When Anger May Mean Depression

“Irritable! That’s how I often feel!” And upon checking with my wife, she agreed. Strange as it might seem we both realised something was not right, separately, on the same day, after 18 months of struggle.

Such was the realisation that the consuming anger that would rise up without warning was actually a sign that I was reaching my end – I was depressed. What a revelation that was; to know there was a way out, but that that way out meant admitting my weakness. And then an irony appeared; the moment I admitted my need for help, in that moment – that very moment – hope drew near.

  Irritability  is a tell-tale sign of depression, especially in males.

Something would go ‘wrong’ and I would flip into a rage, even if I was alone or nobody else noticed; within me I was beside myself with fury. And at the very same time part of me was asking, in a desperate state of confusion, “What’s going on here, Steve?!”

Such fits of anger were tiring, and though fortunately there was usually no visible harm created, there was much spiritual torment that needed to be reconciled. I was out of control and didn’t know how to restore that control.

But the word  irritability  – or irritable – got me wondering. It hit me in a moment of openness of heart and mind. God used that word to reveal his truth. My  irritability  with the sign I was depressed. I had fought the best I could, in my own strength, for 18 months. Now was the time to truly admit my weakness and seek help.

WHY ANGER IS OFTEN THE SIGN OF DEPRESSION

Why would we get unreasonably angry otherwise, unless our inner world was in turmoil?

Sometimes anger is all we have left to rail against a world we can neither understand nor work with. That world, for whatever reason or reasons, has given us cause to feel rejected in some way. All we have left is anger. And self-righteousness is the driver, because justice has not been served – according to the depressed mindset.

Anger reveals sadness for the issues of contempt in our lives we have no control over. And it doesn’t take much to feel out of control.

When we admit our sadness, however, because we have realised the role anger is playing, the path to recovery opens up – despite the despair within our circumstance.

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Uncharacteristic  irritability  can be a sign of the sadness of depression. Sometimes all we have left is anger; but upon realising our need for help, to admit that, opens a path to recovery. If we are honest about anger we may see the sadness beneath. Such sadness is an invitation to be explored, to be validated, and to be wrestled with. As soon as we do these things the door to hope swings ajar and then wide open.

© 2013 S. J. Wickham.

Adolescent Depression

The pressures of modern living are also having a detrimental effect on our adolescent youth. Take a look at the following statistics and be amazed.

Figures never lie and they are perhaps the best means to highlight certain facts and when they are brought to the notice of the general public leave a lasting impression. It is important to gain the attention of all who want to learn about what the statistics are saying. There are no doubts that statistics are nothing more and nothing less than concrete concepts that have the power to sway even the most skeptical of minds, and it will even show the young generation the true picture with respect to adolescent  depression .

Twenty Percent Of Teenagers Are Sufferers

The first thing that will make you sit up and take notice about statistics pertaining to adolescent  depression  is the news that nearly a fifth of the teenage population in the US has experienced a form of clinical  depression , even before having gained full adulthood.

Not only that, but there are about ten to fifteen percents of teenagers that have shown symptoms of adolescent  depression  and another five percent of the teenage population will have suffered from significant  depression .

Secondly, another alarming aspect to adolescent  depression  is the fact that there is not much social acceptance when it concerns teenagers with such a condition, and what’s worse is the fact that as many as eight percent of teenagers will have experienced the re-occurrence of  depression  at least once a year. This is alarming because only a mere five percent of the national population suffer from  depression .

When a person suffers a bout of adolescent  depression  it will generally last for about eight months and teenagers are also at risk that the subsequent attack of adolescent  depression  will strike them within a mere two years and the chances of this happening are about twenty to forty percent, and there is also a seventy percent chance that they will experience another attack of adolescent  depression  before they have even reached full adulthood.

Thirdly, another feature of adolescent  depression  is that quite a few teenagers will suffer from attacks of seasonal  depression . This form of  depression  is most likely to strike during the wintertime, it is also found in places where the altitude is on the high side. Even the weather can play a significant part in the onset of seasonal  depression , which means that teenagers also need to be aware of these external effects on the state of mind..

Fourthly, other figures related to adolescent  depression  reveal that dysthymia or a mild form of  depression  that lasts for a long time will affect about two percent of teenagers and a like percentage of teenagers are also likely to suffer from bipolar  depression  when they grow older. In fact, it is thought that as many as fifteen percent of teenagers that have suffered from major  depression  will later on be at risk of developing bipolar  depression .

Thus, it is safe to say that adolescent  depression  will affect teenagers no matter their social background, income level, gender as well as race or even their achievements and that adolescent  depression  is very common mental health problem affecting teenagers in the US.

Social Phobia Reasons and Methods of Overcoming

Social phobia is a frequently occurring disorder. It has a strong impact on personal and professional aspects of life. For example, a student who suffers from it can not learn properly due to the following fears:

• To be presented to other people

• To communicate with senior people as well as with group mates

• To speak in public

• To be sneered at or to be ignored

The above mentioned list of fears is incomplete. Everyone who faces the problem may continue it with his or her own fears. Fear or anxiety is usually accompanied by physical symptoms such as tremor, sweating, headache, soreness and muscle tension. This disease is inevitably and limits the possibilities of a person due to the following fact. The person wants to avoid a frightening situation. As a result, it can lead to social isolation.

What are the consequences of social phobia?

People who suffer from it say the following. The disorder adversely affects their ability to study and work. In addition, existing data suggest that patients with the disease more frequently experience depression and difficulties related to alcohol or drugs. The severe depression is accompanied by suicidal thoughts and even attempts.

What are the reasons of social phobia?

Social phobia tends to begin in infancy or adolescence. This early onset of the disorder can lead to serious violations in psychological development. There are two most widely known reasons of social phobia according to psychologist’s statements.

A person experienced very strict parenting in childhood and lack of encouragement from parents.

A person experienced bullying at school. Such attitudes towards the child contribute to the formation of low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence.

How to treat social phobia?

Early treatment can prevent the development of severe forms of social phobia. The modern approach involves the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. The person imagines an anxious situation and tries to overcome the fear under the psychologists’ control. Systematic training helps to react properly in similar life situations and boost self-esteem. Medication (antidepressants) may also be used along with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Besides, everyone can try to cope with social phobia by himself. Here are some steps:

Realize the reason of your fear. It helps to overcome anxiety. Realize that nobody is passing a judgment at you all the time. You will be more confident in your actions. Make small talks with your group mates or colleagues. It improves your social skills. Remember about self motivation. This is a powerful factor that helps to overcome fear. Don’t worry about your stupid words or actions. In fact, nobody pays as much attention to you as you think. Be positive. Of course, the desirable result can’t be reached overnight. However, systematic implementation of these simple tips can change a lot.

Anxiety Remedy – Anxiety Root Causes and Solutions

What causes anxiety in us and what can be done to provide a lasting anxiety remedy? We can divide the causes of anxiety into two very general areas. The first area is that of some sort of chemical imbalance in the body or brain, this can be very serious and you should consult a qualified doctor to assist you in determining what could help you. The second area is likely where the majority of us fall, and that is everyday worry, which left unchecked gets out of control and can lead us to feeling anxious.

Where Anxiety Begins And Ends

We know that science backs up the facts that how we think, and what we are thinking about, has great impact on our bodies, our health, and the way we feel, and whether we’re anxious or not. However, even if we were very skeptical, or completely didn’t believe in any studies or science at all, common sense still wins the day. Just think about how you feel when you have a sizable debt to pay for example, and compare that to how you might feel (or did feel) when the debt was paid.

It all starts with and has to do with how and what we believe, what we think in our minds. It could be sizable debts to pay, grief of a recent great loss such as the death of a loved one, or something else. There are all different types of things that cause us anxiety when we think in a negative pattern over and over about something we have little or no control over. Often there are many things at once, even many small things that are just too much for us to handle without becoming overwhelmed and feeling anxious. Think about how you feel when you escape your anxious thoughts for a while – either on purpose or by distracting yourself. You may go out dancing or to see a movie or you may receive an unplanned visit from an old friend. In these situations, we don’t have the same level of thought focus of our worries, we may not think about them at all while positively distracted.

Now think back and remember your state of mind and how you were feeling in those moments. What caused this difference? It was obviously our thoughts or beliefs – what was held in our minds during those moments. Even if we have some deep seated thoughts buried away that are causing us anxiety, in the moment your friend visited or the good guy in the movie was winning, our thoughts were focused on those positive messages at the time. You believed that the good guy in the movie should overcome and conquer his huge dilemma, you were on his side – thinking, focused on, and paying attention to him and felt wonderful when he beat the odds and saved the day. Same with your old friend visiting, he or she served as a temporary anxiety remedy for you, you were likely feeling very loved that they remembered and cared about you – and those were your thoughts for at least a few moments, maybe you were just overjoyed to see that they overcame an illness they suffered with or something to that effect.

A Simple Anxiety Remedy That Works

One very simple way to achieve an effective anxiety remedy is by retraining your mind over time. We need to start putting in positive thoughts that give us a strong sense of well being about ourselves, and cutting down on negative input that’s often all around us in today’s world. Affirmations are one of the most effective ways to do this. One simple way is to create affirmations that apply to us. Most effectively, they should always be stated in the first person, stated positively, and stated in the present tense. For example you might want to use something like these: “I am a happy and positive person.” “I have a wonderful life full of love and success.” “I am successful in every part of my life.” “I see only the good in everyone and everything.” Write down what you know that you’ll state out loud to yourself each day, affirm them to yourself once or more, the more the better. Do this for a while and you’ll start feeling the difference in a few months, probably a lot sooner. Apply this simple anxiety remedy and you’ll see just how powerful having the correct thoughts will be in your life.

To learn more about the benefits of positive self talk, see what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

Cure Your Insomnia By Taking A Nap

So many experts proclaiming they have a cure for  insomnia  issue this solemn advice: “NEVER take a nap during the day.”

They warn that daytime napping will ruin any chance of someone with  insomnia  from having a good night’s sleep. Nod off after lunch, they say, and you’ll be staring at the ceiling come 2 a.m.

Folks, it’s utter nonsense.

Insomniacs can and should benefit from an afternoon nap. Indeed, I’m one of the world’s greatest (and most enthusiastic) nappers. I’ll often find an empty meeting room at work during the lunchtime break and snooze for 10, 20 sometimes 30 minutes. I awake rested, refreshed and ready for the afternoon’s tasks.

You can nap, too, but not just because I say so. The thing is, napping is in our genes, as Prof. Jim Horne of Britain’s Loughborough Sleep Research Centre explains:

“Humans are designed for two sleeps a day – the main one at night and a nap in the afternoon – which explains why people in the warmer parts of the world have an afternoon siesta, and why the rest of us are likely to be sleepy at this time.”

Reading that, are you experiencing a “light bulb moment”? Have you suddenly thought about all those people at work and home who yawn after lunch and announce they feel sleepy? Is it any wonder energy levels are low in the early afternoon and people take so long to return to the pace of the morning? Look no further than babies and young children who need their afternoon nap.

In fact, defying the body’s urge to sleep at this time could be bad for your health: One intensive Greek study of almost 24,000 men and women over six years found that those who took a 30-minute siesta at least three times a week had a 37 per cent lower risk of a heart-related death than non-nappers!

Other studies suggest people who live in countries that observe the siesta have lower rates of heart disease.

So what do we in the west do? We invent the “working lunch” that a) interferes with a relaxed digestion and b) denies our brains some down time from the stress of the day.

Of course, napping is a serious issue for people with  insomnia . Many spend every night in a series of naps instead of a deep, refreshing sleep. These people feel so tired that they could nap at the drop of a hat anytime during the day. I sympathize because I’ve been in that exhausted state.

But for napping to work, it has to be at the right time and in the right place. Early afternoon is best, preferably in a quiet room with dimmed lighting. If that’s not possible at work, you could always go to your car – I’ve reclined the driver’s seat, put on shades and had some marvelous naps in the office car park!

And speaking of the length of the nap, shorter is definitely better. In fact, scientists at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany recently reported that volunteer student nappers who slept for just six minutes performed better in subsequent memory tests than students who’d been kept awake.

OK, six minutes is a bit too short for me – I prefer the generally recommended 20-30 minutes. And I usually wake up spontaneously, as if my brain is saying, “Right, I’m ready to go again.”

If you have  insomnia , train yourself to have a daily afternoon nap if at all possible. You not only need the rest, but should incorporate such naps into your overall quest to cure your  insomnia .

White Spots on Toenails

Everyone occasionally gets white spots on toenails or fingernails and, most of the time, they’re nothing to be concerned about. Those small crescent shaped white discolorations that appear at the cuticle and move slowly outwards as the nail grows, are simply the result of minor damage to the root of the nail, where it is formed. You probably bumped your finger or toe causing very minor damage at the root. The nail will grow out and the white area will disappear, leaving a normal looking nail.

Occasionally, however, white spots on toenails or fingernails are a sign of something worse: it may be the early warning signs that a fungus has gotten in under the nail and is starting to grow. If the whitish area appears somewhere other than at the cuticle, especially at the other end, the tip of the nail, it bears close watching. If a fungus is growing, the discoloration should get larger and it will probably change color, darkening to shades of yellow or brown. The nail may separate from the nail bed as the fungus grows, and the nail will begin to get thicker and may start to come apart, flaking and splitting.

White spots on toenails or fingernails that are getting larger and aren’t growing out with the nail should be seen by a doctor for a professional diagnosis. If it is a fungal nail infection (onychomycosis), it’s a good idea to start treating it right away, before it becomes too advanced. The more it is able to spread, and the thicker the infected nail becomes, the harder it will be to get rid of the infection. Small white spots on toenails that are just beginning to spread may respond to treatment relatively easily.

There are many traditional home remedies, over the counter treatments, natural healing products and prescription drugs that are recommended for the treatment of onychomycosis. Discuss your options with your family doctor. Your choice will be affected by the extent of the infection, your level of comfort with prescription drugs that come with potential side effects, your trust in natural or home remedies, and, significantly, your budget. Prescription drugs for fungal nail infections tend to be extremely expensive, commercial products are in the mid-range, and home remedies can be virtually free. None are absolutely guaranteed to work. You’ll have to decide how much it is worth to you to get rid of white spots on toenails.

To reiterate – don’t be hasty. Most white spots on toenails are nothing to worry about. If you have discolorations that you suspect are caused by a fungus, see your doctor first for confirmation and then take it from there.

What Does Nail Fungus Look Like?

Do you have chipped, discolored or brittle nails?

If you have thick, discolored, or flaky nails you may have a nail fungus infection that lives under your nail. This infection is caused by an active, live fungus, or dermatophytes (pronounced: der-mah-to-fites). The infection actually eats your skin and nail, so it can continue growing and may spread to other nails.

Your nails may look different, thick and hard to trim. Nail fungus also tends to cause you discomfort, pain or tenderness that disrupts daily activities.

You may have become infected because:

-You stubbed your toe and damaged the nail.

-You may have cracked a fingernail or trimmed it too close.

-Your bare feet may have come into contact with a place where someone with an infection recently stood, such as a locker room, shower, or pool area.

-If you shared a nail file, emery board, or nail clippers with someone who has an infection, it may have gotten under your nail.

Any way you damage a nail gives this fungus an opening to get under your nail and start growing. The sooner you start treating nail fungus infections the better. Here we have great articles with home remedies and other treatments to help cure nail fungus.

So what does nail fungus look like?

-Nails may look brownish, yellowish, with little white patches. Some may even be brown or black.

-Nails may get flaky, brittle, and chipped.

-Bits of gunk or debris may collect under your nails.

-Your nails may smell bad.

-Toenails may get so thick that wearing shoes cause pain.

-Discomfort from the infection may make it hard to walk, work, or do other activities. The daily task of putting on socks or stockings can even become difficult.

Preventing Ankle Sprains – Taping (Part 5)

A very effective way of reducing the occurrence of ankle  sprains  is to tape the ankle. Ankle taping procedures have been used by athletic trainers for decades in with the goal of protecting the joint. Most ankle taping procedures are meant to restrict excessive motion of the ankle joint while allowing normal ranges of motion to occur. Many researchers have found this to be an effective method for accomplishing this goal and for reducing the number of ankle  sprain  injuries.

There are a number of ankle taping techniques that are used. However, ankle taping jobs that are meant specifically for reducing ankle  sprain  occurrence and severity have a few common features to them. Bear in mind that each trainer or person applying the tape has his or her own style and the level of experience will come into play when tape is applied. Overall, the approach has a lot of evidence to prove that it works.

The main components of an effective ankle taping include these techniques: a Basket weave, Heel locks, and Figure-of-Eight taping.

The Basket weave is the first technique applied. It involves placing tape from the inside part of the lower leg, wrapping around the bottom of the foot and ending on the outside of the lower leg. Then a strip is placed from the outside of the foot, around the Achilles tendon and ending on the inside of the foot. This procedure is repeated and slightly offset from the previous spot two to three times. The end result looks sort of like a woven basket.

The Heel lock starts on the top of the foot, wraps around the bottom, then the side of the heel and then back up to the top of the foot to lock the heel in position. This may be repeated once or twice.

The Figure-of-eight starts at the top of the foot and serpentines around the foot and the lower leg to add stability to the joint. This may be the most important feature of an ankle taping job. Research suggests that at least three Figure-of-eight wraps can reduce the occurrence of ankle  sprains [i].

The main drawbacks to taping the ankle are that it is costly, time consuming, and can inconsistent. Each time an ankle is taped the support is destroyed after it is cut off. Next time more tape must be used to tape the ankle. It has been estimated that each ankle wrapping job can cost $1.37 not including labor and pre-wrap material[ii]. Over the course of a season this can get expensive to an athlete who is having one or both ankles taped before every practice and game. In addition an ankle taping can take about 5 minutes as opposed to a brace which can be slipped on in seconds. With respect to consistency, no two ankle jobs are the same since they are hand done by a human being. But for this reason they may be more comfortable than a brace. While tape offers more support than an ankle brace when it is first applied, moisture from sweat and movement loosen up the tape slightly and some support is lost [iii], [iv],[v].

In summary ankle taping is a highly effective method for preventing ankle  sprains . It is not the most cost effective and there are a few minor considerations, but if you can afford it this is one of the best and most comfortable means for preventing ankle  sprains .

Big Toe Toenail Problems

Big toe toenail problems are not uncommon, and they are caused by a variety of different things. Perhaps because the biggest toe is so much larger than the rest, it seems to take the brunt of the punishment. This article will discuss a few of the things that occur with the biggest toe nail.

One of the more common big toe toenail problems is what is called an ingrown toe nail. An ingrown nail occurs when the nail is too wide for the space it is growing in and the nail at the edges starts to cut into the tender flesh there. An ingrown toe nail can be very painful, and it will frequently cause swelling and inflammation at the site. Of course, when there is injury of this kind, the area is more susceptible to infections of various kinds. Surgery is often required to remove extra nail at the sides. Many people recommend that you always cut your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails.

One of the most common infections that causes big toe toenail problems is fungal infection of the nail. This can occur with or without injury or inflammation of the toe, and once a fungus gets established in the nail, it is quite difficult to get rid of. It can also spread to the skin around the nail and to other nails. A fungal toe nail is usually yellowish or black, flaky or crumbly, and very thick. If you suspect you have a fungal nail infection, see your doctor for confirmation. Fungal infections can be treated with prescription drugs or over the counter remedies. There are many widely used home remedies as well.

Another thing that can turn your toenails black and cause big toe toenail problems is strenuous exercise in shoes that don’t provide enough room for your feet. When the nails are subjected to repeated and prolonged physical stress, tiny blood vessels under the nail can break, causing what is essentially a   bruise  under the nail. If enough blood builds up to cause pressure, it can be quite uncomfortable. Your body will clear up the  bruise  over time, but you should purchase a good pair of shoes that won’t cause a repeat of this injury.

Because big toe toenail problems are quite common, and can be caused by various different things, it’s important that you get a proper diagnosis from a qualified physician. Diabetics, in particular, should seek professional care as soon a problem is noticed, because these people are more susceptible to infection in the feet.

3 Of the Most Sensitive Sexual Parts of the Female Body

The female body has numerous erogenous zones, or hot spots that when sexually stimulated can give her amazing orgasms. Today in Female Sexual Anatomy 101 we’ll learn about the C-spot, the G-spot and the A-spot. Oh, and even the U-Spot.

The C-spot (Also known as the Fabulous Clitoris)

The clitoris is the number one hot spot on the female pleasure zone and 70% of women get off from clitoral stimulation. The only organ designed solely for pleasure, this small sensitive glans is located just under where the top of the inner vaginal lips meet.

The clitoris has over 8000 sensitive nerve endings, which is more than any other part of the human body, including the male penis. For this reason, it can be extremely sensitive until a woman is completely aroused, so start with foreplay first on other areas of the body–the lips, the breasts, the vulva–before attacking the clitoris.

While some women want and need direct stimulation of the clitoris, for other women this can be uncomfortable and even painful. So again, start slow, use lots of lube, and circle your way around the clitoris before touching the sensitive glans directly.

Many women find the top right hand side of the clitoris is very sensitive so try this spot using a lubricated finger, tongue or vibrator to stimulate her. If her clitoris was a clock, the hot spot would be at 10:30pm. Try focusing on different time zones around her little clock and watch her body language as she responds. Or ask her to tell you which area feels best to her.

Nerves from the clitoris travel through the vagina, the bladder and urethra, passing along any sensations produced in that area. This means that clitoral orgasms are closely related to G spot orgasms, even though they feel much different.

The G Spot (or Infamous G Spot)

The infamous G-spot, or Grafenberg Spot, (also known as the Female Prostate) is talked about a lot, but for most women it remains elusive. It is an extremely sensitive area on the front wall inside the vaginal canal approximately one to two inches up, near the bladder. It was first described it as “an erotic zone located on the anterior wall of the vagina along the course of the urethra that would swell during sexual stimulation.”

That seems easy enough, so why it is so hard to find? The G spot is often elusive because in its sexually “un-stimulated” state it doesn’t feel pleasure and it very small. But once aroused, the G spot will begin to swell with fluid, and a wrinkly, prune-like tissue (the urethral sponge) will make itself noticeable to touch. It will also start to feel pleasurable to be touched.

Like most forms of sexual arousal, it is better to warm her up first with foreplay, then trying to search for the G spot right away. Once your lover is aroused, you can then insert two fingers, or a G spot dildo in her vagina to stimulate the G spot. And, clitoral stimulation before and during G spot arousal works to get the G spot excited as well.

To stimulate the G spot with your fingers make sure they are well lubricated and your nails are trimmed short (or use a glove and lots of lube). Insert your fingers 1″-2″ inside the vagina and feel for the puffy, wrinkly sponge-like spot just blow her pelvis. The G spot will feel somewhat like the roof of your mouth when feeling it with your tongue, whereas the surrounding tissue will feel like the insides of your cheeks, very smooth. There you’ve found it.

Start by using a “come hither” motion with your fingers to gently massage the G spot, and add firm pressure when she begins thrusting her hips towards you. The G spot craves firm pressure and thrusting when it is very aroused. A firm, curved dildo or vibrator made for G spot pleasure will also work well for this technique.

When a woman is ready to orgasm via G spot stimulation she may ejaculate so be prepared. Absorbent towels are good to have handy. The force of the orgasm may also push your fingers or any toy out of the vagina as well.

The U-Spot. What is it?

The U-Spot is a very small ridge of sensitive tissue that is found on either side of the urethral opening and above it. This area is highly erotic for some women when caressed lightly with a finger, tongue or soft vibrator. The U-spot is highly sensitive, so be very careful when stimulating it and use plenty of lube. And, like any form of sexual stimulation, ask your partner what feels good and try varying speed, pressure and type of stimulation.

Also note, because this area is connected to the urethral (and the female prostate gland), stimulating it may make the woman feel like she needs to urinate. If that is not a sensation she wants to feel, you may want to avoid this area. However, together with G spot stimulation, pleasuring the U-spot can be very erotic and help coax the ejaculate out when she is about to orgasm.

Bonus Hot Spot- The A-Spot

The A-spot is a sensitive patch of tissue at the very end of the vaginal tube above the cervix and below the bladder. Also known as the ‘female degenerated prostate’, direct stimulation of this area can produce “violent orgasmic contractions”. Believe me, you will know when you hit it.

Pressure on this area produces rapid lubrication of the vagina, even in women who are not normally sexually responsive. This spot can only be hit during vagina intercourse, or with a long slightly curved dildo. The best position for hitting this spot via sex is doggie style.

So, now you know all three (actually four) of the most sensitive sexual parts of the female body and how to stimulate them. Just image if there was a hot spot for every letter in the alphabet? Who knows, maybe there is.

Alternative Medicine for Chronic Diarrhea After Gallbladder Removal

People usually don’t like to talk about their bathroom issues, but for some it is an enormous problem. These days up to two billion people have diarrhea in one year – a colossal number. Diarrhea usually is not a sickness itself; it is a symptom of many harmful processes in our digestive system. Some people may experience a chronic diarrhea, which happens when diarrhea persists for more than two weeks, and there are more than 3 watery bowel movements daily.

This article focuses on chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal. Why do many folks suffer from it? Is there non-drug, alternative medicine approach for this nasty condition?

The medical expression for the gallbladder removal surgery is cholecystectomy. This type of diarrhea is a symptom of the postcholecystectomy syndrome; disorder that often includes pain, gas, bloating, bile reflux, etc.

First let’s focus on unpleasant things. Even brilliant operation technique and surgical experience cannot prevent this complication after the gallbladder removal surgery. Statistically, approximately 10% of people without gallbladder sooner or later will have chronic diarrhea. In the US 700,000 gallbladders are removed annually, so we have a large number of sufferers with that issue after the surgery.

According to medical literature there is no cure for this disorder, there are just medications to control diarrhea. Even professionals recognize that cause of diarrhea after gallbladder removal is unknown. Anyhow, doctors call chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal as “bile acids” diarrhea because bile acids are the culprit. Bile acids are essential parts of the bile.

Bile is produced by the liver and goes into the gallbladder for storage. When semi digested foods, come from the stomach into the first part of the small intestine-duodenum, gallbladder contracts. It pushes the bile through the bile duct and sphincter of Oddi into the duodenum to digest fatty foods.

Our body uses bile acids from the bile as detergent to make fat droplets smaller. It helps pancreatic enzyme lipase split up the fats on glycerol and fatty acids, which can be absorbed throughout the gut wall. This is a little complicated, but without understanding, it is difficult to realize how to get help.

In the normal situation, when bile is alkaline, bile acids are soluble. Any abnormal acidic changes in bile pH lead to precipitation of the bile acids. The insoluble bile acids are highly aggressive substances, which corrode and irritate gallbladder, bile ducts, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum causing inflammation, ulcers, and eventually cancer. The doctors found more incidence of the colon cancer in humans after gallbladder removal. Acidity of bile and precipitation of the bile acids is the main reason for the development of inflammation and gallbladder stones. There is a lot more medical information about this issue, in my eBook: healthy pancreas, healthy you.

By the way, people lose their gallbladders due to acidic bile causing inflammation and gallbladder stones. Gallbladder keeps bile for a long time; therefore, acidic, aggressive bile acids have more time to cause damage and inflammation. No wonder, gallbladder becomes first and common target for surgical knife.

However, gallbladder removal surgery does not normalize the acid-alkaline condition of the bile. After gallbladder surgery irritation and inflammation persist into liver bile ducts, bile duct, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum. Bile/pancreatic reflux can move this aggressive mixture up to the stomach causing gastritis, persistent heartburn, damage of esophagus, etc. Going down, the bile/pancreatic reflux may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Let’s stop here and think what can make human bodies acidic? Modern food filled with acid-forming products. They are sugars, meats, grains, milk, alcohol, and unhealthy fats. Besides that, antibiotics in the food and as medication kill friendly intestinal flora; therefore, allow yeast and bacterial overgrowth in the gut. In turn, this creates constant fermentation and produces many acidic substances.

Therefore, keeping alkaline bile is extremely beneficial for people without gallbladder.

There are three natural ways to do that: eat alkaline diet, take alkaline minerals, and drink alkaline healing mineral water. Drinking healing mineral water is very popular in Europe.

Surgeons have performed cholecystectomy for 150 years. Hence, doctors knew the consequences’ of the gallbladder surgeries such as pain, indigestion, and diarrhea since that time. European doctors have recommended drinking healing mineral water for hundreds of years. The small town Karlovy Vary was a sacred place for people with gallbladder, liver, and pancreas disorders. Europeans drank this water from thermal spring or prepared it from vaporized geyser salt at home, for more than 250 years. Many articles and books in German, Czech, and Russian support the healing action of the Karlovy Vary healing mineral water after gallbladder removal.

Drinking healing mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt can have a few beneficial actions. Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt can:

• Supply the body with alkaline minerals, bicarbonate and trace elements, which are essential parts of bile and pancreatic juice

• Make bile liquid and alkaline, so it will be less aggressive

• Decrease spasms of the sphincter of Oddy (sphincter of Oddy dysfunction)

• Decrease bile/pancreatic reflux

• Normalize stool

• Promote proper digestion

This is safe and effective natural remedy for persons with postcholecystectomy syndrome, but it requires time to reach the positive results. I suggest keeping track of saliva and urine pH at home to see the changes. Saliva and urine pH are window for us to see inside the body’s acid-alkaline balance. “I eat healthy”, “I don’t drink alcohol”, “I exercise”, I hear often from my patients. They are actually surprised when their saliva and urine pH are less than 6.6 (acidic state).

Acidity, medical name is chronic metabolic acidosis, is rampant now. Nowadays, nutritional experts consider that metabolic acidosis is the core of various digestive and metabolic disorders.

Another natural way to neutralize acidity in the body is taking the alkaline mineral supplements. The best for this job is cellular magnesium-potassium.

Exacerbation of the chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal hugely depends upon dysbiosis (Candida-yeast overgrowth and/or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Antibiotics and some other medications, poor eating habits, heavy metals toxicity, and alcohol disrupt normal microbial balance inside the small and large intestines.

When the friendly intestinal flora is not present, the opportunistic infection such as harmful bacteria, yeast, and parasites take over gastrointestinal tract. By medical research, dysbiosis leads to precipitation of the bile acids consequently worsens chronic diarrhea.

Contrary the common believe, eating yogurt and taking low quality probiotics usually cannot restore the natural balance between friendly intestinal flora and opportunistic infection. Using antibiotics and antifungal agents cannot restore the proper, natural balance in the gut. “Kill and destroy” approach is not for this case.

Restoration of the friendly intestinal flora is the time-consuming process that includes healthful diet, colon hydrotherapy, drinking healing mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt, taking the proven quality of probiotics and nutritional supplements. Colon hydrotherapy by flushing colon can eliminate bile acids, establish an environment for beneficial bacteria to reside there.

Diarrhea after gallbladder removal is not a new thing. People have suffered from this kind of chronic diarrhea for a long time. For now, the scientific research and the clinical base evidences support the effectiveness of herbs in digestive disorders especially in case of the chronic diarrhea. Herbs can promote releasing of the liver bile; make bile liquid and alkaline.

Chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal creates problems with digestion, pains, lost of fluid, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. It can cause many symptoms, which are very far from the colon. These problems may include depression, low immunity, disorders of the skin, adrenal, thyroid, heart, and vessels, produce additional symptoms and other treatments. Just concerning about where is the bathrooms, water-resistant pads, and diapers are not the main solution for chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal.

Do not give up look for help. It is necessary to find the knowledgeable licensed alternative medicine practitioner to work with.

The information contained here is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.

How to Rid the Body of Candida

When looking for information on how to rid the body of candida you should know that there are some simple things you can do as part of an overall program to rid your body of Candida Albicans.

One way to do that is to take vitamins, specifically, Vitamin C.

It is best to get your vitamin C from food sources. If you do not tolerate citrus, try eating more peppers, garlic, onions, kale, parsley, turnip greens, broccoli, rose hips, black currants, strawberries, apples, acerola cherries, cabbage, and tomatoes. All fresh fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C and variable amounts of bioflavonoids.

In general, vitamin C is a weak acid. Candida, bacteria, fungi, and parasites are often killed off by high-dose vitamin C; this releases toxins into the system. Gas, headache, nausea, and lightheadedness sometimes result-a sign of a temporary cleansing or detoxification reaction.

The problem can be eliminated by a vitamin C flush, done by increasing the dose of vitamin C to the point of clear, watery diarrhea, which usually results in a purge of the majority.] of these toxins. The vitamin C flush is best done with buffered vitamin C powder. Take 1 teaspoon in juice every half hour until watery diarrhea is reached.] After this bowel tolerance level is reached, adjust the dose to where the bowels feel comfortable. Gas and other detoxification reactions should disappear.

If you do not wish to do a vitamin C flush, consider adding sodium bicarbonate to your ester C, sodium, or calcium ascorbate supplement. This if available in powdered form and can be taken immediately after taking the vitamin C. Start with low doses and increase gradually as tolerated. In addition, use a good lactobacillus acidophilus and bindus supplement to help control bowel flora, reduce gastrointestinal toxins, and improve digestion.

Worsening hay fever and bleeding gums are signs of vitamin C deficiency. They are also a sign of a greater need for bioflavonoids, such as pycnogcnol, quercetin, hesperidin, catechin, and rutin. These can be taken in high doses without side effects and might also help you tolerate vitamin C supplements better.

If you are having trouble tolerating even the buffered forms of vitamin C, consider getting yourself checked out for chronic gastrointestinal   dysbiosis . It is possible that you are suffering from a bacterial flora imbalance. Candida overgrowth, bacterial infection, or parasites. A natural health-care practitioner can order a comprehensive stool and digestive analysis with a comprehensive parasitology evaluation.

Testing For Herpes

Sometimes, one does not know what one is looking for. This is a general truth for just about anything, from something as superficial as shopping, to matters of person and public health. That is to say, with STD testing sexually active persons do not always know what they are looking for. Visits to the clinic for screenings can be spurred by symptoms or as a part of a routine. Herpes is one of the most commonly checked for STD. in fact, it is thought that nearly half of all sexually active adults in the United States are likely to have herpes antibodies.

What is Herpes?

A herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is marked by a cluster of small painful blisters on or near the skin of the genitals, or in some cases, the mouth, urethra, rectum and or tissue lining the throat or nose. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses, HSV1 and HS2. HSV1 is most commonly know as cold sores or fever blisters. Located on the lips, HSB1 is usually transmitted though kissing or sharing eating utensils with someone having an outbreak. HSV1 can cause blisters around the genitals.

HSV2 is referred to as genital herpes, since the blisters grow on and or around the vagina or penis. But, HSV2 can cause mouth sores, as a result of unprotected oral sex. Additionally, pregnant mothers with genital herpes can infect their unborn babies if delivered vaginally.

Testing

Typically, medical professionals perform HSV tests by examining the blisters located on the genitals. However, since there are cases of HSV infecting other body parts, including the eye and brain, a test can be completed using samples of blood, urine, or tears. Before visiting a health care provider and being tested, a patient might find it helpful, maybe even empowering, to understand how many tests are available, how they work, and which most fits his or her needs. Being informed, observant, and unafraid to ask questions can make the experience of sharing personal information, like ones sexual history, might make the testing experience more productive.

Herpes Testing Four Ways

To determine if sores or blisters present on a sexually active person are caused by HSV for types of tests can be performed. The best method of identifying a genital herpes infection is by taking a culture sample. This is done by swabbing cells or fluid from a afresh blister. As effective as this test is, some patients receive false-negative results. For added security an antigen detection test can be performed along with a viral culture. An antigen requires scrapping cells from a fresh blister and examining them under a microscope. Since herpes has a dormant period, when no blisters are visible, another testing option is a polymerase chain reaction test. While, a PCR test can be used on cells, urine, spinal fluid, or fluid from a blister work equally as well. PCR looks for the DNA of HSV and can differentiate between HSV1 and HSV2. This test is particularly useful for the rare instances when herpes infects the brain. A fourth and less accurate test is an antibody test. Antibodies develop in the immune system to fight the infection. However, it takes time to develop antibodies and patient may not have a positive test if infection recently occurred.

Herpes is incurable and while medication can relieve symptoms, reducing blister outbreaks and relieving pain, medicine cannot cure the infection. Those who test positive should know that the recurrence of infection depends on but is not limited to stress, fatigue, sunlight, or other infections like the cold or flu.

Colon Polyps Up Close

Health is wealth, as the old saying goes. Simple, but true. You might believe you’re already keeping yourself fit and healthy. But usually,even if you don’t see or feel something wrong, there actually IS something wrong.

Such is the case of colon  polyps . Generally,  polyps  are extra tissues that grow inside the body. And colon  polyps  particularly, grow inside the large intestines, which are a major part of the digestive system. The colon is where the body produces and stores stool.

Colon  polyps , more often than not, cause no symptoms. In extreme cases however, people with colon  polyps  exhibit symptoms such as bleeding from the anus, blood in the stool and diarrhea or constipation which lasts for more than a week.

Colon  polyps  vary in sizes and appearances. The small ones look like warts while the big ones resemble cherries on a branch. Majority of colon  polyps , specially the small ones, are benign and not dangerous. However, bear in mind that large  polyps  can become or are already cancerous, specially those larger than 1 centimeters. There may be one or more  polyps  in the intestines. Thus, it is always advisable for doctors to test and remove all  polyps .

People who are at greater risk for colon  polyps  are those over 50 years of age and those who have had  polyps  before. In fact, the risk of colon  polyps  developing into colon cancer increases as one grows older. Statistics show that about 20 per cent of adults may have one or more colon  polyps .

In addition, genetics may play a factor as those belonging to families whose member have had  polyps  or cancer of the large intestine may have a greater chance of getting colon  polyps .

Eating a lot of unhealthy fatty food, obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol and lack of exercise are also reported to cause colon  polyps . Studies indicate that smokers who consumer more than 20 cigarettes a day are at risk for developing  polyps  by 250 per cent more than non-smokers. Those who drink excessively are at risk for developing  polyps  by 87 per cent compared to those who do not drink.

There are four different tests used by doctors to check for  polyps . The first one is barium enema wherein the doctor puts a liquid called barium into the large intestine through the anus. The barium makes the large intestines appear white in the x-ray while  polyps  appear dark and so spotting them is quite easy.

Another test is the digital rectal exam wherein the doctor, wearing gloves, would examine the rectum to check if it feels normal. This method only checks for  polyps  in the rectum.

Sigmoidoscopy, on the other hand, utilizes a sigmoidoscope- a thin flexible tube equipped with a light and a minute video camera. This is inserted into the rectum and is used to look up to the third of the large intestine.

Another similar method is colonoscopy. This method uses a sigmoidoscope and checks all of the large intestine. This method requires sedation.

The doctor then removes the  polyp  either through the sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy or operations through the abdomen.

Although medical treatment are available for colon  polyps , prevention is still the most the effective and efficient way.

To lower the risk of developing  polyps , shift to healthy eating. This would mean lessening the intake of fatty food and increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables. Particularly, eat foods rich in calcium such as milk, broccoli and cheeses. Also, eat foods rich in folate such as kidney beans, spinach and chickpeas. Contrary to popular belief, it is not mainly the fiber in vegetables and fruits that fight colon  polyps  but the phytochemicals which act against cancer. Avoid smoking and alcohol, lose weight and exercise regularly.

And because colon  polyps  rarely exhibits symptoms, general check ups or screenings must be regularly done to detect their existence early.

At this point, more studies are under way to find out the effectiveness of aspirin, turmeric and other substances in decreasing the risks for colon  polyps .

Again, health is wealth. Don’t risk yourself in developing colon  polyps . Eat healthily, exercise regularly and never fail to visit your doctor for general check ups and you are on your way to a  polyp-free  and healthy you.

Uterine Fibromyoma Natural Treatment

If you are a woman in your childbearing years, you are probably well aware of how common fibroids are. Fortunately, the vast majority are benign and therefore if your symptoms are troublesome, then you might like to try uterine fibromyoma natural treatment which is an excellent alternative to surgery.

If you are one of the many women who want to relieve the symptoms of fibroids and shrink the myoma itself through natural methods, the following are some of the things that you should use or try:

Homeopathy

One of the uterine fibromyoma natural treatment options that can help you ease the pain of having symptomatic fibroids is none other than homeopathy. Homeopathic treatments have been used for several known ailments and health complications. Although they are rarely the “only” solution, when used as part of an overall strategy, many women find homeopathic treatments very useful indeed. Try making use of Sabina, phosphorus, Sepia and Calcarea Carbonica.

Health Supplements

Perhaps you have heard about the value of B vitamin supplements that are also used to treat certain complications such as ovarian cysts. B vitamin supplements can also be used to treat uterine fibroids. Make it a point to take such supplements whilst eating hormone balancing foods. It’s a known fact that these supplements ensure better absorption of nutrients found in nutrient-rich foods that you consume. If you can regulate your body’s production of hormones, the likelihood of fibroids growing in your uterus is minimized. It’s also advisable to include other health supplements such as vitamins A, C and E and you should consult your doctor if you are unsure which will be appropriate in your case.

Healthy oils plus garlic and onions

Perhaps you have already considered switching from using commercial oils to healthier olive oils and certain vegetable oils. You may be cooking healthy foods and snacks but you’re not helping yourself if you are using unhealthy oils that may contribute to body fats and toxins. Fatty deposits in our body are places where excess estrogen is being stored, making the existence of hormonal imbalance more possible and eventually, the existence of uterine fibroids as well. Onions and garlic are an effective uterine fibromyoma natural treatment, helping with hormone regulation.

Birth control pills

Taking hormonal contraceptives can contribute to fibroid growth. One simple step is to find an alternative method of contraception. This can help to prevent further growth of existing fibroids and the development of new ones. Contraceptives spike estrogen levels and that promotes hormonal imbalance, which eventually leads to the development of uterine fibroids.

There are further uterine fibromyoma natural treatments you can try and in general, these work best when a number of strategies are combined. For example, making dietary changes, stopping hormonal contraceptives and taking the right kinds of supplements will have a better overall effect than just trying one isolated strategy.