Duodenal Switch – The Preferable Abdominal Restriction Procedure

The duodenal switch (DS) modifies the BPD designed to prevent ulcers, increase gastric restriction, minimize dumping syndrome, and reduce protein-calorie malnutrition. Dr. Doug Hess first reported DS in 1986.

The DS works by gastric restriction in addition to malabsorption. Anatomically, mainly the difference between DS and BPD is how the stomach is shaped – the malabsorptive part is basically identical to the BPD. Compared to BPD, DS creates a much smaller stomach that will create a restricted feeling a lot like a RYGBP. Rather than cutting the stomach horizontally and taking the lower half away (such as occurs with the BPD), the duodenal switch makes an incision in the stomach vertically and leaves a stomach tube that empties it into a really short segment of the duodenum.

The duodenum is tolerant of the acid in the stomach and thus is a lot more resistant to ulceration in comparison to the small intestine. Removing a portion of the stomach also inhibits the amount of acid that is present in the abdomen. Whereas the BPD includes a connection, or anastomosis between the intestine and stomach, the DS includes an anastomosis between the intestine and duodenum.

A theoretical, although clinically unproven, benefit of the duodenal switch is an improvement of the absorption of iron and calcium when you compare it to the BPD. The disadvantage of severing the duodenum is the large amount of vital structures that are in very close proximity and adjacent to the duodenum. Many large blood vessels and the essential bile duct are located here. Injury or trauma to these areas could be life-threatening.

These operations have some of the highest reported weight loss results, in terms of long-term studies. On the other hand, they also have the biggest rate of nutritional complications when compared to the RYGBP and the other entirely restrictive procedures. These procedures are some of the most complex bariatric surgeries to perform. Although, like most weight loss surgery studies, there is a wide variability for long-term results among different centers or practices. Some surgeons and patients believe that the duodenal switch is a preferable operation to the RYGBP and BPD because of patients not having to experience the “dumping syndrome”, described above. The duodenal switch and BPD have their own particular side effects, though. After a high fat meal, people may experience bad smelling gas and diarrhea.

Take your time finding someone you can trust, and feel comfortable with, to perform this procedure for you. Make sure it’s a highly qualified health professional with expertise in the specialty you are interested in.

Alternative Medicine Treatment for C. Difficile Infection

This article might be for you or someone you love, it is for sufferers that are looking for help. Clostridium difficile has other names such as CDF, C. diff, antibiotic-associated colitis; colitis – pseudomembranous; necrotizing colitis. Unfortunately, common treatment of the C. difficile with antibiotics cannot prevent from relapses.

This opportunistic infection causes diarrhea and it is linked to 14,000 American deaths each year, and this is only official statistic.

Some researchers suggest that the C. diff is linked to more than 30,000 deaths per year in the United States, and it strikes about half a million of Americans annually. It is truly a superbug. Why is C. diff a superbug? For now, in the battle between antibiotics’ and C. difficile, victory is on the side of the resistant species of this microbe.

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes watery diarrhea, bloody stool, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, or cramps. C. difficile may cause serious intestinal conditions such as colon inflammation (colitis).

People in good health do not generally get sick from C. difficile. Usually we can get Clostridium from food and water.10 percentage of the population has this microbe in the gut without noticeable symptoms. A healthy person has a defense mechanism that protects him or her from this superbug.

Doctors and researchers are unanimous that C. difficile occurs mostly after taking broad-spectrum antibiotics, and usually it is an assault on people with low immune system such as young kids, elderly people and people after serious surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, AIDS, alcoholics’, etc. Many of them had a C.difficile bacterium in their body before taking antibiotics, but they felt OK.

Most of the specialists agree that prolong use of the broad-spectrum antibiotic triggers C. diff infection by destroying the friendly intestinal flora. These microorganisms are called friendly, because “Enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Friendly intestinal flora is our best guard from nasty microorganisms, such as microbes, Candida-yeast, and parasites.

Dysbiosis is the condition where friendly intestinal flora is gone, and opportunistic infection takes over gastrointestinal tract (Candida-yeast overgrowth, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth; SIBO).There is a lot of information about dysbiosis, which I described in my eBook: healthy pancreas, healthy you.

C. difficile is the opportunistic infection that grows when it has the opportunity to grow. Harmful intestinal bacteria, Candida-yeast, and parasites will cause damage to the wall of your gut, thus making it vulnerable to multiplying (colonization) of the C. diff This superbug does not act alone. There is increasing evidence that certain other species of opportunistic infection such as Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Candida-yeast, parasites, etc also responsible for symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

When you just kill the C. difficile with the strong, broad-spectrum antibiotics or other antimicrobial agents the relief will be temporary. Medically speaking, without restoration of the body’s natural defense mechanisms, the victory over these bacteria is difficult to get. Clostridium difficile infection causes many damages to the body systems; therefore, there is no magic bullet for this condition. There are a few things that we can do simultaneously, that would help with this issue.

• Re-establish the friendly intestinal flora

• Bring back body’s natural defense mechanisms such as stomach acidity, antibacterial actions of bile and pancreatic juice, intestinal flashing out

• Decrease the colonization of C. difficile in the gut

• Diminish the intestinal inflammation and internal toxicity

• Repair the damages from C. difficile toxins on the nervous and hormonal systems

• Boost the immunity

• Normalize the acid-base balance

• Improve digestion

• Replace deficiency of the vital substances

Sorry to say but in case of C. diff, recommendations to take probiotics (many of them are low quality) or eat yogurt will not aid. Analogy of the GI-tract with garden can help. If the garden is full of weeds, caterpillars’ snails, frogs, and is jam-packed by toxic chemicals, soil is depleted and drained; there are no chances to grow roses and flowers. It requires different ways, hard work, and some period of time to restore this garden to thrive.

Many times and many years, I use this safe, effective, non-drug, alternative, holistic approach. Numerous parts of this unique anti Clostridium program have been widely used in other countries for hundreds of years. It can reduce diarrhea, pain, abdominal cramps, nausea, bloating, bloody stool, bowels urgency, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Lab tests also can show positive changes.

Some of these alternative holistic methods are:

1. Whole Body Cleansing with colon hydrotherapy and restoration of friendly intestinal flora

2. Herbal Medicine

3. Nutritional Supplementation

4. Healing Food Consultations

5. Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water

6. Acupuncture and more

The diarrhea has accompanied human beings for thousands of years. So, doctors all over the world have saved their patients’ lives by using healing foods, herbs, minerals, colon hydrotherapy, etc. For the most people, it is understandable, but how about acupuncture? I have seen with my own eyes that a few sessions of the acupuncture alleviate diarrhea, even in the young kids.

Drinking healing mineral water sounds strange for the regular people and medical professionals in US, but it is common in Europe. Treatment of the chronic diarrhea with Karlovy Vary healing mineral water has a long tradition. First medical book about this water was published in 1522. Since then, many articles, books, and clinical experience of the European doctors support healing action of the Karlovy Vary healing mineral water in various digestive disorders including chronic diarrhea.

Ill people either drink this healing mineral water from a hot spring or drink water that is prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt at home. This healing mineral water cleanses out the wastes and toxins from the intestines, alkalizes bile and pancreatic juice, promotes the growth of the friendly intestinal flora, and alleviates diarrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. I wrote an eBook and numerous articles for people and medical professionals, where I discussed this healing method.

C. difficile infection grows year by year. Thousands of victims of this horrible infection use common therapeutic approach “find and destroy” by strong antibiotics. If that way doesn’t work, it makes sense to consider alternative program to restore natural defense mechanism. It works for many people with diarrhea after antibiotics. The goal is to find knowledgeable licensed medical professionals.

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

Four Sexual Dysfunctions That May Affect Any Woman

You may describe your sex life at the moment as terrific, wonderful, or simply the best. Hopefully this will be maintained for as long as possible without any problems. But it would not hurt knowing the sexual dysfunctions that a woman may face, especially that these conditions have been known to affect over half of all women.

These sexual-related problems may fall under any of the four categories:

Loss of Sexual Desire

Perhaps the most common female sexual dysfunction is the loss of desire or the lack of sex drive or lack of libido. While this problem may be experienced by women at all times, in some cases this will surface at certain times only such as during pregnancy or when you are under so much stress. Under normal circumstances, desire may happen naturally or in response to stimulating thoughts or images.

A lack or diminished sexual desire may be due to physical, psychological, or emotional causes that may include existing medical conditions, hormone disorders, relationship problems, alcohol use, depression, and even a past traumatic sexual experience. Treatment of this problem would depend on the cause, which your doctor will recommend after a thorough assessment.

Loss of Sexual Arousal

Loss of arousal should not be confused with loss of desire since you may have the sexual desire but you cannot get to the point of being aroused or the level of arousal cannot be maintained. This arousal stage is one where the sense of sexual pleasure is heightened, bringing with it an increased blood flow to the genitals and other body functions.

Possible causes for this dysfunction may be similar to that of lack of desire but at a different degree. It would be best to get the assistance of the doctor in addressing this problem although minor causes may be worked out by yourself or together with your partner.

Orgasmic Disorder

The prospect of spending time with your partner has fueled your sexual desire and the intimacy has aroused you to the highest level. But yet you cannot reach the point of no return or simply, you are unable to achieve orgasm. If this happens on a regular basis for a considerable period of time, then you may be experiencing the sexual dysfunction of orgasmic disorder. Please not that this should not be considered a problem if you do not need to climax during sex.

For this problem, the usual causes may be psychological or emotional in nature such as relationship problems, lack of knowledge about sex, mood disorders, insufficient stimulation, and past sexual experience. Experts have been performing research to determine if this dysfunction may have a link with certain medical conditions. Undergoing a psychosexual therapy would appear to be the best treatment for this problem.

Painful Sexual Intercourse

Also known as dyspareunia, this dysfunction occurs when you experience pain during sexual contact and on rare occasions, during sexual stimulation. Pain may appear at the slightest contact or it may only be felt during actual penetration.

Causes of dyspareunia may vary from emotional problems, dryness of the vagina as a result of the drop in estrogen, vaginal trauma as result of childbirth, lack of stimulation, or a condition called vaginismus. Treatment of this dysfunction would again depend on the cause, in which your doctor will be in the best position to determine.

Heart Attack

Heart attack is a condition in which blood flow to a particular portion of the heart is stopped. The blood carries oxygen to the heart muscles. That portion of the heart gets damaged due to lack of oxygen.

Heart related disease is the main killer of most of the men’s and women’s in USA alone.

Cause – Heart attack occurs when the coronary arteries that supplies blood and oxygen to the heart gets blocked. This blockage is caused due to accumulation of cholesterol at a particular point in the arteries. This narrows the artery and lowers the supply of blood to the heart. This condition usually causes the patient to get severe pain in the chest especially when the patient is walking or performing a task that needs heart to pump more blood. If not detected in time this passage is totally blocked and obstructs the supply of blood to the heart causing it to stop.

Know you are having a heart attack – Acting immediately on the first signs of heart attack symptoms can save the life of the patient. The symptoms of a heart attack are.

1. Chest pain – unbearable pain, feel as if someone is sitting on your chest. This pain goes and comes back after few minutes.

2. Discomfort – Discomfort in both arms, back, neck, jaws etc

3. Breath – Difficulty in berating.

4. Other signs include nausea, vomiting, fainting, or cold sweat.

If you know someone is having a heart attack call 911 or call your doctor immediately. Giving a patient immediate medical attention will save his life. Prevention is better than cure. In my site, which is mentioned below I have mentioned many home bases and safe ideas that will help you to lead a healthy life. Many of the techniques suggested will also benefit patients already with a heart ailment.

Heart Disease – Our Modern Plague Resolved

In the last hundred years, our society has had to endure an ever-increasing plague affecting the lives of millions. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in the form of ‘Occlusive Cardiovascular Disease’, which is also known as ‘Atherosclerosis’ or ‘plaquing’ of the arteries is affecting younger and younger people with each passing generation. The disorder leads to the majority of our heart attacks, strokes and the spiraling costs of healthcare. It remains today as the leading cause of death by disease in the developed world.

Medical treatment of choice continues to be cholesterol-lowering drugs (statin drugs). Add to this the prescriptions for chest pains, high blood pressure, blood thinners, calcium beta-blockers, triglyceride etc. and you have a toxic cocktail mix taken by millions of people with only a poor prognosis to show for their efforts.

What can we do?

A world-renowned biochemist Linus Pauling PhD (1901-1994), two-time unshared Nobel Prize Laureate, and recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees is regarded by many of his peers as one of the world’s greatest scientific minds of the 20th century. In his last interview with the British journal of the Institute of Optimum Nutrition he spoke these prophetic words:

“I think I know what the answer is… we can get almost COMPLETE CONTROL of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by the proper use of this therapy …even cure it.” — Linus Pauling (1992)

The “therapy” he spoke about was formulated after decades of scientific and clinical research and introduced following issues of his patents (1990 and 1991) for the reversal of ‘Occlusive Cardiovascular Disease’. Add this to his 1989 ‘Unified Theory” of heart disease and we have an effective way of eliminating the majority of suffering caused by this major scourge of our times.

Medicine’s silence is deafening!

Mainstream medicine and big Pharma continue to remain silent as to Pauling’s discovery and one might be inclined to believe that their focus on profits might be the motives for their suppression of his research. Heart disease is big business.

How does Pauling’s formula work? It’s rather quite simple. It starts with the scientific facts that CVD is predominantly a Vitamin C deficiency disease. Also lacking is, a couple of key amino acids L-lysine and L-proline. Add to that a few supportive A, B, & E vitamins, minerals like magnesium and selenium, a little CoQ10 and plenty of Omega 3 oils, and there you have it. A formula which when taken therapeutically, can stop, reverse and help the body heal the majority of CVD cases.

Following up on 1985 Nobel Laureates Brown and Goldstein’s scientific work of the early 1980’s, Pauling re-confirmed that all plaque in the arteries is laid down as temporarily repair material for damaged or injured blood vessels. This sticky cholesterol plaque, which the body uses to seal up the cracks and fissures, is a “special” kind of cholesterol made in our livers and not the cholesterol we ingest from fatty foods. LP(a) cholesterol plaque is manufactured as a necessary emergency ‘secondary response tissue’ to deal with the damaged blood vessels. This happens only when the body is malnourished.

The ‘primary’ healing tissue for blood vessels is “collagen”. Collagen needs high levels of Vitamin C and amino acids such as lysine, proline, to be properly and adequately synthesized. Also, L-lysine and L-proline act as LP(a) binding inhibitors.

So there is hope for the majority of those who suffer with this chronic degenerative disease. The results of using the Pauling protocol are predictable and measurable.

Start by getting a full blood profile for heart risk factors. Once you have your ‘numbers’, start taking a well formulated ‘Pauling formula’ product (Cardioflex Q10) up to three times a day with juice or water. (Water only if you are diabetic) You will start to notice a difference in your wellbeing within only a few days to a few weeks.

Note: Check regularly with your doctor as to the continued need for your prescription drugs. Within 6 to 18 months, the majority of patients should be off most of their heart drugs and will have reduced by up to 80-90% all of their CVD risk factors identified in the blood tests.

Adopting a healthier diet and a regular exercise routine accelerates the process and puts you on a fast tract to a lifetime free of heart disease.

You no longer have to be a casualty of the CVD plague.

Dr. Gerry Bohemier DC

Symptoms of Brain Tumor

Brain tumor symptoms varies based on on the person and their specific situation. Different factors of the tumor will influence the symptoms of the brain tumors pressing on a nerve or disturbs a certain area of the brain. They also may be caused when the brain swells or fluid builds up within the skull.

The most common symptoms are:

Headaches

Headaches are a general initial symptom. Typical “brain tumor headaches” are often said to be worse in the morning, with improvement gradually during the day. They may arouse the individual from sleep. Sometimes, upon awakening, the person vomits then feels better. These headaches may worsen with coughing, exercise, or with a change in position such as bending or kneeling. They also do not typically respond to the common headache remedies.¬†

Seizures

One-third of people diagnosed with this kind of tumor are not aware they have a tumor until they have a seizure. Seizures are a regular symptom of a brain tumor. Seizures are caused by a disruption in the normal transportation of electricity in the brain. Those sudden bursts of electricity may cause convulsions, unusual sensations, and loss of consciousness. Focal seizures, such as muscle twitching or jerking of an arm or leg, abnormal smells or tastes, problems with speech or numbness and tingling, may also occur.

Mental and or Personality Changes

These can range from problems with memory (especially short-term memory), speech, communication and / or concentration changes to intense intellectual problems and confusion. Changes in behavior, temperament and personality may also occur, depending where the tumor is located. These changes can be caused by the tumor itself, by a rise in pressure within the skull caused by the presence of the tumor, or by involvement of the parts of the brain that control personality.

Focal, or Localized, Symptoms

In addition to the ordinary, but non-specific symptoms listed above, other more specific symptoms frequently occur. These “focal symptoms” can help identify the location of the tumor. Focal symptoms include: hearing problems such as ringing or buzzing sounds or hearing loss, decreased muscle control, lack of coordination, decreased sensation, weakness or paralysis, difficulty with walking or speech, balance problems, or double vision.

Nausea and Vomiting

As with headaches, these are non-specific, which means that most people who have nausea and vomiting do NOT have a tumor of the brain. Nausea and/ or vomiting is more likely to lead a brain tumor if it is accompanied by the other reactions associated with a brain tumor.

Behavioral and cognitive problems

Many persons have behavioral and cognitive changes, such as: problems with recent memory, inability to concentrate or finding the right words, acting out – no patience or tolerance, and loss of inhibitions – saying or doing things that are not appropriate for the situation.

If you find yourself developing any of these symptoms, feel free to consult your physician and explain that you feel that you are experiences symptoms related to a brain tumor. Don’t be left in the dark.

Natural Pneumonia Treatment – Part 2

Young children (especially infants), older adults, and people who have compromised immune systems are very vulnerable to the potentially life-threatening effects of this illness.  Pneumonia  is now the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. No matter what the cause,  pneumonia  usually leaves the sufferer with the weakness that persists for four to eight weeks after the acute phase of the infection has resolved.

Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended here are for adults. For a child between the ages of twelve and seventeen, reduce the dose to three-quarters the recommended amount. For a child between six and twelve, use one-half the recommended dose, and for a child under the age of six, use one-quarter the recommended amount.

NATURAL HERBS FOR  PNEUMONIA  TREATMENT

– Astragalus enhances the immune system.

– Clear Lungs from Ridgecrest Herbals is an herbal combination that helps provide relief from shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and wheezing due to bronchial congestion. It is available in two formulas: one with ephedra and the other without. They appear to be equally effective.

– Echinacea enhances immunity.

– Ginger is an effective antimicrobial agent and is helpful for fever.

– Goldenseal and licorice root are antibiotics

Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.

Lung Tonic from Herbs, etc. contains a variety of herbs that support the lungs.

MORE RECOMMENDATIONS

– See your health care provider if you suspect  pneumonia . This is a potentially dangerous disease.

– Eat a diet consisting of raw of fruits and vegetables.

– Take a protein supplement from vegetable source, such as a free-form amino acid complex. Amino acids are the building block proteins. Soy is excellent source of non-dairy protein.

– Drink plenty of fresh juices. Liquids help to thin the lung secretions. Fast on pure juices, fresh lemon juice, and distilled water.

– Include “green drinks: in your diet or take chlorophyll in tablet form. Earth Source Greens and more from – Solgar is a good green drink product.

– If you are taking antibiotics, take acidophilus is capsule or liquid form three times each day.

– Exclude dairy products, sugar, and white flour products from your diet.

– Do not smoke.

– Use a cool mist from a humidifier or vaporizer to help ease breathing.

– Place a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your chest to relieve pain.

– Consider using device called Air Supply from Wein Products. This is a personal air purifier that is worn around the neck. It kills and deactivates airborne viruses, bacteria, molds, and spores.

– To avoid passing the infection along to others dispose of secretions properly. Sneeze and/ or cough into disposable tissues. Flush used tissues to discard them.

– Children with  pneumonia  have to be carefully monitored. If you suspect that your child might have  pneumonia , seek medical advice immediately.

Effective natural  pneumonia  treatment recommended by almost European doctors is the self-administered oxygen therapy. The claim is so simple, microbes, harmful bacteria, and viruses such as  pneumonia , cancer heart disease and even aids, do not cause the disease by themselves. They just thrive and spread in their natural habitat the oxygen – depleted body. The moment our body is depleted of oxygen it becomes acidic and normally all kinds of viruses and harmful bacteria thrive and reproduce exponentially. The body with enough supply of oxygen is uninhabitable by all kinds of diseases and viruses. Therefore, the recommended first line of defense is to keep the body always oxygenated. Take the time to explore and study this effective and controversial therapy

Cure For a Dry Cough

What’s the cure for a dry cough? First we should define a dry cough. A “dry cough” does not produce sputum, or phlegm coughed up from the chest. Beyond that, a dry cough may be caused by a number of conditions.

Probably the most common cause of a so-called dry cough is a tickle in the throat. Strangely enough, this is often due to drainage of mucus (or phlegm) down the back of the throat in association with a cold or sinus infection. Though there may not be enough drainage to cough it out, drying up the drainage with an antihistamine may be the answer. This is not actually a “cure” but rather a treatment. Over-the-counter antihistamines include loratadine, cetirizine, and diphenhydramine.

If you have had symptoms for over a week, or if you’re getting worse, or if you keep blowing out thick, yellow mucus (snot) from your nose, you may benefit from an antibiotic.

A dry cough can also be a symptom of influenza, other viruses, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pleurisy, pneumonia, or acid reflux disease (GERD). If you seem to have a respiratory flu or other viral infection, a cough suppressant containing dextromethorphan may help. If your chest is tight or wheezy from asthma, bronchitis, or COPD a prescription inhaler may help. (You may also benefit from an antibiotic, cough suppressant, or antihistamine.) If you have pneumonia or pleurisy, you should be asking your doctor about your cough.

If you seem to be allergic to trees, grass, weeds, animals, mold, dust, etc., a dry cough may respond to an antihistamine, a nasal inhaler such as cromolyn sodium (OTC) or prescription steroid spray, or montelukast (prescription). If you have acid reflux, an OTC acid reducer such as famotidine, ranitidine, omeprazole, or lansoprazole may help. Notice I didn’t say the word “cure.” Lots of things can improve a cough, but “cures” are usually the result of a body’s own healing.

Copyright 2010 Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

Caring For Neoprene Chest Waders

I’m a waterfowl hunter. Because duck and goose hunting typically occurs during relatively cold times of year, my chest wader of choice is a neoprene wader. Neoprene is really the only good option for cold water wading and is the choice of most hunters and fishermen who often fish in cold water. Neoprene waders will last you a long time if you take a few steps to take care of them when they are not in use.

There are some very basic things the sportsman should do to take care of their chest waders. Never leave your waders out in the sun. Sunshine is the enemy of the neoprene chest wader. They will crack and dry much faster with exposure to direct sunlight. When you return from your hunting or fishing trip, rinse any mud and dirt from your waders. Dedicate a cool, dry place in your garage or shed where you can hang your waders upside-down. This serves the purpose of facilitating the drying process and also allows your chest waders to maintain a straight position. Folding or pinching any part of the waders for a prolonged period of time will create weaknesses in the fabric. These locations will likely be the first places to leak in the future. To help drying and to keep a nice round shape to your waders, try stuffing newspaper down as far as the boot.

One last note about your storage area. I learned the hard way during a recent snow goose hunt in North Dakota that you really should hang your waders in a way that keeps mice from crawling in to the boots. My son stuffed his foot into his pair before we headed out into a flooded field and was a bit dismayed when he discovered a fairly nasty mouse nest in the bottom of one.

There are good neoprene repair kits available, but if you take these basic steps to maintain your waders you should not need the services of a repair kit too often.

Enjoy your time outdoors!

Chronic Cough in Children

Cough is a common ailment which most people experience as a reaction to entry of foreign particles in the respiratory system. Different types of cough depending on the factor causing them are hacking, mucus producing or dry. Cough accompanying cold or sore throat lasts for few days. Persistent cough is termed as chronic cough.

Some causes of chronic cough are:

• Production of mucus which will irritate the throat.

• Asthma which is a disease of the wind-pipe with symptoms like breathlessness, wheezing and persistent coughs. This gets triggered by dry or cold air, pollution in the surroundings and strong smelling odors.

• Infection of respiratory system like pneumonia or bronchitis which can lead to congestion in the chest and cough.

• Acid reflux disorder which is caused by seeping of acid from the stomach in to the esophagus and throat after eating causing irritation in the throat.

• Allergens in food or the environment.

Treatment includes physical examination, tests and X-ray to identify the cause and administration of medication to suppress cough. Symptoms of bronchitis or pneumonia can be treated with medicines. Asthma can be treated with medicines or spray, acid reflux can be treated with H-2 blockers or antacids, and allergies can be prevented by staying away from the allergens.

Some of the home- made cures for chronic cough are ingestion of honey regularly, having a mix of honey, warm water and lemon juice; having milk with a pinch of turmeric; and ensuring ingestion of Vitamin-C in the form of citrus fruits like lemon and orange to build a strong immune system.

Football Related Knee Injuries

Ligament Injuries

Football players frequently injure one or more of the knee ligaments. These ligaments include the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL).

ACL Injury – When an athlete changes direction rapidly, lands wrong from a jump, or simply slows down when running, the ACL could tear. With this injury, knee swelling immediately occurs and walking is painful. The knee may have loss of range of motion and tenderness with an ACL injury. Treatment for this type of injury depends on the degree of tear to the ligament, whether or not there are other associated injuries, and how much physical demand the patient puts on their knee. Sometimes, the orthopedic specialist needs to operate to repair a complete tear of the ACL. Recovery is measured in months, rather than weeks for this type of injury.

MCL Injury – The MCL is generally injured from a direct blow to the outside portion of the knee. The ligament is torn or stretched when the foot is planted firmly on the ground and a sideways force hits the knee. An injured MCL causes pain, difficulty walking, and tenderness. Therapy involves the use of a knee immobilizer, rest, ice applications, compression with a support bandage, and frequent knee elevation. Surgery is only necessary for severe tears of the MCL.

PCL Injury – The PCL is injured when a football player receives a blow to the front aspect of the knee or makes a simple misstep on the turf. Most PCL tears and injuries will heal with conservative treatment. An injured PCL leads to pain with walking, instability, and swelling of the knee. Surgery may be necessary with complete tearing and extensive damage to the PCL.

LCL Injury – The LCL is the least likely ligament to be injured during football activities. When severe force is applied to the inside of the knee, a LCL injury could occur. Symptoms include pain, swelling, weakness, tenderness, and discomfort to the outside of the knee. Treatment involves the RICE method, anti-inflammatory medications, and immobilization. Surgery to reattach the ligament to the bone is sometimes required.

Cartilage Injuries

Torn Cartilage – Most of the time, the meniscus is the cartilage that is torn during a football game. This rubbery, tough structure serves as a shock absorber during athletic activities. The meniscus tears with cutting, decelerating, pivoting, twisting, or from being tackled. Most torn meniscus injuries cause gradual pain and swelling, worse with climbing steps or uphill. Not all meniscus tears require surgery, but frequently the damage can only be repaired through an operation.

Fractures

The patella can break if the football player falls directly onto it or receives a direct blow in that area. If the bone is fragmented, surgery will be required for repair. If the bone is in appropriate position, the orthopedic specialist may prescribe an immobilizer and rest for the injury. The head of the fibula on the outside area of the knee joint is easily fractured from direct blows or as part of an injury to the lower leg. If the bone is not out of alignment, immobilization and conventional therapy will treat the injury. Sometimes, however, the fibula fracture is complex and requires surgical repair. With jumping types of injuries, the tibia bone can be damaged. If the fracture occurs in the tibial plateau, surgery is often necessary.

Bursa Inflammation

Bursa inflammation is also called ‘housemaid’s knee’ or prepatellar bursitis and is the result of repetitive kneeling or crawling on the knees. The space between the kneecap and skin is called the bursa and it becomes irritated and fills with fluid. Bursa inflammation is a common type of knee injury of football players. Treatment includes using anti-inflammatory medications and rest. Occasionally the bursa needs to be drained for resolution of the problem.

Patellar Injuries

The patella can dislocate if it receives a direct blow. The blow can force this bone toward the outside area of the knee. Most dislocations of the patella easily return to normal alignment by simply straightening out the knee. However, some patella dislocations are serious and require surgery. Also, patella-femoral syndrome is inflammation to the underside of the patella. This condition causes localized pain, which is worse with running and walking down stairs. Treatment involves strengthening exercises, the use of ice therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications. Severe cases of this disorder require arthroscopic surgery to remove the damaged cartilage and realign parts of the quadriceps muscle.

Muscle and Tendon Strain

Most strains of the knee are treated with rest, ice therapy, elevation, and compression. Crutches help with walking, and the doctor may order an anti-inflammatory medication. These injuries are often the result of hyper-extension involving the hamstring muscles or hyperflexion causing the quadriceps to be injured. If the patellar or quadriceps tendon is ruptured, there is inability to extend the knee. Surgery is necessary to repair this type of injury.

Building Global Leaders – Issues and Challenges

INTRODUCTION

“The Era of globalization is fast becoming the preferred term for describing the current times. Just as the expression the cold Era was and the space age are used to describe for particular periods of history just the same way the globalization describes the political, the economic and the cultural psyche of today.

People around the globe are more connected to each other than ever before. Information and money flow more quickly than ever. Goods and services produced in one country are increasingly available in all parts of the world. International travel is more frequent and international communication has become commonplace. This phenomenon has been titled as “globalization”.

Before we start let us clarify who is a leader & what are the principles of leadership. A leader is one who:

·Walks uphill – an arduous but adventurous path

·Has a dream, makes strategic business choices, which he translates into a vision.

·Has big picture and a long term vision

·Shares the vision to inspire and mobilize people to deploy their potentials and energy.

·Encounters constraints but persists

·Provides support and gets best out of every one including the mediocre and non-performers

·Makes and difference

·Creates new work culture through professionalism.

·Leaves a mark through delivery of goals and objectives and results.

·Contributes by giving shape to the organization and its growth. (Parikh Indira J, Unpublished consultancy report)

PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP

·Know yourself and seek self-improvement

·Be technically proficient

·Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions

·Make sound and timely decisions

·Set the organization

·Know your profile and look out for their well-being

·Keep your people informed

·Develop a sense responsibility in your people

·Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised and accomplished

·Train your people as a team

·Use the full capabilities of your own

Today’s Indians and Indian organization present mixed images of their potentials and their present. There was a time, many eons ago when India as a century reflected quality of products and a country fill of wealth and riches, which was plundered many times ever with the beginnings of industrialization and the starting of assembly line mass production India initiated processes of adapting, adopting and borrowing western technology, management structures tools and techniques and management knowledge from the west.

Today’s industrialized India and its organization are considered to be produces of shabby goods, borrowers of all technology and products aping the west is life style and living reflecting the image of poverty over populations and lacking all infrastructure of education health and hygiene for its citizens.

For all the talk about global organization. There is no definitive answer to the question of what, exactly we mean by ‘global’ is it a presence in multiple countries or is it a cultural adaptability or a multilingual executive team? However, in today’s world every organization and executives face a barrage of leadership challenges culturing around the globe. These challenges appear constantly as recurring trends in today’s world of work, and which are mentioned below.

CHANGE

Transition is becoming a long – term reality in today’s world of work. Changing technology and a global economy are two of the leading factors driving these trends. Organizational change, such as downsizing, merger or restructuring has become the norm for the transformation of organization. The anxieties and apprehensions triggered of the transition period the centered around the following themes.

1.Introduction of new state of the art technology or upgrading technology generated tremendous anxiety and apprehensions for employees in the organizations. To a majority of employee’s introduction of new technology meant streamlining of the organization and as such reduction in people across levels. The employees are intelligent and experienced to know that in order for the organization to be competitive and cost effective the numbers had to come down drastically. The nagging question confronted by most employees was what would the organization do with the additional people if they did not ask them to leave? Many CEOs reassured the employees that they would not be asked to leave but the performance needed to improve which would then be monitored and measured. Lack of answers to these questions made most employees uncertain of their location and jobs in the organization.

2.Redesigning of organization structure meant reallocation of existing people in key positions. The designers and policy makers held these decisions back for a long time and there was very little transparency in the decisions. This added to the fear and anxieties at the staff and managerial level. The lack of openness and transparency in sharing this thinking created gossip, speculations and inferences, which created panic and unrealistic versions and meanings of reality. The process of articulation was held back as there were concerns and apprehensions about throwing out some of the loyal, dedicated and sincere employees who had truly become redundant.

3.Whatever was known of restructuring and redefining of managerial roles through the grapevine or directly suggested was that some functions were bound to become redundant or non-existent. Those functional role-holders became quite apprehensive of their status, location and position in the new set up. The lack of information, uncertainty and ambiguity added fuel to the fire in the organization. The management came under great criticism for bringing change in the organization without including the employees or inviting their participation.

4.The hierarchical layered structure got attention to be redesigned to a flat structure. This meant removing or reducing the disparity, which existed amongst levels as well as across levels of management. However, this also created anxiety around issues of redundancy and limited opportunities for growth or career path.

The global organizations themselves are grappling with the flux and transition and responding to transformation in different ways. Today, the task of the new leader is to influence and direct through ideas and imagination, to share power instead of amassing it. Avers Warren Bennis: “Whips and chains are no longer an alternative; Leaders must learn to change the nature of power and how it is employed” (Jayakar, Roshni, 1996).

Leaders who invest personally in the process of developing future leaders are also building the most precious of organizational assets. The long-run success of leaders cannot be measured by whether they win today or tomorrow. The measure will be whether their company is still winning 15 years from now, when a new generation of leaders has taken over. (Tichy Noel, 1999).

Transformation means redesigning business processes, even inventing new ones. Business Processes should be redesigned to contribute simplicity, speeds and balances. Change masters use information technology to alter the basis of competition.

Hearts and Minds: Transformation is a people issue. The way they handle change makes the difference between success and failure. Harvard Professor John Kotter writes “Transformation is impossible unless hundreds or thousands of people are willing to help. Employees will not make sacrifices, even if they are unhappy with the status quo, unless they believe that useful change is possible. Without credible communication and a lot of it, the hearts and minds of the troops are never captured”.

Present success does not guarantee future success. And neither does change. Organizations in the process of transforming themselves must do so in the context of their long-term corporate goals. Company leaders should ask themselves: “How do we anticipate change?” “How do we manage it”?.

ISSUES AND CHALLENGES FACED BY GLOBAL LEADER.

Managers and organization today face a host of leadership challenges. These challenges are of fell nature.

1)Transformation: – Transformation is becoming a long-term reality in today’s work place. Changing technology and a global economy are two of the leading factors, which the leader has to face. The best laid plans for organizational a structural change are frequently undermined by a failure to exist strong leadership. So successfully navigate the transition leaders and organization needs to understand the human side of transition and build a culture of trust. As such leader needs to willing to explore and learn from their own emotional transitions in order to foster such efforts in others.

2)Cultural Adaptability: – Cultural adaptability is the willingness and ability to recognize, understand and work effectively across cultural differences. These differences can include language, religion and social customers, among others. As the organization becomes more global, cultural adaptability is becoming a vital skill for managerial success.

A Culturally adaptable global leader can:

·Evaluate the work of others in a culturally neutral way.

·Effectively select and develop people in multiple cultural settings.

·Inspire information sharing among individuals who as not know/see each others.

·Motivate multicultural teams, effectively.

3)Conflict management: – Difficult interactions, hidden organization end as, tensions and frustration can all trigger off conflict in the workplace. Ongoing conflict can sabotage productivity, cooperation and communication. However, when leaders manage conflict effectively, organization can experience positive benefits, such as better decision-making, a more open environment and an organization that stimulates creativity and innovation. To manage conflicts, leaders need to learn to recognize it and then address it.

4)Emotional Intelligence/ Effective Relationships: – Emotional intelligence is more than just a buzz word. It’s at the core of a leader’s ability to relate well to others leaders are unable to generate the commitment alignment and culture needed to survive and thrive in complex times. The ability to build effective relationships is one of the most important key components of leadership challenges.

Building a resilient work force requires authentic emotional leadership from managers who understand the links between emotions, vulnerability, learning and adaptability.

The world’s most successful companies know that changing before the next downturn or market shift indeed, changing before you have to — is the new rule of the game. As Jack Welch says, “Change should not be event”, but rather a continuous process in the quest for success. (Salazar Rachael, 1995).

The fact that globalization is having such an impact on many organization means that the number of people prepared to invest in understanding global leadership is increasing. However, the organization needs to build and nourish the leaders. But question is on what basis the systematic global leadership can be build. Many studies levels that truly great organization do not select their leader from outside.

Many organizations have system that constantly assess, develop, motivate and monitor leadership. They provide a strong continuity of excellence from within. As such an effective global leader is emerged through the leadership continuity loop.

Leadership needs to be assessed from two perspectives that of the individual leader and the economic and strategic needs of the organization. However, global leader needs to review the demands to which the organization is play. This is very important because global leaders operate across multiple economics on the organization may look dramatically different.

However, the organization needs to assess the behavioral competing of global leaders. For that, the organization needs to create a framework, which describes the attributes in terms of visible actions that when applied consistently in organizational settings will have direct impact on the sustainability of the organization. Behavioral competency of global leader can be identified on the basis of set of leadership competencies that are required for high performance and the ability to operate in a fast changing world, as researched by Prof. Harry Schroder a U.S. expert on leadership competencies. Prof. Schroder framework identifies clusters of behavioral strengths cluster into four sets Strategic, Participative, charismatic and performance.

Though assessment is key to leadership success, it is also important to stress that the organization needs to design work focused on rigorous benchmarks for assessing leadership potential and capability as it will enables the organization to create a comprehensive and measurable yardstick of leaders. This can be possible if the organization facilitate the leaders to fell the leadership continuity process.

CONDITIONS FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP CONTINUITY PROCESS

To successfully navigate change leaders and organization need to understand the human side of transition and build a culture of trust.

Having lived in comfort zones for long periods of time, the organization is now experiencing the pain and turmoil of   dislocation  from these zones. However, if change has to take place and if new choices have to be operationalized, this  dislocation  is necessary. The organization is grappling with new directions. Pockets of enthusiasm, anticipation, an eagerness to take on challenges and an inner urge for movement and growth are beginning to emerge throughout the organization.

However, the perfect global leader is the one who processes the characteristics and competencies of the following nature.

·Ability to emotionally connect with others

·Ability to instill values

·Accountability

·Articulating a tangible vision/values/strategy

·Balancing global versus local tensions

·Building organizational networks

·Catalyst for cultural change

·Catalyst for strategic change

·Interlinkages and managing cross-cultural ethics

·Global business savvy

·Global organizational savvy

·Global mindset

·Global networking

·Recognition expertise

·Learning orientation

Global leadership is an important factor in future business success. By recognizing the expectations of leaders, organization needs to be better equipped to guide global leaders and create a pool of potential leadership talent for the future.

How to Kick a Lack of Motivation Forever

When you are motivated, you approach your tasks with energy and enthusiasm. A lack of motivation can make everything seem like hard work. You will feel like your driving force has gone and you just can’t be bothered to do what you need to.

Sometimes you can’t be bothered to do anything at all when you lack motivation. This feeling can hold you back and stop you achieving your best, which in turn lowers your motivation even further.

With a lack of motivation you can often come up with excuses to blame for not getting down to doing what you need to do, but this just increases the problem as you dig yourself deeper into a pit of lethargy.

Why do you suffer from a lack of motivation?

It may be that you lack confidence so you don’t feel that you will do well at something so it is far easier to explain this away to yourself with the excuse that you didn’t try anyway and that if you had tried you would have been fine. A lack off effort is easier to bear in oneself than a lack of ability.

Perhaps it is not ability you lack, or feel you lack; perhaps you don’t have enough interest in the project at hand to really put your full effort into it. Perhaps you don’t perceive the task ahead as very important; many of us would lack motivation to do something which we considered to be pointless or at least that there are far more important things to do.

If there is no incentive for you to do something, then very often you will lack motivation to do something. That could be as simply solved as you needing to look a little deeper into the project to understand it better.

Very few people are just plain lazy for no reason but perhaps that could explain your lack of motivation too. More likely, though, procrastination and putting things off has just become a habit for you. If you are scared about what people might say about your efforts you may lack motivation to complete a task and have it open to scrutiny. If you are stressed or nervous about tackling something, that saps your motivation to begin it.

All of these reasons can lead to a lack of motivation and enthusiasm, bug it is important to recognize that they are only excuses which you make to yourself to stop yourself acting. You can learn to overcome any of these reasons for a lack of motivation if you recognize them within yourself; like with all problems, you need to recognize them before you can change them. Only then can you learn to think differently and re-discover your motivation.

It is much easier to become enthusiastic and motivated again if you are able to decide what is important to you in your life. This can be little things that you enjoy doing every day or it can be long-term plans you have. If something is important to you, it is much easier to maintain the motivation to complete the task.

It may be that you are motivated by extrinsic rewards or by intrinsic satisfaction; you will need to think about what works for you, so that you are receiving some pleasure for getting things done. That is where your motivation lies.

5 Essential Medical Machines Used in Hospitals

Today, medical equipment technology is advancing at increasingly rapid speeds, in large part because of the advent of computer technology just a few decades ago. But despite this, some of the most common and essential pieces of medical machinery still in use today had their origin in pre-computer times. Here are 5 of the top medical machines used in hospitals.

Defibrillators

Defibrillators remain the best tools for reviving patients during cardiac arrests. Defibrillators can be found in almost every hospital room today along with the first aid kit. Experiments with defibrillation started in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1947 that a defibrillator was first used to resuscitate a human being: a 14 year old patient of Doctor Claude Beck. Beck used his still-not-properly-tested defibrillator when the 14-year-old’s heart stopped in the middle of open heart surgery.

Patient Monitors

One of the most essential tools in the operating room, the patient monitor is a large device that records and interprets the vital signs of a patient during medical care or treatment. Thanks to patient monitors, doctors and nurses are sometimes alerted of incoming changes or dangers to the patients state before symptoms of the changes become physically apparent.

X-ray Machine

It was German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen who accidentally discovered x-rays in 1895 while working on experiments with electron beams. It took many years to get x-rays machines from the large, cumbersome and fatally dangerous things they were at the beginning to the highly useful and very safe instruments they are today. X-ray machines help doctors diagnose illnesses, detect fractured bones, cavities and foreign objects inside the body.

EKG Machine

The first EKG (electrocardiogram) machine was built in 1903 by Willem Einthoven. An EKG machine detects any abnormalities in heart functions by detecting the electrical signals created by the movement of the heart’s muscles. Einthoven assigned the letters P, Q, R, S and T to the various kinds of electrical signals of the heart. His system is still used in modern EKG machines.

Ultrasound Machines

In a similar fashion as sonar, ultrasound machines map the body’s interior tissue and organs by emitting high-pitched sound waves that bounce off internal body structures to produce a visual image of them. Karl Dussik and Ian Donald are the two most well known pioneers of ultrasound technology. In 192, Dussik used ultrasound to examine the human brain and Donald, in the 50s, used ultrasound for diagnostic purposes.

How to Treat Graves’ Disease Naturally

If you have been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, want to avoid taking medication if at all possible, and don’t even want to consider treating your condition with radioactive iodine, then the information you’re about to read can be life changing. I am a licensed healthcare professional and was personally diagnosed with Graves’ Disease. Knowing that this is a serious autoimmune thyroid condition, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would rely on natural treatment methods, even though I without question have a natural mindset.

The problem is that Graves’ Disease can be life threatening if the symptoms are not controlled, and as a result, I didn’t take my high pulse rate and palpitations lightly. I did consider receiving a combination of the conventional medical treatments and the natural treatment protocol, which I do recommend for some patients. But although my pulse rate was much higher than normal (in the mid 90’s, when it was usually in the mid 60’s), I didn’t consider it to be too extreme, and thus decided to go strictly with a natural treatment protocol and not take any prescription medication (the endocrinologist I consulted with recommended Methimazole and a beta blocker).

As for radioactive iodine, this is something I planned to avoid at all costs. In my opinion, this harsh treatment method should be used only as a last resort, as most people who “choose” this treatment method will become hypothyroid. Even when someone with Graves’ Disease has an extremely high pulse rate (for example, greater than 120 beats per minute), radioactive iodine usually isn’t needed to control the symptoms, as taking a beta blocker will usually accomplish this. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, and there are some circumstances where taking radioactive iodine is necessary.

Warning: Don’t Treat Graves’ Disease On Your Own:

It’s truly amazing how many different conditions people try to treat naturally on their own. They simply do some research on the internet, find out what nutritional supplements and/or herbs might be able to help, and visit their local health food store and purchase these supplements. For some conditions this isn’t a problem, but for a serious autoimmune condition such as Graves’ Disease, this is definitely not recommended. You should either be under the care of an endocrinologist, a competent natural doctor, or in some cases, both types of healthcare professionals.

As for whether you should take the prescribed medication, which usually consists of a drug like Methimazole, and/or a beta blocker, such as Propranolol, this obviously is something that only you can decide. Obviously an endocrinologist or general practitioner that prescribes these drugs will think that a conventional protocol is the best option, which in some cases it might be. On the other hand, a holistic doctor will often think that a natural treatment protocol will be the best option for treating this condition. Your best bet is to speak with both types of healthcare professionals, gather as much information as you can, and then make an informed decision on your own.

While I’m not at all opposed to a patient taking the prescription drugs, what they do need to keep in mind is that these medications are not getting to the underlying cause of the disorder. So while taking them in the short term to manage the symptoms might not be a bad idea, you also need to consider the potential consequences of taking these drugs for a long period of time. I personally can’t tell a patient to stop taking the drugs, but if I was in a situation where I had extreme symptoms, I would have probably taken the beta blocker to control the symptoms for a month or two (mainly the high pulse rate and palpitations), along with following the natural treatment protocol, and then would have weaned myself off the medication and evaluate my symptoms.

Because the fact remains that there are natural remedies that will help control the symptoms while you are trying to restore your overall health. For example, one of the herbal remedies I took that helped with my symptoms was Bugleweed, which is for people with hyperthyroidism. Motherwort is another herbal remedy that can help with the symptoms of Graves’ Disease. Now once again, I’m not suggesting that anyone with a high pulse rate and palpitations replace their medication with these herbal remedies. Although these herbal remedies are powerful, everybody’s condition is different, which is why you really should consult with a competent healthcare professional.

Let’s Not Forget To Address The Immune System

While Graves’ Disease is often labeled as being a “thyroid disorder”, one can’t forget that the immune system is affected, and it is therefore important to address the immune system component. In fact, one can argue that the immune system component should be addressed before focusing on the thyroid gland. And in some cases, strengthening the immune system alone can restore someone’s health back to normal. Echinacea and Selenium can help strengthen the immune system. When I began my natural treatment protocol I also took a product called Rehmannia Complex, which is a product from the nutritional company Standard Process.

The adrenal glands are usually affected too, and therefore should also be evaluated. Since most medical doctors don’t properly evaluate the adrenals (and most won’t attempt to evaluate this area at all), I ordered an Adrenal Stress Index test for myself, which is a saliva-based test that measures the cortisol levels at different times of the day. Initially when I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, I had low cortisol levels in the morning and early afternoon. But the natural treatment protocol helped bring my cortisol levels back to normal. Some supplements I took to help with the adrenals included an adrenal support formula (also manufactured by Standard Process), as well as Eleuthero.

Of course the quality of the supplements used are important. You need to be careful, as while there are some great nutritional supplement companies out there, many companies produce low quality products. Even some of those sold in health food stores aren’t of the highest quality. I have tried products from many different companies, and some of the best products I have used on myself and on patients are produced by a company called Standard Process, as they have been producing quality supplements for many years. The only bad news is that you can’t purchase these supplements from a health food store, as they are only distributed by healthcare professionals.

I don’t want to give you the impression that taking nutritional supplements and herbal remedies alone will be enough to restore your health back to normal. There are actually five main factors to help aid the recovery process for someone that has an autoimmune thyroid disorder. These include 1) having a good attitude, 2) proper nutrition, 3) getting ample sleep, 4) regular exercise, and 5) doing a good job of managing stress. All of these are important if you want to use natural treatment methods to restore the function of your thyroid gland back to normal, assuming this is possible.

Other Symptoms Associated With Graves’ Disease That Can Be Helped Through Natural Treatment Methods:

While I have spoken about symptoms such as having a high pulse rate and palpitations, there are of course other symptoms that are common with Graves’ Disease. In addition to the high pulse rate and palpitations, I personally experienced weight loss, increased appetite, and shakiness. Upon beginning the natural treatment protocol it wasn’t too long before I noticed my pulse rate and the palpitations decreasing, as well as the shakiness. In fact, I remember clearly that when it was first suspected that I had a thyroid disorder and a had blood drawn, when I held my arm out for the nurse my arm was noticeably shaking. But once again, this was one of the first symptoms to go away when I began the natural treatment protocol.

The last symptom to disappear was the increased appetite, as after a few months I had a regular pulse rate, no palpitations or shakiness, and was gaining weight. But I still had a voracious appetite. But eventually this symptom disappeared too, and along with not having any more symptoms, it was of course great to see the blood tests confirm that I no longer was hyperthyroid.

As for whether natural treatment methods can help with your autoimmune thyroid disorder, just keep in mind that everyone is different, which of course means that not everyone will be an ideal candidate to receive these treatment methods. Some people will need to take medicine, while others will benefit from a combination of both conventional and natural treatment protocols. I will conclude this article by suggesting that anyone that has been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease at least consider speaking with a competent natural doctor, especially before you consider getting treated with radioactive iodine.

But even if your endocrinologist or general practitioner is conservative like mine was and recommends Methimazole and a beta blocker, keep in mind that these prescription drugs won’t do anything to restore your health back to normal. So while they might do a great job of controlling the symptoms, they will usually leave the immune system in a weakened state, leaving you more susceptible to other autoimmune conditions in the future. And just remember that consulting with a natural doctor doesn’t mean you will be forced to choose a natural treatment protocol, but will simply give you more valuable information to help you make an informed decision, so you won’t have any regrets in the future.