Diets That Seem Appealing Are Not Always the Best Choice

There is nothing more tempting than seeing an advertisement on television for a quick diet that has proven results to slim you down in just a few days. The problem with those ads is that nine out of ten are not effective and in many cases some of them unfortunately are dangerous. Most of them are also good for losing around fie pounds very quickly, but that achievement is only short lived. The instant you are eating back to your normal habits again, you begin to gain those five pounds back and a few others in the discouraging process.

Some examples of these so called “wonder diets” are ones that encourage detoxification in unhealthy forms, ones that completely eliminate carbohydrates and ones that require you to essentially starve yourself. They may sound extreme to some folks, but you would be amazed at what lengths some men and women go to just to lose ten pounds in a hurry. The detoxification ones are fantastic for anyone that will be undergoing surgery soon to cleanse their bodies, or for those that are clinically obese and need to lose weight even before they are ideal candidates for a gastric bypass operation. For those that only need to five pounds this type of plan can be very dangerous. It can result in lack of energy which can led to fainting and feeling weak during the diet plan. Most of these types of diets are to followed closely with the approval of a medical professional and also to be accompanied with a diuretic of some form to help move nature along its course as well. If you are considering one of the detoxification plans, you must follow it as it instructs you to and if you feel weak or tired you must get off the plan immediately as you are most likely not an ideal person to be on this type of diet system.

The ones for reduction of carbohydrates are really comical to anyone that has any background in the health or fitness industry. You must have carbohydrates in your body to have energy and not just for engaging in exercise, for going to work and even playing with your children. Carbohydrates are imperative to any lifestyle, and there are endless forms that are healthy and good for you that can be eaten all day long without ever gaining one pound. Starving yourself should truly never be an option for anyone in any weight category. It is not only unrealistic as the instant you start consuming regular foods you will expand even quicker than you may have been in the first place, but it is also dangerous to your body. Starving yourself is not an option and you should elect to find a more effective dieting lifestyle that you can easily fit into your life. Make a list of foods that you enjoy eating and research diet plans that incorporate them in it. Get moving and be active a as much as much as you can to encourage your weight loss to reach your goal even faster.

How I Survived Prostate Cancer

Anybody who has seen “Peanuts,” the world’s best comic strip because its characters act like human beings, will recall the episode when one of the girls asks Lucy why she hates Charlie Brown so much.

“Because,” says Lucy.

“Oh, I see,” says the other girl. “I thought you didn’t have a reason.”

As one who survived prostate cancer incurred back in the 80s, I can say that it was because of a simple habit that I’m alive today. It was because I followed the habit which had been suggested to me by a younger brother. He went to his own urologist and told me that I should arrange an annual checkup from a urologist because (there’s that word again!) it would denote whether I had a problem in my prostate. A test that only takes a couple of minutes, he said, will show whether you have it or not.

My brother, being the direct, no-nonsense no pussy-footing around type, said bluntly: “I know this sounds awful and lots of men don’t go to urologists because of it, but the doctor sticks his finger up your butt to test you for prostate cancer. He can feel if there are any nodules or abnormal hardness there. It takes less than a minute at the most, though it is a little uncomfortable. You’ll get used to it. It only happens once a year.”

Well, he was right. I did get used to the finger probe, which is called a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) and is, of course, used by urologists worldwide. So every year, when it came time for my visit, I checked into my urologist’s office, made the usual friendly greetings and did what he asked me to do. That was dropping my pants, bending over the examination table, and letting him do his thing. One great advantage of this procedure, and obviously the most important, is when the doctor said after just a moment of rumination: “Nope. There’s nothing there. See you next year.”

Somewhere during my years of visitation, a new detection system came into existence. It was called the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test and consisted of a simple blood test – a sample of blood taken from your arm – to determine if there’s anything sinister in your prostate. Dr. William Catalona, a former urologist for Barnes Jewish Christian Hospital in St. Louis, developed it. A pioneer and tireless physician involved in prostate cancer surgery and research, Dr. Catalona has since left BJC and is now affiliated with Northwestern University in Chicago, where he continues his work on one of the deadliest of male afflictions.

Well, needless to say, the worst happened to me one day when I made my annual checkup. “It” means that the doctor detected an abnormality and wanted me to return for a more detailed examination. That naturally bothered me because (that word!) I’d been through so many routine checkups over the years, that I never expected anything to happen. That’s human nature.

So I came back for a biopsy, which was held in the doctor’s office. That helped because at least I didn’t feel like I was going to be zapped with a microwave or some other medical instrument. I was somewhat apprehensive of whether the biopsy would hurt, but it didn’t. I lay on my side on an examination table while the biopsy expert did his thing. He told me, I remember, that somewhere along the line I’d hear “a popping sound” as he probed, but that it wouldn’t last long. It didn’t and it didn’t hurt. I can’t recall how long it took, but it wasn’t forever and the aide was a really nice man.

I went home that day, still apprehensive because I didn’t know what the result would be. Those kind of lags in hearing whether your going to get good news or bad news is one of the most irritating and gloomy of all treatments you have to undergo whether in a doctor’s office or in a hospital. For me, it turned out to be bad because (again!) the doctor told me it was prostate cancer and he ordered me admitted to the hospital, which was Barnes at the time.

If you’ve undergone surgery before, you already know the procedure: the admission to surgery, a few professional activities as the nurses or surgical aids prepare you for the operating room, the anesthetic which suddenly puts you to sleep. You wake up hours later in the recovery room, the whole process a miracle of modern medicine.

Then you go home but you’re still equipped with some accouterments that the doctor wants you to keep until you’re well. As an “expert” in prostate cancer surgery, I can attest to anybody that the worst of them is having to wear a catheter tube running from deep inside your penis to a plastic bag that you must carry around with you whenever you make a move from living room, to bathroom, to computer room. When you’re sitting in an easy chair watching the news on TV and somebody walks in, you’re immediately apprehensive that he or she is going to step on that bag. “Watch out for my bag!” you’ll shout, to the usual consternation of your spouse, relative, or friend who have no intention of hurting you.

You wear the catheter apparatus for a week, then return to the doctor’s office to have it removed, and here’s where the funny part comes in – yes, there are funny parts to almost every surgical episode, either with the doctors and nurses, visitors, or just yourself. It happened with me when a nurse came in, told me to take my trousers off and sit on the examination table. That I did. There I was, naked from the waist down and a female nurse ready to take out the catheter. I was a little embarrassed but any kind of follow-up procedure of both sexes after surgery is common in hospitals or doctors offices.

So what happened? I lay back on the table, as I was told, and waited for her to begin removing the catheter, which, of course, is a very long, skinny, flexible tube from my bladder through my penis and into a plastic bag. I had the idea that I’d be patient with whatever the nurse did, don’t say anything and do what I was told to do.

Then, as I lay there, to my great surprise, and I mean surprise!, the nurse simply walked over to where I was (I couldn’t see her because my eyes were fixed on the ceiling) and jerked the catheter tubing out of my penis. Yes, jerked is the word. She never said a word, never gave me any instructions, just jerk and poof, and the catheter was gone, like magic. And painless too, which no doubt is the reason it is done so quickly – like pulling a thorn out of your arm after a bee stings you.

The upshot of all this is that I’ll recommend that any man over 50 years of age should pick up his hometown phone book and look for a urologist, or call his local hospital for their help in finding one, a common service among hospitals. Call that doctor and set up an appointment for a PSA and DRE. After he finds you free of any sign of cancer in your prostate, be thankful and don’t worry. You’re on the right track in surviving prostate cancer, in yourself at least.

Because, as Lucy would say to Charlie Brown, “Do it, you dumbhead!”

How Classical Music Benefits Children With Learning Disabilities

We have long known about the ability of classical music to provide pleasure and stir up deep emotions. Undoubtedly, music has a powerful impact on the brain. Studies have shown that classical music can also help children with special needs through a variety of significant improvements including reduced stress, increased IQ, and improved ability to concentrate. Further, music can make children feel more positive and improve their creative thinking. The bottom line is that classical music can make a huge difference in the lives of those with disorders like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADD and ADHD and mental retardation.

The Mozart Effect and the Power of Music

The term “The Mozart Effect” has gone mainstream, as now there are a variety of products including everything from CDs to toys that use Mozart’s music to improve a person’s ability to perform mental tasks. A wide variety of experts theorize that listening to Mozart can actually boost intelligence too. Don Campbell who wrote The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit has declared that the Mozart Effect is “an inclusive term signifying the transformational powers of music in health, education, and well-being.”

An issue of Nature Journal in 1993 published remarkable findings from studies at The University of California at Irvine. In one study, group of students listened to Mozart while a second group listed to a tape with suggestions for relaxation. A third test group just had 10 minutes of silence. When these students were given a test on spatial IQ, those who listened to Mozart showed to have a significantly higher spatial IQ.

Some scientists speculate that complicated sounds like classical music boosts the operation of firing patterns in the brain’s cortex. Studies have also shown that those even with Alzheimer’s disease do better on spatial IQ tests after listening to Mozart. One of the reasons that classical music is so powerful in contrast to other forms of music is that it has sequences that repeat throughout a musical piece. Often these sequences appear about every 20 or 30 seconds. Due to the fact that brain wave patterns also take place in 30-second cycles, this type of music can provide the most powerful type of response.

The Mozart Effect has very real implications for those with learning disorders. Listening to classical music will not only boost IQ, but it will also help children concentrate better and memorize new information. When a child hears classical music, it can create the ideal conditions for learning and creativity.

One additional boost to the implications of classical music’s positive impact on learning and the brain occurred in 1998 when the governor of Georgia Zell Miller included over $100,000 annually in the budget for the state for tapes and CDs of classical music for all of children born in Georgia. He was persuaded to take this bold step due to the various studies that listening to classical music spurs intelligence.

Music Therapy

Classical music can positively impact everything from emotional development to motor skills to cognitive functioning. There is an entire field of psychology called Music Therapy where therapists improve the health of their clients through using music. Professionals like teachers, physicians and psychologists regularly refer children for music therapy. Music Therapists can even help rehabilitate people who have had strokes through the power of music.

Kids with learning disorders like ADD, ADHD, and autism can benefit from Music Therapy, as it will help them to feel calmer and less impulsive. Further, many children will feel more comfortable opening up about their feelings when they are exposed to music. At this point, therapists can help children to overcome their frustrations and assist to boost their self-esteem.

Distractions and Music

One thing that many children with learning disorders have in common is that they are easily distracted. Different noises can take their attention away from a task at hand. However, when classical music is used therapeutically, it changes the way the ear functions and stimulates the brain.

Children with a variety of learning disorders including autism are experiencing positive results from Tomatis Listening Therapy. During therapy sessions, classical music is sent into the right ear and the sound is also vibrated through the bones in the body. One of the goals of this therapy is to get the ears in sync and re-balance the system. The philosophy behind this treatment is that it can allow its recipients to begin performing to the best of their abilities.

Many children have also improved their ADHD conditions through learning to play a music instrument. The act of practicing playing classical music and listening to it at the same time can teach kids to lengthen their attention span.

The Calming Ability of Music

When children with special needs listen to classical music, it provides a positive and relaxing experience. Remarkably, classical music can also reduce stress and ease frustrations. Further, it can reduce muscle tension and slow down the heart rate. When these changes occur, the mind is more open to learning and also to communicating with others.

One study at the Baltimore St Agnes Health Care by Raymond Bahr, MD showed that when doctors played classical music for their heart patients it had the same impact as a 10 mg dose of Valium! The implications of this study for those with special needs are clear. When children with autism, cerebral palsy, ADD, ADHD, and mental retardation are able to relax and calm down, dramatic changes in their behavior become possible.

Causes of Birth Defects

Birth defects or abnormalities in a child at birth can happen due to knowingly or unknowingly causing harm to the child that is still in the womb. While such causes can environmental that could be avoided there are other reasons of inheritance like abnormalities in structure or gene defect over which there is little or no control.

Physiological conditions of parent’s could lead a child to acquire chromosome disorder or defective genes. This could cause serious birth defects like sickle cell anemia or Down syndrome.

Environmental causes are the ones that could be attributed to known events like exposure to hazardous chemicals. Even a father exposed to certain chemical, say lithium, before conception could pass the ailment through the semen.

Similarly, birth defect could be drug caused. Drugs like Thalidomide, certain anti-biotic or anticonvulsant drug administered to a mother during pregnancy could leave behind irreparable scars in the life of the new born. Vasoconstrictor drugs like Cocaine can cause shrinkage of blood vessels leading to reduction of limbs and miscarriage.

High level of glucose in the expectant mother’s body could be yet another cause of defect. Even exposure to major radiation even for the purpose of medical treatment could have a lasting effect of the unborn child causing birth defects.

Attack by virus particularly measles causing rubella virus or listeria and cytomegalo virus that can invade the mother’s body through cheese or meat intake can cause serious harm to the fetus. Thus infection or chronic illness of a pregnant mother can cause defects of varying degree. Teratogenic causes could also result in birth defects. Rubella, Syphilis, HIV and the like that are diseases transmitted through different agents could wreck havoc in the life of the child as well as that of the parents.

Dietary imbalance or deficient intake of right food in right time or not getting enough folic acid through food could have an effect in the growth of the child and cause birth defects an could be as serious as to affect the functioning of the heart. Birth defect could happen due to a pregnant woman’s excessive intake of alcohol or smoking or even a reckless life-style and not having regular exercise.

The known causes of birth defects could be many and there are many more causes that are yet undiscovered. Thus it is advisable for every parent to be cautious and careful so as to avoid recklessness in life and go by the guidance of the knowledgeable and experienced people and surely follow doctor’s advice.

Can You Die From Pleurisy – Yes You Can and No You Can’t

Can you die from pleurisy? Before I answer that question let’s look at what pleurisy is.

It’s a condition of one or both lungs. The typical symptoms are pain, a cough, a fever and rapid breathing. But these symptoms, bar the cough, are pretty common whenever your body is struggling with ill health of any description. The cough merely indicates the lungs are involved.

A fever is the body’s way of trying to restore balance after a pathogen has invaded it. It’s a healthy sign.

There are two types of pleurisy – the wet type and the dry type. This refers to the amount or lack of extra fluid which builds up between the pleura, the membrane encasing the lung, and the lung.

That is the medical description of the disease.

But a deeper explanation is needed to understand what’s going on.

You only get disease, any disease if your immune system is compromised. If this is in good order, your body will be able to prevent any disease from occurring. A slightly less that perfectly healthy immunity might not be able to prevent disease, but it would be mild, with minor symptoms.

So can you die from pleurisy? Yes, you can die from any disease if your immune system is badly compromised. The disease label may change as you advance through the stages of deteriorating health. And in this case, your pleurisy may advance to pneumonia, in which case the answer would be no, you can’t die from pleurisy.

Limiting your understanding to disease labels won’t help your overall health. What will help that is if you start focussing on improving your health at a holistic level.

Then you won’t be troubled by questions such as, can you die from pleurisy.

Cold Sores on Lips – Home Remedies For Cold Sores

Cold sores are a very common disease that affects most people in their lives. For many people, they are very ugly especially if they appear on their lips. They feel miserable and embarrassed to suffer from them.

Cold sores are called fever blister or oral herpes. It caused by the infection herpes simplex virus type 1 and once you have had it then you can get it again and again. The virus lies dormant in the nerve cells in your skin and break out again anytime as an active infection when the trigger that causes of herpes outbreak comes. It can never be cured completely. But you can prevent more outbreaks by avoiding those things that seem to cause a sore to appear, such as exposure to the sun, illness, salty food or extreme stress, foods containing high levels of arginine, such as nuts and chocolate can cause an outbreak.

The symptoms look similar to blisters and usually appear near the skin on your lips or mouth. Normally you will experience itchiness, swelling and soreness in a day or two near you lips, and then appears small, red or brown painful blisters. The blister may burst. Symptoms may stay for up to about 2 weeks. If you scratch the blister, it can cause more pain and complication.

There are many different treatment options available for anyone suffering from oral herpes now. You can find medication without a prescription (over the counter) but they only relief the symptoms that make you feel better but they do not decrease the healing time. Others medication such antiviral drugs need a prescription from a doctor. Some antiviral drugs have a good effect to keep back the herpes outbreaks but the effect only when you still using the medication. It might be a good idea to discuss options with your doctor about it.

Home remedy can be your best treatment solution to cure your cold sore, because they contain substances that build up immune system in your body to heal from the infection and helping you manage with a lifelong condition. And one important thing, there are no dangerous side effects when use home remedies.

There are some of simple home remedies:

– Lysine is essential amino acids that can suppress herpes simplex virus (HSV type 1) and reduce the duration. Take foods that contain rich sources of lysine such as milk, yogurt, meat, eggs, cheese and fish.

– Aloe Vera can accelerate the process of healing and prevents the outbreak sores. You can use extract of aloe plant from your plant at home or aloe based cream also available as over the counter (OTC) medication.

– Tea bag contains tannic acid that has antiviral properties to decrease the symptoms of oral herpes. Simply apply a damp bag of black tea on the blisters on lips for around ten minutes and repeated 3-4 times every day.

– Lemon balm is another natural remedy has been shown to have antiviral properties, accelerate the healing of blisters and reduce the frequency of recurrences if used on a regular basis. You can find lemon balm cream in over the counter (OTC) medication.

– Petroleum jelly helps to moisturize and soften cold sore that helpful to prevent from cracking and bleeding. Petroleum jelly is available in over the counter (OTC) medication.

Spend some time to learn more about home remedies for herpes so you will understand about them and find the best treatment for you. Stop the miserable and embarrassment from oral herpes now!

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Bronchitis Natural Treatment Options

 Bronchitis  is usually described as a breathing condition which irritates and inflames the bronchi, which are the airways and passages inside the lungs.

An attack of  bronchitis  is usually so debilitating that sufferers will feel truly down in the dumps because of the absence of oxygen, the additional effort to breathe, and fatigue. It is very important for folk with  bronchitis  to be told how to take a step back and look after themselves.

Conventional health-care professionals will typically advise you that there’s no solution and the one thing you can do is live with it for the seven to 10 days which is the common period for a case of acute  bronchitis .

But natural health practitioners do not agree with this philosophy. They think that you can shorten an episode of acute  bronchitis  without drugs and also not need to suffer for seven to 10 days. There are home treatment alternatives that help to thin the mucus so you can cough it up easier and at the same time assist your body to fight the bacterial infection.

Here are some  bronchitis  natural treatment options which might be very helpful:

 Bronchitis  Natural Treatment Lifestyle and Dietary Tips

Remember that what you eat and drink for the duration of an attack of  bronchitis  might do you lots of good or lots of harm. You must have heard about the 8 x 8-ounce glasses or more a day. That will assist to thin the mucus.

– Eliminate refined sugar at all cost as that deteriorates the immune system.

– Try to increase your consumption of spicy foods such as horseradish, garlic, onions, and hot peppers.

– Eliminate all refined carbohydrates, sugar, dairy products and egg whites – this will help to reduce the body’s capability to manufacture mucus. You can replace with soy or rice milk, soy cheeses, stevia (a natural sweetener) and egg substitute.

– Eliminate alcohol, tea and coffee.

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Exercises to Avoid in the Gym

Everyone wants to workout safely and effectively but some exercises can cause more damage rather then helping us. It is important to realize that just because an exercise might make us stronger, it does not mean that it will not cause injuries. Having worked for a physical clinic as a physical therapy aide, I have seen many injuries that are caused from performing exercises incorrectly in the gym. I have decided to compile a list of exercises that all us of should avoid

Exercise # 1 Full squats with the knees going past the toes-A squat is an excellent exercise when performed correctly. Proper form is crucial with a squat and if the knees go past our toes, it puts too much extra stress on our knees. Research shows this could possibly lead to injury which can easily be avoided. Recently some professionals have said that it is okay for the knees to go past the toes during a squat. It is simply not worth the risk of injuring the knees and this outweighs any benefit that might be gained.

Exercise # 2 Lat pull down performed behind the neck-A lat pull down is another exercise that can be effective and safe if performed correctly. A lat pull down should always be performed in front of the body. Research shows the neck can be strained when pulling the bar behind the head. This is also a bad idea for our shoulders since this range of motion can lead to shoulder injuries. This range of motion is not normal for our bodies and should be avoided.

Exercise # 3 Leg extension using a full range of motion-The leg extension machine has been used in gyms for a long time. We know it can build strength in the quadriceps muscle but when the knee is fully extended, this may put extra stress on the knee joint. A partial range of motion without locking out is highly effective in building strength and muscle around the knee. Research studies have shown the ligaments in the knee may be damaged with this exercise. This is because the exercise draws the patella back into the femur increasing joint compressive forces. In my experience, squats and lunges are just as valuable in building muscles in our legs.

Exercise # 4 Shoulder press behind the neck-I have worked with physical therapists who have said this exercise places the shoulders in a bad position. Physical therapists have also said it is possible that this exercise can lead to a   dislocated  shoulder. This range of motion is not safe for our neck or shoulders. Similar to a lat pull down, we should not be pulling or pushing anything behind our heads.

Exercise #5 A full sit-up with the feet anchored-This is a very old fashioned exercise that is not effective in working our abdominals. When our feet are anchored the stress is placed on our hip flexors and not our abdominals. Research shows the shearing forces on the vertebrae and spinal discs when the spine is flexed and rounded can cause small ruptures.

Exercise #6 Bringing the bar to touch our chest during the bench press-The bench press is a great exercise that has been around for years and is highly effective. When we touch the bar to our chest it can put our shoulders at risk for injury such as a torn rotator cuff. It is safer to limit our range of motion during the bench press to protect our shoulders. Most strength and conditioning professionals might instruct athletes to go through full range of motion. Strength gains are made without bringing the bar down past 90 degrees; furthermore a full range of motion is not necessary.

It is important to consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise program. When a person is cleared to exercise, the fitness professional needs to go through exercise history including a list of injuries. This will minimize the risk of further injuring someone with a history of injuries. It is important to take proper precautions and avoid the high risk exercises so that painful and impairing injuries can be avoided.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Arthroscopy is a procedure that our orthopedic specialists use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint. During arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the surgeon will insert a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder joint area. This small video camera projects images onto a TV screen so the surgeon can guide miniature surgical instruments to repair damage inside the joint.

This common procedure has been performed thousands of times since the 1970s and it has made the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of shoulder surgery easier and faster. What’s more, this results in less pain for you, the patient, and shortens the length of time it takes for you to recover.

When is Shoulder Arthroscopy Recommended?

If your condition is not responding to nonsurgical treatment, your orthopedic specialist may recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Some causes of shoulder discomfort include inflammation that leads to pain, stiffness, and swelling; injury; overuse; and age-related wear-and-tear. Some of the most common shoulder arthroscopic procedures include:

Repair of ligaments

Rotator cuff repair

Removal or repair of the labrum

Bone spur removal

Removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage

Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation

What Happens during the Arthroscopic Surgical Procedure?

Your orthopedic specialist will perform this procedure in an operating room or day-surgery room. Once you are there, he will position you so it is easy for him to adjust the arthroscope to have a good look inside the shoulder joint. The most common positions are the beach chair position (you semi-seated in a reclining position) and the lateral decubitus position (you lying on your side). The surgeon and his team remove all hair from the site and then spread an antiseptic solution on your skin to clean it. The shoulder will be draped with sterile pads and your arm will be in a holding device to keep it still and in place.

To inflate and clean out the joint area, the surgeon will inject fluid into your shoulder. This makes it easier for him to see the structures. He will them make a small buttonhole incision to insert the arthroscope. Once your orthopedic specialist clearly identifies the problem, he will use small instruments to repair it. These specialized instruments are for tasks such as cutting, grasping, shaving, suturing, and tying. The surgeon will close these incisions when he is finished using stitches or small Band-Aid like structures called Steri-Strips. Then the surgical site will be covered with a soft, large bandage.

What Should I Expect after Shoulder Arthroscopy?

In most instances, you will be able to return home on the day of your surgery. You will need someone to drive you home, especially if general anesthesia was used. For some patients, the orthopedic specialist requires an overnight hospital stay. Here are some of the things you will need to know following your arthroscopic procedure:

Shoulder Immobility: The amount you are allowed to move your shoulder will all depend on what was done during surgery. Your doctor will give you instructions related to this and be sure you follow them closely. Your shoulder will be held in a sling, a swath, or a brace following the procedure.

Incision Care: The small incisions should be kept clean and dry. Dressings are usually light and kept on for a few days. Sometimes, the dressing will drain during the first 24 hours but it usually stops. Call your orthopedic specialist if the dressing is saturated with blood and the bleeding does not stop.

Ice: Most of our orthopedic specialists recommend that ice be used to the shoulder to control your pain and the swelling. Excessive swelling is not common and should be reported to your doctor. Use the ice for at least 20 minutes around three or four times each day. Do not place the ice directly on the skin but rather use a towel or soft cloth place between your skin and the ice bag.

Medications: There will be some medications prescribed for pain, usually in pill form. Your orthopedic specialist will control your pain as he sees necessary.

Venus Factor Program: The Pros And Cons

You must have come across a number of Venus factor reviews, but have you asked yourself what are the pros and cons of the Venus factor program? If interested, here are the pros and cons of this weight loss program.

Pros

Detailed workout explanations: the program comes with videos, pictures, and other descriptions meant to help you to easily understand how to exercise in a safe and effective way.

The Venus factor exercises are so well explained such that you can easily execute almost all the exercises even if you are very green in working out. Since you are able to execute the various poses easily and in a safe manner, you tend to realize the intended results fast.

No gym equipment required: unlike other weight loss programs that require you to consistently visit the gym for you to lose weight you don’t need to visit the gym for you to lose weight using the program.

This is because most of the exercises explained in the program are usually cardio exercises and they don’t require you to join a gym for you to exercise. In fact you can start exercising as soon as you buy the program. Since you don’t need to enroll into a gym or buy gym equipment for you to exercise, you tend to save a lot of money.

You don’t have to stop eating your favorite food: the reason as to why people are usually repelled by dieting programs is because they are forced to stop eating their favorite foods. This is not the case with the Venus factor.

When you start the program, you don’t have to stop eating your favorite food. Instead of stopping eating the food, you learn how to adjust the way you eat the food. As a result of this you not only easily lose weight, but you also easily stick to the program.

Its risk free: if you feel that the program is not of help to you, you don’t have to worry about losing your money. This is because the program has a 60 day money back guarantee.

Cons

Just like everything else in life, the Venus factor program has its fair share of disadvantages. The disadvantages include:

Requires dedication: to lose weight using the program you need to be very dedicated. This calls for you to religiously follow the explanations given in the videos and pictures.

It’s only for women: the program is designed only for women; therefore, men who would like to lose weight using the program can’t do it.

Health Benefits of Drinking Alcohol

The benefits of alcohol consumption have long been known. The Bible refers to alcohol’s medicinal properties no less than 191 times. Alcohol is beneficial in controlling the following conditions: hypertension or high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, angina pectoris, liver disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, duodenal ulcer, gallstones, kidney stones, digestive ailments, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis,   bone   fractures , hearing loss, macular degeneration, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stress and depression, and erectile dysfunction.

Even more significantly, innumerable studies have proven beyond any doubt that alcohol consumption leads to a decrease in the rate of heart attacks and strokes. The results of studies conducted on hundreds of thousands of men and women from several countries and continents have consistently shown that alcohol consumption reduces death from heart disease and a host of other ailments.

Huh?!! So why does alcohol consumption keep getting such bad press?

Well, it’s not the alcohol that’s to blame, but the consumer of it. For these beneficial effects to take effect, the key is for the alcohol to be taken in MODERATE doses.

Ahhh!! There’s the rub.

Alcohol consumption has wondrous effects if, and only if, the consumption is MODERATE. Listen to just a minuscule portion of the findings.

* The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that moderate drinkers have the greatest longevity. Moderate drinking results in a sharp decrease in heart disease risk (40%-60%). (This is a pretty major effect considering that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States, responsible for one million deaths in America each year.)

* A study of 12,000 male physicians done in the U.K. over a 13-year period found that moderate drinkers had the lowest risk of death from ALL causes.

* The Italians did a study of 1,536 men aged 45 to 65. The study found that the moderate drinkers among them gained about 2 years of life compared to occasional and heavy drinkers.

* China also did a large-scale study of middle aged men. It too found that those who drank moderately had a nearly 20% lower mortality rate compared to men who abstained from drink.

The studies are not confined to male subjects. Alcohol does not discriminate between the sexes.

* The Harvard Nurses study of over 85,000 women reported reduced mortality among the moderate drinkers.

* Harvard researchers did a study of over 5,000 women with type 2 diabetes. The moderate drinkers among them had significantly lower heart disease rates than those who didn’t drink. In fact, the women who drank about half a glass of alcohol a day reduced their risk from coronary heart disease by more than half.

And the list goes on. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism did an extensive review of recent research from over 20 countries and the findings were quite consistent. Moderate drinkers live longer than those who either abstain from alcohol or who drink heavily. This is largely due to a decrease in diseases such as coronary heart disease, respiratory disease, and cancer. Moderate drinkers enjoy better health than abstainers or heavy drinkers. It’s been found that abstainers have double the risk of stroke as moderate drinkers.

Okay. So what’s considered moderate drinking?

Different countries have different standards. But generally, for non-pregnant women, it’s one to two drinks a day, for men it’s two to three drinks.

Now, what constitutes a drink?

A medium glass of wine, a can of beer or a .5 ounce shot of whiskey or other spirit generally have the same amount of pure alcohol in them and would be considered as a drink or one alcoholic unit.

Many of the beneficial effects of moderate drinking reverse if a person drinks too much. The amount is a key factor but so is consistency and regularity. Five drinks in one night do not equal – and produce a totally opposite effect from – five drinks spread out over five nights.

So take heed. Moderation and consistency are key to getting the health benefits that alcohol offers.

Anesthesia and Cerebral Palsy

Usually anesthesia is defined as the loss of sensitivity to pain.  In many cases, patients are given anesthesia while undergoing medical procedures that are painful.  This was there is little feeling if any at all.  As good as that sounds, there are cases where it does more harm than good.

There are many different kinds of anesthesia used for procedures; it depends on the patient and what type of procedure is being done.  Frequently known types of anesthesia are:

  • Local anesthesia
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Epidural/spinal anesthesia
  • General anesthesia

The epidural anesthesia is used during labor.  This anesthetic is injected close to the spinal cord in the nerves connected to it.  It blocks the pain from the whole area of the body, particularly the abdomen, hips and legs.

How Can Anesthesia Cause  Cerebral   Palsy ?

Even though researchers and doctors do not know the exact cause of how anesthesia causes  cerebral   palsy , they know it happens.  They know the fetal heart rate drops too low; it cannot properly flow to the uterus to deliver oxygen to the body.

To repeat what was said above, the epidural anesthesia makes it difficult for the blood in the patient’s lower body to flow properly through the body.  The heart is unable to respond adequately to the changing needs of the body.  Consequently, if the anesthesia is not properly given, or if the doctor failed to monitor it, the infant could be born with  cerebral   palsy .

Many infants go through periods of slow heart rate when the mother is given epidural anesthesia.  Healthy infants are normally unaffected.  Infants can be harmed if there is a difficult childbirth such as a compromised position.

 Cerebral   Palsy  Resulting from Anesthesia

An infant can develop  cerebral   palsy  due to inefficient amount oxygen given because of the effects of anesthesia.  This is a condition that is not curable, it affects the muscles, the brain and motor functions.  The severity of the condition varies, but whatever degree of  cerebral   palsy  someone has, it is life changing.  Treatments are given to those to help cope with the condition.

If you know someone who has  cerebral   palsy  because of an error with the anesthesia, contact a medical attorney to learn more about your legal options.

Knee Arthritis Treatment

What you need to know about arthritis of the knee.

The most common form of arthritis in the knee:

The most active type of arthritis in the knee is osteoarthritis. This is where the disease causes a gradual deterioration of the cartilage in the joint, resulting in swelling, sometimes excruciating pain and loss of mobility.

The most likely affected:

Most at risk are women over 50 who are overweight. A hereditary link also seems to be a factor, plus men or women who have experienced fracture to the bone near the joint, a ligament injury or a meniscus tear.

Symptoms associated with knee arthritis:

There is no typical progression of pain as this disease worsens. Weather can play a key factor so cold symptoms can be particularly difficultly in winter months, while summer days can be remarkably easy on the knees but that doesn’t mean the arthritis is in remission.

Time is the key factor in measuring its progress along with constant monitoring through x-rays and blood tests.

Most reported symptoms:

  • Bow legs or knock-knees.
  • Discomfort when active.
  • Restricted movement.
  • Joint inflammation.
  • A sensation which feels like the joint might “pop out”.

There are three ways to treat knee arthritis, you can treat the symptoms, have surgery or you can treat the cause – which ideally will fix if not put the disease in to remission.

Treatments for the symptoms of arthritis in the knee:

First things first and that’s to go and get a physical examination and an x-ray. A second evaluation is also not a bad idea also as early stages of osteoarthritis can often go undiagnosed.

Each case should be valued on its own merit, so do not interpret this article as a definitive guide for treating arthritis in this region, it merely serves to highlight the practices that patients and practitioners generally follow today.

Acupuncture:

You won’t find this endorsed on About.com but acupuncture has to be one of the fastest and more effective methods for acute and serious cases of osteoarthritis, yet it can still be practiced on less damaged joints.

Prof Dr Anton Jayasuriya’s methods while often frowned upon in the West, is an art of acupuncture which dates back centuries and is reported to provide instant and permanent relief.

It can reduce the swelling, relieve a patient from pain by up to 80% and provide almost sudden mobility.

Four needles are inserted in to specific stress points – not just points of acupuncture – to a certain depth, then heated till they glow piping red, then gently and swiftly removed one by one.

This practice is repeated 2 to 3 times a day until the swelling has all but disappeared and the pain has relinquished.

Once the course of treatment is complete it is stated to be permanent.

Soothing oils and warming pads are then used by the patient at home to complete the treatment.

Acupuncture does not treat the deterioration of the joint directly, but rather the pain inflammation and lack of movement – the symptoms.

Anti-Inflamatory Prescription Drugs

These have provided the earliest breakthrough in the West for an initial pain release but the effects these have on your body now that they’ve been on the market for more than two decades, are coming to light.

Prolonged usage of theses NSAID’s as they’re known have shown to have a debilitating effect on the liver, kidneys and heart, so before deciding to take a quick fix for the inflammation and pain, make sure you lay out what initial health problems you may have with your doctor so the prescription won’t conflict with your current medication.

Physical Therapy & Relaxation

Physical therapy and controlled periods of relaxation both help strengthen the muscle around the joint, lightening its burden and reducing the stress.

Meditation, sleep and hypnotherapy are all forms of relaxation that can reduce the amount of pain you’re experiencing in your knee and exercise will prevent atrophy of the leg muscles.

Arthritis Surgery

If the disease has simply become unbearable in pain and has left you almost immobile, then surgery today is the last resort.

a) Knee Osteotomy

This is effectively for only young patients who have caught the disease early on and have had a total knee replacement.

b) An Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

Or simply known as a partial knee replacement, this again is for a small surgical replacement of the knee when the disease is limited and this is more common among middle to elderly aged patients.

c) Total Knee Replacement

Now that the joint can no longer function the will be the last resort where a plastic and metal implant is fitted in to the knee.

Treatments to Influence Remission of Arthritis in the Knee

a) Biologically Injected Medications

Cortisone injections which ooze the pain and reduce the swelling are much safer and more beneficial than NSAID’s, and while they won’t influence remission, you can safely take additional joint supplements without any side-effects that can help treat this disease.

b) Joint Supplements and Non-Prescription Treatments

Glucosamine is still lacking in research data, but it is showing signs that it may help the remission process of arthritis in the knee.

Additional non-prescription natural treatments include active compounds found in Capsaicun, Tonkat Ali, Omega 3 Acids and Reishi.

These ingredients not only treat inflammation effectively, they also naturally help block the pain signals being sent from the joint to the brain.

More importantly they assist in rebuilding the cartilage.

Now dry and deteriorated from this disease, these are just some of the ingredients when taken regularly in high concentrations that can help the cartilage function better.

Cod liver oil tablets have for years been used to free up stiff joints for mild arthritis of the knees, but now research over the last decade has given birth to new supplements that not just treat the symptoms but fight it.

Gallbladder Sludge

Before understanding gallbladder sludge it is important to know what the gallbladder does. The gallbladder is an organ, which has the responsibility of being the container for bile. It holds on to the bile until it is needed in the intestines. In the intestines it helps breakdown fatty foods and neutralizes any digested acids. However, a problem can occur if the bile backs up in the gallbladder when this happens it often gets connected to calcium, cholesterol crystals, and salts. Gallbladder sludge is basically when the backed up bile is combined with the cholesterol, salts, fats, and calcium in the gallbladder. There are a few major causes that lead to the formation of gallbladder sludge. Some of the causes for gallbladder sludge to build up is during pregnancy, unhealthy weight loss, fasting, or if you are taking specific prescriptions. However, gallbladder sludge can occur for no reason at all.

Gallbladder sludge does not actually cause any symptoms or problems itself. However, it can lead to the formation of gallstones, which can also have no effects initially. But there are also gallstones that can cause extreme pain in the abdomen and may even need to be surgically removed if they are severe. The gallstones from the sludge could be large or very small sized and may either cause pain and nausea or could not even be noticed. Gallbladder sludge can also lead to an inflamed pancreas also to an inflammation of gallstones. The problem with inflamed gallstones is that it could block the ducts that lead to the intestines, which means you could get very sick feeling and will need to pass the gallstones.

Often times there are no symptoms from sludge and it will most likely not even be noticeable to you. If you do have any symptoms they are usually not severe and just result in feeling sick to your stomach. There is really no reason to worry about sludge build up unless you are frequently having stomach pains and gallstones. The only way to even check for sludge is to do an ultrasound but if you are not having any symptoms there is no reason for this procedure. Now if you begin having frequent pain and gallstones you should visit your doctor. Most likely he or she will recommend you getting surgery done to have the gallbladder removed, but this only if it is causing a problem.

How Much Force Can Our Bones Handle Before They Break

You have known all along that your bones are the strongest part of your body. As they are assigned to give your body a structure, to hold your posture up and to protect your internal organs, your bones have to maintain their strength at all times. Of course, you cannot prevent external and unexpected circumstances from damaging your bones. But as much as you can, you can prevent it from happening.

Probably one of the best ways which you can protect your bones is to know just how much force they are capable of handling before they reach their breaking point. Your bones are really strong. In fact sometimes they are even considered as stronger than steel. But in principle, if you divide your bones by cubic inch sizes each can handle the weight of any object equivalent to 19,000 lbs or approximately 8,626 kilos.

However, considering force requires a different understanding. As most experts say, your bones can handle weight in various ways depending on the force with which they are delivered. The more force you apply to a bone, the easier it is to break it.

In some studies, it was found out that bones can handle about 3,300 Newton of force if thrown into a rib and up to 4,000 Newton if released onto the femur. The ribs can take a smaller amount of force because they are relatively thinner than the femur.

But these are only estimates of the force that can subject you to a fracture. It does not mean that these calculations are the least amount of force that your bones can handle. In fact, they are simply estimates in between because it still depends on the density and strength of your bones. Of course, your bones can handle less than 3,300 Newton of force if they are weaker and with lesser density. Therefore, you have to check first the strength of your bones to prevent overexertion and possible fractures.

It is great to know the estimates of how much force your bones can handle before they reach their breaking point. It is suggested that you consult with your doctor or osteopath first to ensure that your bones are in healthy condition. They may be able to prescribe exercises to maintain bone strength or alert you to possible future conditions that may present problems. Your trusted osteopath is the right person you should talk regarding all bone problems.