Arnica, the Homeopathic Wonder Remedy for Gout

Homeopathy is a different holistic approach in combating all sorts of the diseases no matter how serious they are. The treatment of Homeopathy is the perfect fighting option for the painful disease of the gout too. Homeopathic doses are administered in a subtle amount but the remedies are known to be very effective. Gout patients who are thinking over opting for the treatment of homeopathy need not worry at all. Homeopathy remedies can be started at any time and they won’t be needed to give up their conventional treatment for the sake of the homeopathy. Rather they can administer both the types of treatment at the same time.

There are different types of homeopathic medicines for the different illnesses. One of the main homeopathic remedy which can fight against a number of illnesses is Arnica or the Arnica Montana. This is sort of an herb which can relieve the mental and emotional stresses. Because of the healing capability the medicine can put the body in the peaceful calm and balance. It strengthens the way for further healing. Samuel Hahnemann the great fonder of the great treatment option of homeopathy found out the exceptional healing power of Arnica which can be helpful for a whole lot of diseases like the painful conditions of gout, the forgetfulness and even the problem of impotency.

Arnica has magical capacity of healing the inflammation. It has the anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively relieve the pain of the joint inflammation in case of the gout. The medicine Arnica has already become a folk medicine in Europe for the external muscle pain remedy and for treating the internal gout pain. However, the medicine is toxic and nature and that is the reason why it is restricted for the internal use in the realm of homeopathy. Arnica is often called by some other popular names like the Mountain Tobacco, Mountain Daisy or Leopard’s Bane.

Arnica, as a homeopathic healing and anti-inflammatory medicine can effectively relieve the pain of the gout. The discomfort and the pain can be fought against with the help of the medicine. Arnica is mainly associated with relieving the injury caused pain but it is helpful in relieving the other types of pain too. If there is intense gout pain in the joint areas that have made the patient difficult to walk then Arnica can be used to relieve the pain. The sore or the bruise-associated pain in the gout problems can also be treated with the magic of Arnica. It can be helpful in the severe and acute pain conditions of the gout. When the patient is in acute pain or redness or swollen skin can be seen in the affected areas, Arnica can be used to treat the problems.

Preparing the Arnica is not that tough for the homeopathic. The homeopathic uses the herb’s flowers, leaves, stems and roots to prepare the medicine. For making the medicine the herbs are crushed and then pounded to a pulp. After that it is time to soak the pulp in the alcohol. When the herb is totally soaked in the alcohol then herb will lose the toxicity and the solution is then ready as a homeopathy remedy.

What’s the Best Way to Sleep?

My patients usually ask me -“What is the best way to sleep?” to which I always answer: “Well, what position do you sleep in?” The reason for this reply is that just be modifying a couple of things here and there, you can get a restful and comfortable night’s rest no matter what position you actually sleep in.



Back Sleepers

Yes, this is actually the preferred position to sleep because it places the least amount of stress to your spine-IF you:

Place a cervical roll or rolled-up towel under your neck. Make sure that your head is in a neutral position (that you are neither looking up or down). If you find that you cannot be “in neutral” then you need a smaller roll.

Place a pillow under your knees-This takes stress off

of your lower back. You could buy a special pillow for this, but a

regular pillow works just fine.



Side Sleepers

-If you sleep on your side, then follow these tips to minimize the

amount of stress to your spine.

Use a cervical pillow-Ideally, the pillow should take into account how wide your shoulders are-the wider your shoulders, the taller the pillow should be. This is because you want to keep your neck in a neutral position.Place a pillow between your knees. Not only will this feel more comfortable, if you have hip joint pain-this definitely helps.Try not to sleep on your side with your arm up over your head-this causes stress on the nerves that come out of the neck and into the arms and cause tingling or numbness down the arms.



Sleep on your Belly-

This position places the most stress on your neck.

In this position you have your head turned to one side or the other for hours at a time. This is quite stressful to your neck muscles and joints.

Your body will try to shift your position to compensate. This is why people who toss and turn the most are belly sleepers.

To sleep more comfortably(belly sleepers):

Place a pillow under your waist, and do not use a pillow for your head.

Remember that there are other variables that will affect the quality of your sleep, like the condition and firmness of your mattress. If your mattress is too old it will sag and not provide enough support.

Avoid super-soft mattresses-they may feel comfortable at the

beginning, but in the mornings, the lack of support will make you feel sore. Your mattress should be firm, but not hard to provide the adequate support.

As with anything, if any of these recommendations cause you increased pain, consult your chiropractor-there may be other factors present that should be checked by a professional.

Sweet Dreams!

Yeast and Bacteria Have a Major Role in the War in Your Leaky Gut

The healthy human gastrointestinal tract is resident to millions of live microbes that aid in digestion. They also produce various nutrients including vitamins and fatty acids. Short chain fatty acids produced by bacteria in the gut are needed to for healthy intestinal lining cells and to prevent leaky gut. Natural antibiotics produced by gut bacteria keep the gut flora in balance. Altered levels can result in illness and disease susceptibility. Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria and yeast) that have beneficial health effects. They do this through restoring the balance and providing several beneficial effects. Probiotics can help maintain the gut epithelial lining cells (enterocytes in the small bowel) protective barrier function or prevent leaky gut. This prevents overexposure of the immune system to foreign materials in the food we eat and protein products of bacteria and yeast.

Indigenous flora, gut microflora, intestinal microbiota, resident bacteria, and gut flora are all terms for the collection of live microbes present in the gut. When the normal balance is disrupted this state of altered flora is called dysbiosis. Dysbiosis that results in overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria in the small bowel is also called small bowel bacterial overgrowth (SBO). SBO is commonly associated with poor digestion and absorption resulting in excess bloating, gas and diarrhea.

Dysbiosis results in numerous adverse health effects. The most dangerous is increased gut permeability or leaky gut. There are numerous causes for altered gut flora. Overexposure to anti-microbial antibiotics and anti-fungal medications in our food and prescribed for various illnesses is a significant risk. The progress of good hygiene measures such as water treatment (chlorination, filtration) is blamed in part. This has been termed the “hygiene theory” that is proposed as a cause for the rise of inflammatory bowel and autoimmune disease in developed countries. The lack of exposure to soil in childhood is also blamed. Excess ingestion of highly processed foods containing carbohydrate and sugar levels feeding growth of bad bacteria. Also our culture has largely abandoned the centuries old tradition of eating fermented foods containing live bacteria.

In contrast to the good microbes that reside normally in our guts, pathogenic ones are those that can cause disease or illness when they are not held in check. They can do this through direct toxic effects on the gut, through the production of toxins that cause illness, or by migrating through the bowel wall and entering the blood stream to travel to remote parts of the body.

Certain strains of pathogenic bacteria have the ability to migrate through the bowel wall by a process called translocation. This translocation of microbes or their breakdown products is often to blame for activation of the immune system. This results in gut inflammation that further impairs the protective barrier function resulting in a vicious cycle of leaky gut. If microorganisms get past the gut defensive barrier intact they may reach the blood stream. Once in the blood these foreigners can initiate inflammation or infection throughout the body. The distant sites can be affected include the brain, heart, joints, and skin.

Numerous studies now explain how probiotics have positive health effects. They prinicipally act by restoring the balance of microbes in the gut to produce these benefits. Probiotics should be considered in anyone concerned about leaky gut or who believes they have altered microbes levels in their system from antibiotic exposure.

References: Gut microflora associated characteristics in children with celiac disease. Tjellström, B, et al. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2005; 100; 2784-2788

Bacterial antigens alone can influence intestinal barrier integrity, but live bacteria are required for initiation of intestinal inflammation and injury. Sydora, B. et al Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2006; 12:429-436.

VSL#3 probiotic preparation has the capacity to hydrolyze gliadin polypeptides responsible for Celiac Sprue. De Angelis M. et al. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2006; 1762(1): 80-93

Probiotics prevent bacterial translocation and improve barrier function in rats following chronic psychological stress. Zariee, M. et al Gut 206; 55:1553-1560.

Signs of Premenopausal Stage

For a woman who doesn’t have any dysfunction relating to the reproductive system, a woman has a fixed number of eggs that is released every month waiting to be fertilized, once the woman steps into her reproductive years. When the egg doesn’t get fertilized by a sperm, menstruation happens. The day of menstruation differs in different women, though as a rule of the thumb, a normal menstrual cycle comes once every month.

The fixed number of eggs in the woman’s ovaries starting from 2 million during fetal life will consistently decrease until she reaches middle age when she ceases to menstruate. Menstruation for it to be considered official should be the cessation of menstrual periods in the span of a year or 12 months; given that the woman is suffering from no other condition causing the delay or cessation of her menstrual period. The eggs stored in the woman’s ovaries are also the once responsible for triggering the normal hormonal content of her body. Thus, it is the reason for women to complain about so many things when their menstruation stops during menopause.

Pre menopausal period is the prelude to an impending cessation in the reproductive years of a formerly reproductive woman. Starting from the menarche or the first menstruation, the woman will eventually be faced with the fact that with decreased number of eggs on her ovaries, she will notice some changes on her body. The primary reason for such changes in a person’s body is the fact that hormones are now altered because of the fact that the eggs in the ovaries are running low in number. This is the reason why some physicians would actually recommend the start of hormonal treatment for women who are nearing their middle age. Hormone therapy is used to provide alternative to the hormones supposedly provided by the presence of the eggs.

To guide the women who are facing their 40s, 50s even their late 30s, here are some symptoms that may guide you in determining pre menopause. And remember that all these symptoms may also occur in different conditions, thus, always consult with your physician.

1. Changes in Periods- If you have a 30 day cycle period during your early years, changes may appear in the way they arrive at your expected date. These are the times when you will actually be missing dates. With missed periods, this is one of the strong signs that menopause is just around the corner.

2. Hot Flashes or Hot Flushes- Another strong sign of impending menopause is hot flushes. This occurs when a woman experiences night sweats and feeling of warmth radiating on her face. This is primarily caused by the difference in the estrogen level compared to her early reproductive years.

3. Mood Changes- With hormones changing, it is a must for a woman to understand that mood swings are actually effects of these hormones. There could also be associated depression and unexplained anxiety.

4. Vaginal Dryness- With a woman’s body running low in estrogen, it is understandable that there will be difference in the way a woman’s external reproductive system functions compared to previous years. This prompts painful intercourse with partner but could be remedied by water based lubricants.

5. Decrease in Libido- Our sex drive is based on our very own hormones. Without the hormones that make us want to reproduce; there will consequently be a decrease in a woman’s craving for intercourse.

6. Weight Gain- This is a symptom that accompanies with the woman’s age. Being menopause and having a lowered metabolism will eventually make women gain weight, thus, strict adherence to healthy living and diet is recommended.

How to Avoid Colorectal Cancer

Going Nuts with Rainbow of Colors

The general definition of cancer is when normal cells start to change and grow uncontrollably and form tumors. Tumors can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Colorectal cancer is when the cells in the lining starts to change and grow rapidly and continue to multiply without dying as a result developing into polyp that can over time develop into cancerous tumor.

What are the triggers or carcinogen that makes a normal healthy cell to change into abnormal cell?

  • Environment
  • Poor nutritional diet
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity

How to avoid colorectal cancer by at least 80% by:

  • Eating less red and processed meat, fried food, and high in saturated fat.
  • Avoid being over weight, especially around your waist has about 45% avoidance rate.
  • Try and exercise 30 minutes a day either by going to gym or at work. According to American cancer society, active people have 24% less likely to get cancer.
  • Low fat diet that includes plenty of fiber and at least five servings of fruits and vegetables day. Eating fat stimulates bile production which is needed to digest fat. When access bile is produced and is allowed to stagnate in intestine for a long period of time it converts to apcholic acid, which is proven carcinogen for colorectal cancer.
  • Not smoking or if you are a smoker should think about stopping. Recent studies have shown that smokers are more likely to die from colorectal cancer than non smokers.
  • Cut back on alcohol consumption. Scientific reasoning is it reduces the natural level of B vitamin (folic). Folate is considered major player in protection against cancerous cell growth. In order to boost the natural levels of folate, you should eat vegetable such as asparagus, beans, peas, and spinach or supplements.

Going nuts with rainbow of colors in your every day diet will help avoid colorectal cancer. Peanuts are not a nut it is a lagoon. Peanuts have 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients and have more protein than nuts. It has 7 grams per once and contains high level of arginine and resveratrol, which studies show it lowers the risk of cancer. Other nutrients peanuts have are Vitamin E, folate, niacin, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Macadamia Nuts contain significant amount of calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, vitamine E, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, panothenic acid and folate. Cashew nut also contains folate which protects against cancerous cell. Generally speaking nuts are high in fiber and good for digestive health and promoting the feeling of being full. It is a good source of protein which is essential for body’s growth and repair and immune function, and production of enzymes and hormones. Iron gives energy, better metabolism, and healthy blood cell activity. The B vitamins promote energy, metabolism, and new cell synthesis which support healthy nervous system function. 1-2 ounces of nuts a day either by eating raw nuts or by using nut butter such as peanut butter, cashew, and almonds which is good alternative to cheese and meat. This is one of the best of source protein. Daily nutrition consisting rainbows of color in vegetables and fruits such as Asparagus, beans, peas, and spinach or supplements will help avoid colorectal cancer. A fruit, such as Acai berry that is found in Amazon Rain Forest, is rich in antioxidants, amino acids (cell building blocks), essential fatty acids (good fats), fiber for digestive health, phytosterol’s (immune support), and trace minerals.

  • Helps defend the body from radical damage.
  • Lower cholesterol and boost energy
  • Help reduce inflammation
  • Enhances immune defense
  • Promotes the health of our skin, muscle, heart, and digestive system

Half a cup of Wild Blue Berries can provide up to five times the antioxidant than other common fruits and vegetables, such as peas, apples, and broccoli etc….

Antioxidant in the form of anthocyanins and other polyphenols are thought to help body from free radicals which damage our bodies and contribute to the aging process. They are 25 to 30 different types of anthocyanins. USDA recommends 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruits a day. A survey conducted by National Cancer Institute in 1991 found that 42% of American eats less than two servings per day. Vitamin D is important in regulating the balance between calcium and phosphorus in our body tissues, including the kidneys, intestines, parathyroid, and bones. One recent study concluded that women taking calcium and vitamin D supplement had 60% lower incidence of all cancers than women not taking the supplement. The foods contain vitamin D are: Tuna, mackerels, cod liver oil, sardines, smaller amounts are available in eggs, beef liver, and Swiss cheese. Only significant food source of a vitamin D is in fortified milk. It’s important to recognize that the vitamin D requires adequate calcium and phosphorus in take as well. Most of your vitamin D is produce by sunlight absorption by your skin. Because of fear of skin cancer, we protect our skin by lathering on sunscreen. The sunscreen blocks the vitamin D which causes our deficiency. So in order to get enough we have to take supplements. According to Anthony Norman, international expert on vitamin D, published a paper in August 2008, he listed 36 organs tissues that respond biologically to vitamin D and which may affect negatively to the decencies. The list includes bone marrow breast, colon, intestine, kidney, lung, prostate, retina, skin, stomach, and uterus.

By avoiding the triggers and consuming at least 9 servings of vegetables and fruits, adding nuts in your diet so that you get plenty of fiber and taking supplements will help with healthy balance of your body and avoid most cancers.

Have Ovarian Cysts? – Don’t Eat These Foods!

Ovarian cysts are known to sometimes heal themselves. In essence, your body will resolve its own issues. Not all ovarian cysts are that friendly though. Some are painful and just want to react to anything you do to your body, or put IN your body. If you have ovarian cysts, you might want to steer clear of these foods.

There are ten ‘danger’ foods that women with cysts on their ovaries need to avoid. Oddly, some of these foods are foods that common sense would tell you to avoid anyway.

As with any healthy eating plan, caffeinated and carbonated beverages are a no-no. There drinks with caffeine (like cola and coffee) are know to also aggravate and lead to more discomfort from ovarian cysts. The best idea is to drink more water than any other type of beverage in order to help your body help itself.

Alcohol is another beverage that needs to be moderated, if not avoided completely, when suffering from the symptoms of an ovarian cyst. Alcohol, and the sugar in it, is difficult for the body to process. Anything that is normally hard for your body to handle will make life extra miserable when you have an ovarian cyst.

My ovarian cysts hurt me all the time – especially when I was ovulating. I learned to stay away from any foods that were not good for my body. There were some foods that were difficult (for me) to avoid, but after a few bouts with an aggravated cyst, I learned my lesson.

Now that my cysts are gone, I can ‘slip’ and enjoy some of these foods again without incident.

What Are Complex Ovarian Cysts?

It is quite common for women to get some form of ovarian cyst during their life. For the most part these cysts are harmless and will shrink into the wall of the ovary without any associated symptoms or pain. In fact many women will have an ovarian cyst but be completely unaware of it. These are generally known as simple ovarian cysts. However a less common type is known as a complex ovarian cyst. This article will cover exactly what constitutes this type of condition and how to deal with it.

Complex ovarian cysts are differentiated from the simple variety because they consist of solid and liquid elements.

There are three distinct types…..

dermoid,

endometrioma,

cystadenomas.

A dermoid cyst originates from the cells that produce eggs. To this extent a dermoid cyst can form from all different types of tissue. This means hair and teeth can actually form as part of a dermoid cyst. Dermoid cysts can get quite large and can cause pain in the abdominal area.

Endometrioma is a complex ovarian cyst that is normally associated with endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition whereby the cell lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. It can develop on the ovaries making a woman infertile. Endometrioma can grow to a considerable size and this can lead to severe pain in the pelvic region. It can also cause pain during menstruation and lead to irregular periods.

It is still not clear why some women get endometriosis. It could be a combination of factors like their genetic background and environmental conditions like diet and quality of lifestyle.

Cystadenomas are another form of complex ovarian cyst. They are notable because they can get extremely large which can lead to problems like twisting in on themselves. This is very painful and can have implications to the health of the ovaries. Cystadenomas are made up of a combination of liquid and mucus. There are two types…

Serous cystadenomas contain a thin liquid that makes up the serous membrane on the inner walls of the uterus. Mucinous cystadenomas and consists of a sticky and gelatinous fluid.

Complex ovarian cysts need to be diagnosed by your doctor and monitored for any changes or prior to any treatment.

The Hepatitis-Cirrhosis Connection And An Important Liver Support Supplement

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 25 million Americans are afflicted with liver and gallbladder disease and more than 43,000 die of liver disease each year. While several factors contribute to liver damage, viral hepatitis is the single most important cause of liver disease in the United States and worldwide. Roughly 200 million people worldwide are infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). 4.9 million of those are in the United States (estimates go as high as 15 million) and 5 million in Western Europe. For every one person infected with the AIDS virus, there are more than four infected with Hepatitis C. There are up to 230,000 new hepatitis C infections in the U.S. every year. Currently, 8,000 to 10,000 deaths each year are a result of HCV. Within the next 10-20 years, chronic hepatitis C is predicted to become a major burden on the health care system as patients with no symptoms progress to end-stage liver disease and develop hepatocellular carcinoma. Predictions in the USA suggest that there will be a 60% increase in the incidence of cirrhosis, a 68% increase in hepatoma incidence, a 528% increase in the need for transplantation, and a 223% increase in liver death rate.

The roles of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in causing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are well documented. The frequency of HCC correlates with chronic HBV infection rates. HCC is a cancer arising from the liver. It is also known as primary liver cancer or hepatoma. HCC is the fifth most common cancer in the world and the majority of patients with HCC will die within one year because of the cancer. The majority of primary liver cancers (over 90 to 95 %) arises from liver cells and is called hepatocellular cancer or carcinoma. In 1990, the World Health Organization estimated that there were about 430,000 new cases of HCC worldwide, and a similar number of patients died resulting from this disease. Moreover, recent data show that the frequency of HCC in the U.S. overall is rising. Is there a way to curb this rise?

A Healthy Liver is Essential!

While there is no cure for hepatitis and no completely effective treatment, the threats resulting from HCC, cirrhosis, and various hepatitis strands may best be combated by supporting the liver with natural supplements.

Extreme Health’s Liver Support Formula

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The artichoke has a long folk history in treating many liver diseases. Recent evidence supports this longtime use. The active ingredient in artichoke is cynarin. This compound is found in highest concentrations in the leaves. Cynara extract has demonstrated liver-protecting and regenerating effects, and promotes the outflow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder. This is very important because if the bile is not being transported adequately to the gallbladder, the liver has an increased risk of being damaged.

Again, there is no cure or completely effective treatment for hepatitis, however the risk of hepatitis-related cirrhosis should not be ignored. Extreme Health is proud to offer perhaps the only liver support protocol with Double Blind Studies verifying its ability to decrease cirrhosis-related liver damage.

The Liver’s Functions Include

An expanding corpus of scientific studies verifies the healthy liver’s prophylactic role in maintaining optimal health. This is precisely due to the liver’s role in regulation, synthesis, and secretion of substances key to maintaining a healthy body. The liver’s functions include, but are not limited to the following:

1) Converts nutrients into energy 7) Manufacturing and storage of bile

2) Helps resist infection 8) Removing bacteria from our system

3) Metabolizes proteins 9) Regulating fat storage

4) Helps regulate blood-sugar levels 10) Manufacturing protein and nutrients

5) Filtering and removing toxins 11) Storing iron and essential nutrients

6) Removing drugs in our system 12) Manufacturing new body proteins

We easily comprehend why the liver is considered the body’s refinery. Accordingly, an overburdened, toxic, or otherwise diseased liver necessarily comprises centrifugal detoxification organs such as the kidneys and gallbladder and can result in extreme pain and even death within 12 to 24 hours! Reciprocally, various diseases and viruses actually engender liver damage; the most dangerous of which is potentially hepatitis.

Complications

– 25,000 Americans die of cirrhosis, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

– 85% of individuals infected with HCV will develop long-term infection.

– 75% of individuals may develop chronic liver disease.

– 15% of individuals may develop cirrhosis over a long period of time.

Fatty Liver (Steatosis) Steato Hepatitis / Cirrhosis

Fatty liver or steatosis is a common condition where fat has accumulated within liver cells (hepatocytes) without causing any specific symptoms.

Recent studies demonstrate that a fatty liver of either alcoholic or non-alcoholic origin can lead to inflammation, cell death, and fibrosis (steatohepatitis), and eventually even cirrhosis.

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Can My Pet Make Me Sick?

Can having a pet make my children or me sick?

The answer to that question is “yes” and “no.”

There is always the possibility and there are also ways to prevent problems.

The best way to make certain, germs and/or bacteria is not passed around is to practice good hygiene. Cleanliness seems to be the best prevention of common illnesses.

However, one important thing is, to keep in mind is the current state of everyone’s health. People with a weak immune system, people suffering from serious illnesses, people with HIV/AIDS, people with organ transplants, people being treated for cancer and infants and young children are all at a greater risk of picking up a disease from an animal than most other people.

With few exceptions, carelessness in handling a pet along with not washing your hands after cleaning up after a pet, are primary causes of illness connected with pets.

What are some of the possible illnesses that can be associated with animals? The most feared in my mind is rabies.

What is rabies? It is a disease caused by the rabies virus and is transmitted though a bite from an animal that is carrying the virus. Today most domesticated animals are vaccinated for the rabies virus as dictated by most state laws.

However, a bite from an unknown animal, domestic or wild, until it is known that the animal has been vaccinated, has to have the recipient of the bite, treated as if the animal has the virus.

It may take from one to three months for a person to show signs of the virus and by then it is too late for any treatment to work.

It is very important that your pet, even if it is an inside only pet, be inoculated against the rabies virus.

Teaching children to avoid trying to pet strange dogs or cats, unless supervised, along with avoiding the temptation to catch a wild animal, is one of the best lessons you can teach your child.

There are many germs/viruses that can be picked up from dogs other than rabies, most of which come from contact with a dog’s feces. That is why cleanliness seems so important. To clean up after your dog eliminates, use plastic gloves, a pooper scooper or a plastic bag to avoid touching the feces.

A dog can carry many types of germs, bacteria and/or virus and not be ill, but you can pick it up and suffer. Most illness caused by pets usually run the gamut of diarrhea, vomiting, some fever and muscle aches. As with any illness see, your medical provider.

Cats too, can pass on a disease or two to their humans, but in general you are most likely not going to get sick from touching or owning a cat.

Cat scratch fever can come from a scratch or bite, but using normal precautionary measures such as washing the wound and putting an anapestic on it, can generally prevent any illness. Symptoms of cat scratch disease can include infection at the point of injury, swollen lymph glands, some fever, and a loss of appetite.

Another disease associated with cats is Toxoplasmosis, however people are more likely to get it from eating raw meat or gardening.

What is toxoplasmosis? It is a disease caused by a parasite, about 60 million people are infected by this bug and do not know it. You can get it by swallowing cat feces.

Yuk, you say why would anyone do that? Actually just by touching your mouth, eyes, or nose you can transmit it to yourself. The symptoms are flu like. It particularly dangerous for pregnant women as it can be transmitted to the fetus.

When cleaning the litter box always use caution and refrain from handling any feces. Keep pets away from the litter box, along with children. For some odd reason dogs seem to enjoy looking for treats in the litter box.

What other diseases can be transmitted to humans by pets?

Salmonellosis, which is a bacterial disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella. Most of the time people get it from infected chicken, eggs or other contaminated food. The symptoms can cause severe diarrhea, fever and stomach pain.

The virus salmonellosis can also be passed on to humans by handling such pets as reptiles (lizards, snakes and turtles,) baby chicks, ducklings and occasionally a cat or dog.

Again it comes from touching the feces of the animals and not washing your hands after doing so. Some animals can have it on their bodies, as they have picked it up from the ground.

Water can also be a point of contamination, where animals have access to it and due to ground run offs, feces and urine can flow into the water, humans need to be careful.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals.

How can you get it?

By exposure to many things, as the bacteria is secreted through the urine of infected animals. It can be found in water, (ponds and streams) food, or soil containing urine from the infected animals. Swallowing the water (swimming in a pond or stream,) contaminated food or by hands that have been in contact with a source and you have rubbed your eyes, nose or mouth or through a cut on your skin.

The symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible especially, if you have been swimming in the “old swimming hole.”

Leptospirosis is found worldwide, but mainly in temperate and tropical climates. Pets can acquire it from drinking out of a contaminated birdbath.

Ticks carry diseases and ticks bite dogs, so the rule here is, when removing ticks from your pet be extremely careful. Your chances of getting either Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted fever are slim and none, unless you are tramping around in areas of the country where those ticks are prevalent and are not wearing protective clothing.

Fleas can cause tapeworm in household pets. The animals get it by swallowing a flea that has been infected.

Can you get tapeworm, certainly, but only if you swallow and infected flea. Keeping your pet and household flea free will prevent either of you from becoming infected. Last, but not least in this list of things, is Ringworm, this is a skin and scalp disease that can be caught not only from animals, but people, too.

How can you get ringworm?

Ringworm is a contagious fungus that can be passed on from person to person, pet to person or pet to pet.

It has nothing to do with worms, but is a fungus that lives in humans, pets and rarely in the soil. Ringworm appears as, a flat round patch on the skin and then conforms to a ring like patch. It can be treated by a fungus killing medicine usually taken orally in tablet form or by an ointment applied to the affected area.

The important thing here is not to share personal items with an infected person, do not touch infected areas, keep children away from infected pets, and to thoroughly wash all items handled by the infected pet or person.

Now that I have made you wonder, should I ever get a pet, the answer is of course.

Plain old common sense hygiene is the answer to most pet to people diseases. I have never heard of a person dying because of a disease caught from a cat or dog. With the possibly exception of someone being bitten by a rabid animal and not seeking treatment.

Keeping play areas for children free from being your pet’s bathroom area and keeping feces cleaned up is the safest thing you can do.

Teach your children to wash their hands frequently after playing with their pet and you are on your way to a long and happy life

Partial Thickness, Full Thickness and PU Staging

How are pressure ulcer stages related to wound thickness, and how does that relate to OASIS-C? If you can get a good understanding of this, OASIS will make a lot more sense! You will understand why all unhealed stage IIs are non-healing, and why stage IIIs and stage IVs continue to be counted even after they are closed (notice, I didn’t say healed).

OK Stage I and II pressure ulcers are partial thickness. Stage III and IV are full thickness.

Partial thickness wounds (stage Is and IIs) heal by epithelialization, and usually they don’t leave scars. In other words, after they epithelialize, the skin is like it was before the wound took place. They are healed. They are gone. They are no longer addressed in OASIS-C. That is why it is not correct to choose Fully Epithelialized as a response if the most problematic pressure ulcer is a stage II. Also, partial thickness wounds don’t granulate, so it is not appropriate to say they are Fully Granulating or Early Partial granulation.

Full thickness wounds (stage IIIs and IVs) heal by granulation, contraction, then epithelialization. When they epithelialize, the tissue is not like it was before the wound occurred. Granulation tissue fills the wound, and eventually there is a plug of scar tissue. Healed pressure ulcers only regain about 80% of their original tensile strength. They will never be like they were before the injury, so, once a stage III or IV, always a stage III or IV. They will be counted on OASIS-C forever.

When you see scars from old pressure ulcers, it might take a little research to determine if they had been stage IIIs or stage IVs, but they will still have to be addressed on OASIS. Standing with you for quality patient care.

Marshmallow and Heartburn

When people start talking about marshmallows, most people tend to think about that bag of big fluffy white snacks that people like to take with them on camping trips. However before these essential components to s’mores became a mass produced snack item, they were actually made from the root of a plant that could be found growing in the marshlands. The marshmallow plant, also known as Althea, has a white root that is slightly sweet to the taste. Along with being a traditional ingredient in everyone’s favorite campfire snack, Marshmallow root was also used in traditional medicine to help soothe coughs, irritations and help to combat heartburn.

It’s all about the mucilage

Marshmallow, or althea root (as most health food stores like to label it), contains a high percentage of mucilage. Mucilage is a substance that swells up and takes on a gel like consistency when it is mixed with water. This gel like substance can then coat the inner lining of your throat and esophagus and help protect and soothe it making it an ideal additive to natural cough and sore throat remedies.

This ability to coat and soothe also makes marshmallow root tea an ideal remedy for mild heartburn because of its ability to shield the lining of the esophagus from the harmful effects of stomach acid reducing inflammation and irritation. It is also thought to be helpful in cases of ulcers, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease because it can also help coat the lining of the stomach and intestinal walls.

Besides being used as a tea to help with a host of digestive and throat ailments, Marshmallow root can also be used as a paste to help soothe irritated skin. Simply mixed the powdered root with enough water to make a paste and apply it to the affected skin and then wrap with a layer of gauze. However, be sure to rinse off immediately if any itching or irritation occurs.

Side Effects

While drinking marshmallow root tea will help keep stomach acid from irritating the lining of your esophagus, there are also certain side effects that you should be aware of. Since mucilage does coat the digestive tract, it will also interfere with the absorption of prescription drugs so be sure to give it at least two hours to wear off before taking your daily pills. Marshmallow is also capable of affecting blood levels so people with diabetes or hypoglycemia should consult a physician before taking it.

Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes is a dangerous disease. It’s a silent killer, as the symptoms are not visible for many years. However, an awareness of the symptoms can help a long way in giving a new life to the patient.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Diabetes comes packed with serious complications such as cataract, blindness, nephropathy, and thrombosis. The common symptoms are fatigue, nausea, and palpitations. The most serious complication is hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, which can lead a person to coma. In the long run, this gruesome disease can cause complications like blindness, infarction, amputation, and renal diseases.

Diabetics should be more particular about their feet, as they become fragile and vulnerable to complications. The wounds have a risk of developing abscesses and even gangrene. This leads to imputing the infected limb. In addition to this, diabetics are much sensitive to certain oral as well as gynecological infections, as the bacteria responsible for these infections are attracted towards “sugar”.

Chronic hyperglycemia attacks the tiny blood capillaries of the eyes as well as the kidney. And if the patient is lax in treatment, it may affect the nerves of the body. Over time, it may lead to blindness and renal failure.

Diabetes also leads to the blockage of blood vessels. Hence, the heart and lungs of the patient do not get sufficient supply of blood. It may lead to death.

The condition of hypoglycemia can also lead a person to coma. It happens when the patient is not regular in giving insulin shots to the body.

How To Recognize Whether The Patient Is Hyperglycemic Or Hypoglycemic?

It is difficult to say without conducting tests. However, one good way of recognizing is by smelling their breath. A hyperglycemic’s breath smells very sweet. This is because of the burning of ketones as fuel in the body.

What Is Acidic Ketosis?

Acidic ketosis is a condition when the body is unable to utilize glucose as fuel. The sugar cannot enter the cells of the body due to the absence of insulin. The cells get attacked and leads to their considerable degradation into ketones. For the body, these ketones are nothing but toxic waste. If this condition is not checked in time, it may lead to coma and death.

Treatment Is The Only Key

Before insulin was discovered, type 1 diabetes was fatal. Today, the scenario is different. There are treatments available and type 1 diabetics have a chance to lead normal lives provided they follow the treatment seriously and are careful with their lifestyle.

America has many cases of people going blind or suffering from renal complications due to lack of proper treatment of diabetes. This should not happen. Medical science has advanced so much that it can give the diabetics a normal healthy life to live. The only condition is that the patients should be determined to fight diabetes and not just resign to their fate.

Thus, the key to controlling diabetes is proper treatment on time.

Silent Heart Attack

Heart attacks are a major cause of death and disability. Most people assume that the onset of a heart attack is accompanied by a series of symptoms such as chest pain and pain in the right arm or passing out. For the victim of the silent heart attack this is not always the case. The silent heart attack can come on with very minor symptoms and be just as deadly as any other heart attack. A heat attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle itself is blocked and causes part of the heart to die. This in turn causes the heart to malfunction.

Recovering from a heart attack is contingent on the swiftness of the reaction to its symptoms. Delay can be deadly in the event of a heart attack. By virtue of the fact that a silent heart attack comes on without the extreme symptoms a person generally expects in the event of a heart attack, immediate treatment is quite often delayed until it is too late. Symptoms of the silent heart attack can be as follows. Pain in your arms,chest and jaw that seem to get better if you rest. Being short of breath and getting tired easily. Chest pain is a major red flag for an oncoming heart attack it is not always present during a silent heart attack.

Fast treatment is the key to surviving a heart attack. Due to the fact that the symptoms of the silent heart attack can feel relief with a little rest, they sometimes can delay treatment which in turn can be devastating. Jaw pain in a heart attack can sometimes mistaken for a tooth ache and the arm pain can be misconstrued for a pulled muscle. The chest pain can be attributed to an ulcer, heart burn or severe gas pain. This has caused people to sit at home and misdiagnose themselves and die from an otherwise treatable heart attack. Determining if you are at risk for a silent heart attack is a preemptive step you can take.

Those mostly at risk for a silent heart attack are people who have had a previous heart attack. Also at risk are diabetics and those over the age of sixty-five and people prone to strokes. Some medications can carry with them a risk of making a person more at risk for a silent heart attack. Always ask your doctor to explain in detail all side effects of any medication you are prescribed. Smoking and alcohol consumption can also increase the risk of heart attack as can being over weight. It is important to bear in mind that everyone can take steps to minimize their risk of having a silent heart attack. Exercising more and talking to your doctor can only help to reduce your chances.

If you have taken stock of your risk factors and have determined that you are at risk for a silent heart attack then a plan of action should be in place in the event you ever do find yourself having a silent heart attack. Never let doubt come into play in such a serious situation. This is a common problem. People have actually delayed seeking treatment for a heart attack because they were worried about the resulting medical bills. What good is money if your dead? People have gone to chiropractors and dentists to find relief from the symptoms of a silent heart attack. Make your plans before the symptoms occur when you can think clearly and with a cool head.

Heart Disease in Senior Citizens

Heart disease is a general term that refers to various, more specific heart conditions. As we age, risk of heart disease increases. It is important that senior citizens practice heart healthy behaviors like getting enough physical activity and eating a well-balanced diet. It is just as important that senior citizens understand heart disease so that they can prevent and, if necessary, detect and treat their condition. Those involved in senior citizen elder care should also know about heart disease.  Recognizing the symptoms and knowing how to respond to certain heart conditions can save lives. 

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

Coronary heart disease can lead to heart attack or other serious complications and is the most common type of heart disease in the United States. When the coronary arteries (the vessels that carry blood to the heart) build up plaque, they become narrower. This makes it more difficult for blood to reach the heart, resulting in CHD. The narrowing and “hardening” of the arteries due to plaque buildup is referred to as atherosclerosis. This can cause decreased blood flow, and therefore oxygen supply, to the heart. 

In some cases of CHD, oxygen supply may be completely cut off to a portion of the heart, resulting in a heart attack. Angina, a condition characterized by chest pain or discomfort, can also occur when the heart is not getting sufficient oxygen. Sometimes CHD results in heart failure, a severe condition where the heart cannot pump properly. Irregular heart beats known as arrhythmias may also occur. 

Angina is the most common symptom in people with CHD. Still, some people do not experience symptoms and are not diagnosed until they have a heart attack. It is important that both people with symptoms and those at high risk undergo tests to diagnose CHD.  Factors that increase risk include high blood pressure, high (LDL) cholesterol levels, high blood glucose levels, and a history of heart disease. 

Treatment involves addressing unhealthy lifestyle factors that increase the risk of developing CHD and its complications. Medicines to reduce high (LDL) cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, decreased blood flow, or other possible problems may be helpful. Additional medical treatments or surgical procedures may also be necessary. 

Heart Attack

Heart attack, also referred to as myocardial infarction, occurs when the oxygen supply to a portion of the heart is severely reduced. When the heart doses not receive sufficient oxygen, its cells begin to die. As more time passes, greater damage is done and death can result. Heart attack is most commonly caused by coronary artery disease, but may also be the result of a severe spasm of the coronary artery. 

A person experiencing a heart attack needs immediate emergency care. For a person having a heart attack, the more quickly emergency treatment is administered, the greater the chances of survival. Because of this, it is important to recognize symptoms of a heart attack and quickly call 9-1-1. Physicians, as well as emergency medical personnel, can perform the emergency treatment. A trained bystander may also perform CPR or operate an automated external defibrillator, if accessible. 

Heart attack may result in permanent damage to the heart. This makes heart attack survivors at greater risk of experiencing another heart attack as well as other serious complications. Heart attack survivors should undergo cardiac rehabilitation to help improve their cardiovascular health. Some lifestyle changes included in rehabilitation are increasing physical activity, dietary changes, stress management, quitting smoking, and weight loss. Medication may also be necessary. Before retuning to daily activities such as driving, work, physical activity, sex, and air travel, heart attack survivors should consult their doctor. 

Other Conditions

Angina: When the heart is not getting enough oxygen, chest pain known as angina may result. It can be experienced as a squeezing pain or pressure in the chest. Pain in the shoulders, neck, jaw, arms, or back may also occur. Other times, a person with angina thinks they are experiencing indigestion. Angina is classified as either stable or unstable. If angina occurs under physical, mental, or emotional stress it is referred to as stable. Unstable angina occurs when a person is at rest, and without any apparent cause. 

Aortic Aneurism and Dissection: The aorta extends from the heart supplying blood to all parts of the body. When the aorta expands or dilates an aneurysm results. When the aorta ruptures an emergency situation called dissection results.

Acute Coronary Syndrome: This term describes people with an acute heart attack or unstable angina. 

Arrhythmia: An arrhythmia is the irregular beating of the heart. Electrical impulses control the heartbeat. If these impulses are disrupted,an arrhythmia results. Some are serious while others are less severe at first but become more serious over time. 

Cardiomyopathy: When the heart muscle is weakened or there is a change in the structure of the heart muscle, cardiomyopathy occurs. It can be caused by previous heart attacks, infections, and other factors; and may result in abnormal functioning of the heart. 

Congenital Heart Disease: Congenital heart disease is the result of birth defects that disrupt the blood flow through the heart. Examples include abnormalities in the chambers of the heart or heart valves.  Genes as well as adverse exposures during pregnancy can cause this type of heart disease. 

Heart Failure: This is sometimes referred to as chronic or congestive heart failure. This is a serious condition that occurs when the heart does not pump enough blood, leaving organs without sufficient oxygen supply. 

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): This disease is characterized by the “hardening” of the arteries that supply oxygen to the limbs. It is usually caused by arteriosclerosis, the plaque buildup that narrows the arteries. Insufficient oxygen supply to the limbs may cause muscle pain, numbness, and swelling in the arms or legs. 

Rheumatic Heart Disease: This disease refers to heart damage caused by inflammation and scarring resulting from rheumatic fever. 

Eales Disease – Disease of the Eye

Eales disease is a rare disease that affects the eye of young males. It is also known as angiopathia retinae juvenilis and is distinguishing by inflammation, and hemorrhage of the eye due to abnormal growth of new blood vessels. The disease was first discovered by Henry Eales in the year 1880 and since then there has been no know cause and definite cure for the disease. Some researchers have linked Eales disease with Tuberculosis.

Although the disease is prevalent in men; women too have been diagnosed with the disease. Males between the ages of 20 to 30 years are the most vulnerable in the group and the disease is most common in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

Symptoms include retinal hemorrhage, depressed vision field, flashes of light, white cloudy liquid and floating spots. The disease usually affects one eye but it is also possible for both the eyes to get affected. Vigorous exercise such as long distance running, weight lifting, and any other strenuous sports also tends to increase the flow of cloudy white liquid thereby blocking vision.

Treatment: There is no exact cure or treatment for Eales disease. But treatment of the eye with laser has shown some temporary relief. The laser blocks the broken blood vessels and also prevents the vessel from further abnormal growth.

Precautionary Measures: Do not panic, see a doctor and ask for the any new treatments available. Take care of your eye. Try a complete body detox and cleansing diet. There are many body detox programs available. But choose the one that suits you well.