How Music Therapy Can Help Child With Cerebral Palsy?

Many parents whose child has been diagnosed with having cerebral palsy will wonder how music and dance is going to help their child manage their disability. What these parents forget is that people are known to respond positively to music. Music is a wonderful therapeutic tool, which can be used by those who are unable to express themselves while they communicate. Children with cerebral palsy often find it difficult to talk and thus express themselves with clarity. Their speech is muffled. This happens because the tongue and throat muscles are affected due to the disability.

When music therapy is incorporated in the treatment of cerebral palsy, these patients are better able to deal with their disability over a period. A good music therapist will help the child to understand himself or herself much better and come to terms with their problems.

When music is used as a therapy, it helps to restore confidence, mental and emotional well being in the child with cerebral palsy. When children are taught to sing they can improve their communication and speech skills through better breath control, vocalization, rhythm and so on. If these children are taught to handle music instruments then they can achieve better muscle coordination, balance and strength. Music also helps them in their social skills by making them feel important and it helps boost up their confidence and self-esteem.

Many patients who are taught music find that they are able to distract their minds away from the pain and discomfort they experience. It also helps to relax them by causing the muscles and nerves to become stress free.

Research has established that music has a healing and soothing effect o the right side of the brain and is especially useful in children who are slow learners. In children affected by cerebral palsy, most of the limb movements are not in coordination. Their muscles refuse to move in tandem and this makes it difficult for them to move around anywhere. As they grow up they go into depression as their self-confidence and self-esteem is at the lowest. Music therapy helps to elevate their moods and gives them self-confidence.

Music therapists can be found either with the help of your physician or through the internet. You can even place an advertisement in your local newspaper for a music therapist for your child. You can talk to family and friends and find out if they personally know of any music therapist who will be able to help your child who is suffering from cerebral palsy.

Initially, a child with cerebral palsy may offer some resistance to learning music but the music therapist will surely find ways in which they are able to engage the mind of your child. Soon you will find that your child is responding well to music and there will be marked improvement in their muscle coordination and even marked improvement in the speaking skills. Music therapy is one of the alternative treatments used for treating patients who are known to be suffering from cerebral palsy.

Stroke: Stroke Damage Treatment- Paralysis and Energy Healing

Suddenly you feel a portion of your body pause, lose sensation and stop functioning correctly. Your eyes may see double, your tongue might tingle, and your arm or leg may drag for few minutes. If these symptoms continue for a few minutes (15-20) you are having a stroke. Those are the symptoms of a TIA or Transient Ischemic Attack, known as a mini stroke. The sneaky part is that in both a TIA and a lesser stroke, the symptoms come and go for the lucky individual. If you can’t produce an even smile on both sides of your face, remember the date, or have continued numbness on one side of your body, go to the hospital emergency room immediately. You have a 3-hour window to have an opportunity to reverse any major damage.

For those who exhibit and experience major impairment and who are unable to obtain immediate treatment, stroke damage may result in paralysis, nerve damage, and other dehabilitating symptoms. The good news is, usually in time, you can have some form of restored function in the areas of your body that were initially damaged.

Acupuncture has recently been providing significant restorative results by improving some physical functions for stroke victims. According to CBC News, “The functional electrical stimulation rowing machine, developed by researchers in Edmonton and England, helps people with disabilities (paraplegics and others) enjoy the benefits of regular exercise.”

As a medical intuitive and distance energy healer, energy healing is another modality that provides electromagnetic stimulation and shows great promise in treating and curing stroke damage and regenerating damaged nerves. By using directed electromagnetic bio molecular energy healing, we can reframe bio structures, ie nerve impulse generators and their neural pathways that direct your body’s physical functions to their initial blueprint of health. Neural pathways can be restructured so that those with paralysis can move their legs or arms. Numb extremities can be revived and regenerated to sensation.

In several clients with stroke complications, after their cellular and neural connections were restored and regenerated, physical therapy was used to restrengthen their muscles that had weakened due to lack of use during the early stages of their rehabilitation. To date, various stroke symptoms and complications can be lessened or reversed with energy healing.

Energy healing is cutting edge and is being clinically researched as a healing modality that shows great promise in assisting and restoring the physical health of those who have experienced a stroke.

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Contact Information:

Brent Atwater, Alternative Medical Specialist

Medical Intuitive, Distance Energy Healing

ATL, GA Phone: 404.242.9022 USA

NC Phone: 910.692.5206 USA

Website: http://www.brentatwater.com/

Email: mailto:Brent@BrentAtwater.com

Disclaimer: Brent Atwater is not a medical doctor or associated with any branch of medicine. Brent works in Alternative & Integrative Medicine. She offers her opinions based on her intuition, and her personal energy healing work, which is not a substitute for medical procedures or treatments. Always consult a physician or trained health care professional concerning any medical problem or condition before undertaking any diet, health related or lifestyle change programs. As in traditional medicine, there are no guarantees with medical intuition or energy work.

A Look at Possible Hernia Surgery Complications

Hernia surgery complications can arise during or after a hernia repair surgery, which in turn is a complicated kind of surgical procedure that aims to cure weakness in the abdominal muscles. When the abdominal structure becomes weak it causes the abdominal cavity structure to be displaced which then pushes against the weak parts. This can lead to pain and infection as well as obstructions for which a hernia surgery is the perfect solution.

There are different kinds of hernia surgeries that can be performed including the inguinal as well as umbilical hernia kind. The former is a hernia problem affecting the groin while the latter kind affects the bellybutton. Depending on how severe is the hernia problem the surgery may be performed in different ways including as open or even laparoscopic surgeries. The former option is more invasive and requires making a large incision and the recovery time is lengthier as well.

The main hernia surgery complications include problems with urinating, bleeding as well as infection. It also includes recurring hernia condition. These complications will develop in both open as well as laparoscopic procedures. In addition, for men, there is another complication that can affect them and that is that it leads to discoloration of their scrotum as well as shrinking of their testicles.

Bleeding is a complication that develops after completion of the hernia surgery, but it will not occur under normal circumstances and so is unusual. The more common complication is that of a hole being made in the thoracic cavity lining during dissection of the esophagus and reduction of the hernia.

The stomach or esophagus can also be perforated because of use of surgical instruments. In addition, there is risk that spleen might bleed during the surgery because of its special location.

Following hernia surgery there are a different set of complications to worry about, but these are again quite unusual and only five percent (approximately) patients will suffer from major complications.

Balloon Kyphoplasty Brings Hope to Osteoporotic Spinal Fractures

Osteoporosis is a significant enough disease that it has its own “Awareness Month”. It is May of every year that people are to be reminded what a harsh disease this is. Yet there are still at least 45 million People in America at risk for osteoporosis and most are not even aware that they are on that short road to misery. They don’t even know they have the disease until they suddenly fracture an ankle or their spine.

Balloon Kyphoplasty Brings Hope to those Osteoporotic Spinal Fractures.

Osteoporosis is defined by Wikipedia as “A disease of bone that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone micro architecture is disrupted, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone is altered.”

Can you imagine what some people are going through in their daily lives before they find the answer to their problem? They are walking around in pain, some are hurting so badly that it curtails their normal activity and they can no longer walk up steps, ride a bike or even go grocery shopping. This is the reality for some 800,000 suffers of spinal fractures each year.

There is a woman that suffers so badly with pain back that she stays in bed all day long, hardly able to get out of it to go to the bathroom. She thinks possibly that she has pulled a muscle, injured a ligament. So she stays there babying her body willing it to heal. She is no longer able to play with her grandchildren, no longer able to take daily walks with her husband, no longer able to enjoy time in the garden. The days pass and she gets more helpless and more depressed and yet the excruciating back pain lingers. Finally she goes to the doctor.

This is what a person suffering with a debilitating osteoporotic spinal fracture feels. She tells the doctor she did nothing out of the ordinary to hurt herself, but it has been weeks with no recovery. She speaks to him of her concerns and that she is finding it hard to breath. She is asking for help.

The doctor did tests and like most people faced with the same situation she was shocked to learn that her back pain was caused by a small fracture of her spine. She was told it happens when one of the vertebral bones of the spinal column weakens and then collapses.

She was advised to undergo a procedure to fix it called the Balloon Kyphoplasty which was a minimally invasive surgery that would relieve her pain as well as give her back the height of the fractured vertebra.

She was given further confidence in this procedure when he told her that scientific studies proved that patients who underwent the balloon Kyphoplasty experienced complete pain relief, to the point that most of them needed no further pain medication. She was also told that they improved in their mobility so much that they were able to resume much of their old routines and were walking independently and without aid.

It has now been three years since she had the procedure done and she reports that the pain she had been experiencing was gone within two days. Not only that she was out weeding in her garden without in a week and since then she has had nothing go wrong with her back or experienced any more pain.

If you are having back pain and before you run out and demand a balloon Kyphoplasty you should know that like all surgeries there are risks and though the outcome of complications is said to be low there is always a chance it will not work or even cause more harm.

Spinal fractures have become a major health concern especially now that there are more than 48 million people in America at risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bone to become fragile. Left untreated, multiple spinal fractures can result in kyphosis, better known as hunchback. This is a serious health issue in that the curvature compresses the stomach and lungs and elevates the risk of complications and death.

The estimates given by The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) say that 50% of all women will suffer an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. It is vital that you understand you osteoporotic risk factor. See your doctor if you are over forty for bone density screening.

Ten Treatment Options for Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy typically causes patients to have arm pain that is consistent with the particular nerve root that is being compressed. The most common cause is from a cervical disc herniation, which is called a “slipped disc” in layman’s terms. This pain may go into the shoulder area, down into the arm, or may extend all the way into the hand and fingers. The pain is typically burning and extremely irritating to patients. This article refers to treatment options for this diagnosis, not for other issues like tumors or fractures.

What treatment options are available? Here are ten, starting with the most radical.

1) Surgery. Neck surgery for a herniated disc causing radiculopathy is indicated if a patient is having motor weakness. It is unclear if motor weakness is watched for over 3 to 6 months if it will improve even after a successful decompression. If a patient undergoes unsuccessful nonoperative treatment for over six weeks and is still miserable, surgery is indicated as a quality of life decision.

2) Interventional pain management. Often times the disc herniation will go away by itself, by disintegration. One of the methods to avoid surgery in the meantime is an epidural steroid injection. It can bathe the nerve root in a soothing anti-inflammatory material and reduce pain, thereby making life tolerable while the piece of disc pushing on the nerve root slowly disappears.

3) Physical Therapy. PT can help a lot in patient suffering with radiculopathy. The patient may need an epidural injection first along with pain medication, but physical therapy can improve range of motion and decrease pain.

4) Spinal Decompression Therapy. This is a nonoperative intermittent traction treatment that is FDA cleared. It works extremely well for lumbar pathology and in addition has shown success in treating cervical radiculopathy. Typically the treatment entails 20 sessions.

5) Chiropractic Treatment. Cervical manipulation has been shown to be effective for neck problems and radiculopathy. The risks of cervical manipulation appear to be very low, with fatalities occurring less than one in a million times.

6) Narcotic Pain Medications. In acute situations, these can be extremely helpful. The pain from radiculopathy can be disabling, and these medications may allow the patient to be much more functional.

7) Non-narcotic pain medications. These include NSAIDS, acetaminophen, and neuromodulators like gabapentin. They can help just as much as narcotics for radiculopathy and should be first line treatment.

8) Muscle Relaxers. When patients have radiculopathy, muscle spasms are common. Helping settle those down may allow the overall pain scale for patients to drop.

9) Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for a lot of neurologic and musculoskeletal issues, and radiculopathy is no exception.

10) Massage. This may help substantially with muscle spasms and relaxation.

Trigeminal Neuralgia – The Worst Pain Known To Man?

My Story

I first suffered from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN or tic douloureux) in 1995 when I was 28. At this time I didn’t have a clue what the pain was that I was suffering from. I was in the RAF and had just returned from a tour of duty in the Falkland Islands. During this period I had the odd twinge, but in no way could this be described as pain. On my return the pain increased, so I went to see many dental specialists in the RAF. I was treated with root canal treatment, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. For this the dental technicians made me a couple of splints for my bottom teeth. These were 1 and 2mm in thickness. I wore them for approximately 6 months, but unfortunately they made no difference, as I wasn’t suffering from it. The intense pain affected an area on the right hand side of my face from the chin to below the right ear.

None of the treatment that went on for about 18 months proved successful because at this time they didn’t know what I was suffering. The pain got so intense and my job didn’t help as I worked on nights as a radio operator. Part of my job was to wear head phones, these only made the problem worse. Talking was difficult, eating was hard and life wasn’t too pleasant. Temazepam did no good either, the pain was the worst I had ever suffered.

The turning point in my condition came a year after leaving the RAF when I discovered the Internet. I went to Google and typed in ‘intense facial pain’ and waited for the results to come back. I found all sorts of links, but one of the sites listed struck me. I went there and the symptoms described were very similar to what I was suffering. The pain is best described as a bolt of lightning shooting through one side of the face. The pain is intense, perhaps in my case going on for a few minutes at a time. There was very little that could be done to halt the onslaught. Direct pressure over the area had some affect, but didn’t take the pain away.

The triggers for the pain can be as mundane as brushing your teeth, a breath of wind or simply talking. Winter and its icey winds were a lot worse than summer warmth. But by far the worst offender is eating. Eating can be a nightmare, during the worst episodes it wasn’t uncommon to lose weight. I wouldn’t waste my time eating things like apples, lettuce and other food that didn’t contain any calories. While to most people these foods are fine, to a TN sufferer like me these are foods best avoided, otherwise you will lose weight. When driving a car even the road surface would have an affect on whether the pain kicked in or not. Even when there was no pain, it was sitting there in the background waiting for the trigger to release its latest onslaught of ultra pain – imagine tooth ache, only 10 times worse! – honest.

Having found what I thought was the problem I was suffering from I took my findings to Goole Hospital. The Ears, Nose and Throat specialist confirmed what I thought and he prescribed me Tegretol. Almost immediately I felt some relief from the pain. Initially my dosage was kept low until I was on the high end of the dosage. The problem I found with Tegretol was memory loss, and a general feeling of ‘fuzziness’. I couldn’t come off them as the pain was too intense, but they were becoming less and less useful to my condition. Sometimes, dependent on the dose I took that day, and the amount of food I ate I had a feeling of slight overdose – dizzy isn’t the word. It only happened a couple of times, and it wasn’t pleasant.

The specialist at Goole referred me to a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Hull Royal. Here I had an MRI brain scan in the Hull Royal Scan Unit, this confirmed, and gave a better indication of what was going on. Armed with my scans I then went to see one of the Neurologists at the hospital. He thought it be a good idea if I was admitted as soon as possible for an operation to numb the pain. I was admitted into hospital on the Monday morning a month later.

Radio Frequency Coagulation Operation

The operation I was going to have was a Radio Frequency Coagulation. This is administ

Pinched Nerves? How To Find Relief

Pinched nerves are painful occurrences, if you ever had one. Many people today aren’t exactly aware of what a pinched nerve is; but many have most likely felt the effects of the annoyance. Despite your experiences or views, there are ways of finding relief from the discomfort and trouble of trapped nerves.

Technically, a pinched nerve is literally a nerve that is being ‘pinched’, specifically compressed, stretched, constricted, or irritated by things around it such as muscles, bones, or tendons. The other term is a “trapped” nerve. When nerves are trapped or pinched they cause pain and discomfort in the part of the body that is affected or remotely as “referred” pain. You most likely have experienced the pain of a pinched nerve: general pain, muscle spasms, numbness, and tingling are very common in such cases.

If you are looking for relief from a pinched nerve, there is good news. Sufferers can cure the problem easily with good sleep and physical therapy that involves moist heat, or gentle massages. It is a good idea to get as much rest as possible when suffering from a pinched nerve, to avoid further damage, or ‘pinching’.

Heredity, obesity, repetitive motions, poor posture, or things such as broken bones can easily cause the nuisance. Many sufferers will experience a ‘stiff neck’ from the pinched nerves along the spinal cord. More extreme cases can last a few weeks, and it is recommended you see a doctor in the event of it lasting this long. Many, however, are menial and will promptly go away with good rest and a little relaxation.

Medical Freezers

Freezers are an important appliance for most medical facilities. Serious consideration should be given to what features a freezer should have in order to meet the necessary requirements of day to day operations.

Space is often at a premium in most medical facilities, and as a result a compact medical freezer is often the most sensible solution. Models are available in varying shapes, sizes, and capacity limits.

For instance a 1.5 cu. ft. capacity freezer might be the perfect size, and the cube shapes of these compact models ensure they will take up a minimum of space.

A reversible door might also be necessary when limited space is available. This is especially true when a freezer is placed in a corner location. In some cases, a left hand door might be more efficient and accessible than a right hand door.

There are other important considerations besides size and shape that should be considered when purchasing a medical freezer.

First of all, the freezer required may need to be set at colder temperatures than the average household freezer. High quality medical freezers are capable of temperatures at or below -15 degrees to below 40 degrees. Often the average low temperature for a standard freezer is in the -5 degree range.

Security is also an important issue when dealing with medical products and a security lock on the door might be a necessary option to take into consideration. However, most top-of-the line medical freezers will come with lock and keys as a standard feature.

Other features might include a manual defrost option for maintaining a stable temperature, a recessed handle, adjustable thermostat, and custom shelving designed specifically to store medications, vaccines, and test tubes.

I Woke Up With Horrible Neck Pain – Is it Torticollis? What Should I Do?

First things first….Don’t Panic! Don’t go running off to the ER or urgent care or any of those kinds of places. There is a perfectly good explanation for what is happening and if you stay calm and be smart, there are some things you can do on your own that will help.

Torticollis, also known as wry neck syndrome, is another way of saying that your neck really hurts bad and is all twisted in the wrong direction and you can’t move it. The reason you can’t move your neck is because of the muscle spasms. If you Google “torticollis” or “wry neck syndrome”, you are going to get a wealth of information, most of it pretty confusing. The reason for the confusion is because there are some very serious versions of these disorders that are very rare and involve permanent shortening of the muscles. The only treatment is surgery and/or injections. If you have what is known as congenital torticollis or chronic acquired torticollis, then this article is probably not for you. What I am talking about is acute torticollis.

Acute torticollis can have a variety of causes, but usually the cause is unknown; you just wake up in the morning with your neck hurting and stuck in a bad position. It is very common to see this type of severe neck pain after an automobile accident, sports injury, or other type of injury. It is also common to see torticollis in the early spring and late fall when people begin sleeping with their windows open all night. The cool air tends to cause the neck muscles to spasm and get stuck.

So, what do you do? For the first few days, I would do nothing. That is right; I am a Chiropractor, telling you not to come to me right away. Look, what am I going to do? I can’t adjust your neck with it all stuck to one side, it is just going to hurt. So, stay home and use ice. For the first 72 hours you should use ice and rest. When you use ice, put the ice in a towel and put it on your neck for 20 minutes (NO LONGER!), then take it off for the remainder of the hour. Put it back on for 20 minutes. Do this every couple of hours.

Sometime toward the end of the 72 hours, it is going to be very important to see someone (EVEN IF YOU ARE FEELING GREAT). I am course going to recommend a Chiropractor, but there are other health care providers you can see. You are going to want to have your neck evaluated to rule out any complicated factors or underlying problems. You do not want this to become a chronic or long term problem. A Chiropractor will evaluate your neck and recommend the necessary treatments (if any) that are necessary to get you back to normal.

If you follow the icing recommendation for the first couple of days, your recovery time should be relatively short. You can simply use a zip lock bag of ice, or you can get one of those nice, flexible, re-usable ice packs. They are available from most pharmacies or visit your Chiropractor.

Physician Assistant – Preparing For the Education

Physician Assistant programs numbered 136 as I write this with colleges in many states preparing to host another program. It is a profession that offers much to those in it and to the medical establishment. PAs are often the only employees a medical practice can hire that do not add to overhead.

What actions and decisions make you a better candidate for PA school and will ultimately make you a better PA? Here are a few suggestions that have benefited myself and some recently accepted PA students.

The medical profession is ever changing. New studies are always being done and new information and therapies result from these studies. Two skills that can be gained before PA school are the ability to read faster with greater comprehension. A course in this skill and regular practice will make life much easier.

An understanding of statistics and medical study design will allow you to judge the quality of studies and understand flaws that might affect conclusions. Most PA schools with a Masters program require a course in statistics. Be sure you look carefully at the prerequisites and plan your undergrad education accordingly. I have seen a few careers delayed because the student did not realize they needed statistics or microbiology with a lab.

You are going to need some high quality patient care experience. You want working with a graduate, certified PA to be part of that experience. Carry a small sturdy notebook with you and write new words you learn. Later look up and write down the definition. You might learn the words dysarthria and aphonia when you discuss a patient with a stroke. Write them down and look them up when you have time.

Write down clinical pearls that you learn also. You might be taught in a discussion about a case that you must distinguish Pityriasis Rosea from syphilis and body fungus. Write down that differential diagnosis.

Sore Throat – Soothe Your Sore Throat Naturally

When flu season is upon us, other viruses circulating in our communities contribute to cold symptoms such as sore throats, which make us feel cranky and uncomfortable.

Since viruses are the major cause of sore throats, there are no medications to alleviate them, however, there are certain natural remedies that will make your sore throat feel better while your body fights off the infection.

First of all, stay hydrated. If your sore throat is accompanied by other upper respiratory symptoms, such as runny nose, nasal congestion, or cough, drink chicken broth a couple times a day. Recent research confirmed what moms always told us about chicken soup: it definitely helps when we’re sick! According to the scientific findings, chicken broth thins mucus in the respiratory system, stops excessive mucus production, and relieves nasal congestion. Therefore, chicken broth will lessen coughing and might decrease postnasal drip that often results in a sore throat.

Excessive coughing can also cause a sore throat. Since cough medications are ineffective in battling the cough, reach for honey. Any honey will do, however, researchers studied buckwheat honey and announced that it is more effective in cough control than dextromethorphan, the DM component of over-the-counter cough suppressants. I recommend that my patients take 1 teaspoon of honey 4 times a day. It can be eaten off the spoon, ingested with warm water or tea with lemon, or drizzled on toast with butter, pancakes, or graham crackers. (Note: honey should not be given to children younger than 1 year as it may cause botulism).

Consider these remedies to relive your sore throat:

Gargle with chamomile tea–it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Drink orange juice. It might sting, but the vitamin C will numb your throat instantaneously.

Munch on raw almonds. They contain an aspirin-like compound that works wonders, not only to relieve migraine headaches, but also sore throats.

Eat fresh or canned pineapple. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties.

Sip on a warm tea with honey and lemon. Honey will coat your throat and the lemon juice will quickly numb it.

If your sore throat persists beyond 3-4 days, or is accompanied by a fever, rash, or bad headache, you have a difficult time swallowing your saliva, or you choke on food, see your health care provider ASAP.

Bronchitis and Tonsillitis – Causes and diagnose

The condition called bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tree; tonsillitis is the inflammation of to tonsils localized on the posterior side of the mouth. Both diseases are caused mainly by bacteria or viruses, but can also be unleashed by polluting factors or different substances causing irritation. The most common cause of tonsillitis is still the bacteria Streptococcus with its preferred localization in the mouth and throat.

In bronchitis, the occurred inflammation affects the cills on the bronchial mucosa and lowers their movements so they cannot evacuate mucus and foreign particles no more. Also the mucus secretion is stimulated and the phenomenon of coughing appears during bronchitis. Triggers of bronchial inflammation are especially inhaled dust or pollutants, smoking, but also viral determinants such as Rhinoviruses, Adenoviruses, Influenza and Epstein-Barr.

Tonsils have an immune and evacuating function but viral or bacterial infection hinders the drainage leading to inflammation and pain. Most important infectious factors in tonsillitis are Streptococcus group A and viruses like Herpes simplex I, Adenovirus, Enterovirus, Epstein-Barr and the flu causing viruses Influenza and Parainfluenza.

The primer symptoms of bronchial inflammation are coughing with mucus expectoration, chest pains, dispneea (difficult breathing) and all signs of regular colds. Tonsillitis is characterized by symptoms like a sore throat and disfagia (pain while swallowing), fever, pain, nausea, anorexia and chills.

Most difficult to diagnose is bronchitis as it can easily be mistaken with asthma. Proper tests for diagnose are chest X-ray, listening breathing with the stethoscope, pulmonary function tests and collecting sputum for bacterial cultures.

Tonsillitis is diagnosed only by checking the swollen tonsils with a spatula and collecting a pharyngeal probe to determine if the infection is bacterial or viral. Bacterial infection will require antibiotics but viruses won’ respond to such treatment.

If not treated bronchitis can become chronic and increase the risk of lung cancer, contribute to apparition of asthma or make the pulmonary tract more vulnerable to infections. Complications of untreated tonsillitis might be obstruction of mouth and upper airways and an abscess that could spread in the entire body. Especially untreated Streptococcus causes heart, kidney, skin and liver damages.

Treating bronchitis requires painkillers like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, assisted breathing in acute bronchitis and ant biotherapy with macrolides if Chlamydia or Mycoplasma are present.

Streptococcus in tonsillitis must be attacked parenteral Penicillin; in severe cases of more than six tonsillitis attacks per year surgery to remove the tonsils is indicated. Tonsillectomy is also necessary when the inflammation obstructs the throat.

The potential severe complications of long-term infection left untreated must imply more interest in healing the inflammation and treating the primer infection. Researches to find better and right cures are made all over the world.

Nutrition and Metabolism Disorder

What is the relationship between intake of nutrition and metabolism disorder? Is slow metabolism the cause of my overweight? Are there any types of nutrition that can speed it up? Could a pill speed it up?

There are many myths and misconceptions about metabolism. The idea that a low metabolic rate is always responsible for excess weight is one of them. Another is that a slower-than-average metabolism, means you’re destined to be obese.

What is metabolism?

Metabolism is the rate at which your body breaks down the nutrients in food to produce energy. A person with a “fast” metabolism, for example, utilizes calories more quickly, in some cases making it easier to stave off excess pounds.

Your metabolism is primary determined by your body composition: the more total fat-free mass you have the higher your resting metabolic rate will be.

Other factors that determine your metabolism is

  • heredity
  • hormones such as thyroid and insulin
  • stress
  • calorie intake
  • exercise
  • medications
  • Your baseline metabolism is determined at birth.
  • When you’ve passed the age of 30 and without exercising, the metabolism decreases with the age.
  • However, you can increase your metabolism to a certain extent by exercising and building lean muscle.
  • Each time you significantly reduce calories to lose weight you’ll experience a temporary decrease of 5-10 percent in metabolism.

Workouts for increasing your metabolism

  • A high-intensity cardio workout that really increases your heart rate will make you lose the most calories and represent the most significant short-term metabolic booster; between 20 and 30 percent. However, it won’t have a permanent effect on your metabolism. After your workout, your metabolism will return to its previous level over several hours–but you’ll continue burning extra calories in the meantime.
  • Though weight training is the most effective way to build and preserve your lean muscles, the muscle influence on metabolism is pretty slight. Each pound of muscle gained, can raise your metabolism up to 15 calories per day.

Can certain foods affect your metabolism?

  • Most of the scientific research reports that the type of food you eat has no significant impact on your long term metabolism rate. So fats, proteins and carbs seem to affect metabolism similarly.
  • Scientific data also tells that protein can slightly increase metabolic rate, but only temporarly.
  • The more calories you cut, the lower your metabolism rate will drop. An extremely low-calorie diet with fewer than 800 calories a day could cause your metabolic rate to decrease by more than 10 percent.
  • It is not what you eat but how much you eat what really matters. For a safe,sustainable weight loss, the average person shouldn’t eat less than 1,200 calories a day.
  • Spicy foods, such as chili peppers and curry can increase metabolism, but not enough to have a weight loss effect. It’s too small and short-lived.

Pills and Supplements

  • No pills or supplements have proven to increase metabolism enough to help you lose weight.
  • Some pills, have been shown to lower metabolism, and thus cause a weight gain. Examples of such pills are those used to treat depression and bipolar disorder.

Find out your daily calorie need

For losing one pound of body fat a week, you must create a deficit of 500 calories a day. The most reasonable way to do that, and thus avoid a big metabolic decrease, is through a combination of exercise and diet. You could for example eliminate 2.50 calories from your diet, and add enough activity to burn an extra 250.

Here is how you do it:

Determine your basic metabolism rate or RMR

1 RMR = 655 + (9.6 X your weight in kilograms*) + (1.8 X your height in centimetres**) – (4.7 X your age in years)

2 Factor in your daily activity: Multiply your RMR by the appropriate activity factor:

  • If you have little or no activity: RMR X 1.2
  • If you are performing light exercise 1-3 days a week: RMR X 1.375
  • If you are performing moderate exercise 3-5 days a week: RMR X 1.55
  • If you are performing strenuous exercise 6-7 days a week: RMR X 1.725
  • If you perform very strenuous daily exercise, sports or physical job or training twice a day: RMR X 1.9

3 Your final figure represents the minimum number of daily calories that you need to maintain your current weight.

Notes:

(*) Your weight in kilograms = your weight in pounds divided by 2.2.

(**) Your height in centimeters = your height in inches multiplied by 2.54.

Is Diabetes Genetic?

If you think you are doomed to become diabetic because it “runs in your family,” take heart.

You inherit a susceptibility to Type II diabetes; you do not inherit diabetes. One of three Americans will become diabetic, with women more likely to develop diabetes than men.

Risk factors for developing diabetes include: a family history of diabetes; storing fat primarily in the belly; high triglycerides; low HDL (good) cholesterol; blood sugar higher than 200 thirty minutes after a meal; fasting blood sugar above 110; excess hair on the face or body (in women); or diabetes during pregnancy.

A person with any of these warning signs should immediately make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes: avoid refined carbohydrates (foods made with flour, white rice, milled corn; all added sugars and drinks that contain sugar), exercise regularly, lose weight if you are overweight, and keep your weight controlled for the rest of your life. If you do this you will be at low risk for developing diabetes, even if you have the genes that make you susceptible.

The authors of one study showed that the average person who is diagnosed with diabetes at age 40 will die 11.6 year earlier than a non-diabetic and that he or she will be severely incapacitated with one or more side effects of diabetes 18.6 years before a non-diabetic becomes disabled by similar health problems. Anyone who has watched a loved one progress through the horrible consequences of uncontrolled diabetes should be strongly motivated to make the lifestyle changes that help you avoid ever becoming diabetic.

Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is becoming a wide-spread epidemic. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.1, 2 In the December 2008 issue of Time Magazine, they stated the life expectancy of children will be shorter than that of their parents. More and more children are acquiring diseases that have only previously been diagnosed in overweight adults.

My Personal Opinions and Experience

Pretty scary statistics, do you think? Let me share my personal opinions and experience. This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I grew up struggling with my weight. If you never struggled with your weight as a child or teenager, please understand that there’s more to it than just being fat. Yes, I said fat because that is what I was and I was reminded of it all the time. Kids and teenagers are mean and they make fun of each other any chance they can. It causes a lot of emotional pain. I was very introverted and always felt people were talking about me or laughing at me. I hated going clothes shopping because I knew I would have to wear women’s clothing because the kids clothes wouldn’t fit me. My own mother (God rest her soul) would even make me feel terrible. She’d say “you’re fat, you better lose weight, no one will hire you” or “people don’t like fat people” or “God, I’d hate to be driving my car looking at your big butt on your bike”. You see, she always talked about “reverse psychology”. In her mind, she would always say negative things because she said that would make us feel bad so we would do the right thing. In some strange, distorted way, sometimes it did. But it causes deep, painful emotions that will never go away. When I hear the way some people speak to their kids, I cringe. Even something as gentle as “should you be eating that”, “you don’t want to get fat, do you”, etc. can emotionally hurt your child forever. You may not be saying any of those things to your children, however, if your child has the slightest bit of a weight problem, please be careful how you speak to them because it’s going to effect them the rest of their lives. That emotion will have a ripple effect with other things throughout their lives. They may lack confidence, feel unworthy or even unloved.

Healthier Alternatives

I’ve never had kids of my own. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to work full time and then have to tend to a family. With all the activities today’s families keep themselves busy with, I’m sure finding time to cook is difficult, let alone cooking healthy. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to make some suggestions, based on my life. If you do have a child or children who have weight issues, please don’t talk about diet and exercise. It will really impact them in a negative, emotional way. What you can do is start changing what you do and how you do things. Here are some healthier alternative suggestions.

Start taking walks after dinner. Find a fun workout DVD you can do together. Play an active game on Wii or Xbox. Make it a fun competition with some kind of cool, non-food reward. Have them get involved in helping you put together a shopping list. Start showing them how to read the labels. If you know you like certain unhealthy food items, but you eat them in moderation, and your children don’t, try omitting having them in the house. If they are young enough and don’t have an allowance or a job, they can’t buy the groceries, so start making the changes in what you buy.

Let them help you prepare food. Don’t think your child is too young or old to start implementing these habits. A 3 year old can learn to wash fruits and veggies, while a 11 year old can help you prepare food. Have the older child search the internet for healthy recipes. Make it a game. If you one child, tell them you’ll give them $1 (or something) if they can come up with a super healthy recipe for pasta etc. you get my drift. If you are in the mood for pizza, make it at home. You can roll the dough out thinner and control the ingredients. Use more veggies, less meat and cheese. Have the kids measure the sauce, cheese, etc. so you know exactly what’s going on top for calories and fat. Let them make their own personal pizza. If you want burgers and fries, cook them at home. Use lean turkey burger instead of hamburger.

Cut up a potato, spray them with olive oil and bake them in the oven. Eventually they will get use to having things this way and the fried, greasy foods won’t taste good. If it’s sweets they like, start having them eat more fruit. Maybe dip bananas or strawberries in dark chocolate. All the while you do this, remember to make it a fun experience. Keep the words diet and exercise out of it. And don’t relate to the foods as good and bad foods. The more you focus on the food and exercise, the less they will want to comply. If you just change the way you eat and the activities that you engage in, there will be no negative connotations, it’ll all just be fun. Becoming healthy and fit will be one of the best gifts you can give your kids. Think about the rewarding effect it will have on the whole family. You’ll all become healthier, fitter and get to spend more quality family time together.

Child Obesity Facts

Increased consumption of green leafy vegetables, which are important dietary sources of carotenoids, has been associated with reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. 3.

According to http://www.childrensmn.org, 25 out of every 100 children are overweight in the state of Minnesota.

Childhood obesity has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and poor academic performance. 5

Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults and at risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and some cancers. 6

Type II diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, greater risk for asthma and chronic medical conditions are a few of the physical maladies; poor body image, depression and risk for eating disorders are among the psychological consequences. 6

Suggestions on What You Can Do 4

Limit fat and sugar

Lead by example

Take a family walk after dinner

Portion control

Have the kids help with yard work

Do sit-ups and have a competition with your kids

Dance around the house with your kids

Spend 30 minutes every day playing with your kids

Ask your kids what they want to do and do something they enjoy

Choose non-food related rewards; such as a day at the park

Make better choices when you eat out

Cook smart

Eat more fresh fruits and veggies; wash them as soon as you get home so they are ready to go.

I hope you found this information helpful. If you are struggling with this, please contact me directly. I can help you with some fun ideas for an exercise and eating program. And if you have any comments or suggestions, please mention them below.

References

  1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents, 1999-2010. Journal of the American Medical Association2012;307(5):483-490.
  2. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2011: With Special Features on Socioeconomic Status and Health. Hyattsville, MD; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.
  3. The Journal of Pediatrics
  4. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  5. Donors Choose.org
  6. http://www.getsweaty.com/ForParents/ChildhoodObesityFacts/tabid/160/Default.aspx