Hair Loss Vitamin – How a Vitamin Supplement Can Help Keep Your Hair Healthy and Promote New Growth

Hair loss is a problem for both men and women and both have different causes and as such need different treatments. Whether you are a woman or a man with a hairloss problem, you might be surprised to learn that a hair loss vitamin supplement may help solve your problem.

Let’s take a closer look at hair loss for men and women.

Thinning Hair Women

Women lose hair for different reasons including stress, pregnancy or lack of vitamins required for healthy, thick hair. Although thinning hair is often more associated with men, it is also quite common for women to have this issue.

Women need to have the appropriate nutritional requirements to maintain optimum hair growth and also a good follicle function to keep your hair shiny and healthy and more importantly just to ‘keep’ you hair.

If you aren’t receiving the required nutrients in your diet then you should consider a good supplement that is specifically designed to provide the essential vitamins and minerals for hair follicle support.

Hair Loss For Men

The main cause of hairloss in men is Dihydrotestostrone (DHT) which is a hormonal byproduct of testosterone. DHT has been shown to retard follicle growth and shorten the growth phase of hair in men. DHT attaches itself to hair follicles which causes the follicle to get smaller and hair to get thinner and eventually fall out.

To prevent this from happening, men can take a natural supplement that provides nutritional support for healthy hair as well as having a blend of botanicals that inhibit DHT formation naturally. This type of supplement can block DHT to prevent hair loss and let you keep a good, healthy head of hair for life.

A good supplement will include vitamins and minerals, including Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Zinc and Biotin which are all good for healthy hair growth as well as having other health benefits.

If you do suffer from thinning hair I highly recommend giving a hair loss vitamin supplement a go as I’m sure you’ll be surprised at how effective they can be.

Fibroid Tumors – What Are They?

What is a Uterine Fibroid Tumor?

The word tumor simply means a “swelling.” There are many kinds of tumors. They are named according to the tissues involve, such as glandular, muscular, fibrous, fatty, etc., and there are also cancerous tumors. Fortunately, fibroids are non cancerous tumors. Any one of these tumors may enlarge rapidly and become ulcerated. A fibroid can cause acute pain when it outgrows its blood supply. Deprived of nutrients, the fibroid begins to die. Byproducts from a degenerating fibroid can seep into surrounding tissue, causing pain and fever. A fibroid that hangs by a stalk inside or outside the uterus (pedunculated fibroid) can trigger pain by twisting on its stalk and cutting off its blood supply.

Fibroid tumors of the uterus are a modern-day plague of women. The muscle fiber of the uterus weakens and develops a bump-like ballooning out, similar to a hemorrhoid or varicose vein. Inside the fibroid capsule, there can be rotten blood, trapped veins, arteries, cellular waste, and a mass of muscle or fluid pus. The tumor can be the size of a bean or as large as a grapefruit or fetus. It can have various shapes, such as flat, oval, spider web like, mushroom, needle like or even grow like a tree. Fibroids are usually benign and some do not require surgery. They tend to shrink during menopause due to decreased estrogen production; however, sometimes they can grow during menopause.

Symptoms of fibroids include bloating, heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, a feeling of pressure or pain in the pelvic area and constipation. Fibroids can be treated with the permanent removal of the uterus, through a hysterectomy or by doing a focused ultrasound surgery to neutralize the fibroids. A myomectomy, which involves the surgical removal of the fibroids, also allows women to have children later on while reducing the pain and bleeding they experience.

Risk factors: There are few known risk factors for uterine fibroids, other than being a woman of reproductive age. Other factors include: Heredity- If your mother or sister had fibroids, you’re at increased risk of also developing them. Black women are more likely to have fibroids than are women of other racial groups. In addition, black women have fibroids at younger ages, and they’re also likely to have more or larger fibroids.

I developed my fibroids at an early age and suffered many years until I found a natural alternative to an operation.

Detection Of The Heart Attack After Recognizing Its Symptoms

If you get help during the first hour from the heart attack known as the golden hour you have great chances of recovery, people are often embarressed to go to the emergency room and see that everything is all right with them. Digestive disturbances and less serious conditions may suggest heart attack symptoms. Women may present different and atypical pain for example between the shoulder blades heart attacks vary from person to and situation to situation, a great mistake would be to delay presenting to the doctor and seeking treatment.

It is very important to receive the treatment as soon as possible because this really is a question of life and death. The precursor of the heart attack is the pain called angina.

Angina Pectoris

This pain known as angina pectoris is distinct, is described as a suffocating, strangulating pain more intense than pleurisy, indigestion, appears after physical effort, during stress, in emotional situations, the patient becomes suddenly anxious and afraid of death. When the heart beats faster its oxygen and nutritional needs are higher and the heart muscle suffers of those deficiency so then appears this pain called angina. This pain radiates in the arm, the left shoulder, neck, jaw and throat and occasionally on the right side.

Angina attacks lasts 15 minutes, if it takes long you should have a check up in the hospital, it may be a heart attack, if the angina doesn’t stop at administrating nitroglycerin or other nitrate and after rest and calm. Most victims of the heart attack are men, those suffering of angina pectoris have a sudden death and usually by heart attack.

Angina is considered by some doctors a gift made by God to the humans , because mortality is very high in heart diseases and people don’t know anything about their state of health and the health of their heart, so if you suffer from heart pain, particularly angina is a blessing. This way you may start a treatment and know when to stop, if you are receptive to your heart pain.

This way you may prevent a sudden death which is quite common in the heart diseases, because angina is an exclamation sign there is something wrong and you may seek a proper medical treatment and identify you risk factors which may cause you the heart attack.

Often heart attack is slowly with mild pain and the person in cause doesn’t understand what’s happening, on the other hand the heart attack might be intense and movie-like. If you announce the ambulance you’ll receive the best care against heart attack and in the shortest time. You should’t be driving by yourself unless you have no other option.

Cardiac enzymes may be determined later in the intensive care unit and urgent care setting so they confirm or infirm the suspicions of heart attack. So if you address as quickly as possible to a medical emergency or service you have greater chances of receiving the corresponding treatment.

Nasal Irrigation Using a Neti Pot: For the Common Cold and Congestion

Nasal Irrigation is becoming recognized once again as an effective way to eliminate sinus congestion, battle the common cold and relieve allergies.

Why has it come back so strong?

People are tired of drugs and want a natural alternative treatment for allergies, the common cold and sinus congestion. Nasal irrigation using the ayurvedic neti pot is the way to go – cheap, fast and extremely effective.

Popping an anti-histamine or snorting one does not remove the problem. All it does is temporarily slow down mucous production. Then, once again, one finds themselves with drugs up their nose or down their throat.

How does nasal irrigation remove the problem? It doesn’t entirely. That is a whole other topic which requires balancing the immune system, reducing stress, maintaining proper hydration and proper nutrition. To tickle your fancy though, freeze-dried nettle works really well as does quercetin.

But until one achieves this treatment, allergies persist and so does sinus congestion – especially now due to colds and flu bugs flying about. There must be relief immediately – and that is what the neti pot provides.

Basically, what the neti pot does is gently wash away excess mucous, bacteria, pollen, allergens and viruses from the sinuses. There is one main sinus that the neti pot can reach – the maxillary sinus which is on either side of your nose – basically inside the ‘cheek bone’. When they fill with pus or mucous, it hurts. Not only does it hurt, but it provides a further haven for more bacteria and viruses as the immune system cannot enter. The door is closed.

Nasal irrigation opens that door by washing out the pus and mucous. Then, the immune system’s IgA antibodies, which live on the mucous membranes of your nose, once again get back to work.

Can anti-histamines, aspirin, or tylenol do that? A resounding no.

Don’t treat the symptom. Treat the cause of the symptom. It is sooo easy to do and it is so rarely done.

One must think, “Why do I have sinus congestion and pain on either side of my nose?” Mucous buildup. Ok. Why? I’m sick due to the common cold. Good. Why? I’ve been working my butt off at work. Understandable. What are you going to do about it? Take vitamin C. (studies show that it really does work when sick) That’s a start.

What are you going to do about the pain and sinus congestion in your nose?

Going to do nasal irrigation with my neti pot. Good! Now we’re talking!

Do you want to know how to use the neti pot correctly? Silly question, I know. Of course you do!

Basically, I recommend using filtered water as chlorine is drying and an irritant to the mucous membranes as it damages proteins. You may be thinking that this is good as you want to dry the mucous membranes out and chlorine can help kill the bacteria. No – not really. It takes quite some time for chlorine to kill bacteria for one. The other is you do want your sinuses to have their natural mucous secretions as it is they which carry the IgA antibodies. The IgA antibodies are what signal the immune system to kill the bacteria and viruses in your nose.

A little medical sidenote: 1 in 700 people are IgA deficient. This is not handy for obvious reasons. A neti pot is extremely important for these people. If you get sinus infections, colds and other sinus bugs frequently, you may want to get a test done seeing if you are one of the lucky winners of an IgA deficiency. It’s a simple swab-up-the-nose test.

To use the neti pot correctly:

  • Fill the neti pot preferably with warm filtered or purchased water. Not cold or hot water. Must be warm.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of pure salt. Do not use mineral salts or sea salts. Some people are allergic to shellfish and this will not help the situation. One can buy pure neti salt and it’s not expensive. Normal table salt is fine also but it is processed like crazy – they use about 15+ chemicals to end up with pure white table salt. You didn’t want to know that did you?
  • You can add a pinch of baking soda also. This softens the water a bit so it’s easier on your mucous membranes.
  • I use a tincture called Neti Wash Plus and that comes with zinc or zinc free. Basically this is a mixture of anti-bacterials, anti-fungals, and immune support nutrients and herbs which are proven effective in research. It is pre-made and just simply add a dropperful or two in the neti pot. Only use this during mucous buildup and sinus congestion. Don’t use everyday as it is designed to break up sticky mucous. If one doesn’t have sticky mucous, then it will hurt your healthy thin mucous – which you now know, you need.
  • I recommend doing this procedure in the shower. This way you cannot make a mess. You can also do it over a sink or sitting down with a big bowl on the table in front of you.
  • Insert the neti pot spout into one side of your nose. Lean your head slightly to one side and forward a bit. This allows the medicated water to flow from one side of your nose to the other. This action pushes out the mucous and also drops off the medicated water in your sinuses.
  • Stay in this head bent and tilted position while the water runs out – say for about 15 seconds.
  • When 15 seconds is up, remove the spout and gently blow your nose. Do not block one nostril while blowing your nose as this forces the mucous up closer to your brain. Also do not blow forcibly as this will push the mucous into your ear canal. Just blow lightly – like a soft outward snort.
  • Repeat on the other side. Do this about 2-3 times each side. Refill the neti pot as needed. I typically can do it sufficiently with one full neti pot.
  • This takes about 3 minutes. Sounds like a lot of work but it’s fast – especially as you do it more and more.
  • Rinse out the neti pot or place it in the dishwasher to sterilize. I recommend buying one for each person of the family. This way you don’t have to wash it so hard every time.

You may feel one of two things: all cleared up and easier to breathe – or – stuffed up more than before. If stuffed up, don’t fret or blow your nose hard. Just wait. The Neti wash plus tincture mix is working on breaking up the mucous and within a few minutes, you’ll be searching for tissues as the mucous begins to literally flow out of your nose. It’s pretty awesome how fast it works. Remember – do not blow hard and do not occlude one nostril. If you do blow hard or occlude one nostril, you have made your sinus congestion return – or worse, moved it into your ear.

Don’t blow hard. You don’t need to. The neti wash plus and nasal irrigation does all the work for you. You just provide the tissues and the trashcan.

Try to stay rested, relaxed and healthy. Not easy to do – but when you get a cold or sinus congestion – you now know what to do!

If you have any questions about nasal irrigation, you may email me. I’d be glad to help you out.

Some basic cautions with nasal irrigation. If you have routine bloody noses, don’t do it. If you get a bloody nose, adjust the salt/baking soda/tincture ratio. If you still get bloody noses, stop as your mucous membranes may be too dried out. I don’t recommend using the neti wash plus with zinc if your nose is sensitive. They make a neti wash plus zinc free which is also effective. Zinc is added as it stimulates the immune system. Also, don’t use the neti wash plus unless you have sinus congestion or mucous buildup in your sinuses. A simple nasal irrigation with salt and baking soda is all you need if you have slight buildup – say from last night’s sleep.

Which neti pot to choose? I prefer the stainless steel neti pot as I broke my ceramic neti pot in the shower when it dropped. The plastic neti pot is also handy as you can toss it into your baggage when you travel.

NPR did a special news report on the use of neti pots and nasal irrigation. Neti pots are making a strong comeback as a main treatment for sinus congestion and allergies.

The NPR quick summary: Morning Edition, October 12, 2005. An age-old technique that may have developed from yoga traditions is turning out to be a simple and effective way to combat the cold. Flushing the nasal passageway with warm salt-water can help prevent colds and bring relief to allergy-sufferers. by Patricia Neighmond

You may listen to the program in full on this page.

Good ol’ NPR – they never cease to amaze me.

Enjoy the broadcast!

In health, Ben

Cervical Pain and Disability – Part One

Patients report widely diverging levels of disability and pain in response to neck problems, with some have almost no disability and little pain and others with severe interference with normal life and high pain report. There may be different neurological and pathological events which underlie this variety which reflect the neck syndrome present. Initially most work was on finding an anatomical site of injury or damage to explain the symptoms but this has led to limited success in explaining the clinical syndromes. The pain mechanisms which may be responsible for the reported symptoms are now increasingly investigated.

One way to allow more accurate whiplash treatment to be identified is to clarify which diagnosis and which pain syndrome in present in an individual patient’s neck pain problem. Neck injury can consist of long term postural abnormality, repeated small trauma in activity or an obvious event such as whiplash injury. Any inflammation which is present in these cases in known to significantly change the ways pain is processed both in the central nervous system of the brain and the spinal cord and in the locally damaged area. Even though most research has been performed on animals this can be taken seriously when considering pain in humans.

A whole series of chemical and neurological processes are set off by an injury and its following inflammation, all of which makes the central nervous system develop an increased response to all feelings coming in. Patients with whiplash and those with standard neck pain where the diagnosis is not clear have both been shown to have reduced tolerances to pain and a reduced threshold to pain. This reaction is termed hyperalgesia which is used to describe an increased pain response to a stimulus which is normally painful.

Hyperalgesia in the neck occurs in all whiplash injuries to some degree, whatever the severity, but settles over two to three months in those who recover or only have mild symptoms. Hyperalgesia has been found to persist in those with ongoing and more severe pain symptoms. The nerves in the local areas of damage may be sensitised and patients with whiplash have been shown to have damaged structures in cases where pain and disability has continued. Another argument is that the nerves in the central nervous system become sensitised by the pain inputs and this is responsible for ongoing pain.

So there can still be damaged internal anatomical structures in neck pain syndromes which can be ongoing sources of pain, while central nervous system pain mechanisms are assumed to be mostly responsible. Cervical facet joint blocks have shown they are a potential pain source in a number of patients who have chronic whiplash. Referred pain, which is a pain which is felt in the body at a distance from the presumed pain source, is also common. Incoming stimuli from pain sites in discs, joints, ligaments or muscles may be interpreted as coming from regions which are neurologically linked to them.

Head pain can be referred from the upper neck segments of the third cervical vertebra and above, with arm pain potentially referred from those segments below this level and down to the first thoracic vertebra. Even in parts of the body where the patient is not complaining of any symptoms there may be evidence of a heightened pain response on testing. Both patients with general neck pain and whiplash may exhibit a hyperalgesic response to incoming stimuli. There may be a more involved upset in neurological functioning in the whiplash groups with overreaction to heat, cold and pressure.

A more widely occurring sensitivity response to incoming signals is present in patients with higher pain reports and who have more widespread symptoms. These findings are typical of syndromes such as whiplash and cervical nerve root disorder (radiculopathy, where the nerve root which is on its way out of the spinal canal towards the body is compressed or otherwise compromised along its route), both perhaps triggering a complicated change in the excitatory responses of the central nervous system to arriving pain inputs. However, this central mechanism might be kept going and sensitised by pain coming in continually from altered tissues in the neck.

The Main Causes Of Shoulder Pain

In addition to headaches and back pain, shoulder pain is among the most prevalent pains experienced in the human body. The shoulder joint is made up of numerous bones and soft tissues which make it rather complex, and this is why injury to the shoulder can cause major limitations particularly where treatment is not obtained. Thus, if you experience any sort of acute pain on your shoulders, it’s crucial to seek help from pain management doctors.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Similar to pain experienced in other parts of the body, shoulder pain is caused by different issues including overuse, tendon tears, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder and dislocated shoulder.

Overuse

In carrying out everyday activities, the shoulder joint is constantly in operation and with time, these frequent movements can cause tightening and unnecessary friction in the muscles. When this happens over an extended period, the tendon may degenerate and subsequently lead to tendonosis where the patient may experience immense pain when making any kind of shoulder movements.

Dislocated shoulder

Another major cause of shoulder pain is dislocation whereby the bone on the upper arm may come out of the shoulder socket. Such a problem can arise as a consequence of car accidents, a fall or even sports and this can give the arm a deformed appearance and lead to numbness at the same time. In dealing with this problem, pain management doctors give a sedative before moving the dislocated bone back into its socket.

Tendon Tears

Tendons control rotation of the shoulder and when an individual engages in activities that involve carrying out the same task repeatedly, this joint can be affected leading to tendon tears. If left untreated, the individual may experience enough pain to keep them awake at night. While sporting activities can lead to tendon tears, this problem generally affects people as they get older.

Osteoarthritis

At times, the cartilage protecting the shoulder joints may wear down and produce a lot of pain and discomfort in the area. In most cases, this condition affects persons over the age of 50, though it may also arise as a result of traumatic injuries. Apart from becoming stiff and weak, the joint may swell as well. Even though osteoarthritis cannot be treated, there are numerous medications that can be obtained from pain management doctors to help ease the pain.

Frozen Shoulder

Also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, a frozen shoulder develops from inflammation and thickening of the shoulder joint. The problem occurs in three stages: the freezing, frozen and thawing stages. In the first stage, movements become increasingly painful, while in the frozen stage, the pain reduces but excessive stiffness is experienced thus making it difficult to move the shoulder. At the thawing stage however, movement increases as stiffness diminishes.

While shoulder pain is attributable to different problems, you shouldn’t let it get the best of you because such soreness can be treated with the help of pain management doctors. Even so, a problem such as a frozen shoulder can fade away on its own; so letting it progress through the three stages while using pain relievers can at times be a good way to go.

Why Many Motocross Racers Need Knee Braces

Motor sports are extremely popular all over the world, and thousands of people take part in motocross events. This off-road motorcycle racing is all-terrain. Motocross is a sport that is enjoyed everywhere, and there is even a worldwide governing organization for the sport, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Motocross is enjoyed by people of all ages, and it is almost as much fun for spectators as it is for the riders themselves.

Motocross Riders are Prone to Knee Injuries

It is not uncommon for those who participate in motocross to encounter a number of different injuries over the years, including broken wrists and ankles, broken collar bones, sprains and knee injuries. One of the most common knee injuries that motocross riders have is an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) rupture. The ACL connects the thigh bone to the shin, and injuries to the ACL most often occur when a person lands from a jump with the knees bent or hyper-extended.

Why Should Motocross Riders Wear Knee Braces?

Often riders are advised to wear a specialized knee brace, even if they do not have any injury. This can help to decrease the chances of ACL rupture occurring because it helps to prevent hyper-extension and over-bending. It is usually necessary for riders to wear braces if they have suffered any type of knee injury while enjoying their sport, including ACL rupture, which also requires the PRICE treatment method (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation). There are all kinds of knee braces available on the market, but not all braces are meant for all types of uses and injuries. One of the more popular knee braces for motocross riders is the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with FourcePoint Hinge.

What Are the Features of the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace?

The DonJoy Armor Knee Brace can be used to treat a number of knee injuries, including ACL and PCL instabilities, hyperextension, recovery from reconstructive surgery and more. Some of the great features this knee brace has to offer include:

– Four-Points of Leverage Dynamic System

– FourcePoint Hinge Technology

– Adjustable Extension Resistance

– Aircraft Aluminum Frame

– Custom Frame and Swiveling Strap Tabs

– Calf Pinch Guard

– Impact Guard

– Anti-Migration Supra Condyle Pad

The DonJoy Armor Knee Brace is available in seven sizes, from extra small to three X large, and for short and standard length calves. It is made in different versions for different types of knee injuries, so you can be sure that when you use the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace, you will be getting the proper support for the injured area of the knee. This is the ideal brace for motocross racers, both for helping in the healing of knee injuries, knee pain relief, and to prevent them from happening in the first place.

What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

It’s important that you understand Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, especially if you or someone you love has been diagnosed. Do you know that the symptoms are and what the possible treatments are? It will be important that you take the time to learn this.

Athetoid cerebral palsy is sometimes referred to as “dyskinetic” and the symptoms usually show up before the child is one year old. If your child has this condition, it will be important for you to learn as much as you can about it. This type of CP affects about ten to twenty percent of all patients with cerebral palsy. It happens when the cerebellum or the basal ganglia has some type of damage done to it. This is the part of the brain that controls the movement of the person as well as body posture, coordination and smooth movement.

Basically, the whole body is affected with athetoid CP. It is different from spastic cerebral palsy in that it is marked by a movement disorder of the muscles. The child will have no vertical stability. There are some important things to note about the child with athetoid CP. First, they are usually more intelligent than an average normal child. However, the child with athetoid CP will have troubles holding a toothbrush or pen or even scratching his nose. He will need to concentrate extra hard on muscle coordination just to try to make the muscles obey his commands.

Drooling is a common symptom and the face will contort and grimace as the child has no control of how the muscles of the face move around. They are sometimes said to have the appearance of a dancer since the muscles of the arms and legs will move around uncontrollable. However, this movement is deceptive because the muscles are not actually capable of bearing the weight of the child for him to stand. The knees bend inwards often, making it difficult to sit or to walk upright.

One of the most important points of treating children with Athetoid cerebral palsy is to help them relocate their center of gravity. It’s important to begin physical training as early as possible to help the child learn to control their muscles and to prevent the muscles from becoming weak or rigid.

To understand how his type of CP affects the child you need to look at it like this- it is actually a combination of muscle tone that is too high and too low. Sometimes it is tight and rigid and other times it is too loose and weak. Physical therapy can help the child learn to control this as much as possible and to tone the muscles so that they are more evenly matched.

The child with athetiod cerebral palsy will become frustrated because his intelligence is telling him to do things one way but his body does not want to cooperate. When stress levels are high, it can make the condition’s symptoms worse. Another part of treatment is learning to manage stress as well as possible. The only time the symptoms will go away completely is when the child is asleep.

Trading Forex Analysis Paralysis – How To Deal With It?

I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of the term analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis but basically what that means is one gets locked up not knowing what to do next because he or she has over-“thinked” it or overthought it. Does that make sense?

It’s a bit like this…

You like this girl and you want to go up to her and tell her that you like her but because your mind is overthinking with thoughts like “what if she doesn’t like me?”, “what if the whole situation turns ugly?” and so on and so forth, then you actually do nothing about it.

The very same thing happens during our everyday trading.

You’ve already done your homework and research and everything points to further weakening of the US dollar. And as you prepare to sell short the dollar, suddenly your mind starts spouting out thoughts and doubts and before you know it, you stay locked in a place which doesn’t allow you to take your pre-planned trades.

This happens all the time to many traders.

With that said, how do we deal with it? The best thing I can tell you is to read the famous Nike tagline that says “JUST DO IT!”. Yeah, I hear you saying “sure … but it’s easier said than done” and I’m not denying that but there’s no two ways about it.

We being carnal and fleshly will always have seeds of doubt in us. In order to help yourself, you just got to suppress this little voice that doesn’t serve us and just take trades as per planned.

Start off with small little actions and trades today and before long, you’ll find that the paralysis by analysis issue won’t be an issue for you any longer. All the best with that and good trading!

All About Hiatal Hernia Symptoms

Frequent heartburn, especially at night is usually the first of the hiatal hernia symptoms to appear. A hiatal hernia happens when your stomach bulges through an opening called the hiatus. This is where the esophagus passes through the diaphragm connecting your mouth to your stomach. The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that separates the chest from the stomach. A weakness in the muscles and surrounding tissue is usually the culprit. It is not at all uncommon for doctors to prescribe for patients presenting hiatal hernia symptoms a variety of life-style changes along with a series of non-prescriptive remedies for the problems. The changes seem minor but can go a long way to alleviate the majority of the symptoms. He may ask you to eat smaller meals more frequently instead of having 3 large meals a day. He may also suggest that you refrain from eating chocolate and mint and not to ingest any alcoholic beverage. Foods rich in fat are also a forbidden for those suspected of having this hernia. If you smoke or chew tobacco, it would be advisable to quit as soon as possible.

As the hiatal hernia symptoms are usually worse when you go to bed, it would be wise if you were to put your bed in a more inclined position. This can be easily accomplished in several ways, one of which would be to raise the head of your bed by putting it up on bricks. Another affordable option would be to invest in a wedge pillow. Since reflux means “to flow back up” raising your sleeping position will greatly curtail this effect.

One of the effects of having a hiatal hernia is “GERD” it has a technical name but most of us know it this way. A doctor can and should test for this if you go to him with severe recurring hiatal hernia symptoms. Just two months ago I was experiencing many of the symptoms of this condition. At the time I was clueless as to what was wrong with me. I drank milk of magnesia like it was cool-aid and was throwing back antacids as if they were skittles. Three weeks and the symptoms only got worse by the time I was throwing up my stomach acids I had finally had enough and went to the emergency room. The pain was intense as I recounted my symptoms to the doctor he turned and order for me to be given an ultrasound. That was the first time I ever heard the words hiatal hernia. As it turned out it was not a hernia, however, it was just as serious. I was taken to surgery right away and my Gallbladder was removed. You see I had been passing stones for months, a simple minimally invasive surgery, became one that left a 41/2 to 5 inch scar on my abdomen. My point is heartburn can be a serious thing aside from being a hiatal hernia symptom, it could also be something else. Get it checked and be sure before this happens to you.

Neck Pain Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

Neck pain may be caused by a number of reasons from a simple muscle strain to a serious spinal injury. Poor posture, uncomfortable neck positioning (and prolonging in such a state) may cause pain radiating from the sternocleidomastoid or even the trapezius- in plain English, your neck muscles. The symptoms could vary from mild ache to serious respiratory disturbances or even neurologic deficit and paralysis should the cause be spinal fracture.

It is emphasized that if upon assessment, the injury is serious- such as involving trauma (i.e. a person who fell a flight of stairs or involved in a vehicular accident), the patient should immediately seek medical attention. Note also that care must be taken in moving the patient so as not to worsen the injury. Any spinal injury as high as T3 (in the thoracic spine) would immediately impair breathing, and lose both sensation and movement below the injury. If the injury is in the cervical spine (the neck area) neurologic deficits, breathing, and even spinal shock could occur- thus it is emphasized that this is an emergency case and home remedies are not applicable.

For minor neck pains, such as those in simple muscle strains, several options may be available. A hot compress or “hot pack” may be applied to the sore muscles. Heat may be applied in the form of either hot water bottles, electric heating pads that produce moisture (dry heat may cause skin damage), or warm towels. The warmth causes vasodilation in the area. Care must be taken in heat application compresses should be wrapped by a cloth and never applied directly to the skin as these may cause burns. Care must also be taken in patients with impaired sensation (such as those with Diabetes Mellitus) because they may be injured without them knowing it.

Alternately, cold packs may be used if there is swelling. Cold packs cause vasoconstriction in the area, thus limiting the inflammation. It may also reduce pain especially after trauma. Cold packs may be in the form of plastic bags containing ice, commercially available gel packs that are reusable, ice packs, or even just a simple bag of frozen vegetables that’s available in every kitchen.

Application of hot or cold packs should be limited to fifteen to twenty minutes; otherwise it might prove to be detrimental if used longer. Check the skin five minutes after application to assess its integrity.

If all else fails, one would have to resort to medical management. Several over the counter medications, which are available in almost everyone’s medicine kit, may provide relief. Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Mefenamic acid, or any NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are available without prescription; however please take time to read the label carefully to check for the appropriate dosage. Self-medication is generally discouraged, but for minor aches and pains, it may be allowed.

If the pain becomes chronic, or if it does not respond to treatment, then it is wise to visit your physician. Be sure to be very thorough in giving your history, including the medications you have taken.

Western Digital 2TB RE4 Review – Fastest 2TB Internal Hard Drive

If you’re one of those hungry for speed enthusiasts and looking for the fastest 2TB internal hard drive, the Western Digital 2TB RE4 is the king in this category. The RE4 is almost the same as the WD 2TB Caviar Black, but loaded with a feature that increases its reliability that makes your data even safer. This is an enterprise drive that is built to gain extra speed besides its reliability.

What Makes The WD RE4 Fast?

The Western Digital RE4 is all about speed, Engineers at this company are devoted to create a state of the art lightning fast hard drive. This hard drive is packed with huge disk space of 2TB, to make sure that you never run out of storage for your wide collection of files. The WD RE4 runs at 7,200rpm for fast data transfer, making all your programs and games runs at vast speed.

To further add in its speed, a 64MB cache buffer is included to store most frequently used data for faster access time in a SATA 3GB/s interface. The WD RE4 is made of 4 platters in a 3.5 inch form factor. It has a total of 8 read/write heads and 500GB each platter capacity.

A dual processor design to make it twice the performance you’ll need. A dual actuator technology is added for accurate head positioning. The first actuator serves as for coarse displacement using the electromagnetic actuator and the second uses a piezoelectric motion to fine tune its head positioning. In this kind of technology, you get a fast head positioning for accurately fast data access. With the Dual Actuator, a 0.4ms improvement in access time compare to other drives.

The RE4 has a drive shaft anchored at both ends not only in just one end. This feature is called the StableTrac, it further reduces the vibrations and noise while increasing its life span. This improves more durability and a silent running drive compared to other hard drives.

All Western Digital hard drives feature a “No Touch” technology. It means that, all read/write heads never touch the platters and automatically park at shuts down. Western Digital is giving a 5 year warranty to make sure of your purchase.

The WD RE4 enterprise is equipped with more additional features for making it more reliable. The multi-axis sensor protects the data written on the drive by automatically detects any shock events that may occur. The RAFF enhancement technology that monitors the drive to correct both linear and rotational vibration, thus resulting in a more reliable drive even in a high vibration environment.

To increase further its reliability, each drive is put into a burn-in-test in 24/7 operation with thermal cycling. In addition to that, each read/write head is adjusted in Dynamic Fly High in real-time for optimum reliability. Another is the Time Limited Error Recovery (TLER), this prevents the drive fallout caused by the extended drive error which is mostly common with desktop drives.

Performance

The Western Digital RE4 was tested against the 2 famous hard drives with the same capacity of 2TB. Among these are the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB and WD Caviar Black 2TB, All drives are running at 7,200rpm.

For this test, two partitions are made on the same disk, a file was created on one partition and to be copied in the other partition. File transfer on the same drive on a different partition forces the drive to do two tasks at the same time that puts them under heavy loads. The first is reading the files on the source drive, second is writing on the destination drive. The time to complete these operations is measured with the speed of the drives, one is for reading and the other one is for writing.

The first test was the large file transfer with 3.4GB size. The Write/Read speed performance. WD RE4 rules the read speed while the WD Caviar Black tops in write. The Seagate Barracuda XT was slightly quicker in read compare with WD Caviar Black, but slower in write.

Barracuda XT dominates the write speed and the WD Caviar Black rules the read speed. However, the WD RE4 doesn’t tops on both category it shows the most impressive performance and having a very small margin compare with those two competing drive.

Conclusion

The Western Digital 2TB RE4 shows the most impressive performance with all of these competing drives. The WD Caviar Black in second place with the Seagate Barracuda XT on third, although not much in a bigger way. These two are also worthy to be a great contender.

The additional features of the RE4 enterprise level don’t go far the leads in terms of speed performance, but still that advancement pays off. The main focus for this drive is reliability that keeps your data even more secure, this is what an enterprise version is. This is ideal for servers that demands write intensive applications as well as for longer time operations.

What about the price? The price for the WD RE4 is $70 higher than the Barracuda XT and $80 compare with the Caviar Black at this time. Is the price difference worth? Yes, beside its speed performance it’s got the highest reliability you can get in any hard drive which is very important in keeping your most valuable data safe. If the price would not be a problem, and your craving for an extra speed and a more secure data, go for it!

Shingles Infection Treatment – Complications and Medications

There is no argument that shingles is a painful ordeal to have to endure, particularly for the elderly who are the ones mostly frequented by this disease. Treatment for zoster is mainly palliative, but it is the antiviral meds that can help to interrupt the virus’s ability to replicate, which can lessen the severity and length of time the disease is active.

Medications for shingles are used to combat pain, shorten the duration of the disease, and decrease the risk of complications.

Complications:

Cellulitis: A bacterial skin infection that can spread to the blood or lymph nodes, which can be deadly

Postherpetic Neuralgia: A painful condition of the nerve fibers and skin

Encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain

Hearing loss

Visual problems that can be temporary or permanent

Facial paralysis

Ramsay Hunt syndrome: Infection of the facial nerve with painful rash and facial muscle weakness

The active stage of shingles can prove to be a very painful and debilitating condition. The good news is there are medications to combat the affects that an outbreak can have on your life.

Medications:

Pain medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen, to decrease pain

Antiviral medications such as Acyclovir (Zovirax), Valacyclovir (Valtrex), and Famciclovir (Famvir)

Corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone and prednisone taken orally or by injection

Topical antibiotics applied to the skin to prevent bacterial infection on open and leaking blisters

Drugs for Postherpetic Neuralgia:

Acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen

Antidepressants, such as amitriptyline

Analgesics

Topical medications, such as a lidocaine patch

Anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin or pregabalin (Lyrica)

Corticosteroids, such as prednisone

Nerve block

Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone, and morphine

The Zostavax Vaccine:

Zostavax, a chickenpox booster vaccine, was licensed in 2006 for the prevention of herpes zoster. Clinical trials were conducted that thwarted the disease in approximately 50% of people 60 years old and up. Additionally, it significantly reduced the pain associated with this condition. However, this vaccine is contraindicated in people who have severe allergies, such as a reaction to gelatin and certain antibiotics such as neomycin.

Contraindications:

Immune system problems such as HIV/AIDS

Drug treatments that affect the immune system such as steroids, radiation, or chemotherapy

History of leukemia or lymphoma

Active TB

Expectant mothers

Women should avoid pregnancy for at least 12 weeks after having the Zostivax vaccine. Additionally, people who are experiencing any sickness should not be vaccinated until they have recovered, especially if there is a fever.

As with all medications there are some risks involved that you should familiarize yourself with.

Mild problems include: Redness, soreness, swelling, or itching at the injection site and headache.

Severe Reactions: Respiratory distress, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, rapid heart rate, and dizziness. These symptoms would manifest within a few hours of being vaccinated.

Contact your health care provider if you think a shingles infection is about to take place. Early and fast treatment can prevent serious complications.

Stretching Exercises to Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain can be the most distressing of conditions to suffer with. With its various potential causes as well, knowing the correct treatment can also be a great dilemma.

One potential cause of sciatica is tight muscles, and in particular tight Piriformis or Hamstring muscles.

These muscles are a potential source of sciatic pain due to their position relative to the sciatic nerve as it passes through the buttock & down the leg.

The sciatic nerve itself is formed from 5 nerve roots which leave the spine in the lower back region. As these nerve roots leave the spine, they come together to form the sciatic nerve.

This nerve then passes through the buttock region, which is where the Piriformis muscle is situated. Consequently, as the sciatic nerve passes through the buttock area, it also passes straight through, or underneath (it varies from person to person) the Piriformis muscle.

As the sciatic nerve then continues on its journey down the back of the leg, it also encounters the hamstring muscles, which are situated at the back of the thigh. Once again, the sciatic nerve passes through the hamstrings on its way.

Therefore, if either of these muscles are tight, they place increased stress across the sciatic nerve. This can be quite literally due to a squeezing effect on the nerve, or also due to the tightness not allowing the sciatic nerve to move as freely as it should be able to. Either way, the tightness places increased stress across the nerve, potentially resulting in pain.

In order for the body to be able to heal the sciatic nerve from the increased stress and the subsequent pain which has resulted, a suitable exercise programme needs to be embarked upon.

It is easier to show these exercises with the use of diagrams, therefore I have placed a link at the bottom of this article which will show you the best way to stretch these muscles.

Tightness in muscles can also be associated with weakness of other muscle groups. This is referred to as ‘Muscle Imbalance’ and is one of the main causes of sciatica.

Especially if you feel that your sciatica is beginning in your buttock region, as opposed to your lower back, there is a fair chance it is muscle imbalance which is the cause of your pain.

Following on from this, if your pain begins in the buttock area, there is a good chance it is specifically a tight Piriformis muscle which is responsible for the sciatica you are suffering. If this is the case, introducing a Piriformis stretch should assist with resolving your pain.

In summary, tight muscles can, without doubt, be a cause of sciatica. In such circumstances, an appropriate stretching exercise programme will clearly be needed. This in turn will reduce the stress being placed across the sciatic nerve and therefore assist the body in healing yourself from the pain you are suffering.

Neck and Back Pain

Neck and back pain are common, especially with aging. Low back pain affects about 50% of adults older than 60 years. The pain is usually caused by muscle tension or stiffness in that particular area of the back or neck which can be with or without neuro-motor deficits.

The neck and back pain can either be:

1. Non-specific or

2. Specific.

1. Most of the back pain symptoms are non-specific, and they are the result of overuse or injury of the ligaments and muscles that hold together the neck and low back vertebrae.

2. Specific mechanisms leading to pain in both neck and lower back or specific for each region individually:

a. Specific mechanisms causing neck pain only:

1. Atlanto-axial subluxation (subluxation at the level of first and second neck vertebrae).

2. Referred pain from carotid or vertebral artery dissection (Dissecting aneurysm affecting those arteries).

3. Angina pectoris referred pain.

4. Myocardial infarction referred pain.

5. Meningitis.

6. Herpes zoster.

7. Temporo-mandibular joint disorder.

8. Torticollis. (twisting of the neck to one side that results in abnormal carriage of the head and is usually caused by muscle spasms).

b. Specific mechanisms causing lower back pain only:

1. Lumbar spinal stenosis.

2. Osteitis condensans ilii (iliac sclerosis adjacent to the sacro-iliac joint which usually develops in some post-partum women.)

3. Referred pain from hip, buttock, or pelvic disorders.

4. Referred visceral pain from aortic dissection or aneurysm, renal colic, pancreatitis, retroperitoneal tumour, pleural effusion, pyelonephritis.

5. Sacro-iliac osteoarthritis.

6. Sacroliliitis.

7. Sponylolysis (A defect of the vertebral arch).

8. Spondylolisthesis (slippage of all or part of a vertebra on another).

c. Specific Mechanisms affecting either neck or lower back.

1. Ankylosing spondylitis (usually lower back but can also be thoracic.)

2. Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis which rarely affects the lower back).

3. Congenital abnormalities (e.g. spina bifida, Lumbarization of S1 which is an anatomic anomaly in the human spine characterized by the non-fusion of the first and second segments of the sacrum.Therefore, the lumbar spine subsequently appears to have six vertebrae or segments, not five and the sacrum appears to have only four segments instead of its designated five segments).

4. Fibromyalgia (illness that causes chronic pain in muscles and ligaments).

5. Intervertebral disc disease.

6. Infection. (e.g. Osteomyelitis, diskitis, spinal epidural abcess, infectious arthritis).

7. Injury. (e.g. Dislocation, subluxation or fracture).

8. Muscle or ligament srain.

9. Paget’s disease.

10. Polymyalgia rheumatic.

11. Tumour ( Primary or metastatic).

12. Spinal cord compression.

Treatment:

1. For acute musculoskeletal pain oral analgesics like Tylonol, Advil or Asprin will do the job of relieving the pain. 2. Acute muscle spasms can be relieved by ice or heat.

3. Treatment of the cause of neck or back pain and the best who can judge is your doctor.