The Biggest Key to Rehabbing an Ankle Sprain Fast

There is normally only one thing that keeps an athlete from starting rehab and it is…swelling at the ankle joint.

So in order to start rehab right away (after the doctor has confirmed that you do not have any structural damage such as torn ligaments or broken bones) you must get the swelling down.

Most doctors push the RICE program – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

This method is fine if you are a couch potato, but most people who are active want to take action to get their ankle rehabilitated.

Ice is critical to reducing swelling and using an ice whirlpool definitely has advantages over just ice in a bucket because heat is taken away from the ankle so much faster.

But ice is not enough…you must use the muscles and a biomechanical movement to force the swelling out of the ankle joint.

The problem with moving your ankle to reduce swelling is the pain that you are experiencing as a result of your injury. The pain keeps you from moving your ankle and foot which the very thing that will help you get better faster. 

One place that you can start movement which will help you get the swelling out is moving your foot in large circles and up and down while you have it in the ice bath. 

The ice is used as an anesthetic, it really doesn’t help to reduce swelling other than constricting blood vessels so there is less blood going into the damaged area. 

Movement of your ankle is the key. The more you move it (especially when you are bearing your own weight) the faster the swelling will go down and the faster you can get started on rehabbing it. 

You don’t have to settle for the R.I.C.E. protocol. You can accelerate your healing.

I’ve recently created 8 videos that answer questions most people ask when they sprain their ankles. You can find them on Youtube. Just go the following link: Sprained Ankle Videos

All of the videos are free and they may help you understand how to get your ankle back in shape as fast as possible.

Good luck and fast rehabbing…

Rhinoplasty Makeup Tips For Women For After Surgery

Rhinoplasty is one of the safest and generally most satisfying plastic surgeries in the market today. The results can be dramatic and long-lasting. Yet, in order to get to those perfected results, you have to wait through several weeks or a few months before all the swelling subsides. It can be even a year until the final product is revealed. What is a girl required to do in the mean time? Fortunately there is a whole slough of camouflaging cosmetics in the market that can help conceal any bruising and discolorations until your nose completely heals.

The most common side effects of rhinoplasty are swelling, bruising, discoloration, and the presence of incision scars. These are natural results of the surgery and are the body’s way of telling you that something traumatic just happened and that your body is trying to fix it. Still, you do not want everyone else paying more attention to your healing nose than they do to you. To minimize awkward stares you will need some good cosmetics.

First, you can start with some concealer to cover up bruises and incision lines. Concealers are nice and thick, much thicker than foundation, and can basically erase some of the rhinoplasty-related blemishes. Make sure to find one that very closely matches your skin color and that is hypoallergenic to avoid further irritating your skin. Also choose a concealer that is waterproof to give you the look that lasts all day. After applying the concealer to your bruises and scars, it is usually best to apply a layer of your regular foundation for a more finished presentation.

If you have any discoloration of the skin around the surgery area, your best bet may be color correctors. These are specifically designed to hide the unsightly colors that accompany bruising. If you have a yellowish bruise, try a lavender corrector. For redder discolorations, apply green corrector. Be sure to finish with a layer of your own foundation to smooth out the colors.

There are also ways to disguise the swelling that will typically last for few weeks. One common technique is to use different shades of foundation to create contouring or lights and shadows. If you want to make your swollen nose look narrower, apply a strip of foundation two shades lighter than your regular one down the center of your nose. Then apply strips of foundation that are two shades darker than your regular one along the sides of your nose. Blend them together as best as you can. This should produce an illusion of a thinner nose line, camouflaging any temporary fatness or inflammation.

Before you try any of these techniques, be sure to get your surgeons approval. Usually you will be allowed to start wearing makeup just a few days after your procedure, but you may have to wait until your stitches have been removed to start covering up the incision lines. When you do start using makeup again, make sure your applicators are clean and that your products are non-oily and hypoallergenic. Be consistent and diligent in completely removing the makeup with toner and cleaning your face each night. The last thing you want is to inadvertently create an infection in the nose, prolonging the swelling, bruising, and overall recovery period.

With proper know-how and application, makeup can be a very effective tool in helping you look your best, right after your rhinoplasty procedure. Camouflaging cosmetics can allow you to feel comfortable going back to work and moving in your normal social circles again.

Calculate Back Injury Compensation Claim Amount!

If you have met with an accident due to the negligence of someone, you can make a claim. The amount of compensation, you can receive depends on several factors. It depends on the type of injury you have suffered, the place where the injury occurred, the amount of losses or damages you have suffered, etc. Even though, the amount of compensation for each injury varies dramatically, accident claims specialists can give you an approximate idea of the amounts of compensation you can claim. You can use a claim amount calculator to get an estimate of the amount of compensation you can receive.

This tool can help you give a fair estimate of the amount of compensation you can receive.

The claims solicitors can make a more realistic estimate of how much you are likely to receive. They can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim too which will not cost you a single penny. You can even get 100% compensation for the injuries suffered. Accident claims specialists have helped many claimants get compensation quickly. The specialist can guide a claimant how to make a claim, the documents to be furnished to make a claim, under what circumstances you can make a claim, etc. They will answer any of your claims queries. The specialists will also discuss the circumstances under which you have suffered an injury and let you know how much you can claim.

Many people suffer with back ache. Back injuries are caused by a wide variety of accidents or poor posture. There are four main causes of back pain. Facet syndrome is caused by sudden excessive movement. This often causes pain on one side of the spine only. Sacro Iliac Joint Dysfunction is caused by a traumatic incident which affects the joints at the back of the pelvis. Slipped discs generally occur in the lower lumber region of the spine and stress fractures of the lower spine also cause lower back pain.

Apart from this, there are other causes also which cause back pain. An accident at work may also cause back pain. This often happens due to lifting and manual handling injuries. Such injuries can occur because employers have not provided a safe working environment. Road traffic accidents can also lead to back ache. If you are the victim of a road traffic accident and have suffered a back injury, you are entitled for compensation. If it can be proved that the injuries have resulted due to the negligence of someone, you can get compensation for the same.

Pancreatic Disorders and SIBO

If you suffer from excessive gas, constant bloating, abdominal distension, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and/or you possible took many courses of the antibiotics, and you are weak and depressed, you have symptoms of the SIBO.

SIBO is an acronym for the Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. The small intestine in adults is a long and narrow tube chamber connects the stomach to the colon. It is considered that the human small intestine is ten times longer than the length of the body.

The digestion process mainly occurs in the small intestine. Ninety percent of the fats, fifty percent of the proteins and carbohydrates split up by pancreatic digestive enzymes on tiny molecules, which can go through the small intestine’s wall into the system so the human organism can use them for energy, building its own cells and system, and for life support.

Normally, there is low amount of the microorganisms in the small intestine. Otherwise, harmful hungry invaders would eat our food and constituents in the food that keep a human body healthy and starve us. The human organism has a many-level complicated system to keep the beginning of the small intestine -duodenum almost sterile.

1. All bacteria, yeasts and parasites, which we can obtain from food and water, move to the stomach. There we have the first strong guard of the GI tract. Gastric acid destroys many of the microorganisms. High acidity in the stomach kills the microorganisms; little can survive passage through this hostile milieu. On the other hand, bacteria, yeast, and parasites may pass through, flourish, and cause many health troubles, especially, if the stomach acid is suppressed, or low amount of the gastric acid is produced.

2. Some of the bacteria, yeasts, and parasites, which survive in the stomach, travel into the duodenum – the beginning of the small intestine. When the acidic, semi digested foods escape from the stomach into the duodenum, a flow of bile forces from the gallbladder, while the pancreas releases lots of pancreatic juice at the same time, which are extremely alkaline in nature. Severe alkaline condition kills microorganisms. Normally, pancreatic juice has very strong antimicrobial activity thus the pancreatic digestive enzymes digest the unwanted visitors such as microbes, yeast, viruses, and parasites. Antimicrobial pancreatic juice makes the milieu inside the small intestine clear from the microbes and yeast. Pancreatic juice loses its antimicrobial actions when it instead of be alkaline, is getting acidic. Whole body acidity, pancreatitis, liver, and gallbladder disorders, Candida-yeast overgrowth, alcoholism decrease the activity of the digestive pancreatic enzymes so the bad bacteria can thrive into the duodenum.

3. In healthy conditions, there is no chance for microorganisms to survive in the small intestine. 2.5 quarts of bile and pancreatic juice, in addition about 2 quarts (1.8 liters) of intestinal juice are released into the small intestine daily. This “river” flashes the bacteria, yeasts, and parasites out of the small intestine so they cannot colonize the gut. To keep this mechanism the body needs to be well hydrated. Chronic constipation usually shows that flashing activity of the gut is low and there is environment for bad bacteria to multiply.

4. In every meal, new groups of foreign invaders come into the small intestine making the immune system “fight” with them. The healthy immune system fights and kills the unfriendly microorganisms inside the small intestine. If too much of the microbes, yeast, viruses, and parasites are inside the gut the immune system becomes exhausted. Bad diet, whole body acidity, food allergy, some medications and drugs, alcohol and smoking, diabetes, chemotherapy, AIDS, Candida-yeast overgrowth, etc, make the immune system overwhelmed and weak. If the resistance is getting low, bad bacteria, yeast and parasites take over the small intestine leading to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.

5. Another guard of the small intestine is friendly intestinal flora such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus that resides in the end of the small intestine, close to the colon. Friendly intestinal flora competes with bad bacteria and it does not allow them to grow. If the gentle balance between the friendly bacteria and bad bacteria, yeast and parasites is broken, many diseases occur.

It can be easy to understand now various reasons that lead to Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth – SIBO. If the stomach acidity is lessened, the exocrine pancreatic function and antibacterial action of pancreatic juice is low, there is chronic constipation, the ileocecal valve opens, our immune system is exhausted and weak, or the friendly intestinal flora is killed, then the small intestine receives the harbor of microbes, viruses, yeast, and parasites. All these factors are interrelated so the healing action has to be focus on all of them.

All “eradication”, “killing”, and “eliminating” can give temporary relieving. “Seek and Destroy” is not for this case. We can kill bacteria in the gut, but without restoring the natural ways to control the Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth; this condition will be chronic and chronic.

In almost all digestive disorders, pancreatic function is diminished. Low amount and quality of the digestive pancreatic enzymes lead to indigestion. Non digested foods, which accumulate in the gut, are fermented by bacteria and yeast with producing a lot of the gases such as hydrogen and methane. Thanks to new technology (hydrogen breath test), doctors got more information about SIBO. SIBO is relatively new diagnose but is not new condition.

European doctors have treated patients with excess gas, constant abdominal bloating and distension, diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain for the thousands of years. These symptoms are symptoms of the Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. They called this condition as dyspepsia (from the Greek dys and pepsis “digestion”), also known as upset stomach or indigestion. Many non-drug methods of the treatment indigestion have developed for this time such as herbal remedies, healing diet, acupuncture, warm bath, abdominal massage, mineral supplementation, etc.

European doctors widely used from 18th century drinking healing mineral water for dyspepsia. Most popular and scientific researched is mineral water from thermal spring from Karlovy Vary; the small town in the Czech Republic. Drinking water from the spring, or drinking the water that prepared from the genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt alleviate symptoms of indigestion. It is hard to imagine that the first medical book about Karlovy Vary healing mineral water was written in 1522. After that, European doctors published many books and articles to prove the healing actions of this water. Some of these actions are:

• Normalizing acid-alkaline balance, decrease acidity of the bile and pancreatic juice

• Increasing producing and elimination of the bile

• Increasing amount and enhancing activity of the pancreatic digestive enzymes

• Repairing the damaged gut’s walls

• Normalizing the work of the sphincter of Oddi; the valve between bile and pancreatic ducts and duodenum

• Hydration the body

• Alleviating the chronic constipation

• Promoting the growth of the friendly intestinal flora

All these actions can promote the good digestion and can restore the proper mechanisms to keep the small intestine clean from bad bacteria, yeast, and parasites. Drinking water that prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt can be beneficial in all cases of the Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, which accompany chronic pancreatitis, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, gallbladder removal, surgeries on the upper part of the abdomen including bariatric surgery (weight-loss surgery), and multiple courses of the antibiotics, steroids, and chemotherapy.

Restoration of the proper balance between friendly intestinal flora and bad bacteria and yeasts is crucial for healing SIBO. To make an analogy, it is difficult to grow roses in the garden that is full of weeds, toxic chemicals, bugs, and rodents, in the garden without good soil and proper supply of the water and nutrients. Common sense, clinical observations, and medical researches tell us that instead of focusing only on destroying the infections, it is necessary also to re-establish all possible mechanisms that naturally control the growth of opportunistic infections in the gut, especially, restore the friendly intestinal flora. Whole body cleansing with colon hydrotherapy, healing diet, herbs, and restoration of the friendly intestinal flora by living probiotics is a good first step to recovery from the SIBO. It is critical to work with a knowledgeable, licensed medical provider.

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.

Holistic Medicine Secrets – Treat Depression Naturally Before Turning To Drugs

With all the stress in this day and age, it is not uncommon for people to experience periods of depression. To deal with this problem, many are taking anti-depressant medication. Doctors are prescribing these drugs for treating symptoms caused by the epidemic of low serotonin in this country. Before turning to drugs to treat the symptoms of depression, we should treat the underlying problem, low serotonin production.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs such as Prozac and Zoloft) won’t be as effective if you are missing basic nutrients such as a Vitamin B complex, Vitamin D and Magnesium.

These SSRIs work by blocking naturally occurring biochemical processes in the body. They act as ‘dams’ in our brains, preventing the reuptake of serotonin, thus keeping the serotonin at the nerve endings. If there isn’t enough serotonin to begin with, the SSRIs won’t be as effective as they could be at improving depression and anxiety. The potential side effects of SSRIs, many of which are unknown, are a concern. Some of the more common side effects are osteoporosis, falling, low libido, monotone feeling, insomnia, weight gain. Recent studies have seen increased rates of suicide especially in children and teens!

To naturally increase the serotonin levels in your body, you should provide your body with the building blocks to produce serotonin.

1. Include adequate protein in your diet:

Serotonin is made from the amino acid, tryptophan, which we get from protein. Eating adequate amounts of dietary protein is critical. The average person requires 40-70 grams (up to 90 grams for a very active athlete) of protein daily. Eating a serving of protein the size of your fist at every meal will provide adequate protein for most people. Examples include two eggs, a chicken breast or a generous serving of beans.

2. Take daily supplements so your body can make serotonin from the tryptophan in your diet.

Magnesium malate, glycinate or citrate: 100 – 300 mg 2x per day

Vitamin B complex: 10 – 50 1-2x per day

Vitamin D: 800 to 2000 IU per day in Winter

Vitamin D: 400 to 800 IU per day in Summer

3. Support digestion by taking digestive enzymes and probiotics:

Imbalances in intestinal flora, ‘dysbiosis’, can contribute to depression by altering the immune system. Dysbiosis means there are too many bad bacteria and not enough friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. When dysbiosis is present, digestion is usually compromised to some degree.

Dysbiosis can make you tired, alter your immune system, upset your hormonal balance and can make it difficult for you to think clearly. Dysbiosis can cause anxiety, depression or mood swings. Restoring healthy balance in your gastrointestinal tract is one of the foundations of your health.

If the above suggestions do not improve your mood, the next step is to take an amino acid such as 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) which is required by the body to produce Serotonin.

5-HTP has been available for several years and has been intensely researched for the past three decades. It has been available in several European countries since the 1970s. Work with a health care professional about the best dose for you.

Warning: do not take 5-HTP if you are taking any medications that are monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)!

Remember that depression is not a Prozac deficiency. Too little protein; too much sugar, caffeine or alcohol; long standing nutrient deficiencies, and poor sleep patterns can add up to significant depression for many people. A great source of information can be found in the book called, The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, M.A.

Take the time to evaluate your lifestyle and the nutritional quality of your diet before you decide to pop a pill to make life fight depression.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and Chinese Herbs – Red Pony (Chi Shao)

Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. It is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women’s menstrual cycle, it effects a women’s physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how Chinese herbs Red pony ( Chi Shao ) effects women with PMS.

I. Definition

Red pony is a flowering plant belongs to family paeoniaceae, native to Asia , southern Europe and Western North America. It is a traditional medicine used in treating all kind of gynaecological problem. It also helps to release the blood stagnation in the abdominal region including blood stagnation in the uterus.

II. How Chinese herbs Red pony ( Chi shao ) effects women with PMS.

1. Essential oil

Red pony can be extracted and used as essential oil in treating traumatic pain associated with swelling and pain caused by inability of liver in regulating the prostaglandins family hormone, thereby, decreasing the movement the over active of uterus muscles causing pre menstrual pain and cramps.

2. Dilates peripheral blood vessels

It also contain chemical agent which helps to relax the peripheral nervous system (PNS) resides or extends outside the central nervous system resulting in lessening the nervous tension and reducing symptoms of depression, migraine headache,anxiety and emotional and physical stress.

3. Oxypaeoniflorin

It also contains oxypaeoniflorin which is a diuretics and anti oxidative thereby, reducing the risk of forming of kidney stone and improving the kidney function in urinary secretion resulting in lessening symptoms of water retention and weight gains.

4. Gastrointestine tract disorder

Red pony also helps to reduce or improve function of GI tract, thereby, increasing the digestive system in absorbing the necessary vitamins and minerals which are lacked for some women with pre menstrual syndrome.

5 Blood sugar

The traditional Chinese herbalists have used res pony to treat diabetes. It is said that red pony contains chemical agent which helps to reduce the symptom of glucose fluctuation resulting in lessening the risk of food and sugar craving.

Colon Cancer: All the General Information About Colon Cancer that You Need to Know

Colon cancer is, as its name suggests, a disease that affects the colon. The colon is a tube shaped organ, located in the abdomen, that starts at the end of the bowel and ends with the anus. It twists and turns a lot, so its length is over 4 feet. The functions of the colon are to digest the food, absorb the nutrient substances from it (proteins and aminoacids), and to create the concentrated fecal material, which is then stored and eliminated from the colon when the time comes. The end of the colon is called rectum. The rectum and the colon together form the large intestine.

When colon cancer occurs, tumors appear on the inner walls of the large intestine. There are two types of tumors – benign tumors, also called polyps, which are not dangerous, and malignant tumors, which are the cancer.

Polyps do not spread to other cells and tissues and they can be easily removed. Tumors on the other hand, can spread and cause life-threatening complications. Remember that a benign polyp will turn into a malignant tumor if it is not treated in time.

Once a colon cancer appears it will start to spread and attack other tissues and cells, and eventually it can reach the lungs or the liver and form new tumors there.

The causes of colon cancer are nor entirely known, but what is known is that some people are at a higher risk of developing colon cancer than others. Those who consume large quantities of fats and those who had a history of colon cancer in the family are most likely to get colon cancer. Smoking and alcohol also increases the risks.

The disease has almost no symptoms when it is in its early stages, and when it advances the symptoms are different from one person to another and they depend on the size of the cancer and its exact location.

The most commonly encountered symptoms of colon cancer are:

-narrow stools

-stool that contains blood

-abdominal cramps and pain

-excessive gas

-weight loss

-change in bowel habits

If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above consult a doctor as fast as you can. He will make several tests in order to establish a diagnose. Some people consider these tests to be embarrassing, because among them there are rectal exams, and fecal sample tests.

If the test results indicate colon cancer than treatment must begin as soon as possible before it spreads to other areas. The main options for colon cancer treatment are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Surgery the most popular treatment method.

The good news is that most of the people survive colon cancer, as time passes the survival rate increases. Survival depends on which stage of colon cancer the patient has. If the cancer has reached the final stage then the chances are much lower because the cancer has already spread to other distant organs of the body.

Although the treatments are improving and the survival rate is increasing colon cancer is still one of the leading cause of death, because many don’t know that they have it until they reach the final stages. It is important to pay attention to its symptoms and consult a doctor for medical advice from time to time.

Ovarian Cyst Diet – Will the Food I Eat Make a Difference?

Ovarian cysts are one of the most common ailments experienced by women today. There are many types of ovarian cysts and most of them are actually harmless, although this is a foremost cause of infertility among women. By following an ovarian cyst diet, you can take steps to eliminate this condition.

If you have been diagnosed recently with ovarian cysts, you need not worry because there are various treatments that you can take. Many of these are even capable of increasing your fertility level even with the presence of the cysts in your ovaries. However, you must follow certain diet tips alongside your treatment if you wish to maximize its effects and increase your fertility level.

It may seem unthinkable to some that food plays a role in whether a woman develops an ovarian cyst or not but it is true. The Institute of Research in Pharmacology in Italy conducted a study just recently wherein the ten-year diet of 450 ovarian cyst-free women and 225 women inflicted with benign ovarian cysts, were analyzed. The findings reveal that the types of food eaten actually influenced the development of the ovarian cysts. One example is that the women who developed the most number of cysts are those who consumed the most beef and cheese. On the contrary, those who consumed green vegetables were protected from the cysts better.

This said study alone makes it clear that the proper ovarian cyst diet will indeed play a big part in preventing the cysts from developing.

–    Vegetables are the most important type of food you must include in your ovarian cyst diet. If you want to recover quickly from your infertility and the presence of cysts, a   minimum of five servings of fresh vegetables every day is recommended.

–    You should also avoid eating big meals. Six small meals a day is better than 3 full meals a day. Also, make sure to eat slowly and chew your food well to prevent indigestion.

–    Drink plenty of water. Plenty here means as much water as you can tolerate. A minimum of ten tall glasses of water a day would do but if you can drink more, then much better.

–    Eat more fiber. Choose whole grains and cereals. Avoid high-GI (glycemic index) foods as these contain the least amount of fiber.

Complex Ovarian Cyst – Causes and Risks

A complex ovarian cyst is a very rare condition but it can cause various complications and problems that are related to the ovary. It’s not a very common condition but it can lead to serious complications in females who suffer from this. Many women also tend to suffer from emotional isolation because of this condition. But there are various ways to manage a complex cyst in the ovary, but you need to take various important points into consideration. But since complexities vary from one person to another, one needs to understand the particular case before following the specific guidelines.

What is complex cyst in the ovary?

The complex cyst is made up of solid and liquid components. These cysts can be fatal when they are left untreated. It can lead to really painful situations and an overall discomfort, the situation can aggravate based on how intense the situation is. Generally during a routine medical checkup, the presence of a complex ovarian cyst is determined, or sometimes the more serious ovarian cyst symptoms, namely a severe abdominal pain accompanied with discomfort leads to the discovery of the cyst. The treatment of the cyst depends on its type. There are basically, 3 types of complex cysts in the ovary.

(1) Dermoid cysts: These cysts occur from cells that make the eggs. This sometimes leads to the cyst looking like humans, i.e. with the presence of teeth, hair and even other tissues. Sometimes one might also find cysts that contain sweat glands. The presence of this kind of cyst can also make a woman stress and psychologically upset. This is not a cancerous growth but it can lead to lots of pain, more so when the cyst gets twisted.

(2) Endometrioma: They lead to endometrioma – this is actually a cyst that occurs on the outside of the uterus. It can proceed to various kinds of complications related to the ovaries, and thus it should be taken care of as soon as possible.

(3) Cystadenomas: These are basically made up mucus and liquid. They are usually very big and lead to a lot of pain. They also have a tendency of twisting on themselves and therefore lead to very painful situations and also cause lots of discomfort.

There also various other conditions that might lead to the occurrence of a complex cysts in the ovary. Hence, it is always required to understand the particular case in detail along with the complications involved in order to select the best treatment option.

What causes complex cysts in ovary:

What causes complex ovarian cysts and the less serious and less complex ovarian cysts are the same. It is yet to be determined the reason some females are affected by the complex cases, whereas some only have to suffer from the less serious and less complex cyst form which is also easier to treat. But various reasons like genetic predisposition, neglecting the cyst that is already there, obesity, weak immune system, ignorance, other medical problems in the body and also life style related causes and other health reasons can lead to the occurrence of complex ovarian cyst.

Treating complex cysts in the ovary:

There is no standard treatment system for this painful condition. While in some cases surgery is the only solution and yet in some it can be managed by the help of drugs. In spite of these treatments sometimes the complicated cyst continues to exist, and this leads to unmanageable pain and other emotional and psychological problems along with physical discomfort. So, it is required to look beyond and search for a better approach towards the complex ovarian cyst. Conventional medicine also fails to deal with the small variations of the complex cysts. It happens because the conventional medicines only treat the symptoms, and not the real cause. This is why in spite of taking refuge in the most advanced measures; many women continue to face the recurrence of complex cysts in the ovary.

The holistic system is the most effective treatment when dealing with the complex ovarian cyst, because of its multidimensional and versatile approach. The holistic system helps more because instead of only focusing on the disease, it gives importance to the overall condition of the patient. Though in many cases surgery is the only solution but in most of the cases the holistic approach is able to treat the complicated ovarian cyst in a safe, simple and efficient manner.

How Do I Get Rid Of Thrush In My Mouth – Methods To Cure Oral Thrush At Home!

Although oral thrush isn’t dangerous, the person who suffers from it will feel discomfort, pain and even bleeding. If you are suffering from oral thrush and you are seek and tired from all the medicines that suppose to help you but they don’t then I have something for you. Here you will find 2 methods to get rid of thrush in your mouth and throat. These remedies work well, they are completely natural and available to anyone!

Yogurt – I know it sounds funny but yogurt has the ability to cure you. Do you ask how? Well, acidophilus is a probiotic that fights Candida and does it pretty good from what all the thrush ex sufferers say. You have to find an unsweetened yogurt that contains that probiotic and eat it very slowly. Another way is to spread it on your tongue and leave it there for few minutes – it works much better but also very uncomfortable!

You can prepare an antifungal mouth wash at your home. All you need to do is to take one teaspoon of cider vinegar, one pinch of salt and mix it with one glass of water. Swish it in the mouth for 3 minutes 4-5 times a day. The salt and the cider vinegar kill the Candida.

One more thing – your mouth hygiene is very important so you have to keep your mouth clean. Wash it, brush your teeth after every meal and make sure there is nothing stuck between your teeth. Candida feeds on the leftovers in your mouth so don’t give it the pleasure!

What You Need to Know About Grapefruit and Hepatitis C

Grapefruit: to eat, or not to eat? That is the question on the minds of many people who read the most recent research results of a Massachusetts Hospital study. The study contends that eating grapefruit will help reduce the spread of the hepatitis virus within the body of an infected person.

Many people like to start their day by eating this tart citrus fruit, as it has earned the reputation of being a very healthy food. No longer just for overall health, grapefruit is now being touted as having liver-friendly qualities. While this recent news sounds promising, there are a few facts you should know before you head straight to your grocery store to stock up on grapefruit.

The basic details of the recent research are that a compound in grapefruit, called naringenin, can block the secretion of very low-density lipoproteins, commonly known as vLDL, when metabolized by the body. You may be familiar with the term vLDL; physicians refer to it as the “bad” form of cholesterol. The Hepatitis C virus binds to vLDL, which then takes the virus on a ride through the bloodstream, giving it a chance to infect new liver cells. It appears that naringenin has the ability to inhibit the secretion of vLDL from infected liver cells, which can significantly reduce the spread of the virus to new cells.

This new research sounds exciting, however this seemingly almighty fruit is not appropriate for everyone, and can actually be quite dangerous when combined with certain medications. Grapefruit juice blocks one of the enzymes involved in the metabolization process, allowing substances, including prescription drugs, to circulate in the bloodstream at much higher than intended levels, possibly causing near overdose.

Researchers are hopeful that the results of this study will become a major breakthrough in finding a way to eradicate the Hepatitis C virus. Nevertheless, proceed with caution and be sure to consult your physician before adding this fruit to your diet. Learn more about how grapefruit can slow the progression of HCV, as well as the long list of medications this fruit should never be combined with.

Swollen Liver Causes, Dangers

Swollen liver, as the name suggests, is a condition in which the liver swells up and becomes larger than usual due to a number of possible liver problems. Swollen liver is a symptom. It is not a disease in and of itself.

Another name for this condition is enlarged liver. The medical name is hepatomegaly.

Generally speaking, no symptoms of swollen liver appear in the early stages of a problem. However, as the underlying disease or condition progresses, symptoms are likely to present themselves.

Normally, an adult liver weighs between three and four pounds or 1.5 kilograms. It’s shaped somewhat like a wedge and in most normal adults, is about the size of a small American football.

Swollen liver often occurs due to one or a combination of causes. The presence of hepatitis and cirrhosis are among the most common. Hepatitis is usually caused by a virus, but may also be caused by excessive use of alcohol. Alcohol abuse often the cause of cirrhosis.

Cancer is another frequent cause, as is an infection. Liver infections often accompany illnesses like malaria and mononucleosis.

Fatty liver disease, in which fat accumulates in the liver and impairs function, is another common cause. Fatty liver disease recently replaced cirrhosis as the number one cause of liver problems in the United States and Canada.

The first step in treating swollen liver is to diagnose the underlying problem. Treating the cause is your doctor’s best chance for reducing the swelling. If swelling of the liver has been triggered by cancer or an infection, it is critical to treat these disorders immediately.

If alcohol-induced hepatitis or cirrhosis caused by drinking is the cause, use of alcohol has to stop right away. If swelling in the liver is not related to alcohol use or a liver-related condition, then your doctor is probably going to ask you to make some lifestyle changes. Diet and exercise are important in both treating and preventing swollen liver.

If you think you are at risk for swollen liver, there are some things you can do right away to avoid it.

If you drink alcohol regularly or heavily, either slow down or stop. If you don’t stop completely, be sure never take medications at the same time. Doing so can seriously harm your liver.

Take only medications or supplements that have been approved by your physician, and never exceed recommended doses. Also consult with your doctor before trying herbal supplements you have not taken previously: certain supplements can damage the liver. You should also take great care with vitamins because some vitamin combinations can cause liver damage.

Be especially cautious around the household cleaners, sprays, insect killers and other chemicals. If you work with these substances, ensure that you are in an area that has plenty of clean air available. Some household cleaners are particularly dangerous for the liver.

Frequent Urination: Beat the Diabetic Blues

KNOWING FREQUENT URINATION

Frequent urination is urinating much more than is required. Frequent urination is a common problem among people suffering from problems in the prostate gland and the urethra. Frequent urination is also a symptom of many diseases. To understand the causes of frequent urination, we must first know what urination is all about.

WHAT EXACTLY IS URINE?

The urine is fluid made up of wastes produced within the body. Urine is transparent and yellow in color. The urine is made up of nitrogen compounds, salts, toxic wastes and excess water.

URINATION

Urination is a normal process of excretion. Urination excretes the toxic substances that form within our body. Urination occurs when the bladder gets filled up. Next, the receptors which are stretch sensitive get stimulated. Then the message is transmitted to the brains. During urination, the sphincter relaxes as the urine flows out from the urethra. The urge to urinate is generally quite intense. A person ready to urinate gets the relief only when he successfully expels the urine.

URINE AMOUNT OF A NORMAL PERSON

The approximate amount of urine daily produced by an adult body is 1.5 litres (three pints). The body needs to excrete daily not less than 0.5 litres (one pint) of these waste substances.

EXCESSIVE, LESS OR FREQUENT URINATION

Either state is a sure symptom of a serious dysfunction of the urinary system. Frequent urination is also a tell-tale sign of ailment.

DIAGNOSING DISEASES

The common method used to examine a patient’s urine for diagnosing ailments is urinalysis. If the test indicates the presence of blood sugar or glucose, it is a sign of diabetes mellitus. And, if there is the presence of bacteria in the urine, the urinary system may be having some infection. What is more, presence of blood cells in the urine is a probable sign of cancer of the urinary tract.

Hence, it is important that one has a clear idea of the entire urinary system.

THE URINARY SYSTEM

The urinary system is constituted of the organs that produce and also secrete urine from the body. To know the causes of frequent urination, it would be first necessary to know of the organs involved in urination. Mentionably, frequent urination occurs when any (or all) of the main organs like the kidneys, the urethra, the bladder and the prostate gland does not function.

THE KIDNEYS & THE BLADDER

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs. This duo produces urine by filtering substances from the blood. Urine flows from the kidneys via two thin tubes known as the ureters. Then, the ureters carry the urine to a muscular vessel called the bladder. The bladder of a normal adult has the capacity to store urine up to approximately 0.5 litres. From the bladder, the urine is excreted through the urethra tubes.

THE URETHRA

The urethra carries urine from the bladder to the penis. In a woman, the urethra is approximately 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in length. This is strictly a urinary passage. However, in the case of a male, the urethra is about eight inches (20 cm). The urethra in a male passes through the penis which also conveys the semen during a sexual intercourse.

THE PROSTATE GLAND

In the case of a male, on either sides of the urethra are located the prostrate gland and the bladder. The chestnut-shaped prostate gland secretes the prostate fluid. This fluid constitutes the major portion of the released male semen during an intercourse. The diameter of the prostate gland measures approximately 1.2 inches (three centimeters).

The prostate gland is composed of muscle as well as glandular tissues. The muscle tissues aid the male ejaculation process. The glandular tissues produce the prostate fluid. This fluid keeps the semen-based sperm active and healthy. In other words, the prostate fluid helps the fertilization process.

CAUSES OF FREQUENT URINATION

Frequent urination may happen in person for various reasons. It may happen due to hot temperature and for hydration. The process of hydrate refers to a compound in which water is chemically combined with another compound or an element. Therefore, hydrating means to chemically combine with water. It may also refer to the cause to absorb water. The root of the word ‘hydrate’ is in French. It is related to hydro or water.

PROSTATE GLAND ENLARGEMENT & FREQUENT URINATION

Frequent urination is caused by prostate gland urination. The blown up prostate gland constricts the urethra. Thus the bladder is obstructed temporarily. This condition is called prostate enlargement. This happens because of the thickening of the bladder wall. This state may also lead to an intensive urge to urinate, difficulty in urination, nighttime urination. All of these are sure signs of a weak urinary system.

Frequent urination coupled with excessive thirst, blurred vision, sudden loss of weight, and fatigue may be symptoms of diabetes. Frequent urination is induced when the body reacts to high glucose levels in the blood. This again leads to perennial thirst. If such a condition persists, the person should immediately consult a urologist.

PROSTATE DISORDERS

There are several causes of prostate disorders. Such dysfunctions afflict men of all ages. BPH (Prostatic hyperplasia): This is a benign or non-cancerous and quite a common prostate ailment. The cause of BPH is still unknown. Prostatic hyperplasia occurs in almost 80- per cent of men after they cross their 70s or 80s. In such a state, the prostate gland may grow from the normal size of 20 g (0.71 oz) to that of 150 g (5.31 oz). Mentionably, the normal size of a prostate gland in a young man is 20 g (0.71 oz).

UROLOGISTS & URINARY SYSTEM DISORDERS

Urologists specialize in the treatment of disorders of the urinary system. Here is an overview of the different urinary system disorders.

Renal failure: This is a serious disorder. Renal failure happens when the toxic substances get stored inside the body. Renal failure is caused when the system filtering blood slows down or stops working. Renal failure can be caused by acute bleeding in the post-surgery stage, drug poisoning, heart failure (congestive), injury, bacterial infection, and shock.

Urologists address renal failure by first analyzing the root cause(s). The primary objective is to make the kidney function again. The methods adopted are surgery and blood transfusion. In the most severe instances, the patient may have to undergo kidney dialysis. Then, the blood is filtered mechanically.

Chronic Renal Failure: This is deterioration of kidney functioning in a progressive manner. Chronic renal failure can even damage the kidneys. Chronic renal failure is caused by many ailments like myeloma (cancer), AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), lupus erythematosus, diabetes, and hypertension. Mentionably, if detected at the initial stages chronic renal failure can be slowed down but it cannot be reversed. The degenerative process can be kept under control to certain extent through various interventions. Such preventive measures are cutting down on protein and fluid intake and regularity in medication consumption. It is to be noted that proteins are the primary sources of waste products.

End-stage renal failure: This is a life threatening dysfunction of the kidney. Patients suffering from end-stage renal failures need long-term dialysis and may also have to go fro kidney transplant.

Urinary calculi: This disorder is popularly known as development of kidney stones. Urinary calculi build up over a period of time. These kidney stones are made up of the minerals and the crystallized salts that remain in the urine. Urinary calculi disorder of the kidney is usually accompanied by acute pain. The pain is caused when the kidney stones block the paths carrying urine. Generally, these stones move within and out of the urinary tract on their own accord. But if they fail to pass out of the body, they are surgically removed. At times, the urologists use the ultrasound technique called lithotripsy to break down the kidney stones non-surgically.

Bacterial infections: They are caused by Escherichia coli – a common bacterium present in the intestines. Such bacterial infection can attack any part of the urinary system. The normal treatment is antibiotics. There are instances of such bacterial infections becoming chronic and recurrent.

Bladder & Kidney Cancer: During the course of the last four decades, the incidence of people falling victim to bladder and kidney cancer has risen. The reason is the rise in the number of people leading sedentary lifestyles, and smokers. The other causative agents are obesity and environmental pollution including some industrial chemicals. Abuse of analgesics is also one of the primary causes in the rise of cancers even among the young people. The treatment for bladder and kidney cancer is removal of the cancerous tissues followed up by radiation therapy.

Polycystic renal diseases: These are inherited and congenital disorders of the urinary system. These polycystic renal diseases occur when numerous cysts form in the kidney. These cysts reduce the number of those renal tissues which function. The patients would have to undergo kidney transplantation or Kidney dialysis under such circumstances.

Hypospadias: This a congenital defect of the males. The urinary opening gets misplaced on the penis. The urinary opening may lie under the penis head or be located as far away as the scrotum. The immediate treatment is to go for surgery before the child reaches 24 months. Such prompt response and surgery can not only rectify the defect, but also permit normal urination and, later, sexual intercourse.

Pregnancy Nausea – Start to Finish

Pregnancy nausea or morning sickness as it is often called affects up to 80% of women during their term, but it is very variable in both its severity and timing. A woman may get little or no hint that she is pregnant until she gets feelings of nausea, commonly about the fourth week, although pregnancy nausea can start as early as the second week. The fourth to sixth week of the pregnancy would equate to between five and seven weeks after the end of the last menstrual period. Pregnancy nausea, with or without vomiting will last for several weeks, normally petering out between the 12th and 14th week.

Not all mothers-to-be will experience significant morning sickness or nausea at all. It is reckoned to be due to a build up of human chorionic gonadotrophin and oestrogen as the levels of these hormones falling also coincide with the ceasing of nausea at about the 12th week of pregnancy.

Pregnancy nausea is inconvenient to say the least, but is often not bad enough to disrupt normal everyday life too much. There are ways to reduce the amount and severity of nausea and sickness during pregnancy and these are as follows:

  • Keep to bland foods as you may find that anything too rich, spicy or fatty will set off a feeling of nausea.
  • Have a bite of a dry cracker or salty biscuit first thing on waking in the morning to ward off that first bout of nausea.
  • Eat small light meals every two to three hours through the day to keep blood sugar levels up.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably not caffeinated drinks.
  • Get plenty of sleep at night plus some rest during the day.
  • Avoid smells that tend to make you feel ill. These can be smells that would not have normally upset you before, such as food cooking.
  • Use ginger as biscuits, tea, or candied peel, or even grate raw ginger on to cereal as a means of combating nausea. This works for many but not all women.
  • Make yourself busy – the more you think about a problem the worse it can seem.
  • Wear clothes that are not too tight around your middle.
  • Try soothing music or specially formatted CDs that are now available to calm and relax.

If you find you are vomiting continually in addition to the nausea it may be wise to get advice from your doctor as this situation, if it persists, could result in you becoming dehydrated. Certainly if you get dizzy, or have dark coloured urine, or blood in your vomit, see your doctor straight away.

Pregnancy nausea usually ceases by about the fourth month but can sometimes reappear much later in pregnancy due to the increased size of the baby causing pressure on the intestines or stomach. This may be a continuing problem as the baby goes on growing, and may require the mother to take longer periods of rest or take up certain resting positions to minimise discomfort.

Knowing when nausea is likely to occur and how to deal with it should give you the confidence to look forward to the day when the baby is in your arms without too much fear in the run up period.

How to Keep the Food Safe in a Fridge to Avoid Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is most often caused by meat, seafood or eggs. For a start, how cold is your fridge? Ideally the fridge should stay between zero and five degrees C. Don’t turn the fridge temperature down making it too cold, till a can of soft drink turned to ice and explodes.

It’s not question of the colder the better, if the temperature’s too cold food will partially freeze. Apart from spoiling the texture, this means it may not thaw out properly when it’s cooked. This will prevent the food cooking properly and may allow food-poisoning bacteria to survive. On the other hand, bacteria thrive in a fridge that’s not cold enough. One of the commonest ways of warming up a fridge is by leaving the door open. So get people to take out what they want and shut the door as rapidly as possible.

Refrigeration does not killed bacteria, and really hardy ones like listeria can even go on breeding fridges. Most foods have a short fridge life: a couple of days for milk, cream or cooked food; only twelve hours for fish. As long as hard cheese looks all right it probably is. But don’t keep soft cheese for more than a few days, and throw it out at once if it looks discolored or starts leaking liquid.

Meat has to be kept especially carefully. Uncooked meat needs to be kept a safe distance away from other food, especially if that food is ready to eat. Bacteria from raw meat can easily contaminate the other food, and if it then wont’ be destroyed by cooking it’s a serious food-poisoning risk. All cooked food should be stored at the top of the fridge, with raw meat and seafood separated from everything else at the bottom, where they can’t drip on to anything. Any food that was cut from a bulk pack in the shop, such as pate or salami, should be used within forty-eight hours.

Poultry shouldn’t be kept more than twenty-four hours in the fridge. If you’re not going to cook it within this time, buy a frozen bird and put it in the freezer, leaving plenty of time to defrost it when it’s needed. It’s not really safe to freeze chicken or other poultry yourself, since these are the likeliest things to carry food-poisoning bugs and if you don’t get the temperature quite right they could survive.

Should eggs go in the fridge or not? Food-safety experts used to say no. They advise leaving eggs in a cool place, since they haven’t been refrigerated before. Dampness in a fridge could dissolve the shell’s protective coating and they risk getting too cold to cook through properly. Now the government recommends putting eggs in the least cold part of the fridge, for example the door, since temperatures outside tend to fluctuate. Either way, don’t wash or wipe them.

Most fresh fruit and vegetable should be kept in the fridge. If anything arrived home bruised, cut out the damaged part and use what’s left the same day. The rest of your buy should be stored without being washed or cut up: once it’s peeled or cut it start rapidly losing vitamins and soon goes off. If you bought vegetables in plastic packs, open them up to stop them sweating.

When you put cooked leftovers in the fridge, let them cool down first to avoid raising its temperature. That reduces the fridge’s effectiveness and encourages the growth of mold – which could get on to food and be harmful- as well as wasting money. Stand food in a bowl of ice water to cool down quickly. Ninety minutes is the longest time anything that needs to be refrigerated should stay outside the fridge.

Don’t keep leftovers of custard, gravy or anything else that has been made up from a powder containing meat, eggs, rice or daily products. These ingredients are those most likely to harbor food-poisoning bacteria, which start multiplying fast when you add water and warmth. They will usually have been cooked before being dried, so you are already ‘reheating’ them when you make them up from powder to soup, or granules to gravy.

Food shouldn’t stay in a tin once it’s been opened, since it can become contaminated by the metal. You can buy specially made containers with lids for the fridge, or simply transfer may unused contents to a china mug or bowl and cover it with a saucer. If you use cling film, it’s best not to let it touch the food. Cling film should never be put on fatty food such as cheese, or on food that is still hot. There’s possibility that some of the chemicals in cling film may be harmful, but it’s thought to be fine as long as it’s stretched across the container above cold food. Greaseproof paper is also safe.

When you take meat out of the freezer, be especially careful to defrost it properly before cooking – preferably in a drip-proof container at the bottom of the fridge, rather than in a warm room where bacteria could start reproducing. Don’t refreeze food that’s thawed but has not been cooked.

Ideally, all foods except fresh root vegetables and bananas should be kept either in the fridge or in airtight containers. You can buy plastic storage containers. Airtight containers only keep the air from spoiling food, but reduce the risk of spillages and insect infestation.

Important Points:

o Most food apart from bananas and some root vegetables should go either in the fridge or in the airtight containers.

o Don’t wrap fatty food in the cling film.

o Defrost the fridge regularly and keep in clean. Check it’s between zero and five degrees C.

o Keep raw meat or seafood covered in a container, and don’t let it come into contact with any other food.