Is Oral Thrush Contagious?

Oral thrush or yeast infection of the mouth is very uncomfortable and disgusting to have. It can also spread itself to the throat and lips. Oral thrush is caused by excessive activity of candida Albicans yeast in the body. Candida is present in small quantities in everyone, but when they increase in numbers, they result in yeast infections.

People with these infections have extreme physical and emotional disturbances. It can spread by direct contact, although it is not as contagious as other yeast infections.

Treatments for oral thrush are available over the counter. Generally people take antifungal medicines and in severe cases, Diffucan is prescribed. Unfortunately, these treatments do not offer permanent cure from the disease. When you treat oral thrush as a fungal disorder and just treat the external manifestation, it is only likely that it will recur over and over again. Each time, with increased severity as the yeast gains resistance to drugs. The effective treatments are the ones that address the root cause of the symptom by restricting the activity of candida.

This is where alternative home remedies come into picture. People have lately been using alternative remedies to gain a quick, effective and permanent relief from yeast infections like oral thrush. It first treats the conditions like yeast infections in the mouth using inexpensive materials like vegetables, oils etc. that you can find in your nearest local store. Then a diet and lifestyle changes would be incorporated so that root cause of oral thrush can be cured by checking the activity of Candida yeast.

Hepatitis Contagion in a Public Bathroom

For many people, the thought of using a public bathroom can be distressing and uncomfortable – and with good reason. Public bathrooms have a reputation for being one of the easiest places to pick up unwanted germs and viruses, and viral hepatitis is just one of many viruses to be aware of. Although there are valid reasons for concern, understanding how the virus is transmitted as well as learning how to take preventative measures may help ease your worries.

The three most common types of hepatitis are A, B and C. Fortunately there are vaccines to help prevent the transmission of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. But a vaccine for Hepatitis C has yet to be discovered. Hepatitis A is spread through the fecal/oral route. This can be relatively easy to avoid by making sure you wash your hands thoroughly and properly with soap and warm water. Hepatitis B, for the most part, is transmitted through blood contact but has been found in other bodily fluids like sweat and saliva. The odds of contracting Hepatitis B while using a public bathroom are very slim considering that you would have to have open cuts on your body that were exposed directly to the virus from the toilet seat, door handles, etc. Lastly, Hepatitis C is only transmitted from blood to blood contact. It is next to impossible to contract or spread HCV by using public bathroom facilities.

Making a point to wash your hands after using the restroom as well as before you eat are always good habits to keep. This will help to prevent the spread of many illnesses as well as viral hepatitis. The more we know about the transmission of the virus the more we realize that there is very little reason to be concerned about transmitting the virus in a public bathroom. Learn more about viral hepatitis today.

Obesity, Alcohol & Liver Disease

The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication changes, or if you have any other concerns regarding your health.


Chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, is the 12th most common cause of death in the United States, alone, and causes nearly 30,000 deaths per year in America. Increased alcohol intake and obesity are both known risk factors for chronic liver disease. Moreover, recent research has suggested that the combination of alcohol intake and obesity may synergistically increase the risk of chronic liver disease above and beyond the sum of these two risk factors. Two newly published prospective, randomized clinical research studies from the United Kingdom further suggest that increased alcohol intake in the presence of obesity significantly increases the risk of chronic liver disease, and premature death related to chronic liver disease. Both of these studies appear in the current issue of the British Medical Journal.

In the first study, more than 1.2 million women (average age was 56 years) were recruited between 1996 and 2001. In this Million Woman Study, after an average duration of follow-up of 6.2 years, 1,811 women were either admitted to a hospital with a new diagnosis of cirrhosis, or died of cirrhosis. Based upon the extensive health data collected from all of the participants in this enormous public health study, both obesity and alcohol intake were proportionally linked to an increased risk of cirrhosis, as well as death due to cirrhosis. (Note: a standard glass of wine, mixed drink, or beer contains about 0.6 ounces, or 14 grams, of alcohol.)

For every 5 units of BMI above 22.5, the relative risk of cirrhosis increased by 28 percent (BMI is a standard measure of body fat content that is adjusted for height and weight). Among women who reported the consumption of less than 70 grams of alcohol per week (equivalent to 5 alcoholic drinks per week), the absolute risk of developing cirrhosis, over a period of 5 years, was 20 percent higher in women with a BMI of 30 or more, when compared to non-obese women with normal BMIs (“obesity” is defined as a BMI of 30, or greater; while being “overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25 or greater, but less than 30). Among the women who reported consuming 150 grams or more of alcohol per week (which is equivalent to 11 or more alcoholic drinks per week), a normal BMI was associated with a 170 percent increase in the absolute risk of developing cirrhosis, while obese women (with a BMI of 30 or greater) who consumed 150 grams or more of alcohol per week experienced a whopping 400 percent increase in the risk of developing cirrhosis! When this data was extrapolated to the population of the United Kingdom, as a whole, it was determined that alcohol consumption, particularly at higher levels, accounted for 42 percent of all cases of non-fatal and fatal cirrhosis in middle-aged women, while obesity caused an additional 17 percent of all non-fatal and fatal cases of cirrhosis of the liver.

In the second published study in the British Medical Journal, data from two prospective clinical studies was analyzed. A total of 9,559 men participated in these prospective public health studies, with a highly impressive median follow-up of 29 years. These nearly 10,000 male study participants were divided into separate study groups based upon their measured BMI and their self-reported alcohol intake.

During nearly 3 decades of observation, 80 (0.8 percent) of these male research volunteers died directly due to chronic liver disease, while another 146 (1.5 percent) died of multiple causes, but with liver disease as a contributing cause of death.

As with the previous study, there were significant interactions between alcohol intake, BMI, and chronic liver disease (after adjusting for other known risk factors for chronic liver disease). In this study, the consumption of 15 or more alcoholic drinks per week in volunteers with a normal BMI more than doubled the relative risk of dying of chronic liver disease when compared to other non-obese men who consumed less than 15 drinks per week. Among the overweight (but not obese) men who consumed 15 or more alcoholic drinks per week, the relative risk of death due to chronic liver disease was more than 7 times higher than was observed in overweight men who consumed significantly less than 15 drinks per week. Finally, and most disconcertingly, obese men who consumed 15 or more alcoholic drinks per week experienced nearly 18 times the relative risk of dying from chronic liver disease as compared to their obese counterparts who drank significantly less alcohol. (Even among obese men who consumed 14 or fewer alcoholic drinks per week, the relative risk of death due to chronic liver disease was still more than 4 times higher than what was observed in obese men who did not drink alcoholic drinks at all.)

Based upon this data, the researchers conducting this study were able to determine that there was a synergistic, enhanced risk of dying from liver disease when alcohol intake was present in addition to being overweight or obese. This “relative excess risk” due to an interaction between alcohol intake and increasing BMI amounted to 4 times the relative risk of simply adding the individual liver disease risks of increased BMI and alcohol intake.

Taken together, these two large prospective public health studies confirm previous observations that both rising levels of excess weight and increasing levels of regular alcohol intake are associated, both separately and together, with an increased risk of chronic liver disease, and death due to chronic liver disease. Moreover, the combination of obesity and increased alcohol intake appears to be a particularly severe risk factor for the development of chronic liver disease, and for death due to liver disease. Therefore, in addition to the multiple other health risks associated with obesity and excessive alcohol intake, the results of these two studies should cause all of us to reexamine our lifestyle and dietary habits in our pursuit of better health and greater longevity.

5 Treatment Options For Canine Struvite Crystals

If you’ve ever had a dog suffer from canine struvite crystals, aka bladder stones, you probably know how stressful the experience can be. It’s important to spot the problem early in order to treat it timely and prevent it from getting worse. If struvite crystals keep your dog from urinating for even just a few days, the condition could become fatal. Here are 5 possible treatment options if you suspect that your dog has struvite crystals.

1. Sometimes dog struvite crystals show no symptoms but the most common symptoms are recurrent bladder infections, bloody urine, and straining to urinate. You should take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. Sometimes the bladder stones will pass through alone without treatment but even if they do it’s important to get a radiograph to see if there are any more. Make sure to give your dog plenty of water to drink because dehydration can worsen the condition.

2. Your vet will determine whether the canine struvite crystals must be removed by surgery. The advantage of surgery is that the stones will get removed directly and your dog will be able to start the healing process immediately. Some complications such as post-operative pain, the stitches not holding together, the failure to remove all of the bladder stones, and the risk of contaminating the abdomen with infected urine all need to be taken into consideration.

3. If dog struvite crystals are small enough to pass through, your vet may try voiding urohydropropulsion. This treatment method aims at manipulating the bladder so the stones come out of the urethra. In order to do this, your vet will fill your dog’s bladder, agitate it to make the stones move around freely, and then generate a high pressure stream of urine in order to expulse the stones. This technique works if the stones are small and there are many present. It has to be tried numerous times in order to be effective so it is not the best treatment choice.

4. You can dissolve canine struvite crystals by giving your dog a special diet that is high in fat and salt. This diet cannot be fed to dogs that have high blood pressure, kidney insufficiency, heart disease or that are at risk of pancreatitis. It will take at least three and a half months to dissolve the stones and you will have to make sure your dog follows the diet for a month afterwards as well. It is a very strict treatment and you cannot feed your dog anything but the special diet food during the treatment period.

5. The best way to treat and prevent the recurrence of dog struvite crystals is through the use of a homeopathic remedy. There are no risks of complications or side effects if you give your dog a homeopathic remedy because it is all natural. You can give it to your dog everyday as a preventive treatment and it can get rid of bladder stones because it supports a healthy flow of urine, healthy bladder functioning, and strong immune system. It comes in a convenient granular form that you can easily sprinkle on your dog’s tongue.

Your goal? Take this information and weigh the treatment options available. No single treatment option is the best for every dog out there. However, many pet owners find great success with homeopathic remedies because they are safe, natural, and highly effective. So get out there and look for a homeopathic remedy if you want to treat your dog’s struvite crystals and prevent them from returning without any risk of side effects.

A Dog Will Return to His Vomit

How gross and revolting, but it is from the Bible teaching us the importance of standing firm in our commitment to the Lord. Let’s look at these verses on the subject.

2 Peter 2:20-21

“If they have escaped the corruption of this world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then turned their backs.” In another verse turning your back on the Lord after knowing His mercy is likened to a dog returning to his vomit.

There are several lessons in these verses we need to look at. First, we are told when a person is cleansed from their sins, the demon within was pushed out and his house was swept and put in order. However, the demon does not like this and will try to come back with seven other demons to the place he was driven from. So it is very important to stay on guard and close to the Lord who promises to keep us safe.

However, these demons are probably not the monsters you see in the movies hiding in the closet ready to jump out and attack you. Most commonly they are the desires that are within you, still apart of your sinful nature you have not yet surrendered to the Lord. Our journey of maturing faith, for most of us, is a life long process of gradually turning over parts of our life to Christ so He can fill us with the fruits of the Spirit. As a Christian, you are not automatically immune to the pressures of sin that is all around us and as we well know, it is easy to fall to these temptations. It is only through our ever-increasing faith, knowing that the Lord has a better way for us, are we able to live more like Christ.

Secondly, if you look at these verses, it makes two references to being worse off at the end than when they started. It goes on to say, they would have been better off never knowing righteousness. For thousands of years, people have spent their entire lives studying the Bible and there are parts that are still a mystery. The reason for this is because the Lord chose to keep parts of it hidden until we are ready for it. If we knew everything all at once, it would just be too over whelming. So once we know God’s forgiving grace, we are to stay vigilant and stand firm in our commitment to Him.

Thirdly this shows the love of the Lord as He looks over His flock. As Christians we understand the Lord will most certainly judge us, but not all by the same standard. A new Christian will not be expected to have the same measure of faith as that of a mature Christian. We will be judged by the content of our hearts and not just on the fruit we produce. Everyone is in a different place on the path of maturing faith and it is wonderful to know our Lord takes that into account. Only He knows our intentions and our desire to obey His commandments. However the bottom line is, once we know and understand what the Bible teaches us, we are to follow it.

Food Poisoning a Real International Terrorist Threat

In Iraq insurgents used food-poisoning to attack the Iraqi Police and we can be sure that this is one tactic that the International Terrorists will try to use on US Citizens. Why should we be so sure, well because the International Terrorists are so predictable that it should seem rather obvious?

You see, Food Poisoning is a real International Terrorist Threat and they wish to do whatever it takes to kill their enemy and they have in fact labeled us their Infidel Enemy. It is rather interesting for someone to label you an enemy whom you have never met.

Luckily in the United States we have safety measures to prevent food poisoning on a large scale, but that does not mean that International Terrorists could not work their way into the food services division of a University. After all the liberalized, politically correct Universities is an easy place for International Terrorists to hide posing as students.

Where might something like this take place? Well consider the obvious targets such as Michigan, Bay Area CA, Boston, Washington DC, Florida, Las Vegas, Dallas, etc.

In Washington DC there are many institutional food services. There are all the government agencies, hospitals, colleges and non-profits. Hitting a large group of people would be their target to make the most headlines and so we should be thinking here.

Catering Companies, sub-contractors for food services and temporary employment agencies who hire for food services. That would be my guess in addressing this threat. Why authorities do not look at the obvious is beyond me? Perhaps you might tell them to look into this in 2006.

How to Get Rid of Mouth Ulcers Quickly

Depending on the type of mouth ulcer you contracted, they can cause levels of pain so severe that it’s impossible to eat or talk regularly. In this article, we examine the common types of mouth ulcers and ways in which you can treat them at home.

There are three common types of mouth ulcers: minor, major, and Herpetiform. The most common one that forms for people is the minor ulcer. At some point in life, everyone contracts a minor ulcer. The size is relatively small (no greater than 10 mm in diameter size). Luckily, the minor form heals quickly. You can expect most to disappear within a week. There is no need for medication. You just need to take care in not aggravating the infected area.

The second type is the major form. They tend to be a lot more serious than the minor form. Major ulcers are 10 mm or greater in diameter size. Due to their sheer size, one of these can cause great pain in your mouth depending on where it is located. Unfortunately, the major form can take a long time to heal. Like the minor form, they heal naturally but you must be extremely disciplined with your daily habits to prevent the situation from getting worse.

The third form is the Herpetiform ulcer. They may sound harmless because they are extremely small in size (1-2 mm in diameter size). However, the real problem with this condition is the fact that a lot of them appear at the same time. Some patients reported having over twenty of them appearing the same day. Unlike the minor and major ulcer, they may merge depending on the distance proximity. Usually, ulcers tend to be circular in shape. For Herpitform ulcers, they can appear in all sorts of irregular shapes.

To resolve these conditions, most dentists will prescribe you special medication or mouthwash. There is no treatment that will heal the infected area immediately. It is really up to your own efforts. For example, your brushing habits will determine how fast your mouth heals. The key to recovering quickly is to kill all the bacteria in your mouth. For example, brush, floss, and gargle your mouth with water immediately after every meal. Don’t give the bacteria a chance to grow and thrive within your gum-line.

You must also make changes to your eating habits while the ulcers exist. You should avoid eating foods that have sharp edges as they can cause further irritation. You should also avoid drinking beverages that are too hot or too cold. Try and stay with drinks that are at room temperature. The more disciplined you are, the faster your mouth will heal.

Can Stress and Anxiety Cause Hemorrhoids?

Stress and anxiety can be a root cause of hemorrhoids developing. Natural home remedy cures, over the counter products, and surgery are effective ways to treat, cure, and remove a hemorrhoid. To prevent piles from returning it is important to understand how to stop stress and anxiety from causing inflammation in the anal region. Internal and external hemorrhoids are often caused by high stress levels and anxiety.

It is frustrating after having treatment done to have hemorrhoids return giving the sufferer discomfort, itching, pain, and in some cases bleeding. There is a way to avoid this by taking steps to reduce stress and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety are not the only contributing causes to hemorrhoid symptoms. However, they are near the top of the list of leading causes. When the body is under stress and anxiety tension it constricts making bowel movements very difficult. This causes blood vessels in the anus to become inflamed until a painful pile develops.

Hemorrhoid medication and treatments are great for instant relief from anal itching, pain, and bleeding. It is still very important to manage stress and anxiety to prevent piles from returning. After medication, natural treatments, or surgery it is time to take action to reduce stress and anxiety. Here are a few proven methods that will help remove tension from your body.

Meditation is a wonderful solution to gently reduce stress and help control anxiety that can lead to painful hemorrhoids. There are many methods available from guided imagery audios to calming music. It can be done in your home or office in as little as 15 minutes. Controlled breathing is a very relaxing part of meditation.

Yoga has many amazing benefits for the body and is very low impact. Stretching in yoga is a proven way to help natural body functions, like bowel movements, flow much better. Straining when having bowel movements often leads to internal and external hemorrhoids returning. Yoga is fantastic for improved blood circulation and stress reduction.

Living hemorrhoid free does not have to be only dream. It can become a reality by taking steps to reduce stress and anxiety in your life. After your piles are treated and healed, reducing tension will prevent them from returning. Explore meditation and yoga techniques to prevent hemorrhoids.

Ignoring a hemorrhoid will not cure it. You have to be proactive when it comes to finding relief and eliminating them. The only way to regain your life is by reducing stress and anxiety that can cause piles to reappear, even after having extensive treatment done. When you are able to get to the root cause, you can prevent future piles from developing.

7 Quick Home Heartburn Remedies

7 Quick Home Heartburn Remedies

Finding a home remedy for heartburn is not difficult; you just have to know where to look! When you feel that pain in your chest starting to hit, there are natural heartburn remedies around the house that will provide you with instant relief. Whether you don’t have medication or choose not to take any, this article will provide you with some easy to find home heartburn remedies.

Heartburn is becoming more and more prevalent as our lifestyles and diet habits are becoming poorer and poorer. Even though there are home heartburn remedies that will provide instant relief, you should consult a doctor and find out how to stop heartburn or acid reflux before it gets worse.

With that said, let’s get to those home heartburn remedies.

1. Saliva will help ease your heartburn. Try swallowing some, and if you need help producing more saliva think of a food that you absolutely love, or chew some gum.

2. Oftentimes, heartburn occurs due to gas pressing on the stomach. Try to make yourself burp by drinking a carbonated beverage. This should relieve some of the gas pressure and help you feel better.

3. Drink plenty or water and other beverages. When heartburn occurs, water will help reduce the acidity in the stomach.

4. The best way to instantly cure heartburn or acid reflux is by using antacids or baking soda. These neutralize acid in the stomach, causing you to immediately feel better. Baking soda is readily available in any store, is inexpensive, and you probably already have it around the house.

5. Do you have tea lying around? Herbal tea will make you feel better, especially ginger tea.

6. Aloe Vera has also proven to be a great heartburn home remedy. It has an alkalizing effect on the body, meaning it will help neutralize acid, and thus will relieve your heartburn. Aloe Vera juice is readily available in capsule or liquid form in many supermarkets and stores.

7. This is the most important home heartburn remedy; you must lose weight and stop smoking. Both of these have been linked to heartburn and acid reflux, and are essential to your overall health.

This list should help you relieve your heartburn using easy home remedies, but they are no substitute for serious medical care. If you are experiencing severe, often heartburn pain you should immediately consult a doctor. If your heartburn is a rare occurrence, then by all means give these home heartburn remedies a shot.

Acid Reflux – What to Drink for It

Some people think ahead, and plan a drink with meals that will help avoid acid reflux. Others Wait, and look for a drink that will relieve acid reflux. Whichever your style, here are a few tips on what to drink for acid reflux.

Acid Reflux – What Not to Drink

There are four beverages you may want to avoid if you have trouble with acid reflux: alcohol, coffee, peppermint tea, and milk.

1. Alcohol: There is some debate about whether or not alcohol causes acid reflux. Some warn against all alcohol, while others caution only against a very dry white wine, which tends to have high acidity. If you have acid reflux on a frequent basis, you may want to experiment as to whether it is worse or better after drinking alcohol.

2. Coffee: There is an ongoing debate as to whether coffee is to blame for acid reflux. People have thought so for many years. In fact, people believed this so strongly that coffee companies finally decided there was a market for a “smoother” coffee that did not cause acid reflux. A relatively recent study by Stanford University researchers, however, found no scientific evidence to support the notion that eliminating coffee gives relief from acid reflux. The study, which appeared in the May 2006 issue of “The Archives of Internal Medicine,” evaluated published medical reports from 1975 to 2004 on heartburn.

3. Peppermint: Many people suggest avoiding products containing peppermint. Peppermint tea, which sounds so soothing, can increase acid reflux. Peppermint appears to permit the passage of acid from stomach to esophagus.

4. Milk: Many doctors agree that drinking milk with meals may cause acid reflux in adults. Non-professionals believe milk neutralizes stomach acid, making it difficult to digest food. The result can be acid reflux.

Acid Reflux – What to Drink

There are a number of drinks you may want to try for acid reflux. Most fall under the category of folk remedy, but many people get relief with them. This information is for educational purposes only, of course. Please seek advice from your physician before drinking any of these.

1. Slippery Elm Bark Tea: Health food stores usually have slippery elm bark tea. Drink the bark tea with your meal to avoid acid reflux. Bark tea coats the esophagus lining, reducing its sensitivity to acid. If you want to make the tea at home, try to purchase the shredded bark. Use the inner part of the bark, and steep it in hot water for your acid reflux tea. This makes a thick beverage, with a consistency similar to runny gelatin. If it is too thick for you, simply add more hot water.

2. Ginger Tea: Ginger tea also is available in health food stores, and is helpful for acid reflux when used either with the meal or immediately following the meal. It is easily made at home. Use 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root, or 1,000 mg of ginger powder. If neither is available, use ground ginger from the spice rack. Steep the ginger in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes, and then sip. Ginger is helpful for indigestion and acid reflux, especially if caused by spicy foods.

3. Licorice Tea: Licorice tea is also effective in the battle against acid reflux. Purchase your tea, or make it by placing 1 teaspoon of licorice root in 1 1/4 cups of boiling water. Turn the heat low, and simmer the tea for 10 to 15 minutes in a covered pan. Remove from heat, and stir in 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile. Cover and allow your acid reflux tea to steep for 10 minutes. Strain it before drinking.

CAUTION: NEVER use licorice tea for acid reflux if you have high blood pressure (hypertension).

4. Clove-Ade: If you prefer a cold drink rather than tea, you may get relief from acid reflux by drinking a glass of clove-ade. Simply add a few drops of clove oil to a glass of cold water. Stir, and sip the clove-ade slowly to offset acid reflux.

5. Banana Milk-less Smoothies: Bananas seem to be very effective as an acid reflux fighter. Bananas become a natural antacid in the body. Banana milk-less smoothies are a cool way to use the banana’s ability to fight acid reflux. Start smoothies the night before by placing 1 banana, peeled and cut in pieces, into a freezer container. The next day, put the frozen banana chunks in a blender with 3 cups of soy milk, 1 cup of frozen strawberries, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add sugar or other sweetener to taste, and blend until smooth. Sip slowly to relieve acid reflux.

Heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, or indigestion: people have found relief for all of them by abstaining from drinking certain beverages, making a point of drinking other beverages.

The Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine causes a general increase in metabolic rate, it increase heart rate, blood pressure, the rate of breathing, and increases muscular activity or temperature or both, it stimulates the secretion of acid from the stomach, and usually acts as a diuretic. In general, its affects are those of a stimulant increasing alertness and stimulating many body functions.

Most people take their caffeine containing beverage for its effect on the brain, and it has been proven to decrease fatigue, increase vigilance, and improve motor reaction time and the response to visual and auditory stimuli. It enhances performance at simple intellectual tasks and in physical work that involves endurance, but not fine motor coordination because caffeine causes tremor can reduce hand steadiness.

The speed at which one can tap a switch increase significantly after caffeine ingestion, as does generalize motor activity. It has a stimulating effect on the electroencephalogram, and a prominent effect on mood, producing heightened feelings of alertness in some people, this alertness progress to anxiety as caffeine consumption increases.

As is true of all drugs, sensitivity to the effects of caffeine varies from person to person. Many people are able to tolerate fairly large doses of caffeine without any physiological result. Many others, however, feel the effects from even small doses of caffeine, particularly changes in the quality if their sleep.

There is no question that caffeine delays the onset of sleep, decreases the total amount of time spent asleep, increase the number of spontaneous awakenings, and is general significantly worsens sleep quality. These effects are more marked as we age and not only we more sensitive to the effects as we get older, but also our sleep becomes generally more fragile, more easily affected. This mean that a dose of caffeine that you could easily handle when you were twenty might very well be causing you sleepless nights at age fifty.

The effect of caffeine on the sleep of children is similar and through children don’t often drink coffee, their intake if caffeine from cola drinks, cocoa-containing beverages, and chocolate may be significant. A five year old child who weighs 22.5 kilograms (55 pounds) and who has had a chocolate bar and Coca-Coca has consumed about 50 milligrams, close to the dose an adult receives from a cup of instant coffee.

Chronic Urticaria and Angioedema – The Hidden Cause Of Idiopathic Urticaria

Although Urticaria, more commonly known as hives is often though of as a simple allergy, the truth is the condition can and often does pose more of a problem for many sufferers. In it’s most common form urticaria symptoms, such as little bumps or urticarial wheals may come and go within a matter of just hours, this is the condition most people think of when urticaria, skin allergies or hives are mentioned.

This condition is unsurprisingly very common indeed, this common form of allergic reaction is called ‘Acute Urticaria’ (Hives). They say that at some time in everybody’s life they will experience an allergic outbreak associated with uticaria, I couldn’t comment on that as I’m sure it’s pure speculation, but I guess that gives a good indication of just how common the condition actually is.

Chronic Urticaria-Not a Simple Allergy

Chronic urticaria is a completely different story however, & throughout the following article I’ll cover the fundamentals of this variance of the condition, I’ll also talk about a closely linked condition called Angioedema, which is often found to manifest along with urticarial wheals..

Urticaria & Angioedema in their chronic guise are normally categorized as autoimmune disease’s much like Rheumatoid arthritis in addition to just becoming labelled as allergies, although the symptoms of the condition could in affect still be seen as an allergy or an allergic reaction.

Autoimmune Urticaria

Autoimmune disorder is is a term used to describe a condition in which the body’s own defence system or even immune cells attack the body’s own tissues, mussels even bones. Autoimmune disease is also systemic, what this means is the condition can travel via and effect any part of or in many cases the entire body, although autoimmune is more commonly linked to conditions such as arthritis & diabetes, research now indicates it may be responsible for many more conditions, & in this case chronic urticaria & angioedema.

Chronic Angioedema, Common In Chronic Urticaria Sufferers:

As mentioned previously the causes of Angioedema, & Urticaria, are normally labelled as being due to allergic reactions, hereditary, or idiopathic, Idiopathic meaning there isn’t any apparent reason for the urticaria condition or the angioedema attacks, remarkably this is very common especially amongst those of us who have suffered with the chronic version of the illness, and in many cases including my own, both Urticaria & Angioedema.

Recent studies have found that there are many more factors thought to be the underlying reason or cause of Angioedema, & Urticaria, this is especially important for chronic suffers when compared to what was previously believed, factors such as environmental toxins, from heavy metal obtained through drinking tap water, numerous parasitical infections & bacterial problems all seem to have a bearing on the conditions,although it is still not certain whether these factors are the cause of effect of autoimmune disease, it pretty obvious that Chronic Urticaria as well as chronic angioedema are the symptoms of some kind of toxic overload in the body.

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Are Heart Palpitations Caused by Menopause? Here’s a Quick Way to Relieve Them

Menopause isn’t typically a life threatening condition – but in extreme cases, it can bring upon symptoms like rapid heart beat that feel like it is. The occasional feeling that your heart “skips a beat” does not necessarily indicate a serious medical problem. For those with menopause, rapid heart beat should be monitored by your doctor to check for a mitral valve prolapse which is a mild deformity of a heart valve.

Palpitation is when the heart races repeatedly without any sign of stopping. It’s not only extremely uncomfortable, it’s downright frightening. Premature contractions cause the heart to beat twice really quickly, causing more blood to enter the heart on the third beat. This increased amount of blood makes the heart contract even more. In essence, it is a forceful pulsation that can sometimes be caused by stress.

Stress can come from menopausal symptoms like irregular periods, annoying ringing of the ears (tinnitus), insomnia, panic attacks, depression, and everyday occurrences like the simple yelling and shouting of a child at the playground.

When you perceive a stressor, hormones form your brain pass into the bloodstream alerting the adrenal glands. In response they secrete corticosteroid hormone including cortisol.

When cortisol raises sometimes twenty fold, the body speeds up its blood sugar burning capacity providing an instant surge of energy. Cortisol causes your heart to beat faster in order to pump oxygen-bearing blood more quickly into your tissues. Too much of cortisol can lead to diabetes or high blood pressure, so this is a process of you can to be conscious of and learn to cope with by practicing such relaxing techniques as yoga, meditation and Pilates.

The addition of caffeine loaded drinks can worsen this condition as can smoking. In order to avoid rapid heart beat and palpitations, it is best to refrain from stress and maintain a healthy diet. Alcohol and coffee are known to excite the heart’s processes, causing it to work much harder than it has to.

Silent Heart Attacks

Heart attacks, known by their medical name of acute myocardial infarction, is a state of disease that involves the interruption of the bloody supply to part of the heart. The result is a shortage of oxygen that can damage the heart tissue and potentially kill. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death all over the world. Major heart attack risk factors include a history of angina or vascular disease, a previous stroke or heart attack, old age, excessive alcohol, the abuse of illegal drugs, smoking, episodes of abnormal heart beat, obesity, high levels of stress, high or low cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

“Myocardial infarction” is a term derived from the scientific terms for the heart muscle, myocardium, and tissue death as a result of lack of oxygen – infarction. It should be noted that sudden cardiac death is different from a heart attack; a heart attack may or may not result in sudden cardiac death.

Symptoms of heart attacks include anxiety, a feeling of impending doom, chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath, palpitations, nausea, and vomiting. Oftentimes, heart attack patients will feel sick very suddenly. The symptoms for heart attacks in men are often different from the symptoms in women. Women most often experience fatigue, shortness of breath, and a feeling of weakness. About one third of all heart attacks are silent and do not consist of any chest pain or associated symptoms.

Silent heart attacks can be identified by studying one’s medical history, testing the blood regularly for cardiac enzymes, and measuring one’s heart activity via electrocardiograms. When one is having a silent heart attack, it is necessary to restore blood flow to the heart immediately in order to prolong life. This restoration of blood flow can be accomplished via the dissolution of clots in the artery, or through an angioplasty, in which the artery is pushed open with the help of a balloon. Sometimes, the two methods are employed simultaneously.

Silent heart attacks are more common than you may believe. It has been estimated that around a quarter of all those who have had heart attacks in the past did not have such symptoms as arm pain, crushing pressure in the chest, or feelings of weakness.

Common silent heart attack symptoms include chest discomfort, or pains in the arm and/or jaw that go away after you rest, getting tired easily, and experiencing shortness of breath. Of course chest pain is the most common symptom of all heart attacks. It is followed by shortness of breath. Many heart attack patients also report having experienced an overwhelming feeling of doom.

It has been found that aspirin can greatly aid those who are in the process of having a heart attack. If you feel that you have had a silent heart attack, it is recommended that you take a non-acetaminophen aspirin afterwards. This can greatly reduce the amount of damage done to the heart. But most of all, if you feel like you have had a heart attack or are at risk for one, seek medical attention immediately.

Anatomy of a Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a portion of the heart has been stopped by a blockage of some sort. If the blood flow isn’t restored to the heart quickly enough, the section of heart muscle without blood becomes damaged due to a lack of oxygen and begins to die.

Heart attacks are the leading killers of both men and women in the United States. Today, fortunately, there are a number of treatments for heart attacks that can both save lives and prevent disabilities. Treatment is most effective when it is started within one hour of the beginning of symptoms. The minute symptoms of a heart attack occur or a person suspects a heart attack, it is important to dial 911 immediately.

Heart attacks are most frequently caused as a result of a condition known as coronary artery disease, or CAD. In CAD, a fatty material known as plaque builds up over many years on the walls of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries are the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Eventually, a plaque filled area can rupture. This causes a blood clot to form on the surface of the plaque. When and if the clot becomes large enough, it can completely block or partially block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the portion of the heart muscle that is fed by that specific artery.

In a heart attack, if the blockage in the coronary artery isn’t treated very quickly, the heart muscle will begin to die. It is replaced by scar tissue. The damage to the heart might not be obvious but it may cause severe or long-lasting problems.

Some of the problems linked to heart attack include heart failure and life-threatening arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are irregular heartbeats. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is incapable of pumping enough blood through the body. Ventricular fibrillation is a serious arrhythmia which can cause death if it is not treated quickly. In many instances ventricular fibrillation is treated with an internal defibrillator that acts in much the same way as a pacemaker.

Acting fast at the first signs of a heart attack can save a person’s life and limit the damage to the person’s heart. Treatment is most effective when it is started within 1 hour of the beginning of symptoms.

The most common signs and symptoms of a heart attack are:

– Chest discomfort or pain

– Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach

– Shortness of breath

– Nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness or fainting, and breaking out in a cold sweat