Cayenne Pepper and Heart Health – Is Cayenne a Cure For Heart Disease?

Cayenne pepper is one of the most powerful and beneficial herbs known to mankind, but unfortunately very few know of its efficacy. Cayenne pepper and heart health should be synonymous for anyone with heart disease or cardiovascular issues but it is not. Due to the power and might of Big Pharma and their unholy alliance with the United States government, many Americans are simply unaware of natural herbs that can dramatically improve their heart health.

“If this is true, then why haven’t the masses heard of it?” you may ask. A fair question. In a word, money. Literally billions of dollars have been spent on heart disease care and research, not to mention the billions on pharmaceutical drugs fighting cholesterol.

In fact, the number-one-selling drug in the US is Lipitor — ostensibly sold to reduce cholesterol and by extension heart disease. Cayenne could eliminate all that and that is why the medical establishment doesn’t want people to know about it.

Before discussing the benefits of cayenne pepper and heart health however, let’s consider the result of the billions that have been “invested” in the name of curing heart disease for if there is one fundamental criterion by which government and medical institutional spending should be judged, it should be by the results.

According to a May 25th, 2006 report by the BBC, heart disease is the biggest killer in the United Kingdom. Across the pond in the United States, the National Heart Foundation says, “Coronary heart disease is the single greatest cause of death for both men and women in the US, eclipsing all other causes, including cancer and lung diseases. Every year more than 479,000 Americans die of coronary heart disease.”

Clearly, the current allopathic (traditional Western medicine) approach is lacking.

The unholy collusion between government, pharmaceutical interests and institutional medicine, with its powerful financial influence, pervades nearly every facet of society. Homeopathic medicine is not only derided but persecuted and even criminalized while allopathic medicine is deified as the only way to health.

In reality, the joining of the best of allopathic and homeopathic interventions would be ideal, but for that to happen, results would have to be the final arbiter as to an intervention’s effectiveness, not corporate and governmental interests.

Background Info

So, what is cayenne? You probably recognize its name as a potent condiment often used in cooking, but its value lies well beyond its culinary uses. It is an herb that is nothing short of amazing.

It is a multi-talented herb that is also known, although obliquely so, as African red pepper, American red pepper, Spanish pepper, capsicum, and bird pepper. Cayenne is derived from two related plants. Specifically, the American variety (Capsicum minimum) is distinguished from its African counterpart the African birdseye cayenne (Capsicum fastigiatum) although both are highly beneficial to man. The African birdseye cayenne is the most pungent with small, yellowish red pods while the American variety is distinguished with its herb-sized plants and larger fruit or pods.

The food value of cayenne is known, of course, but its real value is as a medicinal and nutritional herb. Its medical uses include using it for wounds, heart disease, heart attacks, heart problems at large, ulcers, congestion, colds, chills, bleeding of the lungs, neuralgia, lumbago, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, high and low blood pressure, indigestion, and kidney and related problems. (This is by no means a comprehensive list as to the herb’s effectiveness.)

Cayenne is a stimulant and as such is an activator, carrier, and accentuator to other herbs as well. Still, it can and should be used by itself. Let’s discuss now some of those ancillary uses before we talk in depth about capsicum and heart health.

Cayenne pepper anti-fungal properties are tangible although this is not its primary health benefit. It has been shown in some studies to be active against collectotrichum and phomopsis, both of which are fungal pathogens. These important fungal pathogens affect strawberries and other fruits and are not directly related to humans per se.

However, cayenne immune system benefits are of interest to researchers. Currently, it is being studied by many nutritional supplement companies for its therapeutic and nutritional benefits. If you desire a natural anti-fungal aid, garlic is preferred over cayenne for garlic has long been known for its anti-fungal properties. (In Russia, it has long been called “the Russian penicillin.”)

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Capsicum increases metabolism by immediately influencing the venous structure. It is remarkable with its immediate effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements into the cell structure of capillaries, veins, arteries and helps adjust blood pressure to normal levels. Yes, cayenne pepper for high blood pressure is certainly one of its core uses, but it cleans the arteries as well.

It also stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and aids in assimilation and elimination. When taken internally, it warms the body and has even been used by some herbalist doctors to help severe frostbite as cayenne not only facilitates the healing of the flesh but it helps rebuild tissue as well.

Notwithstanding its hot taste, it is superb for rebuilding the tissue in the stomach for it actually facilitates rapid healing with stomach and intestinal ulcers. Capsicum for ulcers is not something most would have considered due to its native calidity but the author can testify to this aspect of this wonder herb.

Its Dramatic Effects

Dr. John Christopher, the famed natural herbalist, was persecuted relentlessly by the government while assisting patients in curing cancer, heart disease, pleurisy, tuberculosis, infertility, rheumatism, leukemia, and other maladies. One of his greatest stories in his long career was how he could instantly stop a heart attack if he could get the patient to drink a glass of warm cayenne water. In his writings, he said, “A teaspoon of cayenne should bring the patient out of the heart attack.”

(While this is not directly related to heart health, with internal hemorrhaging, if the patient can drink a glass of extra warm water with cayenne, Dr. Christopher wrote, “…by the count of ten the bleeding will stop. Instead of all the pressure being centralized, it is equalized and the clotting becomes more rapid.”)

Perhaps now you can see why cayenne is regarded as a “miracle herb.” With over 700,000 Americans experiencing a stroke each year and almost half a million dying of heart disease, the cure to a healthy heart is as close as your local grocery store. The cayenne detoxification drink, when taken religiously, will dramatically improve your heart health as well as your venous structure.

Side Effects of Cayenne Pepper

What are the side effects of cayenne pepper? What are its bad points? Well, it is certainly hot to the taste. Drinking what the author calls the cayenne detoxification drink is not for the faint of heart (on second thought perhaps it is!). When starting to drink the cayenne pepper detoxification drink, it tends to come out of the body’s orifices with a burning sensation.

Not to worry, though. It is very beneficial. In fact, capsicum will help clear up hemorrhoids if taken regularly — especially if the hemorrhoid sufferer changes their diet to one more rich in fiber.

To mitigate its heat, the author suggests starting with just a half a teaspoon of cayenne in a glass of eight ounces of lukewarm water (or even less if desired). Have another glass of just water nearby as drinking cold water after the cayenne drink will help mitigate the calidity of the drink’s after effects. Yes, you can take it in capsule form but its effects won’t be immediate the way it would be by direct application.

There are also some who suggest combining lemon water and cayenne for fast metabolism. (There are also some who think that a combination of cayenne lemon fat burn facilitates adipose loss. That is debatable, but drinking a concoction of lemon water and cayenne for fast metabolism is certainly more palatable.)

Drinking the capsicum detoxification drink daily will produce noticeable benefits, and the body will acclimate very quickly to its native heat. Within a month or two, you will be able to drink a tablespoon of capsicum without too much discomfort.

Yes, you could go on a cayenne fruit diet, but drinking it is easier and more convenient. One last comment: no significant side effects have been reported. Of course, taking too much of anything is not healthy, a problem never really attributed to cayenne due to its heat. In terms of health side effects, there are none. As with all things, though, use with discretion and wisdom.

Conclusion

If you are concerned about your heart health, or if you are suffering from heart ailments, cayenne should be a daily staple in your diet. This incredible herb is a wonder and can tremendously affect your health. Cayenne is one of the greatest health secrets in the world.

Cayenne certainly is a great condiment, used with panache by great cooks and chefs, but its true value lies in its medicinal qualities. Slowly and surely, its remarkable benefits are gaining awareness by a public becoming increasingly disenchanted by traditional medicine’s non-causal approach. Perhaps now you can see why cayenne is a prince among herbs.

The 7 Levels Of Personal Growth And Consciousness

It appears there are seven levels of growth every person on the planet undertakes. People on different levels will behave and be motivated in different ways. The seven levels (from the lowest to the highest ) are:

  1. Survival
  2. Relationships
  3. Self esteem
  4. Transformation
  5. Internal cohesion
  6. Making a difference
  7. Service

Although a person will gradually move through upwards through the seven levels, they can access any or all of the levels in any given day.

The first three are the hardest to move through, but once a person has transitioned through level 4, the rest of the journey is easier.

The lower levels (1 to 3) focus on our physiological need for survival; our physical and emotional need for safety and our emotional need for self esteem. These levels focus on our personal self-interest – meeting the needs of the ego. This is the area of dual reality and where humanity puts most of its focus and efforts. Some people will spend their whole lives in these levels.

Unfortunately these levels are very transient. By that I mean that nothing is ever enough at these levels. When you get something you want, you immediately start looking for the next thing. These things were identified by Abraham Maslow as ‘deficiency’ needs. This means we don’t get lasting satisfaction from meeting this need, but we will feel a sense of anxiety if it isn’t met.

In these lower levels we are conditioned by the expectations of others and tend to align with and be loyal to groups with which we identify. If we live a life that is focused exclusively on satisfying the needs of these first three levels, we will lead a life that is self-centred and shallow.

The focus of the fourth level is on transformation – a shift from self interest to the common good. This is where the ego learns to let go of its fears so that it can become one with the soul.

The higher levels, (levels 5 to 7) focus on our spiritual needs; the need to find meaning in our lives, the need to make a difference in the world, and the need to be of service. These levels are about the common good and meeting the needs of the soul. Abraham Maslow referred to these upper levels of consciousness as ‘growth’ needs. Fulfilling these needs does not make them go away; instead it brings about deeper levels of motivation and commitment to fulfilling the need.

You must master one level before you can proceed to the next. Even when we have learned how to become a self actualised individual, we will still face fears that take us back to the lower levels of consciousness. It may be a limiting belief or a situation that is keeping us rooted in one of these lower levels.

Let’s look at each of the levels in turn.

Level 1 – Survival

The first level of consciousness relates to the base chakra and focuses on satisfying our physiological need for safety and security. We will master this level by developing the practical skills needed to ensure our physical survival.

The negative aspects of being in this level are:

  • This is the real of fear. We fear not having enough and not being safe.
  • We can experience massive inertia. People in this level would rather stick with what they have, then risk losing anything by changing. As a result this is a difficult level for some people to move out of. People in this level do not like change. They believe it is good for things to stay the way they always have.

On the bright side, this level is a wonderful experience when you feel secure and as though you belong.

Level 2 – Relationship

Once our physical needs are met, we move to the second level of consciousness (associated with the navel chakra) and strive to satisfy our social needs. We seek to satisfy our emotional need for love and belonging. We seek love and respect from our family and friends. If this is not possible, we will look for it socially.

The beginnings of our ego can be experienced at this level and we are still very self centred. We master this level by developing the interpersonal relationship skills we need for us to feel safe, be loved and feel as though we belong. If you constantly feel, for example, that you are not loved or that you need to find your one true soul mate to be happy, you will have difficulty move from this level. It is easy to look in our literature and artistic works to see how many people have operated from this level.

The negative aspects of being in this level are:

  • We suffer anxieties about not being accepted and feel like we don’t fit in.
  • We may manipulate others and be both intolerant and impatient with them.

On the bright side, this level brings with a feeling of being loved, a sense of belonging and healthy relationships.

Level 3 – Self-esteem

In the third level of consciousness (associated with the solar plexus chakra), we become focused upon satisfying our need to feel good about ourselves. We do this through a sense of pride in who we are and by having a positive self esteem.

We will start to want to ‘stand out’ from the crowd where we previously we just wanted to belong. We begin to discover ourselves; our abilities and our limitations. We become aware of our limited knowledge and are comfortable with this (at lower levels we weren’t aware we didn’t know it all). We now understand that we have the power to change ourselves and our environment.

Time begins to have fluidity for us and seems to expand and contract with our feelings. It seems to fly when we are happy and to drag when we are terrified.

We will master this level by developing the emotional skills needed so we can respect and feel good about ourselves in all situations. We will need to develop a positive sense of self worth and pride.

We will experience this level negatively when we feel we are neither respected nor good enough.

On the bright side, this level of conscious brings with it:

  • A desire to excel and be successful and accepted professionally.
  • A feeling of positive self worth.

The level of the control drama

This is the level where people play out control dramas as a way of getting energy from others. The four major control dramas that people play out are:

  1. The ‘poor me’ control drama: This person gets energy from others through sympathy for their perceived plight and ills. If this is you, you do not surrender guilt and will often attempt to put it onto others. You are a martyr or victim and can play it out through illness or other life circumstances. If you have one of these people in your life, the best thing you can do is ‘call them’ on it.
  2. The intimidator control drama: This people bully you; threaten you with body language and remind you of your failings. They often don’t even need to say anything. They can make you feel as if you are dependent upon them for your survival. When you become compliant or reliant on them; that is when they get their energy from you. The best way to deal with people who play out this control drama is to stand up to them.
  3. The interrogator control drama: This person uses constant and vigorous questioning to extract your energy. This one is very subtle. You think they are interested in you, so you get caught focusing your attention on answering their question (they way they get your energy). This one can even feel nice, although you do feel obliged to answer their questions. The best way to deal with these people is either to politely refrain from answering their questions or to question them back.
  4. The ‘aloof’ control drama: This person keeps you at arm’s length and wants to appear mysterious. They will remove themselves from a social situation so other people feel obliged to go and ‘check on them’. This is how they get their energy. The best way to deal with these people is to leave them be.

In all these control drama situations, where the attention goes; is where the energy goes. People playing out control dramas are all seeking to get attention and energy for themselves. People stuck in the lower levels will experience this constant energy tug every day. When a person moves out of the lower levels, their energy comes from the collective consciousness and they no longer need to seek it from other people.

Level 4 – Transformation

Level four is the transition from the lower to the higher levels. It is similar to the pinched in part of a sand timer and can be quite difficult for people to move through. For some people the effort proves to be just too much and they continually cycle from this level back down to earlier levels. It takes consistent effort to maintain this level long enough to move into level five.

The fourth level of consciousness is about the transformation from self to service. We master this level by learning to release our fears (conscious and subconscious) from the previous three levels. By doing this we begin to blend the needs of the ego with the needs of the soul. Most people at this level will experience both forgiveness and acceptance.

To move through this level requires commitment, perseverance and faith. At times this can be quite an uncomfortable level as you will question all your beliefs and question what else there is to life. You may even find that you’re not who you thought you were; brought about by your new found desire to be genuine and authentic. You ponder whether what you are doing is making you happy… and if the answer is ‘no’, you begin the journey to find this happiness. Our focus changes from getting to doing.

People in this level begin to live life according to their personal values and beliefs. The process of actualisation has well and truly begun and unlike in the lower levels, we embrace change.

During this transformational level some people are tempted to throw out everything in their life; all their possessions and relationships. The danger in doing this is allowing yourself to slip back to level one and beginning the process all over again. It may be more productive to ask how you can change what you already have rather than throwing everything out.

This is a very exciting stage and people can become ‘born again’ and wish to share all their new found knowledge and excitement with others. You want other people to experience the magnificent changes you are experiencing.

This level brings much richness as you connect more with the world around you, especially nature and other people. You genuinely care for others and can focus on them (rather than just yourself).

You get a glimpse of the bigger picture.

Level 5 – Internal Cohesion

When you have transitioned through level 4 you will enter level 5 which is about internal cohesion. From here it is much harder to slip back into the lower levels.

This is where duality has ceased to exist. As you are above, so you are below.

You master the fifth level of consciousness by discovering your personal meaning for your existence and find your purpose. This level is where we found the meaning and purpose for our existence. In later levels, we will actualise this meaning through service to the world. During this level we will, however, begin to experience the urge to ‘give back’. You are starting to feel compelled to have a cause and work towards it with other people.

You might even outgrow your career and feel dissatisfied if all you are doing is working for a living. You really are searching for a higher purpose and are already aware that you can create your own reality. You will now have the commitment, passion, excitement and enthusiasm to make things happen. You are also too honest to fool yourself any longer. You can happily work on bigger and longer term goals. You begin to fully understand the connection between the micro and the macro and your place in the universe.

Level 6 – Making A Difference

During the sixth level of consciousness you begin to actualise the meaning and purpose for your existence that you discovered in level five. You have an overriding need to contribute; and no amount of contribution is enough.

You master this level by actualising your sense of meaning by making a difference in the world (often with others). It is important during your transition through this level to remember to stay grounded and not ignore the needs of the lower levels.

We may begin working energetically in this level and will experience the world as one. People will notice your leadership and want to follow your light. You will have empathy with everything and everyone and can see where they are all coming from and more easily direct them to solutions. You can love and accept everything… but you still may choose not to have it in your life.

Level 7 – Service

In the seventh level of consciousness we begin to lead a life of service and take further steps to actualize the difference we were making in the sixth level of consciousness. You will have long term visions and can even be comfortable where a vision extends beyond this lifetime. Making a difference is your life purpose.

Every action you take is an ethical action; you no longer do things unless they are ethical. By now you have a strong inner peace and it takes quite a bit to rattle you. You remain calm in the face of uncertainty that once would have concerned you.

You have strong inner and outer connections and know that God is inside you. You are compelled to help others and actively look for opportunities to help… but will do so only if it is appropriate. When you speak it is with wisdom and in a way that is easily understood by the other person.

Summary

The purpose of our life appears to be to grow and move through the seven levels of consciousness. During our transition it will serve us if we keep the positive strengths from each level as we move forward. See every day as an opportunity to take another step towards your consciousness growth.

Retinoblastoma – Commonest Eye Tumor in Children

Introduction

This is the most common primary tumor of the eye in children. It arises from the retina. .The retina is a layer of nerve tissue that coats the back of the eye, which is important for vision of person. Retinoblasts (immature cells of the retina) multiply during gestation and early life, to make enough cells to create the retina. As child grows, these cells mature & no longer differentiate. If these immature retinoblasts turn into cancer cells, retinoblastoma develops, the cause of which is unknown. The gene responsible is RB1 gene.

Incidence:

The annual incidence is one in 20000 children. It occurs most often in children under 4 years of age.

Types:

Hereditary:

oHereditary form of Retinoblastoma occurs in 40%.

oMay have more than one tumor

oTumor often affects both eyes

oMay have tumors in other parts of the body

oAt increased risk for other cancers later in life

Non-hereditary:

oMost children with retinoblastoma (60%) do not have the genetic form.

oThey develop tumor in only one eye i.e. unilateral.

oThese children do not have an increased risk of developing other cancers.

oTheir offspring have the same risk of developing retinoblastoma as other children in the population.

Symptoms:

oA pupil that looks white or red instead of the usual black i.e. called as white or cat’s eye reflex.

oA crossed eye i.e. strabismus.

oPoor vision

oA red, painful eye

oAn enlarged pupil

oDifferently colored irises

Investigations:

oExamination under general anesthesia using Retcam

oUltrasound

oCT (CAT) scan

oMRI

oCSF examination

oBone marrow studies

oBone scan in advanced disease

oChromosomal analysis (in certain cases)

Management:

1.Surgery to remove the eye, known as enucleation. This s done when there is no vision in eye to save further spread & life. Enucleation may also be recommended if the tumor does not respond to treatment.

2.Chemotherapy is used to shrink tumors in the eye. This approach is often used in children with bilateral disease (both eyes) for saving at least one eye which has less disease. It is also used in small tumors where the eye vision is present to save the eye. in combination with other measures such as

1.Photocoagulation–using laser light to destroy blood vessels supplying the tumor.

2.Thermotherapy–using heat to destroy tumor cells

3.Cryotherapy–using extreme cold to destroy tumor cells

4.Radiation Therapy-It is used for control of local disease with preservation of vision. Radiation plaque therapy and particle beam radiotherapy are used frequently.

Prognosis:

The five-year survival rate for children with retinoblastoma is more than 90%.

Stop Smoking Herbs – Have You Tried Natural Herbs To Quit Smoking?

To stop smoking is hard, and most smokers cannot quit – and if they do – it is only for a short time. More and more people are getting into the natural way of doing things anymore, and using herbs to stop smoking is a very popular method for smokers today. Those who have been able to quit smoking with using herbs as a preventive, swear by them as a successful aid. They help in combating the withdrawal symptoms that every smoker faces when he tries to give up smoking. Among other things, the herbal cures lead to positive mood swings and reduce the urge to light another cigarette.

One of the natural substances that can be used by people when they want to quit smoking is Lobelia, or Indian tobacco, an old and controversial herb that has recently become popular to smokers who want to quit the habit and cannot. Used for centuries as an expectorant that cleans the lungs, it was used for asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, or pleurisy. Many uses are connected with Lobelia – relaxants, antispasmodics, diaphoretics, reducing inflammations and pain, poultices, hyperactivity, easing muscle tension or convulsions – which go back in history until its recent popularity today. Many believe it makes the taste of regular tobacco “repulsive” while other naturalists use it to clam the nerves and relax the body muscles, easing mild depression. Lately, current evidence suggests the herb Lobelia can produce similar effects on the human body as nicotine, yet is not addictive and helps eliminate the desire to smoke. There is trouble when it is overused, such as vomiting, drowsiness, weak pulse, and respiratory failure.

Another herb is the Mimosa tea (“mimosa hostilis”), a perennial evergreen shrub that is native to northeastern Brazil and also found in southern Mexico. The root bark is the choice part of the plant, traditionally used in the preparation of a psychoactive sacramental beverage. Giving up smoking may make you feel anxious, or give you a headache but a strong cup of Mimosa tea can boost your mood and help you calm down. It is not addictive and is recommended for use instead of anti-depressant medicines. Similarly, the traditional Chinese CaoSu herb diminishes the desire to smoke.

Smoking non-tobacco cigarettes look like regular cigarettes and are available in many flavors like burnt sienna and menthol. They offer the same sensation while smoking as regular cigarettes but are healthier because they don’t contain nicotine or tar. However, you must consult your doctor before taking these or any herbal medicines, because many of them may contain substances similar to drugs. You must also eat lots of raw or lightly steamed fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water, fruit juice, herbal tea, etc, to flush out the nicotine. Try taking hot baths, whirlpool baths, and saunas. These make you feel better, and reduce the urge to smoke. Another way to fight the craving for nicotine is to chew on a large flavored toothpick, or squirt juice into your mouth. Similarly, drinking herbal tea, which is made from five different herbs, can help you to fight the urge to smoke.

Heat and Cold For Hemorrhoid Relief

By now, most people know that you can get over the counter medications, creams, and lotions for hemorrhoid relief. They also know that using over the counter painkillers can alleviate a lot of the pain that is associated with hemorrhoids. What they may not know however, is that heat and cold can do wonders for hemorrhoid relief. However, let us find out why.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

To understand why heat and cold offer hemorrhoid relief, we first need to understand what hemorrhoids are. Hemorrhoids are, quite simply, veins in the anal area, which, thanks to pressure, are forced through the skin, causing pain and discomfort.

This may occur as the result of excessive straining when on the toilet, for instance, when you are suffering from constipation, or during pregnancy, when the weight of the growing baby puts the area under undue pressure. Whatever causes it, however, hemorrhoids are painful and uncomfortable!

How Heat and Cold Helps

Applying heat and cold to hemorrhoids may seem too simplistic to provide any real hemorrhoid relief, but the truth is, they do. Heat helps to speed up sluggish blood flow through the veins affected, and can even help to avoid more complicated problems like thrombosed hemorrhoids, while cold helps the veins to contract, and return to their original position.

Home Heat and Cold Hemorrhoid Remedy Ideas

To get the benefits of heat and cold on hemorrhoids at home, all you need do is take a hot bath, or use an ice pack wrapped in a towel, or even a cold, damp washcloth, applied directly to the area.

Combined with other home remedies like over the counter medications, and herbal remedies, heat and cold can be very effective hemorrhoid remedy options. Not to mention that they are cheap (or free) and easy to do!

Chronic And Acute Bronchitis Symptoms – Easy Tips To Identify The Two

For most individuals, coughing and colds are just a part of growing up and being human. Yet, if the cold persists for a week or more, it’s time to see the doctor because it could actually be bronchitis.

What is bronchitis then? It is a respiratory disease where the bronchial tubes become swollen, irritated and inflamed. Pain often accompanies this common health problem. It is a pain to have and can cause major issues. It is also contagious, unfortunately.

There are two kinds of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is often times caused by a virus that develops a week or two after a cold or sore throat.

What are the ten symptoms of acute bronchitis?

Be aware of your body and look out for the following symptoms that accompany acute bronchitis.

1. Persistent or Throbbing Cough – this type of cough is abrupt and repeatedly contracts the thoracic cavity. It typically produces a distinct sound.

2. Runny Nose – This more of an irritation for those with acute bronchitis. blow the nose gently when it is running.

3. Sore Throat – Scratching in the person’s throat.

4. Recurrent Headache – condition in which pain is felt in head. Can also be in the neck and back area.

5. Chills – Can slightly have rise in body temperature; feel cold with paleness and shaking.

6. Slight fever – Fever considered low grade when it is between 38 and 39 Degree Celsius; is often termed “pyrexia”.

7. Malaise – Used to describe uneasiness in person.

8. Back Pain – Soreness in bones, nerves, joints or muscles is present.

9. Muscle Pain – Soreness is muscle; often termed “myalgia”

10. Wheezing – blocked airway but has distinct sound of wheezing.

What are the symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis?

In chronic bronchitis, which is the other said of this illness, there is often times too much phlegm in the airway which causes a nasty cough. If a person is persistently sick for three months or more, it is likely that a positive hit for chronic bronchitis will be met.

The acute bronchitis symptoms can also be used for chronic bronchitis. The following symptoms apply to chronic bronchitis:

1. Cyanosis – a condition where the skin begins to turn blue which is due to “deoxygenated hemoglobin”.

2. Edema – Excessive fluid because of an organ or tissue swelling.

3. Heart Failure – condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood throughout entire the body.

4. Clubbed Fingers – This condition is associated with heart and lung problems and makes the fingers and its nails deformed.

5. Dyspnea – condition of experiencing difficulty with shortness of breathe.

6. shortness of breathe due to exercise or overexertion.

7. Too much airway mucus secretion.

8. Lung signs are abnormal.

9. Constant infections of lungs and respiratory tract.

Some signs of bronchitis do resemble other problems from the respiratory area. It is best to always consult with a doctor to determine if you are suffering from other the chronic or the acute version of bronchitis. Your physician will take your history and evaluate the physical exam to determine what to diagnose you with. Other tests may be given to determine if he/she is correct in their theory.

Always take a cough or cold seriously even if it seems to be normal. It should be cured as soon as you can to avoid bronchitis or any other serious illnesses. Studies have shown there is no current cure for chronic bronchitis so keeping yourself healthy is the key.

Hip Joint Pain Causes and Treatments – Part 1 – Causes

There are many possible causes of hip joint pain, which means that it important to consult your doctor and together work through your symptoms, and history so that you can identify the real cause of your pain and take appropriate action. Some causes a relatively minor and can be treated with some over-the-counter medication or simple rest and immobilization while others are serious medical conditions that may ultimately lead to surgery.

In Part 2 of this article I will cover the common treatments for hip joint pain , but now in part 1 we look at the common causes.

Typical causes

* Arthritis, in its many forms is probably the number one cause of joint pain.

* Osteoarthritis, which is commonly known as the degenerative joint disease, may be the most common kind to cause a campaign. This is particularly relevant as a person grows older the cartilage that coats both the ball and socket of the hip joint and acts as a shock absorber starts to wear away. When the cartilage wears out, in extreme cases, the two ends of the bones rub together, if this list left untreated it can cause serious pain and damage to the joints.

* Rheumatoid arthritis, the joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis is a result of inflammation in both sides of the joint. Some people believe that this kind of arthritis is triggered by a virus (or bacteria) that attacks the joint.

* Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. It occurs when your body produces an excess of uric acid that builds up in the joints (typically the big toe but often the hip). The uric acid is deposited as extremely sharp crystals that cause intense pain.

* Bursitis, this is where the membrane around your hip (the bursa) becomes swollen and inflamed.

* Tendonitis, the tendons around your hip joint become swollen and inflamed.

* Dysplasia. It is also possible that your hip joint pain is something that you have had since childhood. Children are susceptible to a something called dysplasia, which is a condition that usually occurs due to some form of birth trauma where the hips are dislocated. The child may or may not have difficulty walking as a youngster but even if they have no problems as a child, it is highly likely that they will develop arthritis as an adult

* Sports. Many sports, in particular, soccer and basketball place significant emphasis on running and jumping. This activity can create significant stress in the muscles around the hips. These muscular strains can lead to hip joint pain.

Shoulder Injuries on the Job

No matter what field you work in it is possible to fall victim to a workplace accident, injury or illness. While these can vary greatly in their severity and impact, one of the more serious injuries that can be experienced by an individual is a shoulder injury. Injuries to this region can be caused in a number of ways, and they have the potential to cause serious, long term damage to an individual’s comfort and mobility. By knowing what injuries can impact your shoulder and by keeping some key methods for preventing these injuries in mind, you are better able to protect yourself while on the job.

Your shoulder is a very sturdy part of your body, but it is certainly capable of falling victim to injury, and when it does it is likely you will feel great pain and lose some mobility until you are fully recovered. Some of the most common injuries that can impact your shoulder include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Injuries related to overuse
  • Shoulder strain
  • Severe stiffness in the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tearing
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Dislocation

These common injuries can negatively impact the shoulder and cause severe pain, requiring extensive and costly recovery.

Some helpful ways to avoid falling victim to a shoulder injury include the following:

  • Use equipment only after you have had the proper training and experience.
  • Wear proper footwear in order to avoid slip, trip and fall injuries.
  • Never lift very heavy items without assistance.
  • Avoid overly repetitive motions day after day, as they can lead to overuse injuries.

Following these steps can help you avoid falling victim to a damaging and painful shoulder injury.

Fracture Grouting

In order to achieve perfect ground improvement and leveling, many types of grouting methods are used. One such grouting method is known as the Compensation or Fracture Grouting. The process is about injecting and hydrofacturing with grout slurry of the soil.

In addition, the foundation of the grout slurry is pulled into the factures, which causes the extension countering the settlement and creates a controlled heave of the foundation. The repletion of the process creates a sensitive zone under the ground surface level.

Types of Fracture Grouting soils: As this ground improvement process needs only soil to be fractured, the grouting method is only used for delicate types of the soil. These are the soils ranging from weak to the clay type. This method of grouting is especially used in the conditions that have soft soil.

Fracture Grouting Soil types: Because the process requires only the soil to be fractured, Fracture Grouting may be used at low permeability soil types ranging from weak rocks to clays. The method of fracture grouting is applicable on the following processes:

For the reduction or reciprocal reaction of differential settlement
For the reduction or reciprocal of total settlement
For prevention of settlement on the base of the building

The process of grouting involves the following steps:

The installation of grout injection tubes is the initial action of the process.
To control the movements by monitoring the process by the use of special settlement systems.
Increase the injections of grout into the base with careful control to maximize the grouting.

Some of the merits of Fracture Grouting system:

The controlling activity in the process can be carried out from the exterior of the building, so there is no inconvenience caused to the occupants.
This process may be repeated for maximum satisfying outcome. However, the repetition is carried out only if required.
The controlling patterns can vary depending on the soil condition of the concerned location for ground improvement.

4 Secrets to Speed Up Bone Healing

Have you ever broken an arm, foot, leg, wrist or any part of your body before? Or are you still currently healing from a broken bone? If you have, then you would want to speed up the healing of your fractured bone.

Bone fractures tend to fully heal up approximately 4 to 8 weeks depending on the location and severity of the fracture. This is a long time for bones to heal and it could be very disabling and limiting to the person. For instance, if you have a broken foot, you are not able to weight bear on your foot and hence unable to walk until the bone in your foot has fully healed. Therefore, it is important that your bones heal as fast as possible so you can regain normal function.

Here are 4 simple but effective ways to increase bone healing.

1. Drink green tea

Green tea contains many anti-oxidants, anti cancer and healing properties. It has been used in traditional chinese medicine for centuries and is commonly used for healing fractures. All you need to do is drink at least 5 cups of green tea to help stimulate and increase bone healing!

2. Massage the soft tissue around your broken bone

If you massage the soft tissue and even your bone around your broken bone, you can heal up your fracture very fast. This is because when you massage, you increase the blood flow and circulation to the point of injury. When you increase the blood flow and circulation to the fracture point, you increase the flow of nutrients and healing factors to the fracture site. This will significantly improve repairing and recovery of the broken bone.

3. Apply heat

Applying heat or warmth to the area of fracture is a great way to help bone repairing. Warmth or heat helps increase blood circulation to the fracture. All you need to do is apply heat to the fracture area for 30 minutes, three times a day. You can apply heat by soaking your fracture in a hot bath, use a hot water or wheat bag or even covering your broken limb with warm clothes!

4. Increase muscle strength around the fracture area

If you have a broken bone, it is important that you exercise and increase the muscle strength around the fracture area. This is because when you fracture a bone, the muscles around the fracture tend to waste away and hence will take you longer for recovery. So exercise every muscle around your fracture if possible.

Management of Cerebral Palsy

The fifth of our series of ten articles on cerebral palsy (CP) outlines some strategies that can be used to manage the effects CP has on a person’s life. CP has no known cure, and as such the use of the word “management” is considered more appropriate than “treatment”. Effective management strategies can minimise the adverse impact CP can have on daily life, and enable one to lead an independent life.

At this point it is useful to differentiate between the terms “disability” and “handicap”. Disability describes a loss or reduced ability to perform a function, while a handicap describes a context or situation where the effect of disability is evident. For example, a person who has a condition of hearing loss is said to have a disability; if the person is having a conversation with another person, then the disability of hearing loss is causing a handicap, which can be managed by introducing a hearing aid. However, if the same person is alone typing on the keyboard, the condition of hearing loss (disability) does not interfere with the activity; there is no handicap in this context.

There is a range of therapies available for people with CP. In physical therapy of physiotherapy, people with CP learn exercises that they can undertake on a daily basis, as well as correct positioning techniques, walking with walkers, braces or getting about in a wheelchair. Additionally, swimming, especially in warm water, is also a useful tool that helps spastic muscles to relax. Besides physical therapy, occupational therapy also enables people with CP to undertake daily essential life skills such as feeding, seating and going to the bathroom, with or without external aids.

Speech therapy aims at assist people with CP to communicate more effectively. Classes are conducted to help people with CP mouth and articulate words more easily, both face to face, and other the telephone. For people with CP who require a non-verbal communication system, alternatives such as eye-gaze systems and electronic voice synthesizers are available. Music therapy is useful in helping people with CP who may have neurological, mental or behavioral disorders maintain a calm and stable state.

Along with therapy sessions, some people with CP may require customised equipment such as orthotics, casts or splints. These help to provide stability, keep joints in position, and stretch muscles. The next article will go into more depth on what types of adaptive equipment are available.

In other cases, medication may sometimes be prescribed for conditions associated with CP such as seizures and spasticity. These can be done orally or through injections, and have relatively short term effects compared to surgery. For instance, orthopaedic and soft-tissue surgery can help to counter the damaging effects of spasticity on the spine, hips and legs. Particularly in the case of children, operations can be done to lengthen or transfer tendons, or when the child has reached full growth, even reposition and stabilise bones, so that the child can move more easily. Neurosurgery that involves surgery on the nerve roots in the spine can control muscle tone and reduce spasticity. Understandably these are more invasive management options, but may have more long-lasting effects.

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the number of options and professionals that can be involved with the life of someone with CP. Beyond these, management alternatives, time spent with to bond with one’s parents or caregivers can be an important factor in helping one to cope with the physical, as well as emotional challenges of living with CP. What matters is that the mix of available options enables a person with CP to progress effectively through childhood and adolescence, and ultimately to adulthood as a contributing member of society.

The Causes of Quadriplegia

When an individual suffers a spinal cord injury, he or she may suffer a number of related effects. The individual may lose sensory feeling in a body part, or the individual may suffer nerve damage. Unfortunately, the injury may be even more severe.

Individuals who suffer serious trauma to their spinal cords may be left with quadriplegia, also known as complete paralysis. Quadriplegics usually cannot control any bodily functions involving body parts below the neck. This means that they often cannot even control their own breathing.

Quadriplegia is a life altering injury that may make an individual rely on his or her family for care and support. Victims of this condition usually cannot work or care for themselves because of their severely limited mobility.

Complete paralysis may occur for a number of reasons. An individual may be born with a genetic defect that causes him or her to become paralyzed over time. Other individuals may suffer seriously illnesses that take away their abilities to control their body parts.

Many individuals, though, become quadriplegics because of another person’s negligent actions. Examples of negligence that may cause an individual to suffer paralysis include:

  • Car accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Other forms of trauma to the spinal cord

Since these injuries may be the result of negligence, victims of these injuries may be entitled to financial compensation for their unnecessary pain and suffering. These individuals should seek experienced legal counsel before filing any sort of legal action against the responsible individuals.

Sufferers of quadriplegia owe it to themselves to hold the responsible individuals accountable for their actions.

If you or someone you love suffers from paralysis because of another person’s negligent actions, discuss your legal rights and options with the New Jersey spinal cord injury attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A.

Hernia Surgery and Pain After Exercising – What to Do

Developing a hernia can be unsightly at best and painful at worst. Surgery is usually the favored remedy for any type of hernia that is discovered on your body by you or your doctor. In fact, not treating a hernia surgically can lead to serious medical complications.

What is a Hernia?

A hernia results from a weakness or tear in the muscle of the abdominal wall that contains the gut, or intestines. Over time, as the weakness in the wall becomes more pronounced, a small portion of the intestine can actually protrude through the abdominal wall. This is the hernia itself.

Some people with a hernia may see it come and go over time. For example, it may go away on certain days, or maybe when they are laying down. At other times, it returns and prominently shows itself as a noticeable bulge in the skin.

Once this game of cat and mouse has happened a number of times, most folks will get the idea of going to the doctor to have the situation diagnosed.

Hernias take no account of your sex, and they occur frequently in both men and women.

Types of Hernias

All hernias happen in the same way: through a weakening of the body’s abdominal wall structure. Exactly where in the hernia occurs determines the type of hernia you have. Working generally from the middle of the torso down toward the groin, here are the types of hernia:

1. An incisional hernia occurs at the site of a previous abdominal surgery.

2. An umbilical hernia occurs around the site of the navel. It can occur in infants, for example, whose muscles did not close completely around the umbilicus.

3. A direct inguinal hernia involves a protrusion of the intestine through the lower abdominal wall.

4. A femoral hernia is a type of groin hernia that can appear as a bulge in the thigh.

5. An indirect inguinal hernia involves a protrusion of the intestine through the inguinal wall.

How Hernia Surgery Repairs Your Hernia

Hernia surgery always involves pushing the contents of the gut back into the body cavity and then closing the opening in the abdominal wall. In most cases, the opening is covered using a mesh patch that is secured to the site permanently, with no long-term risk or damage to the body.

Should You Exercise After Hernia Surgery?

After hernia surgery, you should be careful to stay in bed for the first day or so. But after that, it is important to frequently get out of bed and walk around – at least once every hour. You need to gently but firmly exercise your body through careful, slow movements at first. Reason: this type of movement will actually strengthen the abdominal wall around the site of the hernia. In fact, NOT exercising after hernia surgery is actually risky behavior – since it can lead to a recurrence of the hernia.

Hernia Surgery and Pain after Exercising

What happens if you still experience hernia pain, even after exercising? Follow these steps:

1. Determine which types of exercise are causing the pain. Is it just heavy, fast and frenetic exercise like jogging or lifting heavy weights – or is it any type of exercise? If it’s just the heavy stuff causing the pain, you should obviously lay off these heavier exercises for a while. But, don’t stop your other types of exercise like walking and light stretching.

2. If even light exercise is causing pain after hernia surgery, give it a day or two without any movement, then try the light exercise again and see what happens. If you are still experiencing problems, you should see your doctor right away.

In many cases, some pain after exercising is probably nothing to worry about. However, if the pain continues or if you see your hernia re-emerge – or if a new hernia emerges at a difference spot on your body – ask your doctor to examine the site of the surgery to make sure things are fine.

Osteoporosis In Women

Osteoporosis refers to a condition when the bones in the body become fragile and can end up breaking very easily. If osteoporosis is not treated, it can progress until a bone actually breaks. Usually these fractures occur in the hip, wrist and spine.

If a hip gets fractured because of osteoporosis, the person would have to be hospitalized and have a major surgery. Hip fractures can impair a person’s ability to walk unassisted and may cause either permanent or prolonged disability. While spinal fractures lead to loss of height, deformity and severe back pain.

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bone density keeps decreasing and the bones become porous and thinner as the disease progresses. As a result, bones get brittle and are more likely to fracture.

Although we do not know how to stop osteoporosis, there are steps we can take to prevent fractures from occurring. A person must get good nutrition and exercise. You should take sufficient quantities of calcium, Vitamin A, C, D and E. Above all you should learn to de-stress yourself and make healthy lifestyle changes.

Osteoporosis is more common in women when menopause sets in. Many doctors advice women to take supplements as menopause sets in to give the body the necessary calcium to help bone building. One of the supplements favored by doctors is chewable calcium tablets which women are advised to take along with Vitamin E after dinner. However, just taking supplements without paying attention to your life-style is not enough. A combination of supplements, good and healthy nutrition along with proper exercise will help you combat the effects of osteoporosis.

Slipped Disc Treatment? The What, the When, the Why, and the How!

Getting slipped disc treatment is necessary if you are enduring pain daily due to a herniated disc. This article will discuss what a herniated or bulged disc is, when it occurs, why it occurs, and how you can get a slipped disc treatment.

Slipped Disc Treatment – The What

What is a slip disc? A slipped disc is an expression used to describe the displacement of the discs from their original location in between the vertebrae.

Herniated Disc Treatment – The When

When does this occur? A slipped disc occurs when the disc bulges out of its protective ring of connective tissues. When this happens, it is said to be slipped. Other terms used to describe it include; herniated, torn, bulging, or ruptured.

Bulged Disc Treatment – The Why

What causes a disc to slip? Basically, stress, wear and tear, shock and other factors that bring pressure to bear on your spinal column.

You need to realize that your discs are really designed to act as shock absorbers assisting your body with locomotion. If you are finding this difficult to comprehend, think in terms of what the shock absorbers do for cars – they absorb the shock from entering pot holes and climbing bumps so that you don’t feel it.

Slipped Disc Treatment – The How

Unfortunately, just as the shock absorbers in cars go bad, your disc can themselves become damaged thereby requiring herniated disc treatment to fix them.

Below are 3 slipped disc treatments which you can employ to solve the problem.

#1. Lifestyle Alterations…

There is no point putting unnecessary, additional, pressure on your herniated disc. There are lifestyle alterations that you can use to ease of the effects of a bulged disc.

These include keeping an appropriate weight; being overweight actually increases your potential of having a bulged disc. This is due to the fact that the lumbar spine supporting your entire body becomes strained because of the added flesh around your middle.

You can ensure that you stay trim and fit by eating vegetables, fiber, grains, fruits, lean protein, fish, and eggs and by performing physical exercises regularly.

You should also think positively about the outcome of your condition. Having a self defeatist attitude will only cause you to remain in your current predicament or worse.

#2. Medicines…

There are medicines that you can use to treat the bulged disc, these include; muscle relaxants, non steroid anti inflammatory medication, narcotic pain killers and so on.

#3. Self Help…

You can often relieve the pain resulting from a minor case of slip disc by using home remedies like hot or cold therapy. This involves the use of ice packs or heat packs to apply to the affected area.

Additionally, you can take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, Tylenol and Advil.

You may also get a lot of relief by performing simple exercises which helps to strengthen and stretch your back.

If you require it, you could also get a massage and physiotherapy as they have been proven to help.

FACT: Most conventional treatments for slipped disc only work as a temporary band aid solution; they all fail to work in the long run!