A Simple Way To Get Over Sprains And Strains With Immediate Effect

In the fast paced life of today, suffering from injuries is something normal and commonplace.

Injuries are sure to occur if one is a sportsperson. And the injury could vary from regular muscle sprains and strains, to body ache, which can occur to anyone who is an athlete.

Injuries can happen to anyone who intends to lead a fit lifestyle, irrespective of the kind of sport that one is into. If one goes for tennis, or football, he could be prone to injuries and aches. Similarly, if one is fond of gymming, he could still suffer from muscle stretches. And one often finds himself wondering about how to treat a sprained ankle, a sprained wrist or a sprained knee.

And even if one is not into sports in a major way, it is still possible that he might be prone to injuries. One could suffer from a sprain while doing housework, gardening or playing with one’s kids.

In the same way, leg cramps at night are a commonplace occurrence, and can happen to anyone, even if one does not lead a very active lifestyle.

THE PHYSICIAN’S PAIN RELIEF CREAM

Physician’s Pain Relief Cream is a remedy, which one could use if he suffers from any of these common strains or aches. This works very well if one is an athlete, for seniors, or even if one does not involve himself in high intensity sports or weight training.

There are some very singular points which make the Physician’s Pain Relief Cream an ideal option for anyone who is suffering from a muscle strain.

SMALL, YET VERY USEFUL AND EFFECTIVE

– Physician’s Pain Relief Cream is easy to carry about, it is small enough to keep with oneself, and yet powerful enough to ensure that you get the most effective relief from discomfort, and in minimum time.

SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE

– This comes as a tube, the cream is easy to apply and in most of the cases, it does not require any external aid or assistance. It is a non greasy and non sticky product.

If one is prone to suffering from pain at random times, especially something like a knee joint pain, the Physician’s Pain Relief Cream can work wonders for him.

ABSORBED QUICKLY BY THE SKIN

– Rubs on easily and is absorbed quickly by skin.

NO SIDE EFFECTS

– Application of Physician’s Pain Relief Cream soothes the skin without leaving a freezing or burning sensation. This has a fresh, clean smell and it won’t stain clothes. The best part is that it ensures relief in a minimum time.

How does Physician’s Pain Relief Cream work:

By reducing inflammation which prolongs and increases pain, Physician’s Pain Relief Cream helps overcome discomfort associated with the inflamed tissues. On subduing inflammation, severity and duration of pain reduces significantly.

Physician’s Pain Relief Cream is safe for long term use as it contains no steroid-based anti-inflammatory agents.

Developers of Physician’s Pain Relief Cream are ranked among nation’s leading medical experts, and the team includes physicians, pharmacists and biochemists. This is created after six years of intensive research, development, testing and clinical trials.

However, one has to take care that PPRC is for external use only.

Pain in the Butt – Understanding Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome is a condition where a small muscle known as the piriformis muscle spasms or contracts in a way that irritates the sciatic nerve. This results in pain in the hip or buttocks region, though it may also shoot into the lower back and thigh as well.

What is this piriformis muscle and why is it such a pain in the butt — literally?

The piriformis is a small muscle that is responsible for the rotation of your hip and legs. It is located deep inside the hip joining the sacrum and the femur bone (basically the lower back and the thigh).

The hip is a very complex joint made up of many muscles and tendons. The piriformis is the small muscle in the middle of it all running over the sciatic nerve.

Piriformis Syndrome is primarily caused by tightening of the piriformis muscle causing it to crush the sciatic nerve. This tightening can be the result of either overworking the muscle (as in training errors) or mechanical imbalances (poor posture, etc.).

Overworking the muscle is often attributed to athletes and others that participate in a good degree of physical exercise. However many cases occur in people that live relatively sedentary lives rarely exerting themselves the way an athlete would. These other overworking causes may include: exercising on hard surfaces or uneven ground, beginning a fitness program too aggressively after not exercising for quite some time, increasing intensity too fast, wearing shoes that don’t fit you properly, or sitting for long periods of time (say, in a cubicle?).

Mechanical Imbalances are related to the structure of the body and its mechanisms. Poor posture, herniated discs, or simply the manner with which you hold yourself or move your body as you walk can be responsible for this.

The symptom of Piriformis Syndrome is most commonly a deep pain within the hip or buttocks, but as stated earlier, this pain can also run into the thigh or lower back as well. However, weakness and stiffness is also a rather common symptom as well (remember that Piriformis Syndrome is caused by an overworked or tense muscle). Tingling and numbness in the legs can be experienced from time to time.

Chronic Leg Pain

Chronic leg pain can be a challenging condition for physicians to diagnose, since the symptoms may be produced in the affected area itself or in other regions which innervate the leg with nerve energy anywhere above the affected level. Leg symptoms usually make patients think that they have injured their actual limb, but in many cases, the pain comes from some issue which is enacting pain in the sciatic nerve or even in one or more of the nerve roots in the spine.

Of course it is certainly possible to have leg pain due to actual injury to the leg structure itself. People can damage their leg tissues in any number of ways, causing trauma to the skin, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves anywhere in the area. However, in these cases, diagnosis is usually easy, since the patients will likely know how and when the injury occurred. In these cases, there is little room or need for speculation…

In most patients with idiopathic leg pain, there is no history or indication of injury or obvious trauma. The leg appears fine, and may even function perfectly, although the patient will be complaining of agonizing symptoms including pain, and possible neurological issues like numbness, tingling, weakness or the perception of burning. If x-rays return normal and there is no other indication of a fracture or possible injury to the leg itself, the diagnostician must go deeper into the anatomy to find the possible source of pain.

As long as the localized structures are sound, then the condition is almost always sourced in either nerve dysfunction or circulatory dysfunction. Nerve concerns are far more commonly diagnosed and often relate to spinal sources in the lumbar or lumbosacral spine. In these cases, the working diagnostic theory states that some structure is likely impinging upon one or more of the spinal nerve roots which eventually supply the leg with life energy. The causation blamed for enacting this compression, commonly called “pinched nerves”, can vary greatly. Some of the typical issues blamed for affecting spinal nerve roots include abnormal side to side spinal curvatures, such as scoliosis, abnormal front to back spinal curvatures, such as hypolordosis or hyperlordosis, advanced degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, a number of spinal osteoarthritic conditions and vertebral misalignment issues like spondylolisthesis, among others. In a few cases, the possibility of the source of pain is eliminated from existing in the spinal structures and thought to come from another anatomical region, such as the sacroiliac joints or from the piriformis muscle impinging on the sciatica nerve itself.

Circulatory conditions, such as diabetes, can cause widespread or localized leg pain. These conditions are usually able to be diagnosed using standardized tests and the neuropathy condition is typically treatable using specialized medications. In many cases, the pain is not correctly attributed to its actual source, which is purposefully enacted regional ischemia. This chronic condition is linked to the mindbody process, which is a sector of health almost completely neglected by today’s Cartesian obsessed medical sector. However, some pioneers in the field, like the renowned Dr. John E. Sarno at NYU Medical Center/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, have shown just how effective alternative treatments can be for many type of leg pain. In my own experience in dealing with tens of thousands of chronic pain sufferers each year, I find this oxygen deprivation syndrome to be both epidemic and incredibly successful at avoiding detection, since it flies in the face of the antiquated structurally-fixated philosophy embraced by virtually all traditional physicians.

Bile Reflux But Not Acid Reflux Causes Injury

Contrary to common believe that heartburn is caused only by an acid reflux, doctors found out that it might also be caused by a bile reflux, which also goes by a name of duodenogastric bile reflux.

There are two critical situations when we have to start thinking seriously about bile reflux. The first case is when person has a chronic heartburn, and heartburn drugs do not work. Second, is the condition when one experiences pain, heartburn, and indigestion after gallbladder removal.

Bile reflux is not something that is new; surgeons have found bile in the stomach with ulcers during surgery, for over a hundred years. Bile is a common finding by gastroscopy in people with gastritis, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There is a high possibility that a bile reflux, not acid reflux causes injury.

Thanks to technology, doctors started to detect bile in the esophagus in 70% stubborn chronic cases of heartburn and Barrett’s Esophagus. About 10%-15% of people with chronic symptoms of GERD get Barrett’s Esophagus. That is a serious precancerous complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease. There are many articles and books discussing potential injury of the stomach and esophagus that could be caused by bile due to bile reflux.

What can cause bile reflux?

To be more specific, the bile reflux is also the pancreatic reflux, as well. It means that the mixture of bile and pancreatic juice can do injury. Many people know that the liver produces bile and pancreas manufactures pancreatic juice full of digestive enzymes. However, not too many people know that bile and pancreatic juice are highly alkaline solutions. Alkalinity of these solutions means healthy digestion, contrary, acidic changes lead to poor digestion. My articles and book medically support this idea.

Bile is an alkaline solution with a gentle balance of water, minerals, bicarbonates, cholesterol, lecithin, and bile acids and bile salts. If bile is acidic, there are more precipitated bile acids in it. Bile acids are extremely “aggressive” chemical substances, which make acidic bile so irritable. Acidic bile irritates the surrounding tissues, mucus membranes, and sphincters and leads to bile reflux.

In a healthy person, mixture of alkaline bile and pancreatic juice goes down to the beginning of the small intestine – duodenum. Alkaline environment in the duodenum is a decisive factor of the good digestion and proper transfer of the digested food down to the lower area of the small intestine. Acidifying makes bile particularly “aggressive”. Whole body acidity leads to acidic changes in the bile with precipitation of the bile acids, which irritate the duodenum’s walls causing rough contractions and spasms. This throws the contents of the small intestine with aggressive mix of the bile acids and pancreatic enzymes up into the stomach.

Acidic bile irritates valves, ducts, duodenum wall, causing “the wrong way traffic” – bile/pancreatic reflux into the stomach or even esophagus.

Almost 40-50% of all adults in the U.S. report having some symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that is generally called acid reflux.

Commonly treatment for acid reflux is the medications that suppress stomach acidity. In numerous situations with stubborn, chronic heartburn, patients poorly respond to acid-suppressive drugs because acid reflux is only part of the problem. The main culprit is bile/pancreatic reflux.

Another situation when bile reflux can be seen is often in persons’ with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction after gallbladder removal. Normally, when the sphincter of Oddi is closed, bile from liver goes into the gallbladder. Absence of the gallbladder’s buffer capacity can increase the pressure inside the bile ducts and pancreatic duct. Acidic, offensive bile promotes more spasms of the sphincter of Oddi. It can cause bile reflux to the pancreas and possible pancreatitis.

In normal condition, gallbladder contracts and pushes out concentrated bile in the duodenum when food gets there for digestion. After gallbladder removal, bile from liver drips into the duodenum despite the fact that there is no food in the gut. Acidic bile corrodes empty duodenum’s wall resulting bile reflux in the stomach.

It is getting clear that restoration of normal, slightly alkaline environment in the whole body and, particularly in the liver and pancreas, can reduce the bile/pancreatic reflux into the stomach and esophagus. In turn, this can lessen bile reflux and chronic heartburn.

Control the whole body acidity, can be done by three ways:

1. Eating natural, alkaline-formed foods

2. Drinking Karlovy Vary healing mineral water

3. Taking mineral supplements such as cellular magnesium-potassium

I focus on these three ways in my book, in details.

Even though, most people are familiar with the alkaline diet and mineral supplementation, Karlovy Vary healing mineral water is almost unknown to Americans. Using healing mineral waters has extended medical practice in Europe. Karlovy Vary, in Czech Republic, is famous health mineral spa in the middle of Europe.

Millions of people with digestive symptoms, such as heartburn, stomach fullness, nausea, cramps and chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation get relief by drinking this healing mineral water. For people, who could not go there, geyser water was vaporized to make mineral salt.

Drinking mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary salt was hundred years remedy for heartburn. According to European doctors, minerals and bicarbonate in this water can do double work. First, it can normalize the acidity in the stomach. Second, Karlovy Vary healing mineral water alkalizes the body and body’s fluids such as bile and pancreatic juice.

Speaking of bile/pancreatic reflux, it has to focus also on Candida-yeast overgrowth and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) after taking antibiotics, some medications, drinking alcohol, eating many sugars, or drinking soda, etc. This will cause constant fermentation in the intestines and produces a lot of gas. By its way out, gas can open the valve between esophagus and stomach; move the stomach’s content up with severe heartburn.

This special valve is known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is so strong that even when healthy experienced yoga people stand on their head, the sphincter holds back the stomach contents and protects the esophagus.

The LES relaxes at inappropriate times if the pressure inside the stomach is high. The valve cannot hold up the increased pressure in the stomach, so it unlocks. Large dinners or lying down after big meals and wearing tight clothing can increase the pressure inside the stomach. Improper food combinations of proteins, starches, and sugars may also cause a lot of gas and heartburn.

If you suffer from long-term heartburn and you cannot get help from medicine that suppresses stomach acidity, there is a high possibility that you have a bile reflux. Bile reflux is not easy to treat. In this situation non-drug, natural approach can be beneficial. The goal is to find knowledgeable licensed health practitioner.

Misdiagnosis or failure to control bile reflux can result in serious problems such as stomach and duodenum inflammation, ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus; a possible precursor to esophageal cancer.

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

The Gut-Thyroid Connection

Many diseases can be traced to a breakdown in the gastrointestinal tract where 70 percent of your immune system resides. The GI tract has many important functions for overall health including digestion, nutrient absorption, elimination, detoxification, hormone metabolism and energy production. Every brain chemical known as a neurotransmitter is also found in the intestine where 99 percent of neurotransmitters are made. The GI tract is very important when achieving optimal thyroid health.

Remember that T4 (thyroxine) is inactive until it is converted into T3 (triiodothyronine) which is the active form of thyroid hormone. Twenty percent of the thyroid hormone in your body must be converted into the active form (T3) in the GI tract by the enzyme sulfatase. This is a significant percentage considering the powerful role that thyroid hormone plays in the body. This conversion of inactive thyroid hormone into active thyroid hormone in the GI tract is dependent on healthy colonies of beneficial bacteria. An imbalance in the ratios of bacteria in the GI tract (dysbiosis) can lead to low thyroid function. This explains why so many patients with thyroid hormone imbalance also have digestive problems and normal thyroid blood chemistry panels.

In addition, there is another mechanism in the GI tract that can lead to low thyroid function. Your digestive tract is lined with lymph (immune) tissue known as GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue). Stress to the GALT from food sensitivities, undigested proteins, leaky gut, and infections from bacteria, yeast and parasites can cause a major stress response which raises cortisol production by the adrenal glands. Cortisol will cause a shift in thyroid hormone metabolism increasing the inactive form of T3 known as reverse T3. Approximately twenty percent of thyroid hormone is converted into the inactive reverse T3 but this percentage will be even higher if there is an offending agent in the GI tract.

Chronic elevations in cortisol from stress will suppress the immune system in the GI tract which will lead to dysbiosis, parasites, yeast and leaky gut which then creates a vicious cycle further disrupting thyroid function. As you can see, the GI tract is extremely important in optimizing thyroid function. I have seen many patients whose thyroid function normalized after simply treating imbalances in the GI tract.

Excess estrogen in the body can suppress thyroid hormone function by binding to thyroid hormone receptor sites. The GI-Estrogen-Thyroid relationship is very important in optimizing thyroid function. The GI tract contains an enzyme called beta glucuronidase that can reactivate estrogen that has been metabolized in the liver. The metabolized form of estrogen would normally be excreted in the feces but in the face of too much beta glucuronidase, it can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream. This enzyme is dependent on optimal nutrition and healthy gut bacteria ratios. Once again we see how important healthy gut bacteria are to the health of the thyroid. Poor diet, stress, toxins, unresolved psychological issues, inadequate stomach acid production and digestive enzymes can lead to dysbiosis (abnormal bacterial ratios).

GI-Liver-Thyroid Connection

Hormones and toxins are metabolized in the liver and excreted in the feces through the GI tract. Remember that a majority of thyroid hormone is converted into its active form in the liver. When the GI tract is out of balance from dysbiosis, inflammation, leaky gut, infections or too many food allergies, this puts a major strain on the liver’s ability to metabolize hormones and thyroid-disrupting chemicals. This leads to a toxic liver impairing its ability to activate thyroid hormone. This scenario also increases the chances of thyroid-disrupting chemicals recirculating and impairing thyroid function. This continues the vicious cycle of the enzyme beta glucuronidase which undoes what the liver has done to metabolized hormones which may be reactivated and reabsorbed into the bloodstream and the liver.

When the intestinal barrier is broken, autoimmune thyroid may result. Infections such as candida, parasites and bacteria are a constant stress on the adrenal glands and also contribute to chronic inflammation. These infections must be eliminated in order to have optimal thyroid function. Your natural physician will order a stool analysis to diagnose GI infections. These tests will also tell you how well you are digesting and absorbing food, if there is inflammation and if you have sufficient beneficial bacteria to convert some of your thyroid hormone into its active form.

Determining if You Have a Digestive Problem

If you are having digestive problems, there is a good chance that it is affecting your thyroid function. Bloating after meals, gas, cramping, loose stools, constipation, burping, heartburn, and inconsistent stool formation can all be signs of a digestive problem. You can begin to see if you have digestive problems by doing an easy test at home. This is known as the transit time test.

Food should pass through your intestines in 18-24 hours. If it takes longer than twenty-four hours, there is something wrong with your digestive tract. This easy to do test can be done at home to measure food transit time.

Purchase a product called “activated charcoal” which is an inert substance and will turn your stool black or dark gray.

Swallow four capsules with a meal and write down the day and time that you take the capsules.

Observe your stool until you see black or dark gray stool appear. At this point, write down the day and the time. Look at the time that you originally swallowed the capsules and the time that you see the dark stool and write down the total time it took for this to happen. If it took longer than twenty-four hours, you have some work to do on your digestive tract. If it took less than 18 hours, that may also be a problem meaning that there is something irritating the digestive tract causing increased peristalsis.

The best way to determine if you have problems in your digestive tract is to complete a stool analysis. This will be ordered by your functional medicine physician. I recommend testing through Metametrix laboratory. They offer a profile called a GiFX Comprehensive Stool Analysis. Metametrix uses cutting edge technology for microbe detection in stool. This test will tell you if you have any infections that could be affecting the thyroid gland. It also tells you how well you are digesting food, if you are absorbing the food you are eating, if you have any yeast overgrowth, parasites, fungus, and/or mold and whether you have an inflammatory bowel versus an irritable bowel. It even tests for gluten intolerance. This test will also reveal if you have intestinal dysbiosis which is basically an imbalance in the bacterial colonies in the gut. This test is vital for everyone who has autoimmune thyroiditis because of the possible infectious triggers in the gut.

How to Address Imbalances in a Stool Analysis

If there are any imbalances found in the stool analysis, the following guidelines should be followed:

2. Perform the “4 R’s” of gastrointestinal dysfunction:

Remove: Eliminate known food allergens such as gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, etc. Blood testing can pinpoint food reactions. Alcohol, caffeine and NSAIDS should be avoided as well. A stool analysis will diagnose infections that can be eliminated with natural medicines or medications.

Repair: Supplements to repair the intestinal barrier are taken.

Replace: Hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes offer digestive support.

Reinoculate: Probiotics that contain friendly bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacter are taken to reinoculate proper bacterial colonies.

Juicing Safely: 18 Avoidable Hazards of Fruit and Vegetable Juicing

There is so much juice recipe information and nutritional advice on the internet, and it can be hard to sort out what is legitimate from what is not. Everyone knows that fresh fruit and vegetable juices can be powerful “medicine” for a range of diseases, but not everyone knows that those people who have health conditions or diseases need to take care when juicing.

Finding reputable information sources and checking with a healthcare professional before juicing is recommended. Juicing is generally safe and healthy but it’s important to consider some of the potential hazards so that you can avoid them.

1. Certain raw fruits and vegetables may be contaminated with food-borne pathogens such as E. coli or salmonella. However, this is much more rare than such contaminations in animal products. To be safe, fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly scrubbed before cutting or juicing, and people with compromised immune systems or who are pregnant should stay away from especially susceptible foods such as sprouts.

2. Blood thinners such as Warfarin can have their effectiveness reduced if the patient consumes too much Vitamin K. Because of this, people on blood thinner should avoid consuming the juices of broccoli, carrot, wheatgrass, cranberries, kale, and other fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin K.

3. Garlic is considered a blood-thinner. Very high doses should not be consumed by pregnant or recently postpartum women, nor by any patient before or after surgery.

4. Onion and pomegranate can also amplify the effects of anticoagulant medications, so individuals taking these medications should consult a healthcare professional.

5. Garlic can also interact with medications including but not limited to quinolone antibiotics, hypoglycemic medications, antihypertensive agents, and calcium channel blockers.

6. Cauliflower is not recommended for individuals with gout or high levels of uric acid due to “purine” content, a natural substance that leads to excess uric acid. Large amounts of cauliflower as well as raw cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli or Brussels sprouts should not be consumed by people with hypothyroidism. They are goitrogenic foods that may cause an increase in thyroid-stimulating hormone and potentially a goiter in people with thyroid disease.

7. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and those who take birth control pills should consult a doctor before consuming larger than normal quantities of alfalfa sprouts. Avoid alfalfa sprout and bean sprout juice if you have a hormone-sensitive condition such as certain cancers, fibroids, endometriosis, etc.

8. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid bitter gourd and wheatgrass completely. Pineapple juice is not recommended in high doses for pregnant women as it may cause uterine contractions

9. Diabetics should carefully monitor their blood glucose when consuming large amounts of alfalfa as it may lower blood glucose.

10. Bitter gourd and blueberries may cause hypoglycemia in diabetics so they also require monitoring. You may find juice recipe information indicating other concerns about juicing for diabetics, and your doctor or nutritionist may have important advice regarding how to juice safely.

11. People with kidney problems should avoid asparagus and eggplant juice.

12. If you are on a low-potassium diet, consult your doctors before consuming large amounts of pear juice.

13. Those with kidney stones should avoid large quantities of beets, eggplant, concord grapes, kiwi, plum, other vegetables and fruits high in oxalic acid.

14. Cranberries can cause excess uric acid and calcium in the urine, increasing the chance of calcium-oxalate stone formation.

15. Spinach should be avoided by people with hepatitis, rheumatism, intestinal inflammations, gallstones and kidney stones. Strawberries and excessive amounts of sweet potato should be avoided by people with gallstone and kidney stones, as well.

16. If you suffer from gallstones, have a bleeding disorder, or take a blood-thinning medication (including aspirin) do not consume ginger before consulting a doctor. It can contribute to the thinning of the blood.

17. Grapefruit is notorious for interacting with a number of medications. Rather than making the medications less effective, in many cases grapefruit increases their efficacy which can lead to overdoses. Grapefruit interacts with statins, some chemotherapy agents, Buspar, certain beta blockers, fexofenadine, carbamazepine, certain anti-retrovirals, some immunosuppressants, sertraline and cyclosporine.

18. You can easily avoid whichever juices might cause bad reactions for you. Search for juice recipe information for fruits and vegetables you know you can safely consume, and then combine those fruits and vegetables creatively. Delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetable juices are just moments away.

Interdigital Cysts Treatment In Dogs

The interdigital cysts treatment in dogs can be simple, easy and carried out without the services of a veterinarian. But first, let’s examine what it is.

An interdigital cyst is self explanatory when you understand the medical words. It’s a swelling between the toes. Another name for it is an interdigital furuncle.

Some breeds appear to be more disposed to this that others. But the cause can be from a variety of factors. Being on the foot, the first cause could be from something the dog walked on, such as a splinter or a sharp stone. A grass seed may be the cause.

In those breeds that are predisposed to this condition, it’s more likely to be an ingrown hair from bristly fur, such as with bulldogs and labradors.

When anyone has sustained an injury, the body goes into action. The swelling, or the cyst/furuncle, is the body’s way of isolating the problem. But is can be painful and inflammatory.

As bacteria is used by the body to help heal the problem, antibiotics are the first part of treatment vets use. But this does nothing for the cause. And antibiotics, along with other veterinary medication, is toxic to the liver and lowers the immune system. Digestive problems are a common consequence after antibiotic use.

Natural interdigital cysts treatment comes from a variety of sources. You can use a rather lengthy procedure, that also takes time and patience. You can soak the foot in warm water with Epsom’s salts for around 10 mins several times a day, followed by another soak in diluted hydrogen peroxide (that which is made for healing).

The healing may take several days to complete and show rather slow improvement, but it doesn’t have side effects and can be effective.

A much easier way is to use homeopathy. If you are new to homeopathy, then it is best to start by seeing a holistic vet who uses homeopathy as their primary method of treatment. Or a homeopath who treats animals.

If you already use homeopathy for yourself and have some experience in using the common remedies at home, then start by looking at common injury remedies. If they don’t appear to help, consider the remedies that help expel foreign objects.

Once you find the right remedy, not only will your dog be very happy to take it, the infection, the pain and the swelling will diminish quickly.

Learn to appreciate that your dog can help you select the right remedy. Remember, he knows what happened to his foot, whereas you may not. He knows what the remedies do for him, you don’t. Learn to work with him, rather than assume you or a professional practitioner knows best. Your dog knows best.

This way of your dog’s interdigital cysts treatment is enlightening, fast, empowering, gets to the cause, has no side effects and is inexpensive. Can you ever ask for more?

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Is Thrush Contagious? Yes! And it Can Spread Like Wild Fire

If you want to know if thrush is contagious, you probably have Candida or what is more commonly know as a yeast infection. Thrush is very contagious and it is usually spread through sexual activity. It is not considered a sexually transmitted disease or STD because you can get it without sexual contact.

Thrush is not only contagious it can spread to other parts of your body. Besides spreading on your body it can also spread to a sex partners body. So you need to stop having sex until it is cured or you might just keep passing it back and forth to each other and never get rid of it.

Thrush is a type of yeast infection and if you’ve got it you know it. If you think you might be getting it, you need to take measures to make sure you don’t get it. The symptoms of a yeast infection are burning, itching and discharge in the genital area. Both men and women can get it. It is definitely not a day at the beach for either party.

Besides sexual activity, it can be spread to a baby if the mom is infected and nursing. A problem for babies is that they are very susceptible because their immune systems are not fully developed. Also, the baby can get it through a diaper rash and can possibly spread it to the mom during breast feeding.

If you use some simple and common sense precautions you can keep from spreading it or it spreading to you.

Complete Guide to Hepatitis C

Infectious diseases have always been afflicting humankind since, well, humans existed. These infectious organisms are not always winning the battle. All of them have one thing in common – not all their victims succumb to their morbid or lethal effects. In fact humans always strive to eliminate these insidious agents and we have actually been successful in eradicating smallpox from the face of the Earth. Our next target is the stamping out of polio.

Both these diseases are caused by viruses and only with the aid of vaccines can we eliminate these agents. A disease can only be eliminated with vaccines if the infecting agent circulates among humans exclusively. If it is infects other animals it is impossible to vaccinate these animals therefore we can never attain eradication.

Unfortunately, hepatitis C is not an infectious disease for which a vaccine is available, yet. This means that we will have to learn how to live with hepatitis C without yielding to it. Hepatitis C is considered a lifestyle disease so we can prevent being infected by practicing a safe lifestyle. What do we need to take heed of to prevent being infected? Here is a list of points to be conscious of while going about our daily chores.

  • Use screened blood if transfusion is needed
  • Wear rubber gloves is you are a health care provider and get trained on how to handle hepatitis C patients
  • Do not share instruments e.g., syringes, toothbrush and razor blades
  • Take precautions against contact with someone else’s blood
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. Being infected with either or both of these other hepatitis diseases will increase the chances of hepatitis C infection.

Here are some things that a hepatitis C patient should practice:

  • Modify your diet. Some food types are unsuitable as they tax the liver excessively
  • Abstain from alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid anal sex or any sexual acts that could cause exchange of blood
  • Avoid multiple sexual partners
  • Avoid body piercing, tattooing and acupuncture so as to prevent further transmission
  • Discuss with your dentist your situation before your appointment

There is a seventy percent probability that hepatitis C patients can be cured with the use of a cocktail of drugs. It involves a weekly injection and a twice-a-day regime of tablets for between 24 to 48 weeks. This combination therapy is not recommended for the following groups of people:

  • Those with depression
  • Alcoholics
  • Pregnant women
  • Untreated thyroid diseases
  • Those with kidney and heart conditions

Liver Disease Symptoms – 10 Signs You Have Liver Disease

Did you know that of the top causes of death and disability liver disease is the only cause that has consistently grown over the last few decades? And that over one third of all people in the Western world suffer from liver disease and don’t know it?

Most people in this condition suffer from mild liver disease. Symptoms are not specific to the liver and most of the time people attribute it to sloppiness, tiredness, diet, or genetics.

If you suffer from two or more of the following symptoms chances are you suffer from some form of liver disease.

Excess body weight. Because the liver is in control of your body’s metabolic rate, when there is liver disease your metabolism is impaired. This often leads to obesity (and extreme weight loss in later stages). When people go on normal diets they will lose some weight but because their liver is not healthy their metabolic rate will go down and weight loss soon stops – the famous weight loss plateaus.

Bad breath. When your metabolism is impaired your body has to resort to alternative ways of producing energy. These processes produce byproducts which are expelled by your mouth, producing bad breath, no matter how many times you brush your teeth.

Circles under the eyes. It is not clear why liver disease causes circles under the eyes, but people who heal their liver will lose them, so there is a connection.

Diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. More results from an unhealthy metabolism. Sugars won’t be handled properly as response to insulin diminishes, fat will pile up in your arteries, and your heart and brain will suffer.

Headaches and a foggy mind. Without proper energy sources and due to the pile up of toxic substances (which your liver was supposed to get rid of) brain cells won’t work properly causing a foggy mind and headaches. Some doctors believe that liver disease can cause Alzheimer’s disease, though no studies have shown a link.

Tiredness. No energy… Are you starting to see a pattern?

Feeling bloated. Besides controlling your metabolism and getting rid of toxic substances, your liver is also responsible for secreting bile, which is necessary to absorb fat. When it malfunctions it produces less bile and the excess fat is digested by bacteria, which secrete gas in the process, thus making you feel bloated.

12 Known Complications of Fracture

Fracture can also be accompanied by some forms of complications especially when they are not well managed, or when the impact on the surrounding tissues is much.

Some of the possible complications of fracture include:

1. Bleeding: Fracture involves injury to the bone as well as the surrounding blood vessels. This brings about severe bleeding.

2. Shock: Prolong profuse bleeding can lead to hypovolaemic shock. Shock can also result from excessive pain.

3. Mal-union: The broken bone ends may not be in proper apposition and heal resulting in bad alignment or mal-union. The broken ends of the bone may override each other.

4. Stiffness: Stiffness may occur after healing of the fracture. For example fracture of the wrist or ankle.

5. Gangrene: Gangrene or death of the part can occur as a result of injury to the artery supplying the part which gives rise to oxygen and nutrients deprivation. Over tight plaster of Paris or splint which is employed to correct the fracture can also lead to gangrene.

6. Shortening of limb: Shortening of limb can occur with some kinds of fracture such as fracture of the neck of the femur or with impacted fracture if no proper reduction is done before healing takes place.

7. Infection: Infection can easily set into compound or open fracture leading to inflammation of the bone marrow (osteomyelitis).

8. Non-union: Some broken bone ends may refuse to reunite. This is common with comminuted fracture especially when there are tissue or blood clot in-between the fragments of the bone.

9. Paralysis: Paralysis is usually due to injury to the nerve that is supplying the affected area e.g. Paralysis of the arm as a result of injury to the radial nerve.

10. Hypostatic pneumonia: This type of complication occurs especially in elderly patients who are on traction. Their inability to move around or failure to carry out respiratory exercises leads to congestion in the lungs, poor circulation, as well as inflammation and bacterial growth. This results in hypostatic pneumonia.

11. Renal calculi: Prolong stay in bed could lead to development of kidney stones (renal calculi) resulting from precipitation of uric acid.

12. Bed sores: Bed sores develop when there is prolong stay in one position in bed. Blood supply to the underlying tissues is impaired resulting in their death and occurrence of sores.

Parasites-How Do You Know if You Have Worms and What to Do About Them

I had a client a while back who had this question for me: “I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting menstrual cramps the last few months and I don’t usually have them. Can you tell me what you think it is?”

It was determined, strangely or not so strangely enough, that the cause of those menstrual cramps was parasites! And this isn’t the only disease caused, in part, by parasites. Read on…

I recommend for her, and for you, that you worm both your pets and yourselves about twice a year.

I’ve tried natural wormers over the years–actually LOTS of natural wormers such as: garlic, cloves, black walnut, cilantro, wormwood, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, diatomaceous earth, Rascal, Zymex, Vermifuge, several other natural wormer formulas and homeopathics, but nothing seems that effective. I’ve even tried the Hulda Clarke “Zapper” (which does not work by the way, because the voltage of the thing is not strong enough to penetrate the fecal material within the bowels–save your money by not purchasing or building one!) I am sorry to report (as a naturopath) that studies show these herbal treatments are only about 20% effective. The Certified Organic organization says when all else fails, use ivermectin (which is not organic in any way), but have you seen the list of side affects to that particular product? Three pages long!

I will say that when a client comes to me, I ask them if they have any cravings. One sure sign they are “wormy” is when they tell me they crave cloves. Clove oil has been shown to penetrate the egg and kill it where the other herbs only kill the adults. Herbs that kill parasites are often found in herbal cancer formulas because parasites are often a core cause of that particular disease.

One reason why I push so much for routine worming is that the medical field often misses this diagnosis–especially if you don’t have a history of traveling outside the United States where parasites are often a big issue. I love working in my garden and often I am an open-mouth breather when I’m working up the soil. We also live in a windy area and dirt from the wheat and grass fields is often in the air. I try to wash my hands frequently, but anyone who works in the dirt knows that it’s nearly impossible to keep from getting it on you.

Another reason why I stay on top of the worm situation is that worms carry viruses into our body. Some of these viruses can cause cancer, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and a host of other horrid diseases.

In my opinion, the safest, cheapest, easiest, most effective way to worm yourself and your pets of the most common worms (roundworms–also called strongyles, thread worms, pinworms, ascarids) is to go to the local feed store and get a bottle of horse or dog roundwormer–Equi-Phar, ProTal, Strongid-T, and Nemex are all trade names of Pyrantel Pamoate. I say this because when you ask your doctor for a wormer, they usually tell you there is no need for you to be wormed. Make sure it says Pyrantel Pamoate on the label and nothing else added. Combination wormers are not always needed and not always safe.

Dosage: Use the dose of 5-10 mg/kilogram bodyweight (about 1 ml/5 to 10 pounds of a 50mg/ml solution) of bodyweight for dogs and humans and 1 ½ ml/5 to 10 pounds for cats. One teaspoon is 5 ml or cc (ml and cc are the same unit of volume). If you are not good at math, you’ll want to double-check that you are taking the correct dosage. Although this wormer is so safe that you can take 40 times the amount with no harmful side effects, you don’t want to under dose. And, “If a little is good, a LOT is not necessary better.” The most common side effect is nausea so take this product with something on your stomach like a small meal or a few crackers.

One dose is all it takes, but you may have to give a second dose 7-10 days after the first dose for the initial worming or if the wormload is quite large. I use this once a year now for myself as I have had a history of heart palpitations (another symptom associated with parasites.) The worms will be dead within 20 minutes. You won’t feel anything and should have no side-effects. You won’t see anything pass into the toilet as a general rule but if you are wondering about what is passing, a photo often helps. Often people will mistake intestinal shreds for flatworms or tapeworms and undigested food for parasites. This wormer will not kill those types of parasties. Occasionally I see a pet get nauseated with an overdose, but in 30 years, I have never seen any other side-effect.

Will store-bought wormer work the same? No. Many stores still carry Piperazine wormer which has been so overused that it is no longer an effective wormer. Piperazine is often marketed as a “monthly” wormer in the pet sections. I once saw a litter of eight puppies in full seizure who had just been wormed that week with piperazine. Imagine eight cute little Golden Retreiver puppies laying on their sides shaking. It was horrifying! I immediately wormed them with Pyrantel and the worms just flowed out their little rectums and the seizures stopped within 20 minutes. It was incredible to watch!

If the product you purchase contains a tapeworm medicine (like clorpyriphos which is an organophosphate wormer), that may cause some serious side affects. Never use these store bought wormers on pregnant animals. The animal’s guts can contract so strongly to pass the worms that they can rupture their uterus and die. Always get tapeworm medicine from your doctor or veterinarian as we carry much safer brands than the grocery or feed stores do. Tobacco plug is also not safe. Don’t use it.

How do you get worms? We pick up worms from some of the things we eat, from the dirt, and from the dust we breathe in. Eating dirt is a sign of iron deficiency. We should talk if you are doing that… I got pin worms when I was a little girl by eating a mud pie (my friend said she’d give me a nickel if I did it!) Pinworms are the equivalent of cat and dog roundworms, only they are a different species of worm so are not passed from us to them and vice-versa. See more on that below.

Most adults (pets and people) have enough enzymes in their mouths to break down most of the eggs coming in through our mouths and nose, our stomach acids break down even more, but some eggs get by both of those back-up systems where they hatch, find a home, and grow into adults within about 10-14 days in our small intestine. After 14 days, these adult parasites are producing more eggs–millions of them in their lifetime. Yuk!

We see worms most commonly in baby animals and humans because their salivary enzymes are not as strong, the hydrochloric stomach acids have not been totally developed yet, and because they have oral fixations and put lots of things into their mouths–they ingest more dirt than adults. Their immune systems cannot keep up with that. The “load” (number of worms) gets so great in the small intestine that it spills over into the large intestine and into the stomach. This is why it is so common to see babies either vomit worms or poop them out. Because adults have a better immune system, the load is controlled and the worms like the environment of the small intestine, so that is where they stay. We may still have worms, but it is not as evident as it was when we were young children (or pets under a year of age.)

How do you know if you should take a wormer?

Signs of roundworms include, fevers, cough, wheezing, stomach problems, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping, appendicitis, gas, bloating, increased cramping (menstrual), heart palpitations, pain in the lower right quadrant that comes and goes (spasms in the ileocecal valve), itchy anus’, dry lusterless hair with split ends, seizures, pica appetite (often for sugar), clear mucous strands in the stool (yes you should be looking at it each time you go! And yes, I will ask you what it looks like if you ever consult with me.) People and animals with lots of parasites also have big bellies and lots of diameter below the belly button caused from the intestines losing their tone. Most times worms can be diagnosed by looking at the bowel contents under a microscope or doing a blood test, but not always. Protozooal parasites such as giardia are often missed.

Can I get roundworms and tapeworms from my pets?

Good question, and I get that a lot. If you worm your pets regularly, you won’t have this problem. Dog and cat worms are different than most human worms. There are only a few species of worms that are zoonotic (passed from your dogs and cats to you)–one of those is Toxoplasma cati, which is passed to the human from cat feces and causes blindness in children. But, the Pyrantel Pamoate kills that and if you clean the litter box every day, the probability of that being passed is nearly nil. Giardia lamblia, an intestinal protozoal parasite can be passed to you through your pet as well, but mostly humans get Giardia from drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated lettuce or water chestnuts. Mange is NOT passed from animals to humans and neither are head lice or public lice. Tapeworms are not transferred from dogs and cats to people (but they are from fish and some farm animals). Tapeworms are treated with different drugs than roundworms.

Ring worm is not actually a parasitic worm. It is really a fungus and that, too, can be passed from your pets to you. We have fantastic homeopathic drops for that, but keeping the area scrubbed and applying iodine to it can help. Also keeping your immune system and that of your pet healthy with good high-quality foods helps immensely.

Well, that’s worms in a nutshell (or in this case, an intestine!) Appetizing, eh?

Food Safety – Bacteria and Time

Time and Binary Fission.

Binary fission literally means splitting into two and is the term for how bacteria grow or multiply. Under ideal conditions bacterial cells will double in size every 10 to 20 minutes. Large numbers of bacteria can grow in a very short period of time, for example, one bacterial cell can become 1 billion in as little as five hours and seriously compromise food safety.

Spores.

Spores are a resistant resting stage of two bacterial genera, namely Clostridia and Bacilli. Examples of these two genera have already been covered, C perfringens, C botulinum and B cereus. Further examples of non-food safety spores include B anthracis (Anthrax) and C tetani (Tetanus). Spores can survive high temperatures, up to 3500°C, which is equivalent to the temperature of a rocket’s thrust. They can survive very low temperatures down to as little as -150°C. They can survive chemicals such as disinfectants and they can survive dehydration. Spores are very difficult to kill, in fact spores have been known to exist for millions of years. Several years ago scientists found spores in the intestines of bees that had been preserved in amber. The age of the bees was estimated at 42 million years. The spores were extracted from the intestines and revived. Spores are harmless under most circumstances apart from infant botulism, which was described earlier. Spores are only a problem when they germinate and prove to be a food safety hazard. Think of spores as dried, un-germinated seeds. If kept dry they will survive indefinitely and not cause a problem. Spores are problem when they germinate because they will then vegetate as bacterial cells. We ingest spores on a daily basis, via the environment and on our food. As we have an acidic stomach, the spores will not germinate and will pass through our GI tract to be excreted. In a very young infant’s stomach, the parietal cells, which excrete the hydrochloric acid for digestion, have not yet fully developed and the spores would germinate, vegetate and cause poisoning.

The spore forming bacteria are a problem in the canning industry. For example, if C botulinum spores are present in a sealed can of food they could germinate and vegetate. Clostridia are the only bacteria that do not need oxygen or air to grow. Therefore in the sealed can, which is a vacuum, spores can germinate and grow to large numbers in a short period of time affecting food safety. As the bacteria grow they release waste materials called toxins, in this case Botox, a deadly neurotoxin. The canning industry have come up with a way of destroying C botulinum spores. They use a commercial sterilisation temperature of 121°C for at least 3 min. This time temperature combination will destroy the spores.

For further information and details of food safety courses contact Food Safety Training

Acid Reflux – Diet and Foods to Avoid

Acid Reflux

The muscle lining the lower esophagus (the tube carrying food from the throat to the stomach) opens for passage of food and liquid to stomach and otherwise remains closed so as to prevent stomach acid reflux from reaching the esophagus. When this muscle with such specialized function for some reasons gets weakened, stomach acid is pushed back into esophagus causing symptoms like heartburn, chest pain and regurgitation. If the stomach juice gets into the respiratory tract, cough, hoarse throat and respiratory problems can occur. This problem of weakening of the esophageal muscle known as Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is caused due to various factors including certain kinds of food.

Diet

The diet to prevent or control acid reflux constitutes basic foods like cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products. Some individuals may not tolerate the citric acid present in foods like tomato and orange and for them use of a vitamin C supplement is recommended. The recommended food groups for controlling acid reflux include all kinds of vegetables, fruits like apple, banana, melon and berries and low fat or fat free milk and yogurt. In fact, the diet should be free from fats and oils and fish, meat, chicken, bread, grains, soups, sweets and desserts in the diet should have low fat content. Among beverages, herbal non-mint decaffeinated tea is recommended besides plenty of water and fruit juices without citrus.

What to Avoid

The esophageal muscles are weakened by nicotine and so avoid tobacco. Hard candy and chewing gum should be avoided as they involve swallowing more air leading to burping and reflux. Whole milk, chocolate, fast foods and oily, creamed, fried or fatty foods aggravate the reflux condition and hence need to be avoided. Taking caffeinated or citrus foods and drinks should also be limited as they irritate the esophagus inflammation. Cream-based soups, carbonated beverages and foods like sausage and bacon need to be kept out of the acid influx preventive diet.

How Long Will It Take to Heal Acid Reflux?

It is important to treat your acid reflux before it causes any serious complications. However, the type of treatment and how long will it take to heal acid reflux varies from person to person. Meaning you need to find the right treatment option that will work for you.

Everyone responds differently to treatment based on how severe their GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) condition is, and how their body reacts to treatment. So, what works for one individual may not for another. Likewise, how long will it take to heal acid reflux depends on how well a person responds to treatment and the severity of GERD. Therefore, for many acid reflux sufferers, discovering the treatment best suited to their specific needs is often a process of elimination, and may result in a combination of treatments.

There are many different types of treatment options. The following is a breakdown of the most common methods:

Lifestyle change – This is the most recommended treatment when it comes to healing acid reflux because it is simply a matter of changing habits to prevent acid reflux such as avoiding foods that trigger acid reflux, improving eating habits, maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise, reducing stress, avoid eating before bed, etc.

Traditional medicine – There are three main medication types used to treat and prevent acid reflux and they include:

1. Antacids (I.E. Tums, Gaviscon, etc.) – they work by neutralizing stomach acid and can be beneficial for those who suffer from occasional heartburn.

2. H2 -receptor antagonists (I.E. Zantac, Pepcid, etc.) – neutralize acid by preventing stomach cells from producing acid and is stronger than an antacid. Tends to benefit GERD sufferers who do not suffer from additional complications such as ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus.

3. Proton Pump Inhibitors (I.E. Prilosec, Nexium, etc.) – Highly effective at stopping the production of acid, and also helps to heal an inflamed esophagus. They are ideal for GERD sufferers who have complications.

It’s difficult to determine how long will it take to heal acid reflux when it comes to traditional medicine, because many of these medications are not meant to be taken for long-term treatment.

Alternative medicine – There are various alternative medicines, but three commonly used to treat GERD are:

1. Traditional Chinese Medicine. This primarily includes the ancient practices of acupressure and acupuncture. Both techniques involve manipulating specific acupoints in the body as prescribed by ancient Chinese medicine. By applying pressure or inserting needles in to the specific acupoints that are connected to the symptoms one is experiencing, it is believed that the meridian system that exists within the body known as Yin, Yang and Qi can be brought into alignment and allow the body to heal itself. The techniques are virtually the same, except that acupuncture uses thin needles, while fingers, knuckles and elbows are used to apply pressure to acupoints in acupressure.

2. Homeopathy. This alternative therapy works to treat an individual based on their mental, physical, and personal characteristics. A GERD sufferer will be treated based on their specific symptoms, not their condition. Therefore, no two GERD sufferers will be prescribed the same course of treatment. Homeopathic remedies are made from natural plant, animal and mineral substances.

3. Herbal remedies. This is an alternative treatment that uses various plant and plant parts for medicinal purposes. Popular herbal remedies for GERD include, but are not limited to:

– Chamomile

– Clove

– Ginger root

– Licorice

– Turmeric

Herbs are commonly ingested in the form of tea but can be sold fresh, dried, or in powder, tablet, and pill form. They can usually be found in health food stores or sold from an herbalist.

When pursuing alternative treatment it is imperative that you find a qualified and experienced professional for the specific treatment you are seeking. Furthermore, if you are wondering how long will it take to heal acid reflux with an alternative remedy, it depends on the specific symptoms you are experiencing.

Remember, you must be patient when healing acid reflux, as it takes time, often months before there is any real improvement. Furthermore, healing is all about preventing the recurrence of acid reflux. There is no treatment that cures GERD indefinitely; acid reflux can continue to occur if you do not maintain your methods of prevention.

Finally, regardless of the treatment method you use, you should first consult your doctor to receive professional advice on how long will it take to heal acid reflux, and also so he/she can monitor your progress or provide you with new treatment ideas if you have trouble finding treatment that works.