Vaginal Rash – Is it Bacterial Vaginosis?

A lot of women suffer from vaginal rash but often lack the courage and feel humiliated when opening up or seeking medical advice or treatment. Having a rash on your vaginal area can be irritating and in worst cases, too painful to bear that urinating would feel like being cut or burned. This causes the vagina to be so tender and sore. Women with this problem should really set aside other concerns and put their health at the top of their priorities.

Vaginal rash maybe caused by simple scratches or some serious infections. Here is a list of all possible infections and unhygienic habits that cause it.

o Bacterial meningitis

o Chickenpox

o Dry skin

o Contact dermatitis

o Erythema nodosum

o Granuloma inguinale – a type of vaginal ulcers

o Heat rash

o Ichthyosis

o Lichen planus – vaginal rash

o Lichen sclerosis

o Lymphogranuloma venereum – a type of vaginal ulcers

o Measles

o Melanoma

o Nummular eczema

o Psoriasis – a rash around the genital region

o Seborrheic dermatitis

o Stasis dermatitis

o Syphilis

o Trauma from scratching

o Vaginal infection

Some of the diseases listed above are very severe and can be fatal. Plus, you are also putting your partner at risk. Many of these infections can be transmitted through a sexual intercourse. It would be best to refrain from having sex until you seek medical attention and get treated.

Many people mistake vaginal rash for bacterial vaginosis and try to self medicate, but the right treatment for the wrong infection could be wrong. Take note that bacterial vaginosis is characterized by unwanted discharge and fishy vaginal smell. Pain maybe experienced but rashes do not appear.

Self-medication is good as long as you know what you are suffering from. Treatments could either be medicines which can be bought over the counter to some local herbal medicine. But as much as possible, try to seek for medical attention. On the other hand, if you think you have bacterial vaginosis, you can always do your research and find out if you really have it or not. Else, you can seek help from a medical professional. There are treatments available at stores over the internet to help you rid of this problem, too.

Sore Penis Skin – When Urinary Incontinence Is to Blame

Urinary incontinence is most frequently associated with aging. However, while it is more common in older men, younger males may also experience dribbling and leakage for a variety of reasons. This is not only uncomfortable and embarrassing in itself – it can also lead to additional problems like sore penis skin. The right approach to penis care can help to alleviate penile soreness and irritation.

What is urinary incontinence?

Simply put, urinary incontinence is the accidental leakage of urine from the urinary tract, usually as the result of an underlying health issue or injury. Incontinence can be temporary or chronic. Some common types of incontinence include:

– Stress incontinence – when stress on the pelvic floor muscles (from heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc.) causes a small amount of urine to dribble out.

– Urge incontinence – when the urge to urinate is so strong that it can’t be controlled long enough for men to make it to the bathroom.

– Overflow incontinence – when men are unable to fully empty the bladder, causing urine to back up until it is squeezed out from the pressure.

– Total incontinence – when the urinary sphincter (the muscle that controls the flow) no longer works, and urine leaks out all the time.

What causes it?

Incontinence is often related to prostate issues or to damage to the muscles that are attached to the bladder. Blockages in the urinary track may also cause urinary incontinence, as can infections involving the urinary tract.

Managing incontinence

Most men are able to manage their symptoms through exercise and/or medications. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct the problem. Penile clamps (devices that gently squeeze the penis), pads and penis pouches may be used to prevent leakage onto the clothing. In addition, these lifestyle changes can help:

– Performing kegels – exercises that involve contracting and releasing the pelvic floor muscles;

– Losing weight – to avoid excess strain on the bladder and surrounding muscles;

– Avoiding caffeinated beverages and fizzy sodas, which tend to increase both the urge to urinate and frequency;

– Cutting back on alcohol;

– Stopping smoking – smoking tobacco products can damage the nerves that control the urinary sphincter;

– Using the bathroom several times a day, at the same time every day – this can help keep the bladder empty and thus less likely to leak.

Side effects

Aside from the embarrassment that men may feel about their incontinence, the most common side effect is penile irritation. Men often develop a sore penis when urine is allowed to dry on the skin – or the skin remains damp inside the clothing for extended periods of time. Men who use penile clamps may also develop irritation and chafing if the device is not used properly, such as when tightened too far.

Tips for soothing – and avoiding – sore penis skin

The first line of defense for avoiding a sore, irritated penis caused by the presence of urine on the skin is to wash the area frequently. When drips and spills occur, the penis should be rinsed and dried thoroughly to remove all traces of urine; if washing is not possible, then gently dabbing the area with a soft, damp cloth should be enough until the next shower or bath.

Men who are using pads to catch any leaks should change them whenever they get wet, and damp underwear should be switched for a clean pair. Men who are using penile clamps to cut off leaks should make sure that the device is not too tight, especially in cases where nerve damage makes it difficult to sense when it has been tightened too far.

Finally, creams or lotions can be applied to soothe and protect the skin. Some men prefer ointments or powders made for treating diaper rash, as these create a protective barrier on the skin. Another solution is to invest in a high-quality penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil). A product that is formulated with natural emollients, as well as targeted nutrients for penile care, can soothe the skin, speed healing and protect against chafing – not to mention improve the overall look and feel of the penis.

How to Cure Psoriasis – Internal Cleansing

My father suffered from a really serious bout of psoriasis for the best part of 20 years and no matter what conventional treatments were given to him by the dermatologists, it lingered and worsened over time before it really was affecting his life severely. His self confidence, belief and attitude towards things in general just took a massive turn for the worst which is when we decided to take matters into our own hands and apply some holistic treatments that we’d heard such good things about.

I’m pleased to say that six months after we started looking into the holistic options, his psoriasis has all but disappeared. The plaques on his scalp, elbows, knuckles and back have all drastically improved and he hasn’t looked back since.

In this article, I’m going to discuss the internal cleansing part of the equation for the psoriasis cure.

Internal Cleansing to cure Psoriasis

The theory behind the internal cleansing is that the majority of dermatologists agree that the level of toxicity in the body is some way related to the condition. The higher the toxicity or unhealthiness of the vital digestive and filtering organs, the worse the condition gets.

So here’s what we did to make sure that my father’s internal environment was as healthy as it could possible be and operating as well as they should be:

– He did a colon cleanse. This was quite a lengthy cleanse of over one week and involved fasting and juicing for a period of time before ingesting a substance called bentonite which is renowned for its excellent toxin absorbing properties. After this we rebuilt the health intestinal flora.
– He did a liver cleanse. This involved a weekend of not eating any thing solid and supplementing with Epsom salts to try and loosen any bile that may be residing in the liver. These balls of bile block up the tubes of the liver and limit its capacity to filter out toxins. Finally, after a couple of days, he drank a ½ a pint of olive oil which is designed to build up pressure in the liver and force the bile out. He dropped around 300 stones doing this and felt incredible pretty much straight away after. It seems to be true that the health of the liver is vital to the health of the whole body and well being of a human.
– Finally he did a kidney cleanse which involved drinking apple juice and using a number of substances to clear out and kidney stones that may be residing in these organs.

Please be aware that on top of this, he changed his diet completely, underwent emotional therapy to keep stress and anxiety levels in tact and give him a positive mentality and also he supplemented with substances that were designed to keep his body in good health – things like Essential Fatty Acids. He drunk 7 pints of water per day to filter out toxins in the body and he didn’t smoke or drink the whole time.

The results of all the above culminated in a complete psoriasis cure that has literally transformed his quality of life. He is now pretty much a new person.

Onychomycosis – Toenail Fungal Infection

Fungal infection of the toenail – Onychomycosis – is caused my an organism called a dermatophyte, which is a form of fungus. Toenail fungus infects 3% to 5% of all people in the United States – about 35 million people! Researchers agree that this infection is more prevalent in older people and men tend to be infected more often than women. Children under 18 are rarely infected unless one or both parents have the condition. Onychomycosis tends to run in families because of inherited tendency, but not everyone is susceptible.

These fungal infections usually develop on nails that are constantly exposed to warm, moist, and dark environments such as inside shoes, which is why the toenails are affected more than the fingernails.

The dermatophyte organism that causes the toenail fungal infection take up residence in the nail bed – which is the skin under the nail.

These organisms survive by metabolizing the keratin in the nail. The actual “symptoms” of the toenail infection are actually the infected host’s immune response to the waste products produced by the dermatophyte organisms.

People who frequent public swimming areas, gyms, shower/locker rooms, or people who perspire a great deal commonly develop this type of infection. Wearing acrylic nails or many layers of nail polish can also be a factor because the nails cannot breathe.

Fungus rarely invades an intact nail. The fungus can enter the skin through tiny invisible cuts or a small separation between the nail and nail bed. Prolonged wetness can allow the barrier to be breached, and in some cases a chronic case of athlete’s foot can breach the nail. The nail is a very effective barrier against infection. This barrier makes it very difficult for an organism to get inside, but once it makes it through, this same barrier makes it extremely difficult to treat. People with diabetes, circulation problems or a compromised immune system are also more susceptible to these fungal infections than the general population.

Signs and symptoms of a nail infection include discoloration of the nail – usually green, brown, or yellow toenails – caused by debris building up under the nail, distorted nail shape, nail that is dull – no shine, brittleness of nail, crumbling of nail, nail detaching from the skin underneath and gradual thickening of the nail. As the infection progresses, the nail may become so thick that is causes discomfort or pain inside shoes. Toenail fungal infection rarely heals on its own. It is usually a long-lasting, chronic condition that gradually worsens to involve more and more of the nail.

If you suspect nail fungus, the only way to know for certain is to visit a doctor and have the nail tested. There are other conditions that can affect the nail and mimic the symptoms of toenail fungus such as nail psoriasis and yeast and/or mold or organisms. Of course, knowing the cause of the infection helps determine the best course of treatment.

Nail fungus is extremely difficult to treat and recurs very often (as high as 20% recurrence) even after successful treatment. Over-the-counter toenail fungal remedies are available, but not very effective. Oral medications include Itraconazole (Sporonox), Flucanazole (Diflucan), and Terbinafine (Lamisil). These medications have to be taken for at least 12 weeks, and they require the doctor to monitor the patient’s liver functions regularly as these medications have harmful side effects which include liver damage. These medications may also cause potentially serious interactions with other drugs. These oral medications clear infection in about half of all patients.

These medications are very expensive, and many insurance companies will not pay for the treatment because they see it as a cosmetic problem and not a medical problem. Some insurance companies will pay for some or all of the treatment if presented with documentation of a secondary medical infection or problem.

Treatments with the oral medications cause a new, uninfected nail to grow but because toenails grow slowly, it can take 4 to 12 months for a new nail to grow in completely. Other treatments for toenail fungal infection can include removing parts of the infected nail, laser treatment, or if the infection us very painful or severe, surgical removal of the entire nail may be performed.

Complications from untreated toenail infections may include permanent damage to the nails, secondary skin infections and recurrent fungal infections in the nails or other parts of the body.

To prevent toenail fungal infection and/or keep recurrence to a minimum, you must practice good hygiene, and be diligent in practices that discourage the growth of these organisms. Visit the Prevention page for a full listing precautions to take.

There is no quick or easy remedy for the discolored, yellow toenails of toenail fungal infection. You need to be consistent and patient in your treatment. Through diligent research, trial and error, and persistence, I’ve found a few all natural remedies that really work. Now you don’t have to spend years searching for a cure for your toenail infection – I’ve done all of the work for you! Just choose one of these proven remedies and get rid of that toenail infection for good!

The True Cause Of Allergies – It’s In The Liver

I used to be allergic and asthmatic. Allergy shots and allergy treatments from age 6 to age 16 made me into a spacey human pin cushion. Inhalers and medications were kept in every corner of my life. I remember going to the emergency room one Christmas Eve for adrenaline. My asthma was life-threatening at times.

I asked every Doctor I was sent to:

“Why is it dogs and cats make me sneeze and wheeze, but it doesn’t make my best friend sneeze and wheeze? What’s the difference between us?

When the experts couldn’t answer I kept asking myself that question. Even my more basic question went unanswered:

If medication gives my body what is missing, why is it my body can’t do the same?

Fortunately I was too young to listen to authority figures and entered a search for a cause, and a cure. I started to take herbs, vitamins, and anything that offered a ray of hope.

After many failed herb, vitamin, and natural experiments I got lucky….

In 1977, at the age of 19 I was introduced to a Doctor in Utah by an older friend who was interested in nutrition. This man was said to be a premier Biochemist, Herbalist and Healer. Hundreds of people followed the guy around, and although he was criticized by those wanting to discredit him I spoke with many, many people who had experienced tremendous health benefits.

When I met “Doc” he told me the following:

There are three things causing your allergies:

#1 Your Liver is overproducing histamines because it has too many toxins

#2 Your thyroid is low, and that sets the rate of the liver

#3 Your adrenal glands and lungs are weak (that was no surprise to me but until then I didn’t know what to do)

This made total sense because:

I knew about “anti-histamines” because I had taken them to stop allergic responses

One of my symptoms – hard to wake up in the morning – matched the low thyroid symptoms.

My inhaler at the time was epinephrine – an adrenaline-like substance

Within 3 months of being treated with herbs he gave me to detox my liver, and herbs/nutrients to build my lungs and support my adrenal and thyroid, I was allergy and asthma free. That was 30 years ago, and I have been allergy/asthma free ever since.

(I’ll say this to keep myself out of jail- take your medication until your doctor tells you otherwise, and/or if you decide to find a natural cure as I did. Be advised that you’ll meet a lot of resistance from Doctors and even many asthmatics who believe natural cures are impossible. Sad, but true.)

Here’s The Picture:

The Liver has to process toxins and when it can’t do it’s job it stores them. If it stores them it also produces additional histamines to protect itself. If an allergen is present the brain sends a message ;”Send out a few histamines! I think there’s an invader!!” and the Liver proceeds it releases too many, and you have the allergic response – hives, asthma, sneezing, etc..

Cleanse the Liver and maybe, like me, you’ll become allergy/asthma free.

Tips to Combat Teenage Moodiness

Many young adults experience grumpiness and frustration; even so, through these easy helpful hints, you may be in a position to encourage a more calm home conditions.

1. When youngsters are feeling irritated, they typically isolate themselves by heading to their bedrooms alone or leaving the home to engage in the solitary exercise. Regrettably, this isolation frequently results in greater moodiness, anger, and depression. It may be helpful to invest time together with the teen, specifically on days when she or he appears moody. The household could collaborate to finish a job, including cooking a meal with each other, exercising, or enjoying a board game.

2. If the above strategy doesn’t help, an additional step in avoiding mood swings is to determine the most probable triggers for anger and irritability. This can be performed by maintaining a monitoring journal of the teenager’s anger outbursts or moody episodes. The teen or dad and mom can record these behaviors on a chart, alongside with any occasions that might have triggered the temper change, like an unpleasant occasion, presentation of a challenging task, or unfavorable interaction which has a peer or family member. It may also be useful to record the teen’s sleeping and eating patterns for moody days, as well as any medication usage, as these may affect moodiness. When the teen and his or her parents realize what causes the irritability, it’ll turn into simpler to prevent mood alterations before they happen.

3. Staying busy and active can bring about decreased moodiness. Encourage the teen to interact in normal physical exercise (e.g. swimming, skating, sports activities, walking the family dog), make healthy food selections, and stay away from alcohol and medicines. These wholesome selections are typically essential to preventing moodiness.

Cultivating a constructive relationship in between the teen and the rest of his or her family along with wholesome, fitful, sleep, and exercise are keys in combating moodiness. If you have attempted these techniques so you or your teen continues to display substantial variability in mood, it may possibly be advantageous to seek aid from a skilled psychological therapist.

Depression – Prescription Drugs Vs Natural Remedies

Whatever the causes of depression, the condition can have serious detrimental effects on your life. It is therefore important to find a good way to treat it. However, it’s important to be properly diagnosed before pursuing any treatment. Many times psychiatrists and other professionals will readily prescribe medication, which can have serious side effects that have been well-documented.

Therapeutic measures and lifestyle changes are just as important, if not more important, when it comes to treating depression. If you decide to pursue this route, it’s very important to use psychological and wellness treatment together. However, natural remedies for depression such as homeopathic remedies, can be very effective in combating depression, and on the plus side they come with almost no risk of side effects.

Prescribed Medication: Unfortunately, medical practitioners are very quick to prescribe anti-depressants in the first instance when treating depression. Ensure that you have researched all other options and that you are well informed on all the possible side-effects and precautions of taking anti-depressants before making a decision.

One of the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac and Zoloft; Tricyclic anti-depressants such as Elavin and Tofranil; and MAOIs (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors) such as Nardil and Marplan.

These all have side effects which can be very distressing to some and they are all required by the FDA to carry a warning about the increased risk of suicide, hostility, and agitation (not a great recommendation).

According to reports, the withdrawal effects are often experienced when you discontinue these prescription drugs. While anti-depressants may work for some people, they should be taken under close medical supervision. Many people do find they help but they usually work best when used in conjunction with other treatment such as cognitive therapy or an exercise program.

Psychotherapy: This has significant, and long lasting effects as a means of treating depression. Various therapeutic approaches which include interpersonal therapy, family therapy and cognitive-behavioral offer great insights as they strive to help the individual deal with any underlying issues that may be triggering the depression.

Relaxation: Meditation and Yoga are some of the relaxation techniques that have been shown to reduce anxiety and clear the mind. If they are done regularly, these techniques can help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression and generally put you in a much lighter frame of mind.

Natural Remedy: These natural remedies have been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years for their medicinal properties. Long before chemically induced, medication was even thought of. Taken from the age old wisdom of those who relied on nature to cure all woes, certain herbal and homeopathic remedies have been shown to greatly reduce the symptoms of depression without the unwanted side-effects.

The most commonly used natural remedies for depression are Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) which is called “natures Prozac” and Passiflora which is natures best natural tranquilizers.

Many people around the world now turn to this natural approach of regaining the subtle balance of brain chemicals and rejuvenating the body and mind for all round natural health. Natural remedies for depression that include homeopathic remedies can also be of great benefit and are free of side effects as well as safe to use during pregnancy.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenails

Ever get ingrown toenails? I have, they are very painful for such a little area affected! It’s kind of an odd subject to discuss with people, but having ingrown toenails is more common that one would think. Biggest cause for ingrown toenails are, shoes that are too tight or don’t fit properly (wearing wrong size or even too narrow for wide feet), trimming your toenails too short and even hereditary, yes its true!

Some hints I have learned over the years to avoid ingrown toenails is to try and wear open toed shoes whenever possible, sandals are the best, this places no pressure on the toes and toenails. When you trim your toenails, trim them no shorter than even with the top of your toe. Just think ladies, your toenails can be painted up cute and guys, ladies DO notice a mans feet!

This wonderful home remedy or cure I have tried and it does work! First soak your feet in warm water with half a cup of Epsom salt and half cup of witch hazel (you could even add a few drops of peppermint oil or lavender), for 30 minutes. Not only is it relaxing, it will help soften your skin for the next step.

Now grab your salve, I use Watkins Petro Carbo Salve because it is a drawing salve and pulls out any infection. You could also use any triple antibiotic ointment. Now take a cotton ball and pull off a tiny bit and roll it into a ball then roll it in the ointment. Now this part may be a tad painful but its an important step, use something pointy but dull, like a nut pick is what I use, or even a tweezers and gently slide the cotton ball with the ointment under your toenail and slide it under the area that is ingrown. It may hurt a bit but what this is doing is gently pulling up the toenail out of the skin it is growing into.

Change the cotton ball every day till you see the edge of the nail out of your skin where it is supposed to be. Try and wear proper shoes during this time. The first day of this home treatment is the most uncomfortable but in the end, your ingrown toenail will be no more! Now you know some tips to prevent ingrown toenails and also if it happens again, you wont have to suffer and will know what you can do take care of it!

3 Ways To Get Rid Of Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a challenge that many individuals face. Nail fungus is caused by living organisms which take root under the protective layer of the toenail. These organisms feed off the keratin which is produced by the skin and nail.

As it takes hold your nail becomes discolored and brittle. Then as it gets bigger it will start to push the nail upwards – if left untreated the nail will fall off. This whole process can be irritating and painful.

The first way for you to deal with fungus is to understand what it likes and what it does not like. Fungus likes moisture and if your feet are not clean and dry it will be celebrating under your toe nail and if you not careful may invite its friends over to join the party.

What fungus does not like is acidity. This will put an end to the party. Fungus does not thrive in acidic environments. One way to create such an environment is to take apple cider vinegar daily. In actual fact apple cider vinegar is good for you regardless of treating fungus so it is wise to add it to your daily routine.

Another effective way to deal with nail fungus is to use vicks vaporub. This is considered a home remedy since you do not need to take it under the supervision of a doctor and it requires no prescription. Apply it twice daily. Just like apple cider vinegar this process can take a while but it does work.

You can also use herbal solutions which contain ingredients such as tea tree oil and jojoba oil. This works great to deal with nail fungus but like anything else apply it daily however this may work faster than using vicks vaporub. And as usual always practice good hygiene.

How to Heal a Sprained Ankle Fast

So you’ve sprained your ankle and you’ve almost given up on your plans for the next 4-6 weeks. (Since that’s how long everyone says it take to heal a sprained ankle.)

I’ve got some good news for you.

Advancements in physical rehabilitation have reduced the time it takes to rehab an ankle from weeks to just a few days. But you’ve got to know the steps to take and which order to do them. If you don’t follow all of the steps in order, statistics show that you will experience a more serious sprain within 12 months of your initial injury. First a little background.

When you injured your ankle you damaged ligaments, tendons, strained supporting muscles, position sensors in your foot called proprioceptors and you may have fractured one of the 7 bones in the ankle joint.

As soon as you injured your ankle, your body’s response was to restrict movement of the injured area to prevent additional damage.

It does this by releasing lymph into the area which causes swelling. The swelling restricts movement of your foot and ankle. So your body is doing exactly what its supposed to.

The problem is that in order to accelerate the healing process you have to get rid of the swelling.

If you follow what 99% of all Emergency Rooms tell you, you’ll be using the R.I.C.E. protocol.

R.I.C.E. Stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

RICE is NOT a way to heal your sprained ankle fast. It is a first aid response to a sprained ankle (or almost any injury for that matter).

So what do you do? You incorporate movement with ICE. The movement of your foot and ankle will help to “pump” the swelling out of your ankle and your foot.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket full of ice, fill it with water and then stick your foot in it until it becomes numb. It will probably hurt like crazy until it gets numb.

After about 12-15 minutes take your foot out of the ice water bath and move it around until the feeling comes back.

Repeat until the swelling goes down.

Once the swelling is gone you can start to rehab your ankle.

WARNING! If you successfully reduce or completely remove the swelling from around your ankle, you are in an extremely vulnerable situation. Your ankle is injured, it is not immobilized and has not been rehabilitated.

To prevent injury while you are healing you need artificial support such as a lace up ankle brace and athletic tape. ACE bandages are a waste of time for the type of support you need in this situation.

After you have the swelling down, then you need to start restoring range of motion, strength and flexibility.

There are several exercises that can be done, but any exercise that you do needs to be weight-bearing and strengthen your ankle in the way that you move normally during your activities.

To state it differently, any exercise that you are using to rehab a sprained ankle should mimic the movement that you would experience walking across uneven ground (your ankle moves in every different direction including up and down).

For starters you can do calf raises. They will help to strengthen your calves and stretch out your Achilles. But calf raises only address one side of the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support your ankle.

You have to address the front of your leg and both sides.

When I was in college and sprained my ankle, the physical therapist told me to put both of my feet inside the legs of a chair and then push them outward to strengthen the outside of my legs.

This felt weird and didn’t mimic how I would move on the basketball court, but I did it any way.

For the inside of my legs they told me to put my feet on the outside of the legs of a chair and push against the legs toward the inside as if I were trying to crush the chair between my legs.

Again, it felt weird, but I did it anyway.

None of the exercises the physical therapist told me to do addressed the front of my leg, my shins. So I would just stick my foot under something heavy and then try to raise my toes up.

This seemed to work pretty good.

The one thing that I realized later was that none of these exercises addressed re-calibrating the position sensors in my foot. These position sensors were damaged during the initial injury and if they weren’t re-connected with my brain, my brain would not know the exact position my foot was in and I could injure my ankle again.

Unfortunately I suffered from one ankle sprain after another because I was not re-calibrating the position sensors in my foot.

In the last year of my college basketball career I discovered an exercise that anyone can do which took the place of all of the exercises the physical therapist had given me AND it re-calibrated the position sensors in my foot.

I discovered how to heal a sprained ankle fast at the end of my career.

Magnesium Chloride For Health and Rejuvenation

“Magnesium is nothing short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseases as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging body. We know that it is essential for many enzyme reactions, especially in regard to cellular energy production, for the health of the brain and nervous system and also for healthy teeth and bones. However, it may come as a surprise that in the form of magnesium chloride it is also an impressive infection fighter.

The above statement by Walter Last (1)is no exaggeration in summarising the overriding importance of magnesium for our health. It is doubly true because the magnesium intake with our food has greatly declined due to the use of inorganic fertilisers with an oversupply of calcium, and also because the medical profession overemphasises our need for a high calcium intake and excessive calcium supplementation at the expense of magnesium. While calcium and magnesium work together in the body, they are also opposites in their effects on our metabolism. This is largely due to the activity of the parathyroid glands which try to keep the combined product of calcium and magnesium in our blood steady and balanced against phosphorus. If magnesium levels are low then calcium levels need to rise to remain in balance. Where does this extra calcium come from? From the bones and teeth of course! This is even more of a problem when the parathyroids are chronically overstimulated, usually combined with an underactive thyroid. This is a common situation with the presence of Candidiasis, mercury fillings and root canal fillings; all appear to depress thyroid functions and overstimulate the parathyroids. What does the body do with the excess calcium in the blood? It dumps it into tissue wherever there is some chronic inflammation. This leads, for instance, to the calcification of joints as in arthritis, to the calcification of ovaries and other glands resulting in declining hormone production, while calcifying kidneys eventually require dialysis, and calcifications in breast tissue, especially the milk ducts, lead to unnecessary mastectomies and other invasive treatment.

Magnesium for Healthy Bones and Teeth

Medical authorities claim that the widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay in western countries can be prevented with a high calcium intake. However, published evidence reveals that the opposite is true. Asian and African populations with a very low intake of about 300mg of calcium daily have very little osteoporosis. Bantu women with an intake of 200 to 300mg of calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis in the world. In western countries with a high intake of dairy products the average calcium intake is about 1000mg. The higher the calcium intake, especially in the form of cows’ milk products (except butter) the higher the incidence of osteoporosis. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels are kept in a seesaw balance by the parathyroid hormones. If calcium goes up, magnesium goes down and vice versa. With a low magnesium intake, calcium goes out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium to go out of the tissues into the bones. A high phosphorus intake without a high calcium or magnesium intake causes calcium to leach from the bones and leave the body with the urine. A high phosphorus intake with high calcium and magnesium leads to bone mineralisation. Dr Lewis B. Barnett, an orthopaedic surgeon practised in two different U.S. Counties with very different soil and water mineral levels. In Dallas County with a high calcium and low magnesium concentration osteoporosis and hip fractures were very common, while in Hereford with high magnesium and low calcium these were nearly absent.

In Dallas County the magnesium content of bones was 0.5% while in Hereford it was 1.76%. In another comparison the magnesium content in bones of osteoporosis sufferers was 0.62% while in healthy individuals it was 1.26% (9). The same applies for healthy teeth. In a New Zealand study it was found that caries-resistant teeth had on average twice the amount of magnesium as caries-prone teeth. The average concentration of magnesium phosphate in bones is given as about 1%, in teeth about 1.5%, in elephant tusks 2% and in the teeth of carnivorous animals made to crush bones it is 5%. In regard to the strength of bones and teeth think of calcium as chalk and of magnesium as superglue. The magnesium superglue binds and transforms the chalk into superior bones and teeth (9). One patient reported to Walter Last “My Doctor rang Friday afternoon re my Bone Density Scan and wanted to know what I have been doing over the last two years. I asked why, and she said by looking at the 2005 and 2006 Scans, the 2008 Scan had improved, she couldn’t believe it, and said normally when you are in the Osteoporosis range, you don’t come out of it” (10). That doctor was actually saying that she knew the accepted treatment of high calcium supplementation does not work, but they use it anyway. This patient had reversed the medical treatment by lowering calcium and greatly increasing magnesium intake (in addition to boron).

Magnesium Absorption and Dosage

A solution to this problem is to lower calcium levels in the blood by keeping up a high intake of magnesium. However, any excess magnesium is quickly lost with the urine. Therefore, to keep calcium in the bones and teeth rather than around the joints and in the soft tissue, we need a steady supply of magnesium. Traditionally magnesium in our diet has been mainly in ionic form and has been converted in the stomach into magnesium chloride, or it is bound to protein and especially chlorophyll, and then it is also broken down and ends up for absorption as magnesium chloride or chelated magnesium. Therefore when supplementing we may as well use magnesium chloride directly instead of magnesium oxide or hydroxide and other forms that require additional hydrochloric acid. Magnesium chloride also has another advantage: it provides ions of magnesium and chloride which are both required to stimulate the activity of digestive enzymes and for producing hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Magnesium sulphate, also known as Epsom salts, is poorly absorbed and therefore attracts water in the colon and functions as a laxative. In nature, and if grown in mineral-rich soils, magnesium is also bound to fruit acids, such as citric acid, and is easily absorbed in this form. While most forms of magnesium have a good bioavailability, chelates with amino acids and magnesium bound to fruit acids also have a beneficial alkalising effect on the body. The efficiency of magnesium absorption varies inversely with quantity of magnesium intake. Magnesium is absorbed into the body primarily from the ileum of the small intestine.

When consuming the RDI (Recommended Dietary Intake) of magnesium, which is between 360 and 410mg a day, we absorb approximately 50% of magnesium, but when ingesting sub-optimal quantities we may absorb as much as 75%. Absorption decreases rapidly when more than 200mg is consumed at one time, therefore the importance of taking magnesium in divided doses throughout the day. Magnesium chloride is salty-bitter. To get used to it, dissolve some in water and start mixing only a few drops with your meal. Gradually over several weeks or months increase it to a teaspoon of concentrated solution daily divided between meals. Alternatively you may drink it very diluted during a meal. This provides about 500mg of magnesium daily. With signs of increased requirements, such as stress, advancing age, cardiovascular problems and other signs of calcification up to1000mg are recommended by health practitioners. The intestinal absorption of magnesium declines with aging and the presence of gastrointestinal disorders, and especially with dysbiosis caused by antibiotics and other medical drugs. Excessive loss of magnesium in urine can also be a side effect of some medical drugs. (4) A study shows that over two-thirds of Americans do not consume even the low level of the RDI of magnesium, and 19% use less than one-half of this (3). It is obvious that conditions are not much better in Australia. It may take up to 3 month or longer of oral magnesium supplementation to replenish intracellular magnesium status, and according to Dr. Norm Shealy it can take up to a year. (9)

Magnesium Oil in Transdermal Therapy

All these problems make it more attractive to use magnesium chloride transdermally (absorption through the skin), and so bypassing the digestive system with the need for hydrochloric acid and a well functioning digestive tract. Magnesium chloride consists of 11.8% magnesium bound to 88.2% chloride. It is produced through evaporation from saline waters, mainly sea water and the Dead Sea. After removal of sodium chloride the “bittern” remain containing mainly magnesium chloride and magnesium sulphate. (2). Chloride is much less bitter than sulphate. In the dry form magnesium chloride is usually sold hydrated with 6 molecules of water (hexahydrate) for each unit of magnesium with 2 chloride ions (MgCl2), and consists of white hygroscopic (water-attracting) flakes. This affinity to water leads itself to be used as a product called “Magnesium Oil”, which can be applied to the skin as a transdermal magnesium therapy. It is not oil in the true sense, but has the feel of oil when rubbed on the skin. Rejuvenation by ingesting more magnesium is a slow process, especially as the amount of magnesium that we can take is limited by its laxative effect and the need to keep it in a reasonable balance with the calcium and phosphorus intake. The other problem is that spastic muscles have a poor blood and lymph circulation, which makes it difficult for the ingested magnesium to dissolve and flush out the tissue and joint calcifications. This then calls for the use of magnesium oil. We can greatly speed up the rejuvenation process by increasing the circulation through permanently contracted muscles as with deep tissue massage using magnesium oil, or using it as hot packs or just for frequent rubs. However, one needs to be careful with sensitive skin as it may sting for a while. In this case best dilute it to an acceptable level. If rubbed on in a rather diluted form it may gradually disappear into the skin, but in concentrated form it just remains sticky and needs to be washed or showered off after some time. However, with many conditions, such as arthritis and other forms of stiffness and pain it can be good to put on some old cloths and keep it on overnight.

Antimicrobial Action of Magnesium

We can see here that magnesium is a great infection fighter as well, which none of the other magnesium combination can claim to be. The first prominent researcher to investigate and promote the antibiotic effects of magnesium was a French surgeon, Prof. Pierre Delbet MD. In 1915 he was looking for a solution to cleanse wounds of soldiers, because he found that traditionally used antiseptics actually damaged tissues and encouraged infections instead of preventing them. In all his tests magnesium chloride solution was by far the best. Not only was it harmless for tissues, but it also greatly increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis, the destruction of microbes (5). Later Prof. Delbet also performed experiments with the internal applications of magnesium chloride and found it to be a powerful immune-stimulant. In his experiments phagocytosis increased by up to 333%. This means after magnesium chloride intake the same number of white blood cells destroyed up to three times more microbes than before (5). Gradually Prof. Delbet found magnesium chloride to be beneficial in a wide range of diseases. These included diseases of the digestive tract such as colitis and gall bladder problems, Parkinson’s disease, tremors and muscle cramps; acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and itching skin; impotence, prostatic hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems; asthma, hay fever, urticaria and anaphylactic reactions. Hair and nails became stronger and healthier and patients had more energy (5). Prof. Delbet also found a very good preventative effect on cancer and cured precancerous conditions such as leukoplasia, hyperkeratosis and chronic mastitis. Epidemiological studies confirmed that regions with magnesium-rich soil had less cancer than those with low magnesium levels. Researchers at the Lille Pasteur Institute found in a prospective study with over 4,000 men over an 18-year follow up period that high levels of magnesium were associated with a 50% decrease in cancer mortality, and a 40% decrease in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality (5). Prof. Delbet used to give magnesium chloride solution routinely to his patients with infections and for several days before any planned surgery and was surprised by many of these patients experiencing euphoria and bursts of energy.

Magnesium chloride supposedly has a specific action on the tetanus virus and its effects on the body. It even seems to be protective against snakebites. Guinea pigs did not die after normally lethal injections of snake venom and a rabbit survived a poisonous snakebite when given magnesium chloride solution (5). Another French doctor, A. Neveu, cured several diphtheria patients with magnesium chloride within two days. He also published 15 cases of poliomyelitis that were cured within days if treatment was started immediately or within months if paralysis had already progressed. Neveu also found magnesium chloride effective with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema; pharyngitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness, common cold, influenza, whooping cough, measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever; poisoning, gastroenteritis, boils, abscesses, whitlow, infected wounds and osteomyelitis (5). In more recent years Dr Vergini and others have confirmed these earlier results and have added more diseases to the list of successful uses: acute asthma attacks, shock, tetanus, herpes zoster, acute and chronic conjunctivitis, optic neuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and beneficial effects in cancer therapy. In all of these cases magnesium chloride had been used and gave much better results than other magnesium compounds. (5)

Magnesium for Nerves.

Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, it is frequently used to promote good sleep. But more importantly, it can be used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This is especially useful with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the ‘shakes’ in alcoholism. Magnesium levels are generally low in alcoholics, contributing or causing many of their health problems. If magnesium levels are low, the nerves lose control over muscle activity, respiration and mental processes. Nervous fatigue, tics and twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity, muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and irregular heartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels. A common phenomenon of magnesium deficiency is a sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud noise. ‘Memory pills’ have been marketed that consist mainly of magnesium (9). Sleep in magnesium deficiency is restless, agitated and disturbed by frequent nighttime awakenings. However, all forms of magnesium are not equally effective. In a study of more than 200 patients, Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride as a possible means of combating insomnia.

The researcher reported that sleep was induced rapidly, was uninterrupted, and that waking tiredness disappeared in ninety-nine percent of the patients. In addition, anxiety and tension diminished during the day. (8) Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be overcome with high magnesium supplementation, shaking can be prevented and rigidity eased. With preeclampsia pregnant women may develop convulsions, nausea, dizziness and headaches. In hospitals this is treated with magnesium infusions. Because of its strong relaxing effect, magnesium helps not only to have a better sleep but is also useful in overcoming headaches and migraines. Even the number of suicides is linked to magnesium deficiency: the lower the magnesium content in soil and water in a given region the higher the rates of suicides (9). Epilepsy is marked by abnormally low magnesium levels in the blood, spinal fluid and brain, causing hyperexcitability in regions of the brain. There are many reported causes of epilepsy greatly improving or disappearing with magnesium supplementation. In a trial with 30 epileptics 450mg of magnesium supplied daily successfully controlled seizures. Another study found that the lower the magnesium blood levels the more severe was the epilepsy. Magnesium works best combined with vitamin B6 and zinc. In sufficient concentrations, magnesium inhibits convulsions by limiting or slowing the spread of the electric discharge from an isolated group of brain cells to the rest of the brain. Even the initial burst of firing nerve cells that starts an epileptic attack can be suppressed with magnesium (9).

Magnesium for Rejuvenation

Calcium and magnesium are opposites in their effects on our body structure. As a general rule, the softer our body structure the more we need calcium, while the more rigid and inflexible it is, the less calcium and the more magnesium we need. Magnesium can everse the age-related degenerative calcification of our body structure and with this help us to rejuvenate. Young women, children and most of all babies have soft body structures and smooth skin with low calcium and high magnesium levels in their cells and soft tissues. They generally need high calcium intakes. This is the biochemistry of youth. As we age and most pronounced in old men and post-menopausal women, we become more and more inflexible. The arteries harden to cause arteriosclerosis, the skeletal system calcifies to cause rigidity with fusion of the spine and joints, kidneys and other organs and glands increasingly calcify and harden with stone formation, calcification in the eyes causes cataracts and even the skin hardens, becoming tough and wrinkled.

In this way calcium is in the same league as oxygen and free radicals, while magnesium works together with hydrogen and the antioxidants to keep our body structure soft. While a higher magnesium intake is beneficial for most individuals, those with low blood pressure usually require more calcium in addition. Normal blood pressure is about 120/80; the lower it is the higher should be the daily intake of calcium. While those with high blood pressure may benefit from ingesting up to twice as much magnesium as calcium, those with low blood pressure may take twice as much calcium as magnesium, but both minerals in relatively high amounts. Those with low blood pressure and a tendency towards inflammations may also reduce their intake of phosphorus. A gynaecologist reported that some of the first organs to calcify are the ovaries, leading to pre-menstrual tension. When he put his patients on a high magnesium intake their PMT vanished and they felt and looked much younger. Most of these women said that they lost weight, increased their energy, felt less depressed and enjoyed sex again much more than before. For men it is equally beneficial for problems arising from an enlarged prostate gland. Symptoms commonly improve after a period of supplementation with magnesium chloride (11).

Other Health Benefits

We see how essential magnesium is to the normal function of the cardiovascular and nervous system as well as in over 300 enzyme reactions and in energy production..In The lists of the health benefits magnesium exerts on the different body systems and this long. Many of them already mentioned here and includes, the cardiovascular and nervous system, and energy production followed by digestive, respiratory, excretory, lymphatic/immune, musculoskeletal, respiratory and reproductive system, not to mention it positive influence on metabolism like weight, blood sugar and cholesterol control. It is needed for protein, starch and fat metabolism and is important in liver, thyroid and parathyroid function, even hearing, vision and oral health are listed. Pathologies associated with magnesium deficiencies are staggering: Hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, kidney and liver damage, migraine, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, recurrent bacterial infections, fungal infections, premenstrual syndrome, calcium and potassium deficiency, diabetes, cramps, muscle weakness, impotence, aggression, fibromas, hearing loss and iron accumulation (1). Increased magnesium helps to prevent or dissolve kidney stones and gall bladder stones. Activation of digestive enzymes and bile production as well as improving a healthy intestinal flora are factors that make magnesium chloride beneficial in normalising our digestive processes, reducing digestive discomfort, bloating and offensive stool odours. It actually reduces all offensive body odours, including underarm and foot odour. This may explain why chlorophyll is generally very effective in reducing body odour, it is high in magnesium.

Caution: Magnesium supplementation should be avoided with severe kidney problems (severe renal insufficiency when on dialysis), and also with myasthenia gravis. Be careful with severe adrenal weakness or with low blood pressure. Too much magnesium can cause muscle weakness, if this happens temporarily use more calcium.

Copyright © 2009 Barbara Bourke and Walter Last. All rights reserved.

Endometriosis – How to Treat Endometriosis With Vitamins

Endometriosis which grow somewhere else other than the endometrium also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle by building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. As we know, nutritional supplements play a very important role in treating endometriosis. In this article, we will discuss how vitamins help to treat endometriosis.

A. Vitamin A

I. Definition

Vitamin A is a bi-polar molecule formed by bonds between carbon and hydrogen. It is a fat soluble vitamin. This means it can not be stored in the liver but it can be converted from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Besides helping in treating endometriosis, it is also known to have strong effects in improving vision and enhancing bone growth.

II. Vitamin A and endometriosis

a) Vitamin A is a very powerful antioxidant that not only helps to strengthen the immune system, but also protects against the growth of endometriosis.

b) Vitamin A helps in regulating the gene expression by fighting against the forming of free radicals and protecting the body organs from abnormal growth of endometrial implants and adhesion.

c) Red blood cell production

Vitamin A working together with iron helps to aid the production of red blood cells and improve the oxygen level in the circulation of blood which is necessary for the body’s cells. This results in a stronger immune system as well as protecting the forming of abnormal cells.

d) Working together with Zinc

Zinc deficiency interferes with

a) Vitamin A function of protein synthesis and fatty acid metabolism.

b) Reducing the activity of enzyme that release vitamin A palmitate from the liver causing a weakened immune system fighting against the forming of free radicals, and endometrial implants, and adhesion.

e) Work together with iron

Iron is necessary for production of red blood cells that carry oxygen in the blood stream for the body’s cells. Women who have endometriosis with heavy blood loss during menstruation normally have iron deficiency because of loss of iron which is far greater than what the body can produce leading to anemia. Intake of vitamin A and iron will increase the production of red blood cells far better than taking iron supplements alone.

Remember, overloading on zinc or iron is toxic to our body. Please make sure to talk to your doctor for the correct amount.

B. Vitamin B1

I. Definition

Vitamin B1 is one of the members of the vitamin B complex, it is also known as thiamin or thiamine. It’s most common form is a colorless chemical compound with the formula C12H17N4OS. It was discovered in 1910 by Umetaro Suzuki in Japan. It is a water soluble vitamin, therefore it can be stored in the body and is required to be taken regularly.

II. How Vitamin B1 benefits women with endometriosis

Women with endometriosis are found to have vitamin B complex deficiency during the menstrual cycle. It is not known if it is caused by unhealthy diet or the inability of digestive absorption.

a) Level of estrogen

Vitamin B1 helps to detoxify the liver which may be caused by intake of of alcohol, smoking and heavy metals. A strong liver is particularly important for secretion of cholesterol in breaking down estrogen that causes menstrual cramps as well as hormone balancing in the body.

b) Immune system

Vitamin B1 is an antioxidant that helps to strengthen the immune system against the forming of free radicals, endometrial implants, and adhesion somewhere else in the body except the endometrium.

c) Red blood cells

Study shows that vitamin B1 helps to normalize the activity of an enzyme called transketolase in red blood cells resulting in increased amounts of the two proteins THTR-1 and RFC-1 which helps to transport thiamine into red blood cells. This increases the production of red blood cells in the bloodstream.

d) Nervous system

It helps to reduce tension of the nervous system as a resulting of converting carbohydrates to energy which is necessary for the proper functions of the nervous system. Thereby it reduces symptoms of endometriosis in some women such as anxiety, depression, and mood swings.

e) Intestine muscle tone

Vitamin B1 helps to secrete hydrochloric acid in the stomach which is essential for the complete digestion of food particles and decreases the risk of nutrient deficiency causing hormone imbalance in the menstrual cycle.

C. Vitamin B2

I. Definition

Vitamin B2 is water soluble, also known as riboflavin. It has a chemical compound formula of C17H20N4O6. Like many other vitamin B complexes, it plays an important role in providing energy to our body by the metabolism of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

II. How vitamin B2 helps to treat endometriosis

1. Red blood cell formation

Vitamin B2 includes the active co-enzyme forms of flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) that helps to transport vitamin b2 into the red blood cell as well as maintaining the red blood cell formation.

2. Strengthens the immune system

Vitamin B2 is an antioxidant that helps to rejuvenate the immune system caused by toxins accumulated in the liver that helps to maintain our body’s function fighting against any abnormality of cell growth including abnormal endometrial cells.

3. Cell growth

Since vitamin B2 helps in protein metabolism, it helps to maintain normal cell division or cell growth which decreases the risk of cell abnormality and prevent endometrial cells to grow somewhere else in the body excluding the endometrium.

4. Iron and vitamin B6

Vitamin B2 is needed for a healthy mucus membrane in the digestive system. It enhances the absorption of iron and vitamin B6 which is essential for women with endometriosis and heavy flow during menstruation.

5. Migraine

The Riboflavin that is found in Vitamin B2 has shown beneficial results by assisting in decreasing the time as well as the frequency in which one gets a migraine headache due to symptoms of endometriosis during menstruation.

6. Nervous system

Vitamin B2 can assist with alleviating stress as well as reducing symptoms of depression that are brought on by digestive disorders that generally affects women with endometriosis during the menstrual cycle.

D. Vitamin B3

I. Definition

Vitamin B3 , also known as niacin, is a water-soluble vitamin. Besides being usedto treat pellagra caused by dietary lack of vitamin B3 and protein, it also has been known to be effective in treating endometriosis because women with endometriosis are found to have vitamin B3 deficiency. It has a chemical compound formula of C6H5NO2.

II. How vitamin B3 helps in treating endometriosis

1. Hormone synthesis

Vitamin B3 is found to help the manufacturing of hormones such as cortisone and the sex hormone estrogen in a woman’s body. Besides helping to inhibit levels of bad estrogen that causes menstrual cramps during menstrual cycle, it also helps to balance the prostaglandin hormone which causes over-active uterine muscles.

2. Digestive system

Deficiency of vitamin B3 is generally found in women with endometriosis during menstruation. It may be caused by the inability of the digestive system in breaking down food particles. Intake of vitamin B3 helps to re-balance the hormones that cause menstrual cramps.

3. Metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats

Besides helping to provide energy for our body in metabolism of carbohydrate through bile secretion, vitamin B3 also helps in the metabolism of protein and fat which are important for our body’s function.

4. Circulatory stimulation

Vitamin B3 also helps in stimulation of the circulatory system by reducing the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) from the arteries in some people.

5. Nervous system

Vitamin B3 is important for the healthy activity of the nervous system by providing the metabolism of protein and fat which are nutrients necessary for brain cells resulting in reduced symptoms of endometriosis such as depression, anxiety, and irritation.

6. Inflammation

Vitamin B3 increases the level of prostaglandins hormones which control the physiologic processes of blood clotting and inflammation.

E. Vitamin B5

I. Definition

Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid. It plays an important role in the forming of co-enzyme A and is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fat. Vitamin B5 has a chemical structure formula of C9H17NO5.

II. How vitamin B5 helps in treating endometriosis

Most women with endometriosis were found to have low levels of vitamin B5 during the menstrual cycle for what ever reason. Without enough vitamin B5 in a woman’s body, it causes:

1. A weakened immune system

Since vitamin B5 is necessary in the metabolism of carbohydrates, it helps to generate energy for our body’s cells. Without enough levels of vitamin B5, our body’s immune system is weakened and is dangerous for the forming of free radicals and cell abnormalities.

2. Poor circulation

Our liver is the first line of defense by secreting bile into the digestive system to produce good cholesterol, which helps to inhibit the bad cholesterol in the arteries. Without enough vitamin B5, bad cholesterol is left unchecked causing difficulty for blood circulation.

3. Increased risk of over-active uterine muscles

Liver helps in metabolism of fat. Without enough vitamin B5, it causes hormone imbalance in the prostaglandins family leading to over-reaction of uterine muscles which in turn causes abdominal pain.

4. Increased tension of nervous system

Fat and protein are important for nourishing the cells in the nervous system. Low levels of vitamin B5 weakens the brain cell’s function. This leads to symptoms of endometriosis such as anxiety, mood swings, and depression.

5. Increased risk of allergic reaction

Insufficient vitamin B5 in our body causes deficiency in co-enzyme A which is necessary for our body to react to sudden substances that enter our body, causing violently allergic reactions.

6. Acne

Fatty acid metabolism becomes less efficient and the individual is more prone to have acne.

7. Hormonal imbalance

Besides helping to reduce acne, vitamin B5 also interacts with other members of the vitamin B complex by increasing the function of the adrenal glands which is necessary to balance hormones and promote normal growth of the body.

F. Vitamin B6

I.Definition

Vitamin B6 is water soluble and a member of vitamin B complex. It plays an important role in amino acids metabolism that helps to maintain the proper function in our body.

II. Endometriosis and Vitamin B6

1. Hormone balancing

Vitamin B6 is essential for the production of the right levels of prostaglandins hormones in the prostaglandins family. Deficiency of vitamin B6 causes over active uterine muscles resulting in endometrial cramps.

2. Estrogen inhibitor

Vitamin B6 helps the live in protein and fat metabolism, thereby increasing the production of good estrogen that inhibits the bad estrogen produced by the body resulting in hormone re balancing and decrease the risk of cell abnormality and cancer.

3. Anemia

Vitamin B6 increases the production of red blood cells that usually are depleted for the women with the heavy menstrual flow during menstruation.

4. Nervous system

Our nervous system requires variety of nutrients to function daily, vitamin B6 helps not only maintain a right levels of cholesterol but also increase the circulation of nutrients to our nervous system needed resulting in decreasing the symptoms of endometriosis, such as memory loss, confusion and anxiety.

5. Cell Growth

Vitamin B6 aids in the synthesis of DNA and RNA by maintaining the proper cell division and preventing cell abnormal growth such as peritoneal cells developing into endometrial cells.

G. Vitamin B12

I. Definition

Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin and a member of vitamin B complex. It plays an important role in treating women with endometriosis, such as reducing symptoms of endometriosis during menstrual cycle, maintaining protein and fat metabolism, avoiding iron deficiency, etc.

II. Endometriosis and vitamin B12

1. Anemia

Women with endometriosis are found to have low levels of vitamin B12 during menstrual cycle for what ever reason. Deficiency of Vitamin B12 deceases the production of red blood cell in the blood stream causing depletion of levels of iron in the blood leading to anemia.

2. Nervous system

Vitamin B12 is vital for protein and fat synthesis that helps to strengthen the function of nervous system resulting in lessening the nervous tension such as irritation, loss of memory, depression and mood swing.

3. Insomnia and fatigue

Besides helping in protein and fat synthesis, vitamin B12 also play an important role in carbohydrate metabolism that helps to provide energy for our body function and aids in insomnia and fatigue.

4. Immune system

Liver required vitamin B12 to function properly, deficiency of vitamin B12 causes enlarged liver resulting in decreasing the function of liver in fighting against environment toxins leading to high levels of bad estrogen in the body resulting in menstrual cramps for women with endometriosis.

5. Cell abnormality

Vitamin B12 is vital for the synthesis of DNA. Deficiency of vitamin B12 increases the risk of abnormal cell growth in the body such as endometrial cells growing somewhere else in the abdomen.

H. Biotin

I. Definition

Biotin is one of the members of the vitamin B complex. It is also known as vitamin H or B7. Vitamin B7 is a co-factor in the metabolism of fatty acids, leucine, and in gluconeogenesis. It has a chemical structure formula of C10H16N2O3S. Deficiency is extremely rare, as intestinal bacteria generally produce an excess of the body’s daily requirement but for what ever reason, women with endometriosis are found to have low levels of biotin.

II. How biotin helps in treating endometriosis

1. Cell abnormality

Biotin acts as a co-factor with the other members in the vitamin B complex. It plays an important role in managing the body’s cell growth. Without enough biotin, it causes cell growth abnormality such as the forming of perinatal cells into endometrial cell in the abdominal regions.

2. Poor blood circulation

Since biotin helps in gluconeogenesis, it regulates the sugar levels in the blood stream. Without enough levels of biotin, the level of blood sugar rises causing the thickening of blood which reduces the circulatory function and blocks the transportation of nutrients and oxygen to our body’s cells. This results in an increased risk of symptoms of endometriosis.

3. Endometrial cramps

Since biotin is necessary in the metabolism of fatty acids, it helps to maintain levels of prostaglandins. Deficiency of biotin causes some members in the prostaglandins family to be over-produced during the menstrual cycle leading to menstrual and endometrial cramps.

4. Respiratory problem

Since biotin helps to synthesize carbon dioxide, without enough biotin it causes shortness of breath in women with endometriosis.

5. Risk of heart disease and stroke

If the liver cannot produce enough bile to generate good cholesterol because of not enough amounts of biotin in the body, it leads to cholesterol building up in the arteries causing the thickening of the arterial wall and the blockage o circulation of blood resulting in an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

6. Weaken function of nervous system

Since biotin acts as a co-factor with other vitamin B complexes in the metabolism of protein, deficiency of biotin interferes with that process. It weakens the normal functions of cells in the nervous system leading to tension of the nervous system such as anxiety, dizziness, loss of memory, and depression.

I. Folic Acids

I. Definition

Folic acid is one of the members of the vitamin B complex family and is a water soluble vitamin. It also known as vitamin M or folacin. It’s major function is to maintain normal growth and DNA of our body’s cells. It has a chemical structure formula of C19H19N7O6.

II. How folic acids helps in treating endometriosis

1. Anemia

Since folic acid deficiency limits cell division, women with endometriosis with heavy blood flow during menstruation are required to take enough folic acid to help in production of red blood cell. If not, it will lead to megaloblastic anemia.

2. Cell abnormality

Since folic acid is necessary for cell division, deficiency of it will lead to abnormality of some cells in the body. Some endometrial cells may become cancerous or grow into endometrial cells in the abdomen.

3. Protein synthesis

Folic acids interact with other members of the vitamin B complex family in the metabolism of protein. This helps to provide nutrients to the cells in the nervous system. Deficiency of folic acids cause the weakening of the nervous system leading to symptoms of endometriosis.

4. Abnormal cell growth

Folic acid is essential to normal DNA replication, DNA repair, and cell division. Deficiency of folic acid interferes with cell production and cannot repair the damage of cell caused by toxin accumulated in the body leading to abnormal cell growth.

5. Heart disease and stroke

Deficiency of folic acid may help to decrease the circulating level of homocytesteine in the blood. Study shows that high levels of homocysteine in the bloodstream damages coronary arteries or makes it easier for blood clotting, resulting in an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

6. Endometrial cancer

Since we already know that adequate levels of folic acid helps in the synthesis, repair, and functioning of DNA. Deficiency of folic acid may result in damage to DNA that may lead to cancer.

J. Choline

I. Definition

Choline is a water soluble vitamin and belongs to the group of vitamin B complexes. It was discovered by Andreas Strecker in 1864. It is used in traditional medicine in treating heart and liver disease caused by choline deficiency.

II. How choline helps in treating endometriosis

1. Strengthens the immune system

Deficiency of choline causes fat to be deposited into the liver and reduce the function of liver to fight against the abnormal forming of endometrial implants and adhesion in other parts of the body causing inflammation.

2. Reduce risk of heart diseases

Women with endometriosis are found to have low levels of choline during their menstrual cycle. The causes of deficiency are still unknown. Choline interacts with other members in the vitamin B complex family to help in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism which are necessary to provide energy and nutrients for our body. It also helps help to strengthen the liver in bile production, which helps to reduce the level of bad cholesterol resulting in decreasing the risk of heart diseases.

3. Increase function of nervous system

Since choline is a chemical precursor needed to produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, it helps to enhance the various congestion systems within the brain resulting in an improved function of the nervous system leading to reduced symptoms of endometriosis such as memory loss, poor concentration, anxiety, and mood swings.

4. Balancing hormone

Deficiency of choline causes abnormal functions of the liver. Since the liver plays an important role in fatty acid metabolism, deficiency of choline weakens the liver function resulting in excessive estrogen produced during menstrual cycle leading to hormone imbalance and endometrial cramps.

K. Vitamin C

I. Definition

Vitamin C is also known as L-ascorbate. It is a water soluble vitamin with a chemical structure formula of C6H6O6. It cannot be stored in the body for more than 24 hours and we are required to take it regularly. It is also best known for it’s antioxidant property in strengthening the immune system.

II. Vitamin C and endometriosis

1. Immune system

Vitamin C plays an important role in strengthening the immune system because of it’s powerful antioxidant property. It helps to guard our body against the forming of free radicals and abnormal growth of endometrial cells in other parts of the body.

2. Increase absorption of digestive system

Most women with endometriosis are found to have deficiency of some kinds of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B complex, folic acid, zinc, and magnesium. Increasing intake of vitamin C not only helps to improve digestive absorption, but also increases the body’s function in fighting against all kinds of diseases including endometriosis.

3. Hormone balancing

Besides helping strengthen the liver function to balance the estrogen level during menstrual cycle, vitamin C also balances the level of prostaglandins hormones in the prostaglandins family resulting in the calming of over-active uterine muscles.

4. Reduce heavy blood flow and blood clotting

Vitamin C not only helps to protect the breaking off of the capillaries that cause heavy blood flow for women with endometriosis during menstruation but also prevents blood clotting caused by reduction of prothrombin, thrombin, and thrombokinase concentrations in the body.

5. Decrease infection and inflammation

Vitamin C helps in protein metabolism. It not only provides our body with certain necessary proteins but also blocks the synthesis of vital proteins that cause infection and inflammation.

L. Vitamin E

I. Definition

Since vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, it can be stored in our body and we don’t require to take it regularly. It is best known for its powerful antioxidant property.

II. The effects of Vitamin E in women with Endometriosis

a) Immune system

Since vitamin E is an antioxidant, it helps to increase liver function in fighting the forming of free radicals, abnormal cells and cancers. In endometriosis, it prevents the growth of abnormal endometrial to form implants and adhesion in other parts of the body excluding the endometrium.

b) Cell protection

Since vitamin E protects the fatty acid against degradation in the human body, it helps to prevent against the oxidation in cell membranes and cellular regions resulting in protecting against the breaking off of the capillary wall causing heavy blood flow during menstruation.

c) Red blood cells

Deficiency of vitamin E in women with endometriosis were also found to have anemia. It is caused by the faster than normal aging of red blood cells because of oxidative destruction of red blood cells.

d) Nervous system

Since we already known that vitamin E is essential for increasing the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen in the circulation system, it helps to nourish the brain cells fighting against symptoms of endometriosis such as mood swings, anxiety, and depression.

e) Hormone imbalance

Deficiency of vitamin E also interferes with normal functions of thyroid and pituitary glands causing the increase of levels of fatty acids resulting in endometrial menstrual cramps which in turn result in the over-production of certain prostaglandins hormones.

M. Vitamin K

I. Definition

Vitamin K was first discovered by Danish scientist Herrik Dam in 1929. It is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is best known for its ability of protein synthesis and blood coagulation. Dietary deficiency is extremely rare because it is produced by bacteria in the digestive system. Since it is fat soluble, it can be stored in our body and we do no need to take them regularly.

II. How vitamin K effects women with endometriosis

1. Nervous and circulation systems

Vitamin K helps to convert glucose into glycogen which is essential for improving the liver function in fighting against the forming of bad cholesterol accumulated in the blood stream causing high blood pressure, making transportation of oxygen more difficult to the body’s cell, increasing the risk of heart disease and elevating tensions of nervous system. Glycogen can be stored in the liver, muscles, and can be used in case of deficiency.

2. Abnormal bleeding

Vitamin K also helps in production of prothrombin which is an important substance for blood clotting. Women with endometriosis were found to have vitamin K deficiency leading to heavier than normal bleeding during menstruation.

3. Immune system

Since vitamin K helps to strengthen the liver’s function, indirectly it protects our body from environmental toxins that cause abnormal endometrial implants and adhesion growing somewhere else other than the endometrium as we mentioned in the other articles.

4. Cell Growth

Vitamin K is also said to be an important vitamin that helps to regulate the cellular functions including cell adhesion, cell proliferation, and protection against the cell’s cytoskeleton to break up the membrane and bulge outward causing the loss of membrane asymmetry and attachment. Deficiency of vitamin K may cause an increase in the risk of irregularity cellular growth, such as endometriosis.

5. Anemia

Since vitamin K deficiency causes heavy bleeding for women with endometriosis adhered to the abdominal region leading to anemia as a result of depletion of red blood cells in the body or inability of the body to produce more red blood cell to cover the loss during menstruation

Since endometriosis is treatable and manageable by natural remedies and a self help course, if you have endometroisis, please look on the bright side.

Treating Fibroids – Foods – What Not to Eat

Little do we know that the main reasons for our fibroids growing bigger is the foods we eat and the excess of estrogen which finds its way into our internal body. Research has shown that women from the Afro Caribbean and Asian cultures suffers with larger fibroids than women of Caucasian culture. Looking at the different diets of those races, I have found that the core reasons why there is such a difference in the amount of women in the African Caribbean and Asian cultures is that we eat a lot of animal food – far more than that found in the Caucasian culture. Why is this?

For the African and Asian cultures, their diets usually consist of white rice, potatoes and animal meats i.e. chicken, red meat and fish. Mostly chicken – and chicken which is not organic, is injected with antibodies/pesticides in order that they can grow bigger in order that they can sell quicker and this contributes to toxins poisons being embedded in the internal body thus causing the fibroids to feed on same and fibroids grow bigger.

One of the main benefits of looking at what we eat is that we can learn so much about our bodies and the foods we eat which we do not realize is damaging us internally. Chicken I can assure you is one of the main reasons for our illnesses. Less chicken is better for us as much as we may find it delicious to eat – but seriously, the consequences that eating too much chicken causes is not worth thinking about so by cutting down the amount of chicken that you eat will assist in keeping your fibroids from growing larger. Also the more organic foods you consume, the better it is for us all as the pesticides is the cause of a lot of ills and we need to find an alternative way of dealing with keeping the toxins out of our system. If chicken is a must in your diet, as expensive as it is, eat organic chicken instead of mainstream chicken.

So going organic is one of the alternatives to assisting your internal body system and cutting down on toxins in your body. As well as chicken, you have to be aware of the amount of white products you eat too. White products are white bread, potatoes, pasta, also dairy products, i.e. cheese, milk – and to counterbalance those products, it is vital that you eat brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta, soya products instead of the dairy and also watch your sugar intake. You must be thinking that’s a lot that you have to change in order to be able to keep your fibroids at bay. I thought the same thing when I started.

Don’t get me wrong, it is difficult at first to stop eating certain foods, I experienced it and I know. I love my food and didn’t think that I would have been able to live without red meat, chicken, bread potatoes, milk, sugar and so many other products that I have been able to do without. Its knowing what damage has been caused and will continue to affect us internally unless we change our eating habits and once I was on the road to improving my body system, I realized that I would not go back to eating how I used to.

Home Remedies For Vaginal Thrush

Have you thought about using home remedies for vaginal thrush? Perhaps you got infected or someone you know does have a vaginal yeast infection. Even if you don’t have it now but have suffered in the past, it’s better to anticipate that it could return and find options for prevention. Vaginal thrush is a result of the yeast fungi tipping the scales off and outgrowing the healthy bacteria in the vagina. You have to do something to kill off the excess yeast fungi and bring everything back to normal.

Say No To Moisture

One of the known home remedies for vaginal thrush its to prevent excess moisture from settling in the vaginal area. Perhaps you have learned that the yeast fungi thrive in moist areas of the body including the female private parts. That’s why you should make sure that it’s dry enough after you cleanse it or after you take a bath. In addition to that, make sure there’s proper air flow in the vaginal area. Avoid wearing synthetic panties. Go for the ones made of cotton and similar soft materials. Also, don’t wear jeans or shorts that are too tight especially at the crotch area.

Topical Treatments & Similar Stuff

You may know of certain topical treatments that you can utilize as home remedies for vaginal thrush. You can also apply plain, unsweetened yogurt (with the use of a tampon) on the vaginal area. You can also do that with tea tree oil and honey. On the other hand, apple cider vinegar (as well as tea tree oil) is better utilized as a home remedy for vaginal thrush if a few drops of it is diluted into your bathwater and that you soak yourself (primarily your female private part) in it. You should also try other effective topical treatments using stuff found in your home.

The Wiping Motion

Wiping “front to back” after visiting the toilet is good practice. This is to avoid transferring any infectious elements from the anal area and infecting the vaginal area at the same time. This can contribute to vaginal thrush.

You can try home remedies for vaginal thrush first. However, if it seems that those things are not effective in getting rid of Candidiasis, you can always make use of antifungal products in the form of creams or gels. There are also certain medications which can help.

Hepatitis B Treatment Could Be Possible With a Magic Pill

A newly discovered pill by an Australian scientist could make possible Hepatitis B treatment as the pill is expected to cure the problem. It is a silent killer and you may have to live with the disease for long. This is as close as scientists have been able to come in discovering a cure for hepatitis. It is one of the most common infections of the liver and there are millions the world over suffering from the problem.

Deceptive symptoms

The liver gets inflated as a result of the infection and your liver stops working automatically. It is not easy for anyone to know if they have to undergo hepatitis test or not as the symptoms can be very deceptive and people often mistake it for common liver problems or even jaundice. You can experience headache, coupled with vomiting, pass dark yellow colored urine, dehydration, yellowing of the skin and eyes when you have hepatitis B.

The virus is the primary cause and you can be affected with hepatitis transmission by living with a person affected with the virus. The virus is usually transferred through blood and so it is called a blood urine virus. Having sex with an infected person or sharing a needle with someone having the virus can result in hepatitis transmission and it is one of the major causes of hepatitis. People who have multiple sex partners are known to be infected with the virus.

Tattooing is another way of getting infected as the body piercing tools are not always clean and patients on dialysis can also be infected. It is a disease that can happen to anyone as the virus gets transferred through the blood. Newborns are at risk of contracting hepatitis from their infected mothers. A hepatitis test will reveal the problem, but you can prevent by using a condom during sex and avoid having sex with multiple partners.

Easy transmission of virus

Avoid using used needles and keep all sores and cuts covered and hepatitis test is usually conducted on pregnant women to identify any traces of the virus. All infants are administered hepatitis B vaccines as well as those who are 11 or 12 year olds. Infection can also be transmitted to adults from razors, needles or toothbrushes. But a magic cure for hepatitis pill has been discovered by Australian scientists.

The problem of hepatitis is weird as many people are also immune to the virus and don’t develop hepatitis even after coming in contact with the virus. The virus can pass through any membrane of the body.

More time and research will be needed to counter the virus as studies are underway and the combination of many pills have been behind the discovery of the Australian drug that is expected to be used for hepatitis B treatment.