Asthma and Enlarged Tonsils

There is a lot of controversy and debate regarding the point whether tonsils should be removed or not in a person suffering from asthma. Different doctors have different opinions in this matter. Some advocate tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils) while others do not. It is therefore important to understand the role of tonsils in the human body so that adequate judgement can be made in this regard.

Tonsils make the first line of defence in the human body. They are present on either side of the pharynx. Pharynx is the middle portion of the throat. Why tonsils make the first line of defence is because they try to trap any germs and foreign bodies that may enter the body through the mouth and the nose. After trapping them the tonsils also produce protective antibodies with the help of their lymphatic cell structure that forms the main body of the tonsils. These antibodies circulate in the blood and fight the foreign organisms that somehow pass into the blood stream. So tonsils on one hand act as a mechanical guard and on the other hand they act on the molecular level also to protect the body. The antibody forming tissue is present in other parts of the body too but tonsils are first line of defence of the human system.

The body of a child is exposed to many different kinds of germs for the first time. The body is not used to these germs and needs to be protected against them. The tonsils work vigorously and in some children get abnormally enlarged in the process. If a child suffers from cough and wheezing his breathing is as it is strained. If this is due to some allergic reactions it may be accompanied with sore throat and fever as well. If the allergy persists or may subside and reappear again and again the tonsils too get infected while protecting the body.

In such a scenario the infected tonsils may need to be removed as their infection may be adversely having an impact on the body repeatedly. Also their enlarged size may be straining the breathing further in a child who is already suffering with asthma. So the children who suffer with asthma may be recommended a removal of tonsils if the asthma is of extrinsic type and is caused by allergens.

Sometimes in the children who suffer from intrinsic asthma too this may be recommended as the body becomes weakened and is susceptible to attacks from various organisms. But this is controversial because tonsils are the first line of defence and removing them may not be such a good thing to do, at least in theory. But in practice the tonsils may be a cause for many infections and it is best to get rid of the source of infections.

Some of the views regarding the question of removal of tonsils are:

1 The tonsils act at the site and later as a source of infection in the body. Their removal would influence the course of asthma favourably and even prevent its occurrence in a susceptible individual.

2 The tonsils prevent the spread of infection from the nose and throat into the bronchi and the lungs so their removal would create situations of mild asthma developing into severe one. In susceptible individuals symptoms of asthma may even precipitate due to tonsillectomy.

3 The presence or absence of tonsils actually does not make any difference over the allergic state of an individual. So technically removal of tonsils cannot precipitate the symptoms of asthma according to this view.

With reference to the varied views mentioned above it seems that the most appropriate path for the surgery for the removal of tonsils would not only be an individual choice but also may mean that a certain individual needs to be studied for previous history of infections, process of treatment and pathway of recovering from the infections before any decisions can be taken.

If there is evidence of recurring infections of throat and the infections seem to be localised in the tonsils then this may be the only option provided there are no other serious complications. Children in the younger stages are more susceptible to repeated infections of throat and the chest so to understand that the infections are localised to the tonsil area is very important before taking the decision of tonsillectomy.

Another point to be thoroughly understood is that removal of infected tonsils may have no effect whatsoever over the condition of asthma of the child. The removal of tonsils may have effect on the associated conditions of aggravation of the symptoms because of the effect that the associated allergens may be having on the situation.

This is also true only to the extrinsic type of asthma, but it shall have none or very little effect on the intrinsic type of asthma. Some doctors feel that the benefits associated with tonsillectomy are most evident in the first year of surgery and later they dissipate and after some time there remains no difference between the asthmatic children who underwent surgery and the asthmatic children who did not undergo any surgery.

Causes of Water Retention – 10 Common Reasons For Swelling of the Body

Water retention is a common health problem that greatly affects the day to day activities of the sufferers. Water retention – medically referred to as edema – is the accumulation of excess fluid that leaks into the body tissues. The leakage will lead to swelling in all over the body (generalized swelling) or more localized swelling, such as swelling in legs, feet and ankles or fluid retention in abdominal, the face, hands, arms, and around the lungs.

Although there are many different conditions and diseases associated with the term water retention or edema, there are several more prominent causes of water retention. And here is some of them:

1. Arthritis

Arthritis, which means “joint inflammation”, is described as an inflammation of one or more joints that involves the mechanical failure of cartilage resulting in joint pain, swelling, and limited movement. It can affect any joints in the body from hip, heel, spine, shoulder, knee to the big toe.

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis but the three most common types are: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Different types of arthritis show different symptoms. Common symptoms of arthritis include: persistent joint pain, fever, tenderness, joint swelling, stiffness, redness, joint malformation, inflexibility of joint and unexplained weight loss.

2. Kidney disorders

Certain form of kidney disorders such as kidney failure and glomerular disease will lead to swelling throughout the body as well as localized swelling in the abdominal, ankle, feet and leg swelling. This occurs because the kidneys have lost its normal functions including to efficiently removing salt and water out of the body. This will in turn cause the body to retain fluid and over time, get accumulated in the body tissues.

3. Chronic lung disease

Chronic lung disease is a general term of persistent lung disorders that damage the function of the lungs. Severe chronic lung disease will cause water retention in the body include fluid retention in lungs (pulmonary edema), ascites, neck, face, ankle and feet swelling. Chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), smoke inhalation injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), lung cancer, mesothelioma, etc. may lead to pulmonary edema, abdominal edema / ascites, fluid retention in the neck and face, swelling in the ankles and feet.

4. Cirrhosis of the liver

Cirrhosis of the liver usually causes abdominal fluid retention. It also causes low protein albumin synthesis by the liver and results in legs and abdominal fluid retention.

5. Congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy disease and heart valve disease

Congestive heart failure obstructs the normal circulation of the blood and often leads to water retention. Two most common causes of water retention in congestive heart failure patient are: (1) the blood flow to the heart backups and leaks into the lung and vein; (2) the kidney retain fluid due to the insufficient amount of blood flow. Both cardiomyopathy and heart valve disease are a variety of heart disease and lead to heart failure.

6. Excess sodium intake

In people who are more sensitive to sodium, excess sodium intake will raise the blood pressure and lead to water retention especially in the lower extremities such as swelling in the ankles and feet.

7. Gravity

Standing or sitting too long in one position because of occupation necessity or after long trips may cause fluid retention in legs. This is usually worsened in high temperatures.

8. Pregnancy

In some cases, the developing uterus in pregnant women may press the vena cava leading to fluid retention in the legs. Hormone imbalances and increased amount of blood flow also responsible for water retention during pregnancy. The most affected areas of swelling during pregnancy are in the lower extremities especially the ankles and feet.

9. Side effects of certain medication

Certain medication such as anabolic steroid, calcium channel blockers, levitra, methadone, etc. may affect the normal functions of the body and lead to swelling particularly in the legs, feet and ankles.

10. Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a disturbance of the blood flow in the leg veins because of the damage of the veins itself or the valves causing the fluid to backup and leak into the surrounding tissues. This disorder is one of the most common causes of water retention in legs.

Look over the list of water retention causes and decide if you are indeed experiencing one or more. Remember, many diseases take years to appear after the symptom does. Thus, you should speak to your doctor if you have any questions regarding water retention in any parts of your body. Your doctor is the one who can tell you just what exactly the cause of your swelling and what treatment options will work best for you.

Epilepsy, Food Sensitivities, and Heavy Metals: A Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approach

November has been selected as “Epilepsy Awareness Month” according to the Center for Disease Control. This year, their focus is on seizure recognition and first aid.

There are four main categories of seizures include:

  • Generalized Seizures – affect entire brain
  • Partial Seizures – affect part of the brain
  • Non-Epileptic Seizures – not caused by epilepsy, but other things such as diabetes, fever, etc
  • Status Epilepticus – a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes

Epilepsy affects more than 2.7 million people in the United States, and some patients can experience over 100 seizures in a single day.

The CDC recommends that a person seek immediate medical care if someone has a seizure that meets any of the following criteria:

  • If the person is pregnant
  • If they injured themselves during the seizure (falls, broken bones, etc)
  • If this is the first time they have had a seizure
  • If the seizure continues more than 5 minutes (Status Epilepticus)

Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of the brain can trigger epilepsy. Trauma, illness, brain damage, abnormal development, food intolerances, and heavy metal toxicity can all be factors with epileptic patients. It is estimated that over 75% of patients with epilepsy do not know what is causing their seizure activity. Patients are generally provided with toxic medications that attempt to alter the seizure activity without identifying the underline cause of the problem.

From a Complementary and Alternative standpoint, I often find that patients are able to reduce the frequency of their seizure activity through dietary modifications and removing heavy metals from the body. Certain food intolerances such as gluten (wheat, barley, rye, etc) casein (dairy), corn, or soy can be a major “triggers” for patients with epilepsy.

Heavy metal toxicity can induce a myriad of problems in our bodies, from epilepsy, to infertility, dementia, autoimmune diseases, and more. Once of the most common ways that we experience heavy metal toxicity is through our teeth. Mercury fillings, gold crowns, and other metals that are placed in our mouth have the ability to “leak” into our bodies and accumulate in various organs, including the brain. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has a video in regards to the effects of metal toxicity in our bodies. Click HERE to view it.

Speak with your doctor in regards to the potential symptoms that food intolerances and heavy metals can be causing in your body. If your doctor is unaware of the associations regarding food and toxins, you may wish to include a doctor that incorporates a holistic approach to health to provide another opinion as to your specific symptoms.

What Is Ischemic Stroke?

Ischemic stroke is a type of brain stroke. This brain stroke is commonly known as CVA or cerebrovascular accident. Along with the other type of stroke, ischemic stroke is also considered fatal. The mere fact that it involves the brain makes the condition detrimental without even going into the details of the disease. The brain is a vital organ which controls all other parts of the body. Any disruptions to its function will greatly affect the capabilities of a person. Even when someone is sleeping, the brain is one of the few organs in our body that is still functioning.

Ischemic stroke is always preceded by a TIA stroke or transient ischemic attack. It can be considered as a warning sign of a stroke. This can be possible if there is a short cessation in blood and oxygen supply of the brain. When the nuisance in the system is not recognized earlier and prompt treatment is not performed, it may cause ischemic stroke to occur in that person. In this condition, the supply of oxygen through blood is occluded by a thrombus or an embolus. Thrombus is the formation of blood clots in the blood vessel that can eventually occlude it. Thus, as soon as this thrombus is detached from its original location, it travels into the bloodstream. In this situation, the thrombus is now termed as an embolus.

It is considered as an emergency situation for the medical team because there is an ischemia in the selected brain tissues or a deprivation of oxygen supply to the brain. After six minutes of ischemia, the patient might have permanent damage in the brain. Subsequent to ten minutes of oxygen deprivation, the patient may have dead brain tissues. The death of the patient may be imminent with this condition.

The symptoms of stroke may vary from each other. This is due to the damage that the condition has resulted in. The damage in the brain of a patient is parallel to the symptoms that he/she will manifest. Patients with this condition may have motor deficits, visual disruptions, sensory dysfunctions, cognitive deficiencies, verbal deficits, and emotional problems. Since the patient has a vast number of manifestations, caring for this type of patient will entail a multifaceted approach to address each disability that the patient may possess.

Diagnostic exams are prerequisite in the provision of treatments. First of all, it is necessary to rule out other conditions. The diagnostic tests that are involved in ischemic stroke are mostly focused on getting images of the brain and other structures, such as blood vessels, that can contribute to the occurrence of the stroke. Lifestyle changes may be necessary especially for persons who have a higher risk of getting the disease. There are some populations that have a higher risk than others. These people include obese people, persons with hypertension, and patients with hyperlipidemia.

The prevention of ischemic stroke consists of pharmacologic interventions, lifestyle changes, and surgical procedures. These mentioned procedures are also applicable in the treatment of this condition. It also includes therapies which can improve the situation of the patient such as physical therapy, speech lessons, emotional support, and cognitive therapy. Interventions should be performed as soon as possible to prevent greater damage to the patient.

Signs of Schizophrenia in Adults

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that is not easily understood and because of this, there is a degree of fear from society in reaction to it. This word literally means split mind and the first recorded use of the word was in 1911 by Dr. Paul Eugen Bleuler.

There are no known medical reason as to what causes this illness, although there are risked factors associated with it. Additionally, there is no known cure nevertheless there is medication that is helpful in controlling its symptoms.

Children as well as adults can be afflicted with this illness, however the signs of Schizophrenia in adults are different from those in children.

The sooner someone with this mental disorder gets some help, the better position he/she will be in, in bringing it under control. Therefore, if you notice some or all the signs that are to follow, in a loved one, please do no hesitate to get them some help. However, do not jump to any conclusions, talk with a doctor first.


Person suffering with this disorder may have delusions about their life. They may believe that they are kings or queens and may prefer to be addressed as such.

Inappropriate Reactions

They may not respond to a situation in an appropriate way. They may laugh, when they should be crying, or cry, when they should be laughing.

Disorder Thinking

Their thought process is in disorder and when you are talking with them, what they are saying to you does not make sense.

Hallucinations and Illusions

They may see, hear, think and believe things that are real, only to them.

Mental Illness

Mental illness is a psychological pattern that occurs in an individual and it causes distress and disability. This medical condition disturbs a person’s thinking, daily doings, feeling and ability to maintain with others. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The most important thing is that it can be recovered.

Medical illnesses can take many forms, just as physical illnesses do. Mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people, but the fear will disappear as people learn more about them. To get the proper information you must get the following information.

Mental illness is very common. One from every four people in Britain is caused by mental illness. Mental illnesses are some of the least understood conditions in society. As a result of this condition, many people face prejudice and discrimination in their everyday lives. However, most people can lead productive and fulfilling lives with appropriate treatment and support.

For some people, drugs and other medical treatments are helpful, but for others they are not. Medical treatment may only be a part of what helps recovery, and not necessarily the main part. It is not a fault of someone rather this is not a sign of weakness, and it’s not something to be ashamed of.

Persons suffering from any of the severe mental disorders present with a variety of symptoms that may include inappropriate anxiety, disturbances of thought and perception, deregulation of mood, and cognitive dysfunction. Most of these symptoms may be relatively specific to a particular diagnosis or cultural influence.

For example, disturbances of thought and perception are most commonly associated with schizophrenia. Similarly, severe disturbances in expression of affect and regulation of mood are most commonly seen in depression and in bipolar disorder. However, it is not uncommon to see psychotic symptoms in patients diagnosed with mood disorders or to see mood-related symptoms in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Symptoms associated with mood, anxiety, thought process, or cognition may occur in any patient at some point during his or her illness.

Migraine Syndrome

I have coined the name—migraine syndrome—to explain many different symptoms the migraine patient experiences. The name migraine syndrome puts the emphasis on migraines. The central point with treating any of the symptoms of migraine syndrome is to properly treat the migraines. These patients are very sensitive to light, sound, smell, food, and/or stress. If migraine patients are severely overstimulated long enough they develop fibromyalgia. The migraine syndrome is the outward expression of the body’s sensitivity to light, sound, smell, food, and/or stress, and presents as migraines, sinus or neck pain, palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), vertigo, hypoglycemia, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), panic attacks, and/or fibromyalgia.

If you can identify with any of the above symptoms, you may have a sensitive body. In my experience as a medical doctor, I have seen thousands of patients who fall into this category, yet they are not aware of the root of their problem. Consequently, they are afraid, upset, tired, and confused about why they “never seem to feel well.” Again, the sensitive body handles light, sound, smells, food, stress, touch, pain, or emotions with extra sensitivity. The end result of your sensitivity produces a variety of physical symptoms. Perhaps you have been told that some of these symptoms are all in your head, but you believe they are real. In fact, you know they are real. And I know they are real also. They are the result of an electrical discharge going across the cerebral cortex creating mental mush. This electrical discharge causes the sensitive body to react, rather than handle stimulation appropriately. Most patients with over reactive bodies do not understand the connections that all of the above symptoms have in common; therefore, symptoms are treated as individual ailments when they are actually individual components of a larger picture. Only treating symptoms may or may not provide relief. These patients can be trapped in a cycle of experiencing one symptom after another, never fully understanding the underlying cause.

If you or a family member can identify with any of the above symptoms, then go to []. I will explain how your body is wired, what causes your physical responses, and how to eliminate and manage those miserable and oftentimes debilitating effects.

Curled Toenail Can Lead To Infections

A curled toenail is not a disease itself but it can lead to infection of the toe and foot. Although a curling toenail can pierce the soft skin of the toe, it is not the same thing as an ingrown toenail. In many cases, curling toenails damage the underlying skin thus causing infection. Curled toenail is a painful condition because of the inflammation associated with it.

Athletes sometimes suffer cured toenail if their feet sweat profusely during workouts. People who trim their nails too closely are also susceptible to curing toenail. There are many factors that can lead to a curled toenail. The gait of and posture of a person can affect the toe over the course of time. Certain deformities of the foot (such as hammertoe) and bunions can cause toenails to curl.

Wearing tight fitting shoes or socks, sweating excessively, and wearing shoes made of synthetic materials can make the toe very soft. A toenail that is curved can easily make its way into the soft skin and cause an infection.

If left untreated, fungal infections of the nail that are caused by curled toenail can cause permanent damage to the nails, leaving them ragged and distorted. The fungus can spread to the skin around the nail and cause paronychia, a surface infection of the skin around the nails. Paronychia can cause painful lesions, redness, swelling and pus-filled blisters. This is why it is important to address the issue of curled toenail in the early stages.

One way to prevent curled toenail is to make sure that you trim the toenails properly. Good hygiene will also help prevent curled toenail. Wear shoes and socks made up of natural fibers that absorb sweat. Always dry feet thoroughly after showering. Clean all foot instruments with alcohol before using them and do not go barefoot in public facilities like locker rooms and pools.

A proper diet is also important so that your immune system stays strong and able to fight off nail fungus infections in their early stages. Make sure your have diet that is rich in folic acid, protein, calcium and vitamin C. Some holistic practitioners believe that two tablespoons of vinegar taken once a day can help rid off fungus infections that can be caused by curled toenail.

If your curled toenail problem persists or gets worse, you should see a doctor for treatment.

Diffuse Alopecia – What is Diffuse Alopecia and How Do You Treat It?

Hair loss is a problem experienced by a majority of youngsters these days. It is common to see men in their thirties going bald.

Alopecia areata is a condition which results in abnormal hair loss from the body and scalp. It could affect a small spot or a large area. It affects the young as well as the old, men as well as women. Hair loss from the body can be hidden but that from the scalp can be very embarrassing.

The hair either grows back or it doesn’t. Diffuse alopecia is a type of alopecia areata which affects more women than men. This disease results in hair loss as well as less density of hair. You see a mixture of dark and grey hair.

The three steps in hair growth are Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. Hair grows in the first stage. It is dormant in the second stage. It falls in the third stage as the hair follicle rests. Then the cycle repeats.

But in Diffuse Alopceia the hair skips the second stage and so, hair falls in clumps. At the borders of the bald patch hair breaks at ends and resembles exclamation marks.

Diffuse Alopecia could be caused due to mental or physical trauma. Malnutrition, lack of vitamins or an incorrect diet could cause this disease. Medicines, pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, sickness or operations are also responsible.

If you keep coloring, bleaching or curling your hair or if you are stressed, it could lead to this problem.

Diffuse Alopecia can be treated by a pill called Revalid which has a mixture of important proteins, vitamins and minerals.

This would help form Keratin, the substance hair is made of and help accelerate growth of thick, lustrous and shiny dark hair.

Treatment of Middle Ear Infections – Antibiotics

Antibiotics are frequently overused for the treatment of middle ear infections (otitis media). Somewhere between 30-50% of ear infections are bacterial. They are most commonly caused by bacteria like Streptococcus pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae. Viruses can also trigger ear infections, and in these cases antibiotics are useless.

The diagnosis of otitis media, is based on ear pain associated with fever. The ear drum appears red and bulging and the patient feels irritable and restless. In younger children the pain can be so intense as to make them scream and cry.

For the treatment of middle ear infection, a responsible doctor should advise you to wait at least a couple of days, before prescribing antibiotics. Pain killers may be recommended if necessary to dull the pain. This “watch and wait” technique will determine if an antibiotic is really needed.

Studies show that about 90% of children get better just as fast, with no significant differences in speed of relief of pain, how quickly temperature returned to normal, how soon ear discharge stopped or other symptoms – whether they have antibiotics or not.

In one 2000 study, 240 children under age two who were diagnosed with acute otitis media were just watched carefully. After four days, only 3% of the children required treatment with antibiotics, while the infection cleared itself naturally in the other 97%.

When antibiotics are repeatedly used for the treatment of middle ear infection in children, it increases the chances of further infection by up to 600 percent. It also increases the chances that surgery will ultimately be needed. In the 1970s, out of 10,500 children who underwent treatment of middle ear infection without antibiotics, Danish researchers found that over the following 14 years, only 15 required ear operations. This was very low compared to children having surgery after repeated courses of antibiotics.

A 1983 study published in the British Medical Journal showed that in adults who develop active chronic otitis media, there is no benefit at all in using antibiotics.

If antibiotics are needed then make sure you support the immune system so that complications do not arise, and that repeat antibiotic scripts are not required. Be aware that studies have shown that short courses of antibiotics for the treatment of middle ear infection, from two to five days, are equally effective as a ten day course.

Medications Known To Cause Sudden Onset Deafness In Dogs!

First and foremost, before your dog is treated for an inner ear infection, it is important to determine if it is a bacterial, yeast or fungal infection! Treating yeast and fungus infections with specific antibiotics is counter-productive. It could result in temporarily or even permanently damaging your dog’s hearing!

More often than not, this deafness involves older dogs… but that does not eliminate younger dogs or even puppies from this predicament.

To be spared this unexpected and unfortunate side effect of certain medications, you must learn if your dog is naturally losing their hearing due to age, breed pre-disposition, trauma, or if there is a specific medical problem.

Certain breeds and frequently dogs with white pigmentation are inherently pre-disposed to deafness. The two most common breeds with genetic hearing loss are Dalmatians and English Setters: Others include: Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Bulldog, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and English Cocker Spaniel.

Presbycusis, is age related hearing loss is common in older dogs. It cannot be prevented or reversed. The disease is progressive. In some cases it progresses faster than others, which may cause the owner to believe their dog’s hearing loss is sudden.

Normally, when a senior dog’s hearing slowly diminishes, they learn to compensate for the change, by sharpening other reflexes. Their hearing loss is not observed, until it becomes so obvious, since they can no longer “hide” the loss of that sense.

Hearing loss caused by medications, or ototoxicity, is a whole different predicament.

The cochlea’s nerves carry electro-chemical signals to your dog’s brain. Direct or indirect contact with the application of certain medications and chemicals destroy the cochlear hairs in the dog’s inner ear, thereby disconnecting the signals. The results can be temporary or even permanent hearing loss.

A group of drugs known as aminoglycoside antibiotics has been documented as one of the leading causes in sudden onset deafness in dogs. They should never be used unless your dog is in a life-threatening situation!

Another chemical that was commonly used in ear cleaning/wash solutions is chlorhexidine. This chemical is no longer available in ear wash solutions, because of the number of dogs that suffered temporary and permanent hearing loss!

It should be noted, there are lesser-known chemicals that are also identified to cause sudden onset hearing loss, so be careful… check the ingredients… research your dog’s medications ingredients, BEFORE you use it!

Mometamax, is a medication generally used for inner ear infections. It contains gentamycin, which is toxic! There is no question about it… it has been well documented. The frightening fact is, many veterinarians are not even aware of the medication’s toxicity.

Other medications to be aware of, in the aminoglycoside antibiotics group include: kanamycin, neomycin, and tobramycin.

Your dog’s reaction to these chemicals can be as soon as 10-15 minutes after application! Watch for loss of balance, difficulty standing, nausea, head-tilting and rapid eye movement. Other signs to be aware of: your dog does not respond to verbal commands, shakes their head, walks in circles, responds only when they see you or if you touch them, appears depressed and sleeps more than usual. Stop using the medication immediately! In several cases, not all, discontinuing the medication’s use will allow hearing to return in 2-6 weeks. In some cases, the loss is permanent.

Heads up! You should also be aware; another known side effect of this antibiotic group is canine renal failure!

Bottom line: Be informed… know the risks. Talk with your veterinarian about alternatives, before starting any regime using aminoglycoside antibiotics.

How to Stop Stammering – Learn How to Curb Your Speech Impediment

Sometimes people get tongue-tied and they trip over their words. It is mainly due to nerves and it doesn’t happen very often. However, for some people, this is a chronic condition. A lot of people all over the world have troubles with stuttering and stammering. It is a very embarrassing problem to have and it certainly takes its toll on a person’s life. If you have a speech impediment such as stammering, then you know how hard life can be.

For those who are living with the issue of stammering, they hate talking to new people because it is easy for people to laugh at them. As soon as they open their mouths and the words don’t come out right, people start to giggle. But this is no laughing matter. People living with a speech impediment live in constant fear because they worry about what people will think of them. It doesn’t have to be this way for you any longer though.

You can stop stammering and you can learn how to do it today. The best way to stop stammering is to take a class such as yoga. Yoga works to ease the body and mind of any nerves or stress. If you were able to control your nerves, you would be able to control the pace at which you talk. Another way to stop stammering is to read. If you read a lot of books out loud, you will gain more experience with talking and getting a feel for words rolling off of your tongue.

How "Mute This Ad" Can Benefit Publishers

The gaining popularity of Ad blockers has triggered a sudden alarm for publishers when they noticed that it has gained an immense acceleration in 2015 by 70% in just six years since it was launched. This has been acting as a major threat for publishers as these advertisements are the only sources of revenue for them because of which they are able provide us with the free content. There are several softwares available till date for blocking ads. These software confines all those unwanted ads popping around as soon as you open the desired web page. You may limit criterion on what kind of ads you want to be displayed and stop others.

It feels good from users’ point-of-view. After all, this will result in getting rid of annoying unwanted ads and large animated ads causing a burden on the CPU. This also gives better internet speed decreasing loading time. But every coin has two sides.

If Ad blockers are impacting publishers, definitely they will have to find their way through it. If they can’t earn through these advertisements, we give them no choice rather than to charge the user for the content which was available for free till now. Imagine paying for content of every site we go through. Will it be feasible?

Another measure which big firms have adopted regarding this problem is that they are paying fees to whitelist their ads to ad-blocking companies. Firms are also trying to solve this issue by displaying the alternate ad, advertisements which haven’t been blocked by the user using the software whatever is the solution, looking at the whole big picture, though it is immensely impacting publishers, but eventually users can’t deny that they will also not remain untouched with the impact of this race.

In such situation, ‘Mute This Ad‘ seems to be the workable solution. The small “x” placed at the right corner of the ad not only close the ad but also unable this ad to be displayed again by acknowledging the marketer about your uninterest regarding the Ad. This is not just a good solution for users but for brands too where on other hand users may opt among ads of products and brands they find interested avoiding undesirable one’s, marketers may also get rid of sending surplus messages giving them more closer pace for desired buyers. This also means that publisher will keep on earning their revenue from the advertisers eventually providing us with the free content we have been using till now but with bonus of much less botheration of pestering ads.

Reverse Your High Blood Pressure To Normal

Hey, do you know that untreated high blood pressure can damage your cerebral tissues, which can cause you convulsions, ataxia or impaired speech among other terrible diseases? High blood pressure can also rapture tiny blood vessels and cause brain haemorrhage.

High blood pressure usually results from lifestyle: ingesting lots of cholesterol and carbohydrate through wrong diet, smoking, drinking and lack of adequate physical activity or exercise. If you are leading the above lifestyle, then you are a candidate for obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Hereditary high blood pressure is due to unexplained thinning and narrowing of the blood vessels in some people as they age. Find out from your Doctor if you have this threat, so that you can control it with adequate exercise.

Poor or unguided nutrition and sedentary lifestyle lead to obesity that increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attack. And to think that all you have to do to achieve a good health is up your activity level through exercise.

Yes, the American Heart Association through the Pritikin Longevity Center’s 21 day exercise program for 11 obese and hypertension subjects has since proved that a controlled walking exercise of 40-60 minutes each day for 3 weeks is able to remove hypertension and restore blood pressure to normal. Seven of the subjects in the Pritikin program were previously diagnosed with systolic blood pressure of over 140 reading. Can you beat that? There blood pressure became normal after three weeks!

Because high blood pressure is engendered by, among other causes, clogged, narrowed blood vessels and poor circulation, occasioned by cholesterol deposits and inactivity; exercise can reverse your high blood pressure by affording you better blood circulation and weight loss, and also increase the activities of your natural anti oxidants in combating the activities of destructive free radicals.

Free radicals are renegade oxygen molecules that cause oxidative stress to both cells and tissues of your body. Free radicals can penetrate your cells and distort your DNA codes. Disease such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, stroke and myocardial infraction can be cause by free radicals.

Finally, eating right and exercising adequately will afford you a sickness free life and longevity; because you will be fit instead of obese, which is linked to coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer, etc. So what are you going to do now, continue in your old way or go seek your Physician’s advice as to what level of exercise is right for you?

How to Cure Stammering

Stammering is a big problem for a lot of people. If you have issues with stammering or stuttering, then you know exactly how it makes you feel. You don’t have any confidence when you speak. You try not to talk to new people because you are afraid that your stutter is going to become present. This makes life really hard for you. All you want is for your stammer to be gone so you can be normal.

The reason why so many people have issues with stammering and stuttering is due to nerves. Although your stutter is almost always present, you feel it growing worse when you are nervous. When you have to meet someone new or speak in front of a group of people, you can feel your stutter getting worse. How can you cure stammering and calm your nerves so you can speak fluently?

There are many things that you can do that will help you to become a better speaker, without a stutter. For example, yoga is a great way to calm your nerves. Taking a yoga class will help you to become a calm person so you will be able to speak with ease and clarity. Another way to cure stammering is to practice speaking in front of a mirror. Doing this will help you to control your pace of speech so you will be able to calm your nerves better. You can also see which words cause you the most trouble and you can practice those better.