What Does Endometriosis Feel Like?

It feels like Endometriosis is affecting more and more women but yet it still seems to take doctors ages to determine if you have the condition. It is not easy to detect on an ultrasound and often drastic surgery is the only way to know for sure if you have the condition.

I have endometriosis and can share some of the symptoms and what it feels like to have Endometriosis, so perhaps you can determine if it is Endometriosis a little easier and take action to reduce your pain levels.

It can get easier and the pain has subsided since I have gone all natural with my healing, so please don’t feel like it is the end of the world for having Endometriosis.

The most common feeling you have with Endometriosis is emotional feelings. You get over emotional easily and over react easily. This is actually one of first symptoms I notice with girls with Endometriosis.

The second most common symptom is period pain. It is also evident in the way you have your period. If your period is particularly heavy or has large lumps in it, this could indicate Endometriosis. Your lower abdominal area will also bloat up for the days leading up to your period and will remain quite bloated for a few days after your period. This was one of the key symptoms I experienced at 16, which I had no idea was not normal.

As Endometriosis sufferers, we also experience digestive problems, skin reactions and sensitivities. You are likely to have trouble with your eyes or eyesight. You are also likely to have varicose veins or bruise easily.

Endometriosis is also really obvious when you have sex. It will likely hurt during and after sex. You will probably find deep penetration the worst pain and it is likely to cause a tense, pulsating pain in your abdomen afterwards. I have found doing Yoga to release tension in the abdominal area, really helps with this.

For me it took over 2 years to discover I had Endometriosis and many of my symptoms were dismissed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or bladder infections. These are actually a symptom of Endometriosis, so the doctors didn’t get it completely wrong!Both are related to our hormone levels and their imbalance.

If you suffer from any of these or other symptoms of Endometriosis, it is worth exploring a better lifestyle, diet and choices for your health and body.

How the Psoas Muscle Causes Back and Hip Pain

The biggest factor in back and hip pain is the psoas muscle. The number of problems caused by the psoas is quite astonishing. These include: low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems. The list can also include biomechanical problems like pelvic tilt, leg length discrepancies, kyphosis, and lumbar lordosis.

What is the psoas?

The psoas (pronounced “so – oz”) primarily flexes the hip and the spinal column. The psoas is a key core muscle. At about 16 inches long on the average, it is one of the largest and thickest muscles of the body (in animals it’s known as the tenderloin). This powerful muscle runs down the lower mid spine beginning at the 12th thoracic vertebrae connecting to all the vertebral bodies, discs and transverse processes of all the lumbar vertebrae down across the pelvis to attach on the inside of the top of the leg at the lesser trochanter. The lower portion combines with fibers from the iliacus muscle, which sits inside the surface of the pelvis and sacrum, to become the Iliopsoas muscle as it curves over the pubic bone and inserts on the lesser trochanter.

What is the function of the psoas?

This has a number of diverse functions making it a key factor in health. The psoas as a hip and thigh flexor is the major walking muscle. If the legs are stationary the action of it is a bend the spine forward; if sitting it stabilizes and balances the trunk. The lower psoas brings the lumbar vertebrae forward and downward to create pelvic tilt.

When we think of smooth, elegant and graceful movement in dancers and athletes we are looking at the psoas functioning at it optimum. It requires that the psoas maintain the pelvis in a dynamically neutral orientation that can move easily and retain structural integrity. This creates positions of the spine that require the least muscular effort.

What are the common pain symptoms of the psoas?

When the muscle becomes contracted due to injuries, poor posture, prolonged sitting, or stress, it can alter the biomechanics of the pelvis and the lumbar, thoracic and even cervical vertebrae. Typically a dysfunctional is responsible for referred pain down the front of the thigh and vertically along the lower to mid spinal column. Trigger points are found above the path of the psoas on the abdomen. Frequently the quadratus lumborum muscles develop trigger point, as well as the piriformis, gluteals, hamstrings, and erector spinae.

It can torque your spine to the right or left, pull it forward and twist the pelvis into various distortions. Frequently one psoas will shorten and pull the spine and/or pelvis to our dominant side. The distortions of the spine and pelvis can also show up as a short or long leg. This all results in scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, trigger points, and spasms in back muscles trying to resist the pulling of the psoas.

It can pull the spine downward, compressing the facet joints and the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine. The pressure can cause the discs to degenerate, becoming thinner and less flexible. This degeneration makes the discs more susceptible to bulging or tearing, especially with twisting and bending movements.

What keeps the psoas in contraction?

The psoas will stay contracted because of postural habits and trauma. The way we stand, walk and sit can distort the psoas. If we walk or stand with our chin in an overly forward position the muscle will tighten. Sitting through much of the day it shortens to keep us bio mechanically balanced in our chairs. Over time we develop a “normal” way of holding the psoas that is dysfunctional.

Unresolved trauma can keep the psoas short and reactive. This is a primary muscle in flight, fight, freeze or defensive responses to danger. When survival is at stake, it propels the body to hit the ground running. When startled, it ignites preparation of the extensor muscles to reach out (grab hold) or run. Until the psoas is released the muscle may stay contracted and go into further shortening and spasm very easily.

Overly challenging exercises, stretches or release techniques for the psoas can sometimes do more harm than good. When the psoas is capable of contracting and relaxing normally it can be strengthened and lengthened.

The Dangers of Bleeding Ulcer

More and more people are suffering from digestive disorders these days. Due to poor diets, unhealthy lifestyles and the abuse of caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol, most people develop different forms of ulcer. There are multiple types of ulcer and some of them are considered to be life-threatening. Even milder forms of ulcer may endanger a person’s life if the disorder is not appropriately treated.

Ulcer involves irritation, sores or lesions at different levels of the gastrointestinal tract. The main cause of ulcer is considered to be the infection with the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which can be acquired through the ingestion of contaminated food or water. Another cause of ulcer is the excessive production of hydrochloric acid and pepsin. When in excess, gastric acid may damage the protective walls of the stomach or other particular internal organs, enabling the bacteria to cause greater damage. Although the bacteria Helicobacter pylori and excessive gastric secretions are mainly responsible for the development of ulcer, there are also other factors that may contribute to the process: smoking, alcohol consumption, caffeine, etc.

When hydrochloric acid and pepsin are also involved in the development of the ulcer, the disorder is referred to as peptic ulcer. If the ulcer occurs at the level of the duodenum, the disorder is called duodenal ulcer. If the ulcer develops in the stomach, the disorder is called stomach or gastric ulcer. Gastric ulcer is considered to be a serious form of digestive disorder, as it may lead to complications and even cancer. The most severe complications of peptic ulcer are bleeding ulcer and perforate ulcer.

Bleeding ulcer is very dangerous and in some cases it can cause the death of the affected person. Bleeding ulcer requires immediate medical attention and in most cases it can only be corrected through surgery. Operations performed in order to treat bleeding ulcers are mostly done through the means of a gastroscope. General anesthesia is not always required in performing such operations. Fortunately, not all patients who suffer from bleeding ulcer need surgery. Latest experimental medicines have decreased the mortality rate of patients who develop such complications and maybe in the future oral treatment will become a substitute for today’s surgery.

The most common symptoms of bleeding ulcer are: vomiting blood, presence of blood in the feces, black stools, nausea and dehydration. Bleeding ulcer can also lead to anemia; due to excessive blood loss, fewer red blood cells remain within the body, failing to provide sufficient oxygen to internal organs. It is vital to try to prevent bleeding ulcers from appearing, as in some cases they may be fatal. The best thing to do when confronted with the symptoms of ulcer is to immediately inform your physician of your problems, in order to receive an appropriate medical treatment, thus avoiding further complications of the disorder.

Perimenopause Periods – What it Is, What to Do

You’ve been period-free for the past 2 months. You think you’re pregnant (again), so you buy a pregnancy home-kit (again). You tested negative. You’d like to think of a possible explanation. You say you’re actually glad that you don’t have one, especially because you always experience the worst PMS ever known to womankind.

Unfortunately for you, today is your day (just when you wore white). It is not only the most excruciating pain you have ever felt, but you also feel that something’s terribly wrong. You want to go to the doctor, but he just might give you something just for the pain again.

What do you do?

I know the pain that you feel. But ironically, good news is that you are not alone in your suffering. If you’re between 40 to 50 years old (possibly earlier but not below 35), then you may be suffering from perimenopause periods. This is an affliction silently suffered by most women in that age bracket, in preparation for menopause. Irregular periods are characterized by long or short cycles, a heavy or very light blood flow, sometimes just spotting, painful cramps, blood clots, or simply missed periods.

When both estrogen and progesterone shows low productivity, this is where the imbalance will set in. The first casualty will always be your menstrual cycle. This combined with additional stress levels will always have your periods at an irregular rate, sometimes not even appearing for whole months!

A ton of other related symptoms also contribute to irregular periods. Eating disorders, diabetes, thyroid problems, weight gain (or loss), smoking, over-exercise, excessive alcohol and caffeine intake, liver disease and recent miscarriage or birth is just some of the symptoms. If you just gave birth and you’re breastfeeding, it is a natural contraceptive that also allows your menstrual period to just stop completely. Ovarian diseases and uterine abnormalities (fibroids, polyps, etc.) and tuberculosis could also be possible reasons. So to rule the last 3 symptoms out, be sure to visit your doctor and have yourself tested for these just in case your gut feel tells you it’s something more than perimenopause.

Now when do you really need to see a doctor? When you have heavy, extended bleeding for more than a week, severe abdominal pain, and spotting, unexplained weight gain and if you’re bleeding after intercourse, then this would be a good time to lose your fear of hospitals and go to a doctor.

To prevent that from happening, take a break from work or home (if only for a while). Relax. Meditate. Have a healthy diet consisting of leafy greens and fruits. Consider alternative medicine first before thinking of surgery. If you can’t take it anymore, visit your health care provider and ask for alternative remedies.

Treatment Options for Colorectal Cancer

The treatment depends on the staging of the cancer. When colorectal cancer is

caught at early stages (with little spread) it can be curable. However when it is

detected at later stages (when distant [[metastasis|metastases]] are present) it is

less likely to be curable.

Surgery remains the primary treatment while chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy

may be recommended depending on the individual patient’s staging and other

medical factors.

Surgery

Surgical treatment is by far the most likely to result in a cure of colon cancer if the

tumor is localized. Very early cancer that develops within a polyp can often be cured

by removing the polyp at the time of colonoscopy. More advanced cancers typically

require surgical removal of the section of colon containing the tumor leaving

sufficient margins to reduce likelihood of re-growth. If possible, the remaining parts

of colon are anastomosed together to create a functioning colon. In cases when

anastomosis is not possible, a stoma (artificial orifice) is created. While surgery is

not usually offered if significant metastasis is present, surgical removal of isolated

liver metastases is common. Improved chemotherapy has increased the number of

patients who are offered surgical removal of isolated liver metastases.

Laparoscopic assist resection of the colon for tumour can reduce the size of painful

incision and minimize the risk of infection.

As with any surgical procedure, colorectal surgery can in rare cases result in

complications. These may include infection, abscess, fistula or bowel obstruction.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is used to reduce the likelihood of metastasis developing, shrink

tumour size, or slow tumor growth. Chemotherapy is often applied after surgery

(adjuvant), before surgery (neo-adjuvant), or as the primary therapy if surgery is not

indicated (palliative). The treatments listed here have been shown in clinical trials to

improve survival and/or reduce mortality and have been approved for use by the US

Food and Drug Administration.

Adjuvant (after surgery) chemotherapy. One regimen involves the combination of

infusional 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX)

5-fluorouracil (5-FU)

Leucovorin (LV)

Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®)

Capecitabine (Xeloda®)

Chemotherapy for metastatic disease. Commonly used first line regimens involve

the combination of infusional 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX)

with bevacizumab or infusional 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan (FOLFIRI)

with bevacizumab

5-fluorouracil (5-FU)

Leucovorin

Irinotecan

Oxaliplatin

Bevacizumab

Cetuximab

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is used to kill tumor tissue before or after surgery or when

surgery is not indicated. Sometimes chemotherapy agents are used to increase the

effectiveness of radiation by sensitizing tumor cells if present. Radiotherapy is not

used routinely in colorectal cancer, as it could lead to radiation enteritis, and is

difficult to target specific portions of the colon, but may be used on metastatic

tumor deposits if they compress vital structures and/or cause pain. There may be a

role for post-operative adjuvant radiation in the case where a tumor perforates the

colon as judged by the surgeon or the pathologist. However, as the area of the prior

tumor site can be difficult (if not impossible) to ascertain by imaging, surgical clips

need to be left in the colon to direct the radiotherapist to the area of risk.

Immunotherapy

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is gaining prominence as a complementary

theraputic agent in the treatment of colorectal cancer. A review of results from

recent clinical trials is given in Mosolits et al.

Support Therapies

Cancer diagnosis very often results in an enormous change in the patient’s

psychological wellbeing. Various support resources are available from, hospitals and

other agencies which provide counseling, social service support, cancer support

groups, and other services. These services help to mitigate some of the difficulties

of integrating a patient’s medical complications into other parts of their life.

Women Health Tips – How to Shrink Fibroids

Fibroids are mild tumors that develop inside a woman’s uterus. However, they are not cancerous. They occur most commonly among women during their reproductive age. It is also more common among obese and black women. While some fibroid cases are not evident and rarely cause problems, there are others that grown large and become a major problem. Patients with cases like these are required to undergo treatment.

Treatment for fibroids range from natural to surgical procedures. Those who opted for a natural treatment have to undergo changes in their diet and their overall way of life. This requires full commitment and discipline in order to fully treat the illness. Vegetables, fruits, whole grain and legumes are included in the diet as these foods are known to have medicinal attributes that help cure fibroids. Moreover, patients must avoid processed or commercial foods as well as meat, dairy products, and egg among others because these foods increase the estrogen level therefore making the fibroids grow.

Research shows that menopause is advantageous to end or totally eliminate fibroids but this is not the only option left for the patients. Apple cider, vinegar, and baking soda which can be found in your kitchen can potentially reduce fibroids or cyst because it is an alkaline substance. Research also claims that these kitchen ingredients reduce excess calcium in the body tissue making the ovary function normally for regular menstrual cycles. Since fibroids can cause infertility; reduction of them will increase women chances of pregnancy.

Lemon or lime and baking soda also has the same effects as apple cider and baking soda. Lemon or lime has a greater amount of alkaline substance while apple cider has the ability to increase metabolic rate causing weight loss. Either of the two options must be taken two or three times a day. The recipe for this kitchen cure is 2 tablespoon of natural apple cider vinegar and half or one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in eight ounces of water.

These tips are a few of the natural treatment that have been proven to bring wonderful results. Actually, there are various types of natural procedure known to cure fibroids and it may vary from one person to another. Some might be effective for you but not for others.

Thyroid Cysts May Be A Sign Of Thyroid Cancer

There are many different things that can go wrong with the brownish-red gland called the thyroid. The problem I am going to focus on are thyroid cysts.

A butterfly shaped gland, part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland is known as the “master gland of the body. It is located at the base of the throat below the area of the Adam’s apple. This gland,weighing less than an ounce, produces the hormones that are responsible for many functions such as the metabolic rate of the body, weight control and growth.

What is a thyroid cyst? It is a fluid filled sac that has grown on the gland. Resembling a filled water balloon, the cyst is usually small and does not cause any problems. Normally the cyst does not interfere with the hormone producing function of the thyroid. The cyst may grow very slowly or develop very quickly.

The two types of thyroid cysts are cystic. entirely filled with fluid, and complex, composed of both fluids and solids. Usually harmless, the cysts may persist for years and never cause any health problems. They can shrink away on their own. There are occasions though when problems do arise such as bleeding into the cyst causing it to enlarge. If this happens there may be pain, difficulty breathing and even an increase in your heart beats.

The majority of people that have thyroid cysts do not know until the lump is discovered by a physician during an examination of the neck. This is so because having a cyst on the thyroid does not present symptoms if they are that small. Cysts that larger may not present any health issues but will be more noticeable and can be more easily felt. They can become large enough to press against the windpipe or the vocal chords. On occasion a large cyst may interfere with thyroid hormone production causing the body to become either hyperthyroidism, overproduction, or hypothyroidism, under production of the hormones.

Thyroid cysts are rarely malignant. Their content is usually normal body fluids. The major symptom of a cancerous cyst is that it feels hard and tends to grow large quickly. When such a case arises, the physician may want to do a biopsy procedure called a fine needle aspiration. The procedure for a FNA is the insertion of a very fine needle into the cyst to extract a sample of the contents. Other procedures that may be used to check out the cyst are ultrasound, CT scan or radioactive iodine scan. These tests will give different results to help the physician make the diagnosis and treatment plan.

Most of the time there is no treatment plan need for thyroid cysts especially if they are small. Your physician will want to do follow-ups on a regular basis by taking blood tests to make sure that it is not causing any function problems for the thyroid gland. The size of the growth will also be monitored.

The cyst may be aspirated to drain it and that may be the end of it. If it continues to fill and is “suspicious”, surgery may be the next step.

Having a cyst develop on your thyroid gland does not mean that you have thyroid cancer but it is well worth the time to have it checked out. Having my cyst removed after being aspirated three times lead to the discovery of papillary thyroid cancer in my thyroid gland and several lymph nodes.

One Way to Treat Extreme Nausea When You Are Having Candida

Do you experience nausea as part of the candida? Nausea is also another issue a candida sufferer has. In fact I have several friends who have experienced this. One of my friends thinks she is too acidic and feels reflux, nausea. Another woman is also having a problem with extreme nausea. She is nauseated all day, all the time. It is worst in the morning; She almost throw up her medication (swallowing pills is the worst; tablets are worse than caplets). The only thing she knows of is low stomach acid, she took an acidity test and she was very alkaline. Is there anything that causes this nausea? How can we prevent that? Maybe eat less protein, less meat because it is acidic as opposed to alkaline?

I used to have nausea, long time ago. I felt nausea all the time. Also I believe it to be a bowel symptom, if someone would have told me that sooner I may not be where I am right now. I became so nauseous that I felt I was going to vomit. I would go to the bathroom to puke in the toilet and just when I thought my stomach contents would leave me I got a sudden urge to have a bowel movement. So instead of bending over I sat down to take a dump and the nausea ended. I told you I was messed up.

After I was treated for 2 years on Nystatin these episodes ended. However today I notice if I eat sugar, when it gets to my bowels I get nausea attacks until it, the sugar moves out of my system. I had also wondered if it is just sugar sensitivity but since the Nystatin improved things I will lay my money on the yeast.

Holistic Food Poisoning Treatment Assists Your Body

The typical symptoms of food poisoning is vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. Unpleasant as this is, it is a natural purging of something that is upsetting your body badly. It needs to come out.

If you take a medication that stops the vomiting and diarrhea, then the pathogen has successfully gained entry into your body and you are likely to notice a drop in your overall health.

Your body, your immune system is constantly attempting to keep you healthy. A violent attack of something like food poisoning (or fever) shows two things.

  1. that something serious is trying to get into your body
  2. that you have a healthy immune system

Imagine someone who was not robust. How would their body react in these situations? Would it have the energy to deal with the pathogen in such a firm way?

It’s unlikely.

Let’s say you do react violently for a short period to something that shouldn’t be in your body, and are successful in throwing out whatever it was. Then consider yourself pretty healthy, with a good immune system.

As an analogy, let’s look at a hunted prey animal. A healthy prey animal is on the alert all the time, for danger. They will react very rapidly if they have the tiniest suspicion they are under attack. But if the hunter is successful, then the chances are that the prey animal was unhealthy in some way.

Having said all that, you probably still don’t want to endure the effects of food poisoning, which can go on for a few hours. Vomiting and having diarrhea at the same time is little fun.

And you need to be aware of the possibility of dehydration. This is unlikely to be a problem in a healthy person, who can pick up quickly afterwards. But it may pose a problem for an unhealthy person, whose problems go on for an extended period of time and they find it difficult to bounce back afterwards.

But you can take a homeopathic medicine to help you. Homeopathy doesn’t stop the symptoms. It doesn’t suppress the symptoms. It doesn’t work like that. What it does do is to assist your body in what it is already trying to do – throw out the offender.

The most effective homeopathic medicine which will help you at this time is Arsenicum album.

It’s a bit like having your cake and eating it.

Arsenicum album is found in all good home prescribing homeopathic kits. It has many uses and is one of the most useful medicines in the kit, not least for food poisoning.

Foot Ulcers in Diabetics – Causes and Treatments

We’ve all heard of the “Top 10,” but here are the most important “Top 10” that you will ever read:

1. Alcoholism

2. Buerger’s Disease

3. Cancer

4. Diabetes

5. Foot injury

6. Fungal infection

7. Ischemia

8. Neuropathy

9. Paraplegia

10. Smoking

What are these top ten things and what do they have to do with diabetics?

These are top ten medical problems that are diagnosed with that lead to foot ulcers in diabetics. If you have suffered from one or more of these top ten medical problems, then I’m glad you’re reading this article. I will answer your questions about foot ulcers in diabetics, what causes them and the best treatments you can use.

What are ulcers?

Ulcers are open wounds or open sores that can appear on any part of the body that won’t heal and will keep returning.

What are the symptoms of ulcers?

Ulcers may be hard to detect because they may or may not be painful. A swollen leg, rashes, redness, brown discoloration, dry, and scaly skin, and burning or itching sensations are the most common symptoms of ulcers and are easier to diagnose as ulcers.

Why are diabetics prone to having ulcers?

Diabetics are at a much greater risk for a variety of foot problems than non-diabetics because their body’s organs don’t function properly. This allows for many different medical problems to occur.

What causes foot ulcers in diabetics?

The three main causes of foot ulcers are:

o Not proper care of the feet

o Not wearing comfortable shoes

o Not wearing socks

Diabetes can damage the nerves in the legs and feet so much that diabetics can’t feel a blister or sore when it begins to appear. This is especially dangerous because an ulcer can because larger sores and even become infected if undetected right away. This may lead to amputation of a toe, a foot, or even a leg.

What are the symptoms of foot ulcers?

The five symptoms of foot ulcers are:

1. Blisters on the feet or legs

2. Fever

3. Skin redness

4. Swelling

5. Sores on the feet or lower legs

What are the risk factors if foot ulcers aren’t taken care of properly?

Diabetics who develop foot ulcers also experience a reduced quality of life due to limited mobility, restricted social activities, and time lost from work. Not to mention these medical risk factors:

o Feet deformity

o Neuropathy (decreased feeling in feet)

o Peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation in legs)

o Retinopathy (decreased vision for inspecting feet daily)

I want the best health, so how do I care for my foot ulcers?

There are several ways that you can care for your foot ulcers to ensure your health and safety such as:

Changing the dressing often

Cleansing the wound regularly

I don’t have foot ulcers, so how can I prevent myself from getting the ulcers?

You will greatly reduce your chances of getting diabetic foot ulcers by following these simple do’s and don’ts list:

o Do buy properly fitted shoes.

o Do cleanse feet daily and dry them thoroughly between the toes before putting shoes or socks on.

o Do inspect them daily for sores that you aren’t able to feel.

o Do use petroleum jelly or an unscented lotion to moisturize dry feet.

o Do use a mirror or another person to see parts of the feet you can’t see.

o Don’t put lotion between the toes.

o Don’t smoke.

o Don’t wear garters and tight stockings around the legs.

Is there anything else that can help me with my diabetes?

Forbidden Foods To Eat With Acid Reflux

Together with many acid reflux sufferers, you may have questions about specific nutrition that cuts out foods that degenerate GERD and let you beat your medical condition. Is there any nutrition that will relieve symptoms of acid reflux?

Let’s make a quick review of the basic physiological causes behind acid reflux, also known as GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease, before discussing nutritional programs that can help with acid reflux symptoms.

When food moves from the esophagus into the stomach, a muscle is momentarily relaxed to allow the passage of the food. This muscle is the LES or lower esophageal sphincter, a valve-like muscle situated at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach. After passage of the food into the stomach, the LES shuts once more, to retain the acids and juices inside the stomach. If the LES fails to shut properly (owing to different external or internal problems), stomach acid splashes back into the esophagus, causing corrosion and inflammation of the lining, which then makes for the disagreeable pain and burning feeling which we call heartburn.

Doctors tell us that, above all, in patients over 60, one of the causes of esophageal cancer is in fact gastro esophageal reflux disease. Ignoring or postponing treatment of a GERD problem can mean that scar tissue, generated after corrosion and inflammation, can narrow the esophagus. Afterwards, bleeding or ulcers of the esophagus can happen.

Combining nutrition recommendations with additional diet guidelines can have a positive influence on your acid reflux symptoms and on your general well being and health. Doctors and paraprofessionals together have the belief that certain alterations in lifestyle, comprising the addition of certain foods to one’s dietary plan and the abolition of others, can bring benefits to GERD victims:

1. Intake of high-fiber foods (vegetables, whole grains, fruits, among others) can benefit your digestion, halt ulcers and remove toxins to reduce your susceptibility to gastro esophageal reflux disease.

2. Fish and fish oil, which have effective anti-inflammatory agents in their omega-3 fatty acids, can therefore beneficially intervene for acid reflux.

3. Eating snacks and smaller meals more frequently to improve the way that the digestive system works, as larger meals are more difficult to digest.

4. Less fatty foods reduces intestinal cell lining inflammation. Removal of fatty and high calorie foods taking longer to digest and to eliminate from your body, decreases the risk that acid will splash back up into your esophagus.

5. Limiting your consumption of coffee, chocolate, alcohol and tomatoes which tend to weaken the esophageal sphincter and therefore aggravate e phenomenon of acid reflux.

The only permanent solution for healing and halting gastro esophageal reflux disease recurrence is to resolve all factors whether internal or external that contribute to acid reflux by using a holistic strategy. The afore-mentioned dietary principles and others can bring important benefits to sufferers of GERD if followed the right way, yet they are only a lesser part of the overall all-natural method that targets the basic causes of gastro esophageal reflux disease.

Following a holistic program together with a food strategy for the right nutrition for GERD will let you to halt its symptoms and prevent its return permanently. You now know that your wearisome, distressing acid reflux condition can be eradicated forever by adhering to an overall holistic treatment.

Indigestion Cure – Home And Ayurvedic Remedies, Dietary Treatments

Indigestion is called as Agnimandya in Ayurveda. In fact, indigestion is not a disease in itself, but it is a manifestation of some problem with the gastrointestinal tract. The agni is responsible for the proper digestion of food in the body. When there is an imbalance of the agni – which means digestive fire – then the digestion process is disrupted. This is when indigestion occurs. Agni can be vitiated due to several reasons. Eating the wrong foods, eating at wrong times, having negative thoughts in the mind, excessive stress and even physical problems with the gastrointestinal tract can cause indigestion. Indigestion must be cured quickly, or it will build up toxins in the body, which are called as ama.

There are differences in the indigestion caused in people due to vata, pitta and kapha doshas. In people with vata dosha, indigestion is felt as a painful cramping of the abdomen. In people with pitta dosha, there is a burning or searing kind of pain in the abdomen. Indigestion in people with kapha dosha is the most violent. In them, it is characterized by nausea and vomiting along with the abdominal pains.

(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Indigestion

1. Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum)

Aniseed is an excellent remedy for gurgling in the abdomen, which is an indication of the presence of excessive gas. It can retard the fermentation of undigested food in the stomach and the bowels.

2. Belleric Myrobalan (Terminalia belerica)

Belleric myrobalan is the extremely potent component of Triphala choorna, which is known as bahera. This is a wonderful carminative. It solves problems of diarrhea and indigestion. It can also be taken in case of intestinal worms, which could be a reason for indigestion.

3. Bishop’s Weed (Trachyspermum ammi)

Bishop’s weed is used in the treatment of a large number of problems related to digestion, such as indigestion, diarrhea, dysentery, atonic dyspepsia, colic and flatulence. It is an important ingredient of most Indian dishes. It helps in the digestion of heavy oily and spicy food.

4. Bloodwort (Achillea millefolium)

Bloodwort is a very simple traditional remedy used for the treatment of indigestion. Just a spoonful of the fresh juice of this herb thrice a day helps in the treatment of indigestion and other gastric disorders.

5. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Cardamom is a cooling agent. It helps the stomach and the intestines to soothe down after a heavy meal and perform the digestion better. It helps in expelling the wind that is caused due to undigested food material.

6. Chicory (Chicorium intybus)

Chicory is a natural laxative. The use of this herb helps in the treatment of chronic constipation and aids in proper digestion.

7. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)

The astringent action of the clove on the stomach stimulates the production of the dietary enzymes. This facilitates faster digestion.

8. Dill (Anethum sowa)

Dill is used in the treatment of constipation. Due to its mild nature, it can be effectively used for children.

9. Fennel (Fenneliculum vulgare)

Fennel is the most effective herb in the prevention of indigestion. Traditionally, some seeds of fennel sweetened with sugar are provided after every meal. This is known to help digestion and also take care of bad odors from the mouth and flatulence.

10. Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic helps in the faster production of the digestive enzymes and also eliminates the waste matters from the digestive system. Due to its antiseptic properties, garlic can also help in the prevention of gastrointestinal diseases, which may cause indigestion. Garlic expels any intestinal worms if present.

11. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is very effective in the treatment of all kinds of gastrointestinal ailments. It can treat colic, flatulence, diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal pains and dyspepsia.

(2) Dietary Treatments for Indigestion

Having a proper dietary regimen is the best way to keep indigestion at bay. Obey the following guidelines:-

1. Do not consume a heavy diet when having an indigestion problem. Stick to a vegetarian diet, and consume more fibers. Fasting for a day will help a lot. On this day of fasting, you may consume liquids like fresh fruit juices. Do not consume any liquids that contain synthetic ingredients.

2. Indians believe in the properties of buttermilk and curds in aiding digestion. During indigestion, mix some curds in rice, sweeten it with sugar and eat it. This is the most ideal meal for indigestion.

(3) Ayurvedic Treatments for Indigestion

Generally indigestion can be cured and controlled by the proper diet as described above and medications are not needed. But in some severe cases, Hingavashtaka choorna (a preparation made with asafetida as the main ingredient) can be given in powder form with ghee.

(4) Home Remedies for Indigestion

1. Prepare an infusion of aniseed, ginger, cumin seeds and pepper in water by boiling it. These are all digestives. Consume this whenever there is an indigestion problem. There will be motions and relief will be immediate.

2. Prepare a paan (leaf enveloped over an edible substance) of betel leaf over seeds of Bishop’s weed. You can add a little rock salt to the paan for flavoring. Chew on this paan whenever you have indigestion problems.

3. Soak the teaspoonful quantity of the seeds of celery in a glassful of buttermilk. Keep this for five to six hours. Consuming this mixture helps in relieving the indigestion quickly.

4. After a heavy meal, put two to three pieces of clove in the mouth or a piece of garlic and let them remain there till all the juices are extracted. This will help the digestion take place faster. Alternatively, fennel seeds can also be put in the mouth.

Coping With Lupus – Recognizing Symptoms Of Lupus And Preventing Flare Ups

What is Lupus

In lupus, the body’s immune system does not work as it should. A healthy immune system produces substances called antibodies that help fight and destroy viruses, bacteria, and other foreign substances that invade the body. In lupus, the immune system produces antibodies against the body’s healthy cells and tissues. These antibodies, called autoantibodies (“auto” means self), contribute to the inflammation of various parts of the body, causing damage and altering the function of target organs and tissues. In addition, some autoantibodies join with substances from the body’s own cells or tissues to form molecules called immune complexes. A buildup of these immune complexes in the body also contributes to inflammation and tissue injury in people with lupus. Researchers do not yet understand all of the factors that cause inflammation and tissue damage in lupus, and this is an active area of research.

Common Symptoms of Lupus

* Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain

* Unexplained fever

* Red rashes, most commonly on the face.

* Chest pain upon deep breathing (pleurisy)

* Unusual loss of hair

* Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)

* Sensitivity to the sun

* Swelling (edema) in legs or around eyes

* Swollen glands

* Extreme fatigue

In some people with lupus, only one system of the body such as the skin or joints is affected. Other people experience symptoms in many parts of their body. Just how seriously a body system is affected also varies from person to person. Most commonly, joints and muscles are affected, causing arthritis and muscle pain. Skin rashes are quite common. The following systems in the body also can be affected by lupus.

Kidneys: Inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis) can impair their ability to get rid of waste products and other toxins from the body effectively. Because the kidneys are so important to overall health, lupus affecting the kidneys generally requires intensive drug treatment to prevent permanent damage. There is usually no pain associated with kidney involvement, although some patients may notice that their ankles swell. Most often the only indication of kidney disease is an abnormal urine or blood test.

Lungs: Some people with lupus develop pleuritis, an inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity that causes chest pain, particularly with breathing. Patients with lupus also may get pneumonia.

Central nervous system: In some patients, lupus affects the brain or central nervous system. This can cause headaches, dizziness, memory disturbances, vision problems, stroke, or changes in behavior.

Blood vessels: Blood vessels may become inflamed (vasculitis), affecting the way blood circulates through the body. The inflammation may be mild and may not require treatment or may be severe and require immediate attention.

Blood: People with lupus may develop anemia, leukopenia (a decreased number of white blood cells), or a decrease in the number of platelets (thrombocytopenia). Some people with lupus may have abnormalities that cause an increased risk for blood clots.

Heart: In some people with lupus, inflammation can occur in the heart itself (myocarditis and endocarditis) or the membrane that surrounds it (pericarditis), causing chest pains or other symptoms. Lupus can also increase the risk of atherosclerosis.

Despite the symptoms of lupus and the potential side effects of treatment, people with lupus can maintain a high quality of life overall. One key to managing lupus is to understand the disease and its impact. Learning to recognize the warning signs of a flare can help the patient take steps to ward it off or reduce its intensity. Many people with lupus experience increased fatigue, pain, a rash, fever, abdominal discomfort, headache, or dizziness just before a flare. Developing strategies to prevent flares can also be helpful, such as learning to recognize your warning signals and maintaining good communication with your doctor.

Warning Signs of a Lupus Flare

* Increased fatigue

* Pain

* Rash

* Fever

* Abdominal discomfort

* Headache

* Dizziness

Preventing a Flare

Learn to recognize your warning signals. Maintain good communication with your doctor.

People with lupus should receive regular preventive health care, such as gynecological and breast examinations. Regular dental care will help avoid potentially dangerous infections. If a person is taking corticosteroids or antimalarial medications, a yearly eye exam should be done to screen for and treat eye problems.

Staying healthy requires extra effort and care for people with lupus, so it becomes especially important to develop strategies for maintaining wellness. Wellness involves close attention to the body, mind, and spirit. One of the primary goals of wellness for people with lupus is coping with the stress of having a chronic disorder. Effective stress management varies from person to person. Some approaches that may help include exercise, relaxation techniques such as meditation, and setting priorities for spending time and energy.

Effects of Massage Therapy on the Skin of Lymphedema Patients

The difference between normal massage techniques and manual lymph drainage techniques is that strokes that are used in normal massage therapy are applied with a bit more pressure than are strokes of manual lymph drainage therapy. The basic strokes that are used in normal massage therapy are petrissage, effleurage, tapotement, vibration and friction.

It should be noted that massage stroke effects are not limited to suprafascial tissues like the skin. These strokes also cause reactions in subfascial areas. Subfascial tissues are muscles, tendons and ligaments.

It is possible that local arterial blood flow is increased by massage strokes and there is venous and lymphatic return. Normal massage strokes can loosen subcutaneous adhesions as well.

There are various massage therapy publications that list edema as one of the indications of these techniques. This is a correct statement but it is also in a way misleading if one does not establish or clarify the distinction between edema and lymphedema.

Edema is actually related to suprafascial tissues and can be the result of various problems like inflammation or impaired venous return. Examples of impaired venous return are valvular insufficiency, pregnancy, or prolonged sitting and/or standing.

In edema, the lymphatic system is overloaded but remains intact. This results in water getting accumulated in the tissues. This condition is called dynamic insufficiency.

It is possible that massage therapy benefits some forms of edema but is contraindicated for others. This is why normal massage therapy should not be used in patients with edema without prior consultation with a physician.

Lymphedema on the other hand is always a result of mechanical insufficiency of the lymphatic system. This in turn ends with water and protein accumulating in tissues. When the lymphatic system becomes mechanically insufficient the transport capacity of the system decreases below the required physiological level of water and protein load. The system is not capable then of properly responding to an increase in lymphatic load.

There are also several negative effects of massage therapy on lymphedema. As mentioned before, massage strokes usually lead to an increase in arterial blood flow (also called active hyperemia) in skin areas to which normal massage techniques are applied. This active hyperemia is escorted by an increase in blood capillary pressure. This leads to a subsequent increase in ultrafiltration of water in the blood capillaries area. The result of this process is that more water accumulates in the interstitial spaces. As the lymphatic system is mechanical insufficient the lymphatic system is not able to manage this additional water load and there is an increase in swelling.

The Relationship Between Heart Disease And Kidney Disease

When you suffer from some type of heart disease, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be very difficult. We all need to eat healthy, maintain a good regular exercise routine and have regular checkups from our health care provider. When heart disease is not managed well the effects on our kidneys can be catastrophic.

The kidneys job is to filter the blood to remove carcinogens that we take in daily through the ingesting of out highly refined and processed foods. In addition it also removes excess fluid from the blood stream. The kidneys filter the waist products from the blood stream by using the natural pressure of the blood supply.

When this excess fluid is not being remove then the heart will have to work harder to pump the blood throughout our bodies by increasing our blood pressure. Higher blood pressure will cause more damage to our kidneys causing less fluid and toxins being removed from the blood stream.

As you can see the cycle of the heart damaging the kidneys which in turn cause more damage to the heart is a leading cause of death for patients suffering from heart disease. This viscous cycle must be control as soon as possible before permanent damage is done to the effected organs.

The leading causes of kidney disease are as follows:

Decreased blood flow to the kidney is usually caused by clogged arteries. Arteriosclerosis, congestive heart disease, plaques or fatty deposits containing large quantities of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood stream can all cause a decreased blood flow to the kidneys.

Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN) is the death of tissue do to a loss of oxygen to the kidney. Long term decreased of oxygen to the kidney can be caused by congestive heart disease, clogged arteries, anemia, iron deficiency, cycles cell anemia and infections such as acute septicemia. Short term loss of oxygen to the kidney can be caused a heart attack or by direct kidney injury.

Damage to the kidneys can be the result of over exposure to metals, solvents, drugs and other pollutants.

Excessive amounts of alcohol will cause death of muscle and organ tissue. When tissue dies myoglobin is released into the blood supply. Myoglobin is very toxic to the renal tubular epithelium and may cause kidney failure. One of the blood test done after a heart attack is the testing for the amount of myoglobin in the blood stream. The larger amount of myoglobin found has a direct correlation to the amount of damage caused to the heart muscle by a heart attack.

High blood pressure will also cause damage to the filtering process of the kidneys.

Prevention is always better than a cure and knowing you are at risk for heart or kidney disease should go a long way in your ability to prevent long term damage to these vital organs. Take steps today to maintain a health life style and to improve the quality of life.

Common vitamins and and minerals can help with preventing disease such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, Cranberry Juice, Natural diuretics and Garlic.

Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Vitamin B taken together as a team perform vital biological processes including aiding in the healing process for congestive heart failure and reduces fluid retention. It is required for the development of red blood cells.

Vitamin C has been shown to combat the development of cholesterol deposits in the arteries. Within a few hours after receiving vitamin C patients showed a sharp decline in the cholesterol levels of the blood. Take 1,000 to 5,000 mg daily.

Vitamin E is known to help the red blood cells to live longer and keep them from breaking down too soon.

Cranberry Juice may also help prevent kidney and bladder infections. If you are taking COUMADIN then check with your doctor before using cranberry.

Natural diuretics are contained in cranberries, anything that has caffeine and apple cider vinegar. Fruits and vegetables such as watermelon and cucumbers contain a lot of water and will help increase urination.

Garlic counteract the usual result of high fats in the diet and to help reduce high blood pressure.

This report is nutritional in nature and not to be construed as medical advice.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.