Living With Chronic Mononucleosis (Epstein Barr Virus Or Glandular Fever)

The Epstein Barr virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever, has the ability to establish a lifelong presence in the body. In the majority of people a healthy immune system keeps mononucleosis in check. However some people get recurrent or chronic mononucleosis for weeks, months or years after the initial infection.

Chronic mononucleosis symptoms typically include fatigue, weakness, sore throat and swollen lymph glands. These symptoms can fluctuate from day to day, and week to week. Periods of feeling well are often followed by a relapse, as people try to resume normal activities or exercise.

Living with chronic mononucleosis can be a very worrying and frustrating time. Feeling constantly ill, worrying about money, loss of employment or study opportunities, loss of independence, social isolation, and getting little support are just some of the things you may have to cope with. For some people the future is uncertain. You don’t know what’s around the corner. You don’t trust your body. Will you get better or worse? Can you get help and support? Are there any treatment options? All these factors can lead to anxiety, depression and a feeling that your health is out of your control.

So what can be done in the midst of chronic illness to help achieve inner peace and happiness? According to spiritual teachers like Dr John Demartini and Eckhart Tolle, rather than worrying about the past and future, we can all be brought into the present moment in order to find balance. Always thinking about the past or the future can cause negative states of mind that distract you from the potential of enjoying a fulfilling life.

As bad as things get with chronic mononucleosis, we can hopefully find more comfort and joy in the simple little things in life. For some people with chronic mononucleosis who are bedridden, simple pleasures may be listening to music, audio stories, meditation tapes or hearing the birds singing outside.

For those who are more mobile, simple pleasures could be as easy as doing some cooking, painting, pottering around the house or garden, cleaning a drawer out, putting family photos into an album, finding an absorbing hobby or doing some meditation or yoga. Some people find joy in helping others – this could come from reading to kids, talking with friends and family, looking after animals or joining online forums or support groups to contribute your experiences and advice on chronic mononucleosis.

When I had chronic mononucleosis myself for over 15 years, my simple pleasures were things I could look forward to doing every day. They gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride, and I’m sure they kept me sane. Some of the activities that helped me were sitting in the sun everyday, enjoying a hot spicy chicken soup, relaxing in a hot Epsom salt bath, doing some daily yoga and immersing myself in books on health and alternative therapies. In fact it was during this time that I decided to study for a naturopathic degree and launch my career in a different direction.

For one of my very ill Epstein Barr patients, all she could do was lie flat on her back in a darkened room. Her eyes were so swollen and sore that she couldn’t even read a book or watch TV. Instead of getting depressed and sad, she focused on listening to beautiful music that would inspire and renew her.

Another one of my patients who was a teenager was isolated from her school friends and social circle because of Epstein Barr. She had terrible symptoms like a red, raw throat, extreme lethargy, depression and little or no appetite. Her mother kindly went out and bought her the entire series of the TV sitcom “Friends”, which they would watch together on the couch. Her mother says this gave them a chance to laugh and focus on something rather that the illness all the time.

Even with chronic mononucleosis, there should be many things in your life that you truly love and enjoy. Starting to reflect on your daily life and seeing if there is anything you can be grateful for is a good start. Enjoy the beautiful and special moments in your day. You might even want to write them down in a diary or journal, or photograph them.

I recently read an article about a female photographer Hailey Bartholomew, who embarked on a personal project called “365 Days of Gratitude”. Every day for one year Hailey took a single photograph of something she was grateful for. Her photos range from the simple delights of her favorite food, autumn leaves in her garden, shells on a beach, her cozy warm bed socks, growing herbs in her garden, her craft work, scented candles and images of her family. This simple daily act of focusing on the positive things in her day shifted her depression and stress to a mood of anticipation, fulfillment and joy.

Teaching yourself to be aware and appreciative for the little moments in your day, can enrich your life and make your journey through chronic mononucleosis that little bit easier. Life will always have its ups and downs. Being grateful for what you do have is a valuable lesson for us all to learn. Even when you are over mononucleosis, being grateful is a life skill that will never be forgotten.

5 Cold Marketing MLM Techniques

Cold Marketing MLM Techniques

In my years of network marketing I’ve tried a few things. The four methods below actually work in my experience.

The best way to prospect to the cold market is to bring them into your warm market. Warm market prospects trust you and want to buy or work with you. It is a lot easier to convince a friend to take an action then a stranger.

Since I’ve had both experience on and offline I will cover both. I now prefer the internet for cold marketing MLM techniques.

1. Social Media

Social media sites like Facebook, and forums allow you to meet and interact with people in a conversational way. I suggest going to where you have an interest or experience. If you love gardening go to a gardening forum or a gardening Facebook group. Make friends and private message people but don’t pitch immediately. Don’t pitch because these people are still cold market prospects.

You can ask after a few questions, what do you do for a living? You can say, oh really, do you like that? They will naturally ask what you do? I tell people that I help people make passive income from the internet. This tends to peak their interest. That is when I send my link.

2. Article Marketing

Just like social media, you can generate leads from article marketing. Write articles with excellent useful value. When your content is really good, people will share it and it will go viral. But your articles don’t have to be that great, just as long as you are delivering value. By delivering value your reader will trust you and want to contact you to learn more or find out what you do.

3. Offline Marketing

There are a variety of offline marketing methods. You can place newspaper ads, post signs on busy intersections, or provide educational events. I have found that handing out magazines or tools to strangers doesn’t work for me. However it may work for you. I also found that placing flyers on car windows only makes people angry. You can also attend networking meetings and meet people that way.

4. Online advertising.

If you have the budget and your MLM company provides enough compensation, advertising can bring in leads fast. It can also be costly and take a while to get your return on your investment. I recommend a short descriptive website capture page designed to get them to enter their email to find out more. Once they enter their email you will want to give them a guide or video that will help them solve their problem.

5. Telephone

If you really want to build relationships with top movers and shakers you can create or buy a product that helps train network marketers. Network marketers are always looking for new ways to improve and learn. You can look up their phone number and call them. Don’t pitch your opportunity to them unless they tell you they are looking for something different. At the very least you can make a little money upfront and build a relationship.

The key to the biggest earners in the MLM industry are those who have relationships with other leaders in other MLM companies. When a leader decides to join another company they have a list of leaders they have relationships with to call and pitch to.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this. The important thing to emphasize is that these cold marketing MLM techniques are designed to make your prospects warm.

Non-Surgical Knee Pain Relief With Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy, also known as low level laser therapy or LLLT, is an alternative, non-surgical method of treatment that has existed since the late 1960s. Cold laser therapy was being utilized in Europe and Asia for decades before the FDA finally cleared the first cold laser in the United States in 2001. Since that time there have been hundreds of clinical studies that support the efficacy of cold laser therapy for knee pain relief. It is a great option for those searching for alternatives to conventional methods that might have failed them in the past.

Which Types of Knee Conditions Does Cold Laser Therapy Help Relieve?

A cold laser is a non-surgical treatment tool used by a licensed physician to help relieve knee pain caused from a knee injury, degeneration, arthritis knee pain, baker’s cysts, meniscus tears, bursitis of the knee, tendonitis of the knee, chondromalacia patella, and failed knee surgery. Individuals who suffer from chronic knee pain can benefit tremendously from treatments. The therapy is unique in that it enables patients to experience knee pain relief without knee surgery, medications or knee injections. Unlike pain medications and knee injections cold laser therapy treatments are considered non-invasive,do not cause any harmful side effects, and are completely painless.

What Other Conditions Are Treated With Laser Therapy?

In addition to relieving knee pain and inflammation the treatment can be used by physicians for treating a myriad of other musculoskeletal conditions. The treatments have also proven to be effective for neck pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and arthritis pain. Researchers are also investigating the possibilities of cold lasers being used to heal broken bones more quickly, to help regenerate the nerves in injured spinal cords and to help regenerate new skin in burn victims.

How Does The Treatment Work?

Cold laser therapy treatments work by using highly focused, specific wavelengths of light to target the area of injury. The light penetrates deeply into the tissue in the form of non-thermal light photons. This light helps stimulate and excite damaged and injured cells’ mitochondria. The mitochondria is considered the ‘powerhouse’ of the cell. By exciting the mitochondria the metabolic rate of the cell improves thereby healing and repairing the tissue at a faster rate. In addition, to relieving knee pain, treatments have also been shown to improve tissue growth, cell communication, and cell nutrition. As a result of cellular excitation, lasers also accelerate lymphatic activity which ultimately helps reduce edema or swelling in and around the knee joint. Additionally, the therapy aids in achieving an increase in blood flow and in the formation of new capillaries in and around the knee joint.

How Many Knee Treatments Does it Take to Experience Relief?

The exact number of treatments depends on the duration and severity of the pain. In addition, an examination, an x-ray or MRI evaluation of the knee joint must be performed and taken into account in order to help determine an accurate treatment plan. The good news is that the effects are cumulative and improve with each treatment. It usually takes a series of 10 to 30 treatments for knee pain sufferers to get the most beneficial results; however, in many acute cases the relief can be immediate. Moreover, it is important to continue the treatments until the doctor has indicated that the therapy is complete.

Contraindications to Therapy…

While the FDA has classified cold lasers as “non-significant risk” devices, the treatments are not appropriate for individuals who are pregnant, or who observe the presence of potentially cancerous skin lesions near the site of the knee injury. This knee treatment is also contraindicated for individuals who take medications that result in photosensitivity.

The Most Important Step…Choosing The Right Knee Pain Relief Doctor…

Finally, choosing the right doctor that specializes in cold laser therapy for knee pain is as important as the treatment itself. Any health care professional with a license can own a cold laser, but in order to get the best results find a doctor who only treats the knee joint and who has devoted their practice to using this type of therapy. If you choose wisely, you will have a greater chance of achieving knee pain relief and ultimately avoiding knee surgery.

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Muscle Fatigue and Stress Fractures

Stress fracture is a common musculoskeletal problem affecting athletes and soldiers. Repetitive high bone strains and strain rates are considered to be its etiology. The strain level necessary to cause fatigue failure of bone ex vivo is higher than the strains recorded in humans during vigorous physical activity.

A study was performed to prove that during fatiguing exercises, bone strains may increase and reach levels exceeding those measured in the non-fatigued state. To test this hypothesis, this study was performed in 4 subjects to measure tibial strains, the maximum gastrocnemius isokinetic torque and ground reaction forces before and after two fatiguing levels of exercise: a 2km run and a 30km desert march. Strains were measured using strain-gauged staples inserted percutaneously in the medial aspect of their mid-tibial diaphysis. There was a significant decrease in the peak gastrocnemius isokinetic torque of all four subjects’ post-march as compared to pre-run indicating the presence of gastrocnemius muscle fatigue. Tension strains increased 26% post-run and 29% post-march as compared to the pre-run phase. Tension strain rates increased 13% post-run and 11% post-march and the compression strain rates increased 9% post-run and 17% post-march. The fatigue state increases bone strains well above those recorded in rested individuals and may be a major factor in the stress fracture etiology. (Milgrom C. Radeva-Petrova DR. Finestone A. Nyska M. Mendelson S. Benjuya N. Simkin A. Burr D. The effect of muscle fatigue on in vivo tibial strains. Journal of Biomechanics. 40(4):845-50, 2007.

Consider stress fracture as a diagnosis in adolescent athletes complaining of worsening vague pain without a clear mechanism of injury. Remember that initial radiographs may be normal, especially early in the clinical course. If the fracture is of low risk for delayed or non-union, conservative management is indicated, with repeat radiographs 2 weeks after initiation of treatment. If a high-risk fracture is suspected, early diagnosis with MRI, bone scan, and, in some cases, CT is important for surgical decision making. (Logan K. Stress fractures in the adolescent athlete. Pediatric Annals. 36(11):738-9, 742, 744-5, 2007)

How Do Our Bones Connect With One Another

Have you ever seen a full human skeleton either in photos or in a display? Do you notice how there is a structure even if your bones are actually just small pieces? For your body to have a structure, your bones need to be connected to each other. If not, you would be just like sack of metal rods that has no shape and structure.

Your bones are connected to each other by means of so-called joints. They are tasked to provide support to your bones and to allow you to move about. The joints make your bones movable to allow you to reach things, walk and bend. But there are also joints that simply function to protect your internal organs like in the case of your skull that protects your brain.

There are different classifications of joints depending on the type of bone they connect as well as on the function that they serve. For one, you have the immovable fibrous joints. These are the joints that pertain to the bones in your skull and jaw. They are attached to fibrous tissues. By their name, these are joints that are not really allowed to move because the bones that they connect are meant only for protection and support.

The bones in your spine, on the other hand, are connected through the so-termed cartilaginous joints. Contrary to the immovable fibrous joints, cartilaginous joints are partially movable. It means that they are flexible enough for bending and other types of partial movements. Instead of fibrous tissues, these joints are joined together by cartilages.

Finally, you have synovial joints. These are the connectors for your bones in your hips, shoulders and elbows. As your synovial joints are considered freely movable, they may also be found in your knees, ankles and wrists. Synovial joints allow for more movements that the cartilaginous joints. This is why you may notice that you can move your ankles and wrists in a rotating manner unlike the bones in your arms.

Your bones are also connected to your muscles through tendons. This is why your muscles can move along with your bones, therefore enabling them to aid in the way you perform your tasks.

It is suggested that you understand fully all the types of joints that connect your bones together. This would help you in knowing how prone you are to injuries related to broken bones and misaligned joints. If possible, consult with your doctor or osteopath who can let you go through different types of exams to check for the steadiness of your bones and joints.

Cerebral Palsy Associations – Help For Families With a Cerebral Palsy Child

When an infant is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, families’ lives are changed forever. Cerebral Palsy is a group of non-progressive conditions that affect thousands of infants each year. There are many services for families that will help them become educated about it. They help find medical and financial services for families also; you will get all the information and resources needed for your child.

There are cerebral palsy associations in the U.S. that families can turn to for help. Several of these organizations are listed below:

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

In 1949, United Cerebral Palsy was founded. This organization dedicates their services to improve the rights of individuals with disabilities. UCP offers many services nationwide such as housing, therapy, job assistance, and support for families. UCP is committed to improving independent productivity for individuals with disabilities also.

Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF)

CPIRF was founded in 1955. They are devoted in supporting research related to developmental disabilities. They are dedicated to improving health care services for families. CPIRF supports research in areas like prevention and rehabilitation.

Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA)

Another cerebral palsy association is the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association offering support and information to families of infants, children, and young adults who have hemiplegia or hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Families can find information and issues about children with hemiplegia with the help of CHASA. You can sign up for local support groups and finds other families that are dealing with the same issues.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities for more than 85 years. This organization provides many services to families with children that have cerebral palsy and other special needs.

Easter Seals will help with employment and child care. They also provide recreational activities and services for caregivers.

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes believes in giving babies a fighting chance against threats to their health. This organization is devoted to preventing risks such as:

* Birth defects

* Infant mortality

* Premature birth

Their website has information for parents about topics relevant to caring for newborns with health issues.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

An organization that offers information about specific disabilities is the NICHCY. They believe in early intervention, education rights, and more for families that have children with disabilities. They provide a wealth of information to the nation on:

* Children and youth with disabilities

* Services for infants and youths with disabilities

* IDEA

* No child left behind

National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA)

The National Disability Sports Alliance began as the United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association in 1987. Ever since, they have been in charge of organizing competitive sports for people with physically disabling conditions. The NDSA is organized internationally, national and locally. They are responsible for formulating rules, carrying out policies and more.

Cerebral Palsy Associations Near You

United Cerebral Palsy has partners all over that can assist you in locating other cerebral palsy associations in your town. The associations cited above list resources on their websites also.

Did Bruce Lee Battle with Sleep Paralysis?

Anyone who has followed the amazing rags to riches story of Bruce Lee’s incredible journey from a poor and troubled childhood through to his meteoric rise to fame in the 60’s and 70’s martial arts action movies will be aware of the mysterious legend surrounding him of his battles with a demonic entity.

For those of you unfamiliar with the circumstances surrounding this I shall try to elaborate and pick through the many bizarre myths and wild stories that have been generated over the years since his untimely death in 1973.

It has been suggested by some that there was a curse upon the Lee family and that Bruce and his father both inherited it and that to hide Bruce from the demon his father adopted the Chinese custom of giving him a girls name Léi Saifung Pinyin: Li Xìfèng, which literally meant “small phoenix”. Many people believe that it was an evil spirit that was ultimately responsible for Lee’s death on the 20th July 1973.

Of course, all of this has been mythologized over the years not least by the 1993 film ‘Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story’ which was supposed to chart the actors rise to fame and eventual death. The film grossly exaggerates many elements of Lee’s life and towards the end depicts Lee in an actual martial arts battle with an armored samurai demon.

But is there any truth in fact to the story of Lees Demons? I believe so . . . but not in the way you would think and not in the literal sense of demonic haunting.

Sleep Paralysis is a phenomenon experienced by millions of people all over the world and sufferers typically report the same symptoms; they awaken to find themselves completely paralyzed from head to toe and often experience unpleasant symptoms such as vivid hallucinations of old hags or more commonly; dark shadowy figures.

In his 1996 book ‘Bruce Lee; Fighting Spirit’ Bruce Thomas includes a chapter called ‘The Shadow’ which includes statements made by Bruce’s family and friends telling of his battles with a black shadowy figure in his sleep which held him down – a typical symptom of Sleep Paralysis.

Home Remedies for Hiatal Hernia – Eliminate Hernia Quickly

A hiatal hernia happens when part of the stomach pushes upward into the chest through the diaphragmatic esophageal hiatus. A hiatal hernia can occur in men and women at any age and is often found in otherwise adults up to the age of 50.

A hiatal hernia has the most common symptom of heartburn or acid reflux disease such as burning pain or pressure in the ches, trouble swallowing, and abdominal fullness or indigestion. Hernia can be serious problem if it’s not treated promptly. A few factors that may contribute to hernia include obesity, smoking, pregnancy, physical stress and the lack of rest. Hiatal hernias can be treated by using home remedies. Here are some simple home remedies for hiatal hernias:

1. Lifestyle changes

– Do not smoke and stay away from foods that build acids such as fatty foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, mint flavorings, caffeine, carbonated beverages, alcohol spicy and hot foods.

– Eating frequent and small meals instead of three large meals. It can help relieve the symptoms of heartburn and GERD

– Being overweight is one factor that may contribute to acid reflux. If you are overweight or obese, you may want to lose some weight.

– Your diet shall contain fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts, seeds, and sprouts.

2 Avoid wearing any restrictive clothing that will puts a lot of pressure on your abdominal area. It is recommended to wear loose-fitting clothes.

3. Sleep with your head elevated at least 30 degrees. This will not allow the stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus. Do not use pillows because they tend to increase the stomach pressure. You can raise the heads of their beds with bricks or blocks.

4. Mix one dessertspoon of slippery elm bark powder with a small amount of chamomile tea. This will coat an inflamed stomach.

5. An apple daily may keep you away from acidic reflux. Eat one red apple daily in the morning after breakfast.

6. Drink carrot juice diluted with water at least half an hour before each meal. This is effective for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

7. Drink a glass of aloe vera juice before daily meals. Aloe Vera has proven to be very successful in treating gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux disease (GERD) Heartburn, up-set Stomach, Stomach Ulcer, Gastritis, Duodenal Ulcer, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

8. Take one teaspoon honey mixed with one glass of water and drink it completely. Honey provides a smooth protective coating to stomach irritation.

Thoracic Spinal Stenosis Symptoms and Treatments

Thoracic spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal cord or spinal nerves are compressed by narrowing of the spinal canal or the openings between vertebrae. The thoracic spine has some unique characteristics that make thoracic spinal stenosis a little different than stenosis in other areas. Thoracic spinal stenosis rarely occurs in isolation, but is almost always accompanied by stenosis in the lumbar area, and sometimes also the cervical spine.

There are 12 thoracic vertebra and they articulate with the 12 sets of ribs that protect our major organs. The thoracic spine curves outward, and the curve is gentler than the cervical or lumbar curves. Because of the ribs, the thoracic spine is more fixed than the cervical or lumbar areas, too. Most of the motion of the thoracic spine is rotation, with little flexion or extension.

The spinal canal is naturally narrower in the thoracic area, even though the size of the spinal cord remains the same. That means there is less extra space, so it takes less obstruction to cause problems.

Symptoms

Like cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis, thoracic spinal stenosis can be congenital or acquired. There is a great deal of difference, however, in how it is manifested.

Most thoracic spinal stenosis is due to degenerative changes–arthritis in the joints, bone spurs, disc degeneration and other changes due to aging. As the degeneration progresses, you may experience pain in your back and legs, either aching in your legs when you walk that gets better when you rest, or pain that radiates down your back or legs. You may develop problems with walking or loss of bowel or bladder function.

Because the thoracic spinal canal is already naturally narrow, people with congenital spinal stenosis cannot tolerate any extra pressure on the spinal cord. They tend to develop symptoms of cord compression (loss of sensation or movement below the injury) rapidly after minor injury.

Treatment

Degenerative thoracic spinal stenosis may get better with conservative treatment, which includes anti-inflammatory medications, pain management and physical therapy. Steroid injections or nerve blocks may help manage the pain.

If the pain is uncontrolled or if there are signs of cord compression, however, surgery is necessary to relieve pressure on the cord or spinal nerves. Traditional surgical options are laminectomy or corpectomy to provide more room in the spinal canal and spinal fusion to stabilize the spine and prevent damage to the cord.

Minimally invasive surgery may be an option for some cases of thoracic stenosis. Surgery is done through an endoscope using a microscope to directly visualize the spine. Microsurgical techniques allow the surgeon to perform precise, delicate maneuvers to remove the nerve pressure and repair structures.

How to Measure Boat Prop Diameter

For a propeller to give a perfect fit on a boat, it should be of correct diameter. When a prop does not help the boat to achieve its optimum performance, a simple increase or decrease of diameter will solve the problem and provide increased performance. The correct diameter will depend on the length of the boat, the weight of the boat when it is half loaded, and the maximum permitted rev of the engine and the planing or displacement of water caused by the movement of the boat. The diameter is also useful to determine disc area and the disc area ratio. 

The ideal diameter of the prop is usually stamped on the side of the hub closest to the prop shaft hole. There will be two figures given. The first figure will be the diameter of the prop. For instance if the figure given is 12×11, the diameter will be the first figure in this case-12.

The straightforward method of measuring the diameter of the prop is to use a measuring tape.  The distance between the edge of the blade and center line of the shaft hole should be measured to give the radius. Multiplying the   radius by two will give the diameter of the prop. The general view is that if the diameter is big the performance is better. This is not always the case. The hull underbody could create limitations on boat performance based on prop diameter.

The other method of measuring the overall diameter is to measure the circle surrounding the prop blades from tip to tip. When a propeller of increased diameter is fitted on the boat, it increases the torque to run at a specific speed.  Propellers are available with diameters that are usually in one inch increments.  Therefore all measurements should be made in inches.

The Hub diameter is another diameter that impacts the size and performance of a propeller. The hub diameter is measured by subtracting two times the blade length of the propeller from the root of the blade to the tip.

The use of the boat is an important consideration when increasing or decreasing the diameter of a boat prop. Boats that carry or tow heavy loads or are used for leisurely cruising need props with large diameters. Cruise boats, pontoons and some fishing boats are examples of boats that require props with large diameters. Large diameter propellers give greater thrust for slow speed boats. For high speed boats used for racing or other forms of recreation, a prop with a small diameter is more effective. For slow or calm waters in lakes and rivers, large diameter props give good performance. For the high seas small diameter props perform better.

Following the manufacturer’s specifications in the manual for the best diameter for the prop for the engine from the manual is another method of getting the diameter of the best performing prop.

The diameter of a prop is an important measurement that impacts the perfect propeller fit for optimum performance of the boat.

A New Approach to Neuropathy Pain Relief, The Glycine Transporter

There are numerous explanations why individuals acquire peripheral neuropathy and sad to say only a few reliable strategies to decrease the discomfort and other symptoms connected with it. There are a minimal number of different types of prescription drugs which have recognized treatment success. One example of these types of medication operates by elevating the amount of a neurotransmitter called GABA. This substance, GABA functions like a braking mechanism on the nervous system. It is presumed that GABA decreases neuropathy pain by diminishing or decreasing the pain impulses that travel from the hands and feet to the brain. An additional category of drug works by raising the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Precisely how this inhibits neuropathy pain is uncertain. Another important additional neurotransmitter, glutamate acts much like the gas pedal inside the nervous system. It ramps up signaling of pain transmission in sensory neural fibers. In nerve injuries which includes chemotherapy associated neuropathy, glutamate concentrations may be heightened or their transporters pumps depressed. The net consequence is an heightened action of glutamate function, which due to the excitatory character of glutamate, in due course translates into neural hypersensitivity in pain pathways. Drug treatments that reduce glutamate or obstruct its receptors may work to diminish pain signaling. Even though neuropathy is a common and incapacitating sickness and huge amounts of money have already been invested in investigation of its treatment, no one method is universally successful to help persons who must endure neuropathy. Each and every patient reacts in different ways to these medications and sad to say none of them deliver exceptional benefits for most of patients suffering with peripheral neuropathy.

Considering that the diverse types of prescription drugs utilized to address different types of neuropathy render, by and large, insufficient or discouraging benefits there is always a continuous search for unique and perhaps more potent biological pathways with which to handle neuropathy signs or symptoms.

Yet another neurotransmitter and its receptor is attracting particular attention from the neuropathy research community. The amino acid glycine is what is referred to as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It functions at the junction in between neural cells known as a synapse. Whenever glycine is introduced in the junction between two nerves it decreases or halts the transmission of impulses (like pain signals) traveling to the brain. For this reason Glycine is labeled as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Glycine’s inhibition of pain signaling however does not continue long since the nerve ending at the junction of synapse possess pumps that push the glycine out from the gap between the nerves and sequester it within the neural cell. When returning within the cell Glycine is less active and generates no more inhibition of nerve signaling.

Consequently pain impulses like those seen in neuropathy can once more start along their path from the toes and fingers towards head, making life dismal for individuals affected by neuropathy. At least one group of experts has confirmed that substantial levels of glycine consumed by mouth can elevate blood and cerebrospinal glycine concentrations considerably. On the other hand due to the glycine transporter positioned in between nerves cells, we can’t be certain that glycine concentrations in the synapse, the place it is effective in reduction of neurological impulses can be obtained by glycine supplementation by itself.

So providing excess glycine within the diet might not be the optimal strategy to decrease neuropathy discomfort. Considering that glycine transporter pump can be so effective it might call for significant doses of oral glycine and it may well nevertheless be challenging to get adequate glycine into the synapse between nerves and to retain it there long enough to obtain important reductions of nerve associated suffering.

If only we’re able to inhibit the glycine transporter?

Investigation into pharmaceutical development designed to inhibit the glycine transporter is exploding. Without a doubt preliminary research shows that boosting the effects of glycine by means of curbing the removal of this neurotransmitter out of the gap between nerve cells lessens pain related patterns in animal models of neuropathy. Therapies created for blocking the glycine transporter is an interesting new avenue and offers something genuinely unique in the treatment of patient struggling with neuropathy.

Using the concepts of pharmacognosy to approach this problem suggests some fascinating opportunities. For hundreds of years and over numerous cultures various varieties of the Ash Tree have been utilized for therapeutic applications. Native American herbalists used the bark from the Northern Prickly Ash tree for many different ailments. One of the most intriguing conditions that pertains to neuropathy is toothache. It sounds as if the ability of the bark from this prickly ash was so recognized for its tooth pain relieving qualities that it was frequently call toothache tree or toothache bush. Very recently scientists studying the effects of compound from various ash species on transmission of pain signals within a nerve complex known as the Trigeminal Ganglion (the nerve complex that is associated with toothache and other facial pains), found that chemical substances contained is ash tree bark suppressed nerve pain within this system. Their research further implied that the mechanism for this nerve pain alleviation was in connection with the capacity of prickly ash constituents to inhibit the glycine transporter pump.

This raises the prospect of utilizing prickly ash derived compounds to control the glycine transporter at the synapse while supplementing the diet with oral glycine, methylglycine or trimethylglycine that are different forms of the naturally occurring amino acid glycine.

Make sure you keep in mind not to try this or any other treatment recommendations that are publicized on the net. This short article should be used for educational purposes exclusively. Every patient is a unique individual and medical treatments truly should only be tried using the advice, approval and the direction supervision of a qualified healthcare physician.

Shooting Pains? Pinched Sciatic Nerve Relief

There is nothing that can bring your daily routine to a halt faster than back pain but if the pain is numbness and a tingling weakness that travels up and down your legs, it most probably is the result of a pinched sciatic nerve.

Sciatica is not a disease of the spine and is in most cases a temporary condition.

Symptoms can disappear after a few months but in some cases it could be the start of a more serious problem.

The core of the problem is the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. It starts to branch out at the lower part of the spine and splits down both legs and reaches down to the feet.

Rarely would one feel pain in both sides as the problem is brought on by inflammation or pressure, hence the “pinched” sciatic nerve.

Other problems that can emanate from the same location are herniated or slipped disc. So if conditions continue please seek medical advice.

In the short term relief may be achieved with the following methods:

Because the sciatic nerve is compressed by inflammation an anti inflammatory drug similar to ibuprofen or aspirin will help.

Any form of massage therapy will relieve the pain and if heat can be applied all the better.

Applying a cold compress also has a relieving effect as well. So a bag of frozen peas held against the offending area will help to give instant relief.

A short rest is usually advised but when fighting sciatica gentle exercise will shift the pressure of the pinched nerve.

In the long term a plan to lose any excessive weight would be advised. Core abdominal muscle will strengthen and support the spine.

If the pain is intense and unbearable a Doctor may administer a corticosteroid injection. This is a powerful anti-inflammatory will which give instant results.

Also you may consider:

Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods.

Always use proper lifting techniques

You may need to replace inappropriate chairs and old mattresses.

Like most core pains sciatica can take over the entire body making your life miserable. Use some of these methods to ease your discomfort and say goodbye to that shooting pain.

This article is not meant to take the place of medical advice it is to help you diagnose your problem and help to have a better understanding of your options.

A Baby Bassinet’s Multiple Uses

If you are tossing around the idea of purchasing a baby bassinet or not, rest assured that it can be used longer than your baby’s first few months of life. Once a bassinet has served its purpose, it can have many other uses.

I am certainly not saying to place a 7-month-old infant into a baby bassinet. That would be an accident waiting to happen because all bassinets include a weight limit and milestone limit. For instance, a baby that can roll over cannot be in a bassinet since its structure is not built to support a mobile infant.

Instead, use your baby bassinet as a lovely storage zone for stuffed toys, dolls and other playthings. It seems that as our children grow, they accumulate more and more toys. Stashing them into a bassinet can help keep their toy collection from taking over the entire house.

A bassinet also may become a toy for your child. My daughter likes to put her baby dolls into her own crib. Yes, your child’s bassinet can become a dolly or teddy bear’s bed.

A baby bassinet even can serve as accent furniture. There are such gorgeous, handmade bassinets in stores and on the Internet which I believe would go magnificently with any living room décor.

Lastly, you can re-gift your baby’s bassinet. But if you or the recipient does not like that idea, perhaps you can turn the cradle into a gift basket and place presents inside. You could have bedtime theme and include books, stuffed toys and blankets. That way, the recipient does can use it however she’d like, perhaps repurposing it into a toy box, doll bassinet or even accent furniture to individualize it for her little bundle of joy.

Losing Your Voice Due to Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a disorder whereby the sphincter at the top of the stomach cannot effectively stop stomach acid from re-entering the oesophagus. The oesophagus is a tube that connects the throat with the stomach. Consequently, your throat becomes sore and you develop a cough. You may mistake your acid reflux symptoms for a common cold or the flu. However, acid reflux symptoms do not go away even though you may take cold treatments.

In some cases, the acid reflux symptom of a sore throat can cause you to lose your voice completely. In addition you may experience a burning sensation in the oesophagus as food passes along it, as well as stomach pains and upsets. In severe cases the stomach acid can travel far enough up the oesophagus so that it reaches the junction that leads to the lungs. This can then result in small amounts of acid entering the lungs; thus resulting in coughs and general irritation.

When the throat becomes affected, your voice will start to change. If left to persist, it can cause shortness of breath and permanent damage to the vocal chords. Changes in the voice can be detected via a loss of volume, a deepening of the tone or hoarseness. This is potentially a very serious acid reflux symptom. You can lose your voice permanently if you do not take treatment action.

In addition to the throat and the vocal chords the lungs and trachea (the tubes leading to the lungs) can also become damaged. The trachea is lined with millions of tiny hair-like structures that trap particles of dust and food before they reach the lungs. Acid unfortunately kills these tiny hairs so that the lungs become vulnerable to infections, which are also a common acid reflux symptom in severe cases.

Generally, treating acid reflux early enough is possible. In fact, making some simple changes to your diet have profound effects. You can best avoid foods that are acidic in nature. Find out from your doctor what you can eat or cannot eat. The objective is to reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Foods that stimulate the stomach are deemed to be bad if you have any acid reflux symptom. You are also advised to abstain from alcoholic drinks.

In long-term cases your throat and vocal chords can become so damaged that your doctor may recommend surgery. Small polyps are a common acid reflux symptom. They continue to grow until they begin to affect the ability to swallow, and can become cancerous eventually.

Although it appears that there is no cure for acid reflux, you can possibly treat it with a sensible diet and appropriate medications. Should you observe that you are experiencing acid reflux symptoms and that your voice is increasingly hoarse, then you should seek medical attention rightaway. Remember if you hesitate too long to take action, you risk losing your voice completely for good.

You Don’t Smoke – You’re Not Sick – But Your Throat Hurts

Those who smoke, who are sick or who take prescriptive medications can often experience a sore or raw throat. What about the individual who does not fall into any of those 3 categories but experiences a persistent sore throat or chronic hoarseness?

The only real cause for an irritated throat is misplacement of the voice. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? You ask, how is it possible to misplace your voice? The answer is simple. When you consider that you have 5 cavities in the body responsible for the vibration and amplification of voiced sound and that you are probably using only 4 of those cavities, you will understand what is happening. Allow me to explain.

We have 5 cavities or resonators that vibrate our voiced sound. Those cavities include your throat, voice box, mouth, nasal passages, and chest. Most people are not aware of and not using their chest cavity, by far the largest of the 5 cavities. (Voices that do make use of the chest cavity sound like Vin Diesel, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, and Julia Ormond.)

When the chest cavity comes into play, pressure is immediately taken off the throat and vocal cords because the power is emanating from the chest. If the chest is not in use, then the throat and voice box are doing most of the work, along with your mouth and nose. Therefore, if you speak for great lengths of time or root for your favorite sports on a regular basis, there is an excellent chance that you are suffering from vocal abuse.

The only way to stop the abuse is to change your voice placement; i.e. learning to use your chest cavity as your primary sounding board. You will then discover that you can speak for greater lengths of time without hurting your throat and voice box. You will also learn how to increase your volume without shouting. The latter is only possible, however, if you are powering your voice from your mid torso region and not your throat. Another positive benefit is that you will discover a richer, deeper, more mature-sounding voice in the process.

Drinking plenty of water, getting a good night’s sleep, and eating a nutritious diet all aid in healthy vocal cords; but, unless you change how you place your voice, all the great nutrition, hydration and sleep will not make the discomfort go away.

Your vocal cords are a delicate organ. Keeping them in shape should be your goal whether you are suffering from vocal abuse or not. Left unchecked, vocal abuse can result in permanent damage to your cords.