Why is Toe Nail Fungus So Hard to Treat?

Nail fungus is an unsightly, sometimes painful condition that afflicts millions of Americans. More common in the toe nails than the finger nails, this condition is notoriously difficult to treat. The following article discusses the reason why this is the case, and what physicians use most commonly to eradicate the infection.

Fungus is an organism, much like bacteria, viruses, parasites, plants, or animals. There are numerous species and forms of fungus, some large (like mushrooms), and some microscopic in size. The microscopic species of fungus are the ones that can invade the human body and use it as a scaffold to live off of. Infection of fungus can be seen in the lungs, the skin, and numerous orifices (such as the mouth and genital regions). While usually not life-threatening in reasonably healthy people, fungal infections are an annoyance and can cause numerous problems that prompt people to seek quick relief. Perhaps the most common location of fungal infection is found on the skin, which also includes the nails. Skin fungal infection goes by many common names depending on its location, including ‘ringworm’, ‘jock itch’, and ‘athlete’s foot’. Skin fungus thrives on the body where the environment is warm and moist, and that is why the feet and genital area seem to develop infections more readily. Foot fungus is transmitted, or ‘caught’, in wet areas like showers, locker rooms, and other public places where one is barefoot. Several different species of fungus can invade the feet, including molds and yeasts. However, the most common species of fungus that invades the foot is something called a dermatophyte. It is this species that causes nail infection most often.

Nails become infected when skin fungus takes advantage of a small crack or break in the nail tissue, and invades the skin surface resting underneath the nail. The fungus uses the nail above as a scaffold for living, and thrives on the material of the skin underneath. Eventually, it will cause the nail to become loosened, discolored, thickened, and misshapen as the skin and nail surface become partially destroyed by the infection. The infection creates nail debris that is seen externally as crumbly material exiting the end of the nail.

So, why is this infection difficult to treat? Athlete’s foot infection is easy to treat with topical creams, and the nail fungus is the same organism. Why would it be harder to treat when it is in the nail? The answer lies in the nature of the nail itself. Nails are hard, compressed plates of tissue composed of keratin. This material is generally impervious to water, and the penetration capabilities of medicines applied topically to the nail is generally poor without a special formulation. Even if the medicine could penetrate the nail, because the nail is more dense than skin the end concentration of medication reaching the undersurface of the nail is likely to be quite low, making it much less effective. Since the fungus lives off the skin underneath the nail, the medicine must reach the skin with enough concentration to kill it off in an environment that is most favorable to it- it’s home field so to speak. Most all topical anti-fungal medicines do not have this capability, as there is either poor penetration of the medicine due to their cream or solution-based formula, or the active ingredient is not active or concentrated enough against the more entrenched nail fungus. Many homespun therapies have developed in response to this difficult-to-treat nature. These include tea tree oil, Vicks, Listerine, vinegar soaks, as well as numerous others. Unfortunately, none of these have true demonstratable antifungal properties, and have not been demonstrated scientifically to kill nail fungus. Some of these treatments can flush away debris or clear superficial discoloration, leading many to falsely believe their fungus is cured when the change is only superficial and the fungus persists. Additionally, not all nail discoloration is due to fungus, and these superficial treatments can sometimes clear the nail discoloration, leading to the anecdotal rumor that they work on ‘fungus’.

Medical treatment of nail fungus is possible, but more involved than treatment of other basic non-life threatening skin infections. Clearly, the most effective way to deliver medicine into the skin underneath the nail is to bypass the nail altogether and send the medicine through the blood stream to enter the skin surface from underneath. This is accomplished by taking a pill, which dissolves in the stomach and enters the blood stream. There are two medicines currently available for this purpose, with one being used more commonly due to the medicine interaction issues of the other. Treatment must continue for three months before the infection can be effectively eradicated, and an additional six to nine months must go by before the destroyed nail grows out far enough that the new non-infected nail composes the entire nail length. Unfortunately, this medicine in rare cases can cause liver damage, and should be avoided in those with liver disease, those who are taking certain medications that break down in the liver similarly, or those with other health issues like kidney disease.

A new generation of topical medication has emerged to address the need to replace the internal medication, especially for those who cannot take it. These topical solutions use special oil-based formulations to help send the medicine through the nail plate. A prescription version has been available for quite some time, and a few over-the-counter versions have been developed that are distributed by physicians, primarily podiatrists. The most popular of these brands is called Formula 3. In the opinion of this author, this medication seems to be more effective clinically than the prescription topical medication based on eight years of generally unsuccessful use, and Formula 3 is used in his practice for this reason. All together, these topical medications are far less effective than the internal medicine, but are far safer for use. An extended period of use is required to destroy the fungus, which can take six months to a year depending on the rate of nail growth and severity of infection. Once again, much of this has to do with the ability of the medicine to reach the skin underneath the nail. These topical medications work better than store-bought creams and water-based solutions, which essentially only control fungus on the skin folds surrounding the nail. They do not work as well as internal medication, which still is not one hundred percent effective and still requires three months of treatment. All of this is due to the hardy nature of nail fungus given it’s entrenchment in the skin underneath the nail, and the relative shelter the thick nail plate provides.

Perhaps one day the pharmaceutical industry will develop a more effective medication for use with nail fungus. Unfortunately, in addition to the difficulty that current medication has in killing the fungus causing toe nail infection, the observational theory that some nails may simply be more apt to developing nail fungus infection over others and the general overwhelming presence of fungus in our environment leads to the possibility that toe nail fungus infection can reoccur over and over again. Steps can be made to prevent this infection from taking root in the nail again, but this requires regular vigilance.

Alternate technologies are being developed to make nail fungus treatment easier, and safer for repeated use if necessary. Laser therapy is becoming popular in many parts of the country. Several factors need to be considered by those seeking this treatment. It is expensive and insurance does not yet cover it. The results of a recent study in a medical journal did seem promising regarding it’s effectiveness. However, in this author’s opinion, the study (which was funded by the laser’s manufacturer) did have some flaws. It did not follow the patients long enough to determine if there was a true long-term ‘cure’, and did not have a large enough number of patients studied to convince him of its overall validity. More study is needed before this treatment should be considered the go-to treatment for nail fungus, especially given its cost. Until then, toe nail fungus remains a difficult to treat infection that affects millions world-wide, and demands a different approach than similar infections in the skin.

How to Heal a Sprained Ankle Quickly

Okay, so you are one of the 25,000 people that sprained their ankle today. You are definitely not alone. And everyone will tell you to elevate your ankle, ice it and rest. Right? That is known as the old RICE routine. Unfortunately, everyone in rehab circles now knows that this form of treatment for a sprained ankle is outdated and pretty much ineffective. It is slow and a very mediocre way to heal an ankle sprain at best. At worst, it does not really heal your ankle at all. Here is why…

First, the main component of this so called ankle treatment is the ice. Well, do you know that ice is only considered clinically effective at reducing swelling for the first 48 hours? That means after 2 days from the injury, ice is not effective. But, unfortunately, very few people understand this very simple fact. And they just keep icing their ankle, hoping it will reduce the swelling. It won’t.

Second, rest is a good thing for an injury. No one would debate that. But, rehab pros agree with that 100% rest idea to the exclusion of anything else. Where they differ from everyone else is that rest is not the only thing you should be doing. Rest is good for about 95% of the day. The other 5% needs to be proactive rehab for your ankle. Without that, you cannot and will not get your ankle back to full strength. Even when your ankle “feels” better, it will still be very weak and stiff. In fact, did you know that up to 30% of people still have pain in their ankles up to 1 year after an injury?

So, a good ankle sprain rehab program is critical to your healthy recovery. Not only that, it has been shown over and over that a good rehab program will reduce the healing time significantly. For example, the typical recovery time for a sprained ankle with rest and ice is 4-8 weeks. With a good ankle rehab program, you can reduce that to about 3 – 7 days. The body tends to respond incredibly well to good and active rehab techniques.

As I have said, not only does this dramatically reduce healing time, but it also significantly reduces the risk of future ankle. Think about it… your ankle will be much stronger and able to withstand the twisting forces that cause a sprain. If you don’t do anything, your ankle will be weak and stiff for a long time. You will be at a much higher risk of injury without good rehab.

With ankle sprains, you will not be very mobile. So, it is best to find a rehab program you can do easily and at home. Also, you will want the rehab program to address all the issues from the injury (weakness, stiffness, swelling, bruising, scar tissue etc… ). The rehab needs to get you back to full health and most importantly, ensure you are at a lower risk of future injury.

The best part about a good rehab program is that it will dramatically reduce your healing time. Instead of a few months, your sprained ankle should be healed up in about a week. That is the beauty of proper rehab.

Herbs That Keeps Your Eye Healthy

There are a lot of natural herbs that can greatly help you keep your eyes healthy.

Eyebright

Eyebright is considered as the master of all herbs for eye problems and it has been used for this purpose for the last 2,000 years. Just add one tablespoon of eyebright to a cup of boiling water, strain and leave it to cool. Use the fresh, cooled eyebright tea as eye wash. If you use them daily, this will strengthen the eyes and may help you reduce and eliminate various eye problems.

Goldensneal and Red Raspberry

Goldensneal and red raspberry teas are also beneficial for the eyes. These are noted for what it can do for the eyes and people have been using these for centuries.

Chaparral

The chaparral tea is taken internally. This strengthens the eyes especially from problems resulting from diabetes. Use this alongside Vitamin A.

Bilberry

Popularly called as the known as the European blueberry, Bilberry contains flavonoid compounds known as the anthocyanocides which helps improve the blood circulation in the eyes and promote the formation of visual purple. In some studies, it is given alongside Vitamin E.

Aloe Vera and Yarrow

Aloe vera juice is also used as a daily eye wash. Blackfoot Indians on the other hand use the flowers and leaves of yarrow to create tea and apply as eye wash as well.

Fennel

You may add half teaspoon of fennel powder, which is made from crushed, blended fennel seeds, to 2 and a half ounces of cold, clear water. Strain them and apply to the eyes for eye problems.

Cabbage

Ancient Greeks had used fresh, white cabbage juice with small amounts of honey added into it to relieve eye sore. It is also applied to moist, inflamed and running eyes. The ancient Greeks would also add thyme to food to help them overcome dimness of sight.

Nowadays, cabbage is used for runny eyes in infants. Just wash the eyes every half hour with clean, warm water. Bruise fresh cabbage leaves to a soft pulp and apply the cabbage pack to the closed eyes. This will improve the flow for a few days but will eliminate eye problems within a short time.

What Is Coral Calcium?

Approximately 2% of our body weight is made up of Calcium. Most of it is contained in our bones and teeth, with a small percentage in our blood. The average person does not get enough Calcium in their diet, and as a result, the bones become more brittle as they get older. It is therefore essential to supplement ones intake of Calcium, over and above that which we get from our food.

Osteoporosis:

A large proportion of seniors develop Osteoporosis, which is characterized by low bone mass and the deterioration of the bone tissue, typically because of the lack of calcium in their bones. This is also why so many seniors seem to easily get fractures, when they fall.

Where do we find Calcium?

Calcium is found in many foods such as cabbage, green beans, dairy products, salmon, bananas, whole grains and nuts. A normal diet supplies about half of the daily requirement of Calcium. To supplement, you can take Calcium Citrate, Calcium Ascorbate, Coral Calcium, or Calcium Phosphate. Apart from taking Calcium, exercise helps, as the more you use your muscles, the stronger the bones become.

Coral Calcium:

Coral Calcium usually comes from the Okinawa Coral reef in Japan. They found that people living in that region, suffered fewer ailments, and lived longer. By law you cannot manufacture Coral Calcium from Living coral, so they use the pieces that have broken off. Apparently, Coral contains most of the minerals that the body needs.

Coral Calcium is composed of 24 – 38% Calcium Carbonate, plus magnesium and other trace metals. Note the chemical structure is very close to the human bone. Once the broken coral pieces are collected, they get crushed into a powder, heated to 1000°and then either sold as a powder, or made into tablets by adding Silicone Dioxide, rice flour, and magnesium Stearate. Magnesium helps to reduce stress, and increase concentration, and is often added as a supplement.

TESTING:

False Claims:

Although all sorts of health claims have been attributed to Coral Calcium, such as it will cure cancer and various illnesses, most of these claims have not been substantiated, in fact the US Federal Trade Commission has prosecuted where such claims have been made. It is also important to check that the manufacturer is reliable, as some coral may have absorbed pollutants.

Factual:

In 2002 The Journal of The American Medical Association reported a study of over 60,000 women, aged 40 -75, that women who walked a minimum of 4 hours per week, had a 40% lower chance of hip fractures than those who walked less than an hour.

Tests done by Dr. K. Ishitani of Higashi Sapporo Hospital, and colleagues, in 1999 on 2 groups of patients, one group who took crackers powdered with regular powdered Calcium Carbonate, and the other Coral Calcium powder, found that those on Coral Calcium absorbed the Calcium much better.

Reference:

Calcium Absorption from the Ingestion of Coral-Derived Calcium by Humans.

Kunihiko ISHITANI, Eiko ITAKURA Shiro GOTO and Takatoshi ESASHI

Higashi Sapporo Hospital, Sapporo 003-8585, Japan 1 Formerly, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Ichikawa 272-0035, Japan 3 Division of Applied Food Research, The National Institute of Health and Nutrition, Tokyo 162-8636, Japan (Received September 20. 1998)

Ideal Dosages per Day:

1. Children 850 mg.

2. Adult 1150 mg.

3. Seniors 12,250 mg.

Body Image Work Out and the Ten Step Quiz

What if the best possible work out was easy for you? ASK YOURSELF THIS AND EXPECT IT TO BE EASY. The following ten step-quiz is for those of you who want to get in shape by addressing your body image. It encourages you to approach your body image with the expectation of success. Your mental attitude is the key. If you want to become fitter, then these suggestions are from the pros.

Mark 1-10 with 10 being the highest possible.

1. _____What is your commitment level?

2. _____What are the times you eat?

3. _____What is the quality of what you eat?

4. _____Are your nutrients balanced?

5. _____Have you checked yourself for food allergies?

6. _____Do you know your metabolic type for carbohydrate & Protein Balance?

7. _____Have you checked yourself for Gluten Intolerance?

8. _____Do you know the right kind of exercise?

9. _____Have you checked your hormones?

10. _____Have you checked for Chronic Candida Yeast?

Scores: 10- 30 you need to put attention on your health, 30-50 you’re doing something keep going, 50 – 80 you’re almost there to great health for life, 80-100 this is the ideal to strive to attain.

Your Commitment – Say, “I’ll do whatever it takes to improve my body image and work out for better energy and well being.” For some you’ll need to build calorie burning muscle by lifting weights. Others will need to add an extra session or two doing something that increases your heart rate, using a monitor.

The best way to find out what you truly eat every day is to keep a food journal for the week and write everything you put into your mouth. You’ll be surprised how much awareness you gain.

Your eating times? Have you ever said, “I got used to skipping breakfast so that I could cut down on the calories to lose weight?” For whatever the reason you may have convinced yourself, skipping breakfast backfires in many ways to sabotage your conditioning and body image. In terms of conditioning, even if you eat a low fat, balanced diet, if you eat most of your food in the second half of the day you are unlikely to burn off excess fat deposits. The body is busy digesting the carbs, and proteins and is not going to get to burn the body fat deposits before you eat again the next day.

When you reward yourself with food at the end of your long day this is what happens. It is just adding to the fat storage that nature automatically activates for your survival. If you must have an occasional treat do it for breakfast.

Quality of foods and are your nutrients balanced? Eliminating all carbohydrates isn’t wise. With your commitment in mind you will benefit from letting go of processed wheat breads, pasta, or gluten high grains. This alone can naturally let any extra weight drop. By adding more proteins and natural carbs like brown rice and millet, you will by pass any food sensitivity you might have.

Why check for food allergies? This is one of the most important items, leading to poor health and weight gain. The five big offenders are: wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and yeast. The three to add are alcohol, sugar, & caffeine. Many people are suffering from the addictive/allergic response. What this means is a person can be allergic to the foods that they crave, and they have to eat these foods to stay off the withdrawal symptoms. This is a deadly dance of deception. This can drain your life energy and the result is an unmotivated depressed feeling. Forget that and decide to live fully and with vigor.

Know your Metabolic Type It is suggested for protein types 30% carbs, 30% fat, 40% proteins. The good quality fats are cold-pressed vegetables, olive oil, or coconut oil for cooking, nuts, avocado, oily fish oils. For Carb Type it’s 60% carbohydrates, 15% fats, and 25% protein. The mixed type is 50% carbohydrates & 30% protein with 20% fats.

Why check for Gluten Intolerance? There are four known enemies for your duodenum (the first section of the small intestine.): gluten, casein, soy, and corn. Adhesives are made from these four foods. Powerful, industrial-strength glues are made from gluten, casein, and soy. Corn is also used to make adhesives. The glycoproteins from these foods are clearly very sticky by nature and it should be easily understood why they adhere to tissues of your duodenum. Furthermore gluten comes from the gluten grains: wheat, barley, and rye. Casein comes from cow’s milk products and is mostly absent in goat’s milk

Do you do the right kinds of exercise? To be an effective conditioner and utilize your optimum work out, you need to have your heart rate elevated for a certain amount of time, with no breaks. If you are used to an exercise then step up to a couple of hard sessions or weight sessions to get your heart rate up. This increases the metabolic rate. Beginners should start by vigorously walking for thirty minutes daily. Then add hand weights.

Check your hormones Something that directly impacts one’s weight and well-being is insulin resistance. This insulin resistance condition is where the body has difficulty handling the carbohydrates, because the hormone insulin which breaks down these types of foods isn’t working properly. The symptoms of insulin resistance include difficulty losing body fat despite concerted efforts, skin pigmentation, fatigue, bloating, and a family history of diabetes type two or infertility.

Why check for Chronic Candida Yeast? Most women have this yeast and don’t know it. We are used to eating carbs and sugars and these are the foods that feed this yeast. It can quickly proliferate and in its fungal form cause fatigue and sugar cravings. When this overgrowth is under control, these sugar cravings decrease and the body can then use up fat deposits for fuel.

So this is your ten step-checklist in a nut shell. Each one of the ten points is crucial for your body image work out and ultimately for your good health. Take the time to look into each one, and see how you can dramatically improve your body image and your energy.

Our Thyroid and Gut Health

More than 2,000 years ago an ancient Greek physician named Hippocrates once said, “All disease begins in the gut”. However, it is only today that health experts have completely understood what Hippocrates said so long ago. Many studies have been done which further prove the link between an individual’s thyroid gland and gut health.

The Gut and Its Important Functions

The “gut” refers to the hollow tube that passes from an individual’s mouth to the anus. This way, anything that is being ingested in the mouth that cannot be digested will be excreted through the other end of the gut. This is a most basic yet most important role of the gut – to prevent any foreign objects or substances from entering inside a person’s body.

A second critical role is to host 70% of the immune tissue inside the body. This is the part of the immune system that is collectively called GALT (Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue). The GALT is comprised of different types of lymphoid tissues that are capable of storing immune cells such as the T & B lymphocytes. These are the kinds of lymphocytes that defend the body by producing antibodies that fight against antigens which are identified by the immune system as disease-causing.

How Leaky Gut Syndrome Can Lead to Autoimmune Diseases

A problem occurs when one of these protective functions of a person’s gut is being compromised. For example, when an individual suffers from leaky gut syndrome whereby the intestinal barrier becomes permeable, then it also becomes easier for large protein molecules to enter into the bloodstream.

Unfortunately, these large protein molecules should not be outside of the gut and if they are, the person’s immune system will immediately tag it for destruction. These attacks made by the immune system, in an effort to protect the body against diseases-causing microorganisms, may also lead to the development of autoimmune diseases and one of these is Hashimoto’s Disease.

Thyroid Hormones Help Protect the Gut

The tight junctions inside your stomach and your small intestines are also being strongly influenced by your thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 play a crucial role in protecting the mucosal lining of the gut from stress induced ulcer formation.

Studies reveal that people with gastric ulcers were found to have low levels of T3 and T4 hormones while their reverse T3 hormones were also in abnormal levels.

The Gut Bacteria Is Beneficial for Converting Thyroid Hormones

The gut bacteria are also very helpful in the process of converting inactive T4 hormones into an active form known as T3 thyroid hormones. About 20% of our T4 is being converted into an active form T3 inside the gastrointestinal tract with the help of an enzyme known as intestinal sulfatase. This intestinal sulfatase is produced from healthy gut bacteria.

If there is an imbalance between the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut and the amount of pathogens, which is a condition referred to as intestinal dysbiosis, the proper conversion of thyroid hormones will also be reduced. As a result, most people who have poor gut health also suffer from the symptoms of thyroid problems.

The Monthly Cycle of Menstrual Migraines

 Menstrual  migraines are a part of many women’s monthly menstruation  cycle  that causes pain and suffering. Menstruation is a natural phenomenon of changing hormones and emotions that occur cyclically for women who reach menarche in their youth and ends when women enter their later years with menopause.

60% of women who experience migraines find that they are associated with menstruation. And women are three times more likely to experience migraines than men. The only time women experience a respite from migraines is during pregnancy when there is a temporary cessation of menstruation.

New studies are proving the correlation of hormone release and the increase of migraine headaches. These hormone changes are highlighted in the journal, “Headache”, as the beginning of a research series into the complicated theories behind menstruation, ovarian hormones, and migraines. The article states that migraine attacks can occur before and during menstruation. Migraines come in two forms, with or without auras.

Types of Migraine Headaches

Without auras, both women and men experience headaches that may be localized to a certain area of the head or may be generalized and may last from four hours to three days. Women are more likely to experience longer duration migraines not necessarily associated with menstruation. Migraines with auras are more severe. Many people seek help from a physician when experiencing migraines with uras. The most common auras are visual and can be bright colors surrounding the outer visual field. The headaches with auras are less intense and shorter lasting than headaches without auras.

Hormones and Migraines

In females, the neurological effects of migraines, from aura or non-aura producing, may be caused by the two female ovaries release of the hormones estrogen and progesterone during menstruation. This release is a result of a monthly cycle in response to the brains hormones. Given their far reaching effects, ovarian hormones circulate the female body through the blood stream and can enter the brain through a physical component known as the blood brain barrier. This is where the migraine takes place in the central nervous system and areas surrounding the brain.

In order for the estrogen and progesterone to affect the areas within the head, there must be certain “receptors”, molecules that a hormone will attach to in order for it to cause an action on its area of influence. Like a medication prescribed by our physician, the estrogen has side effects that are unwanted. We can minimize the migraine effects by taking prophylactic medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and even caffeine. Many holistic treatments are also available. These include acupuncture, hypnosis, and herbal therapy.

Conclusion

Women have a burden in dealing with their menstruation, PMS, all combined with a migraine. Studies are being conducted to understand the implications of the  menstrual   cycle  and migraines. Migraines are debilitating but with the right medications, we can deal with the symptoms and hopefully in the future we will find ways to fully rid ourselves of the effects of migraines.

Nasal Polyps- A Primer

Nasal polyps are a well known cause of sinus pressure and pain and occur in the nasal and sinus passages of many people. Chronic sinus sufferers may have anatomical obstructions in their nasal and sinus cavities, and nasal polyps are one of the most common of these. This article will briefly discuss the causes and effects of having nasal polyps.

Doctors are not 100% certain what the precise causes of nasal polyps are. In general it is thought that chronic inflammation in the nasal cavities can cause polyps to grow, often resulting in blockage of the sinus passages and resulting in infections. In addition, it appears that aspirin intolerance also seems to increase the likelihood of nasal polyps. Men over 40 years of age are more prone to develop polyps than are women or people in other age groups, unless asthma is a concurrent condition. It is not believed that allergies are the main cause of polyp growth since they occur in just as many people who do not have nasal allergies as in those who do.

Some physicians say that polyps are more likely to grow in people who also suffer from asthma. Dr. M. Lee Williams in his book entitled “The Sinusitis Help Book” writes: “It is often surprising how many asthmatics with sinusitis already have, or eventually go on to develop, nasal or sinus polyps, and how much improvement in their asthma may sometimes result from removing the polyps and clearing up their obstructive sinus disease.” He continues: “Unfortunately, even after polyps have been removed, more than one-third of the patients with nasal polyps will have a recurrence of them, and this is especially true for those with superimposed allergy, frequent sinus infections, repeated colds, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or aspirin intolerance.”

Polyps are not a separate growth, as is a tumor, and they consist of the same tissue as does their surrounding areas. The polyp tissue can contain cilia and secrete mucous, but sometimes the tissue hardens and flattens and the cilia are lost due to chronic infection or from being irritated by constant exposure to the nasal air stream.

Nasal polyps are often described as looking like some sort of rounded grape-like growth. Adding obstructions inside the nose, polyps can block the drainage passageways and therefore result in bacteria growth and infection. Polyps that develop in other parts of the body can become cancerous, but in general that is not the case with nasal polyps. Normally doctors do not seek biopsies when treating polyps in the nasal and sinus cavities.

Nasal polyps can often be controlled using mediations, especially corticosteroid medications like prednisone or steroid sprays. If the polyps cannot be controlled by medication, surgery might be necessary. In some patients who have polyps, no blockage occurs and in such cases many doctors will choose to forego surgery. Unfortunately, polyps have a strong tendency to return after they have been surgically removed.

It should be noted that nasal irrigation is not recommended for people with nasal polyps. This is because the pressure from the nasal irrigation procedure can be traumatic in that the fluid stream of saline solution would be pushing against the sensitive and exposed tissue of the polyp.

As is the case with other anatomical obstructions in the nasal cavities such as swollen turbinates or cysts, nasal polyps often cause blockage and can result in chronic sinus infections. Sinus sufferers should consult their physicians and have them determine if they have nasal or sinus polyps, and seek appropriate treatment. Fortunately nasal polyps can often be treated successfully with medications alone and surgery is not always a necessity.

How to Shrink Uterine Fibroids for Good

The last thing any woman suffering from anemia or recurring menstrual complications would like to deal with is uterine fibroids. However, getting diagnosed with myoma does happen and it can be stressful.

This could be one of the major reasons why a lot of fibroid patients seek treatment methods that can help in reducing these unusual tumors in the uterus. The ability to shrink the abnormal growths ensures the uterus remains undamaged and thus excellent for conception. If a woman suffering from fibroids just ignores them, there are high chances of the tumors increasing in number and becoming larger inside the uterus.

In today’s article, we will be examining common medical treatments and some of the natural methods of how to shrink uterine fibroids completely. I will remind anyone who has the condition to closely work with their doctors before making any major decisions concerning their health.

Common treatments

The first type of common treatment for uterine growths is myomectomy. With this method of fibroids cure, your myoma will not just shrink but it will actually be removed out of your uterus for good. The downside about this form of fibroid cure is that you cannot be reassured that the fibroids will not recur later in life.

For some women, myomectomies save their lives because they offer a short span of time so that a patient can safely carry a pregnancy to term without the fear of miscarriage or early labor.

The second method of how to shrink fibroids is known as the GNRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone). This therapy helps in decreasing the size of the tumors so that it’s easier operating on the patient. When the GNRH therapy ceases, the tumors start growing again. As you can clearly see, this isn’t a permanent solution for anyone looking for a fibroids cure.

The third popular method of treating uterine fibroids is hysterectomy. It’s usually a last resort in dealing with myoma. The entire uterus is completely removed. This helps in getting rid of the condition for good since with no uterus, there is no way those tumors will grow again. Unfortunately, a woman who goes through this surgical operation will never be able to conceive since she does not have a uterus for carrying a baby.

Natural methods

There are people who prefer holistic methods of curing their bodies. This is your body, and not the physicians, so you are in charge of everything that concerns it. If you feel that it needs cleansing and detoxification so that it can get stronger and healthier to fight the development of more fibroids, then go for it.

There are many herbal concoctions available in the market that will help you in dealing with the various fibroid symptoms and keep the multiplication of the tumors low.

You will need the assistance of a licensed and certified holistic health professional to be able to check some of the most beneficial herbal treatments for this kind of condition. It’s also important to visit a homeopath or a like professional for guidance so that you can alter your whole lifestyle and diet.

Ruptured Ovarian Cyst Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

In some cases, an ovarian cyst can rupture, especially when it is not found early on. We name it a ruptured ovarian cyst.

Most of the cysts on ovaries are benign, that means they are not cancerous, many of them disappear in several weeks just by themselves. When it happens and your cyst on ovary does rupture, it causes severe pain, but very often also serious medical difficulties. Very likely it is going to have an impact on your health causing perilous disorders that will require medical attention.

Rupture of a cyst can happen without symptoms, or the symptom can be sudden abdominal pain on one side of the abdomen. This sudden pain often starts during grueling physical activity, e. g. during exercising or sexual intercourse. The pain could be accompanied by vaginal bleeding of various strength, because ovarian hormones secrete, with the endometrium that sloughs.

Following the rupture of an ovarian cyst, it is common for the abdomen to be distended and for it to be particularly tender. This painful condition is often also linked to haemorrhage (heavy bleeding), and it is often accompanied with bloating and abdominal pain. That happens more when the woman is taking anticoagulant medications (e. g. Warfarin). The loss of blood can cause temporary pale skin look or anaemia.

Basically, the most common ruptured ovarian cyst symptom is pain. A woman whose cyst ruptured may experience pain associated with their menstrual cycle – in particular, pain may escalate just prior to or just after the menstrual period. If the woman did not feel any pain associated with her cyst, then the pain after the rupture will be intensely apparent.

Other symptoms to identify your medical condition, more general ones, can be nausea, vomiting and fever. Patients whose cyst has ruptured may experience weakness, dizziness or fainting. These are very important symptoms to signal internal bleeding. On top of that, it is also important to mention your current conditions you have been treated for – they can help to identify your condition too. It could be extremely high or low blood pressure that you normally do not suffer for, that can be additional indicator of a diagnoses.

Once your condition has been stabilized, your doctor may want to continue running tests to understand your condition more fully. You are likely to have regular abdominal examinations, both manual and by ultrasound. Less usual and more detailed for diagnose and/or treatment are laparoscopy or surgery. Haemorrhagic cysts (heavily bleeding cysts) often require the surgery.

Hepatitis Can Be A Life Threatening Illness

The liver is one of the most complex organs in the body. Besides the manufacture of cholesterol and certain proteins used by the body and storing glycogen (sugar), which is released into the bloodstream, as glucose is needed, the liver also has a main function to detoxify harmful substances that have been taken into the body. 

Hepatitis is a serious inflammation of the liver and is usually caused by certain types of viruses, however there are some types of bacteria that can also cause hepatitis. Hepatitis can be either acute or chronic. Acute is the rapid onset with severe symptoms and for a short time. Chronic is long standing and can come on slowly, with or without any symptoms and last for a long time.

There are many conditions that can cause an inflammation of the liver, most notably non-viral causes such as drugs, alcohol, chemicals, and autoimmune diseases and there are some viruses that can also cause inflammation the liver.

Most of the known viruses do not affect the liver. When doctors speak about hepatitis, they are usually referring to any of the five viruses identified that primarily attack the liver and are referred to as types A, B, C, D and E.

Each of these viruses can result in the sudden onset of symptoms (acute), which varies from several days to a few weeks and can include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and white part of the eyes), dark colored urine, feeling very fatigued, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. It can take several months to a year for you to experience normal health again.

Current advances in medicine now list five viruses that can cause hepatitis and each of the types are very serious and can cause extensive damage to your liver. Hepatitis A virus is spread through both water and food. The hepatitis A virus is also found in one’ s fecal material. If by some means, this material contaminates either water or food, the virus can be spread very easily.

Hepatitis A symptoms are very similar to those of the flu. You can experience vomiting, nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, dark urine and possibly jaundice. In you have any of these symptoms, you should see your a doctor right away. Your doctor will  order some tests to determine if have hepatitis A or not. If you are diagnosed with hepatitis, then your treatment will begin, mainly plenty of rest and avoiding sexual contact.

The effects of Hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months. There are currently two vaccines that are available for hepatitis A. One of the vaccines is used for anyone that has already been exposed to the virus and the second vaccine is for preventing hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B is spread through the blood and by sexual contact. Hepatitis B causes almost identical symptoms as hepatitis A. You may also experience a loss of appetite. You may actually have hepatitis B, but have no symptoms.

Hepatitis C, like hepatitis B is also spread by contaminated blood.  You may experience similar symptoms of loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, and jaundice. There is currently no vaccine for Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis D is also spread through blood, like types B and C. Hepatitis D needs the Hepatitis B virus to replicate and develop, so in for you to develop Hepatitis D, you either have to be suffering from Hepatitis B or get infected with Hepatitis B at the same time.

Hepatitis E has no current treatment or vaccines for it.

Hepatitis may produce flu-like symptoms, in its primary stages and include: feeling of debility, mild fever, appetite loss, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, Slight abdominal pain and fatigue. As the illness progresses, you may also experience jaundice, foul breath, dark or tea-colored urine and light colored stools. 

Although there is no current or specific remedy for Hepatitis A, in the majority of cases, it will resolve itself. The best course of treatment for Hepatitis is rest, combined with a high protein diet, which helps to repair the damaged liver cells and protect the liver.

Be advised that if you are ever in a situation where you administer CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), specifically mouth-to-mouth, and the person vomits and you are unlucky enough to ingest it, you could easily become exposed to Hepatitis, if it turns out the person had it. I know this from personal experience, as it happened to me many years ago, while working as a Respiratory Therapist in a hospital and responded to a Code-Blue. Two weeks after this happened, blood tests revealed that I had become infected with Infectious Hepatitis and it was not a fun thing to go through.

Natural Liver Cirrhosis Treatment

Liver cirrhosis is a degenerative inflammatory disease that results in hardening and scarring of liver cells. The liver becomes unable to function properly due to the scarred tissue, which prevents the normal passage of blood through the liver. The loss of liver cells interferes with the organ’s ability to process nutrients, hormones, and drugs and slows the production of protein other important substances manufactured in the liver.

The most common cause of liver cirrhosis is excessive alcohol consumption. Liver disease resulting from alcohol intake is the fourth leading cause of death among people aged 25 to 64 in urban areas of the united states. A less frequent cause of cirrhosis is the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is estimated that 4 million people in the united states have hepatitis C, and about 85 percent of those will go on to develop chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis. Blood transfusions given before routine testing for HCV are presumed to be the main cause of the rising number of people infected with HCV. Malnutrition and chronic inflammation can lead to liver malfunction.

Recommended herbs for natural liver cirrhosis treatment

Silymarin (milk thistle extract) has been shown in scientific studies to repair and rejuvenate the liver. Take 200milligrams of silymarin three times daily. Liv-R-Actin from nature’s plus is also a good source of milk thistle. Burdock root, dandelion, and red clover aid liver repair by cleansing the blood stream. Alfalfa helps to build a healthy digestive tract and is a good source of vitamin k. it helps to prevent bleeding as a result of vitamin k deficiency, which is common with cirrhosis. It can be taken in tablet or liquid form. Other herbs that can be beneficial for people with cirrhosis include barberry, black radish, celandine, echinacea, fennel fringe tree, goldenseal, hops, horsetail, Irish moss, rose, hips, suma, thyme, and wild Oregon grape. Aloe vera helps to cleanse and heal the digestive tract. Drink ¼ cup of aloe vera juice every morning and evening. George’s aloe vera juice from warren laboratories is a good product. It can be taken in a cup of herbal tea if you wish.

More recommendations for natural liver cirrhosis treatment

Keep the colon clean. Toxins accumulate in the liver and must be excreted via the colon and kidneys. Avoid constipating foods. The liver has to work twice as hard if you are constipated. Be sure your diet contains sufficient amounts of choline, inositol, and lecithin, as well as bulk and fiber. Eat a diet consisting of 75percent raw foods. If cirrhosis is severe, consume only fresh vegetables and fruits and their juices for two weeks. Increase your consumption of foods high in potassium, such as bananas, blackstrap molasses, brewers yeast, dulse, kelp, prunes, raisins, and rice and wheat bran. Include the following in your diet: almonds, brewers yeast, grains and seeds, raw goat’s milk, and products derived from goat’s milk. Nuts must be raw and from tightly sealed packages.

Another important therapy recommended for natural liver cirrhosis treatment is “The cure within one minute for all diseases” lots of people know that this therapy has gain publicity lately. According to the researched of Madison Cavanaugh and some top alternative scientist it was discovered that if you deprive a cell 35% of its needed oxygen for 48 hours, the cell will become malignant and cancerous. They don’t realize that lack of oxygen is the underlying cause of most diseases and sickness. When the cells in our body is supplied and delivered with abundant amounts of oxygen, no viruses, harmful bacteria, toxins, pathogens and disease microorganisms can survive because they cannot survive in a highly oxygenated body. We have to be educated and aware that oxygen is the primary element that our cells need when it comes to cell regeneration and this is very important in dealing with liver cirrhosis at the cellular level.

What Is Pre-Calculus?

Pre-calculus can mean a few different things, depending on where it is studied. Typically though pre-calculus is a study of all the skills required to do differential, integral, vector, and advanced calculus. Pre-calculus is usually studied in high school, but many university courses go through the material as review. There are two major chapters to pre-calculus studies; Function and Limits;

The functions chapter covers all of the essential function properties from previous algebra courses. Functions can be represented in many different ways, this includes verbally, visually, algebraically, and numerically. In calculus we typically express them algebraically or numerically. The formal definition of a function says that ‘a function assigns each element in set 1 to an element in set 2’. This basically means that one variable in a function cannot be mapped to more than one values. In pre calculus the major functions we examine are; Linear, polynomials, power, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric. There are so many properties to remember for all of these types of functions. They will come up often in calculus studies, so there are plenty of chances to put them to use.

Limits are hard to explain in simple terms. Roughly speaking a limit is the value of a function as the independent variable approaches a certain point. But this is not necessarily the same as evaluating the function at a specified point (though in many cases it is the same). A limit may or may not exist, this depends really depends if the function goes to the same value from both sides of the graph. Limits are an essential part of calculus and are used to form the definition of the derivative. Limits are also used to determine the behavior of a function at discontinuities and infinite points.

Learn these concepts well before starting real calculus studies, a good foundation is extremely important.

Understand Puppy Vomiting

If you see your new dog  vomit  all over the place, I can assure you that it is not a pleasant experience that you want to have. Unfortunately, your pet cannot communicate verbally with you and let you know how they are feeling or how long they have felt that way so you are left guessing. There are many outside things that can influence your puppy to  vomit  and I will give you a few examples.

It is very naturally for a puppy to explore things using his/he mouth. It is no doubt that he/her will try to ingest things like pencils, shoes, toys and some small devices. You should be more worrying about the possibility of your dog could have upset stomach due to indigestible items rather than the mess that you have to clean up. Find out the evidence is the very first thing that you have to do to understand that you dog has actually eaten something not appropriate. When you find out that your dog is  vomiting  because have eaten foreign objects, you only have 1 option which is bringing your dog to vet.

In some cases, puppy  vomiting  can also due to a change of dog food. Some dog owners suggest that this reaction can only happen to purebred dog. But, I believe that it may happen to mixed breed dogs too. If you faced this type of puppy  vomiting , you are left with 2 options. You may wait for your dog to adjust itself with the food or you may change the dog food back to the original one.

There are also common parasites that may cause your dog to  vomit . This is easy to recognize as you are able to see worms or other parasites from the  vomit  itself. Normally in this type of case, you have a choice either to buy the medicine from over the counter or bring your dog to see a vet. I believe that your dog will only need sometime to recover. Sometimes, the  vomiting  due to worms can be more serious than you think. So, visiting a vet should be the best option. If your dog’s condition is still not improving in a couple of days, then you should really bring him visit a vet.

No doubt that dog  vomiting  can be happening due to many reasons. One of the most serious conditions is parvo virus. This is a disease commonly passed from dog to dog, it is highly communicable and in many cases, the animal will not survive. Although puppies are protected by antibodies from their mum, this antibodies will decrease when the puppy grows up. Therefore, they need extra vaccination to protect against this virus. In addition to your puppy  vomiting , they will be lethargic, feverish, avoid food and have diarrhea that is often bloody. If you want your dog to be always healthy, you should always visit your vet and discuss about the possible health problems and also the schedule of puppy vaccination.

The simple listings above are just some of the common puppy  vomiting  causes, but, there are more reasons that can cause  vomiting . Most cases of  vomiting  are not life threatening, however if the throwing up is accompanied by other symptoms such as diarrhea, lethargy and fever you will want to get your puppy checked out immediately.

How to Avoid Food Poisoning

You are feeling awful with vomiting, cramps and have been visiting the toilet every 10 minutes for the last two hours. Does this sound familiar? The chances are that all of us have experienced some form of food poisoning at some time.

There are different types of food poisoning, with symptoms ranging from simple nausea to potential death. It all depends upon what food is involved, and how that food was handled before you ate it. The effect of food poisoning is also dependent upon the individual – the aged, young or those that are immune depressed are all more likely to suffer badly.

If you think that you have food poisoning, see your Doctor, as it may need to be reported to the appropriate government authority. It is really important that food poisonings are reported as it is the only way available to track outbreaks and numbers of occurrences.

You will never always be able to avoid food poisoning, however by following a few simple techniques you can minimise the likelihood of you becoming ill;

– Always keep food outside the temperature range of 5˚C and 60˚C – this is the favored temperature range for food poisoning bacteria. For hot food make sure it is heated / cooked to more than 60˚C and for cold food store at less than 4˚C at all times.

– Thaw food, particularly meats, in the fridge not on the bench or sink.

– Always wash your hands properly prior to handling food, and especially after; patting the dog, blowing your nose, visiting the toilet, smoking or eating, changing the baby.

– Store raw meat in a covered container at the bottom of your fridge to keep it from dripping onto other food.

– Always thoroughly wash utensils and containers that have been used on raw food prior to using them on cooked product.