Diaper Rash – 8 Ways to Get Rid of it ( For Good!)

Diaper  rash  – it is no fun for baby and no fun for you! Luckily it’s not a major medical problem but more of a common discomfort. Now you don’t need to be a pediatrician to recognize diaper  rash  on your baby – if she has a red, sore, hot looking little bottom when you remove her diaper, you can be pretty sure she’s got diaper  rash .

The good news is that it’s relatively easy to get rid of this  rash , and if you’re careful in the future, you may be able to rid your baby of it forever by following some simple steps. Here are some tried and true methods I’ve used with my own children to get rid of a diaper  rash  once it shows up , as well as to prevent them from coming back.

Leave your baby naked – Air drying if at all possible as much as possible is a good thing ! Take off that diaper and let their skin breathe. Diapers today, especially the disposable kind are made to keep moisture in , and while they are supposed to keep it away from the skin, that’s not possible as the diaper environment creates almost a condensation. Babies love to be naked too, so if you can brave the possible accidents, let their bottoms air dry.

Change your baby’s diaper often Having stool or urine in contact with an already sore bottom will make the  rash  and your baby worse. Try to make sure your baby’s bottom stays as clean and dry as possible at all times. Wet areas on skin can become breeding grounds for infection.

Look at your commercial baby wipes Many brands of store bought baby wipes, while convenient, can contain chemicals and alcohol that can irritate and dry out your baby’s skin. Infants’ are especially susceptible to outside contaminants so you may want to try different brands until you find one that works – avoid the perfumed kind, or just stick with plain soap and water on a clean cloth.

Find an ointment that works and use it regularly even if your baby doesn’t have a  rash  at the moment , it will prevent it. You may need to try a few to find one you are happy with. The ones with zinc oxide seem to work best. ( Desitin, Zincofax )Some are very thick and hard to spread on and you may find your wiggly baby not impressed. Others go on smoothly, but don’t stay put. Ask other moms for their recommendations !

Keep an eye on what your baby is eating Sometimes as you introduce new foods your baby can develop more of an acidic poop ( strawberries did that for mine) so if you find there are some foods that result in a  rash , try to avoid them. Diarrhea almost always will result in the start of a diaper  rash  so keep your eye out.

Check out your baby shampoo, soap, bubble bath etc. Usually the cheaper the brand, the more chemical additives and preservatives, one commonly used is Quaternium 15 and can cause skin flare ups in those with sensitive skin. Try to only use natural products on your baby’s skin or plain water if you can.

Check your diaper brand If you find you are changing diapers often , letting baby air dry and a  rash  is still appearing, it may be the diapers you are using. Consider switching brands, stay away from perfumed ones and possibly switch to cloth diapers.

Be aware of yeast infections Occasionally, what appears to be a diaper  rash  is really a yeast infection called Candida Albicans. It looks more like a red  rash  with little white dots and tends to have a defined outline. Sometimes your baby will get this if they have been prescribed anti-biotics , and sometimes you’re not sure why! If the  rash  is not going away with the regular diaper cream and the above mentioned methods, see your pediatrician for an over the counter anti-yeast medication, and use it at every diaper change. It will generally clear up the  rash  in a few days.

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to give your doctor a call. A diaper  rash  can cause misery to both you and your baby and can worsen if left untreated. Monitor your baby for two to three days and if there is no sign of improvement, head for your pediatrician.

Preventing Knee Sprain

Individuals can prevent knee sprains by following some simple guidelines. These injuries are painful as it is caused due to sudden tearing or stretching of ligaments in the knee joints. Ligaments are the connective tissues binding the joint together. They are important in the knee as they support the joint and hold bones in position. However, when these ligaments are suddenly torn or stretched, it will create severe pain in the knees that might even make a person lose consciousness.

Sprained knees are commonly observed in professional sports as the athletes work hard physically and that causes excess physical stress. It is important to follow the instructions and tips provided by a physiotherapist or sports medicine professionals in order to prevent sports-related injury. Knee sprains are caused to most people at some stage of their life due to workouts, carrying heavy objects or due to slips or falls. Hence, it is important to be careful while doing any heavy physical activity.

Given below are some of the important points that guide people to prevent knee injury.

  • Maintain a healthy weight as it will prove dangerous for knees by putting lot of stress and burden on them.
  • It is important to carry out stretching exercises in order to make the knees stronger and flexible by targeting hamstrings.
  • Single-leg dead lift is a kind of workout that enhances the stability in hamstrings and builds flexibility in the knees.
  • Don’t have a sudden increase of weight in your training program as this can lead to serious injury.
  • Football players and soccer players need to use specific shoe cleats as suggested by the trainers or doctors in order to prevent knee sprains.
  • Do warm up exercises before participating in sports activities as it will provide flexibility in knees by targeting the hamstrings.
  • Walk carefully to avoid slipping or falling during a walk or Jog in order to stay away from knee sprains.
  • Always use shoes or footwear that provide proper grip and comfort. Footwear is one of the leading causes of injury to the foot, ankle and knee.
  • Always follow the instructions provided by the trainers before starting a physical exercise in order to prevent knee sprain.

Prevention of knee sprains is very important as the can make a person suffer immense pain that might create serious health complications. Though treatment will reduce the pain after hurting one’s knee, it is far more likely for the injury to recur sometime in the future. Therefore, it is important to prevent problems from occurring in the first place by following some of the above instructions that keep people away from sprains, all the time.

Home Remedies – Onion Cures

How To Use an Onion To Remove A Splinter

If you are wondering how you can remove a 1/4 inch [6 mm] splinter from your child’s foot, here is how an onion can help! Take a 1/4 inch thick piece of onion, place it over the splinter site, and wrap a bandage around it to keep it close to the skin. Leave this bandage overnight on the foot. In the morning, the splinter will have worked its way out of the foot with no pain. This is because the chemicals in the onion shrink the skin around the embedded splinter and help push it out painlessly! Hope the onion trick to remove a splinter at home was helpful…

Onion Home Remedy For Those Who Bruise Easily

If you are one of those who bruise easily, then the lowly onion can offer you help. This is an old folk remedy that still works. Place a slice of yellow onion on the bruise for about 15 minutes. The chemical compound in the onion, called allicin, stimulates the lymphatic flow in your body. This helps to flush away the excess blood in the tissues which is what actually creates the bruise in the first place. However this remedy only works if you apply the onion slice immediately after the injury or fall that created the bruise.

I have personally found the home remedies and tips that I have learned over the years very useful in my life and for my family and I sincerely hope these onion folk remedies.

Cervical Conception Cap Insemination

Many couples who are facing infertility find that there are few satisfying therapeutic options between timing ovulation and undergoing IVF. There is another lesser known category of treatment that couples can consider; cervical cap insemination. To use this technique, the semen is collected and placed into a small cap which is inserted into the vagina and onto the cervix, the opening to the uterus. The sperm are held next to the cervical mucus while being shielded from the vaginal environment. Without this protection the sperm die within minutes after intercourse. Capping the semen onto the cervix allows all the available sperm to swim up into the uterus and fallopian tubes, to where the egg will be. The cervical cap can be used for treating low sperm count, low sperm motility, tilted cervix, and other common conditions.

Cervical caps have been used by gynecologists and urologists for decades and have been documented in medical literature since the first edition of Fertility and Sterility in 1950. At that time, Dr. M.J. Whitelaw wrote about a technique for insemination by “using a plastic cervical cap filled with the husband’s semen applied to the cervix for 24 hours”. (1) This was done to treat oligospermia, which is low sperm count. At the time, other OB/GYNs were also doing cervical cap insemination, but with a heavier cup made of surgical steel, with the women undergoing treatment having to lie down in the doctor’s exam room for six hours with their hips elevated.

Cervical cap insemination was used widely into the 1970’s and 1980’s. Effective for the treatment of low sperm count and tilted cervix, it was also used for unexplained infertility. In 1983, Dr. Michael Diamond and colleagues found that women with primary infertility, defined as no prior pregnancies, had a pregnancy rate of 43% in the first six months of cervical cap use. Women with secondary infertility, having a history of at least one pregnancy, had a pregnancy rate of 67% in the first six months of use. (2) Their method included a cervical cap that was placed by the patient onto the cervix then filled with semen using a catheter that fit into a small opening in the cap. The couples treated in this study generally had low sperm count and/or poor post coital test results, yet had normal evaluations of the female. The doctors in the study also offered cap insemination as an option for couples who had not completed a full evaluation which at the time included diagnostic laparoscopy. This allowed patients to continue trying to conceive and use all of their cycles, while still considering advanced options.

Eventually, with the advent of Invitro Fertilization (IVF) and subsequently Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), cervical cap insemination began to fall by the wayside. During the economic boom of the 1990’s, with more discretionary income, couples had access to a multitude of tests and procedures, even if their insurance did not cover them. Such tests as Hamster Egg Penetration, Hypo Osmotic Swelling Test, and Antibody Testing which were popular a few years back are not as frequently ordered by doctors today, citing the value of the results obtained compared with the money spent. ICSI, which was developed to treat low sperm count, is now used a majority of the time by clinicians with IVF. In the most recent data collected, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) reports that ICSI use for 2006 was 62% of all IVF cycles. In 2007, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that over a decade, the rate of use of ICSI had increased five times although the sperm quality parameters over that same time period essentially remained the same.

While the cost and use of high tech treatments has skyrocketed in recent years, the cervical cap and at home insemination is quietly making a comeback. Couples interested in more cost effective, natural methods are seeking out other options for conceiving. At home insemination by cervical cap is a treatment option that can fit into several places in a couple’s fertility planning. For couples just beginning on their fertility journey, at home insemination could be used as a first step, especially when one or both of the partners are reluctant to spend a lot of time at the doctor’s office. For those who have been trying to conceive for several cycles, and may be taking fertility medications to enhance ovulation, a cervical cap could add another valuable tool to the treatment plan. Lastly, couples who are undergoing IVF cycles, or who have had IVF in the past, may want to try an at home insemination method on their cycles away from the more aggressive treatments. Single mothers of choice can also benefit from this technique as an alternate insemination delivery system.

Cervical caps, which have also been used for contraception to prevent pregnancy, are part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The current term for cervical cap devices used for insemination is conception cap. The cervical cap currently available for at home insemination is a modern upgrade of the old rigid plastic or metal caps of the past. The newer version is made of soft implantable grade silicone, and has flanges in the inner rim to create a one size cap that does not need to be custom fitted. It can be worn during normal activities, allowing a woman the freedom to go about her regular daily routine.

The clinical trial done for FDA clearance in 2007 was designed using couples who had been diagnosed with infertility; most of them also had attempted other methods such as IVF and IUI. The results were that 84% of patients found that placing the cervical cap on their cervix was easy to do, and 92% of patients found that the instructions were easy to understand. Of the patients involved in the clinical trial, 24% became pregnant within the first month, including couples with failed IVF and IUI attempts. (3)

Cervical cap use has shown positive results in the past and has something significant to contribute to the future of reproductive medicine. With the cost of medical expenses rising beyond the ability of the average consumer to pay, at home cervical cap insemination may be an attractive option for continuing pursuing family building in tough economic times.

Footnotes

1. Whitelaw MJ. 1950. Use of the cervical cap to increase fertility in case of oligospermia. Fertility and Sterility. 1:33.

2. Diamond, MP, Christianson C. Daniell JF, Wentz AC. Pregnancy following use of the cervical cup for home artificial insemination utilizing homologous semen. Fertility and Sterility. 1983 April; 39(4); 480-4.

3. Conception Kit clinical trials, Conceivex. 2006-2007

Natural Treatment for Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

The Sphincter of Oddi is a central gate to many liver, gallbladder and pancreas problems. Many scientists believe that the Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD) is a culprit of the pancreas diseases and it is the common source of chronic pain after gallbladder removal.

Around the common bile duct, pancreatic duct and the duodenum wall there is a muscle valve called the Sphincter of Oddi. The Sphincter of Oddi, named after Ruggero Oddi, an Italian anatomist who discovered this structure in 1887. The Sphincter of Oddi controls moving of the bile from the liver, and gallbladder and pancreatic juice from the pancreas into the duodenum.

Normally, when semi digestive food moves from the stomach into the duodenum sphincter of Oddi opens. Large amount of the gallbladder bile and alkaline pancreatic juice is released to digest this food. When no food in the duodenum, sphincter of Oddi is closed so the bile from the liver is collected in the gallbladder.

Regulation of this complicated work is under control of nervous system and special blood messengers – digestive hormones. Stress, fasting, “harsh” liver cleansing, gallbladder removal, bad eating habits, alcohol, some medications, and recreation drugs badly influence in proper regulation and work of the sphincter of Oddi.

Spasm or blockage of this muscle valve may cause pancreatic juice goes backward, thereby increasing the pressure inside the pancreatic duct. Digestive enzymes shut inside the pancreas, begin to digest their own pancreas, initiate inflammation, pain, and finally the death of pancreatic tissue. Thus, chronic pancreatitis is developed.

Tumor, gallbladder stone, or scaring can make an anatomical blockage of the sphincter of Oddi. It happens relatively rare. However, more often can be functional, temporal spasms of the sphincter of Oddi without any abnormality in the tests. The common reason for sphincter to be spasmodic is irritation of it by the “aggressive” bile and pancreatic juice.

What could make bile and pancreatic juice “aggressive”, corroded, and irritated? Let’s explain that.

The liver’s most important functions are producing and releasing bile and removing the toxins from our body by dividing them into water-soluble and fat-soluble wastes.

Water-soluble wastes move into the blood and the kidneys eliminate them from the body.

Bile serves to eliminate a variety of the toxic, fat-soluble wastes substances from the body. These substances include cholesterol, bile pigments, toxic chemicals, drugs, heavy metals, etc.

Hepatitis, fatty liver, Candida-yeast overgrowth, parasites, congestion, inflammation, infection of the gallbladder, high body’s acidity, poor eating habits, alcohol can cause the bile to be thick and acidic, therefore make it difficult for it to move through the ducts.

When the bile and pancreatic juice are getting acidic, they also become very “aggressive”, irritated, and corroded for the ducts, sphincter of Oddi, and small intestine causing jerky movement; “wrong way traffic” – bile/pancreatic juice refluxes in the stomach, ulcers and even cancers.

No surprise, it causes loss of appetite, nausea, gas, bloating, heartburn, attacks of pain, especially after “bad” foods or bad food combination. Pain can be last for 30 minutes to several hours and even bring person to ER.

Therefore, the goal of treatment has to be focus on root of the problems such as biochemical, acidic changes in the bile and pancreatic juice. In the normal situation, the bile and pancreatic juice are very alkaline fluids. However, if whole body is getting acidic, the bile and pancreatic juice also became acidic and “aggressive”.

Checking saliva and urine pH with litmus paper at home may show acidic condition of the body especially if saliva and urine pH repeatedly less than 6.6.

What can naturally normalize the alkaline condition of the bile and pancreatic juice?

Only minerals and bicarbonate from food and water can naturally neutralize the whole body acidity.

For this purposes, European doctors have used healing mineral water for a long time. Treatment with healing mineral water (balneology) is a part of education in some European medical schools. There are many healing mineral spas all over the Europe.

Most famous and researched mineral water is water from hot spring in the small Czech town Karlovy Vary. Karlovy Vary healing mineral water attracted millions visitors all over the globe. It was distributed by barrels and bottles many years ego. Demand of this water was so high hence, the mineral salt had manufactured there by vaporizing the spring water in 1764. It was a good option for people, which cannot visit Karlovy Vary or wanted ongoing the healing course at home.

Dissolving this salt in the water produces mineral water with the same healing value.

Karlovy Vary healing mineral water has been object for serious medical study for hundreds of the years. First medical book about that water have a laxative effect was dated by 1522. Later, a large number of medical papers confirmed the healing action of this water in many digestive disorders.

European doctors showed that drinking mineral water makes bile and pancreatic juice less acidic, liquid, and less “aggressive”. It naturally improves digestion, alleviates the pains and cramps, and lessens gas and heartburn.

This water may dissolve the gallbladder stones and expel them; it also is very beneficial for persons with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, chronic pancreatitis, and hepatitis.

What else can make the bile and pancreatic juice less irritated for the sphincter of Oddi?

Herbal medicine is the oldest way to eliminate digestive problems. Chinese medicine, Hindu system – Ayurveda, European herbology offer many healing herbs for digestive disorders. Some of them increase amount of the bile, promote its easy elimination, decrease spasms and pain. The simple example is peppermint tea. Knowledgeable medical practitioner can customize the herbal remedies for any digestive problems.

No question, food is the important, safe and cheep medicine for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.

Food needs to be alkaline and full of the natural digestive enzymes. Some vegetable blends or juices are good for these purposes. Warm vegetable soups are also helpful for many digestive problems. Some persons with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction suffer from Candida-yeast overgrowth, food sensitivity, and allergy. Appropriate diet changes are necessary to correct these conditions.

Stress can lead to spasm of the sphincter of Oddi as well. Worsening sphincter of Oddi dysfunction after mental or physical stress can be seen very often. Consulting, relaxation, meditation, medical hypnosis, listening the custom hypnoses CD at home, acupuncture, massage are some natural ways to alleviate the stress.

It would be wise to stop drinking alcohol temporary for a few months to improve condition because the alcohol interrupts the normal function of this muscle valve. Upper abdominal pain after alcohol consumption is typical for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.

Unfortunately, there is not simple and safe test for diagnose early stage of the SOD now. Therefore, any kind of pain in the upper stomach area after heavy meals can be the alarm bell of the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.

By author’s opinion, strategic position of the sphincter of Oddi involves it in many digestive diseases and disorders. On the other hand, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction by itself leads to many digestive symptoms.

Natural treatment of the early stage can avoid serious problem in the future and improve the quality of life.

It is important to work with a knowledgeable, licensed medical professional.

The information on this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and advice of a qualified licensed professional.

What is the MMS Protocol?

Jim Humble’s Miracle Mineral Supplement has been around now for a number of years, and with a monthly volume of around 15,000 units getting shipped out all around the world, it seems as though it will become more and more difficult to deny the efficacy of this amazing compound. What’s more is that as the literature grows out there of personal experiences from individuals suffering from conditions as benign as dandruff and right up to the more serious pathologies – it is near impossible to find any real cases of MMS causing individual’s harm. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about many of the pharmaceutical equivalents that exist out there currently.

Regarding MMS, there are many different interpretations on how best to use and administer this product. We have found that Jim Humble’s original protocol is still the most effective out there, so this is the one that we will flesh and clarify the particulars for the benefit of individuals looking to use MMS.

Before we begin, it is important to be aware that MMS or sodium chlorite should always be activated with the appropriate acid, with this being citric acid, acetic acid and also lemon juice. We personally prefer to use citric acid, as we have found this to be the most consistent as far as self administering goes. When using citric acid, the recommended ratio once watered down is 5 drops of activator to every 1 drop of MMS. Most kits that are on offer within the market place are sold with enough citric acid to make up 5 times as much activator as miracle mineral supplement.

The ratio is usually administered in a 5 to 1 spread – thus being 5 drops of activator to 1 drop of MMS. It is then suggested that the solution is left for a minimum of three minutes before ingestion. Below we will outline in point form how to engage the MMS protocol:

Step 1…Initially begin with 1 drop once per day, and continue for a few days as so.

Step 2…Then proceed to 1 drop twice per day, taken once in the morning and once in the evening. If nausea is not experienced, then the following day proceed to 2 drops morning and night, adding one drop per day. For example, day 3 would require you to take 3 drops in the morning and 3 drops at night (along with the appropriate amount of activating solution).

This course of action should be followed until a maximum of 15 drops taken two times daily is reached, or otherwise detoxifying signs are encountered – such as nausea, diarrhea, or even vomiting at times. If a resistance point is reached, and any of these signs are displayed, then it is recommended that dosages be decreased for 2 – 3 days by roughly 1 – 2 drops. At this stage a holding pattern should be maintained until any unpleasant side affects disappear.

Step 3…The methodology outlined in step 2 shown above should be adhered to until such time that the 15 drops twice per day is reached without signs of nausea. At this stage it is strongly recommended that the dosage is then increased to 15 drops taken 3 times per day, with this level being maintained for a period of 7 days. After this, the maintenance dose should be between 5 – 7 drops per day for older individuals, and 5 drops twice per week for younger people.

Finishing Note: After this program has been finished, there will be very little viral, bacterial, yeast or mould activity within the body. Also be mindful that any signs of nausea and associated side affects reflect a healing crisis that is taking place within the body, and this is where persistence is of utmost importance. Remember, the feelings of nausea represent the final stand being made by the pathogenic invaders, and rarely do they go down without a fight.

Be persistent and exercise diligence with MMS – it will be more than worth it!

Menstrual Cycles That Sync: A Mystery Unraveled

“I know this sounds crazy but I know when my menstrual period is going to start because when my girlfriend at the office starts her period mine will always come the next day.” Sound familiar? First of all, no, you are not crazy, and without a doubt this is exactly what is happening. Second, with a little bit of knowledge about menstrual cycles you can understand exactly how this works. Just like every magic trick has a logical explanation, this common phenomenon can also be understood.

Knowledge of the Menstrual Cycle

To begin with, menstrual cycles do not have to be 28 days to be normal. In fact, in a series of classic studies by Vollman in 1977 on more than 31,000 menstrual cycles, fewer than 13% were exactly 28 days. Normal menstrual cycles are thought to fall between 24 and 38 days with greater instability being noted as a woman ages.

There are two phases of the menstrual cycle: pre-ovulation, and post-ovulation. Starting with the first day of the menstrual period, everything that happens up to ovulation (the release of the egg) is part of the pre-ovulation phase. Therefore, everything that happens after ovulation up to the beginning of the next menstrual period is part of the post-ovulation phase. The most important thing to remember is this: whereas the number of days AFTER ovulation is relatively constant (approximately 2 weeks), the number of days BEFORE ovulation is highly variable.

What does this mean? This means that if the menstrual cycle was short, then the pre-ovulation phase was short. For example, ovulation occurred 8 days after the menstrual cycle started (pre-ovulation phase = 8), the next menstrual period was 14 days later (post-ovulation phase = 14), and the total length of the cycle was 22 days (8 + 14). Likewise, if a menstrual cycle became really long, then it just took longer to ovulate. For example, pre-ovulation 26 + post-ovulation 14 = a cycle length of 40 days.

The most amazing thing about all of this is that if a woman can learn when she becomes fertile and when she ovulates (something that is easy to learn how to observe) then she can PREDICT the exact day that the next menstrual period is going to start – two weeks in advance!

What Makes Cycles Vary?

The winner is… STRESS! There are many things that can cause menstrual cycle variation such as medication, hormones, weight loss, weight gain, etc., but by far, the major influence is stress. The main effect of all of these things is that it takes longer to reach ovulation. Stress delays ovulation! The creator of the female body was a genius because if you think about it, the woman’s body will naturally delay ovulation if a she has way too much stress, becomes ill, or chemically imbalanced-not a good idea to get pregnant under these circumstances!

Putting it All Together

So what do women who menstruate at the same time every month have in common? The stress pattern. In the above example, these two women both work in the same environment. As such, they have common stressors such as project deadlines, renewal of contracts, etc. The same story is frequently heard among women who live in a dorm together in a university. Once again, the stress environment is the common factor such as, quarterly exams, midterms, finals, etc. During times of stress, ovulation is delayed. When the stressors disappear, ovulation occurs and the menstrual periods begin approximately 2 weeks later.

When it comes to the menstrual cycle, there is no shortage of myths. There are so many, in fact, that writing articles such as this one could easily become a full time job!

What is Cholesterol, Anyway?

What is cholesterol anyway? It is a fatty, waxy substance that’s everywhere in your body. In fact, it’s involved with things like bile, cell membranes, vitamin D and even cell membranes. In other words — it’s involved with nearly everything. Not to mention it insulates nerves as well. We get cholesterol from our diet, but it’s also produced in our liver.

Why do some people have just enough and others too much? There are a few factors that determines the amount of cholesterol in our bodies. For example, the rate at which the liver produces it, how much saturated fat you eat, and even the amount of cholesterol you consume; all play a part.

Now your body uses what it needs for day-to-day living, but the extra cholesterol floats around in your bloodstream. And that’s where the problem lies — high levels of blood cholesterol can gunk up your blood vessels. And this clogging puts you more at risk for stroke and/or heart disease.

Cholesterol — There’s More Than One Type

There are two types of cholesterol, and they act differently in your body.

LDL — low density lipoprotein — is what’s often referred to as “bad cholesterol”, because it’s more likely to have an adverse reaction to your body.

On the other hand, HDL — high density lipoprotein — is known as “good cholesterol” because it can help to sweep away some of the LDL effects. And by clearing the LDL from your blood, you reduce your chance of heart disease and stroke.

Cholesterol and Coronary Disease

As you’ve no doubt heard, high levels of cholesterol is one of the primary contributors to coronary disease (i.e., heart disease). Research has been going on for years, and indicates there is a link between high levels of cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease. So it stands to reason that a lower amount of cholesterol in the blood means less plaque (“gunk”) buildup in the artery walls. This reduces the changes that the plaque will form a blockage; and it’s the blockage that is responsible for the stroke or heart attack.

Risks for High Cholesterol

The following are several risk factors for high cholesterol:

  • Smoking,
  • Bad eating habits (fast food, anyone?).
  • Drinking alcohol.
  • Continued stress (emotional or physical).
  • Hereditary.
  • Obesity.

How many of these risks do you have?

How to Lower Cholesterol

There are ways to lower cholesterol in your bloodstream; here are a few ways.

  • Eat a balanced diet — limit fatty foods and drive-throughs.
  • Regular Exercise — 30 minutes or more, at least 3 times a week (5 times is better).
  • Take niacin; it’s a B vitamin that helps to decrease bad cholesterol by raising the good.
  • If you’re overweight, lose weight. You’d be surprised what just 10 pounds can do for your cholesterol levels!

The Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

There are several early signs of multiple sclerosis. Have you ever experienced tingling, numbness, loss of balance, weakness in one or more limbs, blurred or double vision? These are some of the most typical signs or symptoms that might suggest to a doctor that you have multiple sclerosis.

The signs may come on so gradually that you may not even know you’re having any symptoms until you look back years later. The signs can range from very mild to very severe. When mild, the signs may be barely noticeable. When severe, you may end up in the hospital wondering what is going on. The doctors may have to put you through several tests to find out the cause of your symptoms.

The when and who of MS

When do these signs or symptoms usually occur? They usually occur in women or men typically around the ages 20 to 40. Very rarely do they effect children or adults over 50, but it does happen. Most young adults are otherwise healthy and active.

They may be at the beginning of their careers, as well. A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can force them to rethink and possibly even change their life goals. If the diagnosis is relapsing-remitting MS, then there may be very little change other than learning how to manage the symptoms so that they can continue working.

These early signs of multiple sclerosis can come and go over a period of several years. Vision problems are another sign that many people who come to develop MS experience early on. An episode of optic neuritis (ON) may cause your doctor to send you to a neurologist to decide if it was caused by multiple sclerosis.

Maybe it’s a CIS

Have you ever experienced one or more of the early signs of multiple sclerosis? Some people may experience what is called a clinical isolated syndrome or a CIS. It is a single symptom or a set of symptoms that happens only once. The person is only considered to have MS if the sign or symptom happens a second time. An MRI or other test must confirm that the cause is indeed a result of MS, and the diagnosis is usually said to be the relapsing-remitting type of the disease after the second attack.

Occasionally there is no second attack. About twenty to forty percent of the time, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can’t be given. The CIS is said to be the only cause. The person has one sign or symptom that is typical of MS like optic neuritis, but no other episodes or attacks in the months or years that follow. Unfortunately, in about sixty to eighty percent of those who have a CIS, multiple sclerosis will develop later on.

List of early signs

The following is a list of the earliest signs common to MS. Of course, in and of themselves, they could be a symptom of any number of things. That’s why it takes a complete examination by a neurologist to rule out any other diseases or conditions. This examination may take more than one visit, however. A complete medical history and battery of tests, including an MRI, will show whether or not you actually have the disease.

optic neuritis

fatigue

sensations in the arms or legs

muscle weakness

lhermitte’s sign

spasticity

imbalance

Even though you may experience one of the signs or symptoms in the list above, don’t automatically assume that you have MS. The best thing to do is to go to your doctor and talk to them about your concerns. Your doctor knows your history, and you know your body better than anyone.

Sooner rather than later

You are more likely to realize that something is not right long before anyone else does. Obviously, the earlier this condition is diagnosed, the earlier you can begin to do something about it. Whether it’s learning how to manage the symptoms or making decisions about which treatments to use. If you have any of the early signs of multiple sclerosis listed above, and they are bothersome, the best course of action is to see your doctor. He or she may be able to rule out MS or some other condition. And if it turns out to be multiple sclerosis, at least you’ll know and can begin to deal with it now rather than later.

My 2nd Heart Attack

This is a really difficult article to write, as the feelings that keep pushing at me are shame, embarrassment and a load of guilt. But I know it is very important to share what I have experienced, and perhaps help someone with similar symptoms. For the last 4-5 weeks I have been having a tightening around my midriff. There really was not much pain with it, and I kept thinking it was anxiety.

On Wednesday, I had a doctor appointment with a new doctor – an Internist. I did tell her about the pressure in my chest, but looking back I have to admit that I sort of played it down. I really did not believe it was anything serious. She sent me to have blood drawn, and she wanted to see a complete lipid study, an A1C (blood glucose test), as well as all the regular tests since I am on blood thinners. BTW, my cholesterol numbers are great. In fact, I have never seen a high number on any of my cholesterol blood tests. So, I did not think I had anything to worry about with my cholesterol.

Ever since my previous heart attack, I have also been on meds for high blood pressure. But the meds work really well, and my blood pressure is always wonderful. I really did not have much to worry about, as far as the numbers were concerned, with the exception of my weight. I keep saying that I have to lose some of this excess weight, and it never seems to happen.

And then comes Sunday… A fairly normal day, but I had this pressure in my chest that I just could not get rid of. My son Mike had been doing some work in the garage and he called me out there to explain his plans for expanding the kitchen. Only problem was that I was having trouble paying attention. The pressure in my chest was non-stop. As I turned to go back inside, I casually asked Mike if he was planning on being around that day. He immediately picked up on it, and asked me what was going on: “Are you having pain?” I tried to shrug it off, but he would not let it go. He took me inside and went for the blood pressure gauge. My blood pressure was high. He took it again, about 5 times, but he still was getting high readings. Obviously, my great blood pressure readings were now a thing of the past. He insisted that we go to the hospital. Would I be writing this article if he had listened to me? And you must understand, that I was feeling so foolish. The closest hospital is 40 miles away, and I was so sure that this tightness would pass. It seemed like such an inconvenience to have him drive me all that way.

When I got to the hospital, they took me in immediately. I kept thinking how dumb I was going to feel when they said there was nothing wrong. But, they were treating me as though it was serious. They took 3 more vials of blood, even when I told them that I just had all these tests done 3-4 days prior. And the really hard part: “How would you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10?” I think I answered 6 or 7, wondering if I was lying, as it really was not that bad. I could stand it. They gave me Nitroquick pills to put under my tongue, and when that did not stop the pressure, they put a Nitroquick patch on my back. That evening the cardiologist came to my room, and explained the options. I agreed to have an angioplasty the next day, even though I was not sure I trusted it. But, as the doctor pointed out, it would be the most accurate, and any blockage could be taken care of immediately.

Basically, that is exactly what happened. My 1st heart attack (2 years ago) had blocked the artery on the left side of my heart, aka “The Widow Maker.” How ominous is that? This time it was the right side of my heart, and again, I had a very serious blockage. They added a stent to the right side, and now that side is working fine.

So, why did I decide to write this? I want everyone to understand how varied and non-descript the symptoms of a heart attack can be. Do not take any of the symptoms I described for granted. I could just as easily be dead right now. Fortunately, I have a stubborn son, who was smart enough to see through my denial.

Woman most often do not have the same heart attack symptoms as a man will have. And my symptoms for my 2nd heart attack were very different from the symptoms for my 1st heart attack. My 1st heart attack I had no pain – I just kept throwing up for 4 days – I thought I might have the flu or something. That time I had my daughter-in-law to thank for saving my life by coming over to the house, and persuading me to go to the emergency room.

The 2nd heart attack, again I had no pain. It just felt like someone was standing on my chest. Except for some very fleeting moments, I never really had much pain. There was not the pain running up my arm, no jaw pain, none of the symptoms you usually hear about. At one point I remember saying that my teeth hurt, but even that did not last for very long.

I have to take it pretty easy for the next few weeks, but I can not deny any of this anymore. As soon as possible, I am starting an exercise program, and I am now reviewing diet programs. I am learning about low glycemic diets, as that seems the most logical for me. I have been pretty careful the last couple of years, but now it is time to be extremely careful! Pretty careful does not cut it anymore.

In closing, I just want to emphasize how important your health is. We woman tend to ignore most symptoms, unless they hit us over the head. We are so dedicated to the people in our lives, and we are such good care-takers. But we are generally lousy about caring for ourselves. We need to pay more attention, so we can be there for our families, and not short-change ourselves. Remember to be good to yourself. Life is very short, and time speeds up after you reach 60.

Best Regards,

Sandie Sudberry

The Truth About Red Wine and Heart Disease

Red Wine,  Heart   Disease , Hungry Sharks and Knights in Shining Armor

What is so special about wine? What is it that makes it potentially more protective against coronary  heart   disease , and perhaps other diseases, that other forms of alcohol?

In recent years, scientists have concluded without doubt that many human  diseases  such as  heart   disease , cancer and the aging process is caused or stimulated by a ravenous group of chemicals called free radicals, that act like hungry sharks. These highly charged little villains prowl the body and attack healthy cell membranes through a process that is called oxidation. In this scenario, there is however a knight in shining armor that jumps to the rescue and purges these ever hungry little killers. The name of our crusader is antioxidants.

Without getting too technical, the oxidation process in our bodies is crucial for health, without it, for instance, we would not be able to extract energy from our food. But if there are too many free radicals in our bodies this can be harmful.

Our body has its own defenses against free radicals, in the form of enzymes that are able to turn the hungry little sharks into harmless water. However, sometimes our body’s natural defense mechanisms can’t cope. Other times, external events can cause huge increases of free radicals within our bodies, such as x-rays, cigarette smoke and exposure to toxic substances. At times, this surge of free radicals can swamp our defenses and illnesses such as radiation sickness may take place.

So what does oxidation and free radicals have to do with  heart   disease ?

Low density lipoproteins, commonly know as “bad” LDL, can penetrate and gather against the inner walls of our arteries, under certain conditions, forming fatty streaks and plaque. Taken alone, LDL particles aren’t so dangerous it seems, however, when attacked by free radicals they turn into dangerous and somewhat aggressive cells, capable of actually penetrating and harming the smooth inner walls of our arteries. This process is called oxidation. Oxidized LDL is known to be the culprit in stimulating atherosclerosis,  heart   disease  and stroke.

Antioxidants, as the name suggests (anti-oxidants) can help stop the oxidation process, which are the results of free radicals doing their stuff. Most antioxidant research has been carried out on vitamins (A, E, beta carotene) but quite a lot of work has also been done on the healthy benefits of red wine. While most research on red wine has been done in relation to coronary  heart   disease , it seems that the benefits of wine don’t stop there.

Red wine and Coronary  Heart   Disease 

Red wine contains a wide range of flavanoids; these are the chemicals that give the wine its particular taste and character, making one different from another. Many of these flavanoids act like antioxidants. Perhaps the forerunner of wine research was carried out by a certain Serge Renaud, who discovered the French Paradox, which suggested that wine was the decisive factor in protecting the people in southern France from their very high fat diets and ultimately coronary  heart   disease . Even if these people do eat large quantities of high fat cheese, pâté, and salami they have some of the lowest rates of  heart   disease  in the world.

Another study, statistical rather than practical, by a Professor Grey of the University of Bern in Switzerland focused on the low, medium and high coronary  heart   disease  (CHD) mortality figures of the World Health Organization.

What did he find? Well from among the high mortality areas were Finland and Scotland, the middle areas included Ireland, and the low CHD areas included Spain, Italy and France. He then compared heart attack rates with antioxidant levels in blood samples taken from men living in those areas.

Vitamin E and  Heart   Disease 

What he found was very interesting, the results showed that high antioxidant levels, in particular vitamin E, coincided with low death rates of  heart   disease . Moreover, his results showed that vitamin E levels were 94% more accurate in predicting CHD rates than were cholesterol levels or blood pressure figures! Apart from diet, the high CHD regions drink very little, if any wine, whereas the low regions traditionally accompany their meals most days with wine.

It certainly seems strange that two much studied cities; Glasgow in Scotland and Toulouse in France show many similarities and yet many differences. The inhabitants of both cities eat tremendous amounts of high fat foods, traditionally take little exercise and drink alcohol. The surprising difference is that while the people of Glasgow have one of the highest rates of CHD in the world, the fortunate people of Toulouse have one of the lowest. Traditionally beer and spirits are the preferred drinks in Glasgow, while the folks in Toulouse drink red wine.

It has also been suggested that drinking in moderation together with meals is beneficial, while binge drinking at bars in the evening is harmful. It seems the southern Europeans don’t drink for the alcohol buzz, but just as a pleasant accompaniment to their meals.

At first the large heart institutions such as the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association ignored both antioxidants and frowned upon wine. While it is clear that it could be potentially dangerous for a physician to recommend his patients start drinking alcohol, it is also strange that they pretended for so many years to ignore the evidence. Well, now even if they don’t promote the taking of vitamin pills; antioxidants and free radicals are now recognized. However, according to the AHA “There is no scientific proof that drinking wine or any other alcoholic beverage can replace conventional measures. No direct comparison trials have been done to determine the specific effect of wine or other alcohol on the risk of developing  heart   disease  or stroke. Just ask yourself who would pay for such studies. Clinical Trials have the purpose of showing one thing to be better than another, or whether a certain substance is beneficial to health. The costs of clinical trials is so high that only the pharmaceutical industry have the financial clout to invest in them – invest is the correct word. What a surprise.

Facts About Tuberculosis

A bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes the bacterial infection called tuberculosis. In the past this disease was greatly feared, as there was no cure for it. But antibiotics were developed in the 1950s and it was predicted that the disease would be eradicated as the number of cases continued to drop. Then with the spread of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis again became a problem. However, due to aggressive public health efforts in the United States, it is not a major health problem. This is not true of third world countries. In these countries TB continues to be one of the leading causes of death.

TB is very contagious and is spread when an infected person coughs. The bacteria travel from their lungs into the air and are breathed in by other people. In most people the immune system can fight off the infection. However, the people that are highly susceptible to TB are those who have HIV, those living in crowded facilities such as prisons, nursing homes, and halfway houses, health care workers, alcoholics, homeless people and anyone with a suppressed immune system. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are also at high risk for the disease as scientists have determined there is a link between TB and some of the drugs that are prescribed for the treatment of arthritis.

The most prominent symptom of TB is a chronic cough. Other symptoms include fever, night sweats, chest pain, bloodstained phlegm, and fatigue and weight loss. There are various tests used to determine if a person has TB. A common test is a skin test in which a small amount of the protein from a killed TB bacterium is injected under the skin of your forearm. If the test is positive, a small bump will appear in the next two to three days. This test will tell if you have ever been infected with TB but it will not determine whether or not you have an active infection. TB bacteria can lie dormant in the lungs over a long period of time. If a person with a positive skin test will not be contagious if the infection is not active.

Chest x-rays will show scars on the lungs and lymph nodes of the chest. This indicates that you were infected with TB in the past. A chest x-ray can reveal signs of an active infection. The doctor may also take a sample of your phlegm. This can be examined for presence of the TB bacterium. If it is present in your phlegm, you definitely have an active infection and are contagious. If the doctor is still unsure, after performing these tests, a bronchoscopy may be performed. In this procedure, a tiny sample of your lung tissue is removed for laboratory analysis.

Most incidences of TB can be cured by antibiotics. There are several different types available and patient usually takes a combination of three or sometimes even four different types daily for six months. However, there are some TB bacteria that are resistant to these antibiotics. In this case, the infection is labelled multi-drug resistant TB.

New Consciousness And The Law of Attraction With Personal Growth

If you are not where you want to be yet with your personal growth and attraction goals and are already using the best technologies and methods to get their, what could possibly be missing?

You may already be using affirmations, mind movies, meditation, hypnosis and subliminal audio as well as positive thinking and goal planning (with a whole lot of hard work) yet still not where you want to be with the law of attraction. If your thoughts and beliefs are everything and form your reality and you are already working on changing them, what else is missing?

Let’s briefly take a look at what levels of consciousness you are working with your beliefs on. Western traditional personal growth is very fond of the ‘conscious mind’. And this is often meant and referred to include your thoughts and beliefs, but they can also occur on deeper levels such as your subconsciousness. Technologies like binaural beats, hypnosis audio and subliminals help you to affect and even change your beliefs (or the intention to) on those deeper levels.

But if you are already trying and using hypnosis, subliminals, affirmations, visualization and positive thinking to affect yourself on both the conscious mind and subconscious levels, then why aren’t you there yet? Why do some of your thoughts obviously not manifest what you desire?

I mean is there some other level of consciousness that you have to work on or something that has just gone overlooked? Well, if we take a deeper look at your waking states of consciousness, you’ll find that it is more than the mere conscious mind (which is really kind of a generic term). When you are awake during the day, a more qualitative definition of your consciousness would be a little more insightful and could be called your holistic consciousness.

Your holistic consciousness is your mental, emotional, sexual, physical and spiritual consciousness (or subjective experience). You can feel, sense, know and experience reality on each of those levels of conscious energy. A lot of Western personal growth (when you look at it compared to spirituality) is really coming from more of an ego driven definition and valuation of self; thus, conscious mind is more closely related to the ego definition of self.

But you have consciousness on the mind, heart, body, sexiness and soul levels of self. Understanding that greater and holistic definition of waking consciousness (where your practical experience of life exists), you are then able to work on expanding and changing your beliefs on all levels of consciousness; emotionally, sexually, etc..

You may have heard the saying ‘when the heart and the mind are one it can move mountains’, but if you are closed off to your heart then it is simply another level of self that you may have to take into account to finally attract and manifest your personal growth goals and dreams.

Your mind or really ‘thought’ often isn’t enough power on its own. And that is no understatement because the Western definition of self is mind, body and soul leaving all of the power up to your mind for personal growth but you also have unlimited power with heart and sexual drive as well as aligning your soul to your purpose.

When it comes to audio meditation and consciousness reprogramming, if you do not have resources and tools that know how to affect each of the conscious areas of waking self, you may want to look into Powerliminals.

Powerliminals know how to engage each of your conscious energies to heal and effectively reprogram and help you become congruent with a higher level of power and reality to experience what you previously worked so hard to attain.

What Are the Different Brain Tumor Types?

You may have heard of cancer but have no idea as to what are the different types of brain cancer. A tumor is very serious and dangerous to life. This type of cancer is essentially intracranial or inside the cranium. It is a solid neoplasm which is an abnormal growth of cells that is within the central spinal cord or within the brain.

Types of tumors are abnormal and sporadic cell division within the brain itself. They also affect the pituitary gland, the skull, the lymphatic tissue, the cranial nerves or the pineal gland. Brain cancer are commonly spread from cancerous cells in the body of a person suffering from cancer which are called as metastatic tumors.

Different types of brain cancer

There are two essential brain cancer types that can be treated; these are benign and malignant types. Some types of cancer begin in the brain and are called as primary tumors and those that are metastatic tumors are a result of some cancerous or disease causing cells spread from other parts of the body to the brain. brain cancer types vary even in the symptoms, some tumors are detected with visible symptoms while other show up only in an imaging scan or an autopsy.

Glioma brain cancer: The glial cells are the place from where this tumor originates in the brain or spine.

Meningioma brain cancer: Arising from meninges or the membranes encompassing the central nervous system, this brain cancer comes out in diverse forms. It is one of the most common primary tumors affecting individuals.

Pituitary adenoma brain cancer: Arising from the pituitary gland which is one of the significant parts of the cranium of the brain, this type of cancer can range from the smallest to as large at 10 mm in size. They are often detected only through brain scans or autopsies.

Nerve sheath brain cancer: Originating in the nervous system, this tumor is one of those types of cancer that are primarily made up of myelin around the nerves of the nervous system.

How can one treat brain tumor?

A neurosurgeon is often a person who can treat all brain tumor types. The most common treatment for tumors is to completely remove it in case it does not affect any immediate or serious part of the brain through surgery. Other treatments include radiation therapy where the brain tumor is treated with radiation waves. This will ensure that the brain tumor reduces in size or the cells within the tumor die in order to prevent the spread of the tumor. Gamma knife treatment is also a very effective way of treating all brain tumor types as the gamma knife machine cuts the brain tumor cells by isolating gamma waves on the brain tumor.

Chemotherapy is also a commonly used treatment for treating all brain tumor types.

Successfully recoveries from all brain tumor types are present all over the world, as neurosurgeons have managed to treat them in order to give people a second life with the most advanced technologies at hand.

Walking Pneumonia Symptoms – Things You Must Know About Walking Pneumonia

The common symptoms of Walking Pneumonia can remain undetected. The walking or atypical pneumonia does not manifests in huge way so person suffering can often ignore it as just feeling little tired or being under the bad weather, quite unlike the bed ridden situation of typical pneumonia.

There are more than 2 millions patients suffer from this each year, most of them are under 15 years old, so knowing the symptoms is important thing especially for the parents. Here are some of the main symptoms being caused by mycoplasma pneumonia, the walking pneumonia virus.

• Lethargy and gradual lack of energy

• Sudden surges of cold throughout the whole body are felt

• Feeling of pain in the chest and back

• Soar throat and sudden chills

• Severe head aches start

• Annoying fever without any reason

• The nose starts to run

• Severe pain in the stomach, eye and throat

The walking pneumonia can easily cause the feelings of gloom to settle quite fast in any one especially the person having breathing problems already. They can feel out of breath and have quite a shock to the system with this.

The fist stage of this disease can run for three weeks or so before the patient start to show some signs of anything happening. The low energy levels are often the first thing one discovers so keeping eyes on that is important for patients. At the later stages the patients start to lose feelings like smell and taste too.

The immediate treatment should be started as soon as any of these signs start to appear. Your family physician or doctor should be consulted as soon as possible in this. There are some easy tests which can determine the exact problem and its intensity so follow the doctor’s advice to avoid this problem to exculpate.

The doctors normally treat this problem with the antibiotics. The key point here is that the tablets should be taken for the full duration as being suggested by the doctors to fully cure it. Some patients go to doctors at the later stage thinking it as just common cold, in such situation the advance level of intervenes antibiotics are given to cure it.