Probiotics – Obesity and Weight Gain

Obesity is an epidemic on the planet and vegetarians lead the way in diabetes. Lifestyle plays a key role. What we eat, the percentage of carbohydrates versus protein, not just calories contributes to whether we train our bodies to develop insulin resistance and later diabetes.

We are not a victim of our genes. However, our genes do determine how much and for how long we can:

1. Abuse our bodies by lack of exercise (this is more than burning calories, it’s about stimulating proper hormones that affect circulation, our ability to detox and remove toxins and manage our metabolic furnace)

2. Take in toxins which become stored in fat cells because our liver cannot efficiently process and eliminate the toxins due to metabolic malnutrition of key nutrients missing in our diet essential for the processing of toxins

3. Eat food that trigger inflammatory genes that alter our fat cell hormones signaling system and causing cellulite, tissue inflammation and whole body reactions to those foods we do not digest well (cow dairy proteins and glutenin from gluten based foods)

Probiotics are beyond what you find in the grocery store!

The field of probiotics is ever changing and in some remarkable ways. Probiotics are now seen as more than the proper communion of micro-organisms that help us make B vitamins. The field of probiotics is so diverse in its function that some probiotics directly affect our respiratory and even our reproductive health. Probiotics are beyond what you find in the grocery store when you reach for yogurt!

Research reported in Nature (2006;444:1027-31 by Turnbaugh Pl, et al) found that intestinal microorganisms transplanted from normal mice to germ-free mice lead to the germ free mice gaining body fat and insulin resistance! This led to studies on obese humans to examine their gut micro flora with inconsistent results but found differences in the type of micro flora from lean humans. Further studies on rats found that high fat diets altered gut micro flora to increase the very microbes found in obese humans (Firmicutes) and lower the good micro flora (Bacteroides) found in lean mice and humans in good quantity. (Gasteroenterology.2009;137:1716-24, Hildebrandt MA, et al) At the very least it is suggested that one’s gut micro flora can predispose one to obesity and weight gain and be made worse by the American high fat, high carbohydrate diet!

Aside from finding insufficient quantities of the good flora, Bacteroides, Lactobacillus was also found to assist in weight loss by improving sugar metabolism in both animal and human studies. Thus the link between obesity, insulin resistance and intestinal dysbiosis cannot be ignored.

One mechanism of why some good flora assist us is the link with their helping us make CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) well known for its positive effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and weight management benefits. Both lactobacillus and bifidobacterium help us make CLA!

There has also been talk of how obesity is an inflammatory condition. It’s not a cosmetic issue where we need to be OK about being fat because we have no choice in the matter. It’s a multi-factor condition that can spiral if not managed and trigger imbalances in our ability to:

1. Process and excrete toxins

2. Manage blood sugar

3. Manage processing of lipids

4. Manage hormonal imbalances that trigger hunger and satiety

5. Manage inflammation that triggers all the above imbalances to get worse

6. Absorb and manufacture nutrients

7. Manage metabolism with feedback to neurotransmitters that affect metabolism

Studies are now showing that Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria also have an effect upon improving gut barrier function. A good gut barrier helps to fight infection in the body that rains down upon our circulation from our gums. A good gut barrier helps us to keep our inflammation in check, preventing the cascade of increasing immune sensitivities to foods and environmental allergies. I tell my patients that by the time one is aware of having immune sensitivities to perfume, weeds and environmental chemicals, they already have marked imbalances in their gut flora and nutrient absorption and have hidden immune sensitivities to foods.

Finally a good gut barrier also helps to prevent the proliferation of dysbiotic flora that leads to bloating, cravings, constipation, joint pain, headaches, body pain and the like.

I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing the state of your own gut flora and strongly urge everyone to run the Microbiology Stool Basic from Doctor’s Data. This test identifies the strains of probiotics and quantifies how much you have. It also identifies the strains of bacteria, yeast, candida and dysbiotic flora you have in your gut. I have made this lab test available for you to do at home as a mail in test. You can order it on our blog at You work too hard on managing your diet and lifestyle to ignore the probiotics that are your ally to reducing inflammation, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight!

Women and Sports – The Menstruation Cycle

Why is it sometimes sports women can perform at their peak and yet other days be flat and susceptible to injury? If we take a look at the females menstruation cycle we can get an insight into how to plan the optimum training and competing regime to allow for peak performance.

The average women’s menstruation cycle lasts 28 days and in that period 4 different cycles occur. Day 1 is the day menstruation begins (the blood flow) this normally lasts between 3 – 5 days. Some classic symptoms during these few days are – abdominal bloating/cramping, back pain, mood swings and fatigue. So when girls/women are at this stage, training and competing at their peak is a struggle, they may feel uncoordinated, unmotivated, heavy, and no energy. It is important from the athletes and coaches perspective to lighten the load of training and or competition as the likely hood of injury is heightened.

During day 13 – 15 ovulation is taking place and this is the time when the female body is at its peak in terms of performance and increased arousal levels. Research and anecdotal evidence has shown that this is the optimum time to achieve peak performance.

Menstruation also throws up other issues that all women need to deal with like: low iron levels, PMS, Oligmenorrhoea and Amenorrhoea.

Some coaches and older female athletes use the method of tracking their cycles and using the contraception pill as a method of regulating and coinciding when their peak times will occur. For example ensuring that ovulation occurs on our about when a major competition is on. Keeping a track of your menstrual cycle is useful and ideally linking it with your training diary will provide you with an insight into when you personally are at your peak.

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Acid Reflux Therapy

How to get your acid reflux under control

Proper digestion is extremely important to ensure optimal health. Incomplete or improper digestion of food is one of the main causes of many diseases. The problem is eating healthy, high quality food and nutritional products are inefficient if these nutrients are not properly absorbed and in turn these incompletely digested products are absorbed into the blood system. This ultimately leads to many serious immune system disorders and metabolic diseases.

The most common cause of an improper digestion, besides the lack of digestive enzymes from the pancreas, is a lack of stomach acid (HCl), which causes more serious health problems than its excess. In other words, conventional medicine attributes many digestive problems to the stomach acid excess (acidity) without proper examination.

The fact is, most patients suffer from a lack or even total absence of HCl, which has the same symptoms as hyperacidity, including the so-called heartburn (gastro-oesophageal reflux) shortly after a meal. Food improperly digested in the absence of HCl results to fermentation and the accumulation of gases that cause the return of food such as juices into the esophagus and the feeling of heartburn. Other signs of lack of HCl are:

  • excessive belching
  • halitosis
  • bloating due to gas formation from the fermentation of food, (not digestion)
  • excessive feeling of fullness in the stomach caused by inability of stomach to digest food
  • nausea
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • rectal itching
  • nausea and drowsiness
  • many allergic reactions
  • brittle and splitting the nail
  • enlarged blood vessels in the nose and cheeks (red nose and cheeks) if it is not confirmed by other reasons such as. use of alcohol,
  • post-adolescent acne
  • iron deficiency anemia
  • chronic intestinal parasites and yeast infections
  • undigested food in stool
  • chronic candidiasis

Based on an incorrect diagnosis, patients with lack of HCl might even be prescribed to drugs to reduce HCl. This can result in blocking the whole digestive process (and thus the patient can initially feel that the HCl reducing drugs helped) and many serious diseases resulting from it, which gradually appear over time, including serious infections and metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Functions of stomach acid (HCl)

  • digestion of food,
  • protection of the gastrointestinal tract against pathogens from food,
  • regulation of intestinal microflora. Healthy and optimal intestinal microflora is essential for a healthy immune system. An overgrowth of certain intestinal bacteria (eg Candida albicans) leads to immune disorders and systemic candidiasis,
  • absorption of vitamins, minerals (like calcium, zinc and iron) and other nutrients
  • rapid and unwanted weight loss during the transition to a healthy diet caused by an improper nutrients digestion

Some diseases caused by lack of HCL

  • Lack of protein
  • Helicobacter pilori (causing stomach ulcers)
  • Addison’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Celiac disease
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
  • Eczema
  • Bladder diseases
  • Chronic autoimmune diseases
  • Hepatitis
  • Chronic rash
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anemia
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rosacea
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Hyper-and hypo-thyroidism
  • Vitiligo
  • Mental illness
  • Grey hair due to lack of minerals
  • Hair loss (especially women)
  • And others, including inflammatory, infectious and cancerous diseases

Causes of lack of HCl

Western diet with an excess of industrial processed carbohydrates and animal protein, dairy products, refined sugar, dehydration – lack of water from which the acid is formed, and others.

Heidelberg test

Heidelberg gastric analysis was developed at Heidelberg University in Germany to monitor the pH of the digestive tract and determine the ability of parietal cells in the stomach to secrete acid. During the test, patients swallow an electronic capsule that monitors the acidity of the digestive system, while the information is transmitted to monitor acidity and evaluated. A total of 10 000 patients were examined. The majority of patients who had previously been diagnosed with an excess of stomach acid had actually suffered from the lack of it.

Natural promoters of HCl

  • chilies
  • ginger
  • apple cider vinegar
  • black olives
  • leafy vegetables
  • lemon
  • spinach
  • celery
  • cabbage
  • sea salt

HCL creation is also helped by:

  • Sodium
  • Thiamine (vitamin B1)
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)
  • Vitamin B6
  • zinc

How to help your digestion

  • Eat healthy – lots of raw vegetables, decrease meat and simple carbohydrates consumption, avoid industrial processed carbohydrates, white flour, cow’s milk, excessive coffee drinking and alcohol. Avoid carbonated and sweetened drinks.
  • Eat 5 times a day in smaller doses.
  • Eat slowly and chew carefully.
  • Drink at least 2 liters of water daily.
  • Take digestive enzymes until renewed self-formation in the pancreas.

Herbal Remedies To Cure Gastric Disorder

Gastritis is the inflammation of stomach due to various reasons associated with digestion. It causes irritation in the stomach and is very unpleasant. Gastritis is caused by alcohol, pain killers, improper food intake etc. Stress and other medical complications also can trigger gastritis.

Home remedies are the best for gastritis as they are gentle and natural for the system. It is ideal to treat the cause for any kind of problems and hence if gastritis is caused by alcohol in a person, he or she should avoid alcohol at least until the problem is solved. Similarly, intake of lots of spicy food can end up in indigestion and also gastritis, in such cases foods that are soothing for the stomach and easier for digestion should be consumed till your stomach is back into its normal shape and functioning.

Coconut water is soothing and cooling for the stomach and is an effective remedy for gastritis. Spinach and carrot juice can also calm the irritations caused by gastritis. Curd and buttermilk can bring about a quick recovery. Asafetida mixed in cumin water is also a known remedy in cases of gastritis. Juice extracted from potato can be taken before meal to treat gastritis. Lemon juice can heal gastritis.

Licorice is effective in the treatment of gastritis and ulcers. Artichoke can help relieve abdominal pain and nausea. Ginger is a wonder medicine for any stomach related irritations and diseases. Ginger juice mixed with salt or honey or ginger tea can be effective and relieving for stomach troubles. Goldenseal destroys the bacteria that causes gastritis and can speed up the recovery. Marshmallow can relieve gastritis and indigestion too. Peppermint is also an effective medicine when it comes to digestion related problems. Papaya seeds and pineapples promote digestion and can be used in the treatment of gastritis. Marigold and bishop’s weed are known herbs that are effective in the treatment of gastritis. Carom seed is another herbal remedy for stomach problems. Asparagus can reduce the heat in the stomach and can fight acidity too.

Consumption of fruits like blueberries, cherries and tomatoes and vegetables like squash and bell pepper can relieve the problems of gastritis. Cranberry can also fight gastric problems. Honey has properties that can heal gastric irritations. Rice gruel is easy to digest and a diet on rice gruel during a gastric attack can accelerate the healing process. Chewing roasted fennel after meals can relieve gastritis. A few cloves of garlic with raisins can provide an immediate relief. Chewing cardamom can also relieve the heartburn caused by gastritis. Water is the best medicine for all diseases. Make sure that your water consumption is sufficient and meets the requirements of your body.

Gastritis is also a lifestyle disease and a change in the lifestyle alone can prevent and produce a long standing effect in the treatment of gastritis. Eating habits affect the digestive system and when it breaks down we end up with gastritis. Proper healthy eating habits have to be inculcated into our lifestyles for a healthy body. Stress should be dealt with in a proper manner. A positive attitude towards life and exercise can be implemented to deal with stress. Alcohol consumption and smoking only do bad for the body. There is no benefit whatsoever that could be gained through these habits. So, it avoided them can be your first step towards a more progressive life.

Are You Suffering From Lupus?

David, 24 found out that his father has lupus. In his curiosity to know whether it could happen to him as well, he consulted as many doctors he knew.

One more question that arises in one’s mind is that is lupus heredity, what are its risk factors, what are its types, its signs and symptoms. What is the relation between lupus and alopecia? Why is dialysis performed in some patients with lupus? What is Raynaud’s phenomenon? What are the various criteria for lupus diagnosis? These and many more such questions are haunting several people around the globe.

To start with let us discuss what actually lupus is. Lupus can be recognized as the chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body caused because of autoimmune disease. People suffering from lupus produce abnormal antibodies that attack its own body tissues. That is the reason why lupus can cause a variety of diseases affecting heart, lungs, skin, kidneys, joints, and or nervous system. Disease affecting skin is known as discoid lupus whereas the disease affecting the internal organs is called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Now, pointing towards the causes of lupus, emphasis should be laid on the fact that absolute cause of this disease is yet unknown. Well there exist several assumptions and beliefs. To name a few inherited genes, viruses, ultra violet radiations are supposed to play some role in the development of lupus. Female hormones are vital in its development. Further, some researches prove that SLE may be initiated by mutation in genes causing disposal activities.

Alopecia is caused by the usually red, painless discoid lupus rashes. About 10 out of 100 of the patients with discoid lupus may develop SLE. The butterfly rash is a typical sign that suggests SLE. Well Raynaud’s phenomenon is the poor circulation of the fingers and toes due to cold exposure. In SLE patients the risk of infection is elevated because of the decrease in the amount of white blood cells. Dialysis is necessary to perform in SLE patients suffering from kidney inflammation that causes proteinuria, fluid retention and sometimes kidney failure.

Four or more of the following signs suggests SLE. Butterfly rash, discoid rash, photosensitivity, mucus membrane ulcers, arthritis, pleuritis or   pericarditis , casts in urine, brain irritation, abnormal blood count, immunological disorder and antinuclear antibody. SLE patients are treated with NSAIDS like aspirin and ibuprofen. Corticosteroids are also effective and more potent than NSAIDS.

Lymphoedema Surgery

Lymphedema is generally incurable, although there are various therapies that could help to ease the discomfort. Lymphoedema surgery is one treatment method that could be beneficial to some lymphedema patients. Generally, these surgical techniques meant stripping the fluid-filled areas located under the skin. Some surgeries also involved the creation of a channel connecting the venous system and the lymphatic system to drain the excess fluids.

The idea of performing a micro-vascular surgery may sound appealing. Technically, it is just making a channel linking the vascular system to the lymphatic system to drain extra fluids. In reality though, this is a very difficult procedure and its effectiveness has not been proven. Besides, lymphedema patients have a delicate state of health and an invasive lymphedema surgery may in fact worsen the condition further. Even otherwise, lymphedema patients have various other health-related issues to cope with.

Recent progress in surgical procedures involves finding a way around the lymphatic system to draw out the excess lymphatic fluids to reduce swelling. This procedure is called lymphaticovenular bypass and is carried out under general anesthesia. Surgery may take anything between two to four hours while the patient may be allowed to go home within 24 hours. In this lymphoedema surgery, two to five small incisions are made on the arm or the leg to direct the fluid to the small veins to encourage drainage and relieve the swelling.

Lymphaticovenular bypass may be beneficial to patients who have been suffering from lymphedema for only a short while. Some patients may respond to the surgery while others may find it ineffective. Even though there may be an improvement of the condition after surgery, regular use of compression garments, bandaging and exercise is a must. Skin care is also essential. These therapies can be restarted four weeks after the lymphoedema surgery.

Lately, lymphoedema surgeries include liposuction, especially for cancer patients experiencing lymphedema. Liposuction can take care of stubborn swellings for breast cancer survivors. However, this surgical procedure can cause extensive scarring and the effectiveness may be short-lived, with the problem resurfacing in later years. Again, this is a surgical procedure that might cause complications rather than any improvement for the patient. A relatively modern development for the treatment of lymphedema is lymphatic transplant.

People who suffer from lymphedema are forever trying out newer means of treatment so as to ease the debilitating condition. Even though the combined therapy of massage, manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging and exercise is known to be effective, people want to try out lymphoedema surgery in the hope of lasting improvement. Some of these surgical procedures are very expensive and Medicare does not cover the expense. Yet, there are some insurance companies that approve lymphedema surgeries and the cost may be reimbursed to the patient.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is a dramatic and potentially deadly occurrence. When there is no longer enough oxygen being transported in the blood stream, the heart cannot maintain its function. Many people who have a first heart attack do not know that they have congestive heart failure until the heart attack happens. Five million American adults have heart failure. Between 400,000 and 700,000 new cases of heart disease are identified every year. Congestive heart failure is a contributing factor is the deaths of 300,000 more individuals each year.

The causes of congestive heart failure are not immediately known. In treating a heart attack, the priority is to restore function and keep the patient alive. After the patient is stable, testing may begin to determine the exact nature of the heart problem. Coronary artery disease may be underway with plaque blocking the arteries for years before it is detected.

These problems may be due to a structural problem such as aortic or mitral valve prolapse. The mitral valve that opens and closes between heart chambers can stick, like a door sticks, open or shut. Blood may back up into the system causing still more problems. Persons with high blood pressure are at risk for congestive heart disease and must make every effort to keep blood pressure controlled.

A lesser known cause of heart problems is Cardiomyopathy. This type of heart disease is due to an infection that enters the heart muscle. The inflammation in the heart muscle can be attributed to viral infection. There is no exact virus type or method which causes cardiomyopathy and there is no known cure. Once the heart is weakened from the infection, the weakened heart no longer pumps adequately and the result is congestive heart failure.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute by age 40, one in five men and women are at risk for heart problems. Among persons who are known to have this serious condition, 80% of men and 70% of women under age 65 die within eight years of their diagnosis with congestive heart disease. Not only does congestive heart disease impact the heart, but it also adversely affects the ability of the kidneys to process sodium and water.

The EKG test was shown to be an excellent means of identifying potential heart problems victims among 38,000 post menopausal women in a study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. This new information can help physicians make early diagnosis of heart disease and begin treatment before heart failure occurs.

An important part of recovery from heart problems is cardiac rehabilitation program. This program is multi-faceted with fitness evaluation, customized exercises, nutritional plan, medication management and behavioral counseling. Exceptional cardiac rehabilitation programs also offer vocational counseling to help patients return to work or find other jobs if necessary as well as support groups for cardiac patients. The success of cardiac rehabilitation after congestive heart failure depends primarily on how much the patient participates in the programs and makes lifestyle changes.

Resveratrol and List of Heart Diseases

The American Diet is Killing Us

Below is a list of heart diseases. All disease is caused by an imbalance in the body, eating good food, exercise, stress management and taking supplements provide the best way to combat all disease.

General Heart Diseases

* Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)

* Atherosclerosis

* Coronary Thrombosis

* Aortic Dissection

* Cardiac Arrhythmia (Irregular Heart Beat, or Arrhythmia)

* Inherited Heart Diseases

What is Myocardial Infarction?

Myocardial infarction also known as a “heart attack,” happens when a small part of heart muscle dies because of a sudden blockage of a coronary artery (coronary thrombosis). The symptoms are chest pain and some heart malfunction.

What is Arteriosclerosis?

Blockage of the coronary arteries is called arteriosclerosis. This is a build up of fat in the bloodstream inside the arteries which over time that shuts down the flow of blood to the heart. This also creates a large mass of platelets which stick together and cause blood clots.

What is an ECG?

The scar tissue from the dead muscle in your heart messes up the pattern of electrical activity of the heart. These show up in an electrocardiogram (ECG) exam, making it the most important tool available for diagnosing MI.

What is Cardiac Arrhythmia?

When you have an irregular heart beat also called “arrhythmia,” will sometimes appear in many different ways. You may have a brief loss of consciousness, or have a feeling of irregular heartbeats, or feel light headed. A basic ECG exam can reveal any forms of arrhythmias.

What is Mitral Stenosis?

The main reason adults have mitral stenos is rheumatic heart disease. In the adults and children who have theses cases of rheumatic fever in these cases, the mitral valves to become calcified and thicken, which leads to a narrower opening (like arteriosclerosis) into the left ventricle. Rheumatic fever is now rare in industrialized countries, so most occurrences of this disease are in elderly people who suffered rheumatic fever when young.

Why We Are So Sick?

In this country of America we treat the disease instead of trying to prevent disease, I believe the main reason is there is big money,in selling prescription drugs but the problem is they don’t cure disease they just cover up the symptoms. We should strive to lead healthier lives and not depend on doctors to heal us after we are sick. It really is true a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

My goal was not just provide a list of heart diseases but to try to help this country to improve their health in the past 20 years the cost of health care has quadrupled into the trillions. If we don’t do something about this we will go bankrupt as a nation.

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.

What is Heart Disease?


Understand the basics associated with your heart and blood vessels. Here you will get an understanding of all the different types of cardiovascular disease that can be confusing. Get a basic overview of cardiovascular  disease  and the conditions that can affect your  heart  and blood vessels.

You probably hear a lot about preventing  heart   disease . But maybe you’re not sure what  heart   disease  is. Is it the same thing as cardiovascular  disease , coronary artery  disease  or other  heart  terms you sometimes see?

With many medical terms related to the heart and blood vessels, it’s no wonder you may be puzzled or confused. Here you will have a chance to brush up on some basic terms about cardiovascular disease (CVD) that can help you stay more informed. This can then help you when you’re watching the news or meeting with your doctor.

The first term to know is Cardiovascular Disease or CVD. CVD is a broad term. CVD is a large collection of diseases and conditions.

If you want to be technical, CVD refers to any disorder in any of the various parts of your heart system. Your cardiovascular system consists of your heart and all the blood vessels throughout your whole body.

Cardiovascular disease has two main mechanisms:

 Diseases  of the  Heart  (cardio)

Diseases of the Blood Vessels (vascular)

Everything from an aneurysm to a heart attack to varicose veins are all types of CVD. You may be born with a type of CVD (congenital) or you may acquire others later on in life possibly from a lifetime of unhealthy habits, lack of exercise, smoking, and other factors.

Here’s a closer look at the two mechanisms of cardiovascular disease.

 Diseases  of the  Heart 

The  diseases  and conditions that affect the  heart  are in a group known as  heart   disease . The heart consists of a muscle that pumps blood. Arteries supply blood to the heart muscle, and the valves make sure that the blood within the heart is pumped in the right direction. Problems can occur in any of these areas.

Just like CVD,  Heart   Disease  is a broad term.

Here are the specific types of  heart   disease :

**Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

**Coronary  Heart   Disease  (CHD)


**Valvular  heart   disease 

**Pericardial disease

**Congenital  heart   disease 

**Heart failure (CHF)

Diseases of the Blood Vessels

Blood vessels are in basic terms hollow tubes that carry blood to the organs and tissues throughout your body.

There are 4 basic types of blood vessels:


These blood vessels carry oxygenated blood to all parts of the body


These blood vessels carry deoxygenated blood back to your heart. That is why they have a bluish cast to their color


These are tiny vessels that connect your arteries and veins.


Fluid that leaks out of your capillaries in order to bathe your cells.

Here are some types of blood vessel disorders:

**Arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis

**High blood pressure (HBP) or Hypertension (HTN)



**Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and claudication


**Venous incompetence

**Venous thrombosis or blood clot

**Varicose veins


 Heart   Disease  is a serious condition. Watch your fatty food intake, smoking, as well as your sweet tooth intake. Both can cause serious heart problems.

It is best to start out slow when changing your diet. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to start.

Get Rid of a Cold Sores Outbreak For Good

Experiencing recurring cold sores outbreaks is very annoying and frustrating. These fluid filled blisters on the edge of your lips seem to appear on occasions that you need to be flawless and beautiful. In most cases it appears on special occasions like weddings, much awaited vacations and other special events in your life. Although this infection is not life-threatening, it is a constant cause of embarrassment and discomfort.

Cold sores outbreak happens on special occasions because you are into so much stress that weakens your immune system or your resistance against viruses and diseases. Cold sore is caused by herpes simplex-1 virus and you are more vulnerable to the virus if you have compromised immune system, fever, colds, over exposed to sunlight and cold winds. Once you get infected by the virus, you have the tendency to suffer from recurring cold sore attacks because the virus lies inactive in your system and once triggered, another cold sore flare up will take place.

It is recommended that you seek professional or medical advice on the onset of cold sores outbreak to know the severity of your infections and to know the reason for the recurring infections.

Of course to prevent and get rid of cold sores outbreak, you have to avoid all triggers. Boost your immunity against viruses, stay strong and healthy. Eat a well balanced diet and as much as possible avoid stressful situations. Get enough sleep and relax.

Take supplements and eat foods that suppress the occurrence of the virus. Research shows that the amino acid lysine is very beneficial in reducing cold sores outbreak. A daily dose of 1000 mg of lysine taken for several days from the first occurrence of the infection controls the recurrence of cold sores outbreak. Meat, beans, peas, parmesan cheese and soybeans are good sources of lysine.

Stay away from food that promotes the occurrence of cold sores outbreak. Arginine rich foods have been proven to increase the occurrence of cold sores. Chocolates, peanuts, almonds and grains are foods rich in arginine and must be avoided to stop cold sores flare-up.

HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Research

Human Growth Hormone (HGH, also known as Somatotropin) has a beneficial effect on every cell of our body. On command from the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland produces Human Growth Hormone, but as we get older, the pituitary gland does not release it. Science once believed that HGH was only required while the body grew to maturity; research now indicates that at any age, HGH is necessary in almost all functions of the body. But once the body matures, the levels of released HGH lowers, by as much as 80% from age 21 to 61. As HGH dimishes, so does the youth of our bodies.

The pituitary gland releases Human Growth Hormone in minute amounts, during the hours of sleep. During sleep, HGH helps repair the body, stimulating the growth of new muscle, bone and to replenish the cells with amino acids. With plenty of Human Growth Hormone, the effects of aging are reduced.

The Director of Geriatric Medicine at the Chicago Medical School University Of Health Sciences, Dr. Daniel Rudman, produced the results of his experiments with HGH in the New England Journal Of Medicine. He injected a group of 12 men, ages 61 to 81, with human growth hormone, During a six month period, and reversed their biological ages by 10 to 20 years. Dr. Rudman’s experiments produced a reduction in body fat by 14%, and lean muscle increased by almost 9%. Skin grew more youthful, and the test subjects reported more energy, and an increased sex drive.

Dr. Edmund Chein, M.D. of the Palm Springs Life Extension Institute, created an HGH regime that involved restoring levels of human growth hormone with low dose, high frequency injections. Dr. Chein assures his patients will experience increases in bone density of 1.5 to 2.5% every 6 months, as well as 10% loss of body fat, and increased muscle, and that this may continue until the patient attains the body of a 25 year old. This HGH regime is highly effective, but also very expensive; more than $1,500 a month!

Dr. L. E. Dorman presented research to the American College For The Advancement Of Medicine. Dr. Dorman’s research found he did not need to inject Human Growth Hormone. Dr. Dorman found that secretagogue compounds, taken orally, acted as stimulants or precursors for the production and release of the body’s own HGH. These secretagogues consist primarily of amino acids, which are compounded to stimulate the brain and pituatary gland to release Human Growth Hormone.

Releasing HGH with Sound: Binaural Beats

Studies have shown that Binaural Beat Brain Wave Entrainment can also release (HGH) Human Growth Hormone. Aerospace engineer Michael Herculese used delta brainwave entrainment of 1.05 Hz to stimulate HGH, and measured significant increases in HGH, as well as increased Testosterone and Serotonin levels. Dr. Norman Shealy, noted a release of HGH in response with a 7.8 hz photic stimulus.

Delta is the brain wave frequency of deep sleep, and also of deep healing. In Delta, our brains release HGH. Brain wave entrainment using binaural beat sound also promotes brain wave the balancing of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Dr. Robert Cosgrove, M.D., a biomedical engineer, stated that brain wave balancing is “an excellent neuropathway exercise that promotes optimal brain performance.” Dr. Cosgrove believes that brain wave balancing “could delay deterioration of the brain due to aging for decades.”

A study by ex-President of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Vincent Giampapa, showed that Alpha, Theta and Delta brainwaves increase the production of Human Growth Hormone. These slower brainwaves also increase the production of melatonin and DHEA: DHEA by as much as 90%, and melatonin by as much as 300%.

The use of brain wave entrainment to produce Human Growth Hormone has many benefits not found in HGH dietary supplements, including an improved ability to learn, stress relief, and increased awareness.

A Brain Tumor Symptom – Truth About Neck Pain Revealed

Brain tumor symptoms can be hard to recognize, simply because of the variety of symptoms that can occur. Symptoms ranging from headaches and neck pain to seizures and stomach problems are all brain tumor symptoms. These symptoms occur when the brain tumor causes damage to various clusters of nerve cells, causing spurious signals or a sudden lack of signals to various parts of your body. Early detection can be extremely difficult with slow-growing brain tumors because of the gradual onset of symptoms, which may be very subtle at first.

With a brain tumor, neck pain can occur at times, but recurring headaches are the most frequent sign of a brain tumor. But diagnosis can be difficult. Most people have headaches, and many have recurring headaches or migraines – but not a brain tumor. Headaches that are caused by brain tumors usually have other symptoms that occur simultaneously. Double vision, vomiting, or confusion are commonly seen with headaches associated with brain tumors, but again, severe migraine sufferers can have these symptoms as well. Sometimes the headaches come while asleep, and are noticed strongly immediately upon awakening, but subside after a few hours. Brain tumors can also cause headaches that get worse with exercise or coughing.

There are several other brain tumor symptoms, neck pain included. Headaches and neck pain are common, but so are gastrointestinal problems. Vomiting is more likely to occur in cases of stem cell tumors in the brain. Often, especially in the latter stages, brain tumors cause confusion, loss of reasoning ability, speech problems, memory loss, and impaired concentration. The brain tumor may also cause the victim to sleep much more than usual. Depending on the location of the brain tumor, between fourteen and ninety-four percent of patients suffer some form of seizures. Partial seizures are not uncommon, where, for instance, only the left side of a persons body will go into a seizure. The patient may also remain conscious during a partial seizure, experiencing odd tingling sensations and confusion. Generalized seizures, as are often experienced by epileptics, are not very common in brain tumor cases.

Usually, the specific symptoms and location of a brain tumor will help a doctor diagnose its type. For example, if the tumor is a brain stem gliomas, the patient will usually suddenly develop problems swallowing, impaired hearing or vision, difficulty or clumsiness walking, vomiting after waking up in the morning, nasal or slurred speech, and muscle paralysis on one side of the face.

How Can You Diagnose Dehydration?

Diagnosing dehydration is not always an easy thing for some people. What about you? There are several things we can use as the basics to detect dehydration. It should be done by the health care practitioner. The examination of the patient has the purpose to assess the level of this condition and finally find the possible solutions the patients can possibly take. Definitely, everything should be done carefully and the initial evaluations will consist of several steps. If you have not ever heard about this before, you can feel free to read the following explanation.

There are several steps people should do to diagnose whether they suffer from dehydration. The first test is related to the mental status. This is the evaluation to determine whether the patient is alert, awake, and oriented. Commonly, the infants and children will appear listless. The other things they will probably get are the whiny cries and also the decreased muscle tone.

What about the other steps to diagnose dehydration? The next possible thing is the temperature. This is measured mostly to assess fever. Skin will play an important role in this diagnosis. The doctor will check the level of sweating and elasticity degree. The more chronic level of the condition will male skin loses its water content. So, it becomes less elastic. The steps above will let people find their real condition. The routine consultation should be done to know the progress of their health. You should not take it easy, since the side effect of such condition is sometimes out of consideration.

The more accurate diagnosis can be done through blood test. What is the significance of doing such test? The only purpose is to assess potential state called electrolyte abnormalities, especially the sodium levels which have strong relation to dehydration. However, it is an optional step and the importance of doing the test will be fully based on the cause of dehydration and also the severity of illnesses. Besides, the result of test and examination done by health care practitioner will determine the needs of blood test.

Enema Tips And Tricks And What To Put Into An Enema And Why

After all my extensive research and sifting through volumes of information, these are the types of enemas that came up as being used in the healing world and some common tips I found in various resources and by experimenting with enemas on my own that I think will best serve you.

One benefit of muscle testing is that you can test out a schedule to fit your enema needs exactly. That means what types of enemas to use, their strength and how often to do them.

o Burdock root is a good blood purifier and is good for skin problems, improved kidney function and helps the body eliminate calcium deposits.

o Castor Oil Enemas: If chronic constipation or impaction is an issue, add in a tablespoon of castor oil to the enema.

o Catnip has a soothing effect on the body and is good for energy. It improves circulation, is excellent for colds, fever and gas.

o Green Juice enemas are routinely added when treating cancer patients. The juices for this enema include watercress, parsley, dandelion leaves and wheat grass juice.

o Herbal Enema Solutions: Use 1 teaspoon dry herb per gallon of water or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped herb; bring to boil then let cool to body temperature. Herbs used in enemas have included Blessed Thistle, Plantain, Pleurisy Root, Thyme, Hyssop, Mint, Elder Flower, White Oak Bark, Yellow Dock, Mullein, Echinacea, Dandelion, Parsley, and Marshmallow Root.

o Lemon juice enemas are made with one pint of water and the juice of ½ of a fresh lemon. Lemon juice enemas are especially good for colitis problems.

o Red Raspberry Leaf is good for all kinds of female problems. Red raspberry leaf is high in iron, good for the eyes and for elimination and is very nutritious.

o Yarrow is good for the liver, stomach and glands. It is also a blood purifier opening the pores of the skin by acting as a diaphoretic (something that makes one sweat). It is good for colds, cramps, fever and flu.

If you have cancer, AIDS, malabsorption problems or other serious illnesses adding 1 cc of B-complex or 2 cc liver extract plus a dropperful of liquid kelp or sea water concentrate to the retention enemas will give you an extra boost and help rebuild the liver.

To kill unwanted bacteria in the colon products like Aerobic O7, Dioxychlor, and liquid acidophilus can be added to the enemas as well. Be careful of Dioxychlor–it’s potent stuff!

Tips for a More Effective Enema:

o Make sure the enema water is not too cold or too hot. It should be body temperature or slightly above.

o To make enemas the most effective, the patient should lie on their right side with both legs drawn up close to the abdomen. Try to hold the enema in for 5-20 minutes for best results.

o Massaging the abdomen will help dislodge and move fecal material and it also assists in releasing hardened mucus in the intestinal folds.

o Enemas should be continued even after a fast is broken until the bowels begin to move naturally without the help of the enema.

o Copious amounts of debris and ill-smelling waste can come out of the bowels with the enema water even after five weeks of fasting

o Keep all equipment clean and disinfected by washing with soap and water after each use.