How Do I Treat Bruises Homeopathically?

When a blood vessel becomes damaged by an injury or other means and a seepage of blood follows, it will show as a blue-purplish color under the skin, this is known as a breeze. Also if the area is large, there will probably be reasonable swapping and pain at the site. Consider the following remedies before choosing one that most closely resembles your symptoms.

1. HYPERICUM – For severe crushed parts, where there is a shooting pain which is excruciating and an extreme sensitivity to touch. Pain like this happens after a fall on the coccyx.

2. LEDUM PALUSTRE – If bruising is very slow to subside.

3. ARNICA – This is the famous remedy for all bruises. Effective in all but some internal deep bruising.

4. ARNICA LOTION – If the skin is bruised but not broken (Do not use ARNICA on the skin if the surface is opened.) Treatment details for ARNICA LOTION . Take 10-15 drops of the lotion and mix into 250mls of clean water (preferably previously boiled) and apply as a compress.

5. BELLIS PERENNIS – For deep injuries to muscles and also joints when ARNICA does not appear to be relieving the symptoms.

6. RUTA GRAVEOLENS – Bruises of the periosteum (covering of bones). It lies on the surface of bones and is easily injured where the bones lie just below the skin, eg elbow, shin, kneecap.

7. SYMPHYTUM – For a hit in the eye by a blunt object (a "black eye"). Also in trauma to a cartilage or periosteum (useful where RUTA GRAV has not relieved any pain by 24 hours).

How the Pancreas Works

The pancreas has two functions:

a. Exocrine gland – Glands that discharge hormones into ducts
b. Endocrine gland – Glands that secret hormones into the bloodstream

The pancreatic endocrine function is to release the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream to regulate glucose levels.

The pancreatic exocrine function releases digestive enzymes into the duodenum (first, connected to the stomach, and smallest part of the small intestine).

The pancreas is located benefit the stomach and the pancreatic head is wrapped around by the duodenum.

Bile, an alkaline fluid that helps digest lipids, is transmitted from the gall bladder to the pancreas through the common bile duct connecting to the pancreas at the pancreatic duct or duct of Wirsung. The pancreatic duct collections this alkaline fluid and digestive juices: trypsin, chymotrypsin, pancreatic lipase, and pancreatic amylase, and empties into the duodenum just prior to the ampulla of Vater. The ampulla of Vater regulates the flow of bile and pancreatic juices into the duodenum.

A smaller duct (duct of Santorini) also empties into the duodenum. Enzymes active in the digestion of carbohydrates, fat, and protein flow through these ducts continuously and at an increased rate when food is present in the small intestine. About 41 fluid ounces of digestive juices are secreted daily. Flow is controlled by the vagus nerve and by the hormones secretin and pancreozymin, produced in the intestinal mucosa.

When food enters the duodenum, secretin and pancreozymin (cholecystokinin / pancreozymin hormone) are released in the bloodstream by the duodenum secretary cells. When these hormones reach the pancreas, the pancreas cells are stimulated to produce and release large amounts of digestive enzymes, which then flow into the intestine. When the enzymes reach the intestine, the duodenum stops producing secretin and pancreozymin hormones.

The pancreas cells that produce digestive enzymes are called acinar cells (Latin acinus – grape), so named because the cells aggregate to form bundles appear much like a cluster of grapes. The base of the cell has fine tubules (endoplasmic reticulum) that produce the secretary granules. These granules are transported from the tubules to a more complex tubular apparatus (Golgi) that concentrate the secretions. The Golgi encases the enzymes in a thin membrane and sends them to the top of the cell. The enzyme granules pass through the acinar cell wall into a complicated network of ducts that eventually reaches the small intestine.

Located between the clusters of the acinar cell area are scatched patches of another type of secretary tissue called the islands (islets) of Langerhans, named after the 17th century German pathologist Paul Langerhans. The islets are responsible for the secretion of insulin and glucagon, which control the amount of sugar stored in the body. Unlike the acinar tissue, the islets of Langerhans secret their substances directly into the blood stream.

Insulin is vital in carbohydrates (sugar) metabolism. Insulin causes the body to store glucose as glycogen. Insulin stimulates the body's cells to remove glucose sugar from the blood stream and utilize it. Diabetes mellitus is caused when there is a shortage of insulin in the bloodstream. Sugar then remains in the blood and glucose is not converted into glycogen stores for the body. Too much insulin reduces the amount of sugar in the blood.

Glucagon has the opposite effects of insulin. Glucagon is also a hormone used for carbohydrate metabolism. Glucagon is released into the bloodstream when the glucose levels are low (hypoglycemia) causing the liver to convert glycogen to glucose in the bloodstream Glucagon releases stored sugar and increase the blood sugar level. Glucagon acts as a control mechanism when the body produces too much insulin.

Intestinal Organism Imbalance – Doing A Cleanse to Clear and Re-Energize You

The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said, "Death begins in the colon." Ayurvedic medicine from India, the most ancient and complete system of natural healthcare, states that all chronic health conditions arise from the intestines, and a tenet in Traditional Chinese Medicine says that the heart is the 'supreme emperor' and the intestines are the 'prime minister. ' This gives you an idea of ​​the importance of a well- balanced gastrointestinal tract.

Dysbiosis refers to any imbalance of the micro-organisms inhabiting the lining of your intestines. A healthy GI tract should ideally have at least 85% friendly lactobacteria (like the kind one gets from yogurt) and no more than 15% unfriendly or toxic coliform bacteria, yeast and fungus. But typically in our Western society the balance is the opposite!

The good bacteria should keep the harmful organisms suppressed and in low numbers. But sugary diets and the use of broad-spectrum antibiotic, birth control pills, steroidal drugs and even the chlorine in tap water, disturbs the good bacteria and encourages the bad organizations, especially yeast (fungus) to overgrow. This is how vaginal yeast infections occurs following courses of antibiotics.

The same thing happens much more commonly in our intestines and is referred to as 'candidiasis' or candida yeast infection. As the yeast multiply they send rootlets into the intestinal wall, release toxins, and create 'leaky gut syndrome'. This condition permits organizations and toxins to enter the blood stream and deeper tissues where widespread damage can occur.

Because dysbiosis usually goes undiagnosed for a long time and so many organs and tissues can be affected, a wide array of conditions and symptoms can result. The list of symptoms are as diverse as nervous and mental disorders or food and chemical sensitivities. Below is a list of symptoms and conditions that can be caused by dysbiosis:

Gastrointestinal: heartburn, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, colitis, diarrhea, constipation.

Genitourinary: bladder, urinary tract and kidney infections, yeast vaginitis, menstrual irregularities, infertility, endometriosis, PMS.

Nervous system: memory loss, inability to concentrate (brain fog), irritability, depression, lethargy, chronic fatigue, loss of libido, numbness and tingling, twitches, headaches, hyperactivity, learning problems, autism.

General: mitral valve prolapse, allergy symptoms, asthma, sinusitis, earaches and ear infections, psoriasis, cold hands and feet, joint pain / stiffness, increased body hair, food cravings, food and chemical sensitivities / intolerances, overeating.

There are even cases cases of patients thought to be suffering from lupus, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis, anorexia nervosa and multiple sclerosis who recovered following treatment for dysbiosis.

The cleanse is intended to clear dysbiosis and restore the normal healthy balance of organisms in your intestines. It is sometimes necessary to take acidophilus and other 'probiotics' to re-inoculate the intestines, but it is far more important to skillfully kill off the offending organizations. The muscle-testing allows us to select the right supplements for each individual for this purpose, pinpointing their needs and ensuring accuracy.

Proper diet can prevent and in some cases cure many health problems. In the case of dysbiosis, it is absolutely essential. This specific diet removes the foods that encourage yeast and fungus growth and mucous production. It requires some commitment since it is not an easy one. It also requires some sacrifice.

You may even say, "What's left to eat?" Egypt "I'd rather just suffer than give up so much!" But take heart. This diet is temporary. Although some people will need to avoid foods forever that give them bad reactions, most people will be able to eat the forbidden foods again, once they have completed the program. Occidentally people experience a 'die-off reaction' during the cleanse as the offending organizations release their toxins.

The symptoms may include headache, rash, flu symptoms or fatigue. They are usually mild if they occur and only last a day or two and happen only in a minority of cases. Check in with me if you need to. Occidentally you can develop full-blown sinusitis and allergies during the cleanse. This is due to your immune system taking a slight dip initially and simultaneously catching a wave of pollens or flu bugs passing through the area. This is very uncommon but I feel the warning is healthy.

The average length of time for the cleanse is 3 weeks, but it may take longer. I will need to see you for a follow up appointment at 2 weeks, and then again before you are released from the cleanse diet. There are many common foods you will need to avoid during the cleanse. After the program, you will be able to reintroduce them one-by-one into your diet and see how each one affects you. The guidelines are on the next page.

Cleanse:

Take your supplements religiously and strictly avoid the following foods until I check you to ensure the candida is safely cleared from your system:

AVOID: Sugar and all sweeteners: cookies, candy, chocolate, pastries, ice cream, soda, etc .; honey, molasses, real or artificial maple syrup, agave nectar, corn syrup, rice syrup, fructose, dextrose, maltose, xylitol, etc., fruit (except for green Granny Smith apples), fruit juice, dried fruit, etc.

Many foods have corn syrup, and drinks such as soy and rice milk usually have rice syrup or cane juice, a few (the 'unsweetened' ones) do not. Note: When reading food labels, ignore the section that indicates "grams of sugar". Only be concerned with the list of food ingredients when looking for sugar and sweeteners.

Milk products: milk, yoghurt and cheeses, especially agreed cheeses like cheddar, Swiss, parmesan, blue, etc. Occasional we allow butter and soft cheeses like cottage, farmers, feta, mozzarella and jack.

Bread products: bread, buns, bagels, crackers, etc .; Any baked goods containing yeast, and any sourdough or sprouted grain products.

Fermented products: beer, wine, liquor, vinegar (salad dressings, ketchup, pickles, olives, relish, etc.), tamari, soy sauce, miso, tempeh, natto, sauerkraut, sourkraut, kambucha.

Miscellaneous: coffee, black tea, Worcestershire or A-1 sauce, mushrooms, packaged foods with lots of unfamiliar ingredients, monosodium glutamate (MSG-ask the owners of your Chinese restaurant if they use it), processed and smoked meats, french fries ( they are often dipped in sugar), artificial colorings, flavorings and sweeteners (aspartame, Splenda, etc.), margarine. Avoid nuts and corn if you have multiple food sensitivities.

Any foods you tested allergic too: _____________________________________

ALLOWED: You may freely eat vegetables, chicken, fish, beef, seafood, eggs, beans and lentils, tortillas, and healthy oils (olive, flax, coconut, etc). Keep moderate on starchy foods. You may have rice (preferably brown

rice), whole wheat pasta, potatoes (preferably sweet potatoes, yams and red skinned), oatmeal and hot cereal (unsweetened) and alternative grains like quinoa, amaranth and millet. For salad dressing you may use olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

For soy sauce you may use Bragg's Liquid Amino's from the health food store because it's non-fermented. For tomato sauce, make sure it has no sugar. For sweetener you may use Stevia. Generally

found in liquid droppers in the health food store; it is an herbal extract 300X sweeter than sugar (but does not feed yeast), so you only need a drop or two in tea for example.

MEAL IDEAS:

Breakfast: Eggs, oatmeal or whole-grain hot cereal with green apple cubes, cinnamon and stevia, rice cakes, almond butter, meats, veggies …

Lunch and Dinner: Brown rice, whole wheat pasta, chicken, fish, potatoes, beans, veggies, salad, avocado, rice noodles …

Snacks: green apples, almond butter, celery, carrots, rice cakes, hard-boiled eggs,

IMPORTANT !: After 3 to 4 weeks on the cleanse you come in for re-testing. If you test negative for yeast and your symptoms are gone it means their population is now below the threshold level.

But you MUST come in for the re-evaluation or it could all end up being for naught. If you had food sensitivities, they may be gone or it may take some time to change your body's response to those foods.

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Nasal Polyposis

What is nasal polyposis?

It is the growth of a soft painless and noncancerous mass lining the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. They result from chronic inflammation caused by conditions such as allergies, asthma, recurrent infectious, hypersensitivity to certain drugs and or certain immunologic diseases.

Before continuing, a little history …

Nasal polyposis was first reported by the Egyptians over 4000 years ago. They are considered the pioneers in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition as they were thoroughly familiar with the nasal anatomy and due to the mummification approach take place in that time. Samuel of Egypt, was first described as a patient. It is said that he had a polyp so great that it hung down the back of his nasopharynx and "strangled" the patient!

However, it was Hippocrates who coined the term polyp considering that it resembled a "marine polyp" (has a flat base, are soft and the body is shaped like a tube). Hippocrates was even the first to describe the surgical procedure for resection of the polyps or the "polypectomy"

What are the symptoms of nasal polyposis?

They come in different sizes. When they are small they may not cause any symptoms. However, when they are large or even giant, they can give very severe symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, changes in smell and taste, nasal congestion, nasal voice or permanent, postnasal discharge, presence of abundant hyaline mucus, pain in the upper dental arch, intensity in the forehead and malaria region (also known as the cheek), snoring and recurrent infections.

When should you visit the otolaryngologist (physician in charge of looking at diseases of the Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT))?

You must go to your doctor if symptoms persist for more than 10 days. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis and nasal polyposis are very similar to those of many other conditions or diseases, including the common cold. It is advisable that you go to see your doctor if you feel that you have one or more of the above symptoms.

Who is affected by polyps?

Polyps can occur at any age but are by far more common in people over 40 years and tend to be more common in men than in women. In rare causes they are also know to affect children under the age of 10 years. They can form anywhere in the nose but typically occur first in the ethmoid cedillas but are most common in the area where the sinuses are "drained", this place is better known as osteomeatal complex.

What are the risk factors?

The risk factors for developing polyps in the nose could be from any situation that involves the chronic inflammation of the nasal mucosa, such as allergy.

The diseases associated with nasal polyposis are often: Asthma, Allergy to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, better known as NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen), allergic fungal sinusitis, cystic fibrosis (a genetic disorder resulting from the production and secretion of abnormally thick, sticky mucus) and Churg-Strauss syndrome (a disease that causes inflammation of blood vessels). There are also hereditary genetic diseases that can make us more likely to develop nasal polyposis.

However, in many cases, nasal polyposis is of an unknown cause but cases are known of nasal polyp formation prioring the development of asthma or sinusitis.

What are the potential complications?

They are varied and can range from sinusitis to obstructive sleep apnea, to asthma exacerbations, distribution of the infectious process to the eye or even to the development of meningitis.

How are they diagnosed?

The nasofibroendoscopa is a very useful tool to the otolaryngologists that is easy and painlessly and allows direct and detailed visualization of the nose and sinuses with a camera.

Similarly, the CT scan of the nose and paranasal sinuses may help assess more accurately the location and extent of the polyps in deeper areas of the sinuses and allowing the amount of mucosal inflammation to be assessed. Also it allows us to know if there is obstruction of either side within the nasal cavity and then it is best option to decide and plan treatment for the patient.

There may also be other diagnoses studies that can be used such as allergy tests, and if polyps are found in the nasalesen of a child then a specific diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis should be carried out. It is important that treatment is multidisciplinary, ie several specialists should be consulted with in order to offer the best treatment and the gain best result for the patient.

Normally, depending on the size of polyps, our first approach is to treat the polyps with medication. Corticosteroids (nasal sprays) are the first line treatment because they help us to reduce inflammation. This treatment can reduce the size of polyps and sometimes even eliminate them altogether. Other times, we can accompany oral and injectable corticosteroids if they do not get the desired effect with the nasal spray. Also, occasionally we have to prescribe antihistamines to control the allergic process as well as antibiotics to treat chronic or recurrent infections.

Surgical treatment for nasal polyposis

The surgery is performed when continuous medical treatment, polyps do not get smaller or disappear. The type of surgery depends on the size, the number and location of polyps.

There are 2 surgeries that can be performed. The first of them is the polypectomy (Hippocrates, the father of Rhinology, was the first to do it), which is used in small or isolated polyps that can be completely removed with a suction device or a microdebrider. The second is endoscopic sinus surgery (which uses a camera that magnifies the nasal structures). It is reserved to remove large polyps and to correct sinus problems that promote inflammation and the development of polyps.

Although surgery is associated with a significant improvement in most patients it may be less effective in those with a combination of polyps and asthma or those with polyps, asthma and hypersensitivity to aspirin (Triad Sampter described this in 1969 in Sampter and Beer).

Reoccurrence

Unfortunately, nasal polyps tend to recur if the undering cause is not treated or controlled. Therefore, both the otolaryngologist and allergist and sometimes even the inmunologist must maintain tight control of the patient because they must address the factors mentioned above in order to offer the patient a better quality of life.

A Fibroid Tumor – How to Avoid a Hysterectomy

A fibroid tumor of the uterus, otherwise known as a myoma, is the most common reason that a woman visits her gynecologist in the ten years leading up to menopause and also one of the most common reasons for a woman in her thirties or forties, to be advised to have a hysterectomy. Fibroid tumors are round, non cancerous tumors of the muscular wall of the uterus, made up of smooth muscle and connective tissue and they normally occur in groups. They start off fairly small but can grow to the size of a grapefruit and are normally accommodated by heavy, painful and irregular periods.

A uterine fibroid tumor is caused by too much estrogen in the body which stimulates its growth while a lack of estrogen causes the fibroids to disappear. Many women in their mid thirties begin to experience non ovulating menstrual cycles and as they approach the decision before the menopause they are producing less progesterone than normal and possibly more estrogen. They retain water and salt, their breasts enlarge, they gain weight, become depressed, lose their sex drive, suffer mineral loss in their bones and they develop fibroids. All of these symptoms point to a dominance of estrogen. Conventional medicine would normally advise a woman at this stage to have a hysterectomy but it has been discovered that by balancing the hormones naturally, fibroids can be induced from growing and may even decrease in size and then, once menopause is reached, the fibroids will naturally disperse of their own accord.

A natural way for a pre menopausal woman to balance the hormones and prevent the fibroid tumor from developing further is to reduce estrogen levels and to take a supplemental dose of progesterone. Taken regularly the progesterone will level out the hormone balance and prevent any fibroids from getting larger. An ultrasound after three months will hopefully show that the fibroids have either remained the same size or decreed. Other effective ways of slowing fibroid growth is by exercising, reducing stress levels and reducing calories. By adopting these methods there is every chance that fibroids will not grow and cause problems and there will be no need for a hysterectomy to be carried out. If a woman can get her hormones balanced and her menstrual cycle in a regular pattern, then conditions such as uterine fibroid tumors and ovarian cysts, stand very little chance of occurring.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Women with ovarian cysts have reported to have different symptoms of the ailment. The signs and symptoms vary from person to person and what may be a sign for one woman may not be the sign for another. Sometimes a sign may not clearly indicate the presence of cyst in a woman. This article deals with the different symptoms that denote that one might be under the risk of cyst. No matter what makes you feel that you are a victim of the disorder, you should make a point to visit the doctor before it is too late.

• One may have irregular menstruation which is an indication of cysts
• Severe pain during periods
• Rigorous bleeding of the lower abdomen
• Menstruation thinking for longer or shorter periods than usual. Menstruation might also be completely absent.
• Physical pain during intercourse or exercise.
• Heaviness or pressure inside the lower abdomen.
• Difficulty to urinate.
• Difficulty when the bowels move.
• Vomiting and nausea.
• Pain spreading to thighs and in some women it even reaches the lower back.
• Breasts becoming tender in pregnant women.

Apart from the above symptoms, there are endless other signs of ovarian cyst. Some signs are even confused with conditions like pregnancy. The most usual sign of ovarian cyst during pregnancy is tenderness of breasts. In women unable to conceive, infertility may also be an indication of ovarian cyst. Larger cysts are more hazardous as they get in the way to the blood flow to the ovaries and abdomen. If this becomes too severe, it may cause inflammation of the affected region and can be conspicuous too.

The pain that you will be experiencing due to ovarian cyst might be more or less dependent on how severe the infection is. Some cysts are symptomless and this is why women having such cysts show no signs and may not even have pains and since they are unaware that they carry a cyst in their ovary!

Within a few months the cysts shrink and disappear with proper treatment. The rate at which this shrinkage occurs depends on the method of treatment you have chosen and how well you follow it. So if you are already not eating too much junk food then you will not even be able to tell that you had cyst! From today it keep a track of what you eat.

Oral Male Thrush Symptoms

Oral thrush is caused due to the bacterium called Candida Albicans. These bacteria cause yeast infections. It is more effective on people with a low immune system. Infections caused in the mouth are of two types, ie the oral thrush and angular cheilitis.

The difficulties and pain caused due to oral thrush may vary from minor issues to serious issues. The medicines and remedies prescribed depend on the severity of the issue. Some oral thrushes are stubborn and take a while to heal completely.

Sometimes oral thrush in men is caused due to reasons like drug abuse, diabetes, and chemotherapy, use of lubricants with glycerin during intercourse, or side effects due to antibiotics. People who use dentures are also affected due to ill fitting denture lesions in the mouth.

Apart from a weak immune system, people with HIV are also prone to Oral Thrush. It is not necessary for a person to experience all the symptoms but a few common male thrush symptoms are,

  • White patches on the tonsils, on the tongue, in the throat, on the palate, or inside the cheeks.
  • Oral discomfort.
  • Discomfort caused while eating and chewing.
  • Bleeding of the skin area.
  • White skin flakes.
  • A lip rash from the inner side.
  • Low-grade fever.
  • Lip rash at the corners of the mouth.
  • White skin plaques.

If unattended, the thrush tends to grow causing complications. Symptoms of excess thrush are as follows,

  • Throat Irritation.
  • Lack of proper nutrition
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • spread of thrush to other areas
  • Thrush of genital areas

The male thrush symptoms of angular cheilitis are mouth sores and chapped lips. Bacteria like Candida albicans can also affect the sores. Research has linked the cause of angular cheilitis to nutritional deficiency of iron and vitamin B. That people who do not have a balanced diet or are malnourished are likely to be affected.

Male thrush symptoms are also seen in elders who suffer from over closure of mouth due to absence of teeth. Another type of angular cheilitis and a male thrush symptom occurs when cold sores are experienced at the corner of a person's mouth. Severe cases arise when the weather conditions are windy and cold, causing the lips to become chapped. Licking the lips is just a temporary relief which over a period of time causes more damage.

Even a small lesion should be brought to the notice of a doctor for proper medication. This is advised to avoid complication due to delay in treatment of the oral thrush. In case of a minor issue, at times the lesions go unnoticed. Delay in the treatment can cause a growth in the oral thrush forming bacteria, and it tends to spread to other parts of the body.

Apart from the regular antibiotics, male thrush symptoms can also be taken care of with the help of natural home remedies. Most people have been cured by these home remedies, while some cases do require antibiotics.

Hepatitis Part II – Types of Hepatitis

As we mentioned in previous articles, hepatitis is characterized by the destruction of a number of liver cells and the presence of inflammatory cells in the liver tissue caused by excessive alcohol drinking, disorders of the gall bladder or pancreas, including medication side effects, and infections . There are many other infectious agents that can cause inflammation of the liver, or hepatitis. However, the term is unfortunately commonly used to refer to a particular group of viruses such as Hepatitis A, B, and C.

In this article we will discuss types of hepatitis, there are 5:

1. Hepatitis A (HAV)
Hepatitis A causes swelling and inflammation in the liver and is very common in underdeveloped countries, resulting in drinking water or eating food that is infected by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can also be transmitted through sexual intervention. This type of hepatitis usually has slow onset and most people completely recover. Hepatitis A can be discovered by blood testing.

2. Hepatitis B (HBV)
Hepatitis B virus is most often contracted through blood contact such as blood, semen, body fluids, IV drug abusers sharing needles or someone using tainted needles. It can also be transmitted through sexual contact and from mother to baby during childbirth. Hepatitis B causes inflammation of the liver leading to a serious infection that can cause liver damage, which may result in cancer.

3. Hepatitis C (HCV)
Hepatitis C, like hepatitis B is spread via blood and body-fluid contact such as blood, semen, body fluid, IV drug abusers sharing needles or someone using tainted needles. Hepatitis C used to be the most common type of hepatitis acquired through blood transfusions until a test for it became available in the 1980s. Hepatitis C causes inflammation of the liver resulting in liver damage that can lead to cancer. It also commonly leads to chronic liver inflammation and slowly damagesthe liver over a long period of time before leading to cirrhosis of the liver, that means scar tissue replacement normal, healthy tissue in result of blocking the flow of blood through the liver and preventing it from from working as it should.

4. Hepatitis D (HDV)
Hepatitis D is caused by the virus HDV. You can only get hepatitis D if you are already infected with hepatitis B. Hepatitis D also causes inflammation of liver and is transmitted through infected blood, needles and sexual contact with a person infected with HDV.

5. Hepatitis E (HEV)
Similar to hepatitis A, hepatitis E is also caused by drinking water or eating food that os infected by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can also be transmitted through sexual intervention causing temporary swapping of the liver and no long term damage to it.

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How to Reverse Cirrhosis – Cure Your Liver Cirrhosis Naturally

When the liver cells start hardening and get scarred, because of a degenerative inflammatory disease mainly caused by excessive alcohol consumption, it is called cirrhosis of the liver. Some of the symptoms of liver cirrhosis are jaundice, red palms, vomiting, enlarged liver, weight loss, poor appetite, weakness, fatigue, upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation.

Well, it is possible to reverse cirrhosis of the liver and this article is dedicated to the methods of cirrhosis reversal.

  • You should always try your level best to consume a very balanced diet consisting of at least 75% or if possible, even more fresh live raw foods, fresh seasonal fruits and veggies and just squeezed juices.
  • Leafy veggies and herbs like raw turmeric, milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke, fringe tree, yellow dock, lycopodium, most varieties of nuts, asparagus, broccoli, raisins, spirulina, plums, dulse, kelp, peas, legumes and brown rice, bitter gourd, cooked neem leaves etc are extremely beneficial for the health of your liver.
  • Prim rose oil and flax seed oil in their unfiltered organic varieties can take care of your liver.
  • Essential fatty acids, omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids are also beneficial and they are found in fish, fish oils and in nuts.

Things to avoid in order to prevent cirrhosis

  • If you want to bid adieu to liver damage and cirrhosis forever, you have to completely give up on alcohol and all kinds of alcoholic beverages.
  • You also have to stay away from drug abuse, LSD, ecstasy drugs, party drugs, cocaine, grass, pot, marijuana and everything else except doctor prescribed drugs as they can severely damage your liver.
  • Try to eat lesser quantities of animal protein such as eggs, fish, meat, poultry products, chicken etc.

Persistent Lower Back Pain – A Possible Sign of Gall Bladder Disease

Gall bladder disease can generate a wide range of non-specific clinical manifestations in patients. Gall bladder disease sufferers usually experience differentiated symptoms according to their age and sex. Although gall bladder affections and problems can occur in both sexes, the female gender generally experiences more intense and diversified symptoms. The clinical manifestations of gall bladder disease are also influenced by the underlying causes of the illness and its stage of progression.

The gall bladder is a small organ situated in the close proximity of the liver, in the right upper region of the abdomen. Its main purpose is to aid the liver in the process of fat digestion, by collecting and storing bile, then releasing this substance inside the small intestine and stomach when necessary. Produced by the liver, bile has a vital role in the assimilation of vitamins A, D, E and K. The composition of bile consists of water, bile acids, phospholipids, electrolytes and pigments. Gall bladder disease can be either caused by chemical imbalances in the composition of bile (which results in thickening of bile, leading to the formation of gallstones), physiological dysfunctions at the level of the biliary system or gall bladder infections.

In the early stages of the disease, people with gall bladder affections rarely experience pain. At first, the disease generates symptoms such as abdominal bloating, indigestion, abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. As the disease progresses, patients experience radiating pain in the region of the right upper abdomen, pain that eventually moves to the lower back side. Although lower back pain is not always very revealing for gall bladder affections, it is still considered to be an important criteria in the process of diagnosis. Recent studies have revealed the fact that gall bladder disease sufferers commonly experience lower back pain in more advanced stages of the illness. This symptom of gall bladder disease is mostly common in patients with ages over 50, rarely occurring in younger adults or children. Gall bladder back pain can be either the result of pronounced inflammation of the gall bladder or biliary colic.

Biliary colic is a common cause of lower back pain. Biliary colic refers to formation of gallstones inside the gall bladder and hepato-biliary ducts. Gallstones, also known as biliary calculi, are small stones formed from excess cholesterol, calcium and bile pigments. When gallstones accumulate in large amounts they can obstruct bile ducts completely, facilitating the occurrence of gall bladder infections. Associated with gall bladder inflammation and infections, biliary colic generates intense, persistent pain in the region of the lower abdomen and lower back. Gall bladder back pain usually occurs in episodes, each attack lasting from 20-30 minutes to a few hours.

The formation and accumulation of gallstones at the level of the biliary system is a common disorder, affecting more than 15 percent of people with ages over 50. Gallstones can be easily observed with the means of ultrasound tests and computerized tomography and patients can be quickly diagnosed with biliary colic. If you experience intense abdominal and back pain, associated with abdominal bloating, nausea and vomiting, it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible, in order to receive an appropriate medical treatment.

Why Does Not My Dog Chew His Food?

He could just be excited about eating so he does not take his time with it, instead he just scarfs it down so quick that he does not bother to chew. You can help prevent this by putting something like a small dish in his bowl so he has to push it around to eat his food. They sell bowls like this and if he continues to not pace himself I suggest looking in to buying one. But the problem should solve itself after a while.

Dogs do tend to vomit when they get over excited after eating or drinking, even if they eat or drink too fat this can cause them to throw up. Just make sure you get your dog all his shots so he does not end up getting sick, and take him to the vet for a check up to make sure everything's running properly. If it starts to be a real concern for you then you should not hesitate to take it to the Vet to get him checked out.

As for the humping, if hes not fixed then that could be why … just get him neutered and he 'll stop. Or may be your poor dog sounds like he has a bad or rotten tooth or infected gum as he wont chew food because its so painful to do so. a vet is expensive but so is him getting complications from him not following his food properly and you are taking him to the vet to fix that up later on down the track

20 Head Smacking Food Cooking Tips

A lot of us are often given blurred visions of certain food preparation techniques that we forget many vital processes; thanks to commercialized quick-to-eat food products that make us want to pop them in the oven and voila! There are certain kitchen / cooking metrics that we Food Central do not encourage, but would like you to know so that you can be kitchen-smart.

Here are a few simple cooking tips that you might find handy when you do cooking. Preparing ingredients are sometimes tedious work – Just like washing vegetables, peeling prawns, washing shellfish, dressing the sirloin and so forth. If you know what's best for yourself in the kitchen, you might be able to run away from certain fuss by using these food techniques:

  1. Salt your water when you're hard-boiling eggs The trick to easy-peel hard boil eggs is actually adding in salt to lukewarm water, turn on the fire and start cooking the eggs. When your water is boiled, turn down your fire to simmer. Constantly check your eggs for cracks – Too hot of the water will crack your eggs (and if you want to save gas by putting in hot boiling water to boil your eggs, you might just crack a lot of them if you're boiling in a chunk); salt your water by adding in around 1 useful of salt to 5 liters of water. The salt will lengthen your boiling time but it'll make your life 100 times simpler.
  2. Keep your knife hot when you're slicing 'vulnerable' food items The trick to making the perfect slice for eggs or cheesecake (and some chocolate products) is to keep your knife hot, not warm. Stainless steel do not keep hot temperatures well, and looking at your thin chef knife, it will not keep it for long either. Clean your knife, dip it into hot boiling water for a while or put them over naked fire then make your incision – You'll notice that it makes a very clean cut.
  3. When you slice eggs, keep the yolk on top Hard-boiled eggs are best sliced ​​(usually into half) from their yolk section first. Always look for the yolk, then make your incision there. Slicing too far away from the yolk makes it hard for you to aim well – Also makes your egg portions uneven. In certain cases where you can not see the yolk or it's already out in the open, just follow No. 2 and do it your way.
  4. Use egg whites to 'smoothen' your chicken If you're marinading chicken, you can also add egg white into your marinade and keep them inside. For example, one whole chicken (portioned into 8), and one large egg white. After cooking the chicken, you'll notice the skin is actually smoother.
  5. Italian sauces are best left for a day before consumption Many homemade Italian sauces are great – Even better if you 'age' them for a day. As liquid evaporates from your sauces (giving you a more focused and intense flavor) and / or incorporates with other ingredients using its naturals, these sauces will not lose its flavor for a day but gives you a bigger punch the next day. Best few examples are basic logo sauces , pesto and stocks like Velouté (white stock – Can be vegetable, fish, shellfish or chicken) or (X – can be any vegetable) Concasse.
  6. For a better Parmesan, let it 'sweat' Many cheeses can not be done this way, but for the special Midori brand Parmesan Cheese in a block, (found in Jusco & Cold Storage and sometimes Tesco) cheeses can be left to sweat and made better . Here's how you do it – Open the packaging but only remove the top part. Leave it outside on your dinner table (under 20 + C room temperature) and make sure it has no contact with sunlight and rodents. Keep it that way for 2 days – Now taste it. It's different.
  7. Let your Chinese Celery and / or Coriander live longer Putting them in your fridge alone (with paper or plastic wrap) will kill them fast. Get a small 'deep' tupperware or even a Milo tin, add water in it, and let them sit inside (with roots below). This will prolong their shelf life.
  8. Remove chicken skin with one incision and one pull If you need to remove the main chicken skin from your whole chicken, do this: Use a sharp knife and turn your chicken breast-side-down. Make a straight vertical incision along the 'backbone' of the chicken, then tear the chicken skin apart. This should remove most of its skin (except for the wings).
  9. Non-stick a pan with food ingredients or few techniques Heat / Temperature control is your best technique. If you need your pan to be non-stick (but it's not labeled or sold as non-stick), you can do a few things – Heat your pan thoroughly before cooking (dry), fry a full egg before cooking, cook a stick -able ingredient until the surface is cooked before touching it (with high enough heat), oil your pan and heat the oil (then remove it and place it in another container) before cooking and fry beansprouts or coconut husks before cooking.
  10. Remove the 'new' smell from your Pan or Wok You can try this few ingredients. Do not bother washing it too many times to rid the smell because some 'cheap' pans do not work. You can try heating the pan to the maximum then pouring hot oil into it and throw away, fry beansprouts or coconut husks, leave it heated under hot charcoal for 30 minutes, make a simple 'stew' and throw them away. All of these works, but if you're still getting the smell, then you know that pan will not last long.
  11. Getting 'rust' marks out of your pans and woks Chinese woks are famous for this, especially when they are old. You tend to leave your wok to hang (with some water intact) and you come back and find your wok has rust marks. You can use a few methods to combat this problem: After washing your pan / wok, use a kitchen towel and some oil then rub enough oil on it – This will enable water to not oxidize the metal surface of your pan / wok. Alternately, you can also heat your pan / wok to the maximum, and then leave it to cook (do not let it come in contact with water.) Wash before heating your pan / wok.
  12. Do not store shellfish into the fridge Storing shellfish into the fridge is the wrong way to go (applies for freshly live ones). What you can do is wash them under running water for a while to remove the dirt, place them in a container (without covering) then get a wet kitchen cloth and cover them. Make sure they're in room temperature and is not kept for more than 1 1/2 days. Do this for live clams and local mussels (Malaysia).
  13. Do not use mayonnaise straight from the tub / container Commercialized mayonnaise taste absolutely ridiculous If you're not challenging it with another strong-tasting ingredient. What you can do to 'tame' its flavor is to add in milk, salt & pepper, whisk them well to a thinner texture. If you're adventurous enough, take a small portion of mayonnaise and add in a few more ingredients. You can add garlic, tomato / chilly sauce, Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins), Maggi Seasoning Sauce, Jalapeño juice, Pickles, cream, sugar, brine, onions, carrots, cage or anything you can find in the fridge. Its tastes are subjective, so be careful.
  14. Test your knife with a logo Want to know how sharp is your knife but do not know how to test it? Here are a few simple tricks for you to test them out: Slice a not-so-young-and-fresh (when pressed is quite soft) logo, and you should be able to slice it without putting pressure on your knife blade. Another way is to slice big, yellow / red onions. If you cry fast, then it's either your techniques or your blade. Another great way of testing is to slice plastic. Extremely sharp knives slice plastic bags almost too easily – Without even having to add any pressure. Simply move it along the plastic bag and see if it goes through.
  15. Do not wash freshly harvested mushrooms Washing freshly harvested mushrooms can be disastrous (to its natural flavors). If you're looking for hygiene, PICK IT FROM A MORE HYGIENIC PLACE or get it from Tesco. Either way, they work better. If you're not particular, simply use a pastry brush and brush off its sand. For certain mushrooms like fresh button mushrooms, peel their 'outer' skin before cooking. You can use that skin for your chicken stock.
  16. Keep cockroaches away with this leaf Use ' Pandan ' (or called Screw Pine ) leaves to keep cockroaches away. They work extremely well. Pandan / Screw Pine leaves has hundreds of usage in thousands of recipes and home-uses.
  17. Reheat your bread in the microwave oven with some water Put in your bread and a microwave-oven-friendly bowl or glass filled with water in the microwave oven and give it a quick 20 second high heat. This will not make your bread lose too much of its moisture.
  18. Make your banana grow naturally juicier What you can do is to hang your bananas – Using a string or a hook, hang the banana on its comb and let it sit on air – This will give your banana a juicy boost and also make it brown evenly . Placing it on cold surfaces will blacken the skin (in one area first then spread to more later) faster. Bananas are naturally 'bomb-smoked' first in the farm before it goes on sale (to enable boost and uniform ripening), and when it's done that way, your bananas do not taste as good as natural ones.
  19. Keep your rice from rodents and stick-free When you're keeping uncooked rice, leave a few pieces of dried chilly in the container your store your uncooked rice. This will keep insects and rodents away. Beside, adding fresh dried chilly into your rice cooker will also make your cooking easier – The rice will not stick to the bottom. Make sure you do not cook the dried chilly (or make it come in contact with oil) first or it will not work.
  20. Naturally cook your ingredients a few times faster If you're adventurous enough, you can try packaging (in a plastic bag) a few unripe apples and some chilly. Put in 4 apples to 4 pieces of red chilly. Put them in a bag together and place it in the fridge. You'll notice that the chilly 'reactions' actually 'cook' the apples faster. Although this is not entirely 'proven' scientifically to many Chef's knowledge, it does work in certain cases.

Your Ulcer Questions Answered

Ulcers strike more than one million people in the United States alone and more than a billion people around the world. The problem with that calculation is that it is probably short of the amount of people that are actually affected by ulcers.

Many people that have ulcers never realize they do because their symptoms mimic other ailments such as acid indigestion and heartburn. But not knowing you have an ulcer can be a danger to your health. Knowing the signs of ulcers such as pain after eating, nausea and vomiting can help you know how to proceed.

It is a real pain that can turn out to be devastating to your health if you do not take the proper steps to treat the ulcer and find out the under reason you may be getting ulcers. Hopefully this article can walk you through understanding the basics of an ulcer and if you find yourself with an ulcer, at least you will know something about it.

Are there different types of ulcers?

Yes, there are a quite a few different types of ulcers that a person can become afflicted from and the ulcer names are generally taken from where on the body the ulcer has occurred. There are duodenal, stomach, esophagus, body and various other types of ulcers that can be caused by different things occurring to and within the human body.

Where are ulcers found?

Ulcers are generally found on the skin, also known as bedsores, and found in the gastrointestinal tract. The areas in the gastrointestinal tract can be the esophagus, the duodenum, the upper portion of the small intestine and of course the stomach.

How do doctors know you have an ulcer?

Doctors can diagnose an ulcer in two ways. They can have you drink a special liquid and then x-ray your body to determine whether or not there is an ulcer present. They can also perform an endoscopic procedure where an endoscope is inserted into the gastrointestinal tract.

The endoscope is a small lit camera that allows the doctor to observe the tract without surgery. If he or she finds an ulcer they will probably take a small biopsy of the area to ensure that the H pylori bacterium is not present.

What is Wagner's classification?

Wagner's classification is a scoring system to determine in small stages how far the diabetic ulcer has progressed. The scores range from 0 to5 and have sub stages marking the different progressions the ulcer will take. It starts with clear skin and eventually makes its way to gangrene.

Does stress give you an ulcer?

No, stress can not give you an ulcer. It was a common belief for many years that stress was the primary cause of an ulcer. This is not true. But, stress can exacerbate the problem by causing more stomach acid to be present. It is the digestive fluids that irritate and eat through the protective inner lining once the ulcer has penetrated the mucous shield.

Mesothelioma Cancer – Lung Cancer From Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma cancer is a rare form of cancer that has been attributed to the exposure to asbestos fibers. Many medical professionals believe that mesothelioma cancer can only be contracted through the inhalation of asbestos into the lungs; Practically all cases of mesothelioma cancer have been connected with workers whose jobs have exposed them to abnormally high levels of asbestos.

Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer that has approximately 4000 reported cases each year in the United States. Mesothelioma cancer can be broken down into three subcategories: Peritoneal mesothelioma, Pleural mesothelioma, and Pericardeal mesothelioma. Of the three, Pleural mesothelioma cancer is responsible for 75% of all mesothelioma cases.

The types of cancer are named after where each is located in the body. For example, Pleural mesothelioma is found in the cavities inside the chest which surround the lungs. These areas are called the pleural cavities; the pleura is the thin membrane sac which contains the lungs.

Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the peritoneum, a thin cell membrane which surrounds the gastrointestinal tract. The peritoneum helps lubricate the stomach and intestines, helping the body properly digest food. Peritoneal mesothelioma composes approximately 15-20% of all diagnosed cases of mesothelioma cancer in the United States.

Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest of all diagnosed cases. The pericardium is the protective sac around the heart. The main function of the pericardium is to lubricate the heart, allowing the muscle to work at a more efficient level. This type of mesothelioma only composes 5% of all diagnosed cases.

As with all cancers, mesothelioma in it's various forms is simply the uncontrolled growth of cells. Typically, cells in the body grow and then die, however, cancer cells grow unabated and are typically damaged by radiation or some chemical change. Mesothelioma cancer is caused by asbestos fibers entering the body through inhalation; once inside the body the asbestos fibers cut the defensive sacs surrounding the organs. Mesothelium are small cells which help lubricate the pleura, peritoneum, and pericardium. These small cells become cancerous and rapidly expand, preventing the vital functions of the affected organs.

Mesothelioma can take decades to develop after an initial exposure to asbestos events. This results many people from recognizing the warning signs that they might be developing the disease. Each of the forms mentioned above has a different sets of symptoms, many of which match less serious diseases. The prognosis for mesothelioma found early is longer than cases treated later in their development, however the rate for mesothelioma is notoriously high. Medical breakthroughs are trying to increase the life expectancy and quality of life for sufferers of mesothelioma, however there is currently no cure.

People who worked in an environment with heavy amounts of asbestos or who were exposed to asbestos fibers at any point are at risk for developing mesothelioma. The various types of mesothelioma cancer have different symptoms, so if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos please find more information about your symptoms.

Effective Hyperacidity Cure and Herbal Acid Dyspepsia Treatment

The other name for hyperacidity is acid dyspepsia. This is a common disorder that affects more than 30 percent of the population. Irregular lifestyle and faulty eating habits leads to such disorders. It is well known that food we eat is digested in the stomach. And stomach digests the food with the help of certain acids and enzymes. These acids and enzymes break down the food and pass the indigested food to intestine for further process. When these stomach acids are produced more than normal needed quantity; hyperacidity awakes. It is a common disorder connected to diet but if it is not enriched in time it can lead to some serious health problems such as gastritis or stomach ulcers.

There are many factors that can increase the production of acid. Nowadays, many people like to eat foods that are rich in fat, too oily or too spicy foods. These kinds of foods will stimulate the glands of stomach to increase the formation of acid. However, certain kind of medications can also affect the process of acid formation. Intake of anti-inflammatory drugs for longer time period is the most common cause for hyperacidity. It is also caused by alcoholic beverages and smoking. Avoiding these habits and some changes in lifestyle will be very helpful to cure this disorder.

Whenever our body sufferers from disease or disorder, it shows some symptoms. There are some symptoms our body will show in this disorder also. Excess acid can cause vomiting, flatulence and heartburn. Pain in stomach can also be due to increase in amount of acid in stomach. In chronic conditions symptoms may also include bloating, pain in muscular contraction, problem in respiration and cough. There are remedies to treat this disorder effectively but change in lifestyle and improvement in faulty eating habits will provide a complete cure.

1. Ginger is the most helpful food for treating stomach ailments. Have a teaspoon of ginger juice with honey, after meals. It will help the glands in stomach to work properly.

2. Avoid citrus fruits, instead of it drink small amount of pineapple juice several times a day. It will neutralize the excess stomach acid.

3. In case of addiction with tea or coffee, prefer to drink herbal teas such as chamomile tea or peppermint tea. These herbal teas do not contain caffeine.

4. Include yoghurt in the diet. It will not only help to neutralize stomach acid but it will also help in the proper digestion of food.

5. Cabbage juice is one of the most effective remedies for disorders of stomach. Have a glass of cage juice everyday. It will help to control the amount of acid production.

Try these effective remedies and also make some necessary changes in lifestyle. Remedies alone can not cure any problems, some changes in lifestyle is very important for complete healing. Some lifestyle changes are discussed ahead for healthy life. Develop the habit of exercising regularly, at least for 30 minutes. It will help the digestive system to work properly. Avoid alcoholic beverages and reduce the number of cigarettes. Improve eating habits by avoiding high-fat foods, oily and spicy foods and sour foods. Never go to bed right after having meals. Increase the intake of drinking water. It will help the body to expel the toxins. The mentioned remedies and lifestyle changes will provide a complete cure from hyperacidity.