The 5th Most Common Allergen – Thimerosal

The chemical preservative Thimerosal (which contains thiosalicylate and ethylmercury) is a light colored crystalline powder found in childhood vaccines, make up and personal care products. Other products that contain it are antitoxins, ophthalmic and otolaryngolic medications, topical and intramuscular steroid preparations and intradermal tests.

If Thimerosal is used in adults and children with autism it can produce undesired side effects. Such patients, as well as their families, need to consider alternative immunization methods and this is encouraged by physicians (also recommended that siblings of people with autism should take similar precautions). Needless to say, anybody who suffers from autism needs to avoid thimerosal and thiscan be found in make up, personal care products and medications like throat sprays and eye drops.

Common products in which this preservative is present (but not limited to) are:

Contact lens solutions, eye ointments, eye drops, antitoxins, antibiotic ointments, nose drops, soap free cleansers, cosmetics, eye moisturizers, make up removers, desensitization solutions and tuberculin testing.

The North American Contact Dermatitis Group states that, in the United States, a Thimerosal allergy is rated as the 5th most common allergen affecting people. Removing Thimerosal from everyday life is practically not possible but daily exposure can be reduced by using products without it.

In many cases a Thimerosal allergy occurs only on the skin and people with allergic reactions to it might develop a rash where an injection was performed. They can also develop extreme conjunctivitis if the preservative is used in contact lens solutions that they use.

People who seem to face higher risks to a thimerosal allergy are cooks, women and healthcare workers – increased thimerosal allergy reactions amongst such groups could be as a result of increased exposure. The preservative is present in many products and immunizations that they are required to use.

Other names that Thimerosal is known as are: Mercuochrome, Merthiolate, Merzonin, Sodium ethylmercurithiosalicylate, Mertorgan, Merfamin, Thiomersalan, Thiomersal, and Thiomersalate – it is by no means a comprehensive list of chemical names used for Thimerosal.

There may be no obvious side effects or allergic reactions to this preservative in people not allergic to it, but the question beckons – how does, or will exposure to this preservative, in their personal care products, immunizations and antibiotics eventually affect their bodies?

Women’s Hormones and Mood Swings

From PMS to Peri menopause to menopause, hormone fluctuations can take women on a wild ride. Women who cycle can be on this ride for a long time. They may have brief interludes during pregnancy and/or in their 20’s and early 30’s. Cycling women complain of many symptoms. PMS occurs when hormones are not in balance especially during puberty when hormones are ramping up. During puberty, your body is trying to establish a rhythm and adjust. Perimenopause is the other side of the coin. Once you start running out of eggs, you have cycles that become irregular. Bleeding may become heavy and many women develop fibroids and fibrocystic breasts. This occurs from insufficient progesterone. In menopause, estrogen and progesterone can be very low and memory, mood and desire reflect this. When it comes to hormones, it’s all about levels and balance.

Progesterone balances estrogen

Every hormone has a counter hormone to balance its effects. Just think of a car with a gas pedal and brake. You need both to keep a steady speed when you are going up and down hills. Think of estrogen as the gas. It gives you energy, makes your breasts and uterine lining grow and sharpens memory among other things. When an egg develops from the surge of estrogen and ovulation occurs, progesterone is made in the follicle to balance the surge of estrogen. Here’s what progesterone does:

  • Stabilizes the uterine lining and prevents mid cycle spotting and bleeding.
  • Stops overgrowth of breast tissue.
  • It has a diuretic effect that relieves fluid retention and bloating.
  • Calms the nervous system to relieve anxiety.
  • Sedates and promotes sound sleep.
  • Prevents hair loss by decreasing the conversion of testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a very strong metabolite of testosterone.

Pre Menstrual Syndrome vs Perimenopause

Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) occurs during puberty, teenagers get hormone surges. Hormones are ramping up. Like a new driver, the brain controlling the output doesn’t yet have the finesse to fine tune the speed. Surges of estrogen can make someone snap, then when hormones drop at the end of a cycle, depression and withdrawal set in. As your cycle stabilizes, these symptoms become much less pronounced or disappear. Some women have chronic imbalances and can suffer from symptoms of hormone imbalance.

  • Menstrual migraines
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain,
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Many of these symptoms can also occur after having a baby. While most women have estrogen excess from their diet, environmental estrogens and cycles that don’t produce eggs, some have other imbalances. It is important to measure hormone levels and look at the interrelationship amongst all of your hormones.

Perimenopause is like PMS in reverse. The eggs in your ovaries start to run out in your mid thirties and your brain pumps out a lot more follicle stimulating hormone, FSH and leutenizing hormone, LH to stimulate your ovaries to produce an egg. If no egg is produced, you have a lot more estrogen and no progesterone. It’s like driving a car with no brakes. You don’t get the calming effects of progesterone and feel out of control. The uterine lining continues to grow and its shedding becomes incomplete or irregular. Women complain of many of the same symptoms of PMS and in addition:

  • Fibroids, spotting
  • Heavy and/or irregular periods
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Hair loss, weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Memory lapses

Menopause is when both hormones decline, like driving a car that sputters with too little gas and worn out breaks. You get what Suzanne Somers coined the Seven Dwarfs of Menopause

  • Itchy
  • Bitchy
  • Sweaty
  • Bloaty
  • Sleepy
  • Forgetful
  • Psyco

Lifestyle Factors

Many factors stimulate, disrupt and block hormones. Some cause reabsorption of hormones. Here’s what you can do to bring hormones into better balance:

  • Eliminate hormone disruptors in your diet such as
  • Eliminate BPA’s in plastics and the lining of cans- eat fresh or frozen.
  • Reduce herbicides and pesticides by thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables and eat the “dirty dozen” organic (apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach and strawberry).
  • Buy hormone free and antibiotic free meat and dairy or better yet, free range, grass fed organic.
  • Increase the elimination of hormones by increasing soluble fiber. Eat oats, beans, berries, apples and high fiber fruits and vegetables. Ground flax meal is also good.
  • Chasteberry, an herb can stimulate the production of progesterone and is helpful during PMS and Peri menopause.
  • Black Cohosh and Rhapontic Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticumL.) extract are the most effective for relieving hot flashes and symptoms of menopause.
  • Gamma Linoleic Acid found in primrose oil and in higher concentrations in borage oil can relieve swelling and bloating along with Vitamin E.
  • B complex vitamins help you metabolize hormones and are essential for energy production.
  • Sleep 6-8 hours and take relaxation breaks throughout the day
  • Eat a low glycemic diet (less white and processed foods such as sugar, white flour, pasta, rice, tropical fruits that are digested quickly and raise blood sugar).
  • This is the short list of what studies showed had the most benefit. Buy quality ingredients from a trusted source, as many companies do not purify or standardize their products and may not use the dose and form that studies found effective.

    Balance with Bioidentical Hormones

    When all else fails and you want to have better control of your moods and life, seek medical advice and have your hormones measured. Hormones can be balanced with replacement.

    • Progesterone alone is very calming and smooths the roller coaster ride during PMS, post partum and perimenopause.
    • Testosterone helps women stabilize their moods, regain self confidence and self esteem and libido. It drops in many women during perimenopause but rises in some, especially those with polycystic ovarian syndrome and insulin resistance.
    • Menopausal women often need all 3 hormones – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

    Many people are concerned about hormone replacement therapy due to the results of the women’s health initiative. In that study the average age of women was 63, they were 10 years past menopause and used high doses of the synthetic hormones Premarin, Provera and Prempro. Bioidentical hormones are the same chemical structure as the hormones in your body. The International Menopause Society and The North American Menopause Society have both changed their recommendations. If you are symptomatic, it is better to start hormone replacement therapy early because there are many benefits.

    Harmonize your hormones with lifestyle ad when all else fails, seek the advice of an anti aging, functional medicine expert to help you balance your hormones with bioidentical estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Seek out someone who will take into account your diet and unique genetic and metabolic makeup for personalized, customized care.

    Depression – Cognitive, Behavioural, and Solution Focused Therapies

    Depression – Behavioural Therapy.

    As the name suggests, the basic concept of Behavioural Therapy is that everything centres on behaviour. The inner process mean very little if anything at all. So, if a person feels miserable, it’s because of his or her behaviour.

    For instance, if I’m always doing things that make me unhappy just because I think I should do them, or have to do them, then this behaviour will make me miserable. Traditional Behavioural Therapists are far less interested in their patients’ thoughts and emotions as they are observing their behaviour. Dramatic results can occur by changing peoples’ behaviour, but of course it’s also known now that thought processes and perceptions play a vitally important part in overcoming depression.

    Depression – Cognitive Therapy. The basic premise of Cognitive Therapy is that all emotion comes from thought. For example, if you think about someone chasing you with an axe, you’re going to frighten the life out of yourself!

    The idea behind this type of therapy is that patients are taught to ‘catch’ their thoughts, challenge them and then they’ll feel differently. We’ve discussed previously how working on your thinking styles is vital for a person suffering from Depression. Any therapist who doesn’t address this quickly with you is falling down on the job.

    Recent brain studies have come up with a very interesting phenomenon. They’ve found that certain emotions occur before thoughts, so fear may grip us before we have any idea why. Generally, though, Cognitive Therapy has done very well by not only lifting depression, but for preventing relapse.

    The only risk with Cognitive Therapy is that it can become very complex, too complex sometimes for the patient to understand. Great skill must be exercised, therefore, by the therapist so that he guides his patient up to, but not beyond, the person’s way of learning.

    Depression – Solution Focused Therapy. The name says it all. The idea is to find solutions for problems through which the patient may be suffering. Oddly, the past isn’t completely ignored, but the main focus is on future health and well-being Actually, a quick burrow into the past may be necessary. After all, a problem may be of very long standing, in which case the past must be addressed.

    But that’s the only reason. The main point is teaching new skills and abilities in dealing with your problems, and 95% of the emphasis is on the future and how you’re going to feel shortly. The therapy is kept brief and focused. It’s being proved an extremely hopeful and motivational type of treatment when carried out by a skilled therapist

    How to Deal With Commitment Phobias

    Internet and magazines give you a vast range of advices about dealing with commitment phobias – which could tend to be confusing at times. Here are a few basic tips that should lessen your confusion:

    -The first step is to learn about yourself and your partner. Ask yourself- Are you both moving in different directions or is there something else that doesn’t connect?

    -The second step is to blame irrelevant facts when your relationship is not working. You must find out the real facts about why your relationship is not working.

    As tricky as it may be to divulge this fact, your partner and you may just not meant to be. Truth could sometimes be a bitter pill to swallow.

    What is commitment phobia?

    Just like the phrase suggests, the fear of commitment is to be attached with a person forever. Men are usually scared of commitment than women are, but recent study suggests that this could be a case of stereotyping – and the gender may not essentially have anything to do with it.

    According to statistics, people are happier in relationships when they are committed. So the basic question which occurs is that where does this fear of commitment rise from?

    – The first reason could be bad experience in previous relationships. If so, you will need to be patient.

    – If your partner has had a case of a broken heart in the past, you must understand that you are an entirely different person compared to their previous partner and be patient in helping them realize this fact. You must be able to help your partner realize about how much you care for them.

    – Are you or your partner addicted to the thrill of a new connection? Yes, the first phase of a relationship is at all times exciting….but as you resolve into a regular routine, either of you may begin to develop into restless condition, and look somewhere else to get that thrill again. Sadly, this phony thrill will always fade away, leaving you starving for the next join.

    So be cautious; diminishing into this ensnare is a formula for a superficial and forlorn subsistence. Instead, you captivate your relationship stably and thrilling. You could try new stuff and explore new adventures together, while spending a bit of time apart from each other – independently.

    – There might be a better person out there

    -Some people believe that they haven’t yet found the ‘one’ even if they are in a relationship – they are always on the outlook for someone perfect; someone better; someone who may understand them more.

    – Some people give a lot of attention in the beginning but slowly their interest in you fades away. They become less attentive to you and begin to burn out the thrills which made you invincible to them once upon a time. And this scares them, because it extracts a fear of boredom within those people.

    So How Can We Avoid It?

    If you are not really sure how to deal with commitment phobia, then we hope this article may have given you a little more awareness. One of the most disparaging side effects of being caught up with a commitment phobic is to lose out on your personal self esteem. You might even censure yourself for your partner’s breakdown to commit. Rejection does hurt and when you are the end of receiving rejection, it can be difficult not to break down.

    The best method to keep away from having to deal with commitment phobia is to be apparent about what your wants and prospects are precisely from the start; don’t keep away from discussing about grave topics just because you don’t want to sink down. If the both of you don’t want the same thing, it is healthier to be familiar with the situation right from the start.

    Anxiety – Panic Attacks and Depression

    Many experts have long been finding the correlation between panic attacks and depression. Anxiety attacks often occur when a person feels threatened about something or anticipating something awful to happen. Depression on the other hand could be brought about a passing of a loved one, or any experience that can cause a person feel morose and listless.

    Anxiety and Depression are often confused to be the same, since they occur at the same time or with each other, this is however, untrue. They can occur at the same time, but it does not necessarily mean that they are one and the same. So a person that is depressed can feel some anxiety; and anxiety disorder can cause a person to feel depressed.

    Medication is prescribed to patients suffering from both conditions and these can help lessen the manifestation of the symptoms. It should be understood, however, that while these medications can successfully relieve a patient of momentary emotion, it is only temporary; what still resolves the problem completely is to allow the patients to identify what is causing the depression or the anxiety and to confront it. It could be caused by a traumatic experience or it could have been inherited from a relative. Nevertheless, battling the disorder, whatever the cause is possible; as long as you will it.

    If you suspect that you are suffering from anxiety or depression, consult your case with your doctor, any family member or a support group. It would also help if you are knowledgeable about the disorder so you can manage it properly. The most important thing that you have to realize is that you are not alone. There are people around you who can share with your burden so do not let the disorder ruin your life.

    Food, Insomnia – What Does One Have to Do With the Other?

    Many people experience difficulties in falling asleep or staying asleep due to their diets. Sometimes this means consuming the wrong foods or beverages; sometimes it means consuming them at the wrong time or in unreasonable quantities. If you learn how your diet affects you, you will be in the best position to make reasonable changes when necessary.

    Caffeine is one of the main culprits. While most people find that simply limiting their consumption of coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages to a moderate number of servings per day, and not drinking them at night will eliminate insomnia, others need to discontinue their use of caffeine entirely. In addition to the popular caffeinated beverages, some foods also contain caffeine. You may wish to consider your intake of these types of foods, also.

    You may love spicy foods; but they can also cause insomnia. Similar to the use of caffeine, you may find that limiting your intake of such foods, or eating them at an earlier time of day, may end your insomnia. You may also need to regulate your diet so that it includes less spicy foods.

    For some people, an allergy is the factor in food-related insomnia. While you may be allergic to a specific kind of food, allergies are more commonly related to additives, such as chemicals, dyes, or preservatives. Your physician can help you to determine if you have a food allergy which is causing or contributing to your insomnia.

    If you have food-related insomnia, discovering the cause is a positive step. You will then be able to decide the appropriate action to take in order to resolve the problem.

    Insomnia is not only uncomfortable and unpleasant, it is unhealthy as well. For both your body and your mind to be at its most healthful, peak performance, it is essential to not only get enough sleep on a regular basis, but also to get the kind of restful sleep you need. If you have been coping with the unpleasant effects of insomnia, you are sure to be absolutely delighted when it is no longer a part of your life. Each time you awaken feeling comfortable and refreshed, you will know that it is the best way to start the new day.

    Permanent Relief for Ingrown Toenails

    What is an ingrown toenail?

    An ingrown toenail is simply a curving of the nail border into the flesh of the toe. When the pressure from the curved or deformed nail becomes excessive, the underlying skin or tissue is pierced or opened and this provides entry for harmful bacteria. It is common for bacteria to be around the nail without an infection. However, when the skin breaks and these bacteria enter the area, a bacterial infection begins. Ingrown nails can also result from the development of fungus in the nails which cause deformity and secondary bacterial infection. Some people will not get an infection initially but will just have pain and redness.

    Signs of an infection include pain, redness, swelling, foul odor and yellow drainage. Many people develop ingrown toenail infections on a regular basis. These are often treated with soaking and antibiotic pills. Typically, these treatments only provide short term relief.

    If the infection has been present for a long period, x-rays may be taken to make sure there is no bone infection. Bone infection is a serious problem and must be treated in other ways. Also, those with poor circulation can develop gangrene from an infection. It is highly recommended that the patient with these conditions seek early treatment to avoid more serious conditions.

    Generally, ingrown nails present problems multiple times over a period of months or years. Initially, there is pain and redness which then results in infection.

    Why some treatments provide only temporary relief:

    Why is only short term relief provided with these seemingly strong treatments? While there is an infection present, it can not be healed without draining the infection or abscess from the side of the toe where the nail is piercing the skin. This piece of nail acts as a foreign body and must be removed for proper healing.

    Unfortunately, many people seek treatment for these problems and are treated for months with antibiotics and never heal until they see a Podiatrist for removal of the piece of nail and drainage of the infection. The removal of the nail portion and drainage of the infection should actually be the first treatment received. All other treatments, including antibiotic pills or creams and soaking, are secondary to what is known as incision and drainage or drainage of infection.

    Treatments are often done by you, the patient. This is known as “bathroom surgery” and is often performed with various homemade instruments. Often relief will be obtained but eventually many patients end up seeking professional help due to excessive pain and infection.

    It should be noted that often after drainage of the infection, oral antibiotics are not always necessary. The problem with taking antibiotics over and over for this condition is that the bacteria modify themselves so that the antibiotic no longer works and antibiotic resistance is the result.

    How can I get permanent relief from Ingrown Toenails?

    Assuming that the infection is controlled and circulation is adequate for healing, there are procedures to remove the ingrown nail permanently. Normally only a small portion of nail is removed, not the complete nail. The result is cosmetically pleasing once full healing has occurred. There is a 95% success rate!

    There are several methods for the permanent procedure. The most common method is using a chemical for the destruction of the nail root or growth area, also known as the matrix. Common chemicals used include phenol and sodium hydroxide.

    After removal of the abnormal nail portion, the chemical is then used to destroy the root. A light bandage is applied. Care at home is simple and recovery involves cleaning the area and applying antibiotic cream. Most people have minimal pain after the procedure. Some redness, swelling and clear drainage are normal for several weeks to a month depending on the individual reaction to the chemical. There are rarely complications, however, as with any procedure you physician will review possible complications.

    So, there is no need to suffer with ingrown nails when you can have this procedure. The procedure is safe and performed in the office with a local anesthetic. The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes.

    Laser Treatment For Nail Fungus – Assessing The Effectiveness

    Laser treatment involves the use of ultraviolet beams to cure fungus that typically attack nails. Fungi prosper better in moist and dirty areas and poor nail hygiene could just invite them over. The fact is that everyone is prone to their attack. Laser treatment for nail fungus has proven to be 90 percent successful in patients, with results showing total removal of the parasite.

    How The Laser Procedure Works?

    Until recently, laser treatment has been known to be cure for problems of the eye. Today, it is used to treat nail fungus infections. The affected nail is pierced using the beam of light by the podiatrist, prompting the fungus to vaporize.

    The frequency of the beam is controlled such that it only attacks the cells of the skin responsible for causing the infection. The procedure is short lived and would take approximately 10 to 20 minutes per nail.

    In the case of treating more than one infection, more time is devoted to the procedure. There will be no need for hospitalizing the patient once the procedure is through and nail polish can be applied soon after.

    How Effective Is Laser Treatment?

    The effectiveness of laser treatment for nails is rated at above 90 percent and is highly recommended by doctors worldwide. Since the laser rays execute the bacteria from beneath the nail, chances of the infection spreading to other nails are nil.

    Compared to other remedies for nail fungus most of which require topical application, in the laser treatment the beam is directly pointed onto the infected nail. The procedure is fast, painless and does not require mixing numerous elements to have the right portion.

    Procedure – A common procedure in treating nail fungus is to remove the whole affected nail so that a new one grows. However, for the laser treatment, there will be no need to pull out the entire nail in the name of curing the disease. Besides, the laser light is only allowed to penetrate the areas of the nail affected with the infection. Thus, there is no need to cover the other nails which may not be infected.

    Duration – Seeking other methods of treatment for nail fungus may be time consuming as they take long before the final results are realized. Others take years before the infection is eliminated completely. Laser treatment on the other hand only requires that you visit the podiatrist twice and your nail will be cured of the infection entirely. Each of the session only take 10 to 20 minutes so when compressed together, the total time you will spend with your doctor should be less than half an hour.

    Cost – The only down side of the laser treatment for nail fungus is that it can be quite costly that may cost you hundreds of dollars. This is attributable to the basic fact that the procedure is pretty novel as far as treating nail infections are concerned. On top of that, insurance companies deem the procedure as an aesthetic cure further escalating costs for patients who opt for it. It is thus wise to discuss with your doctor on matters regarding the seriousness of your infection and the amount you plan to spend on treating it.

    Alternative Treatment For Sprained Ankle And Ankle Pain

    Strains and sprains are usually caused by a wrench, and cause pain, increased by movement or by putting weight on the foot. There will be swelling and perhaps bruising. There may also be damage to the ligaments. Consult a medical practitioner to check that you have not sustained a small fracture if the pain persists for more than a week.

    Treatment

    Ensure that the foot is rested for a period each day. Recovery will be enhanced by gently exercising the ankle with a wobbleboard, moving the foot in a circular fashion, and stretching the calves.

    Diet and Nutrition Ferr. phos., a biochemic tissue salt, is recommended for sprains. Hydrotherapy Contrast bathing with hot and coin compresses is recommended.

    Consult a qualified practitioner/therapist for:

    Acupuncture and Acupressure Stimulation of the relevant points will be undertaken. Herbal Medicine Your herbalist may suggest a poultice of turmeric, comfrey, and/or ginger. Homeopathy Specific remedies include Arnica 30c, taken as soon as possible after the injury, and then every hour. Take Rhus tox. 6c, and Ruta grav. 6c four times daily.

    Osterpathy Treatment will be aimed at specific mobilization of the ankle and foot, and integration of the leg with the trunk and pelvis.

    Dropped Aches/Foot Pain

    General foot pain, which is not the result of injury, is usually felt in the middle of the foot and can be caused by excess strain on the foot itself, either from over­weight, or from standing or walking for long periods of lime. Calluses, bunions, and corns may contribute to discomfort. Foot pain can lead to postural problems, and cause the muscles of the calves to ache.

    Fallen arches occur when the raised arch of the sole descends, so that the entire foot is flat against the gronnd (flat feet). This condition may be congenital some people are born with flat feet, and in others, the arch does not develop properly, or the result of weight gain, ill-fitting shoes, or weakened muscles in the foot.

    Treatment

    Exercise is recommended, including picking up items with the toes, and rocking on the foot, from heel to toe.

    Hydrotherapy Hot footbaths with essential oils of eucalyptus and rosemary should be alternated with cold footbaths with a few drops of essential oil of peppermint added to them.

    Consult a qualified practitioner/therapist for:

    Massage Deep massage on the foot, calves, and upper legs will relieve symptoms and stimulate the muscles. Osteopathy Cranial osteopathy can be used to correct undeveloped arches in babies and children. Chiropractic Adults should see a chiropractor for specific joint mobilization.

    How to Get Rid of Bruises – 4 Ways to Get Rid of Bruises

    First of all, let’s see what exactly causes bruises. Did you know that bruises are caused by broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin? Yes, broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin. You probably didn’t know that, did you? And, because bruises are caused by the broken blood vessels they tend to remain long after the pain has passed, leaving you with a nasty mark on your skin. Even so, there are some ways to get rid of the bruises rapidly or at least cover them up so nobody sees them. Let’s see the most important 4 ways to get rid of bruises:

    How to Get Rid of Bruises – Method 1

    Apply a cold compress on the bruise, immediately after the bruise took place. This will help quicken the healing process and this way you can get rid of bruises a lot faster.

    How to Get Rid of Bruises – Method 2

    It’s a good idea to also apply a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your own skin, and use a light layer just over the bruised region. This will cover the affected region and no one will ever know that you’ve got a nasty bruise.

    How to Get Rid of Bruises – Method 3

    To prevent bruises you can wear protective clothing (long sleeves, long pants, shoes that protect your feet, etc) over those regions where you tend to repeatedly bruise yourself. If you have a particular region where you get bruises a lot, you can even ask you doctor or even a pharmacist or even ask on forums about special protective things for that particular area. Most of the times you will find exactly what you need.

    How to Get Rid of Bruises – Method 4

    Did you know that the measly aspirin is causing you a lot of trouble? What I mean is that high doses of aspirin make you much vulnerable to bruises. This happens because an aspirin thins the blood too much and makes the blood to leak though the blood vessels. So, be very careful next time you decide to take a lot of aspirins. Be cautious.

    These are 4 of the most useful ways on how to get rid of bruises.

    Foot Drop After Back Surgery – Helping With Walking Better

    Do you have foot drop?

    Do you want to walk better again?

    1.) Introduction

    This free health information will discuss the meaning of foot drop. It will also talk about how this condition can happen after a spinal surgery. In the last sections we will discuss treatment options for you to help you walk better again.

    2.) Definition of Foot Drop

    The term foot drop is a simple way of describing a potentially complex problem. When someone suffers from foot drop, it is usually an issue that stems from a great problem like: multiple sclerosis, a traumatic brain injury, Cerebral Palsy, a brain tumor or it might be a condition brought on by spinal surgery. As you can gather from the term itself, there is a problem with bringing the foot up as you walk. Foot drop will cause the toes to drag, demand a higher expenditure of energy from the person with the condition while walking, and you may have a higher incidence of falls as a result.

    3.) Foot Drop Due to Spinal Surgery

    If during or after surgery there is pressure placed on the nerves that extend from the lower back then this can unfortunately promote drop foot. The peroneal nerve can be affected as a result of the surgery and this can affect the way in which you bring up your foot as you walk. The result can be foot drop and a compensatory gait deviation.

    4.) Treatment for Foot Drop

    After you sustain a walking problem, like the one we are talking about here, you can do something about it. You are not just stuck without any options. – One of the best things you can do for yourself is to contact your local, licensed orthotist. These individuals are brace specialists. There are braces (AFOs) for your foot and ankle that can help to support you while you walk and they are easily hidden with the use of a pair of pants. Having an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) can help you walk in many ways. What this means is that your balance can improve. The speed at which you walk can increase as well and any fear of falling can also decrease as well! These are benefits that AFOs provide to people every day.

    Note: This is health information. It is important to talk with your local, licensed orthotist for medical advice on bracing for your particular needs.

    What Can Occur After Gallbladder Removal?

    More than 700 thousand gallbladders’ are removed annually in US. There are some significant reasons for that. First is modern diet that leading to widespread of gallbladder stones and gallbladder diseases. Second is the growth of the laparoscopic surgeries that make removing the gallbladder relatively painless procedure in the last decades. Third, there are not accepted, non-knife, common treatments of gallbladder’s disorders. Fourth is the view on gallbladder as a simple bag for storage the bile, a secondary organ that one can easily live without.

    Mather Nature does not make mistakes. Gallbladder is extremely powerful player in digestive team with many vital functions. Knowledge of these functions can explain symptoms, which occur when one lost gallbladder.

    Let us look on gallbladder and its relations with liver, pancreas, sphincter of Oddi and small intestine. All these organs work as orchestra, to play the very important symphony by name of proper digestion. Orchestra means that all instruments play the same music. Without gallbladder, proper digestion is difficult.

    What does gallbladder perform in the body, what is its relationship to other digestive organs?

    Gallbladder collects liver’s bile, it concentrates this bile and releases bile exactly in a good quantity and appropriate time into duodenum; first part of the small intestine where 90% fat is metabolized by pancreatic digestive enzymes.

    Liver produces bile not only for digestion. There is another highly vital role of the bile – detoxification. Through the bile, liver removes many fat-soluble toxic substances such as bile pigments, heavy metals, drugs, alcohol, medications, excess of the cholesterol, etc. Contractions of the gallbladder quickly move these poisonous compounds into the duodenum without constant irritation of the gallbladder ducts and sphincter of Oddi.

    Gallbladder has close nervous and hormonal connections with other upper digestive organs especially with the sphincter of Oddi. If gallbladder contracts, sphincter of Oddi normally opens to release bile into the duodenum for digesting fatty foods. Contrary, when sphincter of Oddi is closed liver’s bile fills up the gallbladder; therefore it is dilated. This pendulum effect prevents increasing pressure inside the bile duct and pancreatic duct.

    Concentrated gallbladder’s bile stimulates peristaltic; contracted motions of the gut. Contrary, low amount of the bile causes constipation.

    Bile duct and pancreatic duct join each other before sphincter of Oddi so many problems with gallbladder and bile can cause pancreatitis – inflammation of pancreas that can be life-threatening disease.

    Everything above may help to explain symptoms that arise after gallbladder removal: indigestion, abdominal pain, heartburn, fullness, fatty foods intolerance, constipation, diarrhea, etc.

    According medical literature, symptoms after gallbladder removal affect about 10-15% of patients. The term postcholecystectomy syndrome describes the presence of symptoms after cholecystectomy; gallbladder removal. With at least 10% of patients developing postcholecystectomy syndrome, approximately 70,000 cases or more of this condition occur in US each year. Many of these sufferers look for help without success.

    Surgeon spreads his hands; the operation was successful without any complications. Often people, which lost gallbladder take plenty of medication or pain killers without substantial lessening of their pain and indigestion.

    It is almost impossible to solve these troubles without focus on the root of the problem. Main problem that brings people to surgery is gallbladder attack with severe pain in the upper part of the stomach, nausea, vomiting, and temperature. Gallbladder stones and gallbladder’s inflammation are revealed. These diseases do not fall suddenly from the sky; it needs time to get gallbladder stone.

    Many reasons can predispose to gallbladder stones, such as diet without oil and fat, obesity, parasites, chronic infections and food’s sensitivity, Candida-yeast overgrowth, rapid losing weight by dieting or after bariatric surgery, anatomical abnormalities, medications etc.

    But the most dangerous problem is acidic life style. Acid-formed foods such as red meat, sugars, white flour and white rice, processed foods, sodas, consumption of alcohol, drugs, sedentary life style lead to whole body acidity. Acidity causes biomechanical and biochemical changes in bile system, especially in the gallbladder.

    In a healthy situation, liver produces alkaline bile. When body is getting acidic, bile also becomes acidic. It leads to precipitation of the aggressive bile acids inside the gallbladder, precipitation of cholesterol and calcium salts; thus gallbladder stones occur. Acidic, aggressive bile irritates gallbladder and bile ducts causing inflammation, spasmodic jerky contraction of gallbladder with spasms and abdominal pains. Acidic aggressive bile creates spasms of the sphincter of Oddi; the strategic gate between bile and pancreatic ducts and duodenum. Spasms of the sphincter of Oddi create back up of the bile and pancreatic juice. Increasing pressure inside these ducts can lead to activation of the pancreatic enzymes inside the pancreas, self-digestion and possible pancreatitis.

    In duodenum, acidic, aggressive bile causes inflammation, ulcers and irregular contractions of the gut’s wall. It, in turn, causes refluxes; wrong way traffic with throwing up aggressive combination of the bile and pancreatic enzymes up into the stomach, or even esophagus with severe heartburn and pains.

    What is also extremely important, that acidic changes in the bile and pancreatic juice make acidic environment inside the duodenum. Pancreatic digestive enzymes, which work only in alkaline milieu, stop digestion of food. Undigested food is fermented by yeasts and bacteria causing a lot of gas and irritation of the gut.

    Alkalizing the body can relive many these symptoms. Naturally, human being keeps normal slightly alkaline condition by consumption of minerals and bicarbonate from alkaline-formed foods.

    Another way to get more minerals and bicarbonate is drinking healing mineral waters. European doctors have sent their patients with postcholecystectomy syndrome in Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic to drink water from thermal spring for last fifty years. Also, healing mineral water can be prepared by dissolving genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt at home. Various medical articles and books prove that drinking Karlovy Vary healing mineral water decreases gas, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain in persons without gallbladder.

    Some herbs, mineral supplements, such as cellular magnesium-potassium, acupuncture, abdominal massage and medical hypnosis can have beneficial actions on different symptoms of the postcholecystectomy syndrome. Doctors all over the globe widely and successfully use many of these non-drugs, safe and effective healing methods to treat people after gallbladder removal.

    The goal is to find knowledgeable practitioner.

    The information on this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed professional.

    Natural Cures For Hypertension – Why Natural Remedies Are More Effective Than Medication

    Did you know that natural cures for hypertension are one of the most effective cures for normalizing high blood pressure? Unfortunately, most people just take medication to lower their score. Though you might find your score lower, you are only hiding a serious problem that could eventually kill you.

    Though the cause of hypertension could range from an array of problems, most people can contribute their problem to their diet or lifestyle. Some can contribute the problem to genetics. Whatever the case, millions of people suffer from the ‘silent killer’ and doctors are finding out that medication is not the only treatment.

    Why You Should Consider Natural Remedies Too

    I am not an advocate of going ‘cold turkey’ on your meds. In fact, many of my natural health customers are still weaning themselves off of their medication and allowing hypertension natural remedies to be their only treatment. Many of these people have chosen natural health because of a doctor’s recommendation or the miserable side effects associated with the medication.

    Whatever the case, natural health is usually the best treatment for this common disease. Synthetic medications work because they synthetically slow the heart rate or ease the pressure of the arteries. Though, your score has dropped; your arteries are still restricted and won’t achieve healthy blood pressure.

    Natural remedies work by treating the problem inside the arteries. Most people find ways to lower their score with their diet. Some people find that they are missing 3 essential minerals. Most people find that specific vitamins can lower their score by nine points. And even some people find that breathing exercises work.

    Whatever the case, natural cures for hypertension can be the key to healthy living.

    Simple Natural Cures for Hypertension

    The measure of blood pressure while the heart is beating is known as systolic pressure, while the pressure when the heart is at rest is called diastolic pressure. Your goal should be to get your systolic pressure below 120 and your diastolic below 80.

    Many of our customers have made their goal naturally with simple remedies that work to treat the causes. Here are a few tips to get you on your way to natural health!

    1. Here are the tips that your doctor will recommend. You should lose weight if you are overweight, quit smoking, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, eat foods low in cholesterol, eat foods low in salt, and cut back on alcohol. I realize you probably have already heard those facts but it doesn’t hurt to remind yourself.

    2. The healthiest diet is a high fiber diet that contains whole grains, fruits, vegetables and leans meats. Fiber is critical for flushing the body of toxins, cholesterol, and plaque build up. You will notice taking more trips to the bathroom but just remember that foods which are in and out are the best foods!

    3. Research has found that most people who suffer from high blood pressure are deficient in 3 key minerals. Magnesium, potassium and calcium are critical for normalized blood pressure. You can supplement it or find the right foods.

    4. You might be ‘weirded out’ by this next tip but try it once and you could reduce your pressure by 9 points in 20 minutes. It is recommended to de-stress by sitting in a quiet and peaceful place and just closing your eyes. Practice slow and deep breathes. If you are a spiritual person, this is a great spiritual discipline. (Deep breathes increase oxygen levels in the blood which lowers blood pressure.)

    5. Try apple cider vinegar! Chances have it that you know one elderly person who swears on apple cider vinegar. Research shows that this type of vinegar is loaded with vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body to regulate body functions. Take 8 ounces of water and 2 tablespoons of apples cider vinegar and mix. You can add honey for better taste.

    Still Want More…

    This is a great start for you treatment but it is only a few tips for a complete treatment. If you are serious about becoming the healthy person you want to be and normalizing your blood pressure in the process, please visit our Natural Cures for Hypertension Website. Our researched report has help thousands of sufferers and guarantees the results you want!

    Understanding Endometriosis Hip Joint Pain

    Millions of women in America, and all over the world, as much as 5 to 10% of the female population, suffer endometriosis and hip joint pain can be one of the symptoms. So it is important to be aware of endometriosis signs and symptoms and the various treatment options that can help alleviate endometriosis hip joint pain.

    While some women may have endometriosis and feel no different than their peers, most women with endometriosis suffer progressively worsening pain in line with their monthly periods.

    The common symptoms of endometriosis are pelvic tenderness, heightened pre-menstrual syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea (pain before and during periods), painful urination, and pain during sexual intercourse, chronic fatigue and cramping among many others.

    Hip pain or pain that radiates from the buttock and down the leg are common in women where endometriosis has effected the sciatic nerve. Also, endometriosis in the groin area can feel like hip pain.

    On occasion endometrial adhesions can restrict the hip ligaments, causing pain and limping. Hip joint pain that worsens in a cyclical fashion in line with the menstrual cycle will usually be caused by endometriosis.

    Endometriosis is characterized when endometrium cells, similar to the tissue that lines the womb or uterus, attaches itself to other organs found in the abdomen and around the hip joint. The reason behind this is still not entirely understood.

    At first, it was hypothesized that endometriosis occurs due to a condition called retrograde menstruation, where menstrual blood flows backwards into the pelvic cavity instead of out of the body. This has largely been discounted however, as it has been found that most women experience retrograde menstruation without necessarily developing endometriosis.

    More recent research has shown that the condition may possibly be an immune response towards the spreading of endometrial cells. Some studies have also discovered genetic links with regards to endometriosis. However all studies have been inconclusive regarding the actual cause of the disease. Further research is still being conducted to find its etiology.

    Because the extent of endometriosis varies very widely among its sufferers, treatment options are also varied. The effectiveness and safety of these treatments should be subject to careful evaluation as a lot of them have side effects that you should be aware of.

    Some sufferers may be given medical treatment, however these can cause premature menopause or can stop ovulation. Some women may just opt to relieve the hip and pelvic pain caused by endometriosis using pain killers either taking over-the-counter drugs or stronger prescription pain medicine.

    Conservative surgery is also an option. This type of treatment aims to surgically destroy or remove endometriosis and return the effected organ systems to their original state as much as possible.

    This is done in hope of relieving the hip joint paint associated with the condition as well as the infertility that can result from it. Most surgeries, especially those in the U.S., are done using a laparoscope, making the procedure minimally invasive.

    Alternative treatments have also shown a lot of promise and anecdotally have been successful for a number of women. Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments like acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments can provide relief. Also, acupressure and aromatherapy can be used to alleviate symptoms. Even you diet can make a big difference to your symptoms.

    Keep reading to sign up to our free Endometriosis newsletter where you can discover more about the natural ways of treating endometriosis symptoms.

    Endometriosis hip joint pain is not a laughing matter. If you experience some of the symptoms that you’ve learned about here, it’s best to consult with your gynecologist to address the matter immediately. It is also wise to go to your doctor periodically to keep your reproductive health in check.

    Same-Polyp Intervention? Turn to 45383 and 45381

    As a gastroenterology coder, you may find yourself bowled over by coding situations such as these: The olympus scope was passed in the transverse colon. Outstanding prep. The lesion itself was at about 9 centimeter in the rectosigmoid or upper one third of the rectum really. With the rotatable snare, the base was encircled, and the polyp removed, and then one more small piece that was still on the wall was removed, thus, removing the entire lesion. This was retrieved, and put in a pathology bottle. After this, the area was re-examined. Since there was a diagnosis of dysplasia, it was elected to use the APC with 360 head post polypectomy setting which was done, and the entire area was APC’d under narrow band light. This was removed, the Argon removed, and then a tattoo was a SPOT material was used and photographs were clicked.

    As such, what codes should you use to report this procedure?

    Well, it appears the snare and APC intervention are on the same polyp/lesion. According to the report, the scope was passed only to the transverse colon; as such, if the procedure was planned as a sigmoidoscopy then you would use CPT codes from the flexible sigmoidoscopy family of codes even if the scope went beyond the splenic flexure. If the procedure was planned as a colonoscopy, then you should bill these codes on your claim:

    • For code 45383 – Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with ablation of tumor(s), polyp(s), or other lesion(s) not amenable to removal by hot biopsy forceps, bipolar cautery or snare technique.
    • For code 45381 -Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexture, with directed submucosal injection[s], any substance.

    You should not go for 45385 (Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with removal of tumor[s], polyp[s], or other lesion[s] by snare technique) as correct coding initiative edits bundle this code into 45383. The relative value units for 45385 (15.69 relative value units for non-facility) are lower than that for 45383 (16.72 relative value units for nonfacility); as such using the latter code will bring you more reimbursement: $568.09 (relative value units) multiplied by 2011 conversion factor of 33.9764). In this situation, you cannot unbundle the edit by using modifier 59 since interventions are on the same polyp. You’d bill the tattooing with 45381.

    For more on this and for other medical coding updates pertaining to gastroenterology coding, sign up for a good medical coding guide like Supercoder.