Vicks Vaporub For Toenail Fungus – Does It Actually Work?

Vicks Vaporub is one of the more popular talked about and promoted home remedies for the nasty condition of toenail fungus. Some people claim to have had success using Vicks as a remedy although the science behind it being a cure is a bit sketchy in my opinion.

What Is In Vicks?

Vicks is basically a topical analgesic that contains a number of ingredients including menthol, camphor, eucalyptus and some other ingredients in a petroleum base.

Where Did This Cure Originate From?

Although the point of origination for this so called cure is difficult to pinpoint, one of the main reasons that this method has become very popular is due to Dr. Peter Gott MD, a medical doctor considered America’s most widely read medical columnist. He has written and said when asked about toenail fungus “You might consider trimming your nail and applying a petrolatum menthol salve to the top and underside twice daily. The process may take a month or more, but a healthy nail should ultimately grow out, replacing the yellow discoloration you are likely experiencing”. He has also stated “It has proven its antifungal properties with toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and jock itch”

What Does The Company That Produces Vicks Have To Say About It

According to their website, when asked is Vicks Vaporub safe to use for toenail fungus, the answer given by the company is “We haven’t tested nor has the FDA approved Vicks VapoRub as a toenail fungus treatment. Therefore, we do not recommend it for treatment of toenail fungus”. That is a pretty direct answer.

What Steps Should You Take To Get Rid Of Your Nail Fungus

Nail Fungus is a problem that needs to be taken care of before it gets worse. Although not life threatening, left unchecked it could cause complications for certain people. There is no reason not to treat it properly and to get rid of this unsightly condition. Forget Vaporub treatment as stated from the company itself that manufactures it, it doesn’t work.

What Works And Where Should You Go For More Information?

There are a number of OTC remedies that work really well and that are worth a try. If caught early enough before the fungus gets way out of hand, then these should do the trick for you. Why waste your time and efforts trying some nonsense home cures that will just frustrate you more when taking care of this problem is actually not that complicated at all.

Yeast Allergies – Allergy Shots for the Cure

A friend of mine is going to start receiving allergy shots next Wednesday, and before that he asked me if this will help a lot if he has severe allergies. His most potent allergy is from his cat that he loves so much, and there is no way for him getting arid of it. He also read that allergy shots do nothing for cat allergies, so now he is wondering why he is getting them in the first place. He takes Zyrtec every night and that helps a little, but he is very allergic to dust, molds, pollen, foods, chemical sensitivities, etc. He also wonders if these shots will feed the yeast.

I have been receiving allergy shots for about a year and they do help me, but it is only for my environmental allergies (dust, pollen, dog, cat, horse, etc), my food allergies (corn, dairy, and yeast). Still, I have to control it with my diet. But, your mileage may vary, so I would say go ahead and try the shots for a while and see how they affect you.

I also understand what he means about not getting rid of his pet. I found out I was allergic to dogs when I had 4 of them! I kept them, but with the shots and some other changes I made, I feel so much better. By the way, the biggest change I made was to get rid of all the carpet in my house. That is not only helped my allergy to dust, but also made it much easier to keep my house clean and free of dog dander.

EFT For Depression – 5 Top Tips

Do you suffer from depression?

Do you know somebody who does and you want to use EFT to help them?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an excellent, fast and easy way to help treat and cure depression in yourself and others.

Depression is not something that you can buy at the supermarket. Yet we think of depression as an object and something real. You cannot pick it up and put it in your shopping basket.

Depression can have many other names: low self esteem, just feeling unhappy, feeling like…., sadness, fear, guilt, not being on top form etc.

Here are my top tips for treating and curing depression with EFT.

1. Not Being Specific Enough – Since depression can go by any other name, if you are tapping for depression. Depression is a very global and large term. Whilst just tapping with the following phrase – Even though I have this depression will get results.

It will take a longer time for you to see the results that you want. The more specific you are, the quicker and bigger your results.

Ask yourself

When do I notice that I suffer from depression? Be honest with yourself, do you feel depressed all the time?

How do I suffer from depression? If you had to teach me how you do depression for the day. How would you describe your depression? What does it feel like?

When does it happen? Does it have a color or physical location in your body? What are your physical symptoms? Tap on a physical symptom.

Even though I have this heavy weight in my back.

Who specifically triggers your ‘depressed’ sensations? Often you can feel great until you see somebody and they say something to you.

What triggers your depression? Is it a thought or at a specific time, location?

When you talk to others about what you are experiencing, how do you describe it? Do you tap on what you experience?

2. Wrong Emotion – Since there are so many words to describe your depression or what you think is depression. You most likely are tapping on the wrong emotion. Luckily for you, EFT always works, so tapping on any emotions will bring you results.

I remember tapping when I was just feeling down, yet nothing was shifting for me. Then I tapped on low self esteem and bam, I had an EFT Champagne moment. I had no idea I was suffering from low self esteem. I just felt like…

3. Giving Up Too Soon -Many people give up too soon with EFT and tapping on depression. This is often because you are not tapping on what you are actually feeling or experiencing. Do EFT little and often. Think of what you are feeling. Go grab a thesaurus, tap on all the words related to what you think you are feeling.

4. Depression Helps You – Why would you want to give up being depressed and holding on to it like a badge of honor? People with depression get treated differently by their friends and family. People like feeling special and at the centre of attention. Do you fear losing all this special attention when you give up feeling depressed?

5. Many Sides To Depression – Since there are many words to describe depression, do you actually have depression? Are you hiding other emotions? Anger, fear, sadness or guilt. Depression is often a mask for one of the higher primary emotions. What are you angry about? What do you fear?

What would happen in the next 30 days if you tapped on all the primary emotions first in all you major life areas?

Specific Phobia – Which of the Two Different Types of Social Phobia Do You Have?

There are two different types of social phobia. The first is generalized, where anything and everything in the way of social interaction has the potential to send your nerves into overdrive. People who are only afraid of a few or a particular type of social interaction have non-generalized or specific social phobia.

To help determine if you are suffering from social phobia answer “yes” or “no” to the following three questions:

1. Is being embarrassed or looking stupid one of your worst fears?

2. Does fear of embarrassment cause you to avoid interacting with people or doing things?

3. Do you avoid activities where you are the focus or center of attention?

Affirmative answers to these questions are a good indication that you may be struggling with the disorder. However, there are also physical symptoms and mental attitudes and behaviors that can help clue you in to social phobia.

Some of the physical symptoms that you might be struggling with include:

– blushing

– sweating

– nausea

– dry mouth

– tremors

– diarrhea

Some of the mental and behavioral attitudes that you might be struggling with include:

1. You have an extreme and persistent fear of one or more social situations where you need to perform, interact or are exposed to unfamiliar people or scrutiny by others. You are afraid that you will humiliate or embarrass yourself by showing anxiety symptoms.

2. You experience terrible anxiety or a panic attack when being exposed to the feared social situation.

3. You know your fear is excessive or unreasonable.

4. You either suffer intense anxiety or distress about or avoid situations where social performance is required.

5. Your normal routine, work, social activities, or relationships suffer distress or deterioration as a result of fear avoidance.

6. You have trouble asserting yourself.

7. You obsess over the reactions and responses of others to what you say and do.

8. You are especially sensitive to critiques, evaluations, criticism or rejection.

While this list of symptoms, behavior and attitudes is a good start, it is not exhaustive and you certainly don´t need to encounter all of these problems to have this disorder. Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of the phobia are similar to panic disorder and agoraphobia so the phobia can often be confused with one of these other problems.

It is important to try to pinpoint the particular anxiety disorder you are struggling with. A doctor may need to assist you and should certainly be consulted if you have immediate concerns about your health or well being.

While many of the suggested tactics are similar for dealing with all three conditions, there are some important differences and the focus is different so it is important to define what you are struggling with.

Since social phobia is an anxiety disorder that frequently strikes children or begins in early adolescence and continues into and through adulthood, it is important to consider the manifestation of symptoms in childhood. Many of the physical reactions will be similar but for children they may also include:

– tantrums

– crying

– clinging to parents or other trusted and familiar people

– freezing or lack of talking

Many of the behavioral and attitude symptoms will be the same but should be adjusted for the age of the child. Children will also struggle with expressing and understanding their fears. For children and adolescents it is important to distinguish between phobia symptoms and general adolescent growing pains.

The symptoms of this phobia often work in a vicious circle. The symptoms lead to actual or perceived poor performances, which in turn increase the anxiety and avoidance. Understanding the origins or causes of your social phobia will help with treatment and give you further insight into how to battle these feelings and the difficulties they present.

Anxiety Disorders – There Is Hope!

Anxiety disorder is the general term encompassing a number of specific disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias.

Each of these disorders can be debilitating, and there is hope to move beyond the paralysis that comes to the sufferer from any of the specific anxiety disorders!



Panic Disorder:

Characterized by feelings of physical distress, panic attacks can cause heart palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, tingling, shaking, stomach upset, trouble swallowing or a tight throat, sweating, and a host of other symptoms which trigger the sympathetic nervous system’s fight or flight response. Our bodies are designed to trigger the fight or flight mechanism during high stress situations when increased adrenaline is needed for immediate danger. We are not designed to function in day to day situations in this way.

Panic disorder typically develops in early adulthood, with the median age of onset 24 years old, but the disorder can begin at any age throughout adulthood.

About one in three people with panic disorder develops agoraphobia, a condition in which the individual becomes afraid of being in any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of a panic attack.

OCD – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

Approximately 2.2 million American adults age 18 and older, or about 1.0 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have OCD.

The first symptoms of OCD often begin during childhood or adolescence, however, the median age of onset is 19. OCD tendencies are sometimes noted in a person who may learn effective ways of managing their compulsion. Nonetheless, the compulsion toward a specific behavior or ritual still has a level of control over this person; effective, non-medication treatment is available to help overcome these tendencies.

PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD affects more than 7.7 million American adults over the age of 18; approximately 3.5 percent of adults suffer from the effects of PTSD. Have you experienced or witnessed an event in which you expected a serious injury or even death to occur? Has this resulted in any of the following: you are not sleeping well; you keep re-living the experience; you feel vigilant about your safety, jumpy, anxious, and/or have mood swings. These are the common symptoms of PTSD. It is estimated that more than 20% of veterans returning from war, including WW II, Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan. Additionally, victims of natural or human-caused disasters, terrorism, crime, or survivors of sexual trauma commonly experience these symptoms. These ongoing problems are the brain’s way of coping with salient events long after these events have ended.

Approximately 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older, or about 3.5 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have PTSD. This can be a debilitating anxiety disorder, and the long-term effects of untreated PTSD manifest in ongoing and worsening physical and mental health issues.

GAD – Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) tend to feel pressured, worried, and restless. Often people with this problem think about one responsibility after another and are often distracted from enjoyable activities by intrusive thoughts about what they “should” be doing. Although different suffers may have many different worries that paralyze them, there is often a unifying theme to the worrying with someone suffering from GAD, such as a fear of failure, or approval.

Approximately 6.8 million American adults, or about 3.1 percent of people age 18 and over, suffer with GAD. It can begin at any age, though the median age of onset is 31 years old.

Phobias

Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Approximately 15 million American adults age 18 and over, or about 6.8 percent of people, struggle with social phobia. Social phobia begins in childhood or adolescence, typically around 13 years of age.

Agoraphobia involves intense fear and anxiety of any place or situation where escape might be difficult, leading to avoidance of situations such as being alone outside of the home, traveling in a car, bus, or airplane, or being in a crowded area. Approximately 1.8 million American adults age 18 and over have agoraphobia without a history of panic disorder. The median age of onset of agoraphobia is 20 years of age.

Specific phobia involves marked and persistent fear and avoidance of a specific object or situation. Approximately 19.2 million American adults age 18 and older, or about 8.7 percent of people have some type of specific phobia. Specific phobia typically begins in childhood; the median age of onset is seven years.

An Integrated Approach to Wellness:

Regardless of the anxiety disorder one suffers from, there is help for the condition! At Dallas Brain & Wellness Institute, our goal is to work with each client to reduce or eliminate symptoms related to anxiety disorders. We utilize neurofeedback, altering the brainwaves to bring them back into a normal state. Additionally, through Christian counseling, we address related behaviors and patterns that have developed in thoughts and actions related to the anxiety disorder. In cases where client is currently on medication, as the brain heals and we effectively work through related thought and behavior patterns, we work closely with the client’s physician to reduce and/or eliminate medications. As the client nears the end of treatment, we move from counseling to Hemispheric life coaching. The client is able to look to the future making balanced, healthy decisions from a place of hope, healing, and wellness!

Written by: Dr. Stephanie Golder

Cure Toenail Fungus – Home Remedies Can Help You

Do you want to cure toenail fungus by any means? Of course, it is the aspiration of millions of people of United States who are suffering with fungal nail. It is awful when one comes to know that the bodily micro organisms cause this by eating the healthy nail and tissues close to it. The problem comes to be known when the nail gets discolored with pale yellow or thick brown. The foot nail fungus gradually causes cramps and cracks, and you will also smell a bad odor. As such, it should not be allowed to develop further because the later effects will be threatening.

You cannot walk on bare foot in public area without socks or shoes. The damp floor will be causing you a killing pain to your infected fingernail. So, it cannot be a fun that you are simply managing with the infected nail starting no treatment. If you are wise, you should consult your doctor when you suspect any sign of toenail fungus. In case you feel hesitating, you have the option for alternative remedies. In drug therapy, there is ample chance for side effects whereas home remedies for toenail fungus can nullify the chance for side effects during or after treatment.

It is foolish to live with toenail fungus while you have home treatments to suit your convenience. Of course, the amount to spend will also be comparatively less than the amount for typical medication. So, it is in your hands that you choose home remedies by considering the benefits and good aspects. If the infection is minor, home remedies using some medicinal oils will kill the ingrown toenail fungus without side effects. When the fungal infection is acute, removal of the infected nail may be suggested before administering any medicine for your toenail fungus cure.

When you are decided to choose home remedies to cure toenail fungus, you have the internal choice. Treatment of toenail fungus with medicinal oils play an attractive role, and the oils can be had from nearby stores. With popularity, you have the olive oil, oregano oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil for home treatment of nail fungus. It is simply to prepare the oil mixed solution in warm water in which the infected toenail foot is soaked well and kept in for ten minutes. This is repeated for 3 or 4 times a day, and the infection can be completely killed in 4 to 5 months.

Getting to the Truth about Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is something most people know very little about. We may see a few different advertisements or commercials about nail fungus treatment and prevention, but we really do not know what nail fungus actually is. Nail fungus is a fungal infection of the nail also known as onychomycosis in the medial world.

Studies show that while nail fungus is a common occurrence, it will typically infect the toenails. Very seldom will nail fungus attack the fingernails. Further studies show that approximately twelve percent of the U.S. population has some sort of nail fungus and it is typical with age. People aged 40 and older are the most susceptible to nail fungus. Like many other forms of affliction, nail fungus is hereditary; it seems to run in families. Some others may be more susceptible to nail fungus as well such as those who have a suppressed immune system due to certain diseases or treatments. People who have been diagnosed with AIDS, have received transplants, are undergoing cancer treatments are at risk.

In order to determine if you have nail fungus, you must make an appointment with a dermatologist. They will scrape your infected nail and submit it for microscopic examination. The nail will be carefully examined with a microscope and, occasionally, cultured, to determine what type of fungus is growing in the nail. Your dermatologist will determine if you have nail fungus and which type you have. Dermatophytes are nail fungus found in the toenails. Yeast is the type of nail fungus found in the fingernails.

If your dermatologist has diagnosed either type of nail fungus, he or she will prescribe one of many varieties of treatments available to combat the infection. In treatment of nail fungus, there are prescriptions such as gels, creams, and lotions that may be affective in treating mild cases of nail fungus. For particularly harsh cases, your dermatologist may prescribe oral medication to clear the problem. In extreme cases, the doctor may remove the nail, either the section that is infected or the entire nail to assist in treatment of the nail fungus.

The good news about nail fungus is, if you do get it, it can be treated fairly quickly. There are also steps you can take to avoid getting the infection or avoid getting it again. Talk to your dermatologist, he or she will provide you with the necessary information you need about nail fungus and how you can prevent it.

Disclaimer – The information presented here should not be interpreted as or substituted for medical advice. Please talk to a qualified professional for more information about nail fungus.

The Chinese Way How to Heal a Sprained Ankle

Are you wondering what the best way to heal a sprained ankle is? The question here is how to heal it. Of course on the internet you’ll find lots of information about RICE and how to rest and ice your ankle for 48 hours, but there is little to be found on the rehabilitation aspect of how to heal a sprained ankle. When I sprained my ankle in China three months ago, I was very surprised with the traditional techniques they used, but more surprised that they also use RICE which is a pretty western and scientific approach on how to heal a sprained ankle.

After the initial rest, ice, compression, and elevation period (I didn’t really compress it until later when I began to walk on it), they suggested immediate massage and walking on it as soon as possible. When speaking about how to heal a sprained ankle, the Chinese doctor had a lot to say about “bad” or “old” blood being in the injury area, probably related to the swelling and blood clots down there. The important idea is to get new blood to replace the old blood, something that is also used in acupuncture techniques (I also broke my leg in china).

Now, although during the RICE period, getting too many fluids to the ankle area can increase swelling and therefore pain and also can be detrimental to the healing process, after 48 hours, when RICE becomes less effective, getting fresh blood to the area can aid in removing blood clots and scar tissue and get you ankle back to normal. They insisted that I massage the area and try to move the joint as much as possible (beginning with the toes as my injury was more serious and I couldn’t move my ankle much). This prevents the joint from locking up and makes moving and exercising it later much easier. I was given a “musk deer” rub which was also used to stimulate blood flow. The feeling was a bit like tiger-balm if you’ve ever heard of it, so I’m sure you could find something similar. Keeping the area elevated at night, I walked on it as much as possible, always pushing the limits but never straining beyond what I knew I could do. Within three days I was walking and five days I was climbing stairs normally. Two weeks I was running and a month later I’ve got no problems whatsoever. It truly was a unique experience in “how to heal a sprained ankle” the Chinese way.

It seems strange that many people who suffer from sprained ankles spend months healing. I think the difference lies in the activeness of rehabilitation after the injury.

How to Make Your Skin Stronger – You Don’t Have to Live With Paper Thin Skin

Stronger skin is possible for anyone.

You can build even delicate, paper-thin skin into firmer, more flexible and stronger skin with proper nourishment. Here is how to make your skin stronger and more youthful.

How severe is the problem?

Delicate skin means different things to different people. If you’re 18 and your skin is easily bruised compared to your friends, you probably think you have delicate skin, and you’re probably right. But this is a minor issue compared to some women.

Some women, especially older women with long-standing health problems, have skin so thin and fragile it bruises at any little bump, breaks and bleeds easily, and seems to take forever to heal. Even such frail skin can grow thicker and stronger, with good nourishment. But of course it will take longer to be really strong and healthy.

You may be surprised at how quickly skin can improve, however. While the life span of a skin cell can vary a bit, on average skin cells are replaced about every 35 days. So in a month, with proper nourishment, new skin cells can begin to improve your skin’s strength and flexibility. It will look better, too!

The cause of thin, delicate skin

Skin gets thin in the aging process. That does NOT mean simply that time does it, period. There are definite causes of aging skin, and all the most important can be reversed. The three biggest causes are loss of collagen and elastin, loss of hyaluronan, and oxidation damage.

First a brief look at improving your overall health, because a healthy body is great for your skin, too.

— If you smoke, you already know it’s bad for your lungs and health. Did you know it damages skin? It’s true. Studies have shown that the skin of smokers begins to get thin, sag, and develop lines and wrinkles years sooner than non-smokers.

— The foods that are great for overall health are also the best for skin health. Fish and lean meats, vegetables (especially green salads, the deeper in color the better) and fruits (whole fruit is better than juice) are all wonderful nourishment. What isn’t? Foods with added sugar (high-fructose corn syrup is worst of them all), and the simple starches like bread, cereals, potatoes and pizza crust, are all going to raise the levels of sugar in your blood and your body.

Here is what sugar does to your skin:

— A little-known underlying cause of the loss of collagen and elastin that thins and weakens skin is the process called glycation. Glycation happens when a molecule, usually a sugar, attaches itself to a healthy protein and creates a strangely sticky molecule that can form clumps or long chains. Called Advanced Glycation End-products or AGEs, they destroy collagen and elastin in the skin and lead to thin skin, sagging and wrinkles.

— Besides cutting way back on sugars and starches, you can take a good supplement containing Carnosine, at least 50 mg a day. Carnosine (not Carnitine) is the only natural substance that both prevents glycation and actually stops the process after it has begun.

From paper thin to stronger skin

A skin cream or lotion can strengthen your skin, beginning quite fast and improving month after month.

No skin care ingredient is most effective when used all by itself. All of them work best in a formula created by experts. But probably the single most effective ingredient I know, to strengthen skin, thicken it, add flexibility and prevent oxidation damage, is a trademarked ingredient called Cynergy TK.

Here are some benefits of Cynergy TK shown in clinical trials.

  • It stimulated the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, improving skin cell growth by 160 percent.
  • It improved the skin’s elasticity by 42 percent in just 18 days.
  • It blocked the most important inflammation process in the skin by 70 percent.
  • It showed dramatic antioxidant power — essential to stopping the oxidation damage that weakens and ages skin.

It’s one excellent ingredient to look for if you need a skin cream to make your skin stronger.

Chiropractic Care for Seniors

One of the unfortunate effects of our golden years is suffering from age-related disorders. Some of these problems include irregular gait, poor balance, joint pain and stiffness, decreased strength and endurance, loss of muscle and bone mass, and an impaired healing rate.

Some important statistics:

· 1/3 of all seniors will have a serious fall at sometime in the remainder of their lives.

· Iatrogenic death (death caused by being in a hospital or as a side effect of a medication) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, following heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

· 17% of non-institutionalized individuals over age 65 have some difficulty in the performance of basic activities of daily living (eating, toileting, dressing, bathing, transferring, and walking).

· 30% of all women who are over the age of 50 and postmenopausal have osteoporosis.

· As a group, the elderly are the recipients of about 30% of prescriptions and 40% of over-the-counter medications.

What is Chiropractic?

The nerves in our bodies are the command center for everything else in our bodies. Chiropractors believe that since the nerves exit from the spine, a properly functioning spine is necessary to have a properly functioning nervous system, thereby leading to overall bodily health.

The goal of a doctor of chiropractic is to relieve you of a serious interference to your healing and health–the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). You may have it in you and feel no pain for years. It causes lack of health and wellness and robs you of vitality, strength, and energy. VSCs weaken your immune system, causing lowered resistance and setting the stage for sickness.

The treatment of symptoms is not the role of chiropractic. Chiropractors are not pain doctors. Many symptoms, in fact, are a necessary part of the healing process! For example, fevers help burn off infections; pain is a sign that something is wrong; high blood pressure is usually secondary to some body malfunction that deserves investigation. When a chiropractor corrects VSCs, he/she is helping the body to function more naturally, with less spinal imbalance, without interference to the nervous system. The body is then better able to heal itself.

This is all in contrast to the medical approach which often consists of suppressing symptoms: aspirin lowers fever, antihypertensive drugs lower blood pressure, painkillers relieve pain, antacids soothe the stomach, corticosteroids relieve inflammation…and the list goes on. The action of these drugs may be quick, and at times necessary, but they never deal with the cause of the symptom; they are only a Band-Aid for the symptom itself. Chiropractic strives to treat the cause, not the symptom, of a health problem.

What Will a Chiropractor Do?

He/she will start by taking a thorough history on you. He/she will then perform an exam to more closely identify your unique problem and its cause. This exam may or may not include X-rays. Then he/she will explain your problem and outline a treatment plan for you.

Just as an orthodontist doesn’t put on braces one day and expect the teeth to be straight the next, a chiropractor doesn’t perform one treatment and expect your spine to be perfect. It takes time and multiple treatments to train your spine to stay aligned.

Chiropractic Care for Seniors

Chiropractic care is 100% safe for seniors. If you are osteoporotic, your chiropractor can use gentler methods of adjusting to ensure your safety. The following are some common conditions that seniors suffer from and chiropractors can help:

Osteoarthritis

This is a common condition. The term “arthritis” is being phased out of use in recent years, as the suffix “-itis” implies inflammation. In fact, osteoarthritis is due to a wearing down of the cartilage in between joints, not inflammation. The condition is more correctly termed “degenerative joint disease.” This condition starts in most people in their 30s and then becomes worse as we age. It is worse in joints where there is some sort of postural stress or trauma.

The most recent research suggests that DJD is due to toxins that our body stores in joints, which eat away at the cartilage. Where there is excessive loading, the problem is accentuated. Most often, though, the degeneration is due to disuse instead of overuse. That is why joint mobilization is useful and helpful for DJD suffers. Your chiropractor can help mobilize joints, recommend pain-free exercises for you to keep the joints moving safely, and give you nutritional recommendations regarding joint health.

Bursitis

Bursa are sacs around your joints that keep tendons from rubbing on the bones. Bursitis is the condition when unusual stress to the area or friction from the surrounding structures causes these sacs to become inflamed. Occasionally, bursitis may be complicated by infection, in which case the area of the bursa is reddened, warm, swollen, and very tender. If infection is suspected, your chiropractor will make the appropriate referral. Otherwise, the chiropractor can adjust and mobilize the affected joints (yes, chiropractors can work on areas other than the spine!) so that the tendons do not rub there. He/she will also recommend the appropriate amount of rest and exercises so that the condition does not recur.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is defined as a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, leading to enhanced bone fragility and a consequent increase in fracture risk. The major consequence of osteoporosis is fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist. Approximately 20% of patients die within first year after a hip fracture and only 33% of survivors regain the level of function they had prior to the hip fracture. Vertebral fractures are usually found incidentally on X-rays and they can lead to loss of height, postural changes, increased thoracic curve (back humping) and persistent pain.

If you already suffer from or are at risk for osteoporosis, your chiropractor can make the proper nutritional recommendations for you to increase your bone health. He/she can also recommend an exercise program for you to increase your bone density. And of course, he/she can adjust you to keep you free from VSCs!

Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, affects one person in every 50 each year. It usually affects individuals between 40 and 70. Usually, the patient presents with insidious onset of shoulder pain; however, they can usually recall a specific date. When the pain is severe, it is present at rest and is increased with all shoulder movement. The pain is described as vague generalized shoulder pain, which can travel along the outside of the arm down into the forearm. The person has difficulty lying on the involved side and complains of sleep problems. The main complaint is that of stiffness, pain, and inability to move the shoulder.

Your chiropractor will combat this condition by focusing on pain relief with ice, ultrasound, or electrical therapy modalities. He/she will then provide gentle manipulation of the shoulder joint, and cervical and thoracic spine. He/she will then guide you through gentle exercises in a pain-free range of motion and continue on to more difficult shoulder stabilization exercises.

Building Anti-Herpes Anti-Viral Immunity As Part of Natural Alternative Herpes Treatment

Building Anti-Herpes Anti-Viral Immunity Is Simple

Most people do not understand that the one thing that helps build your immune system is one of the most simple and inexpensive beneficial supplements you can take everyday. The secret to building up your immune system to help it fight the herpes virus lies in probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria, most commonly found in yogurt. You can take higher amounts in supplements.

Herpes Sufferers Intestinal Tracts Are Unhealthy

The bacteria in your intestinal tract must be healthy. Anyone that has trouble with the herpes simplex virus most likely has what is called dysbiosis in their intestinal tract. Dysbiosis is defined as having an unhealthy imbalance of harmful to healthy bacteria in your intestines. The intestinal tract becomes dysbiotic from overuse of antibiotics, steroids, and eating a poor diet of refined carbohydrates and sugars. Healthy bacteria, or probiotics, protect us from harmful microbes by being in healthy balance. Therefore, what is important is replace the bad bacteria with healthy bacteria.

You can get some healthy bacteria from yogurt, but there are specific healthy bacteria that can actually build viral immunity. This occurs by these bacteria coming in contact with your own white blood cells communicating to your body’s immune system what is healthy and what is harmful for you. Studies have shown that these specific bacteria, not commonly found in yogurt, can build resistance against viruses. You will most likely find these bacteria in supplements. When you first begin taking these probiotics you will most likely notice some clearing of bad bacteria out of your body. As you take these probiotics over times you will notice your digestion and digestive processes becoming healthy then notice your resistance against the herpes virus is improving.

Autoimmune Progesterone Eczema Related To Menstrual Cycles

Because some types of eczema are triggered by a woman’s menstrual cycle, progesterone is sometimes part of the treatment plan. Many women complain of worsening acne and water retention during the menstrual cycle, but a few actually have autoimmune progesterone dermatitis (APD) a condition in which the menstrual cycle is associated with an number of skin conditions such as urticaria, eczema and others.

In affected women, the flare-ups typically occur three to ten days prior to the menstrual flow and they generally resolve two days after menstruation begins. Women with irregular menses may not have a correlation that is this clear and that can make autoimmune progesterone eczema more difficult to diagnose.

Because of the association between the menstrual cycle and eczema, progesterone creams and supplements are often used to treat the condition. Most women prefer to use supplements and creams that contain natural forms of progesterone. The amount and type of progesterone may vary from woman to woman. The regimen is closely associated with a woman’s monthly hormonal changes.

In addition to hormonal changes, food allergies can play a big role in eczema. Women who suffer from autoimmune progesterone eczema should be very aware of foods that aggravate their condition and avoid those foods altogether two weeks before menstrual flow begins.

Women who suffer from this skin condition should be extremely diligent about keeping the skin moisturized, especially in the week preceding their period. Frequent moisturizing locks in the skin’s own moisture to prevent dryness and cracking. One of the best ways to lock in moisture is to apply moisturizers immediately after bathing. It is also important to avoid irritating the skin by using harsh soaps or body sponges.

Irritants that can aggravate eczema include soaps, bubble baths, perfumes, cosmetic, laundry detergents, household cleaners and certain types of jewelry. Avoid personal care products that contain alcohol. Wash clothes only in hypoallergenic detergents and send them through the rinse cycle twice. Women with autoimmune progesterone eczema should wear clothes made from 100 percent cotton with no synthetic fibers. Bed linens should also be made from 100 percent cotton.

Women who are taking estrogen supplements for menopause symptoms should talk with their physicians before using natural or synthetic progesterone. Progesterone creams may increase the sensitivity of your skin to estrogen receptors. If you are taking progestin, such as Provera, you should stop using it immediately when you begin using progesterone cream. Many types of hormone replacement therapy, especially prescription strength medications, may interact adversely with progesterone.

A qualified holistic practitioner can help you decide if progesterone is the best method for treating your eczema. Autoimmune progesterone eczema has been treated successfully with natural products for many years.

What Happens To Endometriosis after Hysterectomy?

One of the more drastic solutions to overcome endometriosis has been to have a hysterectomy. But what happens to the symptoms of endometriosis after hysterectomy procedures are completed?

There are many challenges that a woman will face in her lifetime. One of these that effect over 80 million women worldwide is endometriosis. Women have resorted to various alternatives to rid themselves of this condition and gain relief from the painful symptoms. This article covers the impact of a hysterectomy on endometriosis symptoms.

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that occurs due to the abnormal misplaced growth of the endometrial tissues outside of the uterus.

Normally, these tissues are only to be found in the uterus. However, microscopic endometrial tissue can find their way into other parts of the body where they attach themselves to organs.

Commonly affected areas are the pelvic organs and intestines, but rarely these tissues can also be found the lungs and other locations in the body.

This condition can lead to debilitating pain and suffering, especially during menstruation. Engaging in sexual intercourse can cause pain and lead to bleeding. Bowel movements can become problematic due to the pain, and there are, many cases of back pain, nausea and occasionally vomiting. With all of these symptoms it becomes crucial to sufferers to find a solution.

Many people believe that hysterectomy might offer them the solution they are looking for. Considering that the root of the problem is the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue, which when triggered by the increased levels of estrogen each month cause bleeding and shedding, they feel removing the “trigger” may resolve the issue. And this would of course mean removal of the uterus.

However, this is one misconception that should be addressed.

There are certain disadvantages involved when choosing to undergo a surgical procedure that will remove your uterus and potentially your ovaries.

Before deciding on this life changing operation it is best to know what it can do to your body and what really happens to endometriosis after a hysterectomy operation.

Removing the uterus will not entirely stop the pain, discomfort and bleeding that endometriosis brings. These can still occur as the woman retains her ovaries that continue producing estrogen that prompts the endometrial tissue to swell, shed and bleed.

If you decide to have your ovaries removed this will bring on menopause, which comes with its own set of pretty frustrating side effects. Physically, you can feel tired all the time and suffer from headache, insomnia, joint pains and hair loss. Depression, anxiety, nervousness and constant mood swings are also common, as well as hot flashes and vaginal atrophy (dryness). For some women this doesn’t seem much improvement from the endometriosis symptoms.

You will also need to consider the emotional impact of your uterus and ovaries being removed, as without these childbearing is not possible. Your age and stage in life may determine whether this is something you are prepared to consider.

As endometrial tissue can be scattered throughout your pelvic region, removing the uterus and ovaries and then supplementing with hormone treatment to alleviate menopause symptoms may not be an option. By artificially regulating estrogen you may just be allowing the remaining endometrial tissue to continue to bring on the endo symptoms again.

Menopausal women, whether reached naturally or through artificial means, are also at risk of developing other health issues. They can be prone to heart diseases, arthritis and osteoporosis – something else to think about before definitely deciding on having a hysterectomy.

Finally, a woman’s body continues to produce estrogen even after menopause, so there is still the chance that the endometriosis symptoms can reoccur.

Considering the effects that a hysterectomy can bring about, it is really a crucial decision that must be carefully evaluated.

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Will endometriosis after hysterectomy procedure improve? It is usually impossible for anyone to predict. So, knowing the potential impacts allows you to weigh up the pros and cons of the decision that needs to be made.

When Do Ovarian Cysts Rupture?

Ovarian cysts shape when your normal, monthly cycle of egg growth, development and release goes awry. It is common for your ovaries to grow cystic structures (known as follicles) each month. These follicles produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are required to stimulate the release of an egg during your menstrual cycle. Sometimes, however, a normal follicle continues to grow and it becomes recognized as functional ovarian cyst.

Generally two types of cysts are believed to be present. A follicular cyst begins when the flow of luteinizing hormone (LH) that in a normal ovarian cycle, stimulates the egg to be released, fails to occur. The follicle as a result does not rupture or release its egg, but instead turns into a cyst.

Ovarian cysts are relatively common between women although they are quite harmless and there is no treatment that is required. Complex ovarian cysts, on the other hand, are less common and more bothersome. Complex ovarian cysts are so-called because unlike their trouble-free counterparts, they have both solid and liquid components.

These cysts can be very painful and cause great discomfort depending on the severity of the cyst’s form. Women discover the existence of complex ovarian cysts within themselves generally, when they have a routine medical check-up or when they start experiencing stern pain and discomfort together with the symptoms of an ovarian cyst. Type of cyst will be critical in finalizing the line of treatment. Let us try elucidation the three types of complex ovarian cysts, which exist.

-Dermoid Cysts: These cysts are formed from the same cells that make up the human egg and so have an almost-human appearance about them because of the growth of hair, teeth and even other tissues in the cysts. These cysts are not known to be of cancerous nature but they can definitely cause a lot of pain.

-Endometrioma: This is a type of cyst, which grows outside the uterus and is caused by endometriosis.

– Cystadenomas: Mucus and liquid are found in these large cysts and they are also usually very painful. They have been known to twist upon themselves at times thereby causing unbearable pain and discomfort. Serous cystadenomas contain a thin liquid and can grow up to 2-6 inches in diameter. Compared to that, mucinous cystadenoma is a liquid which is sticky and gelatinous. Mucinous cystadenomas may possibly grow as large as 6-12 inches in diameter.

Women suffering from complex ovarian cysts often have a discomforting feeling in their pelvis region especially around their periods and during intercourse. Apart from this, they might have problems with their menstrual cycle including excessive bleeding or cessation of menstruation. Complex ovarian cysts also have certain symptoms which are similar to those which are experienced during pregnancy like breast tenderness, vomiting and nausea.

A pelvic examination is required to diagnose ovarian cysts rupture. Pelvic ultrasounds can help to verify these diagnoses. Doctors will often order pregnancy tests to rule out pregnancy, and will even categorize blood tests. Women when suffered with excessive abdominal or pelvis pain should definitely see their medical consultant immediately.

When ovarian cysts are found to be complex, these cysts should be evaluated for cancer. Although not all complex ovarian cysts are cancerous, doctors should rule this out through a series of tests. Individual’s age and particular symptoms are taken into consideration by the medical consultants while preparing the final diagnosis of an ovarian cyst rupture.

Thrush Treatment

Before you can look into thrush treatment you must first understand the causes of a thrush infection. Candida is a fungus that lives in your mouth. It is present from infancy and it is usually kept in check by other organisms that also reside there. Sometimes, when you have a low resistance to infection, this fungus can grow and produce lesions on your tongue and in or around your mouth.

There are some causal situations that, if applicable to your condition, can help you determine if you have a thrush infection. You might have a lower immunity to thrush breakouts if you are taking antibiotics or steroids, have HIV or AIDS, are receiving chemotherapy or drugs to suppress your immune system, are very young or very old, have poor health and hygiene or have diabetes.

It is commonly seen in infants and thrush treatment is not usually necessary. In infancy, thrush is quite normal unless it lasts for longer than two weeks. The candida fungus can also cause a yeast infection of the vagina. The symptoms include whitish, velvety lesions in the mouth and tongue. Under the whitish material, the tissue is red and may bleed. The lesions can increase in number and even size.

To determine whether you are suffering from thrush, you should consult a dentist. He may simply need to take a look, or he may want to examine further either by microscopic examination of mouth scrapings, or by taking a culture of the lesions.

Thrush treatment is usually simple and fairly straight-forward. Your dentist may prescribe a healthier diet and suggest that you find a way to take control of your diabetes if you are diabetic, or you may need to take oral medication such as medicated mouthwash or lozenges. If these options don’t work after 5 to 10 days, then other medications can be prescribed.

In short, in infants, pediatrician intervention is only necessary if the thrush does not clear up after two weeks. Thrush treatment for adults may be as simple as taking antibiotics and may not recur depending on your immune status.