The Facelift: Three Common Questions

Am I A Good Candidate?

There are several factors that play into determining whether or not you are a good candidate for a facelift. Keep in mind these are rather broad definitions and a qualified doctor is the only one who can tell you for sure if the procedure is right for you. One of the common factors is having sagging facial skin. This loose skin, particularly around the jaw line and around the neck, can usually be treated well by the operation. Keep in mind that the procedure does not do anything to change the texture of the skin, so patients with a decent amount of elasticity left will be better candidates than those who do not. Finally, those with a good, strong bone structure tend to benefit more from the operation than those without.

What Is Recovery Like?

While recovery is different for each patient in some small ways, and the extent of the facelift will play a major role in determining what your recovery will be like, there is some common ground shared by most patients. For the first few days following the surgery, there will probably be some   bruising . This  bruising  will be mildly painful, but can typically be controlled by pain medication. The  bruising  will usually have faded by the two week mark. For the first 24 hours, most patients will be required to wear some restrictive dressing.

How Long Will The Effects Last?

This is a big one, for understandable reasons. No one wants to have cosmetic surgery if it all goes back to the way it was in just a couple of years. The truth is that it is also one of the most difficult questions to answer. You should understand that while a facelift can turn back the appearance of aging, it does not do anything to stop future effects of aging. Generally speaking, one should be able to enjoy the effects of their operation for many years to come. While your appearance won’t look the same in ten years as it does a year after surgery, chances are you’ll still look much younger than you otherwise would have.

Dangerous Facts About Tobacco

Finance facts about tobacco cigarettes:

The costs of smoking are very high in terms of finances.

Smoking costs the United States about $160 billion per year which translates to a cost of $3,000 per smoker annually.

In addition, smokers use medical services more than non-smokers and have a lower productivity in the workplace.

Life expectancy for tobacco smokers

About one out of three smokers who began smoking in their youth die prematurely. Statistic is that adults who smoke die about 14 years earlier than adults who do not smoke. For example, in the late 1990s an average of 440,000 Americans died prematurely each year as a result of smoking. Many symptoms are the result of smoking such as:

o Recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis

o Smokers cough that persist or becomes intense.

o Persistent chest shoulder, or back pain unrelated to pain from coughing.

o Loss of appetite

o Wheezing

o Neck and facial swelling

o Fatigue

o Bone fracture not related to an injury

o Unexplained weight loss

Children and teens who smoke have more breathing problems, which is detrimental to overall health and physical activity. At any age, smoking damages your lungs. The more tobacco cigarettes a person smokes, the faster lung damage occurs. Interesting fact is that in older adults, smoking is also associated with a greater possibility of hip fractures.

Facts about dangerous tobacco ingredients

Tar

Tar is an ingredient found in cigarettes and tires as well as roads. A two pack a day smoker inhales one gram of tar a day. That is a quart of thick, gooey tar inhaled a year.

Arsenic

The arsenic found in cigarettes also used to kill rats is. It causes irritated lungs, abnormal heart beat, and a score of other symptoms.

Cadmium

The cadmium in batteries is extremely poisonous when found in cigarettes and results in kidney damagee.

Ammonia

The ammonia in bleach speeds the delivery of nicotine to smokers and changes the reading of tar in cigarettes, making it seem lower.

Toluene

The toluene in glue and cigarettes is a toxic substance that produces euphoria and irritation of the air ways and lungs.

Acetone

Acetone is an ingredient found in nail polish remover as well as cigarettes. It is a harsh chemical which irritates your lungs and can lead to cancer.

Mothballs

Mothballs contain naphthalene, also found in tobacco. This proven poison causes reproductive and brain breakdown.

Phenol

The toxic phenol found in plastics and cigarettes can cause kidney and liver damage and reduced blood pressure, resulting in severe sickness and possibly death.

Positive effects quitting smoking

Quitting smoking has nearly immediate and long-term positive health effects. A few examples from the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report that compares smokers to those who quit smoking include:

o After 5 to 15 years of not smoking, stroke risk is reduced to that of a person who never smoked.

o Coronary heart disease risk is cut by half 1 year after quitting and is nearly the same as someone who never smoked 15 years after quitting.

o Lung cancer risk drops by as much as half 10 years after quitting.

Alternative Medicine For GERD After Cholecystectomy

Nearly 700,000 Americans lose their gallbladder annually. According to medical papers, 20% of them may have digestive problems including abdominal pain, heartburn, belching, nausea, gas, bloating, constipation and bile diarrhea. The medical name for this disorder is postcholecystectomy syndrome. Gallbladder removal surgery is known as cholecystectomy.

Individuals without gallbladders typically suffer from mild or intense heartburn, constant and burning sensation in the throat and regurgitation of food or irritated liquids. In the worst-case situation, regurgitation occurs when the corroding stomach’s content fills the throat in the evening. This is diagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

These patients are prescribed stomach acid suppressed medications, but these medications do not help to everyone. Medical doctors began to recognize the type of reflux: acid reflux or bile reflux. 50-70% of the stubborn GERD cases may be caused by bile reflux.

Bile reflux is not anything new. Surgeons have observed bile in the stomachs of ulcer patients for over a hundred years. Nowadays, bile is reported during gastroscopy in patients with ulcers, chronic inflammation of the stomach (gastritis), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s Esophagus. Barrett’s Esophagus is a dangerous precancerous complication of the gastroesophageal reflux disease. Medical research shows that bile reflux can often be seen inside the stomach of patients without gallbladders.

What moves the bile into the stomach? If we understand that, it may explore the way of healing the bile reflux and its consequences.

To be more detailed, the bile reflux is the reflux of the mix of the pancreatic juice and bile. It is known that liver produces and releases bile and the pancreas produces pancreatic juice with digestive enzymes. It is critical to understand that, in the normal condition, the bile and pancreatic juice are remarkably alkaline solutions in the human body. Good digestion primarily depends upon alkalinity of these fluids. Contrary, acidic alterations in the bile and pancreatic juice initiate problems with digestion.

Bile is a balanced, alkaline, solution that consists of water, lecithin, cholesterol, bicarbonate, minerals, trace elements, bile pigments, bile acids and bile salts. Acidic changes of the bile destroy this gentle balance and lead to precipitation of the calcium, bile pigment and cholesterol; thus, gallbladder stones occur.

If bile becomes acidic, then increased bile acids are precipitated in the bile. Bile acids are very “aggressive” substances, which make acidic bile extremely corroded and irritable as a strong detergent. Acidic bile wears away and irritates the surrounding tissues such as ducts and sphincters. Consecutively, this causes harsh, uneven smooth muscle contractions; thus, bile travels incorrectly and creates bile reflux -“the wrong way traffic.”

If aggressive, acidic bile is collected and concentrated inside the gallbladder for an extended duration, irritation and inflammation can occur. On the other hand, without a gallbladder, the acidic, “aggressive” liver bile continuously irritates the sphincter of Oddi bile ducts and the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Aggressive, acidic bile causes jerky contractions of the duodenum’s walls. It may throw up bile into the stomach or even the esophagus causing bile reflux with constant burning sensation, heartburn, pain, nausea and vomiting.

Another explanation for bile reflux is sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. Spasms of this valve cause the rise of the pressure inside the common bile duct with pains and its enlargement. Spasms can also push the bile into the pancreas and cause pancreatitis.

This muscle valve-sphincter of Oddi can open at the incorrect time, such as when the duodenum is void of food. Acidic liver bile irritates the empty duodenum wall and pushes the “aggressive” bile up to the stomach. Doctors suppose that the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is the culprit of several liver, gallbladder and pancreatic problems, and is a frequent reason for chronic pain post gallbladder removal.

It is known that liver bile serves as a vehicle to eliminate the toxic, fat-soluble substances from the human body. These fat-soluble substances contain bile pigments, drugs, cholesterol, alcohol, heavy metals and toxic chemicals. These toxic matters in high amounts may cause additional spasms of the sphincter of Oddi.

Hepatitis, congestion, inflammation, fatty liver, infection, and inflammation of the gallbladder, elevated body acidity levels, dehydration, poor eating habits and alcohol consumption can cause bile to become thick and acidic. It is difficult for this thickened and acidic bile to travel through the ducts and sphincter of Oddi.

Accordingly, the rationale for treatment has to focus on the root of the biochemical and biomechanical problems and changes in the bile and pancreatic juice. These problems begin from whole body acidity levels.

The body attempts to eliminate acidic materials throughout body fluids. One does not need sophisticated equipment to discover acidic levels. All that is needed is litmus paper that can be purchased in natural food stores. Checking saliva and urine pH levels by using litmus paper at home, in the morning and evening, may show acidic conditions, particularly, if saliva and urine pH are repeatedly less than 6.6.

Can we naturally bring acidic bile and pancreatic juices to normal, slightly alkaline levels?

I clarify in my articles before how the minerals and bicarbonate from foods and water and supplementation with magnesium and potassium can neutralize body acidity levels.

For these healing reasons, European doctors have used healing mineral water for many centuries. There are plenty of healing mineral spas all over the Europe. The most medically researched is the mineral water from thermal springs of the small Czech Republic town of Karlovy Vary. European doctors have recommended that their patients with liver and digestive disorders to drink Karlovy Vary mineral water since the 16th century.

At the Karlovy Vary resort, spring water has been vaporized to produce a mineral salt for more than 200 years. People unable to drink water from the thermal springs utilized healing mineral water prepared by dissolving Karlovy Vary genuine thermal spring salt in plain water at home. Czech doctors believe that dissolving this salt in water at home creates the mineral water with similar healing actions.

European doctors validated that drinking Karlovy Vary healing mineral water decreases bile and pancreatic juice “aggressive” and acidic levels. In addition, this healing mineral water increases bile and pancreatic juice liquidity to ease their move throughout the bile ducts and sphincter of Oddi.

Drinking Karlovy Vary healing mineral water promotes proper digestion, diminishes gas and bloating and lessens pains and cramps. It also reduces heartburn and burning sensations.Healing of the postcholecystectomy syndrome with this healing mineral water has been confirmed for hundreds of years.

Besides magnesium and potassium supplements and drinking healing mineral water produced from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt, other supplements for bile reflux include enzymes, probiotics, zinc-carnosine and DGL.

No doubt, food is a crucial, safe and cheap medicine for bile reflux. Food products need to be alkaline-forming and are packed with natural digestive enzymes. Various raw, fresh-made, vegetable blends or juices are excellent examples of alkaline foods.

Patients with the bile-pancreatic reflux may suffer from other disorders such as Candida-yeast overgrowth and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). It can ensue after taking antibiotics, some medications, consumption of the sugars and drinking soda and alcohol. These overgrowths cause constant fermentation in the intestines and produce gas such as hydrogen or methane. These gases can open the muscle valve (lower esophageal sphincter – LES) between the stomach and esophagus and move the stomach content up with severe burning sensations and heartburn.

It is impossible to completely irradiate the Candida-yeast because it is a regular element of human intestinal flora. Problems start with Candida-yeast overgrowth. Diet, good quality probiotics, herbs, nutritional supplements, healing mineral water and colon hydrotherapy may help to keep Candida-yeast in balance.

The LES is usually resilient. For instance, when a healthy skilled yoga person stands on their head, the lower esophageal sphincter holds back the stomach contents and defends the esophagus from injury.

If the pressure within the stomach rises, the LES opens at inappropriate times. The muscle valve cannot hold up the increased pressure inside the stomach. Consequently, it unlocks. Bulky dinners or lying down after large meals or wearing tight-fitting clothing and belts can raise the pressure inside the stomach. Unhealthy food combinations such as proteins, starches, and sugars together can cause gas and heartburn, as well.

What else can reduce bile reflux?

Herbal medicine is the oldest way to reduce digestive problems. Some herbs enhance bile amounts and help its natural elimination and decrease heartburn, abdominal spasms and pain. Experienced health care practitioners can customize the herbal remedies for every digestive problem.

I personally use acupuncture and gentle abdominal massage and observe positive results in the heartburn after gallbladder removal.

When a patient suffers from suppressed stomach acidity and cannot find relief, there is a high risk of bile reflux. For now, bile reflux is difficult to treat. Therefore, non-drug, non-knife, natural approaches may be helpful. A licensed, experienced health practitioner should be researched and consulted.

Failure to control bile reflux may result in serious health problems such as ulcers, stomach and duodenum inflammation, and Barrett’s esophagus; a potential precursor to esophageal cancer, as well.

The info on this article is here only for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitution for the diagnosis and treatment, or advice of a qualified licensed professional.

Canine Candida and Antibiotics

Due to the use of antibiotics, a dog’s natural intestinal bacteria are replaced with pathogenic microbes, including candida albicans. Candida is a yeast, and it thrives on sugar. Then you feed the typical commercial dog food, which is based to a great degree, on grains. Grains are an excellent source of carbohydrates, and these carbohydrates turn to sugar in the digestive tract. Excellent food for the yeast to thrive. When a veterinarian prescribes antibiotics for an infection, it is imperative that he/she prescribe fungicides and a lactobacilli replacement therapy as a follow-up. Re-establishing a healthy environment in the digestive tract is essential, following antibiotic therapy.

Candidiasis is epidemic, but conventional medicine tends to ignore the problem. Candida is a single cell organism which occurs naturally in the digestive tract, and in healthy bodies it is kept in check by beneficial bacteria. But due to the use of antibiotics which kills off both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut, candida is allowed to flourish in the presence of the high carbohydrate diet.

The ‘antibiotic syndrome’ is not just due to Candida. More generally it can be regarded as a ‘dysbiosis’ where the wrong kind of microbes inhabit the intestinal tract, not just Candida and other fungi, but many types of pathogenic bacteria including coli bacteria which are normal in the colon but become disease-forming when they ascend into the small intestine. The toxins released by the microbial overpopulation cause, in addition, chronic inflammation of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and intestines. It appears likely that chronic inflammation of the pancreas is a major contributing factor in the development of insulin-dependent diabetes.

In 1983, William G. Crook, MD, published The Yeast Connection, which links candidiasis, chronic health problems and a high carb diet. Since that time, a multitude of people and their pets have benefited from special diets and herbal supplementation, which are geared toward killing off the candida yeast, and replacing it with beneficial bacteria. Many chronic health problems have been alleviated by following the guidelines in Dr. Crook’s book, in addition to a myriad of other publications on the subject.

According to nutritional consultant Linda Arndt of Indiana, Candida is a formidable enemy, because its cells manufacture toxic chemicals that kill beneficial bacteria and harm the body. According to Arndt, candida symptoms are often misdiagnosed as allergies, manifesting as rashes or skin outbreaks, hot spots, or infections of the ears, eyes, bladder or urinary tract. “These conditions can be accompanied by a secondary infection, which is what gets treated, but the underlying cause is rarely addressed by conventional medicine. These secondary problems can include joint pain, severe itching, which leads to endless biting, chewing and hair loss. The dog’s skin can turn black, become dry and flaky or develop a greasy grit on the surface, and wherever candida takes over, a bad yeasty smell can develop”.

“The well-intentioned allergy testing results will tell you the dog is allergic to everything from dust mites to tuna and lima beans. But that’s not where the problem lies. Many so-called allergy cases are nothing more than misdiagnosed systemic yeast infections from candida overgrowth.”

According to holistic physician Bruce Fife, ND, the candida organism is especially insidious because it changes form. “If left unchallenged”, he says, “candida converts from a single-celled form into a multi-celled or mycellial fungal form with hairy, root-like projections called rhizoids. These rhizoids penetrate the intestinal wall, which affects the intestines’ ability to absorb vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids, leading to nutritional deficiencies and leaky gut syndrome.”

Leaky gut syndrome allows bacteria, toxins, and undigested food to pass through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, where they cause chronic low-grade infections, inflammation, and allergic responses. “The immune system identifies undigested food proteins as foreign invaders,” says Dr. Fife, “and its attack results in allergy symptoms. Your dog’s food allergies, seasonal allergies, and environmental allergies call all be caused by an imbalance in the microbial environment of his digestive tract. It’s no exaggeration to say that chronic health problems originate in the intestines.”

The best treatment for candida is a diet which is very low in carbohydrates, effectively starving the yeast in the gut, as well as that in the blood and various organs. Switching a candida-infected dog from a grain-based kibble to a grain-free, low-carbohydrate diet is an easy way to reduce a dog’s population of Candida albicans. Diet is the first line of defense, followed by herbal remedies. Because many cases of canine candidiasis coincide with hypothyroidism, the dog’s thyroid levels should be checked.

Wild wolves are unlikely to suffer from candida overgrowth because wolves in the wild consume little or no sugars, grains, fruits or other carbohydrates, and very little vegetable matter. Their diet consists almost entirely of the meat, organs, blood, skin, and bones of prey animals.

Prevention Program:

Avoid commercial pet foods which are high in grain-based carbohydrates.

Feed a meat-based diet, raw or cooked – no grains.

Utilize antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. Minor infections should usually clear on their own, if the dog is not otherwise immune compromised.

If antibiotics become necessary, follow up with a good quality probiotic supplement or plain yogurt.

According to Dr Neil Weiner, DVM, of California, these are some symptoms to watch for:

Fatigue, poor appetite, overweight, nervous, anxiousness, allergies, environmental sensitivities, frequent infections, dull, rough coat.

Rashes and itching, hives, draining sore, itchy feet, chewing feet or tail area, body odor, face rubbing, oily, greasy skin, dry, flaky skin, excessive shedding, blackened skin, thickened, rough skin.

Wheezing, coughing asthma, nasal discharge, reverse sneezing (snorting), itching nose.

Bad breath, smelly bowel movements, frequent episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea, constipation, anal gland impaction or irritation.

Ear infections, ear itching or pain, itching eyes, cloudy eyes, excessive tearing, oozing.

Arthritis.

Bladder or kidney stones, increased urination, irregular heat cycles, vaginal discharge/infections.

Amenorrhea – What Does Not Having a Menstrual Cycle Mean?

“A” in Greek is the word for “negative,” “men” is the word for “month” and “rhea” refers to “flow.” Amenorrhea means “no menstrual flow” (absence of menstruation). In Chinese medicine, it refers to “no moon.”

Rudyard Kipling said, “East is east and West is west and never the twain shall meet.”

Today it is more important than ever to understand TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine which includes acupuncture and herbal medicine) as well as Western medicine. Today’s reality integrates these two schools of thought to improve patient care. TCM gets to the root cause naturally with out the harsh affects of drugs.

We know that gynecology in China goes back as far as the early 1500 BC. Gynecologists were called “breast doctors” who treated diseases “under the skirt.”

By taking advantage of this ancient, successful medicine, we resolve many gynecological health problems at its source, earlier in the woman’s reproductive life, and perhaps bearing her from a lifetime of medications, infertility, or lack of hope.

For most women TCM is not sought as the first line of medical resolution. They seek out acupuncture and herbal medicine when all else fails; when they are the middle of fertility procedures, or when someone recommends TCM to them. We owe it to the women in our lives to recommend TCM for this condition. It is normal for menstruation to cease during pregnancy and breast-feeding. So, unless it is a structural or congenital health problem TCM provides solutions and restores your health.

Failure to menstruate may cause the uterine lining to thicken putting you at risk for cancers.

Definitions

Primary amenorrhea A young woman has reached the age of 16 (in some texts 18) and has not begun menstruating.

Oligomenorrhea or secondary amenorrhea A woman who has started menses but has missed menstrual cycles for three consecutive months.

Secondary amenorrhea often occurs with extreme exercise such as long-distance running. Typically, leaner women have higher levels of protein which affect estrogen; therefore, less free estrogen is available to stimulate the reproductive cycle properly. Other specific causes include stress, nutritional inadequacies, hormonal imbalances, tumors, intrauterine infection, endometriosis, discontinuation of oral contraceptives, diseases such as diabetes mellitus or tuberculosis, anorexia nervosa, or obesity.

In hypergonadotropin amenorrhea, high gonadotropin â”EUR any of several hormones that stimulate the growth and activity of the gonads, especially follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) â”EUR and low estrogen levels create symptoms similar to those of menopause: atrophy of the reproductive organs, hot flashes, irritability and other changes. The patient may experience internal sensations of heat, thirst, irritability, low back pain, vaginal dryness or dryness of the eyes. This type is affiliated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or premature ovarian failure (POF).

TCM looks to:

• overwork,

• emotional and physical stress,

• poor diet,

• or constitutional weakness

that creates deficiencies of Qi, Blood, Essence or Liver Blood. The Blood “fails to arrive” (menstruation) and becomes stagnant. Emotional stress, excessive physical work or overwork, poor nutritional choices, anger, sadness, anxiety and worry in today’s busy world are common culprits leading to these disorders. Many women feel that they have busy lives, but handle the stress well. Many don’t realize the imbalance this causes, many are reluctant to admit it, and many don’t perceive it as a disorder.

Other symptoms may include menses that stops after several months with decreasing volume of blood. Fatigue, anxiety or depression, or insomnia are also common symptoms.

Some women may experience:

• Poor appetite.

• Bloating.

• Loose stools.

• Constipation.

A woman may either express cold hands and feet, or heat sensations at night. Other women may experience secondary amenorrhea with the cycle lengthening gradually developing to amenorrhea accompanied by foggy thinking, obesity, or excessive vaginal discharge.

These are imbalances that all can be treated with TCM. Your practitioner will determine which organ systems are the cause of your problems and create a treatment protocol specifically for you.

TCM is underutilized and under valued as a primary resource for resolving your health problems. Educate yourself, your mother, sisters, daughters, and friends on the true importance of achieving optimum health naturally. This includes TCM. Integration of Western and Eastern medicine fosters the best medical care.

Leaky Gut Syndrome – Mystery Condition Made Simple

If this is the first time you have heard about Leaky Gut Syndrome, don’t be surprised. The term is not widely used in the conventional medical community. Many health care professionals in the natural health care arena however are very aware of its presence and the devastating effects it can have on your body if left untreated. If you are seeking a medical term for this condition it is termed: increased intestinal permeability.

So What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome is really not a disease. It is a collection of conditions that together can be quite debilitating. Leaky gut syndrome is the inflamed lining of your intestine which has become so irritated that the porousness of the lining is impaired. In order words, the lining or coating of your intestines which normally acts as a barrier wall to allow any digestive products or wastes to enter through is unable to work as a protective blockade.

These waste materials and poisons that enter your blood stream will elicit a response called an autoimmune reaction. It’s here that your autoimmune defense system will assault your own body’s cells. If this siege continues, gastrointestinal complications will begin to multiply in number and severity.

Some of the symptoms of an autoimmune response such as this are excess gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. As these symptoms grow and become more progressively worse, your physician may diagnose these conditions as separate disease processes and not attribute them as a result of leaky gut syndrome.

Some of the causes usually attributed to these symptoms but not diagnosed as leaky gut are:

– Drinking Alcohol

– Some Medications Prescription Or Over The Counter

– Diseases Of The Autoimmune System

– Infections Caused By Candida

– Chronic Or Frequent Constipation

– Unrelieved Stress

– Food Allergies Or Sensitivities

– Hypo-acidity In The Stomach Excessive

– Toxins In The Environment

– Diet Low In Fiber

– Ingesting Too Many Processed Foods

– Vitamin And Nutritional Insufficiency

– Severe Burns

These conditions are usually treated as disorders themselves. We try to cure them on a one to one basis. This is not successful because we are treating the problem and not the cause which is the “leaky gut.” As the waste material and poisons overtake your body, they become more prolific in your blood stream. Your blood will carry these toxins to other body organs which are already stressed.

Your Hepatic System And Leaky Gut Syndrome

Did you know that the very first line of defense in your body to get rid of toxins is your liver? The more waste products and poisons that enter your body’s blood stream, the harder your liver must work at eliminating them. Your liver becomes a non-stop treatment plant.

The good news is that is a powerful organ that can clear your body of toxins. The bad news is that like anything else, it can become overrun with those waste products and not be able to detoxify them. No room at the inn so to speak. The only alternative to a liver which is overworked and overloaded with toxins is to return those contaminates right back where they came from – into your bloodstream to circulate and land elsewhere.

Your hematological (blood) system is always striving to keep up an equal balance or in medical jargon “homeostasis.

Your body craves to be stable internally so that it can function at optimum level. As your blood senses an imbalance of chemicals and foreign materials in your system, it will work to make sure that an equilibrium occurs. Your circulatory mechanisms will begin to deposit those poisonous toxins in your tissues we call the tissue matrix.

Lymph System To The Rescue

Your lymphatic system is a vital part of your immune system which senses when toxins are infiltrating your body. These structures have been well developed to create an equal balance or healthy harmony in your body. The lymph’s function is to diffuse these wastes but its potential to completely eradicate these poisons can only go so far.

If not successful in accomplishing this neutralization, then the matrix tissue and the liver must assimilate the overload. These organs if overworked will eventually become toxic themselves.

As the onslaught continues and if left unresolved, over time, the gastrointestinal disorder will now grow rapidly into a toxic tissue condition. This escalating problem can spark a series of events that will eventually lead to tissue deterioration. Once this happens, bacteria will be free to grow and multiply.

In addition to infection, your lymphatic fluids begin to gather throughout your system. The presence of this type of inflammation will be seen in the form of swelling. This swelling is the primary source of the many signs and symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome.

Truth Or Consequences Of Toxin Build Up

Can too may toxins be harmful to your health? The answer is a definite “yes”. If an overload of wastes and poisons build up, your immune system just like your liver will become exhausted and no longer will be able to defend your body against them. There is a great chance that these toxins will eventually enter your body. As the invasion continues, your immune system also becomes run-down.

How can the immune system be so affected? The answer is simple. Approximately 70% percent of your immune system is essentially established in and around your digestive tract. This part of the immune system is termed GALT (gut-associated lymphatic tissues). The tissues of the lymph system are situated in the lining of your digestive tract and in the mucus lining of the intestine.

An Over Stressed Liver Is Door To Further Problems

Given that the immune system is already over-worked, it is unable to help your liver in detoxifying your body. When this happens, the liver literally stands alone and is unable to process as it should. Your liver literally becomes exhausted.

Bacteria and toxins will now begin to accrue in deleterious levels. A new culprit will now enter the playing field in the form infection we call opportunistic infections. This causes your body to acquire illness and disease which under normal circumstances you would not be able to “pick up.” This is due to the very weakened and debilitated state of your immune system.

Your Liver Is Not Alone

Another organ which comes to the rescue of detoxifying your body is the adrenal gland. These are two glands that lie on top of each of your kidneys. They are crucial in your fighting off infection. Like your liver and immune system, over work will eventually diminish the function to fight off unwelcome invaders into your body.

If the leaky gut syndrome is not corrected, the hormone that your adrenal glands produced to fight off infection called cortisol will be depleted. If your adrenal gland continually battles these toxins without a respite, it too as well will become dysfunctional and overworked. A test to decide if your cortisol level is low will be diagnosed as adrenal exhaustion.

Some of the indicators of adrenal exhaustion or fatigue may manifest itself as:

– Trouble concentrating

– Lethargy or exhaustion

– Unrestful sleep

– Continual tiredness

– Indigestion

– Difficulty Handling Stressful Situations

Knowledge Is Power

Having a basic grasp about the development of leaky gut syndrome and all its implications, you can begin to sense that diagnosis of this condition can be difficult given the various conditions that arise from this mysterious disorder.

Take heart. Knowledge is power. It is true that these conditions do impact your health and your life. But by being aware of how this syndrome comes about and the wonderful way your body functions to protect your health can lead you to determine if you may suffer from leaky gut syndrome.

Being familiar with this information can help you take steps to seeking help and finding a cure if you know the cause. Take action by being informed. This is the best line of defense to being on the road to recovery.

Acid Reflux Treatments – An Overview

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid Reflux or Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is not a disease rather it is a condition. Over stuffing and under eating, excess use of spicy foods, regular drinking of alcohol and smoking accompanied with no exercise are considered as primary causes for acid reflux. In acid reflux the food in the stomach starts coming back to the esophagus. Food that is rising in the esophagus is not the simple food. It also contains strong acids and digestive enzymes. This acidified food burn the protective mucosal lining of the lower esophagus due to this burning mucosal lining becomes weak and even it is destroyed completely. This burning and destruction makes mucosal lining more sensitive to have ulcers and cancers. Most prominent sign and symptoms include burning sensation behind rib cage and stabbing pain in chest. Other symptoms include frequent coughing, difficulty in swallowing, sinusitis, voice changes due to damage of voice box and nausea. In case of improper treatments and ignorance acid reflux will be converted in to serious diseases like ulcers, strictures, inflammation of throat, larynx and lungs and even cancers.

Acid Reflux Treatments

Acid Reflux can be treated in two ways. One is proper medication and other is simple alteration in life style and eating habits. Whatever you use as acid reflux treatment it is highly recommended to consult with doctor. This is because of the fact that medicines used to treat other diseases can inhibit drugs used to treat Acid Reflux. Acid Reflux Treatments can be classified in to three broad categories.

– Changes and Alteration in Life Styles

– Medication

– Surgery or Laparoscopic Surgery

Changes and Alteration in Life Styles

In this treatment patients are advised to change their life style from eating habits to sleeping habits and even body postures during physical workouts. If we talk about eating habits patients will have to quit spicy foods, coffee, alcohol. It is also suggested to reduce the consumption of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. It is also recommended to have smaller meal but more than 3 times. Avoid having meal just before going to bed. This will reduce stomach expansion during digestion. Chewing gum just after having meal will increase the production of saliva that in turns neutralize the acid in esophagus and in turn give relief in acid reflux. Patients are advised to follow the following guidelines

– Give up smoking.

– Cut down caffeine intake.

– Bring down stress

– Try to maintain ideal body weight.

– Try to avoid wearing waist fitted clothes.

– Do not do physical workouts after having meal.

Bad body postures such as bending or slumping that causes contraction of stomach can increase the chances of GRED. Patients are recommended to try to keep their body in straight and comfortable posture. Don’t sleep without pillow. Keep your upper body elevated this will not let the fluid come in esophagus.

Medication

Proton Pump Inhibitor Drugs

Specific drugs are also designed to use as acid reflux treatments. Some drugs lower down the acid production by deactivating cell surface molecules (proton pumps) in gastric lining. Proton pumps work with positively charged Hydrogen ions and increase acid production. Proton pump inhibiting drugs have serious side effects.

Antacids

Mild cases are treated with Antacids. Aluminum hydroxide, Magnesium hydroxide, Calcium hydroxide and Sodium bicarbonate are common antacids used as acid reflux treatments. Antacids increase the pH of stomach and decrease acidity by neutralizing acid in stomach. Antacids must be taken after one hour of having meal. Because antacid can not stay longer in the empty stomach and leave the stomach with in the hour. Meal increases the retention time of antacid in stomach. Other than lowering pH antacids have certain undesirable side effects. Aluminum containing antacids can cause constipation while magnesium containing antacids can cause diarrhea. Liquid antacids are preferred over tablets. Strongest liquid antacids available are Maalox II, Mylanta II, Gelusil II and Extra Strength Riopan

Alginic Acids

Alginic acid is the active component of foam barrier tablets. Foam barrier tablets contain Alginic acid in combination with aluminum hydroxide gel and magnesium trisilicate. Alginic acid in tablet form protective coating on stomach and lower esophageal mucosal lining. This allows cells to regenerate and repaired. Foam barrier tablets forms foam in stomach. This foam starts floating on the top of the liquid content of stomach. Foam act as physical barrier and does not let liquid to rise in esophagus. Two foaming barriers Gaviscon and Algicon are commercially available. It is recommended to chew well after 30 to 60 minutes of having meal or before going to bed.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are also used to treat acid reflux. Stomach walls produce histamine. Histamine accelerates acid production by binding specific receptors present on acid producing cells of stomach. Antihistamine drugs bind to these receptors and block histamine binding that in turn reduces the acid production. Ranitidine, Famotidine, Cimetidine and Nizatidine are commonly used antihistamines or histamine antagonists. They are available without prescription as over-the-counter (OTC) but the dose of OTC is lower than those available by prescription. Antihistamine drugs are taken 30 minutes earlier than meal. This will make antihistamine available in higher concentration when stomach is actively producing acids to digest food. Antihistamine gives fast relief from primary heartburn and inflammation of esophagus.

Prokinetics

Prokinetics drugs act on lower esophagus muscles. As a result muscles become tough and accelerate the departure of food from stomach. Due to this food does not get the chance to return to lower esophagus. Due to dangerous side effects it is not recommended to use. Drugs have been withdrawn from the market.

Sucralfate

Sucralfate are used for proper functioning of digestive muscles. They improve the healing of esophageal muscles. It protects the sensitive mucosal lining. It is normally used in combination with anti GERD drugs.

Surgery or Laparoscopic Surgery

Severe Acid reflux can be treated through surgery. Surgical procedures are use to support lower esophagus. This will stop the rising of acidified food in esophagus. Surgical procedure used to accomplish this is called as Fundoplication. In this method stomach is wrapped over esophageal sphincter. Surgical treatment of acid reflux is very complicated. Before surgery extensive investigation has carried out to check the patient condition. These investigations include combine pH-impedance, testing assessing non acid, and acid reflux. Surgery is invasive procedure and must perform with extreme care. In contrast laparoscopic surgery is less invasive method. In this method tiny holes are made in belly button and upper abdomen. Patients get fast recovery. Laparoscopic surgery must performed by qualified and experienced surgeons.

Post-Cholecystectomy Syndrome (Symptoms After Gallbladder Surgery)

An estimated 20 million Americans have gallstones (cholelithiasis), and about 30 percent of these patients will ultimately develop symptoms of their gallstone disease. The most common symptoms specifically related to gallstone disease include upper abdominal pain (often, but not always, following a heavy or greasy meal), nausea, and vomiting. (The upper abdominal pain often radiates around towards the right side of the back or shoulder.)

Patients with complications of untreated cholelithiasis may experience other symptoms as well, in addition to an increased risk of severe illness, or even death. These complications of gallstone disease include:

– Severe inflammation or infection of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)

– Blockage of the main bile duct with gallstones (choledocholithiasis), which can cause jaundice or/and bile duct infection (cholangitis), as well as pancreatitis

More than 500,000 patients undergo removal of their gallstones and gallbladders every year in the United States, making cholecystectomy one of the most commonly performed major abdominal surgical operations. In 85 to 90 percent of cholecystectomies, the operation can be performed laparoscopically, using multiple small “band-aid” incisions instead of the traditional large (and more painful) upper abdominal incision.

For the vast majority of patients with cholelithiasis, cholecystectomy effectively relieves the symptoms of gallstones. In 10 to 15 percent of patients undergoing cholecystectomy, however, persistent or new abdominal or GI symptoms may arise after gallbladder surgery. Although there are many individual causes of chronic post-cholecystectomy abdominal or GI symptoms, the presence of such symptoms following gallbladder surgery are collectively referred to as “post-cholecystectomy” syndrome (PCS) by many experts.

I routinely receive inquiries from patients who have previously undergone cholecystectomy, and who report troubling abdominal or GI symptoms following their surgery. In many cases, these patients have already undergone rather extensive evaluations, but without any specific findings. Understandably, such patients are troubled and frustrated, both by their chronic symptoms and the ongoing uncertainty as to the cause (or causes) of these symptoms.

The most common symptoms attributed to PCS include chronic abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, excessive intestinal gas, and diarrhea. Fever and jaundice, which most commonly arise from complications of gallbladder surgery, are much less common, fortunately. While the precise cause, or causes, of PCS symptoms can eventually be identified in about 90 percent of patients following a thorough evaluation, even the most comprehensive work-up can fail to identify a specific ailment as the cause of symptoms in some patients. It is important to stress that there is no universal consensus on the topic of PCS among the experts, although most agree that there are multiple and diverse causes of chronic post-cholecystectomy symptoms. Thus, it can be very difficult to counsel the small minority of patients with chronic symptoms after surgery when a comprehensive work-up fails to identify specific causes for their suffering.

Because PCS is, in effect, a non-specific clinical diagnosis assigned to patients with chronic symptoms following cholecystectomy, it is critically important that an appropriate work-up be performed in all cases of chronic PCS, so that an accurate diagnosis can be identified, and appropriate treatment can be initiated. As the known causes of PCS are numerous, however, physicians caring for such patients need to tailor their evaluations of patients with PCS based upon clinical findings, as well as prudent laboratory, ultrasound, and radiographic screening exams. This logical clinical approach to the assessment of PCS symptoms will identify or eliminate the most common diagnoses associated with PCS in the majority of such patients, sparing them the need for further unnecessary and invasive testing.

In reviewing the etiologies of PCS that have been described so far, both patients and physicians can gain a better understanding of how complex this clinical problem is:

– Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

– Bile gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)

– Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)

– Hypersensitivity of the nervous system of the GI tract

– Abnormal flow of bile into the GI tract after removal of the gallbladder

– Excessive consumption of fatty and greasy foods

– Painful surgical scars or incisional (scar) hernias

– Adhesions (internal scars) following surgery

– Retained gallstones within the bile ducts or pancreatic duct

– Stricture (narrowing) of the bile ducts

– Bile leaks following surgery

– Injury to bile ducts during surgery

– Infection of the bile ducts (cholangitis), incisions, or abdomen

– Residual gallbladder or cystic duct remnant following surgery

– Fatty changes of the liver or other liver diseases

– Chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic insufficiency

– Abnormal function or anatomy of the main bile duct sphincter muscle (the “Sphincter of Oddi”)

– Peptic ulcer disease

– Diverticulitis

– Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

– Stress

– Psychiatric illnesses

– Tumors of the liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, colon, or rectum

In reviewing the extensive list of potential causes of PCS, it is evident that some causes of PCS are directly attributable to cholecystectomy, while many other etiologies are due to unrelated conditions that arise either prior to surgery or after surgery.

While it is impossible to predict which patients will go on to develop PCS following cholecystectomy, there are some factors that are known to increase the risk of PCS following surgery. These factors include cholecystectomy performed for causes other than confirmed gallstone disease, cholecystectomy performed on an urgent or emergent basis, patients with a long history of gallstone symptoms prior to undergoing surgery, patients with a prior history of irritable bowel syndrome or other chronic intestinal disorders, and patients with a history of certain psychiatric illnesses.

In my own practice, the initial assessment of patients with PCS must, of course, begin with a thorough and accurate history and physical examination of the patient. If this initial assessment is concerning for one of the many known physical causes of PCS, then I will usually ask the patient undergo several preliminary screening tests, which typically include blood tests to assess liver and pancreas function, a complete blood count, and an abdominal ultrasound. Based upon the results of these initial screening tests, some patients may then be advised to undergo additional and more sophisticated tests, including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), upper or/and lower GI endoscopy (including, in some cases, ERCP, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), bile duct manometry, or CT or MRI scans, for example. (The decision to order any of these more invasive and more costly tests must, of course, be dictated by each individual patient’s clinical scenario.)

Fortunately, as I indicated at the beginning of this column, a thoughtful and logical approach to each individual patient’s presentation will lead to a specific diagnosis in more than 90 percent of all cases of PCS. Therefore, if you (or someone you know) are experiencing symptoms consistent with PCS, then referral to a physician with expertise in evaluating and treating the various causes of PCS is essential (such physicians can include family physicians, internists, GI specialists, and surgeons). Once a specific cause for your PCS symptoms is identified, then an appropriate treatment plan can be initiated.

Disclaimer: As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity.

Extrinsic and Intrinsic Causes of Asthma

Before discussing what causes asthma, I would like to first define what asthma is.

Bronchial asthma is a usually reversible disease of the lungs. This chronic and inflammatory disease involves the air passages in the lungs and affects about 25 million people in the United States. Intermittent episodes of wheezing (bronchospasm) can be alleviated by therapy (bronchodilators, corticosteroids). At times, the wheezing stops spontaneously without therapy. Asthma can be caused by extrinsic factors and internal factors (see below). It usually occurs in children and younger adults but can be seen in persons of any age.

Airway inflammation arises due to interaction of a multitude of cells, including:

  • lymphocytes
  • mast cells
  • eosinophils
  • neutrophils
  • macrophages
  • epithelial cells
  • dendritic cells

and various mediators, including:

  • chemokines
  • cytokines
  • leukotrienes
  • nitric oxide
  • immunoglobulins

The methods by which these factors interact with each other to activate inflammation and cause an asthma attack is presently under investigation and is partially, but not completely, understood. The results of this inflammation are constriction of bronchial smooth muscle, swelling or edema of the airways (including mucus in the airways), and hyperresponsiveness of the airways. The results of this situation are patient symptoms of wheezing, cough and shortness of breath.

Extrinsic (external) factors include:

  • Allergies (allergens) are common in children and adults and are a common cause of asthma. These allergic reactions are often associated with IgE-related immunologic mechanisms. Some examples of allergens include inhaled materials (e.g. pollens), ingested materials (e.g. foods), and materials that cause problems when they contact the skin. Inhaled (environmental) allergens are some of the most common causes of asthma (e.g. aspirin).
  • Occupational asthma occurs in about 10% of asthmatics and results fromexposure to offending dusts, gases, fumes, and vapors that are present in the workplace. These materials are high molecular-weight compounds and low molecular-weight compounds.

Examples of high molecular-weight compounds that cause asthma include animal products (e.g. veterinarians), seafood (e.g. oyster farmers), insects (e.g. entomologists), plants (e.g. bakers), biological enzymes (e.g. detergent industry workers), gums (e.g. printers), and latex (e.g. health care workers). Examples of low molecular-weight compounds that cause asthma include drugs (e.g. antibiotics), wood dust (e.g. saw-mill workers), diisocyanates (e.g. workers with polyurethane), epoxy compounds (e.g. epoxy resin workers), fluxes (e.g. aluminum solderers), and fixatives (e.g. hospital workers).

  • Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause asthma in sensitive patients. This problem usually takes time to develop and is characterized by aspirin sensitivity, nasal polyps, and asthma.

What causes asthma: Intrinsic (internal) factors include:

  • Respiratory infections, especially viral infections, are very common causes of exacerbations of asthma.
  • Exercise can induce an asthmatic attack and is called exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Exercise usually induces an increase in respiratory rate and depth of breathing and increases the inhalation of atmospheric air which is cooler than the body temperature air in the lungs. This cooler air appears to stimulate receptors in the lung in susceptible patients to induce bronchospasm and an asthmatic attack.
  • Genetic factors have been proposed as causes of asthma. The ADAM-33 gene sets on the short arm of chromosome 20 and has been significantly associated with asthma, being called the asthma gene. Four other asthma genes or gene complexes have been identified with the use of positional cloning.
  • Emotional factors and in particular stress have been suspected to cause asthma, but the data to support this is not complete.

Understanding Idiopathic Angioedema

Idiopathic Angioedema is a medical condition that causes severe swelling of the skin tissue under the surface layer or the ‘Derma’. Angioedema often manifests very suddenly which can cause some distress. The cause of the condition is unknown as far as modern medicine goes, but many believe the condition to be linked to underlying autoimmune disease.

Generally the term idiopathic is used to describe a condition which is triggered by no obvious reason. Treatments for the condition are basically aimed at symptom relief which is good enough for acute attacks however it’s of little help to chronic sufferer’s

Angioedema or the deep swelling happens because of an allergic reaction which the body responds to by producing excess histamine, which in turn manifests as large areas of swelling.

The problem is that the allergen that triggered it is often hard to discover. Also, in many cases the standard antihistamine treatment cannot provide effective relief especially for the prevention of the condition becoming chronic.

Testing For Allergies

The standard skin tests can sometimes pinpoint the allergen, but this method is seldom successful as the reason for the condition are often deep rooted.

An elimination diet may prove to be more successful in discovering hidden allergens This generally involves the exclusion of one type of food or a specific product from the menu of the tested person, this is however a time consuming process.

Allergens, antagonists or triggers can be a certain type of food such as dairy, wheat or simply an additive or colouring used in any number of commercially produced products. There are many different kinds of food intolerances and they can vary substantially from a person to person. Thus, an elimination diet is a very useful tool for the determination of the cause of Idiopathic Angioedema (If you have the time).

Unfortunately the reasons for Angioedema like chronic urticaria are notoriously hard to pinpoint, allergens are all around us, in the air even the water we drink. Climate could also be a factor in as much as the number of cases drop significantly in warmer climates, this is most likely the result of the body absorbing higher levels of natural vitamin D3.

Prevent Heart Attacks

A condition where the oxygen and the blood supply is restricted to the heart, if left untreated results in heart attacks. It may also ultimately lead to death. You can also prevent the recovery of a heart attack by:

Taking your medications regularly.

These medicines are prescribed to prevent blood clots and lower the levels of cholesterol. Change your lifestyle to some extent like you need to quit smoking immediately as it has high risks of heart attacks. Eat a low fat and low cholesterol diet that will reduce the amount of fat in your blood. Control the levels of your blood pressure and diabetes by having a healthy diet, exercising regularly, medicines, and controlling the amount of salt and sugar in your diet. High blood pressure damages the lining of the arteries and leads to heart complications.

Control your stress and anger by learning many different skills like time management, yoga, or relaxation to lower your stress. Use these skills effectively at times to control you stress or anger that may otherwise lead to heart attack. You can also enroll yourself and participate in the cardiac rehabilitation programs, wherein you can learn the different techniques to avoid or control your stress and anger and what to do in case of emergencies. Avoid sex for the first 2 weeks as you are at a greater risk of heart related problems during sex. This risk becomes less after 6 weeks. There are exercises that help to prevent the heart attacks by reducing stress, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and excess weight. It is recommended to exercise at least half an hour a day. This should include jogging, cycling, walking, swimming, etc. you can even go for exercise machines like simulated skiers, stair climbers or elliptical cross trainers. Even yoga exercises are found very helpful to prevent the evidence of heart attacks. Exercises make your heart stronger, but make sure that you do not over exercise. Weight lifting in particular can trigger a heart attack. It is always better to consult your doctor before you start you exercise program. Once you face a heart attack, you need to try hard to try to prevent it from occurring the next time. For this, you need to keep your heart healthy and minimize the risks to prevent future damages to the heart.

You need to take proper care so that it does occur again the next time. Use this article as a guideline to help you in the process. Number of people surviving a heart attack have recovered completely and are leading productive lives.

Heart Attack Pain and Emergency Measures

In heart attack it is common that the pain is either very intense or mild. Its’ intensity can veary a lot from case to case. One specific sign of a myocardial infarction is, as in the angina pain, the growth in intensity during the first minutes. The site of pain is usually behind the breastboneand very often it radiates in the jaw, neck, left shoulder or left arm.. At the moment when the pain occur, the most informative and practical diagnosis method would be an ECG (Electrocardiogram). A heart attack has a particular drawing on a ECG, so that emergency room doctors can with no effort to say if there’se a heart attack or not.

Pain in Heart Attacks: Causes

From those who survived heart attacks we now know that they are a very unpleasant and painful experience.. Myocardial infarction, as the name says it, is the necrosis of the heart muscle due to the absence of blood flow to the heart muscle. As a sign that the ischemia is already started and that the muscle is dying servse the severe pain.

In some cases the pain may be lasting for many hours, as the ischemia continues. When the factor that was blocking the normal blood flow in coronary arteries was successfully removed, and the blood flux was reestablished, the pain usually disappears suddenly. The heart attack pain is composed of three elements, as specialists say: the pain from the heart itself, the pain from the entire organism response to the changes that take place in the heart and the psychological factor – a fear of imminent death, known also as “angor animi”.

In some cases (up to 20% or more) the heart attack may be painless. As pain in the heart is a response of the nervous terminations to the stimuli, in cases when the nervous sensitivity is affected, the pain may not be felt so acute. This usually happens in elderly persons, or in diabetics, whose nervous sensors not only in the heart but all over the organism are affected and the pain sensation may be absent or diminished.

Heart Attack pains’ treatment

As you already may know, staying at home without calling an emergency service is highly dangerous and can threat your life. If you are travelling often, please refer to some emergency phone numbers in different countries and try to have a mobile phone at hand.

The first thing you can do at home when you experience pains that you think might be resembling a heart attack is to lie down immediately, in horizontal position, control your breath and remember to breath rhythmically, call for any help and drink an aspirin if you are not allergic to it. The pain in heart attack is a severe event, and the medications of choice to cut the pain remain narcotics. Morphine is gien in most of cases to help both cut the pains and calm the emotional stress. Also, nitroglycerine remains a drug that continues to be used, you can take a nitro at home while you wait for the ambulance, but in hospital conditions, they will administer it intravenously as the effect is faster.

How To Reduce Chances Of Having A Heart Attack?

Someone has a heart attack every 20 seconds in US and every 2 minutes in United Kingdom, so, it is wise to start thinking from now how could you prevent having Hart Attack, especially if you have a family history with such events already.

Heart attack is a situation when myocardium, the heart muscle, is starved from the oxygen supply and starts dying. To reduce the chances that somehow you could have one of these situations, you must fight against the risks of coronary occlusion.

Some of the risk factors in heart attack can’t be influenced, such as

  • Being male – it is considered that male suffers heart attacks often then women.
  • Having a family history with heart attack incidents.
  • Getting older – heart attack is more characteristic to occur after thee age of 40

Some of the risk factors you can influence. Even starting right now. All you need is to put your will at work. It can’t be simple, but it’s not impossible.

  • Stop smoking. Yes, it’s an overplayed song – smoking harms, smoking kills and so on, but if you really want to avoid Heart Attack, quit smoking just starting from today, no delay. Your future wellbeing depends on this.
  • Smoking is evil and you now this. It contributes to the furring up and narrowing of the arteries, it affects the oxygen transport not only to the heart muscle, but entire organism. Heavy smokers already feel that there is no pleasure in smoking but a simple bad habit.
  • Avoid products rich in cholesterol (also known as LDL, bad fats or Low-Density-Lipoproteins). Soon I’ll try to add a list of rich in LDL products, so stay tuned you could better understand which and products are best to consume.
  • Go with low-fat diet. Start loving yourself, your body, start thinking positive and don’t eat everything just seem to be tasty and ok. Worldwide people are instigated by media to consume more and bigger products; the bigger is not the best. Humans don’t need everything to be gigantic – we must do the best choices to remain healthy.
  • Fruits and vegetables – everyday. All they contain compounds which can’t be synthesized by the organism, so tat we must intake them. Choose fruits and vegetables of different colors and any shape – they all are real sources of health
  • A capsule of garlic and one of cod liver oil is also believed to help in keeping heart strong
  • 30 minutes of pulse-raising activity daily, no-matter what is it – jogging, dancing, running, or many like-these activities. Just force your heart to work a little faster as usual for 30 minutes. This a necessary effort to not give your heart a chance of becoming lazy
  • Ask regularly your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If they are high – you have an increased chance to develop a Heart Attack sooner or later if not treated.
  • Just take the pleasure from being healthy. Love your body and think daily on how you could improve your health. This is also a good remedy against stress – thinking positive

I hope these advices are useful and they will help you gain in time a healthy heart and a positive attitude on your health.

The Underlying Causes of Heart Disease

Despite the best of medical efforts,  heart   disease  still kills about 2,400 Americans every single day. That is an average of one death every 37 seconds. This includes many kinds of cardiovascular  disease  like  heart  attacks, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis and arrhythmias. The good news is we are doing a much better job of identifying the underlying causes of  heart   disease  through a good diet and lifestyle changes, however, we need to focus our attention on 2 things: inflammation and oxidative damage.

Inflammation occurs when your immune system rushes in to “fix” something gone awry or to get rid of an invader and this very act of protecting you unleashes all sorts of chemicals in the body that can inadvertently damage tissues. Think about what happens when you cut yourself – the cut heals but only after becoming red, warm and swollen. Imagine that effect on your blood vessels – not good!

When injuries occur to your blood vessels, your immune system rushes in with cells to repair the damage, however, the process actually damages blood vessels even further, thickens the blood and contributes to the formation of blood clots. One reason why immune cells rush to the walls of blood vessels is because that is where plaque builds up. This build-up ocurs when LDL (bad) cholesterol becomes oxidized or damaged by free radicals (toxins, chemicals and pollutants). Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals before they can do much damage which is why it is so important to eat foods that help heal the body, reduce inflammation and the oxidation process while supporting your heart.

Here is a list of foods to consider adding to your daily regimen:

1. OLIVE OIL – use olive oil in all your food preparation instead of butter. It will soothe inflammation, reduce oxidation and lower cholesterol levels.

2. BEANS – instead of eating red meat, choose beans – the darker the better. Beans are high in folate, a B-vitamin that works to reduce inflammation. Try lentils, black-eyed peas, chickpeas to name a few which are also high in fiber.

3. GARLIC AND ONIONS – they both contain sulfur compounds and are part of the Meditteranean Diet that can help prevent  heart   disease , obesity, high cholesterol and hypertension.

4. POMEGRANATES – they lower blood pressure, help prevent atherosclerosis and support the heart.

5. SARDINES – are an excellent source of Co-Enzyme Q10 which is a vitamin-like substance that exists in every cell of your body and is important in supporting heart function. Low levels of Co-Q10 are linked to all forms of  heart   disease  and supplementing with Co-Q10 reduces cholesterol oxidation in the body.

6. WALNUTS – add them to your salad or oatmeal every day because they are clinically proven to protect the heart because they contain Omega 3’s which are known to reduce inflammation. A handful a day should keep the Cardiologist away.

7. WINE – one glass of wine for women and 2 glasses for men reduces heart attack risk by 25-40%. This does not mean start drinking if you do not drink, however, moderation is the still the key.

Foods to avoid include red meat, butter, whole-fat dairy products or foods that are high in saturated fats. Reducing the amount of these foods in your diet go a long way in protecting you against  heart   disease .

Genital Herpes – Type 1 Vs Type 2 Which One Would You Rather Have?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. Type 1 causes fever, blisters on the mouth or face which most refer to as oral herpes. Type 2 genital herpes affects the genital area. Both viruses can cause both genital or oral infections but most are inactive and cause no symptoms.

Some infected people have blisters and ulcer outbreaks. A person infected with the virus remain infected for life. Both Type l and Type 2 herpes is spread through direct contact, such as kissing, skin to skin contact and vaginal oral or anal sex. Herpes is often transmitted by people who are unaware they are infected. It can be transmitted with or without symptoms such as sores.

Type 2 herpes produces mild symptoms and most have no recognized symptoms. Herpes can cause recurrent painful genital sores in many adults. Genital herpes can cause fatal infections potentially in infants if the mother is shedding the virus during delivery. If a woman has active genital herpes at time of delivery, there is a risk to the newborn. So a c-section delivery is performed.

Herpes plays a role in heterosexual spread of HIV – HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV infection. Herpes can also make HIV infected people to be more susceptible to other types of infections. Most people infected with Type 2 genital herpes are not aware of their problem. The primary episode usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted. Lesions will usually heal within two to four weeks.

Some other symptoms may include fly like symptoms, fever and swollen glands. Some people with the infection may never have lesions or very mild symptoms. There is no treatment. Some antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks. The correct use of condoms is best but if you or the partner has genital herpes, it is best to abstain from sex.