How Long Does It Take To Rehab A Sprained Ankle?

How long it takes to heal a sprained ankle depends on the severity of the sprain, the age of the person,and the physical condition of the person, but a grade 1 or mild grade 2 sprain should reasonably be rehabbed in a maximum of 2-3 weeks. It all depends on how fast you heal and how severe the damage is.

But you must have realistic expectations for completely rehabbing a sprained ankle and not rush it. You need to learn how to listen to what your body is telling you and then react appropriately. Good sprained ankle care demands that ankle rehab is only to be started after visiting a doctor and verifying there is no structural damage.

Only a few years ago, when an athlete would tear his ACL it was a career ending injury. Then surgeons started repairing ACL damage through surgery. The injury was no long career ending, but just delayed the career 12-18 months.

Now, with the advent of arthroscopic surgery a large number of athletes with knee injuries are able to return to competition within the same season.

Another example is recovery after heart bypass surgery. Back in the 70’s my grandpa had heart bypass surgery and was put on bed rest for 2-3 weeks and then only allowed limited activity for the next 2-3 weeks.

Less than 2 years ago, my father-in-law had quadruple bypass surgery and was encouraged (read that forced) to stand up and walk hours after he came out of recovery.

The medical community has figured out that movement is critical to fast recovery.

So why is it that with the advancement of medicine most people still believe that an ankle sprain should take 2-3 months to heal?

I just read an article in a respected running magazine that stated an ankle sprain would take 2-3 months to heal.

I have personally experienced much faster recovery than that. In fact, with an aggressive physical therapy regimen, I was able to rehab a severe grade 1/mild grade 2 ankle sprain within 5 days. By rehab, I mean that I was able to compete at NCAA division 1 level basketball within 5 days of a severe ankle sprain.

Don’t fall for the wait and it will all work out approach! You are letting life pass you by! Treating a sprained ankle with an extremely conservative approach after the doctor has confirmed there is no structural damage is keeping you from enjoying your life.

There are a lot of good ankle rehab programs on the internet that don’t require you to spend thousands of dollars on equipment, weeks in physical therapy with time off from work…not to mention the cost of gas just driving to the physical therapists office.

If you do a Google search on the internet for “sprained ankle rehab”, you’ll be able to get a program that is proven to rehab ankles quickly and that will strengthen them as well.

Sprained Ankle rehab and treating a sprained ankle is easy when you follow a proven and safe program. Don’t settle for following RICE. RICE protocol was only created as a method of first response after an ankle injury. It does not rehab a sprained ankle.

Make sure that the ankle rehab program you choose has a guarantee. You get the results you want or you get 100% of your money back.

Look for a program that has success built-in. The easier it is for you to do the exercises, the more likely you will actually follow through and do them.

Good luck in getting your ankle healed and in getting back to your life.

Morning Heel Pain – 20 Tips For Treatment

Pain in the bottom of the heel at the first step in the morning is a common sign of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue which supports the arch. It starts at the heel bone and extends to the toes. Excess stress on the plantar fascia results in tearing and inflammation and the development of plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually localized at the bottom, inside of the heel, but can extend through the arch.

The pain may be sharp, dull, achy, burning or feel like a “stone bruise”. The pain is generally worse when walking barefoot and after activity. Side to side sports, such as soccer and tennis, impact sports such as running and jogging and simple activities such as gardening will all aggravate plantar fasciitis.

Identifying the factors which contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis is the key to treatment. There is almost always a change in activity, a change in shoes, a change in job or walking surface that has preceded the development of the condition. A traumatic event or twisting injury rarely causes the condition, but a simple activity such as walking through an airport in a poor quality shoe can easily cause the condition in individuals prone to development. Those with faulty foot mechanics, collapsing arches and over-pronation have a higher chance of developing plantar fasciitis. The following are steps for treatment:

1. Identify the cause: The most important step. There is most likely a certain activity or pair of shoes which contributed to the development.

2. Avoid impact activities: Impact activities such as jogging and running and sports such as soccer, baseball, and tennis will stress the plantar fascia. Cycling and swimming are great ways to maintain fitness without aggravating the plantar fascia.

3. Eliminate aggravating activities: Activities which place excess stress on the plantar fascia will aggravate the condition. Reduce the use of stairs, avoid hills, minimize squatting, lifting heavy items and avoid walking on uneven terrain.

4. Water bottle ice massage: Freeze a sports water bottle and roll your foot over it for 20 minutes, twice a day. Icing is most effective the first few weeks after the fasciitis develops. You can also ice directly on the heel for 20 minutes twice a day.

5. Roll your arch over a ball: Using a softball, tennis ball or rolling pin, roll your foot over the ball to stretch the plantar fascia. Do not do this if it causes pain.

6. Contrast between hot and cold: Ice for 5 minutes and then use a heating pad for 5 minutes and alternate between the two for a total of 30-40 minutes.

7. Avoid massaging the heel: It’s tempting to press and push on the sore area of the heel. Many individuals like to rub and massage the area, but this will only aggravate the heel, increasing inflammation and pain. Once the inflammation has decreased, a physical therapist can perform a friction massage on the plantar fascia. But, this should be avoiding during the early stages of the condition and when the heel is inflamed.

8. Morning calf stretch: Stretch the calf in the morning, before you step down. Use a stretch band, or belt and wrap it around the ball of your foot. Keep your knee extended and pull back on the foot, stretching the calf. Hold for at least 1 minute.

9. Plantar fascia stretch: A stretch specifically for the plantar fascia can be performed by placing the affected foot on the opposite knee. Grab the toes and pull back, stretching the arch.

10. Stretch every hour: Stretch the calf and the plantar fascia for 1-2 minutes every hour. The more often you stretch, the faster the healing process.

11. Take anti-inflammatory medications: Medications such as naproxen and ibuprofen will decrease the inflammation. They can work well in the early stages of plantar fasciitis and should only be used in conjunction with other treatments. Do not take if you have a stomach ulcer.

12. Lose Weight: The more weight on the body, the more force and stress through the feet and the plantar fascia. Even a small amount of weight loss will decrease the stress on the plantar fascia and help with the healing process.

13. Wear supportive shoes: This is one of the most important steps. Soft flexible shoes will only cause more problems, despite how comfortable they may feel. Shoes should be worn from the time you get up in the morning until you go to sleep at night. Avoid going barefoot.

14. Use a heel cup: In the early stages of fasciitis, when the heel is tender, heel cups can increase shock absorption and add comfort to the shoes when walking. They should only be used in conjunction with other therapies and are not helpful in the later stages of the condition.

15. Use heel lifts: A heel lift placed in the shoe, or a heel on the shoe (up to 1 inch) will decrease stress on the plantar fascia.

16. Use anti-fatigue mats: If you stand in one place for an extended amount of time at work or at home, an anti-fatigue mats will add shock absorption and decrease stress through the heel.

17. Strengthen the foot muscles: While seated, place a thin towel on the floor in front of your feet. Grab the edge of the towel with your toes and pull the towel under the foot. This exercise strengthens the small muscles in the bottom of the foot.

18. Foot strapping: Taping the arch with sports tape in a fashion to support the arch can reduce stress through the plantar fascia and accelerate healing.

19. Use a night splint: A night splint will stretch the arch and the plantar fascia. Although they are called night splints, the splints can be worn in the evening or during the night. Night splints can be rigid or soft and are a simple, affordable, effective therapy.

20. Wear off the shelf orthotics: Prefabricated orthotics are designed to control abnormal foot motion which places excess stress on the plantar fascia. They are not soft and flexible, but semi-rigid and supportive. Certain foot types may require custom made orthotics, but most will do well with an off the shelf orthotic.

If your symptoms persist, make an appointment with your podiatrist.

Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate – Dare To Know Your Chances

A pancreatic cancer survival rate refers to the percentage of people who were reported still living after being diagnosed with the cancer about 5 yrs ago.

This disease is one of the deadliest of all cancers and one with the lowest survival rates. According to the American Cancer Society, only 5% of patients with this disease are alive 5 years after the cancer is found.

In the United States, it is estimated that more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year. What is surprising is that many people don’t know this and in addition, most of them are not even sure what cancer of the pancreas is. Another little known fact about this disease is that more than 60,000 cases are diagnosed in Europe each year.

The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach that is shaped a wee bit like the shape of a fish. It is six inches long and less than 2 inches wide. It extends across the abdomen. The pancreas has two functions. It breaks down fats and proteins in foods we eat for body absorption. The pancreas also produces hormones to help balance the amount of sugar in the blood.

While cancer of the pancreas can affect anyone, the American Cancer Society has identified several risk factors for this disease:

* Nearly 70 percent of patients with this disease are over 55 years.

* Men are affected more often than women.

* Blacks are more likely to have this disease than whites.

* The risk is higher among smokers.

* There may be a link with the consumption of large amounts of red meat and pork, especially processed meats (like sausage and bacon).

* Very overweight people are 20% more likely to develop this disease.

This type of cancer is a fatal disease and pancreatic cancer survival rate is very poor. The cancer of the pancreas is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. Over 98% of patients with cancer of the pancreas die.

Diagnosis of this cancer at an early stage is very difficult because the symptoms in the early stages are vague and diagnostic procedures are not very reliable in diagnosing the disease at an early stage. The diagnosis is usually made at an advanced stage of the disease, making it very difficult to treat. Complete tumor resection is also not curative and pancreatic cancer survival rate is only 1 amongst 20 people.

Recent studies and clinical trials are offering promising results but at the moment, curative resection remains the only hope to improve the over-all pancreatic cancer survival rate.

Flatulence Embarrassment

Flatulence is something that everyone will experience and is caused by gas in the digestive tract. Not everyone will experience flatulence at the same levels. From time to time the individual will experience greater amounts of flatulence than they may have at other times. Most individuals are not aware that there is a normal amount of gas that should be and needs to be passed on a daily basis Normally, on a daily basis the individual will pass gas approximately 15 to 25 times. When flatulence occurs in much greater amounts, the individual may have other problems as the causative factor.

Understanding why gas in the digestive tract occurs, and why it is necessary to expel the gas is important because of the nature of this natural body function. At times it can prove to be very uncomfortable for the individual, and of course can be embarrassing as well at times. Usually the gas is odorless and consists of oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen and methane. When the expelled gas is malodorous, it is due to bacteria in the large intestine. These bacteria release gases containing sulfur and that is the cause of the obnoxious odor released when one passes gas.

Gases can also cause, bloating, distention of the abdomen and at times pain. The pains at times can be so severe, and when radiating into the chest, the individual may think they are having a heart attack. The result of excessive gas in the upper digestive tract is usually eructation (belching). Some individuals have the ability to bring on a belch and by doing so will get some relief by expelling some excess gas. Others may find relief with the use of antacids. These antacids affect relief by absorbing the gas like a sponge.

Gases are caused when the body’s digestive system does not break down the food we eat due to the lack of necessary enzymes. This usually occurs in the small intestine. The problematic foods are mostly carbohydrates consisting of starches, sugar and fiber, found in much of the food we eat. When the undigested food passes from the small intestine into the large intestine, bacteria will break it down, and the gases are formed. Not all individuals produce methane, but approximately one third of the people do.

There are other contributing factors causing flatulence. Some are as follows:

  1. Swallowing air (Aerophagia) usually occurs while eating and drinking. It also occurs while chewing gum. Anxiety can also be a contributing factor. Excessive salivation (producing an over abundance of saliva) is another cause.
  2. Posture can be responsible in producing an excessive amount of air in the digestive tract. While standing upright, air is trapped above the liquefied food in the stomach and is relieved by belching. When lying down and the food pass the duodenal sphincter into the   duodenum , air passes into the lower digestive tract causing flatulence.
  3. Other diseases such as peptic ulcer, liver or kidney disease may be contributing factors.

The individual who produces excessive amounts gas should examine their diets as to what may be the foods that are causing this condition. They should also know what foods are the culprits in this scenario. Read the types of foods that are gas formers in the health hints below. It will then be up to the individual to adjust their diet to help in alleviating the production of excessive gases.

Health Hints***

Sugars: can be one of the chief offenders and there are four in this category.

Fructose: Is used as sweetener fruit drinks and sodas. It is also found in wheat, pears, onions and artichokes

Lactose: Are natural sugars found in milk and milk products, such as cheeses and ice cream. It is also abundant in processed foods, such as bread, cereals, salad dressings and baked foods. As we age, our levels of enzymes for lactose digestion decrease. Other races such, Native America, African and Asians do not generally produce enough of the enzyme to digest lactose.

Sorbitol: This is a sugar that found in such fruits as apples, peaches, pears and prunes. It is also widely used as an artificial sweetener in dietetic drinks, and sugarfree candies and gums.

Raffinose: This is a complex sugar found in large amounts in beans, hence the reputation of beans as a gas forming food. It is also found in cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and other vegetables. It is also found in whole grains.

Starches: Cause large amounts of gas as they are digested in the large intestine. Starches are found in potatoes, corn, wheat and noodles. Interestingly, rice is the only one in the starch family that does not cause gas.

Fiber: Comes in two forms, soluble and insoluble.

The soluble fiber is easily dissolved by water and becomes a jelly like substance in the intestines, but is not broken down until it reaches the large intestines where it forms gas. It is found in such foods as oat bran, peas, beans and most of the fruits

The insoluble fiber passes through the intestines without being broken down and therefore does not cause gas. It is found in many vegetables and Wheat bran.

The individual with more than normal flatulence needs to follow certain protocols to find relief. These are suggestions:

  1. See your healthcare provider to rule out any contributing disease processes.
  2. See to your diet as to the above suggestions, reducing your intake of sugars.
  3. After eating, taking a short walk is very helpful.
  4. Do not lie down after eating.
  5. Do not do any chores that require a great deal of bending.
  6. Do not drink carbonated beverages.
  7. Do not smoke.

13 Reasons to Stop Drinking Coffee

You are perhaps reading this because you or someone close to you is unwell, inflamed, hormonally imbalanced, nutritionally void, overworked, highly stressed, fatigued, depressed and/or toxic. Coffee is not part of the healing process and the statistics and facts from numerous studies regarding coffee is quite compelling.

The toxicity of caffeine becomes apparent when you try to remove the stimulant from your diet. Common side effects include headaches, fatigue, sleepiness, lethargy, irritability, depression, muscle pain and stiffness, but to name a few…

Keeping it simple, drinking coffee has many effects in the body; some good, mostly bad.

  1. Caffeine, a constituent in coffee, initiates the stress ‘fight or flight’ response, putting our bodies on high alert, ready to take action. This stress response is great if fending off a sabre tooth tiger or wanting to lift a car off and injured pedestrian, not so good sitting at a computer. The stress response also causes the release of cortisol and insulin, causing sugar spikes and the ensuing sugar lows, making you feel lousy.
  2. Caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity making it difficult for cells to respond to changes in blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar levels cause all sorts of issues, including cardiovascular disease, arterial deterioration, higher levels of triglycerides, LDL’s and VLDL’s (for those who have ever had a cholesterol test these guys are not friends)
  3. A healthy body has an ideal alkaline blood pH of around 7.3. Coffee is very acidic and sits at about pH 5. The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive issues including but not limited to heartburn, halitosis (bad breath) GERD, dysbiosis, ulcers, acid reflux, and bloating.
  4. Coffee is the most chemically treated crop on earth. More than 100 kg of chemical fertilisers are used per acre of coffee being harvested. (organic coffee doesn’t have this problem but most coffee is not organically farmed) and studies have shown more that 1000 chemicals in coffee, not to mention the bleach in the coffee filters, the list goes on…
  5. Decaffeinated coffee is even worse that regular coffee, and more acidic. Most decaffeinated coffee is processed with methylene chloride and formaldehyde, both known carcinogens.
  6. Constituents in coffee can interfere with normal drug metabolism and detoxification in the liver, increasing the load of the liver’s daily function. Liver enzymes are used to break down the constituents in coffee and if the demand is high, the liver becomes sluggish as the major organ of elimination cannot cope.
  7. Coffee plays havoc with your neuroendocrine system, which encompasses the central nervous system, immune system and hormones. We all know when we are highly stressed we often get sick, – it’s because all systems are intrinsically linked and every action has many knock on effects in seemingly unrelated areas.
  8. Caffeine elevates serotonin ‘the happy hormone’. Serotonin is integral in mood and appetite regulation, which explains the mood enhancing properties of coffee. it also explains why people get crabby when it is withdrawn, as serotonin levels in the short-term drop as your body has to relearn to release serotonin without coffee as the stimulus. Your body quickly adjusts to releasing serotonin without the stimulus and it’s a fabulous feeling being ‘naturally high’.
  9. GABA, a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in the Central Nervous System, causes relaxation and sleep. GABA is inhibited when coffee is ingested, causing alertness. Many coffee drinkers are often wired, overstimulated and have trouble sleeping due to the inhibition of GABA.
  10. High caffeine intake also places excess load on your adrenal glands. Adrenal glands primarily produce adrenaline, a hormone used to regulate stress, as well as suppressing inflammation and regulating blood pressure. We have all heard the term adrenal burnout or adrenal exhaustion, common in those overworked and under extreme levels of stress.
  11. Drinking coffee adds to the equation by causing more stimulus in an already overstimulated and exhausted system.When a person is under stress, their ability to detoxify even a little caffeine diminishes, which is especially problematic in women who generally have a harder time processing and detoxifying caffeine than men.
  12. Caffeine diminishes the body’s ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients it requires for many of the complex processes it performs. Caffeine can diminish the absorption of iron by up to 50% and decrease the uptake and absorption of water-soluble B vitamins too.
  13. Daily coffee consumption increases insulin resistance. Insulin helps the body transport glucose into the cells however if the cells are less receptive, the job is not being performed effectively. Coupled with a typical western diet high in processed sugars and refined carbohydrates, which means more circulating glucose, the need for higher insulin requirements increases and so the vicious cycle begins. Add stress to the mix and some more stimulants including coffee and you have the potential recipe for a metabolic meltdown.

It’s a wise and fruitful experiment to provide yourself a break from coffee and experience what it feels like to live your life on your own fuel. Your body is an amazing machine and can produce wondrous effects if you give it a chance. See for yourself how fantastically energised, clear-headed and ‘naturally high’ you feel with a cleaner, less chemically fuelled body.

What Irregularities in Menstrual Cycle Could Mean for Fertility

A woman going through an irregular menstrual cycle is nothing new. It is in fact quite common and with changing lifestyles, more women are faced with an irregular menstrual cycle on a regular basis. However, when it comes to fertility and having the ability to conceive a child, this same irregularity can take the shape of a more serious health condition and come in the way of conception. Some of the dangers or sources of irregular menstrual cycle that can also cause infertility are as follows:

1) PCOS – Also known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS is a condition where a woman develops a number of cysts in their ovaries. As a result of these cysts, there is hormonal imbalance in the woman’s body leading to problems in the menstrual cycle. While having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not much of a worry for women not trying to conceive a child, PCOS does become a problem for pregnancy. The very fact that it makes your menstrual cycle irregular means that you will have difficulties for conception. The reproductive system is not able to achieve an optimum ovulation that is required during intercourse for pregnancy. It is recommended that women trying to get pregnant get a test done to check if they are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and then get appropriate treatment done as soon as possible.

2) Uterine Fibroids – Sometimes, instead of facing irregularities in terms of the dates of the month for menstrual cycles, some women end up facing other kind of abnormalities such as extremely heavy bleeding or having a longer than usual periods. If your periods end up lasting for a week or more, then there are possibilities of uterine fibroids in your body. Basically sometimes there are growths in fibroids in the uterus that can create problems for the reproductive system and irregular menstrual cycle is one of the symptoms of this condition. Again just like PCOS, this condition can be common and not harmful for most women. However, if the fibroids present in the uterus start to grow, then they end up altering the shape of the organs around them leading to infertility. Uterine fibroids that have grown bigger than their usual size need to be shrunk as soon as possible. In very rare occasions, these fibroids start growing so large that they become the size of a ball or even larger. Needless to say when this happens, you are not only faced with infertility but other serious health conditions as well.

3) Blocked fallopian tubes – It is possible for a woman to have blocked fallopian tubes but not experience any irregularities in their menstrual cycle. It is only in some rare forms of this health condition that women may face irregular periods. However, of all the conditions mentioned so far, blocked fallopian tubes are the most concerning for women trying to get pregnant. Fallopian tubes are very thin tubes on either end of the uterus and have the important function of carrying eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. The same tubes are also required for sperm to travel during intercourse for mating with the egg. Any kind of blockage or damage to this tube will directly affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child. Blocked fallopian tubes should be treated with a lot of care and must be taken care of as soon as possible to enable conception.

Nasal Polyps

What are Nasal Polyps? Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths that occur as the nasal passage tissue becomes inflamed and irritated. When nasal polyps become irritated, they may enlarge to the point that they block the nasal passage. This may result in breathing issues.

A nasal polyp may cause the following symptoms: runny nose, stuffy nose, pressure along the sinus cavity, headaches, itchy eyes, and snoring. Symptoms are similar to that of a common cold or allergy infection.

A chronic condition of nasal polyps is considered if the growth has lasted more than 12 weeks. Polyps are found near the beginning of the sinuses and further grow within the mucous membranes of the nose. They develop fully in inflamed sinuses. Age is a factor, where children develop less polyps than adults.

What is the treatment? A doctor will determine the triggers or factors that have caused the nasal polyp growth. Is it allergies or something else? A skin test is used to determine the factors, as is a nasal endoscopy procedure. The endoscopy consists of a small tube that has a camera on the end to be inserted into the nasal passage. The doctor will assess and determine whether or not polyps have formed.

There are also medications to treat polyps, but are not as effective. Such medications could be a corticosteroid nasal spray or an oral method. Oral corticosteroids are not recommended for long periods of time because serious side effects have been noted and are linked to them.

If the case of nasal polyps is more serious, then surgery may be suggested. The downfall is that polyps have the tendency to return, even after surgically removed. Surgical removal takes place with a suction cup and removal of soft tissue. The surgeon may treat other impending nasal issues that will help prevent future polyp development. Surgery may also improve overall breathing capabilities.

How to prevent? Using a nasal rinse as a method of preventing polyps has proven effective. Saline that is rinsed twice a day will clean out sinuses and prevent future mucous from building up. Another method of prevention is utilizing a humidifier. Be aware that humidifiers may trigger other allergic reactions.

Brief summary: There are a variety of reasons that nasal polyps may grow, but they all are a direct result of infected or inflamed sinuses. Common causes are allergic reactions, genetic disposition, age, asthma, or sleep apnea. Treatments of polyps may include either oral or nasal medications.

Treatment can also be surgery, but only in the most extreme cases. Be preventative in order to maximize results. Learn what are the allergic triggers to nasal polyps, and rinse sinuses out with saline as a preventative course of action.

Is Myomassology Safe?

Myomassology is practiced with many different massage techniques that are used based on the medical needs of the patient in order to achieve a higher chances of treating and promoting health and wellness. This is a type of treatment that is based on the initiative of the therapist after consulting and having a conversation with his or her client during the start of their therapy session.

The technique is also focused on energy work which is an ancient practice of many people in several countries, especially in Asia. Chakra, qi, ki or energy which is known in their various languages is regarded as one of the most important ingredient when it comes to maintaining balance for a healthy, stress-free, and strong physical and emotional condition.

Most of the methods utilized by your masseuse during the massage therapy sessions are those that you will find in any types of therapeutic massages. Among these includes reflexology, aromatherapy, reiki, and the famous Swedish massage. Although it is commonly based on the preference of the client, the massage therapist can also suggest which treatment may work best for the condition of the patient as they are more educated when it comes to the right therapy. In general, we can only tell if it’s safe when it is being performed by a certified massage therapist who is good in a particular medical care field. The risks and dangers in any massage therapy are inevitable and can’t be removed from any of the alternative health care; however they can be reduced and prevented with the proper use of the techniques in each therapy.

The benefits are basically similar to the types of therapies being used in a Myomassology therapy such as the treatment of body pain, release of tension on the affected muscle groups, improvement on the blood and oxygen circulation, enhance respiratory function, physical coordination, range of motion, flexibility, boosts the immune system, and many other health benefits that can be received from a good massage therapist.

Even the homework which consists of a dietary plan and basic exercises are proven to be safe as well as effective when followed. The workout program is used to strengthen the body and improve the movement and flexibility of the movable parts of the human body. The diet included in the rehabilitation program is to help the body recover from the inside in order for it to properly accomplish the healing process by being healthy, detoxified, and strong. It is also made up of foods that are complete in nutritional value. Although when done in the wrong way, these exercises that were intended as self-care programs can cause additional problems to the client.

What Is A Simple Ovarian Cyst?

The human body is an amazing machine, filled with complex organs and systems. One of the most fascinating systems is found in women: the female reproductive system. Understanding exactly how this amazing organ works can help explain a simple ovarian cyst.

This type of mass is often detected during a woman’s reproductive cycle but isn’t necessarily a cause for undue concern. In fact, the way that the reproductive system cycles explains most of these instances of ovarian cysts.

How the Reproductive System Works

The reproductive system of a woman is comprised of three main components: the ovaries, the fallopian tube and the uterus; there are two ovaries and two fallopian tubes, each attached to either side of a woman’s uterus.

Each month, one of the ovaries alternates the job of creating a matured egg, capable of developing into a fetus. The ovarian follicle swells as the egg develops.

At the right time each month, this cyst-like mass bursts, releasing the egg into the woman’s fallopian tube. The follicle then becomes another cyst-like body, known as a corpus luteum. It then secretes the hormones necessary to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

As the egg travels through the fallopian tube, fertilization is possible. The egg, either fertilized or not, travels to the uterus, where it either implants or is shed in menstruation.

At any time during this process, there is some potential for a simple cyst to form. A simple cyst is also known as a functional cyst. This is because these masses occur as a normal part of the fertility cycle.

While a woman’s body is supposed to cycle perfectly through every month, there are occasional malfunctions. If the ovarian follicle does not release the egg, the cyst remains and may even continue to grow for a time. This can happen without any indications or symptoms. There may, however, be some pain and discomfort, especially if the simple ovarian cyst bursts.

A simple cyst can also become apparent if the corpus luteum does not dissolve. If pregnancy does not occur, the corpus luteum should return to its normal state, but that doesn’t always happen as designed. This can also create a cyst that can last between one and three menstrual cycles.

Risks and Treatments

In most cases, a simple cyst is completely harmless. Even if your doctor does notice that there appears to be a mass in the ovarian area, they will likely take a hands-off approach.

Treatment and surgery can be invasive and the ovarian cyst will likely fade on its own as your body adjusts and corrects the issue. A simple cyst is most often filled with fluid, so cancer is usually not a concern. There is some risk associated with having a cyst on your ovary.

If you have a hormonal condition that causes your body to regularly develop excessive ovarian cysts, then it may be extremely difficult to become pregnant.

When a simple ovarian cyst is created, an egg may not be released and pregnancy will not be possible. If this happens frequently, then your fertility is greatly reduced.

In most cases, a simple ovarian cyst will occur without even being detected. These are usually normal masses that may fade on their own. If you find yourself regularly missing periods, you could have an underlying condition that is causing you to develop functional or simple cysts.

Testing can be done to determine if this is the issue, with lifestyle changes, diet and natural remedies used to prevent further issues.

Eww, Vomit!

Ok, so this is not the most appealing of topics but for those of us who are human, with a digestive system, have children or even animals, have thrown a party or just find themselves in this situation, it must be discussed.  Vomiting  is actually one of the best defense mechanisms a body has. It might be one of the most disgusting smelling and foul looking things out there but it really does keep people from dying or getting sick from things we’ve eaten or accidentally ingested. The fact that  vomiting  aids in life-saving and maintaining one’s health still doesn’t lend to the idea that throwing up, as it is also called, is something to be all right with.

 Vomit  is filled with the contents of whatever is in your stomach at the time. While most people in Columbus believe that to be the food and drink they have consumed this is not really the case, and this is one of the main reasons why it gets that smell that makes others not  vomiting  want to  vomit . Not only is the food and drink present, but stomach acids and enzymes also reveal themselves when the  vomit  is expelled and mixed together, well, you know, brings that smell. When someone  vomits  in your Columbus home, especially on your carpeting you must act quickly. The stomach acids that come up with the  vomit  are just like chlorine and can start to bleach or permanently change the colors of your carpeting as soon as it makes contact, so act quickly.

The first part is the grossest, so get that one out of the way as fast as you can. Holding your breath so you don’t have your own repeat performance from the smell scrape as much of the area as you can get while trying to not push it in deep in to the carpeting, getting as much of it up as you can. Treat the remaining mess as you would with any stain. Flush it with water and liquid detergent and if you have any cleaning supplies that can break down enzymes use this as well or any kind of absorbing powder such as ZGoop.

There is one part of this mess that even when you have cleaned up the chunks and ooze still remains whether you can see it or not and that is the odor. The stench can remain for quite some time and if the bacteria are allowed to stay in your carpeting you will be reminded daily that someone puked on your floor. This is a good time to maybe call the pros and let a Columbus carpet cleaning company come in and get rid of it once and for all.

Your carpets are probably due for a carpet cleaning anyway, so why not kill two birds with one stone and sanitize that  vomit  right out of there. Remember to act quickly no matter how bad it looks or smells when someone  vomits  on your carpeting in order to not have any discoloration or bad smelling patches of carpet in your home.

Food Poisoning Lawsuits

The concern of food poisoning used to be primarily limited to improper handling and preparation of meals in restaurants and in the home. Over the last few years, massive outbreaks of serious illness and death caused by large scale food contamination, such spinach contaminated with E Coli, peanut butter carrying salmonella, and the pet food contamination which we later discovered crossed over into contamination of human foods, have made most of us leery about the foods we buy and eat.

We cannot, however, simply stop eating, and with the government’s very limited capacity to inspect foods coming in from overseas, these outbreaks are likely to continue. Of course, the element of food handling, storage, and contamination in restaurants and local stores has not been removed, but merely added to by these large scale concerns.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are bout 76 million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. every year, with about 5,000 resulting in death. We typically think of food poisoning as illness caused by bacteria, but food can also become harmful or deadly when it is contaminated with viruses passed along by infected food handlers, chemicals and even foreign objects.

Food can be contaminated when bacteria are transferred from a person, animal, preparation surface, or other food, due to poor hygiene or improper food handling practices. Improper storage can cause food to spoil, and failure to fully cook foods can also cause food poisoning.

E Coli

There are many strains of E Coli. Not all of them are harmful, but some are deadly. E Coli bacteria come from feces. Food can be contaminated during storage and preparation by people’s hands, utensils, packaging, or preparation surfaces. Undercooked meats are a common source because meat typically comes into contact with feces during the slaughtering process. E Coli can also reach produce in the fields through contaminated irrigation water, animals defecating in fields, and improper fertilization methods.

Salmonella

Undercooked poultry is the most commonly known source of salmonella poisoning. Salmonella is spread among poultry largely due to the poor conditions in which the birds are raised. The bacteria can be killed by cooking meat to temperatures over 150 degrees, and proper refrigeration controls its growth. Cross contamination of other foods is a common result of poor food handling and lack of cleanliness.

Staphylococcus aureus

Mayonnaise-based foods are a common source of food poisoning, and it is a common misconception that salmonella is the culprit. In reality, bacteria called staphylococcus aureus is the underlying problem. It is found in the skin, nose, and respiratory passages of about half of all people, and it is not the bacteria which causes the illness, but a toxin produced by the bacteria as it grows. The bacteria itself can be destroyed by cooking, but the toxin cannot. Most foods containing mayonnaise, such as potato salad and cole slaw, are not cooked. Proper refrigeration and hand washing are necessary to prevent this type of food poisoning.

Botulism

Very rare, but very deadly, botulism kills about 30% of its victims. Canned foods are the most common source. Boiling food for 10 minutes will kill the bacteria.

Can You Have the Lap Band Surgery If You Have an Ulcer?

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding or Lap Band surgery has become a common procedure for achieving weight loss. There are a number of conditions one must meet before being accepted for lap band surgery. The issue of certain health conditions is a factor when determining whether one is a suitable candidate for this type of weight loss surgery. One such condition is ulcers.

When one undergoes weight loss surgery, an inflatable band is placed around the top part of the stomach to create a small pouch. The band is then filled with saline to inflate the pouch. The purpose is to decrease the size of the stomach which decreases the amount of food intake. The band will be adjusted to change the amount of food passing through the stomach. The smaller stomach creates a feeling of being full. The reduction in food intake means weight loss will occur. Those who are considered obese will normally have the surgery.

To have lap band surgery, one health condition doctors look for is gastric ulcers. One who has an ulcer prior to the surgery is not normally considered a suitable candidate. Ulcers are normally a condition that signifies an unreasonable risk to the patient who wants to have the lap band procedure.

An ulcer is an open lesion on the mucous membranes. When one is afflicted with ulcers in the stomach, it is called a gastric ulcer. Ulcers will occur due to the affect of too much hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Normally a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori is the main cause of ulcers. The most widely experienced symptom of ulcers is a burning pain in the abdomen. The hydrochloric acid is impacting the stomach lining.

Patients with ulcers in the stomach are not normally chosen for the surgery because it makes them a high risk for serious side affects after the procedure. If one has an ulcer and undergoes the surgery, they possibly start regurgitating the food from the pouch. As well, the excess hydrochloric acid can eat away at the lap band material and sutures. There is also a risk of bleeding of the ulcer and lining of the stomach. This can result in removing the lap band or the patient undergoing emergency surgery.

Every surgical procedure comes with it share of risks. However, there are not as many health risks and side effects associated with the surgery. One major benefit of having of lap band surgery is that there is not any additional surgeries required to fix any health problem that may occur after the surgery. The lap band can be removed at any time and the stomach is restored to its natural state.

Because obesity is a national epidemic, weight loss surgeries are increasing significantly. The health impacts are numerous such as an increase in diabetes and heart problems. Although lap band has its risks, they are mild, and the mortality is low compared to other weight loss surgeries. As with any surgical procedure, one must consult with their physician and the lap band surgical medical team to learn the risks and benefits of having this procedure to achieve healthy weight loss.

Acid Reflux – Symptoms and Treatment

Acid reflux (also known as GERD or heartburn) is a common condition — Over 60 million Americans experience it at least once a month.

For some, acid reflux is a temporary phenomenon experienced only when eating too much, or eating particular types of food e.g. spicy foods. But for many others, acid reflux can be a painful and persistent condition.

What Is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter (that normally closes after swallowing to prevent stomach contents from escaping) malfunctions and allows stomach acid to travel up the oesophagus. When this occurs, a painful sensation is felt.

What are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?

The symptoms of acid reflux are a painful “burning” sensation in the upper chest and/or regurgitation of acid into the mouth. Some patients will even develop nausea although this is less common. Although often called “heartburn”, the pain should not be mistaken for that associated with a true heart attack or cardiac arrest which would be accompanied by tightness of and pounding in the chest, weakness and feeling faint.

What are the Treatments for Acid Reflux?

Fortunately there are many treatments available for acid reflux.

Antacids are usually the first port of call for many acid reflux sufferers. For short term and infrequent attacks of acid reflux, these provide much needed temporary relief. However, as a long term solution they are not suitable and alternatives should be sought.

Any sufferer of regular acid reflux should keep a diary of everything they eat and drink. Over time, patterns can be established and many people report elimination or reduction of acid reflux symptoms after changing their diet accordingly to eliminate problematic food or drink.

If dietary changes have little or no effect, there are various families of drugs that are available over the counter and on prescription.

PPIs, or proton pump inhibitors, are often prescribed and successful drugs. These work by inhibiting production of the stomach acid that causes acid reflux. They have relatively limited side effects. H2 blockers are a different family of drugs that have the same effect but work in a different way. For the vast majority of long term acid reflux sufferers, PPIs and H2 blockers are a successful drug therapy. Some people, however, fail to respond to treatment with PPIs and H2 blockers and their only option are more radical drugs known as promotility agents. Unfortunately, these can have very severe side effects and are therefore rarely prescribed.

Lastly, for those who fail to respond to drug treatment, or simply want an alternative to the daily inconvenience of taking drugs, surgery is an option. New techniques are constantly being developed, some of which include procedures such as Enteryx Procedure, Stretta Procedure, Nissen Fundoplication and Endocinch. Your doctor will be able to give you more advice on these surgery options.

Cure Disease – How to Cure Any Disease

There is one simple elemental truth when it comes to curing disease. Every illness is caused by something. Normally what is causing an ailment in the body is disharmony. Disharmony mentally, as well as physically, can cause the body to acquire “dis-ease”. In order to illness we have to be able to restore the bodies harmony and get it back into balance. This can be acquired and accomplished through many means. Some people believe that drugs are necessary to heal.

Other people believe positive thought will help heal us and even more believe that a combination of both will help restore balance. Other people think that healing has to do with herbal supplements being used in conjunction with alternate healing methods like acupuncture or aromatherapy for healing. Maybe many of you have tried all of these methods to cure disease and have not found any relief? Maybe you are looking in the wrong direction, or maybe you are just fed up and confused about how to find relief from the symptoms that are so troublesome. Maybe you just haven’t found what you are looking for, as far as a solution is concerned. Maybe it just hasn’t been YOUR time, until now.

Now you can find a cure for any disease within minutes by following one common principal. It is not any one practice, it is a combination of many methods that have been proven to heal illness. This revolutionary new information is not mainstream media and it not know to the general public. Only this information is known to people who attract this type of healing into their lives. To cure disease, you must have the desire to eliminate the disease and disharmony in your life, and with your search have come up with the cure. This is where and how you will heal yourself and live abundantly.

Heart Failure – Its Causes and Signs

The heart is responsible for pumping blood to the rest parts of the body. The efficient heart function helps to provide oxygen and nutrients to the various parts of the body to enable them carry out their unique functions. When there is a disruption in the contractile ability of the heart, the heart tries to cope by developing mechanisms that would help remedy the disruption in muscle contractility. A failure in these mechanisms leads to reduced cardiac output and subsequently to heart failure.

Definition: Heart failure (circulatory failure) is the inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood, oxygen and nutrients to the various parts of the body to meet up their metabolic needs.

Heart failure is not a disease condition; it is a syndrome which results from other pathophysiological conditions taking place in other parts which place increased demand on the heart. Heart failure can be acute or chronic.

TYPES: There are two types of heart failure – Left ventricular failure and right sided failure (congestive cardiac failure).

1. Left ventricular failure: Left ventricular failure results from the inability of the left ventricle to pump sufficient blood from the left side of the heart into the aorta from where it is distributed to the rest parts of the body.

Causes of Left ventricular failure

i. Myocardial infarction (coronary artery occlusion)

ii. Valvular defects

iii. Pregnancy (when there is an underlying disease)

iv. Anaemia

v. Rheumatic fever

vi.   Pericarditis 

vii. Septicaemia

viii. Hypertension

ix. Arrhythmias

x. Syphilitic heart disease

xi. Obesity

xii. Prolonged dietary deficiency e.g. beri beri

xiii. Pulmonary heart disease due to disorders of the lungs e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

xiv. Paget’s disease

xv. Hyperthyroidism

xvi. Transfusion or infusion overloading

xvii. Emotional stress.

Signs and symptoms of LHF

i. Fatigue

ii. Dyspnoea (difficult breathing) on exertion

iii. Coughing

iv. Orthopnoea

v. Mental confusion

vi. Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea (cardiac asthma)

vii. Anorexia (loss of appetite for food)

viii. Decreased tolerance to exercise

ix. Pulmonary rales

x. Reduced urinary output (oliguria)

xi. Rapid irregular pulse