How to Deal With the Negative Side Effects of a Detox

When you go through a detox strange and sometimes unpleasant things happen to your body.

During a detox, your mind and body gets a chance to relax and release the build up of harmful toxins, bacteria and parasites stored in your body organs and fat tissues. These toxins and harmful bacteria enter your body through environmental toxins, poor diet, stress and worry.

As you detox, your body struggles to realign and re-balance. This can cause you quite a few unpleasant sensations, such as headaches, diarrhea, dizziness and bad breath; you may feel extra tired, weak and irritable. These symptoms are totally natural and a sign that your body is in the process of detoxification.

The way your body responds to a detox depends on your previous lifestyle habits, for example coffee drinkers usually experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and may feel dizzy and light headed.

To help you cope with the more negative, unpleasant effects of a detox here are some tips you might like to try.

Headaches – If your normal diet consists of drinking coffee, coke and energy drinks with a high caffeine content, chances are as you detox you will experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms, this includes a range of symptoms such as headaches, irritability, nervousness and even insomnia. These effects have a debilitating effect on your ability to stick to your resolve as you detox. Depending on the length of your detox, these symptoms can last for 1 – 3 days.

To counteract these effects, you can dab a few drops of lavender oil on your temples, drink lots of water or herbal teas, especially nettle tea. Yoga poses such as seated forward bends or resting in the corpse pose will also help minimise these effects.

Irritability – This is quite a common side effect when you detox. You can feel irritable and ratty with loved ones, especially if they do not support you as you undergo your detox. From a yogic perspective, it is best not to fight these feelings but to take time and explore what these feelings mean for you – what is it you feel irritable about – is it your perceived lack of food, boredom or worry about whether you can complete your detox? Breathing exercises, such as single nostril breathing can help to calm and clear your mind, whilst gentle yoga poses such as the child pose can ease your discomfort.

Physically weak – You may feel light headed and physically weak as you detox. To counteract this, make sure you detox during a period when you do not have too many work or social commitments. Standing yoga poses, for instance the mountain pose can help you ground your energy and help stabilise your emotions. Again, drink lots of water and herbal juices to keep your brain hydrated.

Poor skin – As you eliminate toxins and bacteria from your body, your skin may erupt in rashes, pimples and spots. This can be quite disconcerting but remember, it’s all part of the cleansing process as the body flushes waste products through your skin. A detoxifying bath (such as adding baking soda and Epsom salts to your bath water) dry skin brushing and massage are wonderful aides in this process. You can also try spraying your face with rose water or make a natural face mask by blending a ripe avocado, teaspoon honey, 3 drops cider vinegar and sesame oil.

As you go through your detox, you will experience negative sensations and unpleasant feelings; just remember this is all part of the healing process and your body’s way of letting you know it is cleansing and eliminating toxins and bacteria from your organs. Stick with the process. The end result of healthy glowing skin, increased energy and deep inner glow are definitely worth the efforts.

Depression – Common Drug Treatments

In some cases of depression, a patient is able to be successfully treated by seeing a therapist. In these relatively mild cases, the patient is suffering through some conflict or problem and just needs somebody with whom to discuss these problems. After weeks, months, or sometimes, even years of doing this, the patient is able to get past his depression and get on with his life. Again, these are in the more mild cases. However, in some cases where the patient is severely depressed and no amount of therapy seems to be doing any good, the only alternative left is drug therapy. In these cases, what drugs are used? Which ones are most common? Are some stronger than others? We’ll explore these questions and others in this article.

Drugs that are used to treat depression are generally called antidepressants. This, however, is a very general description and each antidepressant works differently and is used for different reasons depending on the type and severity of the depression. It is important to understand that before any drug is given for depression all other options must be explored first. Antidepressants are very strong and have definite side effects, some of which are not very pleasant.

The most common drugs today for treating depression are called SSRI drugs. SSRI stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. To understand why these drugs are given, it is important to first understand what is taking place in a person’s brain who happens to be suffering from depression, at least in cases where it is determined that the depression is being caused by a chemical imbalance.

In layman’s terms, a person who is depressed is suffering because the neurotransmitters in their brain are not acting properly. These transmitters are supposed to transmit certain levels of noradrenaline and serotonin. When these levels are too low, what happens is that the person exhibits symptoms that we call depression. In order to combat these low levels, these SSRI drugs are given to increase the levels of noradrenaline and serotonin in the brain. Again, this is in layman’s terms and the actual process is a lot more complicated. A trained medical professional must try to determine accurately how low these levels are and by doing this, how much drug needs to be administered. This is not an easy thing to do.

The common SSRI drugs that are given today are Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone and Remeron. These are the brand names for the following generic drugs, fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, fluvoxamine, citalopram, escitalopram, venlafaxine, nefazodone, mirtazapine. The difference between each of these drugs is beyond the scope of this article. Each one, however, works in a slightly different way and is prescribed based on the severity of the depression. This is not an exact science and sometimes one medication doesn’t work or stops working and another one has to be prescribed.

As with any drug, there potential side effects with SSRI drugs. The most common side effects are nausea, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, no appetite, impotence, headaches and a number of others. How severe the side effect varies from patient to patient. Of course, the worst side effect of any of these drugs is simply that it doesn’t work.

Depression is treatable. Sometimes it takes a while to find just the right drug or dosage to keep a person’s depression under control. Once this is done, however, the person can lead a productive and normal life.

Cacomorphobia – Shocking Fear Of Fat People

Having a fear of fat people just sounds too strange and bazaar. This weird phobia actually exists and has a scientific name. The scientific name given to this weird phobia is cacomorphobia. Cacomorphobia doesn’t sound like it is related to fat people, but it is.

Cacomorphobia is defined as an irrational fear of fat people. It is also defined as a disgust and hatred for people who are fat. It is an irritation towards obese members of our society. Being terrified of being around a person who is fat just sounds outrageous.

There is a difference between discrimination of obese people and cacomorphobia. Discrimination against overweight people isn’t something that anyone should do. We were all created equal and some people don’t want to be fat, but have a condition that makes them fat. Not all people stuff themselves silly with food to get fat.

There are many people who just don’t know how to lose weight and some obese people think that their bodies look fine. The definition of normal weight differs between countries and there is no clear-cut definition of what is the ideal weight.

Exercising regularly and eating healthy low-fat foods is one of the best ways to lose weight and stay in shape. Many people lose weight after going on diets, but end up putting all the weight back on after stopping the diet. People need to be educated about obesity, foods and nutrition.

Being fat has many disadvantages. Some disadvantages include: parts of our bodies having to work harder, spending more to eat more and having trouble breathing and doing physical activities. The organs in the body have to work harder to perform similar functions in a person of lesser weight. The heart has to work harder to pump blood around and the lungs need to work harder to breathe. You will find that many obese people have respiratory problems and are heavy breathers.

Cacomorphobia is very rare and the person is seriously scared when they see or stand near a fat person. The fear is uncontrollable and without reason. Psychologists can work on removing the strange fear of fat people, but phobias are hard to fix and require weeks and months of therapy.

In conclusion, having cacomorphobia is less common than having a fear of spiders. The severity of this phobia can range from mild to strong. With the right help, the phobia can be treated.

Anxiety Medicine – Atypical Antipsychotics

Anxiety is a normal response to a threat or to psychologic stress and is experienced occasionally by everyone. Anxiety that is severe or frequent enough to warrant medication involves a state of chronic but fluctuating nervousness that is inappropriate severe for a person situation.

 

Recently a new category of antipsychotic medications has started to gain favor in the treatment of anxiety; atypical antipsychotics. What makes them different from earlier medications is the lower risk of known serious side effects. Another advantage of the new category of drugs is their broad range of usage. The atypical antipsychotics target a different neurotransmitter than the older, more well established selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and are sometimes used in conjunction with them.

 

If you have very mild anxiety your doctor will generally choose a different category of medicine such as the above listed SSRIs or a tranquilizer such as Buspar but if you are suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder atypical antipsychotics likely will be one of the medicines prescribed. Evidence suggests that they can substantially improve outcomes for those who have struggled with other medications for OCD and PTSD.

 

So with the very real potential of these medications it would be logical to assume that atypical antipsychotics may at some point become the default treatment for most anxiety disorders. Sadly, that probably will not be the case because despite their great potential these anti anxiety medications come with some disturbing side effects. Probably the most dangerous are known as extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) which include a wide range of problems such as intense restlessness, spasms, prolonged muscle contractions, and irregular muscle movement in the face. If there is any good news linked to this sample of serious side effects it is they seem to occur less often with the newer atypical antipsychotic medications as opposed to the older traditional variety.

 

In summary newer anti anxiety medications continue to carry the same stigma as many of their predecessors; serious side effects. This is likely the reason why so many people are searching for safer options in their quest to conquer anxiety and anxiety related disorders. One area that seems to be gaining traction, due to its record of safety and effectiveness, is that of herbal remedies for anxiety. Proponents of this natural alternative to prescription anti anxiety medicine suggest that this option is helpful in maintaining a positive outlook, temperament, and supporting both emotional wellness and health. As with all alternative remedies you should check with your doctor before mixing and matching medications.  

Treatment For Sleep Deprivation – Insomnia Treatments

The search for the perfectly effective treatment for sleep deprivation or insomnia has brought about some interesting breakthroughs in this field of study. For one thing, subliminal audio therapy just simply doesn’t work, at least not beyond psychosomatically, to affect a cure for this stressful malady. Self affirmations as well… well, that whole concept should speak for itself. However, there has been lots of data uncovered on the science behind this syndrome, and cures have been effectively produced.

The use of sounds as a treatment for insomnia and sleep deprivation for example, has had some very satisfactory results. Excluding music which has been seeded with subliminal or hypnotic suggestions, those that have an excellent effect are those that use tones and pulses in various frequencies. Of the most effective types of this brand of remedy is what is known as binaural audio therapy. Two specific, slightly out-of-sync frequencies of sound, one for each ear, are sent through stereo headphones where the brain then processes the data, which in turn induces the desired brainwave activity conducive to sleep.

Now, this has been rather effective – the only drawback is obvious… trying to fall asleep with headphones on, and not letting them get moved off your head while you sleep, as well as the wearing of them (and the movement of them on your head in sleep), waking you up again. This is one big matter that causes this to be more that a little counterproductive.

Fortunately, the most recent breakthrough in the quest for the perfect treatment for sleep deprivation and insomnia is what is known as isochronic pulses – tones and pulses of changing frequencies speak to the brain in its own language, requiring no stereo equipment, directly inducing the precise brainwave activity to allow the constant chatter in the brain to quiet down, achieving restful sleep.

Dog Paws – Removing Ingrown Nails

One of the painful problems your dog can experience is ingrown nails. This can be excruciating for your canine companion. If this problem is not detected early, it can cause complications to dog paws that will make the situation much worse.

If you walk your dog regularly, this problem is less likely to happen. If your dog constantly stays indoors, an ingrown is likely to develop. To prevent this from happening, you must constantly clip your dog’s nails. If you notice your dog’s nails have grown too long into the pad of the paw, you can prevent permanent complications from ever happening.

To check on a dog’s nails, you must first grasp the paw and check if the nails have grown too long. The best indication of nails that have grown too long is a curved and pointed nail. If the nails have grown too long into the paw pad, you must clip the nails and remove it from the pad. However, do not clip the nail just yet. You must first locate the quick.

The quick is a blood vessel that runs within the nail. To locate the quick, you have to take a closer look at the nail. It is the pink color within the nail. When clipping the nail, you must be careful not to cut too close to the quick. Cutting too close can cause profuse bleeding. To prevent bleeding, cut around 2 mm away from the quick. After clipping, the ingrown is most likely to fall out once cut. If it doesn’t, you have to gently pull it out of the paw with your hands or tweezers. You can file the edges of the nail after clipping if desired.

If ever you do cut too close to the quick, there is no need to panic. If the nail starts to bleed, place the corn starch in a shallow dish. You must then dip the paw in the shallow dish of corn starch to stop the bleeding. If ever the bleeding does not stop after around five minutes, you must now contact your vet.

Once the ingrown is removed, you must clean the punctured area of the paw. Prepare a solution that consists of half water and half peroxide. You must now clean the area with this solution. After cleaning, apply antibiotic ointment on the punctured paw.

To further prevent infection, you must clean the wound with soap and water every day for three days. If ever the dog manages to get his paws dirty, you must wash the paws more than once a day. If ever you notice redness, swelling, oozing, a foul smell, or fever after removing ingrown nails on the dog paw, please contact the nearest veterinarian to prevent further complications.

Nail Fungus – 4 Facts and Tips in Fighting Nail Fungus

Does the idea of falling nails scare you? You must be. Nail fungus can do that slowly but surely. Nail fungal infection is onychomycosis (on-ee-koh-my-ko-sis) in scientific term. They are micro-predators from the bacterium called dermatophyte or tinea unguium, mother of other skin disorders such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Yeasts and molds are its common sources.

The disease indeed looks as bad as the name sounds. Once your nails are penetrated, they progressively form ugly cracks on the outer layers and white, yellow or black discoloration. It is accompanied by swelling, redness, and itchiness around the affected area. In the process, the nails, which once served as protective barrier to the fungus, detach from the nail bed and it would take months of treatment for a new one to grow.

There are of course some hassle-free preventive means to avoid them, if you haven’t yet been afflicted. Below is a list of useful facts and tips for you to follow:

Fact 1. The bacteria dermatophyte is anaerobic in nature, or it booms in places with very little or no supply of oxygen like your feet for example – they habitually stay covered in socks and shoes for 80 per cent of the day and are less ventilated.

Tip 1 . Always keep your feet dry and clean. Apply foot powder before putting on a pair of 100% cotton socks and shoes. It is also necessary that you keep your feet sheltered in wet and people-heavy surroundings (e.g. public swimming pools, gyms, communal toilets) to ward off possible contamination.

Fact 2. The toenails are the favorite habitat of dermatophyte because they are always more secluded, damp, and warm. This doesn’t give you reason to be lax with your fingernails. If your hands are often exposed in water and/or chemicals, the fingernails can also be infected.

Tip 2. As much as possible, wear gloves to protect your hands. Dry them immediately after exposure to liquid. Also, be sure to use sanitized instruments on your nails. If you prefer manicure and pedicure done by a professional in the salon, check if they sterilize their tools. Better yet, bring your own to be safer.

Fact 3. According to statistics, men are more likely to be infected than women. Kids need not worry, however. As anyone can actually be a victim to nail fungal infections, adults, persons suffering from diabetes and leukemia are among the most vulnerable groups to acquire this nail disorder. It is due to their immune systems getting weaker and blood circulation problems.

Tip 3. Proper hygiene and eating health foods that strengthen the body’s defense mechanism is the ultimate key to survival from these fungi. Acquiring nail fungal infection for diabetic and leukemic is dangerous as it may lead to other complications, so prevention is a must.

Fact 4. There are oral and topical treatments available over the counter which can help kill nail fungi. Popular brands like Dermisil, Lamisil, Tinactin, etc. are among the widely suggested. Alternative remedies can also be done if you want less costly medication. You may try soaking the infected part in vinegar for about 20 minutes two times a day. Do this until the infection disappears and you can expect a new nail to grow. Otherwise, just apply Vicks VapoRub.

Tip 4. Consult a podiatrist (a foot doctor) or dermatologist (a skin doctor) for professional and safe advice.

Common Causes of Knee Pain – Knee Sprains

When someone sprains their knee, many people will say that it’s a good thing it wasn’t a break, because that would hurt a lot more. Did you know that sometimes a sprain can hurt just as much, even more, than a broken bone? Just because it’s only a sprain doesn’t mean that it isn’t painful and swollen, and although it may not be broken, but it’s still pretty difficult to walk on it, at least for the first few days.

What is a Knee Sprain?

Basically, a knee sprain is an injury of one of the ligaments in the knee. Most of the time, knee sprains are caused by a fall or by hitting the knee against something, and many knee sprains are caused by twisting the knee in the wrong way, which is pretty easy to do. Knee sprains need to be properly treated so they do not to cause problems in the future.

Treatment for Knee Sprains

There are many cases where a sprained knee can be as swollen and painful as a break, so one of the first things to do is to immediately ice the swollen area. Next, the injured person should visit the nearest emergency room for x-rays to make sure that there are no fractures in the joint or kneecap. Once a sprain has been diagnosed, the physician will recommend the RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate).

Rest: Of course, most movements, especially walking, are going to cause pain and irritate a sprained knee, so it is important that the injured person rest the leg as much as possible. Walking should be kept to a minimum, at least for a few days, until there is little to no pain during walking.

Ice: For the first two or three days following a knee sprain, it is important to keep the injured area iced in order to reduce swelling. Ice packs should be used four or five times each day, for about 20 minutes to a time. For an ice pack that doesn’t leak, try soaking a sponge, then placing it in a zip lock bag. When it thaws, the water will be absorbed by the sponge, and won’t leak all over the place.

Compress: In order to help reduce swelling and immobilize the leg somewhat, the sprained knee should be wrapped with an elastic bandage. The best way to put one on is to start below the knee, and wrap up, in a criss-cross motion. Remember not to wrap it too tightly; you don’t want to cut off circulation.

Elevate: It is important to keep the injured knee elevated as much as possible to relieve pain. When the leg is higher than the heart, which can be done just by propping it up with a few pillows, it helps to decrease blood flow, which will help to keep the swelling down.

Many physicians will also recommend that those with knee sprains take an anti-inflammatory medication, such as Ibuprofen. After a few days, the ice treatment should stop and heat should be used to ease stiffness and bring back the flexibility. After a week or so, the injured person should be up and about, going about his or her normal routines.

Penis Bruising and Bending: Causes, Symptoms and When to Get Help

The penis is a fairly resilient appendage: it has to be, since it is normally well used over the course of a lifetime. But even though it is designed to take rough treatment, at least to an extent, it is possible to cause more permanent damage to the penis. When something isn’t quite right, it’s important to know the difference between minor bruising and more serious injury, as well as the right steps to take to safeguard overall penis health.

Bruised penis

Vigorous masturbation or intercourse can lead to contusions below the surface of the skin that appear darker than the surrounding skin – most people will recognize the bluish or purplish discoloring as a typical bruise. A bruise occurs when the fine blood vessels under the outer dermal layer are torn due to pressure, such as aggressive squeezing of the penis during masturbation.

A penis bruise generally heals on its own, over a period of two to four weeks and may take on a greenish or yellowish appearance before finally disappearing. Abstaining from masturbation or sex may help to speed healing. In addition, penis nutrients such as vitamin C, which is needed for the formation of vascular tissue (blood vessels) may promote healing and help to restore a healthy appearance to the penis skin. Using a lubricant during sexual activity and keeping the skin properly moisturized can help to reduce the effects of friction and pressure.

While bruises may be tender to the touch initially, they should not cause a great deal of discomfort or pain. Penis bruises that are painful or do not heal after 3 to 4 weeks should be treated by a doctor. If bruises are accompanied by other symptoms, such as painful urination, it is important to consult with an urologist or general practitioner for an accurate diagnosis of the problem.

Bent penis

Many men have a penis that is not perfectly straight; a small degree of bending or curvature in one direction or another is perfectly normal. However, a penis that develops a pronounced bend or curve, especially following an injury, could be at risk for Peyronie’s disease, an uncomfortable and potentially disfiguring condition.

The erectile tissue inside the penis – the corpora cavernosa – consists of a spongy material that fills with blood on stimulation, allowing an erection to occur. When the penis is injured, whether due to sudden trauma or chronic rough handling, scar tissue or plaques may form around the corpora cavernosa. These plaques can prevent the tissue underneath it from expanding causing something like a bowstring effect. As the unaffected tissue expands during an erection, this causes a bend in the penis that may be pronounced, in which case Peyronie’s disease may be diagnosed. A penis that is unnaturally bent or curved in this manner can cause a great deal of discomfort and in some cases it may make penetration difficult or impossible. In some instances, impotence may result.

Men who are diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease often resort to surgery to correct the condition, which involves removing the scar tissue and replacing it with a tissue graft, a process which sometimes leads to penile dysfunction.

While it is not always possible to avoid injury or to prevent the occurrence of Peyronie’s disease, men can take steps to promote overall penis health and to reduce the risk of injury through proper nutrition and hydration of the penis.

Promoting a healthy penis

Like the rest of the body, the penis needs proper nutrition to keep the nerves, skin and blood vessels in working order. Applying a specialized formula containing penis vitamin (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) such as vitamins A and C can help to keep the skin and underlying connective tissue healthy and supple. In addition, natural moisturizers such as shea butter and vitamin E can help to prevent injury by keeping the effects of friction to a minimum.

How to Obtain a Workers Compensation Settlement

In my opinion, our justice system should not be abused by people who are just looking at to make a quick buck. However, there are times when people get injured and really deserve money for their injuries. I know because I was crippled on the job. I would be penniless today if not for my workers compensation settlement.

In my state, the worker’s compensation commission is notoriously pro business. Those who are in charge of the commission avoid giving decent workers compensation settlements whenever they can. I was offered a pittance when a broken machine chopped off my hand. For my troubles, I was only offered $10,000 dollars and an early retirement.

The commission in charge of the settlement workers compensation in my state refused to even acknowledge the fact that my boss was negligent. After all, the factory I worked for did not have the necessary safety equipment. I had no choice but to hire a lawyer. I was a bit hesitant at first because I did not want the trouble of a lawsuit. However, it seemed like the only way that I had a chance of getting justice. Fortunately, it turned out that I was right. I never would have gotten a decent workers compensation settlement if I had not hired a job injury attorney.

It was a good thing that the juries tend to be pro-worker when I was trying to get a workers compensation settlement through the courts. The average members of a jury probably know what it is like to work under a negligent boss because they are usually taken from the working class. This means that they are more receptive to workers compensation settlement claims.

The opposing lawyers will usually try to scare you into settling out of court. They will argue that they are the best lawyers, which they are. Nevertheless, it is still possible to get a good workers compensation settlement through the courts, even if you are against very good lawyers.

You should not give in to whatever the industry bosses might say because you have a right to a workers compensation settlement for your injury. There is a good chance that you will get a settlement that is more generous than anything you would be offered if you have been wronged and you have a decent attorney. You have to make sure that you get a fair settlement if you choose to settle your claim outside of court.

There Is Help For Chronic Diarrhea After Gallbladder Removal

Your gallbladder was removed. Now you experience stomach cramps and sudden “runs” to the bathroom with diarrhea. You are not alone. Just last year 700.000 Americans lost their gallbladders. This surgery has medical term; cholecystectomy. By medical statistic, 15-20% of persons without gallbladder eventually have some symptoms such as pain, gas, bloating, heartburn, nausea, constipation. Ten percent of people, which gallbladders were removed in the past, sooner or later have chronic diarrhea.

The reason for diarrhea after gallbladder removal is not clear. Some doctors believe that it results from an increase in bile, incoming into the large intestine. Doctors call the diarrhea after gallbladder removal as “Bile acids diarrhea” or “Bile acid malabsorption” They believe that bile acids act as a laxative.

Person with chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal experiences diarrhea more than two weeks. The symptoms may vary, but most patients typically have four or more watery, yellowish stools throughout day, frequently, immediately after meals. A group of patients experience some cramps right before having a bowel movement. Because of urgency and possible bathroom’s accidents, people know the location of every public restroom and generally avoid long trips in unknown olace.

The first question is, is it preventable? No, even brilliant, experienced surgeons’ have patients with chronic diarrhea after gallbladder operations. This depends upon lacking the gallbladder. If we have the gallbladder, there is no diarrhea, absent of gallbladder causes bile salt diarrhea.

By going deeply in the medical literature, facts, and research, I will share my opinion about postcholecystectomy diarrhea. Let’s get the facts.

First, liver constantly produces bile inside the bile ducts. This liver’s bile moves down to the entrance of the duodenum, where the special muscle valve-sphincter of Oddi is.

Second, this valve works together with gallbladder. Most of the time sphincter of Oddi is closed. Therefore, pressure inside the bile duct increases, so liver bile is redirects into the gallbladder. Gallbladder expands to collect more bile. Here, bile is concentrated.

Third, if semi digested food from the stomach goes in the duodenum-first part of the small intestine, sphincter of Oddi opens and gallbladder contracts squeezing out the concentrated bile for digestion of fats. This process is under complex control of the nervous system and specific blood messengers-digestive hormones. When sphincter of Oddi opens, pancreas also releases digestive enzymes, so mixture of bile and pancreatic juice goes into the duodenum for digestion of 90% of fats, and 50% of proteins and carbohydrates.

Fourth, bile is balanced solution that consists of water, minerals, bicarbonate, cholesterol, lecithin, and bile acids.

Fifth, bile acids are extremely aggressive detergents. Their job is making fat droplets so tiny that pancreatic lipase can break them up. In the normal condition, bile acids are in the water-soluble form, promote split down the fats, and don’t irritate surrounding tissue. The main factor that keeps the bile salts in the water-soluble form is pH.

Acidic changes in the bile cause precipitation of the bile acids make them very aggressive chemicals. Can you imagine what can happen if someone swallows the laundry detergent? Acidic bile with precipitated bile acids corrodes, damages gallbladder, bile ducts, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum. I medically explain it in detail in my eBook: healthy pancreas, healthy you. Don’t forget that bile also is a vehicle for toxic substances such as alcohol, heavy metals, bile pigments, medications, toxins.

Acidic bile causes reflux, when aggressive, corroded mixture of bile acids and active pancreatic enzymes creates jerky contractions of the duodenum’s walls and moves in the wrong way. When this aggressive mix pushes up to the stomach or esophagus, it causes irritation, inflammation, ulcers, and eventually cancer of the stomach and esophagus.

Hundred of years, surgeons by eyes and now gastroenterologists by endoscope can see bile (bile acids) in the inflamed and ulcerated duodenum, stomach, and even esophagus. Going down precipitated, insoluble bile acids irritate small intestine and colon. In turn, it can cause abdominal pain, cramps, chronic diarrhea with the yellowish, urgent stools.

Nevertheless, why the removal of the gall bladder causes so many problems, you ask. That is why, because gallbladder suffers the most from acidity. Acidic changes in the concentrated gallbladder’s bile and precipitation of the bile acids there cause inflammation, spasms, development of the gallbladder stones. Gallbladder takes the first massive strike from the acidity; therefore, it is the first target for surgical knife.

The gallbladder removal doesn’t remove the reasons for irritation, inflammation by aggressive bile acids. Now, when gallbladder is gone, it is the turn of bile ducts, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum, stomach, colon, etc. It creates many symptoms and disorders.

Doctors call it postcholecystectomy syndrome. The chronic diarrhea after cholesystectomy is just one of the problems after gallbladder removal.

Absence of the gallbladder leads to other troubles that can worsen chronic diarrhea: indigestion of fats and dysbiosis (Candida-yeast overgrowth and Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth; SIBO).

Chronic diarrhea has many reasons to be, but body acidity is the primary factor and needs to be corrected first. It is not necessary to handle complicated test to prove body acidity. Measurements of saliva and urine during two weeks by litmus paper at home will show the true picture. If pH of saliva and urine often less than 6.6, there is too much acidity, therefore, body removes acidic radicals throughout body fluids such as saliva and urine. This can also presume acidic changes in the bile and pancreatic juice.

By common sense and basic physiology, the treatment of the postcholecystectomy syndrome has to begin with normalizing of the acid-base balance. Naturally, human being can neutralize the acidity by alkaline-formed diet, taking alkaline mineral supplements such as cellular magnesium-potassium and drinking healing mineral water. Drinking healing mineral water is almost unknown in the US, but has a long history of use in Europe.

Since surgeons started to perform cholecystectomy, more than 150 years ago, they could see chronic diarrhea in their patients. European doctors either advised to drink Karlovy Vary healing mineral water from thermal spring, or drinking water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt at home. Karlovy Vary is a well-known mineral spa in the Czech Republic.

Various medical papers support healing action of the Karlovy Vary healing mineral water in the digestive and metabolic diseases including the postcholecystectomy syndrome with pain and diarrhea. According to European doctors, Karlovy Vary healing mineral water supplies organism with alkaline minerals, bicarbonate and trace elements, makes bile liquid and alkaline, hence less aggressive.

Experiments and clinical discovery support the beneficial action this healing mineral water in case of abdominal pain, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, bile reflux, dysbiosis, gas, bloating, constipation, and chronic diarrhea. Karlovy Vary healing mineral water can be use safely alone or as complementary, non-drug remedy with a healthful diet regime, nutritional supplementation, restoration of the friendly intestinal flora, colon hydrotherapy, etc.

The information contained here is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.

4 Different Types of Bad Breath

Most people I talk to think bad breath, or halitosis, is a problem of the mouth. While this is routinely the case, bad breath has several different root causes. This article will talk about the 5 types of bad breath: tonsils, lungs, sinuses, and, of course, your mouth. By determining the cause, you can help treat bad breath and get rid of it!

Lungs

Lung problems can induce halitosis in two key ways: disease or oral ingestion. A lung disease or disorder commonly comes with halitosis. Lung cancer, cystic fibrosis and asthma are just a few of the lung problems that may result in bad breath. Diseases that affect the blood will also create a foul odor of the mouth. This makes sense. Consider that anytime you exhale, you are releasing the carbon dioxide carried in your blood. This is why problems of the liver or kidney may also come with bad breath. Unfortunately, halitosis associated with an organ problem only go away when the organ problem goes away, but fortunately these types of conditions are quite rare.

Lung breath that can be controlled is caused by oral ingestion. This includes smoking and eating or drinking certain things. By inhaling tobacco and tar, you are causing “stinky lungs” that don’t go away with a little mouthwash. Alcohol also induces halitosis because consuming it allows alcohol into the blood stream and is released in your breath over time. This is the reason why brushing after a few beers doesn’t get rid of the bad taste or breath. This is the same reasoning for smelly foods like garlic and onions.

Sinus

Sinusitis and post nasal drip can greatly worsen your breath. In both cases, some type of allergic infection or cold induces sinus problems. Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, simply means that your paranasal sinuses are inflamed. Paranasal sinuses are air cavities or spaces connected to your nose. This inflammation disallows mucus to circulate normally causing buildup that attracts bacteria. Post nasal drip occurs when excess mucus leaks in the back of your mouth. Both sinusitis and post nasal drip creates foul smells. We recommend using Nasal irrigators & saline nasal rinse.

Mouth

This type of halitosis has to do with what’s actually going on in your mouth. The cause could be excessive dry mouth, known as xerostomia, poor oral hygiene, drinking coffee or eating smelly foods. The best way to combat mouth-related halitosis is to practice great oral care, visiting the dentist and drinking plenty of water.

Tonsils

Infections in the tonsils can result in a bad breath condition. Often times, however, we are approached by people concerned about the possibility of tonsil-induced halitosis from tonsil stones or tonsilloliths. These so-called tonsilloliths are a natural secretion from natural crevices or crypts in the tonsils and they are not a stone. They are soft and look much like a cottage cheese curd but they do smell badly. It is easy to see why one might assume these might be related to their halitosis condition.

Everybody who has tonsils will get these and most of the time they are swallowed without realizing it, but they will not produce a halitosis condition. We have seen over a thousand patients since we have been treating this problem have their tonsils removed because they were convinced that these secretions from the tonsils were the cause of the breath problem. In every single case the secretions were halted because the tonsils were removed but the breath was unchanged in every case.If you have tonsil stones, you can use an oral irrigator to get rid of the problem.

Menstruation Disorder IV – How to Treat Dysmenorrhea With Herbs

As we mentioned in previous articles, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) means that women have periodic pains during or prior to, or after menstrual periods in the lower abdomen. In this article, we will discuss how to treat dysmenorrhea with herbs.

1. Ginger

Ginger is most commonly used in western medicine in treating dysmenorrhea for a long period of time due to its stimulated function of anti- inflammation, spasmolytic, and circulation. Ginger helps to inhibit cyclo-oxygenase and lipoxygenase enzymes that cause menstrual cramps.

2. Herbal tea

Herbal tea contains high amounts of phytochemicals that helps to relax stomach and uterus muscles resulting in reduced or no menstrual cramps. Drinking herbal tea until the cramping subsides is recommended.

3. Cramp Bark

Cramp bark is a a uterine tonic. It is used to relieve cramps and spasm of all kinds, to treat uterine and ovarian pain, dysmenorrhea as well as relaxing uterine muscle.

4. Raspberry leaf

Raspberry leaf has been used in traditional herbal therapy for a variety of conditions relating to the female reproductive tract, especially during pregnancy and to facilitate delivery. It is a uterine tonic that helps to relax the uterine muscles resulting in reduced menstrual cramps.

5. Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal is a relaxant and stimulant. It has the same property of relaxing the uterine muscle like raspberry leaf, and has been used for treating menstrual cramps.

6. Mugwort

Mugwort has been used in Chinese medicine to relieve pain by promoting blood circulation, restoring depressed liver by invigorating the flow of qi , regulating menstruation and alleviating pain as well as irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea.

7. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a highly antioxidant and anti-inflammation herb enhancing inhibition of the metabolism of prostaglandins, intake of cinnamon tea will help to reduce menstrual cramps. Overdose of cinnamon is toxic to your kidney and liver.

Colon Infection Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

The term “colon infection” can be used in various ways to include a number of different colon disorders and conditions.

When used by doctors, however, it usually refers to a disorder caused by the Clostridium difficile bacteria – more commonly known as C. difficile or simply C diff.

Most C. diff colon infections are experienced by older adults who are in a hospital or living in a nursing home or other long term care facility. The reason they get these infections is the fact that they’re taking antibiotics to cope with some other health problem.

The problem occurs because antibiotics not only kill bacteria that cause sickness – they also kill bacteria in our intestines which help us digest our food properly. Without enough of this beneficial bacteria, C. diff takes over and grows rapidly. Once C. diff gets established, it causes an infection by producing a toxic substance that attacks the lining of the cells and intestines. The resulting inflammation causes abdominal pain and discomfort.

If your colon infection is fairly mild, it will probably go away when you stop taking the antibiotic. However, in cases in which the colon infection is more severe, an entirely different type of antibiotic may be needed to kill C. diff.

There are several kinds of antibiotics that seem to produce more colon infections from Clostridium difficile than others. These include fluoroquinolones, cephalosporins, penicillin and clindamycin.

C difficile bacteria is common in nature. It can be found in abundance in dirt and water, and also on plants. This bacteria, which is also found in the feces of humans and animals, tends to spread quickly in places where sanitation is poor. It floats easily in the air and can settle on surfaces where it can be transmitted to hands.

Avoiding C. diff bacteria can be done the same way you protect yourself from germs of all kinds: keep surfaces at home clean and wash your hands a lot. C diff produces spores that spread readily and can live on surfaces for months. Touching a surface where these germs have landed, and then touching your lips or mouth, could give them entrance to your digestive tract. This could start a chain of events that ends with a colon infection.

The fact that you have C. diff germs in your digestive tract doesn’t always mean your going to get sick. But individuals who have C.. diff can certainly spread them to other people who will then develop a colon infection in turn.

In the last few decades, an increasing number of colon infections caused by C. difficile have been reported. A new form of Clostridium difficile bacterium has mutated which is even more aggressive. This type resists medications that were effective before, resulting in several serious outbreaks in the last ten years or so.

Symptoms of a colon infection can take a long time to appear after C. diff germs get into your system. It can be months. When colon infection symptoms do appear, they may include those detailed below.

* Mild abdomen pain and tenderness, or stomach cramps.

* Very watery bowel movements and diarrhea that lasts at least two days.

* A type of severe colon inflammation known as colitis.

* The most disconcerting symptom may be raw tissue, blood, and pus that you’ll notice in bowel movements..

* Fever and nausea.

* Loss of appetite followed by loss of weight..

* Signs of dehydration

It’s time to call a doctor if you have these symptoms for 2-3 days or more.

Once it’s been established that your colon infection has been caused by Clostridium difficile, your doctor will probably tell you to discontinue the antibiotic you’ve been taking. Even though your colon infection symptoms will probably improve, there are other treatment steps that may still be required.

The good news is this. There are other antibiotics you can take that will kill Clostridium difficile without destroying the helpful bacteria in your system. The most frequently prescribed among these are known as metronidazole and vancomycin. Side effects like nausea are possible with both, and they may also leave a bitter taste. It’s especially important not to drink alcoholic beverages when taking metronidazole.

There are a number of probiotics which be beneficial in restoring your intestinal tract Saccharomyces boulardii, a variety of yeast, has been effective for some patients when combined with medications.

Surgery is not usually performed, but may be done in severe cases.

Not all the treatments for a colon infection recommended above will work every time. When a colon infection returns, it’s usually because the Clostridium difficile bacteria was not completely removed in the initial treatment. It can also come back because the individual has been exposed to a different strain.

Holistic Treatment For Fibroids

With conventional medication having very little to offer for women with fibroids, you may be seriously considering your alternatives. Holistic treatment for fibroids is certainly worth of serious consideration and may be your best option if you are wanting to not only shrink your fibroids but keep them away for good.

Many doctors advocate leaving fibroids well alone as they will naturally shrink during the menopause and the very nature of how and why fibroids form means that conventional medication can only treat the symptoms and not the causes. So, although you could consider surgery to remove or shrink fibroids, they will regrow in time as the root cause has not been addressed.

Doing nothing is all very well if your symptoms are mild or you are close to the menopause. However, this is not an option for an otherwise healthy woman who may have unbearable fibroid symptoms or be years away from the menopause.

Why Does Holistic Treatment For Fibroids Work?

Holistic treatment addresses every part of the individual, not just the physical aspects of a condition. It is not intended to be a “quick-fix”, but takes into account lifestyle, diet, emotional health and mental and physical wellness. It is well known that fibroids form due to the subtle interaction of a number of factors within the body and lifestyle and emotional well-being (or lack of it) can also play a part. It is never possible to isolate the exact causes of fibroids in an individual and because of this, the only surefire way to ensure that fibroids are successfully treated it to use an all-encompassing approach which systematically deals with every possible cause of fibroids-ie a holistic approach. Put simply, it works because it leaves “no stone unturned”.

Nothing is left to chance, and if followed correctly, with the right attitude a holistic treatment for fibroids will work for over 85% of women.

What Types Of Treatment Might Be Involved?

With general holistic treatment, the following elements might be included:

* Diet

* Exercise

* Massage

* Herbal remedies

* Naturopathic medicine

* Chinese medicine

* Relaxation techniques

* Chinese medicine

* Acupuncture

* Bodywork

With regard to fibroids, one of the most important element is your diet. It is known that certain foods contain or produce toxins which accumulate in the liver and mimic the action of estrogen, which, in turn, can fuel fibroid growth. Avoiding processed meats and non-organic produce is a good start. In addition, drinking plenty of water can help flush out toxins. Maintaining a healthy weight is also important. Herbal remedies can also be very useful, and herbs such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root and Chamomile often featuring.

If you decide to try this type of treatment, you must be prepared to make the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes as just using individual elements in isolation will have very limited benefit.