Chronic Bronchitis Treatments

Chronic bronchitis is described as an inflammation of the bronchi in the respiratory system. Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing upon waking, and expectoration of mucus. The condition is considered ‘chronic’ when it persists for at least 3 months per year, for two or more years. Although there is no medically recognized cure for chronic bronchitis, there are various treatments that can be effective.

Different inhalants may be prescribed to reduce the inflammation of the bronchi, and allow for easier breathing. There are also over the counter expectorants individuals suffering from chronic bronchitis often take to help reduce the amount of mucus in their system. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to help fight infection in the upper respiratory system. When other treatments are found to not be effective, corticosteroids are often used.

Treatment of bronchitis should start with quitting smoking, and reducing amounts of air born irritants in your home and workplace. It is also recommended that individuals suffering from chronic bronchitis try to take better care of themselves overall. This includes a healthy diet along with daily exercise. Good health practices are always recommend, and anyone suffering from chronic bronchitis should consider taking the following suggestions:

Drink the Recommended Amount Of Water Daily

Drinking at least eight glasses of water daily will thin out the mucus that is in your system. This makes the mucus easier to cough up, and helps with easier breathing. Avoid dairy products because they may lead to excessive mucus production.

Avoid Cough Suppressants

When you cough up mucus, it means your body is trying to remove the mucus from your system. Coughing up excess mucus is good for your body and should not be discouraged using cough suppressants. Also avoid decongestants and antihistamines because these remove the mucus from your system, drying out your airways. When the mucus returns it will be thicker, worsening the symptoms in the long run.

Avoid Irritants

Irritants in the air can worsen your condition. Avoid breathing in any dangerous chemicals or vapors. Also avoid dust and air pollution to prevent your condition from worsening.

Use Humidifiers And Vaporizers

Vaporizers and humidifiers are great for helping you breath easier, and keep the air passages moist, helping the mucus to thin out. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, a hot shower or bath may also help moisten the passageways and relieve the symptoms.

Cat Arthritis

Cat arthritis is not a very common ailment among healthy cats. Most arthritis found in cats is from an accident that has made the bones or joints weak. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and there is more than one type of arthritis that can affect your cat.

Cats usually suffer with two different types of arthritis. The first one being traumatic arthritis, this is brought on by an injury. It could have been a fight with another animal or even being hit by a car. Osteoarthritis is when a joint just quits working properly and new bone is growing around the joint. Many older cats have this type of arthritis and can be brought on from numerous accidents including dislocations of their joints or even fractures.

Traumatic arthritis does not usually last but can be very painful, if it is more or less a sprain. But, if it involves a fracture then the pain can last a longer time and may even need surgery to heal the fracture or dislocation.

As in the case of Osteoarthritis the pain is severe and your cat will need some relief from the pain. If your cat is overweight the pain can even be more severe.

Talk with your veterinarian if you do believe that your cat does have a type of cat arthritis. Your cat will enjoy life more and be able to chase those mice again if treatment is regular. It is no fun to play and jump and be a cat when they are in severe pain. The longer your cat sits around in pain the stiffer the joints will become. The pain will then increase with every step they take. Be sure to get the treatment your cat needs so they can enjoy life once again.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and A Shoulder Tendon Rupture

Sometimes patients who have been suffering from long term shoulder pain will develop a sudden worsening of this long term pain and have to revisit the doctor. Oftentimes this visit will involve an MRI in order to discover the nature of this resurgent pain.

It is not uncommon when someone has had years of shoulder pain to find a rupture of their biceps tendon, as is often the case in scenarios like the one above. This causes great distress amongst patients and typically represents accumulation of years of inflammation in the rotator cuff area.

Anatomically speaking, the biceps tendon longhead of the biceps tendon inserts deeply into the shoulder joint and attaches fairly close to where the primary inflammation of rotator cuff tendonitis. Frequently, when the rotator cuff is inflamed, the patient will have a cycle of inflammation, pain, and there is some collateral damage unfortunately when the longhead of the biceps tendon is surrounded by this inflammation and swelling.

The surprising aspect of this tendon rupture is that it does not particularly impair the patient’s functionality of their arm. The superior aspect of the bicep where it attaches to the upper arm has actually two attaches. The longhead of the biceps tendon accounts for anchoring the smaller portion of the muscle. Additionally, when this part of the muscle has been exposed to so much inflammation, it will become weaker over time, but may not necessarily impair their shoulder’s daily functionality.

In this case, the patient may have this loss of the tendon, but the other superior attachment of the biceps tendon will basically be able to give them adequate strength and function. So, if someone’s bicep tendon does rupture, it typically means they have a fairly severe rotator cuff problem. What it does not mean is that it is absolutely necessary that they get surgery. Sometimes patients shoulders’ will get better with physical therapy, a comparatively easier solution. This is why all people should have a trial attempt at physical therapy even if they go to their doctor at their initial assessment with a ruptured biceps tendon. Certainly some of these people will end up with rotator cuff reconstruction, however, the patient should know that most of the time; the biceps tendon is not reattached because it frankly doesn’t need to be.

Natural Treatment For Broken Bones Or Fractures Must Be Efficient

There’s little point in using a natural treatment for broken bones that isn’t efficient. Or any treatment, come to that. But it’s the natural treatments that hold the greatest potential for complete and total resolution. This is important, as you don’t want to suffer from the consequences years later. The most common sequel to incomplete healing of broken bones is arthritis many years on.

However, there is a modality of health care which has the potential to make your healing total, complete. There won’t be any long term problems occurring later. Not only that, but the healing is very fast, probably the fastest any can be.

And that modality is homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a powerful but gentle modality of natural and complete health care. It’s difficult to find any deeper, more thorough, more complete way of healing any imbalances you may have. And any ill health, any injury is simply about you being out of natural balance, natural harmony.

Injuries that are not homeopathically treated (properly) have the potential to cause problems later in life. Why not complete the cure now, just after sustaining the injury?

You may already know what this is like. If you have suffered from fractures or broken bones in the past, you may still be getting some pain, or limited movement, or perhaps a stiffness or a weakness. This indicates that you have not completely recovered from the fracture.

For competitive sports people, this can put an end to their professional career.

Of course, this is why more and more sports people have their own homeopath, and often take them on tour with them. It’s a question of staying in the game, without damaging your body, or retiring early, either temporarily or permanently.

For most people, a comprehensive homeopathic home prescribing kit can replace the need for a personal professional homeopath in many instances. Obviously you can’t be expected to be able to achieve what a professional homeopath can, but by following the guidance of a professional homeopath, you can do a lot of good for yourself and your family, including your four legged friends.

Fun Times With Injuries to Arm Bones, Shoulders or Clavicle Fractures

I know you are thinking, “Injury to arm bones is not fun!” I definitely can relate to that. I experienced a clavicle fracture, my first broken bone in my half-a-century-plus life.

Broken bones are painful, the swelling is less than desired, and the limitations that come with only being able to use one arm can be discouraging. I faced surgery after surgery. The sound of plates and bolts being put into my body didn’t sound too good to me, plus there was the dread of going through physical therapy, acquiring scars and worries about the after effects of the injury. The worst part for me was the daily struggle of wearing that ugly blue and white universal arm sling. That took a bite out of my fashion statements!

Being a crafty person, of course, the wheels of thought started to turn. I decided to “bling my sling”. I refused to take on the role of a victim wrapped in a medical looking sling for months on end. I ended up with several fashionable arm slings including a few custom Haute Couture arm slings, thanks to the talent of my sister, the seamstress. She made me one to wear to a wedding. I absolutely love it and it got lots of attention from the attendees.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Stop worrying about the glitches in the path that has been chosen for you. The damage to your arm bones, shoulder or clavicle bone is already done and you have some healing to do. Wondering “what if” won’t do you a bit of good now.

Really, you have two choices. 1) Give into depression and live a miserable life until you are healed, or 2) Accept the fate and roll with it. I chose the latter.

I don’t look forward to surgical procedures, therapy or checkups for that matter. From time and time the pain is intense and at all other times is just uncomfortable. I could be sitting at home feeling sorry for myself, but that’s no way to live, even for a short time.

Put on your fashionable arm slings and go show them off to the world. You’ll enjoy the compliments about your arm sling, I promise. It kind of changes to tune of the conversations from “Oh my God, what happened?” to “Wow, I’ve never seen such a fun looking arm sling. Where did you get it?”

Coping With Cerebral Palsy

Children with CP are more likely to have behavioral and emotional difficulties than the non-disabled kids, which may have a potentially deleterious effect on quality of life.They shouldn’t be treated with pity and sorrow as they experience life as most children do. Great deal of effort is needed to support the social and educational cause. We must recognize the similarity between disabled children and those of other children. Their rights must be ensured as citizens and not as disabled children. They must be allowed to participate in every aspect of society as non-disabled children do.


Every individual concerned, be it the parent, caregiver, or teacher, must aim at helping the child to be as independent as possible. It may be difficult but the parents must try their best to support the child to cope with CP.

Guiding the child in following way may be helpful:

o Help your child to be as independent as possible

o Support only when needed

o Speak out when absolutely needed

o Get him/ her to know other children with CP

o Technology helps to make mobility and regular activities easier

o Have a positive and realistic attitude towards your child


1. Try breathing techniques to do away with frustration.

2. Let the child vent his/her feelings by his irate and out of control behavior till the child is tired

3. Remember your child can do anything if he/she has a mind to

4. Do not worry if the child gets hurt. Just tend to the child normally

5. Give quality time to the child to make him/her feel comfortable in his/her surroundings

6. Look for an experienced therapist who has dealt with CP


Raising a child having CP is very challenging. After having a perfectly healthy child, the last thing a parent would want is that something terrible happens because of a brain injury. When something goes so terribly wrong, not just the child’s but also the parents lives are shattered as well.

The following tips may help the parents overcome the difficulties and cope with it:

o Be part of a support group with other parents having children with CP.

o Grieve if you must

o Continuing to have interest in your career, personal interests, friends etc. helps lower stress level.

o Spending some time for yourself away from your child helps.

o Don’t let self doubt creep in. Just think of the good things you did for your child.

Astral Catalepsy Guide (Sleep Paralysis)

If you’ve already been exploring the idea of astral projection, you will no doubt have come across the a technique called the “Monroe Technique.” Designed by Robert Allan Monroe of the Monroe Institute, this technique was crafted from his own personal experiences in astral travel.

In this step by step astral projection guide using the Monroe Technique, we begin by relaxing the body completely. This is one of the primary requirements of having an out-of-body-experience, says Monroe. This can be achieved by meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, or various deep breathing exercises.

Then, with your body completely relaxed, you can now enter the hypnogogic state, or a state wherein you are just about to fall asleep, although not entirely just yet. Although Monroe didn’t recommend a particular method in which to induce this state, you can try focusing on a specific item, doing so until you enter the stage of near-sleep called “Condition A.”

Once in Condition A, make a conscious decision to go deeper into it. Clear your mind of all thoughts, and merely observe the darkness through your closed eyes. This stage is called entering “Condition B.”

The next thing to do in following this step by step astral projection guide is to move on into “Condition C,” wherein you are so deep into relaxation that you have lost awareness of your body and all corresponding sensory stimulation. The only stimulation you can receive in this state is through your thoughts.

Monroe states that the ideal condition for astral projection is in “Condition D,” a version of Condition C when it comes from a refreshed and rested state of mind. It is advisable to enter this state after you’ve woken up from a nap, or in the morning, before you start your day.

Once you’ve successfully entered Condition D, you are now ready to go into the vibratory mode, wherein you feel vibrations or tingling throughout your body, signalling that you are about to project.

In the last step of this step by step astral projection guide, you are to make an effort to control the vibrations, making them come in waves. After you have done so, you can then start releasing parts of your astral body from your physical one.

Start with a foot, or a hand, and work your way upwards, until your whole astral body has left your physical body. You can then choose to float up and away from it, or you can simply stand up, taking care to do so with only your astral body. Once you’ve done this successfully, you have then managed to have an out-of-body-experience. Congratulations!

Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux, GERD, Heartburn: The Causes And The Symptoms


Hiatal hernia can be caused by a number of things, often unique to each sufferer. One common cause, however, can be described as “mechanical”: that is, caused by lifting improperly, heavy bouts of coughing, attacks to the abdomen, tight clothes, or poor posture. Lifting a heavy item whilst holding your breath (which happens often amongst people not trained in proper lifting techniques) can force the stomach into the esophagus and cause a hiatal hernia.

Another common cause of hiatal hernia is to do with the ileocecal valve. This is situated between the small and large intestines. Its function is to allow material to pass from the large intestine into the colon, but not vice versa. The ileocecal valve can become swollen and irritated; this causes it not to close properly, and permit material to travel back into the small intestine from the colon.

Although it cannot be determined whether a faulty ileocecal valve or hiatal hernia occurred first, a problem with this valve is known to further aggravate a hiatal hernia. Diet is a major factor in this: overeating, eating when upset, and poor combination of food can lead to this condition.

Interestingly, as well as “eating when upset” as being a contributory factor, emotional stress in itself has been raised as a possible cause of hiatal hernia – particularly the emotion of anger. One theory states that when some people get angry, they breathe and suck air upward, and then fail to release it properly. This results in the stomach remaining up, and repeated instances causing a hiatal hernia.


The stomach is forced into the sphincter that is designed to stop acid or food returning into the mouth or throat. The sphincter does not close properly and its function is compromised. This allows acid to travel into the esophagus and cause burning sensations, also known as heartburn or acid reflux.

The condition can also cause stress to the vagus nerve. Its function is to control the release of hydrochloric acid. As it may not work properly, this can cause either too much or too little acid to be secreted.

The diaphragm muscle’s movement is impeded. Its function is to pull downward to cause the chest capacity to expand and fill the lungs with air. A hiatal hernia sufferer may find that their diaphragm muscle is affected to the degree that they experience shallow breathing unless they help the process consciously using their chest shoulders and take a deep breath.

The esophagus has been known to form a kink. This would then cause difficulty in swallowing. Sufferers may get the sensation that material is often stuck in their throat.

Through the vagus nerve, which has significant links to a number of other organs in the body, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and even the external genitalia, imbalances can be spread throughout the patient’s body and other important systems.

Hiatal hernia sufferers often experience poor digestion. This leads onto rotten food staying in the body longer than it should be, and causing toxicity in the patient. Naturally, there is a lack of nutrition and the usual symptoms of this, such as constipation, allergies, and immune weakness.

Hiatal hernia can also aid the development of asthma and heart disease. As previously mentioned, the lungs’ capacity is affected. Intestinal gas can put pressure on the hernia and then the heart, and can in severe cases bring on a heart attack.

There are ways to treat a hiatal hernia and acid reflux naturally and safely. For more information visit:

Osteoporosis May Lead to Fractures

Osteoporosis is a diseases that affects the strength of bones and could lead to fractures. The bone mineral density is reduced, the structure of the bone is changed and the collagen amounts present in the bones is altered when a person has osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is most prominent in women older than 55. The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that osteoporosis is due to a loss in density in bone mass. The bone mass has a mineral density of 2.5 standard deviations less than peak bone mass of a healthy 20-year-old female.

Osteoporosis occurs mostly in women following menopause, in which its name is postmenopausal osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can also occur in males and can occur in anyone that suffers from a particular hormonal disorder and any other chronic diseases. Medications can also cause osteoporosis, which can lead to a lowered life expectancy and a poorer quality of life. To treat osteoporosis, doctors prescribe medicines and inform their patients of eating plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and also to prevent falling down. The risk of having bone fractures with osteoporosis is greater if the patient falls down regularly.

There are no definitive symptoms of osteoporosis but there is always that increased risk of bone fractures. Since the fractures normally occur in people who are fairly healthy, they are named fragility fractures. The fractures usually occur in the hip, wrist, rib and vertebrae column. Osteoporosis is part of a circular pattern of problems in the elder members of society. The risk of falling is increased later in life due to impaired eyesight. Impaired eyesight can be caused by glaucoma and or macular degeneration. Other risks of falling in the elderly come from balancing disorders, dementia, and/or movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

There are plenty of risks that aid in the development of osteoporosis that can be easily avoidable. Excessive drinking starting at a young age increases the likelihood of osteoporosis, a deficiency of vitamin D, smoking tobacco, malnutrition, low body mass, physical inactivity and the drinking of certain soft drinks because they include phosphoric acid. The phosphoric acid drinks tend to remove calcium-containing drinks from people’s diets, which in turn limits the amount of calcium in the body.

Doctors recommend that patients suffering from osteoporosis need to have a strong intake of vitamin D and calcium to strengthen their bones and body mass. Doctors also suggest continued exercise such as aerobic, weight lifting, resistance exercises. Prevention of osteoporosis starts at a young age by not drinking alcohol heavily or smoking tobacco products on a regular basis since both of these have been directly linked to causing osteoporosis.

Proper nutrition, exercise and any needed medication throughout one’s life can also help to prevent osteoporosis. Experts have estimated that 1 in women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50 on a worldwide scale have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis has also been deemed responsible for millions of fractures per year. The treatment for osteoporosis took a step in the right direction in the 1960’s with the development of bisphosponates, the main drug used against the condition. Such medications include Boniva and Actonel.

Back Pain With Rash A Sign Of Shingles

The varicella-zoster virus, also known as the chickenpox virus, lies dormant in the body’s nerve roots after you have chickenpox. According to the National Institutes of Health, 25% of the population experienced a resurgence of the virus later in life, causing a condition known as shingles.

The time frame and severity of shingles symptoms varies from person to person. The first signs of shingles are pain, tingling and/or numbness in an area on one side of the body, usually on the back or chest but occasionally on the head, face, one arm or one leg. Flu-like symptoms are also typical, including nausea, diarrhea and chills, but not fever. The rash shingles causes usually presents a few days after the start of these symptoms, but may occur weeks after.

The shingles rash usually wraps around the back to the side, stomach or chest. This is because the virus travels along the affected sensory nerve roots, which exit the spine and wrap around each side of the body. The pain associated with the rash may be mild or severe. Shingles rashes generally clear up within 4 weeks. They develop fluid-filled blisters which may burst and scab over, leaving scars.

The main complication associated with shingles is a condition called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). This condition is characterized by continued pain after the rash has cleared that can last anywhere from a month to several years. People with PHN may experience severe burning or stabbing pain where the rash was as well as extreme pain when the area is touched. The exact cause is unknown, but it is theorized that the inflammation that initially causes pain causes some people’s nerves to become hypersensitive so that pain is sensed even after the inflammation subsides.

The severe, chronic pain associated with PHN can disrupt a person’s life. Daily activities from eating and sleeping to simply wearing clothing can become difficult. Depression is a common correlate of such chronic pain. A number of studies suggest that early treatment of shingles can shorten the amount of time the patient is in pain. It is recommended that people are treated with antiviral medications within three days of the rash’s appearance. See one study attesting to the value of early treatment at

Another concern associated with shingles is eye problems. If shingles affects the face, the virus may be affecting the cornea. Damage to the eye can occur in the form of scarring, having permanent consequences for vision. As with PHN, early treatment is likely the key to preventing eye damage.

Shingles pain can be managed in different ways, depending on the severity of your pain and your preferences. Narcotic medications are prescribed for the most severe cases. Some rely on over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Anesthetic patches and creams are also available to numb shingles pain. Those looking for a natural approach may consider using a capsaicin cream. Capsaicin is a chemical in chili peppers and has demonstrated therapeutic benefits as a topical pain reliever.

Your chances of developing shingles increases if you are over 50 and have a weakened immune system caused by stress, physical illness or diseases like diabetes, AIDS and cancer. A vaccine is available to help prevent shingles and is recommended for people over 60.

It is important to be aware of common misdiagnoses associated with shingles, such as poison oak or ivy, scabies and herpes simplex virus. Be sure to tell your doctor about any flu-like symptoms that preceded the rash; this will help confirm a shingles diagnosis and speed up the course of your treatment to prevent prolonged complications.

Back pain and a rash are symptoms of the shingles virus. Knowing when to see a doctor depends on understanding the situation you’re in.

Does Sitting Too Much Cause Sciatica?

Something that many people know is that sitting too much causes sciatica. After all, one thing that many cases of sciatica have in common is that the people that suffer from it generally have jobs or lifestyles that involve sitting for a good portion of the day, whether it be working at a desk in an office, being a truck driver, or a student sitting in school for many hours a day.

But surly this can’t be the whole story, can it? There are so many other people out there that sit just as long, if not longer, that never experience the pain of sciatica. What else is going on here?

Well, for starters, sitting for long periods of time can cause stiffening in the muscles of the hips and back. This is probably one of the most common reasons why people develop conditions such as piriformis syndrome where a muscle becomes tense and irritates the sciatica nerve.

I understand that many jobs require sitting for many hours on end, such as office jobs or driving jobs and situations like sciatica or “trucker’s butt” may seem unavoidable. However, you certainly don’t need to sit continuously for 8 hours, do you?

Take a break every two hours or so and stand up from your desk or pull off to the side of the road and get out and move your body a little bit. Something as simple as this can be huge in preventing that muscle stiffness from developing and getting your blood flowing again.

Secondly, most people do not sit properly. I know so many people that put their wallet in their back pocket while they sit down or people that slouch or slump down in their chair while they’re working. These kinds of habits are just setting you up for sciatica.

You see, sitting with a wallet in your back pocket raises one hip higher than the other, which in turn, throws the whole spine out of alignment. And sitting with poor posture, that is just misaligning the spine as well.

When this happens, pressure and stress are not spread evenly through the spine the way they are meant to be and this can cause things like muscular imbalances and bulging discs in the back or hip areas.

It isn’t a big leap to go from bulging discs and muscle imbalances to sciatica pain and the belief that sitting is responsible for it all.

Really, though, it is important to realize that the act of sitting itself isn’t responsible for sciatica. Sitting is a normal and commonplace thing in our society. The problem is in the way that we sit.

Many of us sit for too long without taking breaks to stretch or just get up and walk for a few minutes. Others of us have developed poor habits while we are sitting that contribute to back problems. Indeed, sitting isn’t the problem so much as being smart about how we sit. Make sure you take a break every few hours to stretch and make sure you aren’t holding yourself in unusual positions while you are sitting either.

What Is Pediatric Physical Therapy?

Pediatric physical therapy is a healthcare profession that encompasses evaluation and treatment of infants, toddlers, children and adolescents. It’s very important to discover and treat problems in children on time. Research proves that early intervention works well with many pediatric diagnoses including but not limited to ADHD/ADD, ataxia, autism, brachial plexus injuries like Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, developmental delays, down syndrome, gait abnormalities, muscular dystrophy, neurological impairments, orthopedic conditions, plagiocephaly, premature birth, scoliosis, sensory processing disorder, torticollis, toe walking, and traumatic brain injuries.

Physical therapists’ entry level degree has changed throughout the years. It started with the bachelor’s, continued to the master’s, and now its the doctorate in physical therapy. Now little patients are treated by highly professional people with the highest possible degree.

Did you know that not every pediatrician specializes in child development? Only 15% of pediatricians are such specialists. Also, it is easy to miss signs of developmental delays during routine visits. That is when pediatric physical therapists can help.

Physical therapy evaluation usually starts with observation of child’s appearance, movements, activities, behaviors. It may then continue to neurological and orthopedic exam, and it continues to testing with peer-reviewed assessment tools like Peabody Developmental Motor Scales – 2 (PDMS-2). The scores are then carefully calculated and conclusions are drawn as to whether the child requires physical therapy intervention.

To treat children, therapists may utilize stretching, strengthening, thermal treatments, aquatic therapy, and joint mobilization. However, children do not usually even notice that they undergo “therapy”. They are engaged in games and activities thus they have lots of fun while exercising and working on improvement of their health.

Another important part of pediatric physical therapy is family education with home exercise programs. Family plays a crucial role in fast recovery and progress in therapy. To insure carryover, exercises need to be practiced daily.

It is convenient to have pediatric physical therapist come to children’s houses to provide care in the natural environment where the children spend most of their time. Home pediatric physical therapy companies are happy to help their little patients. If you or somebody you know have a child that may benefit from pediatric physical therapy, research and find a home pediatric physical therapy company providing services in your area.

Besides watching and taking care of children’s physical health, pediatric physical therapists always screen kids for potential problems in other areas like speech pathology, occupational problems, as well as learning and behavioral delays. If necessary, they may refer their little patients to other specialists in child development. That is how every aspect of child development is covered, and children can grow happy and healthy.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes – Top Warning Signs

Unless something bad occurs, most signs and symptoms of diabetes are dismissed as being minor annoyances and are usually ignored. Of all diabetes sufferers, nearly a third don’t realize they have the disease since the diabetes symptoms are fairly mild and unnoticeable in the beginning.

In the absence of other factors, the signs and symptoms of diabetes are troublesome to recognize so it helpful to learn about the different symptoms and the different types of diabetes. Making an effort to learn about diabetes can serve to aid you recognize diabetes symptoms in yourself or someone you care about. There are 3 basic kinds of diabetes, insulin-dependent or Type 1 diabetes, non-insulin-dependent or Type two diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes was once called juvenile diabetes since it mainly affected children and young adults. With Type 1 diabetes, the body is unable to produce insulin and the immune system typically attacks the pancreatic cells. Type one diabetics require insulin from an external source since their bodies are unable to produce it naturally. Type one diabetics are at greater risk for developing heart disease and kidney problems in addition to suffer from nerve damage and problems with vision.

Commons symptoms for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include extreme tiredness, nausea, increase in thirst, more frequent urination and problems with maintaining weight.

Even however Type two diabetes is the more typical form of diabetes, diabetes symptoms alone’ll not be enough to indicate the presence of the disease. You can live with plenty of signs and symptoms of diabetes for a long period of time, sometimes years before other complications arise. The signs and symptoms of diabetes frequently look like the natural aging process and as a result are not viewed as alarming. Because early signs and symptoms of diabetes can appear fairly harmless, it is vital to be tested for the disease once your reach your forties.

As you will guess, gestational diabetes takes place only during a pregnancy. Blood sugar levels can and do fluctuate somewhat during standard pregnancies, however it they are elevated for long periods, there may be a issue. As few as four% of all pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, however it is still necessary to monitor for it at various stages of the pregnancy. Your unborn baby can be injured and you could be at risk for miscarriage or other complications if gestational diabetes is left untreated. Symptoms of gestational diabetes are similar to those of the other types of diabetes and as well include recurring urinary tract and vaginal infections, nausea, extreme fatigue, greater thirst and more frequent urination. Several of the gestational diabetes symptoms are rather similar to typical symptoms of an ordinary pregnancy, so it is essential to be screened for diabetes during pregnancy.

While not each symptom raises the specter of diabetes, it is vital to pay attention to the risks and search out medical attention if you suspect something is not right. Diabetes is a serious disease with severe and life threatening consequences if ignored.

Common Causes of Obesity

Obesity is a condition in which there excessive deposits of body fat. A person with a BMI (body mass index) over 30 is characterized as being obese. Those with a BMI over 25 are considered as being overweight.

The rate of obesity is increasing at an alarming pace all over the world, particularly in the developed countries. More than a million Americans are considered to have a BMI over 40! That figure is almost twice as high as the corresponding figure in the 1980s. The number of overweight children has also doubled since the 1980s. As you can see, each succeeding generation is becoming heavier than the one before it. That is why it is believed that obesity would touch epidemic levels by the year 2020.

The common causes of obesity include a wide range of genetic and behavioral factors. These are:

Genetic factors: While the relationship between obesity and heredity is not very clear, there are indications to show that children of overweight and obese parents tend to be heavier than others. One of the reasons for this could be the aping of food habits that takes place within a family. If parents are given to the habit of unhealthy eating, it is quite natural that children follow in the same footsteps. This genetic predisposition to obesity is mostly seen in children below the age of 11 years.

Over consumption: Eating more than what the body requires is one of the main causes of obesity. In earlier generations people were able to balance what they ate with their calorie expenditure. But that was before the proliferation of fast foods. Today fast foods are the greatest contributors of empty calories. They contain very high concentrations of fat, sugar and sodium. Over consumption of these kinds of food will surely lead to obesity.

Sedentary lifestyle: Obviously, people who eat more need to exercise more. However, quite the reverse is happening. Due to high work pressure and lack of time many people are forced to grab fast foods and settle down to a sedentary lifestyle. Working from a chair throughout the day effectively squashes any chance of exercise. Sedentary lifestyle is often considered to be the #1 reason for diabetes.

Stress: According to psychologists, unresolved emotional problems and increasing societal pressures may lead a person to overeat. Most people who are obese are vulnerable to emotionally eating.

Health factors: In a small number of people, genetic conditions may lead to obesity. Hypothyroidism is one such condition. Sometimes, medication can also lead to obesity.

Obesity is a silent killer. To fight obesity, it is necessary to follow a sustained and structured weight loss program.

Urticarial Rash – How To Identify Urticarial Rashes

Acute Urticaria is an allergy caused by the exposure to pets, bee and wasp sting, horses, latex rubber, food, shellfish, nuts, fruit and dairy products. Allopathic medicines like penicillin, tetracycline, sulphonamide and cephalosporins, blood pressure medicines (ACE inhibitors, diuretics), codeine and aspiring cause Urticarial rashes, which in later stages turns into chronic Urticaria.

Hepatitis B and some glandular fevers, fungal infections also cause the Urticaria or hives. Among the children and infants mosquito bites, fleas, midges are one of the causes.

Chronic Urticaria is difficult to identify. Food allergies are the common cause but delayed pressure, sun light, contaminated air and water and food additives and preservatives also trigger the hives. Sodium silicate, salicylate, sodium benzoate, artificial food colors and nitrates also play a welcoming role to the Urticaria of chronic extent. Here we notice, that one of the major causes is the induction of chemical and allopathic treatments in our daily life and people overlook the importance of herbal and homeopathic cures which often lay within their access and in nature all around us. The chronic Urticaria is due to the production of “anti-bodies” which in turn attack specific mast cells in our skin and tissues causing an enormous release of histamine.

Result is the development and erection of blotchy rashes almost red in color accompanied with severe inflammation, causing itching and later on pain.

Urticarial rash is clearly identified due to its development behaviour and physical symptoms. Lesions move about every twenty four hours and migrate around the body. In severe cases such as chronic disorder, severe itchiness, pain occurs which further occurs into sleeplessness and stress and disturbance which further trigger the disease.

Urticarial rash tends has a fluctuating behavior. Sometimes it settles down and again but suddenly it relapses again with viral illness. People often take aspirin to cut down the depression, headache or pain but in return aspirin, an allopathic medicine; it triggers the Urticaria rash to an extent of pain. Chronic Urticaria may keep its cycle continue for five years in case the medication is based on allopathic treatment, therefore “nip the evil in the bud” factor cure is only homeopathic and herbal.

Only a skilled Homeopathic doctor’s advice can help in the permanent cure that is “rooting out” the disease. Antihistamines may have some temporary cure but that is never required in any disease, because temporary cure is no alternative or can ever be a substitute to a permanent cure.