Think You Have an Ankle Sprain? Visit an Urgent Care Doctor for a Proper Diagnosis

Athletes and everyday gym goers acquire multiple injuries throughout their lives, one of the most common being an ankle sprain. Yet it can be hard to tell on your own if the pain you feel is due to a sprain or something more serious. The best way to find out is by visiting an urgent care doctor who can properly examine your ankle and the muscles around it.

A sprain, in general, is a when you stretch and/or tear your ligaments, which are the tough tissues that connect your cartilage and bones; they are our body parts “connectors.” A sprain also involves a strain in the muscle nearby. You can get a sprain from any kind of over exerted turn, twist or roll that tears the ligament.

There are multiple types of sprain, but the most common is called an inversion sprain, where your ankle literally turns over in a way that forces the sole of your foot to face inwards. This damages the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, and causes painful bruising, swelling and tenderness. As with any sprain you will struggle to move your ankle normally and will feel pain when putting weight down on your foot.

If after reading this description leads you to believe the source of your pain is indeed from an ankle sprain, you must act immediately. Apply the RICE method first, meaning Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. For Rest, cease exercising and stay off your foot as much as possible. Use crutches if you have them. When you Ice the area do not do so for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, and do so about every 2 hours the first day of the injury. For Compress you can buy great elastic bandages that will hold the muscle in place. And finally, try and Elevate your leg as much as possible, even propping it up while you’re at work and eating dinner. The RICE method is used for most muscle sprains and injuries, and is effective in decreasing swelling and inflammation.

If the injury isn’t severe you should be able to heal on your own in a month. People who’ve experienced an ankle sprain before are usually tempted to do self-treatment. A doctor can speed up your recovery by ensuring you actually have an ankle injury in the first place and then prescribe you better anti-inflammatory medication that will help loads with the swelling and pain. Once the injury is confirmed you doctor will give tell you the proper stretches and exercises to ensure your ankle returns to full strength.

There Are Home Remedies to Reduce Swelling

Home remedies to reduce swelling can help you take care of your health. There’s nothing too complicated, just what the old-fashioned doctor would have ordered.

You will want to make sure you’ve got clothing on that won’t be stained when you use these types of home remedies to reduce swelling, as the smell is strong. That’s part of its charm.

Have one handy for use when you’ve bumped yourself and are going to bruise. Camphor balm is one of such home remedies to reduce swelling. Just apply it with your hands, and don’t worry about getting it on thick.

Massage it into the skin where you need relief. Its soothing action will kick in quickly, and you’ll feel the difference. This also works for sore muscles.

As with any other medication, make sure you keep it in a safe place where children and pets cannot reach it. And make sure that you do not leave anything soiled with the ointment lying around where they could pick it up.

You will want to wash your hands well immediately after applying the ointment, and keep your hands well away from your eyes and mouth. It has a strong odor, and it will definitely cause irritation. Do not use it close to your eyes or mouth either, for the same reasons.

In addition to camphor, such products also often contain alcohol, and a variety of other ingredients. If you have allergies or are sensitive to certain medications or herbs, make sure that you read the ingredients carefully. If you have questions about what you’re going to use, consult your physician or pharmacist for more information.

If you find that the camphor is too much to handle, there are other methods that work well too. They include using hot and cold compresses in intervals. Wrap the compresses in a towel before placing them on your skin, to ensure that you do not burn or freeze yourself.

If placing heat or cold causes great pain, then you should stop the procedure. Consult a physician or enquire at your drug store, if it is closer and open.

You might also consider the Internet, but remember that there are many sites online that offer a variety of information. Head to reputable sites connected to government health organizations or trusted sources.

If your case of swelling increases or is very painful, seek medical attention.

Having a variety of tools at your disposal is important. You can normally find a hot water bottle, which you can fill with a bit of hot water from the tap, or a bag filled with a material that is microwaveable.

In terms of cold, there are ice packs, which you can store in your freezer, or the same microwaveable bag can be left there too. If not, a bag of frozen peas will do nicely. Just don’t expect to recover them. It’s a minor cost to save your skin!

There are home remedies to reduce swelling, so step right up and put some in your medicine cabinet right away. They’ll come in handy sooner than you know it.

A Brief Explanation About Duodenal Ulcers

A person gets a duodenal ulcer when the the duodenum in the stomach is affected by the H. pylori bacteria. One of the ways to get treatment is by taking a course approximately 1-2 months in duration that provides you with certain medications or other methods to lower the production of acid in your stomach. An additional week may be necessary during which the patient will take medication along with antibiotics in order to lower acid levels. Doing so will rid of the H. pylori bacteria from the duodenum. This treatment is also issued so that the ulcers do not return.

What Are The Causes?

Knowing about duodenal ulcers and their causes is important. Acid is produced by the stomach to assist with food digestion and bacterial removal. However, this acid can also destroy the stomach lining and the duodenum if an excess amount is produced. Once this lining is damaged, it forms a duodenal ulcer.

Another cause that is much more uncommon is the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Once again, stomach acid is produced in excess but other factors such as alcohol abuse, smoking, and stress contribute toward the development of these ulcers.

Symptoms

The symptoms are often associated with upper abdominal pain and pain under the breastbone. This pain only appears periodically. You may even feel pain before eating or perhaps when you become hungry. One way of getting rid of the pain is to eat, while another is to take antacids.

Vomiting, bloating, and nausea are additional symptoms. In some cases, food consumption leads to pain. What you should also know is that serious complications can arise from a duodenal ulcer such as bleeding ulcers. The duodenum wall can also suffer from perforation, causing severe pain that requires patient to get medical attention immediately.

Treatment

Surgery was often used as a means of treating these ulcers. However, once it was found that H. pylori bacteria was causing this condition most of the time, acid-suppressing medications suddenly have been the preferred treatment.

The number of people getting diagnosed with ulcers is steadily growing. Implementing the right duodenal ulcer diet is one manner of slowing down the condition while also helping the medication you are taking to be more effective. Any beverages or foods that raise the amount of acid in the stomach are to be avoided when planning such a diet.

How to Prevent Candida Albicans

Candida albicans is the most common condition I find in the GUT and can cause an array of symptoms. It is a single cell fungus that occurs in moist areas of the body. You have naturally occurring good fungi living in you that protect the bowel wall and help you digest food while you provide them with warmth and food. Candida is the naturally occurring fungi that has overgrown within your gut and causes intestinal problems. You need to keep your gut bacteria balanced but sometimes it becomes unbalanced and the causes of this are:

– Western diet (high in sugar and processed foods)

– Prolonged stress

– Chlorinated water

– Prolonged use of antibiotics

– The contraceptive pill and HRT

When the delicate balance of intestinal flora gets disrupted the immune system weakens, so that it is less able to cope with fungi overgrowth. Antibiotics not only kill off the ‘bad guys’ but they also kill off the ‘good guys’. Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungus and grows rapidly along the intestine wall causing a leaky gut. Molecules of partially digested food can then get into the blood stream, which initiates an immune response and causes food intolerances and allergies to normal food.

Everyone’s symptoms can vary. You might have mild candida or it can be more severe. One way to tell if you have candida is; if you get up in the morning and your energy is good then eat a whole mango or some watermelon and if you feel quite fatigued about 30min to an hour later then most likely you have candida because the candida are having a field day with the sugar in your gut. Symptoms from disrupted intestinal flora (dysbiosis) can include constipation, diarrhea, or alternating between both; headaches; chronic fatigue; depression; dizziness; bloating; poor concentration; vaginal irritation and/or discharge; sugar and bread cravings; mood swings; PMS/PMT; and digestive disorders even joint and muscle aches can be caused by candida.

In order to treat this condition you need to change your diet and take away any of the factors that probably caused this in the first place. A special note: if you have hormonal imbalance then candida is likely to be a problem so therefore you need to get the hormonal system under balance too. The foods that are feeding these fungi are sugar and yeast, therefore you need to completely exclude from your diet: refined food, sugars, dried fruit, yeast, fermented food and dairy products. So this includes bread any wheat products mushrooms, soy sauce and any sugars (sucrose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, maltrose, honey and molasses). It’s important to exclude fruit that is high in sugar such as bananas, mangoes, grapes and melons the fruits that are good to eat are your berries and occasional nectarine, peach, apple, and pear. Eat loads of vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and seeds; whole grain cereals are OK such as oats and quinoa. Processed foods have a lot of hidden sugar so its best to eliminate them, but also the body needs good wholesome food that has nutritional value so get back to basics – the old meat and 3 veg idea and salads are great. The following foods have anti-fungal properties and must be used frequently; onions, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, watercress, mustard cress, cauliflower, turnips, cinnamon, extra virgin olive oil-cold pressed and aloe vera juice. Garlic may also be of benefit, but beware, as some people are garlic intolerant.

Anti-fungals are important such as Pau d’Arco tea and aloe vera juice, also oregano oil, biotin, tea tree oil, chamomile, barberry (berberine), even grapefruit seed extract has an effect. You also need probiotics, which replenish your natural ‘good’ bacteria (bifidobacteria and L. acidophilus), and prebiotics, which support your ‘good’ bacteria (FOS and GOS). Occasionally chronic Candidiasis can produce headache and flu like symptoms as it dies off. If this happens, drink plenty of water in order to help eliminate the toxins from your system.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) – What Exhibits Too Much Androgen to Cause PMS?

As we mentioned in previous article, premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their diet. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurrence have more than double over past 50 years due to the acceptance of its as medical condition and caused by unhealthy diet with high in saturated food. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of ovaries related to women menstrual cycle, it effects the women physical and emotional state and sometimes interference with daily activities as resulting of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome happens in one or two weeks before menstruation and then declining when the period starts. It is said the symptoms can be so severe that between 10-15% of women have to take time off work, costing businesses millions of dollars a year. In this article, we will discuss what exhibits too much androgen to cause PMS.

1. Tumors

Tumors in the adrenal gland and ovaries can cause overproduction of androgens and lead to male body characteristics in women

2. Abnormal function of pituitary gland

Abnormal function of pituitary gland caused by Cushing’s disease, increases amounts of androgen being produced.

3. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Too much adrogen is also caused by congenital adrenal hyperplasia as resulting of genes mutation for enzymes which mediate the biochemical step in production cortisol from the adrenal gland resulting in more endorgen being produced.

4. Abnormal blood sugar

Imbalance of sugar levels in the bloodstream and high levels of stress stimulate the risk of over production of testosterone from the ovaries and adrenal gland. It is for your own benefit to keep your blood sugar in check and maintain a healthy adrenal gland.

5. High levels of estrogen

Bad estrogen produced by our body depressing the production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which is produced by liver in fat and protein metabolism resulting in exhibiting testosterone causing high levels of androgen and leading to PMS.

Zoanthids For Everyone

Zoanthids are rightfully beloved by nearly all marine aquarists. They are often bright, uniquely colored and fast-growing. Because they are generally hardy, they make an excellent choice for the beginning aquarist; however, the rarer color patterns tempt even experienced reef aquarists. Despite their popularity, many aquarists are unclear of zoanthids relationship to other marine animals, especially those that we commonly call coral. On the one hand, zoanthids look like miniature sea anemones, yet they also seem to resemble soft corals such as the Glove Polyps pictured below (Clavularia species-pronounced “klav-yoo-lahr-ee-ah”). In truth zoanthids are neither anemones nor soft corals-so what are they?

“Flower Animals”

Let’s start with some basics. Zoanthids, like all of the animals we typically call “coral” in the marine aquarium hobby, are cnidarians (pronounced “nigh-dare-ee-yans”). More specifically, zoanthids are part of the class Anthozoa, which includes the soft and leather corals, sea anemones, mushroom corals and stony corals (and exclude other cnidarians such as fire corals, lace corals, jellyfishes, and sea wasps). Anthozoa, as a word, originates from Greek (“anthos” and “zoion”) and translates roughly as “flower animal,” which is an apt name for most zoanthids. Like sea anemones, mushroom corals and stony corals, zoanthids are called hexacorals because they have polyps with tentacles in multiples of six (octocorals, on the other hand, have eight tentacles). Zoanthids, unlike the “true” or stony corals (what hobbyists generally term SPS and LPS) lack skeletons, but they are also not soft corals (which are all octocorals). The polyps of zoanthids are either solitary or embedded in so-called mats. Solitary polyps are often connected to other polyps by runners (called stolons, pronounced “stoe-lahn”), while mat polyps embed themselves in a tissue matrix or mat (called a coenenchyme and pronounced “see-nehn-kyme”).

When the aquarist looks at a zoanthid polyp, they are generally focused on the oral disc. Each zoanthid polyp has a mouth (called a siphonoglyph and pronounced “sye-fah-no-glif”), which is part of the oral disc and generally surrounded by two rings of tentacles. Like all cnidarians, zoanthids possess nematocysts (pronounced “ne-mat-oh-sist”) or stinging cells (the word cnidarian translates from the Greek as “stinging nettle”), which assist in food capture. When it comes to defense, however, it is a toxin called palytoxin, which keeps most predators (including the aquarist) at bay.

It is common to tout the fact that most zoanthids are easy to keep and require no supplemental feedings. While it is true that many of the commonly available zoanthids are zooxanthellate (zoo-zan-thuh-late) and host symbiotic zooxanthellae (zoh-zan-thel-ee) in their tissue, the reality is that nearly all zooanthids rely on particulate food and plankton capture to sustain their metabolism. As a result, nearly all should be target fed in captivity (in addition to providing appropriate lighting).

Identifying Zoanthids

It is very difficult to identify individual species when dealing with zoanthids. That is why you frequently see them sold by their genus name (e.g. Zoanthus spp.) and a creative description of their coloration (e.g. Halloween Zoanthids). Zoanthids are often (there is much debate that is well beyond the scope of this article) divided into several families. The most frequently seen zoanthids in the aquarium trade are from the families Parazoanthidae and Zoanthidae. Within the family Parazoanthidae, the genus Parazoanthus (pare-ah-zoe-an-thuss) is particularly popular (e.g. Yellow Polyps), while the Zoanthus (zoe-an-thuss) genus (e.g. Z. pacificus and Z. sociatus) and the Palythoa genus (which is now often seen as being congeneric and nearly conspecific with the genus Protopalythoa) are the most commonly represented genera from the family Zoanthidae. So-called Acrozoanthus (ak-roh-zoe-an-thuss) or Stick Polyps are also seen with some frequency in the hobby and are usually classified as belonging to the family Zoanthidae.

Family Parazoanthidae – Brief Description and Husbandry Tips

Species from the genus Parazoanthus are the most common in this family, and, as species identification is uncertain, most are sold as Parazoanthus spp. or simply Yellow Polyps. Although called Yellow Polyps, their coloration can vary from a cinnamon-brown to a bright yellow, with some species even taking on a red color (e.g. P. puertoricense). The polyps reproduce by budding at the base of the parent polyp, and they form colonies in this way that encrust rocks, shells or vacant worm tubes. Some Parazoanthus species live commensally with other organisms (e.g. sponges), but most of the specimens seen in the hobby contain symbiotic zooxanthellae within their tissue and, given sufficient light, will do quite well with only periodic target feedings. The fact that many Yellow Polyps are indiscriminate feeders means that they often survive in a mature aquarium without any target feedings. This fact, however, should not deter the aquarist from at least weekly target feedings of zooplankton-type foods. Moderate light, moderate to strong intermittent flow and supplemental feedings are the key to success with these attractive zoanthids.

Family Zoanthidae – Brief Description and Husbandry Tips

Recent research has found remarkable similarity between the genus Palythoa and Protopalythoa, and so we will mostly deal with them together here. If there is a difference apparent to the aquarist, it is in the fact that Protopalythoa species’ polyps (e.g. Button Polyps, Protopalythoa spp.) are often not embedded in the tissue matrix or mat, while Palythoa (pal’-ee’-thoe’-ah) species’ polyps (e.g. Sea Mat or Encrusting Colony Polyp, Palythoa spp.) are. All have broad, flat oral discs surrounded by tentacles (perhaps more tentacles on Protopalythoa species). The discs may be brown, brownish yellow or even a cream color, and some have quite attractive fluorescent accents and striations. Sometimes the oral disc will be darker than the mat in which it is embedded, again, making for a nice display. All are fairly light tolerant and prefer moderate to high flow. As with all zoanthids, they will benefit from targeted feedings, and those with longer tentacles and broader oral discs may require more direct feeding. One word of warning: be careful, as many of these zoanthids are competitive and will easily overgrow adjacent corals.

The Zoanthus genus is often the best represented genus from the family Zoanthidae, and it is most frequently what people think of when they think of zoanthids. There are many species, and most are simply identified for the aquarist by their remarkable color schemes. The polyps are generally small with dramatic contrasting colors between their oral discs and tentacles. These animals rely heavily on zooxanthellae, so much so that some aquarists claim no food response occurs as a result of targeted feedings. In reality, this is probably because Zoanthus species are more selective in their feeding, but regardless, it is essential to place them in high light environments to sustain their zooxanthellae populations. Given the proper environment, these zoanthids are hardy, fast-growing animals that reproduce by budding and will rapidly spread across your live rock in a colorful display that will ad interest and beauty to your reef tank.

Something for Everyone

In conclusion, zoanthids are, generally speaking, highly interesting, attractive and hardy animals. They can add color to almost any reefscape, and they require little in the way of specific husbandry. Most grow quickly in captivity, and their collection from the wild generally has little detrimental impact on natural ecosystems. Zoanthids are often the first cnidarians introduced to the beginning aquarist’s tank, but the more uniquely colored and rarer species are equally coveted by advanced aquarists. In short, zoanthids offer something for everyone.

Alternative Treatment For Fibroid Tumors

Over a year ago now, I decided to try out alternative treatment for fibroid tumors. I had large fibroids and was reluctantly going down the surgery route, but had a month’s “window” before starting hormonal blockers to shrink them temporarily to make surgery easier.

I knew that they were benign and therefore felt fully justified in trying out an alternative before I went under the knife.

When originally diagnosed, I was told that I had several fibroids, the largest being the size of a grapefruit. I had terrible symptoms, which included flooding during each period and terrible cramps. I was also partially incontinent, iron deficient and tired all the time! My sex life took a hit too. I looked permanently pregnant and intercourse was the last thing on my mind!

I knew about all the inherent risks of a hysterectomy but initially felt I had no other options. However, as many of us do, I began searching on the internet and came across an alternative treatment for fibroid tumors. Being a natural skeptic, I must have read the information half a dozen times before taking the plunge and pressing the “buy” button. However, I figured that I really did have nothing to lose. My surgery was looming and I would have done (almost!) anything to avoid it.

The alternative treatment for fibroid tumors which I used centered around treating the root causes of fibroids. Although it is almost impossible to isolate the causes in individual women, by dealing with each and every possible root cause and no stone is left unturned. I can understand that some women might find it difficult to find the motivation to stick with the treatment, but as my symptoms were so bad, this was all the motivation I needed!

Excessive estrogen is one of the main causes of fibroid tumors. This is not only the naturally occurring estrogen, but estrogen mimicking compounds which originate from pesticides and environmental toxins. Maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce natural estrogen, although removing estrogen mimicking compounds can be more difficult and the only way to successfully remove them is by performing a liver detox. To do a liver detox, you must drink plenty of water (a minimum of 2 liters) and avoid eating processed meats. Certain herbs, including Milk Thistle can be used to cleanse the liver.

Another useful alternative treatment for fibroid tumors is to eat foods which have natural anti-inflammatory properties, such as oats, hops and cumin as it is thought that many women with fibroids are sensitive to inflammatory conditions.

The symptoms I experienced, such as bloating and heavy periods began to diminish in just a couple of weeks. Noticeable fibroid shrinkage began after about 6 weeks and within 4 months, my largest fibroid had shrunk by just over a third.

Ovarian Cysts Can Have Misleading Symptoms

Ovarian cysts cause such a variety of unrelated symptoms that they can be missed even by doctors. I am not a doctor or medical professional, just an ordinary person who was surprised by a diagnosis of “ovarian cyst.”  

My symptoms were a pain in my right side, right where my appendix was. I had had some pain in that side right after exercising. The pain would disappear in a day or so, so naturally I thought  I had a pulled muscle.  It never occurred to me to see a doctor for pain that went away.

One of my friends told me, “I went to doctors faithfully and had all my exams every year. I went through cycles of painful bloating in my abdomen. The doctors told me it was nothing.  After ten years of this, I had an appendectomy. When the surgeon opened me up, he found a large benign cyst sitting on my ovary. They removed the cyst and I never had those symptoms again.” 

I read an account by another woman who was treated for two years for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Finally someone ordered an ultrasound and found a cyst the size of a grapefruit.

Many years ago, I worked with a young woman who was in constant pain and discomfort. Her digestive system was always acting up. Doctors couldn’t find anything. They (and everyone who knew her) figured she was a hypochondriac. Eventually she persuaded a surgeon to conduct an exploratory operation and there it was: a tiny ovarian cyst. Her whole personality changed after they removed it.  Today she would probably have an ultrasound exam and a laparoscopic operation to remove the cyst.

Most cysts are benign and many disappear or grow smaller on their own. However, a large or abnormal cyst can affect your health, sometimes seriously.   Therefore any cyst needs to be discussed with a licensed medical practitioner.

Many people have these three misconceptions about ovarian cysts. Of course, I am not a doctor and not offering medical advice. Talk to a licensed doctor or nurse practitioner to get information on your own specific situation.

First, ovarian cysts can create symptoms that mimic a digestive disorder. Stomach pain, bloating and all kinds of digestive problems can be associated with ovarian cysts.

Second, women of all ages get ovarian cysts. Causes of cysts will be different for post-menopausal women and doctors can get more concerned.  

Finally, the pain from ovarian cysts can come and go. Just because the pain stops or eases up doesn’t mean the cyst has gone or that you have nothing to worry about.

Thrush Mouth

Thrush Mouth, or better known as Oral Thrush, is an infection caused by Candida (yeast) that gets into the mucus membranes of your mouth. White lesions (bumps) will start to appear inside of your mouth as one of the main Thrush symptoms. Usually, Thrush only occurs in feeding babies and young children because their immune systems are not quite strong enough to fight off the overload of Candida. However, there are plenty of cases where adults have oral Thrush that sometimes goes all the way down through their throats. Treatments, cures and prevention for Thrush Mouth another common symptom of Thrush is having difficulty swallowing. Those white lesions can actually go all the way down your throat and esophagus and if there are many of them food could get stuck on the way down. If a dentist or doctor does confirm that you have Thrush then you should remember to chew your food thoroughly just to be sure. Adults who are wearing dentures are also highly susceptible to getting mouth Thrush if they do not take proper care of them. Making sure they are clean before putting them back into your mouth will help, along with making sure your mouth is washed out and clean.

There are also other causes of oral Thrush out there that are beyond your control. A lot of medications, like birth control and antibiotics, have been known to cause Thrush in both children and adults. Drug abuse, diabetes, and auto immune disorders are some other causes where Thrush symptoms are more likely to pop up. If you think you have Thrush then you should contact your dentist or physician soon so that you may seek treatment. Usually your dentist can prescribe you an anti fungal medication that will clear up your infection within a few weeks. However, there are some cases of oral Thrush where the symptoms have been going on for too long and have caused a more severe infection.

Thrush can actually travel down through your lungs and digestive track and cause an inflamed infection throughout there as well. If you allow the Thrush to travel throughout the body then you run risk of experiencing more severe symptoms and there have been a few cases where the Thrush has been deadly due to neglect. Recognizing your symptoms early is key to being able to recover and prevent oral Thrush from returning.

To help prevent Thrush mouth from happening to you all you have to do is keep your mouth clean and protect yourself. Mouth washes like scope and Listerine actually kill the tiny micro organisms that your body uses to fight off any high levels of Candida. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and also try to flow at least once a day. I know it has been embedded into our brains since we were younger but keeping our mouths healthy is the number one way to prevent oral Thrush. Keep your fingers out of your mouth, especially in babies, is also a good way to prevent becoming infected.

Fatty Liver Diet

Truth be told, there really shouldn’t be any difference in the regular person’s diet and the fatty liver diet. Your ultimate goal should be to lower the consumption of fat content that you eat and allow your body to fully use all of the calories it consumes for energy so you don’t gain extra fat and body weight. Honestly, people really should eat like this to begin with – the low fat and balanced meals are good for the whole body, not just the liver. But this is especially important for those who are suffering from a fatty liver.

It’s not always simple to pinpoint the perfect plan for reducing the fatty liver of a particular patient. Just like medication doses must fit the needs of the patient, so must your intake of nutrients. Before you can start to plan your diet, you need to figure out what brought your condition on- it won’t be alcohol for everyone.

There are two main types of fatty liver disease, or FLD. They are alcoholic and nonalcoholic. An alcoholic knows what the cause of their ill health is. Can you guess what it is? Of course, alcohol consumption to great excess is the primary factor in alcoholic liver cirrhosis.

The properties of alcohol promote the accumulation of fatty buildup in your liver, leading to the condition. Certainly, there’s more to it than that, such as discouraging the release of LDL’s into the blood stream. It’s these LDL’s that help to move the fats out of the liver and without them you have a problem. Without getting rid of fat, your liver will rather quickly begin to not be able to eliminate these fatty acids. The complete elimination of alcohol intake from someone in this condition is the first thing to do.

If a person is suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease they are dealing with a more complex condition. A diet high in fat, being severely overweight and diabetes can all be part of the reason behind needing to utilize a fatty liver diet. In this case, weight loss is called for, along with adjustments to food intake are first on the to do list.

Below you will find a list of what to include and what to exclude when planning a fatty liver diet.

– Eat foods rich in both vitamins and minerals. Particularly those that contain B complex vitamins, folic acid, selenium, sulfur and manganese.

– Don’t eat foods that are high in fat. Unsaturated fats are the rule here.

– Get the nutrients you need and don’t overeat if at all possible.

– Don’t eat a lot of fried foods and large amounts of dark meat.

– Avoid consuming dark meat, as this tends to have the type of fat you don’t want in your fatty liver diet.

– Do eat plenty of foods that are high in fiber.

– Vitamin C will help you greatly- a perfect source is citrus fruits like oranges.

– Keep the sugary drinks off the menu and limit alcohol severely (altogether if your fatty liver is related to alcohol).

– Do regular exercise in an effort to lose weight gradually. Try not to do it all at once.

– Do eat a daily dose of green and leafy vegetables.

– Avoid simple carbohydrates in favor of complex. Sugary items like doughnuts have the wrong kind of carbohydrates- think pasta.

– Get lots of whole grains in the form of items like brown rice to help you plan your fatty liver diet.

I hope this article was helpful to you and helped you to understand your condition even better. In the box below, you will find other interesting plans for your fatty liver diet.

Three Steps in Fighting Off Food Poisoning

Every year, 76 million people in the US contract food a born disease, according to the Center for Disease Control estimates. That number almost equals a quarter of the total US population, giving most of us a 1 in 4 chance of contracting food poisoning. With those odds, it is important to know what to do if you believe that you are suffering from food poisoning. Although most cases pass considerably quickly, there is a big difference between one day uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea and three days of it.

First Step: Manage the Symptoms

There is a trio of symptoms that normally indicate that a person is suffering from food poisoning: stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Containing these symptoms is the first key to a quicker recovery. Zeolite supplements are extremely effective at stopping diarrhea and pulling toxins out of the digestive tract. Once diarrhea and vomiting is stabilized, it is imperative to start eating normally again. Make sure to avoid food or drinks high in sugar, fat, caffeine or alcohol until all the symptoms have passed.

Second Step: Re-hydration

Vomiting and Diarrhea steal massive amounts of fluids from the body and lead to dehydration and a feeling of weakness. Re-hydration is important to getting back to your natural strength. Sipping re-hydration drinks or sports drinks help to do the job much quick than just drinking water. They replace the electrolytes lost from diarrhea and vomiting.

Third Step: Combat the infectious agent

Food poisoning comes in the form of a bacterium, a virus or a parasite. Food poisoning caused by bacteria or viruses can be combated with natural treatments. Some teas have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help the body to eradicate the infectious agent much quicker. Ginger, Lemongrass and clove are known among this group. There are also zeolite supplements that are combined with a naturally occurring antiviral can help stop diarrhea and fight the virus when taken in the right dosage.

Important: Antibiotics can do more harm than good when used to treat food poisoning and is only used on very rare occasions. Natural solutions are normally more balanced answers.

Natural Remedies for Reflux

Here are a few remedies that will help you, your older child, or your baby to cope with reflux.

Babies suffering from Reflux

Babies who repeatedly vomit are often diagnosed with reflux. A baby’s sphincter muscle opens to allow food to pass through to the baby’s stomach and then it closes to keep the food from regurgitating. The sphincter can sometimes inappropriately open and this causes the food and stomach acid to come back up into the baby’s oesophagus. If the baby’s sphincter muscle does not fully mature at the stomach end of the oesophagus the baby is likely to suffer from recurring vomiting.

Fortunately, by the end of the third month of a baby’s life the sphincter has developed, so a baby is less likely to suffer from reflux once he is three months old.

How can a Chiropractor help a Baby who suffers from Reflux?

A visit to a chiropractor may help a baby suffering from reflux. In order for your child’s stomach to work as best as it can, it requires a properly functioning nervous system. If there is a birth related problem in the baby’s nervous system that causes excessive vomiting, a gentle chiropractic adjustment will help the baby. An adjustment may help with your baby’s peristalsis working at the correct level.

Natural Home Remedies that may help a Baby Suffering from Reflux

There are a number of easy remedies that may help a baby suffering from reflux to find relief.

When you are feeding your baby, keep the baby held in an upright position. Feed the baby more often, using smaller amounts of breast milk or formula. Burp your baby regularly during feeding as burping will minimize gastric pressure. Nursing mothers should avoid eating chocolate, eating or drinking foods containing caffeine, and eating foods containing garlic.

Your baby may settle in his cot more easily if you elevate the head of the cot by 30 degrees. Try to avoid travelling your baby by car, if he has recently been fed. Sleeping in a car seat can cause reflux because the baby’s abdomen is compressed.

Reflux in Older Children and Adults

Older children and adults may also benefit from Chiropractic adjustments. Below are some home remedies that help control reflux for adults and older children.

If you suffer from reflux you may need to look at the type of foods you are consuming. Try to avoid eating spicy foods, foods or drinks that contain caffeine, and chocolate. Limiting your intake of alcohol may help you to control the frequency of your reflux attacks. Carry a packet of hard lollies or an apple with you, when you are away from home. Should you feel uncomfortable after a meal, suck a lolly or take a bite of an apple.

Add a tablespoon of natural cider vinegar to a glass of water. Mix well and drink during your meal instead of drinking plain water, soft drink, or alcohol. Drink decaffeinated coffee, decaffeinated tea or herbal tea after your meal instead of coffee or tea that contains caffeine.

A teaspoon of cold yogurt or milk may help alleviate the burning sensation associated with reflux.

Do not eat or drink before you go to bed. It is best if you do not eat for at least three hours before you lay down.

Follow the simple home remedies to help prevent reflux, so you have fewer and less severe attacks. Babies particularly will benefit from a few minor adjustments to their feeding routines.

By Dr Maria Ananakis (Chiropractor)

Acid Reflux Treatment

Acid Reflux although it seems to be a common problem can also lead to more serious medical conditions requiring hospitalization and even surgery. Proper care should be taken regarding the disease.

There are various drugs that can be taken as a relief to such a situation, one of the most common drugs is Histamine Receptor Antagonists, and this type of drug actually works as it decreases the amount of acid the stomach produces. It gives a relief in conditions where the stomach produces excessive acids and the acid comes up into esophagus. A histamine antagonist is one of the most effective drugs, as it stimulates acid production released within the stomach wall. Histamine Antagonists work by blocking the receptors of histamine. This in turn prevents histamine from stimulating the cells that produce acid in the stomach.

Another common medicine used for Acid Reflux treatment is antacids. Antacids are actually neutralizers and thus neutralize acid when coming in contact with acids within the stomach. The best way to take antacid is about one hour after meals or just before you think there will be symptoms of Acid Reflex. The food from the meal slows the emptying of stomach and thus the antacid stays in the stomach for a longer period of time. A second dose of antacid should be taken about two hours after having a meal. Antacids can be aluminum, magnesium or calcium based.

Promotability Agents are also used as an effective medicine in providing relief to patients of Acid Reflux. They speed up the digestion and prevent acid from staying in the stomach for a longer time.

Proton Pump Inhibitors are a group of medicines that can be taken with prescription from a competent medical advisor. These drugs prevent the release of excessive acid in the stomach or the intestine. Actually the proton pump inhibitors block the secretion of acid from the acid secreting cells in the stomach. Proton Pump inhibitors are considered to be better then Histamine Antagonist as they stop acid production better and for longer periods of time.

Foam barriers have also proved to be an effective treatment for acid reflux. These tablets are actually made up of antacid and a foaming agent. As the tablet breaks down in the stomach, it produces foam, which floats on the top of the stomach liquid. This foam behaves as a physical barrier to the reflux of liquid. Also the antacid in the foam neutralizes the acid, which comes in contact with the foam.

Some times Acid Reflux reaches to a level that is incurable by mere administration of drugs, in these cases surgery is needed in the treatment of Acid Reflux. Fundoplication is a surgical procedure and is the effective acid reflux treatment. In this surgery any hiatal hernical sac is pulled below the diaphragm and stitched there. The opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes is tightened around esophagus. Also the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around lower esophagus to make esophageal sphincter artificially. This surgery provides excellent relief to the patients of Acid Reflux for about five to ten years.

Another way of treating Acid Reflux is the endoscopic technique. Endoscopy also involves tightening the esophageal sphincter. Radio frequency waves are also used to treat Acid Reflux. The radio frequency waves cause scarring beneath the esophageal lining as the tissues get damaged. When the scar shrinks it pulls the surrounding tissues and thus tightens the sphincter and the area above it. Endoscopy is also carried out by injecting a material into the esophageal wall in the area of LES.

One the best treatments of Acid Reflux is changing of your eating habits. Poor eating habits often lead to Acid Reflux. One should take smaller and earlier evening meals which reduce the problem of Acid Reflux to a great extent. Also one should elevate the upper body when in bed. This elevation raises the esophagus above the stomach and partially restores the gravity, which in turn reduces the problems of Acid Reflux.

Stomach Cancer Symptoms in Early and Late Stages

Stomach cancer is one of the most common types of the disease, and every year, death rates linked to it are increasing. Experts think that one of the biggest contributors to the rising death rate is the very indefinite symptoms associated with the disease. Since symptoms are very vague, many cases are often diagnosed too late, leading to delayed treatments. Thus, it is important for individuals to be aware of the symptoms of stomach cancer to facilitate timely treatment and increase the survival rate.

Stomach Cancer Symptoms in Early Stages

In the early stages, the most common symptoms include soreness of the upper abdomen, a burning sensation in the stomach, a sudden loss of weight, and an unexplained weakness.

Soreness in the upper abdomen without any obvious cause develop in about 70% of patients. Patients tend to feel it most when they are quiet and relaxed.

A vague aching pain characterized by a burning sensation in the stomach can also be a symptom. It is usually followed by abdominal distention and belching, especially after taking a meal. Some doctors may even mistakenly diagnose this as gastritis.

Many patients also experience a reduced appetite, which can lead to a sudden loss of weight. Some patients may experience poor appetite without pain, making this one of the most elusive symptoms that patients tend to ignore.

If the patient has been experiencing these symptoms without seeking treatment for them, they may eventually experience bleeding in the enteron, which will cause them to vomit blood or have black stool. At this point, patients usually become concerned and finally seek medical attention, but they will already have a significantly reduced chance of surviving.

Stomach Cancer Symptoms in Late Stages

As the disease progresses, the early symptoms also develop and become amplified, thus causing worse symptoms such as anemia, long-term upper abdomen pain, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food, gastric perforation, diarrhea, constipation, fever, and pain in the lower abdomen.

The most dangerous symptom, however, is when it begins causing damage to internal organs that are adjacent to the stomach. These include the pancreas, the liver, the colon, and so on. The cancer sometimes also travels all the way to the lymph nodes around the stomach or in nearby areas such as in the left supraclavicular region. Once the lymph nodes are affected, the disease can spread more easily. Eventually, the patient may develop jaundice, inflammation of the liver, and necrosis of the stomach.

The timely treatment of the disease can help improve patients’ quality of life and can extend their life span. For early and accurate diagnosis, visit a specialized cancer hospital in China that has access to advanced and innovative treatments.

Epstein Barr Syndrome Treatment

Epstein Barr Syndrome is caused by the Epstein Barr virus – the same virus that is responsible for mononucleosis (mono) or glandular fever.

EBV syndrome is transmitted by direct contact with virus-infected saliva, mainly through kissing, although it can be picked up from sharing drinks, eating utensils, lipsticks etc., or through blood transfusions. The syndrome is most common in teenagers. The majority of people have had it by age 40. Children can pick it up, and in these cases it can go undiagnosed or passed off as a cold or flu virus. When EBV occurs in patients over 40, the symptoms can be more debilitating and prolonged.

Typical EBV symptoms involve a sore throat, fever, swollen glands and tiredness. There may be other viral symptoms like headache, body aches, poor appetite, runny nose, cough, loose stools, sensitivity to light and enlargement of the liver and spleen. Complications of the EBV syndrome are rare but can include rupture of the spleen, pericarditis, hepatitis, anemia, nerve damage, a decrease in blood platelets, pneumonia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Symptoms usually appear 30-50 days after exposure to the virus, although in some cases the symptoms can take months to manifest. In most cases, the syndrome is self-limiting, lasting only a couple of weeks. However in some people the illness can become recurrent or chronic, lasting months or years. In these cases the most common lingering complaint is fatigue.

Epstein Barr Syndrome is diagnosed according to antibody blood tests, white blood cell levels plus a person’s age, symptoms and a physical examination.

The conventional medical treatment is rest and fluids. Painkillers may be recommended if there is a lot of discomfort or disruption of sleep patterns. In severe cases corticosteroids may be prescribed if there is compromised breathing or severe inflammation

The Epstein Barr virus is a member of the herpes virus so can recur when the body is run down or under stress. An Epstein Barr Syndrome cure is focused on eliminating symptoms and ensuring that the syndrome does not return. Fortunately alternative medicine has a lot to offer in terms of boosting the immune system, reducing symptoms and keeping the virus at bay in the long term.

Natural treatments for Epstein Barr Syndrome include high dose nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, selenium, CoQ10, magnesium and the B complex. Herbs like echinacea, oregano, olive leaf extract and astragalus are commonly used to support the immune and lymphatic system. If the liver and spleen are affected then the herbs red root and milk thistle are traditionally used.

Diet for EBV is based around a high protein diet which is low in sugar, alcohol, coffee and processed foods. Anti-inflammatory foods like fish oils, garlic, ginger and turmeric are useful in relieving symptoms. Antioxidant foods including green leafy vegetables, fresh juices, green tea, berries and lemons are a useful addition to a healthy, immune-boosting diet.

In chronic Epstein Barr Syndrome, treatment needs to focus on cleansing the virus from the liver and lymphatic system. This approach requires the combination of a liver tonic or cleanser with a pure diet and plenty of fluids to flush the virus and toxins away from the body. People who have had the virus for months or years also need to work on their adrenal glands. In chronic Epstein Barr Syndrome the adrenals are often exhausted and need to be nurtured and revitalized through correct nutrition, stress management, graded exercise and plenty of rest.