High Ankle Sprain – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

One of the common injuries that can be acquired in sports or strenuous exercise is the high ankle sprain or syndesmotic ankle sprain. This oftentimes occurs if the ligaments that connect the fibula and the tibia are stretched to the extent that they are torn. Compared to normal sprain, where the tendons and ligaments were simply stretched, in high ankle sprain, these tendons and ligaments are torn, causing severe ankle pain. The main reason for high ankle sprain is the outward twisting of the ankle and foot.

Syndesmotic ligaments are in charge of the proper position of the ankle joint. These ligaments are important to keep the proper position of ankle joints. High ankle joints accidents, however, occur less than ankle sprains. But their symptoms are almost the same.

Like all sprains, pain is the main symptom. One may experience severe pain in the ankle that gets worse every time pressure is applied to the injured foot. The pain can also be so severe that it can hurt up to the knee. Bruise can also be seen on the affected foot. Small blood vessels are torn and ruptured, thus, bruise is produced. Blood clots appear to the injured part and are often bluish black.

Oftentimes the affected area of the foot swells. This is brought about by the bleeding and tearing of the ligaments in the ankle. The pain of the swelling, however, can differ depending on the intensity of the injury. Also, moving can be difficult since the normal structure of the foot has been changed due to the torn ligaments. These types of sprains can cause instability and the affected foot cannot give proper support.

High ankle sprain comes in three degrees and can be classified depending on the severity of the symptoms and the damage in the ligaments. Before any treatment is done, the doctor may perform different tests first to find out the condition of the foot and possible fracture. Once diagnosed, the doctor may prescribe drugs to reduce the pain and inflammation. Protection-Rest-Ice compress-Rest (P.R.I.C.E) is said to be the best treatment for it. For the third degree sprain, the doctor may suggest surgery to put back the bones on their original position and may require bed rest after the operation.

High ankle sprain recovery varies from one person to another depending on the severity of the sprain and the reaction of the patient to the treatment. To avoid sprain or any ankle injury, do not over stress your feet and do not over exert on exercise and tasks.

Stress Creates Neck and Shoulder Pain

Lately I’ve seen patients with a lot of muscle tension in their neck and shoulders. Their shoulders are hunched up under their ears, and their necks so stiff they can barely move them. Severe neck and shoulder stiffness and pain may require physical therapy to alleviate symptoms, but I’d like to share with you the things you can do to both prevent and alleviate neck and shoulder pain.

Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain

My patients are surprised when I tell them that most neck and shoulder stress/pain is caused by structural stress, simple things we do everyday that can cause neck and shoulder pain:

o Bad posture – Sitting, or standing, with poor posture, or slouching, causes your head to tilt forward putting continual torque on neck and shoulder muscles to prevent your head from sliding forward.

o Raising the shoulder muscles – In our daily routine, we continuously, usually unknowingly, raise the levator scapulae, the major muscles of the shoulders. This creates tension of the neck and base of skull muscles. We do this in a few ways:

1. Typing at a keyboard that is too high – and/or resting your elbows on arm rests of a too low chair while you work at a desk causes your shoulders to ride up. Spend 8 hours everyday, 5 days a week doing this and you can cause pain in your neck and shoulders.

2. Cradling a phone between your ear and shoulder – many of us do this several times a day if our jobs require talking on the phone.

3. Doing overhead work that causes you to lift your arms above your head for long periods of time, like painting ceilings, lifting heavy boxes to high shelves, etc.

4. A constant state of anxiety brought on by chronic stress. This causes us to literally “get our back up”, raising and holding our shoulders in a kind of self-protective posture, much like an animal will arch their back, and put their head down perceiving an attack.

Warning Symptoms of Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain

Most of us are familiar with that general uncomfortable feeling like a tight band is around our neck and shoulders and perhaps some very sore trigger points, areas that when touched makes us wince. In addition, we might not be able to move our head to either side without causing pain in our necks and shoulders. However, with poor repetitive structural habits, you could have symptoms of compressed nerves in your cervical spine that require a doctor:

oNumbness or tingling in hands and/or fingertips.

oBurning sensations in the muscles of the upper arms.

oWeakness lifting the arms, and/or dropping objects.

oHeadaches and/or constant tenderness in the occipital muscles, that band of muscles at the base of your head that extends from ear to ear.

A Simple Exercise To Relieve Tightness

Below is a simple stretching exercise you can do a few times a day while working to relax neck and shoulder muscles:

oBend head forward, chin on chest, then back to original position.

oHead forward, bend your head to the right, then back to original position; bend to the left, then back to original position.

oBend head slightly backward, then to the original position.

oBend head forward, chin to chest, tilt head to the right, then to the left.

Other Things You Can Do

Simple, common sense will help keep your neck and shoulder muscles healthy:

oObserve correct workspace ergonomics for your job. Adjust chair and keyboard height. Use a headset or speakerphone to avoid phone cradling.

oObserve good overhead mechanics. Take frequent stretching breaks to relax the neck and shoulder muscles. Practice correct lifting of heavy items. Most of us don’t have forklifts at home or in our offices, so break down heavy boxes into more manageable sizes.

oDo aerobic exercise like walking, running, rebounding, to reduce tension.

oDrink water. Muscles and joints need adequate water to function properly. At least eight, 8 oz glasses per day, or more depending on your weight, environment (very cold, very hot needs more) and activity.

oGet a massage – acupressure massage done by a professional practitioner can work wonders on tight neck and shoulder muscles, relieving pain.

oA warm bath in Epsom salts will help remove lactic acid build up in stiff and sore muscles that can cause pain. An analgesic cream containing menthol can help relax tight muscles further.

oCalcium and magnesium supplements can also help relieve tension and pain in tight muscles.

Even though you might not be able to remove stress from your life, or completely avoid physical maneuvers that strain your neck and shoulder muscles, you can remove, or greatly alleviate, the tension in your neck and shoulders that can develop. Adhering to good neck and shoulder habits, and spending a few minutes each day doing simple stretching exercises can help you manage muscle tension so it doesn’t continue to be a serious pain in your neck.

Digestive Problems Can Lead to Bad Breath

A common enemy in the fight against bad breath is your very own stomach.

The stomach, as you know, is a storage and processing zone for food. Along with food, the stomach contains many different kinds of bacteria and enzymes. Many of these bacteria help in the process of digestion; however, some of the bacteria that stay in the stomach can be the cause of foul breath.

Here are some sources of bad breath stomach bacteria:

*Common Stomach Ulcers and Duodenum Ulcers – These ulcers have been known produce the foul breath causing bacteria – Helicobacter Pylori.

*Skipping A Meal – Remember the last time that you skipped lunch because you’re too busy or “couldn’t find the time.” Later in the afternoon you might have experienced bad breath. An imbalance in your normal digestion routine can cause the stomach to react by sending acids and other elements from the stomach to the throat – hence causing foul breath.

Any digestive problem can also lead to bad breath. It is important to know what these are and how to avoid them or keep them under control. Here are some common digestive problems that lead to foul breath:

*Eating Hard to Digest Foods like Red Meat or Dairy Products – The body has a hard time digesting foods like red meat and dairy. Digesting these foods requires more time and more acid from the stomach. Sometimes overworking your digestive system in this way will produce too much acid and cause bad breath stomach acid.

*Constipation – Constipation is caused by a number of things, including: a low fiber diet, improper hydration, a lack of exercise, and even not going to the bathroom when you know you need to.

*Heartburn – Heartburn is caused by acid from the stomach flowing up into the throat. It is commonly triggered by caffeine from coffee or caffeinated soft drinks.

*Nausea – If you’re feeling sick to your stomach – this can be a source of your bad breath stomach bacteria. Nausea is often the body telling you that it doesn’t like something you’ve recently eaten. Some foods are not accepted by our digestive system, and when those food are present the stomach attempts to expel them. This type of nausea can be a signal that your foul breath is being caused by something that “isn’t settling right” in your stomach.

No one article can replace the knowledge of your doctor – so if your stomach or digestive problems persist, please speak about it with your doctor.

Knowing these stomach problems and their causes will help you fight against them and also help to eliminate your foul breath.

Multiple Yeast Infections – A Possible Source For Candidiasis

This article is about an experience from a friend of mine, multiple yeast infections or candida. She had candidiasis profusely this past summer when she was diagnosed with multiple yeast infections (mouth, vaginal, seborrheic dermatitis, and esophageal candidiasis). She stayed away from yeast diet and was on Diflucan for several months.

After a Cat Scan of the chest, she was diagnosed with Hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is the number one genetic disorder in the US, however most people have never even heard of it. Hemochromatosis is when from the moment you were born, you store iron in your organs. It just never leaves the body until one day your organs start to shut down.

Have you ever heard of anyone with cirrhosis of the liver, but, they never drank? Most likely, they had Hemochromatosis.

Unknown to her, her candidiasis was caused by iron overload. This disorder is treatable if caught early enough, and it is relatively easy to detect. Some common problems associated with Hemochromatosis is cirrhosis of the liver, and/or liver problems, heart problems, right upper quadrant pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, psoriasis/and dermatitis, weight gain or weight loss, depression, brain-fog, joint pain (especially the fingers in the mornings), head aches, extreme fatigue, fibromyalgia and CFS.

It is known that candida is common in those with excess iron and difficult to treat while excess iron is present. It is also known that many infections thrive in the presence of the excess iron.

She believes that the majority of her candida is now gone as the problems are not as extreme as before. She just has to make herself gain weight, so she eats starches, chocolate, etc to gain some weight back.

What Causes Ovulation Pain?

This article is intended to provide answers to common questions you may have regarding ovulation pain. What is ovulation pain? What causes ovary pain during ovulation? What are the symptoms of ovulation pain? Why is there sometimes pain after ovulation?

Ovulation pain is a type of ovarian pain which occurs in about 1 woman in 5 in their reproductive years. Typically, pain during ovulation happens about two weeks before the menstrual cycle, when one of the ovaries releases an ovum or egg. Intensity of pain during ovulation varies from woman to another. Some women feel mild discomfort, while others experience severe pain and cramping. Ovulation pain can last for a few minutes or a few days. Another name for ovary pain during ovulation is Mittelschmerz, which is German for “mid pain.”

Ovulation pain can be a symptom of a serious underlying gynecological disorder, but this is generally not the case. Nevertheless, severe, prolonged ovary pain during ovulation (more than 2-3 days) or heavy bleeding are symptoms that merit a call to your doctor.

What causes ovulation pain? The exact reason is uncertain, but researchers have come up with some possibilities.

The most likely theories focus on ovarian follicles, the sac-like structures in which eggs develop. One possible explanation suggests that during ovulation, the follicle bursts open, releasing the egg into the fallopian tube. It could be that the expanding follicle stretches the membrane of the ovaries, which causes pain and discomfort.

Another possibility is that when the egg matures, it bursts from the follicle, resulting in internal bleeding. This bleeding may irritate the lining of the uterus.

As previously mentioned, ovulation pain is quite common and in most cases it’s not an indication of any underlying disorder. But sometimes it can be a sign of a problem that’s developing. These possibilities include the following.

Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease – Another name for pelvic inflammatory disease is PID. PID is the result of inflammation in a woman’s reproductive system. PID is often a serious complication of diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Ectopic pregnancy – This happens when a fertilized eggs starts developing in a fallopian tube or somewhere else outside the uterus. Typical symptoms include abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. It is a dangerous situation and requires professional medical attention.

Endometriosis – Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, grows elsewhere outside the uterus. Typical symptoms of endometriosis include pain during intimacy and menstrual discomfort.

Ovarian cysts – This is an abnormal pocket of fluid that develops in the ovary. Most of the time, an ovarian cyst is harmless, but this is not universally true.

Salpingitis – This condition is usually caused by an infection that triggers inflammation in the fallopian tubes. Tubal inflammation accounts for about 1 in every 6 hospital admissions related to female reproductive problems.

What about ovulation pain after ovulation? There could be a minor leakage of blood from an ovary sometimes during ovulation. It’s common for this leakage to result in irritation. There are a number of variables that determine how much pain this will cause, and how serious a situation it presents.

Other issues related to the reproductive system, such as fibroids or PCOS, can also cause pain after ovulation. Ask your doctor about these.

Some diseases that are not related to a woman’s reproductive system can also cause symptoms that resemble pain during ovulation. Generally, these are gastrointestinal problems. Also, early stage appendicitis presents symptoms that are much like ovulation pain. Get medical attention right away if the pain grows progressively worse on the right side of your abdomen and nausea and vomiting begin.

Finally, keep in mind once more, ovulation pain is generally not dangerous and typically goes away without treatment, even though it can be quite uncomfortable and even distressing while it’s happening. It is important to know when mid-cycle pain is a sign of something more serious. It’s no different with ovulation pain than it is with other medical problems. It’s better to get checked out than assume everything is okay, only to find out later that something is seriously wrong.

6 Herbs That Heal the Gallbladder Quickly and Naturally

The gallbladder stores bile that the liver produces. When we eat, it triggers the gallbladder to release this bile, which then digests saturated fat and flushes cholesterol and other toxins out of the body.

Maintaining gallbladder health is essential to the digestive process, and it’s not only possible to heal the gallbladder naturally – it’s also preferable. Look for these 5 herbal supplements to begin your path to healthy digestion:

Peppermint Leaf is a natural anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant. It can reduce the size of gallstones or eliminate them completely. Some users claim they’ve even avoided surgery with the use of peppermint.

Cramp Bark eases intestinal muscle tension as well as muscular tension in limbs and the back, in the uterus in women, and in our airways. Cramp Bark is so beneficial that it’s also used to relieve the pain of menstruation cramping, to lower blood pressure, and to assist the circulatory system.

Barberry Bark is perhaps one of the most beneficial herbs known to alleviate digestive problems. It normalizes liver function by relieving congestion in the liver, (which causes jaundice) and in turn promoting bile flow and the creation of macrophages (the white blood cells responsible for fighting off harmful substances in the body). It treats inflammation of the gallbladder and helps fight gallstones.

Berberine in Barberry Bark is the agent responsible for treating viral and bacterial infections and fungal infections. It is being tested for use in treating diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia, and in prostate cancer and leukemia. Scientists are even exploring its effectiveness in treating the deadly MRSA.

Ginger Root is amazing little substance. It actually shrinks tumors in scientific testing. It inhibits the absorption of cholesterol. It converts cholesterol to bile acids, which we know are essential in removing poisons and other toxins in our bodies.

Catnip Herb isn’t just for cats anymore! Catnip Herb treats inflammation and pain because it has a calming effect of the nervous system. It removes toxins and promotes a healthy environment in the stomach and the liver. Catnip Herb is even used to dissolve gallstones.

By incorporating these herbs into our diets with supplements, it’s easy to heal the gallbladder and even to prevent future problems in the digestive system.

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An Anti Fibroid Diet – Eating Foods to Shrink Fibroids

Many women wonder if there is an Anti Fibroid Diet, that is, whether there are certain foods to shrink fibroids. Indeed, what you eat can play a large part in helping to manage to symptoms of fibroids and also plays an important part when used as a component of a holistic plan to eliminate fibroids completely.

There are 10 basic principles involved in an anti fibroid diet.

1. Keep portion sizes moderate and use common sense. Fats should only be a small part of your diet and you should avoid saturated fats completely. Eat no less than 40g of healthy carbohydrate each day

2. Eat good quality foods and avoid those with pesticides or other pollutants

3. Eat organic produce wherever possible

4. Eat very lean meats only and ensure they are organically produced

5. Sprouting non starchy vegetables and green leafy vegetables are good foods to shrink fibroids

6. Eat grains and legumes in moderation

7. Avoid acidic foods-try to stick to alkaline forming foodstuffs

8. Do not eat dairy foods

9. Ensure that over 50% of your diet comprises of raw foods

10. Avoid refined and processed foods-natural is best

In addition to the above principles, a good anti fibroid diet should exclude white sugar at all costs, as this can cause spikes in your insulin levels, leading to hormonal changes which will “fuel” fibroids. Also, supplementation of essential nutrients and pro and prebiotics will help.

Also worth a mention is water. Being well-hydrated is essential as if the internal organs become dehydrated, they are more likely to remain diseased and therefore less able to carry out internal detoxification and repair.

Of course, an anti fibroid diet is vital if you want to be successful in shrinking fibroids. However, it is important to see it in the context of it being one important part of an overall strategy to eliminate your fibroids for good. Other important elements include detoxification, stress management and lifestyle modification.

Removal of Cysts on Ovaries – What You Should Do

Ovarian cysts are pretty much a normal part every woman’s life, and you shouldn’t go running off in a panic to your gynecologist should you find one on your ovaries. Just relax a little! You should know that removal of cysts on ovaries may be both time-consuming and expensive, depending on the type of treatment that you’re going to get.

Here are several treatment options used in the removal of cysts on ovaries. Know that your course of action is entirely dependent on your type of cysts.

  • Observe and Compare. Of all the treatments available for the removal of cysts on ovaries, this is the most simple and inexpensive. All you have to do is simply observe which symptoms are manifesting on your body, if any. If you have functional ovarian cysts, these are usually benign and require no treatment. However, you should still monitor their growth to make sure that they’re growing larger every month. If they are, then you should be concerned and start looking at other options for the removal of cysts on ovaries.
  • Watch and Wait. Should you notice that your cyst is growing, this is the first step of the medical treatments for the removal of cysts on ovaries that are available. There are two types of observation methods available, and these are the ultrasonic and endovaginal ultrasounds. These two methods as precursor to the removal of cysts on ovaries should be done regularly and repeatedly to be able to monitor the growth of the cyst. Should the growth of the cyst become regular – or worse, faster – then you should immediately get ready for the next round of treatments geared towards the removal of cysts on ovaries. An unregulated growth may mean that your cyst is no longer just a functional cyst.
  • Birth Control Pills are Heaven Sent! If you get the green light from your gynecologist to use birth control pills, by all means, go ahead and use them! Whether it’s a symptomatic functional cyst, which is quite rare, or any other type of cyst, birth control pills will help you by altering your hormone levels so that the growth of your cyst will be halted and the cyst itself will start to shrink. Also, birth control pills can help reduce the possibility of other cysts forming inside your ovaries. This is not so much an option for the removal of cysts on ovaries, but more of a precaution.
  • Worse Comes to Worst: Surgery. Now, this is the most extreme and least recommended of all the treatments for the removal of cysts on ovaries that you can go for. Should your cyst be already too large, filled with either solid or liquid debris, irregularly shaped, or causing pain and other symptoms, then you should get surgery right away. If your ovary is healthy, then the removal of cysts on ovaries can be done without touching the ovary. However, if your doctor recommends that you need to have your ovary removed for the sake of your health, then you can be consoled by the fact that, at least, you’ll have another one! This process is called a cystectomy, and like all surgical processes, it has its risks! So best be a hundred per cent sure before getting any surgery done on you!

Whichever of the treatments geared towards the removal of cysts on ovaries you choose, make sure that you have both the agreement and guidance of your gynecologist on every step of the way so that you’ll have a safe, happy, and healthy life!

Hepatitis B Virus – Infection, Symptoms and Signs

EV Hepatitis B virus is a DNA virus with a exceptionally compact structure. It consists of a core containing DNA and an enzyme for its replication(DNA Polymerase). A surface protein surrounds the core of the virus. Humans are the only source of infection.

Hepatitis B infection affects 300 million people and is one of the most common causes of chronic liver disease and liver carcinoma world-wide.

Infection with Hepatitis Virus B often produces no symptoms. Sometimes the chronic infection with the same virus also has no symptoms. Chronic liver damage may occur in chronically infected persons after decades of initial infection.

The highest risk of progression of the infection to chronic liver disease is for a baby born from an infected mother. This transmission is the most common way by which Hepatits B spreads.

For Hepatitis B Virus, the existence of inactive hepatitis B carriers with normal liver histology and function suggests that the virus is not directly cytopathic. Patients who have a low cellular immunity more likely to remain chronically infected rather than to clear Hepatitis B Virus.

Symptoms and Signs

Acute viral hepatitis occurs after an incubation period that varies from 30-180 days. The symptoms of acute viral hepatitis are variable. Patients may present with symptoms like anorexia, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, cough, and cold which may be followed by the development of yellow discolouration (jaundice). Fever in Hepatitis B is usually low grade or absent. Dark urine and stools may be noticed by the patient from 1-5 days before the onset of yellow discolouration (jaundice).

When jaundice appears the symptoms gradually recede. There is an upper abdominal discomfort or pain. Spleen might get enlarged in some patients along with enlargement of lymph nodes. This if followed by recovery in about 3-4 months.

Liver Diseases, Causes and Symptoms

Location

It is a haphazardly formed, firm sports ground like structure which comprises of two parts (a larger right lobe and a smaller left lobe) and two minor lobes. It is placed just under the diaphragm in the upper right abdomen and is mostly under the ribs and is extended to the middle and partially towards the left upper abdomen. While breathing in, it is pressed down by the diaphragm and its lower periphery descends below the boundary of the lowest rib.

Functions

· Bile production

· Maintains balance of fluid

· Controls bleeding

· Blood storage

· Fat metabolism

· Removal of hemoglobin molecules

Diseases

· Liver inflammation

· Hepatitis B

· Hepatitis C

· Jaundice

· Liver cirrhosis

· Liver failure

· Non alcoholic fatty liver disease

· Wilson’s disease

Causes

· Autoimmune Hepatitis

It is caused because of external factors or attack on own immune system of the body.

· Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the only cause of this disease.

· Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus (HBC) is the only cause of this disease.

· Jaundice

o Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and autoimmune hepatitis

o Liver cancer and cirrhosis

o Malaria

o Gilbert’s, Rotor’s, Dubin-Johnson and Crigler-Najjar syndromes

o Hemolytic anemia

o Billary artesia

· Liver Cirrhosis

o Alcoholic liver disease

o Chronic hepatitis C

o Chronic hepatitis Band D

o Autoimmune hepatitis

o Non alcoholic steato hepatitis

o Inherited diseases

o Bile ducts blockage

o Infections, drugs and toxins

· Liver Failure

o Hepatitis B and C

o Undernourishment

o Extreme use of alcohol for an extended time

o Hemachromatosis

o Reaction to medicines

o Cirrhosis

o Overdose of Tylenol

o Intake of untamed mushrooms

· Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Exact causes are not yet known, however, probable causes due to cluster of disorders that increases risk of:

o Heart diseases

o Diabetes

o Stroke

· Wilson’s disease

The causes are hereditary in nature.

Symptoms

Autoimmune Hepatitis

o Abdominal pain

o Skin rashes

o Fatigue

o Joint pain

o Nausea or vomiting

o Jaundice

o Enlargement of liver

o Appearance of abdominal blood vessels on skin

o Dark yellow urine

o Loss of appetite

o Gray or pale colored stool

o Mental confusion

· Hepatitis B

o Fatigue

o Abdominal pain

o Jaundice

o Nausea

o Loss of appetite

o Vomiting

o Dark yellow colored urine

o Joint pain

o Yellowish eyes and skin

· Hepatitis C

o Abdominal pain

o Jaundice

o Loss of appetite

o Vomiting

o Nausea

o Dark yellow colored urine

· Jaundice

o Yellow colored skin, eyes and mucous membrane

o Liver Cirrhosis

o Loss of appetite

o Intense itching

o Loss in weight

o Dark colored skin

o Bleeding from the nose

o Enlargement of breasts in men

o Confusion

o Fluid retention

o Jaundice

o Gallstone

o Blood clotting difficulties

o Bleeding of esophageal vein

· Liver Failure

o Loss of appetite

o Vomiting or nausea

o Fatigue

o Diarrhea

o Swelling in abdomen

o Easy bleeding

o Jaundice

o Mental disorder

o Sleepiness

o Coma

· Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

o Loss of appetite

o Nausea or vomiting

o Weight loss

o Easy bruising

o Appearance of small vein under skin

o Fatigue

o Bleeding engorged esophageal or intestinal veins

o Jaundice

o Lack of sex desire

o Retention of fluid in abdomen

o Swollen feet and legs

o Intense itching of legs, hands or whole body

· Wilson’s Disease

o Swollen liver and spleen

o Building of fluid in abdomen lining

o Decreased white blood count and platelet in blood

o Anemia

o Increased levels of protein, amino acid, carbohydrates and uric acid in urine

o Jaundice

o Speech problems

o Softening of bones

o Blood vomiting

o Rigidness of muscles

o Tremors in hands and arms

Parsley and Kidney Stones

The kidneys are organs in the body that are used to filter certain minerals and metabolites from the blood, or circulatory system. These pass through the kidneys and out of the body through the bladder. Unfortunately some of the minerals that are found in the urine are able to crystallize and form solid deposits. These solid deposits are known as kidney stones.

There is an ongoing trend today, supported by years of research by people seeking natural remedies, for people to turn to these for relief. Parsley for kidney stones is by no means a new innovation. Throughout the ages the unassuming herb, known to us as parsley, has been used not only for cooking, but for medicinal purposes also.

Parsley can be tracked way back to the days of Hippocrates. He used it for many medicinal purposes as well as both bladder and kidney stones. It was also put to good use by Hippocrates as being a general cure all that would even provide an antidote for poisons.

Parsley is extremely rich in Vitamins A and C, it reduces inflammation and cleanses the body of toxins. The ancient Greeks had an almost reverential fear of parsley as legend has it that Archemorus was left on a parsley leaf as a baby and a serpent ate him. Pretty scary stuff when you think about it?

Many old remedies are used today that used to be thought to be old wives tales. Parsley is now a recommended alternative treatment method. It cleanses the blood, prevents stones from developing and is also good for prostrate problems.

Parsley juice may be purchased at herbal or health stores and although it doesn’t taste to fantastic, it is a fantastic natural remedy for kidney stones. Dried parsley is not very nutritionally valuable, so no amount of dried parsley added to your food will help with kidney stones. It really does need to be in its, most natural or pure form.

Parsley may also be used to settle the stomach or stimulate digestion, reduce inflammation, regulate the menstrual cycle, stimulate appetite, prevent and cure kidney stones (in fact it is good for all ailments of the urinary tract). It is a diuretic and is said to be good for rheumatoid arthritis, as well as inhibit tumor cell growth. It is an aromatic, yet bitter herb, with many healing and therapeutic properties.

In the US it is estimated that as much as 10 – 15% of the adult population will be diagnosed as having stones. The cost of treating this condition is phenomenal and in 2003, it cost $2 billion. Recurrence statistics estimate that once the condition has been diagnosed, it will happen again unless preventative methods are put in place.

Enduring the agony of passing them is no laughing matter. Parsley for kidney stones will assist in the prevention of ever having to endure this kind of agony ever again. Kidney stones can become quite large and the agony of having passed them is not something you want to experience more than once.

Food Poisoning – Symptoms and Causes

You’ll often hear of people being beset by food poisoning. This type of infection can be a mild sickness or it could even cause death. Food poisoning, like the title implies, is received from eating or drinking contaminated food. And there are about 250 cases of known pathogens that can be in food. The Center for Disease Control also estimates that about eighty one percent of unknown pathogens cause food borne illnesses.

If you have suffered from food borne illness then a restaurant might be responsible for your contraction of that illness. Oftentimes, restaurants do not prepare food adequately enough for safe consumption. If you have been affected by food poisoning then you may have the grounds for a personal injury claim.

Causes

It is estimated that in the United States, seventy-two million illnesses are caused by food poisoning. The following symptoms are common indicators of a food borne illness:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Bloody stools
  • Fever
  • Chills

These are only a few of the general symptoms most people experience. Some symptoms can be very severe and include fever or abdominal pain. If those symptoms persist for longer than two days it is best to seek medical attention.

As mentioned earlier, food poisoning usually originates from poor food preparation and unsanitary conditions. For instance, chefs or waiters that do not wash their hands frequently while working can transmit infections that contaminate the food that they are serving to you. Also the storing of food at the incorrect temperatures can cause bacteria to build up in food.

Taking Care of Yourself

If you have been afflicted by food poisoning taking care of yourself at home is a good option. If you want to get better faster, try to rest up, drink plenty of clear liquids, and do not eat solid foods yet. Also it is a good idea to avoid anything too sugary, too salty, and anything alcoholic. Foods that you should try to eat at first should be simple and light. The following foods would be good after fighting off a bout of food borne illness:

  • Wheat
  • Bread
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Lean meats

Basic Facts About Stomach Ulcers

An ulcer is a break in the tissue that lines the stomach and mucosal erosion. A stomach or peptic ulcer is basically a small hole in the area of the gastrointestinal tract, which is acidic and causes a lot of pain to the sufferer.

The most common type of stomach ulcer is duodenal, which occurs in the intestine. Stomach ulcers are quite common and may become severe and progress towards a worse condition. The size of a stomach ulcer can vary between the ranges of 1/8 to 3/4 inches.

Some evident signs and symptoms of stomach ulcers include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite that leads to weight loss, blood occurring in vomit and stool and swelling of the abdominal area. At times the person suffering from peptic ulcers may have foul smelling feces also. Another major symptom of an ulcer is a burning sensation in the stomach which may last during 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Pain is one of the most disturbing symptoms of an ulcer. The person who is suffering may experience it either in the upper abdomen or below the breastbone and it may be such that it would make the person wake up at nights due to the extreme discomfort.

The pain usually takes place a few hours after meals are taken. In order to get rid of it, at least for a while, one should eat something. This may also be one reason why people suffering from ulcers gain too much weight at times, as they eat more food to get rid of the severe pain.

There are a number of causes that lead to ulcers. If present in family history, there is a likelihood of it taking place ahead. Other causes include behavioral factors such as smoking or alcohol consumption, skipping meals and chronic disorders such as emphysema and rheumatoid arthritis.

Acid Reflux Disease Diet 7 Ways to Relieve Symptoms

An acid reflux disease diet can help control the occurrence of acid reflux and decrease the risk of heartburn for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers. Following a controlled diet is a matter of determining which foods trigger symptoms, and which foods are safe to eat.

Creating a two-week food diary, where you make a record of all the foods you ingest and the symptoms that follow, is the best way to discover the foods to eliminate. After two weeks, you should then present your food diary to your doctor or dietician so he/she can help create a diet plan that is beneficial for you.

Although it is in your best interest to create a food diary, the following are 7 food categories and the related foods you should avoid, or are considered safe to eat in each. The seven categories are:

1. Dairy

2. Meat

3. Grains

4. Vegetables and Fruit

5. Fats and oil

6. Sweets and snacks

7. Beverages

By knowing what you should and shouldn’t eat within each food category is how you create an acid reflux disease diet that effectively relieves symptoms by stopping them before they start.

Foods you should avoid

The following foods should be eliminated or dramatically limited in an acid reflux disease diet, as ingesting them, even in small quantities, can aggravate symptoms and lead to recurring heartburn.

Dairy – Cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream and ice cream related products (I.E. milk shakes, floats, etc.)

Meat – Buffalo wings, chicken nuggets, ground beef, and marbled steak

Grains – Pasta with marinara sauce, macaroni and cheese

Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: raw onion, French fires, mashed potatoes. Fruits: Citrus fruits and juices which include lemon, lime, lemonade, orange, orange juice, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, tomato and tomato juice.

Fats and oil – Oily or creamy salad dressings, and essentially all fried or fatty processed Foods.

Sweets and Snacks – Chocolate, doughnuts, butter cookies, brownies, corn chips, and potato chips.

Beverages – Alcohol, regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea, high-sugared drinks such as soda.

Foods considered safe

The following foods are considered safe to eat and shouldn’t aggravate your GERD symptoms; therefore, they can become a regular part of your acid reflux disease diet.

Dairy – Fat-free cream cheese, feta or goat cheese, low-fat soy cheese.

Meat – Extra lean ground beef, London broiled steak, skinless chicken breast, egg whites, imitation eggs, and fish without additional fat.

Grains – Whole grain or white bread, corn bread, oatmeal, bran cereal, white or brown rice

Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: broccoli, carrots, cabbage, peas, green beans, and baked potato.

Fruits: banana, fresh or dried apple, apple juice.

Fats and oil – low fat salad dressing

Sweets and Snacks – Pretzels, baked potato chips, graham crackers, rice cakes, fat free cookies, red liquorice, and jelly beans

Beverages – Water

Occasional treats

Last, but not least, the following is a brief list of foods you can occasionally enjoy in your acid reflux disease diet, but should be consumed with discretion and in moderation as they can aggravate symptoms:

Dairy – Yogurt, cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Meat -fired eggs, fried fish, hot dog, ham and tuna salad.

Grains – Granola cereal and muffin.

Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: garlic, leeks, and green onions. Fruits: low-acid orange juice, dried cranberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Fats and oil – ketchup

Sweets and Snacks – low-fat cookies

Beverages – non-alcoholic drinks and carbonated drinks

Finally, keep in mind that the above food lists are only general guidelines. Some of the foods considered safe to eat for one heartburn sufferer may not be the same for another. Therefore, make sure you keep a food diary to determine what the best acid reflux disease diet is for you, so you can effectively treat and prevent your symptoms.

Slippery Elm – A Natural Cure For Acid Reflux and Ulcers

Slippery elm is one of the greatest herbs in the world but very few have ever heard of it. I’m not surprised. The unholy alliance Big Pharma has with the U.S. government is well and strong. They want to stifle the public becoming aware of inexpensive medicinal herbs that could actually cure them of their ailments. Health problems like acid reflux or of stomach ulcers could become a thing of the past through medicinal herbs like slippery elm.

In a very literal way, the billions the government and public pays for health care could be dramatically reduced if medicinal herbs were recommended by medical practitioners, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

Let’s talk about slippery elm. This remarkable herb helps soothe and heal not only when taken internally but when used externally as a poultice. It has an abundance of mucilage that soothes, strengthens, and disperses inflammation. It is remarkably healing and soothing to irritated and inflamed flesh and as such is useful for the treatment of wounds, various skin eruptions and burns.

The spectrum of medicinal uses where this herb not only soothes but heals is nothing short of astonishing.

Here is a list of some of its multi-faceted medicinal uses:

  • Acid reflux
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Flatulence
  • Chronic constipation (when combined with psyllium seed)
  • Acne
  • Skin eruptions like boils, carbuncles, abscesses
  • Dysentery
  • Poison ivy (will relieve and heal when used as a poultice)
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Burns, e.g., sunburn, regular burns, any kind of burns really
  • Sore throat
  • Heartburn
  • Gangrenous wounds or sores
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Painful urination

This list is by no means comprehensive. Slippery elm is a powerful “demulcent” or soothing herb that comes from the bark of to the slippery elm tree. The powder is taken from the inner bark, ideally from trees that are older than 10 years of age. Its botanical name is Ulmus fulva and it comes from the Ulmaceae or the elm family.

As you can see from the above bullet list, slippery elm has a diverse range of medicinal uses. Essentially think of the health benefits of slippery elm this way: where there is something on the human body that needs to be nourished, soothed and healed at the same time, think slippery elm.

This means it is ideally for healing inflamed fleshy surfaces like ulcers, which I have intimate personal knowledge of, sunburns, inflamed mucous membranes, poison ivy, boils, skin diseases, inflamed bowel syndrome, etc.

Let’s compare this herb with a typical allopathic remedy for acid reflux disease. Specifically, why don’t we do an honest comparison of the inexpensive price of slippery elm with the pharmaceutical drugs Prilosec and Nexium side by side?

First, both the herb and the drug’s proponents claim to it does the same thing.

The drugs are promoted as new miracle cures for millions of people and are major money makers for their drug companies. Ever hear of the drug Prilosec? After it was released to the gullible public, Prilosec, the original “Purple Pill” for heartburn, became the #1 selling prescription drug for senior citizens in the world. Want to guess how much money this “miracle drug” Prilosec earns its manufacturer AstraZeneca? Try $6 billion dollars per year. That’s billion with a b.

When the patent on Prilosec expired, its maker, AstraZeneca, moved forward on a $500 million marketing campaign to move consumers to Nexium, the next Purple Pill. To say that they make money on this drug is an understatement. You don’t spend $500 million on an advertisement/marketing campaign unless it will make that much and more in profits. And it is profitable.

How about slippery elm’s cost? A 100 capsule supply of slippery elm capsules will run you $9 to $16. A 16-ounce bag of slippery elm powder will run you anywhere from $20 to $26. I’ve seen ads for Nexium that charge $130 for 100 pills. (I’ve actually seen it as high as $162 for a 30 pills.)

Paying even $25 to $90 per month for one pill that never cures but moderates the problem is not a cure. It’s a stopgap measure at best. It’s insane. SlipperyElm bark is an all natural cure for acid reflux and ulcers. I’ve had two ulcers that slippery elm helped not only soothe on a daily basis but to actually heal. Imagine that.

Western medicine is a great blessing to mankind with its research and emergency care but they have a demonstrably terrible record at actually curing people of disease.

Conclusion

In summary, this herb is a great gift to mankind but sadly mankind is not wise enough to use it, or are simply ignorant of its virtues. Most herbal cures are very inexpensive but the U.S. government and the pharmaceutical companies don’t want people to know about these all-natural cures for if these cures were released or made public knowledge, $6 billion profit centers would virtually disappear and with it, its inherent tax income. So, if you have an ulcer or acid reflux or something that is inflamed or injured, slippery elm can help.