Sexual Diseases – Scabies, Trichomoniasis and Thrush

A healthy sex brings a lot of joy and gratification whereas unsafe sex with infected people brings a lot of worry and panic in life. If you have had sex with a person, make sure you and your partner are healthy and free from any infection. Safe sex is the best way to protect against sexual diseases.

Scabies, Trichomoniasis and Thrush are common sex related diseases. Here, we will discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment of scabies and trichomoniasis.

1. Scabies is caused by sexual contact with someone who is infected but this is rare. The major symptoms of scabies are itchiness, red raised bumps on the skin, particularly between fingers or under the breasts, around the wrist and on genitals or buttocks.

You can get rid of scabies by treating the whole body with a special lotion which could have been purchased from the medical stores. Some people also wash their bed sheets and towels in very hot water to avoid getting scabies again, although the risk of infection in this way is very small.

2. Trichomoniasis is caused by a tiny organism which affects the vagina and urethra. You can get this disease by having sex with someone who is infected. The symptoms of trichomoniasis in women are yellow or white discharge from the vagina which is quite smelly and itchiness in the vaginal area. Men may have no symptoms so they may not know they have got the disease. This disease can be treated by taking special tablets which you can get form your doctor.

3. Thrush can be caused by a yeast infection which you can get by having sex with someone who is infected. But you can also get thrush without sexual contact. It is caused by yeast called Candida albicans which affects the vulva and vagina in women and penis in men.

The major signs and symptoms for a woman that she has got thrush include itching around her vulva and a thick white discharge from her vagina. The vulva may also smell a little and it may hurt to pass urine. The major signs and symptoms for a man that he has got thrush include a sore and itchy penis.

Woman can treat themselves by putting a tampon dipped in plain yogurt into their vagina. If this does not work, they should see their doctor. Doctor may prescribe a cream. Men are usually given a cream.

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Hepatitis Help – Coping With Hepatitis C

Following a diagnosis of Hepatitis C, there are a lot of issues that need to be deal with. The first will be to start a treatment program, which will be something that you will talk about with your health care provider. Just as significant as what drug therapy you will use, the level of your viral load, and whether you will need a liver biopsy, is how you are going to carry on with your life.

A patient must not let his or herself stop living because of such a diagnosis. After all, a serious liver disease may take twenty to thirty years to turn into a problem for the time of diagnosis; but you must begin to face the future now.

A good place to start is with your mental health. No matter how you contracted the Hepatitis C virus there is no way to go back in time and redo it. Reproaching yourself will not make this better. Whether it happened as a result of something you did, like injecting recreational drugs, or things that were done to you, like blood transfusion containing tainted blood, you need to focus on getting positive way you can.

A few ways to go about doing this would include confiding in people you feel secure will be supportive. A close circle of the friends and family who can be there for you through this will benefit you. If you consider yourself religious, then you may find support through your religious leader. Look for support groups or chats rooms so you can talk to others who will know exactly what you are going through.

Hepatitis C can make you quite tired, and if you are going through drug therapy treatment, this will also tire you. That is why sleeping and eating well is important. If you need a nap, go ahead and take one; it does not have to be a long one to do its job. Eating a nourishing diet is so important, even if you do not feel particularly hungry, you should make sure to eat regularly.

This means having well balanced meals which include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Drinking lots of water is important to help your system hydrated, as well. You should not take any type of vitamin supplements without consulting your health care provider, as they interfere with your other medications. Too much of a good thing can be harmful as well. The way you eat can improve your liver by encouraging the production of new liver cells.

It may seem obvious, but keep away from consuming alcohol in any form. You are suffering from a liver disease, and alcohol causes liver disease. This should tell you something; namely, that it is not good for your present condition. It could also increase the likelihood of liver disease leading to liver cancer. Another one, but do not smoke or use illegal drugs at this time either.

You will find that making these lifestyles changes is not really that difficult, and overall will make you feel better. You will quickly see that you are doing the right thing, when you follow these simple rules. You really can have a full and constructive life with only the most basic of changes.

What Is Alcoholic Liver Disease?

Alcohol abuse leads to a condition known as alcoholic liver disease. The liver fulfills the important function of detoxification and that includes processing alcohol. Excessive consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of liver damage in the western world.

Factors that increase the risk for this condition include the average amount of alcohol consumed in a sitting over a period of time, drinking when not eating, gender, pre-existing conditions, etc. You do not have to drink yourself silly every time to be a candidate for this condition. And not every alcoholic gets alcoholic liver disease. Diet and nutrition play an important role; If you have a healthy diet you can probably keep the condition at bay. Diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease is done through blood tests, scans, and if required liver biopsy.

Symptoms of the condition include dryness in the mouth, tiredness, loss of appetite, weight loss, jaundice, and fluid accumulation in the legs. The skin may turn dark or pale; motions may be tarry due to blood in them; bleeding gums; and giddiness are other symptoms.

Alcoholic liver disease progresses in stages. The first stage is characterized by the condition known as fatty liver, followed by alcoholic hepatitis, and then cirrhosis. One in four alcoholics suffering from a fatty liver may get cirrhosis.

Fatty liver – In this condition, there is an accumulation of fat in the cells of the liver. Fortunately, this condition is not irreversible. FLD can happen from a number of causes but the most common cause is alcohol abuse. The condition can often pass unnoticed or is diagnosed when liver diagnosis is carried out for some other purpose. Early detection can enable reversing of the steakosis. If left till later, there are chances that cirrhosis may lead to heptocellular carcinoma.

Alcoholic hepatitis – Four out of ten heavy drinkers get alcoholic hepatitis. The condition is characterized by the inflammation of the liver. The condition may or may not lead to cirrhosis but with heavy drinkers the chances of liver cirrhosis following this condition are quite high. Symptoms include liver enzyme elevation, fluid in the abdomen cavity, and jaundice.

Cirrhosis – This is an irreversible condition that occurs from sustained heavy drinking for more than ten years or so. The condition is graduated A, B, C based on severity. The prognosis for "C" is poor. Treatment for cirrhosis consists of trying to prevent further damage to the liver and if required, liver transplant. Hepatitis vaccines are given and certain medications such as NSAIDs are discouraged. Alcohol, of course, is a strict no-no.

In general, the first thing to do when treating alcoholic liver disease is to give up alcohol and start with a healthy diet while avoid fatty foods. Diuretics are sometimes given to reduce ascites. Some treatment methods prescribe the use of anti-oxidants to minimize free radical damage.

Most Important Types of Kidney Stones One Must Know

Before we discuss types of kidney stones, this fact must be kept in mind that different types of stone occur in different parts of the world, for example, bladder stones occur mostly in countries with hot climates, and this fact also must not be ignored that dietary factor probably plays vital part in determining the varying patterns of renal stones.

Now we will discuss different types of stones one by one along with their peculiar characteristics:

1. Calcium Oxalate Stone (75 %)

Among all renal stones, this one is the most common. It is also called as “Mulberry” calculi. It is hard, single and has irregular sharp projections or spikes just like sea urchin. And due to these sharp projections, it causes hematuria (blood in the urine) very early, resulting in deposition of blood over the stone giving a dark color to the stone. Usually, it occurs in infected urine and contains alternate layer of calcium and bacterial vegetation. It is easily visualized in plain X-Ray KUB (Kidney, Ureter and Bladder)

2. Phosphate Stone (15%)

This stone is smooth and round in shape while dirty white to yellow in color. It consists of triple phosphate of calcium, magnesium and ammonium and commonly occurs in renal pelvis and tends to grow in alkaline urine. As it enlarges in the pelvis, it grows within the major and minor calyces and slowly forms Staghorn calculus. This calculus produces recurrent urinary tract infection and hematuria and slowly damages the renal parenchyma. This stone is common in women with recurrent urinary tract infection. It is also known as Struvite or Infection Stone.

3. Uric Acid Stone or Urate Calculi (5%)

These are multiple, small hexagonal, faceted and yellow to light brown colored stones containing calcium oxalate, which makes them opaque. It must be noted that pure uric acid stones are radiolucent. These stones occur in acidic urine and are common in those patients who consume red meat.

4. Cystine Calculus (2%)

Cystinuria is an inborn error of metabolism, which occurs due to decreased resorption of cystine from renal tubules. Such stones occur in young girls at puberty. Whenever there is an increased excretion of cystine in urine, it will result in cystine calculus. These stones are hard. Their color is white, pink or yellow when first removed but on exposure, color changes to a greenish hue. Although, they are translucent but it must be kept in mind that these stones are radio-opaque due to sulphur content.

5. Xanthine and Pyruvate Stones

These stones are usually rare and they happen if there is an inborn error of metabolism. They are smooth and round, brick red in color and show a lamellar (flat and thin) structure.

6. Indigo Calculi

These calculi are blue in color and the name is derived from indican. These calculi occur very rarely.

Where Can I Drive My Go Kart? Seems Illegal in Most Places

Most people get glassy eyed when they see a go kart (people who love go karts that is) and tend to forget about where in the world they are going to drive their go-cart.

Sometimes the images in your mind go to race tracks and passing Ferraris, but “Really now! Are you going to be driving this thing on a race track?”

I received this email from a reader about go karts (and sadly it is a common question)

Hi, I got stopped by a police officer for operating my go kart on the sidewalk, and he said I could be charged with: Operating a vehicle without being licensed, driving to endanger, driving a non-certified vehicle, and told me I had to be over 18 to operate any gas powered anything. I understand now that I can’t drive a go kart anywhere pretty much but where should I go?

Because the question “Where Am I Going To Ride This Go Kart?” was not asked at the outset, now you have a very depressed individual, considering getting rid of the gokart all together.

One issue is about “Where” the other about “Age.”

I am not legal authority, but I can tell you some basics: Un=Liscensed motorized vehicles cannot drive on roads.

About the age, that varies from state to state.

You need to look into your state statutes and codes to get verification on legal data. Consult a local attorney for that informaton…

But that aside, it is a good idea to know where you will be driving this go kart.

In your driveway?

On your uncles farm?

(Obviously not on the street because that is against the law)

In cornfields?

In your yard?

Do you have a big enough yard to ride a go kart?

Are their laws against go karts in your neighborhood?

Have you permission to ride it in the parking lot across the street?

Riding a go kart involve more than just you on a gokart.

It affects people around you in the following ways:

– A go kart is a driving projectile.

– A “unknown talent” is setting its course.

– The coarse is not set, but can change from moment to moment.

In short a go kart coupled with a driver is like running with the bulls in Spain.

Those around the go kart have no clue as to whether it is going to strike them or not.

So before you get upset that you cannot drive it “anywhere” realize that people around you have to take on a burden. A burden of concern and care. Will they, or you get hurt?

There are Legalities

Additionally, the Go Kart is not legal on the roads for various reasons, primarily because of its low profile (people can’t see you) and its lack of many other essential road handling and accident preventitive components.

This set of questions is probably the most difficult to acknowledge, because there are so many obstacles. And I don’t mean trees and cars, I mean regulations about motor vehicles. You cannot just blast down the road with your go kart. Sounds like a fun idea, but in reality it is dangerous and against the law.

If you end up buying this go kart, or even making it, you may end up with a very depressing set of conclusions:

I can’t ride it anywhere!

And even if I could, I can’t put it in the car to get it where I want to ride (its too big)!

So ask the question first. Get an answer.

The answer maybe as simple as networking with some people to find a place to ride: ie your uncles farm! (but there is even more than just your uncle at stake there too… remember there are 10 questions, not six)

There are various go karting clubs out there and you can join them. You do not have to be a go kart racer to join these clubs, it is just place where you can enjoy the go kart. Be sure to get in contact with them in your area before investing in the go kart and all that goes with it (ie helmuts, gloves, suits, etc..)

And finally, I did some digging of my own on riding gokarts on trails. There are usually stipulations on what type of go kart you can ride on a trail. For example in the state I live in, the trails require that the go kart have suspension and a full roll cage by a reputable manufacturer. You will also need to get a permit. The age of the drivers is also limited.

So look into ATV trails and see what you come up with.

5 Nutritious Foods for Your Tokay Gecko

Tokay geckos are very fascinating pets. Known for their bluish gray color and orange spots, and their short temperateness, Tokays have a sensitive sense of smell and taste. They love eating insects, especially live ones. Their diet plays an important role in their overall health. This is the reason you need to give particular attention when feeding your geckos.

Dietetic Value of Insects

If you think that insects simply give annoyance and cause human suffering, they actually play a very essential role in the food chain. There are a large number of animals that feeds on insects for their nourishment. Insects have high iron, B vitamins and protein value needed to supply energy and maintain a healthy body. Below are 5 nutritious foods for your Tokay gecko.

5 Nutritious Foods for Your Tokays

An adult Tokay can consume 3 to 5 crickets every other day, though it can consume more depending on their activity and condition. For instance, a gravid female may need to eat more crickets than non-gravid females to meet their nutritional needs for them to lay healthy eggs. However, it is not advisable to over feed or force feed your gecko unless they are recovering from an illness, or just have laid eggs. But nonetheless, feeding your gecko is rather easy if you know what to feed them. You may want to consider the following choices:

Crickets.

This feeder insect is one of the most nutrient rich foods for your Tokay and they are very accessible. You can buy them in almost every pet store nationwide. They are high in protein and B vitamins. Crickets are considered the staple food for most gecko owners.

Worms.

Although they are not very pleasant for humans, worms are very good source of nourishment for Tokays. Mealworms and wax worms are very rich in dietary fat and valuable protein. They are good nutrient source for recovering females after laying eggs. Also, Tokay geckos recovering from illness can greatly benefit from its diet fats to easily recover lost energy and gain weight. However, you do not want to over feed your gecko with wax worms. They are very addictive to geckos and they may refuse to eat other food other than wax worm which may lead to obesity.

Beetles.

In their natural habitat, Tokay geckos often eat small insects. This includes beetles. Beetles contain proteins, vitamin B, and phosphorus. However, beetles may not be as available as meal worms and crickets since they are hard to breed and only few gecko owners use them to feed their Tokay geckos.

Grasshoppers.

You can find them in your own backyard. But if you choose to feed your Tokays with grasshoppers, make sure that they are small enough for your Tokay geckos. Grasshoppers are very active insect and may harm your Tokay gecko if they're big enough to put up a fight. But nonetheless, grasshoppers are very rich in protein. They actually contain twice the protein content of crickets.

Spiders.

They are very rich in dietary fat and protein. So if you want to get rid of the spiders in your ceiling, you can feed them to your Tokay gecko.

A New Way of Looking at Stomach Aches

In evaluating stomach upsets, the physician should not only focus on hyperacidity.

New developments in research have changed the way gastric distress is diagnosed. Physicians must consider not only the possibility of hyperacidity but he or she should also examine how healthy is the patient's gastrointestinal motility.

The doctor must look into these possibilities: is stomach upset due to excess acid or a motility disorder in the esophagus, stomach and small intestine? Is there a malfunction in the way food is stored, processed and moved along the digestive tract?

So the next time you run to a doctor complaining of stomach ache that will not go away with simple medication, make sure you are checked for motility problems along with other suspected abnormalities in the digestive tract.

In dyspepsia or stomach distress, especially in the absence of any underlying disease, ulcer-like symptoms could easily suggest hyperacidity. But that is not always the case.

Dr. Olaf Nyren of the University Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden, one of a group of experts that has exhaustively studied dyspepsia, found that despite functional cases (those without underlying diseases) may have ulcer-like symptoms, these may not be due to the excess secretion of stomach juices.

The truth is, only a handful of patients with functional dyspepsia actually have hyper secretion (high gastric acid output). The major have normal secretions.

The idea that functional dyspepsia differs from one caused by too much stomach acid has been proven in two ways by Nyren.

He did this by showing that factors other than gastric acid are responsible for the pain in functional dyspepsia. In fact, the more severe the problem is in functional dyspepsia, the lower the acid output. Thus, a reduction of acid secret is not always effective in relieving the condition.

With this in mind, patients complaining about stomach upsets should not always be treated for hyperacidity. To the dismay of Nyren, however, many physicians, particularly general practitioners, are not aware of this and still treat patients with acid-reducing drugs.

Dr. JR Malagelada of the Mayo Clinic, another dyspepsia expert, added that approximately 50 percent of patients with functional dyspepsia have some type of motility disorder – the most common of which is reduced gastric emptying caused by slow contractions in the antral region of the stomach and increased resistance to the flow of food into the small intestine.

Although studies of gastrointestinal motility disorders have not fully told us what causes the symptoms of dyspepsia, they have helped focus attention away from abnormalities in gastric juice secretion and organic lesions as the primary causes of stomach upsets.

The bottom line? Doctors should discard the time-born practice of prescribing antacids for every case of stomach upset. The right thing to do if you have a stomach ache is to have your gut motility checked. This will save you a lot of money and distress.

An Ice Cold Blast of Diabetes, Gastritis, and Bone Disease!

Pop, soda, or soda pop, which name you prefer, let's face it, is an American icon. I, like many of my patients, grew up with it and could not get enough of that ice cold blast of sugary delight hitting the back of my dry throat after playing outside on a hot summer day. Who can forget all those rainbow colored, knee-high glass bottles of soda with the delicious fruity names and flavors?

Years ago, soda was considered a once in a while treat. Today, it's become a staple in our refrigerators. Americans consume an incredible 160 gallons of soda a year! Next time you're in the check out line at the grocery store, look at how much soda people have in their baskets! Better yet, look at all the soda bottles returning – some people need several baskets just to haul them.

As I explain to my patients, our obsession with soda consumption has taken its toll on the overall health of people in the US. Bone loss issues, such as osteoporosis (loss of bone density) or osteomalacia (bone softening), and other bone diseases are growing in numbers. Add to that tooth decay and destruction of tooth enamel as well as chronic gastritis is seen now even in young teenagers.

You see, what all those enticing advertisements do not tell us is that drinking soda on a regular basis can set you up for developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, chronic stomach irritation, tooth decay, and a whole host of other ailments and diseases later in life.

They Taste So Great, How Can They Be So Bad?

The largest consumers of soda are 12-29 year-old males, and its consumption has tripled for boys and doubled for girls since 1978. Like everything else in America, the size of soft drink containers has gotten bigger and bigger. That petite little 6-1 / 2 ounce size of soda that I, and most of my over 40 patients used to drink as a kid, has been replaced by containers that look like something the Colossus of Rhodes would drink out of!

Like me, my patients associate soda pop with a pleasant memory from childhood like the ice cream truck or the local candy store. It's hard, then, to get their head around the idea that this seemingly innocent childhood treatment could really cause them, and their children, so many health problems. It's just sugar, flavoring and fizz right?

First of all, let's talk about the main ingredients in soda – phosphorus, sodium bicarbonate, sugar, caffeine, and what kind of health havoc they can wreak.

Phosphorus: Leeches calcium out of bones. Low blood calcium can lead to osteoporosis and damaged arteries. The two most popular colas on the market today contain a very high quantity of phosphorus and no calcium. This can create a significant problem for those of us over 40 who have trouble absorbing calcium from our diets anyway, especially menopausal women who are at higher risk for osteoporosis and fractures. It can also pose a problem in children whose bones are still growing and increase their risk of fractures dramatically. In addition, in people who consume sodas regularly, the lining of their throats and esophagus can become quite inflamed. Inflammation is now known to set the stage for serious disease to develop.

Sodium Bicarbonate: Sodium bicarbonate is used in soft drinks to make them less acidic. However, with sugar, caffeine, and phosphoric acid, there is still a lot of acid in sodas. This excess dietary acid can contribute to inflammation of the lining of your esophagus and stomach. No wonder that people who drink a lot of soda have chronic stomach irritation that goes away when they stop drinking so much. High acid content in the body can cause inflammation in joints and contribute to arthritis and even cancer.

Sugar: The average size soft drink has several tablespoons of regular table sugar in them. The larger ones have much more. If you drink a few cans of soda a day, you're consuming way more sugar than is healthy and can be contributing to obesity. The sugar and acid in soda also contributes to tooth decay and, as you get older, can put you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In kids all this excess sugar can also aggravate attention deficit disorder which is running rampant in kids these days.

Caffeine: If you're an adult with a healthy heart and nervous system, a little caffeine in moderation is okay and can help you feel alert and energized. Too much, however, and you will not be able to sleep, can cause heart palpitations, or bring on a bout of gastric reflux acid. Those trendy "designer" cola drinks in those slim little silver cans pack an even higher wallop of caffeine. In children, who often substitute sodas instead of a healthy drink, the caffeine consumption can overwhelm their nervous systems. Some soft drinks can contain as much caffeine in them as a cup of coffee! The caffeine jolt is just way too intense for them and can contribute to behavior problems.

Is There A Healthy Alternative To Soda?

I'm glad you asked. The answer is, yes, of course! First of all, drinking a soda here and there is okay. We need to go back to considering it a "treat" rather than the dietary staple it seems to have become. Try to limit your soda consumption like this:

Go Free: Look for caffeine free, sugar-free soda sweetened with Splenda or sucralose. Read the labels. Leave the "aspartame" sweetened sodas alone as this chemical additive causes a whole other list of neurological problems.

In addition, consider these healthier alternatives:

Make your own! That's right. Health food and better grocery stores now sell an array of sugar-free flavorings that you can mix with seltzer water, or just plain water, to make a refreshing and tasty soft drink without the sugar, caffeine or chemical additives that the soda companies put in .

Switch To H20 Soft Drinks: Try adding a few slices of lemon or lime to ice water, add a little stevia, sucralose, or Xylitol powdered sweeteners found in grocery stores. Or, try adding a little real fruit juice to ice water and get a light, refreshing, chemical-free "soft" drink as well as upping your water intake. Try commercially bottled, flavored waters. Grocery stores have been selling these for several years now in flavors like tangerine, raspberry, lime, strawberry-kiwi, and many others. They are free from sugar, sodium bicarbonate, caffeine, phosphorus and really taste great cold!

Create A Soda Bank: A good incentive for both you and your kids to kick the soda habit might be put the amount of money you would spend on soda into a bank and at the end of each month buy a special treat for all of you (not soda!) with it.

Breaking the soda pop habit can be hard, especially if you've been consuming them since childhood. They can be very addictive because of the caffeine in them, taste good when you're thirsty, and can be associated with pleasant childhood memories that make us happy. In addition, there's usually a soda vending machine almost everywhere you go luring you to grab a cold one!

However, as mentioned earlier, enjoying a soda here and there will not hurt you, especially if you remember to make sure your calcium intake is enhanced with a good supplement. Remember to stick to the sugar-free and caffeine-free type sodas. As I tell my patients who have children, it's best if you wean the whole family away from soda with one of the healthier alternatives listed above as you'll be doing everyone's bones, teeth, stomach, and weight a big favor!

Mark Rosenberg, MD
Institute For Healthy Aging

Causes of Calcium Deposits

Nearly all calcium in the body is used to build strong bones and strong teeth. Only about 1% of calcium circulates in the organs, tissues and bloodstream. Calcium can form deposits in various tissues of the body, in both specific locations or in multiple areas. Sometimes calcium deposits are harmless but calcium deposits can also be harmful. The two primary causes of calcium deposits outside the bones; one is damaged tissue and the other is an excess calcium level in the body.

When calcium blood levels are normal, calcification can take place from local tissue damage. Tissue damage can be a magnet for calcium into the damaged tissue. Blood vessel calcification is very common and occurs in damaged tissues in the arteries and is known as atherosclerosis. These damaged areas in the treaties build up fat etcetera, forming plaque which calcifies over time. Plaques narrow the arteries which can provoke a clot formation often leading to a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.

Calcium deposits in the breast is another common type of small-scale tissue damage which leads to calcification. Sometimes calcium deposits in the breast are cancerous while at other times it is benign.

Large-scale tissue damage is connected to the extensive loss of cells, which is referred to as tissue necrosis. Necrosis is caused by the death of tissue in a precise area of ​​the body. This dead tissue joins cells that both clean up the dead tissue. This healing process draws calcium to the bad tissue area as part of the healing process.

Infections are associated to this type of calcification which are found in the lungs and the heart area and referred to as pericarditis which is an inflammation of the pericardium. Tissue damage along with infection can cause tissue calcification. This type of Calcium deposits are often found in shoulder tendons, ankles or knees.

Calcification can also occur from a high blood calcium level. If there is an excess of calcium in the bloodstream it begins to deposit in the tissues of the body.

There are usually no symptoms when calcification of tissues occurs in the body. There are symptoms to watch for which indicate excess calcium in the body. Weakness, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, confusion or drowsiness are some of the symptoms that indicate excessive calcium in the body. Also be aware of chest pain, joint aches and muscle aches. Often tissue calcification is harmless but if your experience any of these symptoms see your doctor as quickly as possible.

Lymphedema Swelling – Healthy Steps to Follow

If you have lymphedema, a chronic swapping of limit, breast, head, neck or trunk, you are not alone. Millions of people worldwide suffer from this condition, including many cancer survivors like me. While lymphedema can lead to loss of energy and mobility-and possibly even to depression-don't let it get you down.

Like Lot's wife looking back at Sodom with regret for what could no longer be, I used to pine for my pre-lymphedema life and, before that, my life without breast cancer. Days that were carefree, blissfully ignorant-and non-compassionate. I had not yet recognized and appreciated the blessings that come from developing lymphedema. Occasionally I came around to enjoy my post-lymphedema life, replete as it is with interesting exercises I'd never hear of before and opportunities to help others reeling from a lymphmedema diagnosis. Who wants to turn into a pillar of salt as Lot's wife did? As lymphedema survivors we are to minimize our salt intake, not become it!

Beside giving tips on what works for me, a delight of my new life is engaging in appropriate activities. Our bodies require a healthy lymphatic system to optimize immune response and disease resistance. Fluid forced out of the bloodstream during normal circulation is filtrated through the lymphatic system to remove bacteria, proteins, and other material that accumulates in the vessels. Unlike the circulatory system that has a pump (the heart) to move its contents, the lymphatic system moves by inertia. Thus, when lymphedema compromises our lymphatic system, we need help to remove built-up matter from congested areas.

Many ways exist to control chronic lymphomaema, including therapeutic dancing, active-elongation exercises, deep abdominal breathing, and swimming. A fascinating and fun program I explored to rev up my circulation was Healthy-Steps, otherwise known as the Lebed Method, Focus on Healing. Started by Sherry Lebed Davis, herself a lymphedema survivor, this program may reduce lymphedema symptoms by reducing fluid amassment in affected tissues so that participants can enjoy improved circulation, more energy, and a better attitude towards life.

By focusing on the areas of the body having the largest lymphatic collection sites and unclogging lymphatic "drains," Healthy-Steps opens up the lymphatic system through gentle, rhythmic movements and deep breathing. Healthy-Steps works in conjunction with compression garments to improve their effectiveness in controlling swelling.

Check to see if Healthy-Steps is offered in your area, for example, in medical centers, hospitals, exercise and fitness centers, dance and yoga centers, retirement communities and assisted living facilities. When I took this program last year, I thoroughly enjoyed stretching, ball throwing, interactive social support, laughing and blowing bubbles. I do not have any financial interest in this program, but merly recommend it as a patient who experienced the benefits for herself.

It has been several years now since I dissociated myself from Lot's wife, someone who looked back with longing on a life no longer available. As a breast cancer survivor with chronic lymphaticema I embrace each moment of my existence and take healthy steps towards optimizing my lymphatic system. You can, too!

Panic Treatments: What Causes Panic Attack and How to Treat It

Administering effective panic treatments for patients suffering from panic attacks usually involves the health worker or the family member knowing what causes this. They'll be able to stop the attacks either by removing the irritant or administrating the right treatment for the exact cause of the attack.

So what triggers it?

Panic attacks are usually triggered by a stressful situation or undesired powerful emotion like fear and anger. The person experiencing an attack may experience any, some, or all of the following symptoms (a minimum of 4 symptoms is needed to classify the attack as an anxiety attack):

  • Chest pain
  • Choking feeling
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fear of dying
  • Heart palpitation
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Hyperventilation
  • Nausea
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating

Onset of symptoms is sudden, and can be as short as 15 seconds or as long as an hour, with symptoms reaching their peak within 10 minutes. While most symptoms of it are resolved within 30 minutes from sunset, a few rare can for hours, sometimes forming cyclic episodes in between attacks.

Other causes include:

  • Side-effects of certain medicines
  • Certain drugs or chemicals like caffeine, alcohol, amphetamine
  • Psychological disorders like OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Medical conditions such as hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, mitral valve prolapse, pheochromocytoma, Wilson's disease, Labyrinthitis, Long QT syndrome, and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • Phobias inducing extreme fear

Studies have also shown that heredity plays a strong role in someone developing acks. A person's disposition or frame of mind is also often cited as another cause. Negative thinking, mistrust beliefs, withheld emotions, passiveness – all of these things can contribute one way or another for a person to develop one.

Once the cause of it has been pinpointed, panic treatments which work best in treating one caused by those specific events can be utilized.

Medication and Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy has been proven to be the best and longest-lasting treatment for panic attacks. Therapy usually starts out with the patient being educated on the exact nature of panic attack; what it is, what causes it, why it happens, etc. In most instances, knowing what panic attack is and knowing that the sufferer is not alone in his or her suffering assistance a lot of patients overcome their fear of attacks and push them to become more positive about their condition. By simply allowing sufferers to replace negative thoughts with reinforced and repeatedly positive positive thoughts, counselers can give panic attacks sufferers confidence in themselves, helping patients to deal with successful attacks more successfully each time.

For medication, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have been proven to be the most effective in treating panic attacks. Among the most prescribed drugs include: Celexa, Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft. Benzodiazepines on the other hand are prescribed for immediate or short term relief of anxiety attacks. Examples of benzodiazepines include: Alprazolam, Klonopin, Lorazepam, and Xanax.

Whether it be medication, psychotherapy, or all of the above-mentioned panic treatments, what is important for sufferers to know is that panic attack is a behavioral condition that can be treated best by changing their conditioned responses to certain events through therapy and counseling

How to Prevent Heart Disease and Circulatory Problems

Lifestyle factors cause most accidents of heart disease and diseases in the blood circulation, either wholly or partially. Bad lifestyle can cause blood vessels to be narrowed, high blood pressure and inflammatory processes in the circulatory system. These changes will themselves reduce the general condition and tissue health, and can cause more dramatic events such as blod clots, heart infarction or stroke.

Here are some simple advices to avoid disease in the heart and blood vessels and to help regaining good circulatory health if such disease already are present.

– Do not smoke or use any other types of nicotine sources. Smoking is perhaps the most potent cause of circulatory problems.

– Have some exercises at least every second day that make your heart work harder. Jogging, cycling, playing ball, swimming or other activities where you increase your energy consume are good for your blood circulation. The exercises should however be adjusted to your present health condition.

– Get enough sleep each 24 hours. All the sleep does not even need to occur during night. You can for example take out some of your need for sleep as a siesta in the middle of the day. 7 hours sleep seems to be the ideal for optimum circulatory health. Much more sleep seems to be bad for your blood circulation.

– Avoid a high amount of stress over a longer period. If there is something in your lifestyle or work that makes you stressed, you should make adjustments. Meditation is a good method to stress down.

– Decrease the amount of fat in your diet. Do not add much oil, butter or other types of fat to your food. Do not consume much fast-food or ready made food that often contain great amount of added fat.

-Avoid altimately chemically altered fat, so-called trans-fat. This type of fat is often found in margarine and is often added to many types of cookies.

-Avoid great amounts of saturated fat, as found in fat milk, fat diary products, coconut products and butter.

– Still you need some fat. The fat you mostly need are mono-unsaturated fat as found in olives, olive oil, rape oil, canola oil and almonds, omga-3-polyunsaturated fat found for example in fish, seafood and flax oil and omga-6-polyunsatrated found in sunflower oil, soy oil, corn oil, sunflower seeds and many types of nuts.

– Much of the fat you still choose to add to your food should be oils with mono-unsaturated fat like olive oil, rape oil, almond oil or canola oil. Marine oils or flax oil can be added to get enough omega-3-fat. You can also use some soy oil, corn oils and other types of natural oils with a high content of omega-6-fat, but do not use too much of these to avoid over-consuming this type of fat.

– Avoid consuming great amounts of salt. Do not add much salt to the food you ccok, and do not eat great amounts of ready made salty food. When it is hot in the weather or you are in high physical activity, you will always need some more salt, and must consume some more than elswhere.

– Eat some nuts, almonds or sunflower seeds several times each week, since these food types give you fat valuable for your circulatory health.

– Eat fish at least every second day. Use lean meat, lean poultry, mushrooms, seafood and lean diary products in the food you make.

– Consume a moderate amount of carbohydrates. Avoid adding great amounts of sugar to your food. Avoid consuming much sweet drinks, cookies and snacks with great amounts of sugar and other carbohydrates.

– Use carbohydrates sources that contain fiber and that let the carbohydrates be taken up over some time, for example full corn bread and cereals, beans, peas and fresh fruit.

– Eat vegetables and fruit to each meal in order to get enough vitamins, minerals, fibers and anti-oxidants. They should be raw or only gently cooked so that the content of nutrients is not washed out.

– A moderate alcohol consume is good for your blood circulation, especially red wine, but over-drinking has the opposite effect.

– Avoid excessive eating. Eating too much is not good for your blood circulation even though you eat sound food.

– Reduce excessive weight. The advices described above will often over time normalize your weight. If this is not enough you should carry through a more specific weight reduction program.

– If you suffer from diabetes, this disease should be well controlled.

– Extra supplements of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants may be useful. Also some herbal supplements containing adaptogenic factors can be useful, for example supplements based on ginseng or roseroot (Rhodiola rocea). Supplements are especially useful if it is difficult to achieve a wholly satisfactory diet, or you have extra stressful conditions in your life you can not avoid.

The advices described above are not only good for your circulatory health, but will also help to avoid rheumatism, cancer and other types of diseases.

Methods Of Diagnosing And Treating The TB Infection

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by the Koch bacillus, it primarily afflicts the lungs and it is contagious, healthy persons receiving the infection if living or working in the same place with the infected person. By coughing, the infected person spreads the germs into the air, and others inhale them.

One way to diagnose TB is by performing a skin test called the intra-dermal reaction of tuberculin. The person that is suspected to be or to have been infected with TB is considered to have developed a hypersensitivity to the TB germ.

The test consists in injecting into the skin a purified protein derived from the TB germ. After more then 48 hours the skin area will present a bump. If the bump is large, the test is considered to be positive, meaning that the TB infection has occurred.

Even if the test is negative, it should be repeated after a while, because the test is not a 100 percent accurate.

Another method of diagnosing TB is performing a thoracic X-Ray which shows where in the lungs is the infection localized and how greatly it is expanded.

If the suspect person coughs, doctors take the sputum and with the help of the microscope they search for the TB germs in the sputum. This is quite an accurate method of diagnosing TB.

After diagnosing TB, doctors have to test what drugs will be most efficacious against the particular strain of the TB bacteria, using genetic engineering techniques like polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

To prevent the spread of TB in other people, health authorities have ordered that every child to get a shot of the bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG) vaccine. This is a vaccine prepared of a weakened Tb germ, and it is considered to be the most effective vaccine in preventing childhood cases of TB.

Other general preventing methods of spreading the TB is hospitalizing the infected person, and practically isolating it from those who are healthy. Treatment must be followed at least 6 months continuously because interrupting the treatment could lead to spreading the disease in other organs, like: kidneys, intestinal tract, and lymph nodes, and even leading to the death of the infected person.

In treating TB, doctors use a combination of antibiotics because because only one drug could lead to the bacterial resistance to this drug. The drugs used nowdays are: isoniazid, rifampin, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol, in different combinations.

Generally if the treatment is followed all the way, a person can heal without problems, and reintegrate within the society in about 6 to 9 months.

How To Select The Right Hair Growth Product

The World is becoming balder. More and more people are concerned about losing their hair. The search for products to end to hair loss problems or for hair growth products is getting stronger day after day.

If people notice that they are losing hair, they hunt for a solution to their problem. Their first choice is generally shampoo. However, treating hair loss deficiency is not easy, and you bought to know exactly what you are doing.

You have to examine your specific problem carefully.

Although there are an extensive variety of products, beware that hair loss causes different from person to person. Asking relatives, friends, or neighbors for advice could be a bad idea because what works for them may be very inappropriate for you.

Nowadays, the medical community considers hair loss a health deficiency, and those who suffer it must identify the problem and treat it correctly. It is eminently important that you identify exactly what causes your problem. Obtain the best information possible about products that are indicated for you.

If you notice your hair is receding, thinning or falling more then usual, avoid using hair loss products without obtaining expert advice first. Some products may cause hair growth all over the body, and that is definitely not what you want.

Selecting the right product for your specific problem and following the right treatment will soon help you improve your situation.

Selecting A Hair Growth Product

When selecting a hair growth product you can opt for natural or synthetic products.

Natural products use herbs or plant extracts, for example, saw palmetto, pumpkin seed extract and nettle root. There are also hair growth oils and hair growth vitamins.

In addition, there are plenty of shampoos that utilize all-natural ingredients. Always be careful and select a product that is FDA approved if it contains manufactured ingredients. As far as hair loss products based on herbs or plant extracts are concerned, the FDA does not test or evaluate these, but that does not mean that all herbal products are safe or effective.

Remember that the hair growth product you chose must be the right one for your hair problem. It is definitely advisable to find out more about hair loss causes to identify your specific problem, and then make a considered choice.

The Spread of Lung Cancer to the Adrenal Glands

When the cancer is diagnosed, up to one-fourth of all people with lung cancer may have no symptoms. These cancers typically are identified incidentally when a chest x-ray is made for another reason.

Lung cancer can either spread locally and involve nearby tissues, for example the cavity outside the lungs, layers around the heart, or may travel to distant locations like local lymph glands or the bones, liver, brain or the opposite lung. Other organs where cancer of lung tends to spread are the adrenal glands, which are the glands placed above the kidneys and which generate special hormones.

The most general tumor of the adrenal gland is in fact a benign tumor called an adrenal adenoma. In a good number of patients, these benign tumors never lead to a patient to have any symptoms and do not require to be treated. They are typically found when a patient has a CT (or CAT) scan of the body for an unexpected reason, and are sometimes referred to as "incidentalomas".

The most general malignant tumors located in the adrenal gland are tumors that originate from cancer cells that have metastasized from other areas of the body to the adrenal gland by means of the blood stream. Some different kinds of cancer may spread to the glands of adrenal, most commonly melanomas, lung cancers, and breast cancers.

In short, If cancerous cells break away from the original tumor, travel, and develop within other body parts-like the brain, liver, the opposite lung, bone, adrenal glands, or lymph nodes of the chest or collarbone (clavicle) regions- the process is recognized as metastasis.

Symptoms of metastatic lung tumors readily on the location and size. About 30% -40% of people with cancer of lung have a number of symptoms or signs of metastatic disease. Metastatic lung cancer in the glands usually causes no symptoms by the time of diagnosis as well.