue. They are usually mild if they occur and only last a day or two and happen only in a minority of cases. Check in with me if you need to. Occasionally you can develop full-blown sinusitis and allergies during the cleanse. This is due to your immune system taking a slight dip initially and simultaneously catching a wave of pollens or flu bugs passing through the area. This is very uncommon but I feel the warning is healthy.
The average length of time for the cleanse is 3 weeks, but it may take longer. I will need to see you for a follow up appointment at 2 weeks, and then again before you are released from the cleanse diet. There are many common foods you will need to avoid during the cleanse. After the program, you will be able to reintroduce them one-by-one into your diet and see how each one affects you. The guidelines are on the next page.
Take your supplements religiously and strictly avoid the following foods until I check you to ensure the candida is safely cleared from your system:
AVOID: Sugar and all sweeteners: cookies, candy, chocolate, pastries, ice cream, soda, etc.; honey, molasses, real or artificial maple syrup, agave nectar, corn syrup, rice syrup, fructose, dextrose, maltose, xylitol, etc., fruit (except for green Granny Smith apples), fruit juice, dried fruit, etc.
Many foods have corn syrup, and drinks such as soy and rice milk usually have rice syrup or cane juice, a few (the ‘unsweetened’ ones) don’t. Note: When reading food labels, ignore the section that indicates “grams of sugar”. Only be concerned with the list of food ingredients when looking for sugar and sweeteners.
Milk products: milk, yoghurt and cheeses, especially aged cheeses like cheddar, Swiss, parmesan, blue, etc. Occasionally we allow butter and soft cheeses like cottage, farmers, feta, mozzarella and jack.
Bread products: bread, buns, bagels, crackers, etc.; Any baked goods containing yeast, and any sourdough or sprouted grain products.
Fermented products: beer, wine, liquor, vinegar (salad dressings, ketchup, pickles, olives, relish,etc.), tamari, soy sauce, miso, tempeh, natto, sauerkraut, sourkraut, kambucha.
Miscellaneous: coffee, black tea, Worcestershire or A-1 sauce, mushrooms, packaged foods with lots of unfamiliar ingredients, monosodium glutamate (MSG-ask the owners of your Chinese restaurant if they use it), processed and smoked meats, french fries (they are often dipped in sugar), artificial colorings, flavorings and sweeteners (aspartame, Splenda, etc.), margarine. Avoid nuts and corn if you have multiple food sensitivities.
Any foods you tested allergic too:_____________________________________
ALLOWED: You may freely eat vegetables, chicken, fish, beef, seafood, eggs, beans and lentils, tortillas, and healthy oils (olive, flax, coconut, etc). Keep moderate on starchy foods. You may have rice (preferably brown
rice), whole wheat pasta, potatoes (preferably sweet potatoes, yams and red skinned), oatmeal and hot cereals (unsweetened) and alternative grains like quinoa, amaranth and millet. For salad dressing you may use olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.
For soy sauce you may use Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s from the health food store because it’s non-fermented. For tomato sauce, make sure it has no sugar. For sweetener you may use Stevia. Generally
found in liquid droppers in the health food store; it is an herbal extract 300X sweeter than sugar (but does not feed yeast), so you only need a drop or two in tea for example.
Breakfast: Eggs, oatmeal or whole-grain hot cereal with green apple cubes, cinnamon and stevia, rice cakes, almond butter, meats, veggies…
Lunch and Dinner: Brown rice, whole wheat pasta, chicken, fish, potatoes, beans, veggies, salad, avocado, rice noodles…
Snacks: green apples, almond butter, celery, carrots, rice cakes, hard-boiled eggs,
IMPORTANT!: After 3 to 4 weeks on the cleanse you come in for re-testing. If you test negative for yeast and your symptoms are gone it means their population is now below the threshold level.
But you MUST come in for the re-evaluation or it could all end up being for naught. If you had food sensitivities, they may be gone or it may take some time to change your body’s response to those foods.
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You may have heard that stressing out can cause your period to be late. But, is there any truth to this? While stress won’t delay your period, it can delay ovulation. If ovulation is delayed your period will be late as well. In other words, worrying about being pregnant won’t delay your period. But, if you are under stress during the time you might be ovulating, ovulation can be delayed and likewise your period would also be delayed.
The first half of a woman’s cycle, the time from menstruation to ovulation, can vary in length from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. If ovulation is delayed the first half of the woman’s cycle (the follicular phase) will be longer. Or, if she ovulates early for some reason her follicular phase would be shorter.
The second half of a woman’s cycle (the luteal phase), on the other hand, is consistent and pretty much the same length – give or take a few days – from woman to woman regardless of when she ovulates. The luteal phase is around 12-14 days. When a woman ovulates she can expect to have her period about 14 days later. This is why the luteal phase is often referred to as the “two week wait.”
If a woman is under stress she may ovulate late. This will cause her cycle to be longer and therefore her period would be late. But, her period is late because ovulation is late. If she were under stress after ovulation has already happened, the stress would not cause her to be late because the luteal phase is always around the same length.
A gland known as the corpus luteum secretes progesterone during the luteal phase of a woman’s cycle. Progesterone makes the lining of your uterus thick and nutrient rich, just right for implantation. The corpus luteum is formed from what is left of the follicle after ovulation and it doesn’t live very long. If your egg is not fertilized after ovulation and the corpus luteum doesn’t start receiving hCG from your developing embryo, it simply disintegrates. When this happens it stops secreting progesterone and the lining of your uterus will be shed in preparation for the next cycle.
Being under stress will not make the corpus luteum live longer. If your luteal phase seems to last much longer than 16 days you have most likely miscalculated ovulation or you are pregnant. If your period is late, even if you are under stress, you should take a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant as soon as possible.
Nasal polyps are growths on the lining of the nasal passages that hang down like grapes. They are soft and noncancerous. While they themselves are painless, they contribute to other bothersome health problems, some of which can become serious. Nasal doctors can help patients with polyps by offering several different treatment options.
Polyps are caused by chronic inflammation of the sinuses. This chronic inflammation can be the result of several conditions including:
· Recurrent infection
· Drug Sensitivity
· Immune Disorders
Some people who have nasal polyps will have no symptoms. Those who do suffer problems usually have a cluster of polyps or a large polyp that obstruct movement in the nasal passages.
Those with bothersome polyps will suffer some, if not all, of the following symptoms:
· Constant stuffiness
· Loss of sense of smell and taste
· Headaches, usually in the forehead and face
· Frequent sinus infections
You may also experience symptoms that seem unrelated, such as itchy eyes or pain in the upper teeth. The symptoms of nasal polyps can be mistaken for other conditions such as the common cold, but nasal polyps cause symptoms that last at least more than ten days, though they may exist for months or years.
Some people who are suffering from nasal polyps may just feel like they are an unavoidable part of life and that medical attention isn’t necessary. But those who have the symptoms of nasal polyps should consider making an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT). This is because in some cases nasal polyps can cause serious health complications, including:
· Asthma attacks
· Sleep apnea
· Sinus infections that can spread to the eye socket or sometimes even evolve into deadly meningitis
· Blood clots or even aneurysms
While these complications can be life threatening, there is no need to fear them if you’re under the care of an experienced ENT specialist.
An ENT doctor will assess your nasal passages by performing a nasal endoscopy. In this procedure, the ENT sends a narrow tube with a tiny camera, called an endoscope, into your nasal passages in order to examine the possibility of polyps. They may also want to perform CT or MRI in order to confirm the size and location of the polyps.
Your ENT will likely first prescribe a corticosteroid nasal spray. The steroid aims to reduce inflammation, shrink, and hopefully eliminate the nasal polyps. Many patients will respond well to a steroid spray and will not need any other treatment. If the polyps do not shrink, your ENT may suggest surgery. Nasal polyp surgery doesn’t require incisions, but does require sedation. It is an outpatient surgery that is usually performed in a hospital or surgery center by your ENT.
If you are experiencing symptoms like frequent headaches, stuffiness, or snoring, don’t think that you’re stuck living without the ability to breathe. Contact an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist in your area to schedule an appointment today.
Ovarian fibroids, or uterine fibroids (also known as myoma), are abnormal growths which attach themselves to the outer part of the ovary or in the uterus. They are the most common benign tumor and is the dominant indication for hysterectomies in the United States. Many women have them; in fact 15-20% of women of reproductive age will be affected by fibroids. Sadly, the group most likely to be affected are women in their thirties and forties; a time when many women are anxiously seeking to become pregnant. The good news is that the majority of women with ovarian fibroids do not have any problems with them and in fact, many do not even know they have them. They usually disappear on their own and don’t constitute danger unless they increase in size thereby putting pressure on the organ to which they are attached, causing pain.
Causes of Ovarian Fibroids
The causes of ovarian fibroids is not certain but doctors think it could be caused by:
Symptoms of Ovarian Fibroids
The symptoms can vary from person to person. Most often ovarian fibroids are asymptomatic and painless except in cases where they grow large. Note that fibroids can range in size from microscopic to the size of a basketball. When symptoms are present, the most common are:
Basically doctors prefer to monitor the patient closely before taking action because as mentioned above, the growths don’t usually cause pain until they grow large. However there are several ways of treating ovarian fibroids, some of which are:
A woman that is experiencing any of the symptoms of ovarian fibroids needs to see a doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will discuss options of treatment with her and the one that is best for her condition.
Ovarian cyst is a well known disease of women today. You should be aware of it because though most cysts are harmless, some can risk your health and may cause your death. Ovarian cysts are small fluid-filled sacs similar to blisters that develop in the ovaries of a woman. Women are more likely to have this disease during their reproductive years. The cysts are form on the two almond sized organs on each side of the uterus called ovaries. It can be classified as cancerous and non cancerous. Non cancerous cysts are harmless and go away without any treatment. But serious case can cause pain, bleeding and even death.
In an ultrasound, the cysts look like bubbles containing fluid surrounded by a thin wall. Such kind of cyst is called a functional cyst or simple cyst. Forming of cyst in the ovaries is caused by the fluids that remain on it when a follicle fails to rupture and release egg. It is normal to see small cysts in a normal ovary while follicles are being formed.
Majority of the cysts formed are considered benign, they are not harmful and nothing to do with the disease. It may disappear and heal on their own in a matter of weeks without undergoing any kind of treatment.
Ovarian Cysts Causes
Ovaries function to produce an egg each month. The process of producing egg is called ovulation. During this process, a cyst-like called a follicle is formed inside the ovary. The mature follicle will rupture when an egg is released during the process of ovulation. The empty follicle will form corpus leteum. If the woman did not get pregnant, the corpus leteum will dissolve. While the female body is under going this process, most common type of cysts which is the functional cyst is formed.
Other types of cysts such as dermoid ovarian cyst, cystadenoma cysts, endometrioma cysts, and polycystic ovarian disease are considered abnormal. They often occur as the result of an imbalance of female hormones (estrogen and progesterone).
Types of Ovarian Cysts
The cysts are classified as benign or non cancerous and cancerous:
Common Ovarian Cysts Symptoms
Often times, ovarian cysts have no symptoms. If there are any symptoms, it can cause a dull ache or a pressure in the abdomen. The pain experience during sexual intercourse is also a sign of ovarian cysts.
The pain or pressure is caused by some factors such as size, bleeding of bursting of a cysts which often cause irritation to the abdominal tissue, which can block the flow of the blood to the cyst.
Having delayed, irregular, and unusual painful periods is also a symptom of having ovarian cyst. In case you experience some of the symptoms, it is necessary to have a check up with your doctor.
Treatment of Ovarian Cysts
Although majority of the ovarian cysts are benign, treatment for cysts depends on the size, and symptoms. If the cyst is small, the wait approach is recommended with a regular check ups.
Pain caused by ovarian cysts can be treated with:
Cysts that occur in menopausal women may indicate more serious disease and needed to be examined through ultrasonography and laparoscopy. If your family has the history of having a ovarian cancer, you can undergo surgical biopsy after the testing of your blood.
In more serious cases, it is a must to undergo a surgery. Some surgery can be done successfully without hurting the ovaries, but in some cases removal of your one ovary is required.
What is gentian violet?
Gentian violet sounds like something that is very sophisticated but actually it is not. It certainly is not a color but rather gentian violet is just a quite popular treatment for thrush. Thrush occurs because of infections on the skin or mucous membranes inside the mouth and may infect both infants and adults.
People at special risk for developing thrush are the following: newborn babies, denture users, adults with diabetes or other metabolic disturbance, people undergoing antibiotic or chemotherapy treatment, drug users, people with poor nutrition and people with an immune deficiency. These people or the people around them, whichever is applicable, should be extra observant so that any signs or symptoms of thrush can be detected and then treated right away otherwise the condition has a chance of worsening.
It is a belief of many that gentian violet is the most effective treatment of nipple soreness for breastfeeding mothers. The mothers who have used gentian violet can attest that relief is rapid so meaning it usually works right when you need it meaning as soon as possible but make sure that the dosage is right. To be discussed in the paragraphs to follow are some of the suggestions to people who use and about to use gentian violet for thrush. These next items will indeed be very useful to gentian violet users.
Gentian violet can be messy so timing, though not everything in this case, of the application of this treatment is essential. Most mothers prefer to doing the treatment just before they get a good night’s sleep because during those house they can keep their nipples exposed thus no need to worry about staining their clothes while the application is in progress.
The effect of the gentian violet for thrush is sort of immediate and in most cases thrush is one hundred percent gone by the third day if not then consider applying affected areas for a few more days. If problem persists then it is time to consult your doctor.
If baby is irritable while being nurse by a mother who uses gentian violet for thrush then the mother should stop using the gentian violet immediately and then go see a doctor instead for other possible suggestions for the treatment of the thrush.
There are other ways to cure thrush but gentian violet is still the one thing that people readily look for when thrush occurs. In this case there is a need to make sure that it is the genuine gentian violet for thrush and not some rip off medicine that you have in hand. This is so because some people are questioning the credibility of gentian violet and some attribute the failed times of gentian violet to fake products that do not have same ingredients as the real gentian violet.
These are just some of the things that users of gentian violet for thrush should be aware of. The notes are just easy to remember. It is now possible for you to recall how and why gentian violet should be used for thrush. If unfortunately one day you wake up and discover that you have thrush then you can use the information in this article for your own good. Otherwise you can always provide the information you have read to a very worried mother whose kid has thrush but who knows nothing about gentian violet.
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Persistent hepatitis is really a category of disorders characterized through the combination of liver cell necrosis and inflammation of varying intensity persisting for a lot more than 6 months. It might be due to viral infection; drugs and poisons; genetic, metabolic, or autoimmune elements; or unknown causes. The intensity ranges from an asymptomatic constant illness characterized only by laboratory test abnormalities to some extreme, gradually progressive sickness culminating in cirrhosis, liver failure, and death.
Depending on scientific, laboratory, and biopsy findings, chronic hepatitis is best assessed with regard to (1) distribution and intensity of inflammation, (a couple of) degree of fibrosis, and (three) etiology, which has important prognostic implications. Patients might present with exhaustion, malaise, low-grade fever, anorexia, weight loss, slight intermittent jaundice, and mild hepatosplenomegaly.
Others are initially asymptomatic and present late within the course of the illness with problems of cirrhosis, such as variceal bleeding, coagulopathy, encephalopathy, jaundice, and ascites. In contrast to chronic persistent hepatitis, some patients with persistent active hepatitis, particularly those without having serologic proof of antecedent HBV infection, present with extrahepatic symptoms such as skin rash, diarrhea, arthritis, and various autoimmune problems.
Either type of chronic hepatitis could be triggered by infection with several hepatitis viruses (eg, hepatitis B with or without having hepatitis D superinfection and hepatitis C); a range of drugs and poisons (eg, ethanol, isoniazid, acetaminophen), frequently in amounts insufficient to cause symptomatic acute hepatitis; genetic and metabolic disorders (eg, 1-antiprotease [ 1-antitrypsin] deficiency, Wilson’s disease); or immune-mediated injury of unfamiliar origin.
Much less than 5% of otherwise healthy adults with acute hepatitis B remain chronically infected with HBV; the risk is greater in those who are immunocompromised or of young age (eg, persistent infection develops in around 90% of neonates). Among those chronically infected, about two-thirds develop slight persistent hepatitis and one-third develop extreme persistent hepatitis (see later on discussion).
Superinfection with HDV of the patient with chronic HBV infection is associated having a much higher rate of persistent hepatitis than is observed with isolated hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis D superinfection of individuals with hepatitis B can also be associated having a high incidence of fulminant hepatic failure. Finally, 60-85% of people with acute post-transfusional or community-acquired hepatitis C develop chronic hepatitis.
Many cases of persistent hepatitis are thought to represent an immune-mediated attack about the liver occurring consequently of persistence of certain hepatitis viruses or after prolonged exposure to particular medicines or noxious substances. In some, no mechanism may be recognized.
Proof that the disorder is immune mediated is that liver biopsies reveal inflammation (infiltration of lymphocytes) in characteristic regions of the liver architecture (eg, portal versus lobular). Furthermore, a variety of autoimmune problems occur with high frequency in patients with chronic hepatitis.
Postviral Chronic Hepatitis: Viral hepatitis may be the most common trigger of chronic liver illness within the United States. In approximately 5% of instances of HBV virus and 60-85% of hepatitis C infections, the immune response is inadequate to clear the liver of virus, resulting in persistent infection.
The individual becomes a chronic carrier, intermittently producing the virus and hence remaining infectious to other people. Biochemically, these individuals are frequently found to have viral DNA integrated into their genomes inside a method that outcomes in abnormal expression of particular viral proteins with or without having production of intact virus.
Viral antigens expressed on the hepatocyte cell surface are connected with class I HLA determinants, thus eliciting lymphocyte cytotoxicity and resulting in hepatitis. The severity of chronic hepatitis is largely dependent about the activity of viral replication and also the response through the host’s immune program.
Persistent hepatitis B infection predisposes the patient to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma even within the absence of cirrhosis. It remains unclear regardless of whether hepatitis B infection is the initiator or simply a promoter within the procedure of tumorigenesis. In hepatitis C virus, hepatocellular carcinoma develops only within the setting of cirrhosis.
Alcoholic Persistent Hepatitis: Chronic liver disease in response to some poisons or poisons may represent triggering of an underlying genetic predisposition to immune attack about the liver. In alcoholic hepatitis, nevertheless, repeated episodes of acute injury ultimately cause necrosis, fibrosis, and regeneration, leading at some point to cirrhosis. As in other forms of liver disease, there’s considerable variation in the extent of signs or symptoms before development of cirrhosis.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Illness: In light of increasing obesity within the United States, there may be a substantial increase within the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a form of persistent liver disease that is connected using the metabolic syndrome. NAFLD occurs in problems that cause predominantly macrovesicular fat accumulation within the liver.
Conditions this kind of as obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertriglyceridemia, and insulin resistance are regarded risk factors for improvement of NAFLD. An estimated 3-6% from the U.S. population with an aggressive type of NAFLD generally known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis are, in particular, at higher risk of progressive liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma.
Idiopathic Chronic Hepatitis: Some individuals develop chronic hepatitis in the absence of evidence of preceding viral hepatitis or exposure to noxious agents. These individuals typically have serologic proof of disordered immunoregulation, manifested as hyperglobulinemia and circulating autoantibodies.
Almost 75% of these patients are women, and numerous have other autoimmune problems. A genetic predisposition is strongly suggested. Most individuals with autoimmune hepatitis display histologic improvement in liver biopsies right after remedy with systemic corticosteroids.
The scientific response, however, can be variable. Primary biliary cirrhosis and autoimmune cholangitis signify cholestatic types of an autoimmune-mediated liver illness. All forms of chronic hepatitis share the typical histopathologic features of (1) inflammatory infiltration of hepatic portal areas with mononuclear cells, particularly lymphocytes and plasma tissue, and (2) necrosis of hepatocytes within the parenchyma or immediately adjacent to portal areas (periportal hepatitis, or “piecemeal necrosis”).
In slight chronic hepatitis, the overall architecture from the liver is preserved. Histologically, the liver reveals a characteristic lymphocyte and plasma cell infiltrate confined towards the portal triad without disruption from the limiting plate and no proof of energetic hepatocyte necrosis. There’s small or no fibrosis, and what there’s usually is restricted to the portal region; there is no sign of cirrhosis.
A “cobblestone” look of liver tissue is observed, indicating regeneration of hepatocytes. In more severe cases of persistent hepatitis, the portal areas are expanded and densely infiltrated by lymphocytes, histiocytes, and plasma cells.
There’s necrosis of hepatocytes in the periphery of the lobule, with erosion from the limiting plate surrounding the portal triads (piecemeal necrosis; A lot more extreme instances also display proof of necrosis and fibrosis in between portal triads.
There’s disruption of typical liver architecture by bands of scar tissue and inflammatory tissue that link portal areas to a single another and to central locations (bridging necrosis). These connective tissue bridges are evidence of remodeling of hepatic architecture, a crucial step in the development of cirrhosis.
Fibrosis might extend from the portal locations into the lobules, isolating hepatocytes into clusters and enveloping bile ducts. Regeneration of hepatocytes is observed with mitotic figures, multinucleated cells, rosette formation, and regenerative pseudolobules. Progression to cirrhosis is signaled by extensive fibrosis, loss of zonal architecture, and regenerating nodules.
Some patients with slight chronic hepatitis are completely asymptomatic and identified only within the course of routine blood testing; other people have an insidious onset of nonspecific signs or symptoms such as anorexia, malaise, and exhaustion or hepatic symptoms this kind of as correct upper quadrant abdominal discomfort or pain.
Fatigue in chronic hepatitis might be related to a change in the hypothalamic-adrenal neuroendocrine axis brought about by altered endogenous opioidergic neurotransmission. Jaundice, if present, is usually mild. There may be slight tender hepatomegaly and occasional splenomegaly. Palmar erythema and spider telangiectases are observed in extreme instances.
Other extrahepatic manifestations are unusual. By definition, signs of cirrhosis and portal hypertension (eg, ascites, collateral circulation, and encephalopathy) are absent. Laboratory scientific studies display slight to moderate increases in serum aminotransferase, bilirubin, and globulin levels. Serum albumin and the prothrombin time are typical until late within the progression of liver disease.
The clinical manifestations of persistent hepatitis most likely reflect the role of a systemic genetically controlled immune disorder within the pathogenesis of severe disease. Acne, hirsutism, and amenorrhea may occur being a reflection from the hormonal effects of persistent liver disease. Laboratory scientific studies in patients with severe chronic hepatitis are invariably abnormal to various degrees.
Nevertheless, these abnormalities don’t correlate with scientific intensity. Thus, the serum bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, and globulin levels may be typical and aminotransferase levels only mildly elevated at the same time that a liver biopsy reveals extreme chronic hepatitis.
Nevertheless, an elevated prothrombin time generally reflects severe disease. The natural history and remedy of persistent hepatitis varies based on its cause. The complications of extreme chronic hepatitis are individuals of progression to cirrhosis: variceal bleeding, encephalopathy, coagulopathy, hypersplenism, and ascites. These are largely due to portosystemic shunting instead of diminished hepatocyte reserve.
What are some possible causes of