Arthritis and Spondylolisthesis

The term arthritis refers to inflammation of a joint anywhere in the body, including the spine. The condition may result from, or be associated with, various disorders including infection, degenerative disease, metabolic disturbance and tumors. Types of arthritis include ankylosing rheumatoid spondylitis, a chronic progressive disease that usually affects the spine and adjacent structures.

Osteoarthritis affects mostly the weight bearing joints, but also others such as the facet joints, and rheumatoid arthritis, which can sometimes produce crippling deformities. Osteoarthritis related degenerative changes in the spinal bones and joints, which are common among people over forty, are known as spondylosis.

The prefix spondyl means vertebra. They can result in an abnormal curvature of the thoracic chest spine in older people, a condition known as kyphosis. For accurate diagnosis, x-rays are required. Treatments include rest immobilization, pain relieving and anti inflammatory medication, followed by graduated exercise and postural training by a physiotherapist.

Surgery is necessary only in extreme cases. What is spondylolisthesis? In this condition, one vertebra slips forward or subluxates on top of another. This movement narrows the spinal canal through which the spinal cord passes. Although it can occur anywhere along the spine, it most frequently involves the slipping of the bottom lumbar vertebra over the sacrum.

Spondylolisthesis may be the result of trauma, a spinal fracture or arthritis. Its symptoms include mild low back pain, muscle spasm and sciatica, or it may produce no symptoms whatsoever. Practicing good postural habits and strengthening the muscles of the trunk are good preventive measure to take.

Normal disc is the inner soft core is held within the tough, fibrous outer shell. Bulging disc with aging small tears may occur in the outer shell or annulus fibrosus, allowing the inner core or nucleus pulposus to bulge. Herniated or prolapsed disc is when tears in the outer shell increase in size or number, the inner core may spill into the surrounding area and impinge on an adjacent nerve, causing both inflammation and pain.

A Brief History of The E30: A 3 Series BMW

In Road & Track’s first test of the new 1984 318i, in its July 1983 issue, the first of the second-generation “E30” 3 Series, the most startling thing about it was the price tag. At an as-tested $18,210, this 318i was more than double the price of a 1977 320i — and in general specification the newer car wasn’t much different from the older one…at least in two-door form.

While again an evolutionary change, the E30’s styling offered significant aerodynamic benefits over the E21. The grille was now less radically angled and the headlights were almost flush with it. In contrast to the flat hood of the E21, the E30’s sloped gently and the car was otherwise more rounded and slick. There wasn’t much difference in size, either, with the E30’s wheelbase stretching a mere 0.3 inches from the E21’s 100.9 to 101.2, and overall length actually dropping slightly. But what many buyers noticed first about the E30 was how substantial and tight the car was. Knowing that the “Baby Mercedes” was on the way, the E30 engineering team had redoubled their efforts on build quality and dependability, which were traditional Benz strengths.

With 101 horsepower from its 1.8-liter injected four, the 1984 318i two-door was an innocuous start for the E30. But almost immediately following that car was the 325e, which featured a 2.7-liter version of the inline six-cylinder engine first introduced on the larger 528e sedan. With a high compression ratio, but a low redline and economy-minded gearing, the “eta” 2.7, like all BMW sixes, was smooth and elegantly torque in the company’s smallest car, but hardly sporting in character. But its 121 horsepower were the most BMW had offered to U.S. buyers since the 2002tii, and the car was decently quick, making it to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and completing the quarter-mile in 16.6 seconds at 81.5 mph for Road & Track (the 318i did the same deeds in 11.6 and 18.3 seconds for the same magazine with a 74.0-mph trap speed in the quarter).

The four-door arrived for 1985, and along with it came a new four-speed automatic transmission available with either the four or the six. By 1986, the demand for the four-cylinder 318i had dried up, and it was dropped from the lineup, but antilock four-wheel disc brakes were now standard and a better-handling, sportier-looking 325es two-door joined the line.

The E30 really came of age in the 1987 model year with the appearance of the 325i and 325is models, which abandoned the eta reduced-rev/high-fuel mileage engine concept and the introduction of the 325iC Convertible, the first pure convertible offered in the 3 Series. “The new 325is is the first genuinely sporting BMW to reach our shores since the 2002tii went out of production in 1975,” wrote Car and Driver upon testing the ’87 325is. The 325is engine, though part of the same M20 family as the eta engine and having the same 84mm bore, had a 75mm stroke (down 6mm from the eta) to drop displacement from 2,693 to 2,494 cubic centimeters. That short stroke was one element that opened the rev range a full 500 rpm higher and pushed the output to 168 horsepower and 164 pound-feet of peak torque — easily the most powerful 3 Series to that moment. Car and Driver’s 325is blasted to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds and completing the quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds at 88 mph. So gratifying and ingratiating was the new 325i engine that most reviewers felt the car was worth its soaring price tag. In the case of Car and Driver’s 325is, that tag read $27,475 — which the magazine pointed out is, taking inflation into account, double the price of the old 2002tii.

BMW’s Motorsport division had gotten its start in the early ’70s creating high-performance street cars, as well as race cars. By 1987, the reputation of the Motorsports division for building brilliant sporting machinery was well established. And yet entering 1986, it had never really played with the 3 Series.

The original M3 made it over to the United States 1988. Originally built to take on Mercedes’ Cosworth-tweaked 190E 2.3-16 in FIA Group A racing, the M3 employed a 2.3-liter four-cylinder capped with a twin-cam four-valve head that was essentially one of the big six four-valve heads less two cylinders. Dropped into a modified 3 Series two-door body shell (the flared fenders, more steeply raked rear window and higher trunk lid meant only the hood was left untouched from more plebian 3s), the Bosch fuel-injected “M Power” four was rated at 192 horsepower at a wailing 6,750 rpm when it finally got to North America. “This is not a car for yuppies,” wrote Car and Driver on their first exposure to the U.S.-spec M3. “This is a car for us. In case you haven’t noticed, BMW’s U.S. lineup has blossomed to include a dazzling array of leather-lined hot rods that beg to be flogged through the twisties and hammered on the superslabs.” Stirring the five-speed manual transmission, Car and Driver blasted that 2,857-pound M3 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds, blitzed the quarter-mile in just 15.2 seconds with a 92-mph trap speed and screamed to a 141-mph top speed. With an as-tested price of $34,810, the M3 was at that time (and still in many minds) the ultimate BMW 3 Series.

BMW would build an all-wheel-drive 325ix model in 1988 as well, and the Motorsport fanatics would conjure up “Evolution” models of the M3 for those who found the wonderful original only a good starting point. But with the introduction of the M3, the possibilities of the E30 3 Series were thoroughly and gloriously exhausted as it faded out of production through 1991.

Pain Treatment – Different For Diabetes, Herpes Zoster and HIV

Pain is pain is pain.  Right?  No, not quite right.  At least 3 million Americans suffer from some form of neuropathic pain, but from different causes.  More than half of these pain sufferers have an auto-immune disease such as herpes zoster, diabetes or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Recognizing and treating the underlying disease can substantially reduce the degree and frequency of the pain. There are a wide variety of pharmocologic (drug) treatments availalbe to treat pain symptoms, but only certain drugs will help for specific disease related neuropathic pain.

Many physicians do not know or recognize the underlying disease condition and perhaps do not associate the particular disease with the appropriate pharmacologic treatment.  Often, people with herpes zoster, diabetes and even HIV are given nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agents or aspirin – which has very little effect in alleviating the patient’s pain.  Instead, their unique type of pain may be alleviated by the appropriate analgesic therapy, such as anticonvulsants, lidocaine patch, or tricyclic antidepressants.

In a satellite symposium held in conjunction with the January 29, 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, physicians discussed what research indicates may be the best treatments for pain associated with herpes zoster, diabetes, HIV and other autoimmune diseases.  If you are being treated for neuropathic pain and the pain has not lessened, ask your doctor about the possibility of being treated with drugs that may be more specific for your particular disease. A group of physicians presented a satellite symposium to discuss this issue in conjunction with the January 9, 2009 25th Annual Meeting of the American Academy

There are several treatments available and recommended for the pain, PHN (postherpetic neuralgia),. associated with herpes zoster and also for the pain, DPN (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) associated with diabetes.  Gabapentin, pregabalin, and tricyclic antidepressants are recommended as first line therapies, while opioids, which areused to treat many different types of pain, are considered to be second or third line therapies.  However, for the neuropathic pain associated with HIV, there are few recommended treatments.  The only recommended treatment, lamotrigine, may reduce pain.

Breastfeeding – Helpful Tips

You and your newborn are home at last. Your journey together has begun, and one of the first decisions you have made is to breast feed.

Hopefully your nurse midwife, obstetrician, or breast feeding consultant answered your questions and concerns about breast feeding before you left the hospital, but it never hurts to have a refresher. Below are the most important things to remember about breast feeding.

1) Breast feed on demand.

Feed your baby on demand whenever she is hungry. Typically that will be every 2 to 3 hours, or about 8 to 12 feedings in a 24-hour period. You will know that your infant is getting enough milk if she produces 6 to 8 wet diapers and at least 3 yellow stools by 3 to 5 days of life.

2) Look for signs of hunger.

Observe your baby for signs of hunger such as lip smacking, opening of the mouth, or hand-to-mouth motion. Also, if you notice that your infant’s eyes are moving underneath the eyelids, that signifies that she is in a light sleep state and might be ready to be fed.

3) Position comfortably.

Position your infant facing you at the level of your breast. Placing a pillow underneath your baby might help in achieving the most comfortable position.

4) Switch sides.

The most intense milk flow takes place during the first 7 to 10 minutes of breast feeding. Therefore your infant should feed about 10 minutes per breast at each feeding.

5) Supply is determined by demand.

The more your baby nurses, the more milk will be produced. Should you end up with surplus of milk, you can safely freeze it for later use.

Tonsils Stones Causes and Cures

Hardened matter which builds up in the tonsils pockets is known as tonsils stones or the tonsilloliths. Tonsils are glands on the throat which help to filter lymph fluid and fight bacteria and virus which pass through the nose or the mouth to the throat. After the fight between the white cells and other matters, the residues and the dead cells left behind accumulate in the tonsils which lead to tonsils stones. Most people suffer from this disease and others opt for its removal. This problem can lead to other problems like one having a bad breath because they tend to release a horrible smell.

Causes of tonsilloliths

When the tonsils become weak, this situation can lead to the formation of tonsilloliths. One can have health problems which may weaken the nodes making them unable to keep up with the demand. One of the health issues that can weaken the tonsils is the post nasal drip, where the excess mucus will be trapped in the tonsils crypts leading to the formation of the stones.

Body allergies can also lead to the formation of the tonsilloliths. When one’s body is reacting to the allergenic particles it deals with them as if they are harmful to your body. This fight weakens the lymphatic system and this promotes the formation of tonsilloliths.

Body infections and viruses like the sinus infections can also cause tonsilloliths.This viruses and infections clog in the tonsils pockets and cause the development of the stones. One is highly advised to treat their health disorders to prevent the tonsils stones disorder.

Certain foods lead to the formation of these stones. Dairy products increase the chance of contracting the disease because they are high in calcium which contributes to the formation of mucus. The excess mucus gets trapped in the tonsils causing tonsilloliths. One should consume the dairy products at minimal amounts.

Alcohol and tobacco leads to tonsilloliths. When one takes alcohol and smoke cigarettes, his or her throat dries up this eventually leads to this disorder. These two also causes one to have a bad breath. It is highly advisable for people to stop drinking alcohol and smoking cigarette to reduce the chances of contracting tonsils stones.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to one suffering from tonsilloliths. If one is not cautious about his or her oral hygiene, food articles and bacteria will accumulate in the mouth which will soon block the tonsils. The treatment of this disease begins with proper oral hygiene and this naturally prevents tonsils stones.

Ways of Treating Tonsils Stones

Tonsil stones can be cured through a process known as oxygenation. This is where bacteria and debris which causes tonsil stones are destroyed by subjection to sufficient levels of oxygen. TheraBreath Aktiv-Oxgen serum and TheraBreath PLUS Nasal sinus drops effectively eliminate tonsil stones with no need of surgical process.

Gargling warm, salty water also helps to ease discomfort brought about by tonsillitis that accompanies tonsil stones.

You can also dislodge tonsils at home by use of picks and swabs.

Diabetes is Not a Disease – It is Only A Disorder

Introduction :

This article is mainly intended to make the reader understand what diabetes is, what causes diabetes, the diagnosis, the signs and symptoms, the types and the treatment to help the reader remove his worst fears about this disorder.

So What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by the elevated blood sugar level. It occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or put in other words, when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.

What Causes Diabetes?

Diabetes is basically a genetic disorder influenced by environmental factors such as obesity, lack of exercises and stress which may trigger the disease in predisposed individuals. Heredity is also one of the main reasons.

Signs and Symptoms :

Diabetes can appear with or without symptoms. The most common symptoms are increase in frequency in urine(poly urea), increase in thirst(polydypsia), giddiness, weakness, delayed wound healing and unexplained weight Loss.

Diagnosis :

Diabetes is diagnosed by a simple blood test for the presence of excess sugar. The blood sugar is measured in milligrams per deciliter or mg/dL which is the standard measuring unit. Any blood sugar reading that is 126 mg/dL, or higher is considered a diabetes diagnosis. If your reading is between 100 and 125 mg/dL, you will be categorized as prediabetes with Type2 in future unless you can reverse the direction.

Typical Glucose or Blood Sugar Level

– Fasting Blood Sugar: 70-99mg/dL

– 2 hours after eating(Post Prandial) : 70-145mg/dL

– Random(casual): 70-125mg/dL

Types of Diabetes :

There are three types of diabetes: Type1, Type2 and Gestational diabetes. Type1 diabetes is also known as insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. It is most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Type2 diabetes, also called non-insulin dependent

Diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. Gestinal diabetes occurs in pregnant woman(most commonly 24th to 28th week of gestation), but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over, Women who have had gestinal diabetes are at the increased risk of later developing Type2 diabetes.

Effects of Diabetes :

Diabetes can damage body vessels and nerves and decrease the body’s ability to fight infection.That is why it leads to all sort of complications. Diabetes can contribute to eye disorder and blindness, stroke, kidney failure, amputation and nerve damage.

Treatment :

First and foremost, you should consult a doctor as soon you find one of these symptoms. Depending on the type of diabetes[falling under one of the above mentioned categories] you would be prescribed a treatment. Natural diet and exercises help diabetic people to a great extent. Practising yoga is a natural way of keeping your body healthy and your mind peaceful. A life without stress and a light happy heart will help one to have good control over your body.

Conclusion :

Ok, the fact is ‘Diabetes is complex and complicated’. But it is definitely in your hands to make it ‘Simple and Keep it well under your Control’. Diabetes is a universal problem. Consult your doctor regularly and get your levels checked. Type2 diabetes is the prominent type, almost more than 80% of people have it. By maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, practicing yoga and leading a sound healthy way of life, one can even get away without medication for Type2 Diabetes!!!!

Obesity in Children, and School Nutrition

Obesity has been receiving a lot of media attention recently with statistics showing that the problem is increasing at an alarming rate. Historically obesity has been exclusively seen as a problem of adults, becoming more prevalent with advancing age, however with children’s lifestyles becoming less and less active due to a number of factors, obesity in children is also on the rise. There have always been fat children but they were always an exception to the norm. Indeed fat children have been recognised in literature throughout the generations, with Charles Dickens’ portrayal of the fat boy in The Pickwick Papers and Billy Bunter in the 20th century. However, they were notable because fat children were a rarity. Obesity is no longer uncommon in children and the problem of childhood obesity is spiralling out of control. In fact the problem is becoming so bad that there are now fears the current generation of children may be the first for centuries in whom their life expectancy will be lower than their parents. Considering the extent to which life expectancy levels increased over the 20th century, this is a substantial reversal.

o The Health Survey for England 20021 states that 16% of boys and girls aged 2 to 15 are obese with a total of 30% classified as either overweight or obese. A third of young adults are either overweight or obese (32% of young men and 33% of young women). In addition, 9% of young men and 12% of young women are actually obese.

o Several factors have now been shown to predict the development of obesity in individuals such as a family history of obesity, lifestyle, diet and socioeconomic factors.

Causes of Obesity in Childhood

There are a variety of factors that are attributed to this dramatic increase in childhood obesity cases. A reliance on cars is thought to be a major factor, with children more often driven to school than walking or cycling. A drastic decline in the amount of compulsory physical education in primary and secondary schools is almost certainly a contributor. An increasing reliance on computer games for entertainment in the younger generations is also cited as a major reason. In the past children would have sought entertainment from playing outdoors, engaging in more physical activity. Of course the streets have always been seen as a safer place for children to play in the past than they are now so it could be said that a reliance on computer games may be a reasonable response to social concerns.

However, bad eating habits have been identified as the major cause of childhood obesity. Increasing reliance on convenience food, a lack of proper nutrition in meals, an avoidance of fruit and vegetables and a rise in between-meal snacking are all common problems. A recent focus on unhealthy school meals by TV chef Jamie Oliver highlighted the problem of lack of nutrition in school meals. Pupils were able to buy junk food for lunch on a daily basis with no encouragement from the schools to look to more healthy alternatives. Thankfully since Jamie Oliver’s campaign for schools to take more responsibility for the provision of healthy school meals aired on the BBC, there has been a dramatic shift in the way the primary and secondary education sectors approach the provision of school meals. The government have also addressed the problem officially by releasing the ‘nutritional standards for schools’ – a set of nutritional guidelines that all primary and secondary schools most adhere to by September 2009.

Rashes in College Dorms – What Are the Risks

Living in a college dorm can certainly come with its fair share of risks, including rashes which spread like wild fire. Recently there has been an increase in bed bug infestations across the country, both in college dorms and residential areas. Bed bugs can cause rashes which present as clustered-together groups of raised bumps which appear to be red and irritated. It can become worse if the infestation is not dealt with in a timely manner. More and more college dorms are experiencing problems with bed bugs. While most people think that bed bug infestations are due to leaving food crumbs all over, that is not what attracts them.

Scabies is another kind of rash that college students can catch. This rash can be caught either through sexual or non-sexual contact with a person. It can be caught by holding hands for a prolonged period of time or sharing someone else’s clothes or bed. When living on-campus, it’s always a good idea to avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with another person’s skin. The mites burrow in the skin and lay eggs. They are invisible to the eye, but the allergic rash is what alerts most people. This is precisely how rashes spread in these types of environments.

It is important to know some of the different symptoms of scabies and how it presents, as there are many students and other people who are unaware. Each year there are around 300 million recorded cases of scabies, many of which are spread through college campuses in a matter of weeks. The very first symptom someone with scabies usually experiences is a rash which itches. Repeated scratching of the affected are can lead to infection, which can make the scabies much worse. Those who experience sudden uncontrollable itching are recommended to see a physician in order to get the prescription anti-parasitic cream with permethrin. The doctor will often also recommend an antihistamine for itching.

Itching it usually the first symptom experienced by those who develop scabies, and those who experience it should be aware that it could be something worse than a regular itch. Using a mattress cover can also be helpful as a means to prevent reinfestation. Other rashes that can be caught on college campuses include those due to the herpes virus, fungal rashes such as athlete’s foot, impetigo and molluscum contagiosum. The college infirmary on campus is a useful resource to use for any health concerns.

Beautiful Skin – What is Herpes?

What is herpes? That is a question being asked by a lot of people. It is hard to have beautiful skin if a person is suffering from a cold sore or has a stye. Both of which could be caused by herpes.

Herpes is known as human herpes virus (HHV) and is the name given to a group of viruses. A virus is very had to treat which explains why it is so hard to the treat herpes. So far, there is no cure for herpes.

What makes it so difficult to control is that people can have the herpes virus without even knowing. During which time, they can be infecting other people.

Most of us think of herpes as being a sexually transmitted disease. In fact, there are at least 8 forms of herpes that can affect humans and not all of these are transmitted through unprotected sex. These are identified as human herpes virus 1 though 8 (HHV1-HHV8).

Some of these forms of herpes are: HHV 1 – herpes simples virus 1; HHV 2 – herpes simplex virus 2; HHV 3 – varicella-zoster virus; HHV 4 – Epstein-Barr virus; HHV 5 – cytomegalovirus; HHV 6 – recently found in the blood cells; HHV 7 – recently found and is closely related to HHV 6; and HHV 8 – recently discovered in tumors called Kaposi’s Sarcoma.

One of the first symptoms of herpes is the skin becoming red, tender and itchy. As the virus progresses blisters will develop which will form a head. This head fills with liquid and eventually breaks. The fluid contained in these blisters is very contagious. The blister then forms a crust which dissipates. No scars are formed. Flu like symptoms can appear including headaches and fevers. It is important to remember that it can take up to 20 days after contacting the virus before any symptoms occur.

If there is any doubt you may have contacted the herpes virus, consult your doctor immediately. Do this while you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

Your doctor will take a swab or sample of the infected tissue. There are tests that are used to diagnose herpes, some are better and more accurate than others.

Three of those tests are: Viral Culture; Serologic Tests (blood tests); and Antigen Tests (where components of the virus are specifically identified).

There are drugs on the market that may help in treating herpes but they do little in helping to boost the immune system. A strong immune system is needed if your body is going fight the virus and prevent future outbreaks. Some have found using natural treatments are helpful as these both help control the virus and boost the immune system at the same time.

Lifestyle changes will be helpful as well. Foods that are poor nutritionally will hinder the recovery rate. Prescription medications available to treat herpes are Valtrex (valacyclovir), Famvir (famciclovir), and Zovirax (acyclovir).

As yet, there is no vaccines available

The answer to the question: What is herpes is simple. It’s a virus. That is where simplicity ends. We should know and be aware of the symptoms of herpes since it is possible to be infected without knowing it. What treatment is used will depend on the type of herpes and the stage of infection.

Chinese ‘TCM’ – Alternative Medical Treatment For Psoriasis

Alternative medicine is used to describe the different forms of medicine other than standard prescription methods and treatments. Alternative medicine includes the embracement of eastern and oriental medical practices.

Many people avoid alternative medicine because they felt it is based on irrational folklore belief or unproven treatment methods and lying outside standard medicine practices. Most people turn to alternative medical treatments only as a last resort when conventional medicine don’t seem to work well or there is too much side effects associated with the standard treatments.

Scientific medical research however indicates some of the alternative medicine are proven to be helpful remedy and there is increased number of medical doctors and physicians reporting patients recovered from alternative medical treatments.

Alternative treatment and therapies geared towards treating the whole person into consideration, rather than just trying targeting to alleviate symptoms. This overall philosophy is known as holistic medicine.

Chinese Traditional Medicine, better known as ‘TCM’ is based on the principle that disease is not solely due to problems in molecular cells but rather beyond the molecular plane, the imbalance of the energy within entire system or subsystems interconnected to form the complex human body.

The foundation of ‘TCM’ treatment is to ensure the balance energy flow within the body termed the ‘Qi’ or the ‘Yinyang’. ‘TCM’ deemed the balance of the energy critical to attain good health. Treatments may include acupuncture, reflexology involving various massage techniques such as foot, palms, arms or whole body, topical and oral treatments using plants and herbs concoctions, meditation to calm the mind and last but not least lifestyle changes.

‘TCM’ are mostly based on medicines created from plants and hence it has mild side effects. Treatment may last from weeks to even months and recovery is gradual. The method or approach is a holistic treatment and involves not just prescription of medicine but also patient changing lifestyle such as the need to abstain from certain types of food, the need to exercise such as practicing deep breathing techniques or meditation to calm the mind and body.

‘TCM’ treatment for Psoriasis has been dated to as far back as 1600 years ago. The main hypothesis associated with Psoriasis is that the blood and toxin heat in the body triggers the formation of Psoriasis. Standard scientific clinical syndrome correlates to the various ‘TCM’ hypothesis and classification of the various type of Psoriasis. The liver and kidney are the two major organs classified by ‘TCM’ as major contributor to Psoriasis outbreak.

‘TCM’ pay close detail to the color of the lesions and treatment involves a holistic combination of oral, topical and needle injection therapy. The diagnostic pattern of the ‘TCM’ in Psoriasis is known to be “Heat, Poison or Fire in the Blood.”

Preliminary diagnosis is focused on the color as well as the degree of the redness of the skin. ‘TCM’ treatment involves first and foremost the determination of the characteristics, symptoms and patterns associated with the condition so that one can diagnose and treat the disease accurately.

‘TCM’ doctor would observe the characteristics of the skin lesions and based on the patches and color, formulates customized treatment according to the severity of the skin disease condition and the health of the patient.

Cupping therapy, acupuncture, massage, detoxification of the blood and the administration of various herbs are some of the ‘TCM’ treatments that has shown remarkable results in some cases where standard medical treatments has proven to be ineffective.

The therapeutic effects of the combination of carefully selected types of plants and herbs used helps to eliminate toxins and stabilized skin cell growth.

The dark-blue, plant-based powder ‘Indigo Naturalis’ has been demonstrated to be effective in treating and alleviating the symptoms of Psoriasis.

How to Treat Genital Yeast Infections in Men

Men are not spared from yeast infection. Although the infection is common in women, anyone is at risk even men. This is also known as candidiasis because the infection is caused by Candida fungus which is normally present in our body but imbalance in the body system allows Candida to grow out of control that leads to yeast infection. Infection may occur in moist areas of the body like the mouth and genital area which are the perfect home for the fungus. It is important that you know how to treat genital yeast infections in men if you have the infection. If left untreated the infection will become chronic and might result to other health issues.

Symptoms of genital yeast infections in men includes rashes at the head and shaft of the penis, burning and itching sensation, foul smelling penile discharge and painful sexual intercourse. If you experience any of the symptoms of male yeast infections, it is best to seek professional help to know the severity of your condition.

Common treatment for genital yeast infections in men is antifungal antibiotics to attack the yeast and regain the balance in the body keeping Candida fungus growth in control. Some even try over the counter topical creams commonly used by women for vaginal yeast infection. But some sufferers find these treatments as temporary immediate relief and they often experience another episode of yeast infections.

Another way to treat genital yeast infections in men is to starve Candida. Sweets or sugar feeds Candida and promotes the growth of the fungus. Cut down on sugar and avoid food with yeast like bread, wine and beer.

Boost your immune system. Eat a well balanced diet that brings back balance in your system and keeping Candida at a controlled level. Getting enough sleep and reducing or eliminating stress in your life will help you boost your immune system.

Natural remedy for genital yeast infections in men is another option if you have tried numerous treatments and always find yourself suffering from recurring yeast infection. A non-drug treatment for genital yeast infections in men is safer because there are no side effects.

Allergies and Antihistamine Treatment

Millions of people have it or have most likely experienced its symptoms at one point of their lives. Runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing are just some of the most common symptoms of an allergy attack.

Other more serious symptoms may include the sudden appearance of hives, dizzy spells, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Some even experience behavioral changes as a reaction to an allergy attack. Allergies should not be taken lightly. There are instances when an allergy attack triggers severe reactions, which can ultimately lead to death.

The symptoms of an allergy attack can sometimes be very hard to differentiate from those of other ailments. Its symptoms can be erroneously diagnosed as those from the common cold or a food intolerance, to name a few. For these reasons, most doctors advocate that allergies be properly diagnosed by an experienced allergist to avoid taking in the wrong medication. Don’t even try to self-medicate since it is known to cause more harm than good.

You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain in going to the doctor, so why wouldn’t you? Not only will you get the correct diagnosis for your ailment but you will also be prescribed with the appropriate medications to ease and eliminate the discomforting symptoms as well.

Mild Allergies and Antihistamines

Taking antihistamines can be an economical and effective means to relieve the symptoms of the allergy attack and end your woes.

For most mild allergies such as hay fever or an allergy to animal hair, the symptoms can be successfully controlled by taking non-prescription (over-the-counter) antihistamines. But as diligent consumers, it is best to secure your doctor’s approval and/or recommendation before taking the medication (or any other medication) to avoid the possibility of any medical complications.

However, it is sad to note that most people misunderstand the actions of these medications and think of them as an instant solution or a quick fix from allergy attacks. They think that once the symptoms start showing, they can just pop a pill and the symptoms will be gone in a moment! Antihistamines, unfortunately, do not work that way.

Antihistamines are most effective when taken well before the onset of the allergy season. For example, a person suffering from hay fever may benefit greatly from the medication when taken at least a week or two before the allergy season begins.

In choosing the appropriate antihistamine for this kind of allergies, look for one with chlorpheniramine maleate as its main active ingredient. Chlorpheniramine maleate has the benefit of being certified as the oldest and safest allergy drugs ever to hit the market. It can effectively control classical hay fever symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing.

Antihistamine Regimen to Prevent Allergy Attacks

Doctors agree that allergy attacks can be prevented by adopting an antihistamine regimen before the onset of the allergy season. Prevent those discomforting allergy attacks by following the steps outlined below.

. Start off your routine by taking at least one-fourth of the recommended dosage as indicated in the package labels. Since antihistamines can cause drowsiness, it is advisable to start taking the medication in the evenings.

. Gradually increase the dosage as you begin to tolerate the effects of the medication. This will eventually come at approximately a week or two after you started your routine. By then, you can up the dosage by taking in two 12 milligram doses of antihistamine daily (one in the morning and another one during the evening). Studies show that significant relief from allergy symptoms can be achieved by taking this much dosage of antihistamine.

By following these recommendations, you can say goodbye to your allergy attacks forever!

Common Medications Used for Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum, is often comorbid with other conditions. Asperger’s is not directly medicated, but rather, the concurrent symptoms are. These can be anxiety and repetitive behaviors, aggression, and the inability to pay attention. Depending on which symptoms someone with Asperger’s Syndrome experiences will help their doctor determine which medications would be the most beneficial to that individual.

There are different kinds of anxiety associated with Asperger’s Syndrome. Those diagnosed with Asperger’s might also show symptoms of Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or General Anxiety Disorder. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) can not only help with depression and anxiety, but can help patients control repetitive behaviors. Fluvoxamine, Olanzapine, and Naltrexone have all been shown to help people OCD and repetitive behaviors. Common side effects include restlessness, weight gain, and an increase in blood sugar levels.

Often a person with Asperger’s Syndrome cannot express how they are feeling and instead may come across as having irritability and aggression. One medication that has been found to help with this is Risperidone. Although it is considered an atypical antipsychotic, some patients with Asperger’s Syndrome have found that it is helpful for irritability and aggression, especially when these symptoms are caused by difficulties socializing. Side effects include to these are similar to SSRIs but can also include drowsiness and an increase in appetite.

There are many different kinds of medications used to help those with attention problems. Guanfacine has been used to help children with hyperactivity and other attention problems. Guanfacine has also been shown to affect behavioral inhibition allowing the child to become less impulsive. Lisdexamfetamine is a stimulant commonly prescribe for ADHD. It affects the central nervous system which can contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Atomoxetine, which is not a stimulant, has also been used as an effective therapy for ADHD. Once again, there are similar side effects to these medications but may also include bed wetting and constipation.

It seems that no matter which symptoms someone with Asperger’s Syndrome may have, there is a medication that has been shown to be successful. Along with nutrition and therapy, medications can be essential in living a happy and healthy life. It is important to remember that, while there may be positive effects from these medications, they all run the risk of potential and unwanted side effects. Like always, discuss with you doctor any and all changes in your physical and emotional well-being.

Depression and Human Intelligence

The inexplicable depression one feels, of course, can be explained; however, the human being cannot understand it yet. I told you in my previous articles that depression is mainly provoked because the person had not developed all their psychological functions, and their psyche suffers for this reason. However, this is only the beginning of the answer.

The human being is very intelligent; he is in fact a genius, but the biggest part of his conscience remains wild and violent. If this wild content comes to the surface of the human conscience, which is the side of our conscience that we know, we start having several problems and our thoughts and feelings seem distorted and strange. This content is very dangerous, especially because it provokes craziness to the human conscience. However, we cannot eliminate this side of our conscience. Instead, we have to develop that wild side and transport it to our human conscience. This is the way that we acquire more conscience of reality.

What means to have a conscience? It means we have a notion of our existence and we understand the meaning of our actions. We give meaning to everything and criticize everything. We characterize our actions as being good or bad, we judge our behaviour and those of others. Moreover, we make plans in order to transform the reality we are in, according to what we believe that would be better for us. This is to have conscience, or in other words, to have a notion of our existence.

We think that this part of our conscience which we know is the only one that exists inside us, but we are wrong, because there is another side of our conscience which remains still primitive. However, this crudeness is not how we may imagine it to be, because this other part of our conscience is completely independent and very clever. It is in fact a very strong enemy, because this part wants to control our behaviour and it is always trying to invade our human conscience. The wild side of the human conscience is very smart and lays many traps. It is a crude and primitive conscience because its intention is bad and it lives to incite suffering, but on the other hand, it is sneaky and knows many tricks.

I had to relate several scientific discoveries made after Jung’s death besides several of his and his students’ works, which revealed to us the exact same facts, so that I would be able to prove to the world the truth Jung discovered concerning dream interpretation. This was, however, only the beginning… The continuance was too complicated… I felt that if the computer didn’t appear in my life I wouldn’t have been able to unite all the parts of this book!

Our wild conscience is really a genius, but because it is evil, it is in fact very crude. However, if this part passes through the process of consciousness, it really can be refined to become a genius. That’s why the human being can reach God’s intelligence. This is his potential.

If we think about how much our psyche suffers because we are so intelligent but never develop all our capacities and live in suffering because of our many ridiculous mistakes based on the minimum percentage of our conscience developed according to human characteristics, we can understand how our psyche feels. It’s a waste of intelligence… Besides that, this violent side we inherit in our ancient conscience ruins our life.

Wouldn’t it be better if we would all learn how to develop our capacities through dream interpretation and how to prevent craziness that comes from the wild content of our psychic sphere to destroy our human conscience?

Overcoming Commitment Phobia – 5 Steps To Overcome Your Fear of Commitment

Nothing is more wonderful in having a life with someone you commit for the rest of your life. In this article, overcoming commitment phobia is emphasized because it is an important tool for a life that is growing and nurturing as the people will continue to interact with someone else until he/she finds someone to be with without fear of changes, and most of all without fear of commitment.


Life is not always certain and no matter how we avoid some things, we will be encountering people who are so much afraid of commitment. Those commitment phobic people are the ones who fear getting involved into a long term relationship and the changes associated with it. They also fear the idea of getting HURT, the occurrence of conflicts that can be too hard to bear, devastating INFIDELITY and some FINANCIAL consequences. The fear cannot just simply happen without a known cause, as this can arise out of negative past experiences on a relationship or some other reasons, but whatever are the reasons, it will not have a good effect into a person’s life which he/she is unaware of. The fear will make the person out of reach and he will not be able to build a meaningful relationship with someone or to his family and even to friends making his life UNHAPPY and BORING.

True enough, nothing can be done in life without getting committed to it. Whether in the relationship, or in the job, it always asks for a commitment and LIFE will always ask for your limitless commitment. How can you be able to perform your function in the family and in the relationship when you will not be committed to do it? You see, the idea of COMMITMENT is not something to be feared. When you make a commitment to someone or to a particular thing in life, it only shows that you are responsible and can handle different situations of life independently and maturely. So even when reality is telling us that there are people, including you (maybe) who really fear commitment to life and to anyone and would just run away from the situation, take NOTE that you are actually missing some significant things in life. So, to prevent from experiencing this, ADMIT YOUR FEAR and learn the ways in overcoming commitment phobia.

1. ACKNOWLEDGE the fear that you really do not want to share your life with someone. Sometimes, the person who doesn’t successfully find a relationship is the one who are not sure about their feelings if they really want it or not. As such, getting clear with your goals is part of the first step. Start identifying what you really want or else when you are at the start or middle of the relationship, you will not get confused and just leave the relationship hanging, and worst, hurt the person you were once committed for.

2. Never enter into a relationship when you know you fear commitment. Such fear will only put into the new relationship in a rocky road. When you already know the causes of such fear, work on it. When you were wounded before from your previous relationship that caused you to be what you are right now, it’s not good to enter again another relationship. Again, make time for yourself. This time, think about things that make you happy. Think about building your whole you. Rebuild your self-esteem and confidence by doing things that makes you worthy such as cooking, attending short classes, etc. When you fear commitment because of the possibility of infidelity and separation, change the way you think. Remember, it will not happen when you and your partner will fulfill each other’s needs. Change the way you think about things, be logical.

3. It’s also good to talk about your fear to someone dear to you and whom you trust, or might as well discuss this with a professional that can really understand your situation. Talk about anything and everything about your fear, your reasons and the causes. If time cannot permit you to overcome it, then consulting a therapist is the quickest and most effective way of working out your problems. More so, during the therapy, make sure to be proactive and be willing to cooperate with things he asks you to do.

4. Learn from your friend’s experiences on a relationship. How they have been intimate and loving with each other and most importantly on how they have stick together even if problems occur. You may also look at your parents and grandparents who have been together for so long yet they still keep the bond they promised. You see, by knowing those wonderfully given facts, it will help you realize that it’s a beautiful experience to be committed and there’s no reason to be fearful about COMMITMENT.

5. If you are very eager in overcoming commitment phobia, the fastest and the most effective way is to undergo a group therapy from a professional. There you will be encountering different people who have the same FEAR and PROBLEMS with you. You might hear their stories and what they have learned and find out. The therapy may also show you success stories of a man’s conversion from being commitment phobic to non-commitment phobic. You will really be learning a lot and eventually you will also apply it in your life, which then help you build a meaningful relationship to your friends, family and to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.