Treatment For Toenail Fungus – What Really Works?

If you look up nail fungus cures on the internet, you will probably find many false hopes such as home remedies and non-prescription drugs that make all sorts of promises. Sadly, in the end most will not get rid of the problem. Nail fungus is not like a disease or bacteria that you can just kill by putting some kind of ointment on it. Actually, it feeds off the bloodstream underneath your nail so this is why it can prove to be a difficult task.

The famous prescribed Lamisil pill does just that but you have to go to the doctor. It goes into your bloodstream, the fungus feeds off it, and eventually it dies. I say eventually because it can take a while, but we will touch on that in a bit. There is also laser removal that you can get done, but you are also going to pay a hefty price for a procedure like this.

With that said, how can you cure the problem without having to go to the doctor and getting a prescription or without having to spend a lot of money? Well, there is a new product out that has been working on around 85% of people who have used it. It also works through the bloodstream and also comes with an ointment that helps the process go a little quicker. Now, if you don’t know anything about a treatment for toenail fungus then let me enlighten you a bit on how and why it can take a while.

It can take up to a full year for a new nail to completely grow. What happens is when you take Lamisil, or this new product, it will take a week or so to get into your system and it will prevent the fungus from staying alive. The end result is the fungus goes away after you grow a whole new toenail. Now, does this take a year? No, normally it takes around 5 to 6 months. This is true with the new product and with the prescribed medication.

I said eventually earlier because it is a process that definitely takes some time no matter what route you go. The main point is that this product has been proven to work on most people and you can read the reviews yourself if you like. Though instead of taking a pill, it comes with a spray that you spray underneath your tongue daily and a ointment to help the process work a little faster so that you will not have to endure it for over 6 months.

Sinus and Allergy – Three Worst Foods

For all the controversy as to whether some foods, indeed, affect a person’s environmental allergies and sinus issues, there is one thing certain: Most people will respond affirmatively, when asked if their condition was improved after discontinuing the use of some specific foods.

At least, this has been the experience of many, as well as mine, who had suffered from those two ailments and tried this simple experiment for a period of several days. This “empirical approach”-by practical experimentation-remedy, although little known and not scientific, has been, in many cases, a welcome solution in the treatment of those two health issues. The results have been consistent and therefore difficult to gainsay in the real world.

Three foods seem to stand out as real enemies of those suffering from environmental allergies and sinus disorders such as: Sinus pressure, PND (post-nasal-drip), chronic production of green and yellow mucus, sinusitis, etc. Those three foods are: dairy products, sugar and eggs. The list of “bad foods” is much longer, but those three, possibly, hold “the worst” preeminence.

Sugar and dairy products

Nutritional and medical science, as well as government authorities, are sounding the warning alarm about the effects of sugar in human health: Harvard University researchers, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, a bone disease expert from Tufts University are all saying, basically, the same: The average consumption of sugar in the USA is too high and this can be very detrimental to our health. Although their warnings are for the general population its connotation can add additional credibility to the negative effects of sugar for the two groups we are considering in this article: Those dealing with allergy and sinus issues.

As for dairy products, already in the late 1800’s some nutrition experts were expressing that “milk produces phlegm.” That far back also sugar had already been singled out as being “injurious to health,” when taken in large quantities. Moreover, significant amounts of milk and sugar when taken together, it was stated, form the equivalent of alcohol in the stomach.

We must bear in mind, in balance, that not everyone reacts the same way to things put into the body, whether it be food, drug medication, an aspirin or even water. But it is good to know that when many allergy or sinus sufferers stopped using those three foods there was a remarkable improvement of her or his condition.

Eggs

Some healthful living advocates would insist that eggs can be just as detrimental, when dealing with those health issues, as sugar and dairy products are. Again, some are probably more susceptible to this food than others. Yet one can experiment with it to see whether in fact it should be placed in one’s own list of “bad foods.”

Conclusion

Some may be concerned about becoming undernourished if those three foods were to be significantly reduced or eliminated. The good news is, however, that because our American diet is already protein heavy it could turn out to be, in many cases, a blessing in disguise.

Having problems with allergies and sinus issues such as: pressure, headache, drainage, chronic green or yellow mucus? Try eliminating or significantly reducing those three food items and see what happens. The results could pleasantly surprise you as it did me and many others.

The Best Treatment For the Inattentive ADHD and ADD

The best medicine for ADHD Inattentive (ADHD-PI) or Inattentive ADD is probably not Ritalin. There are some psychiatrists that believe that Inattentive ADD or ADHD-PI may not be ADHD at all and that patients with this subtype of ADHD may respond totally differently than the other subtypes to stimulant medication.

Dr. Russell Barkley, a foremost authority on ADHD, has written this about treating the inattentive subtype of ADHD: “These children do not respond to stimulants anywhere near as well as AD/HD hyperactive, impulsive children do. Only about one in five of these children will show a sufficiently therapeutic response to maintain them on medication after an initial period of titration. Oh, you’ll find that about two-thirds of them show mild improvement, but those improvements are not enough to justify calling them clinical responders, therapeutic responders. Ninety-two percent of AD/HD children respond to stimulants. Twenty percent of these children respond to stimulants. And the dosing is different. AD/HD children tend to be better on moderate to high doses. Inattentive children, if they’re going to respond at all, it’s at very light doses, small doses. “

Many people with ADHD-PI however, successfully use stimulant treatment. For some people even a mild improvement is reason enough to stay on the medication. The best medicine is always tailored to each individual but there is data that Ritalin works less well for ADHD-PI than the Adderall family of drugs. It would be nice, I think, to have an easy and quick reference for the medicines used to treat for Primarily Inattentive ADHD. To better understand the treatments available, a very basic lesson in the biology of ADHD is handy.

All types of ADHD are thought to be the result of a problem with neurotransmitters in our brain. The two neurotransmitters that cause the major symptoms of ADHD are Dopamine and Epinephrine (norepinephrine). Very simply stated, a low amount of dopamine in our brain will cause hyperactivity and impulsivity. A low amount of epinephrine will cause lack of focus, lethargy, and mental fatigue. Serotonin, another neurotransmitter, is secreted and depleted in tandem with dopamine and epinephrine. Low levels of serotonin make us irritable, tired, and depressed. The level of circulating serotonin is related to the levels of these other two neurotransmitters and vice versa.

All the treatments for ADHD work to optimize neurotransmitter function in the brain. The Ritalin (Methylphenidate) family works by increasing both brain dopamine and epinephrine. The Adderall (Amphetamine) family works by increasing brain epinephrine and dopamine but this family of drugs increases dopamine by only about half as much as Methylphenidate. Strattera (atomoxetine) works by increasing brain norepinephrine. Guanfacine (Intuniv) regulates the flow and effectiveness of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain in a way that reduces hyperactivity, improves working memory, and diminishes impulsivity, and distractibility.

So what is the best medicine for ADHD-PI? Some doctors believe that the Adderall family works better than the Ritalin family for the inattentives as the medication’s effects on norepinephrine are greater than the effects on dopamine. All stimulants can make some inattentives anxious but ADHD-PI patients seem to tolerate the amphetamines better than they tolerate the Ritalin family.

It would seem that using this very simple understanding of the biology of ADHD, that Strattera should work the best for ADHD-PI. The reality is that Strattera only works for some patients with ADHD-PI. We are not sure why this is the case. It would also seem that Intuniv would work poorly for folks with ADHD-PI as its main effect is on hyperactivity. The reality is that some doctors have found that Intuniv works well for ADHD-PI patients.

Because some folks with ADHD also have problems with depression and anxiety, antidepressants such as the tricyclics (Elavil, Norpramin, Tofranil) which work on Norepinephrine and Serotonin are sometimes prescribed. There are many patients who report relief of their inattentive symptoms when they are treated with the tricyclics. The SSRIs, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, (Prozac, Paxil, Celexa) work only on serotonin and are sometimes used in conjunction with the stimulants to treat ADHD-PI with depression but may also help inattention.

All of these medications can have side effects. The stimulants can cause weight loss, anxiety, and sleep issues. Intuniv can cause drops in blood pressure and sleepiness, Strattera can cause sexual dysfunction and has as do the SSRIs a warning for pediatric patients regarding an increased risk of agitation, irritability and suicidal thinking. Usually the medication side effects are mild or rare but when they are not, they will unfortunately dictate what treatment can be used.

Some researchers believe that once we have mapped the genetic issues involved in ADHD, we will be able to tailor individual treatments for everyone with ADHD. This is a tall order as the neurotransmitter actions in the brain are complex and none of the neurotransmitters work independently. The variety of symptoms in ADHD are also interrelated and complex.

Given the individual and unique symptom manifestation of ADHD, and the differences in the occurrence and tolerance of medication side effects, the treatment of ADHD-PI will always be, to some extent, a process of individual trial and error.

Overcoming the Embarrassment and Depression of Male Impotence

The most common effect of erectile dysfunction is a feeling of embarrassment or inadequacy which leads to depression in the men suffering from it. Remember: one in ten men will fall victim at some point in their lives to erectile dysfunction. That’s 10% of male population on the entire planet. You’re certainly not alone, and now more than ever there are options to treat it, and help to support you mentally as you learn to live with ED, overcome your embarrassment, and prevent depression.

One of the best ways for men suffering from erectile dysfunction to overcome their depression and learn to live with it is visiting a psychologist or counselor. While no one wants to talk to a stranger about erectile performance, many counselors and psychologists in the world today specialize in working with men suffering from ED, and are ready to help you overcome any fears or questions you might have so that you can live a normal, happy life.

The various treatments can also help greatly when it comes to living with impotence. While many men feel that they’re not adequate as men since they need help achieving and maintaining an erection, it’s important to remember that today’s treatments for ED don’t cause your erection-they help your body perform as it used to in order for it to achieve erections again, in many ways they can simply be called male enhancement supplements. The reason they’re supplements and not medications is because they help what already exists in your own physiological make-up-not replacing it.

It’s important when you (or a loved one) are suffering from erectile dysfunction to monitor your levels of depression. One common effect of ED which can’t be tested by doctors is depression, and it’s often the most serious issue which needs dealing with. Depressing over erectile dysfunction can impact your love life, your friendships, your relationships, your performance at work, and even your own health. Prolonged depression is proven to increase chances of becoming ill, and is a serious issue. If you or a loved one appear to be suffering from severe depression, it’s imperative that you schedule an appointment with a psychologist, counselor, or psychiatrist to try and find a way through it.

Other ways to deal with the embarrassment and possible depression resulting from ED depend on you. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you’re still you. Erectile dysfunction is a natural part of life for many men, and is as unavoidable as aging and gaining wrinkles. It’s important that you don’t let it control your life, and if you find yourself losing the mental battle remember that there are doctors, friends, and family who are on your side and willing to do whatever it takes to help you.

Fear Vs Phobia – What’s The Difference?

A lot of the time, the words fear and phobia are used interchangeably. But the English language has a lot of subtleties and the distinction between the two words – whilst subtle – is real. So, what’s the difference between a fear of something and a phobia of something?

What is fear?

The dictionary definition of fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”

Which doesn’t sound too ominous at first glance.

After all, an unpleasant emotion could be almost anything from a tear coming to your eye right the way through to out and out revulsion. And all points in between.

Fear can be a good thing. It’s the kind of emotion that causes us to flee from situations and events that could be harmful to us. So that cliff edge that you were about to step over causes a feeling of fear that’s powerful enough for you to take a step back and save yourself from plunging into the abyss.

Likewise the confrontation with an angry wolf or bear or automobile (to use a more likely occurrence) can induce enough fear to give your survival instincts enough time to kick in and save you from an unpleasant experience.

So, strictly speaking, a fear is based on a reasonably rational assumption about something that could cause you harm in some way, shape or form.

What is a phobia?

Again, to quote the dictionary definition, a phobia is “an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.”

So, at its most basic, a phobia is a fear that’s on steroids. The normal fear you have of something has taken a step up and is now bigger and bolder than a regular fear or worry about something. Chances are that you’ve broken out in a cold sweat or are already running for the hills rather than facing whatever it is that you have a phobia of.

But delving deeper into that dictionary definition, you can see that a phobia doesn’t have to be based on anything that’s actually rational.

A fear of a grizzly bear that turned extreme would still be based on the fact that the creature is likely to be more powerful than you and isn’t really Yogi Bear in disguise.

An irrational fear is something different completely, which is where it turns into a phobia.

Phobias can cover all sorts of topics. They can be an extreme version of a fear of heights where, for instance, you won’t go within half a mile of a cliff edge.

Or they can get you to panic about something that near enough everyone else treats as normal – crossing a bridge, being part of a crowd, that kind of thing.

Do fears and phobias ever meet?

There’s sometimes a crossover involved between fears and phobias.

Something like a fear of public speaking is quite common. But if you take it to an extreme then it can turn itself into a phobia and mean that you will do everything you can to avoid the problem.

So there’s not always a clear cut difference between fears and phobias.

Anxiety: 7 Foods to Reduce Your Anxiety

Anxiety & Food

Foods that reduce anxiety is actually not a new concept. In the health industry and before modern medicine natural products including food have been used for many years to heal all kinds of ailments, but can it really help to reduce anxiety and improve our mental wellbeing?

Scientific evidence suggests that depression and anxiety can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Serotonin which is a chemical that helps send messages from one brain cell to another is how the cells in the brain communicate. If serotonin levels become imbalanced then communication can be disrupted which leads to depression and anxiety.

Pharmaceuticals have found the solution to this with antidepressants so your brain can perform at its best and there products help restore a fine chemical balance. Interesting marketing, no wonder food and natural remedies are overlooked to improve mental wellbeing.

I do not advocate for people who are prescribed antidepressants to stop taking them. I think antidepressants can be very useful in the right circumstances and for a period of time. However if like me you would like the opportunity to explore all your options you may wish your doctor had told you this before writing a prescription for medication. For some people a healthy diet will need to be part of a holistic plan that considers medication, talking therapies and other help.

Food is the most abused anxiety drug so if you have been suffering for years, struggling to face the day, experiencing chronic tiredness at different parts of the day, beating yourself up and feeling like a failure. Perhaps you are thinking could food really be the cure for my anxiety but I want to show you how changing your food can change your mood.

7 Foods to Reduce Your Anxiety

1) Substitute processed grains for wholegrains. Substitute white bread, white pasta and white rice for Wholegrain pasta, rice and bread. They are rich in magnesium. Magnesium deficiency can lead to anxiety. Wholegrains also contain tryptophan which becomes serotonin a vital chemical for the brain. Avoiding complex carbohydrates like white processed foods will create a healthy energy while reducing your hunger.

2) Increase your super foods. Blueberries & acai berries both contain antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for relieving stress. They are also full of vitamin C which is great stress buster.

3) Omega 3. These fatty acids help keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when your feeling tense. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega 3 and spinach is also good too.

4) A handful of Almonds each day. Contain zinc which is good for maintaining a balanced mood and have iron and both healthy fats. Low iron levels can increase anxiety. They also contain vitamin B2 and E which boost the immune system.

5) Drink plenty of Water. Dehydration is known to cause more anxiety. However generally drinks plenty of water is good for you. Aim for at least 1.5 litres a day.

6) Avoid caffeine. Any stimulant will increase you anxiety. Substitute tea and coffee for herbal teas. Valerian and Chamomile are good for creating a calming effect.

7) Treat yourself to chocolate. I bet you thought you would never be encouraged to eat chocolate and yes there is a but. Dark Chocolate reduces cortisol the stress hormone that causes anxiety and it contains other compounds that improve your mood. Preferably dark chocolate with no added sugar or milk.

If you have been in a desperate place for long, then these simple steps could be a life changer, a message of hope. It is hard to believe that something as simple as food can be unbelievably successful in treating anxiety. This really does work to calm your anxious mind but it also will improve your mood and end cravings.

Insomnia: Sleep Disturbance, Causes and Solutions

Insomnia can be difficult to sleep or difficulty staying asleep. Even someone who is awakened from sleep, but have not had enough sleep can be called experienced insomnia. In fact, insomnia is not mean at all a person can not sleep or less sleep because of people who suffer from insomnia often can sleep longer than they expected, but the quality is lacking.

There are three types of insomnia that initial insomnia, intermittent insomnia, and terminal insomnia. Insomnia is the inability of the initials of a person to be able to start sleeping. Intermittent Insomnia is the inability to maintain sleep or frequent waking from sleep state, while the terminal insomnia, waking up early and could not sleep anymore. Depression can cause insomnia and insomnia cause depression otherwise.

Sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea), diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, or sudden illness that often cause difficulty sleeping. Alcohol can disrupt your sleep patterns. Lack of exercise can also be an important factor to bed.

Some factors a person experiences insomnia, including:

Physical Disturbed

Some physical illnesses can cause insomnia, such as asthma, rheumatism, fever, ulcers, kidney and thyroid disease. These diseases must be addressed first. For people with asthma previously treated with shortness of breath, pain treated patients with rheumatoid arthritis and so on.

Psychic Disturbed

After examination by a doctor can not find a specific physical illnesses, a new psychological factor to be considered as a cause of insomnia.

Not only the problems of life that cause people sleepless nights, even thinking about her boyfriend who lived far apart can result in disrupted sleep. For that, the necessary consciousness of the person to solve the problem in proportion with full effort, patience and of course trust. This can be done independently or with the help of psychologists.

Better not use sleep medication without the advice of a doctor. Its use was restricted only for 2-3 days and can be repeated to a maximum of 3 times.

Use of Drugs and Alcohol

The use of liquor and narcotics will disrupt the neural organ function and normal.

Environment which Interfere

Certain environmental conditions, such as noise, light is very bright, will disturb the concentration of sleep. Then arrange your bedroom environment comfortable, quiet and a bit dark.

Bad Habits

We recommend that you avoid bad habits below:

[-] Avoid drinking coffee or caffeinated food and beverages from late afternoon until the evening before bed. Caffeine can stimulate the nerves so that you become difficult to sleep.

[-] Avoid other activities in bed that had nothing to do with sleep, such as eating or working. Use the bed only for SLEEP and SEX. It is useful to make you get used to that when in bed then it was time to sleep.

Solutions

In addition to addressing the causes of insomnia on top, you’ll want to try to regulate your sleep patterns may be stable. Sleep and wake at the same time every day, even holidays. Get used to keep the schedule so that your sleep patterns back to normal.

Learn relaxation techniques also would not hurt. You could try yoga or meditation. Some people even do certain things (which sometimes does not make sense) to get this relaxed atmosphere, among others:

[-] a hot bath

[-] counting sheep

[-] bed facing north

[-] to move their toes

[-] caressing belly

[-] take a deep breath

[-] to imagine something “beautiful”

[-] sex

[-] to count down

[-] to fall asleep listening to the radio

Homeopathic Treatment For Ingrown Toenails

The most common cause of ingrown toenails is improper trimming of the nail. When you cut the nail too low on the sides, it will grow back into the surrounding soft skin of your toe. Once the toenail begins to embed itself into the toe tissue, the pain will start and so will the infection. The toe will begin to swell and pus will start accumulating.

Removing the ingrown toenail can be done quite easily, albeit with a degree of pain in many cases. However, removing the infection can take a little bit longer. You can choose to use topical treatments to bring down the swelling and remove the infection. You can also use oral medication. But the best option you can take is the homeopathic treatment for ingrown toenails.

The homeopathic treatment for ingrown toenails is 100 percent natural and does not have any artificial chemicals involved. Because of this, there is absolutely no health risks involved and anybody can use this approach without worrying about harmful side effects.

The main idea of the homeopathic treatment for ingrown toenails is to make use of organic foods to help remove the infection caused by the hangnail. If you want this treatment to work, you should alter your daily diet and increase your intake of whole grain and other foods that are rich in folic acid which can prevent the occurrence of ingrown nails. Such foods include tomatoes as well as leafy green vegetables.

You should also consume more food that are rich in vitamin C like citrus fruits. These will greatly enhance your body’s immune system and help fight the infection faster. Drinking a lot of water during your treatment period is also very helpful in improving your immune system.

There are many different organic remedies you can take as homeopathic treatment for ingrown toenails. The most popular is the magnetis australis, which is excellent in improving nail health and preventing the incidence of hangnails. For nail fungus contagious that are easily broken, you can try taking thuja. To get the best results, you have to take these organic pills twice a day for an entire month.

If the infection on the surrounding tissues has spread to the nail itself, it is advisable to use belladonna. If you are experiencing pain in the affected toe, try taking hepar sulph as well. For the exact dosages of these pills, you must consult with experts on homeopathic treatment for ingrown toenails as the actual dosage will depend on the c of your condition.

One of the most important advantages of homeopathic treatment for ingrown toenails is that you will have a very low chance of getting the infection again. Unlike other treatments that simply eliminate the infection, these natural remedies strengthen your immune system and help your body fight future infections.

Nail Fungus – Your Nail is Under Attack

Fungal or fungus infections, as most people do not probably know, are diseases. Many healthy and able-bodied people, like you and me, suffer from fungal infections. Many fungal infections are mild affecting such areas as nails, skin, hair, and other superficial areas. These fungal infections clear up eventually.

Nail Fungus

A person with a defective or impaired immune system may suffer from the infection for a longer period than usual. Let us dwell on a particular area of fungal infection, the nails. This kind of fungal infection happens when one or more of your nails are infected by fungi. You may not know it but you may be already suffering from nail fungal infection right now. If you notice a white or yellow area under your toenail or fingernail then what you have may just be nail fungal infection.

The nail infection almost always digs deeper or may spread into your nail (mind you, the infection chooses any of your nail that it fancies). The spread of the disease will make your nail change its color, become thick and later on, form deteriorating edges. Your infected nails become painful and as such, are not beautiful to see due to the infection.

Your Nail Is Under Attack

Nail fungal infection begin to form on nails that are always or continuously exposed to humid environment. By this, we mean warm and moist. One part worth looking into or checking is your shoes. Why, you may ask? Are they comfortable and dry or do you have a mini spa inside your shoe?

Your nail fungal infection may not even be alone because athlete’s foot, although not the same, can also come from the same fungus. So you see, nail fungal infection is something worth looking into. This kind of infection is not easy to treat, but it is treatable. Infections may come and go and come back again. Fortunately, there are medications for this kind of infection.

Onychomycosis

Your nail fungal infection, assuming you have one, also has another name, onychomycosis. You can detect if one or more of your nails have fungal infection. When you look at your nails, ask yourself have my nails thickened? Are my nails brittle or ragged? Have you noticed any deformation? Or do you see any dark spots under your nail? Dirt caused by not cleaning your nails regularly does not count as fungal infection.

If ever one of your nails, whether it be your fingers or toes, become infected, it may or may not lift up from the nail bed. Pain may be felt and a foul odor, although, slight, may be present.

Basically, sunlight is not needed by fungi for it to propagate. The fungi responsible for the nail fungal infection are called dermatophytes. Since sunlight is not an important part of their life, these very small organisms can live in warm, moist or humid environments. Some common places are public showers and swimming pools. These microscopic fungi enter your skin, through cuts that you and I don’t even see or notice. They enter through your nails, if ever your nail has already lifted from your nail bed. But bear in mind, they only start to create problems if you nurture them by always exposing your nails to warmth and moisture.

By doing these, you just gave the fungi a very good place to start. In no time, the fungi will grow and spread throughout your nail.

Grade I, II and III Ankle Sprains – What Each Grade Means – How to Help a Sprained Ankle – Braces

Have you ever hurt your ankle? Do you currently have an ankle sprain?

1.) Ankle Sprains

Usually, if someone hurts their ankle it is probably an ankle sprain. A sprain happens when someone stretches and tears the small ligaments at the ankle joint. Ligaments are fibrous bands of tissue that connect bone to bone. Although this kind of an injury can happen when you are playing sports, you are just as likely to sprain a ligament stepping on uneven ground, off a curb, or tearing an ankle ligament in some other activity of daily living.

Usually a sprain happens when a person rolls their foot inward. This movement can be referred to as inversion. Many people indicate that they hear a “pop” or “snap” when an injury like this happens. Following an injury type like this, a person can have a hard time walking, and the person will most likely have pain and swelling issues. X-rays are important in diagnosis so the doctor will be able to rule out the possibility of a fracture.

2.) Grades of Ankle Sprains

A.) Grade I

Most mild sprain type

Nominal swelling, some pain, and joint stiffness might be present

Minor tear of the ligament that is sprained, without having any laxity of the ligament

Usually affects the anterior talofibular ligament

Usually a person can return to activity with the use of a brace

B.) Grade II

Moderate to severe pain, edema (swelling) and joint stiffness

Partial (more severe than grade I) tear of the ligament

Moderate loss of ankle function with more difficulty to walk or even raise toes

It can take up to 3 months before full strength and stability is retained

C.) Grade III

Severe pain may be self evident

Stiffness of the joint and profuse swelling may occur

A complete rupture of the ligament (usually of the lateral complex) has occurred, causing severe laxity

Usually total immobilization of the ankle is required to heal

Small percentage of individuals require surgery, conservative treatment is commonplace

Recovery time may be more lengthy; up to 4 months

3.) Braces For Support

Whether you have a mild or severe ankle sprain, you should seriously consider getting an ankle brace. There are many different styles and types, but the point is that you can help reduce pain, increase stability and promote healing due to the support that they can provide.

*This is health information. Remember to speak with your physician regarding your particular situation.

Pain – Foot Heel Pain Treatment for Foot Pain Relief

Does your heel hurt every time you walk or stand on it? When you play sports, do you have to continuously call time-outs because of heel pain? When you wake up in the morning, do you experience excruciating pain in your heel? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a foot spur and need treatment. Foot heel pain treatments vary as to their effectiveness.

Causes of Foot Heel Pain

Many different things can lead to heel pain. The first step in foot heel pain treatment is to see your doctor or a podiatrist. Your doctor can determine why you are experiencing heel pain and work with you to determine which foot heel pain treatment plan is right for you.

· Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the fascia (the band of tissues that connects your heel to your toes) becomes inflamed. This can happen from too much jumping or running, arthritis, or wearing poor-fitted shoes. Foot heel pain treatment for plantar fasciitis includes: specific exercises, rest, and/or heel inserts. If the pain is unbearable, your doctor may recommend medication to reduce the swelling.

· Stone Bruise. Something as simple as a stone or rock may be the cause of your heel pain. Sometimes when we step too hard on a solid object, we can bruise the pads of our heels. The foot heel pain treatment for a stone bruise is rest, walk on the ball of your foot, and ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. The pain will gradually go away.

· Tendonitis. Wear and tear can negatively affect the tendons in the foot, especially the Achilles tendon. When this happens, the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, and pain behind the heel occurs. The foot heel pain treatment for this condition includes stretching exercises, heel inserts, pain medication, (Advil or Tylenol) or wearing open-backed shoes.

· Heel Spur. Your doctor or podiatrist will be able to point out if you have a spur by an x-ray. Causes of your heel pain could include inadequate flexibility in your calf muscles, lack of arch support, being overweight, suddenly increasing physical activity, and spending too much time on your feet. Treatment can involve any of or all of the following remedies as in rest, ice application, stretching, taping the heel for support, and orthonics for you shoes.

Foot Heel Pain Treatment: According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), 72% of people who used stretching exercises to lesson heel pain, had the pain subside. Do not ignore heel pain. It could be an early sign of a variety of serious conditions. That is why early treatment of your heel pain is so valuable. And the good news is, most foot heel pain treatment plans are easy and can be conducted at home. Surgery is hardly ever necessary unless you let it get out of hand.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let heel pain interrupt your life a minute more. Find the best foot heel pain treatment available by talking to your podiatrist and agreeing on a course of action.

Is My Pain From My Hip Joint Or From a Low Back Spine Problem?

Pain that is in or around one’s hip joint may or may not be present secondary to a hip issue. The pain can also be coming from a low back spinal problem.

The potential generators of the pain can be:

1) Hip joint arthritis or a soft tissue problem inside the hip joint (labrum)

2) Intervertebral disc herniation

3) Spinal Stenosis

4) Soft tissue problem around the hip

5) Fracture in the spine

6) Hip Fracture

Hip arthritis pain or a labral tear may cause significant pain in the groin area on the affected side. Physical examination and x-rays will typically confirm the culprit as degenerative joint disease (DJD) in the hip. If the patient receives a hip injection as treatment and the pain is eliminated even for an hour, one can be certain the hip is in fact the problem with further treatments confined to the hip.

Groin pain can also be a result of a disc herniation. It’s not something typically seen in a textbook and it is an atypical presentation, but an L5-S1 disc herniation can in fact cause groin pain on the affected side. So if the exam and radiologic studies of the hip are not definitive for a hip problem, potentially obtain and MRI of the lumbar spine for the answer.

Pain that is around the hip joint may be coming from the spine. It is called radiating pain if it emanates from a spinal problem and then travels down into the buttock area or hip region. One such problem is called spinal stenosis, which represents nerve root compression at one or multiple levels from an arthritic process.

Spinal stenosis typically occurs in older individuals that may also be experiencing pain in the hip from arthritis. So the hip pain can be a combination of radiating pain from spinal stenosis along with the direct pain from the DJD in the hip. How is the diagnosis then made.

The combination of a good history, physical examination, and imaging studies often elucidates the source of the pain. If there’s still a question mark, injections can give the answer. Here’s an example. Betty is 74 years old and experiences pain on the outside and front of her right hip area on a daily basis. Activity makes it worse, and at times it wakes her up at night. Also it radiates down the front of her thigh a bit.

She is convinced the pain is coming from her hip since she has no back pain at all. On physical examination while moving her right hip all over the place, however, she has minimal provocation of her pain. X-rays show moderate arthritis in her right hip, with the same degenerative joint disease existing on her left side as well.

The physician orders x-rays and an MRI of Betty’s lumbar spine which shows numerous nerve roots being compressed as they are trying to get out from the spine on the right side. So she has spinal stenosis.

As a diagnostic test, the physician performs a right hip injection under x-ray guidance. Betty’s pain only decreased 20% over the next three days. So the physician sent Betty to a pain doctor the following week who performed an interventional pain management procedure called an epidural injection.

And you know what happened? Betty’s pain decreased another 50% after the first injection and another 20% with the second injection, adding up to a 90% pain reduction with the epidural injections. Both the spinal injections and the hip injection therefore served both a diagnostic and therapeutic purpose.

It is important to keep in mind that pain in and around the hip may in fact be coming either partly or completely from a problem in the spine. This can be the difference between a frustrated patient still in pain versus one who shows dramatic improvement.

The Role of the Small Intestine in Digestion

The small intestine is the grand central of the digestive system. Most of the real digestive process happens here.

Most of the protein, fat and carbohydrate breakdown happens within the small intestine. Most of the nutrient absorption also happens here. It is roughly 22 feet long, muscular tube that sits between the stomach and the large intestine.

The small intestine connects to stomach through a muscle called the pylorus. This connection is the pyloric valve. Whenever small intestine is not busy with digestion, stomach releases chyme through the pyloric valve.

Small intestine works with liver, pancreas and gallbladder for digestion. There are digestive enzymes that secrete within its wall. But the digestive enzymes from liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also delivered here to help with digestion.

The liver sends bile to the gallbladder through the hepatic ducts for storage and concentration. Pancreas delivers pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine through the pancreatic duct. The gallbladder is connected to the pancreatic duct through the cystic duct and delivers concentrated bile.

The small intestine has three major parts, duodenum, jejunum and ileum. Duodenum is a Latin word and it means 12 fingers. It is about 10 inches long. Jejunum is also a Latin word and it mean empty at death. It is about 6 to 8 feet long. And the ileum is the last part, which could be up to 11 and a half feet long.

Chyme is partially digested stomach content. Stomach squirts chyme into the duodenum – the first part of the small intestine. The liver and gallbladder deliver bile through ducts to the duodenum. Pancreas delivers a very complex mix of enzymes through the pancreatic duct into the duodenum.

Pancreatic enzymes include alkalis such as bicarbonates, which neutralize the stomach acid. Besides alkalis, pancreas secretes 15 different enzymes that work on three major food components carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

The enzymes in the small intestine carry out two stage enzymatic breakdown of the nutrients. Complex nutrient molecules are first decomposed into less complex molecules and later less complex molecules are broken into most basic forms.

Bile salts emulsify large fat droplets and create an emulsion of tiny fat droplets. Thus increasing the surface area for enzyme action.

Pancreatic amylase converts long chain carbohydrates like starch into disaccharides (two molecule sugars) – mainly maltose sugar. Pancreatic lipase works on small fat droplets and converts triglycerides into monoglycerides and fatty acids. The pancreatic protease enzyme breaks down protein into short chain peptide and amino acids.

Remaining of the small intestine – jejunum and ileum – is the site for the last breakdown of the food and its absorption into the blood and lymphatic fluids. The bile and the pancreatic juices continue to work within jejunum and ileum, although intestinal wall also releases few enzymes.

The enzymes work within the lining cells and on their surface. These enzymes include lactase and maltase, which work on disaccharide carbohydrates and convert them into simple sugars like glucose and galactose. Intestinal peptidases convert short peptide chains into their sub-units amino acids.

This way, finally carbohydrates turn into simple sugars, the proteins turn into amino acids and fats turn to monoglycerides and fatty acids. These are the simplest form of molecules, easily absorbed into the blood stream.

Finger-like villi of the small intestine lining give a large area for absorption of nutrients resulting from digestion. Through the surface of the villi, nutrients enter into the blood stream.

Does Yeast Really Make You Sick?

With all of the talk about yeast-free, candida and anti-candida diets, all essentially the same thing, I began to think to myself does yeast really make you sick? Well to answer this question we first have to take a look at what we are dealing with here. Yeasts are microorganisms of which there are over 1,500 identified species. Commonly referred to as fungus, yeasts are members of the Kingdom Fungi. Yeasts are actually all around us and are very much a part of our living world. We eat them, as in mushrooms; we bake with them, as in bread; and they are also present on the skins of fruits and vegetables that we consume. Believe it or not yeasts are even present on our skin and in several different parts of our bodies including the digestive tract. The species of yeast normally found in small amounts in our bodies is called Candida albicans. The question now is that if yeast is so much a part of our world how can it make us sick?

The presence of Candida albicans does not make us sick but it is however an opportunistic pathogen, meaning that under certain conditions it can and does proliferate and can cause an imbalance within the body. This imbalance is often referred to as Candida albicans overgrowth or dysbiosis. Candida albicans is normally kept in check by the immune system and friendly bacteria present in the body such as, Bifidobacteria bifidum and Lactobaccillus acidophilus, but more often than not external factors easily disturb this balance.

Frequent and long-term use of antibiotics for instance is one of the main causes of this disturbance. Although antibiotics are extremely useful in killing off harmful bacteria in our bodies, they cannot differentiate between the “good” and the “bad” bacteria. They succeed in killing off bacteria that is harmful but in doing so they also kill friendly bacteria that are essential to keeping our bodies in balance. Without these friendly bacteria Candida albicans are able to exist without limits and grow out of control. This overgrowth causes other problems in the body such as a weakened immune system and intestinal permeability, which in turn leads to numerous chronic health problems.

Another common disturbance that creates this imbalance is a diet high in processed foods and refined sugars. In our world of convenience many of us consume ridiculous amounts of processed foods and refined sugars. I myself am very guilty of this and now understand that this lifestyle contributes to the overgrowth of Candida albicans. Yeasts, like many of us love sugar. Sugar keeps them fed, happy and multiplying and they continue to wreak havoc on our bodies. Additionally, consuming these foods with little to no nutritional value does not help our already compromised state.

So, does yeast really make you sick? I believe it absolutely can make you sick and that restoring our body’s delicate balance is extremely challenging. Many times the only way that we can begin overcoming this challenge is by embarking on a journey of major dietary change. For more information on Candida albicans overgrowth and the Candida diet please visit Yeast Free Living.

Menstruation Disorders – Dysmenorrhea – Symptoms of Imbalance of Liver in TCM Perspective

All women experience menstrual disorder sometimes during their child bearing years before menopause. While Western medication has never viewed that menstruation disorder is a problem of women reproductive system, traditional Chinese medicine looks at this problem seriously, if untreated, it will disharmonize the women’s ecosystem, leading to nervous tension and other health problems, including infertility.

Liver is important for blood formation and in regulating the spleen in food absorption and transforming them to energy to support our body daily activity. Imbalance of liver can be caused by stress, anger, resentment and repressed frustrations, leading to the following symptoms in dysmenorrhrea.

1. Pain in the lower abdomen preceding or during menstruation

In the western medicine point of view, pain in lower abdomen preceding or during menstruation may be caused by the inability of liver in essential fatty metabolism, leading to over production of certain hormones in the prostaglandins family that cause contraction of uterus muscles. In TCM point of view, liver is a main organ in blood storing and formation, imbalance of liver causes qi stagnation, leading to blood stagnation in some some organs, thus causing pain in the lower abdomen before and during menstruation as qi tries to push the stagnated blood through vagina.

2. Difficult menstruation

Difficult menstruation is common symptoms for women with dysmenorrhrea because of imbalance liver. As qi is stagnated, it does not have enough strength to regulate the blood flow, making menstruation difficulty.

3. Scanty menstrual discharge

In some case, qi may be able to regulate the blood flow in the reproductive organs, but blood formation of liver is damaged, it leaves only a small amount blood for menstruation, causing scanty menstrual discharge.

4. Period with dark purple color containing blood clots

It is a result of blood stagnation in the reproductive organ and excessive liver heat, (caused by extreme yin or yang) leading to dark purple color and clots.

5. Breast tenderness

Imbalance of liver causes qi stagnation that interferes with kidney function in regulating the flow of fluids in the body, effecting the reproductive organs, leading to breast tenderness.